1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid six-wheeler visits Jay Leno’s Garage

Briggs & Stratton is best known for making lawnmower engines, but the company has experimented with cars. One of those cars was recently featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Decades ago, Briggs & Stratton built a one-off, six-wheeled hybrid. Work on the car began in 1978 and was completed in 1980—long before hybrid powertrains became mainstream. But fuel economy was still an important issue in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which is why this car exists. Jay’s guest from Briggs & Stratton, Engineering Technician Craig Claerbout, says the car was built to show that Briggs & Stratton engines could power a car on the highway, they just needed a little help to get there.

The car can be driven using its air-cooled gasoline engine (essentially a lawnmower engine), electric motor, or both, similar to a Toyota Prius and most other modern hybrids.

1980 Briggs & Stratton Hybrid

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Online Car Shopping During Social Distancing

A Quick Guide to Online Car Buying

For a more in-depth look at purchasing a vehicle online, read our article explaining the differences between internet and traditional car buying. But here are the basic steps you’ll take to buy a car online:

Select the right car for you: Research vehicles online to find the make, model, and trim level that best suits your needs.

Find your car in dealer inventory: You can search directly on your local dealer’s website or on a site that can show you inventory from multiple dealers, such as Edmunds.

Contact the dealer: Once you’ve found the exact car you want to purchase, you’ll need to contact the dealer to make sure that car is in stock and to begin the purchase process.

Fill out the paperwork: Work with the dealer to complete the necessary paperwork. You might have to come

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Best Special Edition Orange Cars

I love the color orange. I especially love a bright shade of that zesty hue when sprayed onto some automotive sheetmetal, though it’s hard to find orange on anything outside of sports and muscle cars. At best, mundane commuters like crossovers and sedans will settle with a deep metallic orange-ish bronze, eschewing bright highlighter-spec or creamsicle oranges.

That’s a shame, considering how good our short-term Kia Stinger GTS looks in Federation Orange. First offered on the 800-unit run of the GTS, this vibrant color is now happily available on regular Stingers in loaded-out GT2 trim. Seeing this sleek four-door liftback swathed in a shade usually reserved for Sunny D got me thinking about the auto industry’s relationship with orange. We’re used to seeing orange on Lambos and Porsche 911s, but what about some of the limited-edition oranges that defined the entire special ordeal?

In no particular order, here are some

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