Car Being Dropped From A Helicopter

There are all the sorts of crazy things people do but I think you haven’t seen this one! A car is being dropped from a big height from a helicopter! Watch what has become of it!

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Mercedes-Benz hydrogen fueled F125!

The Mercedes Benz has presented a new concept aimed for 2025 CL-class. It’s hydrogen pumped F125 which according to the company’s plan will be fueled by hydrogen.

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Watch the video presentation of the new Mercedes!

Unwritten Rules Of The Road

All drivers are probably familiar with the laws of driving, and maybe even the vehicle code. But what about the unwritten rules on the road? They are not written in your state’s driver’s handbook, but most of the people with common sense abide these unspoken rules to make the road a better place for the fellow-drivers. They’re not exactly groundbreaking revelations, but it would do our community a world of good if some more people would follow them. So, let’s see, what they are:

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Have you ever met the “Oh-hell-no-you-are-not-gonna-pass-me” driver? It doesn’t matter what speed you pass him at or what car are you driving - as soon as you do it he feels like he’s Richard Petty and the white flag was just waved! That kind of driving is dangerous for everyone on the road so just… don’t be that guy! Don’t provoke anyone into a race, especially if it’s a superior car – just pass safely and spare the theatrics. Your dignity will thank you for it and so will other drivers.

Show respect when parking

Show respect when parking

Don’t be a jerk and park in the center of the parking spot – that’s an unwritten rule of the road. How and where you park matters. Look, the lines in a parking lot are there for a reason. When you park your car, make sure that passengers/drivers in the cars on either side can easily get in and out of their cars.

Go easy on two-wheelers

Go easy on two-wheelers

Watch for them, and allow more space. Believe me, it’s not a great feeling of being tailgated or honked by a trailer if you’re outside of the four-wheel isolation chamber and on the road! Just be nicer and let them drive without causing them a heart attack or getting down in a ditch.

Give heads-up on radar

Give heads-up on radar

If you have passed a cop on the side of the road trying to nail people for speeding or what not, and see an approaching car, a short blinking of your headlights gives them a head’s up that a cop is waiting around the corner. Help somebody today and tomorrow somebody will help you.

Let them see

Let them see

1. Don’t block lower vehicles – just try not to block cars’ lateral view when you can help it, like at driveways and intersections.

2. Stay out of peoples’ blind spots.

Obviously, you will spend some time in a person’s blind spot when passing or being passed, but it’s both annoying and unsafe to just hang out there – either pull forward or drop back.

Stop to help

Stop to help

If you see a breakdown on the side of the road – just stop and try to help – at least with a phone cal or moral support if not with your mechanic skills.

Don’t lounge at the pump

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There are only so many pumps at a gas station, and nobody want to wait for you to finish reflecting about how perfect the weather is today or finish your phone call. After you’re done pumping gas, move you car 20 feet to a parking space so someone else can use the pump.

Don’t block the left lane

Don’t block the left lane

The left lane is the passing lane – get in, get out. At least that’s the rule of the unwritten Lawbook Of The Roads. If your car smokes, sheds parts, or is incapable of going faster than 50 mph, stay out of the left-hand lane!

Pretty please.

Be nice

Be nice

Just show a little respect and make your appreciation of the kindness some drivers shown you on the road expressed in a friendly wave or a nod with a smile. That will make them feel so much better and inclined to help the next time, too. It’s a common courtesy to say thanks and the roads are not an exception.

When at Rome, do as Romans do

When at Rome, do as Romans do

Don’t drive under the speed limit on the road. The optimal choice is to drive at the speed of traffic – try not to drive too slow or too fast. If the overall driving speed in the lane is, say, 60-65 and you are going 49, everybody hates you… everybody.

Always leave a note if you’ve damaged a car.

Always leave a note if you've damaged a car.

