Ever dreamed of owning your own flying car… from the 1950s? Greg Herrick, an aircraft collector in Minneapolis, is selling his 1954 Taylor Aerocar N-101D with an asking price of $1.25 million. His flying car of the retro-future sports a yellow and black body, still works! The Aerocar designed by Moulton Taylor in 1949, and only five were ever produced. Some of the specs from his list: "The AEROCAR features side-by-side seating for two. Advanced for its time, most of the fuselage skin is of composite material and the car is front wheel drive. In flight the wings are high and unobtrusive. Powered by a Lycoming O-320 Engine the propeller is mounted at the end of a long tail cone, the latter angled up for propeller clearance. Cruise speed is about 100 mph. Takeoff speed in 55 mph and the airplane is controlled by the same steering wheel as is used for driving."
We posted about the FlyNano last year, this week FlyNano has flown its electric prototype(watch the video after more), equipped with a new battery-powered engine. FlyNano has been promising a lot: its carbon fiber personal seaplane is small, lightweight, easy to fly without a pilot's license, and costs under $34,000. With a small electric engine, you'll be able to hit over 80 mph, and the 9,800-foot service ceiling and 40-mile rang. FlyNano has promised a final design next year with a delivery date at the end of 2013.
1953 Timossi-Ferrari Arno XI racing hydroplane. 600+ bhp, 4,493.73 cc Ferrari Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine with twin superchargers and twin four-choke carburettors, Timossi di Azzano three-point racing hydroplane hull. Length: 6,200 mm (245”). Beam: 2,470 mm (97.24") • Achille Castoldi’s famed Ferrari V-12 Timossi 800 kg class racing hydroplane • Reset the world speed record in its class on 15 October 1953, at 241.708 km/h • Beautifully and painstakingly restored; engine confirmed original by Ferrari S.p.A.
The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT model, replacing previous SLS AMG versions, with an enhanced maximum output of 583 hp (435 kW), a re-calibrated AMG Speedshift 7-speed transmission. Available as a Coupe and Roadster, it will go on sale in mid-November 2012. From 0-60mph 3.6 seconds, with a max speed of 197mph (electronically limted).
The Lit C-1 is a electric urban vehicle, combining the size of a motorcycle and durability of a car. The C-1 uses electronically-controlled gyroscopes to remain upright even in the case of an accident. It can be charged up in six hours, has a top speed of 120mph, and the battery provides enough autonomy for 150 to 220 miles. It will be available in 2014 and will sell for $12,000 to $16,000 (USD). Check out the video.
Powered by a 4-cylinder automotive engine, the UH-18SP is everything you'd ever want in a hovercraft. Convert your hovercraft into the 18SPW Hoverwing in less than twenty minutes and fly up to 10 feet high over waves, rocks, beaches and fields in ground effect. The wings roll up and can be stored aboard the craft for easy transportation and rapid deployment.
*In fact, the position is supine — not prone. Wrote Jonathon Ramsey on autoblog, "The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team has been using its drivers to open up the dark world of F1, and in this video Nico Rosberg demonstrates what we've long suspected: the driving position in a Formula 1 car is outrageous, with drivers reclined on a carbon-fiber gynecologist's table pretending to be a seat." "Watch Nico explain finding a balance between comfort and weight. And how it's kind of hard to see above the wheel."
The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the upcoming A25 AMG looks sporty, powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine with around 340 hp. Other features include an all-wheel-drive system, double-clutch transmission, new aerodynamics, a stiffer suspension system, bigger brakes and an upgraded interior.
Porsche has unveiled their second generation Cayenne GTS. Based on the Cayenne S, this new model is equipped with 20 additional horsepower. The latest Cayenne transmits power from its 420 hp V8 to an active All-Wheel-Drive system coupled to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with integrated Auto Start Stop function. 0-62 in 5.7 second, a top speed of 162 mph. The 2013 Cayenne GTS will go on sale in the U.S. in August 2012, with a base MSRP of $82,050, not including a $975 delivery charge.
Dutch company PAL-V announced the first flights of its prototype "flying car". This unique vehicle is called the PAL-V One, or the 'Personal Air and Land Vehicle', and It marks the start of a new era. On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes its rotor is unfolded and its tail is extended: then it is ready to take off thanks to the advanced gyrocopter technology.
