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Mar 25, 2020. 19 comments

Rambler Once Was Developing A Really Weird Non-Wankel Rotary Engine

Rambler Once Was Developing A Really Weird Non-Wankel Rotary Engine

Longtime friend of Jalopnik and myself, Tom Jennings , is a huge Rambler fan and walking, moist column of Rambler-knowledge, so when he encounters something Rambler-related he wasn’t aware of, you know it’ll be good. And boy is it: it seems, back in the 1960s, Rambler and Renault were developing—with an unclear level of seriousness—a deeply strange rotary engine that’s not a Wankel-style...

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Mar 25, 2020. 7 comments

Ford's Quickly-Designed Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Are A Clever Re-Use Of F-150 And Hand Tool Parts

Ford's Quickly-Designed Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Are A Clever Re-Use Of F-150 And Hand Tool Parts

Most of the major automakers and many other companies are stepping up to help produce more desperately-needed equipment like air purifiers and respirators, leading to some fascinating improvised quick engineering and design solutions. The results feel a bit like the sort of clever engineering within severe constraints of an Apollo 13-style emergency problem-solving scenario, like Ford’s...

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Feb 25, 2020. 24 comments

Porsche Develops New Tech To Give Drivers What They've Always Wanted: Gigantic Fingerprints On The Hood

Porsche Develops New Tech To Give Drivers What They've Always Wanted: Gigantic Fingerprints On The Hood

If there’s one thing you can say about Porsche, it’s that they have an almost preternatural ability to sense what drivers really, really want from their cars. Porsche’s new announcement about their newly-developed direct printing tech really reinforces this idea: finally, after years of unrequited desire, Porsche will allow buyers to print a giant version of their fingerprint on their hoods....

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Feb 19, 2020. 10 comments

This Is How You Make A Really Crappy Sort-Of Motion Driving Controller In 15 Minutes Or So

This Is How You Make A Really Crappy Sort-Of Motion Driving Controller In 15 Minutes Or So

After last episode’s fairly deep dive into the world of Volkswagen semi-automatic transmissions, I thought this week it might be fun to do some more old driving video game stuff and maybe something a bit more hands-on. But nothing too involved, something that if someone liked the idea, she or he could replicate it while killing time before going out or something. Something quick and dirty....

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Feb 15, 2020. 21 comments

What The Hell Is This Thing Found Under A Panel In An Old Toyota Land Cruiser?

What The Hell Is This Thing Found Under A Panel In An Old Toyota Land Cruiser?
Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

First, I’d like to say that this is precisely the kind of shit I love: those delicious little mundane mysteries of life, just waiting to be revealed under every scrap of filthy carpet. This time, that carpet is in an old Toyota Land Cruiser, and the mystery is a strange little black disc with some wires coming out of...

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Feb 07, 2020. 22 comments

The Brightest LED Truck Light Bar Ever Will Make Your Neighbors Hate You

The Brightest LED Truck Light Bar Ever Will Make Your Neighbors Hate You

If you hate driving in the dark, then I think you’ll enjoy seeing this video of a DIY LED light bar setup. Not only does this thing make everything bright, it takes the dark out behind some dumpsters and beats the dark turds right out of it. Plus, this brightest LED light array is mounted on a very cool custom truck, not that you can really see the truck because you’re effectively blinded.

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Jan 28, 2020. 23 comments

The Volkswagen Type 3 Was In One Important Way The First Genuinely Modern Car

The Volkswagen Type 3 Was In One Important Way The First Genuinely Modern Car

The Volkswagen Type 3 was Volkswagen’s first real attempt to build a car a bit more up-market than the Beetle, and while it never sold in the incredible numbers that Beetles did, was still a mild success. It’s also interesting in that, in one really important way, you could argue it was the first truly modern automobile. Of course, in nearly every other way, it very much wasn’t, but let’s not...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 14, 2020. 8 comments

Are You An Engineer In The Automotive Industry? Jalopnik Wants To Talk With You

Are You An Engineer In The Automotive Industry? Jalopnik Wants To Talk With You

In any story Jalopnik writes, the goal is to provide insight and entertainment. While you can’t really help us improve the latter, you can help with the former, especially if you’re an auto engineer. That’s because many stories in this field can benefit from some level of technical discussion, since cars are inherently technical . But including such a discussion in as many articles as...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 09, 2020. 9 comments

This Old AC Ad Is Kind Of Baffling

This Old AC Ad Is Kind Of Baffling

I happen to have access to an October 1968 copy of Autocar, and in that issue, they had an advertisement from AC, most famously known as the builders of the AC Ace, the car that, with the addition of a beefy Ford V8, became the Shelby Cobra. AC also built a handsome GT car known as the AC 428, a GT car with a Ford 428 cubic inch engine. This advertisement for the AC 428 is kind of baffling to...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 31, 2019. 21 comments

This Is What The Inside Of Your Catalytic Converter Looks Like In Action

This Is What The Inside Of Your Catalytic Converter Looks Like In Action

A catalytic converter is one of those car parts that you know how it works in theory, but you’re really never going to get a chance to see it in action unless you have some sort of crazy x-ray vision. But now that some wild human has sliced one in half, you too can see what that hidden bit of tech looks like.

