Posts Tagged: ‘cars’
It was a concept car in 2009, and now it is a real car being manufactured in California. It’s called the Fisker Karma and it is a plug-in hybrid that should be able to compete with cars like the Chevy Volt and Tesla Roadster. Here’s a look: More info: First Drive: 2012 Fisker Karma And […]
The Spark Plugs used in an internal combustion engine have been nearly unchanged since the beginning. The design is very simple – a high-voltage spark jumps a tiny gap and this spark ignites gasoline. Spark plugs are a relatively cheap, reliable way to get the job done. But spark plugs are not perfect, so now […]
Anyone who has ever played with Hot Wheel cars knows that there are two staples in the track layout arena: There is the loop, and there is the jump. At the Indy 500 this year, they are scaling the jump up to real life: World-Record Jump Attempt Set for Indianapolis 500 A dedicated crew of […]
Baja SAE is a competition for college students – the goal is to design, build and race a Baja-style car, as shown here: Power comes from a 10 HP overhead valve Briggs&Stratton engine Building a typical Baja SAE car from the frame up: Why is Baja SAE important? This video is a long explanation of […]
The video is funny because of the events and the outcomes… But it also makes you ask – what can you do with a rental car? For example, if you do burnouts for two days and return the car with bald tires, what happens? If you enter a rental car in a 24-hour race, what […]
We have talked about Google’s self driving cars on a couple of previous occasions: – How self-driving cars work – Google’s self-driving cars Now Google has a version that can drive like a bat out of hell (in case you are wondering where that expression originated, this page can help): This does look impressive, but […]
by Marshall Brain | March 2, 2011
What if you can’t get all the horsepower you want from a single v8 engine? One option is to combine two V8s in a single car. That is the design idea behind the Priapism from Sire Custom Performance. You can see the car and hear about its design philosophy here: These videos show the car […]
by Marshall Brain | February 24, 2011
Imagine that you are a mechanical engineering student in college. Being a MechE, you would probably want to get your hands dirty making something mechanical. And what better thing to make than a car? Cars are the most complicated mechanical objects that people come into contact with on a daily basis. To ratchet it up […]
by Marshall Brain | February 18, 2011
Why are there dots around the edges of some car windshields? — Jim, Annandale, Va.
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