People who've been following this site are probably familiar with this Rinspeed vehicle already, but now online retailer Hammacher Schlemmer is offering it for a cool $2-million. This car submarine hybrid floats when driven into water, and submerges with the pull of a lever, sending the passengers on an underwater adventure. There are two water jets mounted behind rotating louvers at the front of the vehicle, which provide steering as well as lift, and propellers in the back, provide forward movement up to 2 knots at depths down to 33'. Continue reading for a video and a link to the actual product page.
Unlike its predecessors, AeroMobil 3.0 boasts a sturdy suspension that allows it to take off and land on rough terrain. Its variable-angle wings are designed to shorten take-off distance and improve efficiency. Best of all, the company claims the vehicle has low cost of maintenance, and runs on standard gasoline. Continue reading for a video, more pictures (interior included) and more information.
Batman fanatic and real-life superhero Zac Mihajlovic, from Camden, Australia, turned down several 6-figure offers for his homemade Batmobile. It's not for personal reasons, but rather so he can continue helping sick children via the Make-A-Wish foundation. These offers came from businessmen worldwide, including a Sheik in Dubai. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral music video from OK Go with lots of robots and umbrellas.
Barra Airport, first opened in 1936, is situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends, in directions 07/25, 11/29, 15/33. This almost always allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea: flight times vary with the tide. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights used to illuminate the runway and reflective strips laid on to the beach. Continue reading for more.
We have seen the future of passenger planes, and they'll probably be windowless. Sounds depressing, right? Well, before you let that thought sink in, just imagine that this plane's interior is lined with ultra-thin displays that show images from outside the plane. The displays can mirror whatever is outside in accordance with how passengers look around - think a giant smartphone touchscreen. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Priced from $629,000 USD, the Conquest Vehicles Knight XV is inspired by the Gurkha military truck, and based on a Ford F-350 truck chassis. This beast measures just over 6-meters (20-feet) in length and tips the scales at 5.5-tons. Made from military-grade ballistic hardened steel, ballistic fibreglass and six centimetre thick armoured glass, it can withstand fire from Kalashnikov and Dragunovs. Under the hood, you'll find a Ford-sourced 6.8L V10 that generates 400bhp and 500lb ft of torque, running on E85 ethanol. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Just when you thought hypercars couldn't get any crazier, the Trion Nemesis comes along. It's powered by a twin-turbocharged 9.0L V8 that pumps out 2000hp, enabling it to rocket from 0-60 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of over 270 mph. The company says the Nemesis will also have a 'Predator Mode' that adjusts ride height, suspension settings, exhaust sound, and rev limit, on the fly, when needed. Trion plans on building 50 units, priced at $1-million each. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny homework answers gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Simpsons mashup that will blow your mind.
So, you already have a McLaren P1, but want something even faster, just for the track? Well, the McLaren P1 GTR should do the trick. Featuring a stripped down interior and an F1-based steering wheel. There's also a 90kg (198-pound) carbon fiber MonoCage chassis sourced from the road version, along with DTM-style, carbon fiber seat-shells to keep the weight down. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Always wanted a hoverboard like the one Marty McFly used in Back to the Future? If so, you may soon be able to purchase one just like it for a cool $10,000. One caveat: it requires a metal floor beneath you. Los Gatos-based startup Arx Pax is making the HENDO a reality, with the board itself relying on four disc-shaped hover engines that generate an electromagnetic field over a conductive surface (like copper sheeting), which in turn creates an opposing field within the surface. The two fields then repel each other, allowing the board to hover about an inch off the ground. Continue reading for another video and more information.
James Bond fans rejoice! If you've seen "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) countless times already and have a few million burning a hole in your pocket, now is your chance to pick up the actual Lotus Espirit S1 car that James Bond used in the film. This vehicle is claimed to be one of only three surviving Lotus prop cars used during filming, though if you want to bring this nostalgia home. For those who love the super spy, but don't remember the vehicle in this film, it ebuted its submersible skills during a chase scene that saw Bond escape gunfire from a helicopter by driving straight off a pier and then up went the wheels and out came the fins. Continue reading for more pictures and an actual video showing the the Espirit in "The Spy Who Loved Me".