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Watch 2,000HP Lamborghini spin out at 320 KM/H... into a pond

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Fulfilling the Dream of Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon jump

Posted Jan 28th 2015 7:00PM



Even today, Evel Knievel stands as the epitome of a daredevil. He might not have always been successful in his motorcycle jumps, but his boundless charisma and perseverance kept people watching.

One of his most audacious attempted stunts came in 1974 when he tried to clear Idaho's Snake River Canyon in a rocket. The feat famously went awry when the parachute opened too early. Now, a group, including the son of the original rocket builder, has started working to make Knievel's dream into a reality. Some of the adventure was chronicled in a new short documentary called Fulfilling the Dream.

To stay true to Knievel's plan, the team wants to cross the canyon in a rocket following the same design as the original. The stunt was previously scheduled in September 2014 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the jump. However, according to the group's Facebook page, the actual undertaking has been pushed back to this summer.

In the meantime, the documentary provides a peek behind the scenes of making the jump a success this time. Whether or not this group can actually do it, the story about the endeavour is fascinating.

News Source: Facebook, Evel Spirit via YouTube

We drive the 'soft, safe, sexy' Spira4u foam car in Detroit

Posted Jan 28th 2015 6:00PM



The furthest distance that a foam-based Spira4u electric vehicle has traveled is 481 miles on one charge. According to the Spira4u website, this trip was done in a special bamboo Spira4u that designer Lon Ballard drove from Santa Rosa, Laguna to Ballesteros (Cagayan Province) in the Philippines in July 2012. In total, Lon and his brother Doug and the rest of the Spira4u team have put over 15,000 test miles (24,140 km) onto this completely unique vehicle. I added a few more outside the Detroit Auto Show last week and, as you can see in the video above, it was quite an experience. Despite the car's catchy slogan – "Soft, Safe, Sexy" – I did not feel particularly protected for the few minutes we spent behind the wheel. Excuse me, the tiller.

You see, the Spira4u doesn't share a lot of parts with any other car on the road. Instead, this is a sort of enclosed motorcycle. With foam. It only has three wheels, there's the aforementioned steering tiller and it's covered with a coreboard material, laminated plastic and fiberglass. Why would anyone design a car like this and spend "a couple million dollars" of his own money to build it? Well, to be soft, safe and sexy.

Image Credit: Copyright 2015 Seyth MIersma / AOL

REAL TALK: Elon Musk raises the stakes for Tesla Motors

Posted Jan 28th 2015 5:00PM



Falling gas prices, production delays and weakened demand in a key market would send shudders through the CEOs of most automakers. None of those problems could dent the enthusiasm Tesla Motors CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has for a vision of an electric-car future... READ MORE

Image Credit: Associated Press | Tesla Motors | Copyright 2015 Sebastian Blanco / AOL

Why Edmunds took a sledgehammer to its 2015 Ford F-150

Posted Jan 28th 2015 4:00PM



The discussion around repair bills for the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 pickup continued from the beginning of last year to the end, and haven't abated; as an aside, some Tesla Model S owners have been shocked at disquieting repair estimates for minor damage to their aluminum wunder-sedans. Edmunds decided to inject some fact into the fray: it bought a US$52,000 long-term 2015 F-150 and clouted it with an eight-pound sledgehammer. Twice.

The rear of the bedside took the impacts since it couldn't be replaced, it would have to be repaired. To the pickup's credit, the only reason associate editor Travis Langness hit it twice was that the first sledgehammer blow didn't do as much damage as Edmunds wanted. After the second, the visible damage included the two direct impacts, a few creases, and a cracked taillight, so they drove the pickup to Santa Monica Ford to get an estimate, complete with a fictitious story about how the damage occurred and the mercy plea that Langness was paying for the repair out-of-pocket.

In Part 2 Langness hits on some of the details with getting the truck fixed, such as the massively expensive taillight and the list of tools Ford recommends dealers have to work on aluminum. But he was promised he'd have his truck back in seven days, and Santa Monica Ford got it back to him in seven days.

In Part 3 we get the bill. It's not small, but it's quite a bit less than it could have been if the service manager had charged Edmunds the official labor rate for aluminum. We're not going to spoil it here, so check out the videos below for the beginning and the end, and head over to Edmunds for the complete story about how it all happened and some riffing on the repair numbers.

News Source: Edmunds [1], [2], [3]

GoDaddy forced to pull Super Bowl ad after public outcry

Posted Jan 28th 2015 2:58PM



Domain name registration company GoDaddy is known for creating some controversial Super Bowl ads, often starring racecar driver Danica Patrick in some revealing clothing. Patrick makes a brief appearance driving a van in the company's commercial this year, too, but outrage from animal lovers surrounding the advertisement is keeping the spot off the airwaves during the game.

The debate has nothing to do with what Patrick is wearing or any problem with sexuality or violence of any kind. Instead, the commercial titled Journey Home shows an incredibly cute puppy falling out of the back of a pickup truck and trying to find its way home. The pup finally makes it back to the farm only for the ad's twist to come.

