Why is the STOP sign a red octagon?

As you know, a red octagon with a white inscription STOP, it is also a priority sign 2.5, obliges the driver to stop at the stop line, and if it is absent, at the edge of the intersection of the roadway. For the first time, the need for such a sign back in 1900 was spoken by William Phelps Eno, a wealthy native of New England, who thereby tried to cope with the chaos on the roads

Why cars are so taciturn: Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 test

Motors, transmissions, wheels, design - when cars develop in this traditional direction, conscientious and experienced automakers often get masterpieces. But when it comes to electronics and mobile technology, it seems that the auto industry intentionally keeps us in the Stone Age. A vivid example of this is the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

Chinese fake under Porsche: now in Russia

The material was prepared by the friendly editors of Auto Mail.Ru has repeatedly told why the Zotye SR9 is called the “85 percent” copy of the Porsche Macan. And there is an explanation for this: Carnewschina portal compared “Chinese” and “German” in detail, and experts from the online publication concluded that Zotye repeats Porsche by 85% on the outside and 95% on the inside. In China,

YERAZ: what did the Yerevan Automobile Plant produce?

The plant was built to increase the production of delivery vans and minibuses RAF-977. The documentation was transferred from Riga to Yerevan, and in 1966 the first ErAZ-762 were assembled, which did not differ from the “rafics” in any way. While the RAF already in the mid-70s switched to the more modern model RAF-2203 “Latvia”, archaic buses with rounded shapes continued to be built on YerAZ until 1996! So alm

10 cool sidecar motorcycles

This technology is on the brink of science fiction created by Saban Entertainment specifically for the film "Mighty Morphs: Power Rangers." True, they rode a space bike with rockets only in the movies. Under the motorcycle stroller you can adapt the most unexpected things. For example, an electric car from a children's circuit

LuAZ: unusual models of the Lutsk Automobile Plant

1961, LuAZ-967. TPK, that is, the front-line transporter - an amphibian, the first, not yet civilian model of LuAZ. It was on its basis that non-military SUVs of the Lutsk Plant were developed. 1960, pre-production sample LuAZ-967. 1982, LuAZ-972. Unusual three-axle amphibious terrain. 1998, LuAZ-1901 "Geologist"

Wait: test UAZ "Patriot" with "automatic"

The first acquaintance with the updated UAZ Patriot with automatic transmission was fleeting, like summer in central Russia. But now I am in sunny Baku, where the opportunity appeared to conduct a full-fledged test drive of an SUV. In the capital of Azerbaijan, not only the excellent weather and the beauty of the national parks were waiting for me, but also the program manager of Punch Powerglide Strasburg, Xavier Ekkelo

Lamborghini Aventador SV vs Huracan Performante: drag race

Carwow / YouTube The race was held by Carwow. Lamborghini Huracan Performante is equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 engine capable of delivering 640 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque. The Lamborghini Aventador SV, which participated in the race, is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 capable of producing 750 hp. and 690 Nm of torque

Chasing Power: Superchargers

Set "Inflate your engine yourself" As we wrote in the previous issue, you can increase engine power in the only way - by burning more combustible mixture. This can be achieved in different ways, but the most common ones are an increase in the displacement of the engine or an increase in the supply of the combustible mixture to the cylinders by boosting

The complete history of London taxi: 15 models and more

Bersey Electric Taxi (1897) . The first taxi cars in London were electric. The city was indebted to their introduction by the young, 23-year-old businessman Walter Bersey, who founded London Electric Cab Co and designed special electric cars for use as city cabs. Cars with a 3-horsepower engine could travel up to 75 km between two charges

Lamborghini Rat Rod: Crazy Carbon Fiber Hot Rod

This unusual hot rod, unfortunately, existed only in the form of a computer model, was the result of a dispute between two designers - Pavel Vishnevsky and Jens Slapins. The fact is that there is such an insanely popular video - Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5, which has collected more than 50 million views since 2012

Secret Soviet project: nuclear car

In 1949, the Soviet Union became the second country in the world that managed to successfully build and test a model of atomic weapons. On the one hand, this, of course, was a serious success for Soviet scientists and engineers. On the other hand, an equally serious blow to the pride of the Soviet leadership

ECTO-1 Ghostbusters Car: How It Works

The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio was built a little less than a century ago in the same style - the then prevailing streamline modernity. When you walk along its winding streets - and this is the whole city in the city! - you forget about the purpose of your arrival, but only until that second, when two huge Cadillacs with the same ECTO-1 numbers are found around the next corner

Motorcycle ... with a gas turbine engine from a helicopter

For almost a century and a half, engineers have repeatedly tried to replace the internal combustion engines in motorcycles with something. For many years, they tried to implant any power plants, starting from a steam engine and ending with a rotary engine or even an electric motor. But Marine Turbine Technologies resolved this issue radically: it put a turbine from a helicopter in the frame of a motorcycle

How much fuel does the Bugatti Chiron actually consume?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seems to have just completed the most worthless job. Why measure fuel consumption on a hypercar worth three million dollars and a capacity of 1, 500 horsepower? Are its owners really interested in how much money they will spend on fuel while riding their Bugatti

How a rotary piston engine works: a spectacular movie in slow-mo

Rotary piston internal combustion engines, or Wankel engines, are equipped with a trihedral rotor rotating inside a special profile cylinder. During rotation, each vertex of the triangular piston creates chambers with a variable volume, in which the full cycle of the engine is carried out. Due to the lack of coupling between the working chambers, the engine, with a relatively high specific power, has a very compact size

13 AMO cars: the first Soviet

AMO-F-15 (1924−1927), a car of the first industrial series. It was developed on the basis of the Italian Fiat 15 ter with tangible modifications, since the Fiat 15 ter was produced since 1913 and was out of date by the 1924th order. Note that only the first 10 cars were painted red, but in general all AMO-F-15 were produced in green :) AMO-F-15 (1926), sanitary.

