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Curiosities (73)

Articles and curiosities from the world of automotive and mechanics.

12 September 2016
Assistance Hotline

Roadside Assistance is an essential coverage at all car insurance, Since no one is exempt from suffering on occasion an incident with the car (not boot, has a puncture, have lost keys, etc.) that prevents you from getting to work or take a trip.

14 June 2016
The most exciting cities in the world

Today we live in a world in which everything is measured and valued, from which are the most active social networks until online store has more sales, but those rankings do not always take into account all the variables and displays a button.

15 February 2016
Ferrari 335S second most expensive car ever

When the Artcurial auction house announced the sale of Ferrari 335 1957 S of the living Rétromobile held in Paris last January 5, enthusiasts and collectors automotive world expected to see new sales record in the history of classic car auction . Its initial price was set at 25 million euros and slowly rose to the final whopping 32 million, eventually taking second place in the list of most expensive cars in the history behind the Ferrari GTO 250, which reached a price round 34 2014 million. He appraised value of cars The vintage of the Italian brand increases annually exorbitant percentages and make Ferrari the number one in revalued classic vehicles.

Despite the outrageous price that reached this gem of automotive history, the owner may not enjoy the road to 300km / h offered its engine, as it was specifically designed for competition. There are only four Ferraris of this model in the world and specifically this 335S that could be seen in Paris, he took over 40 years in the hands of a French private collector.

The 335S Ferrari model was involved in the accident that occurred at the iconic Italian Thousand Miles (Mille Miglia) and provoke the total cancellation of the race from next year. A hands of Alfonso de Portago, substituting at the last minute for a sick Luigi Musso, the 335S debut in the World Endurance Championship in the third round of this high-profile automotive test. The car, at the hands of Spanish rider placed third in the race when the tragedy occurred between Cerlongo and Guidizzolo. The explosion of one of the tires cost him his life 335S both Portago as co-driver, in addition to 14 fans enjoyed the race mediations. Multiple protests originated after named "Guidizzolo tragedy" made 1957 the last year of holding the Mille Miglia in Italy.

15 February 2016
Tata launches a competition to find a new name for your model Zica

Indian multinational has decided to seek help from their followers on social networks to rename the 'Zica' model, presented a few days ago at the Auto Expo show in New Delhi. The name stands for "Zippy Car" (energetic or happy car), looks too much like the virus that scares these days the world's population. For this reason, Tata has launched a contest on Twitter with the hashtag #FantasticoNameHunt and also on Facebook and WhatsApp to find a new name for your vehicle. The award? A car of this model or the equivalent of its value, in the event that the winner does not reside in India.

The 'Zica' claims to be the jewel of Tata Motors and it seems that sell this car with the same name of a virus that has caused WHO to declare a health emergency is not very appropriate. At least this is what the company has said to Bloomberg: "Tata is a socially responsible company and, out of empathy for the countries that are suffering from the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, has decided to rename this model." According to the multinational, in the coming weeks will be announced which is the winning name so that the vehicle can be released to the market already with its new name.

Zika virus is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, also responsible for other diseases like chikungunya or dengue. 24 countries in the Americas are affected by this virus that was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. Most of those infected do not show any symptoms but in pregnant women, there is a great risk that the baby will be born with microcephalyAlthough it is still unknown what is the mechanism by which the virus causes this disorder zika.

06 may 2015
Funstar, the prototype designed by apprentices pickup Skoda

The Funstar prototype, created by 23 apprentices of the Vocational Training School of Škoda Auto, is based on the new Škoda Fabia. The car has been created by the students in the last 6 months, with the support of Škoda Design Manager Jozef Kabaň and the Production Director of the brand Michael Oeljeklaus. This prototype will be presented at the 34º GTI Meeting of Wörthersee, event that will take place from 13 to 16 of May of 2015.

The Škoda Funstar is a fun pick-up stands out for its metallic colors steel gray-white-moon combined with the green color. They also highlight the LED lights mounted under the sidebars. The dual-lens headlamps are also LED technology, LED light green stripes as daytime running lights. Also the rear lights are LED.

The Škoda Funstar alloy wheels mounted 'Gemini' of 18 inch from the Octavia RS. The TSI engine is a gasoline 1.2 122 horsepower and transmission consists of a modern gearbox seven-speed dual clutch.

The sporty style is kept inside, finished elements in steel gray-white-colored moon and one of the best sports steering Škoda. Another noteworthy element is the sound system 1.400 watts, which provides a fantastic musical experience.

The vocational school Skoda

The 'Trainee Car' project demonstrates the importance of combining theoretical education with practical experience. The Škoda Vocational School offers three or four year training programs for young people, focusing on technical issues. Students graduate with a learning diploma or an NVQ certificate of level 3, respectively. Currently, there are 13 training courses, with a total of 880 full-time apprentices, of which one 12,5% are women. For their part, 65 current workers are supplementing their qualifications with a postgraduate degree.

The Professional School of Škoda in Mladá Boleslav was inaugurated in 1927, and since then almost 22.000 students have completed their training there. The training is free and remunerated work of students during learning. After successfully completing training, Škoda offers a permanent job to all graduates.

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