Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport incorporates natural fibers into body design

January 18, 2019 by  
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A race car made from flax and hemp? Count on Porsche to pull that off. The second generation Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is built with the typical handling and speed capabilities you would expect, with one very different component—body parts derived from natural composite materials. A first in the racing world, Porsche has sourced natural fibers from agricultural byproducts such as flax and hemp fibers to create the doors and rear wing on the cars. With sustainability in mind, the Porsche company set out to find a substitute for standard carbon-fiber frames while ensuring similar performance, weight and control. But don’t think for a minute that a sustainable design can’t whip past the competition. In addition to decreasing the car’s carbon tireprint, the goal was to increase performance over the original design . The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport brings with it a 40 hp increase over the predecessor as well a redesigned driver’s cockpit that includes a welded-in safety cage, racing bucket seat and six-point harness. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes equipped with a 3.8-liter flat-six, 425 hp engine. Even with upgrades, the newer design is a lightweight at around 2,900 pounds. Related: Large scale 3D Printer capable of printing a motorcycle Two models are available. The “Trackday” is designed for amateur race drivers looking to hit the track with safety in mind and some aid from automatic systems like ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems that ensure forgiving handling at the limit and can be deactivated. The “Trackday” costs just over $150,000. The “Competition” model targets professional circuit drivers with adjustable shock absorbers, a high-capacity safety fuel tank for less pit stops, an integrated air jack system to aid the pit crew and a quick-release racing steering wheel adopted from the 911 GT3 R that ensures a range of adjustment options for the individual needs of the drivers. The “Competition” model runs around $179,000. + Porsche Images via Porche

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Jet black lakeside home in the Netherlands designed to embrace the surrounding nature

January 18, 2019 by  
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Located just south of Amsterdam, the Vinkeveense Plassen is known for its incredible lakes and surrounding nature. When one family approached Dutch firm, i29 Interior Architects and Chris Collaris to build a home in the idyllic area, the designers created a beautiful 592-square-foot home strategically designed to embrace the incredible natural surroundings. Situated on a elongated island plot next to the lake, the home was designed with an inside-out strategy to make the most out of the limited square footage. The compact building lot enabled the architects to create a plan that would both reduce the project’s footprint and make the home more energy efficient. Working within those parameters, the designers chose a layout that includes four modules that house the living room,  kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms and one bathroom. A central, open-air patio connects the separate living spaces and creates a strong link with the exterior. Related: Curvaceous geothermal-powered home “floats” on a French lake The orientation of the home was at the forefront of the design. Being so close to the water, the architects wanted to make the most of the views and the natural sunlight . By dividing the home into four modules, the home was able to take advantage of the panoramic views and natural sunlight, reducing the home’s energy use in the process. The exterior of the home is clad in jet black timber panels , blending the home into the heavily forested lot. Large windows were embedded into the wooden facade to enhance the design’s minimalist feel. The landscaping around the home includes a lot of large trees that provide natural shade, and a lovely open air deck provides space for entertaining or dining al fresco. In contrast to its all-black exterior, the interior of the home is bright and airy. Large sliding glass doors and various windows allow natural light to flood the living spaces. Each volume has a distinct height and dimension, so the interior spaces are clearly defined. All white walls with light wooden hue accents and minimal Scandanavian-inspired furnishings give the space a fresh, modern aesthetic . + i29 Interior Architects + Chris Collaris Architects Via Archdaily Photography by Ewout Huibers  

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Continental presents concept tire that adjusts to road conditions

September 13, 2017 by  
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When was the last time you checked the air pressure in your car tires ? Most of us don’t pay as much attention to our tires as we should, but Continental recently unveiled two technologies that could pay attention for us. One technology alerts drivers should a tire become damaged, and another could actually change the rim width and tire pressure for better driving on slippery or uneven roads. Continental is showing off their tire technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, at the Frankfurt Motor Show . With the help of sensors embedded in the tire, ContiSense measures temperature and tread depth and then sends that data to a driver over Bluetooth to a smartphone or to a car receiver, with the help of electrically-conductive rubber . If a nail or something else punctures the tire, ContiSense is able to alert the driver far faster than other systems. Related: Continental Tire looks to dandelions for a more sustainable tire ContiAdapt takes a more active role in tire functionality. Micro-compressors in the wheel can adjust the tire pressure on their own, and the system can modify how large the contact patch is to optimize the tire for varying street conditions. There are four combinations so a tire can cruise easily in wet, slippery, uneven, or normal conditions. Continental says the system also allows for very low tire pressure when, for example, a car is navigating deep snow or black ice. Continental also has a concept tire featuring both technologies. This tire design boasts three different tread zones ideal for driving on surfaces that are wet, slippery, or dry. The tread zones are activated depending on the rim width and tire pressure chosen by ContiAdapt. New Atlas said the two technologies will soon be added to Continental’s portfolio, which includes ContiSeal, allowing for automatic sealing of holes, and ContiSilent, which reduces tire and road noise. Via New Atlas and Continental Images via Continental

