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All-New Range Rover Sport | Empty Quarter Documentary

Posted: December 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: range rover | Tags: | Comments Off on All-New Range Rover Sport | Empty Quarter Documentary

All-New Range Rover Sport - Empty Quarter Documentary

In the world’s largest sand desert, treacherous terrain, violent sandstorms and unforgiving temperatures make The Empty Quarter the toughest challenge yet for the #NewRangeRoverSport. Watch the full story unfold as the team battle the elements against a stunning backdrop to set a new driving record :: Read the full article »»»»


General Motors Holden’s Gone Baby Gone

Posted: December 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, General Motors, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on General Motors Holden’s Gone Baby Gone

General Motors Holden's Gone Baby GoneGeneral Motors has made it’s decision – it’s pulling out of Australia as early as 2016 – Australia’s entire car making industry and tens of thousands of jobs have been thrown into doubt by Holden’s decision to close down.

Almost 3,000 Holden workers are set to lose their jobs – over the next three to four years – as the auto-maker winds down its Australian manufacturing operations.

The decision has prompted Toyota – the only other car manufacturer left in Australia to warn – that Holden’s withdrawal – puts “unprecedented pressure” on the Japanese based manufacturers ability to build cars in the country too.

Mike Devereaux – Holden’s boss – cited a range of economic factors, however he wouldn’t be drawn on the possibility that the government’s move to rule out financial assistance had played any role, the announcement ends a 65 year history of building cars in Australia, and raises a truckload of questions about this nations future in manufacturing.

The decision has been met with regret by the premiers of South Australia and Victoria. General Motors decision means the loss of 2,900 immediate jobs – 1,600 from it’s South Australia plant 1,300 in Victoria – the question on everyone’s lips is, how many more will be affected, The Prime Minister called it a dark day :: Read the full article »»»»


Fast and Furious’ Paul Walker Killed in Car Accident

Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: RIP | Tags: | Comments Off on Fast and Furious’ Paul Walker Killed in Car Accident

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Actor Paul Walker, best known for his hit roles in The Fast and The Furious movie franchise, has been killed in a fiery car crash in California. The 40-year-old actor was a passenger in a Porsche that lost control and crashed in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, killing both occupants :: Read the full article »»»»


Two Wheel Fans …meet sandwichbike

Posted: November 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, On Two Wheels, On Your Bike | Tags: , | Comments Off on Two Wheel Fans …meet sandwichbike

Sandwich Bike Ships December 2013As previously mentioned, Lycra Clad isn’isn’t one of my favorite thoughts. I groove to vinyl, love pvc, lust after leather, definitely dig denim and get wowed by wood.

Dutch Sandwichbike definitely sidles up to the latter, it’s Euro-look curvaceousness is achieved with mature beech plywood, bespoke components and a cheeky design that literally sandwiches everything together.

Flatpacked Ikea style, this clever selfbuild will begin shipping later next month. Designed by Bleijh Industrial Design Studio, the bike will be shipped in a 17kg flatpack.

The kit will contains 19 parts that are stupendously simple to assemble. All of Sandwichbikes’ components are connected via clever cylinders.

The Sandwichbike will cost €799/$US1,100 – plus €25/$US43 –  shipping in Europe innitially next month, then the world early next year :: UPDATE! AVAILABLE NOW :: Read the full article »»»»


China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone ‘Sharp Sword’

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: China, Fly Your Kite | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone ‘Sharp Sword’

China Tests Unmanned STEALTH Drone 'Sharp Sword'China’s first stealth combat drone has reportedly made a successful maiden flight, with state media hailing the move as evidence Beijing is closing the gap with major Western powers, the drone is the nations third unmanned weapon.

The test flight of the “Sharp Sword” unmanned aircraft is another step in China’s years-long military build-up, with its defence spending now the second highest in the world and growing by double-digit percentages each year.

This latest weapon from the worlds most populated nation is thought to be based on a Skunk Works – Lockheed Martin – Concept, the UCLASS – Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike – drone :: Read the full article »»»»


Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

Posted: November 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: On Two Wheels, On Your Bike | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

Ralf Holleis’ 3D Printed Pista

I ride a Pista, and for a long time I’ve thought it – my chrome-moly limited edition Bianchi – the most perfect Pista ever built, aesthetically and trackside.  German übergestalter Ralf Holleis has just broken my dream, creating the above stunning super lightweight track bike, the VRZ 2 BELT, resplendent with 3D – lasercused – printed titanium lugs :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Car Industry Subsidies Worth Keeping

Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Car Industry Subsidies Worth Keeping

Are Government Subsidies Wasted on a Dying Industry?With car production volumes falling to 5 year lows, and on a steady decline, the big question on the lips of auto industry insiders has got to be Are Government Subsidies Worthwhile. Is  it truly worth forking out billions of dollars to sustain an industry that is seemingly on it’s way out?

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries – FCAI – reckons they are, it thinks a report showing dire economic consequences if the car industry collapses in Australia will change many people’s views, and hopefully give a final answer to a question that has hung like a noose over Australia’s car-making industry.

The report was compiled for the FCAI by the Allen Consulting Group and Monash University researchers. Automotive production is at close to half the level it was in 2008 when Australia turned out 320,000 cars, this year however the industry might produce as few as 180,000 units.

The standard, and seemingly logical, argument that Australian tax payers shouldn’t be propping-up US companies almost entirely negates the 40,000 strong workforce involved directly in car-making and almost the same again in ancillary industries, it also fails to take into account a contribution close to $25 billion a year to the nations economy :: Read the full article »»»»