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The Lincoln MKC Experience

“Sometimes you’ve got to go back, to actually move forward” and so it goes. Can’t really get that catchy Matthew McConaughey line out of your head? Plus the recent spoofing of the ad by Jim Carrey makes it a total hit.  Fittingly though, the first-ever Lincoln MKC is just that.  Being one of the four new Lincoln vehicles to arrive in showrooms by 2016, the MKC carries the marque to the vast consumer SUV market with the welcoming comfort of an affluent car and the dependability of an SUV of old.

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Let’s go into detail and check out what this badass SUV is really made of.  Approaching the MKC is a sight to behold as the “Approach Detection with Welcome Mat” awaits your return.  Exterior lighting brightens up upon sensing your approach up to 8 feet away. Then, a Lincoln Logo mat illuminates the entrance of both driver and passenger side. Talk about letting your presence known wherever you are parked. Oh and once inside, any one of seven colors of ambient lighting may be chosen to suit your mood.

 

The Design

An all-new expression of luxury.  Blending the features of a luxury sedan and the rugged features of a sport utility vehicle, the MKC shows a solid statement of purpose compared to other premium entries in the SUV market.  A classic Lincoln grill, HID headlamps with LED accents up in front while a low roofline and high door line exudes an athletic appearance.  Rims are not too shabby with the option of 18, 19 or 20 inchers with padded inner wells to soften road noise.

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Finishing off the touch is the patented Vista Roof.  It gives the MKC a refreshing and modern view by giving both first and second row passengers an unobstructed expanded sunroof.

 

Performance

How about 285 horses under the hood giving 305 lb.-ft. of gut wrenching torque to complete the beast? Sounds good to me! The patented EcoBoost offers the most HP and Torque in its class.  How did the MKC obtain this feat? Using intelligence as well as power by utilizing turbocharging, direct injection and Ti-VCT or twin independent variable cam timing of course.  Sounds like top engineering at work to feed the speedster in everyone by just mashing the gas pedal.

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Lincoln Drive Control and Continuously Controlled Damping is as luxurious as it sounds when advanced sensors automatically detect body motion, steering and braking dynamics in less than a second to give you an exceptional ride.  Adjustable settings for normal, sport or comfort can be selected to suit your style whether you want a spirited drive or pure comfort.

 

Steering this beast is remarkably simple.  With the feel of a compact sedan, it gives an accurate and responsive drive by using the EPAS or electronic Power-assisted Steering in the Lincoln.  It is constantly adapting to road conditions and can compensate for uneven road surfaces and crosswinds.  A sense of assurance is imminent when fluid system is used at low speed and a more controlled steer at high speeds.

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Six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifting gives you the excitement of a stick shift with the convenience of an automatic.  An efficient six-speed transmission glides you through your way but if you want to do a bit of spirited driving, the wheel mounted paddle shifters are just at the tip of your thumbs.  Completing the features are the AdvanceTrac with roll stability Control that gives the MKC the ability to utilize the brakes and engine power to keep all four wheels gripping the pavement.

 

Technology

Why the Lincoln is sought after is because of these state of the art features starting with the sound system.  Gone were the days of simple stereo sound quality as the MKC gives you Enhanced THX II Certified Sound System.  It has 14 strategically placed speakers giving 700 watts of power.  Distributed bass is evenly dispersed throughout the cabin resulting in a more cinematic car audio system.  Hmm I like the sound of that!

ecoboost technology

What is the use of good audio if you have noisy surroundings? Well the Lincoln has an answer to that.  Active Noise Control reduces unwanted noises while enhancing desired sound to provide a more pleasant driving experience.  Microphones monitors the sound of the cabin and then it is replicated by a signal processor to create an opposing acoustic wave cancelling each other out.  Talk about science at work!

 

Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning and a lane adjusting system is just a few of the new features of safety the MKC can offer. Superior safety is given by the system where sensors detect slowing traffic to maintain distance and alerts you for potential collision adjusting the brake force along the way.  A warning will also be sent to the driver in case you veer out of your lane when the Lane-Keeping system is engaged.

