Monthly Archives: May 2013

Flying Cars Are Actually Here!

You’ve no doubt seen The Jetsons, or at least heard of them, which means you already know the future promises us robot maids, life in space and flying cars to get us around.

What you might not know is that although robot maids and life in space are not quite available for everyone, flying cars certainly are.

I can name two fully functioning, available-for-sale-right-now flying cars just off the top of my head: The Terrafugia Transition and the Maverick. Each has a decidedly different design, but is a tried and true roadworthy aircraft. That means you can cruise down the highway at 55mph and/or take to the skies. Each of these vehicles has a unique method for getting to and from the skies.

The Maverick is akin to an off-road vehicle that uses a type of sailboat mast and an ultralight wing to get aloft. It has been thoroughly tested and buyers have been flying them around the United States.

The Terrafugia uses something more like a fixed-wing (make that foldable wing design) which means the vehicle folds up its wings when it goes on the road and unfolds them when it’s ready for flight.

Regardless of which vehicle you choose you are going to be shelling out close to $100,000 to get on the road and in the air, but the fact remains that flying cars do indeed exist. In fact, although the Maverick and Terrafugia are the two most readily available flying cars, more are coming. Sooner than you think.

Bugatti Veyron: The World’s Fastest Street Car

What could you do with 1000hp? Well, those quick trips to the supermarket would be a whole lot quicker, for one thing. Another point in your favor: your kids would think you were cool. Really, really cool.

Oh, and you’d be driving the world’s fastest street legal car if those 1000hp came from your Bugatti Veyron.

That’s right, the Bugatti Veyron is the world’s fastest street legal automobile. And the 1000hp engine is just the start of the package. With that 16-cylinder engine it can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in less than 3 seconds. It has a top speed of more than 250mph, which is illegal just about anywhere, but still fun to do when you have a wide open track to run it on.

If you don’t have a spare $1,000,000 to drop on a true Bugatti Veyron experience, would you settle for a very cool video? Check this out:

Tesla Outsells BMW, Mecerdes and Audi

When it comes to the top selling luxury automobiles don’t think Mercedes-Benz, Audi or BMW. In fact, don’t think gasoline powered or even hybrid powered automobiles at all. Think electric. Fully electric. Think Tesla.

That’s correct. The Tesla Model S outsold all three of those brands during the first quarter of 2013. This represents similarly priced models, of course. Seeing as how Tesla Motors essentially only has two automobiles for consumers to choose from while the others have dozens, there is something to be said for the fact the other brands have more than two automobiles to produce and market.

However, the fact that Tesla sold more than 4,000 automobiles, their $90,000 Model S no less, during the first quarter alone, bodes well for them and for the electric vehicle industry.
On and let’s not forget the recent review by Consumer Reports which gave the Tesla Model S a score of 99 out of 100.

Despite the naysayers who said a $90,000 luxury electric automobile would never sell, Tesla Motor Company is making it happen. It helps that they are marketing the car direct and investing heavily not only in their automobiles but also in the infrastructure needed to keep their cars charged (or at least easier to charge). Tesla has come a long way in the past year alone, and their company forecast looks better than ever. Not only that, but based on these first quarter sales the year ahead is likely going to be the best one so far for Tesla.

Look Out Indy 500- Here Comes The ‘Moth Team’

Ok, it was far from an Indy race car, and hardly qualifies as a ‘car’ at all, but the fact is, 14 different male moths showed that they had no problem operating a mechanical vehicle efficiency and accurately, especially when they were using it to pick up chicks.

Ok, so they weren’t actually chasing lady moths, just the pheromone scent of lady moths, but the similarity to young male driving behavior simply cannot be overlooked. Except in these case there were no squealing tires, speeding or drinking and driving. Just male moths, operating a vehicle to arrive quickly at a point where they think a lady moth will be.

Could driver-less cars soon be replaced by professional moths who drove us where we need to go? The future is wide open…

Danica Patrick Suffers Second Wreck

Danica Patrick stunned fans and foes alike with a stellar run at the Daytona 500. But the past week has not been kind to the still up-and-coming racer as she suffered a duo of crashes, the most recent at Talladega caused by her own teammate, Kyle Larson.

Before her near race-ending wreck at Talladega, Patrick spun-out in Phoenix, crashing into the wall and popping the hood on her racer.

It’s still early enough in the season for Patrick to make a comeback, but so far luck just hasn’t been with her after Daytona.

Here’s a highlight from her Phoenix wreck: