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Bratmobile

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Posted September 6, 2006 - By F M

A rare-car-collecting lawyer just forked over the Batmobile circa 1995 for $350K!

Yes, John O'Quinn Esq., who made his fortune via a tobacco lawsuit settlement, went on a shopping spree where he bought Batman's legendary ride, as well as a celebrity-signed 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo for $500,000, a 1938 Cadillac 90 Series Town Car used by the Vatican and owned by Nicola Bulgari for $250,000, and a 1941 Packard Super 8 Lebaron limousine that was used by both FDR and Harry Truman for $290,000.

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Italy: Drunk On Power?

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Posted September 6, 2006 - By F M

Italians maintain a sacred relationship with wine. Now the country wants them to fill their gas tanks with it.

The chief engineer of the Caviro Distillery in Faenza, Italy, Giovanni Marani, is attempting to turn wine into a fuel to power Italy.

Marani insists that wine is the fuel of the future, and that can be turned into a renewable resource that will power factories and cars throughout Europe.

For centuries, Italian distillers have used marc -- pressed grape skins, stems, and seeds left over from the wine-making process -- to make grappa. Grape skins contain carbohydrates that can be broken down into sugar and fermented, and enough ethyl alcohol can be distilled from the skins to make a source of biofuel or gas additive, dubbed wine ethanol.

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Street Fury Season 3 Preview

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Posted September 5, 2006 - By F M

If you can't wait until January, when the new Street Fury season starts, then check out this dope sneak peek of Big C rockin' Detroit. Yes, Street Fury storms the Motor City for some hot girl and Hot Wheels in this sexy, action packed video that you won't wanna miss.


Ferrari: New V8 On The Way?

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Posted September 1, 2006 - By F M

Rumor has it that Ferrari is developing a new "entry-level" V8 2+2 model to slot in below the F430.

This news follows the demise of Ferrari's popular 360 Modena model. According to Autoblog.com, "the 3.6 liter 360 Modena was Ferrari's volume-seller, with nearly 18,000 units produced between 1999 and 2004.

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The Logic Of Drifting

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Posted August 21, 2006 - By F M

Like the idea of drifting, but not sure how to judge yourself to see if you're any good at it?

Well, the fine folks at Racelogic have designed a new gadget called the Driftbox.

Just mount this sweet baby on your windshield and let the GPS equipped unit do the work for you (or at least calculate the work for you). The Driftbox captures and stores the grip level, slip angle and speed on an SD memory card, and measures 0 to 60 times, track lap times and give exact speeds.

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The three way console war between Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony isn't the only hotly contested market-segment in flux right now. The handheld media war between Apple and Microsoft is heating up as well. Apple's latest salvo: Deals with the? three of the biggest car manufacturers in the world. According to today's announcment from Apple, Mazda, Ford and General Motors will all provide easy iPod?docks in the majority of their new cars's glove compartments as well as allowing 'Pods to be controlled by car stereos.

Beats those crappy radio and tape deck adapters, eh?

The partnership is?a great thing for Apple and the carmakers,?a bad thing for Microsoft's coming-soon handheld Zune, and a really bad thing for radio stations, because who would listen to a radio station when they can enjoy their own media?

Reuters: Apple in deals to connect iPod in new car models

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Honda Shoots For The Sky

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Posted July 26, 2006 - By F M

Honda Motor has partnered with light plane manufacturer Piper Aircraft to manufacture its own light jet airplane equivalent of the Honda Civic.

Honda will establish a new U.S. company for the venture, with production likely to start in 3 to 4 years, after going through FAA testing and certification process. The 7-seat HondaJet features innovative aerodynamics for increased fuel efficiency and performance, and a new jet engine designed and developed by Honda. Buyers will be able to place orders by the fall of 2006.

Boy, I'd hate to stall in one of those things...

Autoblog.com: Honda takes to the air!

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Home owners in Luxury Resort Villas in Las Vegas, Hawaii, Tuscany and Dubai anf other locations will soon be able to tool around in the Natalia SLS 2 Sport Luxury Sedans from DiMora Motorcar. The resort ordered a fleet of 10 of the exclusive handcrafted super sedans for their high-end residents.

