FR-S aces “Moderate Overlap” crash test

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FR-S aces crash test again!

Reference: IIHS

MODERATE OVERLAP FRONT TEST

OVERALL EVALUATION: Good

Structure/safety cage Injury measures Restraints/dummy kinematics
Head/neck Chest Leg/foot, left Leg/foot, right
Good Good Good Good Good Good

Important: Frontal crash test ratings can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Good Good Acceptable Acceptable Marginal Marginal Poor Poor

Test details:

The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ were introduced in the 2013 model year.

Restraints/dummy kinematics — Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain airbag deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Injury measures — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

model year and trim level only; see “Tested vehicle  specifications” below

Left to right:

  • Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.
  • The dummy’s position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was maintained very well.
  • Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy’s head was protected from hitting hard structures during rebound by the side curtain airbag.
  • Intrusion into the driver’s space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

$900 Chase Scene

Interesting vid was film by help of cop.

The trickle-down of digital cameras means anyone can make a car movie. We filmed this short scene using readily available, budget equipment. To learn how, check out the June 2013 issue of Automobile Magazine.”

Don’t forget this is a film, automobile mag isn’t encouraging racing or running away from the cop. Please keep the traffic law.

Senate bill will make the car stuff you buy online cost more

For an online buyers, this will hit em hard. This is effect you?

Reference: Jalopnik

Today the Senate will begin a 30 hour (if no one seeks to limit debate) deliberation of Senate Bill 743, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.

This bill would permit states to charge sales tax for purchases made online otherwise known as ‘remote sales.’

A remote sales is defined as, “A sale into a State in which the seller would not legally be required to pay, collect, or remit State or local sales and use taxes unless provided by this Act.”

States, rightfully so, support this measure. Economists predict the bill could generate as much as $23 billion dollars in revenue for states. With many states still recovering from the economic downturn and a shrinking federal budget, why wouldn’t they support this windfall of revenue.

States aren’t the only ones happy about this. Best Buy, Wal-Mart and any other retailer that has a brick and mortar operation sees this as a chance to level the playing field with their online retailers.

How does this impact car people of America?

Simple, take whatever car parts normally cost you online, add your state sales tax and that is your impact. I’ve participated in many online group buys and purchased countless car-related items from online retailers and I’ve concluded; this bill sucks.

Example: Currently when buying tires online in Virginia, notice the large ZERO next to sales tax. Should this law be passed that will reflect normal Virginia sales tax.

Don’t call your congressman, yet

The bill still has a long way to go. Just like an endurance race, this 30-hour legislative stretch could result in a DNF. The biggest concern for those in support of the bill is that an amendment is offered that would create federal revenue.

That would result in a ‘blue slip’, a legislative black flag.

Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution says, “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” If the House receives a bill from the Senate that raises revenue, the House returns the legislation to the Senate with a blue slip attached. This lets the Senate know the House will not consider the legislation.

While this bill isn’t guaranteed to become law, it is a money generator for states. That means (most) every Governor in America will be on the phone today with their state’s two elected officials in the upper chamber asking for them to support this measure.

A possible upside for the motoring masses?

The ability to tax online purchases could keep states from increasing their fuel taxes. This means you’d pay more for online parts, but less for your day-to-day motoring juice.

Ten Signs You’re Actually A Bad Driver

This article made me laugh so hard & nod! All ten signs are so true!

Reference: Jalopnik

10.) You Can Eat An Entire Happy Meal While Putting On Makeup And Talking On The Phone

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Your “skill” at driving while doing a hundred different things that aren’t paying attention to what’s in front of you isn’t really a good thing.

Suggested By: Jstas, Photo Credit: Shutterstock


9.) You’re Missing A Door Mirror

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What if someone hits your car after you’ve parked it?

There’s really only one way to lose a door mirror and that’s to break it off when you weren’t paying attention to where you were going.

Suggested By: My X-type is too a real Jaaaaaaaaaaag, Photo Credit: readerwalker


8.) Your Bumpers Have More Than Three Colors On Them

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If you’ve picked up paint from three different cars, you’re probably a bad driver.

Suggested By: Jstas, Photo Credit: Dan Ciminera


7.) Everyone Is Passing You On The Right

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At a certain point when you find yourself wondering why there are so many assholes on the highway passing on the right, you need to realize that you cruising int he left lane is the real problem.

Suggested By: JayBe_III, Photo Credit: Jason Torchinsky/Jalopnik


6.) You Think Your Camry Is A Sports Car

The more you try and convince me that your Camry is “grounded to the ground,” the more I imagine you weaving through traffic at 93 miles an hour.

Suggested By: Stig-a-saw-us-wrecks


5.) Your Car Has a Cigarette Lighter That Works And Three Lights That Don’t

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When you know your cigarette lighter still works, but you’ve let three of your lights go out, you have bad priorities about maintenance. You just might be a terrible driver.

Suggested By: Jstas, Photo Credit: Grant Bacon


4.) Your Clutch Keeps Wearing Out, And Your Brakes, And The Sidewalls Of Your Tires

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If you wonder why all the parts on your car keep wearing out, no matter what car you buy, it’s not the car. It’s you. If you have ever been on r/justrolledintotheshop, it’s the same story.