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Gyroscopic driving cabins may revolutionize urban travel

August 25, 2017 by  
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This futuristic gyroscopic driving cabin – controlled by a joystick – may just be the future of urban commuting. A Russian design company, Dahir Insaat , has created the futuristic pods to provide a radical new green solution for cities looking to curb urban transportation problems. The gyroscopic glass-dome cabins use an innovative take on the classic gyroscopic system to enable the vehicles to be completely self-balancing. With just two wheels, the pod’s movements are completely controlled with a joystick instead of a steering wheel. Related: Zero-emission hydrogen-powered car is designed to revolutionize everyday travel Although the concept is feasible for individual drivers, designer Dahir Semenov wants to expand the idea of gyroscopic vehicles to include public and emergency transportation for cities. The concept envisions gyro vehicles such as firetrucks or public buses lifted on narrow stalks that would use rails to glide over conventional traffic . Semenov has spent years developing the concept , mainly inspired by the need to address the issues facing overcrowded urban areas. He said, “I do not have the slightest doubt that this mode of transportation will supersede buses, trams, and trolleybuses in the cities of the future… I can say without exaggeration that this mode of transportation is compatible with the human habitat, with the spaces in which city dwellers recreate… After all, it is absolutely safe in both ecological and physical terms.” + Dahir Insaat Via Yanko Design

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100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

December 2, 2013 by  
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Volvo just unveiled plans for the world’s first large-scale trial of self-driving cars. The ‘Drive Me’ project will see 100 autonomous vehicles take to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. The cars will traverse 30 miles of public roads while encountering heavy commuter traffic, pedestrians and shifting highway conditions. While “ non-drivers ” will be behind the wheel during standard trips, Volvo anticipates that the cars will be able to seek out a parking spot, and park without the presence of a driver. Read the rest of 100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automated driving , autonomous car , car safety , Drive Me , efficiency , Gothenburg , green cars , green transportation , pedestrian safety , Public Roads , self-driving car , Sweden , volvo        

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14 Great Green Gifts for the Ladies

December 2, 2013 by  
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Looking for the perfect green gift for that awesome lady in your life? We have compiled a list of 14 gifts from classy clutches made from the recycled linings of juice boxes to recycled wine glasses and a beautiful bamboo Sprout watch , each of which has been carefully selected from suppliers who have the greenest and fairest consumer standards. We have gifts for ladies that love tea , ladies that love cooking , ladies who love reading , and everyone in between. Step on in for a look at the full guide to find a lovely green gift for your special lady. GREEN GIFTS FOR THE LADIES > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:        

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Toyota to Launch Automated Driving Safety Technologies in a Few Years

October 14, 2013 by  
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Toyota recently announced plans to introduce a new Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system that will use automated driving technologies to support safer highway driving. The system will be introduced in the mid-2010s and it will use cooperative-adaptive cruise control and lane trace control technology to ensure that vehicles stay within their intended driving lanes and follow a safe distance behind other vehicles. Read the rest of Toyota to Launch Automated Driving Safety Technologies in a Few Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive cruise control , automated driving , automotive , autonomous vehicle , car safety , car technology , green transportation , lane trace control , Toyota        

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Does Kicking Hybrid Drivers Out of Carpool Lanes Make Traffic Worse for Everyone?

October 16, 2011 by  
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Photo via Bill Selak flickr Up until recently, California has been allowing single occupants to drive in the carpool lanes as long as they are driving gasoline-electric hybrids. But as of July 1st 2011, solo hybrid drivers were no longer entitled to the privilege of using the carpool lanes. In a new study, U.C. Berkeley researchers examined data from roadway sensors measuring speed and congestion on… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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IF11: The Value Proposition Driving Recyclebank’s Explosive Growth

October 13, 2011 by  
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In a keynote interview this morning at the GreenBiz 2011 Innovation Forum , CEO Jonathan Hsu described to Senior Editor Marc Gunther how Recyclebank cuts through the clutter to spur behavioral changes in a population going through a recession and bombarded with green messaging and products.

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Recyclebank Lands Major Investment from Waste Management

October 13, 2011 by  
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Following an investment of an undisclosed amount, Recyclebank will take over Waste Management’s Greenopolis recycling-rewards program, and further expand its reach into 20 million households across the country.

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