Category Archives: AUTOS

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Ultraskiff 360 Proves That Round Boats Can Be As Adept As Regular Boats

If you recall, we made an editorial about a revolutionary, flying saucer-like boat from the 50s two years ago. In the post, we believed that the notion of a round boat was preposterous, simply because it defies hydrodynamic principles, or so we thought. We didn’t believe anyone would ever attempt to make a boat round, but as it turns out, we couldn’t be more wrong; a Florida-based company called Ultra Skiff Inc. actually did. So, yes, Ultra Skiff actually designed and produces circular watercraft, which it calls UltraSkiff 360 Personal Watercraft. Continue reading Ultraskiff 360 Proves That Round Boats Can Be As Adept As Regular Boats

Twin V8 Powered Seafaring Lexus Is Pretty But, Sadly, Won’t Be Produced

The Lexus Sport Yacht Concept you see here may not be as wild as the spacecraft the Japanese luxury automaker dreamed up for Luc Besson’s sci-fi movie, Valerian and City of a Thousand Planets, it is at least, more down to earth. Nearly two years in the development, Lexus Sport Yacht Concept is the brainchild of Lexus Marine Department and it was a bespoke one-off project with no production intent. This particular example, a running proof-of-concept, was unveiled at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, Florida, last week. Continue reading Twin V8 Powered Seafaring Lexus Is Pretty But, Sadly, Won’t Be Produced

‘High Performance Derivative’ Of The 2017 Toyota Yaris Looks Kinda Hot!

Toyota Yaris is all youthful and fun, but it is never a ride closely associated with high performance and that’s probably because it isn’t, or at least it never is in most parts of the world that gets this cute little hatch from Toyota. However, in Europe, 2017 Toyota Yaris may not as tame as we believe it to be and rightfully, it shouldn’t be tame at all since it already has developed a race homologation Yaris destined for 2017 World Rally Championships. Sitting in between the super hot Toyota’s WRC contender, the 375 horsepower 2017 Yaris WRC and a regular 106 horsepower Yaris, is a high performance derivative that has 207 horses (210 DIN hp) packed under the hood. Continue reading ‘High Performance Derivative’ Of The 2017 Toyota Yaris Looks Kinda Hot!

Rare, Working Lamborghini Tractor From 1955 Can Be Yours For $37K

So, you have a bunch of exotic rides stashed in the barn-turned-garage at your ranch? Nice. But you can’t really take those darlings through the rough of the ranch’s sometimes rather unforgiving terrains, do you? You could bag yourself a Land Rover to do that sort of things, but is a Land Rover a name in exotic rides? No, but this 1955 Lamborghini DL25 Tractor from Lamborghini Trattori surely is. Okay. It is not quite an exotic you expect, but it is the legit cousin of the Miuras and Countachs, and so, it is totally a Lamborghini. Wait, what? Yep. Lamborghini makes tractor and it was the marque’s bread and butter before it was known for its flamboyant supercars and that kind makes it kind of a fitting ride on your lovely ranch, doesn’t it? Continue reading Rare, Working Lamborghini Tractor From 1955 Can Be Yours For $37K

This 1974 Enfield 8000 Is The World’s Fastest Road-Legal Electric Vehicle

Who would have thought the world’s fastest road-legal electric vehicle would be one that was born in the 70s. Yep, You heard it right. 70s, or 1974, to be specific. However, this Enfield 8000, nicknamed Flux Capacitor after the trash-consuming fusion reactor found on the DeLorean in Back to the Future, wasn’t born a record breaker. Start life as a stock Enfield 8000 powered by a 6kW electric motor rigged to a bunch of lead-acid batteries, this rather obscured modern classic was given a new life by motoring journalist Jonny Smith who is on a life mission of proving that electric car could really, really fast. Well, about that. I guess Tesla Motors have proven that point, but as impressive as Tesla’s electric automobiles are, nothing compares to this 2.84 meters yellow has under the hood and what it can achieved (hint: it eats supercars for lunch on a drag strip). Continue reading This 1974 Enfield 8000 Is The World’s Fastest Road-Legal Electric Vehicle

