It's only a matter of time before we see self-driving motorcycles, and the first may be the BMW Motorrad Concept Z. Designed by Anja Didrichsons, this modular bike has three different modes: "sport", with a slightly raised seat for cruising, "racing" for a crouched aerodynamic position, and "autonomous", where riders can lay back on the seat. Continue reading for more pictures.
Canepa has completed their fully restoration of a 1979 BMW M1 Procar, number 31 of just 40 made, which served as a spare car during the BMW M1 Procar Championship. Originally sold to a German customer in November 1979, it was then purchased by an American collector 4-years-later. The race car was driven and displayed at numerous events throughout the 1990's, and was placed in storage until October 2012. It was made street-legal by replacing the BMW race components with OEM Procar parts, including BBS center lock wheels, suspension uprights, hubs, control arms, tie rods, axles and mirrors. The engine was rebuilt and equipped with Motec electronic fuel injection, boosting total engine output to 414 hp and 357 lb-ft of torque. Click here for more pictures of the fully restored M1 Procar. Continue reading for a Top Gear review of the original M1.
Over the years, we've seen plenty of computer-rendered transforming robots, whether it be cell phones or cars, but now, Turkish company Letron might have just created the real deal. They took a real BMW E90 3-Series car, took apart the body, and created a giant robot that can be remotely controlled. Apparently, they have plans to create more versions, using different bodies. Click here for more pictures of the build process. Continue reading for a video of an earlier transforming prototype.
The F22 Eurofighter and BMW may not have much in common, but that didn't stop HGK Motorsport from creating a monstrous drift car based on a 2-Series coupe. They started by stripping the chassis and rebuilding it from the ground up, starting with a General Motors-sourced LS V8 crate engine tuned by Mast Motorsports to generate 820-horsepower, mated to a Samsonas five-speed sequential transmission and Winters differential. Other upgrades include: a 40-liter FIA fuel cell, Wilwood brakes, a full roll cage, fully adjustable suspension, and carbon Kevlar body panels. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how stackable chips, like Pringles, are made.
Modeled after the world's fastest bird, the peregrine falcon, the BMW Typhoon aims to be the coolest-looking motorbike if nothine else. Its powerful turbocharged engine visible through the carbon fiber chassis, while the front end is clad in birdlike fairings to make the bike more aerodynamic. Continue reading for more pictures.
The BMW 2002 Hommage Turbomeister is basically an M2 in Turbomeister livery, but with a carbon fiber chassis and body kit. "The BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering on which BMW turbo technology is based and re-interprets them in the form of a design study. With its iconic orange/black paintwork, the car has a colour scheme and livery synonymous in the minds of many motor sport fans with the triumphs of the 1970s," said Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a battery that's lasted 176-years.
When TRON Lightcycle meets BMW motorcycle, you get the i Motorrad Beta|R by Sebastian Martinez. In addition to a hubless wheel, it features a hollow chassis design, along with a magnetic suspension that will supposedly give riders the smoothest driving experience possible. Continue reading for more pictures.
Turkey-based designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem is back at it again, and this time, he unveils his TRON-inspired BMW Radical. This futuristic motorcycle isn't just for looks, as the body sports integrated armor that would help it survive just about any crash. It also features an elevated rear wheel and low handlebars, placing the rider in a perfect aerodynamic position. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When classic motorcycle looks is combined with the latest technology, you get designer Mehmet Erdem's BMW Alpha. "The front section of 'Alpha' has been designed specifically for minimizing the wind effect on the rider. The most vital aspect of this specific design is in its futuristic characteristic and it has been styled mainly for Salt Lake speed record attempts rather than daily usage. My main purpose while designing ALPHA was combining latest technology with old school style," said Erdem. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing four amazing illusions.
Ukraine-based designer Mehmet Erdem unveils his latest design, and it's definitely a looker. The futuristic BMW Titan Concept boasts a geometric design in the shape of a shark. The back wheel is the would be tail, while the sides are fins, and the air-intake as a pair of gills. Despite all of these sharp edges, Erdem made sure to include a luxurious leather seat-cushion. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a mind-blowing Unreal Engine 4 tech demo.