The Amazing Electric Egg

I’m currently in the basement of the Indianapolis Art Museum, making preparations for my project coming in August. Upstairs in the museum, there’s a fantastic exhibit of concept cars and one-offs called Dream Cars which we’ll cover in detail soon — but right now I want to talk about just one: the Electric Egg. » 5/01/15 10:00pm Friday 10:00pm

A Detail To Appreciate: The Handle-less Door Handle

If you’ve ever had a weird reaction to some pills you found in a wet paper bag on the sidewalk, then you probably know that when you disassemble a car by hand in a deep, trance-like state, you end up with a lot of parts. So when I see a detail on a car that can eliminate even one part, I’m impressed. Like this door… » 4/29/15 9:55pm Wednesday 9:55pm

Woman Sets Car On Fire At Gas Station Due To Failed Cigarette Bumming

A Jerusalem woman who really, really wanted a smoke set a man and his car on fire when her request for a cigarette was denied. The incident was captured on a short but terrifying CCTV camera clip, and is a good reminder why not to both smoke at a gas station and be so maliciously stupid. » 4/29/15 3:46pm Wednesday 3:46pm

What Plane Prototype Was Never Given A Chance To Succeed?

We’ve been flying for over a century now, and, while our arms are so very, deeply fatigued, we’re kind of in an aircraft-design rut. Sure, there’s very very good reasons for this involving “science” and “math” and “reality” other killjoy concepts, but there were so many other novel ideas out there. What’s your… » 4/29/15 11:47am Wednesday 11:47am

Tortoise Gets Wheels To Replace Lost Legs But We Can Go Further

Rats, proving their position as Nature’s Assholes, gnawed off the front legs of a 90-year-old tortoise that was hibernating. What kind of jerk gnaws off your legs when you’re freaking hibernating? To help the tortoise, a pair of wheels were fitted. That’s pretty good. But what more can we do? » 4/29/15 10:47am Wednesday 10:47am

There's A Cargo Ship Spinning Out Of Control En Route To The ISS

Progress unmanned cargo ships have been the key to long-term human spaceflight since they were first launched back in 1978 to the Soviet space station Salyut 6. They’ve been incredibly reliable over the years, which is why it’s so alarming that one is tumbling out of control on its way to the ISS. » 4/28/15 5:16pm Tuesday 5:16pm

This Modified Defender Pick-Up Is Cool and Idiotic

When I first saw the Kahn’s Flying Huntsman take on the iconic Defender pick-up, my brain almost seized up like a ‘50s mainframe computer that you asked “what love is.” The part of my brain that registers cool things was fighting with the part of my brain that fetishizes pickup space utilization, and most of my head… » 4/28/15 12:43pm Tuesday 12:43pm

Why Is There A Million-Dollar '91 Corolla On Autotrader?

One of our readers, Stephen Abraham, was looking for Toyotas on Autotrader, when he spotted something fascinating. Which, as you know, is not easy to do when looking for used late-model Toyotas. It was a new Camry that was selling for Veyron money — about $2.5 million dollars. That sounds like a lone mistake, until… » 4/27/15 9:50pm 4/27/15 9:50pm

Five Things That Autonomous Cars Will Change In TV And Movies

Technology has a way of screwing up entertainment from the past. How many Seinfeld episodes would have been four minutes long is everyone had cell phones? Hell, almost any plot that revolved around missing someone or a wrong bit of information would be obsolete today. So what will autonomous cars do? » 4/27/15 3:54pm 4/27/15 3:54pm

Jackass Uses Road Rage And Idiocy To Cause Two-Car-Plus-Truck Wreck

The lesson here? You don’t always have to be a dick. Sometimes, you just need to shrug off stupid shit and move on. The alternative can often end up like this, where one initial bad move by that Camaro got compounded into a three-way wreck, taking down an innocent trucker just doing their job. So what happened here? » 4/27/15 2:43pm 4/27/15 2:43pm

Is The Orange McLaren 650S In Silicon Valley Really A Special Color?

Last night on HBO’s very funny show about Silicon Valley dipshits, Silicon Valley, they introduced a whole new kind of dipshit, and this fascinating one at least has the balls to drive something other than a Prius. It’s a McLaren 650S, and on the show they claim the color is a one-off. Is it? » 4/27/15 1:43pm 4/27/15 1:43pm

Take This Quiz To See How Well You Know Your Badge Engineering 

Badge engineering — the process by which one carmaker takes another maker’s car, slaps their own badges and name on it and sells it — has always been a little baffling to me. I suppose retail markups are enough that you can make money doing this? I mean, they must, because they do it plenty. And often, weirdly. » 4/24/15 3:16pm 4/24/15 3:16pm

Brits Drive Three Old Minis Across US To Raise Money For Boy's Surgery

There’s a little boy named Jack. Jack seems like the usual kooky happy four year old, but there’s one big issue — Jack has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Jack’s had a great deal of physical difficulties and can’t walk, at least not yet. There is a surgery that could help, and to get that surgery, three guys are… » 4/24/15 10:04am 4/24/15 10:04am

This Concept Of A Beetle Reborn As A Badass Sportscar Is Pretty Great

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for re-imaginings of what a modern VW Beetle could be. While my own takes tend towards the broke-ass end of the market, there are people out there thinking similar thoughts, but with opposite results. Like A.Deniz Özbarli, the designer of the Alpera Tulpar, a Beetle reborn as a… » 4/23/15 9:35pm 4/23/15 9:35pm

What's This Engine Found Washed Up On The Beach?

I’ve found lots of things on beaches — dead jellyfish, syringes, condoms, some seaweed-like stuff that I swear gets you high — but I’ve never found a surprisingly intact inline-four (with gearbox) like beachcomber Sara Clarke found at Whipsiderry, a little seaside hamlet around Cornwall, England. What’s this engine… » 4/23/15 7:35pm 4/23/15 7:35pm