is a tumblr devoted to images of chrome: the lettering, logos, and ornaments adorning old automobiles (and bicycles and cameras and appliances).
posted by gamera
on May 23, 2012 -
The Supercharger was a fantastic innovation, but it has its downsides. Volkswagen tried solving them by adding both a Supercharger and a Turbocharger, in their TSI engines
, but this solution is relatively expensive.
Perhaps the new invention by Atonov has merit. Instead of using a standard Roots supercharger
, it uses a more efficient centrifugal supercharger
, and adding a small two-speed automatic transmission
to the loop, ensuring that the engine operates on boost throughout the rev range.
It may not sound like much, but it may change the way superchargers are working forever, allowing smaller engines with higher performance, or adding obscene amounts of power to large engines
posted by SharQ
on May 5, 2006 -
Pssst! Wanna Buy A Reliable, Second-Hand Car?
You could do worse than start with Honest John
, a plain-speaking, fiercely independent Cockney motor car wonk who'll see you right, no problem. If you're obsessive about reliability, i.e. don't have the time or inclination to look after your wheels and just want the damn thing to get you from A to B and back again, check out the often surprising Reliability Index
for the most
and least trustworthy
automobiles. [Eurocentric warning! Btw, what are the most reliable independent car guides - preferably free and online - in the U.S, Canada, etc?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 20, 2003 -
This and other pro-small billboards are popping up in downtown Atlanta. No doubt they have cousins (little ones, I'm sure) springing up in your cities. I couldn't believe my eyes, because the billboards seemed to be promoting the ever-so-British Mini Cooper
The Mini is... well... just like it says, the veritable opposite of the stereotypical American SUV. Yes, it is the type of car Mr Bean
would drive. But when you see them in their natural Anglo habitat, you can't help but notice they're just perfectly suited to zipping to and from wherever. The site lets you find a dealer, build your own Mini and save it for future reference. The catch is that you have to fill out an opt-in form, but with lines like this as part of your agreement, how could you resist?"- I agree to chase squirrels around the park now and then and giggle like a madman while doing it."
Yeah. I want one. But will the American public?
posted by grabbingsand
on Mar 14, 2002 -