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Category Archives: Driving it Today

TRUMP, CALIFORNIA, AND THE AUTOMOTIVE BUSINESS

TRUMP IS BENT on undoing just about anything that the Obama administration accomplished in its eight years. If he ever finds out that President Obama slept reclined in pajamas, you … Continue reading

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

PAYOFFS (AND PERILS) OF AUTOMOTIVE PROGRESS

AS WITH ANY successful endeavor, automotive progress is essential, but not without inherent perils. My thoughts on this are prompted by recognizing a trend from articles in Automotive News, the … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

DEMISE OF INTERNAL COMBUSTION—YET AGAIN?

PLENTY OF SAVVY people have predicted the swift death of the internal-combustion engine. T. Rowe Price, for example, made an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) prediction for 2025: “… only 10-15 … Continue reading

August 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE UPDATE—PLUSES AND MINUSES

WHAT WITH CONCERNS on ethical grounds, technical matters, and practical aspects, I have been skeptical of any onrush to driverless vehicle technology. However, the Automotive News weekly keeps me updated. … Continue reading

June 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

FAUX PIT STOPS IN F1 PART 1

PIT STOPS in modern Formula 1 are marvelously orchestrated affairs. Four tires are changed, maybe aerodynamic devices are adjusted, and the car is gone, all in a mere 2 seconds … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

THOUGHTS ON AUTO THEFT

AS REPORTED EARLIER this year in USA TODAY, January 9, 2019, “Thieves stole more vehicles in 2017 than they had in any single year since 2009—and the biggest reason might … Continue reading

June 13, 2019 · 3 Comments

F1 AERO: FOOLING WITH THE OPPOSITION’S AIR

AERODYNAMIC DOWNFORCE has been used in Formula One for years, the 1978 Lotus 79 being exemplary in dominating the series. Today, an F1 car traveling 130 mpg generates its own … Continue reading

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment