Formula 1, British Military, Aerospace Experts Building 1,000-MPH Rocket Car

It's the stuff of your boyhood dreams. A sleek, supersized, rocket-on-wheels ride designed to hit speeds of 1,000 miles per hour. And it's fast approaching reality. Earlier this week, a team of British engineers unveiled the Bloodhound SSC, touted as the most powerful land vehicle ever made. This massive orange and blue ride that actually looks like a rocken when standing on its back end weighs in at 7.5 tons and meatures more than 44 feet long. It's powered by a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine, like those used in the Typhoon fighter jet, as well as a Nammo hybrid rocket engine. And there's a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine aboard to pump the oxidizer required for the rocket to burn. the setup allows for the equivalent of 135,000 bhp of thrust. Wheels are made of a long long, thin cylinder...

September 25, 2015
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Pope Francis Goes Low-Glam With New Popemobile

Pope Francis has won hearts across many faiths in large part to his sincere love for and relatability to the regular guy. After all, Papa Francisco, as he's endearingly known, once worked as a bar bouncer and a floor sweeper, for Pete's sake. He further solidified that persona during his trip to the US when he skipped dinner with our nation's highest-level politicos, instead dining with area homeless. He's proven time and time again that he's not above snapping a selfie with members of his flock. And for automotive enthusiasts, he has repeatedly humbled the papal fleet with his choice of rides decidedly less glam than those of previous popes. The earliest popemobile was actually a gilded throne or "sedan chair" carried on posts by footmen with some serious strength. It first got...

September 25, 2015
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Holy Copyright Fight! Batmobile Replica Maker Shut Down

Just in case you were looking forward to plunking down a cool $90,000 to drive your very own Batmobile replica, too bad. A federal judge in San Francisco recently shot down Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle's highly successful business making street-legal replicas of the Batmobile as it appeared in the 1966 Batman television series and the 1989 Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. Ninth Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta ruled that the car has enough distinct character traits to be deemed eligible for copyright protection. "As Batman so sagely told Robin, 'In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential,'" Judge Ikuta wrote.Towle's attorney Larry Zerner argued the law holds that automobile designs are not subject to copyright. "My client just sells...

September 24, 2015
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Worst Excuses Actually Used to Dodge Speeding Tickets

Let's face it - A lot of us have a need for speed, but nobody likes getting nabbed with a speeding ticket. So, we can come up with some real doozies of excuses to dodge a high-dollar citation. PoliceOne.com, an online resource for law enforcement professionals, asked officers nationwide to tell about the best, worst and craziest lines they've received from lead-footed drivers. Here are 10 of our favorites here at E3 Spark Plugs. "I wasn't speeding, I just got a haircut and it makes me look fast." "I'm a Wicka. You know, a witch. Are you giving me a ticket? I'll put a spell on you." "Oh, I thought the sign I 95 meant the speed limit. Glad you didn't catch me over on SR 210 earlier." "Duh, I know I was going fast, I was trying to get the snow off my windshield so I could see where I'm...

September 24, 2015
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Here's How NOT to Dodge Speeding Ticket

File this one in the "dumbest criminals" folder, E3 Spark Plugs fans. Florida man Julius Lupowitz recently got nabbed for his lead food in West Melbourne. But what he did to dodge the $200 speeding ticket coming his way only ended up getting him in far worse legal trouble. When the officer writing Lupowitz's ticket turned around, the delusional driver got the not-so-bright idea to dial 911 with a bogus claim. "There's definitely someone going to get shot," he reportedly told 911 operators. "Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please. There's a man with a gun. I see him looking at me but I don't think he sees I'm on a cell phone. I swear I'm so scared I might get killed myself. Please."Apparently, Lupowitz mistakenly thought that the officer would have no choice but to speed...

September 24, 2015
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Diesel Scandal Prompts Massive Volkswagen Recall - Is Your Ride Affected?

All the talk in the automotive world lately is the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The company recently admitted it falsified output of carbon emissions from diesel cars by programming engine management software in some diesel models to turn on emission controls only during testing. Once affected vehicles passed testing and returned to the roadways, they would rup up to 40 times more emissions than revealed at the test site, according to officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency. That's one dirty move. In the aftermath of the confession, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down and the company issued a recall of some 11 million vehicles in the US alone, with upward of $7.2 billion set aside to cover related costs. Affected models are: Jetta (Manufacturing...

September 23, 2015
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Newest Batmobile Unveiled

The movie starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams won't be released until next March. But film car buffs and fans of super hero flicks are getting an epic preview of the newest Batmobile to be featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The massive muscle movie ride recently was unveiled at the Warner Brothers Studio tour in Hollywood, California. Executives say the next-generation Batmobile combines elements of the sleek, streamlined design of classic Batmobiles and the high-suspension, military build sported in the more recent Tumbler from the Dark Knight Trilogy. Created by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, the new Batmobile measures nearly 20 feet long and 12 feet wide and we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it's one of the coolest yet. Want to see the new...

September 23, 2015
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Janis Joplin's Psychedelic Porsche Hits the Auction Block

We here at E3 Spark Plugs belive this just might be the grooviest automotive auction ever. A customized 1965 Porsche 365C 1600 Cabriolet that once belonged to iconic singer and songwriter Janis Joplin is up for sale at RM Sotheby’s in New York in December. Originally oyster white before its crazy colorful paint job, the ride is expected to fetch upward of £260,000  - that's $396,350 in US dollars. Joplin purchased the car used in 1968 for a mere $3,500 and comissioned roadie Dave Roberts to give it a psychedelic revamp. The paint job dubbed "The History of the Universe" took a month to complete and quickly became one of the most recognizable sights in the San Francisco area where Joplin lived. That paint job also proved a bit of an insurance policy. When the car...

September 23, 2015
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Auto Theft Rates Highest in California, Washington, Texas

With this month's release of the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the top 10 most stolen rides in 2014, there's a lot of talk about just how to avoid becoming a car theft victim statistic. One idea: If you live in California, Washington or Texas, consider a move. NICB statistics show that cities in these three states fill the list of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest auto theft rates last year. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Bakersfield, California Stockton-Lodi, California Odessa, Texas Modesto, California Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Vallejo-Fairfield, California Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Fresno, California San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California What gives? Experts say that port and border cities are notorous hotbeds for...

September 11, 2015
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Hot Wheels: Honda Accord, Civic Named Most Stolen Rides of 2014

Drive a Honda? You might want to look into a few theft-deterrent options. That's because the Honda Accord and Honda Civic took the top two spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolent rides in 2014. The nearest contenders weren't even close. The news comes as no surprise to insurance pros and law enforcement. The same two cars topped the annual list last year as well. Experts point to the fact that both models are known for reliability, which means many older models remain on the roadways - and those older rides lack modern security features that come standard in more recently manufactured vehicles. Plus, their enduring popularity makes them less noticeable when the BOLOs go out. Here's the NICB's list of the 10 models most likely to disappear from America's...

September 11, 2015
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