The cars are built in Palm Springs, CA, and comes complete with a 1,200-horsepower "Volcano" V16 engine, video screens, a video projector housed in the headlights that enable the car to project a video while parked, rear-seat massagers, heat-sensitive color-changing paint, biofeedback sensors that measure the driver's physical condition, a night vision heads-up display, a $12,000 limited-production Natalia lady's purse and bottle of Natalia wine that features a self-uncorking system. For an extra five grand the car will also fix your kitchen sink and get you laid.

Autoblog.com: LV Resorts orders fleet of $2 million super sedans

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Dodge's Ram Rash

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Posted July 26, 2006 - By F M

Dodge has created a site devoted to a viral marketing campaign they started called Ram Rash.

Ram Rash is a rash in the shape of ram's head that they are using to promote the arrival of new Dodge vehicles in Europe. Dodge produced a series of short videos that show people (very stupid people, mind you) headbutting each other and leaving the Ram Rash as a result.

In a related story, Coke has taken out ads for a new product and will run a series of commercials tied in with a marketing campaign.

Autoblog: Ram Rash - you should get that checked out

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Eight automakers have committed to staging world debuts of production and concept vehicles at the show. L.A. Auto Show, which was recently moved from early January to late November/early December., as it was in conflict with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The eight manufacturers who have committed to world debuts are Audi, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan and Volkswagen, though no one knows exactly which models are going to be introduced.

Autoblog.com: Eight automakers have world debuts scheduled for L.A. already

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Email From Your Car!

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Posted July 25, 2006 - By F M

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Inc. recently introduced a device called the iLane that enables a driver to access their email in a hands-and-eyes free way. The iLane is designed to handle all incoming information, including emails, phone calls and even text messages via a voice-based interface. The driver can now listen to, compose and forward emails as if they were accessing an email account on a computer by interacting with your Bluetooth-enabled phone or email device.

The iLane might be helpful for that white-collar up-and-comer on the go. Though not yet available, the iLane is currently being shopped around by IMS to distributors and even automotive OEMs.

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UK Elderly Blamed For Traffic

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Posted July 25, 2006 - By F M

UK drivers hate old people! Or so says a survey of 300 drivers in Britain conducted by www.motorinsurance.co.uk where almost half believe elderly drivers are to blame for country's horrible traffic and should be banned from driving during peak hours of congestion.

Other findings reveal that about two-thirds of those surveyed believe elderly motorists can't handle modern road conditions and 49 percent think that the slow and erratic driving of our elders actually causes accidents.

The survey also revealed that many drivers stereotype older motorists as bad drivers. Motor Insurance, however, points out that they're more experienced and often more careful motorists than the average driver.

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Supercar Makes Debut

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Posted July 24, 2006 - By F M

Barabus Sports Car Ltd. has been working on a 1005-bhp supercar for the last decade or so, and is finally ready to unveil it at the British Motor Show in London this week. It is said to be powered by a 6.0L V8 with twin turbochargers and dual intercoolers. Pretty neat, huh?

Autoblog.com: Barabus 1000 bhp supercar

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Tesla Don't Come Cheap

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Posted July 20, 2006 - By F M

Tesla Roadster, the highly-anticipated electric-powered car that can travel from 0-60 in four seconds with a top speed of 130mph, is gonna come complete with a price-tag of about $100K. Yikes!

Sure, it features a 182-kilowatt AC-induction motor, rear-mounted power plant drawing its energy from 6800 lithium ion batteries, and barely audible engine capable of rotating at 13,500rpm before it gets close to the redline, but it takes up to 3.5 hours to charge up the friggin' batteries!

C'mon, man! I got a life to lead here, cha cha! If you want me to save the Earth, you gotta make it cheap!

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Despite rumors to the contrary, Toyota is developing a plug-in version of its popular hybrid vehicle. The car company is also considering making of ethanol capable vehicles, or flex-fuel cars, in the U.S.

The announcement is a response to pressure from the U.S. government and environmental groups, who have called on automakers to look beyond hybrids for other solutions to U.S. energy problems. Automakers have been hesitant though, because plug-in hybrids require larger, more expensive battery packs that can withstand being charged to full capacity and drained completely on a daily basis.

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