Cars – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:11:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.soc-usa.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-26-150x150.png Cars – SOC USA http://www.soc-usa.org/ 32 32 Honda sees a future where cars, bikes and lawnmowers share interchangeable batteries https://www.soc-usa.org/honda-sees-a-future-where-cars-bikes-and-lawnmowers-share-interchangeable-batteries/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 21:11:15 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/honda-sees-a-future-where-cars-bikes-and-lawnmowers-share-interchangeable-batteries/ In an interview with Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe and Director of Electrification Shinji Aoyama in Tokyo, the executives responsible for leading the automaker through these changing times explained to me that while building electric vehicles is important, the ultimate goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this, electric, hydrogen fuel […]]]>

In an interview with Honda CEO Toshihiro Mibe and Director of Electrification Shinji Aoyama in Tokyo, the executives responsible for leading the automaker through these changing times explained to me that while building electric vehicles is important, the ultimate goal is to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In order to achieve this, electric, hydrogen fuel cell and even hybrid eVTOL vehicles need to be further developed to penetrate every corner of the world. transport sector. One of the most interesting concepts we discussed, however, was creating an environment where different types of vehicles shared a common battery. From cars to scooters, lawnmowers and even homes, getting rid of single-use batteries would be a win-win for consumers and Honda.

Some of this hardware already exists and is called “Honda Mobile Power Pack e” and “Power Pack Exchanger e”. The lithium-ion mobile power pack is a cabin battery similar to the one we currently use to charge our devices on the go or even start a car, just bigger and heavier. A Honda Mobile Power Pack e currently weighs around 20 pounds and delivers up to 1.3 Wh. The Power Pack Exchanger is a kind of vending machine where Power Packs can be recharged, stored, and distributed to users. That’s the commercial solution, at least. There’s a little-known residential solution Honda is working on that takes the same concept but scales it down to work for a home. It fits four mobile packs instead of 12, and it can also charge mobile units via solar power if the home has one.

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The premise is simple, and I’ll use myself as an example: I have a lawn mower, a snow blower, a dirt bike, and a small sedan. (Yes, the last two are Hondas.) While I drive my Civic every day, I don’t ride my bike or use my blower or mower nearly as often. In fact, I almost never do. This concept would allow me to own a set of batteries that I could share and swap between all my Honda machines. Why does a battery specifically designed for my mower run out all winter when I could use the same power source for my snow blower? Also, using the snowblower battery for my mower during the summer when I could also borrow it to run my dirt bike.

When you apply this concept to a vehicle used for commuting, it makes even more sense. It would be very easy to remove the batteries from your vehicle and charge them overnight in the pack exchanger, much the same way you would charge an EV overnight these days. The biggest difference here is that if you wake up in the morning and the day is beautiful, you can skip the car ride and use your motorcycle batteries instead. Assault? Put them in your car and leave the bike at home. Even better, in the event of a power outage on your block, the exchanger can use the power from the power blocks to feed it back into the house and supply electricity to “the average Japanese house”, I was told -one says. Pretty handy, though it can only power an average US studio for now.

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According to a presentation I received at Honda’s R&D center in Tochigi, Japan, a large three-wheeled scooter could travel nearly 100 miles on two fully charged packs. No further range estimates have been given for larger vehicles, although in the future these packs may also be used for ATVs, personal watercraft and other rides. The engineers also demonstrated a Honda Power Pod e, which is essentially an electric generator. Although still in the prototype stage, it would be a practical power solution for campers or work crews that typically venture off the grid.

Interchangeable batteries also open up various other opportunities; like lending a hand. If you come across a stranded motorist with a compatible vehicle, you can share a power pack with them so they can get to their destination. Maybe a bit far-fetched since you probably won’t want to give away your expensive battery, but hey, it’s a possibility.

Finally, there is the manufacturing aspect of this battery/charger environment. When you have a variety of vehicles that run on the same type of battery, you dramatically reduce the time, money, and effort spent on manufacturing single-use batteries. It’s the same concept as having a billion devices running on AA or AAA batteries. Why spend millions and thousands of man hours designing a battery that only works on one type of device when it could work on hundreds?

Honda has already rolled out one of these interchanges in Tokyo, where subscribers can scan their RFID tags to unlock their scooters’ batteries. Other companies are already taking similar approaches in Taiwan, and another startup is reportedly bringing a similar solution for tuk-tuk taxis in India.

It goes without saying that this application still needs to be developed before it can be deployed in a market like the United States. We travel longer distances, prefer larger vehicles and our overall energy consumption is radically different from that of most other countries. Replicating this concept with solid-state batteries could certainly bring it closer to reality. So as long as this solution is not there nowI think this concept of interchangeable pasta makes a lot of sense.