Let’s say you just accidentally backed into a car in an awkward parking lot and scratched the bumper… Yeah, we know that it sucks to know that you’re probably going to pay a round sum for someone else’s bodywork – but hey, it’s your fault, right? And you can imagine how it feels to come back to your car and realize that you car has been maimed and you have no idea who did it. Just leave the note on a piece of paper under the windshield wiper.

When in California, leave bikers space to split lanes.

When in California, leave bikers space to split lanes.

In California, motorcycles are allowed to split lanes, which means that they can slip between cars. It helps ease the state’s insane traffic. So, if you see a biker edging between the lanes behind you, don’t get all jealous and block him, better move over a bit and give him some space.

No animals or children on your lap. NO ONE on your lap, better yet.

Doesn’t matter how cute your pet is – it’s not a place and time to fondle him while driving.

Don’t jump the line

Don’t jump the line

Pick a lane and stay it in. What’s with all these people on the highway always swerving from lane to lane? It’s not hard to stay in between the lines, trust me.

First Smart Highway that glows in the dark opens in the Netherlands!

Smart Highway the intelligent and interactive road of tomorrow, increase driver’s visibility, has lines that glow in the night and charge during the day.

The Smart Highway is designed to make roads safer to travel, as it helps drivers to see in the dark or in other ways. It’s will be a great help to the drivers. Smart Highway is an innovative concept for the roads of tomorrow, it applies the opportunities offered by new technologies in smart ways.

Smart Highway is the result of an intensive collaboration between builder and developer Heijmans and designer Daan Roosegaarde. Although the differences between the two companies are great, they share their most important goal: innovating the Dutch landscape. The themes sustainability, safety and perception are key to the concept and are manifested in the newest technologies in energy and light. The system developed with infrastructure firm Heijmansuses, uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out the edges of the road.

Glowing Lines

Glow-in-the-dark lining absorbs energy during the day and glows in the dark. The lining emits light for as long as ten hours. A safe and sustainable alternative to conventional lighting for dark roads.

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Dynamic paint

Temperature-controlled marking lights up and becomes transparent again, depending on temperature. The marking warns road users when the road deck can be slippery. Drivers experience direct interaction with the road deck.

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Electric Priority Lane

Induction charging offers electric cars the possibility to charge themselves while driving. Electric priority lanes stimulate sustainable transportation.

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Interactive light

Interactive lighting is controlled by sensors: it only turns on when traffic approaches. It is a sustainable and cost-saving alternative to continuous lighting. Interactive lighting can also provide speed guidance.

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Dynamic Lines

Road deck markings can be flexibly adjusted, to show a continuous line or a dotted line. Dynamic traffic control, adjustable depending on the situation. Dynamic Lines contribute to capacity management.

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Wind Light

The wind generated by passing cars activate small windmills along the road. The windmills generate energy, which is used to light up the lamps in the windmills. An energy-neutral application that makes the contours of the road visible. Additional dimension in the interactive experience of the highway.

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Also see the video on Interactive Roads.

Swiss Researchers Make TOSA Work better

Ever seen an electric-powered bus that recharges at the bus stops? Meet TOSA!

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, EPFL have designed a mathematical model to optimize the costs of the TOSA electric bus technology. The project called myTOSA is based at the EPFL’s Transport and Mobility Laboratory and also involves ABB. The TOSA buses use a system of “flash charging” at intervals along a bus route; amazingly charging takes just 15 seconds. TOSA is the first fully electric bus that works without overhead lines.

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With the ‘flash charging’ system, TOSA buses recharges along the route, at the bus stops in a record time of 15 seconds.

EPFL researchers have developed a mathematical model to optimized the costs of a prospective bus line. TOSA is the first full electric articulate bus that runs without overhead lines and recharges at the bus stops. Take a look at the video of TOSA.

New release: 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible

It’s easy to be fond of the 2-Series coupe, particularly the M235i. It’s a fun-driving, comfortable, surprisingly practical little luxury coupe. But what if you want all of that, and to horse around with the top down? Here’s your answer.

