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Left over beer fuels cars

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

Left over beer fuels carsBeer fueling cars? Cars now competing for beer that you should be guzzling? Yep. And your car won’t get a beer gut or wake up next to Quasimodo the next morning. Don’t sweat it though, we’re talking leftovers. Sierra Nevada has purchased a MicroFueler, which produces ethanol from water, sugar and yeast. As you probably know from Beer 101, yeast is a major byproduct of beer fermentation. So they can now make fuel out of beer leftovers.

It’s a great Earth friendly way to recycle waste. And it’s nice to see a company being responsible and doing something good. Plus their cars get to drink beer. How cool is that? Your job doesn’t put beer in your car.

Ugly body mod = 95 MPG

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Ugly body mod = 95 MPGFirst off, don’t believe anything you hear from a car company. We all know that it’s possible to have amazingly efficient cars. Let’s face it, it’s not in their best interest to give us great cars. There’s less repeat business if you build a more perfect product. Less parts to sell when they fail. So, it’s up to you and me to mod our vehicles to improve our MPG.

That’s what one man did with this amazing and amazingly fugly mod. Mike Turner of South Carolina spent just $400 to create some aerodynamic mods that lowered his Civic’s drag to 1.7. To put that into perspective, that’s about half of most new cars. It supposedly gives him 95 miles per gallon at 65 miles per hour.

Shelby Super Cars Aero EV hits 208 mph

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

Shelby Aero EVI will admit that I find the majority of electric vehicle that are available now very boring. I am a big car fan and prefer my vehicles to offer performance and looks. Not all of the electric vehicles out there are boring though; the Tesla Roadster springs to mind.

A new all-electric super car from Shelby Super Cars called the Aero EV has now been unveiled that takes all of the Tesla Roadster’s thunder away. The Aero EV claims to reach a top speed of 208 mph and hit 60 mph from a standstill in a mere 2.5 seconds.

Gold-plated Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 25th, 2009

Gold-plated Mercedes-Benz C63 AMGIt’s nice to know that some people are having some fun living it up in this recession, while the rest of us count and sort our pennies. This is a gold-mirror-finish Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG from the Bling on Wheels Show, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. It’s just plain crazy like everything else in Dubai.

If you drive this thing during the day, everyone will know where you are thanks to the trail of innocent onlookers who were blinded by the light bouncing off it. No word on how much it cost the owner to completely bling this thing out.

Stealth Bomber Cycle: Flying on two wheels

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

Stealth Bomber Cycle: Flying on two wheelsThis year marks the 20th anniversary of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. What better way to commemorate the anniversary than with a cycle by the crew at Orange County Choppers. As usual they took the basic look of the plane and made a cycle version. The bike even has some of the original titanium from the original B-2 aft deck and each wheel features scale models of B-2s in star formations.

It’s pretty awesome, for sure. But is it just me, or does it kinda look like a Dolphin? It almost looks toy-like. Very plastic looking. At any rate, it’s nice to know that our military has their priorities straight when it comes to spending our tax money. Hopefully this bike has some hidden firepower.

Cadillac WTF: Zero maintenance with 24 wheels

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on January 14th, 2009

Cadillac WTF: Zero maintenance with 24 wheelsHere’s one hell of a conceptual design: the Cadillac World Thorium Fuel concept. Otherwise known as the Cadillac WTF. It was created by Loren Kulesus. Everything about the aptly named WTF has been created to last for 100 years without maintenance. That’s the reason for the element number ninety, thorium: to act as a nuclear fuel powering batteries that would power this beast.

Also, every major system is redundant just in case of a failure. Even the wheels are covered and shouldn’t give you much trouble. The wheels don’t have individual tires. In fact, what you get is one combined unit made up of six individual wheels. That gives you 24 wheels in all, and each wheel has its own induction motor just for good measure. According to the creator, “The vehicle would require the tires to be adjusted every five years, but no material would need to be added or subtracted.”

Ford announces new self-parking technology

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

Ford announces new self-parking technologySelf-parking automobiles aren’t new, but Ford’s system, which is part of the company’s new power steering technology, will work on hills and uses sensors to monitor blind spots and notify the driver of approaching traffic. This new auto-parking technology debut on the 2010 Lincoln MKS sedan and Lincoln MKT luxury crossover vehicle.

The fancy new power steering uses the vehicle’s battery instead of it’s hydraulic system, which improves fuel economy and reduces carbon emissions. It should be showing up in almost ninety percent of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles by 2012.

VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chatting

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console for hands free chattingIn many states you aren’t supposed to hold a cell phone while driving. It’s the law. I once saw a teenage girl talking on her phone while driving a pick up truck, run straight into a parked car. There was nothing else around her for miles. She was simply distracted and didn’t have her focus on driving. This VR3 Bluetooth Steering Wheel Console might help those who have trouble doing two things at once.

