Wednesday, January 18, 2006

CAR WEEK: PARKING LOT PROBLEMS

Parking Lot Problems
If you own a super car then I'm sure you have encountered this problem before - parking in Paris. Our friends at Top Gear were in Paris to test drive three cars - a Pagani Zonda F, a Ferrari F430 Spider and a Ford GT. The real test came when they had to get the high end sport cars out of the parking structure.

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Monday, January 16, 2006

CAR WEEK:
TOP GEAR - BUGATTI VEYRON

BUGATTI VEYRON
Simply put, the Bugatti Veyron is the world's fastest, most powerful and most expensive car. For $1.25 million US, you can purchase the car's 1000 horsepower and use them to rocket yourself to the car's top speed of 252 mph... although you'll use a tank of gas every 12 minutes at that speed!

Read what Jeremy Clarkson had to say about the car.
Watch The Top Gear Bugatti Challenge: Italy to London.
Unbelievable - The Veyron at top speed!

You should really read about the making of the Top Gear Bugatti Veyron vs. plane - Italy to London race.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

CAR WEEK: TOP GEAR - FUN WITH CARS

Top Gear the BBC car series
In our continuing CAR WEEK SERIES we find ourselves continually going back to those guys at Top Gear for entertainment. Enough said. Check these out...

How to beat a radar speed camera.
Car versus 747 jet engine backwash.
Top Gear soccer.
Car Darts.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

CAR WEEK: TOP GEAR - CHALLENGES

Top Gear the BBC car series
The more we watch BBC series Top Gear, the more we like it. An interesting element to the show are the 'challenges' that take place. Usually they are along the lines of car versus man or car versus other modes of transportation. Here are some rather captivating challenges from the show...


London to Monte Carlo: Aston Martin DB9 vs. 200 mph train.
800 miles on one tank of gas in an Audi A8 diesel twin turbo.
London to Oslo: McLaren SLR Supercar vs. powerboat.
London to Verbie, Switzerland: Ferrari 612 vs. 500 mph plane.
Video game vs. Reality - Jeremy vs. Gran Turismo.
Evo Ralley vs. Norweigen Olympic Bobsled Team.
Irish Guard snipers vs. Jeremy in a car.
Lotus Exige vs. an Apache Attack Helicopter.
Nurbrgring Race Track Challenge... in a van.
Range Rover Sport vs. British Army tank - Missile Lock Test.
Italy to London: Bugatti Veyron vs. Cesna.

How are some of these challenges possible? You should know that much of the exterior footage of the car driving is actually shot on the way back from the challenges with The Stig driving. The footage inside the cars are shot during the race with a static camera mounted inside the vehicle. Top Gear assures us that everything is real and the outcomes are legit. Read the production notes from the Ferrari vs. plane challenge here.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

CAR WEEK:
TOP GEAR - NSX versus GRAN TURISMO

Top Gear the BBC car series
This is the first in a short series of posts relating to cars. Boring? Not at all. For the most part, the posts will be exciting, entertaining and possibly even intriguing. So here goes, the first posting for car week...

The long running BBC series Top Gear, is the most engaging car show we have ever seen. It combines captivating hosts with compelling show concepts that grab the viewers attention throughout. The show was seen briefly in North America on The Discovery Channel, but word on the street is that a US version is in the works. Hopefully it won't suck because part of the allure of the original UK show is the sharp wit of host Jeremy Clarson. The other factors that play into the show's success are the great concepts, beautiful cars and stunning camera work.

A Top Gear episode that we want to point out is the one in which Jeremy Carkson felt that since he mastered driving a virtual NSX around a virtual race track in the video game Gran Turismo 4, that he could drive a real car around a real race track - Laguna Seca - at least as fast as his did in the video game. So Clarkson flew to California where a NSX and an empty race track awaited him for the 'video game versus reality race' episode. Watch it here.

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