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Phil Weicker and Duncan Forster, Los Angeles-based friends and fellow car enthusiasts, spent nearly six years converting a classic 1969 Cadillac Coupe de Ville into an awesome mobile hot tub, the Carpool DeVille. Both former engineering students, the pair devised a watertight steering system and a way to use the car’s original V8 engine to maintain the hot tub’s ideal water temperature of 102F. The Carpool DeVille holds about 5000 lbs of water and has been fitted with a marine throttle to keep the engine running. What was the trunk now holds a pool filtering system.

Weicker and Forster recently used a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to get themselves and the Carpool DeVille to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this August in hopes of setting the Land Speed Record for the “World’s Fastest Hot Tub.”

"Nobody’s ever gone a hundred miles an hour in an open-air self-propelled hot tub while sitting neck-deep in soothing warm water. We aim to correct that mistake of history this August."

Head over to the Daily Mail for additional images as well as video footage of the Carpool DeVille in action.

[via the Daily Mail and Telegraph.co.uk]

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The world’s first 3-D printed car took to the streets this weekend after being built in an amazingly short 44 hours. The vehicle, called Strati, was designed by Italian designer Michele Anoé, who won an international competition held by crowdsourcing carmaker Local Motors.  It was printed and rapidly assembled by a Local Motors team during a manufacturing technology show held last week in Chicago, then went on a drive on Saturday. 

Strati’s chassis and body were made in one piece out of a carbon fiber-impregnated plastic on a large-area 3-D printer. The machine put down layer after layer of the material at a rate of 40 pounds per hour.

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Monterey Car Week, a gallery on Flickr.

Photographers captured the classic and state-of-the-art vehicles that were displayed at events for Monterey Car Week (August 2014) in and around Monterey, California, including the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

1954 Ferrari wins Pebble Beach Concours in huge upset - Yahoo Autos

What intriguing cars have you photographed? Add your photos to the Motoramic Flickr Photo Group.

Photos by SpeersM5, dantemphoto and nicholasputz.

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Park either of these unusual vehicles in a conspicuous place and someone might think there’s been a terrible accident. They’ve both been drastically modified to appear upside down while still being fully functional, roadworthy automobiles, one of which is even a race car.

Illinoisan Rick Sullivan flipped the Ford F150 pickup truck. It doesn’t just look like it’s upside down, the truck’s upended wheels actually spin while it’s being driven. Click here to see the wheels in action.

The Upside Down Camaro is the work of car enthusiast Jeff Bloch (aka Speedycop):

"It’s a frightening fusion of a wretched 1990 Ford Festiva and a horrible 1999 Chevy Camaro, with a not-so-subtle twist. The Festiva’s tiny (1.3 liter), smoky, worn-out (almost 190k miles) engine has enough trouble moving itself in ordinary traffic. Now, it has been saddled with the entire inverted body of the much larger car, including the original Camaro wheels."

Click here for more photos of the upside down race car (including process shots).

[via The Visual News]

A Drop Of Power Makes Hydrogen Fuel Cheaper

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by Michael Keller

**Editor’s Note: There seems to be some confusion based on readers’ comments that this post is about researchers discovering electrolysis of water. That process has been known since the 18th century. This article is about research looking to make industrial-scale hydrogen gas from water using novel electrodes that diminish the amount of electricity and precious metals needed during electrolysis.**

Scientists have made a breakthrough in generating hydrogen gas fuel more efficiently by splitting water with smaller amounts of electricity. 

Stanford University researchers report that they have disassembled water molecules into gaseous hydrogen and oxygen with the electromotive force of a single AAA battery. Both gaseous products are flammable and hydrogen is considered a viable power source for electricity production and vehicles. In fact, the first hydrogen fuel cell cars will be available for purchase in the US beginning in 2015.

The Stanford group also accomplished the low-power water splitting, a process called water electrolysis, without the expensive precious metals typically used. They put two electrodes in a beaker of water and sent current through them, which broke the liquid into the two gases.

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