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Why are our cars painted such boring colors?

They’re all white and silver. Cars used to be poppy red! Tangerine! Pea green! [SLSlate, 2011]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 24, 2016 - 115 comments

I think the best way to describe it is corruscatingly, brutally fast.

Do you like electric cars? Renewable energy? How about a certain Service Mechanoid from Red Dwarf? If so, you should be watching Robert Llewellyn having a tremendous time hosting Fully Charged (YouTube). Whether it's acquiring "roadborne Tourettes" driving the Tesla Model S P85D (and the followup in the Model S P90DL), or the slightly modified 1974 Enfield 8000 ECC, called the Flux Capacitor, he's the very picture of a man having a terrific time. [more inside]
posted by underflow on Apr 22, 2016 - 50 comments

The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane. "The car is the star. That’s been true for well over a century—unrivaled staying power for an industrial-age, pistons-and-brute-force machine in an era so dominated by silicon and software. Cars conquered the daily culture of American life back when top hats and child labor were in vogue, and well ahead of such other innovations as radio, plastic, refrigerators, the electrical grid, and women’s suffrage. A big part of why they’ve stuck around is that they are the epitome of convenience." [more inside]
posted by narancia on Apr 12, 2016 - 341 comments

You gonna rock down to Electric Avenue?

Tesla Model 3 announced. 215 mile range, $35K for base model, available in "late 2017". Tesla took over 125,000 pre-orders in under 24 hours before the car was even unveiled. If you want an EV now, the Nissan Leaf is cheaper than the Model 3, but only has a 107 mile range. The Chevy Bolt will be out later this year with a range similar to Tesla's car. In other EV news, 30% of vehicles sold in Norway last year were plugin electric, while China is working on a home grown solution. But with gas prices still at near historic lows, will the EV revolution come fast enough to impact climate change?
posted by gwint on Apr 1, 2016 - 211 comments

"...and then halfway through, HERE COMES THE DUMPSTER OF POOP."

What do you get when you mix a good liberal arts education, surprisingly good automotive journalism, and toilet humour? Regular Car Reviews. Regular Car Reviews is a Youtube Channel run by two car guys from Pennsylvania. Toilet humour, non sequiturs, modified acoustic covers of 90's classics, and surprisingly good automotive history and journalism about cars (the odd motorcycle, and one airplane). [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Mar 31, 2016 - 13 comments

Second Sound Barrier Trailer

"I've only got two speeds: fast and dead." (SLYT)
posted by josher71 on Mar 10, 2016 - 32 comments

Cats are cute but sometimes clumsy

Forget checking for hedgehogs on Bonfire Night - Nissan have put together an ad to remind you to knock on your car bonnet in the winter.
posted by mippy on Feb 17, 2016 - 41 comments

The 101 Slow Jam

Most construction projects are bumpy....but this one, starts out smooth.
posted by vespabelle on Feb 7, 2016 - 12 comments

Matt LeBlanc is new Top Gear Presenter

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc is to be one of the new presenters of Top Gear when the motoring programme returns to BBC Two in May.
posted by veedubya on Feb 4, 2016 - 87 comments

Death Race 2014

In 2014, gun deaths outpace motor vehicle deaths in 21 states and D.C., according to the newest study from Violence Policy Center. (VPC previously) [more inside]
posted by Mr.Pointy on Jan 25, 2016 - 102 comments

4 MILLION HORSEPOWER OF MIMETIC POLYALLOY

20,000 cars in Trackmania, flowing like liquid metal. Cars start at 1.37. tw: dubstep [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo on Jan 5, 2016 - 37 comments

◃--◠---▹

The Car, Thunder Charger, Plymouth Barracuda SSXR, Supervan, Batmobile, AMX-400 all rolled out of Barris Kustoms, home of car customiser and fabricator George Barris who passed away today at age 89. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 5, 2015 - 23 comments

Ten concept cars from the Tokyo Motor Show

Weird, or future, or both! There's the "car-like thing," the "three-seater with a swiveling cabin," the boat that's not a boat, the one with eight wheels, an "extreme super pickup truck" with scissor doors, a sidestep into the Toyato RV-2, and the one with the cute little head on the dash. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Oct 28, 2015 - 25 comments

What Can I Do To Get You In This Car Today?

