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21st century car parking

Well, it has been hinted at in film-making and it makes absolute sense (if you see a future for wheeled personal transport that is). This radical car parking and valeting solution is as automated as it gets for now and is available in Liechtenstein. Pez dispensing aficionados get ready for a treat.

Well it’s a damn site more impressive on an engineering level than this early 20th century solution to parking but is it really a step in the right direction? My question has to be do we need to queue for the robotic arm now? Do you think that this is the future or merely something that solves the wrong problem? Let us know below.

If you are just after some modern parking ideas, then you may want to check out this luxury apartment car storage idea too:


 

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Mobility scooter fitted with KTM 250cc 2 stroke engine

Wow, adding to the list of bizarre items we see for sale, we’ve come across this Celebrity DX mobility scooter fitted with a KTM 250mx 250cc 2 stroke motocross engine.

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Here are the main points of the advert:

Fitted with uprated reed valves, custom exhaust, kart motoplat ignition and rm 500 carb.
Has to be bump started but is easy to do as it has a hand clutch and foot gear change.
The mobility scooter comes with a selection of front sprockets to adjust top speed.
Collins record breaking one has a 125cc engine mine has a 250cc engine.
This is very fast, not a toy but very stable at higher speeds.
Sorry collection only or you can arrange a courier.
No test pilots 🙂

Just make sure you don’t bump start it when you are parked in the disabled space outside the benefits office, eh?

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The maddest intersection on earth?

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We have all seen those Russian and Asian videos where there are some simply lunatic drivers whizzing through crossroads at breakneck speeds. This one really takes the prize though, as pedestrians, riders and drivers all compete to get as close as humanly possible to each other.

Well OK, it’s a heavily modified mix of video clips run through the ubiquitous Adobe After Effects, but this is one creative video truly worthy of a watch!

 

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Electric Harley Davidson – I kid you not!

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Called “Project LiveWire”, this is Harley’s first attempt at selling electric motorcycles. Interesting to see they included an ‘engineered sound’ because they thought it needed something. Not the thump of a big v-twin as you might expect, but instead what seems like some sort of pseudo-electric whine.

0-60mph times of 4 seconds and 90 MPH have been reported from this fully electric bike, so it is perfectly pitched in the performance stakes with similar petrol-driven motorcycles.

Whether you like the idea or not, you have to applaud Harley’s attempt at breaking tradition as well as pushing the boundaries and getting something out there for people to comment on. We remain unconvinced by the styling though and think that Harley need to step this side up a bit to compete with other electric brands currently available if they are to remain at the top of their game. With a huge slab-sided profile and what looks like a cheap aftermarket tablet stuck to the handlebars, they should draw inspiration from some of the custom builders out there and make this design flow a lot better.

What do you think?

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Would you plastic coat a brand new Porsche?

While Plasti Dip is popular in the US, it’s certainly less common in Europe and Asia. If you’re not familiar with this plastic coating, it is, in essence, a removable finish that you can leave on for as long as you want. Despite the word ‘dip’ in the name, it is actually a spray-on process. When you are fed up with it and fancy a colour change, simply peel it off and start again. The original finish underneath is left just as it was. Plasti Dip leaves no residue and even is said to protect the paint. With lots of new colors being released there is a wealth of choice available too including some very special reflective and colour-changing paints.

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You can also just do the treatment to badges & grilles (think “de-chroming”), individual panels and even wheels. The video below shows a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo having the Plasti Dip treatment. The results are astonishing, although I wonder how much more work is involved in getting things like inner door sills, engine compartment etc finished the same way. I’m guessing they generally leave that.

It’s something that you can do yourself too with a relatively low outlay on equipment. Success stories abound and you can spend a good few hours watching videos on the subject. So what are you waiting for?

 

Related article: Porsche 911 Turbo for sale

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Porsche 911 Turbo (996) for sale

Porsche 911 Turbo (996 Twin Turbo) for sale in absolutely stunning condition. This is an unbelievable performance machine that is also suitable as a daily driver.

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It’s a reluctant sale as I have owned this car for over 4 years now and it has never missed a beat. I’ll be genuinely sad to see this car go. She is finished in a deep metallic blue with a beautiful matching dark blue full leather interior. This colour combination is much more tasteful than some of the others you’ll find out there and was definitely my first choice. Paintwork is in excellent condition and all body panels are straight as you can see from the photos.

Handling is fantastic and I have just put 2 brand new Porsche approved (N rated) “Continental Sport Contact 2” tyres on the front. The rears have done just a few hundred miles and are also Porsche approved “Continental Sport Contact 2″ (nitrogen filled), so all tyres match and have lots of mileage left. I had the wheel alignment checked on a laser rig when the fronts were fitted last week, just to be sure all is setup exactly right. The car is sitting on 18” Turbo alloys that do have a few scuffs but show off the huge red calipers very nicely. Braking is excellent.

