Following on from the original UNI-CUB prototype, and based on feedback from users, Honda have unveiled an upgraded version their personal mobility device and named it the UNI-CUB β.
The original UNI-CUB was a by-product of Honda’s research into humanoid robots, or more specifically, ASIMO. The technologies integrated into the UNI-CUB allow the rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally simply by shifting their body weight and leaning towards the intended direction.
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Carcraft.co.uk have just announced a “Craft Your Dream Car” competition. They’re asking people to come up with their own original dream car design and send it in for judging. The winner will receive a £200 Amazon gift voucher, and their design will be featured on the Carcraft website.
The design can be presented in numerous ways, including a drawing, a scale model, a 3D computer model, a digital illustration – or any other method you can think of. As long as you can send in a picture of it, it’s eligible for the competition.
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Novitec Rosso, the Ferrari-tuning specialists, have just put the finishing touches to their N-Largo version of the F12berlinetta. The upgrades include new bodywork, new chassis components, and an enhanced powertrain.
The bodywork of the Novitec Rosso F12berlinetta N-Largo is manufactured from carbon fiber and designed for aerodynamic efficiency. It is 11cm wider than the standard car at its widest point – the rear wheel arches. The N-LARGO front fenders create a striking hour-glass-shape effect. They replace the production components in their entirety and add six centimeters to the width of the F12 on the front axle.
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The Rolls Royce Eidolon concept is a futuristic, ultra-luxurious vehicle which was created by Ying Hern Pow of Singapore. It’s a vision for a large luxury car with styling which is both futuristic and antiquated at the same time. The car has an extremely unique seating layout, and it uses autonomous technology to assist the driver.
In an effort to make the Rolls Royce Eidolon concept more maneuverable in built up cities – which will only get worse in the future – the vehicle features “Omniwheel technology” which allows it to move in any direction. It can literally turn on the spot, rotating around its own axis.
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At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place this weekend (11-14 July), Jaguar will be presenting a one-off design study based on the Jaguar F-Type roadster. Called the Jaguar Project 7, the car is a single-seat, all-aluminium bodied roadster with custom-made carbon fiber aerodynamic components.
The most noticable design changes to the Project 7 car over the standard F-Type include a fairing behind the driver’s head, bespoke carbon-fibre components consisting of a new front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, a lowered windshield and a restyled front bumper. The Jaguar Project 7′s unique interior features a composite single-seat with racing harness, a helmet holder and custom trim.
The Jaguar Project 7′s name is designed to highlight the company’s seven Le Mans wins from 1951 to 1990. The blue paintwork is similar to that found on the race-winning Jaguar D-types from 1956 and 1957.
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Caterham have just officially unveiled the 620R, the new-range topping 7-based lightweight roadster which will replace the Caterham R500 in the line-up. The car will make its public debut this weekend (11-14 July) at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Caterham 620R features numerous race-inspired elements, including a new cooling system and revised nosecone for improved aerodynamics. The 620R is the company’s most powerful road-legal production car to date, powered by a supercharged 2.0 litre supercharged four-cylinder engine which develops 311 horsepower @ 7,700 rpm and 219 lb-ft (296 Nm) of torque @ 7,350 rpm. That good for a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds – or more precisely 2.79 seconds!
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At the Sustainable MotoExpo this September, held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England, Bluebird will unveil their DC50 electric powered sports car.
Bluebird is the company run by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell. The Bluebird DC50 electric sports car was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2014 of Donald Campbell’s land and water speed records. Only 50 cars will be constructed. Each with a peak power output of 360 horsepower and a range of 200 miles.
The specifications of the Bluebird DC50 have not yet been released. Although the company say it has the acceleration to match a Porsche. No word on whether that’s a base Boxster, or a PDK-equipped 911 Turbo!
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Sometimes rumors turn out to be… Well just that, rumors. But other times they turn out to be true. In the case of the Vauxhall (or Opel if you like) Monza concept rumors they were bang-on correct. The concept was previewed earlier today by Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, and it will indeed make its debut at the Frankurt Motor Show in September.
The Vauxhall Monza concept represents a vision of the company’s future design direction. Vauxhall say the styling of the car will have a long-term impact on the design of their next-generation vehicles, hinting that this is a fairly good indication of what buyers can expect their Vauxhalls to look like for the next few years.
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If the rumors are to be believed, and the evidence is stacking up, then a concept version of a brand-new Vauxhall/Opel Monza coupe will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. If true, it marks the return of the Monza nameplate which was used during the ’70s and ’80s. Reports suggest the new car will be based on the Cadillac ATS, which happily means rear-wheel drive.
The new Vauxhall/Opel Monza would likely be powered by a variety of engines ranging from a 2.0 litre four cylinder, up to a 3.6 litre V6, diesel engine options would more than likely be available in Europe. Like the original Monza, the new car could potentially make it to markets around the world, albeit under different badges. Buick for example in the U.S. and China, and Holden in Australia.
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Hypothetical Question Time is a new feature we’re trying out at diseno-art. It’s pretty self-explanatory. We pose a hypothetical question related to vehicles and the industry. You let your opinions fly in the comments section. Or just pop in a quick one-click vote.
You know how as a promotional stunt, every now and then a CEO is seen driving the very best model of that company, on-track, off-track, off-road, or never mind what kind of road – as long as there’s a crowd and enough journalists? Just now, I saw this youtube video where Ralph Gilles, the President and CEO of SRT has… a rather dull time with its own white SRT Viper. And, maybe out of envy, out of boredom or out of slow thinking, a question suddenly popped to my mind: Why do we never see the bosses driving their entry level vehicles in a video?! Continue reading ‘Hypothetical Question Time: CEOs in Econoboxes?’ »