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Report: Saudi Arabia May Be Planning a Major Bid for Tesla’s Leveraged Buyout

The official sovereign wealth fund of the Saudi Arabian government may be considering a major investment in Elon Musk’s electric car giant Tesla, and sources say it is “in talks” to do so after Musk let slip via Twitter that he is considering taking the company private in a $60-billion-plus (£47-billion-plus) deal at $420 (£330) a share, Bloomberg reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Thirsty Genius Upgrades His Car’s Windscreen Wipers to Squirt Juice Into His Mouth

A new hero of the automotive industry has arisen from Elon Musk’s ashes. But Daniel Tillotson’s contributions to the car don’t have anything to do with transitioning away from fossil fuels. Instead, he focused his genius on the problem of safely enjoying a beverage behind the wheel, developing an innovation that any driver would appreciate on a hot day. Read More >>

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Heat Stroke Is Making Me Desperately Want This Giant Motorised Umbrella for My Car

Spend too much time in extreme summer heat and you’ll find yourself doing strange things. A week ago the idea of a gigantic umbrella for my car would have seemed laughable, but after a weekend of climbing in and out of unbearably hot vehicles, the Lanmodo seems like it should be a standard feature on every car. Read More >>

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You Can Wait a Few Years For a Tesla – or Build This Magnificent Lego Bugatti Chiron Yourself

Two years ago, Lego rolled out one of its largest and most complex Technic sets ever with its 2,704-piece Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But that car looks about as exciting as going for a Sunday drive in Grandma’s sedan now that Lego has finally revealed its long rumored (and teased) Technic Bugatti Chiron. Read More >>

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A Spare Tyre Made From Countless Rolls of Duct Tape Is Surprisingly Durable

Spare tyres aren’t cheap, and do you really want to spend all that money on something you might never actually use? Not when 20 rolls of duct tape can apparently be used to make a remarkably functional spare tyre, as the mechanics at YouTube’s Life OD discovered. Read More >>

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Watch a Delivery Truck Get Peeled Open Like a Tin of Sardines in Super Slow Motion

In the US state of North Carolina, there’s an internet famous train trestle bridge that’s been shearing the roofs off of tall trucks for years now. There’s lots of footage of the 11-foot-8-inch bridge eating trucks, but none as spectacular as this recreation the Slow Mo Guys created, which was captured in super-satisfying, super slow motion. Read More >>

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This Is What It Looks Like to Cheat Death at 250 Miles Per Hour

Does the thrill of accelerating a dragster to speeds of almost 300 miles per hour outweigh the tremendous risks involved with the sport? It’s hard to imagine David Tremayne wanting to climb behind the steering wheel again after he lost control of this dragster at speeds few of us will ever experience on four wheels. Read More >>

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How to Hack Your Car With a Nicer Horn That Won’t Instigate Road Rage

Aside from turn signals, a car’s horn is really the only tool a driver has to communicate with other vehicles. (Besides gesticulating wildly out of the driver’s side window, of course.) It’s so loud and abrasive, however, that it always sounds like you’re screaming at other motorists, leading to middle fingers and other unwelcome responses. But what if your car’s horn was more polite? Read More >>

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Your Car’s Tires Could Soon Know When Roads Are Wet and Slippery Before You Do

Some road hazards are easy for drivers to spot and avoid, like a cavernous pothole, but others aren’t so easy to see. A wet road, or one covered in ice, can often be invisible to drivers, who don’t realise they need to slow down. But it turns out a car’s rubber tires provide all the clues necessary for a vehicle to automatically know when conditions get slippery. Read More >>

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Sphero’s New Lightning McQueen Makes Me Excited For the Future of Robotic Toys

I might be the only person at Gizmodo that likes Sphero’s new Cars toy. My colleagues hate the way the robot announces it’s going to sleep, and the long animated process it takes to wake up. They’re also horrified by the very existence of sentient automobiles and tractors that moo. But my colleagues are too caught up in trying to understand Pixar’s Cars world to realise that they’re playing with the incredible future of robotic toys. Read More >>

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Every Office Should Have Slot Cars Racing Across All the Desks

Think your office is cool and progressive because there’s a ping pong table in the corner? You’ll still be stuck at your soul-sucking cubicle desk most of the day, which is why these engineers created a giant slot car track that races across everyone’s desk, letting you compete while still getting some work done. (Theoretically. Who could resist getting totally distracted?) Read More >>

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How Will Companies Convince Us That Self-Driving Cars Aren’t Death Traps?

Since we’re all friends here on the internet, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate driving. I drive too slowly, lurch violently when I change lanes, and the thought of having to merge onto a speeding California highway makes my heart speed up a little even as I write this. I’m no good at driving and never have been. Read More >>

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Nissan Turns To Faraday Cages To Stop Fools Texting While Driving

Nissan has designed a prototype smartphone vault for the armrest of its Juke crossover car, which uses a Faraday cage to block all signals to the phone (yep, even Bluetooth and WiFi). Read More >>

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The Greatest Hot Wheels Track Ever Built Ends With an Explosive Finale

Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions. Read More >>

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This Obscene £2,338 Pram Will Teach Your Kid To Drive Before They Can Walk

If there are two things every pram lacks, it’s a $3,000 (£2,338) price tag and the ability to make a child look like an unfortunate castoff from Downton Abbey. Luckily for all of us, however, a company called D.Throne has created an obscenely over-the-top electric car for kids that you can justify as an essential baby accessory, if you’re the kind of person who expels money from every orifice. Read More >>