Jan 232009
 

A Boston-area company plans to begin flight tests this year of a two-seater airplane that moonlights as a car.flying-car

The aptly named Transition takes a stab at bridging the gap between automobiles and airplanes. Some people call it a flying car. The company designing and selling the vehicle prefers the term “roadable aircraft”… discovery.com

Watch out  George Jetson, here we come.

Jan 162009
 

The world’s greenest supercar project is progressing nicely. The last time we checked in with Joe Harmon and his team of craftsmen from North Carolina State University, the all-wooden car’s hand-laid bodywork had been mated with the chassis, which was awaiting installation of the twin-supercharged, 32-valve Cadillac-sourced V8 engine and six-speed rear-mounted transaxle from a modern Chevrolet Corvette. Those 600 ponies will be funneled to the rear wheels, which have center hubs made from pressed and laminated wood, naturally. Even the transverse leaf springs are made from orange osage wood…autoblog.com

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Jan 032009
 

When we think of concept cars most of us envision futuristic, ultra-sleek, aerodynamically chariots of the road. But the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm ” flips the script” and creates smooth and fleshy automotive behemoths called Fat Cars. fatnotphat

I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political…Erwin Wurm

Oct 222008
 

Volkswagen’s Autotürme, or car towers, are distinguishing features of the Autostadt. The transparent cylindrical buildings rise 48 meters or 150 feet above the grounds, and they’re linked by a fully automated delivery system to both the Volkswagen factory and the KundenCenter (where VW customers pick up their new cars).

The car towers work like giant vending machines: As a new car arrives from the factory, it’s transported by robot to an empty storage slot in one of the towers; when a customer shows up to collect the car, the same robotic picking system fetches the vehicle, brings it down to ground level, and transfers it to the KundenCenter in the next building. Each tower holds up to 400 cars on 20 levels and can process a car every 45 seconds during peak times…europeforvisitors.com

One more reason VWs’ are so cool.