Daily Archives: May 11, 2018

Why Ford’s flathead V-8 engine died

Ford's famed flathead V-8 was revolutionary when the automaker put the engine into production in 1932. After over two decades of service, the flathead V-8 engine was finally laid to rest in favor of an overhead valve design. Why did Ford kill the innovative V-8 engine? That's a job for Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained to tell us about. Jason takes the...

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Can the Roborace self-driving racer beat professional driver Ryan Tuerck?

It's a classic scenario: man versus machine. In this case, we're talking about Roborace and professional driver Ryan Tuerck. The challenge? To see if Roborace's DevBot self-driving race car is quicker around a Formula E circuit than Tuerck. Roborace first burst onto the scene in 2016 when the company unveiled a self-driving racer concept. After tweaking the...

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Show-off blow off: Audi joins other luxury makes to skip 2019 Detroit auto show

Following similar announcements from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Audi announced on Thursday that it will join the rival makes and no longer attend the Detroit auto show. It's the most recent in a series of blows to what many believe is North America's premier auto show. In a statement to Automotive News Europe (subscription required), an Audi official said, "We...

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Jaguar I-Pace race car to make driving, not racing, debut at Berlin E-Prix

Jaguar is betting big on electric vehicles. That's clearly evident with the new I-Pace electric crossover and the fact that the British automaker jumped into the Formula E fray in 2016. Jaguar is also creating a support series for Formula E. It's called the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series, and the race-prepped EV to be used in the series is now set to make its...

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Boring Company tunnel under LA nearly done, free rides to public in few months

Elon Musk revealed Thursday that the first tunnel from his newest transport venture The Boring Company is almost ready and that the public will be able to test it out for free within a few months. Musk made the announcement in an Instagram post that included a video taking us through the tunnel, which spans about two miles under the city of Los Angeles...

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2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix preview

The Formula 1 World Championship heads into the European leg of the calendar, starting this weekend with round five, the Spanish Grand Prix, which once again takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya just outside of Barcelona. The 4.6-mile track is one teams and drivers know well, as it's been on the calendar since 1991 and is where the official winter tests...

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Report: Geely selects banks to advise on Volvo IPO

Volvo could be the next major automaker to go public. The Swedish automaker's parent company Zhejiang Geely has selected investment banks Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to advise on an initial public offering, Bloomberg reported on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter. Geely is said to be looking at a value of between $16 billion and...

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Miami gives green light for Formula 1 race as early as 2019

Plans for a potential Miami Grand Prix as early as the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship have passed the first major hurdle. Stakeholders, including F1 owner Liberty Media, aim to hold the race in downtown Miami and on Thursday were given preliminary approval from City of Miami Commissioners and the Economic Development and Tourism Committee (Miami-Dade...

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R race car revealed

Porsche has introduced a major update for the GT3 R racing version of its 911 sports car designed for the 2019 motorsport season. The 911 GT3 R represents the middle tier of 911 race cars, sandwiched between the 911 GT3 Cup and 911 RSR, and is most closely aligned with the 911 GT3 RS road car. As its name suggests, it's designed for GT3-spec competition...

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Lister Lightning promises to be world’s fastest SUV

Thunder usually comes after lightning, but in the case of Lister we'll see the historic British performance marque follow up its Jaguar F-Type-based Thunder sports car with a new Lightning SUV. The Lightning will be based on the 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR unveiled at March's 2018 New York auto show, and according to Lister it will be the fastest SUV money can...

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