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Putting 13-inch Rims on a Hummer H2 Looks as Stupid as It Sounds

Putting 13-inch Rims on a Hummer H2 Looks as Stupid as It Sounds
Over the years, I’ve seen some really stupid things done to cars. One trip over to Reddit’s Awful Taste but Great Execution subreddit will fill your eyeballs with all kinds of automotive sins (among other horrors.) 
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Pontiac Aztek + Trans Am = Trans Aztek

Pontiac Aztek + Trans Am = Trans Aztek
The Pontiac Aztek is arguably one of the ugliest vehicles ever created. While the early take on a crossover certainly wasn’t Pontiac’s proudest design moment, the brand did make lots of great sports cars over the years, with the 1970s Firebird Trans Am being one of the most iconic of its cars.
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Crash Testing Sprint Cars Includes Dropping Them from the Ceiling

Crash Testing Sprint Cars Includes Dropping Them from the Ceiling
Since crash testing of vehicles first started, the practice has saved countless lives, influencing the design and engineering of just about every aspect of modern cars, trucks, and SUVs. But cars designed for racing must handle much more extreme forces in order to protect their occupants, with reinforced roll cages, protective head restraints, and form-fitting racing seats with five- or six-point harnesses among their standard equipment.
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Simulating Driving on Other Planets

Simulating Driving on Other Planets
These days, automakers use virtual reality and simulation software to figure out everything from ergonomics and aesthetics to visibility. Car companies also use things like wind tunnels to simulate drag, and treadmills to test wear and tear.
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Comparing the Bloodhound LSR with a Bugatti Chiron and an F1 Car

Comparing the Bloodhound LSR with a Bugatti Chiron and an F1 Car
If you’ve been following any of our coverage of the Bloodhound LSR, you know that this jet-powered vehicle is insanely fast. Not too long ago, it achieved a speed of 628 mph, as it tore across the South African desert during a testing run.
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From the Vaults: Ford F100 Exploding Balloon Commercial

From the Vaults: Ford F100 Exploding Balloon Commercial
Take a trip back in the wayback machine to 1976, back to a time when automotive companies loved to show off the capabilities of vehicles using outlandish stunts. In this vintage commercial for the Ford F100, they rigged up the pickup truck with a couple of propane torches then ran it alongside a bunch of balloons.
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Fiat and LEGO Built a Life-size Fiat 500

Fiat and LEGO Built a Life-size Fiat 500
While the modern-day Fiat 500 may be going away here in the U.S., it’s still an iconic little car, with lots of fans around the globe since its inception way back in 1957. To celebrate the heritage of the 500, LEGO has announced the release of a new Creator set based on the classic version of Italian subcompact.
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Concepts from Future Past: 1958 Ford Nucleon

Concepts from Future Past: 1958 Ford Nucleon
These days, the use of nuclear energy is pretty much limited to power plants and submarines, but there was a time when it was thought the controversial power source could be used to drive our cars.
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Tearing Down a Toyota GR Supra to Bare Metal

Tearing Down a Toyota GR Supra to Bare Metal
When I first drove the Toyota GR Supra, I was quite impressed with its handling and ability to get around a track pretty quick. But as is the legacy of the Supra, there will always be tuners who can eke more power and capability out of these cars.
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Horsepower… Why Not Duckpower?

Horsepower… Why Not Duckpower?
Everyone who drives a car understands the basic concept of horsepower as a way of measuring their vehicle’s engine capabilities. Counting power based on the pulling strength of horses dates back to the 18th century as a way to measure the output of steam engines, when it helped buyers understand how many draft horses they could replace with a given engine.
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2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon Edition Close-up Photo Gallery

2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon Edition Close-up Photo Gallery
It’s been a few years since the Ford GT first appeared on the scene, and it’s still one of the most beautiful and exotic cars being made today. For 2020, Ford Performance has given the car a couple of performance tweaks, bumping its 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine to 660 horsepower, making the lightweight Akrapovič titanium exhaust standard, and improving its cooling system for even better track performance.
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The Bricklin SV-1: A Nearly Forgotten ’70s Sports Car

The Bricklin SV-1: A Nearly Forgotten ’70s Sports Car
Back in 1974, Subaru of America founder Malcolm Bricklin had the dream of launching his own line of sports cars, which offered performance, aggressive styling, safety and reasonable pricing all wrapped into one. The result of his efforts was the rarely seen Bricklin SV-1. 
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This Fiat Uno Has 8 Wheels for No Good Reason

This Fiat Uno Has 8 Wheels for No Good Reason
While the idea of a 6×6 Mercedes G-wagon has tremendous appeal to me, it’s not necessarily the case that more wheels are always better. Take, for example, this ridiculous looking creation that recently turned up in Russia.
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How to Make Wheels for the World’s Fastest Car

How to Make Wheels for the World’s Fastest Car
The Bloodhound LSR team continues to get closer to their goal of breaking the land speed record in their jet-powered car, recently exceeding 1000 kmh (~628 mph), and closing in nicely on the 763 mph record that was set back in 1997.
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Aston Martin Shows off Triple-Camera Rearview Mirror

Aston Martin Shows off Triple-Camera Rearview Mirror
Ever since the first backup camera turned up on a production vehicle, the use of digital imaging to improve visibility and safety has increases, culminating with vehicles like the GMC Sierra HD, which can be equipped with up to 15 cameras.
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