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SSC Tuatara Gear Ratio Testing Video, 0-To-200 MPH In Under 16 Seconds

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 12:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

SSC Tuatara Gear Ratio Testing test 2

Remember the SSC Tuatara? Of course you do. How do you forget a 1,350-hp hypercar with a completely new, sexy Castriotta design and world speed record intentions? You don't. But in case you did, a new video is here to remind you about this awesome supercar.

SSC was out testing gear ratios for its latest car on an Ultimate Aero prototype. As is the company's M.O., it wasn't on any fancy track but on a piece of public road (Shelby's last car, the Ultimate Aero TT, broke the world speed record on a piece of Washington highway).

No Toyota FT-86 Yet, But We Do Have An FT-86 App

On: Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss

FT-86 App test 2

I can't think of a car that I've ever been so sick and tired of as the FT-86. At this point, I don't even want to see the production version in Tokyo. I really don't care anymore. Toyota has shoved this thing down our throats to the point that I think even the biggest Toyota sports car nuts don't care that much.

You would have thought that with three separate concept versions—a bright orange version of one of those concepts and an equally slow-to-develop Subaru sibling—Toyota would have had its fill of FT-86 teasing. But that's not the case. Toyota just launched a new app for its sports coupe. If that's not bad enough, the app is actually designed to get people to try to look for the concept that they've already seen oh so many times before.

NHTSA Going To Disney World! (To Test Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications)

On: Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

NHTSA: Going To Disney World! (To Test Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications) test 2

Technology is going to be a growing story in the automotive industry. While some of that technology is of questionable value to safety and driving, some is designed specifically to make cars and commutes safer. You can actually find examples like blind spot detection and electronic stability control in current vehicles.

The future promises even more safety-driven technology, and one such aspect that companies like BMW are working on is vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Essentially, cars would be able to communicate with each other, process important traffic data, and deliver it to the driver to make the commute safer and more efficient.

The National Highway Transportation Authority NHTSA) recently held a vehicle-to-vehicle test event at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Florida.

The Case For Edmunds' Parody-DocuDrama Review

On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 Jeep Wrangler test 2

“Finding water is the first priority when trying to survive in the desert, but nature provides everything you need… if you know where to find it,” said Mike Monticello from Edmunds.com as he pulled open a seemingly abandoned Jeep Wrangler’s trunk hatch filled with water and Doritos. When trying to escape the wilderness, sometimes you get lucky and find civilization. Other times, a fellow adventurer saves you from disaster. And other, less frequent, times you find a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara stocked with delicious snacks and a handy set of keys—just waiting for a quick test review.

It just so happens that Road Test Editor Mike Monticello found himself without a functioning vehicle after several days in the Mojave Desert. To make matters worse, he was completely out of food, tired, and could self-rescue only on foot. And then, seemingly without warning, he stumbled upon Option 3.


GM Prepares To Launch Chevy EN-V

On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

GM Prepares To Launch Chevy EN-V test 2

I remember the sheer shock and anger I felt when one of GM's first moves after securing public bailout money in 2009 was revealing the P.U.M.A electric pod concept. I could hardly believe that GM chose to partner with Segway—not exactly a successful powerhouse in the transportation segment—for a concept after just getting billions of dollars in public funding. And the vehicle they released was so damn ridiculous that it actually made the Segway look cool.

Since that time, the GM-Segway team-up has only gotten more ridiculous, moving from a lightweight, open-air design to a big, awkward, fully enclosed pile of not-selling-many. And again I'm filled with shock and a little anger knowing that GM, still a company beholden to the American public, is moving ahead with plans of building this thing. In fact, it has given the EN-V a home in the Chevy line.

