Archive for July, 2012

Researchers discover self-cleaning coating for cars

  Researchers in Europe have developed a paint coating that may never need washing. Dr. Catarina Esteves at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a functional paint coating that is made up of nano-sized molecular groups that will resist water, dirt and is even scratch resistant. Also the coating is self repairing. In the event that the coating is scratched the layers of molecules underneath re-orient themselves to take their place and restore functionality. For the few car enthusiasts who actually enjoy washing their car, this story may not be of interest. However, for the vast majority that dread having to wash their car this is just what they were hoping for. Dr. Esteves estimates that the product could make it to market within seven years and would not be overly costly.

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The $35 Million Ferrari 250 GTO Car Crash

  Most car accidents involve vehicles valued at less than $30,000 new. As a result whether it is a small fender bender or a complete write-off the total cost of the accident would be anywhere from $500 to $50,000 as long as there were no injuries. Imagine the feeling for the driver of a $35 million dollar extremely rare 1962 Ferrari GTO when he crashed his car. It turns out businessman Christopher Cox was driving his vintage Ferrari through France, in a 21 car convoy of Ferrari vehicles all headed to Le Mans. In what is most probably the most expensive car crash of all time Mr. Cox must be kicking himself for taking out that Picasso on wheels and crashing it into the vehicle in front of him. It turns out Cox’s wife Ann suffered a broken leg in the accident. …

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Ken Block’s Gymkhana Five – Ultimate Urban Playground Released

  Professional rally driver with the Monster World Rally Team and chief brand officer of DC Shoes Ken Block has just released the fifth installment of his insanely popular “Gymkhana” series Shot in four days in May, “Gymkhana FIVE” showcases Block maneuvering his 650-horsepower 2012 Ford Fiesta through San Francisco streets that look like they were built for such high-octane antics. “The Focus ST was a lot of fun to rip around San Francisco in, especially with all of the torque on those hills. It’s nice to finally be able to drive the same hot-tuned Fords that Europe always gets, here in America,” said Block. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike “The goal is to always make the next one better, which is tough, because every time I finish …

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Jerry Seinfeld debuts new web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”

  Jerry Seinfeld has a brand new show called, “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.” It’s actually a web series that features the stand up comedian driving around with famous friends while joking around. You can watch the show at comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com. The show premiered on Thursday, July 19 @ 9pm EST. Here’s a 1-minute test drive which shows clips from many different shows. Many A-list stars ride along with Jerry such as Alec Baldwin, Rick Gervais, Michael Richards, Colin Quinn, and others. Seinfeld will not be driving just any cars; instead he will be showcasing a wide variety of classic cars. Some of the cars included will be a Triumph TR6, a Classic Dodge Challenger and a Volkswagen Beetle. All done with famous friends sitting in the passenger seat. No doubt, this sounds great on paper. Let’s see how entertaining the series turns out to …

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