Filed under: Etc., Videos Frenchman François Gissy has laid claim to a new land speed record using a rocket-powered bicycle. Yes, you read that right. A rocket-powered bicycle. Gissy and his bicycle managed to hit a mind-boggling 163 miles per hour (263 kilometers per hour) over a vacant stretch of highway in Munchhouse, France over the weekend. The rocket was built by Swiss company Exotic Thermo Engineering, and it provides its thrust using liquid hydrogen peroxide - much more concentrated than what you'd find at your local drug store, so don't go trying this at home tonight - that is broken down to generate steam at 650 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch Gissy's record speed run in the trio of videos below, and take special note of the speeding cars and motorcycles he lines up against in two of them.Continue reading Watch a rocket-powered bicycle set a new land speed recordWatch a rocket-powered bicycle set a new land speed record originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 May 2013 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Filed under: Europe, Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing The Detroit News reports automakers are coming out in support of proposed free trade legislation between the US and the European Union. The Association of Global Automakers, representing major Asian manufacturers, says the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership will promote economic growth, increase jobs and make US and EU companies more competitive on the global market. The legislation will also open the door for EU and US regulators to agree on one standard for emissions, crash protection, child restraints, fuel systems and tire pressure monitors. If that happens, automakers could save millions of dollars by being able to build and sell one car for both markets. Jaguar-Land Rover North America also stands behind that move, but would also like to see the US completely eliminate its current 2.5 percent tax on imported cars. The company isn't alone. Ferrari has also spoken up in favor of eliminating the tariff, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, comprised of Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Toyota and Daimler among others, also supports harmonizing regulations between both markets. All told, the EU and the US make up 32 percent of global vehicle production and 35 percent of the total buyer market. The Detroit News reports the US exported some $8 billion in cars to Europe last year and another $5 billion in parts.Automakers lining up to support US-EU trade pact originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 May 2013 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
DALLAS (AP) — A solar-powered plane has landed in Texas, completing the second leg of a trip across the United States.
By Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry began a round of separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday but acknowledged there was considerable skepticism that the two sides would resume peace negotiations. Kerry has now visited Israel four times in his four months in office to try to restart peace talks. The negotiations broke down in late 2010 in a dispute over Israeli building of Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land that the Palestinians want for a state. ...
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