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eBay Deal of the Week: 1975 BMW 2002

1975BMW2002_5

Whether you know it or not, the BMW 2002 is one of the most important little cars ever imported into the United States. As one of the first true sports sedans on the market, it showed consumers that you could indeed have fun while hauling 4 passengers in comfort. This 1975 model is up for sale on eBay and I’ve got to say it’s one trick little machine. Clad in slick black paint with an updated 170 HP 2.4L four-cylinder engine, dual 45 DCOE Weber carburetors, and BBS style wheels wearing Kumho 215 45 ZR16 tires, this 2002 has you covered in the performance department. The interior will not disappoint either with such upgrades as Porsche Recaro seats with netted headrests and a McIntosh head unit with 4×6 Infinity speakers. The bidding ends in 5 days so make sure to click through to check out more pics, or click here to go directly to the auction.

Source: eBay.com

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The One True Zombie Apocalypse Vehicle. Really.

Posted in Alt Fuels, Biofuel, Pop Culture by Dustin Driver | October 30th, 2012 | 3 Responses |

Ah, zombies. You’ve shambled into our psyches and captured our collective conscience like no other. Is it your chilling resemblance to our mindless consumerist culture? Or is it simply that we all want to brain each other with blunt objects? At any rate, we obviously want you to take over. When you do, we’ll be driving this. It’s the HEMTT A3 Diesel Electric by Oshkosh. It’s an armored, eight-wheel-drive beast that can run on diesel, biodiesel and even veggie oil. And it carries its own power station.  Read More…

Rant: Bullet Trains

Posted in Alt Fuels, General, Rants & Raves by Dustin Driver | January 11th, 2012 | 5 Responses |

In China, they have a new bullet train that can hit 311mph. The aerodynamic design is based on, appropriately, an ancient Chinese sword. It’s quite a feat and begs the question, where in the hell is our bullet train in the U.S.?

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Are Prius Drivers the Worst Offenders?

Posted in Alt Fuels, Best of, Car Branding, Electronics, Engines, Fuel, Fuel Cell, General, Hybrid Technologies, News, Pop Culture, Rants & Raves, Traffic by MrAngry | November 9th, 2011 | 19 Responses |

Toyota Prius

Ever since I moved out to the West Coast I’ve been noticing a trend amongst those who drive hybrids and electric cars. For one, they’re generally more aggressive behind the wheel and two, they seem to feel that because they drive an economy car that this gives them the right to act like complete assholes on the open road. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been known to fracture an occasional traffic law from time to time, but these hybrid drivers, especially those who pilot the Toyota Prius, are in a class by themselves. On the highway for instance it’s more often than not that I see Prius drivers motoring at 80-85 mph through traffic. I’ve been flashed by them, tailgated by them and even flicked off by a few. I’ve also been chastised by owners while getting coffee for driving what they consider to be gas guzzling automobiles.

Back in NYC the Prius driver used these cars as they were intended – to get great economy. They drove them in a normal fashion and simply enjoyed their little hybrids. Out here in California though it’s almost as if owners used them as a way to be passive aggressive on the open road – “Yes of course I’m speeding and driving erratically, but I drive a Prius, so it’s ok…” Now I suppose I could be imagining this, but I highly doubt it. What I’m curious to know is, has anyone out there experienced a similar occurrence or am I the only one?

BMW i Series: BMW Pushed the Envelope

Posted in Alt Fuels, auto industry, Best of, BMW, Educational, Electronics, Engines, European Rides, General, News, Rants & Raves, Rides, Videos by MrAngry | July 31st, 2011 | 2 Responses |

BMW-i

Earlier this year I took part in a documentary series in which BMW asked questions about the Future of Mobility. We talked about existing car technology, profiled electric car technology and discussed why our driving habits as a society needed to change if we wanted to move forward. That series was a small introduction to what BMW is doing now with their new i3 & i8 concept electric vehicles. The concept vehicles and the surrounding infrastructure that BMW has planned is nothing short of visionary, which is good, because right now there is a lot of trepidation in the electric car marketplace. By addressing the issues of range anxiety and conveying that electric cars can in fact be fun to drive as well as environmentally conscious, BMW has seemingly moved how we the looked at the electric car into a different, much brighter light.
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Fed Vehicles To Be Alt Fuel By 2015, Except President’s Limo

Posted in Alt Fuels, News, Politics by Kurt Ernst | April 5th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The Beast rests...