I can see you've got discerning taste; perhaps a 1949 or a 1960 Jaguar? How about something in a sporty ragtop, like this 1960 Triumph TR-3, this 1965 Austin-Healey, or something in a 1976 Alfa Romeo? Something for the family? Or maybe something smaller? Or do you need something modern, like this 1981 DeLorean? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 15, 2015 - 30 comments

"What happened to Lane is illegal."

"A BuzzFeed News investigation into Texas judicial practice found that with no public defenders present, traffic court judges routinely flout the law, locking up people for days, weeks, and sometimes even months because they did not pay fines they could not afford. The result is a modern-day version of debtors prison, an institution that was common two centuries ago but has been outlawed since the early ’70s."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 8, 2015 - 45 comments

The latest battleground in language shaping culture

His daughter died as a result of a car "accident". He and others argue that they should be called "crashes". An academic exercise, or the latest battle in changing the way people think about car culture?
posted by Automocar on Oct 4, 2015 - 232 comments

"...unfamiliarity does not equate to impracticality."

The Case for More Traffic Roundabouts — "Here’s why: Using simple principles of physics, roundabouts dramatically reduce crash rates, as well as injuries and deaths. They diminish vehicle emissions. They are a more effective use of road space, and cost less to maintain than traditional four-way intersections. And it’s time that America learns to love them."
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 18, 2015 - 141 comments

$ git clone hwy://car

Local and international manufacturers, people, and companies collaborate in different ways on Open Source cars.
posted by juiceCake on Sep 15, 2015 - 7 comments

Google says it's the other drivers' fault

Since 2009, Google cars have been in 16 crashes, mostly fender-benders, and in every single case, the company says, a human was at fault. Researchers in the fledgling field of autonomous vehicles say that one of the biggest challenges facing automated cars is blending them into a world in which humans don’t behave by the book. These robots "have to learn to be aggressive in the right amount, and the right amount depends on the culture.” (SLNYT)
posted by RedOrGreen on Sep 1, 2015 - 87 comments

Where The Fords And Lincolns Were Settin' The Pace

Halloween Meets Gasoline: The 24 Hours Of LeMons is a short film by Marcus Ubungen about the race of the same name.
posted by mattdidthat on Aug 12, 2015 - 9 comments

Hackers Remotely Control Jeep Cherokee

Security researchers Charlie Miller (@0xcharlie) and Christopher Valasek (@nudehaberdasher) have found an exploit for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system allowing for remote control of many vehicle functions including climate control, audio, braking, and under certain conditions, steering. They plan to release details during a talk at next month's DEFCON 23 hacking conference. Chrysler has already issued a patch for the vulnerability, but it requires a manual update.
posted by Small Dollar on Jul 21, 2015 - 133 comments

"Cars 2 always comes in last in Pixar rankings, and justifiably so."

Pixar's 15 movies, ranked: Vulture | Collider | ET | EW [slideshow] | TV Guide [slideshow] | The Wrap | Washington Post, which disagrees on methodology: "My way to rank the Pixar canon is simple: How much did the film give you the feels?" [more inside]
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Jul 5, 2015 - 211 comments

Vrrrrrrm

What F1 Cars Would Look Like if F1 Got Its Act Together
posted by Artw on Jun 20, 2015 - 84 comments

Are many rappers secretly also hunters?

On Medium's Cuepoint, MC Big Data analyzed data from all rap lyrics available on Rap Genius to determine the most popular ride in Hip Hop. [more inside]
posted by numaner on Jun 12, 2015 - 26 comments

Armageddon as Autogeddon

Mad Max: ‘Punk’s Sistine Chapel’ – A Ballardian Primer
posted by Artw on Apr 12, 2015 - 28 comments

A hundred eighty-six thousand miles!

