Sprint cars are fat-tired, big-winged, alcohol fueled monsters that roar around tiny tracks with as much horsepower and downforce as a Formula 1 car- but with decidedly less technology (sprint cars have no transmission or on-board electronics, for example) in play. They’re brutally fast, stupid loud, and incredibly fun to watch, and they assault your […]
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Most electric vehicles are slow, practical affairs designed for a pedestrian life of going from point A to point B in a leisurely, efficient fashion. But not the Tesla Model S, a performance electric sedan that has the same acceleration as many supercars. Don’t believe us? Watch this video of a Model S sedan handily defeating a Dodge Viper SRT10 at the drag strip this past weekend.
Goodyear has announced a new line of self-inflating tires for commercial vehicles. The company’s innovative new tires make use of a new system that Goodyear calls “Air Maintenance Technology” (AMT), which automatically keeps tires inflated to their optimum pressure.
After setting a 300+ mph land-speed record for fuel cell cars in 2009 and following it up with a 300+ mph record for electric vehicles at Bonneville last summer, it seems that the engineering students behind Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet land speed record car issued a press release, then promptly got back to work. […]
Meet Sunswift’s Ivy solar racer, which – as of last week – is the fastest solar-powered car on the planet. Sunswift took the “world’s fastest” crown las week, when the Australian built Sunswift IV (nicknamed “Ivy”) posted a 54.7 mph record run, smashing the previous 49 mph record by nearly 10%. Designed by students and faculty […]
The Chinese high-speed rail system is a serious feat of engineering accomplishment. Not only is it the biggest network of high-speed rail tracks, but a recent test run by a commercial train set a new speed record of 302 mph.
I’m not sure who was the first car reviewer or company to test their cars based on their acceleration from 0-60 mph, but it has since become the standard of the world. Nothing is more important to speed enthusiasts like myself than those first few seconds after takeoff. It doesn’t just have to do with […]
I write about a lot of fanciful concept cars that I know have little or no basis in reality. Most of these concepts never even make it past the “sketch” phase. Some concepts make it a little bit farther than that, going on to become a clay model. Sometimes, even the most illogical concepts somehow, […]
After a groundbreaking run resulting in speeds near 300 mph on Monday, Ohio State’s “Buckeye Bullet 2.5” EV has now claimed a new, even higher, battery-powered land speed record at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats, averaging 307.7 miles per hour for two runs on lithium-ion power. The team was prepared to take the vehicle to […]
I’ve got quite a few friends with motorcycles (I prefer four wheels, thank you very much). All of them share the same need for speed, so when I try to talk to them about electric motorcycles they stop listening. The truth is though, electric motorcycles are getting better by the day, and the Killacycle is […]
[social_buttons] Part Bat-Mobile, part jet fighter, all race car. That is the best way to describe the DeltaWing IndyCar Concept, which is on display at the Chicago Auto Show right now. The DeltaWing’s creators hope that the revolutionary design could be “the future of open wheel racing”. It certainly looks like something straight from the […]
[social_buttons] I love going fast, and I make no apologies for it. Ok that’s a lie. Sometimes, I feel guilty about going fast, guzzling gas, drooling over 5 mile per gallon muscle cars. I know the world is in a bad way, mostly because of cars. Yet I still love them, especially fast ones, because […]
The Mission One electric superbike set a land speed record of 150 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats for electric bikes on the 1st of September. This record sets the Mission Motors electric motorcycle apart from the herd, proving both the viability and performance capabilities of electric motorbikes. With individual runs as high as 161 […]