Yesterday I was given the opportunity to visit Ford Motor Company’s Research & Innovation, and Product Development Centers to learn about the technology behind the making of their automobiles and the efforts to further reduce overall emissions and advance sustainability. The crazy get-up in the first couple slides is Ford’s Human Occupant Package Simulator which uses motion-capture technology to study how to make the car more comfortable for its passengers. It was definitely the coolest thing besides the Laser sign in the Research & Innovation Center. Inside the Product Development Center, a group of us were allowed into the clay modeling studio (without cameras) to see how their designers created true-to-scale car models out of Japanese clay. Apparently the 50th anniversary Mustang was on the other side of an 8 foot barrier that kept us from venturing around the rest of the studio. Anyway, it was nice to look into the finer working components of an iconic American brand, and maybe next time I can get onto the factory floor for some more fun.
The NAIAS opens this weekend. Ahead of that, we preview most of the beautiful cars on display.
As a side note: Due to travel and crappy internet, this is all you’re getting today. Sorry about that.
Looks like fun.
Spotted somewhere near Union Square
Some bits of the pieces collected by Christian Annyas
Located somewhere in Toronto, this office is complete with a custom, gigantic RC Race Car Track.
Photos from last night’s 458 Italia Spider US debut party by Ruediger Glatz
RPM is Marco Brambilla’s latest work, commissioned by Ferrari in honor of their new 458 Spider. Saw this bad boy in 3-D last night… whoa.
Related: If you haven’t already, download Brambilla’s Sound Advice here.
A full-scale replica of the artist’s childhood home rebuilt from early adolescent memory and documentation of the destruction of three Holden Commadores.
Shot by World Wide Rev