Former ‘Clean Diesel’ Maker Wins Notorious Harvard Prize


It has been a year given that we discovered that Volkswagen’s tranquil and oh-so-green “clean diesel” utopia was truly a carefully constructed facade hiding a scorched wasteland of pollution and lies. Apparently, that does not imply the jokes require to quit.

The brainiacs at Harvard University have awarded the financially hurting automaker with a notorious prize that most recipients generally develop a exciting evening around. It’s extremely, no, definitely likely that Volkswagen didn’t appreciate the humor.

On September 22, Harvard held their Ig Nobel Prize, celebrating unusual, offbeat and usually pointless scientific achievements. Actual Nobel Prize winners generally hand out the awards. This year’s recipients integrated the late Ahmed Shafik, who won the Reproduction Prize for studying “the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males.”

Final year’s Chemistry Prize went to a group of Australians who created a chemical method to partially unboil an egg. Nonetheless, this year’s prime spot in chemistry went to a group of Germans (recognized to most as “Volkswagen”).

Harvard awarded the automaker for “solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically creating fewer emissions anytime the cars are getting tested.” According to the university, nobody showed up to collect the prize. Had the automaker sent a delegation, their grim faces would most likely have sucked the life out of the room.

It’s attainable that the increase in environmental scrutiny and new testing approaches created in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal warranted Volkswagen a Peace Prize, but that award went to a group of Canadians for their study, “On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit.”

h/t to Rudy Lukez

[Supply: Well-liked Mechanics]

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Hollywood Has-Been and Notorious Mexican Driver Briefly Well-known for Their Audis

2012 Audi Q7 white

There’s funds to be made when automakers screw up.

At times, being portion of a class-action lawsuit isn’t sufficient, and you have got to wage a Charles Bronson-like battle for private justice. That is what newly unemployed actor Thomas Gibson is carrying out. His target? The maker of his Audi SUV.

According to TMZ, a source we seldom see about these components, and with very good cause, the former Criminal Minds star passed on being element of a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Group for their diesel emissions scandal. As an alternative, he has filed a lawsuit against the maker of his Audi Q7 TDI for lying to his face.

Gibson, who was fired for allegedly becoming extremely, quite angry, claims his dealership (and Volkswagen) told him his Audi would deliver horsepower, efficiency, and clean diesel operation. Of course, it is now effectively known that the “clean diesel” claim is a comprehensive and total fraud.

We do not know how a lot income he’s looking for, but his car is a three.-liter diesel model, which is not topic to a buyback. Volkswagen hasn’t announced a fix for their three.-liter TDI models, but it has had a single soundly rejected by regulators.

Gibson, who also starred in the insufferable Dharma &amp Greg back in the 1990s (Remember that? Man…), is a single of 85,000 Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen buyers waiting for news on their three.-liter automobiles.

South of the border, a total jerk has turn into famous in Mexican media for allegedly clipping a cyclist who was travelling as well slow for his tastes. According to Mexico News Day-to-day, Rafael Márquez Gasperin, who looks like a cockier McLovin, faces a number of charges for hitting the cyclist with his Audi A4.

However for the young man, known now as #LordAudi, a police officer saw the entire point, which was captured on camera. Márquez Gasperin then shoved the officer, told him to “Call my dad, dude!” and took off. It is been a undesirable week for Audi drivers.

[Image: Audi AG]

Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated Thomas Gibson’s Audi Q7 is powered by a 2.-liter diesel engine, the same one that’s at present subject to a buyback. The Q7 was not sold in the U.S. with a two.-liter diesel. The article has been corrected.

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