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Jaguar Team Sky Dogma F8 Bike

A team of engineers from the British carmaker helped Team Sky, last year’s winner of the Tour de France, to develop the bike for this year’s edition of the famous French race. The Jaguar team worked side by side with the specialists from Pinarello, one of the most famous bicycle frame manufacturers in the world, to perfect the current project, called Dogma 65.1. According to a recent press release, almost all the bike’s components were redesigned, including the frame’s profile, seat post, front fork, many components attached to the frame and the entire rear part. The final result was tested in a computer simulator 300 times, before the team went on and also tested the bike in a wind tunnel.

The new bike is called Dogma F8 and, compared to the previous version of the bike, Jaguar’s changes brought a 26.1 percent improvement to the aerodynamics. Both Jaguar and Team Sky are excited about the results of this project and everyone is confident that the team will be able to defend the title they won last year. The Dogma F8’s first race will take place on June 8, at the Criterium du Dauphine, before entering the Tour de France on July 5. [Read the full article…]

Volkswagen Beetle Wood

The work of art you see here (because this is not just a car anymore), was created by 71 year old Momir Bojic from Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to him, the car is the result of his unconditional love for the Volkswagen Beetle, but we also suspect he had a lot of spare time. It took him two years to carve more than 50,000 pieces of oak which he used for the body, steering wheel, hubcaps, radio and gear knob. Damn, if you look at the gallery below you can see he also has a cap made of wood to match the car. The car is fully functional and, as you can imagine, it turns people’s head wherever it goes. [Read the full article…]

Car Deaths Europe

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) recently published a report about the total number of road accidents that took place in 2012 on the Old Continent. According to statistics, the total number of deaths on European roads was 12,000 which even though it’s not small, it represents a huge progress compared to 2001, when 27,700 people died in a car related accident in Europe.

One of the main reasons behind this great improvement was the evolution of car safety systems and the multiple changes in regulations. Compared to last decade, many cars we see today on the street are equipped with several active and passive safety systems, some of them being made mandatory by the European Union. [Read the full article…]

Apple Texting While Driving

Apple filed the patent application back in 2008, long before the tech giant developed projects that involved using the phone in car, such as Siri Eyes Free or Car Play. The technology that’s supposed to restrict texting while driving features a system that first detects whether the phone user is driving the car and if it’s so, it automatically turns off functions that might distract the driver.

According to Apple Insider, the innovative system is based on two main principles. First one requires that the phone is able to independently detect whether the one who uses the phone is the driver and this is made through a set of cameras and sensors that detects the exact location of the phone user. Safety zone includes the passenger’s seat and the rear seats, while the “danger zone” is represented by the driver’s seat. The system also uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS receiver and accelerometer to detect if the user is walking, running or in moving vehicle. The other important part of the system is the phone’s ability to receive information from the vehicle that will allow it to block certain functions such as texting or playing games. [Read the full article…]

Garage InN Hotel, Hank, Netherlands

Many car fanatics are in love with their cars and some would even take it to bed if they could. While we don’t share this “extreme” love, don’t worry, we’re not judging. And it hasn’t been classified as a mental disorder. Yet. And to make you happy, here’s the first hotel in the world where you can turn your dream into reality.

The hotel we’re talking about is called Garage InN and is located in the small town of Hank in the Netherlands, about 30 miles East of Rotterdam. Here, for only 70 Euros a night (about $100), you can park your car in the same room you sleep. Actually, to be honest, it’s the other way around, you get to sleep in your car’s room. Because the “hotel” only has one room, which is a garage that has been turned into a hotel room that allows parking a 4.5-meter long car. Oh, the rate also includes breakfast (for you, because the car doesn’t get anything). [Read the full article…]

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HubCap Creatures, making art from used hubcaps

April 24, 2014

So what do you do when one of your hubcaps breaks? You usually throw it away, right? Well, what if we told that these apparently useless hubcaps can be used to create beautiful things? Ptolemy Elrington is a 48-year old British artist with an unusual occupation. He is from Brighton, a town on England’s south […]

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How much money does Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson make?

July 23, 2012

If you were curious to know how much money does Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson make, The Telegraph has managed to obtain this piece of information. Being the host of the most popular car-related TV show in the entire world, the British earned approximately 500,000 pounds, as well as an extra 350,000 pounds for various […]

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Cell Craft G440 flying concept car

December 19, 2007

Is everyone going mad or we’d better start getting out more? I mean, after earlier today we presented the diving car, here’s another crazy concept car. The Cell Craft G440 is a flying concept car, designed by Dr. Paul Moller and Gino d’Ignazio Gizio from Cell Craft. With this car sporting seven seats, I can […]