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Category Archives: Driving it Today

2020 (MID-ENGINE!) CORVETTE PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE saw how a 1980 mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette nearly came to be. By the mid 1970s, the XP-882 had evolved into a production-ready fulfillment of chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov’s … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS TIDBITS

THERE’S A WEALTH of insider stuff published each week in Automotive News. Plus lots of tidbits that are entertaining, even to non car-buffs. Here’s a sampling, in no particular order, … Continue reading

October 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

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