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Revision of the requirements relating to the controlled contract for the hire-purchase of cars and motorcycles https://www.soc-usa.org/revision-of-the-requirements-relating-to-the-controlled-contract-for-the-hire-purchase-of-cars-and-motorcycles/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:09:50 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/revision-of-the-requirements-relating-to-the-controlled-contract-for-the-hire-purchase-of-cars-and-motorcycles/ 1. Origins On October 12, 2022, the Contracts Committee Notice Regarding the Prescription of the Car and Motorcycle Leasing Business as a Contract-Controlled Business of 2022 (the “Announcement 2022”) was published in the Official Gazette and will enter into force after 90 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, which will be […]]]>

1. Origins

On October 12, 2022, the Contracts Committee Notice Regarding the Prescription of the Car and Motorcycle Leasing Business as a Contract-Controlled Business of 2022 (the “Announcement 2022”) was published in the Official Gazette and will enter into force after 90 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette, which will be January 10, 2023. The 2022 notification will repeal and replace the Contracts Committee notification regarding the limitation of hiring Buy Business for Cars and Motorcycles as a Contract Controled Business of 2018 (the “Announcement 2018”). The intent behind the enactment of the 2022 Notice was to provide a solution to consumers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and indebted by the hire-purchase of cars and motorcycles.

In principle, both the 2018 notification and the 2022 notification regulate the hire-purchase contract for cars and motorcycles between the entrepreneur and the natural person (the “OK“), which is a controlled contract under the Consumer Protection Act 1979 (the “PCA”), provided that the rental cars or motorcycles purchased are for personal use only and not for commercial transportation. However, the 2022 notification stipulates several new requirements and criteria for the agreement, which are different from the 2018 notification. In this article, we aim to shed light on the significant changes brought to the 2018 notification by the 2022 notification.

2. Summary of material changes introduced by the 2022 notification

For illustrative purposes, we present in the table below the summary of the significant changes to the requirements and criteria of the agreement made to the 2018 notification by the 2022 notification.

In addition to the significant changes set out in the table above, the 2022 Notice makes several other changes to the 2018 Notice for the benefit of the lessee and guarantor (if applicable). In addition, the 2022 notification also contains other general requirements of the agreement with which the economic operator must comply.

In particular, any business operator who fails to deliver the agreement containing the terms and provisions in accordance with Notice 2022 shall be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding THB 200,000 or the two.※1 Therefore, non-compliance with the above requirements of contract terms would be subject to such a penalty. In the event that such an offense is committed by a legal person by order or omission of the director, manager or any responsible person of the legal person, such persons shall also be liable to the penalty for such offence.※2

3. Conclusion

Notice 2022 will apply only to Agreements executed after Notice 2022 becomes effective and will not affect Agreements executed before the effective date. Thus, it is important for car or motorcycle hire-purchase businesses to ensure that their agreements will be compliant with the 2022 notification once it comes into effect.

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eBay Motors’ Parts Of America Tour Brings Custom Cars To Los Angeles https://www.soc-usa.org/ebay-motors-parts-of-america-tour-brings-custom-cars-to-los-angeles/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:59:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/ebay-motors-parts-of-america-tour-brings-custom-cars-to-los-angeles/ Several major new vehicle launches are taking place at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the big blue rig you see above carries eight very different vehicles. They are all part of Parts of America ride, a month-long eBay Motors event showcasing a wide range of custom cars (and a motorcycle) using parts sourced […]]]>

Several major new vehicle launches are taking place at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the big blue rig you see above carries eight very different vehicles. They are all part of Parts of America ride, a month-long eBay Motors event showcasing a wide range of custom cars (and a motorcycle) using parts sourced from – you guessed it – eBay Motors.

The great diversity of this collection is what caught our attention. It’s not often you see a gasser classic Chevrolet Corvette C1 parked between a Porsche 718 Cayman, a creeping Jeep and an Audi R8 stripped of its body panels. Also on the tour are a second-generation Ford SVT F-150 Lightning, a classic Ford F-100, a copper-wrapped 2010 Dodge Challenger with a Hellcat swap, and a lights-equipped Harley-Davidson motorcycle. , a sound system and enough flaming skulls to make ghost rider jealous.

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
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Ford F100
Dodge Challenger Hellcat Exchange

The tour kicked off Sept. 21 in southwest Michigan at the Gilmore Car Museum, showing up just in time for the night of the cruise. A dozen stops later – including visits to Renaissance Euro Fest, Tail of the Dragon, and SEMA to name a few – the rig traveled to California. Different vehicles were shown at various stops, all of which are described on eBay Parts of America visit page. And with the end of the tour, four of the vehicles are put up for auction. Bidding ends November 26.

Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Audi R8 Kart
custom harley davidson
C1 Corvette Gasser

“We met with builders, maintainers and restorers across the country who showed us what makes their regional automotive cultures so special,” said Ron Jaiven, general manager of parts and accessories for eBay Motors. “These communities are as unique as the vehicles we’ve picked up along the way, and it was remarkable to see first-hand how these enthusiasts – professionals and enthusiasts – used our marketplace to support their deep automotive passions.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen eBay Motors plug into the world of auto shows. Earlier this year, the company showcased several projects by prominent YouTubers and celebrities at the New York Auto Parts show, concurrent with the 2022 New York Auto Show. Hellcat, Amelia Hartford’s Honda-traded Toyota Prius and Sydney Sweeney’s classic Bronco restoration, among others.

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Classic cars remain popular despite push for a greener automobile https://www.soc-usa.org/classic-cars-remain-popular-despite-push-for-a-greener-automobile/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 07:04:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/classic-cars-remain-popular-despite-push-for-a-greener-automobile/ As governments around the world push for a greener automobile, many drivers wonder if classic cars will survive the next decade. Changes such as the introduction of E10 gasoline and multiple ULEZ zones could make it harder to own and enjoy classics. However, according to Lee Masters, director of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, […]]]>

As governments around the world push for a greener automobile, many drivers wonder if classic cars will survive the next decade. Changes such as the introduction of E10 gasoline and multiple ULEZ zones could make it harder to own and enjoy classics.

However, according to Lee Masters, director of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, classic vehicles are growing in popularity.

Ms Masters told Express.co.uk: “I think it’s actually the opposite. Classic car clubs used to be for the select few, however, we are now seeing the market grow, evolve and trends change for include an increased number of women and the younger population showing greater interest in owning or wanting to own a car.

“It’s safe to say that the types of classic cars change. What is a classic for one person may not be for another.

“Nevertheless, they all remain as something to be admired and bring a sense of nostalgia wherever they appear.”

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Mr Masters added that the festival, which runs all weekend, is the perfect place for classics lovers.

He said: “The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, together with Discovery+, is the biggest and best classic car show in the UK and the ultimate season finale for any classic car, bike and owner enthusiast. .

“This year, visitors can expect a fantastic array of classic car and motorcycle clubs, with over 3,000 vehicles on display and over 600 exhibitors.

“Plus, visitors can hear from industry insiders as they discuss the latest trends, must-have products, take part in interviews and showcase spectacular classic cars with a packed schedule on the live Discovery+ Stage, hosted by Mike Brewer of Wheeler Dealer.”

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He warned that driving a classic could become more expensive, but said they would only be used as a weekend car.

Speaking to Manor Park Classics, the TV star said: ‘When the car was invented we didn’t stop riding, did we?

“So I think it will become more of a hobby, which is not a bad thing.

“It’s billions of pounds for the economy, it’s a lot of jobs, a lot of tax revenue, so I don’t think the government is going to get rid of it.

“People who say it’s going to happen, I don’t think it’s going to happen in a hurry.

“I think we’ll be pushed into a corner where we’ll be happy enough as a little hobby.”

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery+, takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November.

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Could these tiny, low-cost electric cars save America’s cities from SUV hell? https://www.soc-usa.org/could-these-tiny-low-cost-electric-cars-save-americas-cities-from-suv-hell/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/could-these-tiny-low-cost-electric-cars-save-americas-cities-from-suv-hell/ With cars on American roads getting bigger and heavier every year, going electric just might not be enough. To take back our cities of huge trucks and SUVs while simultaneously promoting affordable and efficient electric vehicles, New York-based startup Wink Motors thinks it has the answer. Wink has just unveiled four new Neighborhood Electric Vehicles […]]]>

With cars on American roads getting bigger and heavier every year, going electric just might not be enough. To take back our cities of huge trucks and SUVs while simultaneously promoting affordable and efficient electric vehicles, New York-based startup Wink Motors thinks it has the answer.

Wink has just unveiled four new Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) designed for US roads.

They are designed to comply with federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations and are therefore permitted on the road under Low Speed ​​Vehicle (LSV) regulations.

Wow, that’s a lot of acronyms!

Basically, LSVs are small electric vehicles that follow a specific set of abbreviated safety rules and operate at speeds up to 25 mph (40 km/h). They are allowed on US roads with posted speed limits of up to 35 mph (56 km/h).

And Wink Motors tells us it has some of the few street legal options available in the country.

As Wink Founder and CEO Mark Dweck explained:

We designed these vehicles to be the perfect small-format city vehicle. They’re small and easy to park in tight spaces like an e-bike or motorcycle, but have fully enclosed seating for four adults and can be ridden in rain, snow, or other inclement weather like full-size cars. Since they are electric, you never have to pay for gas or contribute to harmful emissions. And you can even charge them in the sun with the solar panels on the roof.

