The French are known for many things, including large pointy structures, long movies in which the characters smoke a lot but don’t do anything else, and fine wines. Occasional overindulgence in the latter has prompted the French government to require all drivers to carry two disposable breathalyzers in their cars, apparently based on the assumption that if you’re too drunk to drive you won’t be too drunk to remember you have a breathalyzer in your car, you’ll remember to use it, and you’ll pay any attention to the reading. And as if to prove French lawmakers themselves were a bit over the limit when they wrote the law, anyone crossing into France is also required to have breathalyzers on board.
If you’re ever in the middle of some long and tedious car restoration project that seems like it will never end and you need some inspiration to keep going, this video of a Triumph Spitfire engine going from rusty lump to shiny rebuilt powerplant in less than three minutes should lift your spirits.
Just as race teams look for ways to trim a few tenths of a second from pit stops to gain a competitive advantage on the track, automotive engineers look at every aspect of car design to make their cars more appealing to consumers. At Ford that includes making sure the overhead stowage bin on the 2013 Fusion accommodates as many different types of sunglasses as possible. Ford engineers evaluated—and modeled—more than 100 pairs of sunglasses from designer frames to drugstore knockoffs to determine the dimensions of a wide range of shades. Sejal Shreffler, core accommodation and usage engineer, said, “Older sunglasses holders were designed for thin, wire-framed pairs, but fashions have evolved toward thicker, plastic shades. So we changed the bins to keep up with the trends.”
How do you get to the Monaco Grand Prix? Start early.
What scares racers the most? Most would probably say rain, because there’s nothing scarier than hammering down a fast straightaway with zero visibility. Here’s Formula 2 driver Dino Zamparelli at the Spa-Franchorchamps Circuit in Belgium, which is notorious for bad weather. Zamparelli broke the right rear wheel in the melee but avoided anything worse. Any hey, have you checked your windshield wipers lately?