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Proxima concept car, bike is two faced

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2008

Proxima concept car, bike
The Proxima Bike/Car Hybrid Concept looks like a pretty slick and futuristic roadster. The idea is that the Proxima is meant to be a convergence of car and a motorbike. It’s a concept by Alvino Design and it sports 2 tandem seats, but as you look from the front to the rear it changes from a car to a bike. Kind of like an automotive mullet I guess, car in front, bike in back. Looks like a very fast bug.

Enzyme Icare motorcycle: Ride like the Dark Knight

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2008

Enzyme Icare motorcycle: Ride like the Dark Knight
If you’re looking for gear that’s going to make you look like Batman, here’s another to add to the list. This one comes from a French design company called Enzyme.

It’s a kick-ass motorcycle concept that would look just right parked in the batcave. The Batpod is cool and all, but the Icare uses a huge 1.8 litre Honda flat 6 engine that should provide plenty of power. It’s a concept for the moment, but Enzyme has gotten some really out there concepts into production in the past. Great way to commute to work at Wayne Industries.

Paper-craft Batmobile Tumbler from The Dark Knight

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2008

Paper-craft Batmobile Tumbler from The Dark Knight
The new Batman movie came out yesterday. I know many of you will be rushing to the theaters today. While I haven’t been able to see it yet and have a two hour nerdgasm, at least I can play with a paper version of the Dark Knight’s car. I’m talking papercraft! The design was created by paper model expert Claudio. With hundreds of individual pieces, this thing will keep you busy longer then the movie will.

The Gunbus is an aptly named killer cycle

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2008

The Gunbus is an aptly named killer cycle
The picture above reminds me of my youth. Not since my high-school days has a woman ever had such power between her legs. (Insert rim-shot. Deafening silence.) Anyway, this behemoth is powered by a “410-cubic-inch, air-cooled, pushrod V-Twin” and “is actually ready to ride on normal roads and will soon go into series production.”

Yes, you will be able to buy one. As for the rest of us, this thing is going to scare you when you see it coming. And no, that’s not a really small woman. It will be interesting to see what crazy stunts people will do with these. We want.

PLX Kiwi criticizes your driving, saves gas

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2008

PLX Kiwi criticizes your driving, saves gas
Finding new ways to cut down on your gas bill isn’t easy. Sure, you can keep the tires inflated and not have extra weight in your trunk, but there’s got to be more that you can do, right? Just get the PLX Kiwi. It keeps an eye on your driving habits and lets you know what you need to alter to increase your gas mileage. That’s right, it becomes a nagging backseat driver telling you everything that you are doing wrong. In that way, it’s kinda like picking up your mother-in-law from the airport.

The Kiwi will examine smoothness, drag, acceleration and deceleration. Then it gives you a full report. According to the company it will give you an average fuel savings of 20% which could save you anywhere from $500-$1000 per year. You can get it later this month for $299. But what if it tells you there’s not a damn thing you can do to get better mileage? Some of these vehicles are doing about all they can do.

Longest cycle ever holds lots of biker babes

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2008

Longest cycle ever holds lots of biker babes
Apparently the creator of this monstrosity took a page out of the electric bike train book. It’s for those with a large family or lots of friends who have no bike of their own. If you’re a biker in Utah and you’ve got like ten wives, why not take them all for a spin.

This thing has about 15 seats and looks like a giant erector set project. I’m guessing the turns are taken really wide, with everyone’s feet involved. And how much power does it actually have lugging all that extra weight around? I have no idea. But it sure is long. Yep. Long and yellow.

Maxon R9 Power Racer

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

Maxon R9 Power Racer
MAXON announced their free update for Cinema 4D in May and they’ve got a lot of fans. It has nearly 40 improvements over R9.5. Some people are crazy about it.

One of Maxon’s fans went to a lot of trouble to create a bike inspired by the technology. The Power Racer sports a Maxon themed body, two large jet engine looking cylinders and an awesome look. I don’t know about Maxon, but I know I want this bike/trike/jet thing in my garage.

Fake stereo protects your real stereo

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 8th, 2008

Fake stereo protects your real stereo
Whether you find yourself in a so called good part of town or bad, there are thieves everywhere just waiting to cash in on your devices. All it really takes to fool these fools is a bit of DIY to fake them out.

