What’s the Most Mentioned Car in Rap Music? It’s Not an Impala.

Luxury cars have always been a staple element in rap music. Snoop Dogg waxed lyrical about his ’64 Impala in ‘Still A G Thang’, and The Game has dropped seven major car brands into the songs he writes – but what car is the most popular? Medium crunched the numbers on lyrics from Rap Genius, and came up with the lowdown on what cars, and car brands top the rap world – and it’s not an Impala.

This Billboard Features Digital Parking Helpers

Squeezing your car into a tight parallel parking spot is never easy, but if you have help it’s a whole lot better. Fiat took that idea pretty far with a new ad campaign created by Leo Burnett Germany. Using a digital screen and a series of very helpful actors, they used custom software and a set of sensors to measure the distance behind a driver’s rear bumper. They then synchronized the images of the actors to neatly guide them into the spot.

Tesla’s ‘Drive for Free’ Superchargers are Sprouting Up Around the World

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” That’s what Tesla promised in 2012 when they announced their revolutionary Supercharger program. Using just solar power, they promised to build a network of electric car chargers that would allow owners of their award-winning Model S to drive many places for free. What’s more, they said each charger could top up your car in just 30 short minutes – way faster than the car chargers that came before.

A quick look at Tesla’s latest Supercharger maps reveal they’ve been VERY busy installing Superchargers all over the world. For drivers in the US, a free cruise up and down both coasts is now pretty easy. You can also zip through the center of the country with ease.

Google Says Its Self-Driving Car Is “Ready for the Road”

Google announced their first prototype self-driving car almost a year ago. Now they’ve announced that their little autonomous cars are almost ready for road testing on the familiar streets around Google HQ in Mountain View, California.

The cars have already been cruising the streets at the Google test facilities, and doing it without a steering wheel or human driver, but when the cars hit the real roads sometime this summer they’ll be doing it with safety drivers aboard, along with a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal that allow them to take over driving if needed.

Your Favorite Car Brand Histories, Illustrated With Just the Front Grill

If you’re anything like most car aficionados, you can name a car’s year and make just from a tail light or bumper. Chicago-based architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of NOMO is playing off that wheeled obsession with a series of 4 screen printed posters featuring only the front grill, bumper and headlights of iconic cars from the beginning of automotive history up to the modern day.

A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different.

Tales of Auto Elasticity: Hyper-Realistic Pickup Truck Renderings in Impossible Curves

3D artist Chris LaBrooy takes the form of classic pickup trucks and bends them to his will in his incredibly surreal images. Truck beds stretch into long curving loops, interlocking with other pickups in impossible looking assemblages. As much as these appear to be sculptures (…how amazing would they be?!), they are actually hyper-realistic digital renderings from his series Tales of Auto Elasticity.

This Guy Asked His Wife to Doodle on His Car With a Sharpie (and It’s Gorgeous!)

When this guy got his car, there was some slight damage on the bumper. Little did he know that the problem would launch he and his wife into a journey of artistic expression. He let her loose with a sharpie to disguise the damage – but her painstakingly applied swirls and paisleys looked so good, she just had to keep going.

Watch Fabian Oefner Cover a New Ferrari in Glowing Paint

This isn’t your everyday paint job. Artist Fabian Oefner (featured previously) recently worked with Ferrari on a project that would see their 2015 California T covered in streaks of glowing paint. First he traveled to the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy, where he test drove the new car

12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining.