Sunday, October 23, 2011

Why Marco Simoncelli's helmet came off

The tragic fatal crash of Marco Simoncelli in Sepang left one question open. Why did his helmet come off? Most likely because Valentino Rossi hit it from a very bad angle and the blunt force was just too much. It was no one's just very tragic. He will be missed!
Rest In Peace Marco - we won't forget you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Viasys’ acquisition of Intermed Precision Limited

On November 3, 2005, Viasys acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Intermed Precision Limited (“Intermed”) for a cash purchase price of $10,717,000, including expenditures associated with the acquisition.

Intermed is based in Ireland and develops and supplies orthopedic instruments, implants, and micro-machined components used in minimally invasive surgical devices. The business also provides a comprehensive range of services including design, prototyping, regulatory assistance, precision machining of metals and plastics, surface treatments, and assembly. The Company believed the acquisition provided access to new markets by expanding its Original Equipment Manufacturing (“OEM”) product line into overseas markets, resulting in a purchase price exceeding the fair value of identifiable net assets.

The excess purchase price of $8,154,000 has been recorded as goodwill. The cost of the acquisition was allocated to the assets and liabilities assumed based on estimates of their respective fair values at the date of the acquisition. Management is responsible for the valuation of net assets acquired, including in-process research and development and considered a number of factors, including valuations and appraisals, when estimating the fair market values and estimated useful lives of the acquired assets and liabilities.

Intermed has been assigned to the Company’s Orthopedics segment.

The Company has allocated the purchase price for the acquisition as follows (in thousands):

Cash and cash equivalents


Accounts receivable




Property, plant and equipment


Prepaid expenses


Other current assets




Customer relationships


Accounts payable and other current liabilities

Non-current deferred income taxes

Long term liabilities


Net Assets Acquired


Next Formula One farce: 4 cylinder engines!


The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has approved new regulations which will see the 2.4 litre V8s currently used by Formula One teams replaced by 4 (four!) cylinder 1.6 litre engines from 2013.

What I just won't understand is: WHY 4?!? A 3 cylinder would sound better than a 4 cylinder! Why don't they add 1 and make it an awsome 5 cylinder?

Listen to this and see the difference (Honda 1.6 4 banger vs. the legendary Audi 5 pot):

Same 5 cylinder engines in different bodies:

IMSA Audi (1989)


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Corolla repair


After the check engine light came on I decided to take my Corolla to a mechanic right down the street (Butch's Brake & Muffler). That was on Saturday, February 19. On Monday, he figured out that one valve wasn't fully closing and that caused the hickup (car sputtered and died at the traffic light). He had this just a few weeks ago and it's not an easy fix.
I had 2 options:
1. Buying an used engine for $500 or
2. Get the head fixed for about the same amount of money (he estimated around $1700). I chose option 2
At the end of the day Butch called me again and said that it was something else. Before he pulled the head off he took a another close look and found a piece of plastic that was obviously causing the problems. He removed it and put the engine back together the following day.
Cost of the repair: $513.97
Budget rental car for 2 Days: $75.70
Total: $589.67

Friday, January 21, 2011

F1 Regeln 2013

Veränderung ist gut und schön aber mir gefallen weder die behämmerten Flügel noch die kommenden 4 Zylinder Motoren. 4 Zylinder hören sich nicht gut an! Wissen die das nicht? Wenn man schon kleine Motoren haben will dann zumindest einen 5 Zylinder denn die hören sich verdammt gut an! Sogar besser als V8!

KERS ist gut. Da können Hersteller noch ihren Beitrag leisten und es sogar für die Serienproduktion lernen.

Die Motoren sind, wie Illien sagte, keine Herausforderung mehr für die Hersteller. Wenn man Motoren einfrieren will dann sollten zumindest Getriebe ungeregelt lassen. Stufenlose Getriebe wurden verboten! Warum? Weil man diese Technologie für die Serie verwenden könnte? Stufenlose Getriebe sind sogar mit KERS kombinierbar! Solche "Leistungsverzweigte Getriebe" würden dank der F1 einen enormen Entwicklungssprung machen! Und wen interresiert es schon ob ein F1 Bolide in Sekundenbruchteilen schaltet oder stufenlos beschleunigt?

Man möchte mit den kleinen Motoren die Leistung im Zaum halten. Ich denke ein F1 sollte mindesten 800 bis maximal 1000 PS haben. Weniger Downforce macht auch ein 1000 PS Monster nicht gefährlicher. Die Beschleunigung ist besser aber sie wären langsamer in den Kurven. Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit könnte man durch weitere Verschlechterung der Aerodynamik im Zaum halten. Also: Wenigstens 1.5 Liter 5 Zylinder, "Getriebefreiheit" und Verschönerung der Autos (normale Flügel!) und weniger Downforce bei mehr Leistung.

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