Even CEO Elon Musk thinks Tesla Motors Inc.’s stock is overvalued.
“2014 Ford Shelby GT500”
The ultimate Mustang – the 2014 Ford Shelby GT500 – raises the bar high on performance with the most powerful production V8 engine in the world delivering 662 horsepower and a top speed of more than 200 mph.
While not an electric/hybrid car, you have to respect the Ford Mustang as it is single-handedly responsible for setting the American benchmark for sportscars. I do hope that it too shall join the ranks of other cars making the transition to hybrid/electric car status. It would be a shame to let the image die only because its powertrain isn’t a traditional exclusive internal-combustion engine.
Besides, that’s just a beautifully rendered wallpaper. ^_^
“Volvo Concept Coupe may see limited production”
Despite the impressive production debuts from Porsche and BMW at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show - the918 Spyder and the i8, respectively - there was one car that captured the attention of the press and the public alike, enough so that we awarded it our overall top pick of the show: the Volvo Concept Coupe. Most concepts never make it to production, but the car’s reception has been so positive that Volvo’s board of directors is considering to produce it in limited quantities, Auto Bild reports. Italian coachbuilder Bertone could handle the limited production run.
Styled after the classic P1800, the Volvo concept was similar to the new Porsche and BMW in that it was equipped with a high-performance hybrid drivetrain. But Volvo took a different route from there, giving the sleek coupe a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor at the rear axle. All in, the combo is good for 400 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque.
“We chose to call this model LaFerrari,” declared Ferrari’s President, Luca di Montezemolo, “because it is the maximum expression of what defines our company – excellence. Excellence in terms of technological innovation, performance, visionary styling and the sheer thrill of driving. Aimed at our collectors, this is a truly extraordinary car which encompasses advanced solutions that, in the future, will find their way onto the rest of the range, and it represents the benchmark for the entire automotive industry. LaFerrari is the finest expression of our company’s unique, unparalleled engineering and design know-how, including that acquired in Formula 1.”
For Ferrari the development of a limited-series special like the LaFerrari represents an opportunity to experiment with all the technological solutions that will later filter down onto the production cars. Of particular significance in this context is the introduction of the hybrid system which, making full use of the Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 KERS know-how, has resulted in a solution that exalts Ferrari’s fundamental values – performance and driving thrills. The hybrid technology used, known as HY-KERS, represents the perfect combination of maximum performance and lower emissions. LaFerrari in fact emits just 330 g/km of CO2 but without resorting to electric-only drive which would not fit the mission of this model. The HY-KERS system is, however, designed so that in future applications a car can be driven using exclusively electric power for a few kilometres and, during development testing, a full-electric version of LaFerrari achieved just 220 g/km of C02 emissions on the combined cycle.
Chickens are like nature’s steady-cams. They posses a remarkable ability to keep their heads stable even as their bodies move around. And it all has to do with their eyes.
The anatomic feature is demonstrated to great effect in this newly released Mercedes commercial, which is presumably for some stability feature.
Pretty cool, right? Chickens – like most birds – lack the eye-control necessary to keep their gaze fixed on a stationary object while the rest of their body is moving. In humans, these compensatory adjustments are handled by the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), an involuntary eye-movement that keeps your vision stabilized when you move your head. Lacking the oculomotor control that we humans possess, chickens have evolved to offload these compensatory adjustments to the muscles of the head and neck, instead. The result, as you now know, looks like this:
Or like this:
Lots of birds do this. If you’ve ever seen a pigeon bob its head as it walked around, you’ve seen a bird compensate for the movement of its body for the sake of its vision (or, in scientist speak, you’ve seen "an optokinetic response to stabilize the retinal image"). Remember the Rotate Your Owl video? Same thing.
“2014 Porsche 918 Spyder - Jay Leno’s Garage”
Frank Walliser walks Jay through the new super sports hybrid that Porsche says will act as the “gene pool” for its sports cars of the future.
For those that don’t know, Porsche’s very first car was actually a hybrid built in 1900.
It’s quite amazing to see this hybrid come full-circle.
As Leno puts it, “this is the future of the supercar”. I couldn’t agree more.
Emissions from transportation, industry, power generation cause 200,000 premature deaths in the US each year, MIT study says.