SpaceX Falcon Heavy Sends Tesla Roadster to Space, but First Core Stage Crashes

Today’s Falcon Heavy test flight was a success, demonstrating that the new rocket of SpaceX is capable of sending a Tesla Roadster (and much more) into orbit. However, it has now been confirmed that the first core stage of the rocked did not successfully land on the autonomous ship as planned.

Elon Musk has confirmed that there was not enough rocket propellant left in order to ignite all of the engines on the core stage during its descent back down to earth. The core stage was officially declared a loss, while the two rocket boosters did land successfully.

Source: Digital Trends

Chainlink Extreme 4×4 Has 7 Feet of Travel

7 feet of up OR down motion on each tire. Seven feet. Full specs can be found on YouTube. They include a fuel injected Ford 5.0L V8, c4 transmission and t-case out of an early bronco, ARB air locker running chain gears on the ends. Swing arms are hydraulically controlled, and can be controlled individually or together. In addition there is coil spring and shock suspension. Chains inside the swing arms turn Hummer gear reduction hubs at each wheel. 39.5 inch tires. Steering is linked through the swing arms. Body construction is steel tubing. Total weight is 5900 pounds. Check the video below.

How to Make a Disk Brake Rotor Wall Clock

Here is a simple tutorial on how to create a functional clock using a disk brake rotor. The rotor was taken off a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ). When completed, this project can compliment your man cave very nicely.

Supplies needed:

-Disk brake rotor

-Functioning clock

-Silicone glue (or another flexible adhesive)

-Rubbing alcohol or another quick drying cleaning product

Tools needed:

-Cutting tool (like a Dremel or Jigsaw)

-Drill

Step 1:

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Set down your disk brake rotor.

Step 2:

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Drill a hole in the back of the rotor which will enable you to hang it up.

Step 3:

Cut out the center of the clock (a Dremel with a cutting disk works best for this).

Step 4:

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Clean the inside of the center of the rotor. Glue the clock into the center of the disk brake rotor using silicone or some other kind of flexible adhesive. Be sure the clock is centered, and let the glue dry with the clock placed with its face down (as in the picture).

Step 5:

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Set the time and hang up the clock!

2009 San Francisco International Auto Show Wrap-Up

The following is a complete list of WordPlop’s coverage of the 2009 San Francisco International Auto Show. We could not get photos and information about every single car that was at the show, but we tried to include as much of the interesting stuff as possible. And since most people don’t buy interesting cars unfortunately, we also covered as much of the boring cars as we could.

It took a lot of work, and this has been the biggest “project” on WordPlop so far. We took 684 photos, which amounted to 2.28GB. We narrowed this down to 336 photos, and compressed the size down to 125MB. We then watermarked the photos and renamed each one so you would be able to easily search for a particular car. Finally, we divided the photos into posts, and typed up all the information about the cars we had. This whole project took many hours of hard work to put together. So please, do not use our photos without linking back to the post from which the photo came from. Feel free to share, but give credit and a link.

Special thanks goes to Thomas Munka, who wrote about the SVT Raptor, ML 350, Corvette, and Toyota. He also provided transportation to and from the auto show, and helped with taking photos. Thanks!

All the posts below can be found through the San Francisco International Auto Show 2009 tag. The list below is a compilation of links to the articles and photo galleries, in alphabetical order. If you’re looking for something particular, you can use the site’s search function in the sidebar.