Due to make its official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible will be available in the same forms as the coupe: M235i, 228i, and 228i xDrive. All three will arrive in the U.S. in early 2015.

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As you might also expect, those model names represent a car that is, aside from the soft top, essentially identical to the coupe. With the 2-Series Convertible, the focus is on the design and the experience; the performance outlines have already been drawn.

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Performance

Specs for the new 2-Series Convertible range are familiar. The 228i rates 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Zero to 60 mph acceleration occurs in just 5.7 seconds. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.

All-wheel drive will be available from launch in the 228i Convertible, cutting 0-60 mph times to 5.6 seconds. The standard torque split for the xDrive system is 70% rear, 30% front, with the computer making electronic adjustments to that spread as required by the conditions.

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For the M235i Convertible, the eight-speed automatic transmission is joined by an optional six-speed manual. Engine output remains the same as the coupe, at 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. With rear-wheel drive the only choice, the M235i Convertible accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds thanks to Launch Control, when equipped with the eight-speed automatic. With the six-speed manual, the Convertible’s 0-60 mph time is 5.0 seconds. Top speed for the M235i Convertible is electronically limited to 155 mph.

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Design

The car’s soft top is made of fabric, and can open or close in 20 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph. An optional Comfort Access option allows the roof to be opened or closed remotely, as well.

Black is the standard color for the soft top, but two additional colors are available: Anthracite with silver effect, and Brown with silver effect. What’s the silver effect part of that? The tops are woven with shiny fibers in the mix, giving a “shimmering metallic surface impression,” according to BMW.

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The new 2-Series Convertible doesn’t exist in a vacuum, of course; it follows on the heels of the previous 1-Series Convertible. Compared to the former compact luxury convertible, the new 2-Series version expands cabin space and cargo room. Rear seat access is now 0.4 inches larger, and the trunk load area at the rear is 1.4 inches wider. The passthrough from the trunk to the rear passenger area (accessible with the seats folded down) is now 5.9 inches wider and 1.1 inches taller. The result? Room for two 46-inch golf bags, or, “a pair of snowboards,” says BMW.

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Among other new features in the 2-Series Convertible, BMW plans to offer the first over-the-air updates to its navigation data as part of the BMW ConnectedDrive system. Regular updates to the maps should enable the navigation to better represent current road conditions in areas where construction is prevalent, as well as business and location info.

The 2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible will make its North American debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Nautilus Car

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The Nautilus Car was designed by Carol Spier and of course entirely custom made for the production. The basic starting point, the chassis, is from a Land Rover Fire Tender. A unique fibreglass body was then added and a steel sub frame then constructed in the engine bay to house the Rover V8 engine required to power it. 6 enormous wheels, measuring 28 inches (72 cm) in diameter complete the basic car. The whole car also raises and lowers itself in spectacular style via a powerful hydraulic system.

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To the front, either side of a vast decorative radiator grille are two representations of Ganesha, the Hindu deity. The elephant motif is repeated on the door handles. Other panels and sections all over the car feature carvings of Gods and symbols. These spectacular flourishes are finished in a gold colour dressed down by the art department to look aged and weathered. The same level of attention continues within the cockpit area with intricate mouldings and decorations throughout. The upholstery is faux light brown leather with a Silver band running along the top. The back seat is curved.

The off white paint work is finished in a flat tone with a deliberately cracked and crazed finish.

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Set in an alternate version of the late 19th Century, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a unique story featuring an odd assortment of legendary fictional Victorian characters.

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This car is spectacular. It measures 22 feet long and 9 feet wide. It is not suitable or legal for road use but the car still runs beautifully and retains most of its original functionality. The car will, according to those who have driven it, reach 80 miles an hours and will corner superbly! Since filming completed the car has featured at motor shows in Essen Germany and in London. It also starred in the famous Lord Mayors Parade in London.