Suggested By: Chairman Kaga, Photo Credit: Reddit/r/justrolledintotheshop


3.) All Your Friends Offer To Drive

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If all of your friends offer to drive home every time, they’re probably terrified of being in the car with you behind the wheel.

Suggested By: CalzoneGolem, Photo Credit: Chris Yarzab


2.) Your Friends Get Quiet When You Say You’re A Good Driver

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First of all, if you are constantly telling people that you’re a great driver, how you always zoom past slower traffic and how everyone else is awful on the road, then you probably suck. If your friends get really, politely quiet when you say it, that’s another sign.

Suggested By: jbh, Photo Credit: Chris1051


1.) You Get Into A Lot Of Not-Your-Fault Accidents

Here’s a tip: if you’ve been in a bunch of accidents that are “not your fault, I swear,” you need to recognize that you’re probably responsible. You can only have so many bumps, scrapes, and crashes before you realize you’re the real source of the problem.

Suggested By: The Daily Hoon, Photo Credit: Omar Rodríguez Landeros

So any of these signs matched you?

Hennessey Venom GT = 265.7mph

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Yes, you read it correctly. Hennessey Venom GT ran 265.7mph! That’s fast… more than “fast”, ridiculously FAST!

& yes, Bugatti Veyron SS hit 267.8mph… but John Hennessey commented

While a Veyron Super Sport did run 267.8 mph, Bugatti speed-limits its production vehicles to 258 mph. Thus, at 265.7 mph the Venom GT is the fastest production car available to the public.

So if you wanna go w production car available to the public, go buy Venom GT instead of Veyron.

The Ten Worst Replica Cars Ever Built

I think, this list isn’t fully all of it… but I think, it have most of em.

Reference: Jaloptnik

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10.) Lamborghini Gallardo Dodge Stratus

We first saw this thing on The Smoking Tire and we couldn’t believe someone had attempted to make a midengined Lambo out of a front-engined 1996 Dodge. Then we saw that it’s on eBay in Florida with 37 bids at $8,181. People actually bid on this thing.

Suggested By: Somethingwittyer, Photo Credit: eBay

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9.) Porsche 356 Speedster 959 Beetle

Is it a 356? Is it a 959? Patrick Frawley explains.

Take one VW Beetle. Add one batch of plastic that can’t decide if it wants to be a 356 Speedster or a 959 (two cars that have little more than a badge and engine location in common). Include one profoundly poorly-written ad. Offer at the price of a good 911SC. Revel in the angst and indigestion created across the entire Porsche-Volkswagen community.

This is why people fear for the future of civilization.

Suggested By: Patrick Frawley, Photo Credit: ClassicCars.com

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8.) BMW E46 Civic

This thing was on sale a while back with a buy-it-now of $16,500. You could have bought a real M3 with that money.

Suggested By: Bonhomme7h, Photo Credit: eBay via CarScoops

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7.) Pagani Zonda Corvette C5

This thing apparently tooled around Ankara, Turkey for a few years. It gives us chills.

Suggested By: HuserOz, Photo Credit: Hdaraba.com

6.) ’49 Ford Thunderbird

Just as bad as amateur replicas are the ones made by professional companies. This bolt-on kit to a ’90s Thunderbird was supposed to look like a classic Shoebox Ford, but ends up looking like a parrot fish with a gland problem.

Suggested By: CobraJoe, Photo Credit: Haler Concepts

 

5.) Chinese Reventon

We kind of praise the ambition of thinking you can make a $1.6 million Reventon out of some scrap metal in rural China. The 28-year-old who made this reportedly uses it to haul fertilizer around his parents’ farm.

Suggested By: subbzz, Photo Credit:

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4.) The Belaro

If you pay the company EasyRods $6,000, they beat your F-body Camaro with an ugly stick until it looks like a beached whale. Er, until it sort-of resembles a 1957 Chevy.

Suggested By: Deal Killer the Overworked, Photo Credit: EasyRods

3.) Lamborghini Reventon Camaro

There’s just…there’s just no way anyone could be fooled by this ’94 Camaro, right? Right?

Suggested By: 6cyl, Photo Credit: eBay via GM Authority

2.) Chevrolet Camaro Beetle

Amazingly, the Camaro is not the lowest car on the replica-making totem pole. There was a company that tried to make Beetles look like Chevy’s pony car, as The Scrambler explains.

It’s the 1970’s and I want a Camaro, but all I can afford is this Beetle. If only someone could make a Beetle look like a Camaro…

Aww yeah…

Manufactured by Kar Manufacturing Co. out of Massachusetts, this gives a new meaning to the word “Masshole”.

Suggested By: The Scrambler, Photo Credit: The Samba

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1.) Enzo Fiero

We first reported on the legendary Enzno back in 2008 and it remains as psychologically troubling as ever. You know you’ve done something terrible when you manage to make a Pontiac Fiero worse in your replica conversion.

Suggested By: keenan9, Photo Credit: eBay via Jalopnik

Have you seen worse than these?