Sunday, February 28, 2010

Concept : Honda 3R-C Concept

Honda 3R-C is a fully single-seat three-wheeler powered by a lithium ion battery, created by Honda's Milan studio. It will debut at Geneva International Motor Show 2010.

The 3R-C has a clear canopy that covers the driver's seat while it is parked and not in use. When 3R-C vehicle is in motion, the canopy becomes an enveloping wind-shield that provides the pilot, who sits low in the vehicle, with significant protection from the bodywork and doors.
The high sides of the safety shell seat give greater safety to the occupant, reducing the threat from side impacts and improving weather protection. In front of the driver is a lockable boot area, which gives significant secure storage for luggage or other items. The 3R-C's designers created a flexible cover that surrounds the upper torso to reduce exposure to bad weather and improving comfort.

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Koenigsegg Agera

The 4.7 liter V8 takes the car from to 0-62 in 3.1 seconds, 124 mph in 8.9 and when you're ready to go intergalactic the car will hit an estimated 245 mph.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dynamic Innovations creates the most expensive briefcase ever

It makes perfect sense that your car should reflect your personality, just as your clothes do. However, industrial design engineer Beau Reid has a new notion in the making with his custom-made carbon fiber briefcase to match your vehicle specs – your briefcase should reflect your car’s personality. This is all happening in his company called Dynamic Innovations, where each briefcase is custom made to match the consumer’s automobile with paint and interior.

Using the highest quality leather and paint to match vehicle specs, Dynamic Innovations has “probably” made the most expensive briefcase ever. Priced at $15,000, Beau Reid expects the price to drop down once the product goes mainstream in the future.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Citroen DS3 Racing

Citroën is unleashing a hot new DS3 at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show – the limited edition 200hp Citroën DS3 Racing. It features integrated carbon-trimmed components and specialist motorsports equipment, Citroën DS3 Racing’s tuned and turbo-charged 1.6-litre THP 150 engine develops 200hp – a power increase of almost 30% over the standard unit – with a torque increase of 15% from 240Nm to 275Nm. Only 1,000 examples of the DS3 Racing will be built when production begins in the second half of this year.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

The 13 most desirable Harley-Davidsons

Known as the daddy of all motorcycles, Harley-Davidson motorcycles remain constant throughout the ages even with the varying styles and trends. Founded in 1903, Harley-Davidson is recognized the world over as an icon of the American lifestyle and the American Dream. Here’s a list that takes you on a cruise on the most popular and glorious of the HDs.

1. Dyna Wide Glide (2010)

Price: $14,999
Speed: 100 mph

The 2010 Wide Glide is a Dyna Big Twin cycle with old-school chopper style. It isn’t that wide and it pulses more than it glides, but that doesn’t keep this Harley from being a hoot to scoot — even if its low-slung bodywork makes turning a slow, gradual phenomenon.

2. CVO Street Glide (2010)

Price: $30,999
Speed: 110 mph

Among Harley-Davidson’s 2010 limited-production models, the CVO Street Glide is a popular hot-rod model powered by a 110ci (1803 cc) V-Twin engine (the largest-displacement V-Twin engine offered by Harley-Davidson). This touring bike is loaded with sparkling chrome, electrifying paint and fresh custom-styling, and is limited to just 3,500 units.

3. XR 1200 (2009)

Price: $10,799
Speed: 100 mph

The 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Sportster is an amazing attention-getter designed to boost adrenalin levels on roads and highways around the world. Influenced by the design of the successful Harley-Davidson XR-750 motorcycles, the XR 1200 features top street performance and handling. It has the 1200 cc Evolution V Twin Engine.

4. VRSC V-Rod (2002)
Price: $16,995

The 2002 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod motor produces an impressive 115 horsepower at 8,250 rpm — more than any other street motorcycle the company has ever produced. The 2002 V-Rod is the most award-winning motorcycle in Harley history. Limited to 11,000 units, this all-American cycle was inspired by Harley-Davidson’s drag racing heritage.

5. JH “Two-Cam” (1928)
Estimated Price: $150,000
Speed: 85-100mph

The first Harley-Davidson Two-Cam engine is made available to the public on the JD series motorcycles in 1928. Previously used only in racing applications by Harley-Davidson, the bike is capable of top speeds between 85 - 100 mph.

6. Model 5-D Twin (1909)
Estimated price: $400,000

Debuted in 1909, Harley-Davidsons’ Model 5-D Twin motorcycle was the company’s first cycle to feature a twin-cylinder engine model. The 5-D was a 50 cubic-inch F-head design with magneto ignition and a Schebler carburetor. Like other Harley motorcycles of the time, it powered the rear wheel via a leather belt. Limited to just 27 Units, this 5-D at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is the sole surviving example.

