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Weekend Video Roundup: Kobe Bryant Out-Smarts an Art Thief, Mika Häkkinen Hoons a Caparo T1, Big Rig Gymkhana and More!
For those who weren’t paying attention, Friday was April Fool’s Day. We, however, take our jobs as close observers of automotive tastes and trends very, very seriously. Like dead serious. Why else would we be so committed to bringing you the most must-watch videos of the week in one easy-to-digest post? Exactly.
Weekend Video Roundup: Lamborghini Gallardo vs. Angry Mob, Coachbuilt Ferrari Racecar, Disco Smart and More!
In a world that seems to be going madder and more unpredictable by the day (the ongoing crisis in Japan, the escalating conflict in Libya, Charlie Sheen taking his brain spasms on tour), it’s nice to have things you can count on. We hope that our Weekend Video Roundup will be one of those things for a long time to come, so make the jump and tune into our regularly scheduled collection of must-see motoring vids from the past seven days and nights.
With all the talk of tighter Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements lately (35.5 miles-per-gallon in 2016, and some legislators calling for 60 mpg nine years after that), a lot of us gearheads are understandably worried about the future. However, forcing automakers to devise substantially more efficient new cars might not be all bad news; to make such quantum leaps in fuel economy, cars will have to be noticeably lighter than they are now, because clean diesels, hybrid systems and the like won’t be enough by themselves. And in addition to increased efficiency, less mass also means better acceleration, braking and handling.
Against this backdrop, the people behind the Los Angeles Auto Show’s annual Design Challenge drafted the rules for this year’s contest thusly: Create a four-passenger vehicle weighing 1,000 lb. or less that is comfortable, safe, and delivers satisfactory performance and looks. When all was said and done, nine concepts from seven automakers (Daimler created one for each of its three passenger car brands) were submitted and, if you ask us, they’re all significantly less depressing than other people’s visions of our automotive future. But don’t take our word for it; make the jump and judge for yourselves.
This morning in our inbox we received this little bit of grim humor. The photo is supposedly of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (just outside New Orleans) between two trucks and a smashed passenger vehicle titled “Still Want A Smart Car?”. We doubt it is that particular make based on the wheel and a couple other visual cues but this picture does make one wonder about the safety of the Smart Car (whether or not it’s actually the car shown) as anybody who has seen one in person has definitely had their reservations. So, we decided to satisfy our curiousity and find out a little more about this little spark plug.