Thursday, August 11, 2022


DREAMS COME TRUE AND MIRACLES HAPPEN! Meyers Manx is reinventing the Manx Dune-Buggy! ...and it's a 100% electric BEAST!

Beginning in 2023, with 50 Beta vehicles, the electric Manx 2.0 will hit-the-pavement! I've always liked the Manx Dune-Buggy and have for the last few years been slowly and quietly building a parts collection of things for a Meyers Manx Dune Buggy build. I've been heavily researching and working, with my Electrical Engineer son, towards building an electric Manx. It has been done before, with limited success and sketchy aesthetics, so I've been following previous builds, what Michael Bream has been doing at his EV West company, and closely watching PlayTech's adventures with their Tesla Powered Dune-Buggy.

SO, I was beyond excited when Meyers Manx released information about their new, up-and-coming MEYERS MANX 2.0 EV! THIS THING SERIOUSLY ROCKS. It looks like the original Bruce Meyers created Old-Red Manx, but it's now basically a beach, sand, and road rocket! You won't have any problems getting up-to-speed and merging onto the freeway, here.

The new Manx 2.0 will be 8 inches wider, 12 inches longer, and only about 200 pounds heavier than the original Meyers Manx! My 100% restored '66 Beetle weighs almost the same as the Manx 2.0, at a reported weight of only 1650lbs! This beautiful thing, in it's 40kWh configuration, will produce, from dual electric motors, 202hp at 240 lb-ft torque!!! ...0-60 in 4.5 seconds!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S A LAND ROCKET BEAUTY BEAST!!!

Check out the rebooted Meyers Manx 2.0 beach-rocket:


Meyers Manx 2.0: (LWH) 123.5" x 70.3" x 53.3" @1650lbs, wb: 82.0", track: ??.?", 40kWh battery, dual electric motors @ 202hp & 240 lb-ft of torque! capable of a 4.5-second 0-60 mph
64 OldRed Manx: (LWH) 112.0" x 62.0" x 57.0" @1420lbs, wb: 80.0", track: 51.3"
1966 VW Beetle: (LWH) 160.2" x 60.6" x 59.1" @1665lbs, wb: 94.5", track: 31.3", 1600cc @60hp
2008 VW Beetle: (LWH) 161.1" x 67.9" x 59.1" @3248lbs, wb: 98.8, track: 59.0, 2.5L, 5 cylinders @150hp & 170 lb-ft torque


Elon Musk and Tesla's Compact...

Haven't made a post in while because there has not been much to be excited about, automotive wise, in the last few years. ...and I've been patiently waiting for Tesla to announce progress on their "Compact" EV.
At the 2018 Tesla annual shareholder meeting, Elon Musk made a brief mention of the possibly of a Compact Tesla, in the range of $25k. A sketch was released, and a couple of other remarks about it occurred over the following years. In 2020 at the Tesla Battery Day event, Musk, again, mentions a Compact car, and says we could see it in 2023. However, then in 2022, Musk says Tesla is NOT working on a Compact! 2023 is now quickly approaching, and there's no more news about a compact Tesla. Sad, because their official sketch is cool looking. :'(
Here's the official sketch released from Tesla. Very nice lines and shape to this thing.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Honda's "e", a "production concept"...

It's been a while since posting. Reason being because there is a big movement amongst the manufactures and their small affordable cars (they are ALL ditching their small cars) and almost nothing related is going on in the world, good-design wise, that is worthy of desire, money or talking about. Even the Teslas, as awesome as they are, are not the best looking (and they are BIG). The $250,000 Tesla Roadster is great looking, but we are interested in functional, durable, and beautiful designs the masses can obtain and enjoy. While Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Bugattis are some of the most beautiful cars on the planet, most people will never own and enjoy one. Beauty and great design can and should be for all. If people and societies die without beauty and great design, then it is of upmost importance and the paramount of responsibility that the top goals of all manufactures should be beauty and great design.

 The Honda e is making big headlines in the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) world, right now. Honda is calling it a "production ready concept" whatever than means. I suppose it's supposed to mean that Honda is not going to bait-and-switch us with a fabulous concept and a really ugly production model. However, Honda is still using that word "production". They are the ones doing it, which means they want the liberty to bastardise the beauty of the "production concept" and then when the masses complain about the lack of beauty from concept-to-production, Honda will simply point out "production...". Sigh.

 Tangent rant: The manufacturers need to get it through their salesmanship-&-marketing thick skulls that nobody cares that they can create a really cool looking concept! WHO CARES!? They have the highest paid, most skilled, talented and trained artists and designers on Earth! Of course they can create and churn out the most beautiful concepts, day-in-day-out. Big deal. They are manufactures, not What everybody expects from manufacturers are responsibility and stewardship! We expect that they will produce fabulously beautiful and great designed PRODUCTIONS, for us to spend our hard earned money and desire on. /end-rant.

