Best of the Web: Farting Tesla’s? You betcha!

tesla-1738969_1920

This is kind of news you need to get hot-off-the-presses, and we couldn’t hold it back.

Elon has been tweeting again and this time it’s not just hot air. Government regulations require EVs to emit some noise at speeds under 20 mph. On the serious side this is a safety need for people with disabilities to prevent accidents because they couldn’t hear the silent cars.

However, there is no direction as to the exact sound and in a twist of whimsy, that the writers at the kicker blog truly applaud, Tesla will offer a few options that are truly inspired. Fart sounds for example.

 

Another option could be the sound of coconuts clopping, or more cowbell.

No this isn’t April fool’s. Just a car company with the guts to not take life too seriously.

Proof we didn’t just make this up.via GIPHY

Advertisements

Best of the Web: Drifting a Big Rig?!?

Our staff ran into this little six minute gem that will drop you jaw for sure. Wait for the ice trick, it’s astounding! The rig is modified, obviously, 1100BHP powered semi truck. It’s set in Fursten Forest(Germany).

Big thanks to the mechanics at Tire Kickers for pointing this one out to us. Get your cars inspected folks. What’s your excuse? It’s not the right time? When is it ever the right time?

 

Best of the Web: Gen Y and vehicles

Automotive

MILLENNIALS STILL WANT TO DRIVE — THEY JUST WANT CHEAPER, MORE EFFICIENT VEHICLES

Despite their concern for the environment and reputation as bicycle riders and public transportation commuters, a large portion of Generation Y is just as keen to get behind the wheel as their parents were. In terms of vehicle-miles traveled, millennials actually drive more (controlling for factors like marriage and urban living).

In Q1’18, millennials were responsible for all new-vehicle sales growth in the US — quite an accomplishment for what many in the industry described as the automotive sector’s “lost generation.”

“Millennials had all but been written off as a serious customer group in the auto industry. But data tells a much different story. The demographic is maturing and is now poised to be a driving force in automotive marketing.” — Marty Miller, Experian Automotive

However, millennials do differ in their preferences. While older cohorts may favor luxury vehicles, such as high-end sedans and SUVs, most millennial motorists prefer smaller, more efficient, and more affordable sedans. In a 2019 survey, 86% of younger millennials and Gen Z members said they would consider buying a sedan themselves when they buy a car.

Original Story

Best of the Web: Indonesian Home Brew Motor Bikes

Original Story Link

We love some do it yourself ingenuity but the commuting public of Indonesia takes the prize in the anything goes category.  These are some rides you need to see.

Indonesians-Oddest-Motorbikes-Ever-016

The top criteria seems to be cheap on fuel and easy to fix in a pinch? You decide.

Indonesians-Oddest-Motorbikes-Ever-005-

At the Kicker we wish we’d thought this one up, but the we found it at Fun Cage, along with many more worth checking out.

Indonesians-Oddest-Motorbikes-Ever-019

Best of the Web: Tesla semi performance surprise.

A Tesla Semi electric truck prototype was spotted doing some range tests with an almost full load of 75,000 lbs, and the test driver said that it was meeting or even “exceeding” range expectations.
When launching Tesla Semi in 2017, the automaker said that the production versions of Tesla Semi, which is a class 8 truck with a 80,000-lb capacity, will have 300-mile and 500-mile range options for $150,000 and $180,000 respectively.
However, CEO Elon Musk said that they found opportunities to extend that range during testing.

Last year, Musk said that the Tesla Semi production version will have closer to 600 miles of range.

Now a Tesla Semi prototype was spotted at a California Highway Patrol Inspection Center during range testing, and the test driver reportedly said that the electric truck prototype was “meeting or exceeding the range estimates.”

Origin Story

Best of the Web: BMW in Toyota

Internet hype is an increasingly powerful force, and few cars were as hyped online as the reborn Toyota Supra. Still, as excited as people were for the new car, there were a lot of concerns from the community of Toyota purists about BMW’s involvement. Will the BMW-sourced B58 straight-six hold a candle to the legendary (for a good reason) Toyota 2JZ-GTE?

Link to original story.

The video above is just cool. Watch an expert rip that engine apart after the 1st few hundred miles to get a real view of it for yourself.

Best of the Web: New ‘Vette unveiled, but radical new look

Chevy released the new design of Corvette for public display but it’s the biggest shift we’ve ever seen in Corvette design.

As hinted at earlier this year, Chevy’s moved to a mid-engine design allowing the hood to go lower. This will give better handling but also completely changes the traditional profile of what Americans think of as an iconic American sports car.

Will Americans embrace a radical new look if it brings better performance? Perhaps, but sadly the look isn’t really new. It’s common for high end European sports cars and this may not be a great year to make that specific switch to the US buyers. Time will tell.

Link to story

Best of the Web: History Channel’s Car Week

vehicle-2096104_1920

Today we bring on you a best of the web that’s really more Best of Cable.

History Channel is running some interesting programming for gear heads and car buffs like us all week (7/7/19 – 7/13/19). It’s Car Week.

7 AM Monday Modern Marvels is covering the road to car week which should give us the road map for the week.

Of course many of the regular shows will do special episodes like American Pickers doing an episode call Car-rama at 1 PM.

There are some other specials getting a lot of press, like the Epic Guide to Military Vehicles, hosted by Chuck Norris.

At the Kicker Blog we look forward to DVRing all of it so when a long day of covering everything else in the vehicle universe is done, we can kick back with a cold beverage and binge on MORE CARS!

PS Just because we love vehicles doesn’t mean we never walk anywhere. Its summer folks and our health tip for you is to park your car at the far end of the parking lot. You get a little more walking it which is good to ease the stress of bad drivers and it’s good for your heart because you get less door dings. Just say’n.

Best of the Web: Great Race (Part 4)

190630_GR_0255.jpg

“Wow, what a crazy adventure. Nine days and approximately 2,300 miles later, we’re in Tacoma, Washington for one of the most awesome Great Race finishes in quite some time. The LeMay – America’s Car Museum offered the perfect venue for our event, and the local car community came out in full force to support the event. The racers had a very challenging final stage of the Great Race, with a multitude of speed changes and maneuvers, leading to the culmination of the 2019 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty…. the crowd would welcome each car across the finish line and then reconvene for the announcement of the winners.

190630_GR_0251We went class by class, and the crowd went wild when announcer Jason White would reveal the class winners. X Cup kicked off the show, as Scott Culp and the Murfreesboro, Tennessee team took top honors in their 1953 Pontiac Chieftain. Then it was the Sportsman team of Neil Myercough and Shanna Chatraw taking fifth place overall and winning their division. The Expert class was highly contested, as always, and it was Olivia and Genna Gentry getting the job done in their new 1932 Ford five-window coupe rally car.

190630_GR_0819Finally, we announced the winner of the Grand Champion, which was the team of Howard and Doug Sharp from Fairport, New York. Their 1916 Hudson was bullet proof all week long, and the Sharps were diligent with their strategy of repeatability…do the same thing every day and never look back. Take a look at some of our photos from the finish line festivities, as well as photos from this morning’s route, our adventure at the drag strip and our Awards Banquet.”

Original Story

Final Scores

If you’d like to enter next years race CLICK HERE!