When the turn signal and windshield wipers went out on Hope Wideup's car, she didn't think much of it. It’s a 2004 with about 60,000 miles, just about the right age and mileage for some minor problems to crop up. Since she couldn't fix the turn signal, Wideup let the car sit unused for a couple weeks before dealing with the minor repairs. When she went to start the vehicle, the engine made a huge revving sound. It was at that time she looked under the hood again. What the DeMotte resident didn't expect was what she discovered under the hood of her vehicle. Nuts, black walnuts, and lots of them. Now, $242 in car repairs and towing later, Wideup thinks she has figured out just how those walnuts made their way to her car. "Apparently a chipmunk stuffed a bunch of these nuts against the accelerator throttle," Wideup said, which caused the engine revving. .
Straight out of a Hollywood movie, the "E7" may be the police car of the future.
Straight out of a Hollywood movie, the "E7" may be the police car of the future. "You think about Knight Rider and all these fictional characters," said William Santana Li, chairman and CEO of the Atlanta-based Carbon Motors Corporation. "This car is actually real." A prototype model of the E7 is on a nine-city U.S. tour, as Carbon Motors executives market the car to law enforcement officials and municipal fleet managers. Unlike conventional police cruisers, which are retrofitted consumer vehicles such as the Ford Crown Victoria, the E7 is the first car designed and built specifically for law enforcement.