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Lauren Rosenberg claims Google Maps led her to walk from one Park City, Utah, address to another via Deer Valley Drive, a rural roadway also known as Utah State Route 224. In a lawsuit filed in district court in Park City, Rosenberg claims Google is to blame for a car striking her on the road, an accident she says has cost her $100,000 in medical bills.
“As a direct and proximate cause of Defendant Google’s careless, reckless and negligent providing of unsafe directions, Plaintiff Lauren Rosenberg was led onto a dangerous highway, and was thereby stricken by a motor vehicle, causing her to suffer severe permanent physical, emotional and mental injuries,” the complaint reads.
Rosenberg is asking Google for the cost of her medical bills plus loss of earnings and punitive damages. She is also suing the driver who struck her, Patrick Harwood of Park City.
In the complaint, Rosenberg says Google should not have instructed her to walk along Deer Valley Drive, which does not have sidewalks and pedestrian paths. Rosenberg alleges the roadway “exhibits motor vehicles at high speeds” and “is not reasonably safe for pedestrians.”
Google Maps issues a warning about its walking directions that is visible on PCs but not cell phones or PDAs, saying: “Walking directions are in beta. Use caution — This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.”
1. Lamborghini ReventÃ³n:
Price tag: $1,600,000. The most powerful and the most expensive Lamborghini ever built is first on the list. It takes 3.3 seconds to reach 60 mph and it has a top speed of 211 mph.
The Lamborghini ReventÃ³n is a mid-engined sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.Â The official press release stated that only 20 vehicles would be released to the public, with one additional car (marked as 0/20) produced for the Lamborghini Museum. Although early rumours indicated the total number would actually be 100, each ReventÃ³n is clearly stamped with its number in the sequence of 20 between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.
Despite the exterior being new, almost all the mechanical elements (including the engine) are sourced directly from the MurciÃ©lago LP640. According to the official press release, the ReventÃ³n exterior styling was inspired by the “the fastest airplanes”. To emphasize this, Lamborghini staged a race between a ReventÃ³n and a Panavia Tornado fighter plane. Racing 3 kilometers, It lost at the last the moment.
The ReventÃ³n’s engine was a slightly tuned version of the MurciÃ©lago LP640′s 6.5 L V-12, rated at 640Â hp (480Â kW). According to the official release, the ReventÃ³n accelerates to 100Â km/h (62Â mph) in the same time as the MurciÃ©lago LP640 (3.4 seconds), and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of over 340Â km/h (210Â mph). Using the internal speedometer, the recorded top speed was displayed as 356Â km/h (221Â mph).
2. 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante:
Recently, a rare 1937 Bugatti was found in an English garage. The car is so rare it fetched $4.7 million at auction on February 7, 2009 at a motor show in Paris. It hasn’t been used since 1960. Back then, it had the ability to reach 13o mph when most cars were topping off at 50 mph.
The Type 57S/SC is one of the best-known Bugatti cars. The “S” stood for “surbaissÃ©” (“lowered”), though most felt it stood for “sport”. It included a v-shaped dip at the bottom of the radiator and mesh grills on either side of the engine compartment. Lowering the car was a major undertaking. The rear axle now passed through the rear frame rather than riding under it, and a dry-sump lubrication system was required to fit the engine under the new low hood.
Just 43 “surbaissÃ©” cars were built.
- Wheelbase: 117.3Â in (2,979Â mm)
- Track: 53.1Â in (1,349Â mm)
- Weight: 2,100Â lb (950Â kg)
3. Caterham CSR 260:
The Caterham CSR is the latest model from sports car manufacturer Caterham Cars. The CSR has two engine options based on the same Duratec block, though modifications and power output differ. The entry level engine produces 200Â bhp (150Â kW), with a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 seconds. The upgraded engine produces 260Â bhp (190Â kW) - thus the name Caterham CSR 260 -, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155Â mph (249Â km/h).
The CSR was released in the United States in the summer of 2006 in very limited quantities. As a production vehicle, the CSR is illegal because of lack of safety features and failure to meet emissions standards. US law states that the engine and transmission must be purchased separately from the chassis. Chassis may be purchased from several different dealers located around the country; engines and transmissions may be purchased from Caterham USA.
Customers can choose to have the US dealer build their CSR for an extra fee, or opt to build their own. While many previous models of Caterhams are sold as kit cars to customers in the US, the complexity of the CSR makes this much more difficult, and is discouraged by dealers. As such, the CSR is NOT a kit car. It is a production vehicle built in England.
