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Head of design for Audi, Wolfgang Egger, has told Auto Express that a reborn Quattro could enter production, but bosses for the company haven’t yet decided whether to base it on the Sport Quattro concept that just debuted at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show or the smaller Quattro concept that was revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
While both draw their inspiration from the original Ur-Quattro of the 1980s, they vary wildly in both size and choice of powertrain. The 2010 Quattro concept was based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, shared with such vehicles as the Golf and Audi A3. The Sport Quattro, meanwhile, was built atop the company’s larger MLB platform that’s used almost exclusively for Audi models, including the A5, which is also a coupe.
Under their hoods, the 2010 Quattro concept simply employs a version of the same 2.5-liter engine used in the TT RS, tuned to deliver 408 horsepower, while the Sport Quattro goes nuclear with a twin-turbo V8 hybrid powertrain that develops 700 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque. Both, of course, employ quattro all-wheel drive just like their forebearer.
As for which one we think Audi will choose if the project gets rubber-stamped for production, there are good arguments on both sides. We’ve heard a limited-edition production version may command Porsche 911-like dollars, or even beyond. The larger, Sport Quattro and its supercar-caliber powertrain would likely require more than R8 money, and a production model based on the smaller, more affordable Quattro concept of 2010 would likely be more in keeping with the mission of the original (not to mention easier to produce).
We’ve actually driven the latter Quattro concept, which you can read about here, so we’re hoping Audi throws us the keys to the Sport Quattro soon. You know, just so we can offer our informed opinion.
It’s easy to parse an athlete’s words into something they are not. But it’s also a bit surprising and concerning when a competitor as motivated as Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew says he has battled serious doubt during training camp.
Jones-Drew admitted Wednesday that in his comeback from a foot injury that wiped out most of his 2012 season, he struggled to stay motivated.
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“The main part is just staying positive,” he said. “There were a couple days during camp where I was like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this anymore.’ Once the pain subsides and the soreness goes away you’re ready to roll again and you fought through those first couple weeks. You were all saying I felt great, and I had to lie to myself too and say that as well. Now I feel good and I’m just ready to get out there and play.”
You can understand Jaguars fans getting a little twitchy about this one — as if they don’t have enough to worry about — especially the part about him “lying” to himself. But MJD also is also a noted talker, prone to candor and maybe a little hyperbole, and nowhere in there did he mention retirement the “R word.”
From a fantasy football perspective, owners have had a hard time gauging Jones-Drew’s worth, considering his age and recent injury history. But Jones-Drew also said in that same session with the media that he feels great and will be ready to take on all comers this season, starting with the Chiefs on Sunday. He reports he’ll be ready for as heavy a workload as the Jags are willing to levy on him, which should make a few people more at ease.
Just because a guy suffers doubt in August doesn’t mean he’ll fail in September and beyond.
Hey Packers fans, remember that game you lost at Seattle last year? You know, the one where the replacement official called a touchdown that should have never been? Seattle Screwjob, Fail Mary, etc.? Yes, yes, figured you would.
And we’re pretty sure you realized at some point that had that game not been stolen from Green Bay, the Packers would have been 12-4 and been rested to host the 11-4-1 49ers in the playoffs. Who knows, maybe Colin Kaepernick wouldn’t have been so fast in single-digit temperatures.
A quick refresher for anyone who might have forgotten: Last season, Seattle trailed Green Bay 12-7 on the last play of the game when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Despite Seattle receiver Golden Tate clearly not having control of the ball as he went to the turf, replacement officials (the regular officials were on strike) ruled it a touchdown. It was one of the more infamous blown calls in sports history, and thankfully was the impetus for the NFL to settle with the regular officials.
Well Packers fans, you’ll be thrilled to know that Lance Easley, the replacement ref who made a mockery of the sport by giving Tate that touchdown, is now enjoying his bit of celebrity around Seattle. He even took a smiling picture signaling touchdown with Tate at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game, which he umpired.