Outrage over the ad spread through social media after it was released. According to Fox News, GoDaddy put the commercial on YouTube early on Tuesday and had to remove it hours later. CEO Blake Irvin even wrote a blog post titled We're Listening, Message Received on the company's site announcing the spot would be pulled from the Super Bowl and replaced with something else. Though, don't worry about the puppy; according to Irvin, the dog is now the pet of a GoDaddy employee.

News Source: Fox News, Twitter, Sonny Black via YouTube

Forget hotels, sleep in a Tesla Model S for just $85 per night [w/video]

Posted Jan 28th 2015 2:00PM



The Tesla Model S has received near universal praise for its ability to combine the efficiency the electric power and the performance expected from a luxury sedan. However, rarely has the Tesla been complimented for its capability as a camper capable of sleeping two people; in fact that has never happened. Though, a guy named Steve on Airbnb in Phoenix, AZ, is trying to change that perception by renting out his Model S (pictured above) as a motel for US$85 a night.

If you're not familiar with it, Airbnb is a peer-to-peer lodging service that lets people rent their homes to visitors for short stays. Steve isn't offering his house, at least not all of it, just the Tesla Model S to sleep in. Although, folks are also able to use the kitchen, living room, TV and bathroom in his condo.



It's actually hard to tell if this guy is joking or not during some portions of his ad. For example, you shouldn't worry about comfort because photos show an airbed able to sleep two people in the back of the Model S. Also, security shouldn't be a concern because renters are "locked securely in my attached garage" at night. Don't you feel safer already? Light shouldn't be a problem either because the vehicle is equipped with two remote-controlled candles.

This might not be the most relaxing vacation to Phoenix, though. The host admits that the Tesla is his personal car, and that means renters need to be up by 8:00 AM for him to go to work. Since Steve's also a licensed limo driver, you can hire him to drive you around, even on guided tours.

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News Source: Airbnb

Top 10 signs your car needs repair

Posted Jan 28th 2015 1:30PM



Cars are complex machines which we rely on, but few things are as frustrating as experiencing unexpected car trouble when they fail us. If you've ever had a car leave you stranded, you know exactly what we mean. While it's usually best to leave auto repairs and troubleshooting to a professional mechanic, there are many common car problems you can actually avoid or anticipate yourself based on our list of Top 10 Signs Your Car Needs Repair.

Take a look through the list of tips based on things even a rookie driver can look out for. Hopefully this car advice can help you spot and stop car trouble before it becomes an expensive repair bill or leaves you at the mercy of a tow truck.

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Watch 2,000HP Lamborghini spin out at 320 KM/H... into a pond

Posted Jan 28th 2015 1:00PM



While videos of exotic supercars tearing up a runway at near-lightspeed has been seen before, we have to admit watching this 2,000 horsepower Heffner Lamborghini rip up the 1/2 mile from a standing start is pretty badass in itself. The part that really grabbed our attention was when the Lamborghini and its driver left the track at 320 km/h (200 mph) and promptly spun out, crashing into a nearby pond.

A factory stock Lamborghini can be a handful for many drivers. Just ask the drivers of these previous incidents involving Lamborghinis and their owners. So what's the most prudent thing to do if you wanna go faster? Take your Lamborghini Gallardo to hop-up shops like Heffner Performance to prove your mettle and bravery (Gallardo roughly translates to bravery) and transform your (at least) 520 hp Gallardo to a mind-numbing 2,000 horsepower straight line monster.

The owner of this particular Heffner Lamborghini built his car in order to compete in the annual wannaGOFAST event in Florida this past weekend. For those of you not familiar with wannaGOFAST events, check out their site here and come back. The TL;DR version - they set up awesome 1/2 mile races on runways for people with cars that cost more than most homes. It's rad.

Luckily there were no injuries to the driver or any bystanders. Damage to the custom Lamborghini Gallardo is unknown, but we'll update when we get more information. Check out the video above.

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2017 Jaguar XE

Posted Jan 28th 2015 12:00PM

Pouncing On The Wide-Open Compact Luxury Sports Segment




For the first time in decades, the prize for the best-driving compact luxury sport sedan is very much up for grabs.

BMW's 3 Series, the segment's longstanding archetype, has grown a bit soft, distant and pricy. Its Japanese rival from Infiniti, the Q50, lost the plot thanks to its video game steering and dated powerplant. The Audi A4 is due for replacement and the fantastic Mercedes-Benz C-Class skews luxury over sport. The Cadillac ATS? With an excellent chassis hobbled by middling powertrains and the devil's own infotainment system, it isn't selling. Unlikely as it sounds, the Lexus IS is probably the segment's best driver, but you've got to learn to love those turn-to-stone looks.

So, where's a segment malcontent to look? Provided he or she is patient enough to wait for this car's spring 2016 arrival, allow us to recommend the 2017 Jaguar XE.

Let's be honest. Jaguar really needed to come out with guns blazing. The last time the British brand battled in the compact premium sport sedan segment, its much-maligned X-Type slinked into the underbrush, tail between its legs after just a single generation. While the X was in some ways a better car than history will begrudge it, there's no getting around that Jaguar brought a front-wheel-drive knife to a rear-wheel-drive gun fight.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

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