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Guy builds working Batman Forever Batmobile in his garage

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Guy builds working Batman Forever Batmobile in his garageIf you’re a Batman fan, you can always go the usual route and collect figures, comics and little die-cast cars. Or you could get off your butt and build an actual working Batmobile. That’s what sculptor Bob Causey did. He built this working Batman Forever replica in his garage.

It’s actually drivable, with or without a costume and sidekick. It’s got a ton of great detail. Including a full-interior, retractable hard top, and three LCD displays. It takes a true Batman fan to build something like this.

Transparent Lexus makes you feel naked behind the wheel

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Transparent Lexus makes you feel naked behind the wheelHere’s something that I guarantee you haven’t seen on the road. A transparent Lexus. It’s pretty amazing to behold. It was born from a collaboration between Lexus and Japanese architect Huzimoto Takeshi. Were talking a true one-of-a-kind, now you see it now you don’t Lexus LF-A wearing a shell of transparent acrylic.

As cool as it is, there’s no way you could drive it. You’d feel all naked and like you were riding in thin air. It’s more of a work of art. How cool would this car look in the rain?

Tesla to open its first sales and service center in EU

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 13th, 2009

teslamodels-sbI think if electric cars ever get to the point where they are practical alternatives to combustion engine vehicles most drivers will be interested in going electric. Before that happens electric vehicles have to get a longer driving range and faster charge times. One of the carmakers furthers along in electric vehicle technology is Tesla.

Tesla has announced that it will be opening its first sales and service center in Europe. The sales and service center will be in London at the former location of the Segrave Supercar Club. Tesla says that it is also scouting sites in Munich and Monaco.

Honda builds giant LED display out of Insights

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 29th, 2009

Honda builds giant LED display out of InsightsForget Samsung’s viral marketing ad with LEDs strapped to a bunch of sheep. Honda has gone all out, showing off its new Insight by turning their LED headlights into a gigantic animated Lite-Brite for an upcoming commercial. The commercial is called “Let it Shine,” and you can watch it below.

The Insight can cruise on electric power alone but not accelerate, so it isn’t technically a hybrid. The Insight’s main selling point is the price, starting under $20,000.

Tesla unveils Model S electric family car

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on March 27th, 2009

teslamodels-sbElectric vehicles have a lot of appeal to many drivers. You can charge them from the AC outlet in your home and never have to hit the gas station again. Electric cars are also better for the environment than gasoline and diesel vehicles. The problem is that most electric vehicles lack the range many drivers need in a car.

Tesla, famous for its Tesla Roadster, announced a new electric vehicle called the Model S. Unlike the two-seat Roadster, the Model S is a seven passenger electric vehicle that promises to take all passengers up to 300 miles per charge.

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucks

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 24th, 2009

Ford offering 3G-connected dashboards in 2009 trucksFord and Sprint are working hand in hand to connect upcoming Ford trucks to Sprint’s wireless broadband network. Specifically the dashboards of 2009 F-Series trucks and E-Series cargo vans. To start with they are aiming this at Construction workers.

It will help them track stuff like inventory and schematics. Not sure how they are going to do that on such a small screen, but that’s the plan. Ford boasts that the user can “review and edit graphically-rich blueprints” right from the cab of their truck.

Solar Driveway Markers keep you from driving into your living room

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Solar Driveway MarkersSometimes you can’t see where you are going, while driving. This might be due to alcohol, snow or even fog. Most likely alcohol. These Solar Driveway Markers sure would come in handy so you don’t end up parking in your living room.

They’re 1 meter tall, stick into the ground and are recharged by the sun so that they may blink red for 8 hours. That way when you come home you’ll know where or where not to park. Buy a whole bunch and put on a light show, or use it to actually confuse people, then sit back and watch the comedy.

Citroen C-Crosser PSP Edition SUV

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 11th, 2009

Citroen C-Crosser PSP Edition SUVHere’s something that’s slightly messed up. But it’s the kind of thing that carmakers must do in order to sell to Sony loving geeks. A PSP Edition SUV. Citroen is offering their C-Crosser SUV which boldly boasts a PSP sticker that lets everyone know your handheld of choice.

