The Transavia PL-12 Airtruk is an extremely odd-looking agricultural aircraft which was designed and built in Australia. The single-engine aircraft has a very short but deep fuselage and an unsual biplane wing layout.
The PL-12 Airtruk was of metal construction with some panels, namely the engine cowling, rear fuselage and top decking made from fiberglass. It was powered by a 300 horsepower Rolls Royce Continental IO-520-D engine, although later versions, renamed Skyfarmer, featured more powerful engines.
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Ever since the first generation Ford Focus RS arrived in 2002, the car has been a little bit of a legend. The first generation model looked fairly unassuming, but with 212 hp and a 0-60 time of just 6.4 seconds, it was able to blow the doors off many unwary sports car drivers. The second generation Focus RS was a
little lot less subtle. Even if it wasn’t coated in that eye-searing lime green paint Ford offered it in, it still stood out a mile away. It was also faster and more powerful than its predecessor. The latest model, the third generation Ford Focus RS, happily continues on where the Mk2 Focus RS left off.
The 2016 Ford Focus RS is a ninja of a car. It’s stealthy, extremely capable and full of surprises. Not least of which is the fact now all four wheels get a share of the power being produced by that turbocharged engine up front.
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The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow is a specially modified Juke Nismo RS which has been adapted for powering through snow. The most obvious and significant modification to the vehicle are the four rubber tracks which replace the wheels. Aside from these, Nissan say the vehicle is ‘nearly’ stock.
The Nissan Juke Nismo RSnow’s tracks come from American Track Truck, and all that was needed to fit the system was some minor changes to the bumpers, while a recalibration of the torque-vectoring AWD system ensures it all runs smoothly.
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The Lexus LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo concept is a fictional car developed for Polyphony Digital’s flagship driving simulator Gran Turismo 6.
The Lexus LF-LC GT concept is, unsurprisingly, based on the LF-LC supercar, which the company unveiled to the world at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The LF-LC was developed by a team at Lexus’ CALTY DESIGN studio in California, and includes many striking design features, such as the shape of the tail lamps which were inspired by afterburners of a jet aircraft.
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The Chrysler TV-8 was an extremely strange-looking medium tank concept which was developed in the 1950s. But if it’s appearance was odd, it was nothing compared to the proposed power source, a nuclear fission-powered vapor-cycle power plant located towards the rear of the main compartment!
Design work on the Chrysler TV-8 began in the early ’50s. The Chrysler Corporation wanted to build a tank which was different from all previous tanks, and one which also, in their eyes, was better.
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The Alpine Gran Turismo concept is a drop-dead gorgeous race car concept developed by a team of engineers and designers working Renault’s reborn sporting division, Alpine.
The Alpine Gran Turismo concept currently only lives in the simulated racing environment that is Gran Turismo 6. The concept will be made available as part of a free update to the game due out in March 2015.
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The NFZ W48 is a wild concept supercar with almost a steam punk like vibe. Created by a Russian designer who goes by the cryptic name of ixlrlxi, the NFZ W48 is equally mysterious.
The car looks like a weaponized Marussia supercar, or something Captain Nemo might take to a track day. The heavily protected cockpit looks only wide enough to hold a single occupant, and the views to the front, side and rear would be extremely limited due to the extremely thick pillars. The central pillar down the middle of the windscreen might look cool, but it’s hardly practical.
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With a resurgent Jaguar slowly filling in their lineup with more and more vehicles designed to compete with their German counterparts, it’s no wonder there’s some speculation on whether the company will go down-market (just a little) and offer something to compete with the likes of the BMW 1-Series or Audi A3. The Jaguar XD Hatchback is an entirely unscientific example of what that car might look like.
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At the 1995 Le Mans 24 hour race, the McLaren F1 GTR came out victorious. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the win, and also as a way to shift a few more cars, McLaren has created a limited edition version of the McLaren 650S, the McLaren 650S Le Mans.
The McLaren 650S Le Mans, of which only 50 will be built, was designed with the help of the F1’s designer, Peter Stevens, and the car is built by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division. One of the most prominent features of the special edition model is the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR. Besides channeling air to the twin-turbo V8 behind, McLaren says it provides “enhanced aural drama within the cabin”.
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A pair of Kenyan Air Force Northrop F-5 Tiger II fighter jets buzzed their own airbase recently, resulting in some impromptu topiary of a nearby tree. The soldiers filming the event sure got a laugh out of it. But whoever is responsible for clearing up the mess probably won’t find it so funny.
The Northrop F-5 is a light supersonic jet which is operated by many countries as either a fighter aircraft or an advanced jet trainer. The aircraft is extremely popular due to its low unit cost, good reliability, and highly commended flying qualities – even being compared to the far more expensive F-16.
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