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Electric GPR-S Motorbike is now affordable

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 25th, 2008

Electric GPR-S Motorbike is now affordableYou want a sweet ride, while keeping the environment clean. The economy will bounce back eventually right? Have a look at the Electric GPR-S motorbike that helps you reduce your carbon footprint by relying on electricity to drive you around town. The GPR-S comes with a powder-coated steel frame and braced aluminum swing arm, capable of hitting 70 mph with a 35 to 60 mile range. A full charge will take around 4 hours via the on-board charger. An optional speed charger with integrated BMS will be just 1.5 hours. At $8,000, it might seem expensive but compared to other e-bikes in the same class, those retail for around $10,000 to $12,000. What are you waiting for? Oh yeah, the economy.

Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from Back To The Future 2 gets restored

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 23rd, 2008

Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from Back To The Future 2 gets restoredYesterday we told you about Marty Mcfly’s jacket showing up on ebay. Well, remember Griff Tannen’s hover BMW from the second installment of the futuristic trilogy? Jeff Chabotte never forgot. He tracked down the original movie car, bought it and gave it a complete restoration. Sadly there wasn’t a thing he could do about it’s ability to fly. Chabotte spent a lot of time and money on the project, not to mention the usual blood, sweat and tears. Yep. He loves BTTF and it’s cars just that much. The end result should probably be in a Movie memorabilia museum somewhere. Click the link for a ton of pics.

Fiat 126 Flat Out is the lowest lowrider ever

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 22nd, 2008

Fiat 126 Flat Out is the lowest lowrider everWhen I came across this one, at first I thought it was an RC lawnmower. Nope. It’s just the lowest car ever. The Fiat 126 Flat Out is touted as the world’s lowest vehicle, at just under 22-inches tall. Even more surprising, it was built by Andy Saunders and his two man team in just THREE days. Those were 18-hour days. He built the car as part of the celebrations for the 40th Annual Autojumble at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire. Awesome as it is, it would be pretty sweet to see this thing mowing a huge stretch of lawn at super speeds.

NXP unveils world’s first smart car key prototype

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on October 21st, 2008

Car KeySmart devices are all the rage, we have smart phones, smart cards and the like, why can’t we have smart keys? At some point in the future, smart keys that allow users to do much more than start their car and operate the alarm may be the norm. Naturally, the technology will first be seen on a luxury car.

NXP Semiconductors and BMW are teaming up to bring smart key technology to car buyers. The key prototype contains a contactless payment system along with personalized access control and other advanced functionalities.

Amazing Lego Ferrari F1

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 17th, 2008

Amazing Lego Ferrari F1Is there nothing that LEGO can not do? This is one of the coolest LEGO things yet. To promote and celebrate Lego World, which apparently started yesterday,this highly detailed LEGO Ferrari F1 was seen cruising the streets of Amsterdam. Jetix presenter, Leon Krijgsman rode in the Ferrari, made using 80,000 Lego bricks. Lego World will run till the 21st of this month in Zwolle, and will offer tons of Lego craziness. This awesome Ferrari celebrates the anniversary of the legendary brick. One has to wonder just how heavy that F1 is comapred to the real deal.

“The Hand” lets you flip off other drivers, throw gang signs

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2008

“The Hand” lets you flip off other drivers, throw gang signsI don’t know about you, but I try to be respectful of other drivers. Even nice. A wave of the hand now and then is just a nice gesture. Then there are those times when flipping some idiot the bird is totally appropriate too. It might be nice to have a hand that will do all the talking for you, so you can concentrate on the driving.

“The Hand” sign for the back of your vehicle can be used to tell someone that “they rock” or flip them off, even give them a peace sign, plus a few others. I would say just use it liberally for both good and evil. Have fun. Just make sure you actually look first as a police officer won’t take kindly to your new toy. The 9″x6″ remote controlled sign will cost about $40.

The Retriever makes you the Repo-man

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2008

The Retriever makes you the Repo-manIf you’ve ever wanted to run your very own one man repo service, but with a motorcycle instead of a standard tow-truck, then the Retriever is for you. It’s from Swedish company Coming Through. It’s basically a heavily modified Honda Goldwing 1800cc motorcycle that sports a hideaway car-towing rig on the back.

It’s designed specifically to get into those hard to reach breakdowns in traffic and will also let you swoon in on a deadbeats car real quick and get out before there’s any trouble. The car trailer features a 3 wheel design that somehow isolates the bike from the weight of the car, thus allowing the bike to corner naturally. The trailer even has its own brakes and is hydraulic powered. Just fit it around the car and then raise to secure it. That should open up some healthy competition in the field of towing.

DriveAssist let’s you concentrate on driving

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2008

DriveAssist let’s you concentrate on drivingSo are you the type to pick up a call while driving or let your voicemail handle it? Chances are you take the call, but the truth is that driving while distracted is becoming more of a problem lately. People are dying. That’s why Canadian software company Aegis Mobility has developed software to help.