Each purchase comes with some “freebies” including a black PSP (Probably not the new PSP-3000), a couple of games, a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo and a head mount that lets folks view UMD movies on the PSP while the driver drives.

Horse training vehicle monitors race horses

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 4th, 2009

Horse training vehicle monitors race horsesIf you’ve been journeying far and wide across the interwebz, you may already know what this vehicle is all about. We covered it last July and it’s making the rounds again. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a refresher. This isn’t the Amish discovering Hot Rods, it trains horses.

And we still think Batman may have had something to do with it. I mean, look at the design. Bruce Wayne has his hands in everything. Why not race horses? It allows trainers to be close to the animals while training them and monitoring their vital signs. It has very precise and controlled speeds ranging from walking to 60kph.

Tesla to offer Roadster EV in Canada

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on March 4th, 2009

Tesla RoadsterAll you hosers in Canada that have wanted to get your hands on the Tesla Roadster are in luck. Tesla Motors announced today that it would be offering the Roadster in Canada with deliveries of the vehicles to customers set to begin in Q4 2009.

Tesla says that its electric sports car is twice as efficient as the Toyota Prius and is especially well suited to reducing emissions in Canada where much of the power is generated by renewable means. According to Tesla, its cars charged in Canada will reduce emissions by 85%.

Audi Shark flying car concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Audi Shark flying car conceptIs it a shark? A submarine? A flying car? All of the above. And it’s the most badass flying car/shark/submarine I’ve ever seen. Kazim Doku’s Shark concept is how he envisions the future of Audi’s design: as a flying car. Design inspirations came from motorcycles and airplanes, and obviously underwater vessels.

Even the interior gets some sporty seats with the cockpit’s sculpture, so you can sit comfortably while flying to work and playing with some buttons etc. Check out a video below. Who needs roads when you can fly in this kind of style?

Best Buy to Sell Brammo electric motorcycles

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 28th, 2009

Best Buy to Sell Brammo electric motorcyclesYou use Best Buy for TVs, washing machines, computer peripherals and cell phones, so why not use them to shop for a $12,000 electric motorcycle? Why the hell not? Brammo and Best Buy have plans to sell the $11,995 Enertia electric motorcycle at five West Coast Best Buy stores in May.

Eventually Brammo would like to sell bikes at every Best Buy location around the world, but they want to see how the initial test works out. They should probably have pimply faced geek squad dudes drive around on them for promotion. And so they are diverted from touching anyone’s computer.

Wheego Whip electric car headed for America

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 19th, 2009

Wheego Whip electric car headed for AmericaOil prices have come down from their dramatic highs of last year, that doesn’t mean we should start burning more so called fossil fuels just because it’s cheap. I mean when our economy finally does get better, those prices are gonna be back. Mark my words.

The Wheego Whip offers a compact electric alternative and it’s ready for sale this May. It will retail for $19K, and can handle a 50 mile trip on a full charge with a top speed of 60 mph. The acceleration and speed should be a good fit American roads, though you won’t win any races.

Snobootz offer a better grip on ice

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 15th, 2009

Snobootz offer a better grip on iceSnobootz work like a jacket that you wrap around your tires. They have metal cleats that can dig into ice, and the maker claims that they are easier to put on and remove than chains. The doughnut-shaped casing of laminated fabrics is smoother and lighter than chains, so once fitted, the rubber composite design is safe on your tires.

You’ll pay for the design though. They are available for $200 to $250 each. Then again if they keep you from freezing your butt off, they are well worth it.

AirMan Tire Repair System gets you home safely

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2009

AirMan Tire Repair System gets you home safelyFlat tires stink. specially if you don’t have a spare with you. You could drive home with 3 tires and a rim, but that just leads to a shower of sparks as you tear up the asphalt and ruin your rim. The AirMan Tire Repair System will fix your flat tire “at the touch of a button”.

It works by injecting some kind of sealant into the flat tire while inflating it at the same time. So it should be a useful thing to keep in your car. They claim that it’s fast and give you safe driving for 200 miles, which should be enough to get you where you need to go.