Mar 12

Most drivers would be delighted if their car came with a silk-lined interior.

Whether it’s such an appealing prospect on the outside is another matter.

This is the sight that greeted one unlucky motorist when he returned to his vehicle in Rotterdam.

Under a giant silk cocoon created by an army of caterpillars, the shape of a Honda is just about visible.

The car was mistaken as food by spindle ermine larvae, which had already begun to strip a nearby tree of its leaves.

Spindle ermines weave silk webs to protect themselves from birds and wasps, allowing them to gorge on leaves for six weeks before transforming into butterflies.

Eight species live in Britain and their webs can be seen throughout the country.

Their favoured tree is the spindle – which is often used in car parks and for lining motorways.

Stuart Hine of the Natural History Museum said: ‘It only takes a few days. But we aren’t talking about anything from Indiana Jones here.

They can bear a bit of weight but the car owner will be able to back the car out and clean it.

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Dec 9

The noisy, polluting, gas guzzling giants are being tamed to look more demure and sophisticated, and how! The Scania Concept that we see here is a pure reflection of this new theory and is a bid to change the perception that trucks are the big bullies of the highway. It is designed to be eco-friendly and economical by using a diesel-electric hybrid engine. The innovative part comes on the wheel-hub design that sports indicative color-coded LEDs that point out speeding and other rules broken. The Scania Concept designed by Adam Palethorpe.

Jun 22

The Marussia Concept is a design study of a supercar created by Russian Igor Krasnov. The exterior design is characterized by sharp edges and the rear jet afterburner-inspired tail lights.

Created by Russian Igor Krasnov, Marussia is a rear-engined supercar which mixes design cues fom various contemporary supercars, from the Ferrari F430 to the Lamborghini Reventon.

The most distinctive feature is the original rear end, characterized by the twin tail lights inspired by military jet afterburners.

Russian Presents Supercar Marussia

Nov 20

Woburn (MA) – A company called Terrafugia is currently developing a plane that transitions into a car.  For a mere $148,000 you too can own a Transition.  When completed in late 2009, it will have an average cruising speed of 115 mph, gets over 25 mpg in the air.  It’s classified as a Light Sport Utility vehicle and weighs only 1320 lbs.  It will be powered by a 100 hp, 4-stroke Rotax 912 ULS.  This engine is FAA certified to run on both 91+ octane autogas as well as 100LL.  The same engine is used to power the rear push-prop and front wheels, using a clutch-based transmission for power selection.  The Rotax engine is certified to allow a 5% ethanol mixture.

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The key feature of Transition is its folding wing.  With the push of a button, and when the vehicle is turned off and parked, the wing can extend out for air flight, or retract into large, wide vertical posts near the car for normal driving and garage storage.  Concerns over the hinge mechanism may be the biggest remaining hurdle for early adopters, however.  Terrafugia has a patent-pending for a system they’ve developed which meets all requirements of air-use.  They also point out that military aircraft currently use various folding wing designs.

Transition’s wing loading is approximately 8.8 lbs per square foot, which is comparable to light sport or general purpose aviation aircraft.  They currently have a working prototype wing design, however it is machine mounted and is not part of the actual aircraft.  All of the pictures and images seen are either from a 1/5th scale prototype that was built and flown, or from computer generated animation.

Flying Car

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