San Francisco International Auto Show 2009

1927-1937 Classic Car Gallery
1932-1970 Hot Rods Gallery: Bel Air, Corvette, Mustang, and more
Aston Martin Gallery
Audi R8 Gallery and Information
Bentley Photo Gallery
BMW 335d, M3, and Z4 Roadster Info and Gallery
Cadillac Converj Photos
Chevy Camaro Photo Gallery
Chevy Corvette Convertible, Grand Sport, ZR1: Photos, Information, & Review
Chevy Volt Photos
Dodge Challenger Photos
Ferrari Photo Gallery, Including Upgraded F430
Ford Gallery: SVT Raptor, Fusion, Mustang, Shelby GT500
Honda Galleries: Civic Si, Fit, Insight, S2000
Hyundai Genesis Coupe Info and Photos
Jeep Commander and Wrangler Unlimited Photos
Lamborghini Photo Gallery
Land Rover Range Rover HSE Info & Gallery
Lexus GS 350 & IS 350 Sharpie Edition Gallery & Info
Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, Navigator Gallery & Info
Lotus Evora Photos
Mazda Photo Gallery and Information
Mercedes ML350 and SL550 Photo Galleries
Mini Cooper Photo Gallery & Info
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Rally Photos
Nissan Leaf, GTR, & Skyline Photos
Porsche Photo Gallery
SFPD Police Interceptor, Rolls Royce Phantom, Modified Scions, Pink Smart Car
Subaru Impreza WRX & STI Photo Gallery
SV 9 Competizione Photo Gallery
Toyota 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Prius, Tacoma, Yaris: Photo Galleries and Info
Volkswagen GTI, Jetta, & Touareg Information and Photos

Chevy Corvette Convertible, Grand Sport, ZR1: Photos, Information, & Review

General Motors – known in the past for solid steel and big block cars; currently known for putting out plastic crap. Not even the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette differentiates itself from this plastic extravaganza. Open a door and feel the plastic door panels creak. Take a seat inside, feel the not-so-solid backings of the seats on a $60,000 car wiggle back and forth. Let’s turn on the radio, hopefully the knob won’t fall off. And if you feel like opening the trunk, be sure not to press too hard, you might crack the plastic body panels.

We got a chance to see and feel the 2010 Corvette at the 2009 San Francisco Auto Show. The first thing we noticed was a peeling racing stripe decal (see picture below) on a car valued at $60K; you might expect racing stripes to actually be painted on a car of this caliber. After adoring the cool looking body, we took a seat inside only to find that the seats wiggle back and forth about ten inches; no big deal, I suppose they’re not clicked in. So we get out of the car, play with the seat controls, and they still wiggle like crazy. I asked a company representative about this issue: he checked the seats on the Corvette and told me they shouldn’t be doing that. He proceeded to another corvette, only to find the seats doing the same thing. And later, when we were looking at the SV 9 Competizione (which is built on the Corvette platform), we noticed the exact same problem. Enough about the seats – the whole interior creaks and the quality of it feels like it belongs in a ten year old, worn and used sedan. Well, to fish out some positives, it puts out amazing horsepower (436 HP for the Grand Sport and 638 HP for the ZR1) and excellent gas mileage (16 MPG city / 26 MPG highway for the Grand Sport and 14 MPG city / 20 MPG highway for the ZR1) for a price you can’t beat ($54,770 for the Grand Sport and $106,880 for the ZR1) – just don’t expect the 2010 Corvette to feel as sturdy and solid as, say, a Porsche or Ferrari.

EDIT: Well this is interesting: looks like GM just raised the MSRP on the 2010 Corvette ZR1 from $106,880 to $108,180 according to their website.

Photos taken December 2009 at the San Francisco International Auto Show.

Chevy Corvette Convertible

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Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Coupe

  • MSRP of $54,770 (the one pictured is $60,550)
  • LS3 6.2 Liter engine making 436 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 Wheel independent suspension
  • Power speed-sensitive variable ratio rack-and-pinion steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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Chevy Corvette ZR1

  • MSRP of $106,880 (the one pictured is $121,000)
  • LS9 6.2 Liter Supercharged V8 making 638 HP
  • Dry Sump Oil System
  • 6-Speed manual transmission
  • Active Handling
  • Traction Control System
  • 4 wheel independent suspension
  • Power Speed-Sensitive Variable Ratio Rack-and-Pinion Steering
  • Limited Slip Differential

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