June 23rd, 2011
The Russian elite's road rage is quite something, apparently:
When confronted with the growing public outrage over his behavior on the roads, Oscar-winning Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov retold an old pre-revolutionary joke. "A peasant nursed and nursed his anger at his master," Mikhalkov said, "but the master didn't know shit about it." Last month, when Mikhalkov was finally stripped of his migalka — a blue VIP car siren that, when turned on, allows the driver to circumvent all traffic laws — his public bitching about the loss seemed to know no bounds. And it's not hard to understand why: With that blue light flashing, a driver can cut through traffic like an ambulance, and everyone else must scatter.
January 12th, 2011
Just how fast are Formula 1 cars?
In their defence, I must point out that the road cars sound a lot better.
July 3rd, 2010
My first thought upon seeing these photos of a restored 1948 Buick Streamliner was – and I mean this as the highest of compliments – that it looks as if it was rendered by Pixar, most likely for The Incredibles.
Can't you just see the Streamliner as Bob Parr's Batmobile?
January 14th, 2009
Barack Obama's new car is pretty rugged:
Obama's Cadillac has several high tech features, including
- It can withstand rocket impacts and it's perfectly sealed against biochemical attacks.
- Petrol tank: Can withstand a direct hit thanks to a special foam and armor-plating.
- Bodywork: made of dual hardness steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramics to "break up posible projectiles".
- Tyres: Kevlar-reinforced with steel rims underneath so it can run away no matter what.
- Accessories include: Night vision cameras, pump-action shotguns, tear gas cannons.
- Comes with bottles of blood compatible with the President's blood.
I hope that a matching blood supply is being carried in one of the cars following the presidential limousine; by the sound of things any attack capable of getting past all that armour and drawing blood from the president would probably shake up the presidential vehicle's mobile blood bank up to and beyond breaking point along the way.
John Naughton observes that, given the car's poor performance,
This is one the Top Gear headbangers won't be reviewing. I beg to differ: I'm sure Messrs Clarkson, May and Hammond would love to play with it. First they'd play Car Darts with it, then they'd try to cross the Channel, and finally they'd drive it in the wake of a Boeing 747 at full throttle to find out whether it'd roll more times than a Citroën 2CV. Unlike most of the cars they play with, it'd probably survive the experience in one piece.
[Via Memex 1.1]