7. DAH Hillclimber (1932)
Estimated price: $200,000

Back in the sport’s heyday in the 1920s and ’30s, victories on the hills meant sales on the showroom floor, so it should come as no surprise that when Harley decided to build its first true factory hillclimber, the result was this DAH Hillclimber. This 1932 Harley DAH Hillclimber combines a rare 45 cubic-inch, overhead valve arrangement, never used on street models.

8. Elvis Presley’s Model KH (1956)
Speed: 65-70mph

This bike was the third Harley owned by Elvis, and was bought in the same year that “Heartbreak Hotel” launched him into superstardom. Elvis and his friend Fleming Horne were known to ride in the middle of the night for privacy. The bike was sold to Harley-Davidson by Horne in 1995 for an undisclosed amount, complete with documentation.

9. FX Super Glide (1971)

Estimated Value: $25,000
Estimated Units: 4,700
Speed: 65-70mph

FX Super Glide with its reputation for being the Harley’s first “factory custom” bike, this 1,200cc monster came to the scene in the early 1970s. The “Sparkling America” cycle features red, white and blue paint and a unique “boattail” rear fender — all trademarks that say the “’70s”. It was sketched around the frame from the company’s Electra Glide with the chopper-style front end from the Sportster. They added a Euro-inspired fiberglass seat/tail section for a unique look, with wide, bold graphics - all trademarks that say the “’70s”.

10. FLH Electra Glide (1965)

Estimated price: $30,000
Estimated Units: 6,900
Speed: 60–70 mph

This bike was a perfect example of Harley’s policy of evolution, rather than revolution, in developing its bikes. This machine had a motor rooted in the past, it also looked to the future with a feature that earned it the Electra Glide name: an electric starter. The Electra Glide lives into the present day and is now the gold standard for motorcycle touring in America.

11. EL “Knucklehead” (1936)

Estimated Value: $100,000
Estimated Units: 1,600
Speed: 60mph

This bike is the father of the modern American Harley. Not only did the engine influence all of the air-cooled twins that Harley-Davidson built after, but the styling cues have remained strong, such as the shape of the “teardrop” gas tank. More surprisingly, the first production year saw low numbers, partly because of trepidation on the part of company founders. Their concern was misplaced, and the original “Knucklehead” is now considered a jewel.

12. 8-Valve Racer (1916–1923)

Estimated Value: $1,000,000
Estimated Units: 20
Speed: 100mph

It’s believed that only about 20 “8-valves” racing cycles were built from roughly 1916 to 1923. There are thought to be only two authentic bikes left in existence, one of which is at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

13. Unrestored Singles (Pre-1910)

Estimated Value: $300,000 to $1,000,000+
Estimated Units: 5,000
Speed: 40 mph

In the first decade of Harley-Davidson’s existence, production never topped more than a few hundred motorcycles in a year. Even by 1908, annual Harley production was still under 500 bikes a year. Finding one available today is very rare, and finding an unrestored model is even more difficult.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The world's 10 most expensive cars

Take your pick or give your own suggestions !!!!

1. Koenigsegg Trevita

Price: $2.21 million

Koenigsegg has developed a diamond weave where the fibers are coated with a diamond finish. The fiber is treated carefully in small quantities, prior to further processing the Pre-preg material. Apart from the diamond finished, silvered carbon fiber, CCXR Trevita features a double carbon fiber wing, paddle-shift transmission, Inconell exhaust system, carbon ceramic brakes, a hydraulic lift system, a custom navigation and of course, an entertainment system.

2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Price: $2 million ($1.67 million for the coupe version)

Unveiled in a strange yet suitable manner at the Concours d’ Elegance, the Grand Sport brings to the table sheer brilliance that makes the world of automobiles a great place. Embarking on the 100th year of motoring, the Grand Sport is one creation that complements the mammoth achievement.
The 16.4 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport comes with a removable roof (polycarbonate material), not a retractable one, but it still manages to register itself as the fastest roadster in the world.

3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

Price: $1.8 million

Only five units of the Pagani Zonda Cinque were put into production, and all of them were sold out. Now, Pagani has unveiled the roadster version of the famous coupe and once again, only five examples will be made. The roofless Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster features a specially redesigned carbon-titanium chassis and has its roof stored in the front bonnet. The luxury coupe gets its power from the 678-hp Mercedes AMG V12 engine that allows it to go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 217 mph. Weighing in at 2,667 lbs, the Zonda Cinque comes with full carbon fibered bodywork, Cima six-speed sequential gearbox and a titanium and magnesium adjustable suspension.

