The ultra lightweight, fuel efficient car of the future may be closer than you think thanks, in part, to the US Navy and its advanced, high-tech weaponry.
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This is Kovit’s latest Delta 7 road and track frame. The ultralight, carbon/kevlar bike was revealed to the world at last month’s Interbike show looking like something straight out of a sci-fi movie with a trellis of (what should be called) nanotubes and a wholly reasonable $3500 price tag. I’m no expert on carbon tube […]
According to GreenWing’s stated figures, the 32 hp electric motor can propel the eSpyder to maximum air speed of 68 mph. Peak efficiency, though, is found in an “economy cruise” mode that holds the tiny plane at 38 mph, which translates to about 90 minutes of flying time.
There are lots of things that might seem dangerous to people, that just aren’t. Riding a bike through city traffic, for example, can be perfectly safe if you’re not an idiot and you obey the traffic laws and wear a helmet. Motorcycles and scooters are the same way – I’ve never heard of anyone dying […]
Toyota is a bit of a tease; they’ll be showing off their ultra-light hybrid concept car in Geneva, but they keep letting just a little bit more information slip. The name of the car – the FT-Bh – stands for “Future Toyota B-segment hybrid.” Super, Super Light Body One of the awesome points Toyota has […]
These are exciting days for aviation. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen transatlantic crossings made – for the first time! – on clean, renewable fuels. We’ve seen new developments in powertrain technology, and we’ve seen daring pilots in featherweight electric planes push themselves to new limits and new speeds …
This independence day, we should also take some time to remember our country’s history and give the French a little love. With that in mind, then, let’s go back to last weekend’s Paris Air Show, where French pilot Hugues Duval still has a fair bit to boast about with his latest accomplishment: breaking the electric-powered […]
You read that right: two-thousand miles per gallon … and (in case you missed the reference), these 2000 mpg vehicles were built by a bunch of school-aged tweenie-boppers. That’s huge – but let’s step back from that, though, and take a few moments to enjoy the schadenfreude. A few short months ago (with the septuagenarians […]
Last month, a University of Toronto student brought one of Leonardo da Vinci’s dreams to life by building (and flying!) a human-powered ornithopter capable of sustained flight. So… what’s an ornithopter? Good question! Ornithopters are winged aircraft that fly like birds, flapping their wings to achieve and sustain flight. Up to now, though, the only […]