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Dream Car Week Lineup

07/29/2015

Wake up because Dream Car Week is right around the corner. To help you plan ahead, here's a list of what Velocity is offering, so you can clear your hectic schedule or set your DVR. 

MONDAY--- How It's Made: Dream Cars

Superformance GT40 (9/8c)

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Falcon F7 (9:30/8:30c)

Porsche 918 Spyder (10/9c)

McLaren 650S (10:30/9:30c)

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Why 38?

07/17/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

Flip flops, I hate flip flops.  Now let me tell you why.  The other day I'm stopped at a light by the Damascus High School minding my own business.  I just happen to glance at my rear view mirror and I get a glimpse of headlights.  

Lady behind me was wearing flip flops.  They get tangled up in the pedals and she hits the gas.  No braking involved, so she hits me square on the bumper, which translates the energy through me into the trailer hitch attached to the Explorer in front of me.  

Needless to say, my car takes the double whammy and off to the Damascus Motors autobody for repair we go. With that, I get a rental-- a Dodge Charger.  I look like a cop in this thing!  After driving it for a few days, I took notice that the volume highest setting is 38.  

Thirty-eight?  What corporate group think study group came up with that number?  

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So 38. Not 11 for you Spinal Tap folks.  Or 42 for you Hitch Hikers Guide the To The Universe fans. But 38.  I would have loved to listen to that bureaucratic debate.  "Well our survey shows that our male demographic is looking for something more impressive.  I say 57."  "Well Biff, too much in my mind.  I think a gentler scale 0 to 10."  "William the third, the boys at Ford have higher numbers on their cars.  We're talking 0 to 77."  "We must not lose the MVN (Maximum Volume Number) race.  Let's have another 3 studies"

Let's see what the MVN is in your car.  Looking forward to documenting what other manufacturers are doing out there.Now for your further entertainment, since we are looking at radios, let's look at what holds them, the dashboard.  Here are a couple I picked from my archives.

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Google's New Patent Draws Attention

07/15/2015

2014.06.25.15.17.32.14_google-logoAnother day, another headline about Google taking steps to revolutionize the driving experience. New information about the future of driving came forward yesterday as Google's latest patent application was published. 

The patent, which was filed in May 2014, describes a system in which vehicles can be operated by handheld devices. According to the application, the portable computing device will execute software that enables individuals within the vehicle to perform control actions that "would otherwise take a flip of a switch, turning of a knob, or pressing of a pedal". These tasks include everything from activating the car's interior lights and readjusting the radio to steering and applying the brakes.

Some capabilities will be location specific, however. For example, you may be able to drive your car only if the device is "located in the area of the driver seat". The application also lists that control of the entertainment system would be accessible only when the device is being used by the driver or co-pilot.

Listed as examples of handheld devices include a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a portable gaming device. Some form of wireless connection will be necessary to link the device to the vehicle.

While the technology is one of many advances Google is making in the automobile space, the system may have other benefits. According to the 2010 US Census, one in five people have a disability. The Census found that nearly 30.6 million people were listed as having difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker. Another 19.9 million had difficulty lifting and grasping. Perhaps this will make those with physical ailments more independent by allowing them to operate a vehicle successfully through touch-screen technology.

Read the complete US Patent application here. For more information about Google's Self-Driving Project click here.

Are you intrigued by new technology in the auto-world? This video is for you!

You Will Soon be Able to Buy a 3-D Car

07/10/2015

Local Motors announced this week that they will be releasing two 3-D printed cars models for sale next year. The startup based out of Phoenix, is credited for creating the world's first 3-D printed car in September-- not to be confused with the first 3-D printed supercar the Blade

The design for the vehicle named ReLoad Redacted was submitted to Local Motors' Project Redacted Challenge by Kevin Lo. It boasts a "flexible foundation that can support many different styles and technology options", according to the contest press release. The ReLoad will come in two models: the Swim and the Sport. Lo's creations were deemed supreme through a voting process that utilized the Local Motors community and a panel of judges including SEMA Vice President of Vehicle Technology John Waraniak and Jay Leno.

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ReLoad Swim, credit: Local Motors

According to Local Motors, the ReLoad Redacted will operate on a battery and fall between $18,000 and $30,000, though the final sale price has not yet been released. These vehicles are not yet highway legal, however. That giant leap into the mainstream auto industry is projected to occur by the end of 2016, as reported by Fox News. ReLoad Redacted is on pace, though, to make its worldwide debut in November 2015 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. 

 

For more about SEMA, check out this clip from the 2013 event when Chip Foose, Wayne Carini and other Velocity stars tried to predict the future of cars. 

McLaren Prototype Release Party

07/06/2015

Editor's Note: Contributor Ken Visser is an Automotive Photographer and Concours Judge, as well as a Computer Tech at Discovery Communications. He's an enthusiast of generally anything that moves and is excited to share his work with Velocity fans. Reach out to him about his incredible photographs at karmakvisser@yahoo.com. 

I had the good fortune of being on the receiving end of an invitation to go check out the pre-release party for the brand new McLaren 570-S.  The star-studded event was held at the Longview Gallery on 9th St. NW in Washington DC.

And of course, what do you think the first thing we see in front of the gallery?

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The first of five McLaren 650S models that were on site!  This British supercar delivers 671 hp to the rear wheels.  Starting around $270,000 for the coupe and $283,000 for the convertible, this speedster will dominate a highly competitive market with a finite number of potential consumers.  

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