2018 McLaren 720S by Novitec
Novitec for McLaren has introduced a new tuning program for the McLaren 720S, one that’s focused on refining the supercar’s appearance while also injecting it with a shot of extra power. The German tuner’s kit for the British supercar includes a steady diet of Need-for-Speed style aerodynamic components, a choice of new wheels, and power upgrade options that could turn the 720S into a fire-breathing, 794-horsepower monster on four wheels.
Cambox Vision Meca
Fancy recording your track days, through the woods, dirt or just asphalt? A French company who goes by the name “Cambox Vision” is making its life’s purpose to satisfy such necessities. Of course, there are multiple action cameras out there, but none designed and developed purely for motorsports.
Cambox Vision has been making helmet cameras since the last couple of years and currently make helmet cameras specifically to capture beautiful emotions on horseback ("horse"), for motorsports( "meca"), and for extreme outdoor sports ("xtrem"). All of which are 3D printed and hand assembled at their facility in Nantes, France.
This Storta Electric Bike From Officine Riga Has Us Prepared to Leave Our Cars At Home
Electric bikes are a nice compromise, offering both health-boosting self-propulsion and convenient, eco-sensible transportation. Granted, it isn’t a segment we explore very often, but this latest design from Officine Riga caught our eye all the same.
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Video: You Don’t Need Waves to Surf Anymore!
There’s no denying it, EVs are taking over the streets little by little. And now, they are about to take over the water too. What you’re about to watch is a promotional video for the Radinn G2X, an electric surfboard that pretty much eliminates the need for waves. It’s currently offered by the company in two different colors, and it doesn’t come cheap. We’re talking about €9,900 here, and that’s just for the board, a standard power pack and a standard charger. If you want a fast charger that brings charging time down to 2 hours, you’re going to pay another €1,490. An extra power pack is €2,990 while the XL pack, with 900 more Watt hours, is €4,490. And then there’s a Tesla-like “Radical Upgrade” what will boost top speed from 50 kph to 59 kph.
With that in mind, it’s a relatively new device on the market, and it’s the only one we’ve seen of the type. We’re sure there’s more out there, but this is the first we’re hearing of them. It just goes to show how far EV technology can really go. Yesterday it was electric cars; now it’s electric surfboards. What will we come up with next?
EV Demand is Forcing Companies Like Apple to Source Battery Supplies Directly from Mining Companies
The explosion in electric vehicles with even more demand in the near future is putting cobalt supplies at its max. Cobalt, an important metal ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, has tech companies scrambling to secure large, multi-year contracts directly with cobalt mining companies, skipping the traditional route of a middleman company brokering the deal. Apple is one such high-profile company pulling up a chair at the negotiation table to secure its future access to battery supplies.
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Best flashlight for auto enthusiast : Fenix HL60R
The Scout and the Chief now represented through a luxury timekeep
The watch and the motorcycle industries have always worked in close quarters to bring out extraordinary products that beam with the precision and penchant for performance and style. It is the same case with the collaboration between Indian Motorcycle Company and Baume & Mercier.
This collaboration had made possible for the generation of two exclusive lines of fine watches called the Clifton Club Indian Legends. The two respective series are Clifton Club Scout and Clifton Club Chief. There is a lurking specialty in both these lines as they are just 1,901 limited pieces symbolizing the year Indian Motorcycle Company was founded (1901).
Ducati and Locman have come out with a luxury watch
Two Italians collaborating to meet technical and luxurious excellence is what Ducati-Locman is all about. The two brands which share a common passion for quality and manufacturing excellence has got them together to work and develop an exclusive line of watches which epitomises innovation and sterling designs with their Italian partnerships.
They were showcased at the 93rd edition of Pitti Uomo, the most important International event for men’s clothing and accessories collections and for the launch of new men fashion projects. Just like this one.
Say Hello To Our New And Improved Robotic Canine Future: Video
Those of you out there prone to Terminator nightmares – look away now. Massachusetts-based robotics engineering firm and sci-fi-for-real-life makers Boston Dynamics just released a video of their latest creation. It’s called SpotMini, and it’s essentially a smallish robot dog that looks like it could either cuddle and play fetch, or murder you in the coming robot uprising. Maybe both. The clip is less than 30 seconds in length, but its abundantly obvious that the company is making huge strides in developing highly mobile quadruped robots that move and act like living animals.
