It seems like forever ago that I wrote about tough times causing the cancellation of the return of Nissans next generation Sylvia, the 240SX over here. Well, my dreams of Sylvia have not been in vain apparently! Rumors are a swilrling that Hondas intruduction of the CR-Z, and toyotas whatever they are coming out with, have renewed the push for a sporty little entry from Nissan to replace the venerable 240SX that saw great sales for Nissan for a long time. Luckily they were darn near production ready on a lil number based on the Foria concept vehicle shown at the Tokyo Auto Show 2005. Boasting a 200hp Turbo 1.8, it has the potential to be a very worthy successor to the still popular 240SX series of coupes. Stay tuned fans, Sylvia may return to reality...
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Pictured here is the ultimate antithesis to all hybrids on the road and in showrooms across the country. That there folks, is the lower engine assembly to the largest engine on the planet and guess what it powers? Yes fans, its the power to the huge transport ships that bring crude oil here for processing into gas for all those stupid prius drivers to smugly pour into their little lies. The little lies they drive down the carpool lane at 85 mph clearly NOT conserving fuel as intended but merely allowing them to tell their friends they are helping the environment!
"The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today. The Aioi Works of Japan's Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken. It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines. These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships. Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them. The cylinder bore is just under 38" and the stroke is just over 98". Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower. Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version."
As a lifelong car guy all I can muster is, wow! Just one cylinder is a little more than 100 Versa engines! The reason I call this the Hybrid antithesis is that these babies consume roughly 1660 GALLONS of fuel per hour! Yeah, your math is correct, a trip from the middel east to New York takes something like 680,000 gallons of fuel! So pretty much every person in California could buy one of those little smug mobiles tomorrow and the cumulative effort would make a difference of about squat! If ever there was a convincing argument for EV, like our LEAF(!), it can be found here!
And yes, I do fully expect a smug retort from Ed Beagly Jr in the comments section soon!
Lately it seems more and more of my customers asks me why they should opt for the extra expense of factory NAVI when their cell phones can give them turn by turn directions for free. After I explain that cell service isnt really free, and that integration with iPods, Bluetooth and real time traffic are additional benefits in addition to not having some weird pod hanging from the windshield it is still generally a hard added cost to justify. As I wrote about some time ago Nissan will be introducing the most affordable NAVI system ever factory produced early next year and now we have a look at it. Integrated into the dash, able to charge and operate your iPod AND with back up camera capability! Show me a cell phone or windshield hanging thingy that can do that! The Detroit News thinks the world of the new system, and so does the Nissa Guy but you can read the views of the 'pro's' here!
I dont really get tired of always being right, it may seem tedious but its really fun part of my day, the gloating and all... Recently I wrote about Nissan's entry in the Youthmobile 2030 Design Challenge, even calling it my sons future ride! Well, a whole bunch of 'expert desingers' and techie folks all agreed with me and named Nissan's V2G as the best entry, duh! The official press release says;The Nissan V2G, described by its creators as an "eco-neutral commuter car," defeated the GM Car Hero, the Honda Helix and others to take home the top prize at the Los Angeles Auto Show's 2009 Design Challenge. Designers were asked to create "Youthmobile 2030," the perfect vehicle for a generation raised with social media and cell phones.
The folks over at the Emunds blog, the Inside Line, tried to be cute and said; "This is what your kids may be driving in 2030. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent"
Um, late Anita.... so late....
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