November 19th, 2013 – When the Seattle-based eyewear makers over at Rivet & Sway sought out the creation of a pop-up shop, they called upon Yui Studio to conjure up a unique user experience. The team pushed past the idea of a typical retail space, leading them to Specs on Wheels! Faster than a unicycle and more powerful than a bicycle, is this custom made tri-wheeled velocipede!
Rivet & Sway wanted to debut a pop up shop that would be super engaging, cool and whimsical. Not only is the tricycle colorful and inviting, the tiny mobile retail spot is able to showcase over 60 frames.
On board the tricycle are hand-painted signs swinging from the flagpole, washed wood shelving trays below a white display unit, two vintage lights, and a side-swing accordion mirror.
For the next couple of months the Rivet & Sway tricycle will be parked in Seattle at Caruh Salon & Spa. So who’s going to be riding this trike? Rivet & Sway will have a personal stylist behind the handlebars to help you find the perfect pair of frames!
Photography Courtesy of Rivet & Sway
October 28th 2013 – Nobuyoshi Araki has been widely labeled as one of Japan’s most provocative artists. His works demonstrate features of post-modern Japan such as: richness of figurality, Evanescence and lyricism of life, as he has captivates audiences by portraying a variety of shifting values in Japan. For these reasons, Araki was chosen to take part in this year’s Setouchi Triennale, an annual collective of art installations constructed in various cities throughout China. Superimposed to the outside of a train that runs between Takamatsu and Kanonji, connecting Takamatsu to sites west of the city, is the photography of Araki. The imagery illustrates the idea of traveling art, with bold and vibrant flower arrangements that are meticulously juxtaposed with bright blue dinosaur toys and the naked bodies of retro baby dolls. The cars of this train have been wrapped in Araki’s work to create art in motion. Granting a wonderful way to travel to ports linking the Triennale islands west of Takamatsu.
Photography Courtesy of Setouchi Triennale
October 22, 2013 - From conception to realization, the transportation designers at French based auto company Lazareth, control all of the construction operations on their vehicles. Because of this process, there are very little limits to what Lazareth’s talented team can build – enter the WazumaV8F “Matt Edition”! This Batman-like vehicle is a custom built, V12 powered, with a horse power of 250! The Wazuma V8F is like a flattened down motorcycle with two extra wheels, causing the rider to drive in a horizontal position.
The vehicle is unique in many ways, the most obvious way is it’s “W-wheeled geometry,” which consists of 2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 closer twin rear wheels.
Based on the same atypical 3 wheels geometry (2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 attached rear wheels), it has been thought to be simple, aggressive and highly performing. This Wazuma is powered by a Ferrari 3.0L V8, developing 250 hp for less than 650kg.
This engine incorporates the injection system of two sport bike engines and is electronically controlled by a Sybelle system. All the engine management can be modified and monitored with a computer. The 6 speed sequential gearbox comes from a BMW M3 and is controlled from the handlebars.
The machine gets specific and highly exclusive equipment like modified Momo (+Power) rims with Brembo calipers and four 324mm brake discs. The suspension system is very specific, featuring four horizontal shock absorbers, made?to?measure by EMC. Everything is enormous. For instance, the wheels are slicks 285?30ZR18 for the front and 315?30ZR18 for the rear. Another obvious unique quality to the Wazuma is it’s high price tag of a whopping $250,000.
September 27th, 2013 – There are moments in everyone’s life where you find something inspiring. You might find yourself saying, ‘Wow, how cool would it be to do that’. The inevitable afterthoughts are usually something like, ‘But there’s no way I have the time’. Well, 24-year-old Architectural Draftsperson Andy Copeland has brought that forethought to fruition. Introducing his first ever bike build, a Honda CT110 entitled, “Express Post”.
Copeland is normally interested in cars. He bought this bike originally just to obtain his motorcycle license. As you can see, one thing definitely led to another. “Motorcycles appeal more to me because of the ability to easily express mechanical details. When those mechanical details are expressed, there is a big push to make them look aesthetic and this is what I love.” The aesthetics of this particular bike are very easy to appreciate, indeed.
Copeland continues, “In terms of the actual build, I didn’t have any preconceived perceptions as to seating position or steering geometry so I was lucky to have very few design constraints to work around.” Given that the bike doesn’t actually have a seat, it’s safe to say that lack of designs limitations were a huge plus in this case. It seems to have allowed Copeland to let his imagination flow freely. It doesn’t hurt that he has a background in Architecture, as well.
The Honda CT110 is popular in Australia as the bike Postmen ride while making deliveries. Because this bike was made for a Biker Build-off competition (and only required to travel roughly 2km to be eligible), it doesn’t seem as if it’ll be making the postal rounds just yet.
The “Express Post” was modeled after Japanese custom bike builder Shinya Kimura, known for his minimalistic and vintage inspired bikes that combine both form and function.
