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A group of scientists based in Britain and the Netherlands has cracked the algorithms used in keys to start Porsches, Audis, Bentleys and Lamborghinis. The scientists had planned on revealing their findings in an academic paper, but a British high court banned them from doing so for now, citing the danger of gifting such information to car hackers and thieves.Read More »from Court blocks scientists from revealing hack for millions of car keys
Cadillac, founded in 1902 and named after the French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac (who founded the city of Detroit in 1701), was purchased by General Motors on this date in 1909 for $4.5 million.Read More »from July 29: General Motors buys Cadillac on this date in 1909
It looks like a prop from a science fiction movie. It’s the oddest vehicle built with a BMW badge since the company stopped making Isetta bubble cars in 1962. But the 2014 BMW i3 electric car revealed today rolls out as the most technically advanced effort by an automaker to make electric cars viable.Read More »from 2014 BMW i3 electric car attempts a revolution from within
We are well past the era when no new car rolled off a dealer's lot without an extra bit of metal advertising affixed to the rear. Most dealers have switched to the sticky vinyl decals that cost far less and can be easily pulled free with a little heat by the owner. Yet visit a swap meet like goldiesguy did and you'll likely find someone hawking their collection — a bit of commercial history that often recalls long-gone names (although I recognize a few Midwestern dealers still in business from this set). If you have a shot to share, add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Read More »from The nameplates to remember: Flickr photo of the day
Modern cars often intimidate do-it-yourself mechanics: most come with their engines tightly covered and electronics so complex that fixing or modifying anything requires extensive experience in electrical engineering. Attempting to improve your car through hacking can quickly void your warranty, and despite the growing number of in-dash computers and other advanced software, most such systems remain black boxes for even the savviest owners.
Among all automakers, the one that's explored the idea of opening up its systems the most is Ford, which has programs underway encouraging developers to write software apps that drivers could use on the road. And one of its younger engineers has come up with an example of what's possible, building an inexpensive gear shift knob that can vibrate and light up to suggest when it's time to drop the clutch — with plans other hobbyists can easily copy.Read More »from Ford engineer hacks Xbox parts and 3-D printing into a smarter gear shift
Few cars from the 1980s have ever drawn quite as much attention as the DeLorean. Powered by its starring role in the "Back to the Future" movies, the fascination grew the moment “Doc” Emmett Brown and his wild grey locks first appeared from behind the iconic gullwing doors. It didn't save DeLorean from collapsing after building just 9,000 cars, but it turned those that were built into instant classics.
Over the past three decades, owners of the DeLorean DMC-12 have set out to fix some of the car's many challenges; engine upgrades, better exhausts and lowered suspension — while leaving most of the car as stock as possible. But a lone DeLorean fanatic who became obsessed with the vehicle way before Marty McFly hit 88 mph has remixed the stainless-steel DeLorean shape into automotive creations as bizarre and brilliant of any I’ve witnessed.Read More »from From monster truck to limousine, one DeLorean collector has it all
For decades, Volvo has made improving auto safety a foundation of its business — a move that made it famous for a few decades, but did little to help the Swedish manufacturer so far this century. Now that it's purchase by a Chinese auto conglomerate has had a few years to settle, Volvo has begun to make another push for greater safety on the road. Its goal: To eliminate the risks of death or injury to Volvo passengers by 2020, a tight deadline in auto engineering circles. From my visit to Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, I've now seen the technology that Volvo says can meet that goal. The question is how it will put it on the road.Read More »from Inside Volvo’s drive to end deaths and injuries in its cars
German brothers Frederick and August Duesenberg founded their eponymous motor company in 1913, and quickly became known for building the fastest, most powerful vehicles of the era. Fred Duesenberg's famous "Straight 8" engine had features that some automakers still haven't fully embraced, like overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. Their cars were the wheels of choice for Hollywood stars and the wealthy — but despite their skills as engineers, the Duesenbergs never had the business acumen to make their company a success.Read More »from July 26: Fred Duesenberg, co-founder of Duesenberg Motors, dies on this date in 1932
If you want to know what makes a great hot rod, look no further than this 1938 Ford convertible caught by Michael Brannon. All the lines of the original are still there, but many have been changed just a bit to make the Ford less upright and more aggressive. If you have a shot to share, add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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