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Malaysia’s “Flying Car” Concept Looks Like It Had Cheap Fans Stuck On It

Malaysia is not particularly a pro when it comes to making cars. To put it bluntly, their National car isn’t the sharpest tools in the tool shed. But how bad it is? Well, lets just say that former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson had no good words for them and even caused a furore by smashing one up with a sledgehammer. In all seriousness though, it is not beyond redemption. At least the Wira was kind of OK, but still, I won’t trust them to come with a “flying car.” Just saying… Continue reading Malaysia’s “Flying Car” Concept Looks Like It Had Cheap Fans Stuck On It

2018 Infiniti Project Black S Is A Hybrid, Has 560 HP And 4-Second Car

You know how automakers often say their involvement in motorsports like Formula 1 helps in advancing the tech on road-going cars? Well, the 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Prototype you see here is one example of that. The Infiniti Project Black S Prototype is a follow up to Nissan luxury marque’s 2017 Infiniti Project Black S design study and it is a platform that showcases how the dual-hybrid electric powertrain technology found on Formula 1 race car can be applied to a road car – drawing on the expertise from across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Continue reading 2018 Infiniti Project Black S Is A Hybrid, Has 560 HP And 4-Second Car

Infiniti Reveals A Retro E-Race Car At Pebble Beach And It Looks Fabulous

No. Nissan’s luxury marque Infiniti did not exists 70 plus years ago. What you are looking here is Prototype 9, the marque’s tribute to the race cars of the olden days. Inspired by 1940s race car, the Prototype 9 was revealed at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is not a representation of the future Infiniti, obviously, and so don’t keep up the hope of driving one in the future. As you can see, Prototype 9 is fabulous looking because it has the design hallmark that accurately reflect the race cars typical of the era. You know, things like an open-wheeled design, outstretched hood, wire spoke wheels with narrow tires, and a single-seater setup positioned way behind, above the rear axle. But why the Prototype 9? Well, here’s why straight from the horse’s mouth: Continue reading Infiniti Reveals A Retro E-Race Car At Pebble Beach And It Looks Fabulous

Honda Civic Type R Prototype Unveiled In Paris And It Is Headed To The U.S.

Honda is a like a person. As it grew older, it mellow downs. There was one time when a regular sedan from the Japanese automaker made 160 horses easy, but then, like all things in life, it sort of “deteriorates” and while the subsequent generations still used VTEC technology, they don’t quite match the horsepower the EK has to offer, unless you look to the Type R variety. Speaking of Type R, Honda has officially taken the wrap of the new sports variety of the sporty Civic at the Paris Motor Show and boy, does it look awesome. Continue reading Honda Civic Type R Prototype Unveiled In Paris And It Is Headed To The U.S.

Honda 5-Door Civic Hatchback Prototype Is The Sportiest Civic Ever

Finally, March arrives and so has the Honda 5-Door Civic Hatchback Prototype which we had a sneak peek sometime in mid February and it looks pretty awesome and surprisingly, sporty. Like, really, really sporty. Even Honda can’t help but to claim that this would-be 10th generation Civic is the sportiest Civic ever. It has a low, wide stance and a long wheel that would translate to a roomier interior. The first European Civic will be available with Honda’s all-new 1.0L and 1.5L VTEC Turbo petrol units, and a revised 1.6L i-DTEC diesel variety (EU only) will also be available. Here’s what Honda has to say about the power plant: Continue reading Honda 5-Door Civic Hatchback Prototype Is The Sportiest Civic Ever

