Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Odd Spots

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Odd Spots

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STUTTGART, Germany, DPA - A powerful Porsche sports car, minus the marque's unmistakable bad-boy engine roar, may go on the market next year, with a German company to install nearly silent electric motors in the cars, a magazine reported.

The adapted Porsche 911 cars will be a product of the Alois Ruf customising company in Stuttgart, the weekly Wirtschaftswoche said.

While recharging the batteries will be a lot cheaper than filling up the tank of a regular fuel-guzzling Porsche, the price to drive the electric model out of a showroom will be a painful 150,000 to 180,000 euros ($A300,000 to $A360,000).

Luxury electric cars have attracted attention among the environmentally conscious rich, who wish to travel without carbon dioxide emissions.


ISTRES, France, AFP - Blind Belgian daredevil Luc Costermans won a world record when he hit 308.78 km/h driving a Lamborghini Gallardo supercar on a French airstrip.

The 43-year-old, who was blinded in an accident four years ago, hit the top speed twice in the borrowed car at the Istres airbase in southern France.

Costermans thanked his co-pilot Guillaume Roman, the air force and his sponsors, and dedicated his record to the Formula 1 driver Philippe Streiff, who has been a tetraplegic since an accident in the 1989 Brazil Grand Prix.

The blind road speed record was previously held by Britain's Mike Newman, who hit 268 km/h in October 2005 in a modified BMW M5.


AUCKLAND, NZPA - Buzzing about in a compressed air-powered car will be an option for environmentally conscious Kiwis later this year.

The revolutionary new vehicle powered by compressed air can be driven at a speed of up to 70km/h, travel 100km for $2 and will save energy and help the environment, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The Airpod has a very small compressed air-powered engine on each of the rear wheels and is steered by controlling the flow of air from each engine.

However, the editor of the New Zealand car-buying reference manual The Dog and Lemon Guide, Clive Matthew-Wilson, said it was important to remember that the Airpod was ultimately not powered by air, but by whatever form of energy was used to compress the air. …

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