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2014-05-12 04:10:13 PM  
$288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!
 
2014-05-12 04:46:52 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!


it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?
 
2014-05-12 04:49:07 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?


I'll listen to tales of lasers for headlights in cars when the cost per car gets below ~$35k
 
2014-05-12 04:59:45 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?


Sharks to hold the lasers.
 
2014-05-12 05:00:55 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!


I guess if you have that kind of money you won't be hurt too badly by how much it costs to fix the lasers when they break.
 
2014-05-12 05:35:27 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?


Car and Driver has a series of articles which argues that the R8 is effectively the best value there is in supercars.  Not that filthy rich people care but their basic argument is that it is a car you can actually drive and if the urge gets you, can do 200 mph.  Unlike some supercars which are $1million plus and are barely functional.

So as supercars go it is on the low end of the price scale.  Now with friggin laser beams bonus.
 
2014-05-12 05:36:43 PM  

Nogrhi: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

Sharks to hold the lasers.


How cool would a shark hood ornament on this thing be?
 
2014-05-12 05:50:56 PM  

brandent: Nogrhi: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

Sharks to hold the lasers.

How cool would a shark hood ornament on this thing be?


Pretty damn cool.  The more I have thought about it though, the more I am worried of hitting the high beams and blowing up Alderaan.
 
2014-05-12 05:53:25 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

I'll listen to tales of lasers for headlights in cars when the cost per car gets below ~$35k


because as we all know the high end, new technology stuff always rolls out with the low end basic cars. Yup.
 
2014-05-12 06:04:47 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

I'll listen to tales of lasers for headlights in cars when the cost per car gets below ~$35k

because as we all know the high end, new technology stuff always rolls out with the low end basic cars. Yup.


Someone else mentioned 200mph upthread, and that is also not interesting to me until it hits the ~$35k mark. And before you say that it never will, I saw an unused Dale Earnhardt car go for $70 a few years ago at Barrett Jackson, and that had an inflated price because of the provenance and stickers left on the car. I know it would take a pit crew to maintain that 200mph performance time and again, but it would take the same expenditure for any other 200mph car out there as well to hit that speed on a regular basis.

Back to the point, when it hits the price point that 99% of us can afford, then it will be interesting IMO. Until then it is free advertising for Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
 
2014-05-12 06:08:19 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: I saw an unused Dale Earnhardt car go for $70 a few years ago at Barrett Jackson,


Seventy bucks? Hell, I'll take two.
 
2014-05-12 06:09:02 PM  
So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?
 
2014-05-12 06:12:59 PM  
Remind me again why blinding people driving towards you is a good thing?
 
2014-05-12 06:14:22 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?


Probably not. The halogen lights already blind oncoming drivers and everyone thinks those are cool.
 
2014-05-12 06:34:39 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?


It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.
 
2014-05-12 06:39:15 PM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.


I came here to say something along those lines. The laser light never leaves the car.
 
2014-05-12 06:56:14 PM  

brandent: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

Car and Driver has a series of articles which argues that the R8 is effectively the best value there is in supercars.  Not that filthy rich people care but their basic argument is that it is a car you can actually drive and if the urge gets you, can do 200 mph.  Unlike some supercars which are $1million plus and are barely functional.

So as supercars go it is on the low end of the price scale.  Now with friggin laser beams bonus.


I believe Top Gear did a a comparison test of supercars where they drove them around a race track with one gallon of gas each until they stopped. The Audi was demonstrated to get the best gas mileage.
 
2014-05-12 07:00:06 PM  

Tobin_Lam: Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.

I came here to say something along those lines. The laser light never leaves the car.



How on earth will it shoot down missiles that way?
 
2014-05-12 07:16:06 PM  

crotchgrabber: InterruptingQuirk: I saw an unused Dale Earnhardt car go for $70 a few years ago at Barrett Jackson,

Seventy bucks? Hell, I'll take two.


img.fark.net

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///sniff sniff
 
2014-05-12 07:32:11 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: cannotsuggestaname: InterruptingQuirk: $288,000 U.S. Fark off w/that shiat!

it is a fricken super car, what did you expect?

I'll listen to tales of lasers for headlights in cars when the cost per car gets below ~$35k

because as we all know the high end, new technology stuff always rolls out with the low end basic cars. Yup.

Someone else mentioned 200mph upthread, and that is also not interesting to me until it hits the ~$35k mark. And before you say that it never will, I saw an unused Dale Earnhardt car go for $70 a few years ago at Barrett Jackson, and that had an inflated price because of the provenance and stickers left on the car. I know it would take a pit crew to maintain that 200mph performance time and again, but it would take the same expenditure for any other 200mph car out there as well to hit that speed on a regular basis.

