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4Brabham returns with open-source, crowd-funded racing team [w/video]

A lot has happened since Sir Jack Brabham went down in history as the the only driver ever to win the Formula One World Championship in his own car. His offspring have followed in his footsteps, with two of his sons (Geoff in 1993 and David in 2009) having won at Le Mans with Peugeot. Bernie Ecclestone used the team as a springboard to seize control of F1's commercial rights. The Brabham name was subsequently adopted by a BMW tuner. And finally, Sir Jack himself left this world this past May. Bu

8Recharge Wrap-up: Charging in Iceland, Smart "For" campaign, Honda open sources Smart Home

Researchers working on universal chargers

Iceland's EV charging network is expanding by 200 units. A subsidiary of Northern Lights Energy called EVEN is providing and installing the rapid chargers, which it hopes to have installed by the end of the year. EVEN's Gísli Gíslasson says, "We couldn't wait for the government and decided to do our part in this." Iceland's government hopes to have 10 percent of the cars on its road powered by sustainable fuels by 2020. Read more at Iceland Review.

98Tesla open-sources all its patents

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he's thinking about something, you definitely need to pay attention because it's likely something big. In an eloquently worded press release (a very rare thing indeed) Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents, effective immediately.

25Meet Urban Tabby, the DIY EV you can build in 60 minutes or less

Earlier this month, EZ EV founder Gary Krysztopik told Plug In Cars that his DIY electric vehicle kit could be built in a week. Who knew that we'd be able to think of this as a near eternity so soon? That's because we've got another company that says its do-it-yourself EV can be built in an hour. Times are changing, rapidly.

AddUncle Sam Wants You To Design An Amphibious Tank [VIDEO]

The U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency, commonly known as DARPA, is offering $4 million in prizes for the design of a next generation amphibious infantry fighting vehicle. Competitors can register for the FANG (fast, adaptable, next generation ground vehicle) design challenges on DARPA's VehicleForge website.

1BMW taps Local Motors crowd-sourcing community to design the city car of 2025

Design-by-commitee. It is a term that we usually reserve for cars that are conceived by number-crunching product planners, rather than true designers, but this case might be different. What if that committee was every enthusiast on the planet? "Crowd-sourcing," or "open-sourcing" is a concept employed by upstart automaker Local Motors. The first spawn of this process was the insanely cool Rally Fighter, so you can't argue with the results, right?

18Report: Riversimple's open source hydrogen car potentially coming in 2012

Riversimple hydrogen fuel cell car – Click above for high-res image gallery

23Shanghai 2009: Roewe N1 continues to advance concept of credible Chinese design

Roewe N1 Concept - Click above for high-res gallery

4Geneva Preview: EDAG open-source Light Car

Click above for high-res image gallery of the EDAG Light Car - Open Source

13BMW wants to help develop open-source in-vehicle platform

Automakers have been adding electronic gizmos to vehicles for decades, and operating systems have been developed to allow each system communicate with one another. The OSs are different from one brand to the next, but BMW wants to help develop a system using an open-source Linux platform it's helping to create along with Google and Wind River Systems.

AddAutoblog Green Podcast #13 - Santa Monica Alt Car Expo and Tokyo Motor Show previews

It's the lucky 13th episode of the Autoblog Green Podcast, just in time for Halloween. More importantly, just in time for the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo. The Alt Car Expo starts soon, and Sebastian will be there. It's one of the largest green car shows in the world, and admission is even free. There's always lots of really innovative and clever things to see. Last year, a group of folks converted a 1957 Triumph to EV power during the show. We'll be there rubbing elbows with all of the movers and

6Honda hearts Linux, wants cash

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/linux_unix/Honda_hearts_Linux_wants_cash'; Linux is pretty good at harnessing processor speed, and Chastain Motorsports is hoping to snare some of that effect to propel their Panoz/Honda to victory. The distinctive Penguin logo, "Tux," has been affixed to the nose of the 200+ MPH car in anticipation of meeting a donation goal. The famously open-source OS is applying that philosophy to sponsorship. The Tux 500 is an effort to raise $350,000 in exchange for those

AddThe open source car, known as the c,mm,n is powered by hydrogen

Here is an idea that has taken hold in the computer realm, but not so much in the automotive world: open source. If you know anything about computers, you have probably heard of Linux, the open source operating system. What exactly does open source mean? It means that anybody who can write in the language of the software in question can make their own changes to it, and publish their changes as they see fit. We have seen, however, that just because something, like Linux, is open source, it is no

10Desktop fabricator takes DIY to a new level

We need one of these for when we finally get that Autoblog project car. It's called Fab@Home, and it's an open-source, desktop size fabrication rig; essentially a 3-dimesional printer. What the system allows you to do is fabricate complex parts with a simple, low cost rig. All you need are the materials and the geometric information, and you're on your way to making that fancy AutoBlog belt buckle.

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