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  • Dodge M4S

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    The Dodge M4S is an American high performance prototype sports coupe originally engineered, designed, and built by Dodge in 1981 as a technology demonstrator vehicle. It was designed by then chief designer of Dodge, Bob Ackerman. The designation M4S denotes "Midengine, 4 cylinder, Sport“. From its conception, the car was intended to be built as a fully engineered running prototype rather than as a display piece. Because it was intended to be used as a pace car, it was designed to reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Chrysler designed the body and conducted extensive wind tunnel testing to achieve a drag coefficient of .236. Although the car was designed by Chrysler, actual construction of the vehicle was handled by subcontractors. The semi monocoque race car chassis was ordered from Huffaker of California. 3-D Industries of Madison Heights, Michigan modeled the body and created molds. Special Projects, Inc. of Plymouth, Michigan cast the body panels, assembled the body and interior, and gave the car its signature “root beer brown” paint color by painting layers of pearl over a black base coat. Specialized Vehicles, Inc., of Troy, Michigan handled fabrication, final assembly, and maintenance of the completed car. The car was made famous by its appearance in The Wraith, a 1986 supernatural film. The mid-engined car had a tested and confirmed top speed of and could go from 0 to in 4.1 seconds, with more than under the hood coming from its relatively small displacement (especially by American standards) 2.2L 4 cylinder forced induction engine. Its twin-turbo induction system was quite revolutionary and pioneering, and is said to have influenced car makers such as Toyota and Porsche, which a number of years after the M4S was first presented also employed twin turbo setups, namely Toyota on its Supra sportscar, and Porsche on its 959. Although Saab was the first automaker to mass-produce a turbocharged version of if model 900 back in 1977, and the first use of the "Turbo" badge in a street legal vehicle was from BMW's 2002 in 1973, the first street legal twin-turbo setup came from Maserati's aptly-named "BiTurbo" in 1981, and the application of twin turbocharging of Porsche came three years earlier in their 1976 Le Mans 935 racecar. The car has since gained an enthusiast cult following, prompted by the fame it gained from appearing in The Wraith.

  • The Twilight Zone (1959 TV series)

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    The Twilight Zone (marketed as Twilight Zone for its final two seasons) is an American anthology television series created and presented by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. Each episode presents a standalone story in which characters find themselves dealing with often disturbing or unusual events, an experience described as entering "the Twilight Zone," often ending with a surprise ending and a moral. Although predominantly science-fiction, the show's paranormal and Kafkaesque events leaned the show towards fantasy and horror. The phrase “twilight zone,” inspired by the series, is used to describe surreal experiences. The series featured both established stars and younger actors who would become much better known later. Serling served as executive producer and head writer; he wrote or co-wrote 92 of the show's 156 episodes. He was also the show's host and narrator, delivering monologues at the beginning and end of each episode. Serling's opening and closing narrations usually summarize the episode's events encapsulating how and why the main character(s) had entered the Twilight Zone. In 1997, the episodes "To Serve Man" (directed by Richard L.

  • Raft

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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A raft is any flat structure for support or transportation over water. It is the most basic of boat design, characterized by the absence of a hull. Although there are cross-over boat types that blur this definition, rafts are usually kept afloat by using any combination of buoyant materials such as wood, sealed barrels, or inflated air chambers (such as pontoons), and are typically not propelled by an engine.

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