Posts Tagged ‘ Engine ’

A LifeSize Lego Car Powered by Air

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Made of more than 500,000 LEGO bricks (wheels and some load bearing elements are non-Lego), the “Super Awesome Micro Project” is a fully functioning life-size car powered by an engine also made from LEGO which runs on air. The engine has four orbital engines, a total of 256 pistons and is capable of propelling the car at top speeds of approximately 20-30km.

Ducati Monster 900 By Hazan Motorworks

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Taking a minimalistic approach to the build, Hazan replaced quite a few components on the bike while still keeping things simple. Aside from the engine, wheels, and half of the frame, everything else was swapped out. The entire original rear section of the motorcycle was chopped off, and Hazan handmade a new one along with a rear mudguard, rear cowl, custom fuel tank, spartan foam seat, Harley-Davidson headlight, and a whole lot more. On the performance side of things, this Ducati had its carbs rejetted, and has been equipped with an open intake to replace the standard airbox, custom headers, and carbon exhausts.


Caterham AeroSeven Concept Car

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Check this exciting new performance concept road car – the Caterham AeroSeven Concept – that Caterham Cars has unveiled at the 2013 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. The Caterham AeroSeven Concept, which draws heavily on methods used by the F1 team, will be the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. Thanks to a newly developed Caterham Engine Management System, drivers will be able to enjoy fully-adjustable traction and launch control functionality. Based on an updated interpretation of the highly acclaimed Seven CSR platform, the carbon-fiber bodied concept vehicle, which will reach 100km/h (62.5mph) in under 4 seconds, will initially draw its power from the normally-aspirated, EU6-approved, 240ps (237bhp) engine developed by Caterham Technology & Innovation for the recently launched Caterham Seven 485. The AeroSeven Concept is stacked with race car-inspired features, including aerodynamic styling, an exclusive steering wheel with driver-focused functionality, and an intuitive fully active Graphical Display Unit (GDU). Production will remain at the Caterham Cars factory in Dartford, UK. Delivery of the production version of the concept model will begin in Autumn 2014.

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BMW i8 Electric Super Car

BMW group has unveiled the production version of their first purely electrically powered super car, the ‘BMW i8’, at the international motor show (IAA) 2013 in Frankfurt. The plug-in hybrid combines the dynamic capabilities of a super car with fuel consumption and emissions you would normally expect from a small city car. Featuring a passenger cell made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW twinpower turbo hybrid system, the high-performance EV develops 231 horsepower from its 1.5 liter combustion engine that drives the rear wheels, while a separate 131 horsepower electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers and a top speed of 120 km/h. The high-performance electric car can fully recharge in 1.5 hours from a 220-volt level 2 charger, and boasts up to 94 mpg in combined fuel efficiency. The motor derives its energy from a lithium-ion battery centrally mounted in the vehicle — which creates a low center of gravity for even more efficiency. It also works to provide an additional power boost to assist the gasoline engine during acceleration.

Porsche Celebrates 50th Anniversary of The 911

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originally presented as the ‘Porsche 901 classic’ at the 1963 Frankfurt motor show – eventually renamed to the ‘911’, as french car maker Peugeot objected to Porsche using any three digit number where the middle number was 0 – marks its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the ‘2013 Porsche Carrera 911 4S’. To commemorate ‘the most successful sports car ever produced – of which over 820,000 were sold’, the official Porsche museum in Stuttgart will host four special exhibitions, including an early model 911 turbo coupe, 1981 911 cabriolet concept, a 1997 GT1 version supercar and a pre-series type 754 T7  – leading to the final ’50 years of the Porsche 911 exhibition which will be hosted from june 4th until september 29th 2013. When the ‘911’ was officially launched to the market in 1964, it boasted an air-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine that developed 128 hp capable of reaching a top speed of 131 mph (211 km/h).

IXoost Dock.

This stunning iOS dock called iXoost is hand-built in Italy. Graceful and shiny pipes are complimented by leather trim and a base made from a solid block of aluminum. The docks are available in V8, V10 and V12 models. The V8 and V10 have the same specs: two 28mm tweeters, two 25mm midrange cone drivers, one 100mm subwoofer and one 200mm subwoofer. The top of the line V12 adds an additional tweeter, midrange driver and 100mm subwoofer.

