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Will.I.Am Ruins Another Perfectly Fine Car

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Frank Ocean is an impressive car fanatic, as proven by him penning car essays and peppering marques into lyrics from his new album, Blonde. His passion for vehicles, while exuberant, comes across in a perfectly subtle manner. Diametrically opposing Ocean, in both automotive taste and adroitness, is Will.I.Am. Case in point: what he’s done to this poor Tesla Model S.

With a widebody kit, a heap of faux vents, and a bunch of other garbage spewed onto the body of a rather comely car, Will.I.Am’s newly disfigured EV was videoed by a carspotter in front of Spago, a once-trendy restaurant in Los Angeles. We’ll give you a moment to take in all the heinousness.

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The no-rim rims, the rear suicide (?) doors, a humongous rear fascia that adds no function and instead takes away from the car's form, a wrap-around taillight-slash-Fruit Roll-Up, window tint so dark light can barely escape, and chopped springs that mean the thing is sure to crunch and scrape every hump, bump, and pebble all add up to a bucket of sorrow. Why anyone would look at a Tesla Model S and think, “Hmm, this should look more like a Stormtrooper,” is beyond us, but not dear sweet Will.I.Am and his “tuning” company IAMAUTO.

Among the other vehicles Will.I.Am and IAMAUTO have vomitted into the world is his $700,000 eponymous vehicle. The launch of this travesty was heralded by Will.I.Am’s appearance on Top Gear, where he prattled on about loving cars and technology so much, he believed himself capable of launching his own marque. That concept vehicle turned out to just be a heavily-modded DeLorean.

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gradualepiphany
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I don't know why anyone would expect anything else, as this is exactly what he does to songs.
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wreichard
5 hours ago
I admire the guy's chutzpah, but how does he keep getting money for these ventures? Him and Ashton Kutcher.
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07/20/2016 - Dürnstein, Lower Austria.Ruins of castle Dürnstein...

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07/20/2016 - Dürnstein, Lower Austria.

Ruins of castle Dürnstein overlook the town & vineyards.

Fujichrome Provia 100F.

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The BMW M4 GTS’s Water Injection System Will Reach Other Cars By 2019

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For extra power, just add water. The water injection technology first seen on the BMW M4 GTS will make its way to other cars from other manufacturers before the end of the decade, according to the company that developed the power-enhancing system.

“We are in contact with major automotive makers already, but we can’t talk about them in more detail at this stage,” Bosch water injection project head Martin Frohnmaier told Autocar. “We can say that we expect the system to make mass production from 2019.”

The water-injection tech provides a small boost in power in the track-attack M4 GTS and the M4 MotoGP Safety Car, but according to automotive supplier Bosch, which developed the system, the real value of the system comes in improving gas mileage and cutting emissions. Bosch says water injection can boost fuel economy by as much as 13 percent, while reducing an engine’s carbon dioxide output by around 4 percent.

The system works best on power-dense engines cranking out at least 107 horsepower per liter, Bosch global project manager Fabiana Piazza said to Autocar.

Water injection comes with few downsides, according to Bosch. Due to the vaporization of the water involved, the company claims there’s no risk of rust; likewise, due to the small amount of moisture involved in every spritz, only a small amount of water needs to be kept on board. Bosch claims the tank will only need to be refilled roughly every 1,800 miles; should it run dry, the engine will continue to operate, albeit at slightly reduced efficiency.

In a nutshell, water injection works by blasting an extremely fine mist of H20 into the intake manifold before the fuel ignites, cooling the engine and reducing the risk of accidental detonation. This, in turns, reduces the stress on the engine and increases the density of the incoming air, enabling the motor to crank out additional power.

While similar systems have been used in aviation and automobiles in the past, the system Bosch developed originally for BMW is the first large-scale one made for OEM use that’s designed for high-compression, 21st-Century automotive engines. Considering the benefits and the apparent simplicity of the system, it seems likely drivers of internal-combustion cars a decade from now will be topping up more than one type of tank at the gas station. 

Check out a quick video of how the system works in the M4 below.

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huh, this is "finally" making it's way to mainstream cars. I remember lots of people doing this to their STi's back when I had one...
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The FDA and the EpiPen Shock

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I haven’t written much about the massive increase in the price of the EpiPen because I I’ve said it all before–mostly this about FDA costs and delay and some bending of various laws the law to favor cronies and, as with the infamous Shkreli and Daraprim case, one solution would be areciprocity system that allowed importation of epipen-like devices approved abroad.

I’m glad, however, that I didn’t go into this in detail because SlateStarCodex has knocked one out of the park on this issue:

…when was the last time that America’s chair industry hiked the price of chairs 400% and suddenly nobody in the country could afford to sit down? When was the last time that the mug industry decided to charge $300 per cup, and everyone had to drink coffee straight from the pot or face bankruptcy? When was the last time greedy shoe executives forced most Americans to go barefoot?

…[lots of stuff about FDA and EpiPen specifically]…

Imagine that the government creates the Furniture and Desk Association, an agency which declares that only IKEA is allowed to sell chairs. IKEA responds by charging $300 per chair. Other companies try to sell stools or sofas, but get bogged down for years in litigation over whether these technically count as “chairs”. When a few of them win their court cases, the FDA shoots them down anyway for vague reasons it refuses to share, or because they haven’t done studies showing that their chairs will not break, or because the studies that showed their chairs will not break didn’t include a high enough number of morbidly obese people so we can’t be sure they won’t break. Finally, Target spends tens of millions of dollars on lawyers and gets the okay to compete with IKEA, but people can only get Target chairs if they have a note signed by a professional interior designer saying that their room needs a “comfort-producing seating implement” and which absolutely definitely does not mention “chairs” anywhere, because otherwise a child who was used to sitting on IKEA chairs might sit down on a Target chair the wrong way, get confused, fall off, and break her head.

(You’re going to say this is an unfair comparison because drugs are potentially dangerous and chairs aren’t – but 50 people die each year from falling off chairsin Britain alone and as far as I know nobody has ever died from an EpiPen malfunction.)

Imagine that this whole system is going on at the same time that IKEA donates millions of dollars lobbying senators about chair-related issues, and that these same senators vote down a bill preventing IKEA from paying off other companies to stay out of the chair industry. Also, suppose that a bunch of people are dying each year of exhaustion from having to stand up all the time because chairs are too expensive unless you have really good furniture insurance, which is totally a thing and which everybody is legally required to have.

And now imagine that a news site responds with an article saying the government doesn’t regulate chairs enough.

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Addendum: Steve in the comments reminds me that there is a case of a big increase in the price of chairs. Of course, it proves the rule.

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07/19/2016 - Vienna, Austria.Karlskirche.

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07/19/2016 - Vienna, Austria.

Karlskirche.

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07/19/2016 - Vienna, Austria. Old Town, golden hour.

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07/19/2016 - Vienna, Austria. 

Old Town, golden hour.

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