From forethought, to sketching, to an initial model made up cereal boxes and rope, Andy Copeland has developed something special with his first ever bike build. With future projects on his mind, be sure to keep your ear to the ground for what he’s got next.
Photography by Chris Pearce and Alvin Wong
Writing By Jordan Bailey
September 24th, 2013 – Generally, flashy red sports cars are reserved for balding, middle-aged men having mid-life crises. No judging. But the Laraki Epitome is a whole different beast entirely. Ambitiously talented Moroccan designer and owner of Laraki Motors, Abdeslam Laraki’s flashy one-off echoes elements of modern aerospace and Formula One racing. The future forward design utilizes the chassis of a C6 Corvette, boasts 1,750 hp on premium 91 octane gasoline, and weighs only 2,800 pounds thanks to light-weight body panels made entirely of carbon fiber.
The Epitome marks an unexpected comeback for Laraki Motors, a company who began their journey in Morocco designing superyachts in 1999. The team went on to create two concept cars: the Fulgura in 2002 and Borak in 2005 under the direction of Bugatti’s previous technical director Dr. Peter Tutzer. Then closed their doors in 2007, only to resurface weeks ago on the manicured grass of Pebble Beach with the awe-inspiring Epitome.
The impressive piece of machinery runs on premium 91 octane gasoline, but is equip with a secondary 110-octane fuel tank and can run on both types of fuels at the same time. This is possible by pressing a button which will also remap the ECU and as a result will bump output to an amazing 1,750 hp (1,305 kW).
Laraki is expected to build only nine of the limited edition Epitome this year, each with a staggering $2 million price tag.
Photography Courtesy of Ted7 Photography & Laraki Motors
September 10th, 2013 – Last week marked the European Premiere of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER at the Salon Privé in London. Spyker – creator of meticulously hand built automobiles whose beauty is equaled only by their unrivaled craftsmanship – shared its newest unique alternative in the High Luxury Sports sector via a press briefing at Salon Privé, Europe’s most exclusive automotive lifestyle event. The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept is the eagerly awaited convertible execution of Spyker’s compact, 2-door mid-engine sports car that will offer the discerning driver of the highest standards a new choice, delivering a rare combination of heritage, design, performance and exclusivity.
The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept incorporates vintage cues of the brand’s aviation past, highly detailed design and bespoke materials into a defiantly contemporary statement that could only come from Spyker. The company’s Latin axiom “Nulla tenaci invia est via” – “For the tenacious no road is impassable” – is tastefully featured on the exterior. The name “Venator” is Latin for “Hunter,” a nod back to Spyker’s “Hunter” fighter aircraft of the early 20th century.
Victor R. Muller, Spyker’s Chief Executive Officer and designer of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER chose the lush Syon House Concept Lawn for the European premiere because, “Salon Privé is the European destination for those who treasure ‘high luxury’ and ‘sports car’ in equal measure – just like I do. I created the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER precisely for those who seek an alternative choice worthy of their driving passion.” The European unveiling of the SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept follows last month’s North American debut at the ultra-exclusive Quail Lodge event held during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week in Monterey, California.
According to Walton, “Reactions to both the SPYKER B6 VENATOR COUPE, in Geneva, and now the SPYDER, in Pebble Beach, were extraordinarily positive – from press and consumers alike. We are truly pleased to see that the desire for Spyker is higher than ever among today’s automotive aficionados.”
The SPYKER B6 VENATOR Concept will provide the authentic Spyker experience – hand-crafted rarity that is as visceral to view as it is to drive – at a more accessible price point of approximately $170,000 for the coupe and $190,000 for the Spyder. “The SPYKER B6 VENATOR COUPE and SPYDER Concepts are the immediate future of Spyker,” said Muller.
The SPYKER B6 VENATOR SPYDER Concept will begin production in late 2014 for key markets including Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India, followed by the US in early 2015.
Photography Courtesy of Spyker
August 5th, 2013 – Onlookers along the Chicago River couldn’t believe their eyes on Sunday afternoon when a fleet of little red, cream, and mint colored cars appeared to be driving on the river! At a closer glance, it was clear that the playful crew of floating cars were actually a boat version of Fiat’s new collection of 2014 models, which are set to hit the US market later this year.
Designed to promote Fiat’s growing operations in North America, the water-based vehicles feature 500L, 500 Cabrio- and 500 Abarth-inspired shells built on top of high-powered personal watercrafts.
The car boats were previously used to entertain thousands of surf fans during the 2013 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competition in Huntington Beach, California earlier this year. In this case, Fiat’s Chicago River stunt appeared to be the making of one of Fiat’s new commercials, most likely a continued series of this commercial they recently shot in the Amalfi Coast and New York City. Fiat went to great lengths to film the first commercial. The production team submerged six vehicles in water during the shoot and used a crane to conduct the 70 foot drop of Fiat’s yellow Giallo Sport.
Once through the river, the car boats made their way out to Lake Michigan, where they swerved near docked boats soaking in some well deserved honks from the boats and cheers from gathering crowds of people on the shoreline.
