Monthly Archives: March 2017

5 Things All New Drivers Need to Know

5 Things All New Drivers Need to Know

If you've just turned 16 and gotten your first car, or if you've left a large city and had to buy a car because you no longer have access to public transportation, you may not know exactly what to expect. It's one thing to know how to drive a car, but it's quite another to know all of the things that come with owning a car. Here are five things that all car owners need to know in order to handle emergencies or keep their cars running longer. Know How to Change a Tire This one is pretty basic, but many people simply don't know how to change a tire. Blowouts or punctures due to over- or under-inflated tires happen all the time, sometimes far from the nearest gas station or towing company. Changing a tire is fairly simple if you know how to use a jack. Find a smooth, well-lit area. Set your parking brake, and then jack up the car. You'll need to have a lug wrench on hand to remove the nuts from the tire. Remove the tire, place the spare on the axle ... read more

Petersen Automotive Museum Vault

There are treasure troves of automobile history and majesty located all over the US, both personal and public. One great one is the Petersen Automotive Museum Vault. Go deep inside The Vault with Car & Driver contributing editor Csaba Csere in the first of a two part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Check out the cars in today's video: 1885 Benz (Replica) 1912 De Dion Bouton 1967 Ford GT40 MK III 1955 Ford Thunderbird 1955 Porsche (356) Continental 1967 Dodge Coronet 1967 Toyota 2000GT Foose Sniper 1925 Ford Golden Star 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta 1929 DuPont Model G 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante

First Look And Drive: The 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback

Is there a new, finely-engineered German automobile in your near future? Perhaps in 2015? Consider the 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback. Here's a look, and a driving report... ABOUT THE 2015 AUDI RS 7 SPORTBACK The headlights, also adapted to the new Singleframe, come with LED technology as a standard feature. On request, Audi will provide headlights with the innovative Matrix LED technology, available exclusively on the RS 7 Sportback, with additionally darkened trims. This offer also includes turn signals with dynamic display at the front. At the rear they're generally standard. The taillights also have a new interior design. New to the paint finishes are the colors Floret Silver, Metallic; Glacier White, Metallic; Mythos Black, Metallic and Sepang Blue, Pearl Effect. The 4.0 TFSI in the revised Audi RS 7 Sportback provides as before 560 horsepower, with a constant 516.3 lb‑ft of torque at engine speeds between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. The engine propels the five‑door coupé fr ... read more

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Petersen Automotive Museum Vault Part #2

Last week we featured a look inside the Petersen Automotive Museum Vault and some truly stunning automobiles. Once again we go deep inside The Vault with Car & Driver contributing editor Csaba Csere in the second of a two part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Check out the cars in this week's video! 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante owned by the Prince of Persia/Shah of Iran 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Custome owned by Clark Gable 1952 Chrysler Imperial Parade Phaeton owned by Dwight D. Eisenhower 1972 Ferrari Daytona from the movie "The Gumball Rally" 1982 Ferrari 308 driven by Tom Selleck in "Magnum P.I. 1953 Cadillac Series 62 owned by Rita Hayworth and Aly Khan 1966 Mongrel T driven by Elvis Presley and the Joker from the "Batman" TV series 1965 Ford Mustang driven by Frank and Nancy Sinatra 1956 Jaguar XK-SS owned by Steve McQueen 1978 Mercedes 600 Landaulet owned by Saddam Hussein 1960 Mercedes 300SL owned Robert Stack

Camaro Z/28 So Fast It Outruns Its Own Tires!

Camaro Z/28 So Fast It Outruns Its Own Tires!

It's a fact that the Chevy Camaro Z/28 has the widest front tires of any production car. At 305 mm wide, those tires produce tremendous grip--especially since they're Pirelli P Zero Trofeo RS. In fact, they make so much grip, the Z/28 was spinning the tire around the wheel under braking--the Z/28 was, in effect, outrunning its tires, or at least their ability to grip the wheels. It's an unusual problem for a production car, but it's a good one to have--too much grip is just enough. Camaro Z/28 engineers had to come up with a creative solution to prevent tires from slipping on the rim during hard braking and acceleration on the track. Part of the cause also comes down to the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, which provide tremendous stopping power for the large but track-worthy Z/28. But regardless of the cause, Chevy had to find a fix for the tire-on-wheel slippage issue. If Chevy hadn't found a solution to the problem, it could have resulted in the whee ... read more

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How We Classify Uber Drivers Can Have A Huge Impact

How We Classify Uber Drivers Can Have A Huge Impact

In five short years, Uber has shaken up much more than just the taxi industry. With the success of its "driver partner" business model, the ride-sharing giant has helped scramble the very concept of employment, forcing riders and regulators alike to ask themselves who qualifies as a worker and what constitutes work. Those questions were around long before iPhone apps and surge pricing. But the sheer popularity of Uber -- and the rapid growth of its driver network -- has forced a debate over how to classify workers in the so-called on-demand economy. And even labor experts who are often on the same side can't seem to agree on how to do it. Last year, economist Alan Krueger and former Labor Department official Seth Harris penned a much-discussed paper arguing that Uber drivers and ... read more

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