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    Sadly, it's going to be a mess over there. I just hope I do not see much in layoffs, since I have many friends who work there. Sucky part is that it is going to mean mean we are going to lose some cool stuff at Ford...
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    Obviously interested by the news of the weird today...
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    Strange days we live in.. a rise in mass ignorance and stupidity in an era of great technological and scientific advancement...
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    On a more serious note, good read on how scientists try to visualize prehistoric life... https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n04/francis-gooding/feathered-furred-or-coloured Good Vox article on why coal is in permanent decline. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2017/10/19/16494472/trump-coal-futile
  6. Cadillac's infotainment system has been the bane of automotive writers and owners. CUE has been described as being d https://t.co/1bgHAl3goE

  7. Is the 488 street legal? Wipers, horn, lighting, etc? Yes, the article clearly states so. The idea that's any 488 is going to be trailered to & from a track, accelerated once and then drive at redline for X laps, coast down & get reloaded into it's trailer / back to the mothballs, is delusional. Everyone knows these will be driven around on public streets, regardless of how the ferrari ad men pitch it. ccap brought pushrods into the discussion.
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    For a hundred grand, a flat earth travel vacation to...the end of the earth... https://journeytoedge.wordpress.com/ Televangelist Jim Baker considering another Civil War... https://www.nova-magazine.net/jim-bakker-if-president-trump-is-impeached-christians-will-rise-from-the-shadows-to-start-another-civil-war-video/?utm_content=buffer58ab8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Solar Eclipses not caused by Moon....who knew? https://krishna.org/astronomy-debunked-solar-eclipses-are-not-caused-by-the-moon/ Fahrenheit is caused by the devil himself, apparently... https://imgur.com/a/KISKQ
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    That is AWESOME. We need to capitalize on this technology, asap.
  10. Cadillac's infotainment system has been the bane of automotive writers and owners. CUE has been described as being difficult annoying to use, part of this due to the touch-sensitive 'buttons' which doesn't always recognized when pressed. But it seems Cadillac is going back to basics in terms of their infotainment system. Spy photos of the upcoming XT4's interior have made their way onto various sites today. Underneath the infotainment screen, there are rows of physical buttons for the climate control and various safety functions. We can also make out a controller behind the transmission, which may provide another method of controlling the infotainment system. Other details that can be made out include stitching around the touchscreen and paddle shifters behind the wheel. We're expecting to see Cadillac unveil the XT4 next month at the New York Auto Show. Source: Autoblog, Motor1 View full article
  11. Cadillac's infotainment system has been the bane of automotive writers and owners. CUE has been described as being difficult annoying to use, part of this due to the touch-sensitive 'buttons' which doesn't always recognized when pressed. But it seems Cadillac is going back to basics in terms of their infotainment system. Spy photos of the upcoming XT4's interior have made their way onto various sites today. Underneath the infotainment screen, there are rows of physical buttons for the climate control and various safety functions. We can also make out a controller behind the transmission, which may provide another method of controlling the infotainment system. Other details that can be made out include stitching around the touchscreen and paddle shifters behind the wheel. We're expecting to see Cadillac unveil the XT4 next month at the New York Auto Show. Source: Autoblog, Motor1
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    America is seeing a rise in flat earth belief...father of one of my daughters friends is a devout proponent of the flat earth... http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/12/31/rapper-b-o-b-bill-nye-needs-to-read-more-books-to-understand-the-flat-earth/ Seven natural ways to become a virgin again... http://borlem.me/7-natural-simple-ways-become-virgin/?1=1&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=93&sc=rnmiq&vi=7904385
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    Remington is in financial trouble; https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/13/remington-bankruptcy-guns-trump-slump-sales In news of the weird, Florida considering outlawing child marriage; https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/feb/06/it-put-an-end-to-my-childhood-the-hidden-scandal-of-us-child-marriage Arizona moving towards renewable energy, a good thing. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/02/16/arizona-implement-huge-energy-storage-mandate-aim-80-renewables-2050/
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    The Italian equivalent to built by elves in the Black Forrest...maybe built by Guido in an alley? Offshore wind farms that are not tethered to the sea bed are doing much better than expected...significant because a whole lot of wind energy is available offshore in waters over 60 meters deep. Link; https://cleantechnica.com/2018/02/16/hywind-scotland-worlds-first-floating-wind-farm-performing-better-expected/ Also, global sea levels rising much faster than expected...] https://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/news/articles/extreme-weather/global-sea-level-rise-us-flood-rain-nasa-el-nino-la-nina-pacific-climate-melting-ice-greenland-fossil-fuel/95694
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  16. Ford News: Ford's Raj Nair is Ousted Over “Inappropriate Behavior”

