Tuesday
May122009

Two Wheel Tuesday Eugene Laverty At Monza

Round five of the World Supersport Championship was at Monza last week and as typical the racing was hot and heavy.  Until the last lap or two Eugene Laverty was running up front and looking for the win.  Coming out of Parabolica, Eugene was on the gas!  In fact when I posted this picture to Twitter Eugene sent this in reply:FYI I didn't back off! No traction control at 100% gas for all ye anti-electronics folk. 

Friday
May082009

Insight On The Honda Insight

Our friends Mark Charmer and Joe Simpson of The Movement Design Bureau have spent some significant time with the new Honda Insight.  They offer the European perspective on the whole hybrid movement.  Some really good thoughts here, and why I'm not alone on the island thinking that modern diesels are a far better solution than hybrids.

Enjoy!

Thursday
May072009

1000 Frames A Second Top Fuel Drag Racing

Finding cool stuff like this is why I like Twitter.  @SummitRacing posted this today, Top Fuel Funny Cars and Dragsters, Pro Stock Cars and Motorcycles launching, and the absolute violence of it.  All captured in what's called X-Mo, or super slow mo of 1000 frames a second.  Your standard TV picture is 29.97 (in North America) frames a second, film is 24 frames a second.


Drag Racing Filmed at 1000 fps - Watch more Fast and Furious

Tuesday
May052009

Two Wheel Tuesday: Two Strokes Rule!!

Many people who have followed me from "back in the day" of Rumblestrip.net and over the last 3+ years know that I'm a two stroke snob.  There are few things that I love more than a two stroke at full song.  

Over the last couple years I've also grown to really like this late 60's early 70's Cafe Racer movement.  While this bike isn't exactly what I had in mind, it would be a great platform to pull it off.

Monday
May042009

Interviews With Sherif Marakby & Wayne Gerdes

Last week when we were in Alexandria, Virginia for the Ford Fusion Hybrid “1000 Miles On A Tank” event, we had the opportunity to sit down with two people who were very important to the event.

First was Sherif Marakby.  Sherif is the Chief Engineer for Global Core Hybrid and Propulsion System Engineering for Ford.  He not only quarterbacks much of the development for the Ford hybrid systems, he also drove over 10 hours as part of the team in the event.  Sherif stated that there were many reasons for not only doing the event, but doing it in the shadow of the nations capital.  Ford were out to make a statement that (a) they ARE a different kind of car company and (b) that CAN compete with the worlds best on the world stage.

Ford took a car off the dealership floor and with no other special prep than inflating the tires a bit higher than than normal and removing all the stuff from the trunk, they went for it.  There was some neutral coasting, but no key off moments.  He also stated that the metric of how long they could go solely on battery wasn’t a major issue for them.

Have a look at the video portion of our interview:

Next we spoke with Wayne Gerdes.  Wayne is a legend in the hypermiling community and was brought in by Ford to lead the team for this event.  He spent time with all the team members training them in his way of driving to maximize milage, and drive them to reach for a higher goal than even they had looked to achieve.

Here is the video portion of our interview:

After 10+ years of interviewing people you think I would learn my lesson, but I’m sorry to say that after we stopped rolling the video portion of the interview we spent twenty minutes more talking with Wayne, getting to know him, and I didn’t record any of it! DOH!!!!  

It turns out that Wayne is a big proponent of modern clean diesel technology, even though he “made his bones” with the hybrids.  Wayne is a hardcore enthusiast, just in a different manner than we would normally associate that term with car people.  He is as hard core as the guy who drive a high 8 second street strip car with a .750+” solid roller cam on the street.  It takes a special kind of person to do that since many times it’s not the most comfortable ride, but you are doing it to prove a point.

You can find out more about Wayne, his adventures and his cause at www.cleanmpg.com