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Video: Mythbusters put the motorcycle tablecloth trick to the test {Autoblog}

Oct 29th 2010 2:50AM And if you'll notice they never have one continuous shot that zooms in on the table right after the cloth was pulled out. They cut the scene to the bimmer bike with the cloth attached doing a wheelie, and then the scene is cut again to reveal the bike coming back to the table and that's when you get the close up of the table, which obviously looks clean and clear.

The little kink that occurs with the 100mph test further proves that the ad was fake...unless you're suggesting that the BMW S1000RR can go from 0-100mph in about 1 to 2 seconds, which would eliminate that long rope from pulling up on the end of the table cloth.

Or of course they could've micro-manipulated each piece on that table. Aka, instead of the quick and dirty way of putting huge sheet of plastic, BMW could've just put small, low-friction contact patches on the bottom of each piece of table setting they had in addition to using a specially made/treated cloth as well as a specially treated table surface.



Man hits 1M miles in Ford F-250... in four years {Autoblog}

Oct 26th 2010 3:55PM As others have mentioned, it's likely that this truck is being driven by multiple drivers, around the clock for a few days and then taking a day or two of break.

As others have mentioned, to get at 1 million in 4 years, it averages out to 685 miles a day, at least 12 hours of driving every single day, Monday to Monday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, B-days, etc. for 4 straight years. And if he missed even one or 2 days, he would have to drive 24hours continuously for multiple days with short naps to make up for the lost miles. Not to mention time needed to do his dog business, gas, rest, traffic, etc.

Not nearly as impressive as personal use cars with high miles.

Video: PSA - Do not try to drive your C4 Corvette like a Duke Boy {Autoblog}

Mar 10th 2010 7:14PM I'm guessing he locked up the engine after sucking up water through the air intake?

Carl Edwards gets three-race probation for intentional wreck {Autoblog}

Mar 10th 2010 2:17PM Well said.

Although NASCAR fans probably have to sign some sort of waiver (not entirely sure on this as I've never been to a NASCAR race) before they are allowed onto the grandstands...they should have a reasonable expectation for the drivers to not intentionally wreck another driver while going that fast at the section of the track where the fan seats are situated.

Edwards need to get his act together or he needs to be booted from the sport.

The Wrath of Carl: Edwards intentionally wrecks Keselowski at Atlanta [w/video] {Autoblog}

Mar 8th 2010 10:39AM "Long before that, Keselowski had spun Edwards last April at Talladega on the final lap to secure a victory, a wreck that caused some injuries in the grandstand as well."

Actually no: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9FsYDEIZWk

You can clearly see that Keselowski was already in the process of passing Edwards on the inside when Edwards, either because of ignorance or stupidity or both, moved down in order to try to block but he was already too late as Keselowski was already there and thus Edwards ended up spinning in the air.

The Wrath of Carl: Edwards intentionally wrecks Keselowski at Atlanta [w/video] {Autoblog}

Mar 8th 2010 10:36AM Actually, regarding the crash that happened on the last lap of Talladega last year... it was Edward's fault. If you watched the race you can hear the commentators agree as well.

Keselowski moved to the inside on the last turn and was already in the process of passing Edwards when Edwards intentionally, as you can clearly see, moved down in order to try to block the passing move but he was too late as Keselowski was already there and then Edwards ended up spinning in the air.

Not only is Car Edwards an idiot, but he is also an ass, as demonstrated here.



Toyota adds more models to list getting brake override systems {Autoblog}

Feb 23rd 2010 11:28AM Hindsight is always 20/20. The same accusation can be alleged against all other car companies who not only have DBW systems...but TWO pedals that can be depressed at the same time! (oh wait that;s like every car in the world)

Why didn't they think of this when they made cars?

Einstein had a good quote where he concluded that human stupidity is infinite. It is. And it's damn hard to predict and account for every stupid crap that a driver can do behind the wheel and then design a fail-safe mechanism to prevent disaster when said idiot engages in such behaviors.

Toyota adds more models to list getting brake override systems {Autoblog}

Feb 23rd 2010 11:16AM Because of the 20,000+ people killed in the last decade in Toyota cars were due to...manufacturing/engineering/design defects on the car. Oh wait, that would be only 0.1% (20 deaths allegedly linked to gas pedal problems). And even then driver error is more likely as per historical data and NHTSA investigations of these "unintended acceleration claims" and per traffic safety research.

Now I'm not saying we should ignore these claims and assume Toyota is the perfect company. No, there should be investigation to see if there are part defects. But to think that Toyota cars are now somehow raging, out of control deathmobiles is totally ludicrous and simply ignorant.

If you find the the gas and the brake pedal depressed at the same time...take your foot off the gas! Similar incident happened to Audi where tons of people were claiming that their Audi were experiencing "unintended acceleration." 60 Minutes featured interviews with 6 people who all claimed that they had first hand experience of that. After NHTSA investigation it turned out that ALL of those interviewed on 60 minutes had unintended acceleration not because of some design defect from Audi, but due to driver pedal misapplication.

Video: Smoking Gun? ABC News expert recreates sudden acceleration without CPU error code *UPDATED w/Toyota response {Autoblog}

Feb 22nd 2010 11:53PM How is this specific to Toyota drive-by-wire cars?

Are we suggesting that it is a fault that ECUs in DBW cars does not throw EOL when a valid voltaged WOT signal is sent? Oh wait...that means every DBW car on the road suffers from this "unintended acceleration not detected by ECU" problem.

Are we expecting future car ECU to read the minds of the driver to assess whether or not the acceleration is intended or unintended?

As a commenter said, this is akin to switch the gas and brake pedal and then claiming that the brakes are faulty.

Prove that this can happen with moisture/corrosion/etc. and prove that this is specifically limited to Toyotas. The amount of public ignorance and the veracity for big media to feed on sensational headlines to grab ratings without regard to science and reason is simply astonishing.




Congress: Mother of Lexus crash victims to testify at Toyota hearing {Autoblog}

Feb 22nd 2010 7:04PM Mike,

Indeed. Many people seem to have forgotten that user error was the main cause of that particular ES crash. (double stacked floormat with the top one being an all-weather rubber mat from RX)