Author: Chuckles

Mysterious tech-minded ghost


If Ferrari built an M3: The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Ferrari is no longer owned by the same Fiat Chrysler Automobiles parent company as Alfa Romeo, but there is more than a little evidence of close familial links between the cars that wear the prancing horse badge and this Alfa with its (hand-enameled) four leaf clovers. Like the engine. It’s an all-aluminum 90-degree, twin-turbo 2.9L V6 with direct injection and even cylinder deactivation for better performance and economy. The engine is also extremely similar to the all-aluminum, 90-degree, twin-turbo 3.8L V8s (codenamed F154) you’d find powering a Ferrari 488 or California T. That’s not a bad thing at all.

What you really want to know is why you should care about the Giulia Quadrifoglio, and care about it you should if you like fast, practical cars that sound amazing, look the business, and drive well. Don’t get me wrong—the car is not perfect.… More here ...

Calcio storico

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Some have called it the most unusual sporting event in the world. Once a year in the middle of the elegance of Renaissance-era Florence and in front of the imposing marble facade of the Church of Santa Croce and its statue of Dante, rival teams duke it out in a violent, body-to-body match played on a sand-covered playing field as fans wildly cheer on their neighborhood squad.

The Calcio Storico has ancient roots: the Greeks played a similar ball game that was later adapted in the first century B.C. by the Romans, who used in to train warriors preparing for combat. By the 5th century, calcio—today the Italian word for soccer, or football—was played all over Florence, including atop the Arno river when it was frozen the winter of 1490. In 1580 actual rules were written by a Florentine count, Giovanni de Bardi.

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The B52s can keep on keeping on

A B-52H Stratofortress from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., begins to take off at Royal Air Force Fairford, United Kingdom, June 7, 2016. This was the beginning of the first training mission conducted in support of the multinational exercise BALTOPS 16. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales)

Replacing the venerable Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber’s eight antiquated Pratt & Whitney TF-33 engines with modern turbofans is increasingly becoming a top-priority for the U.S. Air Force. Replacing those antiquated powerplants will greatly increase the range, endurance and fuel efficiency of the B-52 while also reducing the workload on maintainers.

“I think that is one of my top priorities that I would like to pursue with the Department of the Air Force,” Gen. Robin Rand, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, said during his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on June 7.

“There are many benefits to this—strategic and tactical and at the operational level.”

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