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What Are Those Weird Horns on New F1 Cars?

Formula One cars can look like some pretty wild Frankenstein-like creatures during pre-season testing. Whether they’re outfitted with giant grates or fluorescent neon paint, the cars can start accumulating some pretty strange looking additions while they’re getting ready for the new season. One of the more recent ones…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Ford Is Using Auto Tech to Keep Bed Hogs in Their Place

Lane hogs are the worst. Whether it’s someone holding down the fort five under the speed limit in the left-and-middle lanes at the same time or a lover who forgets all concept of personal space when they doze off, lane hogs are hair-pulling frustrations. Unfortunately, there isn’t an effective solution for the ass in…Read more… […]

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Tesla’s New ‘Dog Mode’ Will Keep Your Pup Cool While You’re out of the Car

Is there anything worse than the people who leave their dogs in their car during the hottest days of summer? (I mean, besides people who leave their kids in the hot car. Both are horrible!) People should know cracking the windows just isn’t enough when the temperatures start creeping up. So now Tesla, which is […]

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AAA Is Sick of All These Different Driver Assistance Technology Names

If you’ve perused the features of a new car lately, chances are you’ve found something you’re not totally familiar with. What the hell is this “pedestrian protection” system? Why does this car have a “lane sway warning” but not an “alertness assist”? AAA is getting just as frustrated with all of the absurdly named…Read more… […]

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I’m Pretty Sure the Volkswagen Group Makes More Types of Engines Than Any Other Carmaker

The Volkswagen Group is a colossal, car-building behemoth. Whether it’s the biggest such behemoth depends on the year and how General Motors and Toyota are doing at the time, but there’s no denying the VW Group is massive. I think it may also be number one in at least one very specific way: No other […]

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The Most Interesting Car In Detroit Was This Front-Drive, Diesel Manual Body-on-Frame Van

Even though this year’s Detroit Auto Show was a little bit thin, there were still plenty of interesting cars around: the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the new Supra that we never talk about, and I suppose even the new Ford Explorer. But when it comes to the most technically interesting car at the show, […]

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Former Faraday Future Backer Pivots to Zombie Saab

We have a new contender for Wildest Decision Maker In The Global Auto Industry and it’s Evergrande Health. Fresh from hopping out of being the backer of Faraday Future, Evergrande just dropped $930 million to take control of another electric vehicle company: NEVS. That’s right. Zombie Saab. It’s like the Recession…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This Amazing Chevy Video from 1935 Uses an Abandoned House to Explain Why Strong Car Frames Are Good

The Internet can be a terrible wasteland of a place, but every so often, you stumble on some real gems. Recently, I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of neat old car videos from back in the 1930s and 40s—including a ten minute long Chevrolet video titled “No Ghosts”. Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Dystopian Rearview Mirrors Will Remember You With an Iris Scan

Michigan-based automotive mirror specialist Gentex is looking to debut rearview mirrors that contain iris-scanning technology at CES in Las Vegas, according to the Detroit Free Press. We’re well on our way to a full-on Blade Runner 2049 kind of lifestyle.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The Best Car Tech We Saw in 2018

In 2018, we saw the automotive industry charge headfirst into a future filled with electric and (maybe) autonomous vehicles, all while putting out the most innovative, powerful and efficient engines the world’s ever seen. Over the past 12 months, we at Jalopnik have experienced, and written about some of the best…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Ford Patents Conveyor Belts for SUV Cargo Areas So You Don’t Have to Crawl in and Possibly Expose Your Butt to Everyone

Ever since there have been station wagons and other vehicles with long, open cargo areas, people have been packing them via the somewhat undignified process of crawling inside them like how I imagine a vet attending to an elephant’s hemorrhoids must do things. Ford, it seems, has decided to address this problem…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Is What Happens When a Drag Racer’s Parachutes Fail

Just in case you’re skeptical about just how much work a drag racer’s parachutes do to slow down a speeding car, here’s an excellent demonstration. Even though they’re not making that hot caliper-on-rotor contact of the brakes, a car’s drag chutes are incredibly important, as you can see right here on Pro Mod racer… Read […]

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