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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.
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.
The Moog suggests how the future electric Volkswagen might sound like in the near future. Not only through the sounds it produces, but also what its shapes and textures suggest. As electric vehicles take over as the standard vehicle for the masses there is an opportunity to create sounds different from those we’ve heard from vehicles in the past. It’s a chance to stimulate our cityscapes with something more expressive.
So much talent is coming out of Umea Institute of Design. Earlier, The Dig featured Jason Battersby for his Audi concept car, but now we would like to highlight Klaud Wasiak for his electric prototype. Wasiak explains, “The Moog is a vehicle inspired by electronic music, more specifically minimal techno. It is a blend between Volkswagen’s brand philosophies and the characteristics of electronic music. The vehicle also touches on the historic path that electronic music took and to achieve a successful result, a mixture of recognizable and alien elements need to stand out as strong themes for the vehicle. The unique layer of noise underlying electronic music is represented by a random placement of fractals that run underneath the vehicle. Like bass in a song, some elements are poking out into the exterior. These fractals would also capture the noise and vibration from the road and convert them into energy that can assist with the onboard electronics. The unique sound this electric vehicle makes sound leak out through the wheels.
The concept is a mixture between the recognizable and the alien.” Enjoy!