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Saturday, April 30, 2011

 Resting on the hillside of San Francisco’s Cole Valley, this residence is a revitalization of a 1930's home into a more relaxing, modern masterpiece. It sits at the end of a cul-de-sac where the first thing you see while approaching is an exceptional use of planked wood siding and black steel.

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Announces Pay-By-Height Pricing and Merry-Go-Around with Never Before Seen Prototypes

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has announced that it will be opening to the public for a short Inaugural Period, beginning at 7pm on October 27th, 2010. This period, which will no doubt be used to sort out any kinks, will continue up to the park's official, Grand Opening in November.

Unlike most parks, which sell tickets based on age, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi's tickets will be sold according to height. Guests under 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) will pay AED 165 (US$45), while guests over 1.5 metres will pay AED 225 (US$61).

Visitors to the park can also upgrade to an AED 375 (US$102) premium ticket that gives them priority access to all rides and attractions, access to an exclusive lounge area and other benefits.

Claus Frimand, General Manager of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, is feeling confident:

"We are on schedule to open the park with a wide selection of rides and attractions. We have managed to turn one of the world's most exclusive brands into an extraordinary experience which families and fans will come back for time and time again."

The park has also announced a new attraction: a Ferrari-fied merry-go-round called Carousel. The attraction will feature four design studies never before seen outside of Maranello, created by design students under the banner of, "Ferrari: new concepts for the myth". These cars will feature moving brake pedals / accelerators and working horns.

This "Disneyland for Ferrari Fans" is the world's largest indoor theme park, with a surface area of 200,000m² (2.15 million sq. ft.) and many rides including what is claimed to be the world's fastest roller-coaster, the 240km/h [149mph] Formula Rossa.

By Tristan Hankins

Saab Seals Engine Deal with BMW, gets 4 Cylinder Turbo Units from 2012

The BMW Group and Saab-owner Spyker Cars N.V. have come to an agreement for the use of the German automaker's petrol engines in Saab's vehicles from 2012 onwards. The long-rumored deal, which will ultimately help Saab further reduce its reliance on previous owner General Motors, currently the firm's only supplier of gasoline powerplants, was signed on Wednesday by Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, and the CEO of Saab Automobile, JanÅke Jonsson, in Trollhättan in Sweden.

Under the agreement, BMW will supply Saab with 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engines, which will incorporate the Bavarian automaker's fuel-saving and emissions -cutting stop-start and regenerative braking tech. Saab said the engines will be adapted to meet the firm's specific requirements.

"We look forward to integrating this technology into our next-generation vehicles in a true Saab way," said Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson.

Though the two automakers did not go into any other details, it is believed that the petrol engines will be the same as the ones used in the MINI range, with at least one of them to be assembled at the BMW Group's Hams Hall engine plant in the UK. The 1.6-liter Turbo will be used on the next 9-3 (expected in 2012), as well as on the new 9-5 sedan.

Ian Robertson, Executive Sales and Marketing Director of BMW said: "Our engines have a clear lead over the competition when it comes to fuel consumption, emissions and performance and we are delighted to support Saab with our engine expertise."

Saab's chairman Victor Muller noted that both parties are open "to explore further opportunities in the future".

The two companies did not disclose any financial or contract volume details on the engine deal.

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HARLEYDAVIDSON FLHXXX Street Glide Trike 2011 pictures specs

Thursday, April 28, 2011

FLHXXX Street Glide Trike (2011) Pictures.
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Harley Davidson
FLHXXX Street Glide Trike (2011)

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The Street Glide Trike brings two-wheel attitude with three-wheel comfort to the three-wheel category. The Harley-Davidson Trike platform brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment. Trike models utilize a frame and associated chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle.........

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FLHXXX Street Glide Trike specifications 2011

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FLHXXX Street Glide Trike (2011)
- Specifications -

U.S. MSRP - Vivid Black $27,499. Color Option $28,299

Length 105.8 in. (2687 mm)
Overall Width 54.7 in. (1389 mm)
Overall Height 52.9 in. (1344 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2 26.8 in. (679 mm)
• Unladen 28.4 in. (721 mm)
Ground Clearance 4.7 in. (119 mm)
Rake (steering head) 26°
Fork Angle 32°
Trail 3.9 in. (100 mm)
Wheelbase 66.6 in. (1692 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, bias blackwall front and radial blackwall rear):
• Front – D402F MT90B16 72H
• Rear – Signature P205/65R15
Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal. (22.7 L)
(warning light at approximately 1.0 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 4.0 qts. (3.8 L)
Transmission Capacity 1.0 qts.
Primary Chain
Case Capacity3 1.4 qts.
• As Shipped 1091 lbs. (494.9 kg)
• In Running Order 1124 lbs. (509.8 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1700 lbs. (771.1 kg)
• Gross Axle Weight Rating:
• Front 500 lbs. (226.8 kg)
• Rear 1200 lbs. (544.3 kg)
• Luggage Capacity:
• Volume (cu. ft.) 4.4 cu. ft. (.1 m)
• Weight (lbs.)50 lbs. (22.7 kg)

