This was a religious experience with tire smoke being the myrrh, V8 engine being the high priest messing about the end of the days, me being the innocent virgin offer on the altar, Erik just about to give the merciful, well calculated last hit to my head to release me from the earthy struggles for a better good. I am ready Erik! Kill me now! I have paid the insurance!Read More
Class-of-its-Own's Max Noble spent a few days with the eight-time car stunt world record holder, making skid marks and stunts at Swedish race tracks defying the laws of physics, yelling "HELL YEAH!" and getting spiritual (gotta share the wisdom!) and figuring out if Erik W. has what it takes to become a grown man.Read More
For the past 27 years, every September, the world super yacht community made up of some 590 participants gather for four days on the quays of the Port Hercules to visit over 125 yachts, discover the latest market trends and promote business and public relations within the show and in the hub of the Principality’s main venues.Read More
On February 23, the NIO EP9 drove the fastest ever autonomous lap at the Circuit of the Americas Race Track in Austin, Texas. Driving autonomously without any interventions, recording a time of 2m 40.33s (two minutes, 40.33 seconds) at a top speed of 160 mph. The same day, the NIO EP9 also beat the fastest COTA lap time for a production car with a driver, achieving a lap time of 2m 11.30s (two minutes, 11.30 seconds) and reaching a top speed of 170 mph.
The technology and software which delivered the world’s fastest autonomous lap was developed by the engineers at NIO U.S. headquartered in Silicon Valley. This tremendous feat was accomplished from start to finish in just 4 months.
A few months ago, on October 12, 2016, the NIO EP9 set a record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe and lapped the 20.8km ‘Green Hell’ in 7m 05.12s, making it the fastest electric car in the world.
With four high-performance inboard motors and four individual gearboxes, the EP9 delivers 1-MegaWatt of power, equivalent to 1360PS (1342BHP). The EP9 accelerates from 0-124 mph in 7.1 seconds and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour. With an interchangeable battery system, the EP9 is designed to be charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 265 miles.
Padmasree Warrior, CEO of NIO U.S said, “At NIO, we are all about raising the bar for the entire automotive industry. Breaking records with the NIO EP9 demonstrates our automotive and technology expertise to be a leader in the global market. Our Silicon Valley team brings together the best talent from automotive and software domains, which helped us achieve this remarkable result in an incredibly short time. Our goal is to be the best next generation car company, by delivering autonomous vehicles with amazing experiences for people all over the world. We look forward to sharing our vision for the car of the future in Austin, Texas at SXSW in March.”
COTA COO, Katja Heims said: “We are honored to be a part of NIO’s amazing lap record and see performance and autonomy coexist. We all know that autonomous vehicles are part of the future and this new record is further proof.”
Representing the state of the supercar art, a one-off Evora Sport 410 has been commissioned through Lotus Exclusive as a tribute to one of its most famous ancestors, the Lotus Esprit S1.
Launched in October 2016, the Evora Sport 410 has wowed motoring press and customers with its combination of effortless pace and intuitive handling. With production limited to just 150 examples a year worldwide, the build schedule is filling up fast.
The benchmark was set by the original Lotus Esprit S1 as seen in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and Lotus’ in-house personalisation department has crafted a special, one-off Evora Sport 410 in commemoration.
Combining the latest in Lotus engineering with period details, the new pure-bred supercar takes design cues from the iconic Esprit and integrates them into a car with class-leading performance. Packing 410 hp into a car that weighs just 1,280 kg, it sprints from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 secs.
Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc said, “So many of us recall the impact of the Lotus Esprit when it hit the big screen in The Spy Who Loved Me, and we wanted to honour that with a special Evora Sport 410. It’s the perfect tribute to such an influential Lotus, but a world away in terms of its abilities and performance. Supremely fast and agile, rivals’ cars look overweight and underpowered in comparison. Lotus was founded on the principle of lightweight engineering and, even today, nobody does it better.”
The work of the in-house personalisation department, Lotus Exclusive, this one-off Evora Sport 410 features many unique design touches. A special, colour-coded bumper modifies the car’s front end, while the one-piece carbon-fibre tailgate is part keyed white to give the illusion of a traditional liftback. In addition to a black coach line, delineating the car’s waist, it sports a bespoke badge script on the B pillar - in the style of the original Esprit’s graphics.
Nods to the Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me continue inside, with the insert panels of the carbon-fibre sports seats and door cards trimmed in the popular heritage Tartan, while red contrast stitching complements the Alcantara® dashboard and console finish.
