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Aircraft

Aero-X hoverbike set to take off in 2017

That most long-awaited form of transport may finally be arriving with California-based Aerofex announcing that it'll be launching its Aero-X hoverbike in 2017 at an estimated price of US$85,000 (+CPI). The company is already accepting refundable deposits of $5,000 on its website, with first flights scheduled for 2016. The Aero-X is designed to carry two people up to a height of 10 ft above the ground and reach speeds of up to 42 mph.Read More

Bicycles

Valour smart bike offers turn-by-turn navigation

A connected bike with no trace of an electric motor is something of a rarity amid a trend of high-tech two-wheelers. Looking to integrate modern-day connectivity while retaining the century-old tradition of pure pedal-powered motion is the team behind the Vanhawks Valour, a sensor-laden smart bike designed with safety in mind.Read More

Automotive

McLaren experiments with MSO 650S Concept

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

Outdoors

GCT injects race car technology into carbon fiber "super luxury" camper

In today's world, we're surprised to see a high-end supercar that doesn't include a bunch of carbon fiber in its design. Despite prices that can be just as high-end, the material is far less common in the camper/RV market. A few designs we've covered, like the XPCamper, have carbon fiber on their spec sheets, but it's not something you run into all over the place. In introducing a big, glossy black-carbon bus trailer that it calls the "world's first all-carbon fiber RV," Global Caravan Technologies brings a heap of carbon fiber to the market all at once. Read More

Bicycles

Builders boost the bamboo bike frame

It wasn't that long ago that bamboo-framed bikes were thought of as a weird rarity. Thanks to its combination of durability, stiffness and vibration-damping characteristics, however, the material has been gaining popularity in recent years. That being said, some designers still find that the random nature of pure bamboo makes it a little too unpredictable for producing frames of a consistent character and quality. That's why two frame builders have developed some interesting work-arounds. Read More

Bicycles

Wooden mountain bike gets by with a little help from Kevlar

Wooden-framed bikes are things of undeniable beauty, but they're also highly prized for their smooth ride capabilities. At the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Chris Connor of Denver-based Connor Wood Bicycles introduced us to a new mountain bike named DURT, that's had sections of the steam-bent, locally-sourced reclaimed wooden frame reinforced with Kevlar for a gorgeous combination of strength, beauty and performance. Read More

Automotive

Audi's R18 e-tron Quattro receives a dual-hybrid makeover for 2014

First introduced into rally racing in 1980, Audi’s AWD Quattro system has become synonymous with all wheel drive performance. Its AWD activities have since shifted from that of a rally-only diet to the arena endurance racing in the form of the championship winning R18 e-tron Quattro. For 2014, the Le Mans champion is back to defend its title packing more than just new laser headlights – it has a completely redesigned dual-hybrid system in hand. Read More

Automotive

Faster than the F1 and 12C, McLaren's 650S performance specs revealed

Just days ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, manufacturers continue to leak images and vehicle details. Following on the heels of last week’s reveal of its new 650S supercar, McLaren has just released performance specs for the vehicle. Until today power specs, styling chatter and passenger amenities were all the public had to go on, but now the company has made available the car’s true performance ability – and it is glorious. Read More

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