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Has Jalopnik Discovered the World's Most Expensive Rental Car?

August 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

We’ve seen our share of expensive rental cars, yet unfortunately we’re never the ones behind the wheel of anything zippier than a Sentra. Recent offerings from Hertz have been pretty intriguing, but deep down we know we’re limited to the compact—or maybe an intermediate—level of rental car for the time being.

That’s not the case over at Jalopnik where the car-focused site is doing their best to try and determine the world’s most expensive rental car. Over there a quick search yielded a solid option from Gotham Dream Cars, as they have a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for just shy of $5,000 per day. We’ll assume that’s before you prepay for the gas, and add a bunch of those extra insurance charges and damage waivers—ha.

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Airplane Versus Airplane: The Aviation Race Trophies of Old

October 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | ()

Perhaps you've heard of the Blue Riband—the trophy awarded to the fastest ocean liner to cross the Atlantic? The Titanic was famously trying for the trophy (and the record) when she hit the iceberg and saw those hopes dashed, but the fever over such trophies wasn't limited to the seas. Indeed, the skies really ruled the trophy race with a slew of prizes created in the "golden age" of aviation.

We recently came across a book describing six such trophies, and we did a little looking into their past (and present):

The old trophies

Each is explained above and blow, though most are now inactive. The Harmon Trophy branched off to form four separate trophies (including one just for female aviators), but even those have lapsed. The most active of the trophies are the Collier Trophy (oldest of all having been first awarded in 1911) and the Air Force-awarded Mackay Trophy.

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Awesome Video Alert: Building a Rolls-Royce Dreamliner Engine from LEGOs

September 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM | by | ()

You know, over the weekend we tweeted about the video below, but that just isn't enough to convey its awesomeness. So here we lay it down to start you week off right, since the 3+ minutes of engineers building a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 aircraft engine out of LEGOs could likely be the best thing you view today.

Here's the deal: Rolls-Royce teamed up with the good people at Bright-Bricks, a company that specializes in building large-scale LEGO models to exacting dimensions and detail. What a dream job, truly. Their task: create the Trent 1000 engine, the very engine found in Boeing's 787 Dreamliners flown by ANA and LAN.

Check out the video, in all its glory:

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