The Crown Range, New Zealand. 47 corners, 1076 metres elevation, 10.4km long. The country’s highest paved roadway….
….Seven consecutive hairpin turns on a near-vertical mountainside climb give the Switchbacks their name. The second section is all about speed. Whiddett pulls sixth gear along the Crown Terrace and winds the Mazda RX7′s 750 horsepower engine out to its redline. He hits 232km/h before slowing, fleetingly pulling on the handbrake to lock the rear wheels before stomping back on the accelerator. The tyres erupt back into a spinning frenzy; black marks the bitumen. This is drifting nirvana in its purest form.
Smart Car “Smart ForJeremy” by Designer Jeremy Scott features his signature wings recognizable from his high-tops for Adidas. Smart is said to launch a limited special edition of the ForJeremy in 2013.
The Lit C-1 is a electric urban vehicle, combining the size of a motorcycle and durability of a car. The C-1 uses electronically-controlled gyroscopes to remain upright even in the case of an accident. It can be charged up in six hours, has a top speed of 120mph, and the battery provides enough autonomy for 150 to 220 miles. It will be available in 2014 and will sell for $12,000 to $16,000 (USD).
This is a replica of Shotaro Kaneda’s bike from Akira, built by Masashi Teshima, who spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it. It is officially recognized by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. And Teshima is riding the bike across the country to raise money for children’s autism. After more you can see Teshima and his custom bike in Fukuoka, Kobe, and Osaka.
RYNO is a cool electric scooter not only has one wheel, but is also self-balancing. This “multiple use, hybrid product [is] adaptable to wide range of market segments including” urban low-speed transport, sport, and government / industrial.”
Dutch company PAL-V announced the first flights of its prototype “flying car”. This unique vehicle is called the PAL-V One, or the ‘Personal Air and Land Vehicle’, and It marks the start of a new era. On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes its rotor is unfolded and its tail is extended: then it is ready to take off thanks to the advanced gyrocopter technology.