 

Getting in sync with bliss is perfect to complete the experience.  SYNC with MyLincoln Touch allows you to control your entire cockpit from entertainment to climate via voice command.  Capping it off with the BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert is cutting edge as the (Blind Spot Information System) BLIS uses radar in the rear quarter panel to identify a car entering your blind spot.

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Truly a step above the competition is the Lincoln 2015 MKC, going back to its roots and still providing class of its own.  Definitely a promising future for the Lincoln line moving forward.

 

 

 

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Aerial and Maritime Navigation

Ever since man became curious about his surroundings so too did his imagination soar and while we were thousands of years away from learning how to fly, we first braved the seas and oceans. It was by instinct when they realized that they had to come up with a standard unit of measurements to determine the length, width, height and volume of certain objects as well as the distance that they had to travel in order to approximate the time it takes to travel from one spot to another. As we look through the history pages we find that our ancient counterparts were innovative and brilliant when they first constructed modes of transportation.

 

Ancient Egyptian Ship

 

Boating
It is now believed that boating was conceived since pre-historic times as far back as 45,000 years ago and that it was the Pacific Northwestern indigenous peoples that first developed a crude dugout canoes. However, systematic maritime navigation was not achieved until 5,000 years ago in the ancient Mauryan Empire in the Indus river in what is now known as the country of India. Meanwhile in Mesopotamia the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Kingdom of Punt, Babylonians, Persians and Pheonecians developed river boating for fishing and trade. Among the system of measurements that they had developed were:

 

Sumerian Measurements

 

Sumerian basic length units:

•    Grain which is approximately 0.0025 meter
•    Finger which is approximately 0.015 meter
•    Foot which is approximately 0.333 meter
•    Cubit which is approximately 0.497 meter
•    Step which is approximately 1.000 meter
•    Reed which is approximately 3.000 meters
•    Rod which is approximately 6.000 meters
•    Cord which is approximately 60.000 meters
•    Cable which is approximately 360 meters
•    League which is approximately 10,800 meters

 

Imhotep

 

Egyptian basic length units:

•    Royal cubit is roughly 52.5 centimeters
•    Standard cubit is roughly 45 centimeters
•    Remen is roughly 37.5 centimeters
•    Djeser is roughly 30 centimeters
•    Span (large) is roughly 25 centimeters
•    Span (small) is roughly 22.5 centimeters
•    Fist is roughly 10.75 centimeters
•    Hand is roughly 9.38 centimeters
•    Palm is roughly 7.5 centimeters
•    Finger is roughly 1.88 centimeters
•    Khet (rod) is roughly 52.5 meters
•    River measure is roughly 10.5 kilometers

 

Judging from their skills in formulating these basic length units, it can be said that they had a certain level of sophistication. Modern marine navigation uses various measuring equipment such as radar, sonar and global positioning system (GPS). This allows them to measure their ship’s cruising speed (which is in knots or the metric equivalent of 1 nautical mile), the depth of the water (which can be measured in feet, meters or yards), to determine their exact position on the globe and to determine their relative bearing (distance) from their point of origin and their destination.

 

Lockheed-C-130-Hercules

 

Aerial navigation
According to modern history it was the Wright brothers who first braved the skies when they created an aeroplane that flew for about 6 minutes. From that time on aircraft development soared and the whole world used it for commercial passenger transport, research and aerial combat for the military. Initially all aircraft navigation adapted the metric (SI) system, but by the 1960’s there have been major changes in measuring length, distance and cruising speed for aerial navigation. All aircraft uses aviation electronics or avionics to effectively navigate their way through the skies but unlike ships and sea vessels they heavily rely on radar and visibility. Except for the cruising speed of an aircraft all other forms of measurement is done with the metric system. So a pilot may identify his cruising speed at 300 knots (which is literally 345.3 miles per hour) and report his relative bearing at 600 statute miles (basic mile) heading 123 degrees north by north-east. In simple terms it means that the aircraft is traveling at 345.3 miles per hour, 600 miles out from its destination (probably an airstrip or an airport) heading in a direction of north by north-east. Determining the current location of the plane, the speed that it travels and the direction it’s heading is very crucial for its estimated time of arrival (ETA), and the radars and computers in the aircraft’s avionics helps makes it possible. Meanwhile control towers on the ground, guides the aircraft to the runway in order to avoid unwanted mid-air collisions and accidents.