Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Flying Car for the Military?

Scientific American has the story at

The Army’s Flying Car Could Take Off This Year.




Flying cars looks like the next big madness for the private public.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, 2015 -- Today From Winding Road Magazine -- Are We Living in an Age of the Demise of Style?

Are we living in an age of the demise of style?

The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is driven today
already in the video below from Winding Road Magazine.

The car has a great motor sound,
but the interior looks to be straight out of proletarian laboratories,
or are we missing something here?

Is this faceless interior just for testing?

Or has the noble style that formerly marked the Aston Martin
disappeared entirely in favor of bland, simple utility, without any pzazz?

Has the virtual lack of design, pioneered by things like the minimalist Apple company products in technology, become the fashion of our day -- reflecting the uncreative mediocrity of the masses?


Car designers have to try to remember that the engine is just the beginning, not the end of automobile manufacture. If the interior of an Aston-Martin looks like an "afterthought", the description of one of the comments to a related video, then what justifies the high price?

It is what you put on top of the engine that makes the top auto brands, at least in the commercial sector, and that includes the interior.

An Aston Martin that looks like a stripped down rally racer is not our cup of tea, thank you. But then again, the people who buy this car, or not, decide.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tesla Model S Driven at Winding Road: A Car Company Making Electric Vehicles (EV) with Headquarters in Silicon Valley




image linked from TeslaMotors

At Winding Road | Driven: 2012 Tesla Model S we first read -- and are fascinated since -- by the fact that Tesla is headquartered in Silicon Valley.

We have visions of all the tech company execs setting a good example for the motorists of the future and driving this car "down the road", as it were.

We are, by the way, prepared and willing to do "prolonged" testing of this electric vehicle (EV) here in Europe -- the company can contact us at any time ;-)



Friday, May 18, 2012

Bugatti Veyron Built Right at Your Own Desk - BBC Top Gear Has the Templates

UPDATE: OOPS! The Template Download link leads to an error. I found another link at http://visualspicer.com/bugatti-veyron/ where there is a button to
GET TEMPLATES
-- http://www.mediafire.com/view/?fr7l64r3x6s40lg
(20.31 MB)
and also the INSTRUCTIONS
-- http://www.mediafire.com/view/?cjdjcmd4ykv17ps,
(7.22 MB)
but I can give no guarantee that they will work for you.
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Original Posting below:
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Wow, build your own Bugatti Veyron!

We are going to do this when we get the spare time
and have enough paper glue.

2.5 feet long (76 cm), this is a papercraft replica, 159 parts, printed on 44 pages. Amazing what one can do with paper.

Get the template at Build your own Bugatti Veyron - BBC Top Gear

Here is the "Build Your Own Bugatti Veyron" Vimeo video
  -- if you can, view it full screen,
but you may not be able to work quite this fast:

Monday, July 04, 2011

Nissan Qashqai Production Surpasses One Million Cars: Quality and Reliability: One of Every Four Cars Sold in the United Kingdom is a Qashqai, Yet 80% of Sales Are Exports

Now THAT's FastMotoring: ONE MILLION QASHQAI CROSSOVERS

(note that the Qashqai is called the Dualis in Japan and Australia but is not sold in the USA, where the Nissan Rogue is similar, but not directly comparable and is less successful -- whereas in Germany, where quality and reliability are important, the Qashqai has become a preferred import)

See FastMotoring.com for the story and photos on the Qashqai.





See also Nissan Qashqai Passes One Million Production Milestone at AutoEvolution.com.

For more stories on the phenomenal success of the English-designed and Sunderland, England produced Qashqai, which now accounts for 1 of every 4 new cars sold in the United Kingdom, and which is exported to 80% overseas, see also:

Nissan Qashing in at Sunderland plant‎ - The Northern Echo
The Nissan Qashqai: an all-British affair‎ - totallymotor.co.uk
New Nissan Qashqai to be built in UK‎ - motoring.co.uk
Nissan Celebrates Production of 1 Million Qashqai Crossovers, will Give Away the Landmark Vehicle - CarScoop

Bugatti Veyron and Berlin's KPM Royal Porcelain Manufacturer Team Up on the Grand Sport L'Or Blanc (White Gold)

Noah Joseph at AutoBlog has the story and photographs at Bugatti unwraps one-of-a-kind porcelain-trimmed Veyron L'Or Blanc.

For a mere €1.65 million or ca. $2.4 million, the ultimate merge of car and porcelain:

see also Caitlyn Chase at Caviar and Cashmere for commentary and basic photos, such as this one, linked from that blog:



Wednesday, November 03, 2010

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