Right around the time Toyota asked everyone to stop calling it boring, the company gave a startup called Cartivator more than $350,000 for its “flying car” that’s supposed to be commercialized by 2020. But the flying car is actually more like a drone, and it, um, doesn’t work very well so far. The flying drone-car made several attempts at flight with basketballs attached to the bottom of it to soften the crash landings, according to the Associated Press. The AP reports that part of the car’s frame later broke, damaging a propeller and forcing an early end to the test. Advertisement Here’s one such crash landing, via an AP reporter: Even if the startup can get this thing to stay in the air, it’ll be a cramped flight. The 30 volunteers on the project claim that it’ll have a top speed of 62 mph at up to around 33 feet off of the ground, and that this drone-car is the “world’s smallest flying car” at 9.5 feet long and … [Read more...] about This ‘Flying Car’ Toyota Invested In Will Totally Be Ready By 2020
Trump wants to soften the Obama-era rise in fuel efficiency standards, even though no one else really wants it, including automakers, the state of California, economists, and, now, governors representing 57 percent of the American economy. Who’s this for, anyway? Twenty-three governors—including the governors of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which all went for Trump in 2016—issued a statement Tuesday saying that they wanted stricter fuel efficiency standards going forward, per Bloomberg. Currently, rules implemented by the Obama administration would see fleet average standards rise to 46.7 mpg for automakers by 2026; the Trump administration wants it to freeze at 37 mpg after 2020. Advertisement But the real sticking point for automakers is the threat of a dual market, or having to build cars that fit two sets of emissions standards. California is allowed to set its own standards under a compromise struck with the federal government decades ago, … [Read more...] about Trump’s Proposed Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards Remains a Total Nightmare for Automakers
Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe AE86 is proof positive that the Toyota Corolla hasn't always been as dull as a kiss from your sister, but will this one's price dull your ardor? Let's break down yesterday's Canadian Locost by the numbers - 5.0 engine; about 1,850 lbs, providing something like 8 lbs per pony to drag around; a historic wireframe 7 in its iconic nose; and thirteen five, which was its price tag. What does that all add up to? A 63% Nice Price win, that's what. Advertisement Okay, that's enough maths, let's queue up today's contender. In the nineteen eighties Toyota transitioned the entire Corolla lineup from rear-wheel drive to front drivers after first testing the waters with cars like the Starlet and Tercel. This switch pretty much plunged Toyota's small car into a cold dark winter of performance purgatory in which it still is mired. But before Toyota snipped the Corolla's cojones they built what are arguably today the most desirable of that model's iterations - … [Read more...] about For $13,500, Is This Corolla A Trueno Romance?
Last fall, after the Paris Auto Show, I hopped the Thalys train to Amsterdam. It was my first time on a TGV, and other than the fact that the loos stunk to high heaven and the whiny kid who caused the occupants off the carriage to cheer when he and his idiotic mother exited somewhere around Rotterdam, it was a wonderful travel experience. I grabbed a hotel room and set off in search of my pal Aziz. If in Amsterdam, Los Jalops recommend a visit to his shop, Independent Outlet, as it is simply the business. We spent the evening tooling around town on bicycles, hitting the city's rock 'n' roll bars. And then not an hour or two before the time bell rang, we happened upon a man with salt-and-pepper hair wearing a denim Turbojugend jacket. Aziz said, "Hey! Dave! That's Tony Slug!" Tony had written for Hit List, a punkzine I'd art-directed and written for back around the turn of the century. More importantly, Tony had penned the immortal line, "I'll fuck you in the ass with glazed ham, … [Read more...] about The Apocalypse Dudes: An Open Letter to Auto Designers
I have loved cars since I could talk, and I’ve loved Subarus almost as long. I love them so much that I daily-drive one of the wildest and worst Subies in New York—a bagged and stanced 2005 Baja Turbo. But when I talked my way into a brand new 2016 WRX STI, there was only one question. How does a modern, proper, unmolested Subaru compare to my monstrosity? Yes, I’ve gone off the deep end. This is happening. Yes, That Is My Daily-Driver Advertisement Photo Courtesy of Jacob Tompkins Hi, my name is Jared. I currently suffer from the “Stance Life.” Yo. I also happen to be one of the video creators for Jalopnik’s YouTube channel. Ever since the Fast and the Furious movies (as well as my discovery of the Long Island Subaru Club and NASIOC) back in the early 2000s, I’ve been into modifying Subarus. As you’ve surely seen in our season finale of Worst Car Stories, my mother bore witness to my Subaru addiction and ill-fated attempts at … [Read more...] about My Stanced And Bagged 2005 Subaru Baja Is Almost As Awesome As A 2016 WRX STI