To the casual observer, a snowboard is simply … well, an oblong board with boot bindings on it. Cheetah Ultra Sports' new carbon composite The Whip FR-II, however, looks decidedly more high-tech. Reportedly "inspired by fighter jets and exotic cars," it's claimed to offer several advantages over conventional boards – besides looking like something that Batman would take to the slopes.
Until now, the Morgan Three Wheeler was the leading option for wealthy petrolheads willing to trade out-and-out laptimes for left-field fun, but Vanderhall is encroaching on the old British manufacturer's turf with its new Laguna.
In the drone photography world, names like Parrot and DJI (maker of the Phantom
series) are the closest things to a gold standard at the moment.
However, a Latvian startup is promising to deliver a
smartphone-controlled, lightweight carbon fiber drone that improves on
battery life by as much as 40 percent.
In 2013, Estonian designer Indrek Narusk introduced the Viks,
a limited-edition stainless steel fixed-gear commuter bike. As he told
us at the time, its striking design was inspired partly by cafe
racer-style motorcycles. Now, to celebrate the line's second
anniversary, he's rolled out a carbon fiber version.
Just a month after announcing its entry into the bespoke automotive aftermarket, Maryland-based carbon fiber atelier Vitesse AuDessus (that's "Superior Speed" in French) has introduced a new carbon fiber wheel. The hollow, single-piece wheel appears quite similar in design to the Aircore wheel that Koenigsegg uses on its Agera R and One:1 hypercars, only this wheel can lighten and liven everything from Lamborghinis, to McLarens, to Porsches, assuming the owner is willing to drop the price of an Audi A4 to get a set.
Ford is pulling out all the stops in its quest to create the ultimate lightweight trackday sports car. The new Shelby Mustang GT350R will feature carbon fiber wheels by Australia's Carbon Revolution, which uses space shuttle technology to make them strong, light and durable.
Because they're made in small batches by hand, most of the bikes at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show are ... well, they ain't cheap. One in particular, the Italian-made Sarto 18K, had a price tag of US$27,000 when you could still get one. What would you get for that price? Gold and crocodile skin, for starters.