Behold: Blackbird -a battery-powered automotive rig created by London based visual effects company The Mill.
A fully-adjustable wheelbase, track width, and suspension allows filmmakers to shoot car commercials without actual cars. The product chassis, in whatever required variant, colour or configuration, is superimposed over the Blackbird in post production via CGI.
Alan O’Regan asks:
Anyone know what car insurance has gone up so much since last year? Between 30 and 50%! The best answer I could get when I rang around is “that’s the nature of the game”. 2002 car that I use as a run round. Passes its NCT every year. 7 years no claims. No points. Some of the quotes I got made my eyes water…
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This morning. (5.30am)
Wilton, Cork city.
Diarmuid McCarthy writes:
Comical scenes this morning, three drunks get car stuck in public lawn, main drunk is in his 50’s + 2 youths. Dig car deep into grass down to the body. Decide best course of action is to empty my rubbish bin all around the tyres to get traction. Rubbish is spun all over the place. Cars are destroyed with dirt and rubbish. They then try to break into neighbor’s car.
Guards come and the two youths scamper. Old lad is too drunk to run. Guards start telling them that his car will be repossessed if the others don’t come back. Starts shouting their names to come back or his car will be taken. Tells the guards ‘That’s awful bad form if they don’t come back’.
Guards leave with yer man and other two still on the loose. I go out to clean the rubbish and start taking photos of the car. Two young fella turn up and start taking selfies by the car. Totally oblivious I am five yards away on the phone to the guards.
Guards ask the aul lad who owns the car or did they steal it, he says he does. They ask was he driving, he says no. They ask how the car got on the lawn. He says he drove it there.
Guards come and pick the other two lads up. All in all not a bad way to start a Wednesday morning. Smell of rubber is unreal around the place though….
A dump truck.
Irish weather (out of picture).