Ford and Tesla are in Each Other’s Crosshairs as Mild-Mannered Trolling Continues
Ford and Tesla have engaged in some mild-mannered back-and-forth in the past few weeks, so it’s no surprise that when Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted on Twitter about his company’s impressive production volume, Ford Europe CEO Steven Armstrong responded with a zing of his own. Armstrong’s tweet came as a response to Musk’s post about Tesla producing 7,000 cars in seven days. A lot of people were impressed by that number, at least except Armstrong who responded by saying that Ford builds 7,000 cars in four hours.
Vehicle Virgins Goes Full ‘Merica for the Fourth of July: Video
Hello, fellow ‘Mericans. Happy 4th of July to ‘ya. If you have a moment, I’d like to share a video that’s sure to stir your red, white, and blue soul. So put down that fifth burger and take a gander at this holiday-themed video from the fine folks at Vehicle Virgins.
We like it for a few reasons. First up, it’s short and right to the point, taking just two-and-a-half minutes to run its course. But oh, what a ride it is - the entirety of the video showcases one rather patriotic countryman as he mounts the bed of a diesel-powered pickup, twisting and turning through a dirt road behind a farm, flag in one hand, case of light beer between his legs, and the spirit of a bald eagle flying in his heart. No words are needed, just the Star Spangled Banner playing in the background to guide him on his way.
Seriously, the only thing this moving film is lacking is a rousing burst of gunfire and a few explosions. Still, it’s worth a watch all the same.
Off Topic – Watch A Pair of Porta-a-Johns Take Flight
Okay, we know it’s off-topic, but when the whole TopSpeed headquarters hits the floor laughing at a video, we can’t help but share it with our loyal readers. In this case, we’re talking about a video of two porta-a-johns take flight spraying their sweet, sweet mist into the air to grace the faces of those watching from the ground below.
The situation took place in the Denver Metro area, and despite the somewhat clear skies, the Gods decided to unleash what we can only describe as gale-force winds. Okay, maybe they weren’t that bad, but for a relatively clear day with no sign of a storm in sight, the wind kicked up enough to topple a massive tent and throw this pair of porta-thrones about like a couple pieces of paper. They bounce off the rear end of one SUV, then transcend into the heavens, blowing their lovely blue mist as if they were a Space X rocket venting before takeoff.
According to KTBS news agency in Denver, there was – fortunately – nobody in either toilet when the took flight, and nobody on the ground was hurt, either. That’s awesome and all, but there were certainly a lot of people who needed one hell of a shower and will probably be scared of ever entering one of these grey boxes of death ever again. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as it could be, right?
One Man’s Turbine-Powered Scooter Creates the Biggest Smile Ever - Video
YouTube Fabricator, Colin Furze, has built all kinds of things, but his latest creation hits us right in the feels – a fan-powered scooter for none other than his five-year-old son. His latest creation is a little different from the BMW hot tub of the weaponized rickshaw, but it’s pretty damn cool, and as you’ll see from the unbelievably happy face on his son when the project is done, it might be the best thing he’s ever built.
The video shows the whole process from start to finish, including the test run when his son’s face lights up with the biggest smile the world has ever seen. Furze even made it a point to make the fan-turbine remote controlled because his son will “go crazy and drive it straight into the neighbor’s car.” Parenting at its best, right? It might be a homemade project, but it looks pretty cool and, needless to say, it’s as functional as can be. As for range and actual thrust, Furze has yet to figure all of that out but none of that really matters to the five-year-old it is built for, anyway.
The best part is, Furze says he’s building an even faster and more powerful model for adults – one with a gas turbine from turbocharge parts. Now that in itself sounds absolutely amazing, but go ahead and watch this video for now. If the look on his son’s face doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
Dummy Destroys a Car Wash Because They Can’t Follow Simple Directions
Going to an automated car wash should be about the easiest thing you have to do in life. It’s easy – you either pull up to a predetermined location, put the car in neutral, and let it do its thing or you pull up to a certain spot and remain there while the machine works around you. It’s not rocket science and it doesn’t take a fifth-grade education. But, not all people live in the bright row of the crayon box as you’ll see from this video below.
