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Why Three 1985 VW Polos Did 130 MPH for 24 Hours

Volkswagen's prototype superchargers made the Polo G40 record cars the most daring hatchbacks of their era. Two years later, VW put them into production.

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Slightly Taller Guardrails Could Save Your Life

But one inch too high, and they could be deadly.

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15 Ways the Indy 500 Changed How You Drive
Though it's one of the biggest races in the world, the Indianapolis …
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6 Ways Tech Is Changing Your Road Trip

How innovation has modernized the venerable rite of passage.

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How the Connected Car Will Defend Against Hackers
Within the next five years, a quarter of a billion vehicles with con…
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Fruit of Aluminum: Peel-Inspired Metal

A composite aluminum announced in a new study this week borrows its structure from the Asian pomelo.

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What Do The Buttons And Knobs Do On A Porsche 919's Steering Wheel?

There's a lot going on with the wheel of Porsche's Le Mans race car.

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Honda Patents Engine With Multiple Stroke Lengths

This Honda patent could lead to a four-cylinder engine with a different displacement for each cylinder.

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Apple, Google Are Land-Grabbing to Test Autonomous Cars

Says a major California landlord.

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11 of the Most Bizarre Non-Circular Gears You Will Ever See

Gears don't always have to be round.

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A Brief History of the Flying Car

For centuries, man has dreamt of taking his hotrod to the skies.

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Experimental UV-Reflecting Paint Could Keep Your Car Cool All Summer

Johns Hopkins scientists invent a UV-reflecting paint that keeps surfaces cool and resists corrosion for a century.

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How VTEC and Variable Valve Timing Systems Work

VTEC sparked an internal-combustion revolution that spread to nearly every brand.

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Why You Still Shouldn't Panic About Car Hacking
Security researchers have figured out how to wirelessly hack into a car and take over its controls from anywhere in the world. But you'…
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Why that Volvo self-parking accident doesn't matter
How we talk about car technology matters—and what we chalk up to human error matters even more.
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Cruise control corners at 0.70 g in name of MPG
InnoDrive's aim is to deliver the driver to a destination as quickly as possible while consuming the least amount of  fuel. Fun is an u…
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Why is this Toyota Hilux running down fake pedestrians?
Our spies caught the next-gen Hilux prototype at a giant test facility, evaluating driver aids designed to help protect wayward jaywalk…
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These 101 gadgets changed everything
You know the greatest gadgets of all time (and you've probably owned most of them), but which has changed the world more than any other…
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Nanotubes: Like carbon fiber, but 20 times stronger

They're the stiffest, strongest material known to man, and they could revolutionize car design forever.

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Experimental Hyundai gas engine runs sans spark plugs
It's the holy grail of internal combustion engines: diesel-engine efficiency using cheaper gasoline. Can it keep the gasoline engine re…
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