McLaren wanted to make a supercar that could be daily driven, and what they came up with is the McLaren 570S. Expected to be priced from $180,000 USD, this sleek rear-wheel drive supercar is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8 engine that pumps out 562hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, boosting it from 0-60mph in just 3.2-seconds, with a top speed of 204mph. Despite how it looks, the company claims that there's more luggage space available in the 570S than any of its predecessors. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
First unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2012, the McLaren X-1 is a one-off sports car based on the McLaren 12C and built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO). This was built specially for a McLaren customer who already owns a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a McLaren 12C. According to Paul MacKenzie, MSO Programme Director, the X-1 has been developed for the past three years. To style the X-1, McLaren used ideas from a 1961 Facel Vega, a 1953 Chrysler D'Elegance Ghia, a 1959 Buick Electra, a 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K and a 1971 Citroen SM. Continue reading for a two more videos and additional information.
Here's an incredible look at Titanic: Honor & Glory, a fan project that recreates the RMS Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage using only Unreal Engine 4. In addition to creating a walkthrough, they also give us a look at the famous grand staircase of the ship disappearing. The developers hope to include a free roam mode where we can wander around the ship with minimal crowds and no objectives and watch as everything is slowly engulfed by the icy waters in the final version. Continue reading for two videos and more information, including the Indiegogo page.
You haven't experienced a water slide, until you've tried SkyCaliber, set to open next year. According to Adrian Duke, CEO of Avalanche Waterslides Inc,, who manufactured the ride: "It is a 100ft tower, the rider is launched from 90ft down a completely vertical free fall that leads into a 30 foot tall vertical loop. It reaches speeds over 50 miles per hour and over 5Gs." Continue reading for the video and more information.
Andreessen Horowitz analyst Benedict Evans states that the $10,000-$17,000 Apple Watch exists because it's a form of marketing for Apple. It creates an air of luxury around the rest of the Apple Watch line, setting it apart from the others on the market. He says: "Apple retail is a self-funding marketing operation. So too, perhaps, is the gold watch. Apple might only sell a few tens of thousands, but what impression does it create around the $1,000 watch, or the $350 watch? After all, the luxury goods market is full of companies whose most visible products are extremely expensive, but whose revenue really comes from makeup, perfume and accessories." Continue reading to see College Humor's take.
As the first day of spring approaches (March 20) for some, there are many places still stuck in a frozen wonderland. Fortunately, this person was able to capture an interesting phenomenon...ice on a frozen pipe melting from the inside out, creating a bizarre waterfall of sorts. If viewed from afar, it might even be mistaken for fiber optic lighting or some sort of electronic light show. Continue reading for the video.
No, this isn't some miniature building, or a facade, but a real 57-story skyscraper that was built in just 19-days. Despite measuring in at 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter), energy-efficient, factory-produced LEGO-style blocks enabled the company to accomplish this feat - they can now build three-floors a day. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Asphyxia is a project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips that combines dance with motion capture technology, using two normal Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka. The data was then rendered inside a near photo-realistic environment. Here's what the duo have to say: "The project is an effort to explore new ways to use and/or combine technologies and different fields in an experiment without many of the common commercial limitations. The performance is centered in an eloquent choreography that stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds." Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
Most people would be happy building any type of functional engine, but hobbyist Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro, also known as Patelo, wanted to go above and beyond by creating the world's smallest (yet functional) W-32 engine. After 2,520-hours and 850 hand-machined pieces and 632 individual screws, the engine was finally completed. A compressed air source lets this engine rev just like its real-life counterpart. Continue reading for the video.
Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics because of their high energy density, no memory effect, and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. These batteries can be dangerous under some conditions and can pose a safety hazard since they contain, unlike other rechargeable batteries, a flammable electrolyte and are also kept pressurized. Continue reading to see what happens when you continually poke at one with a sharp knife.