Car news from around the web: Quirky Futuristic Cars

Euronews offers up a video of some of the wildest car designs found at the Geneva Motor Show 2014:

In just 2:31, you’ll see:

  • Wazuma GT, a motorbike/car/Batmobile mixture with a “Jaguar 4.0 litre supercharged V8 engine [that] achieves 375 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque.”
  • Fleche Rouge (Red Arrow), a car designed like an airplane; “700 kilograms of this red racer runs on a 4 cylinder 1.6 litre engine,” the same as the Citroen DS3.
  • Toyota’s FV2, where drivers lean forward to move the vehicle forward, lean back to reverse and steer by moving the vehicle side by side. If car color matters to you, check out another unique feature.
  • Nissan’s Black Glider, inspired by the ZEOD RC Le Mans racer, gives out zero emissions from twin on-board motors.
  • Volkswagen’s XL1, the most fuel efficient car on the planet at 313 miles per gallon, produces only 24g/km of CO2 emissions, which Volkswagen touts as a new benchmark.
  • Mansory’s car modification that boasts 0-to-100 in 4.4 seconds.

How to flip cars real good

If you’re a fan of car chase movies, you’ll want to read Car and Driver’s The Inside Story of the Academy Award–Winning Car Inversion Device, Or: How to Flip Cars Real Good. The article shares how 11-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner John Frazier practices the “mad science of movie mayhem” in an area that’s “filled with pick-a-part junkyards, ticky-tack indoor swap meets, and manufacturing businesses better off being ignored by OSHA.”

Frazier pneumatically flips cars up to 20 feet in altitude with “as much acrobatic spectacle as possible without necessarily modifying the car.” He has about two dozen car flippers that he rents out for $200 a day (one week minimum), not counting the cost of union labor required to operate the devices.

Transformation of cool cars

If you’re a fan of any of these movies, shows or cars:

  • Back to the Future’s Delorean
  • ·       Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1
  • ·       Herbie
  • ·       Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine
  • ·       The Partridge Family bus
  • ·       Ninja Mutant Turtle’s Party Wagon

then be sure to check out how Canadian illustrator Darren Rawlings turns these pop culture icons into Transformer Autobots in Mashable’s If Pop Culture’s Coolest Cars Were ‘Transformers.’

Good luck with THAT

No matter how many contests exist, there’s always room for another good one. Here, site visitors got to vote on the greatest road sign of all-time. The first place winner, one that shows a convoluted, virtually impossible-to-understand roadway graphic with the words “Good Luck” written below, received 30% of the votes (fourth photo if you scroll down).

The second place winner received almost 20% of the votes: Left Turn Under the Following 26 Conditions (tenth photo), and the third place winner, “No Outlet,” received 17% of the votes (first photo).

They’re all worth a look. Each winner received no prize “other than the obvious bragging rights associated with finding the most mind-boggling sign known to man … or at least out of the signs found this time around.”

Horseless e-Carriage coming to the Big Apple

For more than 100 years, couples visiting New York City have enjoyed romantic rides in a horse and carriage–but that may be coming to an end because of congestion issues and concerns about the horses. If so, the replacement may be an electric carriage with old-fashioned styling.

This vehicle seats eight and can reach 30 miles per hour, traveling about 100 miles before needing recharged.

What’s the quirkiest or weirdest car you’ve ever driven or seen? Let us know!

Editor’s note: Whether your ride’s from a salvage yard or a Sci-Fi flick, Advance Auto Parts has you covered, with a wide range of quality auto parts, tools and accessories. Buy online, pick up in store.

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