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    1960 Buick Daytona 83-hour endurance test gauge readings, 120 MPH average : water temp : 180 trans temp : 210 axle temp : 240 oil temp : 260
  3. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    The Chevy bumper step is brilliant, simple and elegant. It sticks out just enough past (and below) the body of the bumper for a man to catch his boot on, grab hold of a stake pocket hole and climb into the bed with the tailgate up or down. They've been called "step bumpers" for generations and there was a time when they were husky and useful. Then they got smaller and much more "fared in", diminishing their functional value. The GM bumper step makes the step bumper great again. The Ford step is a Rube Goldberg contraption that misses the point... and continues to relegate the pickup truck bumper to mere "license plate bracket" status, while adding complexity to the truck, while GM simply adds function back in to a component that has been losing said function for yerrs.
  4. Surreal and others who like to point out the fact that I live in an area heavily populated by Amish folks show their big, fat ignorance every time they gleefully spit it. There are Amish barns near me with solar panels on the roof. So read up on things... like you all are particularly wont to command of me, before you so surely and clearly spell out just how ignorant you are by throwing out statements about the Amish, which demonstrate you don't know a damn thing about them and how they live in 2017.
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  6. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    If a few commercial fleets get the green light on this and the budget is provided for maintenance and life cycle, then there could be justification for wide-spread use with many industries. Yes, there could be a demand. But will they be able to make enough of them in time?
  7. Tesla doesn't have a cash flow (revenue) problem, they have a spending problem. Company needs to strike a balance, yesterday. This is over extension. Sure; it's cool, gee-whizzy, and it keeps the buzz going (or is it merely taking focus off the Model 3's disastrous launch? Roadster looks pretty cool, claimed specs are ridiculous... but it's not affordable. And it's not a move toward balance. Where is the Model Y? Where is the Model 3??
  8. Mazda News: Mazda Updates the 6 With A Turbo Engine Option

    the 2.0L is the base around the world... if it makes nearly the same ~150HP, a turbo 1.5L should have 150hp based on the 250 the 2.5L T has. but, Mazda prefers to stay away from turbos because of it's driving characteristics.
  9. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    • MoPar swivel seats were only around I believe 2 or 3 years. The funny thing is that they were on those huge full-size cars, where there was plenty of room to bop in-n-out. They might be useful on a -say- accord today. • The Silverado bumper step is only a few inches lower than the bumper top- not much of a noticable difference at all. I strongly dislike the Ford step, but at least it's lower...
  10. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    The Chevy corner step doesn't compromise the bumper though. The Ford step i agree with as it just complicates things and there's more to break, same with that swivel seat. That's like the definition of a fat person thing hahaha.
  11. If he could sell 10,000 Model 3's it would be a $500 million infusion into the company. Musk is genius in how he gets all these interest free short term loans from people, but if they had cars to sell, they wouldn't have cashflow problems.
  12. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Ford's "man" step: Chevy's step Chrysler swivel seats. Nearly every electronic shifter that isn't just a dial.
  13. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Haha thanks! I also realized I stopped mid-thought on the second "paragraph" What I meant to say was I had to learn "lifting techniques" when I worked at wal*mart and if you're not completely retarded, it's just common sense. Lift with your legs and keep the weight tight against your body. I'm not saying you're wrong, but what do you think fits that description? There are probably thousands, really. But how many of those just slightly change what was already there for a more complex way that could(and most likely will) make the part in question less reliable? I think that is 100% spot on!
  14. Porsche News: Rumorpile: Porsche Reconsiders 911 Hybrid

    Hell yes they need to do this.
  15. Ridiculous in a good way, hope they can pull it off.
  16. Porsche News: Rumorpile: Porsche Reconsiders 911 Hybrid

    I think Tesla is making Porsche rethink everything about EV auto's and Plug in PHEV. What was new thinking and thrown out after doing various exercises is back as new due to competition starting to nibble at their main lunch table of customers.
  17. The idea of Porsche doing a 911 hybrid has come and gone, and it seems to be coming once again. Bloomberg has learned from sources at Porsche that they are considering a hybrid powertrain for their iconic sports car once again. If given the green light, it would appear a few years after the launch of the next-generation 911 (due sometime next year) and possibly offer up to 40 miles of electric-only range. A problem that engineers are working on is trying to cut down battery weight the handling characteristics the vehicle is known for. It should be noted the Porsche has been going back and forth on this idea since 2014. Back in May, Porsche's head of development for the 718 and 911 said plans for 911 plug-in hybrid were canceled last year due to weight concerns and not being able to make much a profit as they would with a standard 911. Source: Bloomberg View full article
  18. Rumorpile: Porsche Reconsiders 911 Hybrid

