Mon Mar 31 2014 16:01:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Rolls-Royce Wraith: Drive It Like You Own the Place. The Rolls-Royce Wraith is wonderfully elegant and wonderfully British, so much so that the $284,900 listing price is just for starters. Read the full article.
Tue Nov 26 2013 14:14:10 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Elon Musk Is Secret Buyer Who Spent $866K On James Bond's Lotus Sub.
In what sounds like a staged bit for Storage Wars, a man bought a storage container for $100 and inside find a giant lump covered in blankets. When he removed the covers he found a random white car underneath.
The guy who bought it had never seen a Bond movie and had no idea what that white car was, until someone else pointed it out to him that it looked exactly like the famous Lotus sub from the Bond flick.
The dots were ultimately connected and it was revealed to be the actual car from the movie, lost in storage. The vehicle went to RM Auctions, who led the restoration and put it up for auction, where it sold for $866,000 to a 'secret buyer' in a showdown between two collectors.
Now we've heard from a credible source in the UK, where it was sold, that the buyer was none other than Elon Musk, CEO of carmaker Tesla and SpaceX, who is also a noted car enthusiast with excellent taste.
Considering the first Tesla ever was based on a Lotus Elise, there's no shock he's also a fan of the submersible Esprit. There's also that crackpot theory that Elon Musk is actually a Bond villain building a space laser, which this certainly won't help.
It's the little things in life that make all the difference. Flames shooting out the exhaust of a supercar? Awesome. Flames billowing out of the entire engine bay? Uh-oh. So seeing a McLaren F1 – in the United States, no less – going up in smoke is a real tear-jerker.
We have to admit that with so many drivers exhibiting more flash than talent, reporting on the endless barrage of destroyed supercars got a little tiresome, if not downright depressing. The McLaren F1 made even the Ferrari Enzo seem dime-a-dozen common – 100 examples were made in all, and only a tiny fraction of those squeaked through DOT regs to make it Stateside.
Reportedly valued at $2 million, this toasted Mac was spotted on Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa, California, its BMW V12 on fire after its owner reportedly took it for a ride after leaving it dormant for six months. If that's the case, this is proof positive that cars need to be driven, not mothballed.
The Caterpillar 797 is a series of off-highway, ultra class, two-axle, mechanical powertrain haul trucks developed and manufactured in the United States by Caterpillar Inc. specifically for high-production mining and heavy-duty construction applications world-wide.
In production since 1998, the 797 series represents Caterpillar’s largest, highest capacity haul trucks. The current, third-generation model, the 797F, offers one of the largest haul truck payload capacities in the world, up to 400 short tons (363 t) and is the world's largest, highest payload capacity, mechanical drive haul truck.
Sun Mar 24 2013 15:23:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Gardner Stone is from Middlebury, Vermont and I believe he has the most spectacular pulling tractor in the world. This is the NTPA's unlimited class, and the [tractor's] weight limit is 7900 pounds. In this class, you can have as many engines and bring as much horsepower as you can... but your tractor must weigh 7900 or less. The FOUR (4) turbine engines that you see are Lycoming T-55's. They were used in the Chinook helicopters and are about 3000 HP each. I actually have a lot of video footage and pics of his tractor, and i will probly make a tribute video some rainy day. Gardner is a really nice guy and he owns/operates G.Stone Motors in Middlebury, VT.
Wed Feb 20 2013 15:37:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Nutty compilation of Russian car accidents. Apparently, drivers are so bad and aggressive that many citizens keep dash cameras rolling at all times in case something like this happens and they have to prove it.
Wed Feb 20 2013 16:02:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Ernie Adams tells us about his 1949 Mercury Dwarf Car in this professionally produced video. See the car's features up close. Learn about the building process. Ernie even takes it for a spin around the block. Enjoy
Fri Feb 15 2013 22:49:59 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass? You'd press a button (or trigger a proximity sensor for a surprise) and the fish would start singing either Al Greens Take Me To The River, or Bobby McFerrins Don't Worry, Be Happy.
Texan Richard Carter took a Volvo, 5 miles of wire, five 6-volt golf cart batteries, a screw drive mechanism using 12v DC reversible motor, a lifting frame he made from scratch, a Linux server and approximately two hundred synchronized singing fish, and created what can only be described as an awesomely effective assault on good taste.
In our awesomely effective assault on good taste, we present the Choir – in High Definition.
Fri Feb 15 2013 22:53:07 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Aptera Motors is a startup company seeking to manufacture high-efficiency road vehicles. Formerly known as Accelerated Composites, the company was based in Oceanside, California. The company was bought by a Chinese auto manufacturer in mid-2012 and reactivated as a going concern after having announced closure on December 2, 2011.
Aptera’s first product, a three-wheeled two-seater named the Aptera 2 Series, was under development, The fuel efficiency of 300 mpg-US (0.78 L/100 km) when plugged in every 120 miles (190 km) would make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. This is without accounting for the fuel used for generating the power that charges the batteries. If that is provided for, the equation would stand significantly altered.
The name Aptera is Greek for “wingless,” a nod to their light-aircraft-inspired design and construction techniques, and is correctly pluralized either as 'Apterae' or ‘Apteras.’ However, Aptera Motors maintains that Aptera translates to “wingless flight.”
Thu Jan 17 2013 04:38:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Lancia Stratos HF prototype was a styling exercise by Bertone, first show at the Turin Motor show in October 1970. It was a futuristic design with a wedge shaped profile and stood just 33 inches (84 cm) from the ground. It was so low, that conventional doors where not used. Instead, drivers had to flip up the windscreen and walk into the car, to gained entry. Visibility was restricted as the front windscreen was narrow, when inside. The car had a 1.6 litre V4 engine, taken from the Fulvia HF. To access the mid-mounted engine, a triangular shaped panel hinged upwards.