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The Spira4u electric three wheeler

The US$9,000 electric version of the Spira4u that we drove in Detroit weighs in at around 236 kg (520 lb) and is fitted with a 10 kW (13.4 hp) motor that delivers a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), with the option to add a second motor. It also uses an unconventional tiller steering mechanism. So how does it drive? Check out our video review to find out:

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Weekender: Campervan-in-a-Box

Last week’s CMT show in Stuttgart, Germany put the spotlight on a highly versatile Volkswagen camper van. The Bett Mobil carries a sliding pod (reminiscent of the DoubleBack van) inside a versatile camper-in-a-box package. The Bett Mobil’s “second story” slide-out bedroom leaves cargo room below and is the key component of a fully modular camper package that turns the Volkswagen Multivan into a full-fledged camper, then removes completely to give the owner a standard van back.

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Weekender: Extreme Speakers

Extreme Speakers: $260,000 per pair

Only if you think this is sound investment

unnamedThe monumental sculpture of a speaker, standing up to 2 meters high, craves for attention through Estelon’s signature design. Extreme gives you a perception of the quality it performs, even before you embrace the entrancing sound it delivers.

The proprietary marble based composite material with the finest aesthetic finish presents the familiar sculpture-like design that Estelon has trademarked over the years. Following the principles that have proven itself with every product launched by Estelon, the shape and the material of the speaker are an essential part of the powerful performance the speaker provides. The truly mesmerizing experience begins when the design and the technology fuse together, as the audience will be left in awe after being absorbed in seamlessly blended soundscape.

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Weekender: Your own helicopter < US$20,000

The Mosquito can be purchased for US$20,000

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The entire kit for the Mosquito can be purchased for US$20,000 and if you think the minimalist Mosquito leaves you a bit vulnerable, there’s the fully enclosed Mosquito XE and XEL which can be purchased for US$23,000 apeice. Building the kits will cost you about 200 to 300 hours to build or you can have the plane built for you for a flat US$4000. Getting airborn for under US$20,000 in your own, new helicopter is quite a feat – we’re not aware of any other helicopter in this price category and on top of that, both Mosquito variants offer very low maintenance and operating costs.

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Weekender: MUV-e Folding Scooter

The MUV-e folds up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds

The three-wheeled electric scooter has been designed to automatically fold up into a suitcase-sized trolley in around 3 seconds for roll-along, between ride transport. The new MUV-e tips the scales at 14 – 18 kg, depending on the version chosen, and features an aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, with carbon fiber covers. A cradle for a smartphone has also been included, where the ubiquitous mobile device can be used as a navigation aid and, with the help of a companion app, act as a speedometer, odometer and electrometer.

The developers have increased the range of a fully-charged MUV-e to 30 km (19 miles), depending on riding style and battery size (the vehicle will be available in 8 or 16 Ah Li-ion battery configurations). There are two 12.5-inch alloy wheels to the front and a 10-inch wheel and a 140 mm disc brake at the back, and its two-speed, 36 V brushless hub motor is reported capable of powering the personal mobility machine to a peak speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).

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Weekender: Fastest Train

Fastest train ride: Japanese whooshed at 500 kmh on maglev test ride

The train was able to achieve the unbelievable speed of 500 kmh by floating over the tracks. The tracking device established on board the train allowed passengers to monitor the speed, which at its maximum topped 502 kmh.

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Dressed to Kill

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Melbourne Cup: The great annual Aussie horse racing and betting carnival is on. The event is for everybody. For the bourgeoisie, it is time to flaunt fashionable gears to adorn the body. For the rest of the working class, it is a time to gamble, engage in wanton debauchery and gluttony without fear of being ostracised. You need not be in person in Melbourne to soak in the fun. The event is for everyone as long as there is a screen to glue the eyes to. And for fair dinkum Aussies, no event goes without incessant flow of beer to satisfy the pot belly. Melbourne Cup is truly fair dinkum. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Weekend: The Ultimate Off-Road Motorcycle

RiderGroups“The Taurus 2×2 was created for the Russian forests, inaccessible areas, insidious, where there are swamps and territories orography impossible: it is called Taurus 2×2 , is equipped with four-wheel drive 2 × 2 , is very light and very resistant to any terrain. It comes from a small farm not far from Moscow Soviet, given the need for a certain part of the people, he decided to create a motorcycle that went beyond the boundaries far more limited motorcycle … normal.”

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The Weekend: Walking Lane for Phone Users

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The Verge“It’s the first rule of phone-walking: the more you check your phone, the slower you’re going to walk. So last week, the Chinese city of Chongqing divided its sidewalks into two lanes: one for walking, and one for cellphones. If you’re going to stumble around while scrolling through Instagrams, you’ll have to do it on the left-hand side.”

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Life on a Cliff

Modscape“A five storey modular home clings to the side of a cliff in this conceptual design by Modscape. Entitled the Cliff House, the design is a theoretical response to clients who have approached Modscape to explore design options for extreme parcels of coastal land in Australia. Inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, a concept was developed for a modular home to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it. The home is visualised as a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection with the ocean. Read the rest of this entry »

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