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Latest Russian Military Hovercraft [Insert Dolph Lundgren Quip Here]

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 2:09PM | By: Chris Salamone

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A country famous for implementing the world’s largest military hovercraft, the SR-N4, has created a new hovering killing machine. Caught during the filming of an upcoming Russian movie, made by an appropriately-named studio ‘Lenfilm’, this newest Russian military-grade hovercraft makes short work of sand, mud, and even choppy surf. Fans of the soon-to-be Red Dawn remake won’t be disappointed to hear that Russia still values the heady stench of glory with their Christy 6143 hovercraft, designed specifically for Special Forces operations “of any complexity.”

BMW MicroNavigation To Build On GPS

On: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 12:33PM | By: Chris Weiss

BMW MicroNavigation To Build On GPS test 2

As much of a boon as GPS has been, there's definitely room for it to improve. Adding more accuracy, more updated infrastructure information and points of interest and gaining more information about roads themselves are a few of the ways I could see GPS improving. I imagine one day in the future, GPS will be able to automatically tell you when the speed limit changes, warn you of pot holes or impending hazards and help you navigate your way around shopping complexes and other micro systems.

BMW, which has been just teeming with technology lately, provided a look at one of the new features that it will use to enhance the functionality of its navigation systems. Another aspect of ConnectedDrive, it's called microNavigation and it will help to make your drive as efficient as possible.

Racing The Top Of The World: Red Bull F1 Rides The Himalayas

On: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:21AM | By: Chris Weiss

Racing the Top of the World: Red Bull F1 Rides the Himalayas test 2

There are some automotive events that are news because of their sheer importance to or greatness within the genre--things like the discovery of a new ultra-clean fuel or the revival of a classic, iconic automobile. Then there are automotive events that are news because they make for such damn good videos.

There's really nothing all that important about being the first F1 team to drive the world's highest road--F1 cars were made to race flat tracks, right? But, seeing a low-to-the-ground race car climbing its way up a road in the world's highest mountains is definitely unique and intriguing enough to make it a headline.

Video: 1,800-HP Dune Buggy Rips Sand

On: Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Chris Weiss

Video: 1,800-HP Dune Buggy Rips Sand test 2

All out dune buggy action is pretty fun to watch no matter what, but when the buggy has an absolutely monstrous V-8 engine strapped to the back, it's even more fun. This video takes you to some coastal dunes to watch one of the most suped-up bugs you're likely to ever see take on the sand.

Typically I'm too ADD to watch a Web video for more than four minutes, but this 14-minute clip that has been making its way around the blogosphere is worth sitting tight for. The video is basically all about a fun-lovin' joy ride on the Oceano Dunes in Pismo Beach, California. That would be worth about two or three minutes of my time, tops, if it wasn't for the fact that the vehicle of choice is a completely overpowered 1,800-hp beast of a dune buggy.


Shoom! Heathrow Puts Laser-Guided Pods To Work

On: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 2:10PM | By: Chris Salamone

ULTra Pod System at London's Heathrow test 2

It’s no secret that airport efficiency has become something of an impossible dream in the last decade. And yet, the BAA (British Airport Authority) recently commissioned an automated, battery-powered pod system named ULTra intended to minimize traveler transport time while simultaneously reducing airport costs. Starting with London’s Heathrow Airport, the first phase of the ULTra network will initially connect two car parks with Terminal 5. Total travel time is about 5-6 minutes, over 1.2 miles.

Reuters reports that a seemingly-futuristic pod system has been something of a dream for British engineers over the last 60 years. Back in 2003, those bleary-eyed dreamers received some vindication. The BAA formally evaluated the long-term transportation needs of Heathrow to ascertain options with (1) low emissions, (2) high level-of-service, (3) efficient use of space, and (4) value. The study’s conclusion: pods are the only practical solution, “providing a 60% improvement in travel time and 40% operating cost savings” over traditional rail or bus options. After years of planning and negotiation, in 2009, BAA and ULTra PRT finally entered into an operating and maintenance contract intended to last 20 years.