BMW has officially unveils its third concept with the i8 Spyder that builds upon the i8 coupe that debuted last year. The Spyder's body is still made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and it still has an electric motor for controlling the front wheels and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine for the rear wheels. "96 kW/131 hp on the front, coupled with a 164 kW/223 hp gasoline engine on the back, which accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). As far as fuel consumption goes, BMW claims 3 liters per 100 km (62 miles), with 30 kilometres (19 miles) of autonomy on electric power alone." Powering the concept will be a plug-in hybrid system that uses a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder at the back and electric motor at the front. Combined output for the concept is supposed to be 349 horsepower. The i8 is also a plug-in hybrid that can travel 20 miles on electric power alone and take two hours to charge. The BMW i8 Spyder Concept is scheduled to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show.
Awesome Disco Ball Helmet from instructables made by San Francisco-based designer Natalie Walsh. "• Note: This disco ball helmet uses real glass, as it is intended as a costume piece (to be paired with a disco backpack, coming soon!). If you want it to be functional, acrylic mirror would be safer and lighter weight (though not as shiny and reflective)."
Based on the VW Transporter T5, The DoubleBack VW is a customized camping van with the extendable passenger compartment that comes with a fold-out double bed in the pod, an elevating roof and a kitchenette long with other home amenities.
The W.O.W (Wonderful Open-hearted Wagon) Concept is all about helping you keep your pup at your side and have more fun together. Additional innovations include a lid in the instrument panel in front of the passenger seat that opens to reveal a crate for dogs! Mesh at the front and sides assures adequate ventilation, and its position facing the passenger seat makes it easy for you and your pup to keep an eye on each other as you ride.
Mobile espresso maker by Handpresso Auto. "It can be placed in the cup holder. Just plug the espresso machine into the 12V cigarette lighter, add water and a E.S.E. coffee pod of your choice. Then press the button, wait for the 3 beeps and the espresso is ready!"
The J Roadster is a roofless, V12-powered supercar which is powered by a 6.5-liter that is capable of delivering a total of 700 HP. Top speed goes up to an impressive 186 mph - a little less than the standard Aventador, but the J has to take into account it’s missing roof. It makes extensive use of carbon fiber, including a patented material called "carbon skin" for the interior. The car is so extreme that the driver must wear a helmet, though the car can be registered for road use, Lamborghini says. Lamborghini Aventador J sells for $2.8 million.
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!
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta goes from zero to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds, and zooms up to 124 mph in just 8.5 second and a top speed of 211mph. The fastest Ferrari and it is officially the fastest street car ever. Powered by a 740 horsepower 6.3-liter V12.
The BMW M135i is a new concept that uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine. It is also the first three-door version of BMW's second-generation 1-series. The M135i coupe--0-to-62-mph acceleration in 4.9 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 17.3 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph.
Ferrari launched the California GT back in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show, but for the 2012 model year, the California will get some special treatment in the form of a big update. The model will be about 66 lbs lighter and will deliver an additional 30 HP. The new 2012 Ferrari California powered by the same 4.3 liter V8 engine, now up to 490 hp, from 0 to 60 mph in 3.85 seconds (down from 4.0 seconds). Both the exterior and interior will also be improved.
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. "
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."
The Acura NSX Concept has just unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. The NSX Hybrid Concept is powered by Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) technology, a direct-injection, mid-mounted V-6 engine, and dual-clutch transmission. The all-wheel drive system can deliver instant negative or positive torque to the front wheels when rounding corners. Jump more see more pics and video.
It may looks impressive! But the world’s most expensive quad bike can’t even be driven on the road. Manufacturers Lazareth say that the Wazuma V8 is so powerful it is purely a track-only vehicle. It features a 250bhp 30L V8 Ferrari engine and BMW M3 handlebars with the "6 speed sequential gearbox controlled from the handlebars". The Wazuma V8 has a top speed of 241km/h. The red hued 2011 dated off-roading bike can be yours for a staggering €200,000 ($265,000).
The new 2013 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door, four-passenger sibling to the 6 Series Coupe, arrives late next summer in the U.S, aiming at its competitors as the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Available in three models The 640i Gran Coupe, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 rated at 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque that hits 0-62 in 5.4 seconds. And the 650i Gran Coupe and the all-wheel-drive 650i xDrive Gran Coupe, both models feature a more potent variant of BMW's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, 0-62 less than 4.6 seconds in either model. All three 6 Series Gran Coupe variants use BMW's eight-speed automatic transmission, and all have top speed restricted to 155 mph. Other features include adaptive LED headlamps, Active Roll Stabilization, Integral Active Steering, active cruise control, night vision with pedestrian detection, and a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system.