Auto Blog

Recently I posted about a McLaren I saw parked on the street and shared it’s specifications and performance figures. I personally love to read about cars and I follow all news related to the auto industry. Because of this I figured that once a week I’d post something about the coolest thing I’d read that week for a new segment on cars.


To kick things off for my new segment I’ll introduce you to the Chaparral 2X Vision GT (pictured above). This concept from Chevy isn’t “real” even though they’ve fabricated a physical model for the LA Auto Show. For the release of the new Gran Tourismo racing video game the developers asked all the major car manufactures to send them a concept they could bring to life within the game. This is Chevys entry and it’s by far the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. It’s proposed propulsion system employs a 671kW laser that’s powered by Li-ion batteries and an air-powered generator to produce approximately 900 hp. Apparently the laser “pulses beams of light that focus in a shroud, to create shock waves that generate massive thrust.” Unfortunately I’m not educated well enough in physics to comment on the plausibility of its power train but it’s fun to think that in a few decades all cars will adopt that sort of technology. Another cool aspect of the concept is that the driver of the vehicle is required to lay down flat in order to operate it which Chevy says “enables progressive strategies of active and driver adjustable aero.” Wicked. And to top things off its theorized that it’ll do 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 240mph. While this all seems like science fiction now, who knows, in a few decades this could be the normal for Formula One and a few decades after that maybe even the normal for consumer cars. For more info on the car click here.

Plan for the Weekend

So yes, I know.  I’m unfortunately not going to go to the game this weekend at Yankee Stadium with others who are, but surprisingly a good amount of students aren’t going mostly because they either don’t want to or because there just aren’t anymore tickets… at a good price.  As for me, well let’s just say I’m in the middle.  I was going to buy tickets when they came out, but I kept prolonging the wait for me to buy some and because of that, I’m not going.  Besides, this guy right here only touches Fenway Park in Boston.  We don’t bother entering enemy territory!

BUT WHOAA!  Hold on!  That doesn’t mean I’m going to not have any fun!  A good amount of the U-House Residents actually wont attend, so we’re all going to watch the game together at the House and have tailgate as well, so that should be fun.  Have a bonding moment at UMOJA as we always do.

Empire State Building to Don Lehigh Colors


For The Rivalry match this coming Saturday the Empire State Building will be covered in both Brown and Maroon in honor of the 150th meeting. Sports Illustrated did a short bit on this which you can read here. Needless to say that the energy on campus this week leading up to the game has been palpable. Today is bed races and those are always fun to watch. Stay tuned for updates on those.

Thanksgiving break is ALMOST UPON US! Also, some events you might be interested in.

SO! Thanksgiving Break is ALMOST here! Just a little while more. We can do it, guys.

Mech class has been going a little more smoothly as of late. How about any of the rest of you? Mech 003? We swapped back to our first textbook (the class uses two textbooks) for a little, and while I like the other book better, the topic we’re handling right now isn’t that tough (although it did take me a while to parse what the textbook was saying). Apart from that, classes are going all right. Did fine on the second calc exam, got full marks on my theater exam… yeah, classes are actually going pretty well! I’m already starting to organize studying materials for the Mech final, though. Oh, boy, that’s going to be a tough one.

Some upcoming events! On Thursday (oh–tomorrow!), Spectrum is hosting a small memorial for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to remember all those killed in the past year because of discrimination and prejudice against transgender people. It’s quite a somber affair. It won’t be too long, either, so don’t worry about your toes freezing off. The event starts at 7:30 on the UC front lawn. Dress warm.

Also on Thursday, the Spanish Club and Spectrum are collaborating to host a movie, Contracorriente (Undertow), which is an award-winning Peruvian film. There will be PIZZA, too! 4:30pm in Maginnes 113.

I think that’s about it for now. Keep your head up, everybody, and keep moving forward!

Beat Lafayette!


This phrase can be heard throughout the campus throughout the week. On Saturday, we will be playing football against Lafayette College in Yankee Stadium. Lehigh vs. Lafayette is the longest running college football rivalry in the country and our 150th meeting is this weekend. Every year students get excited for “Le-Laf week,” the week before the football game. There are lots of spirit events and fun activities. One of the traditions is Bed Races…which is literally racing beds. Teams of five race beds out in front of our Linderman Library during Le-Laf week. The teams dress up and it’s a ton of fun. I’ll be competing with my roommates this year, wish us luck! On Monday of Le-Laf week, part of the marching band called the “Eco-Flame” go around classes playing music and interrupting class. Le-Laf week is one of the best traditions we have here at Lehigh and everyone loves it. Yankee Stadium was sold out for the game, so there will be tons of students, alumni, friends, and family there this weekend. Look out, NY, Lehigh’s coming.

Spotted: McLaren MP4-12C


Last Friday night some friends and I were walking back from dinner on East 4th street when we walked by this gem parked nearby. I thought I’d look up some facts and share them. This model was released in 2011 and ended its production in April 2014. The model pictured is a 2-door coupe though it comes in spider (convertible) variety as well. It’s powered by a mid-mounted McLaren M838T 3.8L, twin-turbo V8. This produces 592 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque which is delivered to the rear-wheels. Other notable pieces of hardware include its 7-speed dual clutch transmission and carbon fiber composite chassis. This is a very serious supercar. It’ll go from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of around 210 mph. And what does it cost? A whopping $231,000 for the base version without any extras. Yep, that car with a few extras costs more than all four years of tuition to come to Lehigh. I just can’t help but marvel at it.

Jig Production

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This past Saturday, we a had another Formula SAE meeting and we continued our jig production from the weekend before going at a faster pace since we were now able to get the hang of machine cutting.  This picture here was when we had to drill holes of a relatively larger jig than before and David, the one putting in a screw inside the chuck was making sure the screw was high enough so that we could make the hole inside the jig.  We had already lowered the machine cutter all the way to the bottom and there would have been a slightly bigger problem if the jig could not fit underneath the screw, but it managed to and I took care of that bad boy.

But wait!! What are jigs per say and why are you making them?

Great question!  Jigs are aluminum parts of metal which have holes inside them that are used to weld the frame of a car in our case.  Jigs do not necessarily go on the car, but they are used as a medium for holding and welding a car.  When we get there, I’ll be sure to post some photos to show what I mean.