Mar 2010 28

From the “that country made a sports car?” files…

 

zenvoa.       Zenvo ST1 – Price TBA but look for seven figures

                i.      Denmark designed and built; we are all familiar with Danish design- Lego, Bang & Olufsen, Louis Vuitton, but Zenvo? 

               ii.      Two door powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbocharged and supercharged V8 that produces 1,105 horsepower but with three power settings- 650hp for grocery store jaunts, 850hp to impress the ladies, and 1105hp to pee your pants.

               iii.      0-60 in just 3.0 seconds and has a top speed that is electronically limited to 233mph.  At that speed, technically it could drive through Denmark in an hour. [..]

Mar 2010 29

Beamer, Benz, or Bentley

bmw m3a.       BMW E46 M3 GTR – $218,000+ (Performance)

i.      4L 8 cylinder V-formation engine producing 450 hp

ii.      Racing version does 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds.

iii.      Cool fact – Electronics superstore including the M-Differential which can adjust how the car performs on the fly; there’s even a mode that locks the rear wheels together in order to perform a kick-ass powerslide.

iv.      The BMW M3 GTR owned the Prototype class in the 1999-2000 seasons.  BMW entered the GT class in 2001, when regulations stated a car must be on sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued.  When BMW replaced the 6 cylinder engine in the M3 with a flat-crank V8 racing engine that could kick a Porsche’s rear bumper, ten GTR’s went on sale for $218k apiece.  Porsche threw a hissy fit and the rules were changed in 2002 to 100 cars and 1000 engines must be built.  Instead of just running with weight and power penalties, BMW dropped out of the ALMS series.  They re-entered the ALMS series in 2009 with an updated version of the M3 GTR. [..]

Jun 2010 03

Drifters

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I just received my media packet to cover this weekend’s Formula Drift event at Wall Speedway in Jersey.  Yeah, I know, I hate traveling to or through Jersey but I’ll make an exception for this type of thing.  The packet is filled with all types of info from how to get your dorky media vest that allows you into the zones on the track where I can get up close and personal (with a mouth full of rubber…) to the hometowns/vehicles of each driver.  There is a humorous little snippet of the demographics of drifting fans as well.  I thought I’d share a few with you:

  • 86% are male
  • 80% are between 16-29 years of age
  • 97% own cell phones (really?  3% still look for payphones?  Even my 86yo grandma uses a cell phone)
  • 90% own gaming systems (because Need for Speed is definitely an accurate simulator of how a car really handles…)
  • 20% may ever try drifting (only about 5% ever should try)
  • 70% enjoy watching the sport (why are the other 30% even bothering then?)
  • 83% of fans own their own car (17% just “borrow” one and practice moves when running from the cops)
Jun 2010 18

Bumper cars

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I have finally settled on two choices for my ideal transportation- helicopter or tank.  The helicopter could propel me above the traffic, far from the idiot drivers who can’t merge or drive slow.  The tank could help me roll right over the same drivers should I decide I have no place to land my copter.  Lately it seems, every time I get behind the wheel, I’m playing defense.  My commute has become more like a jousting tournament, the Medieval Times of avoiding a sword in the form of a Ford F250 or even a butter knife transformed as a Smart car.  The car in front fakes left, goes right (into me?!?!). 

We’ve become a world of multi-tasking, juggling work, family, and friends, all while tweeting about it, yet many of these same ADHD-driven folks can’t seem to signal and make a lane change at the same time.  Really… is it so difficult to look in the rear view mirror every once in awhile?  Can you even do so without veering right or braking, or for any other reason besides fixing your hair or applying lipstick?  Try multi-tasking on the road too!  And I don’t mean applying your mascara while texting a friend for dinner plans and consuming a Big Gulp sized sugar-overloaded iced coffee drink.  Stop playing Monopoly on the road- this is The Game of Life!

Sep 2010 01

(Driving to work this morning) 

What the hell is that noise a few cars ahead of me?  Is that a Neon missing their exhaust manifold? 

Wait!  Now what’s that putrid smell?  Some oil, some coolant, a small brush fire maybe.  I slow a little.

Crap, a sudden plume of smoke similar to that out of a nuclear power plant engulfs both lanes bringing traffic to a standstill.  The Neon engine is throwing up like a sorority girl during Spring Break.  Amazingly, the driver pulls into the right lane but keeps going.  The Neon pukes up its engine for the next half a mile.  The noise disappears.  The driver seems to be contemplating picking his nose with his forefinger or pinkie while he continues to coast (much more slowly) in the right lane.  I guess he’s used to Dodge products…

I’ve seen transmissions blow on all sorts of transportation vehicles, but this is only the second catastrophic engine failure in my vicinity.  The first was a douchebag in a lowered Chevy S10 on a highway in Connecticut.  Said DB was cutting people off between lanes going nowhere in rush hour traffic.  No warning noises, no puff of soot, just a sudden explosion of fluids and smoke before the S10 driver veered off to find a salvage lot.  Karma is a bitch!

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