Finally, a Hybrid Automobile I Wouldn’t Be Embarrassed to Drive


Read it and smile.

“Porsche lifted the sheet on the 918 Spyder on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show and made some huge claims. A few things got our attention right off the bat — 500 horsepower, mid-engine V-8 and two electric motors. Oh … and 78.4 mpg.

Lots more pretty pictures at the source.

I’ll continue to be scarce until sometime in April. Weird stuff; some good, some not.

Oh Dear: Female Bobsled Athlete Too Big for Britches


How epic can a fail get?

Tell that to Tiger


A new study has determined that casual sex and hookups aren’t emotionally damaging. Hmm, I always found them to be a bit messy (no pun intended). They’d always start out all right but would get pretty complicated pretty quickly.

What’s the bet Tiger would agree.

Hookup.

It seems Tiger may be ready to quit golf. Probably due to that lack of emotional damage he’s been experiencing lately.

UPDATE

Tiger’s lawyers block any release of nude pictures or sex vids… which they insist don’t exist. And in the High Court in London.

Now why would they choose there of all places?

Embarrassed by London’s reputation as “a town called sue” and by unusually stinging criticisms in American courts and legislatures, British lawmakers are seriously considering rewriting England’s 19th-century libel laws.

Danny Green


Well, unless you’ve been living under Uluru, you’ll have heard about Aussie boxer, Danny Green, knocking out legend Roy Jones Jr in, yes…

Two Minutes!!!

The man who lost to Anthony Mundine in Australia’s previously biggest fight has, in the time it takes to smoke half a cigarette, made Mundine virtually irrelevant.

Anyway, enough chitter chatter. One more time just because it is. that. good.

Meanwhile, Mundine, currently fighting coal miners, gets the snub the show pony deserves.

Mean-meanwhile, Danny talks us through the 122 seconds it took for him to become a legend.

UPDATE

Oops. Forgot to chuck this in.

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BMW Vision Efficient-Dynamics Concept Car


I don’t usually get excited about concept cars – I’m really more of a motorcycle guy and I drive a pickup truck – but this BMW is pretty freaking cool.

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“BMW’s Vision EfficientDynamics concept has been the subject of rumor and innuendo for weeks, but now the German car company is setting the stage for its 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show display with new details of its concept…

As the name implies, this concept car grafts fashionable green technology on the body of a 2+2 sports car. The promise: BMW M-car performance from a vehicle with a three-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain…

Performance is geared to please the toughest Bimmerphile. BMW claims a 155-mph top speed and a 0-60 mph time of less than 4.8 seconds, while providing fuel economy of almost 63 mpg, and for European enthusiasts, CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometer…

Driving range could pass 400 miles with fuel or 31 miles on electricity alone, BMW also adds…

The racing-inspired details continue with well-managed airflow–so tightly tuned, the EfficientDynamics concept generates a coefficient of drag of 0.22, while today’s best production cars sit at 0.24 (the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe).”

Of course, nothing this radical or beautiful – in the mind of this particular beholder, I’ll admit – is practical for production, but the technical details, many of which I didn’t excerpt, are truly marvelous.

If only BMW made 4×4 pickup trucks, then my truck would match my motorcycle. LOL!

JetLev: A Jet Ski that Lets You Fly


Tell me this doesn’t look like some serious fun. Story about it here.

To make it light enough to work, the water supply has to be a lake, river, sea or ocean you’re on, and the engine and compressor have to be towed behind and below in a service boat, but it’s just as well, because I imagine the learning curve would be painful, if not fatal, over land.

Before you add it to your Christmas Wish List, keep in mind that the initial production model will be $130,000.00 US. Unless you’re dating Paris Hilton – or have been a very, very good boy or girl – that might be a bit steep. I imagine as the tech matures, the price will plummet. No reason it should cost much more than a regular Jet Ski within a few years.

Yes, I want one. We have several large reservoirs near here. It is so me.

Hat Tip to Glenn Reynolds.

When Fast Isn’t Good Enough: Nissan Encounters Warp Drive


I have a Dodge RAM 1500 Quad Cab 4×4 Sport pickup truck and a BMW R1100RS motorcycle, and I’m okay with that. Why don’t I have a car? Because I can afford the truck and the bike I want, but I’m nowhere near wealthy enough to afford any car I’d care to drive. Say, an automobile such as the Bugatti Veyron.

Here’s what happens when a fast car I could afford – the Nissan GT-R – meets a Bugatti Veyron in a matchup.

Well, calling it a “matchup” isn’t really fair, is it?

See, if I can’t afford a car that can do that, I’ll stick with trucks and motorcycles.

From AutoBlog.

UPDATE (bing)

The Veyron at top speed… 253 miles/h… 407km/h

It goes from 200km/h to 300km/h in 9.4 seconds.

The asked a Formula 1 team if they could use their wind tunnel. No can do. F1 cars don’t go fast enough.

UPDATE 2: For SezaGeoff, Angus Dei’s highly customized 1994 BMW R1100RS.

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The Beef of God himself on his BMW K1200LT back in 2005 (Now sold).

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I love motorcycles and have ridden over 100K miles on them in the past ten years.

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