Volkswagen to produce 170 MPG car

At the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this week Volkswagen is displaying their new L1 diesel – electric hybrid that in testing has gotten 170 miles per gallon. This astounding achievement is made possible by the use of lightweight composite parts and extreme care with the aerodynamics.

The car seats two people in a one-behind-the-other configuration. It weighs only 800 lbs and sits 45 inches high. It uses a two-cylinder rail-injected TDI motor and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox along with a 10 kW / 14 PS electric motor. The combination not only delivers an incredibly low fuel consumption but it only emits 36 g/km of C02.

Volkswagen expects to have the L1 on the streets by 2013. More detailed information is available here.

I know this is only a concept car (and we’ve seen a lot of those in the past that never made it onto the streets). In my mind though this is a complete killer for the Chevy Volt. What do you think?

December 3, 2016

Artist Completes Gigantic Pen & Ink Drawing After 3.5 Years

From great pain often comes great artwork. Such is the case with Manabu Ikeda‘s monumental Rebirth, a 13′ x 10′ masterpiece that the artist toiled over for 3.5 years, working 10 hours a day. It’s Ikeda’s largest work to date and is the Japanese artist’s response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2017 edition: French farmers.

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