Tuesday, December 27, 2016


The gathering began like whatever other. Forty or so ladies, and two men, had amassed under the guise of "Om for Christmas and Thanksgiving," a health themed occasional soiree in a moment floor hang on the Bowery called the Woom Center. I was a last-minute in addition to one, attracted by a content promising free-streaming kombucha and a gourmet veggie lover buffet. For the principal hour, I gamely tasted and organized in a room looking like a hip bistro, pondering resoundingly a few circumstances when the sustenance was coming. At long last, an unnervingly gorgeous, since quite a while ago haired couple clad in liquid jeans and Eastern gems allured us through an entryway into a vast, austere chamber peppered with the gleam of pink Himalayan salt lights. We appropriated ourselves onto yoga tangles as the couple—Woom Center authors David and Elian Zach-Shemesh—bowed rapturously before a phalanx of oversize gongs. Is it safe to say that we were eating in here?                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We weren’t. This was a sound meditation, they explained, which would include seven minutes of holotropic breathwork—a technique developed in the ’70s by Czech-born psychiatrist Dr. Stanislav Grof, one of the earliest researchers of LSD and the therapeutic effects of psychedelics on the mind (a freshly relevant topic, thanks to much-tweeted recent studies on the anti-depressant and anti-anxiety benefits of psilocybin, the ingredient in magic mushrooms, for cancer patients). When the federal government cracked down on such research by the early ’70s, Grof, who was working in the U.S. at the time, was defunded. And so together with his wife, Christina, he sought to develop a drug-free alternative—which became a breathing technique, perfected at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur (naturally), designed to be accompanied by sound, and named for the Greek words holos, meaning whole or wholeness, and trepein, meaning to turn towards. 

By forcefully inhaling and exhaling for equal lengths of time, at increasing speed, practitioners, the Zach-Shemeshes explained, are able to enter an altered state of consciousness. The proper experience, Elian explained, lasts for three hours. “It can be incredibly intense,” she said. “It gives access to parts of the psyche that aren’t as accessible in our daily lives, as well as to the collective unconscious and the unity of everything and everyone, similarly to a psychedelic or plant-medicine ceremony experience. People report an array of physiological, emotional, mental, and spiritual effects, which are far too vast to name and can move from individual past trauma and past-life regression and into universal truths, encounters with deities, and many more.” Even this abbreviated sample session would, as she put it, “quiet the constant chatter of the monkey mind.” Having lately developed what might be described as a simian compulsion to check for doomsday political news, I was up for it.

We were instructed to put on blackout eye masks and begin chanting—taking the traditional “om” and twisting it freestyle, changing the pitch, adding consonants. (This felt uplifting, and could alone warrant a story.) Once the holotropic segment began, I breathed in and out relatively slowly, for a few seconds on each side, even as the haaah-haaahs around me picked up speed. Then I tried to catch up. My limbs began to tickle, eventually seeming to evaporate. A few times, I felt dizzy, as if I might pass out. To my right, the friend who’d invited me erupted in cathartic sobs.

Then, as the gongs thundered in and we were told to breathe normally, something strange happened. I’ve had my share of sound baths—and undergrad-era dalliances with the sort of chemical compounds Dr. Grof is interested in—but never before has a rotating purple floral mandala appeared in front of me, nor has a vision of my mother’s face, rendered in the same purple, sprouted at its center. As it did, I understood that my job, for a while, was to reconnect with her.

At a couple of points, I experienced memories of my ex and our beloved dog, bittersweet but not consuming, as if I was simply releasing them. Each time that happened, as if telepathically summoned, one of the Zach-Shemeshes would materialize (I sensed them) and play an instrument directly above my head—bells, maybe a didgeridoo—sending waves of yellow light (I saw it, I swear) into my field of consciousness. Grand ideas for what I might do with my life—angles I’d never even considered—manifested alongside new bluish purple patterns. It all felt delightful, like—how to describe it?—swimming in a waterfall of crystal juice, or forest bathing in Fantasia. Or something.

By the time it was over, an hour had passed. We slowly sat up, and spent 10 minutes as a group discussing our experiences, which were sublime across the board. I hugged, and exchanged digits with, my neighbors. I shared my career revelations with my friend, and we agreed on a plot to right the wrongs of the Trump administration. I’d never felt clearer, more beautiful or rested, more blissfully confident that I’d find a purpose in this world. I didn’t even care that dinner was ready.

