Mclaren 650s Spider Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S gets torched by a McLaren 650S in a drag race… and it’s not even close

By on July 31, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Tesla Model S gets torched by a McLaren 650S in a drag race… and it’s not even close

When it comes to raw acceleration relative to price, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a car as impressive as the Tesla Model S P85D. With a push of a button, Tesla’s upper-tier model can go from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds flat. Fittingly, Tesla calls this mode Insane Mode.

But as any physics student could tell you, acceleration and speed aren’t the same thing. So while the performance edition of the Model S is an absolute beast getting off the line, that doesn’t necessarily translate into being the most impressive car on the track, speed wise.

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San Francisco Police Quadski Vehicle

Cooler than the Batmobile? San Francisco police have an amazing amphibious bike

By on July 28, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Cooler than the Batmobile? San Francisco police have an amazing amphibious bike

Yes, that’s a police vehicle in the image above and it’s one of three such contraptions the SFPD has in its fleet of vehicles. We’re not looking at some mini version of a Batmobile or anything crazy like that. Instead, it’s a quadski that lets cops chase criminals both on land and on the water without switching vehicles. More →

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Takata Recall Rental Car VIN

These car rental companies still let you rent cars with deadly unfixed recalls

By on July 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM.

These car rental companies still let you rent cars with deadly unfixed recalls

Not all cars are safe, and that’s especially true for rental cars. In light of the massive Fiat Chrysler and Takata recalls, a recent report has looked at what happens with rental cars that are part of such recalls and how that affects unsuspecting renters. In case you happen to rent cars on a regular basis, you should read this before you rent the next one — it might just save your life. More →

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BMW i3 Apple Car

This is the vehicle the Apple Car may be based on

By on July 25, 2015 at 2:15 PM.

This is the vehicle the Apple Car may be based on

The evidence pointing to Apple actually developing its own car continues to grow with each passing week. Just a few days after we highlighted some intriguing car-related hires Apple recently made, now comes word from the German-language Manager Magazin that Apple is hoping to base portions of its own electric car after the BMW i3.

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Fiat Chrysler 1.4 Million Cars Recalled Hacking

Fiat Chrysler recalling unprecedented 1.4m cars due to hacking threat

By on July 24, 2015 at 10:46 AM.

Fiat Chrysler recalling unprecedented 1.4m cars due to hacking threat

Yikes. Fiat Chrysler announced on Friday that it’s recalling 1.4 million automobiles due to concerns about their software security. The announcement comes just days after hackers demonstrated a terrifying hack of a Jeep that was driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour. More →

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University of Michigan Self Driving Cars

University creates a ‘fake’ 32 acre city to test self-driving cars

By on July 21, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

University creates a ‘fake’ 32 acre city to test self-driving cars

Tesla and Google aren’t the only companies aggressively exploring autonomous driving technologies. Earlier this week, a simulated 32 acre city opened up on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. The fake city, so to speak, was developed in conjunction with automakers, a slew of tech companies, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The goal? To test automated and connected cars in real world conditions.

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Apple Car Self Driving

Apple hires another major talent for its top-secret car project

By on July 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM.

Apple hires another major talent for its top-secret car project

With nearly $200 billion in the bank and an R&D budget that’s never been larger, Apple is reportedly making big moves to beef up its growing team of auto industry experts. While we’ve seen reports pointing to Apple’s desire to build an electric car, a recent report in The Wall Street Journal relays that Apple is seriously exploring autonomous vehicle technologies as well.

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Tesla Model S Ludicrous Mode

How Tesla transformed the Model S into a speed demon

By on July 18, 2015 at 10:29 AM.

How Tesla transformed the Model S into a speed demon

Tesla yesterday made a number of important product announcements, not the least of which is a new $10,000 upgrade to its already impressive Model S P85D. That extra 10 large will now provide drivers with even more speed and acceleration as Tesla’s top of the line sedan will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds flat and drive a quarter of a mile in 10.9 seconds.

In typical Tesla fashion, tapping into the Model S’ improved acceleration is accomplished by turning on “Ludicrous Mode”, a fitting name for a car that already has an “Insane Mode.”

Improving acceleration by 10% on a car that’s already wicked fast is no small feat, which is why Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s explanation regarding how Tesla engineers managed to do it is worth highlighting.

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Tesla Model S Upgrade Ludicrous Mode

Tesla unveils big Model S upgrade – car will go from 0 to 60 in ludicrous 2.8 seconds

By on July 17, 2015 at 2:26 PM.

Tesla unveils big Model S upgrade – car will go from 0 to 60 in ludicrous 2.8 seconds

Tesla is known for delivering cars that have crazy acceleration, but it’s newest upgrade to the Model S P85D is positively ludicrous. Tesla on Friday announced an upgrade to its Model S car that will give it a range of 300 miles per charge and let it accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a “ludicrous” 2.8 seconds. In fact, this acceleration is so impressive that Tesla is literally calling it “Ludicrous Mode.” More →

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Hankook Tires

Company develops air-free car tires that will never go flat

By on July 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Company develops air-free car tires that will never go flat

For as far as automotive technology has advanced in just the past decade alone, the frustration of dealing with a flat tire remains a problem that affects everyone. So while we now have cars that can switch lanes and parallel park all by themselves, we still haven’t stumbled upon a solution to eliminate flat tires.

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Google Self-Driving Car Photos

This is what the inside of Google’s new self-driving car looks like

By on July 14, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

This is what the inside of Google’s new self-driving car looks like

Over the past few months, Google has begun rolling out a new prototype of its self-driving car. You might have seen photos of the cars online, but over the weekend, Google visited the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California for the first public showing of the car.

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Conan Comic-Con Mad Max

Video: Conan drives to Comic-Con in the massive Mad Max Doof Wagon

By on July 9, 2015 at 10:14 AM.

Video: Conan drives to Comic-Con in the massive Mad Max Doof Wagon

Conan O’Brien certainly knows how to make an entrance. Driving to Comic-Con in San Diego this week, Conan decided to go all out with the ultimate Mad Max cosplay by driving down in the massive Doof Wagon that we saw in Mad Max: Fury Road. More →

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