With the sound of wailing engines still ringing in our ears, we just got back from the first day's racing at the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix. CNET Car Tech spent the morning getting an exclusive pit-side look at the workings of the CDW/RSPORTS Champ Car team, whose car finished second fastest in the first round of qualifying for Sunday's race. Check out our slide show of some of the tech behind the track times.
Text messaging as means of political outreach is hardly a new idea, but 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich claims a new drive launched by his campaign on Monday stands out from all the rest.
The vegan congressman from Ohio is asking Americans opposed to the Iraq war to text the word "peace" to the number 73223. From there, he plans to forward on the responses to President Bush and the Pentagon.
It all amounts to what his campaign staff calls "the first time text messaging has been used to try and change American policy." (Wait, … Read more
Project Gotham Racing 4 is headed exclusively to the Xbox 360 this September. The popular racing simulator promises all new tracks and cars, as well as the inclusion of motorcycles, a unique addition to the series.
It's not the most surprising announcement at E3, but it certainly is one of the most anticipated by Nintendo fans. Nintendo just announced Mario Kart Wii. Nintendo's seminal arcade racer is finally bringing its shell-slinging, kart-driving action to the Wii. While Nintendo has been pretty quiet about Mario Kart Wii, it's safe to say that the game will let you play as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, or any other number of Nintendo characters across a number of Mario-themed tracks. At Nintendo's press conference today, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime cryptically said, "More racers mean more … Read more
Of all the over-the-top racing simulators out there, this one is probably our favorite so far. But then again, we're suckers for anything that sports three LCD TVs. These aren't just any flat screens either, but 37-inch Sharp Aquos displays in full 1080p clarity. And that's just the beginning.
VRX's "Triple Screen Limited Edition 001" is a behemoth that includes "four Xbox 360 Elites, four copies of Forza Motorsport 2, an Xbox 360 HD DVD add-on player, camera/wireless headset, a Zune, force feedback wheel," according to Engadget. The system is built … Read more
While the Colin McRae off-road racing series has been popular in Europe, the game hasn't gained much traction here in the U.S. In an attempt to dig up some excitement, Codemasters has decided to rename the latest game DiRT.
Fans of the previous games shouldn't be overly concerned, as Colin McRae is still around in DiRT. In fact, you can race against him on the German Avelsbachring course, as just one of the three events provided in the new game demo, which also offers one course in online multiplayer mode.… Read more
Earthrace, a novel-looking boat that's trying to circumnavigate the globe on biodiesel and set a record, is apparently back on track.
The group set sail from Barbados on March 10 with a goal of getting around the world in less than 75 days. Unfortunately, a series of snags in Central America slowed it down. Engine problems grounded it in Palau last month. The record became impossible to achieve.
Captain Peter Bethune, however, isn't giving up. Instead, he's re-starting the voyage, and taking San Diego as its starting and finishing point.
"If we continue our current pace, … Read more
SAN MATEO, Calif.--I'm standing on the race track at the Power Tool Drag Races here at Maker Faire, and while I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get killed, I'm not certain.
That's largely because I'm surrounded by little racing machines adorned with what look like very, very sharp saw blades. I assume they will stay on the track as planned, but you never know.
A few years ago, I went to these races when they used to hold them in San Francisco and gasped along with several hundred other racing fans when … Read more
We can already hear the revving of engines and sense the tension as crazy drivers from across the world arrive in London to race some of the fastest, most souped-up automobiles Crave's shielded little eyes have ever seen. Heaven help us--the 2007 Gumball 3000 Rally kicks off this weekend.
To mark the testosterone-drenched occasion, we're giving away two fancy HTC PDAs, complete with sat-nav--the very same ones used by the Gumballers themselves.
My preferred mode of transportation is a pair of sneakers, but this may come close to usurping that. It's a bathtub on wheels.
I'm quite surprised they don't have one of these at the Googleplex already. (Actually, maybe they do.) I mean, man oh man does this Bathtub Racer playset look like fun. You get into a motorized bathtub ($9,995 for a set of two), and you zoom around. It's as simple--and as awesome--as that.
Presumably you can jet around in the battery-powered tubs wherever you please, riding them to the corner deli or maybe … Read more