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18VIR's legendary fallen Oak Tree to be cloned by Virginia Tech

It was with heavy hearts that we reported on the natural felling of the Virginia International Raceway's Oak Tree in July. The 200-plus-year-old monument actually influenced the design of the track, leading to a tricky, double-apex, right-hander called Oak Tree Turn.

48Bristol Motor Speedway to host world's largest college football game? [w/video]

NASCAR and college football are equally huge in the South, but both worlds will converge in 2016 when the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech are scheduled to play in the infield of the Bristol Motor Speedway. According to ESPN, the game will likely be played on September 10, 2016, and it could draw as many as 160,000 fans to the game – the current record for attendance at a college football game is 115,109, the attendance figure from this season's match-up between the University of

5Mississippi State University wins Year 1 of EcoCar 2 with plug-in hybrid Chevy Malibu

The winner of the first year of the EcoCar 2 Challenge is the design for a series-parallel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from Mississippi State University.

27Prototype cart with feedback controls lets the blind drive [w/video]

Virginia Tech takes on the Blind Driver Challenge – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddGot an extra $90 grand? Consider a self-driving Escape hybrid

We've been taking a close look at many of the vehicles created for various DARPA challenges, and it finally appears as if some of the new technology gained by these trials is trickling down into the real world. For instance, you're likely aware of new technologies such as lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control which add a touch of safety and a bit less driver control to your daily commute. If you like this idea but want to go all the way, TORC will be offering its autonomous wares fo

AddTeam Fate beefing up a GM Equinox with li-ions for Challenge X

The Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility engineering competition is on. And the University of California, Davis Hybrid Electric Vehicle Group (Team Fate) is calling on Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) to help them out in re-engineering the Chevy Equinox to use lithium-ion cells. The contest, sponsored by General Motors (GM) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is running over three years with the challenge to re-engineer a GM Equinox crossover sport utility vehicle to minimize

AddWired NextFest Report: Wrap-up and more advanced vehicles

(Editor's note: to read the rest of Derrick's NextFest coverage, click here)

4Wired NextFest Report: Virginia Tech's ethanol-electric Equinox

Ohio State wasn't the only school exhibiting an impressive alternative-powered car at NextFest. The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) from Virginia Tech brought along their Challenge X-winning Equinox.

AddWired NextFest Report: Overview

Just got back from NextFest. Dubbed Wired's version of a new world's fair, NextFest brought together more than 130 exhibitors bearing new technologies in a plethora of fields from all over the globe. Given that it's being held just 3 short subway stops from my apartment, I couldn't quite think of a reason to miss it.

AddDOE-funded fuel cell membrane research

Researchers at the Macromodules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are working on a Department of Energy-funded project to develop more effective membrane materials for fuel cells.

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