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    Today the F1 season takes off in Melbourne. You should keep your eyes peeled for driver Heikki Kovalainen who drives for Caterham F1. He’ll be wearing the Angry Birds helmet for F1 2012. Cool
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    Watercar Phyton is the fastest amphibious vehicle. It can jet along at 60 mph on water, and on land, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The price is $170,000. The Python is a custom-built amphibious vehicle, uses an aluminum Corvette LS engine on land. Check out the video. It is awesome!
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    The Retractable Vehicle Door, called the Disappearing Car Door, by John Townsend of California-based company Jatech.

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    Zany Swiss man installs wood-burning stove in car
    "It's hard to imagine what led Pascal Prokop to install a wood-burning stove in his 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon. Though we're safe to say that the trend won't catch like wildfire. Prokob built and installed the wood-fired stove himself and got an operating permit from the Swiss technical inspection authority. "
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    BMW announced their ConnectedDrive Connect (CDC) semi-autonomous driving system, and has just released a new video of it in action. It uses four types of sensors, radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasound distance sensors, to stay aware of the car's surroundings. Check out the video.
    "However, when the car senses it is behind a slowpoke, it looks for an open lane where it can safely merge at speeds up to 130 km/h (81 mph). If an opening is found, the system will steer the vehicle into that lane, pass the slower vehicle and return to its original lane.
    As Dr. Nico Kaempchen explains, "Our main challenge was to develop algorithms that can handle entirely new situations. In principal, the system works on all freeways that we have mapped out beforehand with [a] centimeter accuracy." He goes on to say CDC ensures the car "adheres to all traffic laws" and sticks to the speed limit."
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    The Toyota Fun Vii is a spectacular design concept unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this week. The 'Vii' stands for Vehicle, Interactive, Internet. It's a car, a gaming machine and a smartphone all in one.
    Almost every part of the car can interact with the internet. Almost every surface of the car is a touchscreen that can be adjusted by the driver, including color changes. Oh, and the car can drive itself.
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    To pay for his son's education, Herb Younger was forced to sell his beloved '65 Impala. Two decades later, they found a way to pay him back. [ Youtube ]
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    Berlin-based artist Nik Nowak likes to rock his audience with strange-looking mobile sound systems - sound tank that emit bass-driven electronic music. His creations bear names like Baron Bass, Sackkarre (sack barrow), Mobile Booster. They are a mixture between extravagant vehicles and big speakers. Watch it in action after more.
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    Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts - two modern interpretations of the iconic Land Rover made their debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
    "Both concepts are based on the same shared 100-inch wheelbase. They feature sustainable hi-tech materials and the latest technology to optimise fuel and operational efficiency at all times, in all modes and in all driving conditions.
    DC100 and DC100 Sport include a variety of capability technologies including a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment"

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    Horacio Pagani's Ignition Key is a miniature model of the vehicle. The key splits into two halves, one of which is used in the ignition while the other has a USB stick to hold music for the audio system. Check out the video after more.
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    The Sealander is a canoe and a camping trailer. Created by industrial designer Daniel Straub, actually floats on water. Its wide, bowl-shaped design not only provides stability while floating, but it can easily navigate shallow waters without running aground. The inside of the rather compact, but light, trailer is designed to be completely modular, allowing it to be configured for cooking, cleaning, eating, sleeping and even on-the-water activities like swimming or fishing. It includes a small electric outboard motor that the propulsion while out on the water. Available sometime in 2012, around $20,400 (€15,000). Check out the video, after more.
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    This $2-million luxurious two-Story trailer is two-storey, 53ft long, 30-ton luxury home, has two levels with “a second floor that hydraulically emerge from the main body to offer a total floor space of 1,100 sq ft.”
    "...the ‘Baby Girl’ boasts seven 60in 3D plasma screens, a vast living area, two bathrooms, a kitchen with granite surfaces and a conference space..." Cool
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    This 1:1 full-sized scale replica of the steering wheel used by Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in the 2011 F1 season. Cool, but the $2,000+ price!
    "This superbly detailed and finely finished replica of the Ferrari 150° Italia full size steering wheel is hand built from genuine carbon fibre and is fitted with moving buttons, paddles and switches.
    The replica comes with a red leather base and a clear dust cover.
    Each one of the limited edition of 250 pieces comes with a certificate of authenticity and a unique numbered plaque on the base.
    Outer Box Dimensions: 45 x 42 x 42
    Weight: 14.5kg
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    Casey Putsch built a Batmobile powered by a turbine engine(385-horespower Boeing turboshaft engine) from a naval helicopter. It features a custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independant suspension, disc brakes, and a sequential shifter. It runs on kerosene, diesel, or Jet fuel and has a power to weight ratio comparable to a Dodge Viper. Despite being 20 feet long and 7.5 feet wide, the Batmobile is completely street legal. He also made the sound system iPod-compatible and added an iPad to his dash to function as an avionics system and GPS navigator. 
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    Peel microcars were built in Peel, Isle of Man in the 1960's by Peel Engineering. Two main models were produced in limited numbers: the two passenger Trident and one passenger P50. At just 54 inches in length, the P50 remains the world’s smallest production car.
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    DARPA's XC2V crowd-sourced military vehicle competition(a new concept vehicle on a common chassis designed for both combat reconnaissance and combat delivery & evacuation), now this design turned into a fully functional prototype by June. Local Motors won the XC2V competition, they were given a mere 14 weeks to build a prototype of their "FLYPMODE" concept, this prototype looks so cool. check out see more pics. 
    "The XC2V is the first crowd-sourced, militarily relevant vehicle design. The DARPA XC2V effort, asked non-traditional DoD performers, small businesses, universities and the general public to contribute innovative ideas for a vehicle body designed to accomplish the critical mission tasks of combat resupply and medical evacuation. More than 150 credible designs were submitted, with the winning design taking less than fourteen-weeks to build. "
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    Cricket Camping Trailer designed by a NASA Architect. Featuring a very compact stove and sink, compact shower and toilet, a tiny dining table and a couch that folds flat providing sleep space for a couple of people.
    "Fast forward to 1999, the boy, now an architect and designer, moves to Houston to work at NASA on the International Space Station. He works on the “habitation module” (NASA speak for the place where astronauts eat, sleep, bathe, relax, i.e. their home). He is a “space” architect - mission accomplished. But he wants to design things that will actually get built…in his lifetime. He returns to earth, not sure what will follow. "
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    According to a comment on YouTube this is a sugar cane transporter truck (or treminhão) from Brazil.
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    The folkers at Parker Brothers Choppers have turned the big wheel bike into a functional motorcycle for grown-ups. It's got a massive 45-inch front wheel and, just like the real thing, steers from rear, Power comes from an 80-cubic inch Harley-Davidson Evo engine.
    "We had a Green Machine lying around the shop and we figured it would be a cool idea,” said Parker Brothers’ Jeff Halverson, who did 50 mph on this beast. “It rides crazy and is fast as hell. If it wasn’t for the rear tires we could have had it DOT approved. "
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