• Ferrari 296 GTB

    Rules proposed by 2035 could mean the end of internal-combustion engines, but perhaps not for niche automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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    Porsche testing synthetic fuel in race conditions

    Porsche is testing synthetic fuel in its Mobil 1 Supercup racing series with hopes of rolling it out to classic cars in the future.

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    Porsche claims synthetically fueled cars can be as clean as EVs

    A Porsche executive said synthetic fuels can reduce carbon emissions by 85%, creating lower "well to wheels" emissions than an electric car.

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    Here's how Koenigsegg's exhaust setup passes emissions

    Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained shows how Koenigsegg's engineers bypass straight pipes and emissions delays to optimize power

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    Drive-thrus banned in Minneapolis

    Minneapolis has banned new drive-thrus due to the emissions they cause and pedestrian safety issues.

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    Emissions laws will kill Chevrolet Corvette, Camaro SS in Europe

    Tightening emissions laws mean that the big, burly sports cars won't have a home in Europe for much longer.

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]

    A German startup claims it has the technology to help keep internal-combustion engines on the road for decades to come. MWI Microwave Ignition believes it can cut gasoline and diesel fuel usage by 30 percent and reduce emissions from a typical engine by 80 percent, according to a Thursday Automotive News (subscription required) report. And the company has a few prominent backers, too. One is none other than former Porsche CEO, Wendelin Wiedeking. Wiedeking is perhaps best known for his failed attempt to take over the VW Group after Porsche purchased a majority share in the company nearly 10...

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    Volkswagen settles Dieselgate lawsuit ahead of trial

    Volkswagen AG settled a lawsuit with more than 300 owners days before a potentially embarrassing trial in the U.S., Reuters reported last week. According to the report, Volkswagen reached a settlement Friday with David Doar, a North Carolina man, and similar owners after a judge rejected a request...

  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
    Fix is in for some VW, Porsche, Audi dieselgate SUVs

    Volkswagen can begin updating roughly 38,000 SUVs illegally equipped with emissions-cheating devices, federal and state regulators announced Monday. The EPA and California Air Resources Board sent a letter to VW, Audi, and Porsche officials Friday approving fixes for 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touaregs...

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    BMW M3 and M4 to switch from carbon fiber to steel driveshafts

    The BMW M3 and M3 are about to become a little less special as both the sport sedan and coupe will switch from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) driveshafts to fairly commonplace steel components. BMW says the reason behind the switch involves emission standards and future compliance. The CFRP...

  • 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Bear Mountain, May 2014
    US government prepares lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

    Talks appear to be breaking down between the U.S. government and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles over the automaker's alleged use of emission defeat devices. Now, according to Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to sue the automaker if talks fail to resolve the issue. Previously, both...

  • Ralf Speth and Yin Tongyao
    Jaguar Land Rover boss defends diesel, blames VW for backlash

    Jaguar Land Rover has launched a ferocious defense of diesel power as the United Kingdom prepares a wide-ranging plan to improve air quality in its major cities. JLR CEO Ralf Speth, pictured above left, told Autocar, “Diesel has to—needs to—have a future,” before laying out...

  • Display at Lamborghini’s factory showing solar power production

    When it comes to automakers that are perceived to be “green,” Lamborghini probably isn’t the first company to come to mind. After all, it’s product line consists exclusively of supercars like the Gallardo and Aventador, powered by V-10 and V-12 engines. If you want fuel economy, you’ll certainly be shopping elsewhere. If you’re looking for exceptional performance tempered by overall environmental responsibility, however, Lamborghini is at the forefront of Italian automakers. In fact, it’s the first automaker to sign a collaboration agreement with the...

  • 1,000-MPH Bloodhound SSC show car unveiled
    Does Carbon Neutrality Matter At 1,000 MPH?

    Apparently, it does. The Bloodhound SSC, which generates an astonishing 47,000 pounds of thrust through a rocket motor fed by an F1 engine used as a fuel pump, will go carbon neutral for its land speed record attempt, the team announced today. How, exactly, does a hydrocarbon-spewing monster with...

  • 2013 BMW 3-Series  -  First U.S. Drive, February 2012
    Don't Like Your BMW 3-Series' Start Stop? Have It Reprogrammed

    As automakers look to meet ever more-restrictive emission standards and ever-increasing fuel economy goals, automatic start stop systems, which shut down an engine after a few seconds of idle and then instantly restart it, will become more and more commonplace. As with any new technology, start...

  • Eberspaecher's mini steam power plant. Image: Eberspaecher
    Mini Steam Turbine May Make The Alternator Obsolete

    A German exhaust component manufacturer is working on systems to produce electricity from waste heat. Their concepts may one day replace the alternator in cars of the future.

  • Ford's B-Max Concept featured the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Engine. Image: Ford Motor Company
    Ford Announces 1.0-Liter EcoBoost Engine

    Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 proved one point to truck and sedan buyers; thanks to technology like gasoline direct injection and twin-turbocharging, it was indeed possible to squeeze V-8 power and drivability out of a V-6. Their 2.0-liter EcoBoost four looks to prove that V-6 power is...

  • Green GPS (Image: University of Illinois)
    Green GPS Picks Fuel-Saving, Lowest Emissions Routes

    GPS navigation systems and internet-based route planners allow you to pick the quickest or shortest route to your destination. However, until now there hasn't been the option to pick the greenest route, allowing you to use the least fuel and reducing your journey's emissions. Researchers at the...

  • Wave Disk Generator engine

    There may be life in the old dog yet - engines have never been the cleanest of machines, requiring fossil fuels for their power and releasing all manner of gases, elements and chemicals through the combustion process. Carmakers have come on in leaps and bounds over the last few decades to make the internal combustion engine cleaner than ever whilst improving economy and performance, but ever-tightening emissions regulations worldwide are certainly making things difficult for the industry. Help could be at hand though, in the form of the Wave Disk Generator (WDG). Conceived by researchers at...

  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK
    Mercedes Can't Sell Clean Cars Thanks To Dirty U.S. Fuel

    The engines of today may operate along familiar principals to the internal combustion engines of yesteryear but their efficiency and cleanliness is almost beyond comparison thanks to advances in technology. Like all automakers Mercedes-Benz has put millions into developing engines to meet ever...

  • Bugatti Veyron Super Sport exhaust
    Bugatti Veyron Voted Worst Environmental Offender By EPA

    Every year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produces a list of the best and worst cars for fuel efficiency and not surprisingly this year’s worst offender is the 2011 Bugatti Veyron--a car fitted with a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine displacing no less than 8.0-liters. This...

  • McLaren MP4-12C supercar
    McLaren MP4-12C Is Greener Than A Hybrid (Per Horsepower)

    It's no secret that getting a lot of power out of a small package is a solid recipe for efficiency--just as Honda about four-cylinders, or BMW about inline sixes--but a 600-horsepower supercar being more efficient than a hybrid? That's got to be a special case, right? Well, yes and no. The very...

  • Magic Laser And Nanoparticle Engines To Solve Emissions Crisis?

    A new technology involving functionalized fullerenes and low-energy lasers could make cars far more efficient.

  • Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560-4
    CEO hints at 2015 launch date for first Lamborghini hybrid

    It wasn't long ago that supercar manufacturers were scoffing at the idea of introducing hybrid variants of their models, but with Porsche and even the usually traditionalist Ferrari hard at work on their own respective hybrid drivetrains, it wasn't going to be long before other supercar...

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