It wasn’t easy to buy a car in the Soviet Union. Usually, the first thing to do was to sign up on a decade-long waiting list to register your interest in owning a vehicle. Secondly, you needed to save what was then a huge sum of money; a new Zaphorozhets cost the equivalent of about 30 times the average monthly salary. A few people found a different way, however – assembling cars with their own hands. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Feb 11, 2015 - 17 comments

I can’t have you smart folk mucking up progress with your silly dystopia

I Find Your Lack Of Faith In Autonomous Cars Disturbing [SLMedium] (Previously on the blue.)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 5, 2015 - 175 comments

Humans Need Not Apply

Full of assumptions, still thought-provoking article about self-driving cars by writer Zach Kanter, How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs and Reshape the Economy by 2025. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Feb 1, 2015 - 193 comments

OMG, it's full of cars!

Babies going through tunnels in cars {SLYT}
posted by pjern on Jan 29, 2015 - 33 comments

The mating call of Mustang

VROOM! The “aural experience” of a car, they argue, is an intangible that’s just as priceless as what’s revving under the hood.
posted by bitmage on Jan 21, 2015 - 67 comments

Cars: How do they work?

You wonder how your car works, you say? Let the wisdom of the ancients guide you. Start with springs and shock absorbers (1938). [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Dec 31, 2014 - 41 comments

1964 Chevy Malibu

The Weirdest Things You Never Knew About The Making Of Repo Man
posted by Artw on Dec 19, 2014 - 70 comments

Anybody want a Burnt Rubber Special from Randy's Donuts?

Drift master Ken Block's newest video, Gymkhana 7, is a tire smoke-filled drift romp through the deserted streets and freeways of Los Angeles. A commemoration of the Ford Mustang's 50th anniversary, his vehicle this time is a custom-built, 850hp, all wheel drive 1965 'Stang lovingly named the Hoonicorn RTR . [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 17, 2014 - 40 comments

Weasels Ripped My Car

What happens when a group of adorable but destructive martens is unleashed on an Audi A3 Cabriolet wired with cameras throughout? Teutonic quality control produces viral gold, that's what. (SLYT Audi/GoProBlue, but with martens.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Nov 7, 2014 - 49 comments

Safe at any speed -- until the ignition cuts out

Countless articles have been written about General Motors and its massive recalls earlier this year. What hasn’t been fully told is how GM might have gotten away with multiple counts of consumercide were it not for the efforts of three men: a Georgia lawyer, a Mississippi mechanic, and a Florida engineer.
How an unsafe ignition lock helped kill tens of people and the people who found out the truth about it.
posted by MartinWisse on Oct 30, 2014 - 66 comments

Car model diorama-rama

Instagram user takupon0816 is a constant stream of the most incredible model car dioramas. The weathering and lighting are so spot on that most barely give away they are in fact small scale models and not life-sized photoshoots. Weathering is a big thing in scale modeling with tools and techniques specifically made for it. There are also diorama model museums in Japan dedicated to showcasing the craft.
posted by mathowie on Oct 23, 2014 - 8 comments

I get around

Rodney Durham stopped working in 1991, declared bankruptcy and lives on Social Security. Nonetheless, Wells Fargo lent him $15,197 to buy a used Mitsubishi sedan. “I am not sure how I got the loan,” Mr. Durham, age 60, said.

Mr. Durham’s application said that he made $35,000 as a technician at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., according to a copy of the loan document. But he says he told the dealer he hadn’t worked at the hospital for more than three decades. Now, after months of Wells Fargo pressing him over missed payments, the bank has repossessed his car.
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The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start. The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.

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This is the face of the new subprime boom. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 1, 2014 - 69 comments

In pleasanter anniversary news...

Hey, remember when Oprah gave everyone in her audience a new car (previously)? It was ten years ago tomorrow.
posted by Small Dollar on Sep 12, 2014 - 64 comments

Memorable cars of Hollywood

You may not agree with this list of memorable cars of Hollywood, but it sure is fun scrolling through it.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 9, 2014 - 41 comments

"Guns. Lots of Guns" Multiple Internet Movie Databases

Ever wanted an IMDB but for guns? Welcome to the IMFDB - The Internet Movie Database of Guns The IMDB [Internet Movie Database] is 23 years old this year. Launched in 1990, and filled with cast/crew info as well as trivia and goofs it is the go to location for film information online. But did you know that the IMFDB [Internet Movie Firearms Database] is the place to go to get the most comprehensive information on any firearms used in media? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Aug 26, 2014 - 27 comments

Hey you, up in the sky, learning to fly, tell me how high.