Ford To Equip More Vehicles With Text-Reading Capabilities

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 3:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Equip More Vehicles With Text-Reading Capabilities test 2

Imagine this. You're driving along in your Mustang on a deserted road in the middle of the afternoon. The sky is bright blue; there's not a single car on the road ahead; and you decide to put that V-6 engine to the test, going a little faster than you'd usually go. All of the sudden, your car starts talking to you telling you all about how your girlfriend is out shopping for her bridesmaid dress and is so pissed about what a bridezilla diva-monger the bride is being.

"OMG! OMG!!!!" you think. "Please tell me more! My fast, serene country road drive was oh so perfect before it was ruined by completely random girlfriend drama that I don't care about. Thanks Ford!"

That is your future with Ford's text-reading function, which will be equipped to a raft of new vehicles.

Nissan Debuts Hybrid Technology

On: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:05AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Debuts Hybrid Technology test 2

Nissan may be a leader in terms of electric vehicles, but it's lagged behind the competition in terms of hybrid technology. It debuted the Altima Hybrid in 2007, but chose to just borrow Toyota technology instead of developing its own. The Altima Hybrid has been Nissan's only hybrid offering and was recently canceled from its 2012 lineup. While Toyota and Honda offer cars like the Prius, Fit and CR-X, Nissan is essentially hybrid-less.

Well, Nissan announced its very own hybrid system last week, and it intends to bring it to the US market within about two years.

GM Expects Partially Autonomous Cars By 2015

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 5:14PM | By: David Walter

GM Expects Partially Autonomous Cars By 2015 test 2

Believe it or not, many newer cars found on the road today already feature the building blocks for partial or fully autonomous platforms. Cameras, sensors, GPS and wireless technology are currently used to supply information to both the driver and the car. However, if these tools were to be combined with car-to-infrastructure communication, what once was thought as mere science-fiction could quickly become reality.

If you’re like me, that still seems like a rather large “what if” scenario, but Alan Taub, GM’s Vice President of Global Research and Development, seems much more optimistic.

“Vehicles that partially drive themselves will be available by the middle of the decade with more sophisticated self-driving systems by the end of the decade," said Taub at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Orlando last Sunday.

Latest Russian Military Hovercraft [Insert Dolph Lundgren Quip Here]

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

Russian Military Spec Christy 6143 test 2

A country famous for implementing the world’s largest military hovercraft, the SR-N4, has created a new hovering killing machine. Caught during the filming of an upcoming Russian movie, made by an appropriately-named studio ‘Lenfilm’, this newest Russian military-grade hovercraft makes short work of sand, mud, and even choppy surf. Fans of the soon-to-be Red Dawn remake won’t be disappointed to hear that Russia still values the heady stench of glory with their Christy 6143 hovercraft, designed specifically for Special Forces operations “of any complexity.”

BMW MicroNavigation To Build On GPS

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW MicroNavigation To Build On GPS test 2

As much of a boon as GPS has been, there's definitely room for it to improve. Adding more accuracy, more updated infrastructure information and points of interest and gaining more information about roads themselves are a few of the ways I could see GPS improving. I imagine one day in the future, GPS will be able to automatically tell you when the speed limit changes, warn you of pot holes or impending hazards and help you navigate your way around shopping complexes and other micro systems.

BMW, which has been just teeming with technology lately, provided a look at one of the new features that it will use to enhance the functionality of its navigation systems. Another aspect of ConnectedDrive, it's called microNavigation and it will help to make your drive as efficient as possible.

Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: David Walter

Drop In Accidents Linked To BlackBerry Outage test 2

Surprisingly, Apple's new iPhone 4S wasn't the only phone making headlines last week. For three days (Tuesday through Thursday), millions of BlackBerry users in Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, Latin America and parts of North America were left without services like messaging, email and internet due to a major server crash. While the outage may have inconvenienced BlackBerry owners (and really damaged RIM’s [Research In Motion – makers of BlackBerry phones] reputation), it may have made roads in the Middle East a safer place.

According to The National, traffic accidents fell 20 percent in Dubai and 40 percent (with no fatal accidents) in Abu Dhabi during the days of BlackBerry’s disruption.