Category: Technology

Less Resistance, More (Air) Flow – A Short History of the NACA Duct

Despite their nearly identical nature, automobiles have always trailed behind novel airplane technical designs by several years. For instance, several wind tunnels had been built around the United States and the world by the 1920s, yet it wasn’t until Jaguar took their E-Type to one in the 1950s that a car company integrally used the…

Hail to the King – A Short Summary of the Cragar S/S Wheel

When Ford released the Mustang in 1964 ½, significantly more novel than the car itself was the accompanying concept of individualization. In modern times, nearly every new car offers an ample selection of options available to buyers who wish to custom tailor their purchase. However, before the Mustang, these choices were far more limited from…

Self-Driving Technology or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Modern Car

If we take a trip back to the early 1900s during the advent of the automobile, you will discover that they are all relatively ubiquitous in shape, style, and in operational difficulty. In reality, the earliest automobiles scarcely offered improvements over the use of horses and carriages. Nevertheless, they persisted because those who could afford…

Introduce the Octane – The Brief History of Gasoline Fuel Injection

Arising during nearly the same decade, airplanes and automobiles share a storied chronicle of technological symbiosis. Planes (especially during their first five decades) were a lot like an older brother to cars: passing on vital information and experiences to their younger sibling.  Technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs within aviation, allowing aircraft to soar higher and…