Thorium car? Fill up on this…

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Yeah….not only is it cool to look at, but how would you like to ‘fill up’ only once…….in 100 years?

First let’s define thorium:   a grayish-white, lustrous, somewhat ductile and malleable, radioactive metallic element present in monazite: used as a source of nuclear energy, as a coating on sun-lamp and vacuum-tube filament coatings, and in alloys. Symbol:  Th; atomic weight:  232.038; atomic number:  90; specific gravity:  11.7. (source: dictionary.com)

So basically it’s a radioactive metallic chemical element. 

Ok, so Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut,  has been developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with small bits of thorium, creating a laser that heats water, produces steam and powers a mini turbine.

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The engine currently weighs 500lbs, which can easily fit inside the engine area of their current model.  Only one gram of the substance yields more energy than 7,396 gallons (28,000 L) of gasoline and 8 grams would power the typical car for a century!!

So, is thorium the way to go?  Well, it’s cheap, abundant and could provide safe, emissions-free power for hundreds of years….however, only “Eight kilograms of uranium-233 can be used for a nuclear weapon,” says Stephen Ashley of the University of Cambridge.  The bigger threat is that a country pursuing nuclear energy and nuclear weapons (say, Iran) could make both from thorium. “This technology could have a dual civilian and military use,” Ashley says. (source:  Popular Mechanics)
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(The primary source of the world’s thorium is the rare-earth-and-thorium-phosphate mineral monazite. Rob Lavinsky/iRocks.com)

ONE MORE THING: (And yes, just in case you were wondering, the element thorium really is named after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. And yes, Norse mythology originated from Norway, where Thor Energy is based. Coincidence, I think not!) source:  Sebastian Anthony

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/160131-thorium-nuclear-reactor-trial-begins-could-provide-cleaner-safer-almost-waste-free-energy

AND MORE HERE: Is the “Superfuel” Thorium Riskier Than We Thought? – Popular Mechanics 

a $600 car? are ya sure??

Now, here’s a story!  Looks like Volkswagon won’t be able to make them fast enough–good just to run around town. VW introduced a concept car that will get you back and forth to work on the cheap… $600 for the car…. 282 miles per gallon…

A one + one seater, however – Talk about cheap transportation…. Volkswagen’s $600 car gets 282 mpg–
According to Autoblog:   “A few years back, Volkswagen introduced a concept vehicle,” known as the VW 1L, “which derived its name from its stated goal of using just one liter of fuel per one-hundred kilometers traveled.”  The concept “actually beat its lofty goal rather handily as it managed to achieve a miserly 282 miles per gallon in testing. Much of its amazing fuel-saving capability stemmed from its 660 pounds (300 kilograms) curb weight. The concept also featured a single cylinder engine and a 1+1 seating arrangement down the center of the car.” 
There aren’t many comforts in this car, however.  Autoblog notes, “Safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control aren’t lacking, but convenience items like air conditioning may be optional.”
Because of its light weight, VW says the car doesn’t need power steering or brake assist to perform up to the standards of a typical car.  In order to streamline the profile, it also doesn’t use mirrors — cameras show the driver what is beside and behind the car.
The aero design proved essential to getting the desired result.
The body is 3.47 meters long and just 1.25 meters wide, and a little over a meter high. The prototype was made completely of carbon fiber and is not painted to save weight.
The power plant is a one cylinder diesel, positioned ahead of the rear axle and combined with an automatic shift controlled by a knob in the interior. Safety was not compromised as the impact and roll-over protection is comparable to the GT racing cars.
 Better than the Electric Car – 258 miles/gallon: IPO 2010 in Shanghai.
 This is a single-seat car From conception to production: 3 years and the company is headquartered in Hamburg , Germany .
Will be selling for 4000 Yuan, equivalent to US $600..
Gas tank capacity = 1.7 gallons
 Speed = 62 – 74.6 Miles/hour Fuel efficiency = 258 miles/gallon
Travel distance with a full tank = 404 miles
US News and World Report adds, “Are production rumors realistic?  Maybe. Multiple sources say production would be limited, and the price is not yet known.  Car Magazine notes, “Expect a large amount of subsidy from VW, which hopes to reap a slew of headlines in the current climate.”
So there you have it, folks.  A $600 car that maybe…..just may be in  your MY future!!

the porch…

 A young blond girl in her late teens, wanting to earn some extra money for the summer, decided to hire herself out as a “handy woman” and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.
She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any odd jobs for her to do.
“Well, I guess I could use somebody to paint the porch” “How much will you charge me?”
Delighted, the girl quickly responded, “How about $50?” The man agreed and told her that the paint and brushes and everything she would need were in the garage.
The man’s wife, hearing the conversation, said to her husband, “Does she realize that our porch goes ALL the way around the house?”
“That’s a bit cynical, isn’t it?” he responded. The wife replied, “You’re right. I guess I’m starting to believe all those dumb blond jokes.”
A few hours later the blond came to the door to collect her money.
“You’re finished already??” the startled husband asked. “Yes,” the blond replied, “and I even had paint left over so I gave it two coats.”
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50 and handed it to her along with a $10 tip.
“Thank you,” the blond said, “And, by the way, it’s not a Porch, it’s a Lexus.”

what $4.00 of gas gives you…

You went bonkers over the “hope you’re not too tired to read this” blog….well, here’s a new piece of information, hot off the grill…….

Soon the Smart Car will be….so last season….

Very soon we will have more ‘smart’ choices….how about the SMORVETTE?

Or maybe the SMAUDI A3 AWD?

Perhaps you would fancy a  SMAMBORGHINI!

Who doesn’t love the SMORSCHE?

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Or maybe you would rather have a SMERRARI..

Those are all great………but who doesn’t love the classic SMUSTANG??

(many thanks, Rea!  I hadn’t seen a Smustang before!)

two beautiful classics…

How about this?  Two beautiful ladies in their advanced years!!

This is priceless. Notice at the very end when she steps on a little red towel to get into the car so she won’t dirty the running board, then picks it up and puts it in the car so she can use it when she gets out! Precious lady!!!!

An amazing lady, 101 years old driving an 81 year old car and polishes it and changes the oil and spark plugs herself. This is a real hoot! 

CLICK HERE!   You can also read the article from the New York Times HERE!

how long have you had YOUR car?

Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster
from his father, brand new – as a graduation gift in 1928. 
He drove it up until his death last year…..at the age of 102 !!!
He was the oldest living owner of a car from new. Just thought you’d like to see it. 
He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death.
It has 1,070,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is
in perfect cosmetic condition. (82 years) 
That’s approximately 13,048 miles per year (1087 per month)…