 Back to the Honda e: Its an amazing looking car (production-concept)! The gestalt for this little B-segment grocery-getter is practically perfect. THIS is what small cars should be looking like, that someone in charge at the manufacturer, has a spine and cares about making a small car worthy of desire and money. NOW, lets see what makes it to productions.


The Honda Urban EV "PROTOTYPE":

I like the square-ish tail lights of the Honda Urban EV "Prototype" much MUCH better.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lets not leave Chevrolet alone in this "Automotive Critique". Ford is equally at fault:

Look at these fairly recent and fabulous Ford concepts!  
Even this grocery-getting, rinky-dink 2000 Ford 021C concept is far cooler than anything Ford is manufacturing right now!  How hard can it be to create a car of desire!?  It was done all though the 40s, 50s, and 60s!  30 years of automotive bliss!  Then the 70s hit us with a bricks of ugliness (which also leads me to the pitiful housing market of the last 40 or so years.  The barely-meets-code-houses built these days are absolute hideous trash!  I don't care how big they are or how many dormers they have, they are not worth money.  Period!).  

 The 2001 Ford Forty-Nine concept.  This is so beautiful that it boggle the mind why Ford would not produce it.

 The 2003 Ford 427 concept.  This concept lead to the current Ford Fusion. This concept is fabulous.  The Fusion is not.

 The 2004 Ford Bronco concept.  How is that Ford is so inept that they can not bring this, something that they have already succeeded in manufacturing in their previous 1960s Bronco, to light!?  Even their 1966 through 1977 Bronco is hands-down the coolest SUV EVER!

 The 2005 Ford Interceptor Concept.  Where in the world is this car!?  Why is Ford not making this incredibly awesome car?

 The 2007 Ford Airstream concept.  Ok, this is a little out-there-spacy, but man, it is so much cooler than ANYTHING Ford is currently delivery to us, that... that, well, I'm speechless.

 The 2010 Ford Start concept.  This is a bread-box B-car of dreams!  Designed by Freeman Thomas (Audi TT, New Bettle) this is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL grocery-getter I have ever seen!  This car is so incredibly cool, that if Ford would manufacture it, it would ruin the rest of the automotive world, it would be so succesful.  That Ford does not bring this to the people is a sure sign of incompetence!  Dear Ford, make this car (not some ugly derivative) and I'll buy THREE of them, right away!

 This 2011 Ford Evos concept, like the Ford Start, this is what car-dreams are made of.  This Evos is one of the most beautiful mid-size concepts EVER!  This is what the current Mustang should look like (and not the hideous, bloated monstrosity that Ford is currently manufacturing!)! WHERE IS THIS CAR!?

Now, must we compare the above to what Ford is currently manufacturing and bringing to the people? Shutter... sadly, we must, and I don't want to ruin this heaven;y post with what we are now going to see below.  ...sigh.
The 2015 Ford Fiesta.  Ok, this car is a LOT better than anything from Chevy, but it is still lacking in the desire department.

 I feel bad for the 2014 Ford Focus.  Even the smaller Fiesta is cooler looking that the Focus!  Ford also needs to get rid of the goofy looking forward pointed tail light that wraps around the side of the car.  What exactly were they thinking there?

 The 2015 Ford Fusion.  What is this, Fords version of the Chevy Malibu?  It's a pitifully ugly generic wonder of trash!

 The 2015 Ford Mustang.  Sigh.  I'll start off here by saying that I have never, ever, liked the Ford Mustang, from 1964 to now.  I'll admit that the early 1965-1968 Mustangs have a lot to desire and have a lot of beauty to them, but I have never personally liked them.  However, this current 2015 thing that Ford calls a Mustang, is a hideously bloated ugly behemoth!  The 1960s Stang is so sleek and crisp!  What is happening with this thing?  Where is the Evos-Stang!?

The 2015 Ford Taurus.  ...or is it the 500?  Whatever Ford wants to call their land yacht, it is a only remotely worth money.  I'm guessing that Ford's adherence to their supposed design-language is killing all the beauty that they thought may have existed with their original concepts that their designers, I'm sure, have so masterfully created.  Where is all the beauty that they are able to create in their concepts???

Monday, December 1, 2014

I think the world's automobile manufactures are all but completely incompetent and irresponsibly bad stewards.

