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Pathfinder is a submarine that crawls along the ocean floor

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(image credit: Phil Pauley)

from the British designer who dreamt up of the Halo Intersceptor, comes a submarine that crawls the ocean floor with either wheels or tracks – literally. sounds ridiculous? or perhaps it sounds like a vehicle from the 1960s sci-fi movies? nevertheless, whatever we think, it doesn’t stop Phil Pauley from dreaming up this vehicle, dubbed the Pathfinder. the Pathfinder will take part in an imaginary Transatlantic Seafloor Research Challenge where the sub will be driven along the ocean floor for as long as possible, traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States in the fastest possible time. this imaginary endeavor will takes between two to four weeks, during which the sub is expected to be remain submerged. during this period, the sub would be supported by ROV-equipped surface vessel providing critical power and life support systems to the Pathfinder via umbilical cable. Continue reading Pathfinder is a submarine that crawls along the ocean floor

Koenigsegg Agera R sports the world’s fastest roof box

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Koenigsegg Agera R with Roof Box | €tba | www.koenigsegg.com

a roof box is the last thing you will associate with a supercar, but here it is the Koenigsegg Agera R with a roof box. however, being a Koenigsegg, you wouldn’t expect just any roof box, would you? it is a super light weight Lightning Roof Box from Thule, made from carbon fiber and tested to ensure it can take the punishment of 300 km/h high speed. sweet. now, you can drive this car across Europe and still able to bring along all your necessities or, for shopaholics, it means more storage for your insane acquisitions. Continue reading Koenigsegg Agera R sports the world’s fastest roof box

FiiK electric skateboard has wireless control and ABS braking

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(image credit: FiiK) Fiik Electric Skateboard | from US$650.00 | www.fiikskateboards.com

i wouldn’t say the Fiik electric skateboard is a technological marvel but it certainly removes the kicking out of skateboarding, physically and what’s more, it gives you the satisfaction of going off-road which are often off-limits to conventional skateboards. introducting the Fiik electric skateboard, a range of electric powered skateboards that lets you cruise the street, as well as maneuvering lawns and dirt ground, effortlessly. Continue reading FiiK electric skateboard has wireless control and ABS braking

three-wheeled EX trike is a backbreaking way to travel

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besides the usual mode of transport, there are hundred and one ways to transport yourself from one location to another. there are skateboards, skatescooters and then there is The EX. The EX is an experimental eccentric vehicle that requires the driver to be in a rather compromising position. similar to the StreetFlyer that we featured last month, the driver lies headlong on the three-wheeled vehicle, but unlike the StreetFlyer, it has powered motion by the way of a pair of 18-volt Bosch electric drills. absolutely weird. i know. do not underestimate the power of drills, as this baby is capable of making a top speed of 30 km/h. however, we wouldn’t expect a couple of battery-powered drill to have any impressive range. if you have used a battery-powered drill, you would know why. Continue reading three-wheeled EX trike is a backbreaking way to travel

what follows this DeLorean is another DeLorean hot on its heel

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this an example of making good use of spares. spotted on the road was a DeLorean DMC-12 with, what appeared to be another DMC-12 hot on its heels but it turns out be a trailer that was created out of the DeLorean spares. this could be an idea too late as Doc could have use this extra space to tow back the stuff he collected from the future. right, Doc? Doc, you reading this? i was blessed to have the opportunity to sit inside of this fine brushed stainless steel example a couple of years ago and it delights me to see a trailer version too. though, i probably won’t be able to own one (the car and the trailer) myself. check out the license plate on the trailer ‘De Tail‘…hmmm i like! Continue reading what follows this DeLorean is another DeLorean hot on its heel

ever wonder how does the world’s first hybrid auto looks like?

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curious car tech enthusiasts might be wondering when was the first hybrid automobile ever built? apparently, it turns out to be Porsche and it was in the year 1900. dubbed the ‘Semper Vivus‘ (‘always alive’), this serial hybrid drive automobile has two engines charging the batteries and the Porsche electric hub motors provides the drive power. check out the protruding hub at the front wheels. well, i supposed it looks kind of futuristic for a piece of 1900s machine, albeit still looking like a horse carriage in general. it took Porsche four years to recreate this ground breaking innovation by Ferdinard Porsche and since its recreation, it has graced the recent Geneva Motor Show. the recreated Semper Vivus is destined to be part of the collection in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Continue reading ever wonder how does the world’s first hybrid auto looks like?

Manta is a three-wheel amphibious electric concept vehicle

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another concept that draws our attention, however, being a concept, it may not necessary be practical. so let’s just bear that in mind when we are viewing a concept. the Manta is a three-wheel amphibious personal transport designed to run on a pair of electric motors driving the rear wheels. the rear wheels also doubles as the vehicle’s propulsion when in water. the sports wheels are designed to be real working propellers, so when the rear wheels are turned 90 degree, the wheels becomes the propeller for the vehicle. each wheel would be individually powered, which in theory, could enable steering of the vehicle in the water. but i would imagine the huge turning radius it would make. being independently powered means some form of synchronization has to be in place to ensure that both wheels are traveling at the same speed when traveling on land. nevertheless, the idea and the aesthetic is great. i will take two! Continue reading Manta is a three-wheel amphibious electric concept vehicle

FXSTB Softail Nightrain has a BR-01 Carbon stuck on its fuel tank

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if you have a penchant for luxury time piece and motorcycles, here’s a good and bad news for you. Shaw Harley-Davidson, a leading dealership in UK, has teamed up with Bell & Ross to develop a custom motorcycle: the Bell & Ross-inspired Nascafe Racer. now the bad news: it is one-off custom motorcycle based on the Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Nightrain. meaning you won’t able to lay your hands on one even if you have billions. well, that’s quite not true, you can replicate it if you are rich enough to do so. it’s just a matter of hacking up a Softail Nightrain and grabbing a BR-01 carbon. anyway, that’s beside the point. Continue reading FXSTB Softail Nightrain has a BR-01 Carbon stuck on its fuel tank

Shayton Equilibrium: one for the power hungry connoisseur

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(image credit: PROVOCO) Shayton Equilibrium Supercar | about €1 million | shayton.eu

we try to resist posting such an alluring supercar but the magnetism of the Shayton Equilibrium denies us the power of resistance. alas, our resistance is futile and our will bent, crumpled to the ground as we drool over the beauty and power of the Shayton Equilibrium. the Shayton Equilibrium is a supercar destined to pit its sheer power and performance numbers against the likes of Bugatti, Lamborghini and Ferrari. Continue reading Shayton Equilibrium: one for the power hungry connoisseur

Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector

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(image credit: Vaughan Ling)

100 years ago, when human glanced up the night sky, what we saw are purely stars (unless you count the possibility of UFOs lingering around). fast forward to 2011, when glance up at the gorgeous night sky, what we see might not be just stars. they could be reflection of garbages in space. no joke. it might just be very real and these ‘garbages’ could be the results of decommissioned or abandoned satellites, rocket parts jettison off from some mission and among many other sources. we are not excluding the possibility of some litter bug aliens too… nah, we are just kidding. anyway, over the years, we have accumulated much junks in the space and one day our spaceships might be dodging junks more than meteorites. in short, it could threaten Richard Branson’s dream space tourism, assuming we could get that far. Continue reading Space Debris Collector is the zero-gravity garbage collector