The Central Japan Railway Company used a new Shinkansen maglev train to transport passengers along an 18 km (11 mi) piece of track at up to 500 km/h (311 mph) during a test run. Japan's bullet trains typically travel at speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph), but the levitating Shinkansen uses the force of electromagnets for even faster speeds and to hover above the track. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of grandmas smoking cannabis for the first time.
Here's a first look at the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang. It's equipped with a 5.2L V8 engine that churns out 500hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Plus, this will be the first Ford production car to be fitted with magnetic dampers, in addition to a set of Brembo brakes, along with an aluminum hood and widened fenders to accommodate the sleek 19-inch wheels. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Ken Block's Gymkhana 7.
The Jumbo Hostel in Sweden was one of the first plane to hotel conversions, but KLM brings a personal touch with their own version. Currently listed on Airbnb, this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 successfully charted 3,675 flights over its lifetime and now is a luxurious apartment, complete with "an open plan lounge room, study zone, master bedroom with a king size bed, second bedroom with two single beds, two fully equipped kitchens, 116 jet windows, eight tiny bathrooms and a panoramic cockpit." Continue reading for more images and information.
Three Chilean engineering students have unveiled Yerka, a bike that claim is "unstealable". Unlike other bicycles, the bottom tube of the frame can be split into two parts and wrapped around a pole. Then, it's secured to the pole or tree using the seat post to connect the arms, and locked shut. The company is currently working on prototypes that will connect combination locks to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Expect to pay $400 - $1000 for the Yerka when it's released next year. Continue reading for a video and more information.
In case of a zombie apocalypse, the Motoped Survival: Black Ops Edition is probably your safest best in terms of transportation, allowing for maneuverability as well as quick access to weapons. At its core, this Motoped is a customizable moped with a 500-mile range that achieves 200 mpg, easily converting to an ultralight dirt bike if its 49cc stock engine is swapped for something larger. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Eindhoven, a city in The Netherlands, now boasts the world's first solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark bicycle path. Called, the "Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path", it was designed by Daan Roosegaarde, constructed by Heijmans, and is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones and was inspired by the world-famous painting, Starry Night. It marks the start of the Van Gogh 2015 international theme year. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
We have seen the future of transportation, and the "Impossible Bike" is one of the must-have gadgets. China-based engineers have spent 3-years designing a foldable bicycle that fits in a backpack and is capable of hitting 12 mph (20 km/h) on the road, thanks to a ten 2,900 mAh battery-powered brushless electric motor. It weighs just under 11-pounds and when folded, is 17-inches tall. When fully charged, riders can expect a range of 15.6-miles. Continue reading to see it in-action and for more information.
French cyclist Francois Gissy was never content with traditional bicycles, so he's been building and riding rocket-powered versions for a while now. He broke his own world speed record last Friday when he reached a heart-pounding 207 miles per hour, racing a Ferrari F430 Scuderia. It took him a mere 5-seconds for him to go from 0-207 miles per hour. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Most people would be happy to get to work on time in any car, but self-employed Ollie Wilkey doesn't even have to leave home to go Back to the Future, or at out in an exact replica of a DeLorean from the movies. Adding to its authenticity, when it reaches 88mph, a series of lights and time travel sound effects are activated. That, however, is not the coolest part, at the push of a button, this DeLorean can be put in a hover conversion mode, complete with fold up wheels. This particular car was built by an ex-NASA engineer and Universal Studios contractor, originally owned by his friend Luke, who then sold it to Ollie earlier this year for a 5-figure sum. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Most of the notable vans you see online are tricked out with the latest and greatest technology, but these two friends from Australia did something unexpected with theirs. Called Orange Sky Laundry, this van doubles as a mobile laundromat to give the homeless the opportunity to wash their clothes safely. Thanks to donations, they were able to purchase a washing machine and dryer, allowing them to clean 20kg of laundry per hour. Continue reading for more pictures and information.