Building a car that's also a boat is hard, but their numbers are increasing.
One of ten brilliant innovations from our 2015 Invention Awards
And once that's done? A self-flying car
An inside look at the DeltaWing, the boldest--and most polarizing--racecar design in decades
The plan costs $50 million, but it'll be unlike any roller coaster ever built
Would you take these seaplanes and other vehicles out for a ride? We'd take our chances on the marsh buggy, but would probably strap on a life vest (or two) while riding the amphibious bicycle
So far, it's just an idea
A deeper look at polar ice. An electric-car renaissance. The death and rebirth of major scientific experiments. Read on to discover what this year has in store
The fastest, most powerful Bentley ever is serious fun for the big-bucks crowd. It can also burn ethanol, adding just a touch of greenness
Youâ€™re pushing 185 mph. The trees to your left have melted into a green blur, the tachometer needle shakes frenetically as it nears the end of its ascent, and the engine is screaming.
Where's the money for President Bush's bold new vision going to come from?
They look like lawnmowers on steroids, but superkarts can keep pace with million-dollar Ferraris--150 mph on the straights and crazy Gs in the turns. The best value in racing is starting to get respect.
At age 14, he was setting model-airplane records. At 32, he was an international soaring champion. Now, almost 50 years later, his company, AeroVironment, designs the most innovative unmanned aerial vehicles. To Paul MacCready, it's all the same thing.
The inside account of how GM stole the Detroit auto show by hustling its Pontiac Solstice off the sketchpad and onto the stage in record time.
Winged tanks, a torpedo-shaped aerobile, and flying cars designed by the 20th century's most renowned aviation minds
The team at Terrafugia is about to fulfill the fantasy of every driver pilot: a consumer vehicle that can take to the highways and the skies. All they have to do is finish the first one
Popular Science brings 7 visionaries together to predict the trajectory of aviation in its second century.
Forget UFOs. The first circular aircraft could soon hit the market right here on Earth. They won't take you to space, but they might just be worth the long—very long—wait
Vertical takeoff. Hybrid power. Automatic landing. See it in action as it flies and drives.
Because, seriously, what's the hold up?
Just don't try to fly this 1934 contraption before reading all the fine print
It is impractical! And cool! And we would like to fly it.
The winner of the Autonomy Challenge will work with Grant Imahara to make it a reality
Rally racers in super-modded street cars follow their own Cliffs Notes to navigate rocky dirt roads full of gullies and blind curves. The rawest form of racing is finally gaining traction in the U.S.
One of the greatest car races in the world is also a showcase for innovative engineering.
How do you completely disassemble a classic sports car and rebuild it better than new? You take a deep breath and dive in.
If only our Thanksgiving travel plans included rides on cross-country high-speed rails, propeller-powered monorails, and the mythical Long Island bullet train
A 3,700-mile intercontinental journey in a high-tech swamp boat? Bring it on
The Baja 1000 is the toughest road race on the planet. To win it, you need a lot of guts, a lot of money and a state-of-the-art new truck
PopSci's old-school guide to maintaining your tires, troubleshooting your carburetor, and driving without accidentally killing anyone
Fun with high-pressure hoses
A millennial responds to his automobile-loving, autonomy-wary critics
Terrafugia's Transition, an airplane that can drive on the highway, takes off for the first time
With the help of a few key exemptions
This was no Tokyo drift, but it was pretty fast and furious
Electric cars battle performance purists as the UK's largest auto show turns green
It could be the future of military rescue.
With the rutan-designed globalflyer, these adventurers tackle "the first great aviation challenge of the new century." Technology: cutting-edge. Risks: gigantic.
For the modern soapbox derby, all you need is gravity-and $30,000
A lucky eBay bidder could walk away with a one-of-a-kind Skycar prototype. Starting bid? Just $1 million
It will make pedestrian strikes like hitting a really, really big bug.
It's Bentley's bid, seven decades later, to reclaim the Le Mans throne. It's an experimental car. We're going 190 mph.
In serious driving, one car's big brakes can outmaneuver another car's bigger engine.