Lawyer Milloy took a picture and posted it to Instagram of Easley giving the TD signal with a huge smile on his face. BustedCoverage.com had many pictures from around the Internet of Easley mugging for pictures with Seahawks players and fans. We’re pretty sure Easley wasn’t invited to Donald Driver’s annual softball game in Wisconsin this year, and won’t be invited to have a bratwurst with anyone in the state anytime soon.
So while Packers players, coaches and fans wonder if the worst call in NFL history cost them a chance to go further in the playoffs (could Green Bay off a bye week have beaten San Francisco at home? Atlanta in the NFC title game? Baltimore in the Super Bowl? It certainly can’t be ruled out), this guy is hamming it up with the Seahawks. Oh, and Easley is coming out with a book too, called “Making the Call.” The blown call affected Green Bay’s season, and now Easley is flaunting the mistake and cashing in on that. Fans, outside of Seattle anyway, shouldn’t be too thrilled about Easley backslapping with a team he made a shady call in favor of.
It’s probably safe to say he should avoid any book signings near Green Bay.
Jets WR Santonio Holmes’ rehab from a Lisfranc injury has been gradual. He spoke today but offered little certainty for the upcoming season, Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Asked if he would be ready for training camp, Holmes responded: “It’s taking one day at a time. I won’t know until it happens.”
And if he would be ready for the Bucs Week 1, Holmes offered “no comment.”
For now, Holmes can say that his rehab has been “great.” But he is limited in all that he does and would not say that he can jog, only that he is restricted to working out.
Access to Google’s Glass headsets is still limited to a lucky few, but that’s more than enough to include several curious coders. Some have had success identifying the hardware contained within, but others are focusing on the software. Cydia founder Jay Freeman posted the above image on Twitter this afternoon to show that he had gained root access on his unit, telling Forbes he relied upon a well-known Android 4.0.4 exploit to take control of its OS. The bad news? He hasn’t been able to use it much yet, since the Explorer edition isn’t quite ready for prescription glasses wearers. For now, the question of whether the same technique will work on eventual retail versions remains unanswered, as well as what it’s actually going to be useful for. Steven Troughton-Smith suggests developers can use it to try out more complicated apps than Google currently allows, including always-on heads-up displays or camera apps. Overcoming any remote deactivation Google may try to enforce or loading your own unauthorized apps are also definite possibilities, though we’re sure others will surface soon.
Dr. James Andrews surgically repaired Jake Long‘s torn left triceps this winter, and the Dolphins left tackle says his best years of football are ahead of him as he enters free agency.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft won’t say if he’s optimistic those years will be spent in Miami.
“You’ve got to talk to my agent about that one,” Long told Robert Klemko of USA Today. “That’s the business side. I just worry about the football. I know a great deal’s gonna get done one way or the other.”
The Miami Herald reported last month that Long is seeking “at least” $ 10 million per season on his next contract despite finishing his previous two seasons on IR (he tore his biceps in 2011). He says he couldn’t have chosen a better place to rehab than Andrews’ home base.
“I’ve definitely had some injuries over the last couple of years that haven’t been ideal,” says Long, “but I’ve worked through them. I’m getting strong and healthy, and this is the best I’ve felt in a while. I’m excited for the upcoming years.”
Google’s (GOOG) Project Glass is one of the more intriguing products unveiled over the past year, as it looks to be the first-ever glasses headset that can project images and data directly onto users’ eyes. But months after first showing off Glass, Google is still trying to figure out just how people will use the headset in their daily lives. In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, Glass project leader Babak Parviz said that Glass would generally be used as “a device that would allow for pictorial communications, to allow people to connect to others with images and video,” but added that the company is still experimenting with ways to improve the headset’s interactivity and overall usefulness. Among other things, Parviz said that the “feature set for the device is not set yet” and “is still in flux,” and that Google has “experimented a lot with using voice commands” and “with some hand gestures.” When asked about the Glass business model, Parviz said that it is “still being worked on,” while adding that there were no plans to display advertisements through Glass “at the moment.”