Why We're Not Driving the Friendly Skies A number of us can thank a cartoon character from the future, George Jetson, for instilling our longing. Students of aviation history might look for inspiration to the Autoplane prototype built in 1917 by the flight pioneer Glenn Curtiss. And tens of millions of motorists who have been stuck in traffic jams stretching toward the horizon must also feel a need to know: Where are the flying cars?
posted by modernnomad on Aug 22, 2014 - 25 comments

Spidey Spidey Awesome: The World of Disneycartoys

Somewhere on the internet Barbie, Elsa, and Anna are BFFs. Disneycartoys is a mashup of doll, action figure, and play-doh "unboxing" videos which often break out of the unboxing genre and evolve into full-on crossfic narratives, featuring Barbie, the Disney princesses, and occasionally an effeminate Spiderman.
posted by analogue on Aug 18, 2014 - 7 comments

Two Danish visitors in car-centric Canada

Two tourists from Denmark spent five weeks travelling around Canada and, disappointed by the car-centric lifestyle, urban sprawl, lack of human-scale infrastructure and related obesity and unfulfilment, wrote an open letter to the powers that be, lamenting this and urging them to take radical steps to make Canada healthy, happy and sustainable. [more inside]
posted by acb on Aug 7, 2014 - 237 comments

The crossover is what monumental, generational change looks like.

Why Crossovers Conquered the American Highway
Last year, roughly speaking, two crossovers were purchased for every three cars. It's tough to compare apples to apples, but in April, IHS Automotive analyst Tom Libby noted that small crossovers were the single best selling segment of any type of vehicle, including midsize sedans, which are the staple crop of the automotive industry.

"If the trend we have witnessed in the first two months of 2014 continues for the remainder of 2014," Libby wrote, "it would mark the first time in recent memory—if not ever—that a car segment did not lead the industry."
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jul 13, 2014 - 111 comments

Las Corsas Piu Bellas del Mondo

"Less a race than a celebration of motorsports heritage," the Mille Miglia classic car rally takes place every May. Its thousand-mile course wends from Brescia through Verona and Padua to Rome and then back north to Brescia by way of Bologna. (PDF) First staged in 1927 with 77 entrants, the now-annual event draws driving enthusiasts from around the world. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 comments

Vrooooooommmmmm

Cats love car racing. Dogs too.
posted by jaguar on Jun 30, 2014 - 7 comments

For great justice

Tesla Motors announced today that the company will no longer defend its patent portfolio, on the heels of an earlier announcement that the company would open up the designs and specifications for its "supercharger" system.
posted by schmod on Jun 12, 2014 - 80 comments

Google unveils a self-driving car

Today Google unveiled their purpose-built self-driving car prototype, complete with no steering wheel, brake, or gas pedals. You just jump in, and go. The demo video is pretty impressive, and even the funnier Kara Swisher video of her first ride makes it look kind of fun. [more inside]
posted by mathowie on May 27, 2014 - 412 comments

"Whip out your gun and follow that car." ~ Vladimir Nabokov

Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy [Part One], Dmitri Nabokov, Car Guy [Part Two]: Dmitri Nabokov, son of Vladimir: his father’s work (Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, etc.), and cars. [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 23, 2014 - 7 comments

"If you want to kill someone, do it with a car."

"In 2012, automobile collisions killed more than 34,000 Americans, but unlike our response to foreign wars, the AIDS crisis, or terrorist attacks—all of which inflict fewer fatalities than cars—there’s no widespread public protest or giant memorial to the dead. We fret about drugs and gun safety, but don’t teach children to treat cars as the loaded weapons they are."
posted by DoctorFedora on Mar 12, 2014 - 235 comments

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