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Friday
Aug282015

Project LM LED Lighting

Project LM claims to be bringing something new to the LED lighting market: high quality and low prices. The Hayward, CA company is backed by a vein of venture capital money, which has allowed it to install the latest LED light making processes. This, it says, is the reason it can lower its prices to a claimed 50%-75% less than big name aftermarket lighting brands.

“LED light manufacturing technology is advancing at an incredible pace — so fast that brands which still utilize old processes are at a huge cost disadvantage,” explains Dennis Lam of Project LM. “When you look at the cost of the raw materials in each light, there's really no good reason for a 50-in. LED light bar to cost thousands of dollars.” (Project LM’s 50-in. light bars retail for $499-$549.)

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Friday
Jul312015

Buy on Thursday, Race on Saturday

Justin Maeers and his unexpected purchase.Justin Maeers never expected to buy a race car when he attended Silverstone Auctions’ recent sale. He was just looking to enjoy a drink with friends, and watch as others bid on classic and race cars. Little did he know that he would soon become the owner of a 1959 Cooper Monaco, or that he would race the car two days later during the Silverstone Classic. It turned out to be the most expensive beer in his life.

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Friday
Jun192015

South Korean Car Art

According to Hyundai, its Motorstudio Seoul “reflects Hyundai Motors philosophy in striving to enhance the quality of life for all. The space is designed to allow communication and collaboration with our customers in shaping the future of automotive culture.” In short, it’s a “branding experience” combined with an art installation and located in an octagonal building in downtown Seoul.

One of the more intriguing displays is called “Ensemble” and was created by Everywhere, a South Korean group of artists. They disassembled a Hyundai Genesis Coupe, and arranged the pieces along intricate steel pipes as if the car was caught mid explosion. In addition, a network of miniature roads was placed in and around the sculpture, and tiny cars with high-definition cameras run along the roads taking video of the sculpture from various angles. These images are transmitted directly to a video wall to give the audience a chance to experience the Genesis Coupe from a unique perspective. It is on display until September 30.

In addition to the Ensemble display, Motorstudio is revising its Car Rotator installation that places nine Sonatas at unique angles on different floors. The all-Sonata installation will be replaced by one that features the Genesis, Sonata and i40 on the third, fourth and fifth floors respectively. — CAS


Friday
Jun052015

Porsche Adds Dash to Classic 911s

Porsche Classic is producing an instrument panel for 1969 to 1975 911 models that looks like the original, but is made from modern materials. It consists of a modern substructure overlaid with a surface that mimics the texture, tactile feel, gloss and shade of black of the original. The new materials are more resistant to fading and cracking, as well as temperature and humidity fluctuations. An original equipment part, the new instrument panel includes the speaker cover, and is installed using the original assembly procedure. This involves removing the windshield, and Porsche recommends the procedure be carried out by an authorized Porsche dealer partner. Available for order from any authorized U.S. Porsche dealer, the classic 911 instrument panel has a suggested retail price of  $1,353 plus any applicable taxes, shipping, and handling. — CAS

Friday
May222015

Quixx All Metal Polish

Every so often companies contact us in order to bring attention to products they’d like us to test. Oftentimes, they are (very) sketchily related to what we do here, and we politely turn these requests down. Other times, they are car care related, and the pitches often arrive in the middle of winter. These have to wait for warmer, drier days, as well as for our fading memories to remember where we put the product while we were waiting for the weather to break.

Quixx Car Care’s pitch came just after the first of the year, just as Michigan was riding a roller coaster between above- and below-normal temperatures. However, unlike last year, the temps soon rebounded and the seasons returned to something approaching normal. This allowed me the opportunity to try one product in particular on a set of nasty old alloy wheels.

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