I Saw Firsthand How Nuts Airlines Are Getting With Ebola Fear

Yesterday I took a US Airways flight from Raleigh-Durham to Washington, DC to drive some Hellcats. So far so good, right? Across the aisle from me was a woman, from Boston, who was feeling a bit queasy. She asked the flight attendant for some club soda. They responded by trying to kick her off the plane. Any idea why? » 10/20/14 8:54pm Yesterday 8:54pm

How To Squeeze 830 Miles Out Of One Tank Of Fuel And Remain Sane...ish

I'm not going to lie: I'm pretty delighted that I (and my partner) won Audi's TDI Challenge, where nine Diesel A3s attempted to drive from Albuquerque to San Diego on a single tank of Diesel. Part of why I'm delighted is because winning means it's over, since it was a pretty miserable process. Here's how we did it. » 10/20/14 10:04am Yesterday 10:04am

Hypermiling Is Awful And I Sort Of Hate It

Today was the first full day — about 373 miles — of the Audi TDI Challenge, which is Audi's perverse idea of fun: driving from Albuquerque to San Diego on one tank of Diesel. We're currently in third place, and I'm not really sure anyone's going to make it. It's hot, tedious, and a little nerve-wracking. Road madness… » 10/16/14 9:00am Thursday 9:00am

I'm Trying To Go 834 Miles On One Tank Of Diesel And It's Gonna Suck

I'm not sure I've ever been at a carmaker-run auto event that allows so many opportunities for failure. Usually, they set things up to minimize the chances of really screwing up, to protect both the cars' reputations and the fragile auto-journo egos, but this time they're asking us to get 50% better mileage from their… » 10/15/14 10:04am Wednesday 10:04am

Did This Online Auction Reveal Preston Tucker's Never-Made Roadster?

Even after Preston Tucker's dreams of building the Tucker 48 died after a lot of questionable accusations and a trial and acquittal from the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tucker couldn't stop dreaming about cars. He had plans for a very novel roadster, and previously unknown images of it may have just shown up. » 10/13/14 8:53pm 10/13/14 8:53pm

PETA Is Pissed At Google For Making A Camel Do A Jeep's Job

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are so very cross with Google for strapping one of their 360° back-packable camera rigs to the back of a camel to get Streetview imagery of Abu Dahbi's Liwa Desert. They think they should have used jeeps or dune buggies. Oh, PETA. » 10/13/14 5:45pm 10/13/14 5:45pm

Why Are Cars Almost Always Symmetrical?

With a very few notable exceptions, cars tend to be bilaterally symmetrical. It's been that way almost since the very beginning. Cars that even attempt to play with this accepted notion tend to get smacked down hard — look at the Nissan Cube. But cars don't have to be so symmetrical — why are they? » 10/13/14 12:20pm 10/13/14 12:20pm

Let's Add Cars To Old Landscape Paintings

I studied Art History in college, and one of the categories of paintings I paid the least attention to were landscapes. Especially big, majestic, beautifully-rendered landscapes from, say the 1700s and 1800s. I respect them, but they never really did it for me. And I think I know why: they have hardly any cars in them. » 10/10/14 7:30pm 10/10/14 7:30pm

Check Out The Jalopnik Line Of Super-Sexy Halloween Carstumes!

Halloween is scant weeks away, which means it's time to start seeing all manner of inane sexificated women's Halloween costumes. Sure, you can be a sexy slice of pizza or a "sultry SWAT officer," but what if you're a gearhead? A sexy gearhead? Well, we're here to help. » 10/10/14 5:00pm 10/10/14 5:00pm

Holy Crap, NASA Is Considering Improvements To Orion That We Proposed

I'm not going to lie; I'm pretty excited about this. Let me make this clear right up front, though: I don't actually think NASA is using my idea, as such. But, NASA has announced it's considering an addition to the Orion spacecraft that's exactly like what I proposed last year. Hear me out. » 10/10/14 2:33pm 10/10/14 2:33pm

A Driverless Audi RS7 Will Do A Lap At A German Touring Car Race

On October 19, at the Hockenheimring during a break in the racing before the final round of the German DTM Touring Car Championship, a self-driving Audi RS7 will haul some robotic ass around the track. Audi's hoping for a lap time of right around two minutes and expects to see 149 MPH. » 10/10/14 1:50pm 10/10/14 1:50pm

Meet Uruguay's Amazing Stillborn Frankenstein Sportscar, The Ultra SP

The cars of Uruguay have been very interesting lately around the Jalopnik offices, and for good reason. Like many South American countries, Uruguay had a pretty closed automotive sector, which made for all sorts of interesting mutants. Like the Ultra SP. » 10/09/14 9:00pm 10/09/14 9:00pm

Someone Spray Painted A Dick On The Hood Of A Veyron

First of, let's just get this out of the way: you don't fuck with someone's ride. You just don't do it. So let's all just be totally clear on that. That said, it's hard not to utter a sort of under-the-breath "oh damn" when you see this crude dick spray-painted on the hood of a freaking $2.5 million dollar Bugatti… » 10/08/14 10:00pm 10/08/14 10:00pm

First Ever Inflatable Space Station Module Set To Launch Next Year

Bigelow Aerospace has been experimenting with the concept of inflatable space modules for quite some time, and they're finally ready to put it to a real test: at least two years docked to the ISS. Now, finally, ISS astronauts and cosmonauts can have those zero-g wrestling tournaments they want so badly. » 10/08/14 7:40pm 10/08/14 7:40pm

The Coolest And Dutchest Police Car Ever Is Up For Auction

I know at some point in the future, probably a number of points, I'm going to get pulled over for speeding. I accept that. If a magic horse offered me the chance to change anything about my future pullings-over, I can only think of one thing: I want to be pulled over by a Dutch Porsche 356 cop car. If you're rich, you… » 10/08/14 4:35pm 10/08/14 4:35pm

Car Dash Designers Are Finally Free From The Prison Of Rectangular LCDs

We all know that traditional electromechanical instruments are relentlessly being replaced with LCD screens. Generally, this can be a good thing, as the screens weigh less and can display much more and more varied types of information. But there's one catch: they must be rectangular. Not anymore. » 10/08/14 3:14pm 10/08/14 3:14pm