Back to the point, when it hits the price point that 99% of us can afford, then it will be interesting IMO. Until then it is free advertising for Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous


So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/
 
2014-05-12 07:41:58 PM  
Next thing you know we will have razors with 6 blades.
 
2014-05-12 07:42:00 PM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.


IR lasers are blue?
 
2014-05-12 07:54:23 PM  

cmunic8r99: Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.

IR lasers are blue?


Where did you get blue out of that?
 
2014-05-12 08:00:17 PM  

brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/


The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?
 
2014-05-12 08:07:38 PM  
IMMA CHARGIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ

IMMA FIRIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ
 
2014-05-12 08:20:21 PM  

Victoly: IMMA CHARGIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ

IMMA FIRIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ


stream1.gifsoup.com
 
2014-05-12 08:22:04 PM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: cmunic8r99: Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.

IR lasers are blue?

Where did you get blue out of that?


Easy. This is how he read it:
It's an IR laser that [I don't understand these words] visible [probably blue, that's weird] light.
 
2014-05-12 08:24:07 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Victoly: IMMA CHARGIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ

IMMA FIRIN' MAH HEADLIGHTZ

[stream1.gifsoup.com image 320x234]



I would farking get headlights like that if they were available.
 
2014-05-12 08:54:45 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/

The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?


I assume, if this makes it to the US, we are looking at a minimum of $50k MSRP.
 
2014-05-12 09:05:46 PM  

Lars The Canadian Viking: cmunic8r99: Lars The Canadian Viking: Fark like a Barsoomian: So I RTA (kill me) and I don't understand how this isn't like flashing a laser in the eyes of an oncoming car. Only worse because it's like 1000 lasers at once.

Does this disperse the light specially or something? Are normal light covers good enough to disperse this? Is "laser" a brand name for lights that aren't really lasers?

It's an IR laser that hits a phosphor, and the phosphor converts that to visible, diffused light.

IR lasers are blue?

Where did you get blue out of that?


From TFA:
Similar to the laser lights Audi showed at CES, the production versions produce a blue laser beam that a phosphor converts to white light with a color temperature of 5500 Kelvin.
 
2014-05-12 09:47:32 PM  

BadReligion: InterruptingQuirk: brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/

The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?

I assume, if this makes it to the US, we are looking at a minimum of $50k MSRP.


The 2012/2013 model Golf R was $35,000 almost exactly in the US.  Scroll down for the text.

http://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/golf-r#

InterruptingQuirk: brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/

The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?


You must be fun at parties.  MSRP for a Golf R is almost exactly $35,000.  So yes it is a $4500 upgrade. And that also includes the AWD which isn't available on the Golf in the US in other versions.  The only real change for this upcoming version in the 2015 is going to be a hotter version of the same exact engine plus AWD.  My estimation is this then comes to about $40,000.  Note these are all governor limited instead of drag limited like most cars.

Or for roughly the same money you can get a Subaru WRX.

I'm sure you are going to point out that this thing would then meet your arbitrary $35,000 cutoff but you can save your typing on that.  It was a number pulled from your arse anyway.
 
2014-05-12 11:15:03 PM  
^It still doesn't have lasers.
 
2014-05-13 03:34:55 PM  

brandent: BadReligion: InterruptingQuirk: brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/

The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?

I assume, if this makes it to the US, we are looking at a minimum of $50k MSRP.

The 2012/2013 model Golf R was $35,000 almost exactly in the US.  Scroll down for the text.

http://www.caranddriver.com/volkswagen/golf-r#

InterruptingQuirk: brandent: So in other words a vw gti 400 R.http://blog.caranddriver.com/why-stop-at-395-horsepower-vw-hints-gol f-r-400-likely-will-pack-more-than-400-ponies/

The MSRP on a 2014 VW GTI is $30,500. This R model is is not going to tack on more than ~$4,500?

You must be fun at parties.  MSRP for a Golf R is almost exactly $35,000.  So yes it is a $4500 upgrade. And that also includes the AWD which isn't available on the Golf in the US in other versions.  The only real change for this upcoming version in the 2015 is going to be a hotter version of the same exact engine plus AWD.  My estimation is this then comes to about $40,000.  Note these are all governor limited instead of drag limited like most cars.

Or for roughly the same money you can get a Subaru WRX.

I'm sure you are going to point out that this thing would then meet your arbitrary $35,000 cutoff but you can save your typing on that.  It was a number pulled from your arse anyway.


The GTI 400 isn't a Golf R, it is a 400hp version of the GTI, the Golf R is 265hp. There is going to be a world of difference.
 
2014-05-13 04:46:35 PM  
Because the blindingly bright headlights currently in cars are not  bright enough for the very rich, apparently.
 
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