Who said only cars or bikes should drag…

22 08 2007

Continuing the line of wacky videos here is a video of planes dragging…..



Wacky as it gets…. 900HP NOS

22 08 2007

hey ppl… as usual was jobless and browsing video clips… check what i found… it is as wacky as it gets… that too on a van….!!! sorry embedding is not possible on metacafe plz visit the link below to get to the video it is worth it….

900 Horsepower On NOS

Most recalled Brands

14 08 2007

BusinessWeek has trolled the NHTSA files to find out which automakers have had to recall their brand new 2007 models the most, and the winner is Volkswagen thanks to a recall of just over 1 milion 2007 New Beetles because of potentially faulty brake light switches. Of course, Ford announced a major recall of 3.6 million vehicles earlier this month for defective cruise control switches, but none of the vehicles affected were 2007 models and so don’t count for this list.

We’ve complied the rest of the data for you in a handy list after the jump, because we hate having to click through BusinessWeek’s 15-part slideshow, and we suspect you might, too.

[Source: BusinessWeek]

Most Recalled Vehicles of 2007

2007 Volkswagen New Beetle
1,002,000 units affected
On certain passenger, wagon, and convertible vehicles with or without cruise control, a brake light switch may malfunction if it was installed incorrectly.

2007 Toyota Sequoia
On certain trucks and minivans, due to possible improper finishing of the front suspension lower ball joint, some ball joints may experience an incidental deterioration of the internal lubrication. This may cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely, which could result in increased steering effort, reduced vehicle self-centering, and noise in the front suspension.
2007 Jeep Liberty
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with Valeo heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, the blower motor may overheat.

2007 Nissan Altima
On certain vehicles, if a sufficiently hot object enters the air filter housing through the engine fresh-air-intake system and comes in contact with the engine air filter, the air filter may ignite.

2007 Hyundai Tucson
On certain sport-utility vehicles, static air-bag deployment testing-conducted by NHTSA using fifth-percentile female dummies-indicated if a small-stature adult driver, not wearing a seat belt, is involved in a frontal or near frontal crash, deployment of the driver air bag may result in an insufficient margin of compliance as measured by the test dummy used in the NHTSA test.

2007 Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler
On certain vehicles, the totally integrated power module was programmed with software that may allow the engine to stall under certain operating conditions.

2007 Suzuki Forenza, Reno
On certain passenger vehicles, the front seat-belt tongue will not latch into the buckle and, in rare cases, the locked tongue will pop out under low stretching force. If the buckle does not latch completely, the buckle could release without the release button being pressed.

2007 Volkswagen Passat, Passat Wagon
Certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 2.0-liter engine with 147kw may have a vacuum line that may fracture and become disconnected at low ambient temperatures. On certain sixth-generation passenger vehicles, the wiper motor may fail during heavy rain due to excessive moisture in the wiper motor.

2007 Chrysler Sebring and 300; Dodge Caliber, Magnum, Charger and Nitro; Jeep Compass, Liberty, Commander, Grand Cherokee, and Jeep Wrangler
On certain vehicles, the antilock-brake-system control module software may cause the rear brakes to lock up during certain braking conditions.

2007 Infiniti G35 Coupe
Certain vehicles fail to comply with the vertical gradient and headlamp photometric values requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108.

2007 Chevrolet Aveo
On certain passenger vehicles equipped with a 1.6-liter engine, during a severe frontal crash test, the fuel line in the engine compartment developed a fracture. In addition, the crash damage caused four short-circuits in the fuse block, the combination of which allowed the fuel pump to continue running and fuel to leak onto the ground.

2007 Nissan Versa
On certain hatchback vehicles, the terminals for the passenger-side seat-belt tension-sensor harness connector may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. This could result in a loss of electrical continuity causing the occupant detection system to become inoperative.

2007 GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook
On certain vehicles, the sensing and diagnostic module, which controls the function of front air bags, may not operate properly. As a result, the front air bags may fail to deploy in a frontal crash. Also, the air-bag warning lamp on the instrument panel may fail to provide warning that the system is inoperative.

2007 Ford Expedition
On certain sport-utility vehicles, the front and rear tires on the driver’s side of affected vehicles may have been damaged at the center tread during production.


Top 10 Car chases

14 08 2007

One of the key elements of a perfect “guy movie” is a good old fashioned car chase. We don’t care whether it’s the cops in hot pursuit or bad guys trying to run someone down to bust a cap in them. What we do care about is squeeling tires, screaming engines and a driver who will drive it til he hears glass and smells poo poo.

We’ve put together a list of ten movies containing what we think are the best chase scenes ever put on film. It was tough, we had to prune some fender bending classics, but if you’re looking for a good chase you wont be disappointed with any of these ten. So here we go, the Top 10 Movie Car Chases in no particular order.

