Archives For November 2012

cobra_crashSCREEEEEEECH!!!

On the less serious side of auto news, here’s a vid of a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet doing a wheelie before crashing into the wall at a Maryland drag meet.

Considering this car has a 690-hp engine that costs $93,000, well, that’s a costly drag run.

Furthermore, there were only 50 of the purpose-built, limited-edition drag racers made by Ford this year. So the crash is even more crushing, if you will.

We’re afraid no security system could’ve saved this driver from a meeting with the wall.

Think this one is kind of a “meh” story? Well, it’s already gotten over 800,000 hits on YouTube!

A video captured from inside the Cobra Jet shows the driver jerking the wheel while still in the air — a mistake that increased the chances the vehicle would drift in the wrong direction when it came back down to the ground.

Read the full story from Yahoo here or check out the full video of the $93,000 Cobra Jet crash below:

When communication between vehicles gets to be commonplace, the group that will be breathing the biggest sigh of relief may be motorcyclists.

Honda has been working on an electronic beacon that can alert drivers to an approaching motorcycle before it’s even in view.

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) allows cars and motorcycles to communicate between each other in addition to receiving information from roadside ITS stations. The standardized data exchange message, which is sent between the networked vehicles, contains an identifier for motorcycles, so they can then take the necessary precautions.

Besides warning cars that a motorcycle is in the area, other merits of Honda’s safety device is its ability to communicate with roadside ITS stations — which will provide notifications on hazards like road work, broken-down vehicles, or weather warnings.

It can also warn of traffic jams and provide useful data like “green light optimal speed” to help avoid catching red lights and keep traffic flowing.

Read full coverage on the Honda ITS from Motorcycle-USA.com below here:

Honda ITS Lets Cars/Motorcycles Communicate

By Glenn Busse

Been talkin’ with (social media manager) Andrew and his crew on various things snakes, bugs and rock ‘n’ roll and he invited me to blog. I sat for days and blanked — then all of a sudden, it happened!

OK, admit it, sometimes when you wake up, life is like a movie …

It could be like the theme song from the Sopranos is playing “woke up this morning” and you got yourself a gun — or like what happened to me with my Viper SmartStart … I was jamming up a pretty sweet day, got my workout in, fav cup of java, Cold Play was jamming “Kill the DJ” and what??? My Viper SmartStart is talkin’ to me?

Gotta love it when technology is intuitive and does your work for you!

By the way, I’ve had a great freakin’ day — and my Viper SmartStart set me on my way …

Glenn Busse, also known as Moondawgster, is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Viper — and also likes all things involving snakes, bugs and rock ‘n’ roll (oh, and blogging ….)

An astounding 700,000 cars were stolen in the U.S. last year.

While that’s actually a decrease of 3.3 percent, at the same time the number of newer vehicles being stolen (cars from ’09-’11) is increasing, at least according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Intuitively you would think newer cars would be more difficult to jack, but apparently not! Which really should emphasize a car owner’s need for aftermarket security.

The top most-stolen new vehicles from the new survey were:

1) The 2009 Nissan Altima

2) The 2009 Honda Accord

3) The 2009 Honda Civic

4) The 2009 Dodge Charger, and

5) (Motorcycle alert!) the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6

See the list of newer cars from MSN Autos here.

The Tesla Model S
Credit: Wikipedia

First the automotive team at Yahoo! selected the Tesla as their car of the year.

And now to legitimize the pick, Motor Trend has also chosen the electric Model S. Keep in mind, the mag ALSO called the pick a “shocking winner!” and also trumpeted it as “proof positive that America can still make (great) things.”

What makes this news eye-opening is that it marks a break in tradition. Never before in the more than 60-year history of the award has a non-combustion engine vehicle taken the honor.

Of course, they DO make a very compelling argument.

Motor Trend called the Model S:

“One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

The features, the specs, the stats and the subjective driving experience as well all point to the same conclusion.

We are probably looking at the mainstream of the automotive future here.

That’s riiiiiight — take a good look, because you might just be staring straight into the eyes of the future for cars!

To read full coverage on the Tesla Model S from Motor Trend click the link below:

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S