November 22, 2010

Robert H. gets a no-prize that's just as good the second time around for bringing us another look at Mercedes' new, green, super show car. Me, I still can't make out where it exactly touches the ground. A nation of toymakers figuring out how to defy gravity? I promise you it has three times as many parts as it really needs, takes twice as many people as it should to put together, and will last for a thousand years. Five years later the Japanese will build one that does 80% what this does for 20% of the cost that will last longer than you will. The Americans will build one that reaches 200 mph in five seconds but kill you if you try to turn it. The Swedes will keep it from rusting for a millennia while the British will figure out how to make it rust under the six inches of oil it just leaked out.

The Italians? Oh, the Italians will make one that you'll want to sell your right foot just to touch and trounce the Germans on any race track of your choosing four years after everyone had written it off as obsolete, right up until the doors fall off. Because, let's say it all together... "they will make it be, all it can be... briefly."

Posted by scott at November 22, 2010 08:08 PM

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I'm pretty sure that someone thought up a bunch of reasonably green things and figured out different and unique ways to lie about them.

Seriously - someone came up with a very cool shape then one of the most out in left field intern came up with the requirements.

The two shall never meet.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on November 22, 2010 09:43 PM
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