meticulously catalogs radio controlled and flywheel powered cars made by East German (DDR) toy makers such as Presu, Elmes, MSW, Anker, Piko, Gevo, Plasticart and Sommermeyer.
posted by riffola
on Jan 7, 2008 -
A window to the world
by car or train. Passingby: Videos uploaded to Youtube, showing various parts of the world, from the vantage point of someone just passing by. (Flash, video, youtube link)
posted by zabuni
on Nov 26, 2007 -
"NATURMOBIL is about to pioneer in the state-of-the-art, first ever advertising promotion by means of traveling around the world with the vehicle that is nature-friendly that preserves the welfare of the beings and the environment. NATURMOBIL will soon to be the byword in every household globally.
" If Fleethorse, LLC meets their modest goals, the world's first advertising-funded horse-powered
car will be followed by horse-powered buses and taxis
posted by ardgedee
on Nov 26, 2007 -
True Cost to Own. The Edmunds Inc. True Cost to Own pricing system calculates the additional costs you may not have included when considering your next vehicle purchase. These extra costs include: depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs. Search below to view the TCO of any vehicle.
posted by srboisvert
on Jul 10, 2007 -
Previously on MetaFilter,
you remember the Plymouth Belvedere
that was buried in a downtown Tulsa time capsule 50 years ago? The Tulsarama!
folks were going to unveil it on Friday, but on opening the vault today they discovered it's full of standing water
. Someone (or his/her descendant) will win this
impending environmental disaster if they correctly guessed Tulsa's 2007 population in 1957.
posted by dw
on Jun 13, 2007 -
What's worse? MySpace or American Idol? How about a website
that finds all the MySpace pages for those aweful
American Idol contestants (you know- the ones we are supposed to laugh at because they suck)?
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Jan 19, 2007 -
is a solar, wind, and plug-in electric-powered "vehicle" making it [theoretically] energy autonomous. While solar vehicles
are not new, this pioneering consumer production model may find a niche market. June 2007, priced starting at 24,000€. Summary.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 16, 2007 -
Is this BMW version
what some were waiting for? I've heard about complaints on hybrid performance. BMW claims to be the best in performance. But did they miss the boat?
posted by wiggles
on Dec 4, 2006 -
invented a water powered car
that estimates showed could travel from one US coast to the other on 22 gallons of water. He shows the in car in operation in this old news clip
. So what ever happened to him? He died after eating at a restaurant on March 21, 1998. An autopsy report showed the cause of death to be poisoning
posted by banished
on Nov 21, 2006 -
The Worlds of David Darling.
British astronomer and science writer David Darling has written over 10,000 articles for three massive online efforts: the Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight
, the Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living
, and a related encyclopedia of concept vehicles
. Though the diversity of entries can be eccentric, and some are quite short, the science seems solid: learn about the illicit corned beef sandwich
of Gus Grissom, peruse a comprehensive set of advanced space propulsion concepts
, and see a terrific illustrated listing of strange land and air vehicles
(don't miss the Peel P50
microcar and the Volvo Gravity Car
posted by blahblahblah
on Oct 16, 2006 -
AcceleRacers: Track Mod
is a fun little Pipe-Dream-esque Flash game in which your object is to manipulate sections of track in order to get each of your six racecars to the finish line inside the time limit. Gets a lot harder as you go up in levels and more obstacles are added. Yes, it is a HotWheels game.
posted by Gator
on Jul 19, 2006 -
On June 15, 1957, a new gold and white 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Coupe was buried in a time capsule in downtown Tulsa, OK.
The car was entombed in a concrete vault beneath the then lawn of city hall as part of Tulsa's semi-centennial.The interment
, forgotten by Chrysler Motors according to one report by a former employee,
is sparking interest largely due to the fact that the car is scheduled to be exhumed on June 15, 2007 as part of Tulsa's centennial celebration.
It was buried to establish the timelessness of Plymouth design, an assertion that has proven both ironically wrong
and ironically right
Oh, the car goes to the person who correctly guessed the population of Tulsa in 2007 at the time the car was buried, or that person's heirs. The problem will be finding them.
posted by VMC
on Jul 11, 2006 -
Torch my ride!
Debt-heavy consumers, finding their pocketbooks unable to support their monstrous gas-guzzlers, are apparently turning to perfectly rational and legal means of debt resolution: insurance fraud. Meanwhile, across the pond, people are are still immolating cars for the more traditional
reason: destroying the evidence. Should you find yourself in either situation any time soon Slate has a handy guide
for you. If you have no such plans however, you may still want to read this
in case your car ignites legitimately. And have a damn good story ready.
posted by baphomet
on Jun 12, 2006 -
Who killed the electric car? [flash]
A documentary film (and flash website) about the mysterious demise of the electric car. The website contains a lot of information about the electric car and other alternative fuel cars in development. The film is coming to a theater near you, if you live in NY or LA. (Ok, actually a few other places.) Watch the trailer
. [embedded qt]
posted by jlub
on Jun 10, 2006 -
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 -
An act of civil obedience.
Kids with cameras drive the speed limit en masse, thereby blocking traffic and raising questions not only about the difference between de facto and de jure speed limits, but also about how incredibly pissed I'd be had I been behind them. [via]
posted by Sticherbeast
on Mar 1, 2006 -
"Q: Is that another car on top?
A: Yes, it's a VW bug."
. A few more (clearer, daylight) photos here
posted by Gator
on Feb 19, 2006 -
The Bugatti Veyron
, according to Jeremy Clarkson on last night's Top Gear
, may well be the Concorde of cars. So Clarkson is a man prone to hyperbole, but this time the facts might just back him up. A throw-away remark from VW boss Ferdinand Piëch became the informal design brief. A 1000 horsepower car capable of the north side of 400kph/250mph. It looks futuristic
, but has the stats to match
. 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. In an acceleration race with a McLaren F1 (the previous fastest supercar), the Veyron can give the F1 a head-start to 120mph, but will still beat it to 200mph. At 250mph, the 100 litre fuel tank will empty in 12 minutes, and you can brake to stand-still in just ten seconds (albeit covering the length of four football pitches in the process). The car will set you back most of UK £1,000,000 but that's barely an indicator: the few that exist are being sold at loss because they "just wanted to see if they could". With an industry facing shifting priorities, there may never be another super-car quite like this.
posted by nthdegx
on Dec 12, 2005 -