July 26th, 2013 – Four years ago Matthew Masters had a vision. The young founder of Estrima dreamed of improving the quality of our mobility – Zero emissions, zero noise, zero gasoline consumption. The power of this idea is what has fueled Masters to create the Birò, an ecological, practical, silent, easy to drive 4-wheel electric vehicle. The unconventional and dynamic design is the smallest 4-wheel electric car available on the market, but quite possibly the most Eco-minded of vehicles around.
With Birò, getting around the city is easy. Thanks to its compact size drivers can easily maneuver through urban traffic and park snug in a space fit for a scooter. Biro is meant to be a personal commuter designed with comfortable interior compartments that can hold everyday objects. The stylish coupe is small, but cozy and sociable, designed with two seats inside.
Four wheels of great agility run on two 100% Electric Brushless motors that are mounted on the rear wheels without using a transmission system, thus eliminating weight and additional maintenance costs.
Birò saves the commuter money and is fun to drive because of its easily maneuverable and the car has a dynamic lever boost system, which gives the driver the ability to accelerate with an influx of acceleration when needed.
No matter the season, Birò drivers are well protected from rain, cold, and wind. Warm weather will be instrumental for driving with the top down! The roof and the glass tempered rear are removable, to let in light and air during the warmer seasons.
The energy of Birò can always be with you, literally. Birò is the only 4-wheel car to be equipped with a retractable system electric battery patented by Re-Move. Once Birò is parked, the driver can easy remove the battery device and take it home, in the office, or wherever is most convenient for recharging the battery.
May 23rd, 2013 – Until recently, the Adastra Superyacht was merely a concept, with early renderings of the yacht generated numerous ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaaahs’ from boat enthusiasts across globe. Last year the Adastra got its toes wet for the first time in Hong Kong, and has now taken the prize for ‘Most Innovative Design’ at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. Designed by UK based yacht-maker John Shuttleworth, the trimaran is the second largest of its kind and can be controlled by an iPad from miles away from the actual vessel. Hong Kong-based shipping industry billionaire Anto Marden first commissioned construction of the Adastra five years ago. The finished product is worth $15 million, and will likely be used by Marden and his wife Elaine to sail between two islands that they own off the coast of Indonesia.
Adastra is the result of meticulous attention to detail and innovative design to create a yacht that meets the needs of a very experienced ocean voyaging couple and their family, and to provide the level of comfort and style expected in a yacht of this class and size. No effort has been spared in the challenge to produce a beautiful yacht that has exceptionally low fuel consumption and yet provides excellent sea keeping qualities and luxurious accommodation.
Measurements taken during the sea trials show that her fuel consumption at 10.5 knots is as low as 17 liters per hour when carrying 10% fuel and water. At cruising load (20 tonnes fuel and water) she uses just 25 litres per hour therefore on delivery trips her range is 10,000 miles starting with 30,000 liters of fuel.
The slender hulls and streamlined exterior allow the Adastra to travel faster in the open ocean and at 17 knots she has a 4,000 mile range so can comfortably cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at hi-speed.
The challenge of turning this concept into a viable luxury yacht has led Shuttleworth to further research and develop new thinking on stability and comfort at sea for this type of craft. Extensive tank testing and radio controlled model tests in waves have been carried out to analyze stability and performance. Outrigger height has been optimized for ease of motion at sea, and a new outrigger shape has been developed to increase stability in waves.
Shuttleworth and his building team have undertaken state of the art structural analysis of all the major components in the yacht in order to achieve the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. The deck and superstructure is constructed from carbon fiber with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is glass/Kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. To help reduce weight further, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fiber hatches, toilets, port lights and ladders, which are all built specifically for the vessel.
April 18th, 2013 – After rescuing over 7,350 people off of the mountains in 2012, it’s no wonder why GOPR, a volunteer rescue team in the Polish mountains of Cracow, is in need of new equipment to assist in saving lives. To help fill the gap, Warsaw-based designers Gustaw Lange and Aleksander Lange, of design firm Lange & Lange, have created the GOPR Rescue Snowmobile – an ambulance for the snow.
On a daily basis, GOPR is called to rescue people due to accidents involving extreme sports, avalanches, bad weather, inexperience or recklessness. More than often, the injury that is sustained on the mountain will lead to serious fractures of limbs or the spine. Even though GOPR is outfitted with 60 off-road vehicles and passenger cars, 49 four-wheeled vehicles, and 45 snowmobiles, there is a need for a machine that can get the injured off of the mountain fast, while keeping their bodies flat.
The GOPR Rescue Snowmobile is a bright yellow vehicle that can sustain difficult weather conditions, and get the injured onto a medical bed right away. The vehicle is mobile, maneuverable, and gets easily to places which are difficult to access for other modes of rescue transportation. The two-seater can swiftly push through the snow with the two ski’s that help guide in the front, and a central undercarriage mechanism that operates as a powerful system to propel the machine over all types of terrain.
