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Angus MacKenzie

The Windpax wind turbine system can be set up in less than two minutes and mounted on a nu...

Keeping mobile electronic devices powered up can be difficult for the modern camper and hiker. Generating power from Mother Nature in the form of wind and sun is the preferred option for many, with a number of portable solar and wind generators emerging to fill this need. The latest is Windpax, a collapsible, portable wind turbine system designed to not take up too much space in a backpack.  Read More

The 1/26 scale model ISS built by Pat Acton using 282,000 matchsticks and 8 gallons (30 L)...

During the construction of the International Space Station (ISS), material selection was critical given the extreme environment of space. Chances are that one of those materials up for consideration was not matchsticks. But for Pat Acton of Iowa, the idea of designing and building a complete scale model of the ISS out of matchsticks seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea.  Read More

Designed by Designworks USA, the solar carport was developed to not only be aesthetically ... BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house its new i3 and forthcoming i8 electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.  Read More

GM's rocket on wheels, the Firebird I XP-21 (1953)  concept designed by Harley J. Earl, Ro...

In looking to the future many automotive designers look to the past for inspiration. This month an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will feature 17 unique European and American concept cars, widely considered to be some of the most influential, forward thinking designs from the past.  Read More

EcoCAR 3 tasks students with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid...

For the past 26 years, the US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the North American auto industry, has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) to provide the next generation of automotive engineers with a practical learning experience. The previous EcoCAR Challenge saw students convert and massage GM Malibus into super-efficient models, and this time for EcoCAR 3, teams are tasked with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid-electric vehicle.  Read More

McLaren points out that the MSO 650S Concept is currently being presented as a “one-off de...

With the New York and Beijing Auto Shows officially over, manufacturers now need to find other ways to attract and retain attention. Concocting specialized vehicles, sporting varying degrees of aesthetic and performance modifications, is one way automakers keep their products fresh in the global eye. This makeover technique is exactly what McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) has done with the menacing, all-black MSO 650S Coupe Concept.  Read More

The 650S now makes 641 hp with torque increased significantly from 443 lb.ft to 500 lb.ft ...

As the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) gets ready to wrap up this weekend, visitors still have a chance to see some of the auto world’s unique offerings for 2014. One boutique supercar manufacturer, however, chose an intimate space away from the cavernous halls of Manhattan’s Javits Center to show off its latest creations; the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.  Read More

Perini pointed out the hexagonal shape most notable on the car can be seen on profile in t...

Last week Lamborghini’s Huracán LP 610-4, the 610 hp, all-wheel-drive successor to the outgoing Gallardo made its North American debut at a small and intimate event as part of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Gizmag was there. The Huracán, currently in Beijing for the China Auto Show, is on a tight schedule as part of a 60 city, 130 event world tour, with North America being one of the manufacturer's key markets.  Read More

The VW Golf R 400 makes its debut at the Beijing Auto Show from April 21 to 29

We’ve seen Volkswagen tease us with extreme variations of its iconic GTI now and again. Last year, VW showed off a 503 hp version of the car in the form of the Design Vision GTI, which unfortunately was mostly for show. Now, a 400 hp AWD version unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show badged as the Golf R 400 has come out into the light, and with it some serious performance chatter.  Read More

Gizmag was on the ground at the 2014 New York Auto Show to investigate some of the more in...

Even though this year's Detroit and Geneva auto shows provided us with a number of big concept releases and production debuts, the New York Auto Show still remains one of North America’s premier events. Gizmag was on the ground last week to investigate some of the show’s more interesting debuts and North American reveals. Here’s our first-hand look at some of the highlights and the key designs from the 2014 show.  Read More

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