On today's show, why horny Amish guys shouldn't sext while driving their horse and buggies and why somewhere in the world, Martin Short is currently clenching his butt cheeks. Yep, it's a Donald Bell show. Also, ISPs are adopting graduated responses to piracy and Apple gets a patent that may or may not be broad depending on how you define "N."Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
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Mercedes-Benz isn't calling the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster a super car, even though it boasts 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque; instead the German automaker is calling the fabric-top ride a dream car.
Available later this year, the $183,000 roadster may be missing gullwing doors, but it's not missing good looks and performance.
Mercedes-Benz teased enthusiasts earlier this month with a look at the roadster undergoing testing in Stuttgart, Germany.
The roadster has an aluminum spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine, a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission, and a sports suspension with aluminum … Read more
Mercedes-Benz released photos of its upcoming convertible SLS AMG Roadster undergoing testing in Stuttgart. Barely disguised with black adhesive foil at the front, rear and along the sides, the Roadster appears to have the same body proportions as its coupe sibling, which debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt International Automobile Show, but sans gullwings and a fixed roof.
The Roadster will be equipped with a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Chopping the top off the SLS required a few structural changes. To create driving dynamics that are identical to the coupe model, Mercedes … Read more
If you're in the market for a cheap thrill, add Getaround to your list. The start-up car-sharing program lets members rent a fusion red Tesla Roadster Sport for only $25 an hour.
Getaround is a new peer-to-peer car rental start-up that lets people offer their own vehicles for rent, including luxury exotics. Insurance is provided by the San Francisco-based company, and renters are responsible for gas. Its business model is similar to Google-backed RelayRides, but the company requires members to use Facebook Connect for sign-up and rental.
To rent a car, members use Getaround's Web site or its … Read more
Along with a cavalcade of handsets, Motorola also announced three new Bluetooth accessories at CTIA Fall 2010. They are the Motorola Finiti and Motorola CommandOne Bluetooth headsets, plus the Motorola Roadster, a Bluetooth car kit/speakerphone.
The Motorola Finiti has three microphones, which combine to cancel out wind and surrounding noise. There's also a stealth mode that will help convert your vocal vibrations into speech, which promises to be useful in especially noisy environments. This utilizes the bone conduction technology we saw in the Motorola HX1. With a special MotoSpeak 2.0 app for Android, you can also listen … Read more
Iconic Motors made a lot of waves when it debuted its 800-hp bespoke roadster in 2008. Since then, the custom car has been refined, re-engineered, and rebadged, now officially bearing the name of the 60s-era AC Cobras that it strongly resembles.
The 2012 Iconic AC Roadster spec changers are slight but impressive: it offers increased output of 825-hp from its 6.8-liter V8 aluminum engine. The trim roadster put on a few pounds and now weighs 2,400 lbs., but it also dropped a second of its 0-60 time and is now below 3 seconds. Not bad for two year'… Read more
California-based AC Propulsion, the company known for providing drive system technology for the Tesla Roadster, Mini E, and eBox electric vehicles, also created the drive system for one of the Progressive Automotive X-Prize top prize winners, the E-Tracer 7002.
The X-Prize contenders were challenged to create a vehicle that could reach 100 mpg/e (miles per gallon or energy equivalent).
The long-wheel base motorcycle with cabin, developed by Peraves for Swiss team X-Tracer, was awarded $2.5 million as one of three top cash-prize winners.
The E-Tracer won the alternative tandem class. It shares the $10 million prize with the … Read more
Hot on the heels of this week's IPO and amid anticipation for its upcoming Model S sedan, Tesla Motors invited us to preview the latest upgrades to its Roadster electric sports . Dubbed the Tesla Roadster 2.5, this new model features revised styling and aerodynamic cues and an available upgraded cabin technology package, which is great, as we'd always found it ironic that a vehicle with one of the most technologically advanced drivetrains on today's roads was saddled with subpar cabin tech.
The most obvious changes to the Roadster 2.5 can be found right up front. A revised front fascia features a more aggressive look, with new vents and a new integrated and color-matched chin spoiler. We think we can see a little MX-5 Miata in the 2.5's new rounded front grill, which is a good thing.
The general effect is a more cohesive appearance than the gaping maw of Roadster 2.0. Off to either side of the new grill are gill-type vents that add to the Roadster's pissed-off face. However, these are not mere styling baubles; rather, they aid in diverting air that's not utilized for cooling away from the high-pressure area at the nose of the Read moreand off to the sides, reducing drag at higher speeds. …