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A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of car say they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four tires, and mainly transport people rather than goods. Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and developed economies depend on them, the year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz built his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars that were accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world.

Cars have controls for driving, parking, passenger comfort and safety, and controlling a variety of lights, over the decades, additional features and controls have been added to vehicles, making them progressively more complex. Examples include rear reversing cameras, air conditioning, navigation systems, and in car entertainment. Most cars in use in the 2010s are propelled by an internal combustion engine, fueled by the combustion of fossil fuels, this causes air pollution and also contributes to climate change and global warming. Vehicles using alternative fuels such as ethanol flexible-fuel vehicles and natural gas vehicles are also gaining popularity in some countries. Electric cars, which were invented early in the history of the car, began to become commercially available in 2008. Read more...

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One of three Howmet TXs

The Howmet TX (Turbine eXperimental) was an American sports prototype racing car designed in 1968 to test the competitive use of a gas turbine engine in sports car racing. Planned by racing driver Ray Heppenstall, the TX combined a chassis built by McKee Engineering, turbine engines leased from Continental Aviation & Engineering, and financial backing and materials from the Howmet Corporation.

Although not the first attempt at using a turbine powerplant in auto racing, the Howmet TX was the first and is still the only turbine to successfully win a race, earning two Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) race victories and two qualifying sprint victories during its only year of competition, the TX later set six Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) land speed records for turbines after being retired from racing. (more...)

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Tesla ships Ludicrous+ power mode

2017-1-11 , ↵Tesla just pushed the software update to the performance models of their Tesla Model S P100D, allowing it to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) from 0 in 2.4 seconds, down from the 2.5s of the previous iteration.[1] The software update increase the power of the 2 AC electric motors which make up the powertrain by 35 hp (26 kW), making the net power output 780 hp (582 kW). This update makes the P100D the second fastest accelerating production vehicle of all time, and the most number 1 most produced quickest accelerating vehicle of the 2010s. Even more wondrous is the fact that the title was taken by a nearly 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) four door liftback, and eclipsed the two door Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Michelle Christensen

2016 Acura NSX

Michelle Christensen (United States) is the lead designer of the second generation Acura NSX. Christensen undertook an internship at Volvo's Camarillo studio in California before joining Acura in 2005,[2] she briefly worked for General Motors in 2010[3] before returning to Acura as Lead Principal Designer at Honda R&D. The 2016 Honda NSX was her first project as the lead designer. Christensen received the Woman on Top award from Marie Claire magazine.[2]

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2000Honda agrees to offer General Motors' OnStar service in Honda and Acura-brand vehicles.

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It was Holden working at its best, doing a lot with a little. Some of the subterfuge we got up to to make things happen was probably more risky than we realised, but it was worth it.

—Tony Hyde

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  1. ^ Lambert, Fred (2017-01-11). "First Look at Tesla's new 'Ludicrous+' enabling 2.4 second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in the Model S P100D". Electrek. Retrieved 2017-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b "For new NSX, Acura's designing woman". Los Angeles Times. 11 January 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Michelle Christensen The next Philippe Starck". Marie Claire. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2016.