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Roof racks burned extra 100m gallons of fuel last year in US

While that's just 1 percent of total fuel consumption, it's no small number.

Roof racks waste increasing amounts of fuel through aerodynamic drag, but better design — and government policy — would help save gas.

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Fuel-saving, self-driving trucks on the road in Japan

Readers of a certain age might remember those bumper stickers with Yosemite Sam toting two six-shooters and yelling "Back Off!" He wasn't yelling "So you can burn more fuel!" but researchers are looking at how tailgating could save gas, and, in this case, are working with big rigs.

Chevy Tahoe increases MPGs by dropping the drag

It's not all that often that SUvs pop up on this site and even less often that one weighing in at nearly three tons graces our pages. Truth is, we rarely have reason to write about these gargantuans. Why? The answer is simple, they aren't usually what we would call green (yes, yes, we know the whole gallons per mile thing). Every once in awhile we feel bad for overlooking some of t

Video: SpeedFactory builds the quickest quarter-mile Dodge Charger in the world

The SpeedFactory 426 Charger does 9.453 in the quarter – Click above to watch video

Rumormill: Dodge Challenger SS Drag package weeks away

Dodge Challenger Super Stock shown from 2006 SEMA Show

GM engineers dressed in drag while designing new SUVs

During the development of General Motors' new GMT900 SUVs, the team in charge of design was taken out to the company's Milford Proving Grounds and made to dress in drag as an exercise. They wore high-heels, fake press-on nails and garbage bag skirts to simulate what The Car Connection refers to as "female handicaps" (are we really calling them that?) while operating various features of their new 'utes. The result was at least three features on GM's new SUVs that wouldn't have been there otherwis

Rapom V8 bike produces 1,200 horsepower and loose bowels

What to do with that spare Mopar big block you've got left over from your monster truck project? Why, let's build a motorcycle! We're not using our arms that much, anyway, so we might as well just tear 'em right out of the sockets; it's not like we perform manual labor, we're keyboard jockeys. Voice-recognition software will ensure our job security once the old extremities are history, anyway.

Wal-Mart redesigning its trucks for greater efficiencies

As part of Wal-Mart's program to double the fuel efficiency of its heavy-duty truck fleet in 10 yeas, not only have they just announced that they're investigating dual-mode, diesel-electric drivetrains, but other cutting edge truck technologies may be on the way as well. The Rocky Mountain Institute, who developed the Dane Muldoon

Mickey Thompson murder trial begins

The murder of motorsports legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in 1988 was one of the most brutal crimes to hit the automotive world. Nearly two decades later, prosecutors in Pasadena, CA hope to bring the alleged perpetrator to justice. The trial against Michael Goodwin opened on Monday with claims that two yet-unidentified hitmen fatally shot Trudy Thompson before killing Mickey outside the couple's home.

Teen driver loses life in jet dragster accident

In a tragic accident on Sunday, 17-year-old Canadian drag-racing protégé Kendall Hebert died when her jet-powered dragster crashed into a wall at Toronto Motorsport Park in the suburb of Cayuga, outside Hamilton, Ontario.

The art of the 75-minute rebuild

Anyone who's ever taken some time to observe professional Top Fuel drag racing has probably marveled at the teams' ability to rebuild an engine between rounds. In less time that it takes most of us to TiVo through a week's worth of The Daily Show, the crews in charge of engine maintenance are able to swap out the parts required to keep these ticking time bombs together for another five seconds.

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