Rain, rain, go away. I’m not singing a music in any respect…the bottom at AutoCarTechNews Mid-West is so waterlogged that mole tunnels are filling up with liquified earth and are bursting on the slightest provocation. With Lohnes in Phoenix for the Arizona Nationals and Chad stress-free and having fun with just a few days off, I’m overtly jealous of each. I’m in all probability one other day away from wanting like Wile E. Coyote, floating in an umbrella. May very well be worse, may very well be snow on the bottom in heavy quantities…which Lohnes can discover simply sufficient if he simply makes the drive north to Prescott! One other week, one other spherical of unusual information tales that we take a second have a look at, roast a bit, and serve up on a silver platter only for you. Right here’s Scrapple!
1. Checking out the problem with dune buggies in Texas as soon as and for all?
Texans have had issues with dune buggies a few years now, particularly since Texas Administrative Rule 217.Three (6) was applied. The brief and candy clarification: dune buggies and equipment automobiles had been now not thought of street authorized and wouldn’t be permitted to be registered for street use, and those who had titles had been revoked. A invoice, H.B. 1755, has been launched that may redefine what composes an “assembled car” in order that dune buggies, equipment automobiles, and sand rails may be included as legitimate autos that, in the event that they meet the factors for street-worthiness, together with state inspections, may be titled. We’ll wait to see if it truly goes via earlier than celebrating, although.
2. Goosebumps? It’s giving me one thing, alright…
I quote Kia’s European design Vice President, Gregory Guillaume: “Automotive design is about capturing the center and making it beat that bit sooner for that bit longer – and we consider that there’s completely no purpose why that ought to change just because the automobile is electrical. We imagined designing an all-electric automobile that not solely answered shopper considerations round vary, efficiency, recharging networks and driving dynamism, however one which additionally gave you goosebumps once you checked out it, and made the hairs on the again of your neck get up once you drove it.”
The EV half we are going to take care of as soon as this car is out of the shadows. However is a rip on the form of a 1971 Plymouth Highway Runner’s hoop bumper imagined to make me need an electrical Kia impulsively? As a result of proper now, that’s all I’m seeing.
Three. That’s only a sick joke.Rivan, the electrical truck/SUV firm that many techno-geeks are hoping is the NEXT BIG THING, appears lethal set on bringing their R1T pickup to market as quickly as doable. Naturally, when coping with the concept of an EV pickup truck, vary nervousness must be introduced up as a result of not like a Tesla, which normally carries one or two eco-snobs inside, the Rivan is definitely anticipated to work like a truck. (ha…proper.) However Rivan themselves are engaged on that drawback with an answer: a battery insert that matches into the mattress like a toolbox or aux gas tank would on a fueled pickup. Doesn’t that take away from the usefulness of the truck? Oh, wait, what am I saying…no person is gonna use this like a truck until Amazon buys scores of these items for work car obligation.
four. However what do you do in regards to the muddy underside?Talking of fairly “vans”, let’s check out the Honda Ridgeline for a second. Sorry, I nonetheless have a little bit of a time choking down the time period “truck” for this factor…”ute” is extra acceptable. Both means, what’s one of the best ways to see one in every of these? Clear. What’s the issue with cleansing your Honda Ridgeline? If yours was constructed earlier than January 17th, 2019, the rinse water from an excellent driveway tub can drain from the mattress and get into the gas pump’s feed port. The cleaning soap then assaults the construction of the port, and if it cracks, you’ll get a “pressurized gas leak”. 2017-early 2019 Ridgelines are affected, so get your tail to your supplier and have your truck taken care of. It’s NHTSA Recall 19V-053.
5. No Autorama enjoyable, due to the license plate.
The Autorama present will hit Cobo Heart in Detroit on March 1-Three. 800 automobiles will probably be on show, together with a swath of lowriders, however what received’t be seen is the recreation of the Mulberry Bridge bounce from “Smokey and the Bandit”, which had been deliberate as a tribute to Burt Reynolds. Why not? As a result of the Detroit Metropolis Council voted 7-1 to ban the stunt because of the license plate that depicts the 1956-2001 model of the Georgia state flag that the automobile wears. You possibly can see it plain as day within the clip from the film, you possibly can see it plain as day in any scene of the movie, and since the stunt automobile is a “film right” 1977 Trans Am, the flag plate could have a bit that’s the Accomplice flag.
Throughout a gathering of the council, Councilman Scott Benson shed some mild on the problem: “Autorama, which has a historical past within the metropolis of Detroit, additionally has a historical past of supporting imagery and symbols of racism, oppression and white supremacy in addition to American, home-bred terrorism proper right here in the US.”
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