The capability and power of most vehicles is determined by the horsepower their engine can command, but in the case of Naturomobil, the vehicle commands one horsepower! The transparent, six-wheeled vehicle is the brainchild of Iranian designer Hadi Mirhejazi. The horse is put on a treadmill, and as it moves, it recharges the vehicle’s electric batteries. In a road test, the vehicle was able to reach a top speed of 28 mph, making it one impressive horse-driven vehicle!
Nissan’s new Forest AC system adopts a rather unorthodox way of keeping the driver alert. Unlike other systems that draw the driver’s attention through sound or lights, this one uses the sense of smell. Like any other air conditioner, it controls temperature, humidity, and ventilation; as an added feature, it controls aroma as well. Based on a research that found people to be more alert in “natural breezes,” the system simulates the same effect. So it may release the fragrance of wood and leaves to maintain the driver’s attention. It is scheduled to debut later this year in the Nissan Fuga.
Rizk Auto has created a classic combination of art and science. The elegance and beauty of the 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 LeMans Race car has been combined with today’s aerospace technology. Each and every minute aspect from the smallest of curves,the interiors,the exteriors to the engine everything is made to the highest of standards. A very unique feature of the RA is the use of Aerogel insulation that was used by NASA in their Mars Rover program. Plus, the buyer gets to choose from a number of engines, including a Corvette V8 and a Jaguar V12. RA certainly proves their ideology i.e. yesterday engineered for tomorrow.
Pagani has unveiled its latest, and extremely exclusive Zonda Cinque Roadster. The topless supercar has a carbon fiber titanium monocoque chassis, and draws power from a Mercedes AMG V12 engine that produces 671 hp. Top speed for the roadster is at 354 kmph. Only five Cinque Roadsters will be made, each priced near the $1.8 million mark.
The Scout Concept from designer Norio Fujikawa is a high speed hover vehicle. Capable of lifting a small distance from the ground, the two-seat Scout can attain a top speed between 400 mph to 500 mph, getting the required thrust from its two turbine engines. The narrow end of the concept functions as its back, while the broad end is the front; a departure from regular vehicles, and possibly not good for aerodynamics as well.
Warwick Innovative Manufacturing Research Center has achieved the unthinkable in creating Formula 3 racecar that is made of vegetables and runs on chocolate. A project managed by James Meredith, the car uses carrots for the steering wheel, soybeans for seats, plant oil based lubricants and an engine that can run on either chocolate or vegetable oil. Emissions for this car are likely to be negative (!) because an emission destroying catalyst actually cleans up the air it drives in!