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1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van: Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van: Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary

A VW Van Dedicated to Woodstock

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Front Corner Overhead - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Front Corner Overhead – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Recently, artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus debuted a unique tribute for Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. This tribute is a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van. The Type 2 was recently shown at the Orange County Transporter Organization Winter Meet on Saturday, February 16. The event was held at the Long Beach Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in California. Thankfully, through the help of supporters, Dr. Bob’s dream becomes a reality. Through $90,205 via Kickstarter and support from VW, this bus exists today! Now, the van is alive, well, and ready for a cross country adventure to Woodstock.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Passenger Side - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Passenger Side – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Time to Learn About Woodstock!

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Driver's Side - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Driver’s Side – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

In the summer of 1969, the well-known Woodstock Music Festival began on a farm in Bethel, New York. In attendance, half a million people wait for the show! This three-day music festival still lives on today, although not exactly the same. In the 1960s time period, Woodstock stands with the counterculture movement. For those that don’t know, this event did have its negatives. There were last minute changes to the venue, poor weather conditions, and hordes of people. But, everyone had a good time anyway… most people know why. Now, for a final bit – this is the event has a major connection with the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Interior - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Interior – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Cross-Country Trip to Woodstock

1963 VW Standard Microbus aka Light Bus Created For Woodstock – DPCcars – YouTube

In the summer of 2019, the 50th anniversary of Woodstock takes place. For this event, the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” van intends to attend. Starting in California, the van has a schedule to see its way cross-country. Being quite a journey, this van will see more than many people do in their entire lives. But, unfortunately for it, it won’t remember any of it… maybe just a few rock chips. Especially with all of those trucks on the road. Either way, Dr. Bob’s dream van is quite unique and definitely a Woodstock masterpiece.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "Light" Van - Rear Corner - Volkswagen of America - EuroDrift

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 “Light” Van – Rear Corner – Volkswagen of America – EuroDrift

Do you like vans? Check out this article of the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic! It is an autonomous van concept!

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic: An Autonomous Van Concept

An All-Electric Autonomous Van

As life moves into the future, brands such as Mercedes-Benz are attempting to shape the way for humanity. Recently, the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic was shown to the public. The Urbanetic is an autonomous van concept that runs on battery-electric. The purpose of this vehicle is to help reduce congestion via a 24/7 runtime for passenger hauling services. With the Urbanetic, Mercedes aims to contribute to a whole new segment of mobility. This includes a capacious, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable design. But, this car, truly begins its prowess from its battery-electric platform.

Battery-Electric Platform Design

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Hauling Riders on Bridge - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Hauling Riders on Bridge – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic begins with its battery-electric platform. This system is the way of the future and provides green commuting accessibility. With a battery system, the car can run on a regular schedule, simply charging every time it is necessary. As battery-operated vehicles become more popular, the battery charging time has dissipated. Recently, the all-electric Audi PB18 e-tron made its debut as a sports car to charge in 15 minutes flat via 800-volts. Obviously, quick charging will be necessary to make this van concept worthy of transportation purposes. But, even furthermore, is the fact this car can alternate between cargo and people-moving within minutes.

Cargo-Van Body Functionality

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Cargo-Van Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Cargo-Van Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

With the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic, the functionality can be altered for multiple purposes. This begins with a cargo-van functionality option. The rear of the van can provide 353 cubic feet of space. This allows for 10 pallets at once, obviously wit the help of 12-feet of load space. So, this van can handle traditional cargo transport as well as last-minute deliveries. But, this isn’t the only way the space can be allocated for usage. Not surprisingly, this car also features a people-moving function as well.

From Cargo-Van to People-Mover

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - People-Mover Setup - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – People-Mover Setup – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic not only allows for cargo usage, but also people transport. With the large allotment of space in the rear, this vehicle can handle up to 12 people. Furthermore, this car keeps in mind the pedestrians outside of the vehicle. On the front and sides, this car lets civilians know that the vehicle is aware of their presence. This allows bystanders to feel comfortable crossing in front of the vehicle at an intersection. So, while keeping passengers comfy, it is also keeping pedestrians safe. It won’t be surprising in the future when services such as “Uber Pool” end up providing a Urbanetic-style van to transport people at cheap rates.