Performance is exhilarating from a standard 911 Turbo, but this one has been remapped to give over 500BHP and 1.3 Bar of boost. The car starts first time every time, idles beautifully and behaves perfectly around town.  On the open road the car transforms into a real monster and the 4 wheel drive just makes the car so grippy that you’ll never come unstuck, even in the wet. The gearbox is Tiptronic so you have the benefit of both an automatic box AND manual shifting via the thumb paddles on the steering wheel for when you are feeling sporty.

For those who don’t fully know the 911 Turbo, it has 2 seats in the rear which can accommodate children and smaller adults. My oldest is 13 and she still fits comfortably, you can use this to justify the car to your spouse if you need to 😉

This year’s MOT has just been carried out and the car passed with flying colours, so there is a full 12 months of MOT on the car.

A service has been done on the car less than 500 miles ago at PCT Cars, an independent and well-known Porsche specialist. During this service I had front discs and pads sorted, anti-roll bar drop link and 2 wiper blades fitted. She is running on fully synthetic oil and doesn’t lose a drop.

The 911 Turbo is the one supercar that really can be used daily. She returns consistently over 20mpg going up to 30mpg on a motorway run.  Road tax is a meagre £225 for a year (remember, you’ll pay another £200/yr on top for later models of this car or other supercars). Insurance was £350 this year fully comprehensive for me, so running costs are really quite low.

Here are the specifications of this remarkable car:

  •     Porsche factory fitted Sat Nav (PCM system)
  •     Manufacturer fitted alarm and immobiliser
  •     Factory fitted phone integrated to PCM (needs sim module)
  •     Colour screen
  •     Radio (PCM integrated) with Multi CD changer (in trunk)
  •     Spare spacesaver wheel and tyre
  •     Locking wheel nuts
  •     Climate control
  •     PSM (Porsche Stability Management)
  •     Electric sunroof/windows
  •     Alcantara headlining
  •     Electric memory seats

I have the relevant manuals and codes for the PCM system (one each for the radio and navigation).

Originally supplied by Lancaster Porsche in London, this car has had the following services:

  •     13,258 miles – AFN Porsche
  •     24,950 miles – AFN Porsche
  •     32,389 miles – Hatfield Porsche
  •     39,349 miles – Chiswick Porsche
  •     43,598 miles – Chiswick Porsche
  •     48,573 miles – Chiswick Porsche
  •     51,051 miles – Clive Manning Porsche
  •     55,239 miles – MDL Specialist Cars
  •     59,459 miles – PCT Cars Porsche Specialist

Quite a full and healthy maintenance record as you can see, all stamped up properly in the guarantee and maintenance book which I have. I also have plenty of bills and MOTs. Everything works as it should, sunroof, windows, lights, alarm, hydraulic rear spoiler. This is a very sorted car and I would challenge anyone to find a better example.

So, all in all, a stunning supercar with comprehensive service history, last owner for 4 years, cheap running costs and the prices of these future classics are just ready to go up like the model before it. A sensible and affordable proposition, so if you are looking seriously at 911 Turbos then this is the one that ticks all the boxes. It’s clean, has the right paint and interior colour combination, is extremely well looked after and is ready to use without spending any money on.

I’m based in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, 10 minutes from either Junction 4 or 7 of the M6 and 15 minutes from Junction 9 of the M42.

To avoid the non-serious buyers, test pilots and scammers there are strictly no test drives without cash up front. No foreign buyers or telesales please.

Price reduced to £23,750 or nearest offer.

THIS CAR IS NOW SOLD

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Miles, Kilometres, Pints and Litres – a light hearted look

Someone asked me today if an American mile was the same as a British one. I said it was but the US gallon was slightly different (the context of our chat was miles per gallon). This led to me finishing the conversation and immediately jumping onto Google and Wikipedia for a definitive answer. I was right about the miles and the gallons are indeed different. My daughter has recently asked me about my Km/L (Kilometres per Litre) fuel consumption but I replied that I was still ‘old school’ and talked in MPG (Miles Per Gallon) terms. I did the responsible parent thing though and tried to educate her by explaining the magic mileage conversion figures of 1 mile=1.609344 kilometres, a number that rolls off the tongue. When I added that 1 gallon = 4.55609 litres she ran away screaming.

You may be interested to know that an American pint is 16 American ounces (473 ml), while a British pint is 20 British ounces (568 ml). The more mathematically minded amongst you will probably note that an American ounce must therefore be larger than the British kind.  Canadian pints are stranger still because Canada runs the metric system, so there is no legal definition of an ounce or a pint. In an Irish-Canadian bar you might be lucky and get served a British pint, while in some other places you will get fobbed off with an American pint. Happened to me last year actually, I thought it looked small!

Apparently, the most common definition in Canadian bars is that a pint of beer is half a litre, but some trendier bars selling bottled European beer will try and sell you ‘Belgian pints’ (quarter of a litre). Now my head is spinning and it isn’t the alcohol…..

Australians don’t really know what a pint is either according to Wikipedia, a pint of beer in Australia is 570 ml but a pint of milk is 600 ml. Work that one out. Some might say they don’t know what beer is anyway but let’s not go there….