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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Tesla Model X Stolen In Poland Right After Being Smuggled In From Sweden 20
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Offbeat News, Poland, Reports, Sweden, Tesla, Tesla Model X, Tesla Videos, video on 11 20th, 2017


Unlike the U.S., purchasing a Tesla Model X in Poland isn’t that easy, making the electric SUV somewhat of a unicorn in the country.

Seemingly determined to own a Model X no matter the cost, a group of thieves from Poland have gone to extraordinary lengths to steal one and vanish without a trace, local media reports.

It is understood that the Model X arrived in Poland from Sweden after being stolen. When being unloaded from the ferry, it allegedly rammed the exit barrier and drove away. Authorities were able to track the car down and place it in a guarded parking lot.

Despite these measures, thieves were able to find the parking lot, cut open the fence and steal the vehicle, all while officers shot at SUV a number of times.

It isn’t clear if the people that stole the Model X from the guarded parking lot are the same individuals who brought the car into Poland from Sweden.

RMF24 reports that police are in the process of trying to track down the car and the perpetrators.

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Angry Woman Uses Perfume And Shirt To Set Her Taurus On Fire After It Broke Down 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Ford, Ford Taurus, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


A woman from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania has been arraigned on charges of arson and risking a catastrophe after setting her Ford Taurus on fire after it broke down.

In an affidavit, state police trooper Adam Zinn said he was dispatched to a parking lot near the Donegal interchange over a report of a vehicle fire. Upon arriving at the scene, Zinn said he was met at the scene by 36-year-old Amanda B Silliman who admitted to setting the car on fire because she was angry it broke down.

“Silliman related that once her car broke down in the parking lot she became angry at it. Silliman stated that she took a pink T-shirt and sprayed it with body spray… then stuffed the T-shirt in the gas tank filler neck and ignited the shirt on fire,” Zinn mentioned in his affidavit.

Trib Live reports that Silliman’s 2002 Taurus was destroyed by the blaze. Additionally, Zinn alleges that firefighters from the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department were endangered by the blaze.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Silliman has been charged with criminal mischief, possession of incendiary materials, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

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Extremely Modified Citroen C1 Looks Like A Sick Halloween Joke 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen C1, Citroen Videos, Galleries, Offbeat News, tuning, used cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


There are some weird and wacky cars out there, but this Citroen C1, currently up for grabs in Denmark, is unquestionably one of the most bizarre vehicles we’ve ever seen.

The Carscoops reader who found the C1 notes it is currently for sale on Aunsbjerg with an asking price of 35,000 DKK, or approximately $5,500.

Recently featured in the ‘My Crap Car’ YouTube series, the current owner of the little Citroen purchased it bone stock. Perhaps dissatisfied with its usability and benign design, he decided to totally transform the hatchback and turned it into a permanent droptop, transforming the body and creating something that would be perfect for a Halloween-themed Hollywood blockbuster.

He then casually decided to use an angle grinder to cut off the roof and make the driver’s door completely removable through a pair of hinges you’d expect to find in your house, not a car. Elsewhere, a bodykit has been fitted, 14-inch aftermarket wheels installed and spray paint applied to every square-inch of the exterior.

Since featured in the aforementioned video, the owner has slapped two turbochargers onto the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, creating an engine bay arguably more outlandish than Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2.

Considering the fact that the vehicle has been so extensively modified (or ruined…), we can’t imagine it being easy to sell. Nonetheless, it’ll surely bewilder and mystify people wherever it ends up.

Hat tip to Christian Koeb!

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Extremely Modified Citroen C1 Looks Like A Sick Halloween Joke 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Citroen, Citroen C1, Citroen Videos, Galleries, Offbeat News, tuning, used cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


There are some weird and wacky cars out there, but this Citroen C1, currently up for grabs in Denmark, is unquestionably one of the most bizarre vehicles we’ve ever seen.

The Carscoops reader who found the C1 notes it is currently for sale on Aunsbjerg with an asking price of 35,000 DKK, or approximately $5,500.

Recently featured in the ‘My Crap Car’ YouTube series, the current owner of the little Citroen purchased it bone stock. Perhaps dissatisfied with its usability and benign design, he decided to totally transform the hatchback and turned it into a permanent droptop, transforming the body and creating something that would be perfect for a Halloween-themed Hollywood blockbuster.

He then casually decided to use an angle grinder to cut off the roof and make the driver’s door completely removable through a pair of hinges you’d expect to find in your house, not a car. Elsewhere, a bodykit has been fitted, 14-inch aftermarket wheels installed and spray paint applied to every square-inch of the exterior.

Since featured in the aforementioned video, the owner has slapped two turbochargers onto the 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine, creating an engine bay arguably more outlandish than Ken Block’s Hoonicorn V2.

Considering the fact that the vehicle has been so extensively modified (or ruined…), we can’t imagine it being easy to sell. Nonetheless, it’ll surely bewilder and mystify people wherever it ends up.

Hat tip to Christian Koeb!