    The idea of Porsche doing a 911 hybrid has come and gone, and it seems to be coming once again. Bloomberg has learned from sources at Porsche that they are considering a hybrid powertrain for their iconic sports car once again. If given the green light, it would appear a few years after the launch of the next-generation 911 (due sometime next year) and possibly offer up to 40 miles of electric-only range. A problem that engineers are working on is trying to cut down battery weight the handling characteristics the vehicle is known for. It should be noted the Porsche has been going back and forth on this idea since 2014. Back in May, Porsche's head of development for the 718 and 911 said plans for 911 plug-in hybrid were canceled last year due to weight concerns and not being able to make much a profit as they would with a standard 911. Source: Bloomberg
  19. I see they updated the web page, the reservation price for the Roadster is now $50,000 dollars not the $5,000 that was posted last night and mentioned in some other stories. Guess Musk wants only serious people to reserve a Roadster. Have to say, I am impressed with his marketing strength. https://www.tesla.com/roadster/ If he gets his initial 1,000 reservations that is $50,000,000 infusion into the company. Interesting that the Semi reservation is less at $5,000 per Semi. https://www.tesla.com/semi/
  20. Tesla does want to lay the smack down to the gas engine. If batteries and electric motors get cheap enough it will happen fast. With the new Roadster where price isn't an concern, it can just lay waste to anything with a gas car. The real challenge though is to make an $25,000 EV that doesn't suck. If some billionaires speed around in Tesla Roadsters it doesn't really change anything, the world changes when the electric drivetrain is more common than the gas in an average family sedan. Think of this, the Tesla Roadster has as much torque as ten Mercedes-AMG S65's! If Tesla can pull all this stuff off, the future will be awesome.
  21. One cannot say we live in boring times. Technology is allowing us to finally put our dreams into reality and with that make the future an exciting place of new job creation, new product learning etc. I was talking to a friend who has a son that said he wanted to become a mechanic and this friend wanted me to talk to his son and convince him to become a computer engineer. I told my friend that there is nothing wrong with becoming a mechanic if that is his passion. My only suggestion is to focus on the future of where auto's are going and learn all he can about electricity, EV powertrains and how to troubleshoot EV systems. That is a future job that will replace many mechanics who do not want to go beyond ICE auto's. Future mechanics will be more like computer service repair people. They will need to troubleshoot the electrical system and be comfortable with electricity as they change out parts and repair the electrical systems. I do not see a loss of mechanics, just a change in the type of work they do. The future is exciting for those of us that embrace change. Like the early 1900's custom coach builders, think of all the possibilities for customer auto's as OEM companies move to skateboard platforms that will allow for an easier time to customize an auto.
  22. Tesla Unveils Their Electric Semi Truck

    I think this truck is awesome it re-writes the rules and could change the way shipping is done. Diesel semi's have basically seen not a whole lot of advancement in 20-30 years, sure they got an extra mpg here or there, a little more acceleration, but this would be a breakthrough. The fact that you could have trucks that aren't god awful slow, or polluting like crazy or making a ton of noise would be epic. I am actually quite excited for this. That being said, they actually have to build it. Tesla has a new idea every year, but they can't actually produce the ideas they come up with and get them in people's hands.
  23. Elon M is very ambitious and driven, no doubt...will be interesting to see how they are able to execute on these ideas.
  24. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    There have been plenty of automotive options that fit that definition
  25. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    It's the lifting, which any tailgate design discussed here doesn't address. The sliding in & out is not the majority of back injuries. Frankly, the closer you can get to a heavy item the better, and a fold-down tailgate bridges any bumper protrusion, so that's a better scenario, not worse. I think Cubey & ccp nailed it- it's a product differentiating feature that answers a question no one is really asking.
  26. Ram News: Spying: Ram 1500 Sporting A Split Tailgate?

    Wish I could give ya a upvote and a laugh vote as you nailed it. Sadly we cannot fix stupidity or as I like to call it, a lack of common sense.
  27. Agreed, I really hope that Cadillac jumps into EV's with a proper roadster and SUV/CUV Performance level. This could take the V label to a whole new level of Damn! As I stated in another thread where Drew talked about Cadillac easily holding off the Navigator by updating the interior and tweaking the exterior. I stated an AWD EV Escalade would truly put Lincoln, MB and BMW in their place. I really hope Cadillac surprises us this auto show season with some EV concepts / production models.
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