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Polestar 1 crash test highlights strength of carbon fiber

Polestar 1 crash test highlights strength of carbon fiber

We all know that no matter how cool or expensive a car is, they must be crash tested if the manufacturer wants them to be street legal in the US. Polestar has announced that it has conducted the first crash test of its carbon fiber Polestar 1 car. This marks the first time that the Volvo Car Group has assessed the strength of a carbon fiber reinforced polymer in a real crash situation.

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MIT’s autonomous drone fleet can operate in dense forests without GPS

MIT’s autonomous drone fleet can operate in dense forests without GPS

Those who don’t hike or live in an area where hikers flock don’t understand how easy it can be to get lost in unfamiliar terrain, even when using maps. While it's not hard to get lost, it's very hard for rescuers to search for lost or injured hikers. The major challenge comes when hikers are lost inside a dense forest where helicopters and drones aiding in the search are unable to see what's under the trees.

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Icon’s latest creation is a Tesla-powered 1949 Mercury Coupe

Icon’s latest creation is a Tesla-powered 1949 Mercury Coupe

Icon is a company that makes some very cool cars, typically these are restorations of old 4x4's like the sweet Icon BR we talked about before. At SEMA 2018 Icon is on hand and the company has rolled out something very different. Icon is famous for its "derelicts" collection which are cars that look as if they need restoration on the outside with perfect insides and powertrain.

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2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 ditches the turbo V6

2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8 ditches the turbo V6

No matter how much power and torque the new Ford Raptor makes with its twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine, there are those who lament the lack of a V8. The tweakers over at Hennessey Performance have fixed Ford's lack of a V8 with the new 2019 Hennessey VelociRaptor V8. The V8 engine under the hood of the truck is a 5.0L Ford V8 with a supercharger.

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Trio of paraplegics walk again thanks to electrical stimulation

Trio of paraplegics walk again thanks to electrical stimulation

Medical researchers around the world are working hard to develop new treatments and technology that could one day help those suffering from paraplegia to walk again. In a new study called STIMO (STImulation Movement Overground) three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago can walk again using crutches or a walker. The recovery of the ability to walk with aids is thanks to a rehab protocol that uses targeted electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord and weight assisted therapy.

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2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series SUV is a 500-unit limited-edition

2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series SUV is a 500-unit limited-edition

Lexus has announced a new and limited-edition SUV for buyers looking for something exclusive with lots of style. The SUV is the 2019 LX Inspiration Series and it will make its official debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Lexus says that this vehicle is equipped with high-quality materials and performance to take the worry out of decision making.

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Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept is part Ridgeline and part side-by-side

Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept is part Ridgeline and part side-by-side

Honda has rolled out a very cool concept at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas called the Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept. The concept doesn't look like it, but it is based on the Honda Ridgeline truck that debuted last year in its current form. This concept is a mashup of the Ridgeline and the Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side.

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Russian lunar soil samples expected to fetch up to $1 million at auction

Russian lunar soil samples expected to fetch up to $1 million at auction

Sotheby's is holding an auction in New York that will have a unique item as the big draw for the show. The item is the only known lunar soil samples in private hands with documented provenance. This soil sample isn’t from NASA, but from Russia. The soil samples were obtained in September 1970 by the Luna-16 mission to the moon.

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Ford GT Carbon Series ditches 40 pounds

Ford GT Carbon Series ditches 40 pounds

Ford announced not long ago that it was extending Ford GT production to 1,350 units and opening the order banks for the last time on November 8. At SEMA 2018 Ford has unveiled the new Ford GT Carbon Series and the automaker notes that it will be able to build one of special rides per week. The big feature of the Carbon Series, as its name suggests, is that the car offers more exposed carbon fiber.

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Nissan’s SEMA 2018 rides include a 400hp Project Clubsport Z car

Nissan’s SEMA 2018 rides include a 400hp Project Clubsport Z car

Nissan is bringing five one-of-a-kind rides to SEMA 2018 and the coolest of them all is the Nissan Project Clubsport 23 Z car. This isn't a new model that Nissan will be building but was a project meant to show fans what they could do with a Nissan 370Z Nismo and Nissan Motorsports and aftermarket parts.

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First SpaceX Falcon Heavy government rocket launch coming in early 2019 says Air Force

First SpaceX Falcon Heavy government rocket launch coming in early 2019 says Air Force

The United States Air Force and SpaceX are now targeting early 2019 for the first government launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Falcon Heavy is designed to boost much heavier payloads into orbit and support manned space flight with capsules rather than cargo. The early 2019 launch window is a delay from the previously planned November 30 launch.

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Ford is bringing crazy custom rides to SEMA 2018

Ford is bringing crazy custom rides to SEMA 2018

Ford is bringing so many custom vehicles to SEMA that it is impossible to cover them all. Among the special rides are customized Ranger trucks, F-150s, Mustangs, and a bunch of custom SUVs. Ford appears to be particularly proud of the new Ranger customs and touts that the rides show some of the over 150 performance parts and accessories that will be available from Ford when the vehicle launches.

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