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post #136 of 367
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Has anyone else played the Playstation game "The Getaway"?
I liked it. Felt like I was shooting my way through a Guy Ritchie movie. Seemed a little linear for that type of game, though. Was there a fashion designer on board for that one? I remember Ozwald Boateng designed clothing for "Driver 2"...
post #137 of 367
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Why do I spend time here, because there is nothing else to do when I am staying late at work to sort out things with America.
Fair enough. I know Nobel Prize winners who obsessively roam the WWW, so it's hardly a surprise that a captain of industry might be the same. People is people.
post #138 of 367
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I liked it. Felt like I was shooting my way through a Guy Ritchie movie. Seemed a little linear for that type of game, though. Was there a fashion designer on board for that one? I remember Ozwald Boateng designed clothing for "Driver 2"...
My friends and I played it obsessively for about two weeks while listening to The Streets (which had just come out at the time). Most of the time was spent driving what I think is a Jensen (with the big back window) down a long slope and jumping it off a pedestrian walkway through an arch. It was a lot of fun but it got old quickly as well. I don't know about any designers on video games, in fact I had never even thought about it. I can tell you, though, that designing clothing in a 3D program is not easy. My avatar is a Poser figure I modified to look like Connery with a hat I had to modify in 3DS MAX from a big cowboy hat or something to look like a proper fedora. The hat alone took a few hours and I had something to start from. I can't imagine designing detailed clothing, let alone the cloth physics.. ugh.
post #139 of 367
I have three cars. Two are boring: Chevy Suburban, Subaru station wagon. One is fun: 2004 Dodge Viper Life simply does not get much better than cruising around in the Viper on a sunny Spring day with the top down. (it's pretty sweet at the track too.)
post #140 of 367
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Agreed. Funny thing is, when I bought my WRX, I had no idea that the 0-60 time would blow away anything else in its class (I wasn't considering any of the other sports cars so I didn't know how fast they were.) I knew it was fast, and liked that, but I was more interested in the handling. The AWD, fairly stiff suspension and excellent steering make for a car that responds quickly and predictably in all weather conditions. That's my idea of a safe car - something that can get out of the way of, or move around a dangerous situation instantly. I don't want to have to wait for the car. My driving was a 50/50 split of twisty, dangerous, 2-way mountain roads and highway/city driving in heavy traffic. The WRX was the perfect car for the job. With less body roll and more low-end torque it would perfect. That's what they did with the STI. Too bad it's so ugly ..
The STI is an amazing car. I've driven one. Handling and overall performance are superb. If my current Subaru wagon ever dies (still going strong with over 170,000 miles) the STI will replace it. All that "Go" in a car that I can use to drive the kids to school. You're right, the wing is super ugly, but I suppose I can get past that.
post #141 of 367
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while listening to The Streets
In case you didn't know, the new single from The Streets, Fit But You Know It is out, and it smacks of 'super-repetitive novelty song'. Kai - any updates on your custom suit from tailor-to-the-stars, Raphael? To stay somewhat on topic, being a lowly student, I own a Mazda 121, which my friends have taken to nickname 'Mad Dog', because, well, it's a 121.
post #142 of 367
haha you guys seem to like drama... who really gives a flying f#ck if this kalra dude is really a corporate guru or some 18 year old paki with too much time on his hands. BTW Kalra your house, with it's distinct color practically screams Weybridge so I would bet my currently non existing Ferrari that that's where you live...
post #143 of 367
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Kai - any updates on your custom suit from tailor-to-the-stars, Raphael?
I got the suit, but there were some fit issues.  He sent me just the jacket a while back, with the sleeves unfinished, and I took it to my tailor here and got it marked up.  Then I shipped it back to Raphael so that he could finish the sleeves and buttonholes.   I received the finished suit last month, but there were additional fit issues (vest waaay too tight, more like a corset, one of the jacket sleeves kind of off)   I'm headed back to NYC next week, and Raphael is going to do some further adjustments on it for me.  I'm not upset at all, as I am sure that Raphael will not rest until I am completely satisfied.   I think, however, that the moral of the story is that no matter how talented your tailor is, it really isn't possible to properly fit a bespoke suit with a single fitting, (at least not the first suit.)   When I order an additional Raphael suit, I will stick with the traditional two or three fittings, even if that means that I have to wait 7 or 8 months for the suit (because I only get to NYC about once a quarter)   The suit is beautiful.  The quality of the sewing and construction truly is amazing.  The pants in particular are a work of art.  I'm looking forward to getting it properly fitted so that I can wear it. I was planning to do an update post when the suit was finally completed and properly fitted, but thanks for asking.
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post #145 of 367
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The S55 is nice to drive, but then again compared to the Veyron it is nothing.
Kalra:   A few questions about the Veyron, if you don't mind taking the time to satisfy my curiousity.  I've read quite a bit about the car, but most of the press has focused on the big horsepower and all the production delays.  Actually, until I saw your post here, I thought that the Veyron was still in production limbo, and didn't realize that they were actually loose on the street.   Safety:   Does it have an integrated roll-cage?  Provision for 6 point seat belts?  Does it have a fuel cell bladder tank?  Fire suppression system? Handling:   Have you taken it to the track?  How does it corner?  Understeer?  Oversteer?   What sort of brakes does it have?  4 piston?  8 piston?  Do you get much fade when driving it hard?  How are the aerodynamics?  Does the car generate significant downforce at speed?   Engine sound:   What's it like?   Anything else a car enthusiast would want to know about this car?   Do you race? Thanks in advance. Kai
post #146 of 367
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TW Kalra your house, with it's distinct color practically screams Weybridge so I would bet my currently non existing Ferrari that that's where you live...