Old tech & new materials intricately combined for insane speed: the ingenuity of the top fuel dragster.
How Silicon Valley engineers are transforming cars into very smart, very fast and increasingly opinionated information systems
Writing in 1925, British scientist A.M. Low predicted that we'd eat breakfast via feeding tubes and bald would be beautiful. This guy totally augured Go-Gurt and Vin Diesel.
A rally racing guide to the Web
Zero to 60 in under five seconds: World's fastest grocery-hauler from Mercedes hot-rod division. Also tested: the fantastic new S65 AMG.
PopSci's new automotive guru flogs one of the year's most anticipated sports cars—the 2009 Nissan GT-R
PopSci goes pedal-to-the-carbon-fiber in Honda's next-gen prototype fuel cell car after a rare one-on-one interview with Honda's president and CEO Takeo Fukui
Little cars flopped in the 1950s. Today, failure isn't an option.
Amazon Prime drones may have a challenger
You can't just hold the home and lock buttons to solve this one
PopSci has been looking toward the near and distant future of the car for over 135 years. To coincide with car month here, see how some of our past predictions have survived the test of time.
New study offers human understanding for autonomous hand offs
Concepts in aviation: Latest air-car design tactic aims at commercial applications.
This is the engine, fuel tank, and transmission of a revolutionary new kind of car. In this feature, we offer a first peek at the cool designs it makes possible.
When is a daredevil jump not a jump? When it's a flight
At the height of the automotive industry crisis, carmakers tried to smile through the pain
An armadillo-inspired micro car from South Korea can shrink itself down to just 65 inches.
Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.
A smaller but surprisingly less depressing North American Auto Show features a shaken industry seeking a fresh start
Nine myths and misconceptions, and the truth about why hydrogen-powered cars arenâ€™t just around the corner
The FAA has grounded all 787s after a string of fires in their lithium-ion battery packs. But these batteries are very different from the ones in electric cars.
Millions of the safety devices have turned deadly
Import tuners, once kid brothers to small-block chevys, have grown up.
Exhibit A: the Swiss-built Weber Faster One
Detroit has a plan to change how we drive--and it hits the road in 2016
Hybrid electric coupes are fashioned for efficiency—with fangs
The perfect choice for an intergalactic midlife crisis
Smartphone-based systems that let you commandeer your car from across the country
Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist.
The automated car of the future could become a haven for an advertising nightmare.
First look at the guts of GM's fuel cell Autonomy car
1O vehicles that have innovative technology not available stateside.
Under the hood of the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron is a 16-cylinder tale of big egos, aggressive engineering and media sniping.
Electric cars haven't killed the engine as we know it, yet. In fact, the century-old technology is getting stronger every year
A new Jeep pickup, a redesigned Porsche, and more showed up in LA.
Racing technology, now and in the future
If racecar designers werenâ€™t constrained by speed-stifling rules, theyâ€™d create monsters of suction capable of doing 300+ mph ... upside down.
A three-ton car that does 170 mph and generates enough heat to keep an entire town warm
Insert it like a key; hook it to your computer; copy the key image; drive away
A crowdsourced, street-legal rally racer; Neil Young's electric Lincoln Continental; tinkering with an Audi R8's computer for crazy horsepower boosts--and much more
Far-out supercar concepts, innovative alt-energy vehicles, and more than one pair of hot triplets--it's all at the NYIAS this week, and automotive editor Eric Adams is on the scene
PopSci heads to the 20th North American International Auto Show to bring you the mean, green machines about to flood our shores
Americaâ€™s favorite old-school videogame maker puts thirtysomethings in the virtual driverâ€™s seat of a suburban dream car
A new bill would make it illegal to wear Google's "extremely dangerous technology" while driving.
Taking humans out of the equation will transform the car of the future
The supercar is capped at just 236 miles per hour.
A unique engine prototype cuts emissions and consumption without sacrificing power
In signing two memos, Obama moves on fuel and emissions standards
Mazda redesigns the Mazda6 to face down stiff competition from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Chevrolet, then the world falls apart. Tough break or opportunity to make a quiet impression?
The first production plug-in hybrid sedan from Porsche