Beneath the personalisation, this unique car retains all the engineering elements that make the Evora Sport 410 so formidable. From the supercharged, 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine, producing 410 hp at 7000 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm, to the highly advanced aerodynamics, which deliver up to 64 kg of downforce, it’s designed to deliver both on road and track.
The Evora Sport 410 remains refined on B-roads, but blisteringly fast when needed. The use of hand-made carbon-fibre components has been key in keeping mass to a minimum, with each specifically designed to enhance the car’s performance. Covering the car from nose to tail, they include front splitter, revised front access panel, roof section, tailgate, rear quarter panels, as well as the rear diffuser.
These lightweight carbon components not only reduce the kerb weight of the Evora Sport 410 but also help lower the centre of gravity, allowing for the recalibration of the suspension, which, along with re-valved dampers and a reduced ride height, provide better body and roll control - but not at the expense of comfort and composure.
This one-off Evora underlines the work of the increasingly popular Lotus Exclusive service. Combining traditional British craftsmanship with modern design, it inspires buyers to spend time tailoring the character of their Lotus with a comprehensive array of options. Jean-Marc Gales, CEO, Group Lotus plc continued, “Our customers have really embraced the Lotus Exclusive service, with 25% of new cars undergoing some form of personalisation. It is well established that Lotus cars come with benchmark performance as standard. Now, thanks to the skilled team at Hethel, responsible for hand building all Lotus cars since 1966, you can specify a Lotus that perfectly reflects your personal tastes.”
The Lotus Evora Sport 410 is limited to a global production run of one-hundred and fifty vehicles per year, and is on sale in Europe and rest of world markets now. A Federal version of the Evora Sport 410 for the North American market will arrive this spring.
At the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oceanco revealed its latest design, the 102m Project Spectrum. Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, President/CEO of Show Management, performed the honors of unveiling the spectacular new scale model.
Aptly named, Spectrum was conceived by Nauta Design and Oceanco to encompass a broad range of possibilities, both in terms of her propulsion system and her living spaces. Designer Mario Pedol of Nauta was on hand at the premiere of the yacht concept to discuss what Spectrum is all about.
Extensive investment in hull form research and development provides a refined hull shape which, when coupled with the hybrid propulsion system enables Spectrum to cruise in a variety of efficient modes. She maintains a sleek, streamlined profile, which allows lower resistance through the water.
Her layout over five decks provides a gamut of flexibility. There is a close relationship to the sea throughout the yacht, with a seamless flow from outdoor deck spaces to the interior. Light was a very important aspect in creating Spectrum, with large windows and extensive balconies all helping bring the outside atmosphere into the interior.
The lower deck includes a wellness suite with sauna, steam room, beauty treatment area and massage rooms, with two terraces opening symmetrically port and starboard from the massage room and gym areas.
The upper deck is the owners’ deck with a panoramic-view forward from the owners’ suite and direct access to a private spa pool and sitting area. The forward deck is equipped with a touch- and- go helicopter-landing pad. Aft is an additional salon and bar area, which can form part of the owner’s private area or be opened to the other guests onboard. The secluded owner’s deck aft is ideal for alfresco dining.
The bridge deck houses the command center with a large helm area, two wing stations and a Portuguese bridge. The central lift serves all five decks. A further guest lounge is located aft on the bridge deck, with a 3m X 3m Jacuzzi on the aft deck.
Spectrum is LY3 compliant offering variety, flexibility and continuity. As with a rainbow, Spectrum is like a band of colors produced by subtle variations of wave length. She is mercurial in how she offers so many possibilities.
Length 102m / 334ft
Beam 15.3m / 50ft
Speed 18.5 knots
Propulsion System (Hybrid) 2 x MTU 16V4000 M72 (1440 kW each) combined with electric propulsion motor (500kW@2250rpm each)
Flag Cayman Islands – LY3
Accommodation Double owner’s suite with private exterior deck 2 VIP Suites with private balconies 4 Guest suites
Rev House stands for “revolutionary living spaces” and is dedicated to answering the question of how we can live by, and on, the water in the future. For many people, living close to the water represents improved quality of life, but waterfront lots are limited and very expensive. Houseboats, however, are usually very simple constructions that offer little comfort. The solution is Rev House – floating penthouses that meet the most discerning demands for design, quality and durability. They are completely operational, can be used on all European waterways, and are able to dock in every yacht marina.
