Friday, October 24, 2014

Tesla Model X Reveal

Tesla Model X Reveal

Tesla first showcased their Model X back in 2012, and I thought it was fascinating to take a look back at it.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Great DeLorean DMC-12 Documentary

Great DeLorean DMC-12 Documentary

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Cool German VW Commercial

Cool German VW Star Trek Commercial

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Elon Musk Unveils Dual Motor Tesla

Elon Musk Unveils Dual Motor Tesla

I Am At A Loss For Words!?!?!?!?!

Today, Telsa proudly introduced the fastest four-wheel sedan ever made, which can do 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds, and it also can drive itself!!! Oh, and it offers All Wheel Drive...So what exactly does this mean? It probably means the P85D is not the overall best car made in history!!!!

In this next video, Elon Musk, Founding CEO of Telsa takes a Bloomberg reporter and cameramen on a test drive of the all-new Tesla S P85D.

In the video below Elon Musk discusses how Tesla's all-new Auto Pilot works. Basically you should think of the Tesla Auto Pilot feature as the next generation in cruise-control.

The P85D offers many unique features beyond being a rocket on wheels. For instance, it is the only Tesla Model S P85D that offers a perfect 50/50 weight balance between the front and rear of the car. All the other Tesla models are close at 52/48, but the P85D is perfectly balance due to its two engines, as seen below. 
It is also worth noting that the Model S offers such an amazingly useful amount of cargo space due to the fact the motors are located between the wheels. This gives the car super traction, and saves tremendous room since there is no drivetrain, or exhaust.

So one of the obvious question, is what is the impact of this new model introduction with the Tesla P85D? It could be argued that the already great Tesla S sedan, is now the best car made. As a matter of fact, Motor Trend awarded it the 2013 Car Of The Year, pointing out that being as smooth as a Rolls Royce, it had close to the cargo capacity of a Ford Explorer.

Tesla has also been working on their North American Supercharger Network which allows all Tesla S owners to charge their Model S cars for free, forever. To learn more about the Tesla Supercharger network, click here.

In 2013, Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model S as their highest scoring car in the history of their rating system

The Tesla S is also the safest care ever made. It is so strong that while being tested for roof strength, the Telsa S was so strong that when subjected to a 4G load, the Tesla roof broke the crush-teeing machine!



Palo Alto, CA — Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.
Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents. 
The Model S has the advantage in the front of not having a large gasoline engine block, thus creating a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact. This is fundamentally a force over distance problem – the longer the crumple zone, the more time there is to slow down occupants at g loads that do not cause injuries. Just like jumping into a pool of water from a tall height, it is better to have the pool be deep and not contain rocks. The Model S motor is only about a foot in diameter and is mounted close to the rear axle, and the front section that would normally contain a gasoline engine is used for a second trunk.
For the side pole intrusion test, considered one of the most difficult to pass, the Model S was the only car in the "good" category among the other top one percent of vehicles tested. Compared to the Volvo S60, which is also 5-star rated in all categories, the Model S preserved 63.5 percent of driver residual space vs. 7.8 percent for the Volvo. Tesla achieved this outcome by nesting multiple deep aluminum extrusions in the side rail of the car that absorb the impact energy (a similar approach was used by the Apollo Lunar Lander) and transfer load to the rest of the vehicle. This causes the pole to be either sheared off or to stop the car before the pole hits an occupant.
The rear crash testing was particularly important, given the optional third row children's seat. For this, Tesla factory installs a double bumper if the third row seat is ordered. This was needed in order to protect against a highway speed impact in the rear with no permanently disabling injury to the third row occupants. The third row is already the safest location in the car for frontal or side injuries.
The Model S was also substantially better in rollover risk, with the other top vehicles being approximately 50 percent worse. During testing at an independent facility, the Model S refused to turn over via the normal methods and special means were needed to induce the car to roll. The reason for such a good outcome is that the battery pack is mounted below the floor pan, providing a very low center of gravity, which simultaneously ensures exceptional handling and safety.
Of note, during validation of Model S roof crush protection at an independent commercial facility, the testing machine failed at just above 4 g's. While the exact number is uncertain due to Model S breaking the testing machine, what this means is that at least four additional fully loaded Model S vehicles could be placed on top of an owner's car without the roof caving in. This is achieved primarily through a center (B) pillar reinforcement attached via aerospace grade bolts.
The above results do not tell the full story. It is possible to game the regulatory testing score to some degree by strengthening a car at the exact locations used by the regulatory testing machines. After verifying through internal testing that the Model S would achieve a NHTSA 5-star rating, Tesla then analyzed the Model S to determine the weakest points in the car and retested at those locations until the car achieved 5 stars no matter how the test equipment was configured.
The Model S lithium-ion battery did not catch fire at any time before, during or after the NHTSA testing. It is worth mentioning that no production Tesla lithium-ion battery has ever caught fire in the Model S or Roadster, despite several high speed impacts. While this is statistically unlikely to remain the case long term, Tesla is unaware of any Model S or Roadster occupant fatalities in any car ever.
The graphic below shows the statistical Relative Risk Score (RRS) of Model S compared with all other vehicles tested against the exceptionally difficult NHTSA 2011 standards. In 2011, the standards were revised upward to make it more difficult to achieve a high safety rating.

