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…The Stirling Moss McLaren SLR from Mercedes-Benz is better than a plane?

Stirling Moss

Besides ‘Wow’, I’m having trouble finding words to describe the new McLaren SLR Stirling Moss car that was just announced by Mercedes-Benz.

The car takes the standard SRL chassis, wraps it in a full carbon fiber bodywork, and then transplants in the 650 hp supercharged 5.5-liger V8 and five-speed transmission from the SLR 722.

Stirling Moss Detail

There’s no roof or windscreen, but throw a pair of driving goggles on and you can pretend like you’re driving in the early 1900s. Until of course you test out the specs and find yourself getting to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds on your way to a top speed of 217 mph of course!

Stirling Moss Swing-Wing

Other features include the drop-dead sexy side exhaust, “Swing-Wing” doors, a retractable air brake that can be manually operated, and a two-piece tonneau cover that covers the whole cockpit, or just the passenger seat if you’re flying solo.

With just 75 of the Stirling Moss being produced, and with a price tag of over a million dollars, it’s definitely sending the SLR out with a bang, and I doubt they’ll have any trouble selling the cars despite an economy that’s dropping faster than the SLR’s laptimes. (Plus, it’s designed to be “a very special thank you to the most loyal of SLR customers, for they are the only ones able to acquire a Stirling Moss”, so you’ve already got to have a $400,000 car in your garage to begin with before even being considered!)

[Via: Autoblog]

…New gadgets are just a hack away?


Has the damaged economy managed to crush your new gadget budget?

Instead of sitting around and complaining, why not make your old things new again with a few “creative” hacks?

To help you along the path to recycled gadget goodness, Gizmodo has put together a guide to Zero-Cost Gadget Upgrades, including turning your Xbox, PC or Apple TV into a genuine media center, hacking your iPod with Rockbox, converting your PC into a Mac, flashing your crappy router’s firmware with DD-WRT to turn it into a top-of-the-line piece of hardware, downloading new maps for your old GPS, jailbreaking your iPhone for Wi-Fi Internet tethering, and modding your Wii to create a free emulation machine.

Who said the next great depression had to be so depressing?

[Gizmodo – Zero-Cost Gadget Upgrades For The Next Great Depression]

…It’s TGI Friday: Energyville?


Energyville is Chevron’s SimCity clone that it hopes to use to educate consumers about the different ways that different forms of energy affect us.

Taking into account economic, environmental, and security issues, you must build a city to the best of your ability and see how your choices affect the people as time goes on.

It’s definitely an interesting concept, and ought to be good for a few hours of fun as you lean a bit about the environment, so I’m going to call it a win-win.


[Via: Matter]