For managing partner Lars Voigt, who owns a Berlin-based design store and has many years of experience in interior design, Rev House is the fulfilment of a long-cherished dream to design holistic living spaces. The idea was to create harmony between the object, the users and the environment and to shape something that is a source of wellbeing.
Lars Voigt: “Rev House is aimed at people who have a taste for the extraordinary. People whose lifestyle reflects an appreciation for the extravagance and glory of nature and who also care about superior quality. Rev House boats allow people to realise their dream of having a vacation home on the water, anywhere in the world.”
Rev House is one of the few boat builders that allow customers to draft their very own floor plan. Rev House architects and interior designers develop tailored solutions – including customer specifications such as open fireplaces, underwater lighting, hot tubs and ballrooms.
The basic measurements of a Rev House are 14.90 m by 6.25 m, but the floor plan, fittings and furnishings can be fully customised. The usable floor space totals about 175 m², of which approx. 70 m² is living space and approx. 105 m² is outdoor terraces. A special feature of the boats is the specially developed hull with a basement area of approx. 100 m² and a height of up to 1.80 m, providing plenty of storage space for the technical equipment and household goods.
The high-quality house body with its modern wooden post-and-beam structure, 26 cm thick walls and 30 cm thick ceilings and floors makes it energy efficient and able to withstand winter weather – something conventional houseboats built in sandwich construction or with an aluminum frame cannot provide. Rev House boats comply with German structural standards, and the entire roof and interior floor have a stability and load-bearing capacity (400 kg/m²) that far exceed the usual market standard. The boats fulfils the same structural and energy requirements that are required for homes on dry land.
The boat’s maximum load is approx. ten tonnes and it can take up to 50 people on board. Instead of conventional outboard motors, Rev House boats are driven by state-of-the-art, high-efficiency built-in diesel engines and a sophisticated hydraulic steering system.
Rev houseboats are fully motorised, operational and manoeuvrable vessels, able to moor anywhere that does not present an obstacle to inland shipping. As Rev House boats are certified recreational craft with CE marking, operators are only required to hold a license to drive a recreational vessel. Thanks to its CE marking, unlike stationary houseboats a Rev House boat can be easily registered and used as a recreational craft in all EU member states without the need for any complicated approval or licensing procedures.
Rev House makes some of the best series-production motorised house boats in the world. They meet the highest standards for insulation, heating technology, resilience and durability. Rev House offers a 20-year guarantee on the house body and hull. While the hulls of other boats tend to be built from soft polyethylene, aluminum or impact-sensitive fibreglass, Rev House’s 8 mm steel hull provides 100-percent resistance to ice and floes, allowing the boats to be used in the winter months.
The insulation and steel hull create a pleasant indoor climate on board. Underfloor heating keeps you warm and cozy in winter, and the living spaces have genuine wooden floors. For additional comfort you can customise your houseboat to include an open fireplace, sauna and hot tub. A biological sewage treatment system, solar panels, and drinking water purification system give you a large degree of independence from facilities on land.
The Rev House production site is in the north of Berlin. Once all the details and customer-specific requirements have been discussed, it takes around six to eight months to build a houseboat.
Penthouse living on the water, with a constantly changing backdrop and unobstructed views – a dream come true for design fans and anyone who yearns for a lifestyle of freedom and luxury.
Rev House facts and figures:
Measurements: 14.90 m² x 6.25 m²
Usable floor space: approx. 175 m²
Living area: 70 m²
Roof terrace: approx. 80 m²
Ground-floor terrace: approx. 25 m²
Combined terrace area: approx. 105 m²
Resilience: 8 mm steel hull
Guarantee: 20 years on house body and hull
Suitability for winter use: Top-quality insulation, underfloor heating, 2,000 liter oil tank
Self-sufficiency: Water purification system, sewage treatment system, electricity (generator and solar)
Individuality: Flexible floor plan
Extras: Sauna, hot tub, open fireplace, etc.
Construction period: 6-8 months
Possible uses: Residence/office in or near the city; alternative to conventional vacation properties
Advantages: Manoeuvrability, can be used permanently and all year round
Made in Germany: All talks with experts responsible for building the boat take place in Berlin; boatyard in northern Berlin
Opened yesterday evening at La Triennale in Milan, the exhibition Italian Contemporary Excellence is a collection of snapshots by ten young reporters, who interpret the spirit of the top quality companies which are part of the Altagamma foundation.Read More