Call me a heretic, or call me a true believer. Either way, a sexy, slinky Maserati should not, must not, cannot have a low-revving, high-torque diesel 6 under the hood. It’s sick. It’s wrong. And yet, here we are. Let’s just get through this …
This is not one of our “Recycled Hawtness” series of posts on restored/updated cars, bikes, and RVs. Instead, it’s an article about a real survivor. A 50+ year old Porsche 356 that keeps on keeping on proves that the materials and energy we spend building tens of millions of new cars every year could probably be better spent elsewhere.
The price gap between ethanol prices and gasoline continues to widen, according Bloomberg, who says the “discount”, or the cost incentive to choose ethanol over gas has increased from “0.26 cents to 36.55 cents a gallon, the steepest since April 26, as a June 5 Energy Information Administration report showed.” Why is that?
We’ve been lamenting the lack of diesel Range Rovers here in the US since- well, since we knew they existed, frankly! The high-MPG, high-torque, high-society diesel Rovers are hot-sellers in Europe, and their 37 MPG rating from the EU seemed like it would help Land Rover meet its ever-tightening CAFE requirements here in the US … does Land Rover agree?
By running electrically-charged power lines through long stretches of highway roads, Volvo hopes to offer long-haul truckers electric vehicles that don’t have to stop to re-charge. Volvo’s doing this by bringing small toy technology from the 70s and 80s back, in a big way. I’m talking, of course, about slot-cars! Those of you who’ve reached [...]
Electricity-generating fuel cells that can be fueled by a cheap, abundant, and renewable fuel source seem to be the holy grail of a low-emission, energy-independent future. Up to now, making the hydrogen that’s powered fuel cell cars has been expensive, but the US military may have come up with new way to generate electricity in a fuel cell with a fuel that we’ve been writing an awful lot about, lately: ethanol.
The 1980s Toyota Sprinter’s clean, angular bodywork and willing chassis? That stuff never goes out of style … which is why the all-electric Toyota AE86 you see here is very possibly the best of all possible worlds. He(ck), it even addresses the only legitimate gripe anyone ever had about the eight-six: low-end torque!