Keeping things ticking with the Maryland Clock Company
Time has been good to Rick and Doris Graham. Married for over four decades, their livelihood spans four centuries. They sell clocks at their family business, the Maryland Clock Company located in Davidsonville, and repair some timekeepers that date as ...
December 5, 2014
The Drone That Will Sail Itself Around the World
For 2,248 nautical miles the boat did the rest. . The traction came in handy at about 100 mph, when Jenkins spied a military cargo plane swooping toward his runway with its landing lights on and its wheels down. “It is like gambling: It's double ...
February 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review S500 L
Auto stop-start technology helps the seven-speed-auto-equipped, rear-wheel-drive limousine achieve a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 9.2L/100km, though a chauffeur driver with a lead right foot will almost double that in mixed conditions. We ...
April 28, 2014
SsangYong Korando Sports review
Only offered in double cab guise with all-wheel-drive mechanicals, the Korando Sports looks the part and can now manage the 1,000kg payload that qualifies it as a commercial vehicle for tax purposes. SsangYong hopes that and the low prices will bring ...
June 22, 2013
Jaguar XJ Review & Road Test
West Hollywood, California—At the recent launch event for the 2011 Jaguar XJ, held in the heart of the rock 'n' roll district of greater Los Angeles, Jaguar Cars Managing Director Mike O'Driscoll proposed that the company's latest offering was a bit ...
May 6, 2010
Richard Jenkins is the first to see it—a sailing robot, which has been blowing our way for a month. ” Jenkins and Owens are the engineering duo behind Saildrone, which in the words of their website is “a wind-powered autonomous surface vehicle. ” On October 1, the 19-foot craft was set loose in the San Francisco Bay with a simple command lodged in its electronic brain: Sail to Hawaii. For 2,248 nautical miles the boat did the rest. The path it chose happens to be identical to that of the annual Pacific Cup sailing race, and the fastest anyone has traversed this course is just over five days. The single-handed-sailing record is eight and a half days. As Jenkins and Owens look on, Saildrone is about to complete what might be called the first no-handed ocean sail: San Francisco to Hawaii in 34 days. During the tempest, Saildrone was reporting speeds of up to 16 miles per hour and angles as extreme as 75 degrees, meaning it was heeled over and surfing down the backside of breaking waves—waves with enough power to snap it in two had they caught... As the vessel sails into sight, I see that it’s a streamliner—a narrow hull stabilized by two outriggers, one on each side. Its “sail” is a sail in name only.
And sitting between those two is the $285,000 S500 and the specification we’re testing here – the $310,000 S500 L. So is the S500 L worth almost $100K more than the S350. The ‘L’ stands for long wheelbase, stretching the standard Mercedes-Benz... The longer-wheelbase variant strains the corporate credit card by a reasonable $7500 on the S350, but it adds $25,000 to the price of the S500 – though some of the extra ask is attributable to equipment such as electrically adjustable rear seats... Behind the behemoth Mercedes chrome grille and beneath the stately three-pointed-star badge lies a 4. 7-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 engine producing 335kW of power and 700Nm of torque. Only just part of the double-tonne club, weighing 2015kg, the S500 L accelerates from standstill to 100km/h in 4. 8 seconds – two seconds faster than the diesel. Auto stop-start technology helps the seven-speed-auto-equipped, rear-wheel-drive limousine achieve a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 9. 2L/100km, though a chauffeur driver with a lead right foot will almost double.
Ssangyong offers the Korando Sports with 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions across two trim levels, SX and EX. There’s also an impressive 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty thrown in. From the outside, you wouldn’t necessarily finger the... On the road, the 153bhp 2. 0-litre e-XDi diesel engine is impressive for its smoothness and refinement but the vague steering and cornering roll make the Korando Sports feel a generation behind the class best. With its manual gearbox, the SsangYong Korando Sports will average 37. 7mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 212g/km. Running costs for the Korando Sport will also be kept in check by SsangYong’s generous 5-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Wearable items such as clutch discs and brake materials get one-year or 12,000 miles of cover while the batter and paintwork are covered for three-years. It’s one of the smaller vehicles in the ‘one-tonne’ pick-up class but the Korando Sports is still a sizable piece of kit. The Korando Sports also breaks the important 1,000kg threshold, with a 1,050kg maximum payload where the Ranger manages 1,152kg. The load area itself is big enough at 2. 04 square meters to take a standard Euro pallet and comes.