cars: November 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgBritish motorists will spend more than eight months of their life stuck in traffic jams, a study has revealed.

Researchers found the average driver spends five hours and 44 minutes behind the wheel each week - but an hour and 56 minutes of that is spent sitting in traffic.

This adds up to eight hours each month. From the age of 17, that's a total of 6,182 hours, or eight months and two weeks.
However, rather than simply waiting for traffic to move many bored drivers say they do things like watch other drivers, listen to music and send a text message.

Other drivers polled claim to spend the time updating Facebook, applying make-up or sending emails… then how come all the ones we see are picking their nose.

275x250.jpgA truck dealership in the US has launched an odd promotion to help sell more vehicles -- they're giving away a free AK-47 with the purchase of each used truck.

Nations Trucks in Florida has controversially announced they will give away a $400 gun-store voucher for every used truck they sell.

That's enough to get an AK-47 assault rifle, though they say the voucher can be used towards something else if you require a bit more firepower.

Reassuringly, buyers will still have to go through the usual application process and qualify under state and federal law before they get their gun.

While critics have, well criticised the offer bosses say most of their customers are already gun owners… well that's okay then.

275x250.jpg A engineer with a passion for creating bonkers cars has built the world's smallest licensed car, measuring just 56 inches long and 26 inches wide.

That means Perry Watkins' minuscule motor is fully road legal in the UK and can be driven like any other car. Well almost.

He says the chassis came from a quad-bike and the body used to belong to a Postman Pat children's ride. After putting them together he was left with a car capable of doing 37mph.

However it's not too practical, other motorists might not spot you… and you'll never fit the shopping in the back.

275x250.jpgEngineering boffins claim they have created the first car ever to have its entire body made by a 3D printer.

The Urbee is an electric hybrid prototype which will be produced using a additive manufacturing processes rather than traditional manufacturing.

Makers Stratasys and Kor Ecologic say the two-seater will do more than 200 miles per gallon on the motorway and 100 miles per gallon in the city.

But it's the manufacturing process which is most interesting - all exterior components were created using Dimension 3D Printers which deposit droplets of a polymer which fuse together.

This potentially means never having to go to the garage to have a bump knock out… just print yourself a new door and off you go.

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