    "inappropriate behavior" is all it says, keeping it confidential. He was with Ford for almost 30 years.
  17. Ford News: Kumar Galhotra Named As Ford's North America Chief

    Jim Hackett seems rather efficient in this housecleaning. Now we will see if he can make Lincoln vehicles worth buying (against Cadillac and the Germans and Lexus).
  18. What exactly did Raj Nair do to get himself fired?
  19. Hyundai News:2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Becomes Boxier, Adds Diesel

    I Hope that the diesel engine passes emissions standards without cheating.
  20. Don't know how a post about a new Ferrari veered off into vintage Pontiacs....anyway, this is the latest iteration in Ferrari mid engined models like the previous Challenge and Stradale models, of which there are race versions in one-make series (though variations of such models also compete in IMSA and WEC racing)... The tired old DOHC vs pushrod debate inexplicably popped up again, how is that remotely relevant? GM is the only automaker left that has V8 engines in international competition that I know of...(Ford's GT is DOHC). What works in NASCAR or drag racing has zero relevance to road racing, which this car is for..
  21. So much America in that post. Pontiac 455 V8 1/4 mile
  22. When you're on a race track, because the topic of the 488 Pista is a track car, how often are you starting from 0mph to feel that shove that you keep talking about? I think the whole race track part is what you're missing here. As a street car, I absolutely agree 100%. You want all sorts of low-mid range tq because that's what you actually use. When you're on a race track you'll be lucky to find a corner that you drop below 4-5000rpm(in a car that revs to the sky like the 488 Pista - 7500rpm is what the regular 488 redlines at).
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    F.I.A.T. always meant Fix It Again, Tony while growing up. It was on a trip to Italy, and which included Turin, that I learned F.I.A.T. means Fabbrica Italiana Automobilistica Torino. Their city tram system goes right along the thoroughfare in front of their headquarters. I would have to agree that F.I.A.T. qualifies as an "idiot company" based on their products ... more misses than hits. I'm sure their management ranks must be rife with highbrow Italian pomposity, too.
  24. It takes more work and talent to build a Pushrod that has a solid strong torque equal to HP from zero to redline and yet when you have an engine built that way, the cauto does push you back into your seat as you move ahead of a person with less torque but more HP as they are able to sustain but cannot overcome the basic inertia that resists. Sadly people have taken the focus of heavier OHC engines and gone with being a part replacement person than one that actually does the math on building an engine that has the right crank, pistons, etc. in building an engine that can and does win every day of the week. You have probably felt from off the line or when in someones car in the first couple gears that push in the gut as the auto accelerates with torque pushing it along. It can also be achieved in the upper gears and is a rush when your doing 100+ and you step on it and the wheels break free due to torque and you get the gut punch from the torque pushing you faster than competitor B next to you. This is why EV motors with their constant torque from zero and above just move. ICE engines can be made this same way but it take talent and a deep understanding of the whole engine build process to achieve this. My custom 402 is built this way and truly moves even at high speed I can break the tires free though for a second before they reconnect. I have not seen this capability in the DOHC engines with high hp, low torque break free the tires in 4th, 5th, 6th gear. That torque can motivate the auto to jump ahead of the competitor when racing and get an edge. That is why I am not impressed with the low torque engines built in Europe or Asia or even in America, Since most driving is not racing anyway, this also gets applied to daily drivers where they should have a torque monster over high HP for moving around in local streets and highway system. I take a NA V6 with 300 lb-ft of torque and 200hp over a 300HP 267 lb-ft of torque turbo motor or DOHC application.
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    Oh absolutely, not doubting that one bit. Our country and therefore global economy would have been completely f@#ked had they all just folded. They might be in a better financial spot or they might not have been in a better financial spot by taking all of the loans. We will never really know the unmeasurables like people that have turned to them because they don't want to support a company who our tax dollars had to bail them out of. They actually pay a pretty good dividend percent-wise.
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    I'd just like to make $500 in what is now a long-term (oh yes, long-term) capital gain on F stock and call it a day with them, as in whew. Their dividends are paltry. I'm o.k. with their cars. The gap between GM and Ford in terms of product desirability has shrunken quite a bit in my book.
  27. Guy I knew who built race Pontiacs V8s sponsored an early 70s T/A 455 car. That car turned 8900 RPM on the 1/4-mile strip, and was running somewhere in the 9's.
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