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The Truth About Cars
2017-05-29 15:30:44
Here is my collection of Classic Cars:
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The Truth About Cars
2016-09-26 18:29:33
Fast cars are my only vice.
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The Truth About Cars
2016-09-26 18:26:50
Senator Pushes for Federal Historic Vehicle Registry Is your car truly rare or unique? Does it represent a small but significant piece of American history? (We’re not talking about a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 380SL once owned by Gary Busey.) If so, your ride could one day be immortalized — in a bureaucratic sense. Yesterday, Michigan Senator Gary Peters (D) introduced a bill that, if passed, would create a federal registry for historic vehicles. Peters’ bill (the National Historic Vehicle Register Act) would allow the Department of Interior to treat some cars, trucks and motorcycles in the same manner as historically significant ships, bridges and roads. Those are already cataloged in the department’s Historic American Engineering Record. “Few engineering innovations have had the same impact on American society as the automobile, and it is important for us to preserve the stories of vehicles that have played a critical role in American history,” Peters said in a statement. Peters, a life-long motorcycle enthusiast who recently engaged Michigan residents during a five-day state tour, has the backing of the Historic Vehicle Association and American Motorcyclist Association. Any vehicle significant enough to find its way onto the register would have its records archived in the Library of Congress. It’s a high bar to meet. According to Peters’ bill, “Vehicles must be connected to a significant person or event in American history, or have a unique design or rarity, to be eligible for the register. Each vehicle’s record will include a narrative describing the vehicle and its historical significance, a photographic record, and line drawings or engineering drawings of the historic vehicle.”
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The Truth About Cars
2016-09-26 18:25:46
Ford Patents the Simplest Car You Can Imagine Harkening back to its early days as a purveyor of horseless carriages, Ford Motor Company has patented a no-frills folding vehicle for those who want something more than a bicycle. Intended for developing countries with poor infrastructure, the patent filing uncovered by Autoblog details a lightweight, endlessly configurable vehicle with a collapsible frame. Ford describes the battery-powered vehicle as a “simple, ultra-low cost, commuter vehicle” that “could create a whole new global market, filling the price gap between bicycles and automobiles.” Built on an X-frame with members that pivot at a central axis, the vehicle’s length can be shortened to fit into cramped parking spots. Ford lists heavily congested cities in China and India as a potential market. Designed to fit the user’s needs, the vehicle can be configured a number of ways. Passenger capacity varies from one to six people, with the option of a removable pickup bed for added utility. A tandem X-frame structure would allow for more layout options. Power could come from an internal combustion engine or an electric drivetrain, though the EV option seems the easiest. The document describes electric hub motors or a conventional motor driving one of the axles, powered by fixed or removable batteries. When Ford claims the vehicle is simple, it means simple. The company says the vehicle’s seats can be of the rigid variety, or “fabric sling seats designed to attach to the vehicle cross-members.” Forget about adjustable lumbar support. And who needs suspension? The body structure can soak up those bumps through various pivot points. Not surprisingly, there’s nary a mention of cupholders in this patent. Ford seems pretty sure it can make this sub-car for the masses a reality. The vehicle’s simple construction and flexible configurations “create a business case the can profitably support an ultra-low sales price,” the automaker says. While Ford clearly has its eye on mass production for developing countries, the vehicle could find a home in other locales. The automaker sees the vehicle serving as a rental runabout at vacation resorts, or as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.
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The Truth About Cars
2016-09-26 18:24:31
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