Web/Tech

Van Party of Two

07/04/2015

It may be America's birthday today, but check out this hysterical birthday video that's gone viral. In less than a week it boasts 450,000 views.

The video has gained worldwide traction prompting the creator, Chris Daines, to change his name on YouTube from Bludgeoned Guitarist to The Double D's (the other party-goer is Daines's brother Paul).

The Cambridge, UK resident posted a short statement on his page about his recent fame: "I made an innocent video for me and my brother's own enjoyment, not realising that it would go viral and reach out to millions across the world I've been blown away". According to Daines's Facebook page, the brother duo has signed a licensing contract with Defy Media, who will feature the video on television advertisements. Perhaps someone should throw the brothers a party...

Have you ever hosted a celebratory bash for your set of wheels? Tell us your story and maybe you can go viral too!

How the Blade is Made will Blow Your Mind

06/29/2015

The future of auto manufacturing is here thanks to startup company Divergent Microfactories. Enter the Blade, the first ever supercar to employ 3D printing technology. Its as efficient as it is sleek and powerful.

615_413_701BFinM
Divergent Microfactories

Divergent Microfactories, based out of San Fransisco, employed a 3-D printer to create the groundbreaking chassis of this jaw-dropping supercar. Aluminum joints called Nodes connect to aerospace carbon fiber tubing to form the Blade's chassis. The structure utilizes approximately 61 pounds of aluminum and 41 pounds of carbon fiber, according to the manufacturer. In total, the chassis weighs a mere 102 pounds. But fear not skeptics, the chassis has undergone the appropriate testing and is actually industrial strength. The construction of the chassis, however, has a striking resemblance to your old K'NEX set and takes less than an hour by hand.

The Blade's revolutionary skeleton allows for a 90 percent reduction in the vehicle's overall weight-- it tips the scale at 1,388 pounds. The new lightweight infrastructure and its 700HP bi-fuel engine allow the vehicle to accelerate at enviable speeds, reaching 60 mph in just 2.2 seconds. 

The goal, however, is to widen the usage of the Node design and technology to sedans and pickups. Divergent Microfactories hopes this process will not only revolutionize automobile construction, but also encourage a reduction in emissions.

“Society has made great strides in its awareness and adoption of cleaner and greener cars. The problem is that while these cars do now exist, the actual manufacturing of them is anything but environmentally friendly,” said Kevin Czinger, founder & CEO, Divergent Microfactories. 

According to an analysis published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology the construction of gas-powered cars produces approximately 14,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide, which is 17 percent of its lifetime emissions. Electric cars are not perfect either: the study found that their production produces 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide.

Need another Super Car to drool over? Check out when Chasing Classic Cars spotlighted a rare '88 Porsche. 

Father's Day Blunder Goes Viral

06/24/2015

Father's Day marks a day in which in the social media explodes with well-wishes and heartfelt tributes to the best dads out there. One post, in particular, went viral almost immediately and it's easy to see why.

What is the best gift you have ever given your dad for father's day? Happy Fathers Day! Disclaimer: no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post 󾌯 ⚠️ #fathersday #meguiars #happyfathersday

Posted by Meguiar's on Sunday, June 21, 2015

A picture's worth a thousand words and all 1,000 make our eyes widen in fear looking at this picture. If one thing's for certain, this little girl sure knows how to get her dad's attention. Can you imagine walking out and seeing your car terrorized by a tyke with a screwdriver? It is a nice gesture, though. Everyone likes to know they're loved.

Within hours, the image could be seen across the internet. Musician Shaggy ("It Wasn't Me") posted it on his Facebook page where it gathered over 1 million shares and 2 million likes. Personal trainer and TV personality, Jillian Michaels posted it for her 2.6 million Facebook fans to see with the caption "The joys of parenthood :) HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!". Jordan Hamilton of the LA Clippers shared the image with his 38,000 followers and as one would assume, the picture went wild on Reddit.