No, Hampstead, London, NW1
post #147 of 367
I don't have a car, but the coolest car ever had to belong to one of my buddies. It was a complete ghettomobile - and completely LA worthy. It was a black 66' (?) Cougar - steel chassis, suped up engine (I know nothing about cars, but it was a monstrosity - the guy who owned it before him was apparently a hotrodder). Customized suspension (switches - also put in by the previous owner). Crappy rims though - he figured that the previous owner had re-appropriated the 22's) was . Towards the end, he (my friend) rode it so hard the whole thing was going to pot. The reverse worked only sporadically, for one thing. The thing took up the whole lane, no kidding. And since it was getting to be a piece of junk, he drove it like a madman, and pretty much ruled the road. One time, we cut off a guy in Dior sunglasses and a copper silk shirt in a Lamborghini. Sure, he could have dusted us in a fair race, but as we all know, the guy who wins the fight is the guy with the least to lose - junkyard dog style. He (copper shirt guy) was not happy, but his model-looking girlfriend was in stitches.
post #148 of 367
"Hampstead the Choice of Millionaires It's official - Hampstead is home to more millionaires than any other place in Britain. According to a new survey, 294 millionaires live in Hampstead..." source: http://www.cityneighbours.com/article....onaires
post #149 of 367
Without risking sounding stupid and going on, I must say, I really do not know about any of the safety features, which you mentioned; it has a fire extinguisher if that is what you mean by fire suppression system. I don¡¦t know if you can fit a 6 point seat belt, but mine came with 3 point ones. Roll cage ¡V I cannot tell, though I do know what that is (my SL55 has it). Handling, now I do know about that ƒº. I have an 800 meter loop out in Surrey, and yes, I have taken it there. The steering is comparable to the Murcielago. Responsive, but typical of a sports car, very heavy, so yes a bit of under steer. But you really feel like you could take a sharp corner in the late hundreds (mph) with no problem whatsoever, but I wouldn¡¦t risk it, I go fast but never risk anything. Brakes, I also do not know, sorry they are very responsive though, but perhaps not as good as the SL¡¦s brake by wire system, but they do stop much quicker here (but they¡¦d need to, a W16 vs. a V8.). Absolutely no fade at all, that is what¡¦s so great about the W engines. Aerodynamics, what do you think, I don¡¦t have a Physics lab man. However, obviously there is a lot of down force, but nothing unusual for a car like this, kind of like the old days of my Ferrari F50. But then again it is dam stable, (probably due to the Volkswagen groups knowledge from Porsche) also the fact that it is four wheel drive certainly helps. The front spoiler adds to the down force with the ground effect. The tail wing really helps in my opinion. Sound, amazing, like nothing you have ever heard (in car terms), but it doesn¡¦t growl like a Ferrari. It¡¦s like a lion, it roars. I do not race competitively, but I do have track days out in Surrey sometimes. Other things, it has a cylinder cut off mechanism,(you get 8 out of 16) so you have to go past the accelerators pressure point for all the cylinders to kick in, but once you have done that once, it remains in all cylinders for the rest of that drive (but I think they do cut out again if you don¡¦t drive it hard for long). In addition, if you go all the way with the accelerator you will get a sharp knock back into your seat, not dissimilar from firing a shotgun. There is a seven-speed transmission, double clutched, with steering wheel paddle shift. Embarrassingly the fastest I have been in it is 170mph.
post #150 of 367
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Without risking sounding stupid and going on, I must say, I really do not know about any of the safety features, which you mentioned; it has a fire extinguisher if that is what you mean by fire suppression system. I don¡¦t know if you can fit a 6 point seat belt, but mine came with 3 point ones. Roll cage ¡V I cannot tell, though I do know what that is (my SL55 has it). Handling, now I do know about that ƒº. I have an 800 meter loop out in Surrey, and yes, I have taken it there. The steering is comparable to the Murcielago. Responsive, but typical of a sports car, very heavy, so yes a bit of under steer. But you really feel like you could take a sharp corner in the late hundreds (mph) with no problem whatsoever, but I wouldn¡¦t risk it, I go fast but never risk anything. Brakes, I also do not know, sorry they are very responsive though, but perhaps not as good as the SL¡¦s brake by wire system, but they do stop much quicker here (but they¡¦d need to, a W16 vs. a V8.). Absolutely no fade at all, that is what¡¦s so great about the W engines. Aerodynamics, what do you think, I don¡¦t have a Physics lab man. However, obviously there is a lot of down force, but nothing unusual for a car like this, kind of like the old days of my Ferrari F50. But then again it is dam stable, (probably due to the Volkswagen groups knowledge from Porsche) also the fact that it is four wheel drive certainly helps. The front spoiler adds to the down force with the ground effect. The tail wing really helps in my opinion. Sound, amazing, like nothing you have ever heard (in car terms), but it doesn¡¦t growl like a Ferrari. It¡¦s like a lion, it roars. I do not race competitively, but I do have track days out in Surrey sometimes. Other things, it has a cylinder cut off mechanism,(you get 8 out of 16) so you have to go past the accelerators pressure point for all the cylinders to kick in, but once you have done that once, it remains in all cylinders for the rest of that drive (but I think they do cut out again if you don¡¦t drive it hard for long). In addition, if you go all the way with the accelerator you will get a sharp knock back into your seat, not dissimilar from firing a shotgun. There is a seven-speed transmission, double clutched, with steering wheel paddle shift. Embarrassingly the fastest I have been in it is 170mph.
Thanks for the info. My interest in the safety features stems from a curiousity as to how much work it would take to make the car meet specs for competitive racing events. If you don't ever intend to race it, it wouldn't really matter. Sounds like a lot of fun. Too bad I'll never be at Surrey for your track days. I'd love to see it in action in its element.
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