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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept’s Delights Are in the Details

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, which we saw in June, was a lovely 70th birthday present Porsche gave itself to honor the design of the Porsche 356 Speedsters. The photos were awesome to look at on their own, but this deeper dive video was also extremely necessary.

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Trump proposal would end California’s tougher car emission standards

It's no secret that the Trump administration is bristling at the Clean Air Act waiver that lets California apply stricter car emissions standards — the state effectively determines the standards for the rest of the country, negating any federal atte…

Student engineers build hyperloop test pods with commercial-class top speeds

Enlarge / All the action happened at this end of the 3/4 mile low-pressure test track. A pyramid and an obelisk of Boring Company bricks and EPFLoop’s pod cover can be seen beside it. (credit: Megan Geuss)

HAWTHORNE, CA—On a sweltering day in Southern California, 20 groups of student engineers gathered on a side street near the SpaceX headquarters to show off the Hyperloop pods that they had spent the better part of a year putting together.

The teams had spent the previous days showing SpaceX engineers their designs and testing them in vacuum chambers and on open-air tracks. The SpaceX engineers voted on their favorite teams, and the top three were awarded time on the three-quarter-mile low-pressure test track that SpaceX has built next to its headquarters. Delft University of Technology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPF), and WARR (a student group within Munich Technical University) were the three teams to win the coveted tube time.

WARR defended its two previous wins again: this time with an average speed of 284 miles per hour and a top speed of 290mph, according to SpaceX announcements during the competition.

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Boeing’s spacecraft faces even longer delays after propellant leak

The road to NASA's Commercial Crew — restoring human spaceflight capabilities to the US — has been bumpy, to say the least. And now, it appears that there has been another setback. Ars Technica uncovered a previously undisclosed issue that Boeing's…

The Nissan Frontier Replacement You Can’t Have in America Is a Solid Truck

The 2018 Nissan Frontier can be the cheapest new pickup truck in America, undercutting largely because it hasn’t been redesigned since 2004. That’s not the case outside the U.S. though, where the Navara has replaced it. Here’s what America’s missing in Nissan’s latest diesel-powered mid-sized pickup.

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The GTC4Lusso T is a Ferrari you really could drive every day

Jonathan Gitlin

Spending a few days with a Ferrari is a treat, even if you get to drive as diverse an array of vehicles as we do here at Ars. As a small manufacturer with perhaps the best brand recognition in the auto industry, Ferrari doesn’t really need to lend journalists its cars to sell them. And with a small press fleet and a big country to cover, the opportunity to drive one therefore remains rare. So it’s perhaps not surprising that having recently scheduled such a loan, it’s something I still look forward to immensely. That was certainly the case for this car, the $256,000 Ferrari GTC4Lusso T.

The new vehicle is the replacement for the Ferrari FF, and the prospect of four days with a Lusso T offered a chance to see how the legendary Italian automaker evolves and iterates its ideas. Ferrari’s goal with the Lusso T was to build on the success of the FF, which sold well by the standards of four-seat Ferraris. The car maker wanted to create something that was both “sporty and versatile, as well as perfect for driving on a daily basis.”

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The Andromeda galaxy ate our sister galaxy

The Andromeda galaxy is our closest galactic neighbor, and it apparently has been hiding a dark past. Scientists from the University of Michigan discovered that this sinister figure cannibalized our sibling approximately two billion years ago. That's…

Don’t Wait Until a New Model Comes Out to Get a Deal On a Leftover

There is an old-school bit of car buying advice that says you should wait until a new model hits the showrooms to score a deal on the previous model. In other words, when the all-new 2019 Eagle Premier comes out, you may be better off waiting to get a great price on the still-good 2018 Eagle Premier. But while you can…

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The Patriot Evlvr Portable Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

Phison introduced a reference design for entry-level Thunderbolt 3 SSDs at the 2018 CES. Patriot was one of the first to announce a product based on the reference design – the Patriot Evlvr comes with a PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD sporting the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba BiCS 3D TLC NAND. An Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt controller bridges the NVMe SSD to a Thunderbolt 3 device port. The PCIe 3.0 x2 link means that the product is not going to set any benchmark records. However, Patriot plans to make it quite wallet-friendly. Read on to find out how the product performs, particularly in the price to performance ratio aspect.

The Patriot Evlvr Portable Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

Phison introduced a reference design for entry-level Thunderbolt 3 SSDs at the 2018 CES. Patriot was one of the first to announce a product based on the reference design – the Patriot Evlvr comes with a PCIe 3.0 x2 NVMe SSD sporting the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba BiCS 3D TLC NAND. An Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt controller bridges the NVMe SSD to a Thunderbolt 3 device port. The PCIe 3.0 x2 link means that the product is not going to set any benchmark records. However, Patriot plans to make it quite wallet-friendly. Read on to find out how the product performs, particularly in the price to performance ratio aspect.