See the video on the The Nautilus Car.

Schmidt Hydra Coupe

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This is the V16 Coupe from ‘Captain America’ Marvel Comics.

In movies, it’s usually the good guys who drive the best cars. Pick any James Bond films, for example, and it’s as a rule the coolest ride you’d spot him riding. Same to any other of our favorite movies. But this time the super cool car was destined to belong to a great villain – Johan Schmidt, better known to Marvel Comics hero Captain America as the Red Skull.

We present you the V-16-powered Schmidt Hydra Coupe! The open-air coupe (why was it even named a ‘coupe’ in the first place is anyone’s guess!) is powered by a V-16 airplane engine, and power is sent to all six wheels. It’s supposed to be the fastest car of the time.

Daniel Simon designed car is powered by a Ford V-8 and rides on a truck chassis. Simon, a former Volkswagen Group designer, was reportedly influenced by the Mercedes-Benz 540K, as well as vintage Bentleys and classic Duesenbergs.

The car’s design is absolutely stunning, and there’s no denying that the car has a charisma of its own.

Check out the video!

Printing your own car is real now!

The futuristic dreams are now about to come true! Now it’s real to design and make you own unique car and it even is the super-speedy process, tooo – it can take just two days to do this! How is that possible? -you can ask.

It is now!

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An Arizona-based car manufacturer has created the world’s first fully functional, 3D-printed electric car. World’s first-3D printed ‘Strati’ vehicle that costs $17,100 was invented and tested in real life. The printing took place during the six-day International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 in Chicago last month. The battery-powered, two-passenger car is made of layers of black plastic and reinforced with carbon fibre.

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Strati, which stands for Italian word ‘layers’, has a chassis body made of one solid piece. The vehicle it can produce is is made out of just 49 parts, while a typical car consists of 5,000 parts, which, you cannot argue, is significantly more.

The printer makes parts measuring 1 metre by 1.7 metres by 3 metres. Tyres, battery and suspension were made using traditional methods.

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The produced car’s top speed can reach 40mph (64 km/h) and is set to cost $17,100. In the future, when your car breaks down or you want an upgrade, you’ll be able to print a new one in less than two days and you’re ready to go!

NEW RELEASE – THE LIMITED EDITION TOYOTA 14R60

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Toyota Techno Craft, a subsidiary of Toyota Japan and developers of performance parts under the TRD brand, have created and released what is, without doubt, the most hardcore factory version of the 86 yet. Based on the Griffon concept that was shown early this year, The “14R60″ is Techno Craft going out to create a road registrable race 86 that compromised on absolutely nothing in the pursuit of performance and balance and did it by throwing an absolute shopping trolley of TRD parts at it…

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The #Griffon #concept was an interesting car with a clearly defined path toward its development. It was established early on that the Griffon, and of course through it, the 14R60, had to be three things. Firstly, it had to be based on an FR platform. Secondly, it had to be naturally aspirated using the FA20 and finally the chassis had to remain intact and unmodified, eschewing even the use of a roll cage.

Unfortunately for all of you who are reading this, 100 units will be produced for the Japanese Domestic Market only and are on sale as of today through to the 20th of October. No doubt they will sell out long before that date despite their very hefty $58,000 price tag.

That might seem like a hell of a lot of money to pay for an 86 and I wouldn’t disagree (it is) but if you check out the specs on this bad boy, you’ll see that the sum of the parts alone may or may not outweigh the expense.

Exterior wise, there are a lot of developments, including a carbon fiber roof, aerodynamically re-profiled front and rear bumpers with carbon fiber canards, rear carbon diffuser, swan neck carbon rear wing and re-profiled side skirts…

The front also gets a bulge in the shoulder department with wider fenders and carbon fiber kidney blades.

