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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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Armada is first Nissan with video-streaming rearview mirror

Nissan is the latest automaker to introduce a video-streaming rearview mirror, which the Japanese automaker is calling an Intelligent Rearview Mirror (I-RVM). We first saw the technology introduced by Cadillac on the 2016 CT6. What it is, essentially, is a traditional rearview mirror with an...

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Is it okay to skip gears on a manual transmission?

For those who daily drive a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission, it's likely a common practice. Rather than rowing through all five or six gears, drivers will skip from third to fifth, fourth to sixth and so on. But is this practice safe to do? Engineering Explained tackled the common...

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