Mansory’s Motors.

Did you know that the boys and girls at work in Gaydon, Maranello and Stuttgart are all a bunch of slackers?* They are all designing half-arsed cars that aren’t quite special enough. You know the ones, those ugly Aston Martin DBS’, Mercedes SLS’ and Ferrari 458s. Luckily there is one man, a saviour, a pioneer of taste and design single-handedly saving the motoring world. That man is Kourosh Mansory.

Mr Mansory takes some of the most elegant designs of the motoring world and masks his interpretation of beauty over them by vomiting body kits onto them, splurging carbon fibre everywhere and defecating bits of gold trim around the edges. Mansory describe his work as ‘dynamically striking’, ‘extravagant’ and ‘noble’.

The New Electric German Flying Machine.

E-volo, the German team that flew a manned, electric, 16-rotor multicopter last October, will launch a two-seater version this spring — and a commercial model will go on sale in 2013. Fall’s test flight only lasted 90 seconds (video below), but according to E-volo the multicopter is capable of flying for 20 to 30 minutes on a single charge.

Piloted by the physicist-cum-maniac Thomas Senkel, the E-volo Volocopter (VC 1) is basically a scaled up version of a remote-controlled robotic quadcopter or hexacopter. The multicopter obviously has to have space for a human, though — which as you can see in the picture above is a chair attached to a… space hopper.

Each of the 16 rotors is powered by its own lithium-ion battery, and a central computer translates the pilot’s controls into smooth, three-dimensional movement. By default, the multicopter just hangs there, and according to the pilot it is very easy to control. In recent weeks, both the state’s governor and the local mayor have visited the Karlsruhe eMobilitätszentrum, where the Volocopter is on display, and congratulated the E-volo team on their impressive, pioneering work.

The obvious advantage of a multicopter is safety: It has all the benefits of a helicopter, but no overhead rotor — so you can eject and/or parachute to safety. E-volo maintains that the Volocopter is easy to pilot — and indeed, none of the usual factors that make flight complicated (pitch, minimum speed, stall) are present with the Velocopter.

There are plenty of issues, though. First, lithium-ion batteries have excellent power density (power-to-weight), but E-volo will still struggle to increase flight time without a major battery breakthrough. Instead, E-volo suggests a hybrid system with batteries and an internal combustion engine, much like a Toyota Prius. The propellers are an issue too — they need to be protected, which adds weight. Adding a second seat (and another human) also adds a huge amount of weight. As weight goes up, the multicopter’s size and surface area increases (larger motors, larger/more propellers). As you can see in the concept images below, though, the E-volo team is actively working on all of these issues.

As for applications of a commercial multicopter (due in 2013!), well, the only limit is your imagination. They would be fantastic leisure craft, either for puttering around the local countryside or on safari. Imagine going to see Ankgor Wat or the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower, and being able to fly around it. Multicopters would make ideal taxis, too, or ambulances. Ultimately, a multicopter is just a posh jet pack — and who hasn’t dreamt of flying around with a jet pack?  There is no word on how much the commercial Volocopter will cost, but the parts are fairly inexpensive — we could be in for a pleasant surprise.

The Cadillac Ciel Concept.

Iconic American luxury auto brand Cadillac unveiled its new hybrid concept, described as an “expression of Cadillac’s historical grandeur.”  The Ciel concept, which will be on show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is a four-seat convertible powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, paired with hybrid drive.  Designed to fit in with the touring carson display at Pebble Beach, the model is “about the romance of the drive,” says Cadillac-owner General Motors, featuring generous room for two couples across two rows.  Complete with rear-hinged rear doors, the Ciel concept is clearly trying to evoke a sense of the freedom and history of motoring through the great outdoors, with a polished aluminium windshield frame and vertical lights.  Inside, the passenger space is characterized by Italian olive wood, machined aluminium and hand-tipped leather designed to add to the romance, with interior design manager Gael Buzyn likening the design to a “vintage wooden boat.”  Luxury touches include a small humidor for holding cigars and an in-built cashmere blanket which appears at the pull of a tag to cover up the rear seat passengers, should they get chilly.  The concept is among several new models on show at this week’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, including models from Infiniti and Lexus.