Auto Basics

The Auto Basics Channel offers detailed, accurate articles about cars and educates you on auto terminology. For fun, get to know how car crushers and car washes work or which 33 cars are named after animals.

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13 Land and Water Speed Records

World speed records are kept for just about everything that goes. Here are records for some of the world's fastest vehicles on land and sea.


Did da Vinci really sketch a primitive version of the car?

Most consider Leonardo da Vinci the ultimate Renaissance man. But did this 13th-century genius have the foresight to sketch the basic principle for today's cars?

Why did cars become the dominant form of transportation in the United States?

Cars are a relatively recent phenomenon. They've only been around for a little over a century, yet they've made a huge impact on U.S. culture. How did the car become so important in American life?

13 Land and Water Speed Records

World speed records are kept for just about everything that goes. Here are records for some of the world's fastest vehicles on land and sea.

8 Automotive Lemons

Sometimes a great idea just doesn't pan out when the rubber hits the road. Check out our list of 8 automotive lemons and learn why they flopped.

33 Cars Named After Animals

Whether channeling the speed of a stallion or the sting of an insect, automakers have often named vehicles after animals. How many of these do you recognize?

How Sports Cars Work

Trace the exciting history of sports cars, from their postwar boom to the present day. Along the way, you will also find links to individual sports car profiles that offer history, specs, and photos. Here is your chance to climb behind the wheels of some the fastest and most innovative sports cars ever built.

Understanding Auto Parts

As illustrated by the hundreds of individual parts for sale at your local Pep Boys Autozone or Napa Auto Parts it takes a lot of machinery to make cars work. Learn about the key parts.

How Cars Work

A car contains dozens of different technologies -- everything from the engine to the tires has its own special universe of design and engineering.

How Remote Entry Works

Did you know that the fob that you carry on your keychain or use to open the garage door is actually a small radio transmitter? Find out how the original 1950s fobs evolved from single-code transmitters to the high-tech security devices they are toda