Archives For July 2012

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, much like the one involved in the Le Mans wreck.
Credit: Wikipedia

It would be sooooooo awesome to own one of the most expensive cars in the world … until this happens.

There are bad days, and then there are BAD days — and then there is the day that you crash your Ferrari (one of the rarest, most expensive Maranello models that exists, no less) — that clocks in at a cool $31 million.

Yeah, that’s just a really, reeeeeeaaaaallly bad … day.

Try not to immediately drop dead the second that you contemplate it, but the model is one of only about 39 other Ferrari 250 GTOs of its like in existence.

Last weekend, U.S. entrepreneur Chris Cox suffered the cash-heavy crack-up at a parade of the super-rare Ferrari 250 GTOs in France. The pricey parade led right up to the Le Mans Classic.

Cox’s wife also broke her leg and two people aboard the other car involved in the costly crash were hospitalized.

We are very, very grateful to hear that no one died in the wealth-sucking wreck (other than perhaps our ability not to throw up when thinking about how much money went into Le Bidet in the streets of France last weekend).

No word yet on whether the dream car can be reconstructed.

Read More: Priciest Accident Ever? $31 Million Ferrari Crashes in France

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Well, here’s your mystery video for today.

Watch how the car bonet on this blue jalopy suddenly flips up while the vehicle is motoring along at high speed along the highway.

OK, so let’s just admit right now, there are a number of … peculiar things about this video.

Number one, there are definitely a weird amount of motorcycles puttering along throughout the whole thing.

Even more, how in the heck does the camera suddenly move when it’s inside the car, coincidentally at the exact second that the hood flips?

One of the YouTube posts that captured the bizarre bonet-flip, claimed to have found all the answers:

“This car use to be owned by a mechanic who tragically died while working on this car. He returned as a ghost and decided to change the oil while the car was in motion. The ghost panic’d and moved the camera to save himself from the embarrassment.”

The driver jumps out at the end of the video, investigates the calamity and secures the hood back in place. He looks a bit confused and out-of-it — we’d be even more scared to see that if we really could believe that this this whole episode was spontaneous.

Check out the whole video here:

Transportation tracking technologies, like all mobile communications and other technology, has made significant advancements in the past few years … BIG advancements.

The car you drive today is definitely NOT your father’s Oldsmobile, that brand being phased out in 2004 and then fading into history with GM’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization. It’s all part of ongoing change and evolution.

Regardless of the kind of car you drive, classic or modern, if you’ve got Viper on board you know communication with your car today is already shockingly advanced — and only going to get even more so as the technology further evolves.

Nearly every new vehicle you’d drive off a lot today has some kind of built-in mobile infomatics, also called Telematics for managing information within the vehicle. Telematics systems are integrated within on-board electronics and can be supplemented with aftermarket devices for sharing information through smartphones, alarm monitoring systems, GPS navigation, crash notification, or insurance applications for reporting and rewarding good driving behavior.

If you’re a good driver, you can PROVE it, and your insurance company may give you a discounted rate for sharing your driving history, rather than a higher flat rate insurance that you pay now, whether you drive your car very much or not.

Check out this article from last week on techradar.com in the U.K. It’s predicting that all of us will be benefiting from Telematics or working with the technology in our cars in the very near future. This is the kind of technology that should help U.S. drivers receive incentives to drive more carefully and ultimately save money and save lives.

Insurance Telematics is already standard business practice in many countries, including Italy, Spain and the U.K. For claims investigations, having detailed crash data reported through the vehicle in real-time at the moment of the event saves considerable time and cost for insurers.

Those drivers willing to share this information can settle their claims more quickly and inexpensively, since the insurer can direct investigation and repairs immediately and more accurately apportion “blame” to specific drivers. It’s always the OTHER driver’s fault … the one driving the bright red Oldsmobile, right?

With Telematics on board, we’ll know for sure.

Rob Martin is a former D.C. lobbyist and executive of the national emergency dispatch and 9-1-1 associations, now a telematics advocate settled in sunny SoCal and leading North American Operations for Octo Telematics. Safe drivers can create the future of auto insurance! Read more at www.octousa.com.

Whooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Get me off of this crazy bus!

Have you ever heard of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift — well here is its crazy, oafish cousin reincarnated as a screwy bus coming to you right out of the heart of the Middle East.

In a viral video post that blew up and received over half a million hits in the last month, a white candy-striped bus screeches and drifts back and forth in front of a gob of traffic and a large crowd of onlookers.

A gang of unruly young folks are clearly have a raucous time from the back to the front of the crazed vehicle.

Yeah, I could definitely do without being a passenger on this bad boy.

Check out the whole video below:

Hey Viper fans, check out these new hot photos we snapped recently in the Snake Pit here at Viper headquarters in Vista, Calif.

These hot shots in the gallery below are of a Viper SmartStart and PKE install.

If you’re wondering what PKE stands for it’s “Passive Keyless Entry.” So you can literally walk up to your car and your doors will unlock without pressing any keys!

We got some great quotes on our Facebook page from some of our fans who are super-excited for the PKE roll-out:

“Sweet!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these!”

“Since I have a second gen scion xB, this is relevant to my interests.”

“I need 2 PKE’s. Thanks.”

“Wait till it’s shipping to talk about it :)”

(Haha, those last two are our favorites.)

Anyway, get revved up for the release of Viper’s new PKE product and check out some of the hot pics below!:

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[Check out all of the photos on our Facebook page.]