Preston Tucker is best known for his ill-fated car company which produced 51 “Tucker ’48s," the "Car of Tomorrow." While many people associate the man with his car, those who knew him best knew that he was an inventor at heart. Tucker loved to tinker with things, trying to find ways to improve them. And while launching his car company, Tucker was granted more than a few patents for his inventions. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Shortly before the US entered World War II, Tucker thought that aerial combat – that is, airplane vs. airplane – would hinge on better gun control mechanisms. Tucker designed a working prototype of an electrically-controlled gun turret which he demonstrated for the US military. He was granted two patents for the invention and although it was widely believed that Tucker’s design was used by the US, it was not. Not because it was impractical but simply because Tucker’s company was not equipped to manufacture the … [Read more...] about The Man Behind the Failed “Car of Tomorrow” Wanted to Revolutionize More than the Car Industry
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At xBhp we normally do not have anything to do with cars. Except in the rare instances when the cars are prefixed with the word ‘super’! The Auto Expo 2016 was of course a perfect setting for people to visit and ogle at the gorgeous motorcycles on display, but some cars were sufficiently beautiful to grab our interest. So here are a bunch of ‘superb’cars which we captured through our lenses and we hope you will appreciate these vehicles as much as we did! Hopefully we would get a chance to jump behind the wheel for another iteration of Driver vs. Rider. Honda Project 2&4 Now most readers of xBhp are not used to the shock of seeing cars on this forum, so we will ease you into this different world by first presenting a motorcycle, er car. Err, the Honda Project 2&4. Where the Japanese company has beautifully amalgamated the adrenalin pumping nature of two-wheelers with that of four. It houses a litre engine derived for MotoGP in it and can easily be … [Read more...] about Auto Expo 2016: The Car Pavilions!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a juggernaut. With 18 films and 10 television series all sharing the same mythology, it’s dominated the big and small screen for almost a decade.But whether set in Earth’s past, the planets of a galaxy far, far away, or just present day New York, the MCU features a lot of cars. Okay, maybe not so much the films on alien planets.Nevertheless, with a cultural phenomenon like the MCU, car manufacturers can see an obvious marketing opportunity. What better way to attract customers than having a hero like Captain America driving it?Brands are taking to MCU to unveil their new cars — sometimes by stealth, but usually more obvious — and we’re taking a look at some of the memorable debuts.Iron Man – Tesla RoadsterWhen Iron Man, the first film in the MCU, hit the screens, the Tesla Roadster was just three months old. Elon Musk took delivery of the first car himself (and we all know what happened to that one) in February … [Read more...] about The Car’s the Star: Cars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
In 2017, car dealers across the country experienced something they hadn’t experienced in a decade — a year without sales growth. The decline was ever so slight, thanks largely to a couple of bad hombres named Irma and Harvey, but it was a bit of a challenge for dealers who were used to consistent improvement year-over-year since the Great Recession. As such, dealers and automakers are more concerned than ever about consumer shopping behavior, because all of the predictions for 2018 indicate a continued decline for new car sales in the U.S.Dealers are no longer content simply to throw their inventory up on a third-party listing site, hoping to win your click. They’ve paid millions of dollars to collect unstructured data, track your online behavior, and enter your name into customer relationship management systems.Today, I’m going to walk you through the way that the industry thinks you shop for cars, and you can tell me if they’re right.Everybody from … [Read more...] about Bark’s Bites: The Car Buyer’s Path
Bob Wollek was on track to win the 1983 24 Hours of Daytona, and he didn’t seem happy about it.The Frenchman had every reason to be, at the very least, cautiously optimistic; Wollek and company had already fought against the rain and two blown turbos, bringing the Preston Henn-backed Swap Shop Porsche 935L back from a 12-lap deficit to a two-lap lead. All things considered, things were looking good for co-drivers Claude Ballot-Lena, Henn and A.J. Foyt. Instead, Wollek had a few choice words for the legendary American wheelman.“He doesn’t know the car, he doesn’t know the rain, he doesn’t know anything,” the French driver told the indefatigable David Hobbs in a trackside interview (check it out above).He’s intensely frustrated and making no attempt to hide it. Given the race's outcome, it makes no sense.But Wollek didn't know how things were going to turn out -- and besides, Foyt was never supposed to be in Wollek’s car in the first place. … [Read more...] about ‘He doesn’t know the car, he doesn’t know the rain, he doesn’t know anything’: When A.J. Foyt stole the show at the 24 Hours of Daytona