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Ellen Gave Her A Car As A Surprise Gift. What Happens Next That Has Her Dropping To Her Knees

During Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, an officer with the Army National Guard, Chris Banford calls up the host live on air. He explains to Ellen that he has missed their 10th wedding anniversary and that’s it’s the first one he’s ever not been able to share with his wife Mary.

The spotlight suddenly shines on his wife in the audience as she is blown away by the epic moment televised to the world. Chris asks Ellen to do one thing for him, and when she says she will help him, everyone is blown away!

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The crowd is tearing up when Chris explains that he has missed their anniversary because of his military duties for America.

But what Ellen does to help out this couple completely blew my mind.

Soon after the call, Ellen brings Mary up on stage and starts to ask her lots of questions about her husband and their family. They have two young boys and live in Oklahoma. Her husband is stationed about 6 hours away for a military training.

But after just a few minutes, Ellen realizes that this young wife has no way of reaching her husband since their car is in terrible condition. So then seconds later, Ellen surprises Mary when she presents her with a brand-new car. But she is only getting started on her surprise for the deserving couple.

Watch what Ellen does next at the 3:40 mark. WOW!!!

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Koenigsegg One:1 Crashes at the Nurburgring During Testing

The Koenigsegg One:1 that was out at the Nurburgring to set a new record has crashed. This comes only a few days after we reported Koenigsegg’s renewed quest for a quicker record at the Nurburgring, and specifically to better that set by the Porsche 918 Spyder for a production car.

These photos reveal what appears to a be a high speed crash, where the 1 of 7 megacar lost control at the Adenauer Forst section, before hitting the guardrail. The impact was so heavy that the hypercar eventually caught fire, which was contained immediately. The driver walked away unharmed, despite the magnitude of the crash. The incident took place today in the afternoon. As it turns out, they were testing various setups for upcoming cars as part of their developmental process.

In a statement released by Koenigsegg, the Swedish car maker has confirmed that the wrecked car will be rebuilt.

The car in question is chassis #107 which was indeed the second One:1 to be made and later showed at Goodwood in 2014. It was also the first One:1 to be privately registered (German customer) and features clear coated carbon fiber and gold stripes while the interior is themed in black. To view the remaining Koenigsegg One:1s, see the full registry here.

Revealed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Koenigsegg One:1 was limited to just seven units, six customer cars and one developmental unit which has since been sold to a customer too. It was the world’s first megacar, with One:1 reflecting 1 hp per 1 kg of weight. That said, the One:1 produces 1,361 PS and 1,371 Nm of torque from its 5.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8.

The One:1 can reach a theoretical speed of 280 mph or 451 km/h, with a 0-100 km/h time of 2.8s, and 0-300 km/h in a blistering 11.9s.

Chris Evans Has Quit Top Gear

After weeks of poor critical reception from viewers and rumours of co-star Matt LeBlanc threatening to quit, Chris Evans has announced that he is to step down from his role as host of Top Gear. Announcing the news on Twitter, Evans said the he: “Gave it my best shot but sometimes that’s not enough.”

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From reaction in mainstream media to our own opinion polls, it’s clear that Evans was the least liked aspect of Top Gear for much of the show’s audience. There had also been numerous newspaper reports of Evans being difficult to work with behind the scenes, claims he branded as “Mad and made up,” just before the series started.

In a statement, BBC Studios Director, BBC Studios Mark Linsey said: “Chris is stepping down from his duties on Top Gear. He says he gave it his best shot doing everything he could to make the show a success. He firmly believes that the right people remain, on both the production team and presenting team to take the show forward and make it the hit we want it to be.”

It’s not clear exactly what will happen next with the show. One option would be for Matt LeBlanc to be the only host, if the BBC choose not to directly replace Evans, which – judging by the wording of the statement from Linsey – might well be the case. Such a move would also free up space for Chris Harris and Rory Reid to appear more frequently, something which Top Gear producers may well be considering, since the pair have been well received by the audience and critics alike.

With Chris Evans at the helm, ratings for the show fell dramatically. After opening with 4.4 million overnight viewers, the show’s audience fell to 2.34 million by the fourth episode. The fifth episode fared better at 2.7 million viewers, but Sunday’s show was the least viewed so far with just 1.9 million tuning in.