Monday, December 12, 2016


All newer Kia Forte lineup procures a considerable measure of acclaim in light of the fact that the Forte, Forte5 bring forth, and Forte Koup roadster offer a ton of elements at a low cost. The 2017 Forte vehicle profits by a mid-cycle revive (it was last upgraded for the 2014 model year) and in spite of our complains about the present Forte S, it must be said that Kia's devotion to overhauling this auto thinks about really well the organization's dedication to being a genuine contender. 

As a side note, the Forte is estimated and valued like a smaller auto , yet the Environmental Protection Agency  which gives and tracks official mileage evaluations, considers the Forte a medium size auto. In that capacity, when contrasting the Forte with aggressive vehicles, we remembered this. 

Presently, how about we investigate the consequences of our week-long test drive of the 2017 Kia Forte S.The base 2017 Kia Forte LX carries an MSRP of $16,485, which is on the low end for either of the classes it falls into. It’s about $500 more than the 2016 version of the car, which is fair considering all the updates included in this mid-cycle refresh.

All new Forte S, which is a new trim level for 2017, starts at $19,195, which is competitive in the class for the amount of equipment provided. (Note: Our test vehicles are typically provided with a copy of its dealership window sticker; however, the Forte S driven for this review had no prices listed, so we’re unable to quote its actual price as tested.) Our Forte S had the optional S Technology Package installed, which costs $1485.

This car has  top-of-the-line Kia Forte EX includes a number of updated features, and has a starting price of $21,200. This isn’t much more than the Forte S plus the S Technology Package, and should be considered by buyers who plan to take advantage of the Forte’s high-tech offerings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        All new Kia Forte S comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, making 147 horsepower, that comes paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available. Most Forte models above the base model, including the S featured here, come with an upgraded 2.0-liter engine, making 164 horsepower, which is paired to the 6-speed automatic.

We drove the Forte S in Eco and Normal modes, but didn’t get a chance for Sport mode. Eco offers very sluggish acceleration, while Normal does what it says. We averaged 23.7 MPG in Eco mode yet got a few MPG better in Normal, which was the return trip of the same city/highway route with similar traffic conditions. In both cases, we fell quite short of the official EPA ratings for the Forte S, which come in at 28 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 32 MPG combined.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Kia says the Forte has “European sport-sedan styling,” which is a bit of a stretch. It’s definitely not a bad-looking car, but perhaps not what we think of when we think of “European sports sedans.”

So, what does Kia mean by that? Certainly, the exterior refresh for this model year helps. The Forte has a new front end treatment, including a new front bumper and mesh grille design. The headlights are new, too, and are available with projection HID lights, which were fitted on our test car. The new lighting wraps around to the back, where there is a new taillight design; our car had the optional LEDs. The lights enhance the Forte’s looks (maybe that’s what Kia meant by “European”) and the lighting effect nicely set off our car’s Phantom Gray exterior finish.

When the Kia Forte S is equipped with the Technology package, it includes a really nice feature—lights that illuminate the front door handles when you approach the car with the key fob.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on side ring how much we liked the exterior design and features of the Forte S, it was a little surprising to climb inside and discover that the driver’s seat adjusts forward and back manually, with the old-school metal grab rod. There were one or two power buttons along the side of the driver’s seat, but frankly, they didn’t do much; this is not a car for someone who prefers strong lumbar support. The seats themselves were covered in cloth upholstery (though leather is standard on the next trim upgrade ).

We really like the small windows incorporated between the side mirrors and A pillar; they offer a notable improvement in outward vision and provide a feeling of spaciousness. The Forte also offers a lot of small storage areas and cubic throughout the cabin, which is a nice touch; too bad they are all formed out of hard plastics.

The Forte offers 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more in line with a midsize car than a compact.  the Forte S features Bluetooth wireless integration and SiriusXM satellite radio come standard across the Forte lineup, an upgrade to a crisp 7-inch touchscreen display. The infotainment system that comes with the Forte S is easy to use, and includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. A USB and an aux port are located within a convenient storage cubby under the center stack.

