It’s been 25 years since Mazda gave the world the MX-5 Miata. An affordable, reliable, fun sports car wrapped up in an easy to maintain and upgrade front-engined, rear-wheel-drive package. It was, is, and probably will be for some time yet, the benchmark affordable two-seat sports car.
To mark the last quarter of a century of production, and nearly 1 million cars built. Mazda have developed a limited edition version of the roadster called the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is based on the 160 horsepower 2.0 litre version of the car. It features a power retractable hard top and will be available with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
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The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition – lower case letters intentional – is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.
The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.
The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser.
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The Texaco Doodlebug was a peculiar-looking Diamond T tanker truck designed and built in the 1930s. It was an experiment in streamlining – a design style that was proving popular at the time. The Texaco Doodlebug was designed by Norman Bel Geddes, and the specially fabricated bodies were constructed by Heil Co in Alabama. It was based on a Diamond T truck chassis.
The Texaco Doodlebug featured a rear-mounted six-cylinder engine. The drivetrain position meant the cab was more spacious and could be located lower down than in a conventional truck. Interestingly, because the engine was at the opposite end of the vehicle and the driver couldn’t hear it, the Doodlebug had a small microphone in the engine bay connected to a speaker in the cab which allowed the driver listen out for when to make a gear change!
The Texaco Doodlebug came about after the company hired the Bel Geddes design firm to refresh their entire brand and give it a more contemporary style. Updates included changes to the Texaco logo, gas station architecture and even the attendants uniforms. Continue reading ‘Texaco Doodlebug Tanker Truck’ »
The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is a preview of the styling direction for the future Discovery family – the first of which is due to arrive in 2015. Like the previous model, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept offers plenty of space. There is room for up to seven occupants, or – by using the touchscreen interface – the seats can be folded away to make it a six-seater, five-seater or even a four-seater with what Land Rover call ‘limousine’ mode.
Despite its sleek and futuristic appearance, the interior of the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has been designed with practicality in mind. Hopefully it should handle muck and grime with the same rugged way its predecessors did. The leather is a special wipe-clean water and oil resistant type and covers all the surfaces which might come into contact with dirt. The floor features a wood veneer finish which is designed to be easier to clean than a regular carpet.
As you might expect, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is packed full of the latest gadgets and technology from Jaguar Land Rover.
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The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.
2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.
The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph.
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On April 12, 2014, the US Navy christened the first in a new class of guided-missile destroyers. The USS Zumwalt is the first in the Zumwalt class of vessels. They are next generational in almost every single way, from its weaponry to its drive system, the USS Zumwalt is almost straight out of a science fiction book.
Named after the late Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1970-1974. Zumwalt was a veteran of World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is credited with implementing a series of policies intended to improve opportunities within the Navy for minorities and women during his tenure as CNO. Zumwalt died Jan. 2, 2000. During his eulogy, President Bill Clinton described Zumwalt as the “conscience” of the Navy.
The Zumwalt-class of destroyers, like the man, is designed to be forward-thinking and versatile. The USS Zumwalt is the first of three destroyers the U.S. Navy has ordered.
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Reese Moore, who unsurprisingly lives in Florida, spends his free time crafting motorcycles – like this “Cowasaki” – entirely from animal bones. He finds many of his macabre building blocks from animals he finds dead by the roadside. But unlike normal people who just drive on, he scoops them up and takes them to his workshop. Some of the other bones are gathered with the help of local hunters and farmers.
The bones used in his creations include cow skulls, alligator skulls, various goat, wolf, racoon, and pig bones, and cow vertebrae. After collecting together the necessary pieces, Moore sands them down to get a clean, uniform color and appearance before assembling his creations.
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With the splitting of BMW’s sedan and coupe models into two separately named vehicles, the 2 Series coupe finds itself without a full M model. There is the 2 Series M-Sport model with its 240 horsepower twin turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six. It’s good, but it’s not a full-on hardcore M car. It’s not an M2.
But what if BMW did decide the 2-Series was worthy of an M2 model. What might it look like? Theophilus Chin thinks the BMW M2 would look like this.
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The Peugeot EXALT concept is the latest innovative concept car from the French manufacturer. Following on from the Peugeot Onyx concept car from 2012, the EXALT uses a range of unusual materials and textures, with the end result being something both unusual and desirable.
The Peugeot EXALT is a saloon car with a very distinct two-part body. The front three-quarters of the car are finished in bare stainless steel, while the final section is coated in a man-made textile dubbed “Shark Skin”. Colored red, this material gives the rear of the EXALT a striking appearance, however it also improves the aerodynamics of the car slightly.
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The Miles Aerovan, or to give it its full title, the Miles M.57 Aerovan, was a short-range, low-cost transport aircraft developed by the British aviation manufacturer Miles Aviation.
The Miles Aerovan was of simple construction, using primarily a combination of plywood and metal. It had a fixed tricycle undercarriage, and three vertical stabilizers and rudders. It was twin-engined, and the fuselage was of a short, bulbous, yet practical design, leading to its “Aerovan” name.
The two-seat cockpit featured a large plexiglass canopy providing the pilots with excellent forward and lateral vision. In addition there were four round windows on either side of the aircraft for the benefit of any passengers onboard.
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