Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Apr 2012 21:56 UTC
In the News "Ferdinand A. Porsche, who designed the original Porsche 911, the snazzy, powerful sports car that became the lasting signature of the German automobile company founded by his grandfather and later run by his father, died on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. He was 76." I believe only Italians can design beautiful cars (I mean, game over, kids), but there's no denying that the 911 is a true icon. Cars technically don't have a place on OSNews, but Ferdinand Porsche's passing cannot go by unmentioned.
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Really not interested
by windywoo on Sat 7th Apr 2012 06:05 UTC
windywoo
Member since:
2011-03-01

Shouldn't this be on FHM? I've always thought that cars were more for posers like Clarkson than people genuinely interested in technology. Something that men talk about to prove to other men that they are men.

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RE: Really not interested
by boblowski on Sat 7th Apr 2012 13:56 in reply to "Really not interested"
boblowski Member since:
2007-07-23

I kind of disagree with you there. I generally don't care much for cars, but car technology is actually quite interesting. Take something like dynamic torque distribution and what is needed to make four wheel drive actually usable in off-road conditions. Fascinating stuff.

Car design however is just plain boring nowadays, that is true. All cars seem to be designed for 15 year old boys dreaming about what they want to buy when they're 22. Everything looks big and cartoonesque Hollywood action movie kind of tough (Audi Q7, I'm looking at you...).

Compared to most modern cars, a 911 looks actually quite elegant, well proportioned, and with a hint a female elegance to make it a sexy understatement.

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RE: Really not interested
by Flatland_Spider on Sun 8th Apr 2012 22:29 in reply to "Really not interested"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

It depends. If you want to drive up and down the blocking looking pretty, yeah, poser. If you want to tune the thing and run it at the limit without winding up in a body cast, or worse, not a poser what so ever.

It takes a lot of skill and knowledge to tune a car correctly; they're incredibly complicated machines. I'm not talking just about the engine. I'm talking about the suspension, the chassis, the aerodynamics, the tires, everything.

Then there is the art of cars. They are beautiful pieces of industrial design. 911's are beautiful in their simplicity and compactness. Lamborghini's are beautiful because they're just over the top. Honda's were beautiful for their mechanical efficiency.

Then there is actually being able to drive and control cars at the limit.

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