Honda Creates Giant Transforming Ridgeline Rocketship for the Rose Bowl

On January 1, a giant Honda Ridgeline will rise from a bed of flowers in a cloud of mist. Then, under the guidance of ASIMO - Honda's walking robot - it will transform into a rocket ship and blast off for the stars. During lift off, the truck's hood will fold forward, revealing an ASIMO containing cockpit, while the… » 12/28/07 5:30pm 12/28/07 5:30pm

Ford uses Child Labor to Design Cars

As established vehicle designers grow more and more famous, the salaries they charge sky rocket. In an effort to reduce these costs, Ford is taking the revolutionary step of outsourcing design for future vehicles to an organization known for imprisoning children and sapping their creativity. Speaking to the New York… » 12/20/07 10:30am 12/20/07 10:30am

Daredevil to Recreate Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Jump, in a Limo

Just weeks after Evel Knievel's death, one of the daredevil's biggest fans has declared his intention to recreate Evel's most famous jump, in a limousine. "Mad" Mike Hughes, who declares himself "The Most Famous Limousine Driver in the World," already holds the Guinness World Record for the longest jump in a limo.… » 12/19/07 3:15pm 12/19/07 3:15pm

Tata values Jaguar, Land Rover at $2b. Are they crazy?

According to the New York Times, Ford could seal the deal on a Jaguar, Land Rover sell off in a matter of days. Indian firms Tata and Mahindra & Mahindra are currently the highest bidders, valuing the company at $2.05 and $1.90 billion respectively. Both sums are considerably more than the £10 Phoenix paid BMW for… » 12/19/07 12:30pm 12/19/07 12:30pm

Heathrow to get world's first Personal Rapid Transport system

London's Heathrow Airport is set to install the world's first Personal Rapid Transport system. The PRT is a fleet of 18 driverless pods for business passengers flying out of Terminal Five, with installation scheduled to be complete in less than two years. Traveling at up to 25mph, the pods will ferry passengers… » 12/18/07 1:30pm 12/18/07 1:30pm

Caparo T1 adopts F1 style crumple zone

Now this is our kind of safety package, not an overly enthusiastic traction controls system or side-curtain airbag in site. The Caparo T1 relies instead on a Formula 1 style carbon fiber an aluminum honeycomb tub surrounded by a crumple zone made from the same material. Carbon is again employed in the nose, which… » 12/13/07 12:30pm 12/13/07 12:30pm

Teenage Hoon Slapped with $104,000 Insurance Premium

Being a teenager in Canada isn't all it's cracked up to be. Described as having "a tendency to speed" by his doting mother, 19 -year old Jason Towers has racked up no less than 10 speeding tickets since he got his license in May 2005. Towers claims most of those tickets were given for only going a few kilometers over… » 12/12/07 12:15pm 12/12/07 12:15pm

Ariel considers motorcycle production

The Ariel Atom is already the closest thing to a motorcycle on four wheels, so it makes sense that they're considering making bikes. They've released three ideas to the public, hoping to garner feedback on which would be the most popular. Pictured above is the most radical, a supercharged single-cylinder engine with… » 12/11/07 1:15pm 12/11/07 1:15pm

Aston Martins to feature Bang & Olufsen stereos

Already found in the black plastic and brushed aluminum interiors of most high-end Audis, Bang & Olufsen have announced their stereos will soon grace the wood and crystal environs of Aston Martin. Personally, we think listening to anything other than the glorious V12 soundtrack in a Vanquish is a crime against nature,… » 12/11/07 12:45pm 12/11/07 12:45pm

Skoda Unveils 2009 Superb

Wow, we continue to be boggled by Skoda's meteoric move up market. The company released these teaser shots today of the 2009 Superb sedan. No details, except that it'll feature a "generously sized interior" and "a number of smart solutions." The rest will be unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in March. Is it just… » 12/11/07 11:45am 12/11/07 11:45am

Coming soon: Free Cars

With the lifetime costs of running a vehicle exceeding their purchase price, it makes sense that a company aiming to sell personal transportation would be willing to give away the means to charge you lots of money. Think cell phones, the fancy phone is free; you pay to use it by the minute. While this business model… » 12/10/07 1:15pm 12/10/07 1:15pm

Is this the End? F1 Bans Engine Development for 10 Years

FIA has just announced a 10-year ban on engine development in Formula One. Teams will have to submit an engine to FIA by March 31, 2008, which they will then have to use through 2017. Speaking about the decision, FIA President Max Mosley said, "There is no need to develop an F1 engine any further. The engine runs at… » 12/09/07 2:33pm 12/09/07 2:33pm

CAFE Bill passes House, stalls in Senate

A bill that would raise the fuel economy standard for cars and trucks to 35mpg by 2020 has stalled in the Senate after passing in the House of Representatives. The bill, which is heavily contested by lobbyists for the American auto industry, failed to reach cloture by 7 votes. It's expected that Democrats will push… » 12/07/07 2:00pm 12/07/07 2:00pm

Jeremy Clarkson takes on thugs and wins

Confronted by a gang of teenage hoodlums outside his daughter's birthday party, Jeremy Clarkson went on the offensive. After grabbing the ringleader by his hoodie, the gang pulled out their mobile phone cameras in an attempt to frame the Top Gear presenter for assault. Writing in his Sun column, Clarkson said "Plainly… » 12/06/07 2:00pm 12/06/07 2:00pm

Electric Cars to Share Batteries with Power Plants, Reduce Pollution

A system under development by University of Delaware scientists could turn parked electric and plug-in hybrid cars into energy storage devices for the electricity grid. By using their batteries to release stored energy back into the grid during demand spikes, electric cars could help power plants operate more… » 12/06/07 1:00pm 12/06/07 1:00pm

Electric Mini for sale in Sam's Club Catalog

Hybrid Technologies - who make electric, not hybrid vehicles - are offering their electric Mini on the cover of the new Sam's Club holiday catalog. While the diminutive $65,000 car would make a great stocking stuffer, we're not sure how many Jumbo Family Size packs of discount Sam's Club brand stockings you could fit… » 12/04/07 2:30pm 12/04/07 2:30pm