Meet the 2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Edition. Still powered by the same naturally aspirated 8.4 liter V10, it’s in the details where this thing really shines. The 2-door sports car has been drenched in a metallic matte paint job (unique to this particular Viper), contrasting bright orange brake calipers, carbon fiber hits throughout both the exterior and interior cabin of the vehicle, and Nappa leather paired with Alcantara seats within the cabin. For those of you looking to park this beauty in your garage, you best act fast, because this Viper is limited to just 50 units. No price tag yet, but we can assure you it will be expensive.
Today we want to show you the E-Volo VC200 that has become the first electric helicopter to make a successful maiden flight, with multiple flights lasting several minutes and reaching heights of nearly 22 meters high. Together with 18-rotor blades and a disassemblable architectural system, the volocopter has been designed to host two passengers for distances of up to 100km and a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft. Equipped with an automated control system, the pilot no longer needs to worry about flight conditions: the E-copter is controlled via on-board computers that work in coordination with numerous hi-tech sensors. All parts connect to an intelligent mesh network. In the event of a failure of several components, the low-maintenance aircraft is still able to land safely. The construction of the helicopter integrates six rotor arms with three drives which are supplied from different energy sources. Each is powered by 20 independent computers, capable of individually navigating the volocopter in mid-air. In the current prototype of the VC200, the 18 drives are supplied by six central battery blocks with a reserve capacity of 50%; even when two battery blocks fail, a safe landing is possible.
To honor the 15th anniversary of the record breaking Gran Turismo gaming series, its creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, asked several leading automotive makers and design agencies worldwide to create their version of future vehicles. Sporting the traditional long-hood, short rear deck shape of our favorite sports cars, the Vision Gran Turismo looks like something straight out of the future with features like a LED encrusted front grille and 8-tailpipe exhaust system built right into the rear bumper of the car. Under the hood lies an AMG sourced V8 bi-turbo engine pumping out roughly 580 horsepower along with 590 lb-ft of torque. Utilizing an aluminum space-frame body paired with carbon fiber parts, this beauty tips the scales at 1,385 kilograms. Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept will be a part of the initial GT6 release with other designs introduced over time via online updates. A 1:1-scale model of the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo will be unveiled at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in California this week, but unfortunately this design looks set to remain a virtual reality.
This is not a real car. In fact, it’s not even a picture of an upcoming real car that will become real. Alex Imnadze has created a fantastic render of a modern Maserati Bora. For those of you that are familiar with the Bora, you will see that the render has a lot in common with the original 70′s poster car but is completely modernized to an extent that isn’t over the top. A design study on a Maserati supercar, the Bora Concept features a long, sleek design, signature high-spoke wheels, and a few other Maserati design cues along the front, side and back angles.
Icon is a Californian builder known for their custom jeeps and trucks. Recently the brand has expanded its focus, and this week has presented a very cool electric bike. The ICON E-Flyer is inspired by the board racers of the World War I era, each is handmade and is equipped with a 3,500 watt Brushless DC Hub-Motor giving it a top speed of 35mph, and a 52v Li-NMC battery pack, good for up to 35 miles of sustained propulsion on a single charge. Limited to only 50 pieces. Price is $4,995.
Italian designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini has developed a futuristic looking Jet Capsule – a miniature luxury yacht. Produced in Naples, Italy the egg-shaped boat features a powerboat hull constructed entirely from fiberglass and also stainless steel handrails. The fun water craft measures 7.5 meters and is powered by a 325-hp yanmar diesel with a hamilton waterjet – allowing propulsion speeds of up to 25 knots. The Capsule accommodates enough room to seat four people on each side, with alternate arrangements available. Offering a fully customizable interior, there are a wide range of soft finishes and exterior gelcoat colors. The idea was based on, “having a boat small enough to be easily maneuvered, yet spacious enough to take a handful of friends out for drinks, over to a port for an evening’s entertainment” says the designer. Sold from $ 40,000, this creation worthy of a James Bond movie.
German design studio Ding3000 has created a high-tech version of the first pedaled bicycle, introducing electric power and plastics to the 148-year-old invention. Ding3000 collaborated with chemical company BASF to create the Concept 1865 prototype bike, combining various plastics into a contemporary interpretation of an early bicycle. BASF was founded in 1865, the year pedals were added to German inventor Karl Drais’ wooden Dandy Horse velocipede bicycle, so this provided the starting point for the new design. Pedals attach directly to the center of the front wheel, which is much larger than the supporting back wheel. The electric motor is concealed beneath a blue disk on the back wheel, designed to protect it from water, dirt and stone chips. An angular seat protrudes from the long part of the frame, which connects the handlebars to the rear wheel. The battery is located in the seat, which can be detached and carried away with a handle so no one can ride off on the bike when its left unattended. The same graphic pattern used over the seat padding is found on the tire treads and handlebar grips. Other details include pedals without bearings and LEDs integrated into the sections of frame located either side of both wheels.
Ownership of a luxury yacht is synonymous of unrivaled wealth, a status symbol and floating extravagance that only the world’s richest can possibly afford. They first began to appear at the beginning of the 20th century when wealthy individuals started to commission the construction of large private yachts for their own personal pleasure. Some of the earliest examples include the Christina O and the Savarona with a massive growth in popularity of luxury yachts taking place between 1997 and 2008. So, what originally started out as a fairly simple vessel with basic accommodation has quickly evolved into specimens incorporating features comprising the height of sophistication and luxury as demonstrated with the following top 10 most expensive luxury yachts in the world.
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