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C.C. Weiss

C.C. Weiss
Upon graduating college with a poli sci degree, Chris toiled in the political world for several years. Realizing he was better off making cynical comments from afar than actually getting involved in all that mess, he turned away from matters of government and news to cover the things that really matter: outdoor recreation, cool cars, technology, wild gadgets and all forms of other toys. He's happily following the wisdom of his father who told him that if you find something you love to do, it won't really be work.
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HYVE Innovation Design Gridboard and ePaddle hit the street

We've seen composite skateboard decks, like Hydroflex's honeycomb rig before, but the Gridboard takes composite construction to a new level. Looking like it was cut from the side of a plastic milk crate, the award-winning cruiser board features skeletal carbon fiber construction meant to save weight and add distinct ride characteristics. Riders that don't have proper hills for propelling the board can turn to a sister design for help: the ePaddle motorized land paddle helps any rider accelerate to high speeds.  Read More

Senzati has moved the Sprinter's door to make for smoother entry and exit

A popular theme among van converters is taking inspiration from the skies to a create a van that travels like a luxurious private jet, and the Mercedes Sprinter provides a natural base vehicle for such endeavors. The latest outfitter to throw its hat in the ring with the likes of Becker and Brabus is the UK's Senzati. Its simply but effectively named Jet Sprinter conversion includes everything from massage-equipped reclining seats, to a full multimedia system, to a bathroom with waterfall sink.  Read More

The Qoros 2 SUV PHEV Concept that debuted at Auto Shanghai 2015

Just a month and a half ago, Qoros was a Chinese-Israeli automaker showing off vanilla, nondescript designs like the Qoros 3 City SUV (those missing doors are there to help highlight the interior, not for visual effect). We knew that change was in the air, and after the Shanghai auto show, Qoros is now the warped mind behind one of the meanest, strangest small crossover designs in recent memory. The Qoros 2 SUV PHEV Concept may be friendly to the environment, but it's downright nasty to anyone that looks over in its direction.  Read More

Ford imagines a foosball table that is actually a functional greenhouse with live grass on...

Translating car design into furniture and other consumer goods is all the rage this month. For Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile), Mazda highlighted its Kodo Design language reincarnated as a sofa and bicycle. Ford got even more diverse, unleashing the styling of the all-new GT supercar on a varied selection of designs, from pieces of furniture, to a foosball table, to a sailboat, to a guitar.  Read More

It may not fit comfortably in your running shorts pocket, but the Hydaway slides easily in...

Over the years, one of the biggest trends we've seen in water bottle design is the collapsible bottle that compacts down to pocket size when empty. It's appeared in rollable Vapur bottles, crushable Hydrapak bottles and scrunchable Bübi bottles. The Hydaway offers a slightly different take on the trend, its silicone body compacting like an accordion into a flat, pocketable disc.  Read More

Audi shows its latest Prologue concept in Shanghai

One of these days, surely Audi is going to release an all-out off-road super sports car. Until then, we'll just have to settle for sporty, overpowered crossover concepts. Following up on last year's TT offroad and 2013's Nanuk Quattro, Audi is premiering the new Prologue allroad at this year's Auto Shanghai show. The concept picks up where last month's Prologue Avant left off, throwing an alarmingly powerful but efficient 734-hp hybrid powertrain into the mix.  Read More

Chevrolet reveals the FNR at Auto Shanghai 2015 (Photo: General Motors)

This is the year that automotive companies will tantalize eyes and minds with full visions of autonomous cars. Mercedes opened up the year with the intriguing F 015 design study, and Italdesign Giugiaro showed its own version of autonomy with the Geneva-debuted GEA. Chevrolet has an equally intriguing self-driving vision, and it calls it the FNR. The "futuristic capsule" is loaded with next-generation styling, technology and ideas.  Read More

The Toroidion 1MW was born and raised in Finland

Normally more of a place a car manufacturer might go to cold-test its latest sports car, Finland is sliding its name into supercar design in a rather big, bold way. The all-new Toroidion 1MW concept car was designed, developed and built entirely in Finland. The car wrestles the title of world's most powerful all-electric supercar away from the Rimac Concept One. At a full megawatt (1,341 hp), it's one of the most powerful supercars, period. Besides sheer power, the car showcases some interesting technologies with a wide range of potential applications, from a scalable powertrain to a fast-swap battery system.  Read More

T1 and T6

Volkswagen revealed the all-new Transporter series van this week, and while it's not the Bulli concept-inspired Microbus revival that the world is hungry for, it is notable as an all new generation for VW's highly successful, 65-year-old workhorse. The new T6 will arrive at dealerships and camper van conversion workshops with a host of styling, equipment and technology upgrades.  Read More

Bullseye!

Typically a highly specialized, narrow-purpose tool that the average person would never have a use for, the throwing knife just got much more functional. San Francisco-based startup Urchin Sky equips a simple throwing knife with more than 20 different functions in the form of its Kniper multi-tool. The Kniper combines typical multi-tool elements like wrenches and drivers with not-so-typical inclusions like a tobacco pipe and fork.  Read More

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