Speaking, almost, on a purely exterior design point of view, I think the worlds automobile manufactures are all but completely incompetent and irresponsibly bad stewards.  Since 1972, there are almost no  cars (NONE!) that are worthy of desire.  Go to any car show these days and there will be no cars from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s (that are not brand new cars being pawned off from local dealers).  Every car, in every type of car show today (and ever since, for the last 50 years!!!) will be from the year 1972 or older.  That's right!  Ever since about 1972, every single car made is almost compete trash, aesthetically speaking.  Nothing made today is worthy of desire of anything else other than pure-applieancedom.  Then, with the added electronic "connectivity/entertainment" systems, they are relegated to almost 100% disposable, relics of wanton gluttony.

To be fair, lets compare some current GM concepts with what they are actually manufacturing (because, disapointingly, nothing today, compares with the great cars from the 40s, 50s and 60s).  

First, lets gaze upon some of their recent concepts (to give credit to their actual designers who seem to have. at least, a half-brain amongst them somewhere), that are actually worthy of desire.  These concepts are so beautiful that I can only wonder that GM is so weighed-down with corruption and idiocy that they never produced them (I'll never believe that, one of the most powerful manufacturers on the planet, GM, is not able to manufacture a beautiful car (of every segment) that is not only worthy of desire, but is also reliable and able to deliver relative performance and affordability).  

 Look at this!  It's the 2006 Chevrolet WTCC Ultra concept.  This thing is one of the most beautiful modern-day concepts I have ever seen!  WHERE IS IT?

 Chevy was so gung-ho about the WTCC Ultra that they even made a working, race-car variant and raced it!

 Here is the 2007 Chevrolet Beat concept.  It's a fantastic, little B-segment grocery-getter!  The proportions, details and the entire gestalt are almost perfect!  It's a miniaturized version of the WTCC Ultra.

 The Beat concept is so cool looking that it was included in the 2009 Transformer movie as the Transformer named Skids!  

 This a companion car to the Beat.  It's the 2007 Chevrolet Groove, a beautifully created mini-box car.  It's seriously cool!

 The 2010 GMC Granite.  This is one of the most beautiful and industrial looking mini-untility vehicles ever.  GM announced, at least twice, that they were going to production with it.  It was canceled twice, as well.  Who knows why, they would never produce such a beautiful, potentially block-busting concept as this. At one point they even toyed with the idea of making it a dastardly Cadillac.

The 2012 Chevrolet Tru-140s concept.  Amazingly beautiful!  It almost looks like a miniature Lamborghini, it's so cool.  Where is it???

Increasingly, the automobile world has become more mundane with their concepts.  People will take note that the current cropping of "concepts" will appear more and more like production models.  I can only wonder that this is an attempt to make the masses think that great design is a thing of the past and the "people" must think more about "connectivity", "green" and "safety" than about what is actually desirable, worth money and attention.

Once again, "I'll never believe that, one of the most powerful manufacturers on the planet, GM, is not able to manufacture a beautiful car (of every segment) that is not only worthy of desire, but is also reliable and able to deliver relative performance and affordability"

Now, lets look at what Chevrolet is actually bringing to the people in 2014.  Mind you, this is eight years AFTER the 2006 WTCC Ultra concept.  

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark.   HOLY BARF-TASTIC!  What in the world happened to the fabulous 2007 Chevy Beat???

 The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic sedan.  Uuug!  It almost appears as if they dragged some great designer into their studios to design the front only and they smashed it onto the previous failed Chevy Aveo!  If you happen to see some images of their Fisher-Price like instrument cluster you'll gag on vomit.

 The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.  Why GM, why so ugly!?  In an attempt to wow the current generation of electronic-dependant-brain-numb-clueless-consumers, GM misspells "cruise" in the naming of this generically bland, eye-sore.

 The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.  The Malibu used to be the top-line variant of the 60s Chevelle.  It has since become its own hideously, ugly model.  Placed between the "compact" Cruze and the land-yacht Impala,  in an all but worthless segment, called "mid-size" (the "mid-size" segment, should be the "large-size" segment, in my opinion).

 The 2014 Chevrolet Impala.  Chevy's "large-car" flagship, once a gloriously beautiful and desirable car, the Impala has been dumbed down to the current treacherously, ugly monstrosity.  The ONLY thing it has going for it, is that it's "NEW".  In the USA, all you have to do is declare that something is "NEW" and the masses will sign their life away with abandon (who cars that the previous 50+ year old Impala is infinitely more beautiful than this).

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro.  This car has a slight amount of desire to it, and is about, the only car, GM has, that is worth money and anybody's attention.  It is about 50% beautiful.  The original Camaro was never any beauty queen,  but it (the original and the current) does have a sense of power and performance about it, which is conveyed quite successfully in the exterior design.