Autonomy & Electric are the Future

Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas – Mercedes-Benz – YouTube

As the Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic shows, autonomy and electric motors are the future. From the Audi PB18 e-tron to the Vision Urbanetic, manufacturers are moving forward to the next stage of auto engineering. Initially, Tesla led the way for worldwide companies, but now everyone is joining in on the action. What was once a quiet, unsure market, is now the way for all. The sound of the motor may be missed, but will still be available, as gasoline cars will most likely never be fully outlawed. Regardless, transportation will become efficient and reasonable moving forward. One day, these type of vehicles will rotate major cities, running passengers to destinations far and wide.

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic - Different Setup Options - Front Corners - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic – Different Setup Options – Front Corners – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

Red Bull Formula One: Aston Martin Caravan Race

An Aston Towing a Caravan? Yes.

In a Top Gear style stunt, Red Bull Formula One drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen pull the ultimate race. Each driving an Aston Martin Vanquish variant, the two F1 drivers pull caravans around the ring. This Aston Martin caravan race takes place at the F1 Austrian Grand Prix track. At 1,760 lbs., the caravans didn’t stop the Aston Martins from a track day. Fortunately, the cars and drivers survived… unfortunately, the caravans did not.

Aston Martin & Red Bull Racing

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Towing Caravans - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Towing Caravans – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin caravan race may make one ponder, what is the connection between Aston and Red Bull? Well, first off, Aston Martin is a Red Bull sponsor. This leads to a tendency of working together. Secondly, Red Bull’s involvement in the F1 racing scene has led to an interest in hypercars. Not surprisingly, Aston Martin is working with Red Bull on the stunning Valkyrie. The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a beastly machine that will shake up the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, for Aston, Red Bull vehicles are built with Renault engines.

Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen

Aston Martin Caravan Race - Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

The drivers for the Aston Martin caravan race were Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2011 with Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s entry driver team. With 4 victories and 3rd place last year, this driver can race. During the caravan race, Ricciardo drives an Aston Martin Vanquish Volante with 576 horsepower. Now, everyone knows the Vanquish Volante is ready for the caravan road trip.

On the other hand, Max Verstappen made his start in F1 racing in 2015. Surprisingly, Verstappen was only 17 years old! This makes him the youngest F1 driver in history. This stunt wasn’t completely new as Verstappen. He once took the Red Bull F1 car up an Austrian Alps ski slope… yes, really. Lastly, Verstappen drove an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante with 603 horsepower in the race.

Ready to See the Race? Hell Yes!

A Caravan Race with an F1 twist! Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen take to the Red Bull Ring – Aston Martin Red Bull Racing – YouTube

The Red Bull Racing Aston Martin caravan race is quite the spectacle. Who would’ve thought Aston Martin’s can tug a caravan along the track? Well, if you don’t know, now you know. If you did know, then… good for you. Unfortunately, in recent years, Red Bull is struggling with the hybrid powertrain rules from 2014. Regardless, Red Bull can still put on quite the show, on and off the F1 track. In conclusion, the Aston Martin Vanquish is a powerhouse waiting to show the world what it is capable of… or not?

Aston Martin Caravan Race - View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles - Red Bull Photograph - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Caravan Race – View of Caravans, Drivers, & Vehicles – Red Bull Photograph – EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante: Tom Brady Edition

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante: Tom Brady Edition

Aston Martin Collaborates with Tom Brady

On October 27, 2017, Aston Martin unveiled a new special edition vehicle to their options. Aston Martin collaborated with Tom Brady to design an Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante. At a price of $360,000, this Aston Martin Vanquish S will be limited to 12 models worldwide. The typical Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante runs for about $50,000 less than this version. These models will be for sale in Ultramarine Black which looks like a dark blue.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - Rear - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – Rear – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

6.0-Liter V12 Engine with 580 Horsepower & Custom Features

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Tom Brady edition will sport a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 580 horsepower. On top of this, buyers will receive a few special features. This includes Tom Brady’s signature on the metal door sill plates, the Ultramarine Black exterior paint, and Dark Knight interior leather. On the exterior, there is carbon fiber aerodynamic features as well as Tom Brady’s TB12 logo behind the front wheels. With all of these alterations, the TB12 Vanquish will be a highly collectible vehicle.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - Interior - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – Interior – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

Reasoning for TB12 Designation

The reasoning for the number 12 is due to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots jersey number. With 5 Super Bowl rings, Aston Martin felt the collaboration would bring attention to their brand. It is expected that all 12 vehicles will be sold quickly and most probably to Aston’s top customers. Tom Brady helped Aston decide the color scheme for the car. The hint of blue may be a connection to the New England Patriots’ jersey color scheme.

