caption Strapped in, suited up, helmet on, and ready to go. source Ford Ford‘s Performance Racing School is free to anybody who buys a Ford Performance vehicle. It’s a one-day course taught by experienced drivers and instructors who show you what your car can do. All you have to do is get yourself to Utah. I’ve driven plenty of tracks, but I had a lot to learn in the Shelby GT350 Mustang I was assigned. Ford sells several thrill-inducing vehicles through its Ford Performance division. Anyone who buys one can take advantage of perhaps the greatest perk in the car world: a full day of driving instruction at Ford’s Performance Racing School. The program is free to all new owners of Shelby GT350’s and 350R Mustangs, Focus RS’s and ST’s, Raptor pickups, and Fiesta ST’s. (And something is under construction for the $400,000 Ford GT supercar, … [Read more...] about I went to Ford’s Track Attack racing school. Here’s what I learned from professional drivers.
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By Carly Ostroff Special to the Star Fri., May 18, 2018 Kim Kardashian takes them. So does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It’s likely you do too. Have you figured it out? We’re talking about taking selfies, the self-facing images that are dominating social media apps like Instagram and Facebook. It’s why tech companies including China’s Huawei are designing new phones with users’ photography habits in mind. Huawei’s new releases, the P20 and the P20 Pro, available for retail in Canada since May 17, have artificial intelligence capabilities and a Leica dual camera that helps amateur cell users take pro-quality images by intuitively auto-adjusting technical aspects such as lighting, focus and editing. It’s a two-part combination that makes taking pictures alike to a religious experience. The company needed someone who knows a thing or two about taking photos, so it hired supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen to shoot … [Read more...] about Helena Christensen on how to take a great selfie
caption Tesla CEO Elon Musk. source Rebecca Cook / Reuters Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pushing for Model 3 production to be able to surge to 6,000 per week. Musk outlined his new goals in an email to Tesla employees. Tesla Model 3 production will now run 24/7 and new employees will be hired to staff the factory. The news around Tesla’s troubled Model 3 ramp-up has been mostly bad. The company launched the vehicle last year and has thus far fallen woefully short of its production goals. Let’s not sugarcoat the situation: this is easily the worst new-vehicle roll-out I’ve ever seen in over a decade of covering the auto industry. It might be the worst roll-out in the history of the business. Even the infamous Edsel was briskly produced during its sad two years of existence, 60 years ago. For contrast, the last risky roll-out I watched was Ford’s complete redesign of its flagship F-150 … [Read more...] about Elon Musk wants to ramp Model 3 production while it’s already struggling — but his plan doesn’t make sense
source Daniel McMahon/Business Insider SRAM is the leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art bicycle components in the US. In 2017 it enjoyed strong growth while its competition was flat. CEO Stan Day told Business Insider that SRAM’s product innovation was the driver of its success. It was awarded 16 patents last year alone. SRAM headquarters, in Chicago, is a positively cycling-obsessed work environment, and most employees are biking enthusiasts. The company carries on the strong tradition of bicycle-related manufacturing in the Midwest. But the industry faces challenges, including a soft market, distracted drivers, and even problems with autonomous-car technology. CHICAGO – Set deep into the industrial-chic Fulton Market neighborhood of the revitalized West Loop, among the offices of Google, Uber, and other tech darlings, is the … [Read more...] about Inside Chicago’s high-tech bicycle-components company that last year raked in $700 million and is up 15% while its competition struggles in a flat market
taken for a ride: Farmers work in the rice paddies of the central province of Chachoengsao. Hazardous waste has been found illegally dumped in several areas across the province. PHOTO: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill Heading down a dirt road, Khampan Suprom zigzags her motorcycle through the grove, passing a small reservoir and plantation on the way. She comes to park under some trees. Dressed in her gardening apron and rain boots, she dismounts and drifts towards her vegetable garden. One side of the patch grows broccoli, cabbage and melientha. Covering has been placed over the lettuce to shield it from feasting insects. Some fruit trees stand in the corner. Ms Khampan selects her plants based on local market demands. "These cowpeas could be picked up in the next couple of days," she said, inspecting the plant's pods. It is easy to forget that her idyllic farm plot is located in the middle of Thailand's industralised east -- the region home to the Eastern Seaboard Development (ESD), the … [Read more...] about How women pay the costs of development