The fear that we will become completely automated has been around for some time. Others may call it a dream. Cars are almost there.
According to Hot Rod, “It started with the automatic transmission; tomorrow won’t be like today. Irreversibly, tomorrow will be populated with robot cars transporting humans that will not know how to drive a manually operated automobile. Will a test lab somewhere in the heights of Berkeley be allowed to resolve the difficult questions, or will it be put into the hands of typically apathetic voters. On every level, future generations will be amazed at the amount of freedom our society once had.”
Don’t believe it? Name someone that drives a stick shift? Even semis are turning automatic.
“There are some strong pluses and minuses to the controversial topic of autonomous cars, so lets play devil’s advocate for both sides. The good news is driverless cars will remove the steering wheel from the hands of people that really shouldn’t be driving,” Hot Rod said.
The minus is a way of life will be gone, and can even to go to extremes, ads that may be seen from the air could be made by letters and numbers painted on the tops of cars. Who thought of this? It would cause problems for commuters. People with places to go would find themselves delayed for the sake of advertising. Don’t we contribute to the rich enough? Those without numbers on their cars could be pushed back and delayed, or cars with numbers slown down to make the most of the advertiser’s dollar. If the cars are that well controlled, what would stop them from taking it just because they need a “w” right now? Think people.
It would be easy to assume the Tesla Model S is the fastest electric car in the world. The P90D can, after all, hit 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155 mph. But no, it doesn’t hold the record as the fastest electric car in the world. That record belongs to an electric Corvette called the Genovation eXtreme Electric, Road and Track said.
The GXE’s motors produce a combined 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to also hit 60 mph in three seconds flat with a top speed of 186.8 mph. Its 130-mile range on a single charge isn’t too shabby either. Perhaps the craziest thing about this electric Corvette-other than its $335,000 price tag-is the fact it still uses a manual transmission.
With the demise of the Pontiac brand in 2008, hopes of a new Firebird or Trans Am from GM were all but crushed. For those wanting a new Pontiac pony car, Trans Am Worldwide converts fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaros into modern-day Pontiac Trans Am coupes. Burt Reynolds introduced a modern tribute car celebrating the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am that was used in the popular movie “Smokey and the Bandit.”
Dubbed “The Bandit” and signed by the actor who played Bandit in the film, the new Bandit Trans Am tribute car will be limited to just 77 examples, a nod to the 1977 model year of the car from the original film. Like the car from the movie, the Bandit features black paint and gold accents, including the “screaming chicken” graphic on the hood. Other cosmetic details include custom T-top roof panels and more gold trim in the interior.
Under the hood, the Bandit Trans Am features a supercharged LSX 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V-8 crate engine cranking out 840 hp and 790 lb-ft of torque. The T-Tops and boosted LSX crate engine are options on the company’s standard Trans Am conversions.
Trans Am Worldwide can also make a Pontiac GTO Judge, but some may look at the Trans Am or GTO conversion as just a Chevrolet Camaro with a body kit.
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