โš‘ Nothing takes the shine off of life like an unexpected death.

Today, the car communityโ€”and beyondโ€”have been waking up to their first sunrise without Ken Block. He died in a snowmobile accident on January 2, leaving behind his wife, three children, the Hoonigan Racing Division, countless collaborators, and millions of fans.

David Evans, writing for Dirtfish, wrote a column that I urge you to read:

โ€œDavid,โ€ he said, with incredible calm, โ€œthatโ€™s not smoke. Thatโ€™s steam.โ€ [Ken Block] was creating so much wheelspin, he was boiling the water which sat between tire and Tarmac.

If thereโ€™s a heaven, count on Block teaching our guardian angels how to fly faster and drift like thereโ€™s no tomorrow. Go fast, risk every thang. RIP, KB43.


โ€ข via Klio Design

Letโ€™s first get on the same page with the word โ€œMinimalismโ€.

Merriam-Webster tells us minimalism is โ€œa style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicityโ€โ€”however, that definition only takes us so far.

Take a vehicle like the Citroรซn 2CV; it was inexpensive when new, itโ€™s extremely spartan, and mechanically simpleโ€”it is assuredly a minimalist motor car by any standard but wouldnโ€™t easily fit into any modern micro mobility categories because of its exterior dimensions. Thatโ€™s it.

When minimalist design is discussed, I often get the sense the author (or social media poster) doesnโ€™t understand the full pictureโ€”what minimalism removes in substance it makes up for in usefulness.

Soโ€ฆwhy choose minimalism? Minimalism adds to life; in time, money, and brainpower saved.

Look at the lead image for the Mule EV: the vehicle is austere af, albeit with a large number of tools and visible functions past four tires and a steering wheel.

I came across the Mule on a LinkedIn post by Klio Design (South Korea), and had to share it. Now in the prototype phase, I think this small EV has a lot of potential for the gated communities, small farms, contractors, urban delivery services and beyond. Many countries have low-speed vehicle legislation that could allow for the Mule to be a simple, cheap to run on/off pavement utility truck.

In a world where the spartan Citroรซn Ami Buggy with a top speed of 45 kph (28 mph) can sell out in 18 minutes, surely there are a few thousand customers waiting for a workhorse like this.

โ Mule Concept โ€ข Klio Design (website)

see also :: Just simple life mobility โ€ข KLIO Design (YouTube) :: Mule ์ฃผํ–‰ ์˜์ƒ โ€ข KLIO Design (YouTube) :: Mule story โ€ข KLIO Design (YouTube)


Over the holidays, Keiichi Tsuchiya posted this short filmโ€ฆvideo clipโ€ฆASMRโ€ฆcity tourโ€ฆ?

Frankly, a nighttime city drive of Tokyo, Japan with no commentary wasnโ€™t on my list of things to watch, but I didโ€ฆand it was brilliant.

After a minute-long intro, youโ€™re treated to well-shot footage of the Drift King driving his Toyota AE86 normally, casually, (generally) within speed limits, as if heโ€™s operating some kind of bus filled with tourists.

Why is this so important? In light of recent events, content creators the world over may start to reexamine ย needing to drift / stunt / destroy tires in the hopes of attracting attention.

DK and chill has a ring to it, no?

โœฆ ใ€ๅ…ฌๅผใ€‘ๅœŸๅฑ‹ๅœญๅธ‚ใ€AE86ใ‚นใƒˆใƒชใƒผใƒˆๅทใŒ้ฆ–้ƒฝใฎ็…Œใ‚ใๆ˜Žใ‹ใ‚Šใฎไธญใ‚’้ง†ใ‘ใ‚‹ใ€‚ใ€4K ASMRใ€‘โ€ข DRIFT KING TELEVISION


Tender vittle: 2008 Ligier Be Up by Giugiaro
BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANYโ€“ Minimalist design, 85 km/h (50+ mph) top speed, only 750 km on the odo
Flairโ€™d up 4x4: 1999 Hyundai Galloper 2.5 TDI Innovation 5spd
CASARSA DELLA DELIZIA, ITALYโ€“ Enviable late-โ€™90s style, rare bodykit, Mitsubishi diesel engine

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