Futuristic in both style and spirit, the new Toyota Prius Projects Bike hopes to change the way cyclists ride. This sleek, sexy frame by Parlee Cycles is mated to a revolutionary gear technology by DeepLocal– mind-controlled shifting. Under the cyclists helmet rests a bonafide EEG meter that is used to recognize when the rider wants to shift up or shift down, and the bike will react accordingly. After ten or so minutes of training, your fingers are free and the bike will react to your will like an appendage you were born with.
The mind-controlled shifting isn’t just a fancy gimmick, it is a part of a range of optimizations performed by the PXP crew. The gear and braking cables are housed within the frame of the bike, shedding off the included wind resistance that can add seconds of lag on a professional time trail. Also, inset in the handlebars is an aerodynamically-conscious smart phone dock, providing important ride data to the cyclist mid-run.
While these advancements are new to the world of cycling, they won’t likely be available to Joe Biker any time soon. DeepLocal, Toyota, Parlee Cycles and Saatchi and Saatchi are developing this one-off bike and don’t plan on moving it into production. That said, since the technology has arrived, it’s only a matter of time until it is refined and potentially brought into production by pro-level cycle manufacturers. While we wait for that day to come, we’ll gladly drool over the pictures below… [via fastcodesign]
If you are a hardcore car racer you better not ignore this piece. The speed show in any race is about smart and intelligent use of the technology that has gone into the making of a cars engine et al. and a bit of for its looks as well. And Rally Racing is a Back Alley Sport filled with Jackals, Headhunters, and Thugs! So you better check out the new offering from Mitsubishi.
Each year the LA Auto Show pits the best of the best of designers from the automakers to try and design some creative looks at our automotive future. Last year, it was all about “green,” but this year, the project’s called Motorsport 2025, and it’s designed to show off what the race car of 2025 will look like. Mitsubishi’s “MMR25 Rally Racer” is its entry to the esteemed contest complete with snazzy appearance.
The futuristic Mitsubishi Motors MMR25 Rally Racer, meant for the rally courses of the future, is an all-electric race car powered by an unimagined revolutionary drivetrain. This powertrain is comprised of four lightweight, high-efficiency, in-wheel electric motors. The batteries are next generation units, more powerful, fully recyclable and can run up to 1,000 miles on a single charge. The MMR25 incorporates an Omni directional wheel design with what makes it the first and only “8 x 4” wheel drive vehicle. A driver sits inside a windowless pod which is surrounded by a seamless, 360-degree panoramic screen displaying images from outside cameras.
This unique car was first shown to the public in 2008 at the exhibition “Mondial de l’Automobile”. This isn’t the first electric car of the French company Venturi – in 2004 the company introduced the concept of auto Fetish. Venturi Volage – is not just another concept car with a beautiful design. This is totally new vision of the car of the future.
Together with “Michelin” in this 2-seater roadster was used innovative technologies “Michelin Active Wheel”. This technology provides for the absence of the basic engine as is common in all cars, but the presence of two electric motors in each of the four wheels. An electric motor at each wheel is responsible for the movement of the car, the second provides a suspension. “Michelin Active Wheel” allows you to get a very light (1100 kg) wheel drive vehicle with an automatic adjustable suspension and high speed characteristics (acceleration to 100 km/h – in less than 5 seconds!). The absence of the engine itself allowed to radically revise the vision of design. As chief designer “Venturi” Sacha Lakic confessed “The engines in the wheel, gave me the opportunity to make a very particular design. I used this technology to justify the styling, but also, one could say the opposite is true.”
How the new approach in the development of cars pay off remains to be seen. Small-scale production Venturi Volage is planned in 2012. At the moment the car is being tested and finalized.
A production version of the Lotus Elan Concept expected for 2013. It combines a muscular physique with perfect poise. Power is from a supercharged 4-liter V6 engine developing 450 horsepower. There is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from Toyota and weighs 2,850 lbs. The car can race from zero-to-sixty in just 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.