Travis Browne Earns Knockout Victory
Travis Browne was upset when the SafeAuto cameras sat down with him for an exclusive video interview in San Diego, California. The heavyweight fighter who goes by the nickname “Hapa,” which refers to his Hawaiian heritage, was disappointed with his draw against Cheick Kongo at UFC® 120. Instead of making excuses, the 6’7 fighter wanted revenge. He was confident that the UFC® 130 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada against Stephan Struve was where he could redeem himself. Browne converted on his promise and delivered one of the most memorable punches in UFC history during the main card of UFC 130. The Superman punch received “Knockout of the Night” and sent his six-foot-11-inch opponent opponent sprawling to the mat, out cold. The replay of Browne’s punch was repeatedly shown on ESPN’s SportsCenter as it received the #3 top play the following day. The victory for Browne solidifies his stance as a UFC® heavyweight contender. He was appreciative that SafeAuto Insurance stepped up to the plate and sponsored him during the monumental fight. “We’re in some of the best shape of any athletes out there, and I think SafeAuto understands that and they see that.” Browne exclaimed. “It’s nice that we get a chance to represent SafeAuto.” Matt Hamill’s Solid Effort Not Enough Versus Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Matt Hamill was unable to connect on all of his takedown attempts against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Despite going the distance, “Rampage” was awarded with the unanimous decision victory in the light heavyweight affair. SafeAuto Insurance was proud to sponsor Matt “The Hammer” Hamill at UFC® 130. Even though Hamill was unable to pull off the victory, the SafeAuto Fight Team went 1-1 on the evening.
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Any car fan knows that the best way to upgrade a car isn't a paint job or a spoiler: it's putting some more power under the hood. Of course, some cars are more surprising than others: here are five cars that could take down the best muscle car in a street race.
5) The Dodge Caravan
There's just something about messing with vans that really appeals to people. For example, here's a guy who installed a helicopter engine into a minivan (the soccer magnet on the back was a nice touch):
But there are plenty of more, ah, street legal vans out there that take it beyond all sense, and apparently, the one van enthusiasts most want to rip open and stick a turbo in is the 1989 Dodge Caravan. For example!
But that's just one guy, right? Well...no...
You can find videos of Caravans being modified, raced and being used in ways the Dodge marketing department never intended, all over YouTube. Although our personal favorite is the 12-Second 1989 Dodge Minivan, complete with a 3-inch exhaust, a Ford intercooler, and a self-built blow-off vale.
Oh, and also the factory engine. Seriously.
4) Hennessey's Cadillac Escalade
Make no mistake, the Escalade is a beast: 6000 pounds straight from the factory. It's designed to lug an enormous body around, and impress everyone with how flashy you are. So you might as well give your gigantic baby over to Hennessey and let them put a twin turbo under the hood.
As you might have noticed from the video, at the highest level, Hennessey can kill a stock sports car with ease. True, you'll pretty much have to rip out the entire engine and replace it with a custom block, not mention the litany of custom parts on it, but the look on the face of that jerk in a Camaro as you blow him away with 60mph in 3.3 seconds will be worth every penny.
3) The Turbofied Dodge Ram
OK, the music is painfully cheesy, and we can't find any video of this truck racing...but 515 horsepower is always fun to have handy for those hard jobs. Like outracing a Honda Civic. And then crushing it flat.
2) Hennessey's CTS-V
Sure, we could tell you Hennessey put a 650 horsepower engine into a Cadillac station wagon, but why tell when you can show a video of it beating the pants off a Porsche 911 in a race?
We're not sure if Hennessey does things like install a custom cold-air induction system and upgrade the heat exchanger to demonstrate how good they are at upgrading cars, or because they just find making these videos hilarious.
1) The Turbo Yugo
We know, the idea of a Yugo actually moving, let alone at anything resembling a genuine speed, seems terrifying and an affront to the car gods. But it does exist! It just took a lot of doing ... like replacing that infamous interference engine with something that wouldn't die after 40,000 miles.
In this case, that's a Fiat 1500cc engine courtesy of an '81 X 1/9, with the T25 Turbo of a '91 Saab 9000 to give it that extra boost. And, of course, that inimitable styling from the body of a '87 Yugo. But, really, when you're tricking that jerk in the stock Mustang to a drag race, isn't it the body that will get them?
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Let’s review Media Rule #1: the world that you see, hear, and read about in the news is a distorted view of reality.
For instance: do you remember all the news reports about shark attacks a decade ago? The panic was so intense in mid-2001 that TIME magazine dubbed it the “Summer of the Shark.” But later studies revealed that the actual number of unprovoked shark attacks declined in 2001 (from 85 to 76), as did the number of fatal shark attacks (from 12 to 5).
The media distortion phenomenon is playing itself out once again with vehicle airbags. There’s some chatter and hubbub about how these automotive safety features are actually causing more injuries and problems than they solve. But what are the facts about airbags? To find out, let’s turn to the nation’s foremost authority on such matters.
That would be the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The group estimates that between 1990 and 2008, less than 300 people have been killed in low-speed crashes where the front seat airbags deployed (or about 15 per year).
Moreover, about 80% of those deaths were to people who were improperly restrained or belted. This category covers small children who were not properly situated in child restraint seats, or adults who were not wearing seat belts. Airbags are designed to augment the safety provided by seat belts, not to serve as a substitute for them.
Finally, about 90% of airbag-related deaths occurred in vehicles manufactured before 1998. There have been numerous improvements to the design and implementation of airbag safety systems since then. This includes side airbags – which, according to the NHTSA, were not responsible for a single death between 1995 and 2008.
Conversely, the NHTSA estimates that about 28,000 lives were saved due to the successful deployment of airbags over the same time period. The organization claims that people in the front seat of a vehicle with an airbag have about a 30% smaller chance of dying in a crash than they would without the safety system.
As you can see, the evidence is pretty overwhelming: airbags save almost 100 times more lives than they end, and the few airbag fatalities that do occur are usually in older vehicles, or because the victims were not correctly belted or restrained.
Of course, you rarely come across news stories which highlight how well airbags worked in a given wreck. But if there is any hint of a malfunctioning airbag in a motor vehicle collision, you can bet that the news media will let you know about it.
However, if a subsequent investigation rules out the airbag as a cause of death, those same news sources probably won’t inform you about that – or if they do, it will happen very quietly.
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