Deconstructing Technology, Go-Fast Technology, Hooniverse, Pushing Boundaries

The badge says DAF Variomatic. It’s a racing transmission.

Huron 4A Cosworth DAF Variomatic, by Wouter Melissen, via UltimateCarPage

It was a rainy Tuesday when I got a tip from Monkey10is that DAF had a history of racing. A machine I’d never heard of called the Huron 4A Cosworth DAF Variomatic. A quick search turned up an article by Wouter Melissen. Real enough. That’s where I found the first picture. Seems DAF already had some experience in Formula 3. Never mind their reputation for making innocent-looking two-cylinders named Daffodil. Wikipedia noted, quote ‘interesting’ low speed behavior when ice was around. And it’s an open secret that at top speed, slowly releasing the gas will make Daffodil go faster instead of slowing down. But I was more interested when Wouter mentioned an AWD DAF 555 prototype in passing. As if such a thing can be mentioned in passing.
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Announcements, Holiday Shenanigans, Hooniverse

Last Call for Hooniversal Secret Ninja-Claus!

It’s that time of year again…

For those of you who may have missed it over on our sister site, Hooniversal Secret Ninja-Claus is back on again. You have until tomorrow to get your name into the pot if you’d like to participate.

There are two ways to ensure you’re going to be […]

Hooniverse, Spy vs Spy Week

Stakeout, Stasi-style

Mercedes-Benz W123 diesel

Monday. A serious-looking man in a hat, sitting in a brown Mercedes-Benz four-door saloon. Dirty street, after lunchtime. “Knock knock”, the sound of leather glove clad knuckles on a window. Just like every time when it had been Günther’s turn to go get some coffee. Hans wound the window down.

“Yes”, he replied, “zwei stücke Zucker, ohne Milch, just like every time.”
“Nein, Hans, I have got to tell you something.”
“Was? Was ist los?”
“I don’t know what is los, but I have found out something disturbing.”

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From Hooniverse: eCoupled Induction Charging for EVs

Over on Hooniverse, Alex Kierstein is covering CES 2011. I’m not sure, but I think that’s a convention for people who like to dress up in big furry animal costumes and get it on Discovery Channel style. I’m not sure why Alex is covering that, but that’s none of our business. Fortunately, while he’s there, he’s also managing to find some cool technology items that could prove to be interesting to us here at AtomicToasters. In case you missed it, here are some highlights!

While stumbling, bleary-eyed, dead on my feet, across a hall so large the curvature of the earth would have been visually apparent were it not for a vast sea of similarly stumbling event attendees, I spotted a Tesla Roadster at the Fulton Innovations stand. The Tesla was charging … without wires! “What unnatural divination be this?” I bellowed. “From whence did this foul electromancy come, what evil hallow, what forsaken coven?”

“Uh … Michigan?” the stand person ventured.

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