Simple catastrophe could have been prevented had the driver of this car just followed the instructions. Instead, they decided to drive forward and backward through the car wash, eventually getting hooked on the top brush. Instead of just driving out of the wash as common sense (hopefully) told them to do, they decided to back up. In doing so, the car pulled on that top brush and the machine came right down, crushing the back of the car.
Now, unless this was a mobster with someone in the truck, it’s unlikely that anyone was hurt as the machine hit the very rear of the car. But, this could have turned out much worse than it really was. The whole time watching the video my eyes couldn’t ignore that flashing light that says “stop” so it leads us to wonder just what the driver was thinking. The video is rather short and there’s no telling what happens after the machine crushes the car, but you can be sure there was an interesting conversation between the owner and driver. Check out this bit of craziness below and let us know what you think!
It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to get a boat into the water. One could even argue that it doesn’t take a lot of common sense, yet here we are looking at a nice long video of people who just can’t seem to get it right. Some people lose their vehicle to the slippery slope; others can’t seem to get that boat back on the trailer. Either way, it’s stuff like this that’s always fun to laugh at, so go ahead and click play. Enjoy yourself and have a good chuckle while you’re at it.
Drunk Concert Goer Gets Her Head Stuck in the Most Unbelievable Place
A young woman in Minnesota got her head stuck inside an exhaust tip, forcing the local fire department to cut the tailpipe off just to get her out of the strange predicament. The ordeal — if you can even call it that — took place at the Winstock Country Music Festival
Details are still unclear on how the girl’s head ended up inside the exhaust of a first-generation Chevrolet Silverado or why the girl was even in the vicinity of the truck, to begin with. According to reports, the young lady was reportedly intoxicated when the incident occurred, putting a lot of questions about the whole thing into perspective. Fortunately for her, the Winsted Fire Department was called in to help extract her head out of the exhaust pipe. A power saw was reportedly used in cutting the tailpipe, which led to the girl getting her head out of the exhaust pipe.
The McLeod County Sherriff’s Department also confirmed that the young lady was cited for underage drinking and was escorted out of the concert grounds once her head was removed from the exhaust pipe. To make this story even more unbelievable than it already is, the fire chief spoke to local media outlets and said that he had heard that it was the second time the young woman put her head in the tailpipe during the event. Apparently, she was able to get out the first time, which probably led to her thinking that she could do it again.
We had no plans to reveal the identity of the girl, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. She did it herself when she posted on Facebook, admitting that she was “the tailpipe girl.”
Make good choices, young lady. Make good choices.
If It Comes Down To Paying Your Car Loan Or Your Cell Phone, You’ll Probably Choose Your Phone
Let this video serve as a reminder of why you shouldn’t be an asshole driver. I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes it’s fun to see karma come back around to some idiot that desperately deserves a big healthy dose of it. Check out the video for yourself.
Some fails are funny and others; well, you just have to wonder how these people have managed to live as long as they have to end up in this video. Either way, give it a watch. There’s some good laughs here!
Oh, and by the way, if you must pull a car for whatever reason, make sure you don’t tie your pull strap a plastic bumper or the front fender!
Thieves Drive Away With At Least 10 Ram Pickups in Cluster Vehicle Theft From FCA’s Warren Lot
FCA is out at least 10 Ram 1500 pickups after a whole band of thieves committed a cluster theft at the company’s Warren lot. It all started with the theft of one pickup truck from a driveway in the area. From there, a whole band of thieves loaded up into the truck bed and drove to the lot. Once there, they cut a hole in the fence, everyone offloaded, and before security even knew what was going on, they were staring at a convoy of brand-new 2018 Ram pickups driving away into the night, never to be seen again (well, so far, anyway)
It sounds a lot like a Gone in 60 Seconds type theft and, as reported by the Detroit Free Press, it’s actually far from being the first of its type. Warren Police Commissioner, Bill Dwyer, said that while it’s not unheard of, it’s very unusual for this kind of theft to include such a high number of vehicles stolen. He said there were likely at least 10 people in the bed of the initially stolen truck. It’s still unknown whether the thieves are targeting various parts of each truck or the trucks themselves, but it’s believed to be part of a mass order with buyers already lined up.