We found the steering wheel buttons to be a little too complicated for a car in this class m  and it was hard to find exactly what we were looking for. Kia, however, provides actual dials for the audio and climate controls, which makes things nice and easy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Specialty S trim level is new during the current year, intended to add another value indicate the model lineup and overcome any issues between the base LX and stacked EX. Thusly, Kia designs the S with the vast majority of the elements that are famous with purchasers in this class, for example, 16-inch composite haggles rearview camera, and in addition a couple of additional items. 

The vast majority of the Strength S's best hardware, in any case, originates from the S Innovation bundle, a $1490 add-on that brings push button begin, a shrewd key coxcomb, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster that can be cycled through to display different real-time information, and a bunch of driver assistance and active safety features (described in detail on the next page).

We truly like the Specialty S's keen trunk highlight, additionally an Innovation bundle liven, which consequently opens the storage compartment when you remain behind the auto with the key dandy for a few moments.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The 2017 Kia Forte’s updated exterior styling helps take the car in a more appealing direction. Though the changes are subtle, they make the Forte look more mature than many of its competitors (since cars in this class and at this price point tend to aim for youthful appeal).

The exterior door handle ambient lighting is by far one of the most appealing features of the 2017 Kia Forte S, even if it contributes to somewhat unrealistic expectations of the car as a whole. The lighting welcomes the driver to the car and is extremely convenient in low-light conditions.                        

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Two-hundred-and-seventeen blurry miles for each hour. What's more, tallying. What's more, relaxing. Hard. 224. Down the plunge, and up once more. So easy. So quick. It's dreamlike. 230. As the world plunges by at twist speed, I look over at the driver, Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer. The extremely valuable muscle play all over has every one of the makings of a viral YouTube video.Moving toward a visually impaired peak, Dürheimer decelerates wham-blast hard — an exceptionally physical, vitality squashing move: 185 … 154 … 123 mph. That is still much too quick for the Anti-Destination League part in the silver Volkswagen Sharan van winding toward the fast track. Welcome to the German superhighway in 2016, where despite everything anything goes however nothing can be underestimated, particularly when you're in the driver's seat of the Bugatti Chiron — a 1,500-torque hypercar meandering its own particular parallel universe.

"Speed is both supreme and relative," says Dürheimer, as he painstakingly examines the street ahead. "To remain on top of the procedures, you should continually correct your eyes and cerebrum. At 300 kph is u s 185mph, response time and halting separation are not at all like at 200 kph . What's more, you are constantly exposed, in light of the fact that other street clients just don't expect the unforeseen, regardless of the possibility that it's painted splendid red and running on high bar." A present gen 911 Turbo endeavors to give pursue, yet even at full throttle the silver Porsche has zero shot against an auto that can quicken from 0 to 185 mph in 13.7seconds. Our W-16-controlled express vrooms past it like a strong videogame heros.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   With a career in engineering, including motorsports, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer, in the driver’s seat, knows high performance.
“Even more so than in the [Veyron] Super Sport, 350 kph  is so incredibly accessible now,” says a beaming Dürheimer. “As soon as the 450-kph milestone has been established as the new benchmark, 500 kph (311 mph) will be the next focus. That’s the direction progress takes, like it or not.” As if to prove his point, he makes me lean over to take a closer look at the analog speedo, which terminates at — you guessed it — a completely outlandish 500 kph.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Conversely, the Chiron is also perfectly capable of puttering through built-up areas in the least aggressive of its five modes: Lift, EB , Autobahn, Handling, and Top Speed—all controlled by a Porsche-style rotary program selector integrated in the steering-wheel.

“Are you ready for a couple of quick changes of direction?” asks Dürheimer. Fine by me, even though the speedometer reads about 155 mph. There’s a flick to the right, pause, flick to the left, pause. Repeat, and then once more. The Chiron acts as if it is following an invisible magnetic field — prompt, precise, flat, and totally fuss free. “Now let’s do this across three lanes.” Whatever you say, sir. The speed has dropped below 120 mph by now, and Dürheimer turns in more aggressively, holds the lock a little longer, and sets the car straight again more affirmatively. No understeer, no oversteer, no comment. It’s a new level of high-speed poise.