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Wells Fargo Illegally Repossessed An Additional 450 Vehicles From Service Members 18
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Military Vehicles, Offbeat News, Reports on 11 18th, 2017


It has emerged that U.S. bank Wells Fargo illegally repossessed over an additional 450 vehicles from service members.

In September 2016, it was revealed that the bank had repossessed 413 vehicles from U.S. military personnel without a proper court order, in direct violation of a law protecting active-duty military members.

These latest repossessions bring the total figure up to over 860 vehicles, forcing the bank to pay each service member $10,000, plus any equity they lost on the vehicle, Fox News reports.

In a statement, acting United States Attorney Sandra Brown said, “Losing an automobile through an unlawful repossession while serving our country is a problem service members should not have to confront.”

All told, the discovery of these additional illegal repossessions will cost the bank $5.4 million.

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McLaren P1 Damaged During Truck Crash In Cambodia 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Accidents, Asia, featured, mclaren, McLaren P1, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, Reports, video on 11 17th, 2017


A McLaren P1 has been badly damaged in Cambodia after the transport truck that was carrying it collided with another truck.

According to a local newspaper, the truck carrying the expensive British hypercar slammed into another large truck carrying goods from Phnom Penh to Andoung Tuek.

Speaking to the media, police chief of the local Botum Sakor district, Sok Thorn, said the cause of the crash was still being investigated and no one has come forward as the owner of the expensive McLaren, restricted to just 375 examples worldwide. Five people were injured in the crash.

Images and video from the scene reveal that the P1, which appears to have a chrome wrap, sustained some damage in the crash. More specifically, much of the front end appears to have been crushed by the truck.

Despite the damage, the owner of the P1 will most likely have it shipped back to Woking for repairs.

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Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 17th, 2017


Taking a fast rear-wheel drive car to the track in slippery conditions might not always be a good idea, especially when talking about the Nurburgring, which has very little runoff space between the tarmac and its barriers.

This is probably one of the slowest and most unfortunate incidents you’ll see all year. The driver was clearly being careful with his speed, but was caught off-guard by the treacherous conditions upon exiting that right-hand corner.

Luckily, the M3 poked the barrier with little force, and as far as we can see, there wasn’t a lot of damage to the car. Still, after the repair bill comes in, it might be best to keep this 431 PS (425 HP) sports sedan away from cold and wet surfaces.

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Watch A BMW M3 Crash At The ‘Ring During A Snowstorm 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, BMW, BMW M, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Offbeat News, video on 11 17th, 2017


Taking a fast rear-wheel drive car to the track in slippery conditions might not always be a good idea, especially when talking about the Nurburgring, which has very little runoff space between the tarmac and its barriers.

This is probably one of the slowest and most unfortunate incidents you’ll see all year. The driver was clearly being careful with his speed, but was caught off-guard by the treacherous conditions upon exiting that right-hand corner.

Luckily, the M3 poked the barrier with little force, and as far as we can see, there wasn’t a lot of damage to the car. Still, after the repair bill comes in, it might be best to keep this 431 PS (425 HP) sports sedan away from cold and wet surfaces.

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Fu*k Trump Decal Causes Stir In Texas After Sheriff Hints At Disorderly Conduct Charge Against Owner 16
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Donald Trump, Offbeat News, Police, Reports on 11 16th, 2017


Donald Trump’s approval rating is a dismal 38.1 percent and it’s no surprise that much of the country doesn’t like him or his policies.

A couple in Texas decided to vent their frustrations by putting a large decal on the back of their GMC Sierra which stated “F*ck Trump and f*ck you for voting for him.”

Karen Forsenca told Houston’s KPRC 2 that she and her husband have been driving around with the decal on the truck for almost a year and she has received mostly positive feedback.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls wasn’t a fan of the decal and posted an image of the truck on Facebook with a message saying “I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

In the comments section of the post, Nehls explained a disorderly conduct charge means “(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly: (1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”

In essence, Nehls was trying to reach out to the owner of the truck to get them to change the message so it didn’t contain any f-bombs. It seems he was simply seeking a reasonable agreement that would suit all parties without having to get the courts involved.

Despite his efforts, Mike Forsenca told KHOU he has “No plans to take it down, unless he [Sheriff Nehls] can show me where it says that in the law book.” He added, “It’s not coming down until the weather takes it down or I replace it with something else.”

The station also reached out to the Fort Bend County District Attorney who said Nehls didn’t consult him before posting the message and wouldn’t be pursuing charges in the case.

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Watch Volvo’s Automatic Braking System Save A Kid’s Life 16
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AEB, Offbeat News, Tech, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos on 11 16th, 2017


Driving a new vehicle that’s equipped with the latest safety assistance systems could make a difference between life and death not only for its occupants, but for distracted pedestrians, too.

What you’re about to watch is a good example of how far technology has evolved over these last few years, in a scenario that’s unfortunately too common – a bus drops off a few kids, and two of them start running across the road without checking for traffic first.

The second kid manages to spot the oncoming semi just in time, but it appears that it’s already too late for the first child. However, this Volvo truck is equipped with an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system, in addition to other safety features, so it automatically applies the brakes.

