Orchard Mobility, a british company specialising in mobility scooter sales, has just claimed the Guinness World Record for the longest mobility scooter. Measuring 10 feet (3 metres) long, the specially constructed vehicle took six weeks to build. It was commissioned by business partners Nigel Fitzgerald and Anwar Watson.
To comply with Guinness regulations, the Limobilizer had to be driven 300 ft (100 metres) in two directions with passengers on-board.
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Ettore Bugatti became famous in the early part of the 20th century for producing some of the world’s most exquisite automobiles. What most people, myself included, didn’t know, was that he also had a go at aircraft design.
Originally designed in collaboration with Ettore Bugatti and Belgian engineer Louis de Monge, the original 1937 Bugatti 100P is considered by many to be one of the most technologically advanced airplanes of the era. The 100P featured cutting-edge aerodynamics with forward swept wings, a zero-drag cooling system, and computer-directed flight controls, all predating the development of the best Allied fighters of World War II. It was powered by two 450-hp engines squeezed into the narrow fuselage, and it was designed to reach speeds approaching 500mph. A feat previously only achieved by aircraft with twice the horsepower.
The 100P was also much more compact than most aircraft of the era, with a wingspan of nearly 27-feet and an overall length of approximately 25.25-feet. In June 1940, Bugatti stopped work on the 100P and concealed the plane to prevent its discovery by the German military. Though the plane survived the war, it was left in a condition unfit for flight. Amazingly the original aircraft still survives, currently residing at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
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The GG Taurus is a BMW-powered reverse trike which is manufactured in Switzerland. The vehicle features a 1300 cc BMW inline 4-cylinder engine which produces 175 horsepower and 104 ft-lbs of torque. The transmission is a six-speed unit with a reverse gear. Top speed of the GG Taurus is 140 mph.
The GG Taurus will make its US debut in Miami on February 22. It will be sold as a limited edition, with a long list of options available, including different suspension setups, a digital dash, luggage boxes, lighting and custom paintwork.
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The Nisttarkya is a 100-percent electric-powered bike created in India by an imaginative guy called Santhosh. It features a highly unusual riding position with the rider sitting crouched in the prone position. The handlebars are connected directly to the front wheel hub, and it features both front and rear suspension.
It looks like riding the Nisttarkya would be extremely fun, dangerous and painful at the same time! Longer journeys, or using it on any terrain which isn’t glass smooth could cause fairly severe discomfort for the rider, as pretty much all their weight looks to be distributed along the unpadded metal backbone frame. Also I’m not sure how happy I would feel with my teeth just a few millimetres from the metal frame!
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Nicholas Mee & Co, an Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, have just finished putting the final touches to a fully functional kid-sized car inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. But this is no rickety pedal car. It has a steel chassis, composite bodywork, leather seats, a wood rimmed steering wheel and Brembo disc brakes.
Power for the DB Convertible Junior comes from a 110cc four-stroke engine with key-operated electric start. The transmission is a semi-automatic three speed unit. Top speed for this “kids” car is a remarkable 46 mph! Although this can be restricted downwards.
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It would seem that back in 1978, Swiss “car designer” Franco Sbarro spent nearly the entire year under the influence of powerful narcotics. That’s the only sensible explanation for the six-wheeled rolling abomination that he managed to create that year. Called ironically the Sbarro Function Car, the leviathan was a based on a lengthened Cadillac Eldorado and weighed over 3 tons. It was powered by a 350 horsepower 8.2 litre V8 mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.
The car was commissioned by Joseph E. Adjadj, a wealthy Saudi Arabian businessman and owner of the brand TAG. He wanted a mobile office which had all the luxuries of home – clearly he’d never heard of an RV. Or good taste.
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Ever since the wheel was invented by someone rather clever thousands of years ago, mankind has used it to efficiently transport goods and passengers across the surface of the earth. And after all these centuries of research and development, it’s generally accepted that you need more than one wheel to create a stable vehicle platform. However with the ready availability of high-tech software and gyroscopes that old balance argument is slowly being eroded.
The most recent of these unconventional single-wheeled contraptions is the aptly named Onewheel, developed in Mountain View, California by Future Motion a company founded by Kyle Doerksen. The Onewheel is basically a skateboard with all four small wheels removed and one big fat wheel in the center, all the electrical stuff is neatly hidden inside the aluminium chassis of the board.
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Theophilus Chin is a guy who loves nothing better than screwing around with Photoshop and creating speculative vehicles based on production cars. His latest effort sees the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang reimagined as a sedan. Purists may scream in horror at the thought of a four-door Mustang. But you can’t deny he’s done a good job!
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Spanish design firm Bel & Bel have recently unveiled a fabulous vintage Vespa styled personal mobility vehicle. It’s based on an Elite WS – not a Segway – but a vehicle which uses the same principle of two electric-powered wheels and a computer-controled gyroscopic stabilizing system.
The Zero Scooter by Bel & Bel Studio is handbuilt to order, and each can be customised by the buyer, with paint color, trim and decoration all bespoke. Bel&Bel will even put company logos on the bodywork if you want to use it for promotional stuff.
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While the thought of a flying submarine might seem completely ridiculous to most people, it has been done. Way back in 1962 nonetheless. Donald Reid, a US defense contractor and also an early R/C submarine enthusiast built the RFS-1 using parts from salvaged aircraft and other assorted components.
It wasn’t a high-tech machine, despite its abilities. In the air it was powered by a 65 horsepower four-cylinder Lycoming engine. While underwater a 1-horsepower electric motor provided propulsion. Conversion from aircraft to submarine was a clumsy affair. The pilot first had to remove the propeller, and then cover the engine pylon with a rubber diving bell to keep the engine dry. The pilot used an aqualung to breathe. Maximum depth was roughly 10 to 12 ft (3.5 metres).
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