Ask anyone over the age of 40 about car chases in movies and this one is likely to come up. This Steve McQueen classic came out during the peak of the muscle car era and imagine the fun of 400 horse power on the streets and hills of San Francisco. At the time it came out, this was without question the best car chase ever filmed.

Vanishing Point
This 1971 cult classic stars Barry Newman as Kowalski. His task? Drive a Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. A bit of a post-Easy Rider hippie flair, but the chase sequences set against the back drop of the open territory of the western states are spectacular.

Smokey and the Bandit
The movie that made Burt Reynolds one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the late 70’s and helped Pontiac sell a ton of Black Trans Ams with fire breathing chickens on the hood. Reynolds stars as “The Bandit” running block in the Trans Am for a truckload of bootlegged Coors beer leading to the destruction of dozens of cop cars spanning from Texas to Georgia.

John Frankenheimer set out to make the chase scenes in this movie be the ones that future directors would study when they wanted to create an incredible chase sequence of their own. We think he succeeded. You’ll have white knuckles from gripping the arms of your recliner in this one. And between the chases you get a darned good action flick.

Thunder Road
Robert Mitchum stars in this 1950’s classic. This thing played in drive-ins for years and years. Mitchum plays a bootlegger being pursued by the revenuers. The 1950 Ford in this movie has a wonderful rumble when he puts the spurs to it.

The French Connection
Although this is not a car movie, the chase sequence is largely credited as being responsible for one of this movie’s 5 Oscars (best editing). This is a crime thriller about cops on the trail of a heroin shipment. But it contains a chase scene that was heralded as the best ever at the time it was filmed. Many of the stunts in this chase were actually real and unintentional such as the lady with the baby carriage who nearly gets mowed down.

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
Arguably the best pure car chase movie ever filmed. It spends maybe half of the movie setting it up, and the rest of the movie is one long chase with some outstanding car stunts. Most people had never heard of this movie until the year 2000 when Nicholas Cage starred in the Jerry Bruckheimer remake of the movie. But the remake doesn’t compare to the original which boasts 93 wrecked cars in a 95 minute movie. If you liked the 2000 version of the film, you’ll love the original.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
This is the remake of the 1974 classic. However, about all it shares in common with the original in terms of storyline is that it is about a band of car thieves who have to steal alot of cars. This is a big movie with big stars, big stunts and a big budget, but the big chase scene is much much much shorter than the original. It’s still great and well deserving of a spot in our Top 10, but get yourself a copy of the 1974 version if you wanna really see Eleanor tear it up.

The Fast and the Furious
Based on the contemporary world of street racing, in this movie you’ll find souped up ricers with turbos and NOS trying to turn 10 second quarters instead of the classic muscle cars from the 60’s and 70’s. This action packed movie also has a rocking soundtrack that combined with the burning rubber should really get your heart pounding. This is the best car movie of the new millenia so far.

The Road Warrior
The movie that made Mel Gibson a major star. After the apocolypse one of the toughest things to find is gasoline. So what do these guys do? They ride up and down the highways at very high speeds looking for it. These highly modified vehicles have such toys as nitrous and super chargers and their drivers will stop at nothing to run their adversaries off the road to claim their fuel.

The Best of the Rest
There are alot of other great chases which didn’t make our Top 10, but we just feel we can’t neglect completely. These include The Rock, White Lightning, The Blue Brothers, To Live and Die in L.A., Cannonball Run, and Mad Max.


Courtesy of : http://www.moviesforguys.com/articles/top10chases.shtml

Dumb car names

14 08 2007

Sometimes car companies stumble on a great car name. But sometimes they balls up in a big way – like the Mazda Bongo Friendee, Honda Vamos and Mitsubishi Starion…

Finding a name for a new car can never be simple for manufacturers, but it is easy to suspect that some try harder than others.


Witness the litany of strange, inappropriate or just plain side-slapping car badges that have appeared over the years and you have to wonder whether some car makers are lacking in imagination or have far too much.

Because for every made-up but inoffensive Camry or profound Mondeo or Statesman there are others that seem to have been inspired after a long lunch at the pub.

The list below offers a few quickies – if anyone can add some more then please feel free.

Honda Vamos Hobio Travel Dog – The obvious name for small people mover designed specifically for those who like to have a canine on board.

Mitsubishi T-Box – Move the hyphen and the space around a bit after the second “i”. I’m not making this up.

Mitsubishi Starion – Legend has it the someone in marketing called the badge-maker telling them the new car was to be called a stallion. Accents did the rest. As legends go, it’s a beauty.

Volkswagen Polo – Only slightly funny, unless you’re Italian and it sounds a lot like “Volkswagen Chicken” (pollo).

Lancia Y10 – Only slightly funny, unless you’re English and it sounds a lot like “Lancia White Hen.”

