May I take you for a ride?
In a recent ad, race driver Jeff Gordon let a car dealer fear for his life and that of his car, when taking him on a rapid test drive. The video, sponsored by Pepsi, went viral but was dubbed by an auto journalist as fake. To convince him of his driving skills and to take revenge, Gordon, disguised as a cab driver, gave his accuser a lift eventually turning into a car chase with (fake) state troopers. Gordon got him good…
youtube.com (car dealer), youtube.com (journalist)
Before restoring the cars and closing the sinkhole that recently opened up underneath GM’s National Corvette Museum in Detroit, USA (we reported), the carmaker has decided to put the damaged cars on display. A viewing booth has been built around the site of the catastrophe. Nature has always delivered the best spectacle, has it not?!
A review of a different kind.
Cutting edge technology is not always glamorous as the latest robot lawnmower by Rumsauer shows. While the Wiper One XH looks undoubtedly fresh, the almost 6-minute video of the little automatic mower slowly scything its way through the most difficult terrain does not do it justice. Go mow, Wiper!
youtube.com (video), wiperrobot.com
For the records – almost.
At Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, the Hennessey Venom has set a new speed record. 270.49mph makes it the fastest production car ever, beating the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. However, the record might not be officially recognised by Guinness as to count as a “production car” because 30 pieces will have to be produced. Unfortunately the Venom will only be build 29 times.
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In New York authorities are making a point of towing cars belonging to the federal government such as the F.B.I. That’s right, New York’s one-tow-fits-all policy does not exempt cars from N.Y.P.D., the fire brigade or other agencies either. Please judge for yourself if local “safety hazard violations” overrule national security.
Volvo On Call.
Forget about missing the postman and (again) not getting the long-awaited delivery. At the Mobile World Congress Volvo will showcase a new option for receiving packages directly to your car. A digital key only opens the car once to drop the package before the boot is closed again. We wonder if Amazon’s drones will also be able to open the doors?!
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Mind the glass.
Google has compiled a list of advice to the early adopters of its smart glasses. Things to avoid are: staring into the distance for extended periods of time; recording people without their explicit consent; or wearing the Glasses on occasions requiring you to be fully present like romantic dates. In short: Don’t be a glasshole.
The first will be last.
Apple has only just started to spread rumours of the iPhone 6 but cues are already forming. So far it is a very short line consisting of just one Japanese called Yoppy. He even dressed up for the occasion as his object of desire and has thus become an important person of his own viral marketing campaign.
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No time to hit the slopes this year? Casey Neistat shows, that it’s enough to hit the street. Hooked up to his SUV, he snowboards his way through New York City. Chances are, the trip would have been better on his lungs, had his driving force been electric. Maybe next time.
Nature strikes back.
Eight vintage cars of the Corvette National Museum have been swallowed by Earth. Security cameras were filming when a massive sinkhole under the museum’s so-called Sky Dome opened up and swallowed the cars. Luckily, no one has been hurt – apart from the cars.
youtube.com via nytimes.com
One man's accident…
…is another man’s treasure: In this case the sorrow was all the driver’s who got stuck in snow with his BMW i8 prototype. Naturally, spy photographers were having a field day. To make things worse, snow clearing vehicles had to be called to the rescue as the i8 came without a towing lug.
worldcarfans.com, autoevolution.com (Photo gallery)
Friend or foe.
Comparing snakes with brussel’s sprouts makes about as much sense as putting up an all-electric car against a mostly-electric car. Ironically, this is exactly what GM is doing with its new Volt spot. How about picking at the big gas guys first next time?!
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com
Policing on a new level.
The Dubai police force just received their new patrol car – a white-and-green Bugatti Veyron. It joins the likes of Audi R8, Bentley, Brabus B63S, Ferrari FF and Nissan GT-R already on the force. However, these super cars are less used to actually chase super gangsters but to pose in public places for tourists instead.
Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has issued a recall of all left-hand models built from November 2007. The reason behind the recall is that the gas pedal arm could break and increase the risk of a crash. Unfortunately one of Aston Martin’s suppliers was using Chinese counterfeit plastic material. Having to recall as much as 75% of all cars built in the last six years, could very well break a premium brand’s neck.
Argentinians have had a hard time for some time now, but the latest shortage is set to bring things to a boil. McDonald is in short supply of Ketchup and no supplementary sauces were able to calm people. The Ketchup riot has now reached a new level, with burger-hungry burghers begging president Kirchner to loosen import regulations. It is time to ketch up, Argentina!
Designer Theophilus Chin calls himself ‘Automotive Manipulator’ as he finds pleasure in rendering flagship models or anticipate what future models might look like. Naturally, he follows Tesla’s Elon Musk and came up with a Model C (for compact) but also a Tesla Pick Up dubbed Model T (for truck). We are waiting for the Tesla-Twizy!
theophiluschin.com (Model C), theophiluschin.com (Model T)
Bye-bye beer buzz.
Minnesota’s Lakemaid company, also known as the Fishermen’s Lager, had taken to the skies recently when delivering crates of beer to remote ice shacks with a drone. Now, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to bring the beer drone down got the net buzzing, resulting in a White House petition. Still, FAA refuses to overlook about five breaches of regulations. Maybe they could do over a beer or two?!
Full stop out of the blue.
Secret plans of the EU have now come to light, about a device fitted to every car that would enable the police to stop it remotely by cutting the ignition and petrol supply. Even if the latter might be seen as some kind of promotion for EVs, we do not want to raise your hopes too high.
Last Sunday, the police in West Yorkshire stopped a woman on the motorway. While learning drivers in the UK can take their first drives accompanied by any qualified driver, this lady’s pet parrot certainly does not qualify as such supervisionary company. Otherwise, it would have surely kept her from illegally entering the motorway or exceeding the speed limit.
In Sunderland, a gang stole Nissan parts worth one million pounds. Most of the stolen goods were received by a father-son duo, who offered 330 navigation units on eBay alone at a prize way below value. The gang was caught by undercover police and has now been jailed.
In the small town of Rasdorf in Germany, farts and burps of 90 cows confined in a shed caused methane gas to reach a critical level. An electric spark, probably from a cow massage machine, then led to an explosion in which one cow was slightly hurt. There were no reports of burnt milk but emergency services keep measuring gas levels.
Where the rubber meets the road…
…times of dangerous bike racks and rings are over. No more scratching the frame or hitting your knee when locking your bicycle to one of these new bike rings made from rubber. And in case you are taking your car downtown and not able to find any parking, just drive over this bike stand and create new parking space in no time!
As visionary he revolutionised online payments, turned the car industry upside-down and is on his way to space. What is next? Perfume, if you believe a new “advert” by the CEO of Scent. Well, it is a prank – Elon Musk is not venturing out in the world of the ephemeral. However, we think ‘Elon’s Musk’ would have been an instant hit among his dedicated fans and followers…
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Forget about flying cars, the future comes on two-wheels. But that does not mean that they necessarily touch the ground. Daisy Carrington collated the craziest cycling concepts out there. Be prepared to hover above ground, to filter air, or to get real-time updates on your surroundings while shining a laser sword, sorry, light.