Now that summer’s here, it seems like the perfect time for all of us to bring out the grills, plop down the lawn chairs, and open up the umbrellas for a few months worth of barbecue and sausages.
Seeing as we are a predominantly auto website, this fancy and novel set of four wheels caught our attention, not just because of its ingenuity, but more importantly, because that it includes all the aforementioned parts of our summer grill-out inside the confines of a vehicle.
The car is called the ’Carbeque’, and as it name obviously suggests, it serves the purpose of a car and a cook-out place all rolled into one. Just by looking at it, you already get the idea that this 1957 Ford Customline-turned-diner is something that you’d want to have in your home. It’s got a diner-inspired set-up with a black-and-white checkerboard tile configuration. The interior, which is dressed in a red and white set-up, comes with a C-shaped couch with a table in the middle, an umbrella, and where the engine used to be now comes a grille.
With the sun about to shine its brightest in the coming months, the question of where you’re going to do your summer barbecue will be answered by this one-of-a-kind diner on four wheels.
You can spin its name however you want, but the name "Galaxy Warrior" doesn’t necessarily sound like something you’d want to put in your car. Sure, it could pass as the name of the Ultimate Warrior’s long-lost cousin.
True to its name, this "Galaxy Warrior" Gallardo that’s being sold on Ebay Germany does look the part of an intergalactic machine from the world of Warrior. But here on this planet, where the Gallardo is considered one of the most beautifully-designed cars in the world, there’s no room for robotic-looking Italian supercars, even if its an attention-grabber in every lost sense of the word.
In any case, the people responsible for this ungodly sight is a company called ATS Automotive, which gave the Gallardo an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front bumper, new side skirts, a number of new air vents, a new rear bumper, an aftermarket rear wing, and new twin-pipe exhaust system, and a new set of alloy wheels.
While it does sound like a package that’s got everything you need in an aero kit, the visual result of the whole car leaves a lot to be desired.
About the only thing redeemable about this car is that it still comes with the Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces an output of 560 horsepower. Other than that, and that alone, we’d leave this one alone.
The only way you could give the PT Cruiser some street rep is to take out its four-cylinder mechanical guts and place something akin to a Dodge Viper ’s powerhouse V10 in it, which, fortunately, is exactly what someone did to their beloved, little hatch. The result is a vehicle that epitomizes substance over style. On the outside, the first thing you’ll notice is the fact that this PT Cruiser was turned into a pick-up, which is weird enough on its own considering the retro hatch’s unmistakable profile. So without the rear doors and a hatch that has since been replaced with a pick-up bed, the PT Cruiser’s new profile lends itself a curious look.
That is until you pop open the hood.
Where a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that produces 150 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque once resided is now an old 8.0-liter V10 engine that produces 500 horsepower to go with the Viper’s six-speed transmission, rear suspension, and steering rack. The car is said to have been built some years back, but given it’s uniqueness and downright peculiarity – not to mention the insane power under its hood – it’s still something that will catch your attention.
Now is it enough to warrant a bid on eBay for more than the $13,100 price tag currently on display? We say absolutely only because something this weird with that much horsepower is bound to make anyone stand out in a crowd.
By most engine-powered automotive standards, a car than can run 88.8 km/h (55.2 mph) is best described as a snail trapped in an enormous steel chassis. That’s how far technology has come in today’s world with supercars capable of running over 250 mph on a good day.
But if you take away a car’s engine - the heart and soul of any vehicle – then you’re pretty much stuck with a car that can only go as fast as how hard you push it. That is, unless you rely on another understated energy source, one that, ironically, is the most powerful form of energy in the universe: the sun.
Over the past few years, numerous people have built solar-powered cars with the intention of setting the land-speed record for such a vehicle. Entering the year, the world record for the fastest solar-powered car belonged to the General Motors Sunraycer, a car that clocked in a top speed of 79 km/h while being powered by silicon solar cells back in 1988.
Two weeks into 2011, a team from the University of New South Wales in Australia broke the 22-year old record with the Sunswift Ivy.
Illustrating a clear example of how "one bad apple spoils the bunch," some morons over in the UK have decided it would be a good idea to steal a car and flip it over on its side. Now, the owner of the Reliant is pointing the finger at our very own, Jeremy Clarkson.
Barry Cloughton has driven a Reliant Robin for over 40 years and his latest Reliant was one of the last ones to roll off of the production line when the company decided to stop making them. Apparently, this special car was the target of an idiotic attempt to recreate a Jeremy Clarkson stunt that was aired just two and a half hours before the yobs’ attempt was performed. The stunt, which was part of a "best" episode that was aired on Sunday night, shows Jeremy Clarkson taking the Reliant on a 17 mile route in Yorkshire where the Reliant regularly flipped over on its side.
Upon discovering that his very special Reliant had been stolen and damaged, Cloughton was so distressed that the paramedics had to be called to provide him with medical attention. The thing that makes this situation even worse is that the neanderthals came back around 3am to try the stunt again!