Last year, we got a look at the original SpotMini, which was larger and less agile than this latest creation. Earlier in June, Boston Dynamics uploaded a video of the first SpotMini, showing how the bot could be used to help around the house to perform chores like loading the dishwasher, while also showcasing its ability to climb stairs and right itself after slipping on some banana peels. Other recent Boston Dynamics creations include the anthropomorphic Atlas and wheel-rolling Handle.
We can’t wait to see what BD comes up with next. Let’s just stick with Isaac Asimov’s three laws, yeah?
Will the First Humans to Step Foot on Mars have Internet Access?
Musk threw out some pretty hair-raising news at the 2017 IAC conference this year, including his plans to use the BFR (Big Fucking Rocket) to transport humans almost anywhere on earth in less than a half hour, ideas about colonizing the moon and using it as a jump-off point, and even how he would manage to gain financing to build the BFR and interplanetary transport system he’s idolized for years now. Of course, the BFR and ITS are just pipe dreams at the moment, but Musk seems to be on top of trying to make them happen. And, what’s more important is that he confirmed that Mars is still on the docket for the future, and the journey may be taking place a lot sooner than we think. Shortly after IAC 2017, Musk took part in an “ask-me-anything” (AMA) forum on Reddit, and it didn’t take long for questions to start coming in. Among questions about the BFR and SpaceX in general, was what seemed to be the most important question of all:
“Does SpaceX have any interesting in putting more satellites in orbit around Mar’s (or even rockets) for internet/communications before we get feet on the ground?”
Of course, this question is important for two different reasons. First off, it would be nice to be able to communicate with our interplanetary travelers once they arrive on our red neighbor. But, of course, we know humans can’t live without the internet for days, and we have to be able to post selfies during the sunrise and sunset on Mars, right? Okay, all jokes aside, it’s actually quite a good idea, and Musk seemed to tease us about it a bit: “If anyone wants to build a high bandwidth comm link to Mars, please do.”
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MechWarrior Becomes Real Life: Don’t Miss Seeing it Live!
Remember MechWarrior? The cool game about robots blowing each other and everything else up in the best and coolest kind of warfare? (yes, I know it’s still going strong as a free-to-play online game) The point is that the game has been around since 1989, and now it takes a step closer to becoming a reality. No; I’m not kidding – robots are really about to duke it out in what is bound to be the most epic throwdown in the history of American-Japanese relations (the ass whooping known as Pearl Harbor notwithstanding, of course.) And, the best part is, it’s being streamed LIVE on Twitch for all the world to see. So, how did this situation escalate to this point? Well, it’s quite interesting.
Over in Japan, Suidobashi had been flaunting his massive robot for all the world to see and the guys over America’s Megabots decided to thrown down a virtual glove and challenge Suidobashi to a throwdown. Suidobashi did agree, obviously, but under the stipulation that the fight also allows for hand-to-hand combat. See, to him, building something big with guns was just “too American,” which is pretty accurate really, but back to the story at hand… The robots will still be able to fire projectiles and do what they do, but they can also throw down melee style if things take such a turn. Needless to say, this is going to be one crazy battle, but wait – there’s more.
On the American side, we have MegaBot. It’s 15 feet tall (4.5 meters) and tips the scales at a staggering 12,000 pounds or 5,500 kg. All this size and weight does have some serious balls behind it, and by this I mean that it’s got enough power to launch three-pound paintballs at its competitor. Those oversized paintballs, by the way, can be thrown at speeds as high or higher than 130 mph, so we’re not talking about your big brother’s Co2-power paintball gun here. Meanwhile, on the Japanese side of the ring, we’ll see Kuratas. It comes in at 13 feet tall (4.0 meters) and tips the scale at 9,000 pounds or 4,000 kg. It doesn’t have massive paintballs, but it does have twin Gatling bb cannons that shoot up to 6,000 bb pellets per minute. It also has a water cannon of sorts, which should make for a very interesting battle, don’t you think?
Either way, the fight is definitely about to be on, and it will go love at 7 P.M. Pacific time on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. You should be able to see it stream live on Megabot’s Twitch channel. Until then, check out the short promotional video and some cool pictures below.
This Fridge Takes Laziness to a Whole New Level
Don’t lie about it – there was at least one point in your life where you were sitting on the couch, pigging out on a big bucket of chicken or ribs when all of the sudden you were out of cola. Of course, you have to get your lazy ass off the couch to get some more right? Before you did, though, you most definitely thought to yourself, “how cool would it be if the fridge could come to me?” didn’t you? Well, in the near future that could actually be a reality, as Panasonic has built the world’s first, fully autonomous refrigerator. That’s right, not only will it bring you a fresh cola or beer, but another burger, some more chicken, or even that hot sauce you forgot to grab. And, the best part is…. Wait for it….. it comes to voice commands. That’s right; you don’t even have to use your smartphone to summon this self-driving make-you-fatter-and-lazier machine.