Car Movie Review: Drive

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: David Walter

Car Movie Review: Drive test 2

The protagonist in Drive (played by Ryan Gosling), whose name is never actually mentioned, rarely speaks or shows his emotions—that is, if he actually has any. Most of his days are spent either on a Hollywood movie set as a stunt driver or in a garage as a mechanic. But at night, he's an expert getaway driver. The Driver's lack of emotion and detachment from any sort of social life are what makes him so great at what he does. He never stays in one place very long and doesn't associate with anyone other than the owner of the garage (Bryan Cranston). Drama ensues when, after moving into a new temporary apartment, he can't help failing for his new neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan)—mother of six-year-old Benicio.

Sound a little cheesy to you? I thought so too. So when I went to go see it last night, I didn't have very high expectations for it.

Turns out I was wrong.

Wanderlust Glory At Overland Expo 2012

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:26AM | By: Chris Salamone

Wanderlust Glory At Overland Expo 2012 test 2

Occasionally, an event so exciting, so dramatic, and bizarrely authentic graces the average auto enthusiast’s agenda. As a result, months of planning and preparation go into a single quasi-religious-type migration. For some, that trip might be to the Concours, and for others it could be Indy. But not all gearheads are sated by mere spectator events alone.

Queue: Aaron Copland’s Rodeo.

The Overland Expo, or OX as it’s affectionately called, is an adventurers' carnival: a three-day feast of workshops, exhibitions, and camping, topped off with a travel film festival. Fortunately for us, OX 2012 has been slotted for May 18 -20, leaving ample time to refine our adventuremobiles and work a nice crease into our safari hats.

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ferrari Grudge Match: 599 GTB Takes On The F40 test 2

Next year, Ferrari will unveil two new cars: a replacement for the 599 GTB, Ferrari's current coupe flagship, and an all-new Enzo. For Ferrari fans, 2012 will be a banner year. But for the 599 and its successor, it will be a bit bittersweet because they'll lose the flagship role to the more exotic Enzo successor.

Well, the 599 GTB is going out with more than a whimper. The car recently took its frustration out on one of the Enzo's predecessors: the F40. The two cars battled it out in what Ferrari calls a "fictional race." Looks plenty real to us.

Fred Flintstone Would Be Proud: Pedal-Powered Hyundai Azera

On: Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss

Pedal-Powered Hyundai Azera test 2

Now that Hyundai has pulled a successful 180 on its image, it can barely build its cars fast enough. When you experience great success, you have a little extra time and money to invest in the finer things in life (though Hyundai might want to think about beefing up its production capacity instead). And sometimes the finer things in life are quirky, fun projects.

Hyundai's China team recently hit the street with a life-sized Hyundai Azera that traded an engine for a pedal-powered drivetrain. Talk all you want about the 40 mpg, this baby is as clean as it gets.

Nissan Mates Man And Machine

On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Chris Salamone

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Year after year, car manufacturers improve vehicle ‘safety’ with new technologies developed after incredible investment into research and development. But at what cost? Do drivers really want a seven-speed automatic transmission for smooth shifting or scores of multi-directional airbags adding precious weight to an already bloated ride? Who knows, but most people can agree that any automotive technology improvements are usually exciting—regardless of how practical they might be. Unfortunately, Nissan’s new plan to develop hands-free R&D driving technology rides the same fine line of an exciting development mixed with questionable practicality.  

After determining your driving patters, Nissan’s ‘car of tomorrow’ will be able to predict your next move. In theory, as the driver thinks about turning right the vehicle will prepare itself to turn, choosing the proper speed and road position for you.

Audi And FX Unveil Their Odd "Untitled Jersey City Project"

On: Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 2:42PM | By: Andrew W Davis

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I'm confused.

Audi and FX Networks have posted all eight installments—or "eight short-form episodes" that are "fragments of a larger story"—of their "Untitled Jersey City Project", a, um... project they plan to show on television as "eight, two-minute episodes during FX's Sunday primetime movies." But this is not the confusing part.

This is: It is described in press releases as a "jointly developed 16-minute short-form original drama featuring the all-new 2012 Audi A6", though it is actually a rotten Sopranos/Brotherhood rip-off that offers more screen time to the now-passed Ford Crown Victoria than any Audi (and when it DOES show the Audi it's being driven recklessly). Wait a second...