To put it pretty simply, a catalytic converter is designed to trap and incinerate all...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Dec 28, 2019. 17 comments

What The Hell Is Going On With This Engine?

What The Hell Is Going On With This Engine?

Recently, I found myself in the presence of an engine. This is hardly uncommon, but this engine was, uh, a little weird. The engine itself, a GM inline-six, isn’t that unusual but whatever the hell is going on with that valve cover is. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one quite like that. What’s going on here?

The engine is a third-generation Chevrolet six-cylinder, an engine that was built for a...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 11, 2019. 21 comments

This Is What Happens To Your Car When You Hit A Speed Bump

This Is What Happens To Your Car When You Hit A Speed Bump

Most drivers are familiar with the gut-dropping feeling of running full-tilt over a speed bump. If you’re anything like me, you just clench your teeth, scream inside, and then immediately pretend that nothing happened and everything is fine. Well, friends, you’re about to see what actually, really happens to your car—in slow motion—when you go crashing over a bump and it’s just as jarring as...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Nov 26, 2019. 20 comments

One Big Problem With Driverless Cars: Figuring Out How They Make Money

One Big Problem With Driverless Cars: Figuring Out How They Make Money
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

As it turns out, making cars drive themselves may have been the easy part. The hard part is yet to come. Read up on that, the Ford vs Tesla truck fight, and something strange with Volkswagen and China and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

1st Gear: Pesky “Profit” May Be...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Nov 21, 2019. 12 comments

Uber Got Off Easy

Uber Got Off Easy

Way back when you took your driving test and got your license, someone somewhere gave you a lecture about responsibility. Maybe it was your parents, the driving instructor, or the DMV tester. You were in charge of the car, and therefore it was your responsibility to not crash it.

You probably haven’t gotten that lecture in a while, but it’s still true. Someone must always be responsible for...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 20, 2019. 23 comments

MIT Develops Autonomous Vehicles That Can Figure Out How Big Of An Asshole You Are

MIT Develops Autonomous Vehicles That Can Figure Out How Big Of An Asshole You Are

We keep hearing that autonomous vehicles are coming soon, so very soon, but those of us who actually live and drive in the real world often smirk to ourselves knowingly, thinking about all the assholes that drive cars on a regular basis and what they’re like to share a road with. Good luck, robot, dealing with all those jackasses. It seems that MIT researchers have been thinking the same...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 12, 2019. 20 comments

Inside Pirelli's Massive Formula One Tire Operation

Inside Pirelli's Massive Formula One Tire Operation

When trawling through a Formula One paddock very briefly for the first time back in 2015, my first thought (after I got over the glamor of it all) was, my God there are a lot of tires here. Each team had stacks of tires lined up outside of their garage. Tires were being carted from a giant tent dedicated to fitting them onto rims off to their final destination. After a session, it was...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 12, 2019. 23 comments

Here's The Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Brake Pads

Here's The Difference Between Cheap And Expensive Brake Pads

The cost of car maintenance covers a pretty broad range. While it can be tempting to buy the cheapest products—brake pads, for example—to take a little strain off your wallet, there’s always the thought that maybe those more expensive pads might actually hold up better in the long run. But are they actually worth it? And, if they are, do you have to go really expensive to see any benefits to...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 02, 2019. 23 comments

14-Year-Old Inventor Develops Clever Blind Spot Removal Tech

14-Year-Old Inventor Develops Clever Blind Spot Removal Tech

Alaina Gassler is the sort of kid that, were my parents have heard of her when I was growing up, would have caused an immediate and unflattering comparison between myself and her, with lots of glancing back and forth between me, on the floor losing at some Atari game, and whatever newspaper article or TV segment about her and her accomplishments. It would have ended with a dejected sigh of...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Oct 24, 2019. 18 comments

This Nissan Leaf Prototype Has Two Electric Motors And 304 HP

This Nissan Leaf Prototype Has Two Electric Motors And 304 HP

Nissan has unveiled a new test car based on the Leaf e + that’s designed to try out the company’s newest four-wheel drive software. The whole purpose here is to provide a better, more efficient ride quality for the company’s influx of electric vehicles.

By installing two high-output electric motors at both the front and rear of the car that generate 227kW (304 horsepower), Nissan claims that...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Oct 04, 2019. 24 comments

People Once Wanted Their Cars To Spit Lit Cigarettes At Them

People Once Wanted Their Cars To Spit Lit Cigarettes At Them

It’s easy to forget just how popular and widespread smoking once was. For much of the 20th century, smoking was not just an indulgence some people enjoyed every now and then, but the default vice of pretty much every adult. That’s why cars ended up with cigarette lighters and ashtrays crammed in every door, and why bonkers accessories like the Ronson Robot-Liter exist.

The Ronson Robot-Liter...

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