Volkswagen Touareg – Unpronounceable to most people. Name has been taken from a North African Bedouin tribe who haven’t litigated presumably because the styling of this German 4WD also uncannily resembles a camel.

Chevrolet Impala – Inappropriate zoological imagery is popular with car makers, but this should have been called the Chevrolet Tapir. Or Three Toed Sloth.

Mazda Bongo Friendee – Nonsensical, but strangely charming appellation for another small van. Possibly indicates Japan’s drug problem is worse than first suspected.

Ferrari 575M SuperAmerica – Sounds more like a new cartoon hero based on the chin of Michael Schumacher. At least it leaves no doubt about the country Ferrari designs most of its cars for.

Holden Calais – Luxury car named after a French seaport featuring a tunnel entrance and some huge duty free booze shops. Evocative, really.

and the dumb car name list continues.

Make Name Comments
Ford Edsel Sort of like calling a car “Bob”, “John” or “Frank”
Daihatsu Rocky Did they name it after the movie or the mountains?
Daihatsu Charade It’s pretending to be a car.
Mitsubishi Aspire It’s ambition is to be a car.
Ford Escort It goes wherever you go.
Dodge Neon What’s tacky-looking and glows in the dark?
AMC Gremlin Was this car full of them?
Toyota Stout Maybe they’d sell more if it was “Big & Tall”
Datsun Cherry Having it stolen is like losing your virginity.
Subaru Justy Justy whaty?
Dodge Scamp This car is either a rogue, or it moves in a stop-and-go fashion.
Dodge Swinger This is the perfect car for wife-swappers.
Plymouth Reliant Ironic, considering it was marketed as a “disposable car”.
Hyundai Accent Does it’s engine make odd inflection noises?
Kia Mentor Does this car teach you how to drive it?
Mitsubishi Mirage The car that you only think you’re driving.
Daihatsu Applause When you buy it, the salespeople cheer for you.
Daihatsu Rugger The perfect car for Carpet installers or Rugby players.
Honda Acty Crawler Does it have wheels or 6 legs?
Honda Jazz Like, cool, man…
Honda Joy-Machine Like driving an orgasm
Isuzu Big Horn For people who hate the sound of those little beep-beep horns.
Isuzu Forward Does it have a reverse gear at all?
Mazda Bongo *
Mazda Bongo Brawny *
Mazda Bongo Friendee * Maybe if they keep trying, they’ll figure out what’s wrong with the name…
Mazda Titan It’s either a really big SUV, or a condom…
Mitsubishi Guts That’s all they’ll find of you, after you crash it.
Nissan Big Thumb ???
Nissan Fairlady Z Possibly inspired by a Giant Robot show for girls.
Daihatsu Town Cube Yes, it’s a small, square minivan, advertized like it was a wardrobe or closet on wheels. I’m not kidding.
Plymouth Duster I suppose it’s better than “Mop” or “Broom”.
Dodge Demon Who do you think would drive a car with a name like that? Could it be… Satan??
Dodge Drifter A car for Transients?
Dodge Rampage The Road-rage car.


Courtesy of : http://www.weirdcrap.com/scholarly/carnames.html


6 08 2007

splash productionsplash conceptspalsh-prod1.jpgsuzuki has always been working fast in making their concept cars into reality, first it was the swift which created a stir in the automotive market few yrs back with the concept wearing a ultra chik styling. within months the production version cars started rolling out of the plants,

now its suzuki’s time for setting india ablaze with its brand new hatch back named the suzuki “SPLASH”. the concept version of this car was shown in the paris motor show last year, n within such a short period of time, the real car is out. n man the car looks GOOD atleast from the front, n iam sold for the huge wheel arches……… this car is a replacement for the wagonR all over the world except india. it will be sold between the swift n the wagonR/estilo. with hyundai already testing their new hatch back car the “PA”, its really high time maruthi looks into starting the sales of the splashin india soon. n iam doubly sure this thing is going to capture the market. iam now serioulsy looking forward to get this baby if  maruthi plonks the 1.3DDIS engine in it. the engine options are a 3 cyl 1litre 65bhp petrol n a 4cyl 1.2 litre 85 bhp petrol, n laslty the swifts 1.3 ddis engine. now the only thing maruti has got to do is to price it well, way to go……….



2 08 2007

This article will probably have a significant effect on ravi and his persistant effort to keep his UNO rolling…FIAT is currently working on a small car project to fit between the PANDA and PUNTO and its gonna be called the UNO!!!!! Seems this car will have a totally different styling unlike the traditional boxy looks and is intended to be SPORTIER! The best part is that this little fellow is going to be propelled by a 900cc, 2CYLINDER, 100BHP engine!!!!! Looks like FIAT is thundering their way by producing revolutionary engines like this and also the one in the swift diesel 1.3DDiS. This new UNO is most likely to be sold in India alsongside the Palio and Punto.