The bubble-like shape of the vehicle’s front allows for a pair of rescuers to retrieve and assist the injured, while the rectangular shaped rear functions as a medical bed for the injured. Ultimately, Lange & Lange’s affordable GOPR Rescue Snowmobile will enable GOPR’s rescuers to make swift and efficient rescues off of the mountain.
April 1st 2013 – After successfully debuting their P1 Super Sportscar at last month’s Geneva Auto Show, McLaren is getting ready to put the jaw-dropping machine into production with only 375 cars rolling out of the McLaren Technology Center. The 1.5 million dollar car is very much an engineering-led design, as is the McLaren way. Form follows function. Nothing is superfluous. Everything is designed for a reason. The mid-engine two-seater design reflects the aerodynamic requirements needed to meet the ambitious downforce target – but it’s clear that the vehicle was made to be a beautiful and striking ‘supersports’ car.
Dan Parry-Williams, McLaren’s Chief Design Engineer explained that his priority was “high-speed performance matched with tremendous composure, which would come mostly from the state-of-the-art aerodynamics. We wanted a car that was connected and predictable at any speed.” The design team worked to a brief of ‘light and agile’. The design had to be ‘shrink wrapped’ around the mechanicals, making the car as compact and lightweight as possible.
Even the number of body panels – all made from lightweight carbon fiber – was kept to a minimum. The strong carbon construction means they can ‘multi-task’ – acting as aero-honed ducts and load-bearing supports. They are intricately shaped yet superbly finished, helped by their strong carbon construction, with only five main panels: front clamshell, front bonnet, rear clamshell and the doors.
The incredibly low rear and pronounced rear haunches highlight the ‘shrink wrapped’ design and efficient packaging. Importantly, the design gives superb airflow to the large adjustable rear wing. The shape of the whole body, and the sculpted doors in particular, are clearly shaped by the path of the air flowing over and around the car. The ‘shrink-wrapped’ design concept, including the low rear deck, rear wing, inlets and outlets, and teardrop-shaped glass canopy was initially produced as a three-dimensional surface model by Chief Design Engineer Parry-Williams, and his team, which defined all of the critical packaging and aerodynamic requirements.
This concept was evolved from current Le Mans car principles. This preliminary surfaces were developed and refined throughout the Concept Design process to create the final styled shape, while still respecting all of the aerodynamic, cooling, packaging and manufacturing requirements. During this phase, details of systems such as the roof snorkel engine air intake, radiator air intake systems, front underbody aerodynamics, ‘low temperature’ cooling system and engine bay cooling were all worked out in detail. This involved extremely intensive detail engineering design, aerodynamic CFD simulation for aero efficiency and cooling.
Parry-Williams explained that “an early mule prototype was built during this phase to prove out the simulation results, while the design was still fluid. Developing the design to this point before the styling process was essential in order to achieve the incredible compactness, aerodynamic performance and overall design integrity.”
Working closely with Parry-Williams, Design Director Frank Stephenson wanted a car that was ‘striking but also functional, a real statement of intent. I wanted a genuinely beautiful and dramatically honest “supersports” car, in keeping with the heritage of McLaren but also at the forefront of automotive design.
The McLaren Technology Center located in Woking, Surrey, England
“The engineering priority was unmatched aerodynamic performance. My role as a designer was to make it look dramatic and beautiful. I wanted it to look like a Le Mans racer with that low body, long rear deck and open mesh rear styling to put the mechanicals on view and to help cooling,” says Stephenson. “Plus there is the most aggressive rear diffuser ever seen on a road car. Like everything on the McLaren P1, it’s there for a good reason.
The P1 Super Sportscar rolling out of McLaren’s Technology Center
March 5th, 2013 - Geneva can give you about a hundred reasons why they’re the most talked about city at the moment. For starters, the annual Geneva Motor Show is a place where auto makers premiere their latest makes and models to the world. This year, there have been some unwanted leaks of some highly anticipated supercars, such as the Lamborghini Veneno and the 2014 Porsche GT3. One company who has managed to keep their new model under wraps is Wiesmann, with their cherry red GT MF4 CS, which was unveiled as forecasted today.
The new model represents the celebration of Wiessmann’s 25 year anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, the automaker only constructed 25 vehicles world wide. The typical Wiesmann principle of lightweight construction is epitomized by the Clubsport version of the Wiesmann GT-MF4-S. The aim: perfect driving. The method: maximum performance at as low a weight as possible. By saving up to 20 kg in weight and with impressive performance characteristics, this car is pure emotion, whether on the roads or a racetrack.
Now lets get to the good stuff, The high-speed V8 engine in the Wiesmann GT MF4-CS achieves 420 hp. With an unladen weight of 1350 kg, it has a power/weight ratio of 3.2 kg/hp. This enables it to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4s and reach a top speed of 293 km/h. To lovers of quick sports cars, “Clubsport” is the combination of two demands: real, measurable performance-oriented motorsport on the one hand and a car that can also be driven on public roads on the other hand.