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In a world of Rocket Bunny this and Rocket Bunny that, it’s nice to see a fresh alternative from the creators of the 86 and I quite like the way this car looks except for the lower rear end of the car with its awkward exhaust placement that is neither attractive nor compelling.

That said, this is an exercise in function over form, and the diffuser has been created to allow for better underbody airflow at speed, so that’s where my argument on that particular point ends!

The wheels are a nice highlight. They are specially designed forged magnesium gems measuring 18×8.5J +30 (front) and 18×8.5J +45 (rear) which were then wrapped in (specific to the 14R60) Bridgestone 235/40R18 RE-11A 3.3T boots.

The magnesium rims house TRD mono-block calipers front (6pot) and rear (2 pot) which clamp down onto 2 piece, 365mm, ventilated and slotted TRD rotors at the front and 330mm ventilated and slotted rotors at the rear.

All that is suspended on a neat set of height adjustable, mono-tube, TRD-tuned dampers. No idea what the spring rates on them are though.

Without doubt, the area that received the most focus was the chassis. There are 15 different points on the 14R60 that have either been reinforced, replaced or reworked. These include the front and rear control, toe and trailing arms, along with the bushes for the differential, engine mounts and steering rack.

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Going further still, there is the addition of the engine strut brace, and a new boot mounted, “V-mount” rear brace.

One neat little addition that Techno Craft are keen to point out is the use of a unique high strength adhesive for the front and rear windshields that further reduces chassis flex. How much of a real world difference that actually makes is definitely questionable but it is a cool feature nonetheless.

Sadly, and most disappointingly, the engine has not received any internal or forced induction upgrades and remains virtually stock. Aside from an upgraded air filter element and tacky engine cover plaque, the FA20 remains exactly the same and makes the same “official” power figure as the standard 86. I suspect the numbers are a little higher though since the combination of the filter, muffler and retuned ECU should have liberated a few ponies.

This means that “officially”, the 14R60 makes 147kW (200PS) 7,000 and 205Nm (20.9kgf/m) 6,400 ~ 6,600 with a weight of 1230kg’s. I don’t necessarily believe those numbers though and neither should you.

Ancillaries wise you do get an oil cooler, and associated TRD oil and radiator caps but that’s about it. Mechanically, there are some significant upgrades in the drivetrain department including a TRD clutch, flywheel and pressure plate combo along with a 1.5 way, 4 pinion, mechanical differential.

The highlight for the drivetrain, and the reason the car is called the “14R60″, is the brand new 6-speed, close ratio, TRD transmission. The unit has all new revised gearing which give the car greater acceleration through first and third gears but naturally a lower top speed over stock due to the shorter gearing. Couple that with the TRD quick shift and the already brilliant throw of the standard box and I have no doubt the 14R60 will be a joy to row through.

There are also smaller ancillary items like a carbon dash panel cover, sill plates and the engraved TRD floor mats but I did find it a little strange that Techno Sports didn’t include a set of gauges that monitor things oil temp, oil pressure and water temperature. They are obvious interior upgrades to me but perhaps are illegal for the manufacturers to fit as standard.

And this is where the reasoning behind the 14R60 starts to fall apart for me somewhat.

Specifically, in the upgrades you will inevitably want to do over and above the stock factory offering. While I understand that Techno Craft have gone all out to build an incredible chassis and it “looks” like they’ve done that (I haven’t driven the car so I can’t say for certain), the reality is that customers are already dropping $60K large on a car with only 200hp.

That is a stack of money for so little power and no doubt will be one of the biggest gripes from people who read this. Some have suggested that a turbo or supercharger upgrade is the logical next step and that the chassis is ready for one but that’s overlooking one massive issue. Cashola. The Chi-ching. Bread. Bananas.

That’s at least another $10,000 just in parts and labour to fit a quality turbo, exhaust system, radiator and intercooler plus another few thousand dollars to have the car properly tuned and dialled in and then a little more again to purchase some gauges to monitor all the lifeblood and temperatures.

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