"The main component of my hood ornament is made from the head off of a McDonald’s toy. If you search online, it’s the one of a Stormtrooper driving a wind-up AT-AT. I removed the head from the rest of the toy, making sure to take out the spring that made the head bobble. I then filled the hollow head with resin, and drilled a hole into it that would serve as the mounting point. After I sanded the head with fine grit sand paper, making sure it was extra smooth, I painted the head metallic silver.
Next I removed the existing hood ornament from my car, which took some finesse and elbow grease. I removed the Buick emblem, but made sure to keep the base that actually mounted to the car. I then bought a nut and bolt from the local hardware store. I pushed the bolt up through the hole in the base of the old hood ornament, and screwed the nut down to hold the bolt in place. Then, finally, I screwed the Stormtrooper head down onto the bolt into the hole I had drilled earlier. Once that was done, I mounted it onto my car. Tada! "
"I took these photos at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet where the newly restored bike was unveiled. The bike belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY. According to some info I found online, the bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 and is based on a 1930 K.J Henderson. The bike is powered by inline four cylinder (not a scooter as some have said, check the shot of the motor below) and as I’m sure you can gather by now, is a one-off custom. What I can confirm is it does run and while it looked a bit unwieldy, Frank could be seen riding the bike around the Fairgrounds all weekend. But let’s be honest here (and maybe I’m wrong) - you don’t have this bike in your stable to go out for a long Sunday afternoon ride to get some ice cream. That said, it was pretty awesome to see the bike being ridden (even when rain started to come down) instead of being sheltered behind a velvet rope, never to see the rubber touch asphalt again. The bike is a fantastic piece of history, the craftsmanship is absolutely stunning and it’s surely more of a museum piece than a daily rider. Frank has obviously spent an incredible amount of time meticulously restoring and rebuilding the bike to its current gorgeous state. Hats off to Frank for the amazing work he did and for sharing it with all us gawkers. "
The Bloodhound SSC is a trans-sonic rocket car aiming to smash the current land speed record and raise it to a mind-bending 1000 mph. The car has been under development for more than three years and and the design is just now moving out of the computer models, to create a car that will travel faster than a speeding bullet. A 1:1 scale model replica was recently unveiled on display this week at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England. Photos, here.
The limited-edition(500 will be made, with production slated to begin in December of this year) 2010 Lexus LFA($375,000) Powered by a 552 horsepower V10 engine, 0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds, the maximum speed at 202 mph.
"Lexus' supercar accelerates from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and achieves a maximum speed of 202 mph thanks to an independently controlled throttle body for each cylinder, high-volume 12-hole injectors, dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), low-friction engine components, and equal length exhaust manifolds.
Lightweight, powerful and balanced, the LFA features advanced Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) construction for its chassis and bodywork to deliver a light, incredibly strong and impact-resistant structure. To help provide superior handling and braking and traction control the LFA features track-tuned lightweight aluminum alloy suspension components; six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers to grip the Carbon Ceramic Material (CCM) brake rotors; and a specially calibrated Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. "
Conquest wheelchair Motorcycle is all set to debut at at the on June 4- the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games in Denver, the largest wheelchair sports competition in the world. Powered by an 1170 CC BMW engine with six forward gears and reverse. Featuring 0 -60 MPH in 7.6 seconds, the top speed at 105 mph. The wheelchair Motorcycle is made easy via an automatic rearward ramp and the driver remains in his/her own wheelchair.(watch the video!) The bike is fully road tested and meets the US safety standards.
The Zerotracer is a fully-enclosed electric motorbike with a Kevlar body, derived from the F1 and IndyCar construction. It's designed to take part in the first-ever "around the world in 80 days" electric vehicle race being organized by SolarTaxi veteran, Louis Palmer. The Zerotracer is a tandem seat, fully-enclosed, all-electric motorcycle that is capable of driving 450km (280 mi) on a single charge, has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), and zero-to-100km (60mi) acceleration in 4.5 seconds. Watch the video!
Dennis Palatov's DP4 Super Go-Kart recently visited Oregon Raceway Park for its first track day. Powered by a motorcycle engine and a unique chain drive system, the DP4 can be raced on kart tracks or full-sized courses. Two versions of the DP4 are available for purchase. A $25,910, two-wheel drive, build-it-yourself kit which includes a GSXR-1000 engine, or a pre-built, 800lb, all-wheel drive DP4 with a 1400cc 200HP turbocharged Hayabusa engine for $50,610. Cool, watch the video of the DP4 in action!
"The new Audi A8 is the first car in the world to offer an optional factory-installed WLAN hotspot for wireless Internet access. Passengers in the front and rear can simultaneously access the Internet through the car's integrated WLAN module and via UMTS, using up to eight terminal devices such as laptops, Apple iPads or netbooks.
Using the WLAN hotspot is remarkably simple. To activate Internet access with speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s, the driver merely needs to insert a data-capable SIM card into the Bluetooth online car phone. Alternatively, an Internet connection can be established via Bluetooth by using a compatible mobile phone with a SIM Access Profile. Any existing mobile phone contract can be used for this – often coupled with a flat-rate data plan."
"Conquest Vehicle Inc's flagship vehicle, the KNIGHT XV defines the future of the ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armoured SUV. This one-of-a-kind, V10, 6.8-litre, Bio-fuel powered SUV was inspired by military vehicle designs and features security appointments that are unrivaled in today's SUV marketplace. The KNIGHT XV(TM) is priced at $295,000 USD. Only 100 will be made available as a limited first run. Each vehicle takes 1,500 hours to build by hand. The KNIGHT-XV(TM) is built using ballistic hardened steel making it fully armoured including ballistic fiberglass fenders, bumper and up to 64 mm. (2.5 inches) transparent armor (glass)."
Tim Cotterill, a British man who created a 200mph monster trike, he called the Road Rocket. It is a five metre-long, 1225kg trike with a 1000bhp engine and handlebars so wide it took engineers 23 attempts to come up with a steering mechanism that worked for it.
"I have to say it really has exceeded all my expectations and fulfilled my wildest dreams,"
"I did get it up to 160mph on a straight stretch of road in the high desert and actually deployed the Simpson parachute just for the heck of it."
said Mr Cotterill. Watch the video!
ForFreedom Caravan designed by Robert Williams.
Features sandwiched fiber glass walls with closed cell insulation for proper heating, modern furnishing, offers choice of interior and exterior color choice, Internal electric heating with solar panels on the rear section to provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard caravans. Robert Williams writes:
"An expanding living unit, designed for the professional urban couple in need of a short break."
Mercedes-Benz and Eurocopter have worked together to unveil the Mercedes-Benz Style EC145 luxury helicopter. It is an eight seats, twin-engine turbine luxury helicopter, the cabin layout has been inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s new R-Class range. The EC145 is equipped with comfortable seats made of exclusive materials coupled with sumptuous wood for the floors and ceiling. All seats are mounted on rails and can be quickly and easily reconfigured or removed to make room for luggage. There are also three multi-function boxes with features such as a cool box, cup holder, table, 15-inch monitor and DVD player. The interior offers supreme flexibility for both business and private travel: in the partition wall which separates the cockpit from the cabin, extra storage space is provided by drawers.