Learn About ‘Roll Center’ Before You Lower or Lift Your Car

This week on Car Bibles, we ran one of my favorite blogs on the site so far: A nicely illustrated explainer of the concept of “roll center.” It runs through how your vehicle’s ride height involves more science than just the center of gravity, and I highly recommend reading it before making adjustments. 

a close up of a car going down the road

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For those of you who have come to appreciate our hot takes and nostalgic trips, don’t worry, that’s in the mix too. Does anybody remember ZipZaps? Either way, you’re in for a treat. We also had a couple of Review Rundowns including one about the amazing Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing. 

a car parked on the side of a road

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Car Bibles is generally focused on DIY-related content, practical advice, cultural commentary, and automotive entertainment celebrating low- to medium-budget motoring. We’ve stepped up our schedule to six posts a day each week–including a daily feature photo–so if you

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What automakers and consumers can learn from the chip shortage crunch

When will it be over?

The global chip shortage that has idled automotive plants, delayed shipments of new vehicles and pushed transaction prices to record levels may soon relent as early as this fall. But the dramatic impact of the last 12 months could very well continue into 2022 and beyond.

“Western and U.S. automakers have been hit the hardest. The Japanese have done generally better,” Dan Hearsch, an analyst at AlixPartners, told ABC News. “Automakers are definitely not happy. They’re missing out on sales, on volume. This is not a case where it’s good for any of them.”

Shrinking inventories have led to higher transaction prices for consumers flush with cash and looking to upgrade their rides. Even prices of used cars have skyrocketed nearly 17% in the last 12 months, according to data from iSeeCars.com. Pickup trucks and sports cars are seeing the largest increases.

“More than

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We Can Still Learn From Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed

The Chevy Corvair ahead of the Paris Auto Show, 1962.

The Chevy Corvair ahead of the Paris Auto Show, 1962.
Photo: STF (Getty Images)

Automotive safety has come a startlingly long way since the mid-20th century, but that doesn’t mean we’ve solved the safety problem yet. And revisiting Ralph Nader’s Unsafe at Any Speed over five decades after its publication shines a light on all the work we have left to do.

Most auto enthusiasts have heard of Unsafe at Any Speed at some point in their lives. It was published by consumer advocate Ralph Nader in late 1965 and served as an indictment of the entire automotive sphere. While most folks remember Nader’s critique of the Chevrolet Corvair, he delves into problems across the entire car world as a way to push for advanced safety measures.

Basically, Nader pulled back the covers on a lot of the shady dealings of America’s auto brands when it came

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NASCAR’s Keselowski not hard to understand once you learn his ethos

Aristotle referenced in a NASCAR story? You’re more likely to see the Phoenix Raceway pace car be a Rolls-Royce. 

But the ancient philosopher just might have been on to something that helps us understand Brad Keselowski, the strong-willed yet seemingly calm champion of NASCAR’s top two series, no matter if he wins or wrecks. Which is what happened to him on the final lap of last month’s Daytona 500, clearing the way for Glendale’s Michael McDowell to finish first in The Great American Race.

Unable to reconcile Keselowski’s on-track on-the-gas style vs. off-track apparently neutral demeanor, some otherwise learned students of the stock car sport have taken to calling him an enigma.

In other words, Keselowski is Greek to them.

A wider perspective is required to better understand the 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series and 2012 Cup Series champion.

Look past his fire-resistant uniform, festooned with corporate logos like the 37

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