I’ve actually had the pleasure of watching Wink Motors grow in stealth mode over the last year and a half while providing technical advice on vehicle design.

The Winks may not be fast, but they exceed the legal 25 mph (40 km/h) limit allowed for LSVs.

This lower speed also makes them safer and more efficient – ​​perfect for city driving in crowded urban areas where speeds rarely exceed LSV limits. In Manhattan, you can never even go 25 mph!

Wink offers four vehicle models, two of which are equipped with roof-mounted solar panels to add between 16 and 25 km of additional range per day when parked outdoors.

All vehicles include four seats, air conditioning and heating, rear-view cameras, parking distance sensor, three-point seat belts, dual-circuit hydraulic disc brakes, 7 kW peak motors, safer LiFePO4 chemical batteries, power windows and door locks, key fob for remote locking, windscreen wipers and many other features that we usually associate with cars.

But they are not really “cars”, at least not in the legal sense. They are motor vehicles, but LSVs have their own separate classification from traditional cars.

Most states still require a driver’s license and insurance, but they usually have relaxed inspection requirements and may even qualify for tax incentives.

LSVs may not be widely available yet, but several companies are already producing interesting models. We’ve seen them built for commercial applications like package delivery as well as commercial and private use, like the Polaris GEM that recently spun off into its own business. Unlike the GEM, which is designed as an open-air vehicle similar to a golf cart, Wink’s vehicles are enclosed like conventional cars. And they come in at less than half the price.

Wink expects to begin delivering its first vehicles before the end of the year. Promotional pricing at current launch starts at $8,995 for the 40-mile (64 km) Sprout model and increases to $11,995 for the 60-mile (96 km) Mark 2 Solar model. Considering that a new golf cart can easily cost between $9,000 and $10,000, that seems quite reasonable. And I don’t know of any golf carts that have air conditioning or power windows.

Of the four new Wink NEVs, the Sprout range is the entry-level model. The Sprout and Sprout Solar are both two-door models that are largely identical except for a larger battery and solar panel in the Sprout Solar model.

The upgrade to the Mark 1 gets a different body style, also with two doors, but with an included tailgate and a folding rear seat that turns the four-seater into a two-seater with extra cargo space.

The Mark 2 Solar has a body similar to the Mark 1, but with four doors and an additional solar panel. The Mark 2 Solar has an on-board charger, although Sprout models come with off-board chargers like an e-bike.

Compared to full-size cars, these NEVs lack the higher speed needed for intercity travel. No one will jump onto the freeway in the blink of an eye. But as a second car for staying in town or wandering around the suburbs, these might just do the trick. Whereas a new electric car can easily cost between $30,000 and $40,000, a low-cost electric vehicle like this can provide many of the same benefits without the added expense.

wink engines

The vehicles have between 40 and 60 miles (64-96 km) of range, depending on the model.

The solar versions would add about a quarter to a third of the battery charge per day, depending on the sunlight available.

For city dwellers living in an apartment and parking on the street, the car may never need to be plugged into a wall outlet as long as they average only about 10 to 15 miles (16 to 25 km) per day. Considering my town is about 10km wide, I can see that’s a real possibility.

Unlike many electric vehicles today that can weigh between 3,500 and 8,000 pounds (1,500 to 3,600 kg), Wink’s vehicles weigh between 760 and 1,150 pounds (340 to 520 kg), depending on the model. Light vehicles are thus much more efficient, easier to drive and easier to park.

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A 25 mph vehicle may not fit the life of every American, but it certainly could for some.

LSVs may only be a tiny fraction of the larger EV market, but their numbers are growing everywhere, from cities to beach towns and even retirement communities.

I recently purchased an LSV van, although mine is not legal as I did a private import from China. What was originally marketed as a $2,000 mini electric truck in China ended up costing me close to $8,000 after factoring in bigger batteries, upgrades like air conditioning and a dump bed. hydraulic tilter, freight (over $3,000 in itself, door to door), and tariffs/customs fees.

Dweck explained that while Wink’s vehicles are also produced in China, Wink had to set up an NHTSA-registered factory and worked with USDOT throughout the process to ensure full regulatory compliance. They also use multiple redundant inspection stages to ensure manufacturing quality and have even exceeded federal safety requirements for LSVs.

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Personally, I’m more of a two-wheeler, and you can usually find me commuting on an e-bike or e-motorcycle.

But if I needed a car for the city, these winks would definitely have my eye.

They may not have quite the same charm as some of the European offerings like the Microlino. But we can not say that they are not adorable!

