The Cloverfield Monster – with Video Clip!

January 19, 2008

What is “The Cloverfield Monster”? 

So I forgot that Cloverfield opened yesterday. Darnit, I wanted to see it. I saw Juno instead.

It was good, but man, I wanted to see Cloverfield. This movie has sparked my curiosity.

So I Googled around a little and I found some pics of the monster, if any of you wondering what it looks like.

I can’t confirm anything, because I haven’t seen the flick yet. Anyhow, here you go:

NOTE: These first four shots are what have been passed around as pics of the Cloverfield monster, the last (fifth) pic is the closest representation that is in the movie.

THE ACTUAL MONSTER LOOKS LIKE THIS ONE (below):

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THE VIDEO OF THE CLOVERFIELD MONSTER.

IF YOU CANNOT SEE THIS CLIP: CLICK HERE

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Bentley Continental GT: World Ice Speed Record – Fastest Car on Ice 321 km/h (206 mph)

January 12, 2008

Oulu, Finland — A Bentley Continental GT, driven by four-times World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen, smashed the world ice speed record, reaching an average speed of 321.65km/h on frozen sea off the coast of Finland, track ploughed on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia next to the city of Oulu.

Juha turned the Continental GT around and drove the measured kilometre a second time to fulfil the judge’s requirements, peaking at an incredible 331km/h (206mph).For safety reasons, a rollcage was fitted. Various aerodynamic tweaks were also made by Makela Auto Tuning.

MAT-Team’s record-breaking achievement shows that the spirit of the famous Bentley Boys lives on and is still harnessed by drivers with sufficient skill and courage.

The World’s fastest car on ice event
was organized by Kari Makela, Makela Auto Tuning,
Historic Sports and Racing car specialist.

Sponsored by Breitling http://www.breitling.com


BBC One – Comic Relief – Ricky Gervais with Bono

January 9, 2008

 Ricky Gervais does a spot for BBC 1’s Comic Relief . . . wait through to the end, it’s worth it!


THE MOST POWERFUL ENGINE IN THE WORLD: The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine

January 8, 2008

The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today.  The Aioi Works of Japan’s Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken.

     It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines.  These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships.  Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them.

     The cylinder bore is just under 38″ and the stroke is just over 98″.  Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower.  Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version.

     Some facts on the 14 cylinder version:
Total engine weight: 2300 tons  (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.)
Length: 89 feet
Height: 44 feet
Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm 
Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm 

     Fuel consumption at maximum power is 0.278 lbs per hp per hour (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption).  Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour.  At maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency.  That is, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel in converted to motion.
     For comparison, most automotive and small aircraft engines have BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal
efficiency range.

     Even at its most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour.

Here’s a clip of this machine in the Holland America Line – MS Noordam’s engine room (it’s a bit long, but interesting to see):

Also here is a clip of 6 of these engine moving a giant Ferry at nearly 40 mph!

 For more information about the The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine, go to the following link: http://people.bath.ac.uk/ccsshb/12cyl/


Top Gear – Blind Man races reasonably priced car around their track and beats people with sight . . . AMAZING!

January 5, 2008

Jeremy Clarkson guides Army veteran and blind land speed record holder Billy Baxter around the Top Gear track and he comes in at 2:02, faster than Terry Wogan and Richard Whitely who both have sight. His name on the board is written as “Blind Man”.


Top Gear: The Ariel Atom — This is the Atom

December 28, 2007

Now available for sale in the United States!

This car is as close to owning a street legal formula one race car sa you can get.

Race bred design and truly uncompromised performance.

Designed with a clean sheet of paper, but drawing on a 100 year heritage, the Atom is a completely unique car built purely for outright performance and dedicated to serious fun. 

Check out the US Site for more information: http://www.arielatom.com/

In th meantime, you have to see this clip — it’s an amazing ride! 


Top Gear: What would happen if you drove behind a Boeing 747 just before it took off? (It’s totally awesome!)

December 23, 2007

Richard Hammond from BBC’s “Top Gear” asks what would happen if you drove behind a 747 just before it takes off . . . go ahead, click on the clip. It’s so cool!