We often hear news of people decking their cars in all sorts of luxuries, vinyls and paints. Here’s an African first, a car covered in woven raffia palm. Palm covers the exteriors and interiors of the car, and even forms the upholstery for covering the seats. The car started up as a Volkswagen pickup before it was covered in raffia palm to promote and advertise the woven palm skill of Nigeria.
Chevrolet has unveiled the Corvette C7, but it turned out to be so sexy they decided to call it the Stingray. Apart from its gorgeous looks, the 2014 Stingray shows off the big American muscle. The motor is a 6.2L V8 LT1 that kicks off 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, and shoots from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds.
Audi has little to do with a consumer gadgets show like CES, but they did make an appearance there to show their new shiny automotive lighting technology. The car is decked with OLEDs that run through the length and breadth of the car and respond to their external environment. These lights for example, respond to an approaching driver on the exterior and continue with them to the interior of the car.
I’d rather be driving a flying car, or a car that is also a time machine, but since both those things aren’t happening, we might as well consider the goodness of a hovercraft. It does surely help the case that the Mercier-Jones hovercraft is very pleasing to the eye.
Jet Handheld Vacuum concept marries the unlikely world of vacuum cleaners and the iconic design of Harley Davidson, perhaps with a sprinkling of handheld guns. The concept by Jurmol Yao takes shape as a sleek vacuum cleaner with the looks of the body of a Harley and a leather seat.
“Wing Commander Andy Green has held the world land speed record for the last 15 years, achieving over 763mph in Thrust SSC. As part of the Bentley Mulsanne Visionaries series, he puts the Bentley Mulsanne through its paces at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.”
They may be a relic, but those phonebooks are exceptionally strong. It is known to be nearly impossible to tear apart a phonebook, but the strength in those pages is apparently enough to do some real world heavy lifting. The video here shows a crane lifting an entire car using the power of two phonebooks.
While we wait for a personal flying transport in the shape of the jetpack, we guess humanity could use a few detours on the way like this single seat electric helicopter. Manufactured by Japanese company Hirobo, the HX-1 helicopter could be seen as a step towards functioning, flying transport. It can fly for speeds up to 62mph, and stay airborne for nearly 30 minutes, which probably should take care of numerous individual flying needs.
Cracked has this really fun infographic-like image where they really do dissect the drivers that we find on the road. And those that at least give us one give reason to rage at everybody in the known universe and beyond.
Vespa 946 Scooter is a slightly modern interpretation to the company’s WW II era MP6 prototype. The brand new Vespa goes sleeker, sexier and retro with a decidedly modern look. The 946 liberally uses aluminum in its construction, and runs on a single cylinder, 125cc, 4-stroke engine that delivers nearly 130 miles per gallon.