Archive for January, 2001

SPOILER ALERT: All That and More at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix

January 1, 2001

Filed under: Motorsports

2009 Italian Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery
In the midst of a Formula One season that’s been anything but ordinary, how would you envision an ideal race to unfold? Ferrari and McLaren back on top? The two teams are responsible for most of the championships over the course of the past couple of decades, after all. The title-leading Brawn GP team taking another dominant victory? They’ve won over half the races so far thisSource: Autoblog RSS Feed


Frances Rice @ NBRA Calls Barry Out

January 1, 2001

From an NBRA email I received Friday:

By Frances Rice

President Barack Obama is a charming liar. That assertion was made by a liberal talk show host on Air America, a far left-wing radio station.

Where is the caterwauling about racism or a lack of “civility” from Democrats and liberals in the mainstream media or else where.  When ardent Obama supporters start calling him a liar, it’s a sure sign Source: BizzyBlog RSS Feed

New Fiat 500C pics and details: full 500 cabrio gallery

January 1, 2001

The Fiat 500C is set to debut across Italian Fiat dealerships on July 4th, and in preparation, Fiat has released these new pics of the 500 cabriolet, including some shots of the original cabrio. Fiat has been working on some aspects of its 500C to make it more appealing, including an accessible boot and improvements to the aerodynamics to make it quieter.

Boot space is 182 litres, only three less than the Fiat 500, and a wind stop is an optional extra for the comfort of rear passengers. The soft top is one of the key elements of the cabrio, with an electronic, remote control mechanism. The three colours of black, ivory and red can be matched with the three new body colours: pearl red, grey and blue (now available on all 500 models).

Euro 5 engines have been confirmed, including the 1.2 litre 69hp, the 1.4 litre 100 hp, and teh 1.3 litre Multijet 75 hp. The 500 C diesel version created for a charity auction looks set to remain a one-off. More details after the jump.

The transmission is a Dualogic automatic with steering wheel paddles, and the Lounge and Rock internal finishings will also be available, with nine external tints, three internal finishes with synthetic or leather finishes, and over 100 accessories. The 500C includes start-stop system as an option, with a saving of up to 12 percent on fuel efficiency and emissions.

The consumption varies across the range, from 5.1 litres per 100 km for the manual transmission on the 1.2 litre 69hp version, down to five litres with the Dualogic system, and even 4.7 litres when opting for the start-stop. Emissions are reduced from 119 to 113 g/km.

The 1.4 litre passes from 6.1 l/100km with manual transmission, to 5.6 with Dualogic automatic and the start-stop sees a further reduction of 140 to 135 g/km of CO2 emissions. The 1.3 multijet is available only with manual transmission and is the winner in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions with 4.2 l/100 km and 110 g/km of CO2 emissions.

Top speed ranges from 160 km/hr for the 1.2 litre to 182 km/hr for the 1.4 litre 100hp, while reaching 100 km/hr is achieved in 13.4 and 11 seconds respectively.

The Lounge finish has external chrome finishes, 15-inch alloy wheels, seven airbags, ABS, ESP, Dualdrive steering, parking sensors, manual air conditioning, Blue&Me with MP3 radio, leather steering wheel and separate rear seats. The Rock version has xeno headlights, Frau internal leather, 16-inch wheels and hi-fi interscope sound system. Accessories include an unusual wipe-board for the dash, make up kit, swarovski decorations and exclusive Fiat floor mats.

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Seating Inspired By Electrical Wiring Lights Up Too

January 1, 2001

When you see the first of these unusual seating arrangements designed by Sebastien Wierinck the first thing that strikes you is how unusual an idea it is.

But as you sift through the images, you are struck by how thoroughly the designer extracts all the possible related ideas within his design.

It is good to see the many different settings these sofas based on electric wires look good in.

Here is how he set one up to create a reception desk and some seating in an office in Lyons, France.

So it is not unexpected when he throws in a new element: lighting.

It makes sense. Electrical wiring is used for carrying…well – lighting. It is a chic application of the idea.

But, is this a cozy sofa with a built-in light to read by? Hardly.