4. Lamborghini Reventón Roadster

Price: $1.56 million

This roadster is based on the Murciélago LP640 (but has a completely new exterior aesthetic), with a V12, 650 horsepower engine that has a top speed of 340 km per hour. The “aerodynamically optimized” exterior is made of CFC, an extremely lightweight composite carbon fiber material. A G-force-meter is also new: it shows dynamic drive forces, longitudinal acceleration for speeding and braking, and transversal acceleration around corners.

5. Lamborghini Reventón

Price: $1.42 million

Named after a prized fighting bull that fought in the early 1940s, the Reventón inhabits everything Lamborghini. It is made exclusively in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and its sharp edges, precise lines and clean surfaces are inspired by fighter jets. You’ll know it by its glass engine hood, solid aluminum fuel tank lid and opaque carbon fins screwed onto the black aluminum spokes on the wheels. A total of 20 will be produced.

6. Maybach Landaulet

Price: $1.4 million

With 604 horsepower and a top speed of 155 miles per hour, this chauffeur-driven sedan can hold its own against race cars half its size (it’ll get to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds. It comes with a V12 twin-turbo engine. The roof can be opened fully at the rear while the chauffeur compartment remains closed. Each armchair is encased in white leather. A partition screen with clear glass and curtains, reclining rear seats with leg and footrests and a Dunhill umbrella are included.

7. Koenigsegg CCXR

Price: $1.3 million

It is the first car which isn’t just a pure road scorcher running on gas but a devil which surprisingly is eco-friendly as it can run on biofuel, that too, without compromising on the performance. It can go 0 to 62 mile-per-hour in 3.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250 mph, and our eco-friendly riches won’t mind having this one at the back of their garages.

8. Koenigsegg CCX

Price: $1.1 million

The sCCX has carbon ceramic brakes, a hydraulic lift system, a navigation system and a rear-view camera. CD and DVD systems, satellite radio, climate control, leather carpets, a roof stowage bag and car-cover come standard. Horsepower in the V8 engine is 806 units, for a 0-62 mile-per-hour time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 245 mph. It has a specially developed transversal six-speed gearbox, with optional paddle-shift. A chrono instrument cluster, carbon wheels, forged aluminum wheels, fitted luggage, special leather and color requests and Inconell exhaust system are also optional.

9. Leblanc Mirabeau

Price: $765,000

It is one of the most remarkable cars ever built in automotive history and fact that it’s street legal is almost unbelievable. The Mirabeau was specially designed to feature at the 24 Hours Le Mans race, but it is street-legal. It has a 4.7-liter Koenigsegg-made V8 engine that delivers 700 horsepower and a top speed of 230 miles per hour. Each car can be customized to owners’ expectations, including an optional semi-automatic transmission.

10. SSC Ultimate Aero

Price: $740,000

The newest model will reach a top speed of 270 miles per hour. Carbon fiber rear spoilers respond to the amount of pressure on the brake pedal. Inside, a carbon fiber dashboard and center console incorporate a digital temperature control unit and tire pressure monitor for optimum driving conditions.

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Louis Vuitton Whisky Case

Famed French luxury goods house Louis Vuitton has come out with an updated, ultra-luxe version of the classic Whisky Case portable bar that the firm first offered in 1955. Available by special order priced at about $35,000, it's wrapped in elegant Taiga leather, though you can order it in iconic monogram canvas as well. And whereas with its compartment for mixer the previous model was more of a Scotch and soda case, if you will, the new incarnation demands nothing less than the finest single malt.

Constructed entirely by hand at Vuitton's atelier in France with fittings, hasps and locks of silvered solid brass, it comes with a silver ice bucket and tongs, silver cocktail sticks in a pull-out drawer, four crystal whiskey tumblers, a crystal decanter with a silver lid, and two crystal "Coupelle" dishes in separate compartments.

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Portable Gliding Simulator

While gliding has been a passion in the adjoining country (New Zealand), Australians haven’t been into gliding, therefore the designers have come up with the Portable Gliding Simulator to help train pilots and attract people towards the sport. Weigh about 450 kgs the simulator is only portable as far as its name, nevertheless it is a perfect simulation machine, it’s “just like the real thing.” Complete with a working instrument panel, cockpit, and head tracking system.

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