Switzerland’s creative custom automobile specialist, Rinspeed showed off its innovative new concept car, the driverless XchangE at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. And Carl F. Bucherer supports the project with the creation of one of the world’s most unusual watch winders. Integrated in the instrument panel, the exclusive Patravi TravelTec automatic enables passengers to keep track of three different time zones at once. The watch is blue in color – to match the car – and embedded in a luxurious, engraved globe, which is probably also the world’s most exclusive watch winder. When the car is idling, the sphere turns continuously, thus guaranteeing that the watch is always fully wound. Effectively, this makes the entire car a watch winder, whose exclusiveness and sophistication boost the value of the entire concept car to apparently over a million dollars.
Honda announces the new NM4 Vultus, a ground-breaking machine inspired by futuristic machines seen in the anime and manga television and film styles, known collectively as “Japanimation”. Created by a young design team who remained true to their original concept at every stage through to production, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider. Continue reading →
Chinese automotive manufacturing company Qoros have presented at the Geneva Motor Show their new futuristic electric bike, the Qoros eBIQE Concept. Apparently, it has three driving modes – pedaling with no assistance, pedaling with assistance from the electric motor, or solely motor power, which unleashes the motor’s full 12kW (16hp), enabling the “electric bike” hit a top whack of 65km/h. Claimed range is between 80km-120km depending on the mode, from the 1.3kWh battery whose charge takes 80 minutes on a normal plug. The eBIQE also boasts a fingerprint recognition system, with the ability to recognize multiple users and is equipped with a 5″ touchscreen that is always connected to the internet via 3G, displaying route planning, intelligent navigation, social networking and the bike´s condition including tyre pressure, battery charge and range. And if you think the styling looks familiar, it is based on the GreyP Bikes G12, an electric bike developed by the founders of Rimac Automobili. More images after the jump. Continue reading →
Kia has unveiled two prototype electric bikes today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show 70 years on from the vehicle manufacturer’s inception as Korea’s first mass producer of bicycles and coinciding with the European debut of the firm’s first globally-available electric vehicle – the Soul EV. Demonstrating Kia’s ‘Power to Surprise’ brand values in a novel way, the all-new Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) is a ‘pedelec’ electric bike – being shown in both ‘City’ and ‘MTB’ (Mountain Bike) versions – which promises lively performance from its powerful electric motor, while incorporating a host of technical innovations in its design, specification and manufacture. Continue reading →
Lotus Motorcycles was established to design and build the first motorcycle of the iconic car manufacturer. The bike will be named Lotus C-01 and will be the most impressive appearance on public roads on two wheels. It will reflect a combination of lifestyle, design and high end technology. Continue reading →
India’s Hero MotoCorp, the world’s single largest two wheeler motorcycle manufacturer, recently showed off a few interesting concepts like the futuristic iON Hero, the turbodiesel hybrid RNT 150 scooter and this one, the Hastur 620, which seems the likeliest to enter actual production. The result of a partnership between Hero and Erik Buell Racing, details on the bike are scarce. Alleged specs indicate that it will weigh 160kg, feature an internally developed 80hp parallel twin, accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 240km/h. What do you think?
Kawasaki recently revealed the “J” three-wheel electric concept vehicle at this year’s 2013 Tokyo Motor Show – a personal mobility system of the future that adapts to the type of travel required, from city riding to fun sport riding. “J” employs Kawasaki’s proprietary battery management technology. For example, GIGACELL, a high-capacity nickel-metal hydride battery, can store large quantities of electricity, enabling a stable supply to a power grid. The next-generation light rail vehicle, SWIMO, captures electric energy generated while braking to be used for acceleration. To us, it simply seems like the answer to a question no one asked. Watch the video and see how the concept leans and changes shape on the move, changing everything from the wheelbase to the riding position.
Confederate Motorcycles has revealed an illustration of their upcoming C2 P-51 Fighter. The video with design maestro Pierre Terblanche gives us an overall look at what they’re upto and a few highlights of the new bike. Rumours suggest that the end result will be lighter than before, along with more power and improved ergonomics. The rad looks will be accompanied by a blend of aluminium, titanium, carbon-fibre and stainless steel. Watch the video and let us know what you think. The P-51 Fighter is reported to be out by mid-2014. Continue reading →
Though not an official Audi product, this beautiful concept by Alessandro Lupo incorporates the shapes of Audi as well as mechanicals too, albeit with some important changes. Details are limited, but the concept apparently features a V4 1000cc engine, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Pirelli tyres and OZ Racing magnesium rims. Continue reading →