Category Archives: AUTOS

Autos covers everything that rolls, sails, flies and anything in between.

Toyota FT-86 II Concept get some serious glam studio shots

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Japanese auto makers have been quite low-key in the sports car segment (with the exception of LF-A). as far as Toyota is concerned, we have not seen one (sports car) that has the ‘wow’ factor since the last Toyota Supra Mark IV. unveiled earlier last month at the Geneva Motor Show, was exactly what the auto industry need: the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, a sports car that will have any boy racer’s hearts flutter with excitement. what the public has seen was sort of a ‘preview’ of the new rear-wheel driven sports car that’s “due to enter production in 2012.” Continue reading Toyota FT-86 II Concept get some serious glam studio shots

take cycling a notch up the green scale with Re-Cycle

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(credit: Firebox) Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike | £14.99 | www.firebox.com

cycling as a means of transport is doing the environment a huge favor. now, you can take your cycling a notch up on the green scale with Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike. yeah, you heard it right – it’s a functional bicycle made entirely out of cardboard. this revolutionary self-assembled bike features egg crate as the seat, colorful paper bicycle chain and reinforced corrugated cardboard wheels. seriously, does thing really work? apparently so, as it is said to be able to take a rider weight of up to 50 kg. the Re-Cycle Cardboard Bike cost £14.99 or $24 a pop and is available on Firebox. this is one bike you won’t want to put through any elements at all. the upside is, disposing of the bike will be as easy as crumpling it up and dumping it into the nearest waste bin or a recycling bin (to upkeep your green initiatives). Continue reading take cycling a notch up the green scale with Re-Cycle

Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

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(credit: Better Place)

long charging duration for electric vehicles is the stumbling block to its adoption. unless you can swap out your battery like you would with a mobile phone. well, Better Place in Israel does exactly that – swapping the low juice battery of the EV for a fresh one, so you can get on with your journey in a snap. the downer is, it is in Israel and it only serves Renault Fluence Z.E. the process is simple: the driver uses a RFID card to access this car wash-looking station, align their car like they would for any auto car wash and the machine will lead the car to the battery swapping spot. the floor underneath car opens up to a pit and the robot below will proceed to swap your juiced out battery for a fresh one – all these are done while you go “hum-ba-dum” as you tap on your steering wheel for about three minutes. not the best solution but it is an intermediary for now before super capacitors or super long lasting battery become a reality. check out the video of the Better Place (with an emotionally-charged soundtrack) in action below. Continue reading Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

ECOSSE Moto Works announced its flagship FE Ti XX bike

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(credit: ECOSSE Moto Works) ECOSSE Moto Works FE Ti XX | US$300,000.00 | www.ecossemoto.com

ECOSSE Moto Works is synonymous with exquisite two-wheelers that are built to the highest exacting standards. having shook the motorcycle world with the world’s most expensive motorcycle before, it is back with a new flagship model that also signals the end of The Heretic run. having been a bike repair tech (a short one, though), i have learnt to appreciate a well designed and quality crafted bike. unfortunately, ECOSSE does not have any more images other the two that i have posted here but i will keep digging for more. in place of images, here’s more information about the FE Ti XX: powered by a 2,409 cc billet engine and specially tuned intake system with an optimized air box, the FE Ti XX puts out an incredible 225 HP to its rear wheel. it also features a brand new, exposed carbon belt drive with hydraulic-clutch actuation which enables for a high torque clutch with less lever force and Grade-9 titanium pipes that has a ceramic, shot-peened finish. Continue reading ECOSSE Moto Works announced its flagship FE Ti XX bike

gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

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(credit: shooterz.biz/RM Auctions) 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe | US$auction | www.rmauctions.com

1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS’s teardrop shape body still looks gorgeous even after more than 70 years. conceived by Figoni & Falaschi, the Talbot Lago’s head turning smooth and sexy curves challenged the otherwise conventional boxy design of that era. this particular fine example here, the 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe, was built on a shorter competition-bred (denoted by ‘SS’ & ‘C’ in its model number) Talbot chassis and one of the three that sports a factory fitted sunroof. apparently, this example is one of the only eleven examples with second-series “New-York” Figoni coachwork. hence, you will be hard-pressed to find another that’s so beautifully and painstakingly restored. Continue reading gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

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(credit: Arturo Arino)

this is probably the first car design inspired by crocodiles. check out the images after jump and you will know what i mean. this organic form looking roadster, dubbed the Reptile by its designer Artuno Arino, is so alluring that i find it hard to give it a miss. the Reptile is said to be a hybrid that combines the electric power from a 4-pole electric induction motor and undisputed power from a Wankel (aka rotary engine) 27,000 CC engine that pushes out more than 700 horsepower at 9,000 RPM. it is a concept but thankfully, there are no hub-less wheels here, hence making it a little more practical. Continue reading guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

PiCycle injects your cycling with a dose of electric fun

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(credit: PiMobility) PiMobility PiCycle Limited | US$4,995.00 | picycle.com

how many time when you were out cycling and you wished your ride has an electrical propulsion to relieve your aching legs? well, if money is of no concern, this $4,995 PiCycle does exactly what you wished for. the bike features a front mounted 1,250 watts brushless DC motor and the combination of human and electric power enables the bike to reach a speed of up to 30 mph. if you are feeling tired from pedaling, the bike’s electric motor is able to let you take a break for up to 20 miles. juicing up the electric motor is a 48 volts cobalt lithium-ion battery pack rated at 15.2 AH built into the aluminum monocoque body. other features include an eight-speed internal hub transmission, adjustable 30-inch wide handlebars, belt drive system. the PiCycle Limited is up for pre-order now over at PiCycle web store for a cool $4,995. if the Limited’s price tag is a little off your budget, the Sport Touring might be a less pricer alternative. Continue reading PiCycle injects your cycling with a dose of electric fun

Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners

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Batmobile has been the fantasy ride for both kids and grown ups alike. the crime-busting superhero’s ride has inspired awesome real life replicas such as the Tumbler, BatPod and even the 60s classic batmobile. as with all iconic things in life, fans have their ideal take of the ride for the Dark Knight – even one that is destined for use when the cape crusader retires. Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition is a testimony of this. the competition saw hundreds of designs from artists from around the world, covering a wide spectrum of genre. Continue reading Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners

Mercedes-Benz Zetros Turned Into a Luxurious Hunting Vehicle

hunting in the mountains of Mongolia requires a steadfast transport and usually that would be horses (for Mongolians, i reiterate). however, this pair of businessmen friends decided that the Mercedes-Benz Zetros 6×6 will get the job done more efficiently – probably, the hassle of pitching tents for multi-day hunt and the beating by the elements formed part of the consideration. not one, but two Zetros 6×6 outfitted with special bodies and interior fittings were delivered to Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. one of the Zetros even has a vehicle bay that’s sized to fit a Quad Bike. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Zetros Turned Into a Luxurious Hunting Vehicle

the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot

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(credit: Festo)

now, it is not only hummingbird that we must be aware of. the next seagull you spot could be a flying robot. the upside is, it won’t poop on you indiscriminately or a take a bite off the food from your picnic basket, but the downer is, it could be spying on you. Festo has just unveiled the next generation of flight, dubbed the Smart Bird, which mimics a real flying seagull. you won’t believe how real it is to the real seagull. check out the video clip after the break to witness it for yourself. constructed out of ultra-light weight materials such as carbon fiber and sensitive control electronics, this piece of magnificently engineered bird weighs in at just 450 grams. strictly speaking, it weighs much lesser than your iPad 2. Continue reading the next time you spot a seagull, it could be a robot