Meet EOLAB, Renault’s Practical Eco-friendly Car That Makes 1L/100KM

you guys know our stand on electric vehicles. we love the idea, but can’t make ourselves embrace the whole electric-powered concept totally because range and recharging time are big issues. until those two ‘pressing’ issues are resolved, our bet is still on the good’ol fossil fuel burning variety that promised lower impact to the environment, such as the EOLAB presented by Renault. EOLAB is still a prototype, but what it promises do raise our eyebrows, well, in a good way. for starter, it boasts a NEDC combined cycle consumption of just 1 liter per 100 km (that’s a cool 235 mpg), which equates to about 22g of CO2 per kilometer. lower fuel consumption means a relieve to your wallet and at the same time, gentler on the environment in both usage of fossil fuel and also emissions. so how did Renault managed to pull this astounding economy? the automaker puts their energy on three key areas: aerodynamic, weight and drivetrain. Continue reading Meet EOLAB, Renault’s Practical Eco-friendly Car That Makes 1L/100KM

The Sada Bike Folds Down To The Size Of An Umbrella

folding bike is an excellent solution to address the distances in between public transports’ reach, but they do have compromise. often than not, they have puny wheels which means more effort is needed to cover a particular distance. the Sada Bike designed by Gianluca Sada takes a stab at this age-old folding bike problem by making a full size bicycle foldable. as surreal as it may seem, the Sada Bike is in fact a working prototype and accomplished the feat by going the hubless route. it is a standard size bicycle and uses standard 26-inch wheels, but it dispenses with the hub and multi-spoke combo which are found on standard wheels. the front wheel attaches to the main frame of the vehicle via a set of small wheels within “a specific quick clamping device”, while the the rear appears to have some sort of horizontal V-shaped setup with rollers (or wheels, you if prefer to call them) that presumably provides a tension to hold the rear hubless wheel in place. Continue reading The Sada Bike Folds Down To The Size Of An Umbrella

Nissan Develops The World’s First Self-cleaning Car

funny that we came across this press release from Nissan today because just days ago, we were talking about how nice it would be to have self-cleaning cars. it sure looks like our wish has come true, well… almost. washing a car is not only a chore, it can be a costly process (depending on how obsessed you are) and to some extend, a complete wastage of natural resources, and it gets worst if you have a giant like those seven-seater minivan. with these concerns in mind, Nissan sets out to test an innovative nano paint technology which is capable of repelling mud, rain and just about anything the road can serve up. this specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint employs a coating technology known as Ultra-Ever Dry, which creates a protective layer of air between the paint and the environment to prevent water, frost, sleet and road spray from marking the car’s body. Continue reading Nissan Develops The World’s First Self-cleaning Car

Lumus DK-40 Wearable Display Development Kit

this pair of wearable display coming from HUD maker Lumus, who are better known for their military-grade products, is one of the sleeker high-tech eyewear we have seen to date and one that you can probably wear without inviting stares, well, except maybe for the chunky component at the side which houses a 5MP camera, motion sensor, an OMAP processor, as well as the battery pack. the Lumus DK-40 Wearable Display Development Kit you see here is not destined for your consumer faces, and instead it is a development kit “to facilitate and expedite the design and experience-building process for OEM customers manufacturing Lumus-enabled products.” Continue reading Lumus DK-40 Wearable Display Development Kit

Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Prototype

two and half years on, Jaguar is still pursuing the C-X75 Hybrid Supercar; so does it mean it is going to be reality? we don’t know for sure. anyway, from what we have read, it looks like some numbers are up from when we last heard of it; the driving force behind this lust-worthy prototype is a Formula 1-inspired 1.6-liter “dual-boosted” turbo- and supercharged four-cylinder unit, pumping out a cool 502 bhp, and a pair of electric motors with around 390 bhp. combining those figures, we are looking a mind-boggling 892 horses from a (somewhat) green machine that emits less than 89g/km of CO2. electrically, it has a range of 60 km (37 miles), but why would you want to that when it can get from standstill to 100 mph (160 km/h) in no more than six seconds? putting the immense power to all four wheels is an advanced 7-speed automated manual transmission that boasts super quick gearshifts, which also happens to be responsible for the super quick acceleration. Continue reading Jaguar C-X75 Hybrid Supercar Prototype