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Special cars, security measures used for regional visits by the Imperial Couple of Japan https://www.soc-usa.org/special-cars-security-measures-used-for-regional-visits-by-the-imperial-couple-of-japan/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 22:02:04 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/special-cars-security-measures-used-for-regional-visits-by-the-imperial-couple-of-japan/ A ‘goryosha’ used by the imperial couple is seen at Haneda airport on October 22, 2022. The circular vehicle registration badge made exclusively for the imperial family is attached to the grille near the headlight. (Mainichi/Koho Kitayama) TOKYO — Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako recently visited Okinawa Prefecture […]]]>






A ‘goryosha’ used by the imperial couple is seen at Haneda airport on October 22, 2022. The circular vehicle registration badge made exclusively for the imperial family is attached to the grille near the headlight. (Mainichi/Koho Kitayama)

TOKYO — Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako recently visited Okinawa Prefecture after their regional tours, which had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, resumed in October, and people standing on the side of the road were again seen waving to the motorcade. The Mainichi Shimbun looked at the type of cars used in such convoys and driven by the imperial couple.

A vehicle that the imperial couple drives is called a “goryosha”. According to the Imperial Household Agency, there are currently several goryosha, including a special edition Toyota Century.

Cars used for official Imperial couple business do not have ordinary license plates. Instead, they are marked with an “Imperial Number”, a circular vehicle registration badge made exclusively for the Imperial Family measuring 10 centimeters in diameter. An “Emperor’s flag” with the chrysanthemum emblem is sometimes attached to the bonnet. For private outings, a car with a regular Shinagawa Ward license plate is used.






The design of the circular vehicle registration badge made exclusively for the Imperial Family can be seen in this image taken from the Road Transport Vehicles Act Regulations.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, when the imperial couple visits regional areas, the goryosha is transported to the site in advance. This is also the case of the “gubusha” cars, which the agency’s grand steward and others drive, as well as a spare car prepared for the imperial couple in the event of an accident or other emergencies. The agency says this has been the custom for some time.

If the destination is on the main island of Honshu in Japan, a driver often takes the car directly to the destination, but for the recent visit to Okinawa, a ferry was also used. It seems that drivers face many difficult moments when moving the car from place to place. They are apparently trying to sandwich the car with the Imperial license plate between other vehicles so it doesn’t stand out.

In the days when there were no cell phones, a liaison staff member to report the situation using a nearby public phone in case of emergencies, including accidents and breakdowns, also drove around the same car. There were even times when a mechanic was on board. Even today, there is a maintenance garage in the Imperial Palace where mechanics maintain the car.

During regional visits, a long line of vehicles driven by a white police motorbike forms. The convoy includes a goryosha, a gubusha, press cars and other vehicles including a rescue car. A vehicle equipped with wireless devices is boarded by the Commissioner General of the National Police Agency and the Head of the Imperial Guard Headquarters, and serves as a command post for the motorcade’s security.

The Imperial Guard Headquarters and local police oversee security, and security is their top priority. However, there is also a general rule not to disturb the harmony between the imperial family and the public, and the whole convoy drives slower when there are many people standing along the road, so that the imperial couple can respond to the inhabitants who welcome them.

(Japanese original by Kanami Ikawa, Tokyo City News Department)

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Car theft victims create a network to find stolen cars https://www.soc-usa.org/car-theft-victims-create-a-network-to-find-stolen-cars/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/car-theft-victims-create-a-network-to-find-stolen-cars/ Photo: Salgu Wissmath/San Francisco Chronicle via AP) (PA) The figures for 2022 are not yet (obviously), but it seems America is still suffering from a wave of car theft, as well as the theft of catalytic converters. Victims in Portland, Oregon have had enough, taking the situation into their own hands. The New York Times […]]]>

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The figures for 2022 are not yet (obviously), but it seems America is still suffering from a wave of car theft, as well as the theft of catalytic converters. Victims in Portland, Oregon have had enough, taking the situation into their own hands.

The New York Times has a story about a growing group of people who have stepped in, where law enforcement has failed. They turn to each other and social media to track stolen vehicles.

Neighbors share photos of license plates, track trips to work, and search online for reports of stolen vehicles.

Almost every day, the group, PDX Stolen Carshelps a resident reconnect with a vehicle in Portland or surrounding suburbs.

“It’s an army, and it’s exploding,” said Victoria Johnson, who joined the group after someone drove off with her SUV while she was helping at the scene of a car accident. “It feels good for the body to give back and help.”

The PDX Stolen Cars Facebook group now has nearly 12,000 members as of this writing. Members often come to the group as victims themselves, but remain as amateur sleuths searching for stolen cars. Members scour neighborhoods, industrial parks and homeless camps looking for missing cars or cars that seem unusual or suspicious. Sometimes the cars they find are so badly damaged that they are only identifiable by VIN.