Car ignition: unusual systems

Patent Section Bosch is very active in laser ignition systems and is already taking concrete steps to protect its position in the unborn market. In the fall of 2011, Bosch specialists Werner Herden and Jürgen Raymann patented a system for pre-chamber laser ignition of a gas internal combustion engine, and in February 2012 they filed a patent application for an innovative design of the upper part of the cylinder and piston bottom Inside the cylinder, radio-frequency electrostatic ignition forms four ignition sites.

10 amazing amphibious cars

The production of civilian amphibian cars began back in the 1960s, but then they were not widespread. Nevertheless, many inventors still undertake to create an unusual and stylish car that conquers two elements at once. Introducing the 10 most interesting amphibious cars of recent years! 10. Gibbs Quadski

10 Spanish cars you didn't know anything about

Spain has never been a leader in the global automotive industry. In the entire history of the country, there were hardly more than fifty manufacturing companies, and only Hispanic-Suiza and Seat became truly famous. Nevertheless, we decided to recall several Spanish brands that are now unknown to anyone, but long ago aspired to some place in the global automotive industry

10 best cars to meet the End of the World

Marauder from the South African company Paramount Group is not affordable for everyone - prices start at 500 thousand dollars. On the other hand, you can get at your disposal a natural fortress on wheels, with strong armor and a machine gun on the roof. The best choice to repel an invasion of zombies or embittered raiders

8 legendary American pickups

International Harvester Travelette - the first pickup truck with a double row of seats, 1957. Today, this cabin design does not surprise anyone, but the early trucks were exclusively double or triple. The Travelette was the first pickup with three, and then four doors, and was designed for six passengers

10 Swiss cars: accurate as a watch

Today in Switzerland there are several well-known brands - this is a large military manufacturer of MOWAG plus several other companies that manufacture luxury supercars in small series. In the past, Switzerland also made quite massive cars in quantity. Rinspeed is a legendary company founded in 1979 by Frank Rinderknecht

10 Soviet pickups

VAZ-2101 "Pickup". These machines were not serial in the full sense of the word and were produced on a residual basis. Defective bodies of models 2101, 2102, 2104, 2105 and 2107. There may have been versions of 2103 and 2106, but copies and photographs have not been preserved. Such pickups were made with the help of a banal circumcision of the rear of the body and were widely used for in-plant needs

Twice two: Four-wheel drive

Two-wheel victory Yamaha WR450F 2-Trac is the only mass-produced sports bike with all-wheel drive. For the fourth year in a row, the French racer David Fretigne has achieved fantastic results on this motorcycle during the Dakar rally and on the sandy track in Morocco. In 2005, his "monopoly" on four-wheel drive ended: several more such cars took part in the rally Almost invisible The rear wheel drive of the Yamaha WR450F 2-Trac is a traditional chain drive

What will be the cars in 2020?

By the end of the 20th century, in the developed countries of the world, traffic accidents reached one of the first places in the list of causes of death. But from the turn of the 1980-1990s, the rampant growth of this real epidemic was able to stop. And not only stop, but also turn back - from now on, despite the constant increase in the number of cars, the number of deaths has been falling

Anti-hipster: Chevrolet Tahoe test

Tahoe is available for more than 20 years, but during this time the SUV managed not to lose its "identity", as PR people like to say. Simply put, I remember these double rectangular headlights from the school bench. Now in front of me, the Tahoe is already in its fourth generation, but it is still recognizable

10 US cars: Soviet concepts

NAMI-1 (1927) . The first and only production car manufactured under the name of US. It was developed in 1925 and was the first ever Soviet car of its own design (almost all other Soviet cars until the end of the 1930s were licensed or not quite copies of foreign designs). The car was lightweight, completely made from domestic materials - but in the end it lost to the licensed Ford in the form of GAZ-A

How does keyless entry into a car kill people?

No, the point in this case is not at all that intruders can intercept the radio key signal with the help of simple devices in order to gain access to the car and hijack it. As The New York Times reporters found out, the problem lies in the fundamental principles of the keyless entry system, which supposedly cannot be called intuitive

Ford Bronco Stroppe Baja Edition: Bronco for rally raids

In 1947, the great Henry Ford passed away, and a memorial regatta was held in his memory, but not sailing, but motor. Everyone could participate in the regatta, while Ford itself put up a powerful team with boats equipped with engines of the latest modification. What was the general surprise when the regatta was won by an unknown mechanical engineer Bill Stropp on a boat with a modified Ford engine