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition - TB12 Logo - Aston Martin - EuroDrift

Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition – TB12 Logo – Aston Martin – EuroDrift

The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Tom Brady Edition


Overall, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante designed by Tom Brady will be a spectacle to see. With its color combination and load of additional features, Aston Martin enthusiasts are sure to jump on the bandwagon. Not to mention the diehard Patriots fans that would love to get their hands on this vehicle. With a record like Tom Brady’s, there is no question as to why Aston Martin chose this sports star. Although many people outside of the United States will not know much about him, they are sure to cherish this beautiful Vanquish as it hits the open road.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante: Battle of the European SUVs

Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Maserati Levante

On display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the Alfa Romeo Stelvio while the Philadelphia Auto Show displayed the Maserati Levante, the two new Italian stallion SUVs. On the exterior, the two Italian cars share similarities, but under the hood and inside the cabin, they differ quite a bit.

A Quick Look Under the Hood

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has two different engine options. The smaller version is an all-aluminum, 2.0-liter, direct-injection turbo engine which delivers 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque. Its counterpart, the more powerful twin-turbo V6, delivers 505 horsepower and can go 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Currently, the Maserati Levante features a 3.0-liter V6 engine with either 345 horsepower on the base model or 424 horsepower on the S model. At its best, the Levante takes about 5.0 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. However, a 560 horsepower V8 is scheduled for availability on the Levante in 2018.

Both cars are all-wheel drive, but the Maserati is being built for going off-road. By switching the Levante into its “off-road” mode, drivers enjoy better handling in winter weather or harsh conditions.

Instead of an “off-road” mode, The Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a “race” mode. This feature disables the ESC and activates the overboost function. It also adjusts steering and overall engine performance.

Inside the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Maserati Levante

Inside, the two cars have almost nothing in common. The Levante is all about luxury. If the standard leather seats aren’t opulent enough, the Luxury Zegna package features leather and silk seats. The cabin has accents of aluminum as well as a sleek, clean design. The Maserati has Touch Control, a touchscreen display, as well as a customizable gauge cluster.

The Stelvio, in contrast, is less about luxury and more about fun. The Quadrifoglio has sport leather seats which are heavily bolstered for comfort. A wide screen infotainment system takes up most of the dashboard. Dramatic detailing draws the eye and screams “Hey, look at me.” Overall, the interior design of the Stelvio is bolder than the Levante.

How They Compare in Price

The Levante and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio are similar in price at around $70,000+ while the base Stelvio is estimated to be ~$50,000.. Whether you prefer the Levante or the Stelvio depends solely on your lifestyle. If you want an off-road adventure, the Maserati is for you. However, if speed is your thing, go for the Stelvio. In the end, both cars live up to their hype and offer quite a bit of bang for the buck.

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5: Battle of the RS Models

2018 Audi RS3 vs. RS4 Avant vs. RS5

The 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are popular vehicle considerations for many drivers worldwide. Although slightly different vehicles, they can be seen as slightly competitive with each other. The RS4 is a small sedan while the RS4 is an avant and the RS5 is a coupe. Although these cars vary across MSRP and other factors, they have similarities as well. In this article, we will go over each of the models and their basics.

2018 Audi RS3


First, the 2018 Audi RS3 starts at a MSRP of $54,900. The RS3 sports a 2.5-liter five cylinder engine with 400 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. With this power, the RS3 can hit 0 to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds. On top of that, the RS3 can hit a whopping 174 mph, if you’re willing to pay Audi for the tune. The RS3 is sold with S sport seats wrapped in Fine Nappa leather with diamond stitching. The RS3 also comes with full LED headlights, magnetic ride, and an average 22 miles per gallon.

2018 Audi RS4 Avant


Second, the 2018 Audi RS4 Avant is expected to cost an estimated $67,685 at MSRP. The RS4 Avant withholds a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine producing 450 horsepower and 443 lb.ft. of torque. Unfortunately, the RS4 Avant will not make its way stateside and will only be sold in Europe. Slightly slower than the RS3, the RS4 Avant can hit 62 mph in only 4.1 seconds – quick for a station-wagon. As with the RS3, the top speed is limited to ~150 mph, or 174 mph if you pay for it. The interior is a slight upgrade from the RS3 but contains a similar style and Fine Nappa cross-stitched seats.