When members find a car, there is no reward money. There’s no revenge or vigilance and, often, there’s no glory, as the Facebook page is filled with images of burnt-out cars, cars with interiors ripped off, or just run over and abandoned. Occasionally, however, owners are reunited with their vehicles:

A man was able to recover a cherished motorcycle which he uses to honor veterans at military funerals. The group located the stolen car of a police officer’s wife.

Ms Johnson found the group after she lost her Lincoln Navigator during the roadside stop and went online to search for a way to find them. She didn’t stop there and drove a meticulous grid through the area where her vehicle had been taken.

She couldn’t find it, but she spotted another man’s vehicle that had been assigned to the group, which helped her retrieve it. A few days later, that same man texted with a surprise: He had found Ms Johnson’s vehicle. She now spends several days a week checking her area for stolen cars and says she has discovered several.

The reasons for the surge in car thefts seen across the country are varied. supply chain issues are making cars (and auto parts) more valuable than ever, the added pressure of inflation is making crime more attractive, and personnel issues within the police department are overwhelmed with cases more violent. Portland’s problems are not unique; police across the country are reporting a higher than usual number of car thefts, Car and driver reports, although we are still far from the bad old days of the ‘90s.

These types of thefts often hit the people who can least afford the hassle. Older cars are often the first to roll off the street with Affordable (and Highly Theftable) Kias and Hyundais. Even if the whole car does not disappear, the catalytic converter is also at risk – an unexpected and expensive repair that can cost hundreds of dollars.

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What MotoGP would need for race safety cars https://www.soc-usa.org/what-motogp-would-need-for-race-safety-cars/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:20:42 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/what-motogp-would-need-for-race-safety-cars/ With MotoGP bosses coming under increasing criticism of late for their apparent reluctance to red flag racing, one potential solution that has been mooted is the introduction of an F1-style safety car. This would allow races to be briefly suspended without a full stop, in order to deal with incidents such as injured riders near […]]]>

With MotoGP bosses coming under increasing criticism of late for their apparent reluctance to red flag racing, one potential solution that has been mooted is the introduction of an F1-style safety car.

This would allow races to be briefly suspended without a full stop, in order to deal with incidents such as injured riders near other competitors or marshals requiring a clear track to remove damaged machinery.

And, while it’s something that has traditionally been deemed impossible thanks to Michelin’s control tire characteristics in the premier class, the head of the French firm’s motorcycle racing division Piero Taramasso has exclusively revealed to The Race he thinks could be in a position to support such a move in as little as a season – with no drop in performance.

The issue of race stops has come to the fore in recent weeks thanks in large part to a high-profile incident during the Australian Grand Prix Moto2 race which saw Pons Racing rider Jorge Navarro stranded just a meter away. of a live track with a broken femur and severed femoral artery.

It’s a problem compounded by the series’ somewhat loose yellow flag rules, under which only crashing under yellow flags deserves heavy punishment. Ignoring a waved yellow danger signal in practice or qualifying simply ties up your lap time, while overtaking under yellow in a race just forces you to give way.

And while a safety car is unlikely to be an adequate solution for practice or qualifying incidents (which was also a problem at Phillip Island thanks to repeated track invasions of local wallaby and geese), switching to this model is something that would produce a significant advantage in racing while both protecting the all-important television program and providing closer racing by grouping spread fields.

It would also require no additional equipment and provide an additional business opportunity for long-time MotoGP partner BMW, which already supplies a wide range of M Sport performance vehicles for every round of MotoGP – with the cars currently only being used for track observation and warm-up laps, to assess track conditions and as emergency response medical vehicles.

BMW MotoGP Safety Car

The safety car format is also used elsewhere in cycle racing with great success, with an existing model already in place in the World Endurance Championship and the British Superbike Championship.

“BSB has successfully used a safety car for live action since 1999,” series director Stuart Higgs told The Race. “Since then it has been used countless times and it is an invaluable tool.

“It provides neutralized control for marshals to respond to incidents, react to potential contamination and even allow medical evacuations of a non-serious nature to take place without the need for a red flag, which in turn denies having the most dangerous part of the race [again] which is the beginning and opens up a few turns.

However, with superbike series running on very different production-derived slick tires (something Michelin have experience with from their long history in endurance racing) compared to MotoGP, rubber performance has always considered to be the biggest obstacle to the introduction of a safety car. in prototype racing.

“This tire model is not designed for when you have a safety car,” Michelin boss Taramasso admitted at the Malaysian Grand Prix earlier this month, “and the temperature and pressure would drop and you could never bring her back again.

“We see it regularly when some riders go off the track and then when they come back the tire has failed and they are struggling. We would need to redesign the tyres, and at the moment that wouldn’t be possible.

MotoGP Sepang

But, it’s also something that could very easily be reversed, according to the veteran engineer – and, in even better news, he thinks it would happen without even a drop in performance or lap times given the Michelin experience.