 

Speeders Beware! Ford Has Developed Stealthy Light Bar For Cop Cars

Since the demise of the Crown Vic, Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] range of Interceptor police vehicles based on the Taurus and Explorer have been gaining in popularity, especially the latter because of its tall ride height and roomier, more practical cabin.
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Ford has now made the Explorer Police Interceptor even more enticing for law enforcement agencies around the country thanks to the new “no profile” light bar design.
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It means the usually obvious police lights mounted to the roof of a vehicle may soon be a thing of the past. The no profile light bar is housed within the vehicle at the top of the windshield and makes it looks like an ordinary SUV, at least from the outside.
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When activated, it flashes bright—alternating red and blue bars through the top of the windshield. It can also be programmed for red/red or blue/blue operation. There is also a bright white function for spotlight purposes, such as when taking down a perp.
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The no profile lights are fitted at the factory and already available for order by agencies purchasing the Explorer Police Interceptor. They aren’t the only major change made to the Explorer for police duty, though. Like on its Crown Vic predecessor, every system—cooling, electrical, brakes, suspension—has been beefed up for longevity and performance.

What Makes The New Porsche Panamera The Fastest Four-Door

The 2017 Porsche Panamera should give you a pretty good idea of what’s coming on all future Porsches.

It’s their first all new car in a long time, meaning it has a new chassis, three freshly developed engines (including one that makes it the fastest diesel road car), a new 8-speed PDK, Porsche’s next-generation interior design with touch control panels, a full aluminum body with high-strength steel/aluminum underpinnings, LED Matrix headlamps, the latest in semi-autonomous tech that works at up to 31mp.

Then, there’s Porsche’s magic 4D suspension, which basically dials every component of the car to the right settings in order to make the systems work together in perfect harmony. That means everything from the ride hight to the spring rates, the (rear) steering angle, the steering feedback, the engine and gearbox response, the brakes and the all-wheel drive’s multiple-direction torque vectoring will be set to give you maximum speed and the most comfort in any given situation.

And it even has a badass integrated spoiler. Still wondering why the 550hp Turbo is the fastest four-door around the Nürburgring? Now, the only question is whether you like the styling, or not. In my opinion, the 2017 car is vast improvement over the original. All we need now is the wagon version, with the same light bar please…

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Checkout the interior aswell…
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Here‘s a back pic also…
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Also checkout the video while breaking the record of the Fastest Luxury Sedan

Germany Set To Ban Gasoline And Diesel Powered Cars By 2030

According to The Globe and Mail, Germany is going to ban all new Pure Gasoline and Diesel based cars by 2030. The government has calculated that 2030 is the year by which hybrid and electric technology will outstrip the conventionally powered vehicles and such that the emission-based vehicles will become a thing of the past.

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Since Germany is planning to cut greenhouse gas emission by more than 80-95% by 2050, the emissions from cars will be a top priority since they make a bulk of these harmful gasses.

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The major industrial nation is already on track to reduce emissions by 40% by 2020, but the acceptance of electric and other propulsions need some convincing since people don’t think they can ever replace the “powerful” fossil-fuel cars ever. Apart from this conversion, the government wants to increase the availability of electric charging to bring it at par with the easily available gasoline stations. More than 1 million electric charging stations will be set up throughout the country as well as additional ones operated by the private firms. The total number will reach 6 million which is a lot more than the number of the Gas stations in the country I am sure!
Nevertheless, it is still a daunting task since the there are just 155,000 electric and hybrid cars in Germany eclipsed by the 45 million gasoline and diesel cars spewing emissions. So, after banning new emission cars, the country will slowly move towards a completely emission-free society by 2050 since cars get old and have to be replaced. Nonetheless, this move by the German government is laudable!

This Bridge Is So Scary, People Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Drive Across It On Their Own.

As long as you’re always being careful, driving is generally a pretty dull, everyday thing. You go to work, you come home.

But all the way over in Japan, they do things a little differently, and when you see what some commuters have to go through every day, your palms will start to sweat.

The Eshima Ohashi bridge is one mile long and connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in Japan. At first glance, it really looks like any other bridge.
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But then it turns into what only can be described as a roller coaster with real cars on it. This is an actual road that actual people have to drive on daily.
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Can you imagine driving on this?!
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The slope is supposedly safe to all drivers, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t terrifying. The bridge is designed like this because it needs to be tall enough to let large ships underneath.
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I don’t think I’d have the guts to drive on it myself! How about you?