Owner, Cloughton, feels that it is not a coincidence the hoodlums performed the same act seen on Top Gear and calls Clarkson’s stunts ”ridiculous, irresponsible and dangerous” and that the show "put the idea into their heads". Don’t get us wrong; we definitely feel bad for Mr. Cloughton and we feel bad that he was put through this traumatic ordeal, but why blame Clarkson for the act of some neanderthals? Clarkson is making a living doing something he loves, and if anyone is to blame, its the delinquents that decided stealing a car and vandalizing it would be a good idea.
With school about to get under way, what better way to show up on the first day than on a bus with fire coming out of the back? This may not be the safest way to travel, but it does make the school bus journey be fun again while eliminating the torturous normal journey that it usually is.
Paul Stender and IndyBoys Inc created this fire-shooting school bus and it packs a whopping 42,000 horsepower from its GE J-79 jet engine that is used on F4 Phantoms. Sadly, the bus did lose some of its hauling capacity, as only three people can sit inside. Not to mention it shoots 75-foot flames out of the back.
According to the IndyBoys website, the bus was able to hit 350 miles per hour, but we can’t imagine anybody would be willing to actually hit that sort of speed.
The Telegraph quoted Stender as he explained the reason for the bus. "I built the bus for two reasons. The first is to entertain people because, come on; it’s a jet bus. The second is to keep kids off drugs. Jets are hot, drugs are not."
We know that the name Wally whispered in the ears of yacht enthusiasts everywhere will send goosebumps up and down their arms in response to the sheer pleasure that name conjures up. And as we can respect the Wally name in terms of yachts, we have to wrinkle up our nose in distaste for the supercar modeled after the specific yacht design.
Apparently, Mr. Matthew Hockham, a UK industrial designer, decided that transferring the Wally design concept over to a supercar would be a good idea. He was horribly, horribly wrong. Although on paper, the sharp edges, black glass surfaces, and hi-tech gray tones sound absolutely marvelous; on the supercar, they simply fall flat. Designed to include the concept of a shooting brake model and sidelines inspired from the 118 WallyPower yacht, the look was supposed to say futuristic and classy. Ummm, how about weird and unpractical? The only redeeming factor this supercar may have is that the interior is made of carbon fiber and teak, again following along the lines of the Wally brand. The only problem with that is the supercar sounded good on paper too, so we can’t be too confident that the interior won’t leave us disappointed as well.
Look, we know that some people are going to go nuts over this concept, exclaiming how cool it is. More power to them. If you like it then by all means, please enjoy. All we have to say is that we are glad this will probably not see production ever. We’d be much happier with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport or the coming Porsche 918 Spyder ; just to name a couple of the supercars we’d rather have.
Okay, so this isn’t exactly the DeLorean from Back to the Future nor is it the cute little bubble car George Jetson flew around, but sometimes television can thwart reality to a point that when the real thing comes out; we are a tad bit perplexed. Sort of how we felt when we saw the Transition from Terrafugia, Inc. Is this thing a plane or a car? Well, apparently it’s both and it is due for production in 2011.
Terrafugia, Inc. was started by five pilots whose mission was clear; innovative expansion of personal mobility. Work started back in 2006 and, since then, there have been many accomplishments with their version of the "flying car". About a year and a half ago, the Transition made its first flight. Before that Terrafugia released a computer-generated video that showed how the roadable aircraft could fold up its wings to be road-ready. Is it attractive? Heck no, but everyone remembers how the first cell phone looked (remember Zach Morris’ blocky contraption) and, given time, the aesthetic appeal could definitely turn this thing into a mass appealing transportation device. All we have to do is be patient and we - or our grandkids - can be riding around in a flying Porsche 911 (or a Volkswagen Minivan for those of us toting young ones).
Hit the jump to see the newly released specs for the Transition Roadable Aircraft.
As was pointed out earlier, Top Gear is back on the air in the UK. While BBC America is a bit slow to show us the new episodes, we have torrents to keep us up to date.
In the first episode of the season, we saw a Bentley Continental Supersports and the new reasonably priced car, a Kia Cee’d . Yet, that wasn’t the best bit. What really capped the episode off was some Jeremy Clarkson stupidity.
Clarkson decided to find out why there aren’t more three-wheeled cars in the world. He set out on a 14-mile journey that was shown to us on a map of Europe in the beginning of the clip. The car he selected to drive was the good old Reliant Robin, the same type of car that was used to build the space shuttle a few years back.
You’ll have to watch the video below to find out what happens, but it was quite amusing. Sorry about the poor video quality, but that’s life on YouTube.
Shadow Hawk Vehicles has announced the Street Hawk "Super Terrain Vehicle", a €1 million vehicle that combines the performances of a road machine with the capabilities of an off road vehicle. It will be limited to just 12 units per year with sales beginning in late 2011 and will be built upon request.
The Street Hawk develops a total of 1100 HP and 1805 lbs-ft and returns a fuel economy of 22mpg. With a total weight of 4,800 lbs, the Shadow Hawk can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds and has a calculated top speed of 208mph. The vehicle is all-wheel-drive and sits 40 inches tall with 15.5 inch wide tires and 22 inch wheels.
Customers will be able to chose from a two door or a four door version as well as being able to choose the exterior color, interior fabrics, satellite systems, five-point harnesses, run flat systems, sleeper, towing packages, right-hand drive, armament, and much more.
Does anyone else think this vehicle looks like a cross between a Hummer and a Winnebago with a killer instinct? Anyone?