It’s called DriveAssist and the basically the software detects whether or not you’re driving and if you are, it will hold your calls, telling the person on the other end that you’re behind the wheel. It has an emergency feature built in. In an emergency the caller can enter an override and reach you. As a passenger you can also use the phone. But will people actually go for this, being so addicted to their devices?

The Traffic Tree is one confusing stop-light

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 12th, 2008

The Traffic Tree is one confusing stop-lightThis bit of public art blends nature with traffic in one confusing sculture. It’s Pierre Vivant’s Traffic Light Tree. A giant sculpture of fully-functioning traffic lights in London. For some reason it’s parked next to a roundabout near Canary Wharf.

It was created by the Public Art Commissions Agency and it’s sure to confuse tourists, since roundabouts are confusing all by themselves. Remember the Griswolds in that Vacation movie? The light cycles of the Tree/Traffic Light mimic the action of Canary Wharf, imitating the landscape, while the light patterns match the rhythm of the domestic, financial and commercial goings on. Pretty strange, but neat.

The Church Tank is ready to rumble

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 9th, 2008

The Church Tank is ready to rumbleIs it a comment on church and state not being that separate? Or is Ned Flanders just really pissed off? Could be that there’s a holy war brewing and the weapons of mass religion are on the move. It’s art. Who knows what art means. The Church Tank by artist Chris Kuksi is pretty awesome.

Kind of like a war-time mullet, but instead of business in the front and party in the back, it’s: Religion up top and party on the bottom. The artist’s solo show opens November 22, 2008 at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. Hell of a way to conduct a war. Blow stuff up, then confess your sins all from the same vehicle.

Beware the pink tank: It shoots hot dogs

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 6th, 2008

pink tank: It shoots hot dogs30 year-old Philadelphia guy Vin Marshall and nine of his friends built this 2,000-pound replica tank from junkyard parts, complete with a functioning pneumatic cannon that fires hot dogs. Believe it or not it moves using pedal power. It has enough room to fit hardware for six peddlers and yield about 1.5 horsepower.

Problem is that’s not enough to move tank treads, so they decided to use wheels instead. Then they gave it bicycle-like gearing to get more power from less exertion. When parade day arrived it all worked out and they were able to move along at 15 mph with a full load. It cost about $3000 to build. Why pink? I have no idea. Maybe because it fits the whole hot dog theme. I didn’t see any specs on how many dogs per minute it fires, but just the fact that it does it is impressive. Check out a video below.

Limited edition cat motorcycle purrs, loudly

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on October 3rd, 2008

Limited edition cat motorcycle purrs, loudlyThere’s not a ton of information on this cat-themed motorcycle, but we can tell you that it’s powered by a 1200cc Buell 97 S3 Thunderbolt engine. We also believe it’s supposed to be a Jaguar, the cat body being fiberglass finished in ultra-high-gloss ebony polyurethane lacquer. The air intakes and exhaust system of course had to be custom-engineered to go along with the cat body.

They will definitely see you coming on this bike. That is, if you have any money left for gas after shelling out almost $600,000. It would be a perfect bike for say, Catwoman in the next Dark Knight movie.

Ferrari V4 Superbike concept

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Ferrari V4 Superbike conceptSomething just had sex with my eyes and it’s the Ferrari V4 Superbike concept, but instead of having a smoke and cuddling I made a lame excuse and left so I could tell you all about it. This has to be the absolute best attempt at a Ferrari motorcycle. The concept is the work of Israeli designer Amir Glinik, who based his design around the theoretical application of the Ferrari Enzo’s V12 engine, chopped down to four cylinders and modified to drive just one wheel in a motorcycle.

Glinik’s design has a sleek shape that is futuristic, but thoroughly ridable and it catches your attention like a long-legged blonde in a room full of Ugly Bettys. Glinik even planned out the controls, blending elements from an F-16 fighter jet and the high-tech Formula One steering wheel. It even sports a weatherproof touch-screen LCD on the fuel tank. This is one that I think anybody would want to see built.

CA has musical highway for Honda Civics

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2008

CA has musical pock marked highway for Honda CivicsIf you have a Honda Civic and happen to be in Lancaster, California then you’ll want to drive over a magical and musical pock marked road with special grooves that plays a tune.

It was created by Honda for an upcoming advertising campaign. The road plays “The William Tell Overture”. (Most of us know it as the theme from The Lone Ranger) To get the most out of the musical road, the company advises you to drive over it with a Honda Civic because the road was tuned specifically to the tires and wheelbase of a Civic. Hit the link for a video. It somehow sounded more impressive with the Lone Ranger.

Audi Travolution lets you know when that light will change

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2008

Audi Travolution lets you know when that light will changeYou have to develop a rhythm regarding stop lights. You don’t want to completely stop just as the light turns green. Fortunately for those with a bad sense of timing, Audi’s Travolution takes it upon itself to keep track of when the light changes. Audi is currently testing the system.

It works because “Travolution” networks cars with traffic signals wirelessly. This way you will always know exactly when the upcoming light is going to change, which tells you how fast you should be going. It’s a great way to save fuel, and might even help traffic to move more efficiently. One day it may even come standard in all cars. Next the car will be stopping for you whether you like it or not.