There is no air suspension, no rear-wheel steering, no hydraulic drivetrain mounts to brag about. Instead, the Chiron is underpinned by a relatively straightforward (for a hypercar) all-steel-and-aluminum double-wishbone setup with electronically controlled differentials. But Dürheimer says the variable-rate steering is what makes all the difference. It automatically adapts to the chosen driving program, is quicker yet more progressively damped, and the feedback provided is more authentic and blunt. The car’s biggest dynamic drawback? Its massive turning circle, a legacy transferred from its Veyron predecessor, of which the new model still relates to in more ways than one. “We tightened it a bit by tucking the nose in using the rear-diff lock, but it is admittedly a characteristic that takes some getting used to,” acknowledges Netuschil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dissimilar to the Veyron's mechanical and monothematic deplete take note of, the Chiron's intensely overhauled 8.0-liter W-16 has a more prominent variety of vocal registers. In spite of making all that could possibly be needed decibel show to send observers scrambling for their cell phones, the mid-engined mauler is shockingly calm inside, despite the fact that there's a more extraordinary full-throttle protest from behind the firewall. The persevering arrangement of bespoke Michelins (285/30R-20 front 355/25R-21 raise), which costs just half as much as the past era (despite everything we're discussing 15,000 euros for a crisp four), automatons and haws at speed however seldom screeches or hollers at the farthest point, and help the Chiron pull 1.5 g on the skidpad.

As far as possible sign at the Wolfsburg leave peruses 40 kph (25 mph). It's a restricted, twisting, delicate shoulder exit ramp. On the way to deal with this right-hand bottleneck, Dürheimer downshifts. A bit of lift-off, a fixing prod in charge, and voilà, we desert thin elastic imprints from start to finish. "There is no keep running off here," Dürheimer says, apologizing. "Be that as it may, on a circuit or a demonstrating ground, I cherish dialing in the taking care of setup, which now incorporates a 'simple to-float' include."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we took a break for lunch stop in a small village near the border of the former German Democratic Republic, the Chiron sweats off the autobahn workout with sizzling exhausts, crackling brakes, and gurgling coolant. Heat is an ever-present issue. “Predictably, we were facing a major conflict of interest between top-notch aerodynamics and thermal well-being” says Netuschil. “To solve this dilemma, we installed a record number of 10 different radiators and coolers.” Complementing the main horseshoe grille and lower cooling apertures, a hydraulic actuator permanently adjusts the balance of drag and downforce while directing air to the brakes. In addition to the large lateral intake scoops, breathing assistance is also provided via active, underfloor front diffusers and three NACA ducts.

The Chiron’s interior is perhaps its least-captivating asset, but buyers likely won’t care.
To further improve brake cooling, clever rotary dissipation shields feature small blades to direct hot air away from the carbon-silicon-carbide discs. In a parallel move, lateral air curtains generated by slats in the front apron pull the dirty air out of the wheelhouses. The all-aluminum, lightweight eight- and six-piston calipers by AP Racing are of the bionic kind, and they are wider and larger than before. The stopping distance from 62 mph to 0 is an impressively short 103 feet, but when you’re running up on 200 mph, pedal feel, response time, and stamina are what really count. When hustling down hard, the Chiron’s tilting air brake boosts the drag coefficient from the base 0.38 (0.35 in top speed mode) to 0.59.

The Chiron’s weight distribution of 43/57 percent front/rear suggests a nicely composed handling balance, and several belly strakes made of rubber and carbon fiber support the directional stability at speed. Chassis maker Dallara — of Veyron and IndyCar fame — will again bake the new carbon-fiber monocoque, which is claimed to be as rigid as a Porsche LMP1 Le Mans racer. The outer skin is made from the same material and can be painted, lacquered, or both. The enamel-over-silver front emblem weighs a cheeky 5.5 ounces, and buyers are invited to look at 39 trim colors before approaching the tailor-made department.

Presumably to satisfy the marketing department, the Chiron boasts four different interior ambience settings: Icon, Performance, Cruise, and Classic. The seat design can be relatively rudimentary, emphatically sports, or fully electric. The sound system is courtesy of Accuton, which will tune amplifier and speakers to match specific cabin surfaces. Since the slim center stack is occupied with climate-control buttons, it’s on the driver to dial in most commands, from infotainment requests to manual up- and downshifts. The screen to the left of the speedo displays such vehicle-related data as revs, torque delivery, and fuel level. The monitor on the right deals with navigation, music, and the phone. As the speed increases from fast to stupid fast, driver information is reduced step by step to nothing but rpm and kph.