Thanks to the safety technology, likely combined with the driver’s quick reaction time, the semi appears as if it almost defied the laws of physics, as it came to a complete stop in no time, saving a precious life during the process. Hats off to Volvo and the driver!

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McLaren 720S Driver Who Allegedly Had A Few Drinks Leads Cops In 155MPH Chase 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dashcam, mclaren, McLaren 720S, McLaren Videos, Offbeat News, Police, video on 11 15th, 2017


The driver of a McLaren 720S decided to turn the highway into his own test track, on Sunday morning, in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.

The man was spotted by a police officer, who was patrolling the Georgia State Route 400, doing well over the 65mph (105km/h) legal limit, so she immediately activated the emergency lights and started to pursue the supercar.

After several miles, during which both vehicles achieved speeds of approximately 155mph (250km/h), the officer admitted that she was about to call off the chase, when the suspect pulled over, with “smoke coming from the brakes”, according to the Alpharetta Police spokesman, Jason Muenzer, quoted by WSBTV.

When the officer approached the supercar, she noticed that “the driver’s eyes appeared to be glassy”, and “a strong smell of alcohol” was coming from the cockpit. The suspect, who was identified as 46-year old Dwayne Sherwood Pope, Patch reports, said that he didn’t notice the blue lights, nor hear the siren, and admitted that he had a few drinks before hitting the road.

Pope was then subjected to a sobriety test, which he failed, and was taken into custody, charged with driving under the influence, speeding, and failing to maintain lane. Later on, officers discovered that his driving license was also expired.

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BMW Draws Power From Poop In Drive For Renewable Energy 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, Offbeat News on 11 15th, 2017


BMW is getting serious about reducing its carbon footprint. Part of that comes down to electrified vehicles, but as dirty as battery production is, the company needs to do more. That’s why it’s turning to poop.

By the end of this decade, BMW is committed to source all its electricity from renewable sources, the automaker’s purchasing chief Markus Duesmann recently told a UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

According to Bloomberg, that includes a biomass plant in South Africa that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings. The facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, assembles the 3 Series sedan, and was the company’s first foreign plant.

Its plant in Leipzig, Germany – where the 1 Series, 2 Series, X1, i3, and i8 are built – gets much of its power from wind turbines, and recently opened a battery farm on site. And the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina (home to the X3, X4, X5, and X6) draws on methane power from a nearby landfill.

“When it comes to sustainable responsibility, we consider the entire value chain, from purchasing and production to the product and our mobility services as a comprehensive system of lifecycles,” said Duesmann. “Today, we already obtain 63% of our purchased electricity from renewable energies. And I’m proud to announce today that our new goal for the year 2020 will be 100%!”

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BMW Draws Power From Poop In Drive For Renewable Energy 15
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, Offbeat News on 11 15th, 2017


BMW is getting serious about reducing its carbon footprint. Part of that comes down to electrified vehicles, but as dirty as battery production is, the company needs to do more. That’s why it’s turning to poop.

By the end of this decade, BMW is committed to source all its electricity from renewable sources, the automaker’s purchasing chief Markus Duesmann recently told a UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.

According to Bloomberg, that includes a biomass plant in South Africa that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings. The facility in Rosslyn, Pretoria, assembles the 3 Series sedan, and was the company’s first foreign plant.

Its plant in Leipzig, Germany – where the 1 Series, 2 Series, X1, i3, and i8 are built – gets much of its power from wind turbines, and recently opened a battery farm on site. And the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina (home to the X3, X4, X5, and X6) draws on methane power from a nearby landfill.

“When it comes to sustainable responsibility, we consider the entire value chain, from purchasing and production to the product and our mobility services as a comprehensive system of lifecycles,” said Duesmann. “Today, we already obtain 63% of our purchased electricity from renewable energies. And I’m proud to announce today that our new goal for the year 2020 will be 100%!”

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Dumb And Dumber BMW M3 Street-Racers Fail To Notice Cop Behind Them 14
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW M3, BMW Videos, Drag-Racing, featured, Offbeat News, Police, Police Cars, video on 11 14th, 2017


We can understand not picking up an undercover cop in a beige Taurus, but a blacked out Explorer on your tail at a red light? Come on…

You’d think that spotting a large black SUV with a spotlight in your rear view mirror would be easy-peasy, and that it would stop you from doing something silly in your BMW M3.

Then again, if your attention is directed elsewhere, you’re likely to get in trouble, just like the people driving this pair of BMW M3s, unaware of the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility trailing them.

Alas, these two German super-sedans still lined up at the light and began racing each other as soon as the “green” flashed. Hot on their heels, the police, pulling them over a little bit further up the road.

We couldn’t help but notice that the BMWs didn’t seem to be going all out, at least not directly off the line. It’s probably why the Interceptor had no trouble keeping up as all three cars accelerated past the intersection.

Hopefully those drivers will think again before using a public road as their own personal drag strip, that is, if they still have their licenses.

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