Tag Archives: Car Tech

The McLaren F1 was almost all Formula 1 technology

It's hard to believe it's been a quarter of a century since the McLaren F1 took the world by storm. The now-legendary F1 has been heralded by car enthusiasts of multiple generations thanks to its world-record setting top-speed run and cutting-edge technology. Mind you, this car was built long before hybrids were a thing and compact disc sales were hot. What...

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Ford loves patents and just added one for active thigh support

Ford has been on quite the patent kick as of late. The Blue Oval has recently filed patents for odd steering wheels, an interesting integrated bike rack, a system for a removable steering wheel and pedal box, and even a self-leveling cupholder. Ford is looking to bring some innovative new features to its cars, that much is clear. The latest patent shows...

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Williams Advanced Engineering debuts off-the-shelf EV platform

Automakers spend millions to design and engineer vehicle platforms, but some suppliers think a switch to off-the-shelf solutions may be an essential part of future vehicles. To capitalize on this, Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology offshoot of the Williams Formula 1 team, has revealed its own electric vehicle platform called the FW-EVX...

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Jaguar Future-Type is a familiar vision of a self-driving city car

More and more people are predicted to move to large cities in the future. Limited parking spots coupled with congestion will make owning and driving your own car a hassle. The automakers realize this and seem to have reached a consensus on the solution: self-driving city cars that run around town offering rides. Jaguar is the latest automaker to reveal its...

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Watch the 2017 Ford Raptor’s suspension hard at work while off-roading

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is one heck of a capable truck off-road. That much we've known for awhile, but if you've ever wondered what the suspension looks like while the truck is tackling jumps, mud, and all sorts of off-road terrain, this video is for you. It's highly entertaining to watch as the Fox Racing shocks and the rest of the suspension does its...

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Mazda execs continue to tease future rotary without any more details

Despite its recent breakthrough in sparkless ignition gasoline engines, Mazda has no plans to abandon the rotary engine which its executives insist is still being developed for future applications. "We're still continuing development of the next-generation rotary engine," Mazda engineering executive Mitsuo Hitomi told Wheels during a...

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This hand-made 1/3-scale V-10 actually runs

As much as we love full-size engines, it's sometimes the smaller scale stuff that sets our hearts aflutter. Working in the smaller scale allows us to get up close and personal with the inner workings of an engine. You can see all of the parts working together to create the magic that is internal combustion. The miniature wonder featured here is a 1/3 scale...

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Could electric cars use manual transmissions?

There's concern among many enthusiasts that the manual transmission is on its way out. This coincides with the notion that electric cars are the future and internal combustion engines will continue to fall out of favor as electric car charging infrastructure and technology exits infancy. If there's...

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What is powder coating?

You've heard the term before, but do you really know what powder coating is all about? It's not simply an airgun spraying a powdery substance that magically turns into a bonded surface on your wheels. There's a whole lot of science going on, which means we need to turn to our favorite engineer...

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Smart is the latest automaker to unveil a self-driving pod car

Daimler's Smart brand will use next month's 2017 Frankfurt auto show to preview its vision for personal transport of tomorrow. The preview is in the form of the Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, a fully self-driving electric pod car ideal for shared urban mobility. Some readers will...

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