Even though the Chiron celebrates ultimate luxury by means of fine hides, amazing surface finishes, and beautifully executed details, it isn’t without idiosyncrasies. There is no head-up display and no assistance system worth mentioning, though there are enough onboard cameras and sensors to deal with visibility issues. There are also several in-cab space oddities, the cargo hold is tiny, and a special tool is required to mechanically clean the outside of the rear window.

Despite a list price north of 2.4 million euros, 230 of the planned run of 500 cars are reportedly already spoken for — before a single customer has driven one. It’s easy to understand why: Like the Veyron before it, the Chiron occupies its own unique space. It is about extreme speed, as in time-warp acceleration way beyond the threshold of lesser machines. Add to this a large measure of style, refinement, and exclusivity, and it’s not hard to understand why every week at least one ultra-high-net-worth individual takes the bait — even if this car needs a circuit or a private airstrip to show off properly.                                                

Thursday, December 1, 2016


The first time you see the Polaris Slingshot coming at you, it looks like a set piece from some big-budget Marvel movie—this is a mode of transportation for someone with a secret identity and superpowers. There's that wide arachnid front end—skimming the pavement with spats and spoilers and open-wheel fenders, a prototype racer from the future. Then the rest of the machine comes into view, and it gets even wilder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The back end decreases to a point, where a powerful swing arm conveys a carbon-fiber- - fortified belt that drives a solitary tire. From the front seats forward, it resembles an auto—basin seats, controlling wheel, GM Ecotec four-barrel snared to a five-speed manual transmission. From the back it's a goliath mutant bike. What's more, that qualification has all the effect—the Slingshot's odd wheel tally both - characterizes its personality and permits it to exist in any case. 

Since the Slingshot has three wheels, the national government characterizes it as a cruiser. That implies, contingent upon the state, you may require a cruiser permit and a protective cap to drive it. Obviously, it's not by any stretch of the imagination a cruiser, however it's unquestionably not an auto either. At any rate, the cruiser assignment gave Polaris, producer of snowmobiles and rough terrain drivers called side-by-sides, the flexibility to plan a machine without any entryways, no rooftop, and no windshield (it's a choice). There's no atmosphere control, no airbags. This is a moderate transportation encounter—1,725 pounds and the twist in your face. The Slingshot makes a Lotus Elise look overweight flabby and decadent.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 In any case, as a road vehicle the Slingshot still needs to pass gather with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and its rollout was defaced by two noteworthy reviews. On Jan. 20 Polaris issued a concerned the move circles, which won't not meet determinations for hardness. Furthermore, you'd need to have solid move circles on the off chance that you encountered the imperfection declared the following day, which includes an orientation in the directing rack. Per the review see, "If the controlling pinion outfit separates from the guiding rack, lost directing control could come about, expanding the danger of a crash." Polaris is not a carmaker, but rather at this moment it's discovering that NHTSA has certain desires for road vehicles, such as guaranteeing that they guide. 

Expecting all the imperative parts remain darted together, the potential for vehicular disorder is to some degree restricted by the Polaris' modest powertrain. Via auto principles, the Slingshot has an incredible energy to-weight proportion, with the 2.4-liter four-chamber putting out 173 pull. Zero to sixty is most likely around five seconds, and with footing control incapacitated the Slingshot will illuminate its back tire. All things considered, Ducati riders acclimated to ten-second quarter-miles won't find that kind of excite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The handling, as you'd expect, is somewhat different from a car's. Without the stabilizing effect of dual rear wheels, turn-in is instant, but a given corner could -require a few steering corrections. Still, the body stays flat, and the ride is remarkably supple. Potholes, though, are a peril. When you straddle a crater between the front wheels, you can feel a mule kick from the back a moment later as the centrally mounted tire drops in. Such is the price of three-wheel locomotion. 

The actual price, however, is surprisingly reasonable: $19,999 to start. That seems like a bargain for a machine that delivers so much visual impact and sheer visceral entertainment. Whatever the Slingshot is, there's nothing else like it.  

3 things that happened to me while I had the Slingshot
• A woman driving in front of me stopped her minivan, got out, walked over, and said, "Okay, what is this?"
• As I was putting a Captain America helmet on my kid, a guy who looked like Jack Palance said, "I like your style."
Outside the supermarket, six high schoolers halted to take photograph. I gave each one a ride around the block.