4. Ariel Atom:
The Ariel Atom is a high performance sports car made by the Ariel Motor Company based in Somerset, England. The Ariel Atom is unusual in that it is exoskeletal â€” the chassis is prominently visible from the outside â€” and therefore lacks a roof, windows and other features normally found on road cars. It is available with a range of engines, the top of the range being a supercharged Honda Civic Type-R K20 and a supercharged 2.0Â litre, 300Â hp (220Â kW) GM Ecotec engine. With each of these engines it can achieve acceleration rivaling that of much more expensive automobiles. Although the top speed of approximately 140Â mph (230Â km/h)-150Â mph (240Â km/h) is relatively tame compared to more exotic sports cars, the high power-to-weight ratio (approximately 500 bhp/ton, or 650Â bhp/ton supercharged) affords it very fast acceleration [0-60Â mph in 2.7Â seconds (manufacturer's claim)] and the low weight provides excellent control through corners.
For its latest Atom variant, the Ariel Atom 500, Ariel will produce just 25 this year. Prices are expected to be at least $160,000.
5. Jaguar XJC:
Just over 10,000 were built between 1975 and 1978 when production ceased, making it one of the rarest production cars built by Jaguar. The XJC had a sleeker two-door bodyshell and a smaller cabin. The styling of the pillarless coupe gives a sense of “openness” that is often associated with a convertible. Like the XJ saloon, it came with a choice of six-cylinder or VI2 engines, both of which had massive reserves of power and excellent refinement. All XJCs came with a vinyl-covered roof as standard, but although Jaguar touted this as a desirable extra, its true purpose was to disguise an unsightly seam where the roof of an XJ6 saloon had to be chopped and welded again to fit.
6. Bugatti T73:
With 1 unit ever built it is tied for 1st place on the rarest car in the world list, naturally. The T73, of all of the post-war four cylinders came most closely to actually being produced. It is also the only car that really was presented to the public. In the 1947 Paris Salon, a few weeks after Ettore Bugatti’sÂ death, the T73A was shown, with a single overhead cam, blown engine and body which can still be seen at the Schlumpf museum in Mulhouse. It has a 4-cylinder in-line engine, 3 valve/cylinder, overhead camshaft. Here is some other data relating to the T73:
7. Maybach Exelero:
The Maybach Exelero is a high-performance sports car designed and built by German luxury car manufacturer Maybach. It was presented in May 2005 in Berlin, Germany. The 700Â hp (SAE) (514Â kW) two-seater with a bi-turbo V12 engine is a one-off design commissioned by Fulda Tyres. Fulda is using this car as a reference vehicle to test a new generation of wide tires. The German luxury car manufacturer created the one-off model as a modern interpretation of its legendary streamlined sportscar from the 1930s. There are various allusions to the historical predecessor, which was likewise based on a powerful Maybach automobile. In this case, the Maybach SW 38 was also used by Fulda for tire testing.
EngineÂ : Bi-Turbo V12 from Maybach 57 S 700Â hp (SAE) (522Â kW), 1020Â NÂ·m (737Â ftÂ·lbf). Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds. Cost: Approx. $8,000,000
8. Phantom Corsair:
The Phantom Corsair is an automobile prototype from 1938. It is a six-passenger coupe that was designed by Rust Heinz, a member of the H. J. Heinz family, yes, the ketchup makers, and Maurice Schwartz of the Pasadena, California based Bohman & Schwartz coachbuilding company.
Heinz planned to put the Phantom Corsair, which cost approximately $24,000 to produce in 1938 (approximately $300,000 in 2005 dollars) into limited production at an estimated selling price of $12,500. However, Heinz’s death, shortly after the car was completed, ended those plans.
The completely unique 1938 Phantom Corsair now resides in the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada.
With a height of only 147Â cm (58 in.), the steel and aluminum body had no running boards, fenders or door handles. Instead, the doors could be opened using buttons located on the outside and on the instrument panel. To match the advanced design, Heinz chose the most advanced chassis available in the United States at that time, the Cord 810. The V8 engine-equipped Cord also featured front wheel drive and an electrically operated four-speed gearbox, as well as a fully independent suspension and adjustable shock absorbers. To accommodate the large body, various changes were carried through on the chassis. The car’s lower frame was made of chromoly steel and the upper frame was constructed of electrically welded aviation steel tubing. Power for the 2-ton / 4500Â lb. (2000Â kg) Phantom Corsair came from a modified Cord 810 Lycoming 8-cylinder unit, supercharged to produce about 190Â hp. The aerodynamic body enabled the car to reach speeds of up to 115 miles per hour (185Â km/h).
9. General Motors EV1
The General Motors EV1 was an electric car produced and leased by the General Motors Corporation from 1996 to 1999. It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset.
While customer reaction to the EV1 was positive, GM believed that electric cars occupied an unprofitable niche of the automobile market as they were only able to lease 800 units in face of production costs of US$1 billion over four years.Â The EV1 program was subsequently discontinued in 2002, and all cars on the road were repossessed. Lessees were not given the option to purchase their cars from GM, which cited parts, service, and liability regulations. The majority of the repossessed EV1s were crushed, and the rest delivered to museums and educational institutes with their electric powertrains deactivated, under the agreement that the cars were not to be reactivated and driven on the road.
And with that, the electric car was killed.
