High Speed Stuff Wrap-up: Art Cars and Hybrid Car History

Scott Benjamin

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Do you think you're ready for today's High Speed Stuff wrap-up? I'll tell you ahead of time that Ben and I have been talking about some pretty crazy stuff on our podcast recently. So, if you're interested, let's take a few moments to review what we've been up to over the past several days.

On Tuesday, the focus of the show was on art cars. Now, if you've never seen an art car before, then I'd have to say that I think you're missing out on a significant slice of car culture. These things are truly wild! They're like a rolling canvas for the artist to express his or herself to anyone that happens to pass by. But these artists don't limit themselves to just paint (although that's a popular choice, too). Art cars are often covered with mannequin parts, orange traffic cones, silverware, doll heads, silk plants, buttons, stained glass, toasters, telephones, faux fur and any other outlandish material the artist chooses to glue, weld, rivet or screw to the surface of his or her car. Some art car artists even go so far as to transform the entire vehicle into a rolling sculpture. For instance, an art car might take the form of a luxury cruise ship, a giant pair of lips, a cupcake or even a shark. C'mon. You have to be intrigued by that, right? Give this episode a few minutes of your time and I think you'll be happy you did.

When Thursday arrived, Ben and I had a talk about hybrid cars. Now, on the surface, that doesn't sound terribly exciting, right? After all, a lot of people are talking about hybrid cars these days. But we decided that we'd make it a little more interesting for you (and us, too), so we dove into the history of the hybrid car. And while a lot of people think that hybrid car technology is brand new, well, let's just say that if that's your understanding then you'll be completely surprised by just how long this "modern" technology has actually been on the road. Again, this is another episode that I don't think you'll want to miss.

So, that's what's happening on the High Speed Stuff podcast this week. If you'd like, head on over to iTunes and give it a listen right now. Why not? It's free. Just don't forget while you're there to take the opportunity to browse through some of our older episodes and give us a little feedback. You can also let us know what you think in the comment section below, or if you'd rather send us an e-mail, you can do that, too. Ben always reads the address at the end of each podcast.

Podcast-related stuff: How Art Cars Work How Welding Works How Sharks Work What is the history of hybrid cars? How Hybrid Cars Work