This is a post from Home Design Find

Seating Inspired By Electrical Wiring Lights Up Too

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Ford Racing to introduce new intake manifold for modular V8s

January 1, 2001

Filed under: Convertibles, Coupes, Sports/GTs, Ford

During the recent Ford Racing Invitational, one of the Mustangs being raced by the journalists on hand featured a newly developed intake manifold on its 4.6-liter V8. The current production manifold works very well with all kinds of engine modifications, but once the revs hit 6,500 rpm, it completely falls flat. The new manifold is designed to support a bump of that redline up to 7,500 rpm. The manifold doesn’t really add much power on its own, but it does allow other mods like camshafts, valves and exhaust systems to take advantage of more engine speed.
Ford will be building tooling over the next few months and running production prototypes toward the end of summer. The manifold should be on sale later in the fall. Ford hasn’t yet set pricing for the new manifold but it may come in at about $600-700. Mike Sutton from Car and Driver who drove a 2009 GT fitted with the new manifold said the engine easily revved beyond 7,000 rpm, something impossible with a stock modular V8.

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Full details surrounding eCom’s MasterCard app for BlackBerry

January 1, 2001

This is some really exciting news about a particular side of BlackBerry that I’ve found is a long time coming: credit card payments from your device.

Well it seems we’re very close to be able to make credit card fund transfers from the device. eCom have been working on a BlackBerry payment solution which they have been testing successfully over the past few weeks. Although several additional features will be added over time, the basic application can be described as follows:

  • Allows eCOM MasterCard Cardholder to register their card to their BlackBerry device via the ECOM website and after simple registration and acceptance of terms and conditions on the device itself, the ECOM icon shows on the menu screen of the Blackberry.
  • Safely and securely, via the RIM push technology and not text or email messaging, the ECOM application allows the transfer of funds from card to card using the card account number (not the actual card number), within minutes of completing the transaction, regardless of the global location of the sender or recipient. Initial login requires the CID (card identification number) of the cardholder for secure access.
  • The icon on the Blackberry changes colour from the default black to blue when funds have been received and sent. The icon on the BB of the recipient will change to the blue with a white arrow next to it pointing up denoting a receipt of funds. The icon of the senders BB will also turn blue and the arrow points down denoting the sending of funds (or having made a payment somewhere).
  • When the cursor of the BB is positioned over the ECOM icon on the BB, basic payment/receipt information is displayed. More detailed account information is displayed when the user clicks on the icon and enters their CID to access their account.
  • The recipient of any funds or payment does not require a BB. All account balances and transactions can be viewed online at the ECOM website after cardholder login.
  • The ECOM financial application is not telco centric and it therefore does not matter which service the BB device is attached to.
  • The icon turns blue with the corresponding arrow pointing down regardless of where the card of the cardholder was used. If a payment is made in a store, online or by phone, the ECOM application advises the cardholder within minutes that a transaction has taken place.
  • If the transaction shown on the BB was made or was authorized by the cardholder, no action would be taken. If the transaction shown is unknown or not authorized by the cardholder, the cardholder would call the card issuer and report the event to prevent any further transactions to be conducted.
  • Since most cards have either a limited or zero liability feature, the issuer would save a significant amount of money in the form of fewer card fraud related losses.
  • Under normal circumstances, cardholders would not see a specific or unauthorized transaction that had been made on their card for either several days or even up to 30 days when a statement is received. This delay allows any fraud to continue against the card with ever increasing losses. CardTrax supplies transaction information within minutes of the transaction having been made and can limit losses to the one transaction when reported by the cardholder.

We’re not sure about release dates yet but this is clearly in beta stages. I’ll keep you posted when I know more.

