Doodlebug Tanker Truck
The Texaco Doodlebug was a peculiar-looking Diamond T tanker
truck designed and built in the 1930s. It was an experiment
in streamlining - a design style that was proving popular at
the time. The Texaco Doodlebug was designed by Norman Bel Geddes,
and the specially fabricated bodies were constructed by Heil
Co in Alabama. It was based on a Diamond T truck chassis.
The Texaco Doodlebug featured a rear-mounted six-cylinder engine.
The drivetrain position meant the cab was more spacious and
could be located lower down than in a conventional truck. Interestingly,
because the engine was at the opposite end of the vehicle and
the driver couldn't hear it, the Doodlebug had a small microphone
in the engine bay connected to a speaker in the cab which allowed
the driver listen out for when to make a gear change!
The Texaco Doodlebug came about after the company hired the
Bel Geddes design firm to refresh their entire brand and give
it a more contemporary style. Updates included changes to the
Texaco logo, gas station architecture and even the attendants
Rover Discovery Vision Concept
The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is a preview of the
styling direction for the future Discovery family - the first
of which is due to arrive in 2015. Like the previous model,
the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept offers plenty of space.
There is room for up to seven occupants, or - by using the touchscreen
interface - the seats can be folded away to make it a six-seater,
five-seater or even a four-seater with what Land Rover call
Despite its sleek and futuristic appearance, the interior of
the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has been designed with
practicality in mind. Hopefully it should handle muck and grime
with the same rugged way its predecessors did. The leather is
a special wipe-clean water and oil resistant type and covers
all the surfaces which might come into contact with dirt. The
floor features a wood veneer finish which is designed to be
easier to clean than a regular carpet.
As you might expect, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept
is packed full of the latest gadgets and technology from Jaguar
Land Rover. Continue
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible
The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable
yet. The Z06
model even more so. And now you can have all the performance
benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible.
Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.
2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been
offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package
was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief
engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model
for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently
that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure
strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration
of something like the Z06.
The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding
roof that can be lowered remotely using the car's key fob. The
roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to
30 mph. Continue
Zumwalt, Guided-Missile Destroyer of the Future
On April 12, 2014, the US Navy christened the first in a new
class of guided-missile destroyers. The USS Zumwalt is the first
in the Zumwalt class of vessels. They are next generational
in almost every single way, from its weaponry to its drive system,
the USS Zumwalt is almost straight out of a science fiction
Named after the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., who
served as the 19th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1970-1974.
Zumwalt was a veteran of World War II, as well as the Korean
and Vietnam Wars. He is credited with implementing a series
of policies intended to improve opportunities within the Navy
for minorities and women during his tenure as CNO. Zumwalt died
Jan. 2, 2000. During his eulogy, President Bill Clinton described
Zumwalt as the "conscience" of the Navy.
The Zumwalt-class of destroyers, like the man, is designed to
be forward-thinking and versatile. The USS Zumwalt is the first
of three destroyers the U.S. Navy has ordered. Continue
motorcycle made entirely from animal bones
Reese Moore, who unsurprisingly lives in Florida, spends his
free time crafting motorcycles - like this "Cowasaki" - entirely
from animal bones. He finds many of his macabre building blocks
from animals he finds dead by the roadside. But unlike normal
people who just drive on, he scoops them up and takes them to
his workshop. Some of the other bones are gathered with the
help of local hunters and farmers.
The bones used in his creations include cow skulls, alligator
skulls, various goat, wolf, racoon, and pig bones, and cow vertebrae.
After collecting together the necessary pieces, Moore sands
them down to get a clean, uniform color and appearance before
assembling his creations.
With the splitting of BMW's sedan and coupe models into two
separately named vehicles, the 2 Series coupe finds itself without
a full M model. There is the 2 Series M-Sport model with its
240 horsepower twin turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six. It's
good, but it's not a full-on hardcore M car. It's not an M2.
But what if BMW did decide the 2-Series was worthy of an M2
model. What might it look like? Theophilus Chin thinks the
BMW M2 would look like this. Continue
EXALT Concept - "Bare metal and Shark Skin"
The Peugeot EXALT concept is the latest innovative concept car
from the French manufacturer. Following on from the Peugeot
Onyx concept car from 2012, the EXALT uses a range of unusual
materials and textures, with the end result being something
both unusual and desirable.
The Peugeot EXALT is a saloon car with a very distinct two-part
body. The front three-quarters of the car are finished in bare
stainless steel, while the final section is coated in a man-made
textile dubbed "Shark Skin". Colored red, this material gives
the rear of the EXALT a striking appearance, however it also
improves the aerodynamics of the car slightly. Continue
Aerovan - Ugly but Useful
The Miles Aerovan, or to give it its full title, the Miles M.57
Aerovan, was a short-range, low-cost transport aircraft developed
by the British aviation manufacturer Miles
The Miles Aerovan was of simple construction, using primarily
a combination of plywood and metal. It had a fixed tricycle
undercarriage, and three vertical stabilizers and rudders. It
was twin-engined, and the fuselage was of a short, bulbous,
yet practical design, leading to its "Aerovan" name.
The two-seat cockpit featured a large plexiglass canopy providing
the pilots with excellent forward and lateral vision. In addition
there were four round windows on either side of the aircraft
for the benefit of any passengers onboard. Continue
Electric Drift Trike
The Verrado Electric Drift Trike is an fun-looking little contraption
developed by Local Motors and funded by a successful
Kickstarter campaign. It features BMX-inspired styling and
a custom fabricated chassis with a trike layout. The front wheel
is straight from a BMX bike, as are the forks. The rear wheels
are 5-inch karting wheels wrapped in 10-inch tires, which are
then encased in thick PVC wheels sleeves allowing the trike
to drift easily.
Powering the Verrado Electric Drift Trike is a rear-mounted
electric motor which drives the two back wheels. The battery
pack takes 3 hours to charge, and then provides around 45 minutes
of play time. Although the run time is actually pretty varied
and depends on the amount of high-power drifting the rider wants
to do. Continue
Rover develop "Transparent Bonnet" technology
Land Rover have today revealed a virtual imaging concept they
call the "Transparent Bonnet". Or "Transparent Hood" if you
prefer. Despite its cleverness, the concept isn't particularly
new. It's just a different application of a technology developed
by Japanese researchers at Tachi
Lab. A previous automotive use was when Kieo University
in Japan unveiled a Toytota
Prius with "see through rear seats".
However Land Rover's use of the technology with their Transparent
Bonnet is something a little different. Serious off-roading
can mean navigating your way through terrain which changes almost
every inch. One foot to the left or right could mean getting
stuck in the mud or getting hung up on a rock. Being able to
see what is almost directly under the vehicle would be of great
benefit in these sorts of situations. Continue