Monday, 23 May 2011

An Evo update

It's been a couple of weeks now since I picked up the Evo. The miles have gone on and it's running well. The gearbox is slowly loosening up and the car is nearly due for its initial 1,000 mile oil change.

In the words of Charlie Sheen 'What's not to love'?

Well not a lot actually. Now the car has been run in you can certainly feel those 354 horses under the bonnet. The power delivery is immense and the car just wants to keep on going! Driving sensibly the MPG will easily hit the mid 20's but having fun I've seen it drop to around 12. The car has an unhealthy thirst for high octane petrol.

Dropping by my local Tesco today I went to fill up with their Momentum which at 99 octane is the Amstel of unleaded. Unfortunately they only had 2000 litres left so had to switch off the pumps. Yes at 2000 litres! So, knowing that there is a Shell garage down the road the back up plan of V-Power came to mind. It turns out this Shell garage must be one of the only few in the country that don't do V-Power petrol. So the Evo had to endure a regular dose of unleaded which is a bit like putting Carling into the petrol tank. The car is not going to like it as it's only supposed to run on 98+ octane but it will have to do. Lesson learnt I will keep it topped up on the good stuff.

I have also discovered that the Tracker works. I had two calls, two text messages and two voicemails from the company that track the car to tell me my car was on the move. Luckily I was driving the car both times. I'm grateful they are doing their job.

Put this aside I love the car. It has incredible grip, so easy to drive and will happily poodle around town in 5th gear.

The car also attracts a lot of attention. Not sure if I like it but it goes hand in hand with having it. Wherever I seem to go someone is staring at me, whether or not they think I'm a complete tosser or they have a genuine affection for the car only time will tell. All I know is I'm the one with the smile on my face driving down the road!

The journey continues...

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Evo has landed

Last weekend I picked up my new car. The Lancer Evolution X GSR FQ-360. I have been very lucky in the past to drive a lot of different generation Evo's but this is the first time I have driven the X with a manual gearbox.

I know from driving the SST versions of the X (both FQ-300 & FQ-330) how solid the cars are and what they are capable of in terms of performance and handling. 

Jump inside the car, the Recaro seats and door cards have been decked out in leather and 'techno' suede. Very grippy and a nice finish, your bum is not going to move an inch. The gear knob and handbrake lever are carbon fibre and the pedals a high gloss aluminium. All in all the car looks the dogs danglies from the inside.

Leather / Suede Recaros

So start her up and the twin HKS exhausts jump into life. The car had 20 miles on the clock when I picked it up and you can certainly tell it has only been driven around the factory and docks. Pulling away you notice just how tight the 5 speed manual box is. It certainly needs loosening up.

I have been told to run the car in properly and take it easy on the clutch and brakes. So on the journey home I join the motorway. I have one eye fixed on the speedo and one on the road because the throttle is so sensitive it feels like it just wants to take off.
Brembos provide huge stopping power

Running the FQ-360 in for the first few hundred miles is probably a bit like being in bed with a naked Cheryl Cole but being told you can't touch her. I have no doubt in my mind what this car can do but it will be a case of good things come to those who wait.

The car has so much torque that driving up a steep hill in fifth gear felt effortless. No need to put my foot down. The car pulls like a steam train.
HKS goodies provide almost 360bhp and 363 lb.ft torque

The best bit about the 50 or so mile journey was the 26mpg I achieved which I was more than chuffed about.

Once home I parked the car up and had a good look around. The front carbon fibre spoiler and rear sharks tooth vortex generator certainly make the car stand out and it gives the car a lot or presence on the road.
Front Carbon Fibre Spoiler

Rear Carbon Fibre Vortex Generator

Will have to wait and see how I get on over the coming months but so far so good for the FQ-360.

Friday, 8 April 2011

The Evolution of the Mobile Phone

Another really cool 3D projection mapping video, this time the evolution of the mobile phone.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Can Google Circles cut the mustard as the leading social network?

There have been many social networks over the past 10 years or so. Only a few still remain big players in the game. I remember creating a Friends Reunited account shortly after leaving school. Think I used it a few times before getting bored.

Then came along Bebo, seemed good, you could upload your photos and tell your friends what you were up to, but it was full of school kids. Bebo soon got ousted by Myspace.

Myspace was a revolution. You could interact with your favourite music artists and easily keep up to date with new releases. It could be customised to however you wanted but was very fidly with writing HTML coding.

When Facebook arrived many like myself were unsure. Seemed very simplistic, but it was this simple approach to interact, upload photos and stay in touch with your friends that made it so popular. Now over half the population on the UK are on Facebook and many like myself use it daily. Facebook has over 600 million users.

Twitter was launched and is great for keeping up with the latest news but less than 20% of registered users actually use it regularly. There are over 200 million registered accounts.

Google launched Buzz last year but it was flawed with horrendous privacy settings that would link you to all your gmail contacts no matter who they were. Sounds like they were a bit desperate to try and kick start the project. Needless to say it failed miserably. Google also have a fairly unknown social network called Orkut but it is only used in a few Countries.

2011 sees Google's new attempt at a social network and it's called Circles. Google are keeping very coy about what Circles will offer but I will be very surprised if it comes anywhere near as popular as Facebook.

Watch this space.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

How cool is this?! 3D projection at its best

You may have seen some brands using projection on advertising campaigns. Stately homes being lit up has been done and dusted but this is the first time I've seen indoor projection really work. Imagine going out to a department store and seeing the living area look like this! This whole technique only involved 2 projectors. Now I need a couple of these!

Living Room from Mr.Beam on Vimeo.

Survival is key for West Ham

With a surpising run in form at Upton Park the team have managed some good results over the last few weeks.

We have Stoke away this weekend in the FA Cup and I'm worried that Avram Grant will do another Portsmouth. Get us to the FA Cup final but relegated at the same time!

Stoke will be hard to beat at the Britannia, Tony Pulis will have the Potters fired up after their defeat to us last weekend. If we get knocked out then I would be more than happy to focus on our premiership survival. We have some tough games remaining including Spurs at White Hart Lane, home to Man Utd, Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Man City at Eastlands.

It's so tight at the bottom of the table I wouldn't be surprised if a team were to get relegated on goal difference this season.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Scott Parker, West Ham's Hero!

Since I've supported West Ham I have had many heroes at the club. With the likes of Julian Dicks, Paolo Di Canio, Joe Cole & Carlos Tevez to name a few. Not forgetting Sir Trevor Brooking for doing his best to save the club from relegation back in 2003.

This season Scott Parker goes in my history books for being one of the few players to give 110% in every game. Every challenge, every run, every pass he's instrumental. His performances against Liverpool which included a cheeky lob in the corner of the net and Stoke were outstanding. The man is a legend, I just hope he's playing in the claret and blue next season!


Dicksy getting booked - standard!

The legend Paolo Di Canio
Joey Cole
Sir Trev
King Carlos