Sun Jul 21 2013 15:32:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Yet another Hyundai has been customized in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, as The Walking Dead-Hyundai Zombie Survival Machine (ZSM for short) has been unveiled at the Future US booth for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Though the automaker previously built an Elantra Coupe for mowing down zombies, this year’s vehicle of choice is a custom Hyundai Veloster — which looks like a mobile bunker designed to keep out the undead hordes.
Show Floor Update: The design previewed in the sketch appears to have transferred well onto the Veloster’s real-life sheetmetal, which was modified by Galpin Auto Sports. The dual fender-mounted guns have been moved to the hood, and now resemble real weapons as opposed to the futuristic-looking plasma rifles in the concept drawing. The interior appears mostly stock, though it looks like you can access the rooftop hatch from inside the car. Visibility through the windshield grates isn’t as bad as it looks in the sketch. Overall, the car is well put together and looks ready to take on a herd of Walkers.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Walking Dead ZSM front three quarter 300x199 imageThe ZSM began life as a standard 2013 Hyundai Veloster, but things apparently snowballed quickly once the world ended, leaving survivors no choice but to outfit the three-door hatchback with dual quick-change front bumper chainsaws, a mounted double-barrel shotgun, a door-mounted flame thrower, and other improvised weaponry. In addition to those armaments, the ZSM packs a roof-mounted .50-caliber machine gun and more guns affixed to the fenders.
For looks, the ZSM is finished in a textured “Vitamin C” orange, and gets a sawtoothed front grille, hood scoop, forged wheels, and an off-road-style rear bumper. Modifications that might help thwart brain-hungry zombies attempting to enter the Veloster include a glasshouse framed by armor (or fully covered, as is the case with the windshield), wrought iron bars and barbed wire across the windows, and sandbags strapped to the hood. Driving this Zombie-fighting compact may require seeing out of the hatch on top, as front visibility is obstructed, to say the least.
2013 Hyundai Veloster Walking Dead ZSM rear nailbat 300x199 imageIf close-quarters combat is called for, as it routinely is on The Walking Dead TV show, the rear of the ZSM has a number of melee weapons available. A baseball bat with spikes can be found mounted to the trunk, along with a Samurai sword and knife blades deployed from the rear bumper. Inside, the floor has been sprayed with a durable LineX-style bed-liner, offering traction when covered in zombie blood. The interior walls are covered with more metal armor, and storage for ammo, first aid kits, and additional weapons can be found throughout the cabin.
Though we can’t say a Veloster would be our first pick in the event of a zombie outbreak, the modifications performed to the ZSM could help you last a bit longer against the undead. But for the next Zombie Survival Machine, we’d like to see some added muscle underhood, so you also have the option of outrunning them.
Tue Mar 19 2013 16:35:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Heikki Kovalainen drove a very feisty race that included hard battles with Button and Perez and a quick stop for a new nose after a late-race clash with the Mexican. His 13th place finish was Caterham’s best- result of the season. Petrov suffered early damage, set fastest lap briefly on the fifth lap, but fell victim to a low battery warning and had to retire.
Tue Mar 19 2013 16:41:19 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Being a hospitalized kid sucks. Apart from the obvious physical issues, the mental issues such as boredom can keep sick children feeling very low indeed. Design team, Jetske Verdonk, have come up with this simple and fun solution to trailing a drip frame around all day.
The Zieken+Huis is a drip-cum-tricycle which allows the pint-size patient to zip around the ward whilst remaining attached to their vital fluids and intravenous medication. In addition to this three wheeling wonder, the release of a curtain frame which drapes around the patient's bed has also been launched.
Sun Feb 24 2013 21:11:50 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Jalopy - 1953
Leo Gorcey, Huntz hall. The Bowery Boys use a secret rocket fuel that makes their Model-T Ford unbeatable. Filmed at Culver Speedway with real drivers George Dockstader, Fred Lamount, Harvey Perry, Louis Tomei, Dude Criswell, Dick Crockett, Pete Kellett, and Carey Loftin.
