Flying Cars? Streetable Aircraft? What Do You Mean They Won't Work?

Whatever m you call them, our nerdy, tech-obsessed sibling Gizmodo knows an expert that says you won't be getting a hover conversion on your El Camino any time in the near future, much less by 2015. There are a few very real problems, one of which is that airplanes make for crappy cars and cars make for crappy… » 7/27/06 6:45pm 7/27/06 6:45pm

Oh What A Feeling! Williams F1 to Use Toyota Engines

The Williams Formula One team, much like Formula One itself, has seen better - and more exciting - days. But as a privateer team from way back in the day, you have to admire their spirit. Plus, saying "privateer" sounds vaguely pirate-like, which is pretty fun. Anyway, Sir Frank and his boys have signed a deal to get… » 7/27/06 3:45pm 7/27/06 3:45pm

By Invitation Only: Mercedes Launches Co-Branded Credits Card. Plus,…

"Gotta make the money / credit's no good / when the Jawas run the shop / in your neighborhood"
Fett's Vette might be paid in cash, but things would be different if our the legendary bounty hunter had a Mercedes-Benz Visa. Credit cards with car rewards are nothing new, but the Mercedes card is different because… » 7/27/06 3:15pm 7/27/06 3:15pm

Size Apparently Not Important: Fiat 500 Tops Sexy Car List

If this were on Family Feud, even the Jalopnik family would have failed to get the steal. But there's no Richard Dawson, or even Ray Combs, just Captain Slow. A Top Gear survey found the Fiat 500 to be the sexiest car ever. Number 4 on the list? Chevrolet Camaro. So with the combination of the Z28 in his own garage… » 7/26/06 6:00pm 7/26/06 6:00pm

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Sand Dunes: Mail Jeep Hoonage

How do you know it's a Mail Jeep? 'Cause it's got two little balls hanging under it. Har-dee-har-har. Anyway, in this excellent example of hoonage we study the post-civil service life of a 1983 mail Jeep (made by AM General). After being fitted with a Chevy small block, the Jeep goes drag racing, dune climbing, and… » 7/26/06 4:45pm 7/26/06 4:45pm

6000 Scrap Cars Go Up In Smoke

The Springfield Tire Yard fire has nothing on this. A scrap yard in Mason City, IA caught fire earlier this morning. Flames shot over a hundred feet into the air and firefighters from four neighboring cities were called in to help. It unclear what was the cause of the fire, as the old cars have their batteries, gas… » 7/26/06 4:15pm 7/26/06 4:15pm

Hot Todty: Scuderia Ferrari Team Boss to Stay in 2007

Now that Ferrari isn't totally sucking in Formula 1 (and 2005 totally sucked, by Ferrari standards), Jean Todt thinks it might be a nice place to stay for another year. Of course, Todt is technically the head of Ferrari operations, including the street cars, so it's not like he was going to jump ship. But with the… » 7/26/06 3:45pm 7/26/06 3:45pm

Caught On Tape: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Spy Video

Inside Line caught the Evo's similar-but-slower brother (just like Ralf Schumacher!), the Lancer, out during hot weather testing in California. You'll have to click through for the video, but there's a good narration that covers all the information on the upcoming car. Basically, you can see a lot of cues from the… » 7/26/06 3:15pm 7/26/06 3:15pm

Worst Survey Ever: Freep Runs Poll On US Auto Ownership With Dubious…

So the Detroit Free Press (and local TV station, WDIV) polled 800 Michigan residents about what kind of cars they own. The results were that 45 percent own GM products, 39 percent own a Ford, 22 percent own something from Chrysler, and 15 percent own a foreign car. Yeah, that's 111 121 percent. Here's the explanation… » 7/26/06 2:45pm 7/26/06 2:45pm

Three Feet High and Rising: Northeast Flood Wrecks Roads

"We gotta head for higher ground, we can't come back till the water comes down. Five feet high and risin'." » 6/29/06 1:30pm 6/29/06 1:30pm
Yeah, we just mixed a De La Soul reference with a Johnny Cash reference, but hey — at least we didn't throw in They Might Be Giants. The Northeast part of our grand nation is still under water and it's wreaking…

The Smartest Guy-sans In the Room Update: Hyundai Chairman Released…

Now that's an entirely different kind of bailout! Har-de-har-har. We can't pretend to understand Korean law or politics, because here in the US of A we don't let corporate bosses accused of fraud and embezzlement to just walk the streets. Okay, nevermind that. Hyundai's chairman, Chung Mong-koo, had bond set at one … » 6/29/06 12:30pm 6/29/06 12:30pm

Something Rotten in Detroit: AutoExtremist And Jason Vines Spar On…

Sweet Peet D. is at it again. This time he's taking the shine off of GM's recent buyout news and claiming it's not as rosy picture that most news outlets are reporting. The reason? Detroit's latest round of price-slashing is proof that the big three are still addicted to incentives. At least this time GM understands… » 6/28/06 6:57pm 6/28/06 6:57pm

Get Fresh Doug, And Do the Meat Box! Bacon-flavored Car Scents

Even vegetarians know that bacon is the candy of meats. And the smell of crackling bacon is enough to bring the tired, the hungry, the hungover masses out of bed and into the kitchen in search of salty, greasy redemption. So why not let that feeling carry over into your car? Sounds like a great idea to us. It also… » 6/28/06 5:45pm 6/28/06 5:45pm

Booty! Volvo Buries Pirate XC90, Finder Gets To Keep It

It's been going on for two weeks already, but Volvo has buried an XC90. Not just any XC90, mind you, but a Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest-themed XC90. Yeah, we're kind of wondering about how Vovlo and pirates go together too. But never mind that, because if you find the cargo container that the XC is… » 6/28/06 5:15pm 6/28/06 5:15pm

Parking in D.C. the Sercret Service Way

In what was surely reminiscent of the "Close the blast door! Open the blast door!" Stormtrooper goof-up in Star Wars, some law enforcement types in our nations capital forgot to take a close look before raising up the moveable barriers. To quote DCist, our source, "What happens if a car gets caught over those… » 6/28/06 4:45pm 6/28/06 4:45pm

We'll Meet Again: Austin Says Bye-bye

My time here is over, at least for now. On Monday, Davey G. will return recharged, rested, and full of obscure punk rock references. If I may be so bold, I'd like to be remembered as the George Lazenby of Jalopnik — I wasn't around long and I'm no Sean Connery, but I'm still a hell of a lot better than Timothy Dalton. » 4/28/06 9:00pm 4/28/06 9:00pm

Paris Loses Bentley in Poker Game, Somehow Keeps Clothes On

Okay, we're sorry for the second Paris Hilton post in the same day. But don't go reach for the sanitizing wipes just yet — there is still no evidence that herpes can be contracted electronically. Anyway, young Paris loves poker. She loves it so much she can't help herself from betting away her Bentley Continental GT.… » 4/28/06 6:37pm 4/28/06 6:37pm