Engine4 Air-cooled, Twin Cam 103™
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters: two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.875 in. x 4.375 in. (98.425 mm x 111.125 mm)
Displacement 103 cu. in. (1690 cc)
Compression Ratio 9.6:1
Fuel System4 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper, washable
Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump with oil cooler

Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 30/70 ratio
Clutch Multi-plate, wet
Transmission 6-Speed Cruise Drive®
U.S. Gear Ratios (overall):
• 1st 10.537
• 2nd 7.303
• 3rd 5.425
• 4th 4.393
• 5th 3.742
• 6th 3.157

Frame Mild steel, square-section backbone with twin downtubes
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections with plate junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 41.3 mm telescopic, triple-circuit damping
Rear Shocks Air-adjustable
Wheels5: Black, 7-spoke Cast Aluminum
• Front 16 in. x 3 in. (406 mm x 76 mm)
• Rear 15 in. x 5.5 in. (381 mm x 140 mm)

• Caliper Type 32 mm, 4 piston fixed front, 31.75 mm single piston floating rear
• Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented fixed front rotor, dual fixed rear rotors
• Front (dual) 11.81 in. x .2 in. (300 mm x 5 mm)
• Rear 9 in. x .24 in. (228.6 mm x 6 mm)

Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 4.61 in. (117 mm)
• Rear Wheel 2.99 in. (76 mm)
Parking Brake Lever actuated dual parking brake

Engine Torque6 (per SAE J1349):
• North America 101 ft. lbs. @ 3500 RPM (137 Nm @ 3500 RPM)
Fuel Economy7
(EPA urban/highway test)
33/48 mpg (7.10/4.90 L/100 km)

Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 28-amp/hour, 370 cca
Charging Three-phase, 50-amp system (585W @ 13V, 2000 RPM, 650W max power @ 13V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
• Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
• Tail/Stop Lights Two 8W/28W (5W/21W)
• Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling. Rear integrated into Tail\Stop lamps.
• Indicator Lamps - High Beam, running lights, front fender running lights, directional light bar, low
oil pressure, engine diagnostics, cruise control, speakers, accessory, security system8 (optional), 6 speed, low fuel warning, reverse enabled
Reverse Gear Electric reverse actuated by handlebar mounted hand controls

Vivid Black
Sedona Orange

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FAIL No2: Volvo V60 Safety System Flub Ends with a Dead Dummy Named Bob

This is officially the second safety system demonstration in as many "Look at this!" announcements that has gone horribly wrong for Volvo. That's right, two. The first one was back in May and led to a new S60 estate crushing itself into the back of a truck - see the video here. This latest mishap occurred during a media demonstration to Australian journalists in Europe.

Now that the known-as-safe Volvo brand is officially owned by the Chinese, is this a sign of things to come?

The mechanism in question is part of Volvo's pedestrian avoidance technology, which makes use of cameras and radar in the nose of the vehicle to control the brakes and stability control system in order to reduce driver/pedestrian injuries. The object that the system was meant to detect was Bob the Dummy; as you can see in the vids below, it didn't detect a damn thing.

That's not to say the system is terrible; after all is said and done, it worked 75% of the time. Of the twelve runs, only one ended with Bob getting the full force of the Volvo unleashed on him, with the other two still being less than perfect. Some of the blame has been placed on a camera that doesn't work well in low-light conditions (infrared / night vision, guys?).

Volvo's Jonas Tisell, Active Safety Systems manager, told journalists, "The failure of the test was due to the dummy not being set up properly, therefore it did not give an echo enough for the system. So the dummy was not relevant in this situation." So...blame it on the dummy? And "not relevant"? How does being to blame (according to Volvo) translate as irrelevant?

More like Volvo just got caught with its pants down...again.

By Phil Alex

Via: Drive and Autoblog.com

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe & Convertible with Reworked Snout Priced

Infiniti has released photos and announced U.S. pricing on its 2011 G37 Coupe and Convertible models, which will both hit showrooms nationwide on November 10th. Following up on last year's updates that focused on the interior, Infiniti has now refreshed the two-door G37 models exterior appearance with a resculptured front bumper featuring a new lower grille and fog light housing / vent designs, as well as with new 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheel styles.

Other than that, Sport Package is now available on the all-wheel drive models and a Navigation Package now joins Premium Package as standard on the Sport 6MT models, while Infiniti has also added a Limited Edition trim level to the Convertible range, with more content and unique Monaco Red leather-appointed interior.

Prices - not including destination and handling fees -for the coupe start from $36,200 (an increase of $150 over the 2010MY) and for the convertible from $44,500.