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Category Archives: automotive

Zombie Belvedere To Rise From Grave On Friday

Buried Car

By Evan Ackerman

Time capsules are being buried all the time, but rarely do you hear of someone actually digging one up, much less one of the magnitude of what’s buried beneath a sidewalk in Tulsa. Back in 1957, a brand spankin’ new white and gold Plymouth Belvedere was entombed in a (supposedly) nuke-proof concrete vault along with some Tulsa town records and a stash of oil and gasoline (since in the future, oil and gas would surely be obsolete). The vault also contains a pack of gum, some cigarettes, a bottle of tranquilizers, and a case of Schlitz beer. It’s been nearly 50 years to the day, and the car is about to be quite literally unearthed. More info in the video:

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Air Powered Cars Are Too Good To Be True

By Evan Ackerman

MDI Air Car

The media has been getting a lot of mileage out of compressed air powered automobiles, touting (in the midst of remorseless witticisms of the sort that I was just guilty of) the fact that air is both plentiful and environmentally friendly… But I don’t entirely agree. The following video, from the Science Channel, profiles Motor Development International’s forthcoming Air Car:

After the jump, I hope you’ll enjoy a brief rant about why this sort of thing doesn’t entirely make sense.

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Bloody Moron Crashes Bugatti Veyron

veyron

By David Ponce

That’s it really. It’s a freaking million dollar car ($1,192,057 to be exact), and some idiot owner with more money than apparent driving skills went and crashed the beauty. All we got is a picture and a tidbit of detail: it collided with a Vauxhall Astra van carrying a pregnant woman because the driver (in the Veyron) was apparently not paying attention.

Moron.

Just to recap for those of you who’ve somehow never heard of the Veyron: it’s the world’s most expensive and fastest car. It produces 1,001 BHP, and can propel itself from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds, with a top speed of 253mph (400kph). It sings you to sleep and will hug you when you’re lonely.*

[ BBC Article (with more pics) ] VIA [ NewLaunches ]

*Not really.

Kumho Releases Scented Tires, World Scratches Head

kumho scented tires

By David Ponce

We never thought we’d see the day where tire manufacturers would target women with lavender scented candles. But that’s what they did just a couple of weeks ago. Kumho recently announced the release of the world’s first “Aroma Tire” that replaces the normal ?black rubber? smell with heat-resistant oils in the scent of lavender, and in later versions, neroli (orange) or jasmine. The tires are aimed at women who drive cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Subaru Outback, Chrysler Sebring and Ford Taurus.

We’re not entirely sure when this aroma will be released in sufficient quantities through regular use (how much rubber do you burn off just by driving down the road?), so the real-life application of this product makes you wonder: will the ladies have to pull donuts in a parking lot? Or will you have lavender scented car wreck scenes?

Whatever the case, the tires are expected to cost between $120 and $140, and are going to be available in Q1 of 2007.

[Kumho Press Release ] VIA [ SciFi Tech ]

Liquid Snow Chain

liquid snow chain By David Ponce

We’re struggling a little bit between mechanical translations and personal Italian knowledge to extract information on this product. This is what we’re getting: Snow Chain is a polymer liquid that you apply to your tires to simulate snow chains. It hardens upon contact with water, and provides additional traction in icy and snowy conditions. Upon hitting dry asphalt again, it will simply erode away. It’s allegedly completely biodegradable, so it won’t harm the environment (much).

This sounds like something everyone should keep in their trunk, and if it works as advertised, the ? 30 asking price sounds more than reasonable. The product page is in Italian, so if there are any details we missed, our Italian readers are more than welcome to enlighten us.

[ Snow Chain ] VIA [ Gadgetblog.it ]

Eclectic Car: Very Green

eclectic car
By David Edney

This car is by far the silliest thing I have ever seen on four wheels, if that is what they are even called on this thing. The Venturi Eclectic car claims it is the world’s first “energy-autonomous” vehicle. They equipped the circus looking car with a solar panel and a wind turbine so it can get power from the elements. It also has a plug for recharging from an outlet, which I’m sure is the way this will be charged 99.99% of the time because the panel and turbine combined give you only 14 miles a day (If you live in Florida during a Hurricane). The “vehicles” go on sale next summer for $31,000 and they are Limited Editions; only 200 are being made. I’m sure they will sell out quick. Production models won’t be made until 2009. I’m so excited I could pee myself.

[ Venturi ] VIA [ Sci Fi ]

Back Seat GPS Gaming

BackseatGPS

By David Edney

You pretty much can’t buy an SUV or any car with a backseat without having a TV, a DVD player, and gaming devices installed. Of course, this makes hooking up your PS3 or Nintendo Wii to your car easier now, but a group of Swedish programmers want to kick it up a notch and embed GPS into your everyday driving life in order to turn the whole trip into a game. The Backseat Playground, as they call it, would take the real world around your vehicle and integrate it into the gameplay and story line. For this whole thing to work it would need the 3D input of the area you are driving in. The setup is in prototype stage in Stockholm (meaning it is working over a 45 square kilometer area), but it will probably be a while until this thing goes global. Unless of course Google buys them. We can’t help but feel that this would be the ultimate I spy game.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Suzuki Dutton S2 Amphibious 4×4 Crosses English Channel

watertruck By David Edney

Once again the amphibious vehicle world has shown its face. The Suzuki Dutton S2, as it is called, crossed the English channel to France in 7 hours and 5 minutes. That’s not as fast as the Gibbs Aquada amphibious car, but you have to take a few things into consideration: first it is fully road registrable, and has 4WD capabilities. You can buy it with a regular gas engine or diesel engine. You can order a right or left drive for those driving on the “wrong” side of the road, and to top it off it costs less than US$50,000, which is more affordable than other aqua vehicles out on the market. The company who sells these bad boys also wanted to point out that there was almost no planning involved before the cast off and the ideal crossing conditions weren’t perfect. The main website even has instructions for driving it so you don’t look silly.

[Product Page] VIA [Gizmag]

In Car Internet

incarinternet
By David Edney

It’s finally here!! You can now have an Internet connection in your vehicle without rigging some monstrosity outside your window. TracNet, a system that allows passengers to access the Internet on a vehicle’s video screens can be installed on anything that moves. It also turns your vehicle into a moving hot spot so you can use your laptop. It does use Verizon’s High Speed Internet, so the DSL high-speeds are still nonexistent, but it will be here soon. The $80 a month price isn’t that great either, but I’m sure that will go down eventually.

The current price is $1,995 for the automotive version of TracNet. The system operates on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed network, which costs another $60 to $80 a month. There is also a $10 monthly charge for MSN TV, the service from Microsoft Corp. that brings the Internet to TV screens. The consumer provides the screens.

VIA CNN Technology