Would a classic car rip through a modern car like it were tin foil?

Wednesday, 27 January, 2016

In a scene during Back to the Future Part II, that plays out in 1955, Marty suggests to Doc Brown that they land the DeLorean time machine on top of a car being driven by Biff, so as to stop it. Doc Brown retorts by saying that Biff’s car, being a 1946 Ford, would rip through their more modern vehicle, as if it were tin foil.

That may not have entirely been the case though, as this video of a crash test between a 2009 Chevy Malibu, and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, demonstrates. While both suffer extensive damage, the much heavier, and you’d think, sturdier, 1959 vehicle definitely comes off second best.

The video is intended to show that improvements in car design over several decades have made them safer so as far as passengers are concerned, more than anything else. So Doc Brown was probably still correct in deciding that making direct contact with Biff’s car was not a good idea.

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The LEGO car, perfect for driving around the suburbs

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015

A car made almost entirely of LEGO, that’s the Super Awesome Micro Project, a collaboration between Melbourne based entrepreneur Steve Sammartino, and Romanian technologist Raul Oaida. It actually works, and its top speed, about thirty kilometres an hour, would be just right for driving around the suburbs.

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Motion sickness, a side effect of travelling by driverless car?

Monday, 20 April, 2015

Most of us travelling by way of driverless cars, when the day arrives that is, will have to be content with looking out the window, watching the world go by, rather than reading, working, or watching movies, as motion sickness may be more pronounced in autonomous vehicles:

“Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” Sivak said. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion sickness – conflict between vestibular (balance) and visual inputs, inability to anticipate the direction of motion and lack of control over the direction of motion – are elevated in self-driving vehicles.

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That’s sure one mean machine, or that’s how it sounds anyway

Monday, 2 February, 2015

You learn something new every day… apparently latter car engines are so quiet that manufacturers have taken to finding ways of enhancing their sound, in some cases making what are effectively recordings of roaring engines, because drivers expect motor vehicles to be noisy…

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble – the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. It’s a sham. The engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. And it’s driving car enthusiasts insane.

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Is there such a thing as an unusual flying car? Apparently there is…

Friday, 5 December, 2014

It’s flying cars you want? Well as it happens there is some choice when it comes to such vehicles… even if this particular selection is deemed to be unusual.

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The time my car had to be repaired… an illustrated story

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014

Stories of car repairs that proved to be far more expensive than originally envisioned are two a penny… maybe then it’s the illustrations that make Josh Michtom’s tale of replacing the battery of the hybrid electric car he and his partner own, one you want to read.

One place could sell me the battery for $1,900 but wanted $850 for the work, so I pressed the guy. I said, “That’s more than double what someone else quote me for labor. How can that be?” I expected him just to come down a little, but instead, he offered a long discursion on the fine art of Prius battery replacement, the careful steps involved, the inherent danger in the operation. As far as I know, he is Connecticut’s only artisanal Prius mechanic.

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Auto Aerobics, they’re cars, but not cars as we know them

Friday, 25 July, 2014

Image by Chris LaBrooy

They’re actually 3D graphics, but these images – created by British designer and artist Chris LaBrooy – easily look as if they could be experimental vehicles of some sort.

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Across Africa and Asia in a Kombi van

Friday, 2 May, 2014

Photo by the Cambridge Afro-Asian Expedition 1961

I never did much travelling in a Kombi van myself, and won’t be either now, but these photos, taken by nine students, under the moniker of the Cambridge Afro-Asian Expedition, who drove through the Soviet Union, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and then to Africa in 1961, paint a pretty good picture of what the experience would have been like.

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Look, car on cracking ice, no Photoshop used

Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Photo by Nickolay Rykov and Dmitriy Chistoprudov

And here is a photo, by Nickolay Rykov and Dmitriy Chistoprudov, of a car sitting atop what appears to be fracturing ice. What you see is what you get, no Photoshop involved here.

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Kicking around in a vintage car in your hometown

Friday, 11 April, 2014

Last October I linked to a photo collection of a model town built by US archivist Michael Paul Smith, that was inspired by the Pittsburgh neighbourhood where he grew in the 1950s. Now revisit the gallery and take a look at the model vehicles of the period. Incredible right?

I’m fortunate enough to actually see period vehicles, similar to these, on the streets of my “hometown” on the NSW Central Coast, from time to time.

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