“It’s something we do for endurance tyres, for 24-hour races,” he explains. “Sometimes they have safety cars and this type of tire is designed for that, is able to do that – but not the MotoGP tyre.

“I think it would take a season. Time to design, build and test; we would be able to react in a year.

“That wouldn’t necessarily mean a drop in performance: we could probably keep it the same, but we would have to do some testing. But in theory, it is possible.

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List of show cars in GTA Online from October 27 to November 2 https://www.soc-usa.org/list-of-show-cars-in-gta-online-from-october-27-to-november-2/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:46:35 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/list-of-show-cars-in-gta-online-from-october-27-to-november-2/ This week’s GTA Online update has brought a variety of show cars that will satisfy the thirst of most car enthusiasts in the game. However, as the Halloween event is underway, Rockstar Games is constantly adding new rewards and activities. So, it might be difficult for many casual gamers to find a dedicated list of […]]]>

This week’s GTA Online update has brought a variety of show cars that will satisfy the thirst of most car enthusiasts in the game. However, as the Halloween event is underway, Rockstar Games is constantly adding new rewards and activities. So, it might be difficult for many casual gamers to find a dedicated list of all the show cars they can buy during this chaotic week in the online title.

To help such people, this article will offer a list of all show cars currently available in GTA Online.

Note: This article reflects the subjective opinion of the author.


GTA Online players get multiple show cars including Revolter, Pigalle and more

luxury cars

Grotti Visione

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Grotti Visione is a hypercar that is inspired by the design of the real Ferrari Xezri Competizione Edition, which in turn gives this vehicle a futuristic and fluid look that many gamers will really appreciate.

It is also a very good hypercar compared to other automobiles in its class. The vehicle boasts an impressive top speed of 125.25 mph and a lap time of 1:01.062. The Visione also has incredible acceleration and can hit 60 mph in seconds. Players can get this car for around GTA$1.6 million.

Mutiny of the Übermacht

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The Übermacht Revolter is a four-door luxury car based primarily on the Cadillac Escala Concept. Hence, it has quite a sleek and compact design that will appeal to gamers who prefer high durability.

This car also has insane acceleration, which will be useful in escaping dangerous situations. Additionally, it has tight maneuverability that prevents the vehicle from spinning when the player makes sharp turns.

Also, due to its heavy weight, it can easily cut through traffic, making it a perfect option for ramming into players. The car’s top speed is 115.5 mph and its lap time is 1:04.198. Both of these stats can be improved through upgrades. Players can purchase this vehicle for GTA$1.6 million.


High-end luxury motorsport

BF weevil

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Players can obtain the BF Weevil from Simeon’s showroom, a car heavily inspired by the iconic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle. If players want to drive a popular vehicle from the 1940s, this automobile is their best option in GTA Online.

The BF weevil has flexible handling. Therefore, players can easily rotate it. Moreover, it is also a lightweight car, which makes the vehicle very easy and fun to drive. Players can get it for $870,000.

Lampadati Pigalle

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The Pigalle is a two-door vintage car in GTA Online based on the Citroën SM, which was one of the most popular vehicles in Europe at one time. So players who love European automobiles should definitely consider buying this car.

The Pigalle is quite capable in terms of performance, as it has admirable acceleration and a top speed of 121.25 mph. This makes this car quite fast compared to other classic sports cars in the game. Players can get the vehicle for around $400,000

Albany Lurching

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The Albany Lurcher is a funeral car that carries an open coffin from which a monster emerges. All of this is easily visible if players peek into its rear compartment. This means the vehicle is perfect for anyone celebrating Halloween.

Even though it doesn’t have the best performance compared to other vehicles in the game, it can still be used to scare others in GTA Online.

sanctus

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Sanctus is a really aggressive looking and intricately designed bike that is inspired by the Avarus from the game. However, it comes with some obvious changes, such as the human skull installed where the headlight should go.

This spooky, skeletal aesthetic makes it a perfect choice for Halloween. Additionally, this bike reminds many players of the popular Marvel character, The Ghost Rider. That’s because, in the comics, he rides a similar-looking two-wheeler. The motorcycle has a top speed of 112 mph, making it one of the fastest motorcycles in this game.

Dinko RT3000

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This car is based on the popular Honda S2000. Players looking for a simple-looking two-door car should definitely consider owning it. Moreover, it has a top speed of 119.3 mph and can quickly reach high speeds with ease. This makes the Dinka RT3000 a great car, especially if gamers want a sports car that’s easy to control and perfect for practice.

