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Link Love From The Car Connection: Spacecar Concepts, Active Wheel Gets Real, And Hot Robot Action

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Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors

Daniel Simon concept for Cosmic Motors

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Running driveline warning sticker via PickupTrucks.com

Running driveline warning sticker via PickupTrucks.com

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Like a highly trained ninja or some straight-to-video Disney crapfest, Monday snuck up on us again. How does this happen?

  • Space racing -- Daniel Simon has cranked out designs for Bugatti and Lamborghini, but it's the sci-fi concepts he's conceived for his Cosmic Motors brand that really get us going. And hopefully one day, some of them will really get us going. [DarkRoastedBlend]
  • No snark, for real -- When you're too close to a project or a problem, it's good to bring in some outside perspective. John Reed of the U.K.'s Financial Times has done just that for the Big Three. There aren't any easy answers, but his article will get your week off to a thoughtful start. Also check the comments on BB, which are just as interesting. No joke. [FT via BoingBoing]
  • Somehow the Swiss still have money -- Remember the iChange? Well, it looks like Rinspeed's Frank M. Rinderknecht spent upwards of $1,250,000 to bring the concept to the Geneva Motor Show. So, what's this "recession" thing y'all keep talking about? [WorldCarFans]
  • But "Will" it play in Peoria? -- Michelin is nearly ready to unleash its Active Wheel technology on the world. Starting in 2010, French outfit Heuliez will produce a small five-door hatchback called the "Will", equipped with an electric motor, brakes, and more inside each wheel instead of in a regular engine compartment. Sounds great, but all that extra space is just gonna give our friends a reason to bring more luggage on road trips. [MotorAuthority]
  • Safety is good for a laugh -- Much of the auto world has been focused on Geneva, but at least a handful of gearheads have been getting down at the Work Truck Show. We're sure the dualies were great, but the safety warning signs are truly spectacular. [PickupTrucks]
  • Note: Michael Moore potentially right about something -- Nationalized healthcare might put a crimp in certain radio personalities' Oxycontin habits, but it could be the solution to Detroit's problems. And, you know, since the discussions on the matter have gone so smoothly before, it's sure to be an easy fix. [Freep]
  • Robot pr0n -- Ever wondered how cars get modeled in the flesh? You may think they're handcrafted by elves or Kathy Lee Gifford "employees", but in reality, the work is done by robots. Which is totally way cooler anyhow [Jalopnik]. UPDATE: The douchebags friendly folks at Vimeo decided to take down the video we'd first posted, so we dug up another one on YouTube. So there.
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