Video: You know you’ve always wanted to dyno a Barbie Power Wheels

Filed under: Videos, Toys/Games, Humor

When I was a kid, Power Wheels were all the rage. But my caring and loving parents refused to buy me one, no matter how many times I asked. My experiences with the machines back then were limited to test-drives at the local Toys R Us, or befriending the weird kid down the block just so I could take his for a spin every so often. Even today, Power Wheels are still a hit amongst youngsters, and although I’m a grown-up now (I guess) who gets to drive all sorts of, you know, real cars, I still get plenty jealous when I see some lucky kid cruising down the sidewalk in one of these machines.

I’m thankful, then, for companies like DBR High Performance. Because as the video below clearly shows, these awesome toys from my youth can still provide plenty of hilarity and excitement for adults. Here, the folks at DBR strapped Barbie’s iconic pink Power Wheels Mustang to a dyno to see just how much power this bad boy is putting down (in face-melting Rabbit Mode!).

Is it powerful? Goodness, no. But is it hilarious? Absolutely. Scroll down to see for yourself.

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State Farm’s feedback app is the pocket-seat driver you never wanted [w/video]

Filed under: Safety, Technology, Videos

State Farm driver feedback app

State Farm Driver Feedback app for the iPhone – Click above to watch video after the jump

Somewhere deep in the recesses of your mind is the desire, surely Freudian, that “I’d like more input and feedback on how I drive, even to the grocery store.” Or, at least, State Farm believes that’s how some of you feel since it has just released a Driver Feedback app for the iPhone that will give you just that.

Invoking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, State Farm says, “Three of the riskiest driving behaviors are hard acceleration, hard deceleration, and hard swerves.” Using the iPhone’s GPS and accelerometer the app will keep track of the trip and how hard or soft your acceleration, braking and cornering and then issues a score for each category. The complete game-ification of safe driving means that you can also compare your trips and scores, and share with others.

We aren’t sure what the criteria are for measuring Light vs. Moderate vs. Severe actions, but if anyone must know it’s State Farm… right? If you need more convincing, check out the short video after the jump.

Us? Well, let’s just say we remain… unconvinced.

[Source: State Farm via cnet]

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New York 2011: Jaguar makes the XF we always wanted and tweaks the XK for 2012

Filed under: New York Auto Show, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Jaguar, Luxury

2012 Jaguar XF

The 2012 Jaguar XF – Click above to view high-res image gallery

The Jaguar XF only arrived in 2008, but in just three years, it has reset the course for a brand that was hobbled by the transgression of the X-Type and a beloved but aging XJ. In 2010, it received a new set of engines that delivered performance on par with the promise of the concept car, and now, for 2012, we have a car that delivers on the looks of that showstopper. Jaguar has revealed a refreshed XF at the New York Auto Show, and the renew isn’t ostentatious, but it is thorough, and rewarding.

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Gallery: 2012 Jaguar XFR: New York 2011

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Gallery: 2012 Jaguar XKR: New York 2011

Gallery: 2012 Jaguar XK

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Drivers wanted: Repairacar offers car nut’s dream job

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Europe, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Specialty, Luxury

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

For most of us, the opportunity to drive a rotating assemblage of the world’s finest cars, from the Ferrari 458 Italia to the Bugatti Veyron to the Bentley Mulsanne, is an unattainable dream. For one person, though, the dream could become a job. British repair shop Repairacar is looking for a responsible person to pick up and return customers’ supercars from all over Europe.

The job entails taking public transportation to the customer’s house, picking up their car, driving it to Repairacar for whatever service or fix it needs, and driving it back to the owner once repairs have been made. According to Repairacar, assignments could come from every corner of Europe, necessitating spending a lot of time on public transportation. The reward, though, should make the bus or train ride well worth it.

Because of the high-liability nature of the job, Repairacar is being very particular about whom it will hire. Ten years’ experience with high-performance driving is a requirement of the job, and showing up for your interview in a Civic with a fart pipe will likely get you automatically disqualified. Repairacar says the pay is around $50,000 a year, plus expenses for travel. Applications close at the end of April.

Gallery: First Drive: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Photos copyright (C)2011 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Repairacar via Carscoop]

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Video: DTV Shredder the treaded Segway we always wanted

Filed under: Technology, Videos, Off-Road

DTV Shredder

DTV Shredder – Click above to watch video after the jump

There’s always been a few problems with skateboards. They aren’t motorized, don’t have tank treads, don’t effectively operate off road and they don’t hover. A defense contractor by the name of BPG-Works has gone ahead and eliminated a fair amount of those issues with a new creation that it’s calling the DTV Shredder. The contraption looks like a mighty fine way to put one’s self in the hospital, though BPG-Works is hoping that it could revolutionize the way troops move in the near future. We won’t hold our breath for that one.

Even so, with a 15-horsepower gasoline engine on board and a top speed of 30 mph, the DTV Shredder seems like an absolute blast. There’s no word on how much one of these contraptions go for, but we can imagine that they aren’t exactly a cheap thrill. Hit the jump to take a look at a demonstration video of this Johnny Five for the military set.

[Source: YouTube via Autoblog UK]

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Report: Rattner bio reveals Obama Administration wanted Ghosn to run GM

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM, Celebrities

Steven Rattner, former automotive adviser to President Barack Obama, has just written a juicy account of last year’s automotive bailout, complete with insights on the coming and goings of CEOs, courting foreign saviors and the General Motors plan to abandon its Renaissance Center headquarters. In his book, “Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry,” Rattner says that GM wanted to walk away from its expensive towers in downtown Detroit and move to Warren, MI. While the move would have likely saved the company plenty of money and lent the impression of a hands-on management approach, the Obama administration apparently refused to allow the move, saying that it would cause a double-digit drop in property values in the area.

There’s also the fact that GM pays around $20 million in taxes to Detroit per year.

According to The Detroit News, Rattner also offered the GM CEO position to none other than Nissan/Renault head honcho Carlos Ghosn after Rick Wagoner was shown the door. Ghosn, who had previously sought a partnership between his empire and The General, politely declined the offer. How’s that for a head job?

Even through all of the turmoil, The Detroit News quotes Rattner as saying that the automotive bailout is one of this administration’s “unambiguous successes.”

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Neison Barnard/Getty for Fortune Magazine]

Report: Rattner bio reveals Obama Administration wanted Ghosn to run GM originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 03 Sep 2010 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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