For the 328's 75th birthday, BMW has unveiled a concept car to celebrate 75th anniversary of BMW 328, Dubbed the BMW 328 Hommage, this ultra-lightweight sports car was built to mirror the principles used to create the original 328. The 328 Hommage weighs in at a svelte 1,720 pounds, accomplished through the use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. 328 Hommage is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The instrument panel of the BMW 328 Hommage is a fitted with two iPhones located in special holders and which assume additional display functions for the driver and co-driver, Cool!
The Uno III has three wheels, can be ridden like a Segway, using two of its wheels with a balancing gyroscope. Dubbed as the “world’s first real transformer" that transforms into a full-sized motorcycle at the push of a button. Now BPG Motors is accepting refundable deposits of $250 for Uno orders. The Uno 3 can balance solely on its rear wheels in “Uno mode,” enabling unmatched nimbleness with an extremely tight turning radius. This alone will make it ideal for urban settings. When higher speeds are needed, the middle wheel can drop down in front and the outer wheels shift backwards — transforming the Uno 3 into a full street bike.
The latest limited-edition 911, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. It packs a 4.0-liter flat-six derived from the 911 GT3 RSR racer, complete with forged pistons, titanium connecting rods and a crankshaft pulled directly from its track-bred descendent. with 500 horsepower, from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds, crack 124 mph in less than 12 seconds and top out at 193 mph. The price is $185,000, and only 600 will be produced when sales begin later this year.
The FlyNano can take off and land off water, seats a single daredevil and costs EUR 27,000(about $39,000). It is one of the lightest single-person aircrafts that weighs just 70 kilograms. Available in three version, one electric, one gas 24 bhp and 35 bhp models, one racing is capable of flying for about 43 miles. The Flynano tops out at over 140 km/h, with a service ceiling of 3 km.
The latest version Volkswagen Beetle is coming. The new Beetle is 3.3 inches wider and 6 inches longer than the outgoing model. It is 71.2 inches wide and 168.4 inches long, and has a wider track. The bonnet is longer, a look exacerbated by the cabin being pushed back and the windshield being more upright and closer to the driver. 2012 Beetle will offer three engines: a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter gasoline five-cylinder engine, a 140-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine and a 200-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI turbocharged gasoline engine. Check out see more pics. The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be on display this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, and will go on sale in the U.S. in September. Pricing was not announced.
EN-Vis a two-seat electric vehicle that was designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities. "EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Dynamic stabilization technology empowers EN-V, giving it the unique ability to carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that’s about a third of a traditional vehicle. It can literally “turn on a dime” within its own operating envelope. In addition, everything in EN-V is drive-by-wire, supporting its ability to operate autonomously or under manual control. The motors not only provide power for acceleration, but also bring the vehicle to a stop. Power for the motors is provided by lithium-ion batteries that produce zero emissions. Recharging can occur from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power, allowing EN-V to travel at least 40 kilometers on a single charge. EN-V can also improve the efficiency of the public electric infrastructure since the vehicle can communicate with the electric grid to determine the best time to recharge based on overall usage. By combining the Global Positioning System (GPS) with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V concept can be driven both manually and autonomously. "
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. "
Called the Range Rover Autobiography Ultimate Edition, this top-of-the-line SUV is the most luxurious Range Rover ever. Land Rover has outfitted the SUV with a veritable first-class cabin that includes four individual buckets, separated front and back by middle console with aluminum tray tables and a drinks cooler in the back. The rear-seat passengers also get the use of a pair of Apple iPads docked into the front seatbacks, and the cargo area gets a yacht-inspired teak deck. The buyers can choose from either the 4.4-liter V8 turbodiesel or the 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Autobiography Ultimate Edition is set to be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The EGO, the world’s first compact semi submarine, itscockpit is located below the floating hull so while cruising about you always have a lovely view of what lies below. The windows of the EGO are made of special acrylic materials, mostly used in aquariums to withstand water pressure and enable light transmission for better visibility. It features a top speed of 4 knots for 4 hours, and it runs for 6-10 hours on a single charge. Other equipment includes a monitoring LCD system, battery monitoring systems, VHF marine two way radio, digital depth gauge, foot pedal, compass and clock.
Television host Dirk Gion and engineer Stefan Simmerer recently completed a 5,000 km (3,107 mile) journey across Australia- titled The Wind Explorer,a lightweight electric vehicle powered only by electricity-generating wind turbine and a kite, and broke three world records in the process. To keep the electric Wind Explorer running, it could be recharged overnight using a porable 20-foot wind turbine (it can also be plugged in in the absence of wind). They could also deploy a kite if the breeze was strong enough, and use it to pull the vehicle along, it worked like parasailing. The 18-day road trip gave way to three world records for the Germans. one for crossing a continent with a wind-powered vehicle for the first time, another for traveling the farthest in a wind-powered car over a 36 hour period, and a final one for the most distance ever covered by a wind-powered land vehicle. Check out the video above!
