As the point of contact between a vehicle and the road, tires are one of the most important parts of a car. Unfortunately, there's no one size fits all, or rather, one tire fits all surfaces or weather conditions, tire and swapping them over when encountering changing conditions isn't exactly feasible. Kumho has come up with a concept tire that would avoid this problem by changing its tread to suit the conditions.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week often conjure visions of the rich and famous sipping champagne as they cruise about in chauffeured Bugatti Royales. Tickets for some events run to $450 and sell out in a heartbeat, but that's not the end of the story. Somer Hooker explores the many less-costly aspects of the massive festival and details how to have a good time on a very limited budget.
The Tesla Model S might sprint to 100 km/h in an impressive 2.8 seconds, but it doesn't even come close to taking the record for the world's fastest accelerating electric car. A team of speedy Stuttgart University students has broken the record in a blistering 1.779 second run, beating the mark set by Swiss students late last year by just 0.006 of a second.
Long after the rest of the world has moved on, Morgan is still staunchly standing by the old-fashioned way of doing things. The boutique manufacturer's cars combine modern powertrains with wood and aluminum chassis' and its latest creation is no different. The limited edition AR Plus 4 combines classic Morgan values with a motorsport inspired Cosworth motor to celebrate 65 years since the launch of the original Plus 4.
We first learned of Sin Cars at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it showed the aggressive R1. The company has since been heavily involved in racing and has been evolving its road car design. This month, Sin revealed the finalized version of its road-going supercar ahead of a September launch at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Beyond having four wheels, Faraday Future's first vehicle may have very little in common with the average automobile on the streets today. At least that's what the California-based tech startup is promising as it drums up interest for an electric car it intends to launch in 2017. It is designing that car behind a vision of "clean, connected, smart mobility for all."
Car doors can be ungainly when they're being opened, smacking into
things like garage walls, light posts, or the body panels of other cars.
While some groups have developed side bumpers
to minimize the damage, a group of German high school students has come
up with an alternative – a system that stops the door from opening
before it can hit anything.
There's nothing like putting your foot down in a powerful car to raise your heart-rate – and a new Lexus concept car can demonstrate exactly that. Working with M&C Saatchi, Lexus Australia has rigged up a one-off RC F V8 coupe so that its paintwork flashes in time with the heartbeat of a person inside.
The minute you connect a car to the internet, you’re exposing it to the risk of hacking – and even if it’s only the entertainment system that’s supposed to be online, a skilled hacker can now remotely take control of just about any electronically controlled part of your car, including the steering, throttle and brakes. And this isn't some distant thing to worry about in the future. One Wired reporter just had the terrifying experience of having his Jeep Cherokee taken over by hackers while he was on the freeway. Like a scene in a horror movie, he found himself a helpless passenger in his car as he lost control of its functions one by one.
Mcity at the University of Michigan is defined by over 28 acres (11
hectares) of fake buildings, purposefully defaced road signs, and
pedestrians pointedly standing in roadways. While this could tax any
human driver, the Mcity simulation is designed to test the university's
fleet of connected and autonomous vehicles as they interact with an
everchanging research facility that's the first of its kind.