The race car has a distinctive and instantly recognizable look: a considerably wider wheel arch and modified front with large splitter, daytime running lights and a carbon rear wing give this car a striking sporty design. The equipment also emphasizes the sportiness of the car. The Clubsport package comprises a roll bar and a fully adjustable chassis developed by the manufacturer that adapts to road conditions and the driving style of the driver. In addition, sports brakes for improved braking are available as well as a specially tailored rear axle ratio for faster acceleration.
A particular feature of the Wiesmann GT MF4-CS is the reduction in the car’s weight by up to 20 kg. The roof part is made from real carbon, which gives the car rigidity and reduces the weight. Other weight-optimized changes, such as the sports bucket seats, super light polycarbonate windows and even the lack of door handles: all contribute to shaving tenths of a second off race times. Buyers can also request no air conditioning or audio system to save even more weight.
An optional carbon pack for the interior gives the car a true race car look. Also, the optional track pack with four point harness, sport brake pads and Michelin Cup tires make the Wiesmann ready for “the perfect lap”. These various options leave no-one in any doubt that the Wiesmann GT MF4-CS is more of a race car than any other Wiesmann before. The aim: maximum performance based on a combination of all these factors. The price tag on the GT MF4CS is a rocking $250,000 for the basics, but with only 25 models in production, they’re sure to go fast.
February 22nd, 2013 – The GROWLER City Bike was created with the design lover, recreational urban rider, and local pub in mind. Industrial designer Joey Ruiter, Founder and design lead of jruiter + studio, has a soft spot for people who opt to cycle instead of drive. Riders have needs too, and one of those needs is transporting their beverages. Now, we’re not condoning drinking alcoholic beverages and cycling, but we are condoning functional and easily accessible bicycle storage. The GROWLER is outfitted with a 29er fat wheel set, monarch springer front end, 2 speed internal kickback hub, disc brakes, and a drink holder that fits a 1 gallon jug of beer….or milk. As spring is approaching, yes, we’re almost there, the bikes are starting to hit the roads in effort to make up for lost time. If one of your favorite summer pastime is taking a ride to meet friends for an outdoor BBQ, then the GROWLER is right up your street.
Dean Van Dis Photography
February 18th, 2013 – With the Geneva Motor Show around the corner, automakers are on the verge of unveiling their new makes and models. As the press releases are rolling in, the McLaren P1 has proven to be a stand out machine, the type of car that helps the Geneva Motor Show maintain its famed reputation. This is not McLaren’s first rodeo when it comes to creating sensational hype on their new cars, so they commissioned renowned auto photographer George Williams to fly to the middle east to capture the stunning sports car in its natural habitat – the racetrack.
McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and plans to introduce a new model each year.
The interior of the McLaren P1™ offers the driver and passenger a cocooning, efficiently packaged, comfortable cabin. The interior feels like the cockpit of a fighter jet, complete with glass canopy overhead and, with a windscreen deeper than it is wide, visibility is optimized. This makes the car all the easier to plant on road and track.
Light weight – as with the rest of the car – is a priority, and switchgear is kept to a minimum, yet the McLaren P1 retains luxury features such as full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system, developed from the outset with Meridian.
McLaren is a pioneer in the use of carbon fiber, and it features extensively throughout the McLaren P1, not least in the MonoCage chassis and the aerodynamically-shaped body panels, but also inside the two-seat cabin. It is the lightest possible material, while offering the strength desirable for safety and structural integrity, and is used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and a single piece is shaped for the central control unit to further optimize weight. Attention to detail within the interior of the McLaren P1 is such that, to further reduce weight, the top layer of resin has been removed, to leave the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look…and saves a further 1.5kg.
The racing bucket seats use the minimum amount of foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon fiber shells, and mounted on lightweight brackets and runners, contributing to an overall weight of just 10.5kg each. The seat backs are fixed to 28 degrees from the vertical, but can be set to 32 degrees to make them more suitable for racing as it will give more helmet head room. The height of the seat will be custom set to suit the driver and passenger, and can be subsequently adjusted in the workshop. Fixings for a six-point race harnesses are in place, in addition to inertia reel seat belts.
The final, production-ready McLaren P1™ will make its global debut at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva, and the McLaren Automotive press conference will take place at 11.15am CET (10.15am GMT), Tuesday 5 March.
(Photography by George Williams)
February 14th, 2013 – 75 years ago dare devil race car driver Bernd Rosemeyer came to terms with his fate as he died while trying to establish a new speed record in his 1930′s Auto Union Type C “Silver Arrow”. In respects to Rosemeyer and the Silver Arrow, German industrial designer Lukas Rittwage has dreamed up a modern rendition of the classic car. The Stromlinie 75 Concept Car uses the seamless aerodynamic shape of the classic Type C but revamped it for the consumers of 2013. This one-seater sports car differs from its predecessor as the body is wider and longer, along with an added retractable spoiler. Rittwage decided to keep the famed four rings on The Stromlinie, although these now signify only Audi, and not all of Auto Union.
