Not every such motor has a throttle—our friends at Gizmodo have a lengthy look at how exactly other seatpost motors would be activated—but whether they’re engaged by a button, a torque sensor, or a cadence monitor, cyclists would (theoretically) use these motors to give them little bursts at crucial times. CyclingTips installed a $3,000 model into a bike, tried to hide it as best they could (which included buying an “Invisible Performance Package”), and ultimately concluded that they could easily be used in the professional peloton. … [Read more...] about Motorized Doping, Explained: Your Guide To The Weirdest Sports Scandal Of The Year
This is, of course, patently absurd. MT has all but officially rebranded itself as sponsored content and entertainment as opposed to any sort of believable journalistic endeavor. And that’s fine. Even some of their worst brand-shilling is at least somewhat entertaining, even if they’re not the type of publication to print anything an automaker (or advertiser) doesn’t want printed. … [Read more...] about Motor Trend’s
But the TX7's proposed guts have the potential to be innovativeish. Carbon said it plans eventually to offer a CNG powertrain, solar panel arrays, weapons of mass destruction sensors, and other possibly undeveloped options. They also helpfully pointed out for potential customers (or jilted/incensed E7 orderers) that most special mission trucks are big and clunky and cost up to $2 million. Their van starts at $150,000 (no word on how much for the optional nuclear bomb sniffers and bad guy detecting death ray). … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors Abandons Futuristic Police Car For Futuristic Police Van
Built on a purpose-built chassis and using a 300 HP, 420 Lb-Ft of torque forced-induction diesel, the 4,000 Lb E7 will run 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, top out at 155 MPH and return 28-30 MPG in normal use. More importantly, it's designed to a 250,000-mile durability spec. Faster, more economical and longer lasting than current cop cars, but it's what inside that really counts; the E7 has been designed around the police officers specific needs. … [Read more...] about Carbon Motors E7: NYPD Cool
If a police department in rural North Carolina wrecks their police car, where are they more likely to find parts, from a car made by the big three with a dealership network established for decades or from a niche manufacturer using German luxury-car mechanicals? It just never made sense. … [Read more...] about Is Carbon Motors Dead?
That's what separates Local Motors from a company on the brink of failure like Tesla. Tesla, with its designs on the mid-size sedan segment, looks to replace major automakers. Local Motors wants to work with them. Each Local Motors system competition is looking for the best ideas, not new ideas. So, for instance, why design an engine from scratch, when, like the Rally Fighter, it can use BMW's perfectly good M57 3.0-liter turbo-diesel? Why build a tail light from scratch when you can just use a set from a Honda Civic? Need a Transmission? Use the 6-speed ZF auto tranny. Need a door handle? The Miata's works just fine thank you very much. Go through the car's galleries in this post and try and spot what's being used where. I think you'll be shocked at how much parts-sharing is going on here. … [Read more...] about Local Motors Rally Fighter: The First-Ever Creative Commons Car