It goes by the name KU and is just a prototype for now, but Panasonic is pretty sure that it can bring it to market within the next half of a decade or so. It uses LIDAR, which is the same system used by most of the level-3 autonomous cars like the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3, and it’s even safe enough that it can avoid unexpected obstacles like an unruly kid or a dog that’s not sure what the hell is rolling through its house. Despite the fact that this thing will be taken advantage of by lazy and fat people all over the globe, it does have one benefit, and that’s the big help that it can be to the elderly and the handicapped, both of which have a genuine reason to need something like this.
With that said, it is a pretty cool piece of equipment, and when you consider the fact that we now have refrigerators that make our shopping lists for us, send us messages, and can even order food for us, this is the next step, right? I mean, you can’t really beat the coolness that is a self-driving refrigerator. It apparently has a wireless charging system as well, however, there’s no telling how long the battery will actually last when it isn’t docked. My guess would be 10 minutes at a time. After all, you don’t need to park the thing next to the couch when it comes to your command. What do you guys think? Is this something you want, or is it a little too much? I can think of a few people in my life that could certainly benefit from it, but a lot more that would certainly want it for other reasons. Watch the video then let us know where you stand.
Love the Honda Civic Type R? You Need this Lawnmower
The world we live in, it is changing more and more each day. Engines are getting smaller and more powerful, AI intelligence is on the brink of becoming a common household item, computers now fit in our pockets, and fully autonomous cars are on the horizon. But, before self-driving cars take over the world, we are starting to see fully autonomous appliances take over. Refrigerators can order groceries for you, and we now have self-driving vacuums and even lawn mowers. One of the more prominent autonomous lawnmowers on the market is the Honda Miimo, and it does everything on its own, even charging and keeping track of when to cut. Normally, this wouldn’t have anything to do with a car like the Honda Civic Type R, but to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Type R brand – thank you 1992 Acura NSX R – Honda has made a special edition of its Miimo lawnmower, and it’s fashioned after the new Civic Type R.
So, what this special-edition Type R mower receives is the signature Championship White pain, miniature fascias for the front and rear that look just like those found on the Civic Type R, and there’s even a large carbon-wrapped spoiler on the back to help keep things under control at those excessively high lawn speeds. In the rear, you can even find the new triple-exit exhaust system in the middle of the fascia. And, one has to admit, it actually looks pretty cool for a lawn mower, and it would certainly complement that new Type R in your driveway, don’t you think?
The standard Miimo offers up several different cutting modes that include directional, spiral, edge, mixed, and random (the coolest one, obviously,) but we’re wondering if this baby gets a +R mode to really increase performance. Just imagine, a Type R mover doing a good 15 mph while cutting your lawn – now that would be cool to see. Of course, let’s keep in mind that it doesn’t help the situation with all of the haters that commonly refer to the Civic Type R as an overgrown lawnmower. Then again, they are just mad that the Civic Type R can hit the 60 mph sprint in 5.7 while their stupid, crowd-hunting EcoBoost Mustang gets there in 6.3 seconds. Oh yeah, and it beats the Mustang in the quarter mile, too. The Type R gets there in 13.5 seconds at 108 mph while the Mustang sharts itself trying to get past 98 mph while hitting a trap speed of 14.5 seconds. And, the Mustang isn’t cool enough to have a lawnmower fashioned after it either. That’s okay, though. Haters gonna hate. What do you all think of the new Type R lawnmower? Let us know in the comments section below.
iXOOST has been the pinnacle of handmade music docking systems since their launch in 2012 and they recently launched the iXOOST XiLO, the first wireless audio system that recreates the magical sound of engines.
It is created to express a passion for the ‘Made in Italy’ generation where research, design and craftsmanship are all layered into one beautiful unit to bring the sound where you want it and how you want it
The company takes used exhaust headers from high-performance engines found in Formula 1 cars, Indy cars, prototypes, GT race cars, and road-legal supercars to turn them into artistic tabletop speaker systems.
ESAVOX - iXOOST
Hustled in the ancient town of Modena, Italy, is an abode of sorts for the automotive culture with greats like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani having their roots running deep through the history of the city to create a legacy for themselves. Coming from the same town is IXOOST, another manufacturer who believes that the skill and imagination needed to produce objects are adapted to those who use them, and not the other way round.
