Much as how Doc Brown proclaimed that if one is going to make a time machine out of a car, why not make it out of a classic, if you're going to convert a conventional car into an electric one, you may as well use a 1980 Dodge Omni. The Omni, whose soul characteristic is that it was a sporty-ish car that has not aged well, was never intended to be an electric car. However, Texas company Jet Industries took delivery of 19 Omnis in 1980, added a 23-horse power DC electric motor, and rechristened them the Jet Electricia. Oh, and it runs on 20 brand new lead-acid batteries -- 15 in the trunk, and five in the front. Despite having never been sullied by a conventional engine, the cars are still marred by terrible 1980s automobile design. And now you can buy one for the shockingly reasonable price of $3, 383 on eBay. The car in question has apparently spent several years in an Indiana museum, with fewer than 3,000 miles on its odometer. If you're an obscure car collector or a fan of boring 80s cars in gunmetal grey, this is a must-have. Read More
Chrysler recently found itself in hot water with PETA over a recent advertisement in which the excitement of their Dodge "big tent event" was underscored by a chimp detonating a tiny explosive. PETA: "Most top ad agencies in the country won't even consider producing an ad featuring a great ape these days given the well-documented abuse that young chimpanzees and orangutans suffer in the entertainment industry."
Chrysler's response was ... creative: Rather than cutting the ad or continuing to run it as it was, they digitally edited it so that the chimp became invisible: In the edited version, we instead see just the chimp's floating, sequined tracksuit.Read More
Car commercials: They're usually boring and feature either a midsize sedan driving through an otherwise car-free urban landscape at night or an offroad vehicle kicking up clouds of dust, accompanied by a disclaimer that you probably shouldn't drive it off of actual roads. Not this one, though: In a commercial for their Dodge Challenger Freedom which originally aired during the U.S.-England world cup match, Dodge has given us a ... reinterpretation of the Revolutionary War in which (spoiler alert) George Washington and a posse of cars which are probably Dodge Challenger Freedoms cruise in to lead the American charge against the British and win us our freedoms back. Read More
If there's one thing this poster has a weakness for, its ladies who are just as comfortable in armor as ballgowns, and so we were not a little intrigued by the Superbowl spot for Ridley Scott's Robin Hood. The best part, in our opinion? Cate Blanchett, who will be playing the role of a widowed, warrior Lady Marion, a departure from passive, foxy Marions. (We couldn't find a suffciently awesome shot of Blanchett from Robin Hood, so we offer you this picture of her in a similarly armored situation, from the movie Elizabeth. Yes, this was just an excuse to remind you how awesome Queen Elizabeth was, so sue us. We'll be over here, watching our ornate costume porn.) Robin Hood trailer after the jump.Read More