Honda’s Riding Assist Technology Self-balances A Bike Without Gyroscope

Apart from the threat from other road users, motorcycle riders have another big concern: keeping the bike from falling over when coming to a rest or in slow traffic. That has been a problem that riders of past and present learned to deal with, but thankfully, it won’t be pass on to the future (or perhaps even near future) – thanks to Honda’s innovative Riding Assist. As of now, technology by the way of gyroscope is one option to keep a two-wheeler, or even single-wheel, vehicle upright without the rider performing circus act, but that, to Honda, is just way too cumbersome and could potentially alter the ride experience. So, instead, the Riding Assist leverages on the company’s robotics technology originally for Honda UNI-CUB self-balancing personal mobility device. Continue reading Honda’s Riding Assist Technology Self-balances A Bike Without Gyroscope

In Future, Toyota Wants You To Form A Relationship With Your Car

You know how some wives are resentful of their husbands’ devotion to cars? Well, it looks like it is going to get worst in future, well, that’s if Toyota has its way. The Japanese automaker’s CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, California has unveiled a concept ride, known as Concept-i, that’s designed to be emotive. Bestowed with advanced artificial intelligence, this man’s future mistress will learn with the driver “to build a relationship that is meaningful and human.” See? I told you husband and wife relationship is going to get worst, didn’t I? Continue reading In Future, Toyota Wants You To Form A Relationship With Your Car

Custom Bike With Real Car Tires Is What Dark Knight’s Bicycle Would Look Like

Bicycles with big, fat tires are all the rage now and to be honest, I will never understand how the extra fat will help in the ride experience both on and off-road. I mean, logically speaking, the wider the contact surface, the harder you will have to pedal, ain’t it? However, notwithstanding my own skepticism, I do somehow find bikes with fat tires oddly attractive. So, just imagine my excitement when I saw this custom bicycle that rolls on actual car tires. Created by Instructables member Mr-Mash, Car Wheel Bicycle, as it is called, was a result of trying to pick up the art of welding. Continue reading Custom Bike With Real Car Tires Is What Dark Knight’s Bicycle Would Look Like

Suborbital Passenger Jet Will Make London To New York In Two Hours

Back in the 1940s, Hitler’s Nazi had explored the possibility of sub-orbital flight to achieve tremendous range that would afford Germany to “bomb anywhere in the world.” Fast forward to 2017, or rather 2016, mankind is again exploring the possibility of cruising along the lower reaches of space, but this time, it is for a peaceful mission: air travel. Unlike the technology of the 40s, this space-going passenger jet of near future won’t look like an intercontinental ballistic missile; instead it will look more like a flying wing, like the iconic B-2 stealth bomber, with a bulge in the center where a “theater-like cabin,” complete with galleys and baggage area, can be found – well, at least that was what Juan Garcia Manislla’s concept supersonic jet, The Paradoxal, proposed. Continue reading Suborbital Passenger Jet Will Make London To New York In Two Hours

Designer Dreamed Up A Gorgeous Bike Of The Future And It Is Lengthy!

We don’t dismiss the possibility that future motorcycles could hover, but for practicality’s sake, bikes of the future could look something more like the one in Tron – the reboot version, that is, or it could be look something like this, the Vultran Type 3 Concept Electric Motorcycle dreamed up by Orlando, Florida-based creative mind Lee Rosario. One feature, if you could call it a feature, that draws us to the Vultran Type 3 is how ridiculously long it is and also the fact that being an obvious motorcycle of the future, it still has graphics of flame decorating it. Ok, the latter is a joke. Continue reading Designer Dreamed Up A Gorgeous Bike Of The Future And It Is Lengthy!