Cannon-Equipped Police Cars Aimed at Stopping High Speed Chases

New technology is making high-speed police chases unnecessary – allowing justice to be served while saving hundreds of innocent lives. It’s the stuff of James Bond flicks, except that it’s very, very real. Police officers in multiple states are employing a new cutting-edge technology that involves outfitting law enforcement cruisers with high-powered cannons that shoot small tracking devices at the cars of fleeing suspects with the press of a button. The goal is to curb the number of risky high-speed chases that happen on America’s streets and highways every day -and to save hundreds of lives each year. As soon as a tracer is successfully shot and attached to a fleeing vehicle, the chase is over – or so the suspect thinks. “After they think the...

February 9, 2015
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Which Was the Best Spooky Family Car – The Munster’s Koach or the Addams Family’s Packard V-12?

The Munster Koach Munster’s Koach: Designed and built by the legendary George Barris (famous for creating the first Batmobile), the Koach was hand-crafted from three Model T bodies and measured a kind of ridiculous 18 feet long. Of course, the six-door touring roadster had to be that long to accommodate Grandpa’s rolling laboratory and Eddie’s hansom cap ruble seat. Painted in gleaming Gloss Black Pearl, the Koach appropriately sported a blood-red velvet interior and ornate rolled steel scrollwork that took 500 hours to form. It sported ten chrome-plated Stromburg carburetors, a set of Bobby Bar racing headers and a dropped-axle front end with split radius rods and T springs. And it was powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from a 1966 Mustang GT. It also featured some...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Salutes 100 Years of History at the Circuit of America’s Vintage Racing National Championship

The inaugural US Vintage Racing National Championship featured some 500 vintage race cars from locales worldwide. Were you in Austin, Texas this past weekend? If so, perhaps you were lucky enough to witness an historic event – the inaugural United States Vintage Racing National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas. The three-day event featured upwards of 500 vintage race cars from throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe competing in 12 classes over three days. Among the vintage beauties raced was a 1974 Jorgensen Eagle that had been piloted by James Hunt, the Formula One great whose fiery relationship with friend and rival Niki Lauda is the subject of director Ron Howard’s new film, Rush; three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser; and 1898 24 Hours of Le...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Roman Polanski, Frank Simon’s 1971 Monaco Grand Prix Set for US Release

Filmmaker Roman Polanski’s 1971 documentary on Formula One racer Jackie Stewart’s 1971 bid for the Monaco Grand Prix will be re-released in November. Submarine Deluxe, a New York-based film distribution company, just announced it secured rights to Weekend of a Champion, the 1971 documentary film produced by filmmakers Frank Simon and Roman Polanski. The film, which follows world champion driver Jackie Stewart in his chase for the Monaco Grand Prix win, will be released in the Big Apple on November 22 and hit Netflix after a nationwide theatrical run. The news comes more than four decades after the 1972 premiere of the original Polanski-directed version at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival. In making the documentary, Polanski spent a weekend with Stewart, enjoying...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota Recalls 870,000 Vehicles, Blames… Spiders?

We’re cool with spiders. Until the creepy little critters crawl inside our cars’ condensers and force an 870,000-vehicle recall. Well here’s a story you’ll find helpful and perhaps a little creepy. Toyota is recalling 87,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags. And they’re blaming… spiders. Yep. Those 8-legged, screech-inducing little bastards have finally gone too far. Arachnids who likely will swear they were just minding their own business, looking for a high, dry place to catch a nap , have been known to spin webs inside cars’ condensers. While that’s all well and good for the spider, it’s a dirty deal for your otherwise perfectly nice ride. That’s because the webs can block your car air conditioner...

February 9, 2015
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James Bond Submarine Car About to Become the Real Deal, Says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to turn the iconic James Bond submarine car prop into a real, working deal. So it seems Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was a bit miffed when he learned that Agent 007 James Bond’s iconic submarine car, for which he recently plunked down a cool $920,167 at a London auction, didn’t really work underwater at all. Turns out it was just a cool, but non-functional prop that had the entire movie watching world fooled. “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform,” Musk said in a Tesla release. Well, what did you expect for such a paltry sum? Seriously, though. Musk has a plan for the custom white Lotus Esprit built specifically for the 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me by Florida’s Perry Oceanographic -and, of course,...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Video that Captures Pure Joy of Dogs in Cars

Does your dog love to ride shotgun? There are a few things to look for in choosing a pet-friendly car. If you’re a dog lover with a vehicle of any sort, you know that pooches love to take rides, preferably shotgun with the windows down. So, we here at E3 Spark Plugs bet you’ll appreciate this beautifully produced video by director Keith Hopkin. With a camera mounted on the hood of an SUV, just outside the passenger window, Hopkin produced this slow-motion video that perfectly captures the pure elation of a dog going for a cruise with his/her human. We dare you to try to watch without cracking a smile. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a dog-friendly ride, here are a few features to look for: A backdoor or hatch that opens up so your pet can easily jump into...

February 9, 2015
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Year-Long Waiting List to Drive the New Corvette Stingray Z51

Buyers of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 may have to wait upwards of a year for delivery. Picturing yourself behind the wheel of the super-sleek new Corvette Stingray Z51? Well, hold that thought. Even if you’ve got your checkbook out and are ready to plunk down that first payment, you’re likely gonna have to wait a while, E3 Spark Plugs has learned. After an already intense period of anticipation that seemed to last FOREVAH, those who have ordered new Stingrays with the enviable Z51 package must now wait even longer – About a year, to be exact. Turns out the Z51 hype has proven effective, as a full 75 percent of all new Corvette orders being placed include the package. To be fair, that kind of ordering frenzy should have been expected, considering reviews like...

February 9, 2015
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LA Auto Show Tickets on Sale Now – E3 Spark Plugs is Stoked for More than 50 Auto Debuts

The new BMW i8 debuts at the LA Auto Show next month. It’s the first major car show of each season and one of the top annual events for car buffs nationwide and around the world. And with good reason – This year, 56 automobiles will make their U.S. debuts, including 22 making their world debuts at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. That’s more than double the number of world premieres at the show over last year. Among the sleek new rides that the world will see for the first time at the LA auto show are four Mercedes-Benzes, three Porches and more from BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in the luxury, performance, green, tech and concept categories. Here are a few of our favorites: BMW i8: The German automaker’s flagship i8 electric vehicle is a...

February 9, 2015
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Controlling Your Car with Gestures? Google Files Patent to Make it Possible

An image from Google’s patent filing for gesture-based automotive controls. Image courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies and one greatly exaggerated forensics show. And now, it may be headed to your car’s dashboard. Every time you watch an episode of Fox’ Bones and see Angela (Michaela Conlin) swish her hot little hands around in the air, doing her craniofacial reconstruction thing on her giant 3D “Angelatron” hologram machine, you know you secretly wish you could have one in your living room/man cave/ garage. Well, that particular fantasy may just be a little closer than you think. Not only is the Angelatron based on existing technology (including one similar massive machine used to forecast...

February 9, 2015
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