Introduced to the world for the 1936 Olympics, the BMW 328 was an (almost) instant classic that went on to dominate the world of motor racing for the next half-decade. But like the "in your face, master race" that Jesse Owens gave Hitler and friends by winning four gold track & field medals, the 328 harbored an un-Aryan secret; it was designed by a Jew. The gorgeous 328 was in fact designed by Kurt Joachimson, a Hebrew brother from another mother who had created the first sporting BMW, the 315/1 Roadster. Credit for the 328's sporting lines went to a man who wasn't hired by the Bavarian Motorwerks until after the 328 went out of production (and other times wrongly attributed to Fritz Fiedler — only it wasn't Fritz). Despite the ugly history, the 328 is one of the most beautiful and important vehicles ever conceived and executed. More after the jump. … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 328 Roadster and Coupe
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The 503 not only debuted simultaneously with 507 at the 1955 Geneva Auto Show, but underneath they were basically the same car. For obvious reasons, the svelter 507 stole said show, but not for the 503's lack of trying. Like all of von Goertz's work, both the coupe and convertible posses an unbearable lightness of form (long hood, short deck, perfect greenhouse) that demands to taken out on the Autobahn and beaten. Unlike most German cars — which can't figure out if they want to be a train or a tank — the 503 exuded a lean, British sensibility. Plus, the coupe is missing the B-pillar — a trick it took Mercedes-Benz almost 50 more years to reproduce (think CL). Luckily, the beauty doesn't stop at the all aluminum sheet metal. Powering these rare hotties is the same V8 found in the frumpier 502 and the sportier 507. With much less weight to fight against, the 140 horses would top the 503 out at about 120mph — very fast for the mid-50s. The Roadster was also the … [Read more...] about Know Thy Germans: BMW 503 Coupe and Convertible
And their timing was both good and bad. The good was that they came along right as the old Queen of Cop Cars, [Crown] Victoria, was about to step down from the throne, leaving a large, unfilled hole. Some police departments were so disenchanted with other offerings that they started stockpiling Crown Vics — I know the LAPD has a multi-year supply socked away. … [Read more...] about Is Carbon Motors Dead?
Quantum also is well known for its ANVEL simulation software, which was used by the military’s robotics programs to explore the performance of autonomous systems. Tools like that and Quantum’s sniper target simulation can be used to create richly detailed virtual environments to show how robot rides will share the road with unpredictable human drivers, [Randy] Visintainer said. … [Read more...] about GM Prepares to Get Dunked On at the Democratic Debates in Detroit