“All these things took days, weeks, months of planning," he said. "Once you get the vehicles, you’ve got to have a buyer. This definitely sounds like an order. Sounds like the kind of theft where they immediately could be taken to a port, put into a container and shipped offshore."
And, the worst part is that even if the trucks aren’t on their way to their illegitimate owners yet, FCA isn’t really working with police to solve the problem. The company obviously has to perform its own internal investigation and can’t even disclose if the keys were stored inside the stolen vehicles. This, in turn, is frustrating police who have yet to hear back from FCA amid the fact that there’s an ongoing investigation.
Warren police are offering up a reward of an undisclosed amount and, if you happen to have any information that can lead to the apprehension of those responsible for the theft, you should call 586-574-4800.
Kansas Man Arrested Trying to Make Sweet Sweet Love to a Car
There’s something to be said about getting drunk and ending up in bed with a random stranger. It happens quite frequently. But, to get drunk and have sex with a car? Seems a little outrageous, right? Be that as it may, it actually happened just a few days ago. The police department of Newton, Kansas received a call about a naked man lying under a car. Upon arrival, the 24-year-old man wasn’t only naked but was attempting to have sex with the car. According to Lt. Scott Powell of the aforementioned police department, the man “was attempting to stick his penis into the tailpipe of the vehicle.”
To make matters even worse.. or ahem.. stranger, the man wouldn’t even respond to officers. He was apparently high on some kind of drugs, and he was drunk too. Drunk to the point that his blood alcohol level was registered at .35. The man was practically incoherent. In the end, officers on the scene tasered him and took him to the emergency room. It should also be noted that the man had a head injury that was apparently inflicted prior to his rather off interaction with police that night. In the end, the man will likely be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior which is a misdemeanor in the state of Kansas.
So that begs the question: How drunk is too drunk and how far will you go to get your jollies off in an inebriated state?
In case you missed it, SpaceX (Elon Musk’s extra-curricular after-school space program) successfully put a first-generation Tesla Roadster into space last February, proving it’s new Falcon Heavy rocket had what it took to deliver its payload into the great beyond. Impressive stuff, no doubt about it. But, as you might expect, SpaceX hit a few bumps on the road to the successful launch of the Falcon Heavy, and the the results of those bumps are spectacular, to say the least.
One of the most impressive things about the SpaceX program is its reusable rocket system, which includes self-landing boosters that actually manage to find themselves back on terra firma in an upright position. Making such a feat possible was a series of incidents SpaceX has classified as “rapid unscheduled disassembly” events, several of which are highlighted in the above two-minute video.
Of course, it bears mentioning that the Falcon Heavy still needs some work. You see, the core rocket had a bit of an incident after its trip into space, missing the recovery drone ship by about 300 feet and making contact with the Atlantic Ocean at about 300 mph, subsequently “[showering] the deck with shrapnel,” according to Musk.
But hey, no one ever said rocket science was easy, and until the systems are perfected, we can expect entertaining videos like these showcasing the accumulation of some very expensive piles of smoldering rubble.
April Fool’s Round-Up: Automakers Go All-Out With The Pranks
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and as you might have expected, a number of automakers spent the occasion trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Some of them worked while others didn’t. Some got us thinking if the pranks were real - or we wish they were real - while others flamed out because they were too obvious from the very beginning. Still, it was a good day to check out what kind of absurdity we had coming our way. If you missed out on all the April Fool’s pranks that these auto brands came out with, well, we got you, fam.
Nissan To Produce 370Z Until The End Of Time
First introduced back in 1969 as the Datsun 240Z, Nissan has produced six generations of its iconic Z car, with the latest Z34-gen 370Z arriving in late 2008 for the 2009 model year. Despite strong demand from enthusiasts around the world, Nissan has yet to update the popular sports car past the existing 370Z generation, and now, according to an anonymous insider, it’s looking like Nissan could keep it in limbo until the end of time.
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