You’ll need some Velcro, a generous helping of epoxy glue and an old cassette tape. Just follow the instructions and hopefully it will keep you from getting ripped off. Because let’s face it, you’ve gotta be a real bottom feeder of a criminal to be stealing cassette decks in 2008.

The Revolute fuel cell vehicle

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

The Revolute fuel cell vehicle
The REVOLUTE would certainly get you some attention riding around in your neighborhood. It even has a remote that can reconfigure the wheelbase depending on how you want to ride it.

If you have something to say to your fellow humans, personalized messages can be flashed from the display along the entire cockpit!. Harsha Vardhan made the vehicle out of high tech materials like lexan, carbon fiber, etc. The seats inside swivel. Looks like a comfy little vehicle to get crushed in.

A bike for the final frontier

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 2nd, 2008

A bike for the final frontier
This right here is a nerd dream come true. It’s not new by any means, the picture being from the 1982 San Diego Comic Con, but it is worthy of sharing since it shows that nerd evolution has been at a stand still for almost 30 years.

I’m guessing it didn’t score the owner any hot babes, but it must have been very satisfying watching jaws drop as the U.S.S. Enterprise rolls down the street. It’s really a sweet piece of work. If I could take a moment to nitpick over geek detail, the flag should be a United Federation of Planets flag and the seat should more closely resemble Kirk’s. I wonder if you can fix it with a tricorder.

If Batman were Amish: Roush Horse Trainer

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2008

If Batman were Amish: Roush Horse Trainer
At first I thought this had to be some backwards Superhero vehicle. You know the old story, Amish guy witnesses the murder of his parents, then grows up to fight crime on the streets with something like this. Only it’s not.

This vehicle is used by Roush Technologies for Turkish-based Kurt Systems, to train horses so they win races. It allows trainers to be close to the animals while training them and monitoring their vital signs. It has very precise and controlled speeds ranging from walking to 60kph. One thing is for sure, you don’t see this on the road everyday.

Passport announces 9500ix radar detector with GPS

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2008

Passport 9500ixIf you are the type that is a perennial speeder you probably already have a radar detector in your car. Not all radar detectors are created equal and if you have an older one you know how each time you drive by a Wal-Mart it goes off.

Escort is one of the top names in radar detectors and its Passport line has a new item called the 9500ix. This radar detector has the 360-degree protection from radar and laser speed detectors. In addition to the standard radar and laser detection the 9500ix also has a GPS-enabled database for speed cameras.

Batpod photographed: The Dark Knight’s bike

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2008

Batpod photographed: The Dark Knight’s bike
The Batpod is Batman’s motorcycle in the latest movie and it’s a head turner. But is it cool? While sweet looking in it’s way, it’s not exactly leaving us awestruck. It’s black, fat, and ready to go medieval on the Joker, but how does it turn with those thick tires?

The steering seems to be based on the thinner tire at the back. One thing is certain, Batman’s cape is going to get caught in those wheels. You can see more of the Batpod when Dark Knight is released on the 17th of July. I’m sure it will look more badass in the film.

Russian Alien car is looking for Ripley

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

Russian Alien car is looking for Ripley
Humans can’t seem to get enough of Aliens. The kind Ripley kills, not the grey ones that come at night and abduct you. Recently, we showed you some Aliens furniture.

Now some dude in Russia is taking the phenomenon mobile with this Alien car. The creator did a great job. It looks like it’s just bursting out of the grill. I love how the hands grip the headlights too. Nice touch. Next step, Ripley hunting for some payback.

Street legal Bumper Cars look awesome

Posted in Automotive by Conner Flynn on June 18th, 2008

Street legal Bumper Cars look awesome
Remember having fun at the amusement park when you were a kid and riding around in the bumper cars? Apparently, it’s a whole big thing to modify bumper cars so they’re street legal. Awesome idea, but would I be able to fight the urge to bump and shove others? Probably not.

They use a Kawasaki 750cc motorcycle engine for power, which allows them to reach sidestreet speeds. For some ungodly and unexplainable reason, they cost $50,000 to modify them so they’re street legal! That is bizarre. How is that possible when there is so little car involved?