A Motorcycle that Can Change the Industry !
A San Francisco start-up has developed a car that could be a game changer
for the auto industry. Lit Motors' C-1 bridges the gap between a car and a
motorcycle, providing the safety of a car without the high ongoing costs of
ownership. Because the vehicle is electric, commuting costs are negligible:
"You can get to work and back for less than 50 cents a day,"
Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini
Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car
attracts the most attention.
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2020 Volkswagen Aqua Hovercraft Concept
A new concept from Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Aqua is a futuristic hovercraft concept created by Yuhan
Zhang, a 21 year old designer from China. Yuhan just graduated with honors
from Xihua University with a degree in Industrial Design. Currently she's
in the process of selecting a Transportation Design course to further her
The Volkswagen Aqua is designed to cope with the wide variety of terrain
which covers China. From the lakes, rivers and coastal waters, to the
roads, wetlands and snow and ice. The concept was shortlisted in the CDN
Car Design Awards China, based on the brief entitled simply; "Chinese
off-road vehicle" by Volkswagen.
Like most hovercraft, the Volkswagen Aqua uses more than one engine. The
primary motor, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, is used to drive
the main fan which inflates the skirt around the vehicle and raises the
Aqua just above the ground. The fans at the rear of the vehicle are powered
by individual electric motors to provide forward thrust and directional
The styling of the Volkswagen Aqua is extremely clean and simple. There's
very little clutter to the lines, except perhaps at the rear due to the
quartet of fans. The interior has room for two people, and features a
similar minimalist vibe as the exterior.
Perhaps our only area of concern is with how you actually enter the
vehicle. See that small round hatch at the rear of the vehicle, the one
located where the rear window would normally be? That's your one and only
General Motors' EN-V concept - we ride shotgun
TheChargingPoint.com recently got a ride in GM's incredible EN-V concept,
designed to combat the problems of overcrowding, parking availability and
air quality within the city of tomorrow.
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Lamborghini Veneno On The Road
BrianZuk records the insane Lamborghini Veneno driving on the road!
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2011 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept
For the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which was seeking to find the
most spectacular new film car for Hollywood, the designers from the
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen (Germany) and
Carlsbad (USA), have joined the ranks of the screen-writers.
The designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad,
California have created a Hollywood-style homage for Mercedes-Benz to 125
years of innovation in automotive technology and design. The leading roles
are played by two high-tech characters which have been instrumental in
reconciling safety and stylish design in automobiles: the Mercedes-Benz
Silver Arrow cult racing car and crash test dummies.
The film "Silver Lightning" is set in the near future, in an age of
artificial intelligence. Two crash test dummies by the names of Hans05 and
Franz02 take on evil ruler Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved Mercedes
Silver Arrow. They engage in an action-packed, nerve-jangling duel with the
ruthless battering ram before finally outfoxing him. The Mercedes-Benz
Silver Arrow Concept is a low-lying sculpture on wheels. A feat of
technical innovation is the diagonal, hubless roller which allows steering
in all directions. The futuristic Silver Arrow's proportions are
reminiscent of the legendary sports car from the late 1930s and the
Uhlenhaut SLR from the 1950s.
BrianZuk records the world debut of the radical Laraki Epitome. The video
shows both the interior and exterior of the Epitome, a start up, revs, and
slight acceleration as the Epitome drives off on the road. Filmed at the
2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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BMW GINA Concept
DtRockstar1 records a one of a kind concept car, the BMW GINA. GINA stands
for Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptations. The body is made of a very
strong fabric, polyurethane coated spandex. It is amazing to see the doors
opening and the hood opening like an eye. This was GINA's first time in the
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BMW i8 - For the pseudo-environmentalist billionaire in every one of us
I was thoroughly underwhelmed by BMW's latest concept on show at the
Auckland Museum today.
It has similar hybrid technology but a lower all-electric range than a
Chevrolet Volt, yet it costs $270,000 USD more.
Or think of it as an all-electric Tesla Roadster, but with less range, less
power, less acceleration, less style, less reliability - but with higher
emissions, and at twice the price.
The styling is a personal thing, but I found it too weird to gain
mass-acceptance. Perhaps thankfully, the finished product will look
Still, God only knows what market this car is aimed at. Even so, by 2014
(when this vehicle is ready for production) the competition will have
soared ahead with more practical, long-range all-electric vehicles.
For example, the Tesla Model S is a visual masterpiece with an all electric
range of 300 miles (482 kilometres) - and full-scale production starts in
You'd better think fast BMW.
Audi Shark Concept
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2011 Imperial Speeder HoverBike Concept
- - - I DID NOT CREATE THIS HOVERBIKE. Also, please try not to get involved
in the huge Creationist/Evolutionist row going on in the comment section. -
Traffic jams could soon become a thing of the past thanks to an amateur
inventor who has built the world's first flying motorcycle in his garage.
Australian Christopher Malloy ploughed his entire life-savings into the
project which took him two and a half years to complete. His futuristic
creation - dubbed the Hoverbike - can reach an altitude of 10,000ft and
speeds of over 100mph.
Fans of the design have already compared Mr Malloy's work to the 'speeder
bikes' from the Star Wars sequel Return Of The Jedi or the hovering car
from Back To The Future.
The 32-year-old former helicopter pilot built the incredible machine in his
Sydney garage using a custom-built carbon-fiber airframe and a BMW engine.
The futuristic prototype has the potential to travel up to 92 miles or for
about 45 minutes on one tank of fuel and is expected to come with a hefty
price tag of more than £45,000.
So far the bike, which weighs 270kgs, has only been tested while tethered
to the ground to prevent it flying too high. But plans to test it's
capabilities without any restrictions are set to go-ahead soon.
Mr Malloy explained: 'I am still ground testing at the moment only because
I'm not 100 per cent sure what will happen so the straps are there to cover
the unknown. I haven't had the pleasure of flying round the countryside
'It is quite stable and doesn't want to tip over but if something unplanned
happened during testing I wouldn't want to break the prototype.
'The Hoverbike was built with safety in mind so at least three components
have to fail before you might have a serious airborne failure.
'There are also two explosive parachutes attached to the airframe and of
course the rider could choose to wear their own parachute too.
Mr Malloy is unwilling to reveal exactly how much he has spent on the
project, but claims it is costing him roughly £140 a week.
He said the basic principle was similar to that of a Chinook helicopter and
a normal motorbike.
He added: 'To lift off into a hover you just need to increase the thrust
via a throttle grip with the right hand - exactly the same as the throttle
on a motorbike.
'Flying forward involves a combination of an increase in thrust and the
deflection of air from the front control vanes by twisting the left handle
grip. You twist forward to accelerate and backwards to reverse.
'To make the bike turn left and right, all one needs to do is push the
handle bars down on the side you wish to turn just like a bicycle.
'You could lean in the appropriate direction as you would on a motorbike
but this isn't proving to be very sensitive.
'Having previous experience in a helicopter or plane would be a great help.
That said, this is a new way to fly and one would need to learn to ride the
hoverbike in much the same manner as a helicopter or riding a motorcycle.
'If you live in the USA or your country has similar civil aviation
regulations, then the hoverbike will be classed as a 'ultralite' which
means you do not need a pilot's license to fly it.'
2011 BMW Africa Concept
A car that can decompose. Hopefully not in your garage overnight, then it
would be useless.