2018 Audi RS5


Third and last, the 2018 Audi RS5 is expected to run between $70,000 and $80,000 statewide while in Europe it is currently 80,900 euros ($85,495). The RS5 contains the same motor as the RS4 Avant, a 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine producing 450 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. Surprisingly, the RS5 can hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, matching the RS3 and faster than the RS4 Avant. The RS5 will have front and rear five-link suspension as well as a few options. The options include a RS sports suspension with adaptive dampers, carbon ceramic breaks, and dynamic steering.

RS Models Stunning Display of German Engineering

Overall, the 2018 Audi RS3, RS4, and RS5 are a stunning display of German engineering. From the RS3’s reasonable price and speed to the RS5’s options, Audi stepped up the game for 2018. The RS3 and the RS5 both hit 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the RS4 Avant. This difference is most likely due to the additional weight of the station wagon design. In the end, the RS model that is right for you comes down to your personal preferences and desires.

Top Five Advanced Radar Detectors for 2016

Drivers use radar detectors as a means of detecting radar signals from police to be aware of speed trap zones. Some radar detectors function on the most basic level, while others sport many bells and whistles. GPS enabled radar detectors are very popular on the market today and allow for additional information.

How much time you spend on the road will probably determine which radar detector is right for you. Below is a list of higher-end radar detectors and what you can expect from each.

  1. Escort Max360
  2. Escort Passport 9500IX
  3. Whistler CR90
  4. Cobra SPX 7800BT
  5. Beltronics Stir Plus

 Escort Max360

Escort Max360 is a superior radar detector that comes with an interactive Smartphone app, security, and simple setup features. This advanced protection device boasts all the features that one would expect from a high-end detector.

The lightning-fast focal point of DSP (Digital Signal Processing) allows the device to find radar signals faster and more accurately than other models.  With five levels of filtering options, this radar detector allows you to customize the sensitivity of your device. Three driving modes and speed-based sensitivity keep it functioning properly, no matter the conditions. Results show on a high-resolution graphic display with directional arrows. Also, it includes a smart cord mated with a mute button and built-in alert lamp.

 Escort Passport 9500IX

Escort is one of the most popular brands in the industry. The Escort Passport 9500IX radar detector boasts smart technology and superior features that pinpoint the radar signal in a quick manner. This radar detector comes with both a windshield and dash mount. Also, it is compatible with the award-winning and exclusive app, ESCORT Live. With radar frequency filtering options, this device eliminates false alerts permanently by using frequency and location.

The radar detector provides coverage options with K, X, SWS (Safety Warning System) radar capability, International Ku, combined with rear and front laser detection. Additionally, it introduces an Auto Sensitivity option which raises the range based on increasing speed.

 Whistler CR90

If you have been looking for a laser radar detecting device at a pocket-friendly price, then this is it. The Whistler CR90 is a radar detecting device that comes with unique features and advanced technologies. It then detects laser signals using the Laser Ally, Atlanta Stealth Mode, and LTI TruSpeed S laser brands.

This radar detector includes the ability to monitor driver alertness and also offers warnings if drowsiness is suspected. The Traffic Flow Signal Rejection and other filter modes help minimize false positives.

Finally, this new radar detector comes with additional functionality, including the ability to detect different types of laser guns. It can even detect red light cameras and fixed speed cameras.

 Cobra SPX 7800BT

Cobra is a leading brand that offers an extraordinary radar detector, also known as Cobra SPX 7800BT. It is one of the most efficient police radar devices on the market. This sensor comes with an OLED mini screen as well as monitoring features for the newest radar guns.

The Cobra’s iRadar app also provides a rotating map along with zoom functions. The map allows you to see the road, possible radar locations, and live traffic data features.

 Beltronics Stir Plus

The Beltronics Stir Plus sports a laser and also a full band searching option. Along with this, it then alerts you to approaching red light cameras and fixed photo radar. Filters prevent known false signals in certain areas.

With the auto scan feature, the device eliminates the need to shift between highway and city modes. Moreover, the Beltronics Stir supports the detection of pop mode radar.

All of these devices boast advanced features. In addition to notifying you of impending speed traps, they also expose the presence of fixed cameras. Maps that show live traffic conditions make the commute much easier. Any of these devices is sure to impress you with what an advanced radar detector can do. Also, a radar detector may be the difference between a smooth commute or a speed trap ticket.

 

References

http://bestradardetector2016.com/

http://mycarneedsthis.com/best-rated-radar-detectors/

http://radar-detectors-review.toptenreviews.com/

http://www.gadgetreview.com/8-of-the-best-radar-detectors

 

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