Link Love From The Car Connection: Chasing Bentleys, Revamping Vipers, And Bob Lutz Has Left The Building

February 10, 2009

It's only Tuesday. Can you believe it? Neither can we. Maybe these news bits will help the day pass quicker:

  • News flash: money can't buy happiness -- Some poor zhlub in a white Bentley led police on a low speed chase through L.A. last night. (And some other zhlub created a Twitter page for him.) No word on the identity of the man yet--some thought it was Rihanna's estranged boyfriend, Chris Brown, others thought it was DJ Khaled--but the scene ended with the driver shooting himself in the head. He's listed in grave condition, which is sad. Also sad: if a Bentley can't bring happiness...well, damn, what's Paris Hilton got to look forward to? [LATimes]
  • Never more into the breach -- According to certain staffers here at Stalag TCC, outgoing GM bigwig Bob Lutz sounds kinda like an aging warrior who should've stepped down a while ago: "As they say, 'My work here is [largely] done.' The fun and excitement have become fairly rare commodities, and others are temperamentally better-suited to dealing with this increasingly regulation-dominated product future." Not included in that interview: the part where he shook his fist at meddling kids and yelled, "Get offa my proppity!" [WSJ]
  • Very vintage Viper -- Italians are known for thinking outside the box, and Rafael Reston is no exception. The Milanese designer has reimagined the Viper as if it were launched in 1967--and holy crap, it is molto, molto bella. [MotorAuthority]
  • You got your hybrid in my stimulus bill -- The Obama administration's stimulus package has carved out plenty of room to encourage the purchase of hybrid car technology, including tax credits for conversions and purchases of new vehicles. That should yield similar results to the now-eviscerated "Cash for Clunkers" provision, without making the feds cough up thousands of bucks for your broken-down 79 Cordoba. [HybridCars]
  • It's a Zap, mama -- Electric vehicle manufacturer Zap is competing for the Progressive Insurance Automotive X prize. The clunkily named competition offers a very un-clunky $10 million purse for affordable, road-certifiable electric vehicles that manage 100mpg equivalency. Here's a quick video look at Zap's entry in the "alternative" category--filmed, coincidentally, along the Mississippi river in New Orleans. The transit metaphors overwhelm, no?


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