One of the fiercest proponents of harsher gun control laws is New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. As mayor, he has a protection detail assigned to him for public events, and I’d be willing to bet there are people watching over his shoulder nearly 24/7/365. I’d also be willing to bet that those people are armed, and extremely proficient with the use of those sidearms; in fact, I’d bet good money that Mr. Bloomberg probably has a little unfriendly persuasion of his own in a nightstand drawer. The irony, of course, is that the man who needs to worry least about personal protection is among its staunchest opponents. Based on recent moves by the current administration to convert federal vehicles to alternative fuel by 2015, it looks like there’s some irony here, too. Read More…

Would You Own An Electric Boat?

Posted in Alt Fuels, Best of, News, Rants & Raves, Videos by MrAngry | February 28th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Infinyte Marine

We’ve all been so jacked up lately on the topic of electric cars that we’ve forgotten that battery power can be used in other applications. When I was a kid I used to be heavy into boats and water sports. It was wonderful and I was lucky enough to have been able to enjoy the water in everything from 8-foot kayaks to full-on 50-foot sport yachts. Over the years the boats have changed, but for the most part their propulsion systems have not. Most recreational boats are still powered by standard gasoline engines or for the larger boats, dirty burning diesels. Back then electric boats were unheard of, but every now and again we’d see someone in a little rubber inflatable tooling around the harbor in silence as their battery powered 2hp electric motor putted them around. The thought of having a full sized electric boat was somewhat laughable, but today; let’s just say the times are changing.
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Treehuggers and Environmentalists Beware!

Posted in Alt Fuels, Best of, EcoLust, Newsworthy, Rants & Raves by MrAngry | February 13th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

C02 Emissions

If you care about the environment then you’d best look away now because this survey conducted by Carbuzz.co.uk is about to really piss you off. Everyone out there likes to think that they’re environmentally conscious when it comes to automobiles and emissions, but very few people actually do anything about it. In fact according to this study of 1,982 motorists over in the UK, only 1% of drivers actually give a crap about how much C02 they’re spewing into the atmosphere. It’s not a surprise really as most people look to get the best bang for their buck when it comes to automobiles and that usually means sacrificing on things like emissions and safety. The plain truth, whether in the United States or the UK, is that people want a nice cheap car that’s loaded to the hilt with options, it’s just the way it is. Still, the fact that safety and emissions are so far down on the list is quite surprising.

U.S. to see more diesels from Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

Posted in Alt Fuels, Audi, Featured, Mercedes Benz by MrAngry | January 12th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Audi Q7 TDI
*Photo: Cardesigns.com

In recent years there has been a very big push to get the American public to buy into new clean diesel technology. Gone are the black smoke belching machines of yesteryear and in their place are beautiful, great performing and more importantly, fuel efficient automobiles. German automakers such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW have been at the forefront of this technology and because of this are pushing for more diesels on U.S. shores. Diesel vehicle sales have been slowly increasing due not only in part to the new technology, but to advanced marketing efforts as well. 53% of all Audi A3′s sold in the U.S. are TDI models, as well as 43% for their Q7 SUV range. Diesel availability has also increased due to the fact that there are more gas stations carrying diesel fuel then there were just 10 years ago. I’ve driven these diesel models and can safely say that if you’re looking for a suitable traditional gas alternative, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t give the new clean diesels a look.

Source: Autoblog

Oshkosh Light Concept Vehicle Tackles the Baja 1000

Posted in 4x4, Alt Fuels, Concept Cars, Cool Stuff, Diesel, Fuel-efficient, Hybrid, Hybrid Technologies, Off-Roading, Videos by MrAngry | November 29th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Oshkosh has been making tactical all-terrain vehicles for the military for years now, ranging from the 72-ton payload hauling Global Het, to their high-speed response and security vehicle, the SandCat. What that means is that Oshkosh is a company that must create, design and innovate to stay current in the ever developing world of advanced military vehicles. One such creation, the Oshkosh Light Concept, recently competed in the 43rd Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 and did so with the mission of showing off their latest serial diesel-electric ProPulse hybrid drive configuration.
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