Posted on 16 January 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski
Is this or is this not the the coolest Porsche 911 you’ve ever seen? The answer (to both) is YES. I love this thing, in a horrified kind of way. It’s the little details that ensure you’ll survive the zombie apocalypse. Rope? Check. Pickaxe? Check. Winch and nobby tires? Check and check. And if my eyes don’t deceive me, it would appear to be slightly lifted. From the matte olive paint job to the extra headlights, this beast is ready for a rumble.
I think we need to start a petition that all new apocalyptic movies need to include a hardened sports car like this. How much better would 2012 have been if John Cusack had been driving an RX-7 with a gun-turret? Or imagine a monster truck Lambo in Zombieland. Let’s make this happen.
Very little is known about the providence of this build or what motivated it, but to whoever put in the time – WELL DONE. Because Porsche saw fit to take 911′s rallying in the 70′s, we know they work off-road just as well as on. I’m starting to dream of a garage full of nothing but customized 911s. From your basic 2.7RS Clone to a 911 Rat Rod to this thing. My dreams are starting to get expensive, and apocalyptic.
Source: Flat Sixes
Posted on 04 December 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
If you have an old-fashioned drunk uncle (or ARE the drunk uncle) you may want to have him leave the room. Or at least not look at this screen; yeah, that would probably also work. The reason you’re being a screen hog is because a Japanese car company currently makes the most “American” car on sale today. Gasp!
You see, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 85% of the Toyota Avalon is American made, which bests all other manufacturers allowing Toyota to claim the title of Most ‘Muhrican. To anyone who has even attempted to follow the auto industry, this should come as no major surprise. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see some Senate investigation into how GM could have let this happen, especially since Obama is the CEO (or something).
Whether you’re a Senator or not, lets just all remember that this Avalon mean American jobs and American economies in American Towns, where you can eat American cheese. To hear some great background and analysis on this industry trend, check out NPR’s Weekend Edition who did a story you’ll find here. It is now safe to switch your screen back to a non-soccer sport and invite your drunk uncle back into the room.
- Adam Kaslikowski
Posted on 03 December 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
DeLorean has gone and found themselves a “barn find” somewhere in California. Little is known about the car, but DeLorean posted this image onto their Facebook page with a rather tantalizing message. It would seem that DMC corporate is going to rebuild this forlorn car back to its 80′s glory. Good speed you silver oddity. See their post here.
- Adam Kaslikowski
Posted on 12 November 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
A new app in the iTunes store promises to give you the upper hand the next time you plan on selling or buying a car. Vinny wants to be “your buddy in the used car business” by removing the information gap between consumers and dealers. The app was created by a team who recently had trouble buying a used car, and decided to fix the problem for themselves and others.
The process goes like this: You scan the VIN barcode in the driver’s door frame with Vinny and the app pulls up the wholesale price (within 5%) allowing you to “negotiate with confidence.” Vinny claims to be on the side of consumer and promises to never sell user data. On top of the free wholesale price, Vinny will also let you purchase a vehicle history report while within the app. Their goal is to replace the CARFAX and Kelly Blue Books of the world by remaining consumer-centric rather than dealer focused.
Best of all? It’s free. Download it, give it whirl, and tell us what you think in the comments below. Even if you’re not planning on selling your current vehicle, you can at least know exactly what it’s worth the next time someone calls it a piece of junk.
- Adam Kaslikowski
Posted on 21 September 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
Goodyear has just done its part in helping us all move into the future by showing off their new technology of self-inflating tires. The technology was shown at the 2012 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Commercial Vehicle Show this month in Germany. The pilot program in 2013 will be exclusively commercial truck tires, but Goodyear says that commercial tires are actually more difficult to use with this technology given their high pressures, long miles, and likelihood of retreading. The company gave no expected time frame for when this will make it’s way to the public, but expect it to still be years away.
The technology itself is beautifully simple (as explained in the diagram to the right). If the tire’s PSI drops below a prescribed amount, the external valve opens and allows air to rush in to a small tube within the tire. The localized pressure at the bottom of the wheel flattens the small tube and pushes air as it rolls (just like squeezing a toothpaste tube) through an inner valve and into the main tire, thus adding air and adding pressure until it once again achieves it predetermined level when the outside valve shuts. Easy.
Goodyear is not the first company to use this elegant design for inflating tires. PumpTire popped up on Kickstarter some time ago with this same idea for bicycle tires and have been plugging away at it ever since. Sorry, those two tire puns were an accident. I’m sure there have also been a few other examples of inventing types trying to make our automotive lives just a little bit easier, but Goodyear’s announcement shows the first real hope of this technology coming to car near you soon.
- Adam Kaslikowski
Posted on 19 September 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
Hot off the presses and into my email inbox, a company called GoSmart has just announced their latest “smart” product – the GoSmart Clip. Feast your eyes on the magnificence and let your mind wander on what could possibly go wrong while trying to use this AND driving at the same time. But don’t let your petty fears disuade you from buying this fine product, for it is also available for your shopping cart or golf cart! Welcome to the 21st century ladies and gentlemen.
- Adam Kaslikowski
Posted on 23 August 2012 by Adam Kaslikowski
Those of you who follow DrivingScene regularly will know that we just relocated to LA to explore the deep and varied 31 flavors of car culture here. Those of you who are new here, welcome! Take your coat off, stay awhile. How are you? Oh yeah? Good. That’s really…what? Oh, that’s too bad. I’m sure it will turn around though. She did?!?! Hahaha, that’s hilarious. Alright well…I really gotta get back to this now.
Anyway, California is well known for its storied driving roads – from Hollywood vistas to the Pacific Coast Highway. Whether you’re looking for high-speed canyon carving or a relaxing cruise through ritzy neighborhoods, Cali has got you covered. Desert to redwoods, ocean to cities it’s all here. We have taken it upon ourselves to explore and document as many of these routes as possible in the short life we auto journalists have. We’re going to use every test drive as an opportunity to try out a new canyon route or scenic drive and report back to you whether it was good, bad, or just plain ugly.
We’re also introducing a new feature to our vehicle reviews called “soundtrack.” This will include whichever song/album/playlist perfectly fits with whatever vehicle we’re hooning that week. Just imagine the sheer rightness of listening to AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells while climbing into a Hummer H2 and you get the idea. It just fits. We’ll be including this in our all our car reviews going forward, and encourage you to respond in our comments section with more songs that you think fit a particular automobile. That’s all for now, go forth and happy driving.