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This Is What Was Up With That Really Heavy Brick-Like Thing On The Track At The Coca-Cola 600

This past weekend, the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race was run, marking NASCAR’s return to in-person, humans-in-cars racing after the coronavirus pandemic, or at least what may be the first part of the pandemic. Who the hell knows. Anyway, one curious-looking thing happened before the race that’s probably worth talking…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Rambler Once Was Developing A Really Weird Non-Wankel Rotary Engine

Longtime friend of Jalopnik and myself, Tom Jennings, is a huge Rambler fan and walking, moist column of Rambler-knowledge, so when he encounters something Rambler-related he wasn’t aware of, you know it’ll be good. And boy is it: it seems, back in the 1960s, Rambler and Renault were developing—with an unclear level…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Ford’s Quickly-Designed Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Are A Clever Re-Use Of F-150 And Hand Tool Parts

Most of the major automakers and many other companies are stepping up to help produce more desperately-needed equipment like air purifiers and respirators, leading to some fascinating improvised quick engineering and design solutions. The results feel a bit like the sort of clever engineering within severe constraints…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Porsche Develops New Tech To Give Drivers What They’ve Always Wanted: Gigantic Fingerprints On The Hood

If there’s one thing you can say about Porsche, it’s that they have an almost preternatural ability to sense what drivers really, really want from their cars. Porsche’s new announcement about their newly-developed direct printing tech really reinforces this idea: finally, after years of unrequited desire, Porsche will…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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This Is How You Make A Really Crappy Sort-Of Motion Driving Controller In 15 Minutes Or So

After last episode’s fairly deep dive into the world of Volkswagen semi-automatic transmissions, I thought this week it might be fun to do some more old driving video game stuff and maybe something a bit more hands-on. But nothing too involved, something that if someone liked the idea, she or he could replicate it…Read more… […]

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What The Hell Is This Thing Found Under A Panel In An Old Toyota Land Cruiser?

First, I’d like to say that this is precisely the kind of shit I love: those delicious little mundane mysteries of life, just waiting to be revealed under every scrap of filthy carpet. This time, that carpet is in an old Toyota Land Cruiser, and the mystery is a strange little black disc with some […]

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What The Hell Is This Thing Found Under A Panel In An Old Toyota Land Cruiser?

First, I’d like to say that this is precisely the kind of shit I love: those delicious little mundane mysteries of life, just waiting to be revealed under every scrap of filthy carpet. This time, that carpet is in an old Toyota Land Cruiser, and the mystery is a strange little black disc with some […]

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Are You An Engineer In The Automotive Industry? Jalopnik Wants To Talk With You

In any story Jalopnik writes, the goal is to provide insight and entertainment. While you can’t really help us improve the latter, you can help with the former, especially if you’re an auto engineer. That’s because many stories in this field can benefit from some level of technical discussion, since cars are …Read more… Continue […]

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