February 6th, 2013 – As you’re munching on your blueberry scone and sipping your warm latte this morning, there is a series of train-like structures crawling on a floating ice shelf 900 miles from the South Pole. The Halley VI Research Station officially opened yesterday with 25 years of research leading up to this moment. Previous attempts to build antarctic research stations have resulted in them becoming snowed in, therefore immobile. Halley V continues to operate effectively, but a significant calving of the ice shelf is predicted within the next decade, which would see it floating out to sea as a giant iceberg! This prediction led to an international design competition in 2004 for of a new, fully relocatable base for 16 people in the winter and 52 in the summer. The British Antarctic Survey selected Hugh Broughton Architects, and engineering giants AECOM, as the winners.
The structures are hydraulically elevated ski based modules that respond to annually rising snow levels and determines when and if there is a need to relocate the base if the site calves off as an iceberg.Here, the snow levels rise by over 3 feet each year and the sun does not rise above the horizon for 105 days during winter – the magical stars provide earthly entertainment for the team of engineers, researchers, and architects.
The nature of the project is unusual and extreme. It’s clear that Karl Tuplin, Halley VI’s Project Manager, has a big passion for the chilly Antarctic. Tuplin’s entire life has been taken over by the project as leads the structures on site and has blogged about Halley VI’s struggles, concerns, and triumphs for the curious minds. Along with Tuplin, Architect Hugh Broughton made frequent trips to the site also keeping a detailed diary.
Temperatures drop to -56C and the site can be buffeted by winds in excess of 100 mph, because of the harsh weather conditions, access by ship and plane is limited to a 3-months window. Materials and components required to construct the new base have to be delivered across fragile sea ice, which can fracture at any time. The design of the structures have been developed in response to the demands of the science, the comfort of the residents, build-ability and the operations inherent in the life of a research station.
To meet these demands it is crucial to create a design, which maximizes flexibility. This is achieved with a modular approach. Modules can be used for a wide variety of activities ranging from laboratories and bedrooms to recreation areas and energy centers. Connected together, the modules form the new station. Modularity brings significant benefits in terms of flexibility, ease of construction, maintenance, relocation, fire safety, acoustics and robustness. The station is centered on two modular platforms. The northern platform provides the principal habitat. The southern platform contains science modules.
The majority of activities that take place at Halley can be provided for using the standard blue module, there are some activities, which are constant, and require a distinct approach. These activities are housed in a special red central module. This is the principal space for eating, drinking and recreation and is the major destination at the new base. The central module provides a dramatic open plan social area at the heart of the station. The project demonstrates the ability to create world-class sustainable design to awesome technical criteria.
Halley VI is the most environmentally friendly facility that BAS has built. Low on environmental impact during construction, with an extremely efficient, environmentally aware performance life cycle, it can be easily moved and eventually taken apart when the time comes. Halley VI will be a visitor to Antarctica, not a resident. The buildings rest entirely on the surface of the ice shelf. This mobility and flexibility means that the new station will survive and perform on the ice for far longer than any of its distinguished predecessors.
(Photography by British Antarctic Survey)
September 27th, 2012 – Sadly, Lamborghini’s LP570-4 Trofeo Stradale is no longer available, but we just got word that the 2013 Gallardo LP 560-4 has received a few dashing alterations! Lamborghini said the final brushstrokes gave the Gallardo a more “aggressive and muscular sportiness of the shape, with the elegance and simplicity of its contours.” The unique design, with it’s razor-sharp lines and limited availability, is sure to be off the market soon – somebody give us the keys, quick!
The new look has been enriched with larger air intakes ahead of the front wheels and the new 19-inch “Apollo polished” alloy wheels, painted in a cool matte black and spokes in polished silver.
The new rear end of the car emphasizes the design’s horizontal orientation by creating the impression of a low-slung car that adheres to the road
The redesigned front end is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal forms – two shapes that are highly typical of the Lamborghini design language.
Uncompromising, extraordinary and safe: only Lamborghini is able to deliver such a high driving precision and effectiveness thanks to the 4WD concept.
(Photo Credit: Lamborghini)
The detailing on the Thunderbike ”PainTTless” is impeccable! Each component was developed from scratch during the 8 month construction period by the motorcycle heavy weights at Harley Davidson. The custom bike has just been named the AMD World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis 2012. “We gave everything and were rewarded with the coveted world title in the Freestyle class. With one of our most unique custom bike,” the moto-makers explained.
Deep thought, planning, and preparation was put into creating the “PainTTless,” which is driven by a very expensive rebuilt 1000 cc Harley-Davidson Ironhead engine installed in early Sportster models. The builders “were inspired by the racers of the 1930s, which often came on dry salt lakes in the U.S. are used.”
