Faster, pricier, sandier: This week was an exercise in seeing how far the people building and driving vehicles might go. We took close looks at the new Bugatti Centodieci, we climbed aboard the all-electric VW dune buggy, and we examined what it takes to build the ultimate TV-friendly obstacle course for cars (and their daredevil drivers).
Plus, we wondered what happened to all those people who shelled out for vanity license plates that ended up costing way more than they bargained for. It’s been a week. Let’s get you caught up.
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Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week
A brief history of all the vanity license plates that have cost their owners dearly in mistaken fines.Honda’s brand new airbag is designed to prevent brain injuries in an all-too-common kind of car crash.The Ford-owned scooter company Spin wanted to operate on a university campus, and Virginia Tech researchers wanted to investigate scooters. How an agreement between the two ended up in 50 sensor-laden scooters on the Hokies campus.An old Kodak plant, 30 to 60 GoPros, 100 acres of track, and 28 drivers come together to create the ultimate American Ninja Warrior, but for cars.Guess how fast the new Bugatti Centodieci superdupercar can go.Our ride in the battery-powered VW dune buggy, a nostalgia trip into the electric future.Transpo-Related Font Controversy of the Week
Asks an eagle-eyed writer for The Verge: Did Apple’s upcoming Morning Show drama, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, swipe its logo from our other favorite drama, Elon Musk’s Boring Company?
Stat of the Week
The jump in plug-in electric vehicle sales in the US between 2017 and 2018, according to a new report from the advocacy group Environment America. In total, 1,113,310 electric vehicles (including hybrids) were sold between 2011 and 2018. It’s still a small fraction of total vehicle sales, sure, but it’s growing fast.
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In the Rearview
Essential stories from WIRED’s canon
Speaking of sand: Curl up with this 2015 tale of the deadly global war over the granular stuff, and an excerpt from the brand new book based on that piece.