What good is the standard gold plated, or silver trophy? In the world of automotive racing there is no other material prized as high as carbon fiber - as a result APR Performance which produces carbon fiber automotive panels, commissioned by the Formula Drift commission has unveiled this year’s Formula Drift Trophies - out of Carbon Fiber.
Here’s a few pictures during the manufactuering process.
Someone once mentioned to me that the Mercedes 300 SL is one of the few cars that God has touched, if this is true then Nigo of Bape Fame is a super natural being. He wasn’t content with the 60+ year old paint as most of us would, but like his Bugatti Veyron and Rolls Royce Phantom, had it wrapped in Bape Camo Vinyl. Bape’d out.
If you haven’t seen… here’s his Veyron and his Phantom.
The Husqvarna Electric Lawnmower concept running on a rechargeable lithium-phosphate battery could be launched in as soon as 5 years! Is it really necessary to have a “green” lawnmower that barely even uses gas?
I’m all for green technology for things that matter, but this screams “richoff” to me - just another gadget to flaunt on your front lawn.
Automobile transporters are all so uninspired these days, they’ve become giant rolling lego bricks. One of the most beautiful and absolutely stunning automobile, excuse me, race car transports was built by Mercedes in the 1950’s - they named it the Rennwagen-Schnell Transporter” or “Blaues Wunder”
Only one was ever constructed to transport Mercedes race cars around at the time. The transporter was capable of 170km/h or roughly 105 mph. The original Rennwagen-Schnell Transporter mysteriously disappeared through history, and the one in most of these pictures is a recent reconstruction by Mercedes Benz and is housed is the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
On the Rennwagen-Schnell Transporter’s bed is an original 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR which is surly worth millions.
What was that? The Bentley Continental GT is so Paris Hilton? You need something with more dash and more dare? Italian coach builder Zagato Cars has re-vamped this ever so popular Bentley. Enter Zagato’s GTZ.
Jameslist.com hosted the very first one for sale at $1.7MM, these photos are from British Motorcars of San Francisco - they are offering theirs for $1.3MM.
You have to be doing something right if you were handed one of these invites at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz is hosting an Owners Reunion party - that is if you own a McLaren Racecar, McLaren F1 race car, Mercedes x McLaren SLR, or Mercedes x McLaren 722.
Have you always grown up wanting to experience zero gravity, but like the rest of us ended up with a desk job rather then becoming an astronaut? Now opearting all over the nation is Zero G.
After 11 years of surmounting meticulous procedures and safety regulations, co-founders Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, veteran astronaut Dr. Byron K. Lichtenberg and NASA engineer Ray Cronise acquired FAA approval for G-FORCE ONE, a specially modified Boeing 727-200, to take passengers on commercial parabolic flights. In October 2004, ZERO-G flew its first commercial flight operating under the same safety standards of all major air carriers and established its place into the extreme tourism industry as the first and only commercial Zero Gravity flight for the general public.
Additionally, In April 2006, ZERO-G became the first commercial company to gain permission from the Kennedy to use the shuttle runway and landing facilities to operate its weightlessness flights.
ZERO-G has provided thousands of individuals the opportunity to experience weightlessness including clients Stephen Hawking, Martha Stewart and Buzz Aldrin.
ZERO-G not only caters to private clients but various organizations as well. For example, National Geographic, Nick News and Discovery Channel have all flown on G-FORCE ONE.
G-FORCE ONE is a modified Boeing 727-200. An upgrade to G-FORCE ONE’s hydraulic system allows for continuous hydraulic pressure during parabolic performance. The modification, along with the addition of accelerometers in the cockpit, were tested and approved by the FAA. No structural modifications were made to the aircraft’s interior or exterior.
The interior of G-FORCE ONE has been altered to allow for maximum floating space. 38 seats are located in the rear of the plane. In front of the seats, three Floating Zones are divided by gold, silver and blue tape. Closest to the seats is the silver section. Directly after the silver section is the blue section, followed by the gold section. The Floating Zone is padded from floor to ceiling with one rope running down each side of the plane.
To board G-FORCE ONE, stairs open from the rear underbelly of the aircraft.