Fortunately for the car, the viral image is just a brilliant marketing ploy courtesy of the creative folks at Meguiar's. According to the Meguiar's Facebook page, the image originated with them as their logo occupies the lower left-hand corner of the original post. The marketing stunt comes with a disclaimer stating that "no paint was harmed in this awesome social media post". Just make sure your kids don't get a hold of the image and try to replicate it for the next holiday.

It's always nice to pay respect where respect is due, especially around Father's Day. Check out this clip of Overhaulin's Chip Foose gush about his car-lovin' old man.

Disclosure: Meguiar’s is a Velocity sponsor

Velocity is Going to SEMA: And We’re Bringing Friends

11/02/2013

VelocityLivePosterWe will be roving the massive showroom floor looking for what might be on car lovers’ holiday lists this year, tweeting out the latest news via @VelocityTV1 #SEMA and providing more in depth coverage here. We can’t wait to see what the manufacturers are rolling out this year…we’re thinking lots of technology but that’s just us.

Plus, we are bringing our friends to SEMA – the hottest automotive experts on TV. We'll have them in our booth and walking the show floor when they can. Here's the line up of our friends:

Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs, and Arianny Celeste from Overhaulin’

Mike Brewer and Edd China from Wheeler Dealers

Wayne Carini, from Chasing Classic Cars

Jessi Coombs from All Girls Garage

Ray Evernham, from AmeriCarna

Dan Short, from Fantomworks

Mike Seate, from Café Racer

Lou Santiago from Car Fix

 

 

Plus, we'll have some of our experts as special guests on a panel on Wednesday. We are partnering with our buddies over at Rev3’s to bring you video of the panel just as soon as our fast fingers can upload it here. Why would you want to see this panel? You'll get wisdom from:

Ray Evernham, Wayne Carini, Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs, Mike Brewer, Edd China, and Jessi Coombs,

 

These people are the real deal and will be telling us where they see the trends heading and talking about their love of cars. It’s absolutely amazing to have all these automotive experts with their wisdom in one room. We are just as excited as you are!

So, keep an eye out for all our posts, tweets, and video from Sunday, November 3 through Friday, November 8.

Are you one of our fans who happens to be attending? We’d love to see you at the panel on Wednesday, November 6th. Check the program for more information.

The most expensive car in the world, crazy eh?

10/03/2013

The Most Expensive Car in the World

by Ken Visser

 

It is simply astounding, just how much some cars have increased in value.  There seems that there is no shortage of gazilliares that are willing to bet big on a finite amount of specialized cars.  And why not?  They perform better then the stock market, as long as you pick the right ones.   

One name dominates the auction market, (both financially and speed wise) Ferrari. Certain vintage Ferraris have been increasing 15% in value yearly, for the past 30 years.  Let's see any stock that can match that!  

The GTO is the king of this particular hill. They were built in very small numbers, 36 to be exact.   I leave it to others to debate whether the 330 LM's should also be counted as GTO's.

The GTO's are the last in the line of cars that you could drive to LeMans, win, then drive home (Maybe second to last, you could include the 275 in this rare club as well.  Nuts, third to last, include the Daytona Competizion.  You get the point.).  It might not have been ultra comfortable, but… what a car! 

And now a Ferrari 250 GTO has been reported to have sold for an astounding 52 million dollars!

Aic12 62 Ferrari 250 gto 3387gt 023 sm
Originally designed as the natural evolution of the 250 SWB (Short Wheel Base) the GTO kept the same dimensions with a surprising adherence to tradition. Using a live rear axle was a typical Ferrari pragmatic engineering, it works, it's reliable, let's use it.  Let the other guys prove that independant suspension is the way to go.  

And history proved this decision right, Ferrari took the International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 62, 63 and 64!

 

Continue reading >


Visit daily for posts about the shows and spirit of Velocity, an upscale male lifestyle network, featuring the best of the automotive, sports, adventure and travel genres.

Advertisement
Advertisement

shows

 

video

stay connected

our sites

shop

corporate