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  1. TranStar Dagger GT 2000HP 300MPH - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-16-2010 at 12:01 AM

    At SEMA this year, we were eager to see some of the most performance oriented vehicles as well as some of the latest and greatest in mobile technology. Among our picks to see: the Hennessey Venom GT. Afterall, 1200 bhp and 1155 lb-ft of torque in a car weighing 2685lbs has got to be fun. As we walked up the Mobile 1 booth, where the Venom was supposed to be, it became overly apparent the vehicle was incognito. Disappointed, we looked for an explanation from a Mobile 1 representative. Apparently the vehicle was caught up in customs somewhere and might not be making an appearance at the show for the next several days, if at all. Our search, then, switched to find other amazing performance vehicles as obviously the threat of importing weapons of mass destruction or illegal substances in one of the world’s fastest supercars is prominent.

    This lead us to the TranStar Dagger GT. Two-thousand horsepower, 300MPH, in a car that weights 3000 pounds sounds like a bit of a fairytale. Too good to be true? Maybe. But TranStar Racing is eager to seek investors to facilitate the production of their Dagger GT to find out. Still, their “suspended” website might not be the best image to convey to wealthy individuals. Several years in the design process and the car is still “several months” from being actually race track ready. Still, if produced, TranStar assures us that the $500K+ vehicle will deliver performance stats nothing short of scary. The below performance specs are estimated.

    • Weight to Horsepower Ratio: 1.2:1
    • 0-60 mph: 1.2 seconds
    • ¼ Mile: 6.6 seconds @ 204 mph
    • Top speed: 314 mph
    • 60-0 mph Braking Distance: < 100 feet
    • Fuel consumption @ 300 mph: 5 gallons per minute
    • Time to empty @ 300 mph: < 5 minutes
    • 0-100-0: < 10 seconds
    • 0-60-0: < 4 seconds

    Again, just scary in a vehicle without wings.

    The one that caught my eye the most is fuel burn at 300 mph. I would be more than happy to just get to 300 mph for just a split second and I think the least of my worries would be how much fuel I’m burning while I’m there or how long I could theoretically stay at this ludicrous speed. My thoughts would be in the realm of how to avoid being flung up in to the approach path of a nearby landing aircraft or how to get back below 300 mph as quickly as possible because my stomach’s about to turn up-side-down. At 300 mph, the Dagger GT is traveling 5 miles per minute and burning 1 gallon every mile, a figure likely to be frowned upon by the EPA. To put this another way, the Dagger GT is burning 1 gallon every 12 seconds. It’s difficult to even dispense fuel at this rate at the local yacht fueling station, where they’re used to filling 1000+ gallon tanks.

    According to the Dagger GT technical specifications worksheet, electronics will include “custom Azentek onboard computer system, 9” touch screen dash-mounted monitor, infotainment/nav system, vehicle/ engine diagnostics, Dolby Surround Sound, voice recognition software, 120 GB HD, DVD/CD player, MP3, Windows Vista [?], Internet WiFi, satellite radio, PC card, Bluetooth, and more.”

    There will be five possible models; three race models and two street models. I thought the manufacturer’s description of each was interesting:

    • “Dagger GT-R will be our road racing model, with a dynamic, computer-managed split rear wing, set up to challenge and establish new lap records at Virginia International Raceway and at Nurburgring, Germany.
    • Dagger GT-LS will be our land-speed model with 500 mph rated M/T landspeed tires, forward ballast, full bellypan with twin venturi tunnels, land-speed wheel covers, intake aero plugs, parachute, Bonneville rollcage and a range of other options to help our buyers set new landspeed records in excess of 300 mph. Options will include landspeed instrumentation/avionics [with an altimeter?] packages, windshield options and other possibilities.
    • Dagger GT-D will be our drag racing model with Goodyear Pro Stock Slicks, or DOT drag tires, hydraulic-launched doubld drag chutes, NHRA rollcage and a modified/changeable rear suspension that will enable 200 mph in the quarter mile and emulate Pro Stock traction mechanics which routinely produce 200 mph timeslips with much less power.
    • Dagger GT-S will be our “Sport” model, a street-legal version of the GT-R model. The owner can specify his/her suspension preference. This is our ‘base’ model starting at $500,000+.
    • Dagger GT-X will be our luxury model with a custom interior designed especially for you by After FX Customs, the premier after-market paint and interior firm in the U.S. The options you may specify are unlimited, subject to feasibility.”

    So if you’re in the market for a $500,000+ Veyron killer, TranStar racing promises at least a college try of superseding many of the Veyron’s speed records.

    Source: TranStar Racing Dagger GT Preliminary Technical Specifications, 2010.
  2. Open Source Vehicle by Local Motors - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-11-2010 at 01:28 PM

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    Sean Clark from mp3Car talks with Ariel from Local Motors, a company that is pioneering open source and community driven vehicles.

    Building these vehicles is a 4 step process. First is creation; where Local Motors will take input from the community for all of the parts that will combine to create the car. Next is the development stage where the vehicle is put through theoretical testing and different scenarios to make sure its safe. 3rd is build. Users can actually go to the micro factory in Arizona and help build their car in 6 days.

    Finally users can mod the vehicle with and "app store" of car parts. These parts are really easy to create because all the data for the car is open source.

    Updated 11-11-2010 at 03:08 PM by optikalefx

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  3. Blind Spot Detection System by AutoI - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-10-2010 at 11:45 AM

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    Sean Clark from mp3Car takes a look at the Blind Spot Detection System by AutoI. This system comes in 3 parts. The main unit, the sensors, and then alert bar. There are also optional mirror lights that can be attached to the system.

    What makes this product unique is that the sensors use ultrasound to detect cars between 15 to 20 meters away.

    Updated 11-11-2010 at 02:58 PM by optikalefx

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  4. Audi TTS Drives itself at SEMA 2010

    by , 11-05-2010 at 03:37 PM

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    On-Air Personality: Sean Clark Videographer: Mike Palotas

    Audi has come up with a really neat concept car that autonomously drives itself on intermediate road courses. The car has 5 antennas, 1 of which is for radio remote control, 2 for ground based GPS and 2 for satellite GPS. The ground GPS helps the car stay within mere centimeters of its path.

    Currently the car uses a pre-programmed path, and it needs the ground based GPS system. But they are working on a way so that the path isn't needed and it can make its own intelligent choices.

    There are 2 computers driving this thing, both core 2 duo machines. One is handling sensor data and the other is controlling the car.

    Updated 10-09-2011 at 07:04 PM by Jensen2000

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  5. 2011 Ford 'Digital' Fiesta Overview - SEMA 2010

    by , 11-05-2010 at 01:00 PM

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    Stephen Jenesen from mp3Car talks with Theresa from L&G. They have modified a 2011 Ford Fiesta to create what they call the "digial fiesta". It is an incorporation of a glossy red, circuit board-esque paint job along with some special hardware.

    This hardware happens to be an iPad, built right into the dash. In order to make room for this they have moved the HVAC up onto the ceiling.

    The goal of this car is bring the social media aspect of life into the vehicle.

    Updated 11-05-2010 at 01:44 PM by optikalefx

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