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Texaco 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 uniforms. Continue




Land 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 'limousine' mode.

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




2015 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




USS 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 book.

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




"Cowasaki" 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.
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BMW M2 rendered



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




Peugeot 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




Miles 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 Aviation.

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




Verrado 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




Land 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





















Johammer J1 electric motorcycle

The Johammer J1 is an odd-looking electric motorcycle from Austria. Under that weird bodywork however is some really quite clever stuff. Continue




Proposal for a new Car Horn Symbol

It's time to move on. The old bugle car horn symbol has served mankind well. But a new symbol should be introduced to recognise how the technology, and usage, has changed in the last hundred years. Continue




Lexus Kunai Concept - Clever, Complicated

The Lexus Kunai concept is a futuristic family sports sedan created by the talented French graphic designer Sebastien Cabanel. Continue




Mk5 Toyota Supra rendered

If all the rumblings are true, then the Mk5 Toyota Supra could be just over the horizon. This rendering uses the recent FT-1 concept as inspiration for the next Supra. Continue




Spherical Drive System motorcycle

The Spherical Drive System (SDS) motorcycle is a self-balancing vehicle which rides on two large electrically-powered spherical wheels. Continue




Necker Nymph - three-person underwater flying machine

The Necker Nymph is a three-person, open-cockpit submersible owned by the British billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The Necker Nymph is kept at his private island resort, Necker Island, in the Caribbean Sea. Continue




The Antarctic Snow Cruiser - it didn't do what it said on the tin

The Antarctic Snow Cruiser (a.k.a. "Penguin 1") was a hugely ambitious one-of-a-kind vehicle developed in the late 1930s. Continue




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