Friday, March 8, 2013

Real Hybrid Muscle

March 5th 2013 at Venice International Auto Show


             Ferrari  LaFerrari

800 hp 6.3-liter V-12 engine

two electric motors = 163 hp

60 mph in under 3.0 seconds

0 - 300 mph in 15 sec.

top speed 217 mph electronic limit

McLaren P1



                 McLaren P1

757 hp twin-turbo 3.8 litre V8

one electric motor adds 176 hp

60 mph in under 3.0 seconds

0 to 300 mph in 17 sec.

top speed 217 mph electronic limit 




 MISC. STUFF  (no more cars for a while)

                  (well ok - just one more car thing)

1)  Pedestrian-Detection and Automatic Platooning


       Volvo, Subaru and Mercedes-Benz are working on these safety devices.

A ‘platoon’ is made up of a lead vehicle – a heavy vehicle driven by a suitably professional driver. Up to eight drone vehicles follow. There is a high-speed wireless data connection between all the vehicles making it possible for the lead vehicle to perform an emergency brake application without the expected domino effect.

                                         (if you happen to have a helicopter handy)


       The dramatic rescue of a deer and her fawn stranded on thin ice in Nova Scotia is captured on video acquired by Reuters. The video was shot by Ian Waugh, a retired Canadian biologist, after spotting the doe and fawn struggling on ice in Antigonish Harbour. The doe struggled for hours to gain her footing on the ice while her fawn stayed close to her. The ice was too thin to attempt a rescue by foot, so Waugh notified the Department of Natural Resources.

           In a complicated maneuver, a helicopter pilot used the downdraft of the helicopter's rotor to blow the deer to shore on the slippery ice. As the helicopter hovered approximately four feet  above her, the doe struggled at first, but eventually relaxed and let the helicopter blow her to safety. When the doe reached the shore, she was helped to her feet, and she limped away into the woods to join her fawn.
     These kinds of selfless actions makes me think there is still hope for "My Canada". It is a welcome relief from Canada's current government which seems to be concerned only with TV propaganda, secrecy and obfuscation for their own partisan reasons.  

3) Farewell to Stompin' Tom Connors
  A tribute to Stompin' Tom by the New Democratic Party (NDP caucus)
                                  in the foyer of the Parliament Buildings
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                  Such a very Canadian tribute - informal and sincere.

I think Stompin' Tom would have loved it.


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