The video below is a Tesla EV Safety Training video for first responders, and it offers fascinating insight into how the Tesla is made.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang GT Road Test

2015 Ford Mustang GT Road Test

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2015 Range Rover SVR Has Arrived

2015 Range Rover SVR Has Arrived
The Ultimate Tahoe Hot-Rod

I imagine it was just a matter of time, decades in the making to be exact, but it is finally here, a Range Rover sports car, and this puppy has a very adequate level of 0-60MPH acceleration of 4.5 seconds! It can make the Zoom-Zoom go Boom-Boom!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

Ferrari Dino 308 GT4

Back on the 1980s, when I was 15-17, our next door neighbor owned a Dino Ferrari 308 GT4, and I used to totally trip on how cool looking and modern it was. I still think its design is a magnificent work of art, so it is great to be able to share this video.

Honda's Asimo Robot

Honda's Asimo Robot

Monday, August 4, 2014

BMW i8: Supercar 2.0 Review

BMW i8: Supercar 2.0 Review

It is hard to believe, but BMW actually brought the hybrid i8 to market, and it appears to be amazing!! Check out the detailed video to learn much more...

The styling on the i8 is super-cool and reminiscent of the BMW M1. It is so fascinating that this is a BMW, because it really doesn't look like one. It kind of looks like a Ferrari and BMW mixed into one car.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Special

1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Special

This is not just an ordinary vintage Ferrari. It is a 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Special, which was really ahead of its time in many ways. The sunroof adds a then unique touch to the car, so when you drive the car, it feels much more like a convertible.

Gooding and Company is auctioning of this beauty, and the following is from the press release:
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 23, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, is honored to announce that it will be presenting a bespoke 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale at its Pebble Beach Auctions on August 16 and 17. Known as Tre Posti due to its groundbreaking front three-seat layout, this exceptional Ferrari represents the intersection of three great names working at the height of their careers: Enzo Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Luigi Chinetti. Presented in wonderfully original condition and boasting just 7,900 km, the automotive masterpiece has captivated admirers since it was first introduced with its striking and glamorous Gardenia White exterior, black upholstery with bright red carpets, and distinctive moon roof. Never before offered at public sale, Tre Posti has been consigned for auction directly from the Chinetti Family.
David Gooding, President: “The Tre Posti stands alone. This work of automotive art represents the ultimate in 1960s sports car design. In my opinion, Tre Posti is an extraordinary coachbuilt tour de force and by all respects one of the most important and valuable Ferraris ever designed. Its competition underpinnings and special provenance make it one of the finest Ferraris in existence.”

Luigi Chinetti Sr.

Luigi Chinetti Sr. was an Italian-born racecar driver who was instrumental in introducing the Ferrari marque to the world. He famously arranged a groundbreaking deal with Enzo Ferrari to become the first, and for many years, the only, Ferrari Factory dealer in the US. A larger-than-life figure, Chinetti’s awards and accolades included three wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two outright victories at the Spa 24 Hours race, and served as captain of the North American Racing Team (NART). He won both Ferrari’s first and its last victory at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965. Chinetti’s love for automobiles and racing, as well as his appreciation of technology and engineering drove his business choices. Under his guidance he directed the cultivation of many outstanding Ferrari collections, only occasionally keeping a select few gems, including Tre Posti, for himself.

Tre Posti in Detail

The culmination of visionary ideas of proportion and detail resulted in one of the most exquisitely-executed Ferraris of all time. Tre Posti, a powerful three-passenger sporting coupe was a prototype based on the racing Ferrari 365 P2. One of the most distinguishing features and a central element of the design was the Ferrari’s three-seat cockpit layout, which places the driver in the center of the car, slightly in front of a passenger seat flanking each side. It is surely among the most remarkable layouts ever created for an automobile. Tre Posti also boasts a lavish interior with a seamlessly integrated chrome roll bar, competition pedal box, and gated shifter, which are further hints at the Tre Posti’s thoroughbred bloodline. In addition, the Ferrari is enhanced with numerous unique characteristics including an expansive moon roof with state-of-the-art bronze-tinted glass and other signature Pininfarina styling cues such as covered headlamps, classic egg-crate grille and sweeping rear sails. From one’s first look, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is in the pinnacle of a long line of coachbuilt Ferraris and leads the most elegant and enduring sports car designs of the 1960s.

Significant History

Tre Posti is the result of a unique collaboration between Enzo Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Luigi Chinetti. Constructed at the height of the P car program in 1966, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, chassis 8971, was the first mid-engine 12-cylinder Ferrari designed specifically for use as a road car. Tre Posti is a prototype model based on the Ferrari 365 P2, a model that was successfully campaigned by Chinetti’s NART. According to Pininfarina, the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale has the distinction of being the last car made by the firm for a private client. Before it was purchased by Chinetti Motors, this car was unveiled at the 53rd International Paris Motor Show as the key Pininanfarina show car. A global tour in 1966 and 1967 followed, including engagements at key auto shows in Brussels, London and Los Angeles. Dubbed “a world-wide novelty” in a Pininfarina press release from October 16, 1966, Tre Posti was met with great fanfare on the show circuit and was prominently featured in numerous magazines and publications. Since its delivery to Chinetti Motors in 1967, the car has only been sold twice to important Ferrari clients but returned to Chinetti family ownership in 1969, where it has remained ever since.
By any standard, Tre Posti is among the most important Ferraris of all time. Gooding & Company is honored to offer such a powerful mechanical treasure during our Pebble Beach Auctions this August. (estimate upon request)

The Pebble Beach Auctions

Date(s): Saturday, August 16 at 5:00 pm PST and Sunday, August 17 at 6:00 pm PST
Location: Equestrian Center, Corner of Stevenson Drive and Portola Road, Pebble Beach
Public preview: August 13-17
Auctions catalogues:  $100, includes admission for two to the viewing and the auctions
General admission: $40, includes admission for one to the viewing and the auctions
Live auction broadcast:
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