Stricter Mileage Rules Beget Better Cars – The Wall Street Journal

Jan. 6, 2022 4:33 pm ET

Regarding Jonathan Lesser’s op-ed “The EPA’s Mileage Standards Are a Stealth Electric-Vehicle Mandate” (Dec. 29): Mileage requirements have resulted in better cars. Engines are smaller and more efficient, and transmissions are better at getting performance out of them, with six to 10 gears now common, or continuously variable transmissions in common and well-reviewed cars.

The complaints smell like those from the industry in the 1970s, claiming that removing lead from gas would result in engine failures, or that the mileage requirements back then, when cars got 12 miles a gallon, would result in unreliable, underpowered vehicles. Sadly, the first cars with catalytic converters were indeed garbage. But according to U.S. News & World Report, there are now 30 cars under $30,000 that do zero to 60 mph at speeds the Ferrari 250 GTO couldn’t crack.


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NASCAR’s Symmetrical Next Gen Cars Are Getting Skewed In Practice – Jalopnik

NASCAR’s newest Next Gen cars may be designed to make these vehicles as symmetrical as possible, but some teams have already found a way around the rules. During this week’s test session at Daytona International Speedway, some cars have been running some fairly excessive skew — and right now, it could very well be totally legal.

Basically, skew refers to the angled nature of the NASCAR Cup Series car. The front end looks like it’s pointing in a different direction than the car is actually going, which gives the whole thing a sort of crab-walk look. The rear axle is mounted on a skew when compared to the whole chassis. For…….


Is Norway the future of cars? – Kathimerini English Edition

The speed by which electric vehicles have taken over Norway has stunned even the cars’ enthusiasts. [Asya Demidova/The New York Times]

Last year, Norway reached a milestone. Only about 8% of new cars sold in the country ran purely on conventional gasoline or diesel fuel. Two-thirds of new cars sold were electric, and most of the rest were electric-and-gasoline hybrids.

For years, Norway has been the world leader in shifting away from traditional cars, thanks to government benefits that made electric vehicles far more affordable and offered extras like letting electric car owners skip some fees for parking and toll roads.

Still, electric car enthusiasts are stunne…….