Sat Feb 23 2013 03:10:30 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
French painter Philippe Burlet knows his way around a brush as well as cars and watches. Burlet's medium of choice is watercolors, which he uses to aptly recreate the essence of sport racing and the watch loving spirit. Although relatively obscure in the United States, Burlet is a favorite among European motor sports enthusiasts, who often commission work from the talented painter.
Burlet was not always an artist, but lived a life around automobiles. Somewhere in the mix he developed an eye for watches and seemingly became fascinated by their connection to fine cars. Burlet has a penchant for painting Ferrari cars both new and old. Though he does of course recreate other automobiles in watercolor as well.
His art featuring watches portrays them in a larger than life manner, appearing bigger than their accompanying cars. This interesting practice serves to emphasize the shape and function of the watches as opposed to their status as timepieces only. This type of work can only come from someone with a deep appreciation and understanding for the mechanical make up of his artistic subjects.
Burlet almost exclusively paints images relating to automobile and motorcycle sports, along with watches. While his art style is not meant to be photo realistic, it can be described as "preservationist," meaning that his work preserves each and every detail of what he is painting, yet adding his own artistic style.
The work is perfectly suited for anyone who enjoys the style and has a passion for racing or watches, as Burlet's work is available for purchase. You can visit his French/English language site here, or his United States based site here, to learn more about available originals or prints.
Wed Jan 16 2013 01:39:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
It’s day two at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, and surprises are few and far between. Sure, Ford trotted out its concept for the new F-150 despite radio silence on the matter during the weeks leading up to the event, and Shelby’s long-rumored EcoBoost concept is actually a Focus ST, but the tired, huddled masses are difficult to surprise (and sometimes difficult to delight) at this point.
Leave it to Acura, the inoffensive Japanese luxury brand that makes handsome but safe cars to give us something that lights up our eyes, melts our admittedly cold hearts, and gets our blood flowing again. The car in question is the NSX Concept.
This is the second time we’ve seen the NSX concept, to be fair: Acura marched the long, low, sleek supercar onto the stand last year to gasps and a standing ovation; almost immediately it rose to the top of pundits’ “things I loved at Detroit” lists. But the NSX you see above is different than before: Acura VP Michael Accavitti says that this car, a sort of “NSX 2.0,” is a second-generation concept that reflects the extensive engineering work the concept has undergone. With just two years to go until the NSX greets Acura dealers, the new concept is more realistic, more likely to go in production.
Which is a good thing, because the NSX 2.0 is stunning in a manner unlike anything else on the floor. Where the Corvette (admittedly a showstopper) is brash and bold, the NSX is handsomely styled to the point of perfection. Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights might look a bit unsightly on Acura’s other models, but they look tailored to the NSX’s low, angled front end. Even the corporate grille insert–the single-blade razor, if you will–is neatly folded in. The C-pillars feature an updated version of the “flying buttress” motif we saw years ago on the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano.
But the NSX 2.0 also has an enticing new feature: an interior. The carpets (ostensibly wool), seats (probably suede), and door panels (leather) are matching shades of red; the red seats are deeply bucketed, carbon-fiber-backed numbers with thin, swoopy black swatches stitched into the seatbacks. Some trim pieces on the doors are carbon fiber; others–like on the simple, touch-activated center stack, are piano black. The center stack is topped by a decent-sized LCD screen; there’s another behind the steering wheel to serve as a gauge cluster. The pedals are brushed aluminum, as are the door sills emblazoned with the NSX logo.
Acura’s MDX crossover will sell many, many times more units than the NSX at the other end of the stand. But for weary travelers and journalists (not to mention public showgoers), there is no comparison: Acura’s occasional lack of focus in the design studio (which produced cars like the bland RLX) is relegated to the history books after you take a good, long look at this car. We can’t wait to see what happens next.
Wed Jan 09 2013 21:12:20 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Have you ever thought about what exactly it means to torque a bolt? What does that measurement mean and what are you trying to achieve by getting the torque exactly right? In this video the Moss Motors Tech department goes into detail on everything you ever wanted to know about torque settings