Paying new homage to the craftsmanship of Modena, IXOOST introduces their brand new music docking station – ESAVOX, ‘the birth of sound dedicated to Lamborghini cars’.
For any ardent biker fan who knows the legacy of Harley Davidson has a stimulating news to hold onto. For a hard core Gin fanatic here in the club, has an equally sensational news to be heard. For a biker junkie with an exclusive taste for Gin, this read is a bonanza.
Ladies and gents, we present to you the vision and passion of a man in a bottle of spirit nesting some Harley relics. This relishing product is from one Uwe Ehinger who travels round the globe digging out for old motorbike parts and rebuilding motorcycles as a tribute to the past. This passion and spirit of Uwe Ehinger got him the name ‘The Archaeologist’ and is now honoured with the real spirit in a bottle that proudly boasts premium dry gin.
In the year 1963, Prof. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed the legendary Porsche 911. And even to this day, that name has been synonyms to one of the most iconic cars the world has ever seen. It is the longest running production car that still stays true to its roots as the quintessential sports car. The newest edition of this legend is the 911 GT3. Besides its mind-bending performance figures and its handling prowess as a rear engine layout, it carries a glorious exhaust note from the flat six via its titanium silencer and chrome exhaust tips.
“Contemporary. Cool. Iconic.” Has been the tag line of every product that came out of the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See and Berlin. They go beyond the borders of the automobile and create a new styling world for discerning men and women running the show. One such product from this company is the 911 Soundbar. A music sound system that notes every symphony of the sports car being transcended once again through a 911 exhaust unit.
The Bugatti PG Bike. The world’s most exclusive cycle.
To become a worthy successor of the great Bugatti Veyron, it takes a great deal of commitment and sacrifice, even by the people who made it in the first place. Luckily, the French chaps have pulled off a great feat and have given the world the Bugatti Chiron. A car, an uncompromised piece of machinery that has no comparison to anything on the road. And also that it proves that the wealthy live a different way of life than the rest of us.
The French brand is at it once again in reminding us that we’re still peasants. But this time it has nothing to do with horsepower or four wheels. Instead, it is a two-wheeled cycle that Bugatti is making in collaboration with PG, the premier cycle guys from Netherlands. It does, however, share a few things from the car – It is a piece of art, has a lot of carbon fibre and it costs money. Sh*t loads of it.
Porsche 911 GT3 Bluetooth Speaker
Porsche is not just a roaring name for the beast of machines they produce on four wheels. They are equally mean with their posh accessories and gadgets coming out of their official accessories department, Porsche-Design. Accessories for those less fortunate folks who could not get their hands on the actual car. One of such accessory that catches any fine eye for design and basic Porsche instincts is their new 911 Bluetooth speaker.
The 911 speakers is an apparatus that owes its origin and suave design to the parts acquired from the mad 911 GT3 car. Yes, this luxury high-end Bluetooth speaker is built using elements from the exhaust pipe of the 911 GT3 and is a design ecstasy to music gadget lover.
Let’s talk a bit about mobility for a minute. Most of us have it pretty good; we can stand up, and walk around with little to no problem. We can kick our feet through the mud without fear and navigate over tough terrain with much of a headache. But, not everyone is that fortunate. Those who are confined to using a wheelchair to get around – for whatever reason – have limits that the rest of us don’t have. Trying to push yourself (or drive an electric wheelchair) through things like mud, or even thick grass just doesn’t work. Well, that’s about to change. I’d like to introduce you to the Ripchair 3.0.
What started out as a prototype that was built for the Howe and Howe Technologies Show on the Discovery channel has now turned into this insane looking person hauler you see before you. Thanks to an increasing interest after the public laid eyes on that prototype, manufacturer Track Chair Extreme had no choice but to build a production model. As you can see from the images, this baby is built like a tank but is nice and user-friendly at the same time.
It is large enough that it can support most standard and electric wheelchairs, thanks to a newly designed ramp in the front. There is also a built-in seat option that extends outward for easy access. The Ripchair itself is built from aerospace grade aluminum, which means it is strong and lightweight. It has a 29 horsepower, four-stroke engine that is powerful enough to truck along 8 to 10 mph. It comes in various colors, has four-way dogleg suspension, and has hydrostatic drive with electronic controls. That’s just the basics, though. Keep reading to learn about the various options available for the Ripchair and what it’s really capable of doing – you’ll be amazed.