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.
One of the quieter, more subtle reveals of the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, the A8 L Security sedan debuted as Audi's most secure car ever. It leaps two levels beyond its predecessor and packs enough reinforcements to survive armor-piercing assault rifle fire and hand grenade explosions. This real-life James Bond car can also extinguish its own flames, blow its doors hinges apart for emergency exit and communicate clearly with the world immediately outside.
After viewing the concept cars, SUVs and other attractions of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, Gizmag headed south to Lake Constance for the 2015 Interboot show. The show isn't quite as large as Boot Düsseldorf, which we attended back in January, but it is blessed with late-summer weather and a location right on the water. We saw everything from ceiling-scraping sailboats and hydrofoils, to compact electric leisure vessels, to modulars and inflatables.
The Swiss-designed Boner Kayak's name doesn't translate over so well to English, but that's okay because slick design is a universal language. The kayak breaks down into three pieces that nest together and fit easily into the trunk – or even backseat – of a car. It's not the first kayak we've seen with such a modular design, but its birchwood-and-fiberglass construction makes it the most appealing.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR was one of the most beastly off-roaders we looked at in 2014. Its large, rugged looks didn't translate to success at Dakar earlier this year, however. So Peugeot regrouped and began reworking the car the minute Dakar 2015 ended, developing an even bigger, gnarlier 2008 DKR for Dakar 2016. This is the Peugeot 2008 DKR16.
The highlight of Artega's booth at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was quite clearly the Scalo sports car, but the newly revived German outfit also applied its electric powertrain know-how to another debut show vehicle. An all-electric, sit-atop four-wheeler, the Karo is designed to combine the feel of a jet ski, ATV and motor scooter. It's a two-seat, road-going "fun mobile."
What's more fun than camping? Bringing a trailer full of toys with you and spending your days playing outside and nights sleeping under the stars. We've seen a number of solutions for these types of adventure trips over the years, from the raised tent platforms of the SylvanSport Go and Xventure XV-2, to the multi-purpose interior of the Teal Tail Feather, to light camper vans like the Outside Lava Flow. The new Patriot TH610 provides another: a flatbed on the back of a pop-up camping trailer.
Born in the electric surfboard-crazed nation of Germany, the J-Force eBoard is one of the fastest electric-propelled boards on the market, reaching 34 mph (55 km/h) on the open water. In place of the usual handheld controller, the eBoard uses a wearable glove that puts speed control at your fingertips ... literally.
We've taken a look at the notable debuts, the concept cars and the large vehicles of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but there was plenty more to see at the biggest auto show in the world. Here we check in on the smaller debuts, features and oddities from around the show – everything from classic cars, to futuristic autonomous concepts, to water toys with aftermarket body kits.
The concept cars weren't the only stars of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Trucks, vans and utility vehicles of all shapes and sizes also helped make the show the major industry event it was. Plush, first-ever SUVs from the cunning British luxury minds at Bentley and Jaguar were contrasted by far more rugged products like the the Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared and dirtied Land Rovers. Similarly, world-class business luxury vans were offset by fun-loving camper and sport vans.
Gizmag has been busy bouncing around the numerous halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show for the past couple of days. During that time, we've seen concept cars of every shape, size and style – electrics and hybrids, shape shifters, autonomous commuters, motorcycle-cum-go karts and many more. If these concepts are any indication, the near future of car design will be very interesting.