Andreas Berger Forth of Harley Davidson says “we decided to build a bike for the AMD World Championship Of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.” The bike is made with “no paint, no varnish, no powder, no filler, no tin! Only those who have ever heard made to chrome knows what this means. The preliminary work has to be absolutely perfect!”
The motorcycle is anything but ordinary. Thousands of unique parts were designed for the making, no part came from the shelf or the catalog. So many new parts were birthed from this project that an entire website page was created to explain and sell the parts. The process was so intricate, we decided to let Fourth explain in his own words.
“Next we have derived from the first sketches a sheet metal silhouette, to put some wheels and set so the rough proportions of the future racers.”
“Then we went to the frame, the shoe plate for the engine and transmission. Combined with the pipe coating, he brings the necessary character in the racing bike. After we started so it can be useful to swing to a combination of flat steel and pipe. The first holes to be drilled!”
“Since we wanted a free standing hump we had to find a different kind of swing deflection, laterally arranged under the bump shocks fit perfectly there. Humps and tank were first contacted with plywood and cardboard in the form. For this, the metal silhouette and the first sketches were used as a guide.”
“The fork of a different kind, a combination of jumpers and fork with two dampers is a real gem and works very well. Shortened springs Streetbob a fork combined with two bike dampers. Unusual? Yes! Clean response? Yes! Fittingly Negativweg? Yes! Direct hit!”
“Now that the chassis and engine are grossly’s off to the functions: braking, clutching, shifting, choke, advance mechanism, gas, pegs, levers, deflections, poles, trains, and much more – just all the controls.”
“Speaking of ignition: The way there was very rocky. The Lima away the detonator out. Sounds easy? Yes, but – the translation does not fit naturally. The ignition must 1:1 rotate the crankshaft, which means – matching pinion must be made and the bearing seats are rearranged. On that occasion it has to take a mill a new cam cover for the old man no longer fits well. Oh, one turning mounted securing the magneto still needs so that you can also adjust it afterwards. Child’s play?”
“The hump gets his bodywork. Next, it’s going to tank. A component of the difficult way – mainly because after all supposed to be “paintless”. To achieve this, the surface must be perfectly clean, without the smallest dent. This block is used as a form of 3D-machined plastic tank. Cautious hours hammering and welding pass. The result is really impressive!”
“The hardest part of this project, however, is the cover. The same game with the tank only viiieeeel consuming. Mill until a plastic model, then artfully formerly the plano piece of sheet metal, wrinkle free knocking around. With an air hammer, the sheet is stretched to the extreme curves and brought so millimeters in shape. To reach the complex form, it must be cut in the sheet metal, welded back clean and so on. Finally, set a carbon fiber hood to the precise cutout for the fork.”
“If even a Bosch magneto, then Amal carburettor namely TWO – this must be possible? Possible yes, but not easy. Take a second rear cylinder head rotates it 180 degrees and installed it again. It sounds simple. But the side effects are not without. New oil wells must be placed into the cylinder, slide guides milling new, reworked rocker. On that occasion, can also equal the lower fins and turned the rocker boxes are shared – brings true Old School look.
For the primary side there is then a new cover, with an adjustable chain tensioner, a new gear for the crankshaft with Sporty shank and WLA duplex chain pitch. Oh, fancy new pushrod tubes and outer brass pipes for Kipphebelschmierung and ribbed intake is of course available too.”
(Photography Credit: Dirk Behlau)
August 22nd, 2012 - From conception to realization, the transportation designers at French based auto company Lazareth, control all of the construction operations on their vehicles. Because of this process, there are very little limits to what Lazareth’s talented team can build – enter the Wazuma! This Batman-like vehicle is a custom built, V12 powered, with a horse power of 350! The Wazuma is like a flattened down motorcycle with two extra wheels, causing the rider to drive in a horizontal position. The vehicle is unique in many ways, the most obvious way is it’s “W-wheeled geometry,” which consists of 2 largely spaced front wheels and 2 closer twin rear wheels. Another obvious unique quality to the Wazuma is it’s high price tag of a whopping $250,000.
(Photography Courtesy of Lazareth)
Peugeot Design Laboratory’s sweet new concept DL121 bicycle is described as “an exploration in contrast”. The contrast between function and aesthetics, and the contrast in finishes were two dominant concepts implemented by Peugeot transportation designer Cathal Loughnane. Loughnane’s primary objective was to play on the theme of a dynamic diagonal separation between the two halves of bicycle. At the front of the bike there is a deep and rich copper, while the rear is finished in pure brilliant white. The bike features innovative leather work. As well as the saddle there is also a luggage area ingeniously integrated into the frame. Double zips give easy access to a space ideal for precious objects such as a digital tablet, which is a plus to the urban rider/commuter who is needs to ride with their gadgets.
