Tag Archives: Car Tech

Will an electric car be the first production car to hit 300 mph?

Times are changing, and sooner than later, electrified cars will become the norm across the automotive industry. With an electrified approach to powertrains, it does beg the question: will an electric car be the first production car to crack 300 mph? It's a target that has eluded various high-performance cars for decades, and even today's fastest production...

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Mercedes tests the waters with on-demand drone delivery service

Automakers often tout "mobility services" as a potential source of future growth. It's easy to see car- and ride-sharing services fitting in with the portfolio of mobility services but there are many more possibilities. Mercedes-Benz, or more specifically Mercedes-Benz Vans, is testing the waters with an on-demand delivery service where...

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Mercedes AMG F1 engine achieves 50 percent thermal efficiency

The Mercedes AMG Formula 1 team's 2017 season has been a successful one thus far, and although the drivers deserve much of the credit, the team itself has done some remarkable things as well. Notably, Mercedes' current F1 engine achieved 50 percent thermal efficiency for the first time. In the video, Owen Jones, head of performance and controls at Mercedes...

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How the transbrake and torque reserve work on the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon ushers in a couple of firsts for production cars, and today, we're here to take a look at two of them in greater detail. Both the transbrake and the torque reserve system are production car firsts and they help the Demon launch with incredible force at the dragstrip. Our host Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained breaks...

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Passenger Drone the latest to unveil autonomous manned flying vehicle

America's Passenger Drone is the latest startup to announce plans for an autonomous flying vehicle for personal use. Passenger Drone's design is still in the prototype stage but the company has already demonstrated the vehicle's flying abilities, made possible by 16 electric rotors and lightweight carbon fiber construction. Those 16 rotors...

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Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant coming to BMWs and Minis

The BMW Group is the latest automaker to announce the addition of Amazon's Alexa to its cars. The cloud-based voice activation system will start appearing in all BMW and Mini models from mid-2018. Voice activation has been around for years but most systems are still finicky things that more often than not get commands wrong. Alexa is one of the better...

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Can you tune electric cars for more power?

Our future will be filled with electric cars. It's where the world is moving, and the cars bringing us to this place are getting better and better everyday. Heck, the Tesla Model S P100D is one of the quickest machines on the road right now. Still, we love the combustion engine and the tuning possibilities that come along with it. We're enthusiasts, and fun...

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Ford and Lyft partner on self-driving cars

Ford has partnered with ride-sharing company Lyft to help accelerate the rollout of a fully self-driving taxi service. It's a goal a number of firms spanning the automotive, ride-share and tech industries are chasing, and this has led to several partnerships like the one between Ford and Lyft. In fact, Lyft has been working closely with General Motors...

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2019 Porsche Cayenne deep dive

It's the very antithesis of Porsche. Or is it? The Cayenne, an SUV, is the sports car company's second best seller, behind another SUV, the Macan. It may be an SUV, but it's still a Porsche and that means it has to be sporty. Porsche is introducing the third generation of the Cayenne for the 2019 model year, and this one promises to be the...

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