Kyle for BlackBerry Cool, 2009

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Riversimple open-source fuel cell car could cost just $315/month

January 1, 2001

The RiverSimple hydrogen fuel cell car – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Riversimple fuel cell car unveiled in London today breaks a lot of the rules for what we expect a hydrogen vehicle to be. First, it’s not trying to be a replacement for a regular car (see: these SUVs or this truck). Instead, it’s very small and only seats two. Second, the usual proprietary secrets that go into designing and building the fuel cell have been replaced with an open source model, with all the designs and information due to be placed online for free. Third, and most dramatically, this car is cheap.
According to Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, the company that developed the fuel cell used in the Riversimple, “This innovative car could be made available to consumers for just 200 pounds Sterling ($315) per month.” Compare this to the lease or purchase prices of other advanced technology vehicles. The MINI E, for example, costs $850 a month for a year. The Honda FCX Clarity is $600 a month for three years. Sure, these are different vehicles and, with the MINI E, different technologies, but a lot of people shop with their wallets, and $315 beats $850, easy. When we first learned about the car last week, we heard that the lease period is a reported 20 years, so that will take the bloom off the rose a bit.
Riversimple plans to start leasing the car by 2013. It has a 240-mile range on a full charge of its small 1 kg hydrogen tank and can go up to 50 mph thanks to ultracapacitors and a 6 kW fuel cell. The company says it has “an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon.” Look for 10 prototype vehicles to hit the UK sometime next year. Of course, thanks to the open source model, if you want to DIY this one, you might be able to beat that timeline. There’s a full press release and video of the car after the jump. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Gallery: Riversimple hydrogen fuel cell car

[Source: Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Guardian UK, BBC, Riversimple | Photo by Leon Neal/AFP/Getty]

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Riversimple open-source fuel cell car could cost just $315/month originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Virtual Le Mans Is On: Forza Motorsport 3 confirms Circuit De La Sarthe

January 1, 2001

Filed under: Motorsports, Toys

Circuit De La Sarthe in Forza Motorsport 3 – Click above for high-res image gallery

The real 24 Hours of Le Mans just ended, but thanks to the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport 3, you’ll be able to recreate the battle between Audi and Peugeot any time you want. Turn 10, the developers of FM3, have confirmed the game’s inclusion of Circuit De La Sarthe, including every famous turn and that most monster of straights, the Mulsanne. We’re told that the entire 8.5-mile course and its 21 famously named turns have been painstakingly recreated – even the shorter Bugatti circuit will be playable.
La Sarthe is no stranger to being virtually recreated in video games. Most recently, the extremely addicting racer GRiD offered up Le Mans in between seasons while playing in career mode. The third installment of Forza, however, will be the most detailed recreation yet.
Turn 10 has also announced a partial list of race cars with which you’ll be able to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans in your living room. In addition to this year’s Le Mans-winning Peugeot 908, Audi’s R8 and diesel-powered R10 will be available. There’s no mention of the newer R15, but we expect Turn 10 to complete the roster of Audi LMP1 cars with some downloadable content later on.
Check out the gallery below to view the rest of the recently announced Le Mans racers and see how well Turn 10 recreated La Sarthe.

Gallery: Circuit De La Sarthe in Forza Motorsport 3

[Source: via Jalopnik]

Virtual Le Mans Is On: Forza Motorsport 3 confirms Circuit De La Sarthe originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 16 Jun 2009 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hyundai starts accepting orders for Avante LPI Hybrid in Korea

January 1, 2001

Hyundai Avante LPI Hybrid – Click for high-res image gallery

Hyundai’s Avante LPI Hybrid has been a long time coming. First discussed back in 2007, the company is finally ready to take pre-orders for the LPG-electric hybrid in Korea. According to the Korea Herald, interested buyers can raise their hand for an Avante LPI Hybrid as of today, but the exact price that they’ll be paying won’t be announced until the sometime before the vehicles July 8 launch date. Like it’s Kia sibling, the Forte Hybrid, the Avante LPI Hybrid can burn liquefied petroleum gas (propane). The Avante uses a 1.6 liter engine alongside the lithium polymer batteries and features regenerative braking, stop/start and the ability to travel solely on electric power. Hyundai says that the hybrid gets fuel economy of 42 mpg (U.S.), and that this is equivalent 52 mpg (U.S.) in a gasoline-powered vehicle. Solid.
[Source: Korea Herald]

Filed under: Hybrid, Hyundai, Asia

Hyundai starts accepting orders for Avante LPI Hybrid in Korea originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Tue, 16 Jun 2009 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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