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IBM's 500-Mile EV Lithium Air Technology (Video)

On: Wed, May 2, 2012 at 10:00AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Imagine a world where an electric vehicle could travel just as far as a gas vehicle. There'd be no more range anxiety, no more excuses for right wing talk show hosts to knock the electric vehicle industry, and no more reason to ever pay another dime for a tank of gas, assuming that such an EV was affordable. The player that produces battery technology capable of giving the EV that type of range is going to be quite wealthy and popular. Could it be IBM? The once-household name in technology shows its lithium-air technology.

IBM began its research in 2009 and recently demonstrated the charge and recharge chemistry of its lithium-air technology in the lab. The technology replaces the heavy metal oxides used in current generation batteries with oxygen pulled from the air. This makes the batteries much lighter and delivers a high energy density, according to the company. IBM believes that the technology could produce a family sized car capable of traveling 500 miles per charge - that's an electric vehicle that drives way past range anxiety.


Build Your Own (Paper) Bugatti Veyron For (Mostly) Free

On: Tue, May 1, 2012 at 11:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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More so than most any other car on the road, the Bugatti Veyron delivers a mix of intrigue and indifference. It's a car that you can't help but have some emotion over - its distinct look, world record numbers, massive powertrain and horrible, horrible fuel economy just demand an opinion one way or another. Yet it's a car that you'll certainly never own and probably never even see driven, so your opinion is almost for naught.

Well, you may never own an actual Veyron - or any other 1,000+ hp supercar - but if you have a little time on your hands, you can build a pretty accurate large-scale model.


The Evolution Of The SRT Viper (Video)

On: Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 9:17AM | By: Chris Weiss


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No matter how many times I write it, I still can't get used to it: SRT Viper. Thankfully, Chrysler takes us back to a simpler time when the Viper still enjoyed a comfy home at Dodge. A new video gives viewers an historic look at the flagship sports car.

Those that don't know much about the Viper may be surprised to note that it was the brainchild of two iconic American auto minds that are now more closely associated with the other two members of the Detroit Big 3. Bob Lutz, most recently known for his role as GM vice chairman, and Carroll Shelby, whose name is closely associated with high-end Ford Mustangs, were the driving forces behind the Viper back in the late 80s. They set out to build a throwback, 60s-style muscle car - similar to Shelby's own Cobra, only with modern technology. The concept version of the Viper debuted at the 1989 North American International Auto Show.


Ford And Yahoo! Team Up On Video Series

On: Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


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It must be nice to be a big corporation. Because you can go to other big corporations and say, "Hey I want to promote my new product; how about we go in on it together and both win!" That's what Ford and Yahoo! are up to in a new video series called Plugged In.

You see, Ford has its first electric vehicle to advertise (and given the car's high price, it will need all the help it can get), and Yahoo! has a new (launched last fall) video site called Screen. Ford needs to get out there and Yahoo wants content to drive traffic - a big, corporate win-win.


 

Carolla Takes Cake At Long Beach Grand Prix

On: Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:52PM | By: Chris Salamone


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We’ve seen Adam Carolla do movies, standup comedy, pseudo-journalistic auto enthusiast TV shows, and celebreality. We’ve also seen him pick up a healthy appetite for vintage racing. Somehow though, despite frequent at bats, Mr. Carolla has struggled to achieve automotive stardom – following the burnt rubber of industry giants like Steve McQueen or Jay Leno.

But no longer: as of Saturday’s 36th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix at Long Beach, Adam Carolla has entered the annals of driving greatness by achieving victory despite nearby accidents and a late-stage challenger.


Bugatti Shows Grand Sport Vitesse In New Video

On: Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 10:02AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Some cars just demand video action, and any car defined by 'world's fastest' anything is definitely one such car. Bugatti debuted the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse at the Geneva Motor Show last month, and it has released a new promo video showing the world's fastest convertible in action.

If you missed it, the Grand Sport Vitesse is essentially the convertible version of the Veyron Super Sport, the world's fastest car with a record of 267.8 mph. The Vitesse features the same beefed up quad turbochargers that push the W-16 engine to 1,200-hp and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque. Bugatti strengthened the standard Grand Sport design to handle the extra power and speed.


Onslaught Of New Nissans Teased (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:57AM | By: Chris Weiss


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After a multi-teaser campaign led to the official debut of the 2013 Altima last week, we'd think Nissan would be tired of teasing. Turns out, it's just getting started. Nissan has teased a busy 15 months filled with four more new models.

The teaser shows a total of five models all sheeted over. At the end of the video, one of the models reveals itself as the 2013 Altima, which we've already seen. The other four models remain a mystery, but Nissan makes clear it plans to reveal them over the course of 15 months.


Dodge Darts Industry First Wireless Phone Charger

On: Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 1:33PM | By: Chris Salamone


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For years now, automakers have diligently sought a solution to wireless electrical transmission. The technology has existed for decades, but efficiency has always been a problem – until recently. Although non-physical electrical vehicle battery charging hasn’t been perfected yet, smaller energy loads are having wire-free success. Chrysler just announced the introduction of an in-vehicle wireless charging system to be available on the 2013 Dodge Dart.

And, of course, the crafty folks at Mopar are responsible. So far the system will be compatible with iPhone, Blackberry, many MP3 Players and Droid-based devices.


Narrow Escape As Big Rig(s) Fall Off Mountain (Video)

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 1:56PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Sometimes, when the going gets rough, the tough get going. Unfortunately, in a case of man vs. mountain, only one of the two drivers in the following video narrowly escaped disaster. The other chose to remain in his rapidly descending semi-truck.

BBC Europe reports that the driver of the semi is in stable condition after having fallen at least 200 feet. The tow truck operator, on the other hand, did manage to abandon his vehicle in time…but just barely.


Honda's Hilarious April Fools' Anti-Theft System

On: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 1:42PM | By: Chris Salamone


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Year after year, Honda consistently ranks highly in reliability and value. But another, less advertised, Honda attribute also tops some lists. Few automakers, in the history of cars, can attest to having a longer track record for attracting thievery. And even fewer still are the automakers which have mastered the art of April Fools’ advertising.

Honda usually spearheads the list of most stolen vehicles from the National Insurance Crime Bureau – but all that is about to change. Honda plans to address would-be criminals and nervous consumers in one fell swoop. In 2013, Honda vehicles will feature a new security technology which attempts to prevent theft with negotiations and psychoanalysis. Say hello to TERII, and what is perhaps the best April Fools’ joke in recent memory.

While TERII will offer some familiar features, like keyless entry and voice command, Honda’s latest anti-theft system is unlike anything currently available on the mass market. Meaning, buyers could pay top dollar to get a celebrity-like, aftermarket security unit, but Honda plans to make artificial intelligence security mainstream.


Savage Rivale Shows Its Unique Convertible System (Video)

On: Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:25PM | By: Chris Weiss


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If you've never heard of Savage Rivale, don't feel bad. Up until a few months ago, we hadn't either. The Netherlands-based startup is in the process of rethinking the supercar with its Roadyacht GTS. Everything about this car makes it unique, including its innovative roof system, which Savage has shown a rendering of in a short, new video.

While the term "supercar" typically refers to a powerful, fast, lightweight two-door coupe, Savage Rivale extends the term to its funky convertible with four wing doors and four seats. While adding the weight of two rear doors and a convertible system would usually prevent a car from performing with other supercars, Savage claims to have weight down below 3,000 lbs., allowing the Roadyacht's 670-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8 to provide a 3.4-second to 62 mph time and a 205 mph top speed.