Monday, October 31, 2016

2018 Lexus LC500h

The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is a hybrid version of the all-new Lexus LC luxury coupe. The LC 500h showcases Lexus' next generation hybrid powertrain, dubbed the 'Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System'. Like its LC coupe sibling, the LC 500h is the flagship model for the Japanese upscale brand. The two are built on an front-engine/rear-wheel-drive platform that will be shared with future Lexus products.

The Lexus LC will go into production in the spring of 2017 and is expected to cost around $100,000. The hybrid version will carry a more expensive sticker and debut later.
The LC 500h has electric drive motors enhancing the output from its 3.5-liter V-6 engine, giving it 354 total horsepower.

Like other Lexus hybrids, the LC500h stores braking energy as electricity.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

2017 Audi R8 V10

The 2017 Audi R8 V10 sports a 318 cu in, 5204 cc engine developing 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode. Zero to 60 mph is 3.1 seconds on the way to a top speed around 205 mph.
The DOHC 40-valve V-10 engine has aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection. It's a high-revving masterpiece with selective cylinder deactivation and a 8700-rpm redline.

Base Price for the 2017 Audi R8 V10 is estimated at $ 185,000

Friday, October 28, 2016

The French Crown Jewels

The French Crown Jewels comprise the crowns, orb, sceptres, diadems and jewels that symbolized royalty within French aristocracy between 752 and 1825. The set was broken up and most of it sold in 1885 by the Third French Republic.

The surviving French Crown Jewels are mainly on display in the Galerie d'Apollon of the Louvre.

Crown of Louis XV, 1722, Louvre.

The Crown of Empress Eugénie

The Crown of Napoleon created in 1804.
Among the most famous diamonds preserved in the collection are the Sancy Diamond, the Hortensia pink diamond cut in 1678 for Louis XIV, and the Regent Diamond. The Royal French Blue was transformed into the Hope Diamond which now resides in the Smithsonian.
One of the mysteries of the French Revolution was the fate of Dauphin, the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and heir to the crown.

In 2004 it was confirmed through DNA evidence that the young prince had died of tuberculosis in prison. The heart of the young man claimed by the royalists to be the young Louis XVII had been secretly removed by a doctor just after his death. By comparing the DNA from the heart with DNA taken from strands of hair of Marie Antoinette that had been kept as a memento by royalists, it was possible to establish that the boy who died in prison was indeed the last heir to the French Crown Jewels.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Suncor Energy Inc. - SU.t

Suncor Energy Inc. - SU.t produces oil, natural gas, wind-generated electricity and ethanol. Oil sands operations are the focus of Suncor’s business.

The company operates a network of 1,500 Petro-Canada retail and wholesale outlets across Canada and a network of retail sites under the Shell and Phillips 66 brands in Colorado.

On October 26, 2016 the company released Numbers

"Highlights of the third quarter of 2016 include:
  • Cash flow from operations of $2.025 billion ($1.22 per common share) driven by increased Oil Sands production, lower operating costs at Oil Sands operations and record refinery crude throughput.
  • Operating earnings of $346 million ($0.21 per common share) and net earnings of $392 million ($0.24 per common share), including a Refining and Marketing (R&M) first-in, first-out (FIFO) loss of $86 million.
  • Oil Sands assets successfully returned to normal production rates following the forest fire shut-in during the second quarter of 2016, resulting in strong Oil Sands operations production of 433,700 barrels per day (bbls/d).
  • Oil Sands operations cash operating costs per barrel decreased to $22.15 for the third quarter of 2016, an 18% reduction versus the prior year quarter and the lowest in over a decade.
  • Syncrude production increased to 183,800 bbls/d from 28,100 bbls/d in the prior year quarter, as a result of additional working interests acquired in 2016, combined with improved upgrader reliability. Cash costs per barrel (bbl) at Syncrude decreased to $27.65 from $41.65 in the prior year quarter.
  • Refinery crude throughput improved to a record 465,600 bbls/d and operating expenses decreased to $4.55/bbl.
  • Participation agreements signed with the Fort McKay and Mikisew Cree First Nations for the sale of a combined 49% interest in the East Tank Farm Development for estimated proceeds of almost $500 million.