2017 TOYOTA MIRAI EVENT with SYD MEAD! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 547
Fireball heads to an exclusive event put on by Car & Driver Magazine and Toyota to reveal the tech behind the 2017 TOYOTA MIRAI. Meets up with Car Design Legend Syd Mead!
Some tech about the Mirai for those wanting more… The Toyota Mirai (From mirai (未来?), Japanese for “future”) is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, one of the first such vehicles to be sold commercially. The Mirai was unveiled at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota planned to build 700 vehicles for global sales during 2015.
Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the 2016 model year Mirai has a total range of 502 km (312 mi) on a full tank, with a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 66 mpg‑US (3.6 L/100 km; 79 mpg‑imp) equivalent (MPG-equivalent), making the Mirai the most fuel efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicle rated by the EPA, and the one with the largest range.
Sales in Japan began on 15 December 2014 at a price of ¥6.7 million (~US$57,400) at Toyota Store and Toyopet Store locations. The Japanese government plans to support the commercialization of fuel-cell vehicles with a subsidy of ¥2 million (~US$19,600). Retail sales in the U.S. began in August 2015 at a price of US$57,500 before any government incentives. Deliveries to retail customers began in California in October 2015. Toyota scheduled to release the Mirai in the Northeastern States in the first half of 2016. As of June 2016, the Mirai is available for retail sales in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, and Norway. Pricing in Germany starts at €60,000 (~US$75,140) plus VAT (€78,540) .
2017 HYUNDAI SONATA PLUG-IN is FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 546!
Fireball heads into DTLA for a quick spin the the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, snags Kathie for a Kangaroo run then gives us his REVEIW on the car. A creamy smooth Vanilla.
From Car&Driver.com… The Hyundai Sonata was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, with the re-engineered Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid following a year later. In their battle against the Ford Fusion hybrid and Energi, the Toyota Camry hybrid, and the Honda Accord hybrid, the 2017 models get new connectivity—and look, new colors!
Now back for their second year, the 2017 Sonata hybrid and plug-in hybrid earn a little more visual separation from the rest of the Sonata lineup with an entirely fresh and distinct color palette, while hybrid models, even at the base SE level, get upgraded infotainment and connectivity.
Beginning in early 2017, the Sonata plug-in will be offered in Hyper White, Nocturne Black, Metropolis Gray, and Skyline Blue, while the hybrid comes in Hyper White, Nocturne Black, Metropolis Gray, Ion Silver, Cosmopolitan Red, Astral Blue, or Skyline Blue (the same number of colors as last year, just different hues). They’re complemented by gray (or beige for the hybrid) cloth or leather as well as Blue Pearl leather upholstery with contrast stitching and accents.
For 2017, all versions of the Sonata hybrid include a larger, 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen with HD radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and the latest Blue Link Connected Care system. The plug-in hybrid continues to come only with the larger infotainment screen and those other upgrades. An 8.0-inch system with navigation, satellite radio, and voice recognition is available on the hybrid and included on all plug-in hybrids, with Infinity premium audio optional.
Because it’s BEACHLIFE, it means FIREBALL MALIBU VLOGS in TURQUOISE!
The finest of turquoise reaches a maximum hardness of just under 6, or slightly more than window glass. Characteristically a cryptocrystalline mineral, turquoise almost never forms single crystals and all of its properties are highly variable. Its crystal system is proven to be triclinic via X-ray diffraction testing. With lower hardness comes lower specific gravity (2.60–2.90) and greater porosity: These properties are dependent on grain size. The lustre of turquoise is typically waxy to subvitreous, and transparency is usually opaque, but may be semitranslucent in thin sections. Colour is as variable as the mineral’s other properties, ranging from white to a powder blue to a sky blue, and from a blue-green to a yellowish green. The blue is attributed to idiochromatic copper while the green may be the result of either iron impurities (replacing aluminium) or dehydration.
The refractive index (as measured by sodium light, 589.3 nm) of turquoise is approximately 1.61 or 1.62; this is a mean value seen as a single reading on a gemmological refractometer, owing to the almost invariably polycrystalline nature of turquoise. A reading of 1.61–1.65 (birefringence 0.040, biaxial positive) has been taken from rare single crystals. An absorption spectrum may also be obtained with a hand-held spectroscope, revealing a line at 432 nanometres and a weak band at 460 nanometres (this is best seen with strong reflected light). Under longwave ultraviolet light, turquoise may occasionally fluoresce green, yellow or bright blue; it is inert under shortwave ultraviolet and X-rays.
Turquoise is insoluble in all but heated hydrochloric acid. Its streak is a pale bluish white and its fracture is conchoidal, leaving a waxy lustre. Despite its low hardness relative to other gems, turquoise takes a good polish. Turquoise may also be peppered with flecks of pyrite or interspersed with dark, spidery limonite veining.
It is rare and valuable in finer grades and has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years owing to its unique hue. In recent times, turquoise has been devalued, like most other opaque gems, by the introduction onto the market of treatments, imitations, and synthetics.
The substance has been known by many names, but the word turquoise dates to the 17th century and is derived from the French turques for “Turks” because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey, from mines in the historical Khorasan Province of Persia.
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THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS PLAN! – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 545
A rainy day in Malibu leads to some awesome inspiration about creating an Ultimate Success Plan at the end. What is the Ultimate Success Plan? 1. A Clear Goal. 2. Belief 3. Faith. 4. A Batmobile
JET FIGHTER CAR on FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 544!
On today’s episode, Fireball and Ken head to a top-secret classic car show and spot this crazy-ass fighter jet car, then Fireball grabs Kathie for a blubbery movie date in the 2017 HYUNDAI SONATA PLUG-IN HYBRID!
BEST VIDS of the WEEK are Fireball Whiskey, Ghost in the Shell & MORE!
Just the best dang vids we saw all week… so far.