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Top 10 obscure German cars https://www.soc-usa.org/top-10-obscure-german-cars/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://www.soc-usa.org/top-10-obscure-german-cars/ German manufacturers are among the best-known car manufacturers in the world. They’ve handed out one fine car after another over the decades, many of which go unnoticed by car enthusiasts due to their focus on certain models stealing the motor show from brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi. , to name a few. Let’s take […]]]>

German manufacturers are among the best-known car manufacturers in the world. They’ve handed out one fine car after another over the decades, many of which go unnoticed by car enthusiasts due to their focus on certain models stealing the motor show from brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi. , to name a few. Let’s take a look at some German car models we might have missed over the years.


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10/10 EMW 340

Front angle view of a red EMW 340 parked outdoors.

The EMW 340 was a large six-cylinder four-door sedan that used BMW designs for its construction. After the end of World War II, the Soviets took over the factories and over 21,000 EMW 340 models were made before production ended in 1955. A five-door 340 station wagon variant was also made. I’m sure our grandparents would be happy to see one or the other on the street!

9/10 Fuldamobil NWF 200

A red Fuldamobil NWF 200 on display at the museum.

Here we have a German “bubble car” that originated during the popular microcar craze at the time. Built in 1954, the Fuldamobil NWF 200 was powered by a tiny nine horsepower two-stroke engine. It was still capable of reaching a startling top speed of 47 mph. Only 673 of these were made, making them quite hard to find these days. Pretty neat though!

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8/10 Auto Union Monza

Front view of an Auto Union Monza parked indoors at a car show.

Back then, Audi was called the Auto Union – a coalition of German automakers who came together to form the company we all know today. The Auto Union had much more success building racing cars than producing cars for the general public. However, they created the Monza, and even though it didn’t sell very well, it was still a pretty cool car. Its design was heavily influenced by racing car drivers of the time. Released in 1956, only 240 cars were made.

7/10 1951 Hoffmann

Hoffmann 1951 parked inside the Lane Motor Museum located in Nashville TN

This chubby little car was actually classified as a motorcycle. Hoffman only made one of these cars, and it is best known as a shoddy car made from spare parts from the junkyard. Of course, it’s cute! It is now located at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

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6/10 Spider NSU Wankel

Photo of a red NSU Wankel Spider parked indoors.

Although made famous by Mazda in Japan, the Wankel rotary engine actually started life in Germany. It was first found in cool little cars like the NSU Spider. It was the first production car to feature the Wankel Rotary and it was a pioneering car in terms of efficiency. It was built in 1964 and only 2,375 were made. You’d be lucky to see one at your next auto show!

5/10 Isdera Spyder 036i

Front angle view of a white Isdera Spyder parked outdoors in a field.

The Isdera Spider 036i was a very cool German car from the 80s. It started as a project by a Mercedes-Benz and was offered with high performance options such as the Mercedes V-8 mill. This engine was capable of producing 230 horsepower, which was quite impressive for its time. As well as being a Mercedes-Benz project, it also featured Porsche suspension – a bit of a Frankenstein car! However, only 30 of these models were made, making this obscure model very hard to find these days.

Related: Top 10 Amphibious Cars You Didn’t Know About

4/10 Melkus RS 1000

Front three-quarter shot of gray Melkus RS 1000 race car parked outside.

Created in East Germany, the Melkus RS1000 was a sports car released during the Warsaw Pact during the Cold War. It weighed just 1,500 pounds and was powered by a 70 horsepower two-stroke engine that provided a top speed of around 103 mph. It had a super cool set of gullwing doors and a sleek racing look that was radical then (and still is today). Sadly, only 101 examples were produced, making it one of the rarest and most obscure German cars of all time.

3/10 AWZ P70 Zwickau

A front angle shot of a red AWZ P70 Coupe parked outdoors.

The AWZ P70 Zwickau is a small family car that was built in East Germany by VEB Automobilwerke Zwickau (AWZ) between 1955 and 1959. It came after the IFA F8 and used the same two-cylinder, two-stroke engine of 684 cm3. However, it had an all new Duroplast body which was placed on a wooden frame with a plywood floor. The engine was capable of producing a modest 22 hp.

Related: Top 10 Obscure American Cars

2/10 Lotec Sirius

The Lotec Sirius is a very cool German car that drivers who are new to the scene have probably never heard of before. It has that futuristic look that makes it stand out as a sleek sports car. It was built in 2000 and can go from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. It has a very impressive top speed of 249 mph – that’s damn fast for its time!

1/10 Isdera Imperator 108i

A gray Isdera Imperator 108i parked inside a car show

The Isdera Imperator 108i was an exciting project for Porsche engineer Eberhard Schulz. He designed the car as a concept for Porsche, but it was ultimately turned down for production. He then left the company and decided to make it himself. The car featured a sleek fiberglass body and a very cool pair of gullwing doors. What’s even more unique is that it used a periscope instead of mirrors. It featured a lightning-fast Mercedes-Benz V-8 engine, making it a force to be reckoned with on the road.

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