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— Marine

Top-selling Wally Tender to be replaced by US$825,000 Wally One

By - August 4, 2011 10 Pictures
Monaco-based yacht builder Wally has become the best known and most easily recognized luxury yacht brand in the short 17 years since its inception. Its yachts have won the Millennium Design Award, it is the only yacht builder to twice win the Compasso d’Oro and now the company's top-selling Wally Tender is to be replaced by the Wally One. According to Wally founder Luca Bassani Antivari, the EUR580,000 (US$825,000) Wally One offers more performance, technology and comfort with less overall length, consumption and cost. Read More
— Good Thinking

New aromatic take-away coffee lid formulated to improve the taste of coffee

By - August 4, 2011
Hong Kong-based Mint Urban Technologies has introduced an aromatic coffee lid for take-away cups which it claims improves the taste of coffee when drinking through the lid. The aroma is not "mint," as the company's ill-chosen name suggests, but an aromatic material formulated to enhance the bouquet of the coffee. The secret of the new Aroma Lid is in the plastic, according to Mint's Marc Miller. "Coffee lids block the aroma coming from the coffee," says Miller. "Because taste is 95 percent smell, the lids are stopping us from experiencing the full taste of our favorite morning brew." If the Aroma Lid can indeed enhance the taste of coffee, it could be a significant product - the take-away coffee industry uses 100 billion lids every year. Read More
— Aircraft

The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire

By - July 27, 2011 2 Pictures
As much as Goodwood might hold special significance for automotive enthusiasts, the estate also has strong ties with the world of aviation. During WWII it was an active fighter airbase (aka RAF Westhampnett), and there are many other aspects which make it a particularly appropriate venue at which to celebrate the 75th anniversary of most famous British aircraft of all-time – the Supermarine Spitfire. Read More
— Automotive

Low Drag Lightweight Jaguar E-Type Concept car makes public debut 47 years after it was built

By - July 26, 2011 8 Pictures
It's not often that a car has its first public showing nearly fifty years after it was built, but that's what happened at the recent Cholmondely Pageant of power when the newly-restored, one and only factory-built Low Drag Lightweight Jaguar E-Type was seen. The original crashed at very high speed testing at Montlhéry and was so badly damaged that it sat for 47 years before a complete restoration involving 7,000 hours of work and 90 per cent original parts yielded its magnificent original state. Great gallery showing the many moods of this priceless specimen of Jaguar DNA. Read More
— Automotive

The 231 mph Brabus Mercedes 800E - world's fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet

By - July 11, 2011 28 Pictures
Brabus specialises in building fast cars - very fast cars. Indeed, it already holds the record for building the world's fastest production sedan and the world's fastest production coupe, so in claiming the title of the world's fastest cabriolet, it's not that much of a surprise. The car begins life as a Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet before the engine is transplanted with a 788 bhp, 6.3 liter, Biturbo V12 (a derivative of the three-valve Mercedes S 600 V12), giving it a top speed of 370 km/h (231 mph) and a price tag of EUR 478,000 (US$682,000). Read More
— Automotive

Aston Martin to produce 150 Zagato V12s at US$530,000 each

By - July 8, 2011 28 Pictures
Aston Martin's new V12 Zagato had quite a spectacular and busy few weeks following its first public showing on May 21 on the shores of Lake Como (Italy) at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este where it won the award for Design in the Concepts and Prototypes class. A week later, two identical prototypes finished fifth and sixth in their class at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, verifying that the gorgeous handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre machines were indeed capable of holding their own in any company. So began a period of what Aston Martin termed “overwhelmingly encouraging interest from customers” which has finally resulted in a commitment to a limited production run of 150 examples of the Zagato. Read More
— Automotive

Pike Peak hillclimb records smashed

By - June 28, 2011 49 Pictures
Sixty-one year old motorsport legend Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima, almost certainly the oldest world class athlete competing in any sport today, won his sixth consecutive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, at the same time as breaking the long standing 10 minute barrier for the course which rises 1.5 kilometers from start to oxygen-starved finish. Nissan's electric LEAF established a new electric car record for the course and Ducati's "four bikes in 1" Multistrada defended its 2010 win with a new record too. Read More
— Automotive

Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car makes a rare public outing at Salon Prive London

By - June 23, 2011 5 Pictures
Buckminster Fuller was an American inventor and futurist whose prolific and widely admired work gave us the geodesic dome, the remarkable Dymaxion Chronofile, the term ""Spaceship Earth" and the Dymaxion car. The Norman Foster-built Dymaxion car had a rare public outing at the exclusive boutique-style Salon Prive event in London this week. Nice photo file on this one. Read More
— Automotive

Toyota GRMN Sports Concept II - lightweight, 295 bhp hybrid convertible

By - June 23, 2011
Toyota will continue the growing trend among auto makers of announcing new models and concept cars at places other than auto shows by unveiling the GRMN Sports Concept II at the Nürburgring 24-hour race this weekend. The GRMN is a lightweight, petrol-electric hybrid convertible with 295 bhp. The 245 bhp V6 is located centrally and drives the rear wheels while the front wheels are electrically-powered to complete the sports-hybrid AWD system. Read More
— Aircraft

Elbit tests Forward Ground Control Station (FGCS) for Skylark I LE man-packable UAS

By - June 14, 2011 8 Pictures
Israeli defense technology company Elbit has successfully tested an interesting new Forward Ground Control Station (FGCS) for its Skylark I LE man-packable Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The lightweight FCGS is 15 kg (33 lbs) lighter than the existing Skylark ground control system and is designed to enable dismounted soldiers to carry minimum gear for optimal operational efficiency, as the UAS can be launched by Dispatcher Units well to the rear, transferring control of the operation to the FGCS-equipped Forward Units when the UAS reaches their range. Read More
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