The EV1′s discontinuation remains controversial, with electric car enthusiasts, environmental interest groups and former EV1 lessees accusing GM of self-sabotaging its electric car program due to its then-unprofitability, while also blaming the oil industry for conspiring to keep electric cars off the road.
10. 1948 Mercedes A 320
The 1948 Mercedes A 320 has a 3.4 litre, 6 cylinder side valve engine fitted in its engine compartment. The cabrio measures about 5.5 meters and has 142-inch long wheelbase. Outside, the rare Mercedes-Benz cabriolet features a sleek two-tone blue exterior color and a soft top roof. On the inside, the restored leather seats remains in tack. It was created by the Daimler-Benz company in 1948 and then was sold to a businessman in Indonesia and was later resold to an individual in Australia in the 1980′s.
The car was actually a prototype model of a luxury coupe and was not put into production because of Germany’s involvement in World War II, which has led to the devastation of the companyâ€™s factories and other industrial facilities in the country.
This rare, exotic car sold for approximattely $275,000 at the 2007 Melbourne International Motor Show auction event.
Car apps is where it’s at. Here at Junk Car Nation we love our cars. We love our phones. So naturally we love our carphones. Wait, No, I mean we love our car apps; they help us save money, saveÂ time and save the earth all at once. Here are 10 apps that will do the same for you.
With AccuFuelâ„¢ Fuel Efficiency Tracker you can see how your driving habits and type of vehicle affects your fuel efficiency. EffortlesslyÂ calculate and graph your MPG. With the Efficiency Chart you can easily view your vehicles’ fuel economy. Other features include: Built-in Mileage Ratings, International Units, Flexible Odometer Entry, Fillup History, Export fill-ups
If you’re looking for ways to reduce your car usage and spending on gas, this is your app. It brings people together that are looking for ridesharing, by helping you identify other riders or drivers that are headed to the same destination from your local area.
Parking Meter is simple, cool app that will remind you when your meter is running low. The timer will count down to when your meter needs to be refilled. Additionally, you can note where you parked your car and snap a quick pic of the location of your car. Plus, it detects your GPS location, with a link to Google Maps so you can get directions back to your car. Now you just have to remember where the app on your phone is. No worries, there is an app for that too.
Trapster uses the built-in location services of the iPhone to display where you are on a map and shows user-reported speed traps, red-light cameras, and speed cameras (the ones that actually issue tickets) that are nearby. Trapster will announce the type of locations within your search area (this can be set by the user) and give you an audio warning as you approach new speed traps. Definitely one of the cooler apps available.
You can identify a song anywhere, anytime.Â It’s great for the car radio, especially on road trips.
Whenever you use the iGasUp app, the 10 cheapest U.S. gas stations closest to your current location will appear with fuel prices displayed in lowest to highest price order. It has the most accurate and the most current data available.Â iGasUp uses OPIS data, which is compiled automatically from actual credit card transactions to ensure that you’ll get the lowest price for gas every time you fill up.
gMeter is an app that turns the iPhone and iPod Touch into a vehicle performance computer. This app measures forward and lateral Gs and can be used to compute velocity, distance traveled and engine power. It can also be set up to capture timed distance, timed speed and timed braking and has a hands-free auto-start feature.
This app computes your vehicle’s power and fuel usage characteristics and evaluates your driving to increase efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and cost, and lower your environmental impact. Results are displayed in real time, while driving, to give instantaneous feedback. It measures a car’s engine power and fuel economy and can calculate fuel cost, carbon footprint and barrels of oil consumed to help you choose an efficient cruising speed.
Carperks is a discount automotive purchasing program representing 5,200 automotive dealerships in key markets throughout the United States. Dealers offering the Carperks discount have agreed to sell you vehicles for a price below their lowest online price. Carperks Mobile is now part of the growing family of car apps found in the app store. If you own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can now find cars for sale in your area and generate a car discount certificate towards the purchase of your next new car, all from the palm of your hand.
Includes useful tips with repair estimates; local repair shop search specific to car makes; one-touch access to roadside assistance. RepairPal is useful when you’ve got a breakdown, giving good advance knowledge of what to expect from the repair bill.
Last but not least check out this funny app video:
Ok people, I understand the concept of drivers with grotesqueÂ carsÂ always preachingÂ that the idea of a vehicle is “getting you from point A to point B”. But, to intentionally design and construct cars that would (backhandedly) prove this theory, by releasing the most appalling automobiles to the visual earth,Â is a crime! Why would any sane car-maker go out of his way to concoct such heinous pieces of sheets of metal if not for prank? Ok, you can show me the cameras now. Seriously, where’s Ashton?
You might be asking, what are Junk Car Nations’ criterion? If you did ask that Q, I will first tell you that it is indeed a very good one. Then i will tell you that we have no criterion. Well, one: Severe, brain-warping, headache-inducing, vomit-prompting, just-plain-old-ugly-cars.
Anyway, here’s our list: