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Cars

April 01, 2015

"In Silicon Valley, Auto Racing Becomes a Favorite Hobby for Tech Elites"

Why:

When you get past the noise and the smell, the unbearable heat, the G-force, the surprising physical exertion and, always, the constant threat of injury or death — auto racing, like much else, comes down to math. There is an optimal path around a racetrack, a geometric arc of least resistance. It is the driver’s job to find this sweet spot of physics and stick to it, lap after lap, as consistently as a microprocessor crunching through an algorithm.

For tech people — who are accustomed to finding and manipulating hidden math — hitting the arc can be a moment of particular pleasure. 

There's also all the networking going on.

March 18, 2015

"Here Are The Four Legal Ways To Import A Car To The United States"

In case the wheels available domestically don't satisfy you.

February 11, 2015

"Here’s Why The Check Engine Light Is A Horrible, Terrible Thing"

Funny, and more than a little true.

And this brings me to the point of today's column, which is: the check engine light is the single stupidest warning light in existenceStupider, even, than the "Low Tire Pressure" one, which is this little asshole warning light that tells you that one tire is low, and it's probably dangerous, and it could kill you, but you're on your own to figure out which tire it is. Imagine getting a call from the school principal, and he tells you that one of your children took off all his clothes during recess and threw a sandwich at the lunch lady, but he won't tell you which child until you show up at the school and stick a tire gauge in his mouth.

January 21, 2015

"A Child With A Baseball Bat Could Total A Tesla Model S"

The allegedly supercool Tesla S may have some problems.

January 14, 2015

"Behind the Wheel of the Bespoke Bentley"

It seems to be pretty nice.

December 24, 2014

"Curbside Classic: 1955 Chevrolet – The iCar – GM’s Greatest Hit"

A passionate ode to the '55 Chevy.

December 18, 2014

"Autonomics: Americans Are Paying More for Cars"

Why? Mostly because they're so freakin' better than they used to be.

November 19, 2014

"Fastest car in Britain' is a grey 1967 VOLVO!"

With a custom 788 hp engine installed, it can beat a Ferrari 458.

November 12, 2014

"This Alfa Romeo Is A Ferrari For Half The Price"

I'm not in the market for even a cheap Ferrari, but in case you are . . . 

But its carbon fiber monocoque chassis, mid-engine design, and low curb weight make for a knockout combo punch.

Especially when you get back to the qualitative side of the equation.

Styling, while always in the eye of the beholder, is definitely one of the 4C’s strong suits. In our eyes, Alfa Romeo hit a home run with the car, creating a design worthy of Ferrari for a fraction of the price.

November 08, 2014

"Finally, a Trailer For Furious 7"

Michelle Rodriguez calls the trailer a "cargasm".

You better believe it.

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