Volkswagen unveiled the third and latest iteration of its two-seater diesel-electric hybrid concept series, the new XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV). Powering by the carbon fiber shell is a plug-in diesel hybrid powertrain, using a 2-cylinder TDI motor with 48-hp, mated to a 27-hp electric motor and using a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Japanese automobile manufacturer ZMP has announced a new single-seater electric robotic vehicle, the RoBoCar. The zero-emission vehicle features an array of sensors that include an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), speed sensor and laser range finders. The vehicle is equipped with a newly developed autonomous system that allows the onboard computers to move the vehicle without the need of any driver. - A drive-by-wire model capable of adapt to speed automatically and which costs costs about 2.8 million yen. - A steer-by-wire model with automatic steering capability that costs about 4.8 million yen. - A brake-by-wire model with stereo camera, IMU and steer-by-Wire announced at 6.8 Million Yen.
Kerry McLean's monocycle, a one wheeled motorcycle type vehicle, built by Kerry McLean. Engine: 40HP water-cooled, ex-snowmobile Wheel: Inside diam 36 in. Tyre is from a French vineyard tractor trailer. Controls: Left-hand clutch, twistgrip throttle, righthand hydraulic brake. Steering is by leaning slightly out of the wheel. Accessories: Halogen headlights, brake lights and numberplate.This machine is licensed for the road. McLean has set a speed record of 53mph for a monowheel at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, and is aiming for 100mph.
Giant Robotmagazine publisher Eric Nakamura walks us through the non-standard options of this retro-styled Toyota. The car features a NES cart for a key, an arcade button for a starter, and the projector installed into the headlights, which allow people to play and display games with the vehicle itself. And each of the Scion's doors can play video game sound effects, like the Coin and Mushroom noises from Super Mario Bros.
With the North American International Auto Show just around the corner, MINI has released the first details about the Paceman concept. Featuring a bold front fascia, a sloping roofline and 19 inch alloy wheels.Inside, the four-seat cabin has leather upholstery, a full-length center rail system, and unique door panel trim. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 kW (211 PS / 208 hp) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) of torque.
The Anti Sleep Pilot a gadget that keeps you awake and safe while you driving using reaction times from tests. "In addition to monitoring your driving using an accelerometer, the Anti Sleep Pilot will give you a little reaction test every once in a while. It will make a sound and turn orange, at which point you have to smack it as fast as you can. The longer it takes you to do this, the more concerned the device gets about your reaction times, and if you're too slow on four tests in a row, it will turn an angry red and demand that you pull over and rest. "
German manufacture Volkswagen has build only two such vehicles in Brazil so far and they’re used as show cars at auto events in Brazil. This VW Mini-Gol is approximately 30% of the size of the original. Its compact and for little people (5-foot or less). It’s propelled by 5.5hp engine, can reach a top speed of 27km/h and is merely 2.25 meters long. Everything else such as seats, dashboard and the instrumentation do not receive any amendment, except the scale.
SSC Ultimate Aero II, the new Ultimate Aero is powered by a 6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8(with 1,350 horses), can reach a top speed of 275 mph. It aims to recapture the production car speed record that took away from Bugatti's Veyron. Its wheels are the world's first one-piece carbon-fiber units and tip the scale at just under 13 pounds.The car weighs about 2,600 pounds. There's carbon-fiber all over the Ultimate Aero II, with the exception of some aluminum bracing for added safety in the event of a crash. Shelby SuperCars expected to sell it next year for $970,000.
Will you consider these Tron Legacy official replica light bike suits from ud replicas? My answer is no, but who cares? Available in men and women version, the whole set cost $995, the jacket for $498, the pants for $269, gloves for $79 and boots for $149.
In the late 60s, the UK's Ministry of Technology has built seven buses with movie theaters inside.And the only one of the original mobile cinemas to have survived. Now it is outfitted with Epson EH-TW3500 LCD projector, Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player, Onkyo TX-NR807 receiver and complete with Dolby 7:1 surround sound. It has 22 upholstered seats. The Vintage Mobile Cinema was launched in May 2010, they are based in the South West of England and are available for hire for private event.
This exact half scale working replica of legendary Mercedes($TBA) is what your kid would surely like. Featuring a composite chassis and composite body shell, it can be driven by anybody from the age of 6 and up! Both the seat and the pedal box are adjustable- so two kids can comfortably fit, also a parent and child. They come with ignition keys and a fitted car cover. Cool!
The Seabreacher X is a two seater boat, it looks like a great white shark, the Seabreacher X boosts the performance with a 260hp supercharged engine, allowing the vehicle to travel at speeds of 50 mph on the surface and 25 mph underwater. The Seabreacher is capable of jumping up to 12 feet out of the water and roll 90 degrees to the right and left (watch the video!). The boat plunge under the water with the push of a joystick and can remain submerged for 20 seconds. Other features include a snorkel mounted video camera transmits live video to LCD screens for the pilot and passenger during dives, GPS navigation, and on board stereo system with iPod docking. It costs about £60,000.
A small New Mexico company, Desert Aerospace has modified a two-seat TST-14J sailplane to fit a 45 pound PBS TJ-100 jet engine that weighs merely 45 pounds and produces 240 pounds of thrust. The tiny engine allows the glider to climb at more than 900 feet per minute, at the soaring altitude, the engine folds down inside the fuselage and retractable doors provide an aerodynamic covering. Watch the video of it in action.