It gives you hands free wireless chatting directly in front of you, with a design that keeps your hands on the wheel for safety. Sure, it’s ugly as hell, but so is an ambulance ride or a mangled corpse. It’s only $99.99.

Honda Speedometer changes color to change your driving

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 26th, 2008

Honda Speedometer changes color to change your drivingThe Honda Ecological Drive System (HDAS) will be included with the 2009 Honda Insight. It will alert drivers to their driving habits through a color coded speedometer. For instance if you’re going along at a grandmotherly yet fuel efficient speed, the speedometer goes green, indicating that you are a responsible and possibly elderly driver.

When you find yourself trying to outrun the fuzz at 90mph, the speedometer turns blue, indicating that you are most likely on COPS and should really slow down. Seems like red, yellow and green would have been better colors to use. It’s a great idea that should save many gallons of gas as well as keep you safe from yourself.

1973 GT Opel Batmobile is one odd Bat-car

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2008

1973 GT Opel Batmobile is one odd Bat-carAccording to the description on this eBay auction, some nutty doctor in California took a 1973 GT Opel and converted it into a Batmobile to bring to the hospital for kids. The kid part is a noble idea. But a 1973 Opel? It’s unique, we have to give him that.

The auction ended at $9,000.00. Some of the specs include: a SONY Digital Navigation System #NVX-F160, SONY Pre-Amp XDP-U50D, SONY 10 Disk CD Changer CDX-U404, SONY Hi-8 VCR, Pioneer CD player DEH-85 in the dash….comes with the batman theme on cd!, Alpine Bat Phone #91530, Super Nintendo NES Game system with Batman Forever game, SONY Interface Equalizer #XE-744 and a whole lot more. Strange, but we dig it.

Duracell Powerpack 450 talks you through jump-starting

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 9th, 2008

Duracell Powerpack 450 talks you through jump-startingAnybody who has ever found themselves stranded and in need of a jump on a freezing day can appreciate this device. It’s like having a handy man with you. Many of us have jumper cables but don’t have any idea how to use them properly. The device can talk you through the whole jump-starting process and get you back on the road as quick as possible.

It features an onboard air compressor to pump up flat tires and can also serve as an substitute for a power generator, giving you 340 watts of continuous AC with a 450w peak. That’s plenty to run your laptop or even a small TV. If that isn’t enough, it has a USB port to charge your gadgets. For $150, you’ll feel pretty secure with this in your trunk.

Hummer Tank will crush you

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2008

Hummer Tank will crush youIf you thought your Hummer was tough, think again. I bet you never considered outfitting it with tank treads. Engineers have added aftermarket track belts in place of the standard wheels. You can do this yourself. You might lose some speed and your MPG will go down drastically, but you’ll be able to crush anything in your way. And I’m assuming these treads make it a giant snowmobile too.

Neil Young starts electric car conversion company

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2008

Neil Young starts electric car conversion companyYou might know him from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. You might know him from his solo work. Hell, most of you own at least one CD with the man’s songs on it. Soon you’ll know him for electric cars.

Turns out he really has a heart of gold. Neil’s started a company called Linc Volt to develop electric car technologies, and he knows a little something about it since he already converted his own ’59 Lincoln. The subject of an upcoming documentary. According to Young, he’s mostly focused on developing the technology. Linc Volt will provide instructions and it will also be performing the actual conversions. Pretty nice when famous people with some power set out to innovate.

Ford’s new HUD dash looks pretty sweet

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 29th, 2008

Ford’s new HUD dash looks pretty sweetSure, we’ve heard it all when it comes to Ford jokes. Found On Road Dead, Fix Or Repair Daily, etc. Say what you like about Ford, you can’t deny the coolness of their SmartGauge LCD panels in their new 2010 hybrids.

Instead of the usual boring analog dials, Ford gives you a LCD screen cluster and even some animations. Notice the fuel gauge. Nice to look at, easy to find and functional. The best part about using an LCD display is that it’s fairly customizable. You can display battery charge, GPS and Satellite radio coverage, maybe even current mp3 track information. Of course there’s the usual boring MPH and RPM indicators. They just don’t look boring.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero luxury racer

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 26th, 2008

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero luxury racerThis is how Mercedes-Benz sees the future of racing. Formula Zero racing combines elements from land yachting, the luge, and Formula One of course, but it also incorporates environmental responsibility. Each team has a certain amount of energy to complete the race, and points are awarded based on elapsed time and energy efficiency.

It’s all very futuristic since it’s to take place in the future. The race will even be run on a glass track allowing the audience to watch the race from below. How’s that for a view? Will it ever happen? Maybe one day. Or maybe we’ll just see certain elements. But probably not for many years to come.