Share this crazy bridge with your friends below, and see what they think!

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Porsche!

Get some top pub ammo with our 10 things you didn’t know about Porsche.

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1. The first ever Porsche was the ‘64’, built in 1939 using mainly parts from the Model 64 VW Beetle. The flat-four engine produced just 50bhp; that’s still quite respectable for a 68-year-old car, mind.

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2. The 1950s Porsche 550 Spyder was low enough to enable driver Hans Herrmann and his co-driver to drive under closed level crossing gates during the Mille Miglia in 1954. It was the same type of car that James Dean met his demise in.

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3. The Porsche 917/30 (or TurboPanzer to its friends) packed over 1,100bhp and as much as 1,300bhp in qualifying spec. It was capable of 0-62mph in less than 2.0 secs and had a top speed of 257mph.

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4. The Porsche 928 was the only car ever to have both factory-fitted front and rear flip-down sun visors.

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Woman’s React When Winning A $120,000 Aston Martin On The Price Is Right

When I go on a game show like The Price Is Right, I’d really prefer to walk away with a very fast six-figure sports car instead of some horrible dining room set. Thank god there’s Dream Car Week, and it kicked off today with one woman locking down a 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT Coupe.
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Naturally, she’s very happy about this outcome.

The winner is Bay Area wedding photographer and mom Francesca Penko, and she’ll be rolling up to her wedding gigs in a silver Aston Martin worthy of 007 himself—complete with a six-speed manual.

Total price? $120,265. During the “Spelling Bee,” Francesca got the chance to choose between $25,000 in cash and the Aston Martin. She didn’t hesitate to pick the car. Our kinda gal. And it paid off bigtime!

The other cars up for grabs this week are a Mercedes 550 4Matic Coupe, a Tesla Model S, a Porsche Panamera, a Maserati Quattroporte, and a BMW 320i available on a Big Wheel spin.

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Matt LeBlanc will co-present Top Gear together with Chris Evans

The former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc will be the new co-presenter of Top Gear, the BBC has announced.

The actor, who also starred in the BBC series Episodes, will join Chris Evans, who took over after Jeremy Clarkson’s exit. LeBlanc has previously appeared on Top Gear as a guest.

“Matt’s a lifelong fellow petrolhead and I’m thrilled he’s joining Top Gear. Acting out our craziest car notions on screen is a dream job and I know we’ll both be debating some epic road trip ideas. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been up to on screen later this year,” Evans said.

LeBlanc said: “As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I’m honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show’s new chapter. What a thrill.”

He later tweeted: “I love the show. Should be fun.”

The Golden Globe-winning actor is the fastest celebrity to-date around the Top Gear track in its reasonably priced car feature. In February 2012, he made it round the track in a Kia C’eed in one minute, 42.1 seconds. A year later, he reappeared to test the new model against the old one.

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He will be the first non-British presenter of the show in its 39-year history when it returns on BBC2 in May, the BBC said.

A BBC source said: “This takes Top Gear in a new direction. Le Blanc’s presence on the show will also be a boost when selling it internationally, particularly in the US where it is due to air on BBC America.”
The timing of the announcement is no coincidence with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation, set to unveil the new-look show for the first time at its biggest annual event in a crucial pitch to more than 700 international TV buyers.

Evans, and now perhaps LeBlanc, is to front the official unveiling of the show later this month in a PR offensive that aims to secure sales of the show to maintain it as a crown jewel international franchise worth £50m annually to the BBC.

LeBlanc also presented the recent standalone spin-off Top Gear: The Races, where he led fans through some of the most memorable racing moments from the previous 22 series.


In a statement, the BBC said LeBlanc would join production immediately and that additional Top Gear cast members would be “confirmed shortly”.

It is understood that the broadcaster is set to announce German racing driver Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalist Chris Harris.
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In a previous appearance on the show, Schmitz tried to make it round the Nurburgring in Germany in a Ford Transit van faster than Clarkson could in a Jaguar S-Type.

Alan Tyler, the BBC’s acting controller for entertainment commissioning, said: “Matt is a class act and a brilliant signing for Top Gear. He is a self-confessed car fanatic with a passion for the programme. I’m really looking forward to watching Chris and Matt bring the all new show to our audiences.”

 

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