(Photography: Peugeot Design Laboratory)
July 2nd, 2012 – Inspired by the historic GT3 Aero, The Morgan Motor Company recently unveiled their Aero Coupe – an advanced supercar with a throwback aesthetic. The supercar is constructed entirely from Aluminum with a 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine and the 6 speed manual or automatic transmission. An enclosed cockpit gives a “sense of security and silence which is only interrupted by the intoxicating purr of the BMW V8,” the team at Morgan Motor’s explained. If ever British engineering was in question, the Aero Coupe would sure prove any critics wrong, as each of the individual alloy parts are formed from tooling and hand assembled by skilled craftsmen at the foot of the Malvern hills.
Morgan Motor Company, who reigns as a class leader in chassis and car body technology, holds every little detail of the vehicle up to their high standards. Ash hardwood surrounding the cockpit and doors, the controls are luxurious to touch, the leather work is stitched with twin needles and combined with suede effect panels for contrast and a dynamic sporty feel, pressure point reclining seats support the occupants strongly, and a powerful sound system! Reliability is ensured by Morgan with the BMW V8 and a six speed automatic transmission. This can be operated in two modes, ‘Sport’ and ‘Auto’. In ‘Sport’ mode the engine holds its gear to 6500rpm and ‘blips’ the throttle before making a down shift. The power to weight ratio is around 320bhp per tonne and a 0-62mph of 4.5 seconds combined with a top speed of 170mph is effortlessly achievable. 0-62 in 4.5 seconds, not too shabby!
(Photograph: Morgan Motors)
The Jaguar XKX concept car by Bahrain-based design studio Skyrill and Albanian designer Marin Myftiu, is a totally new take on the classic Jag we all have grown to appreciate over the years. Ali Almossawi, co-founder of Skyrill, explained that “the concept tries to revive the glorious design lines of the brand, combining fresh solutions, a unique, new aerodynamics, tailored around the electrical elements of the power system as well as cutting-edge energy feedback.”
Aesthetically speaking, the designers wanted to avoid the “heaviness associated with many of today’s muscle cars, including actual Jaguar models.” Instead, the team decided to recreate a thin, elegant profile, while still showing off all the extra power and technological improvements. The XKX’s profile is an organic flow of lines that look almost like the company’s “pouncing cat” logo on wheels.
Over on the technological side, the electronic vehicle has carefully designed aerodynamics, where air is deflected away from the engine and around the car itself, said to be 60 per cent more power efficient. Also, the entire car body is covered by a layer of piezoelectric cells. when stimulated by
the pressure of air flowing over them during vehicle movement, the units produced electricity that is fed into the vehicle’s battery. Genius!
Designer Note: The Mirrors are another characteristic feature of the Jaguar XKX are the totally disappearing side mirrors. At about 1cm thickness, the mirrors perfectly fit the shallow hatch made in the door piece when the car is stopped and they unfold again in working position when it’s turned on. This adds to both the aesthetics, and protects the side mirrors from any damages when parked.
Designer Note: Given a much smaller and cooler power plant than conventional, the aerodynamics was conceived in a new innovative way. The side deflector intakes of the front were made broader, so a much larger amount of air does not get stuck by the engine, instead, it flows behind the front wheels, getting out behind them and sliding along the doors and then taking another shortcut through the rear wheels and out from the big rear openings, greatly reducing the total flowing path and subsequently drag.
Designer Note: Almost 60% of the energy used by a typical car at highway speeds is spent to counter air friction. Obviously, that is A LOT of energy spent for a function that is indispensable, but not the primary (to push the vehicle forward). The body of the XKX is covered by a layer housing microscopic ripples of piezoelectric cells, which, stimulated by the pressure of the air flowing over them (the actual air friction experienced by the car) produce electricity that is fed back to the vehicle’s battery, increasing both efficiency and performance.
There’s a reason that little tykes are obsessed with drag racing remote controlled cars over curbs, into mud puddles and generally wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. They’re fast. They’re versatile. They’re indestructible. Peugeot’s XRC concept car is like one such coveted remote-controlled cars, only blown up life-sized and built to be rallied.
The fundamentals are similar, but the Peugeot XRC packs a punch. This baby is one of a kind, forged to surf deserts and tackle tough terrain. Dreamed up by CGI specialist Tiago Aiello, the vehicle mimics a typical RC car and yet the unique design takes on a life of its own, an almost arachnid-like quality. One thing’s for certain, if the concept car takes life there will masses of middle-aged men across America reliving their youth like nobody’s business. (Let’s just hope that they stop at the car, and don’t revert back to footie pajamas.)
Ducati Diesel? It’s not what you think it is. We promise. For one, Ducati’s have spark plugs. Secondly, “Diesel” refers to the Italian fashion brand that’s been sponsoring the Ducati Team in MotoGP, not the fuel. Confusing, we know. The matte army-green beast boasts the technical specs of the standard Monster 1100EVO, everything but the tank finished in “total black” with the acceptation of the bright yellow front break calipers. This bad boy launched last week at Diesel’s Soho store and goes for a cool $13,795. Can’t afford the bike? No worries, you can still settle for the accompanying apparel collection. We won’t tell anyone that you don’t have the bike to match. We promise.