Man hits 162 mph on homemade rocket trike propelled by rainwater

September 14, 2017 by  
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Did you ever have the chance to make a bottle rocket in grade school? Daredevil athlete François Gissy applied those principles to a homemade water rocket trike, which he then zipped around the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in France. Rainwater helped power the speedy trike, on which Gissy reached 261 kilometers per hour (kph), or around 162 miles per hour, and hit 100 kph from zero in just 0.55 seconds. Gissy says on his YouTube channel he aims to build inventions to break records, and constructs vehicles with recycled materials in his garage. He put together a water rocket trike that speeds around much like soda bottles filled with compressed air and water can launch into the sky. To drive his homemade rocket trike, he filled it up 76 times with collected rainwater. Related: Swiss Man Breaks Bicycle Speed Record with Insane 207-MPH Rocket Bike The water trike was a smashing success; after initial tests where the trike hit 145, 219, and 245 kph – that’s around 90, 136, and 152 mph – Gissy reached 162 mph on the trike. He traveled 60 feet in 852 milliseconds, and said during that time the average acceleration was around 50.39 meters per second squared. Gissy shattered a bicycle speed world record back in 2014. Riding a rocket-propelled bike , he hit 207 mph in 4.8 seconds . The bicycle, designed by friend Arnold Neracher, was stripped: essentially simply a rocket with a saddle. Gissy thanked precision machining company Comera for help with the water rocket trike, as well as Dr Lorenzo Lauro of P&L Racing for operating PortaTree Drag Racing Timing Equipment. He said on YouTube that he is still looking for more sponsors “to build much more powerful, spectacular, and faster vehicles. Some amazing projects are waiting to become a reality.” We’ll be excited to see what he fabricates next; his motto, according to his YouTube page, is “Enough is never enough.” + François Gissy Images via screenshot

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Freitag’s "Zippelin" is an inflatable suitcase that rolls up for storage

September 14, 2017 by  
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Rolling or non-rolling, hardshell or soft-sided, compact or capacious; there are only so many ways you can build a suitcase, right? Freitag begs to differ. The Zurich-based apparel and accessories brand claims to have created the world’s first one-of-a-kind luggage that expands to accommodate several weeks’ worth of clothing yet flattens into a tight roll for storage. Think of it as your own personal air ship. Dubbed the “Zippelin,” the luggage is designed for long-haul, intercontinental travel. Clad in recycled truck tarpaulin and featuring a pair of skateboard ball-bearing wheels to scoot around on, the Zippelin boasts 85 liters worth of space at full sail. Deflated and coiled into itself, it takes up no more space than the “two liters of booze you bought at duty-free,” Freitag said. The trick lies with a hidden garden-variety bicycle inner tube, which you can inflate with a standard pump. Accidental blowout? A zippered pocket makes easy work of replacing the tire. Freitag is currently accepting preorders for the Zippelin on Kickstarter , where it has already doubled its original funding goal of $120,000. Although the company expects to retail the Zippelin at €520—that’s $618 in American dollars—early-bird pledgers will be able to snag 100 of the bags for €380 ($451) for delivery next April. Another 300 pieces will be available for €420 ($499) for a May 2018 delivery. The campaign runs from now through October 12. + Freitag Zippelin on Kickstarter + Freitag

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Formula E unveils the next generation of all-electric racing

February 16, 2017 by  
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The all-electric Forumla E racing series is set to get a major update for its fifth season, which kicks off at the end of 2018. Spark Racing Technology won the contract to build the second-generation race car bodies for the series fifth season and has just revealed the initial renderings, and they are simply stunning! Spark Racing Technology currently builds the race car bodies that run now in the competition, but the French company hopes to make some major improvements to its new design, including improved aerodynamics and lighter weight. The improvements will not only improve the efficiency of the race car’s battery , but also make the cars faster. Related: Tiny electric car smashes world record by hitting 0-60 mph in 1.5 seconds The concept that we see in these images will likely go through a few more iterations as its gets closer to the kick off the fifth season. Spark still has to work with chassis manufacturing partner Dallara, which may make the final car look quite different. Either way, unlike road cars , which get toned down from the original concepts, the final version of Spark’s new race car could be even more extreme. Another big update that we’ll see in the fifth season is a new battery that is being developed by McLaren , Sony, and Atieva that will give the race cars a much longer driving range, which will last the entire race. Currently drivers have to swap out the batteries during the race. + Spark Racing Technologies All images @ Spark Racing Technologies

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Maui and the energy deregulation debate

June 24, 2016 by  
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Surprise: Racing to 100-percent renewables isn’t just about tech innovation.

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What we can learn about clean energy from our Pacific neighbors

June 24, 2016 by  
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View these investments as an opportunity, not a threat.

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Lean and green: Can Land Rover-Ben Ainslie Racing win America’s Cup?

April 20, 2016 by  
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Brands from Apple to Xerox use Life Cycle Assessment. Can it blow more wind in the sails of this racing team?

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Building Robotics’ Lindsay Baker on buildings that adapt to people

April 20, 2016 by  
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As the Internet of Things expands to include everything from our coffee mugs to our cat’s litter boxes to our bathroom mirrors, there is the further job of connecting people to all of these “things.”

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McFly You Bojo, Hoverboards Don’t Work on Water… Unless You’ve Got the Hoverboard by ZR!

June 16, 2014 by  
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There have been plenty of attempts at hoverboards in the past, but none of them have really touched our Back to the Future aspirations – but this one might be even better than our dreams, at least on water. The crazy cross between a surfboard and a hovercraft allows you to fly 16 feet above the water at speeds that will have you outrunning even the most Biff-like bullies. All you need to get sky surfing is a watercraft, an hour of training and a serious sense of adventure (or desperate need to outrun your enemies). Read the rest of McFly You Bojo, Hoverboards Don’t Work on Water… Unless You’ve Got the Hoverboard by ZR! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to the future , Back to the Future hoverboard , Biff Hoverboard , flyboard , hover board , hoverboard , Hoverboard by ZR , lake hoverboard , Marty McFly hoverboard , ocean hoverboard , water hoverboard , Zapata Racing , Zapata Racing Flyboard , Zapata racing hoverboard

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Venturi Automobiles and Leonardo DiCaprio Unite to Create the World’s First Electric Racing Series

December 11, 2013 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio has long been an advocate of environmental ventures. Now, he has teamed up with Venturi Automobiles to create, and enter, a team into the world’s first electric vehicle racing series . If all goes as planned, it is hoped that the new FIA Formula E Championship will commence as early as September 2014. Read the rest of Venturi Automobiles and Leonardo DiCaprio Unite to Create the World’s First Electric Racing Series Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-cars , e-vehicles , electric racing cars , FIA Formula E Championship , Leonardo DiCaprio , Sir Richard Branson , Venturi Automobiles , Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team , Virgin Group        

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Photosynthesis Bike Could Purify the Air as You Ride

December 11, 2013 by  
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Biking to work is about to get a whole lot greener. Not only are bikes better for the Earth than driving and a great way to keep in shape — but a new design concept recently unveiled by Bangkok-based Lightfog Creative & Design Company could actually purify polluted air while in use. The idea is to have an aluminum frame that generates oxygen through a “photosynthesis system,” causing a reaction between water and electric power from a lithium-ion battery. Read the rest of Photosynthesis Bike Could Purify the Air as You Ride Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air filtering bike , air purifying bike , bangkok design , clean transportation , green transportation concept , green transportation design , lightfog creative , photosynthesis bike , portable air filter , product concept , product mock up , red dot design award , reducing pollution , thai designers        

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