Tata Nano Europa in Geneva – click above for high-res image gallery
Back in June, Ford asked students at five universities to re-imagine the Model T for the 21st Century. Ford's gotten a bit of mileage out of fanciful updates to the iconic vehicle over the years, and this latest round saw the German team from the ika (Institute of Automotive Engineering Aachen) at Aachen University beat out teams from Australia, California and Michigan with a three-seat version that can be used with an all-electric or hybrid drivetrain. Aside from the EV nature of the vehicle, t
Click above for more images of the 1923 V-Twin powered Model T
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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Model_T_Beats_HUMMER_in_hill_climb'; It wasn't a fair fight at all, but for funsies, a vintage-car hill-climb allowed Forbes Magazine to enter a late model HUMMER H2. You know, just to see how the 316-hp, 4WD SUV would do against, say, a 100-hp 1921 Model T driven by a 70-year-old man. Like we said, it wasn't fair at all.
Quick...what was the world's first self-propelled vehicle? Model T? Curved dash Olds? Not even close. Benz Patent-Motorwagen? Duryea? For most reference sources, you'd be a lot closer. But to find the correct answer, you'd have to go back more than 100 years before any of those ever set wheel to road. As Supercars.net tells us, the very first self-propelled vehicle was in fact a steam car designed by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot in 1769. Yes, you read that right – seventeen-sixty-nine. Seven yea