Remote controlled all-terrain vehicles (ATV) are designed to traverse difficult landscapes, overcoming obstacles with oversized tires and rugged suspensions. All of that works spectacularly until the ATV encounters an obstacle too large to roll over or a crevice too wide to jump. A new remote controlled car-helicopter hybrid vehicle, dubbed simply the “B,” hopes to overcome such obstacles by taking to the air.
The secret to the B is in the tires. At 220 mm, the wheels are intended to offer the usual all-terrain capabilities of a remote ATV, giving the B enough traction to overcome obstacles. Simultaneously, the wheels are also large enough to fully encircle the 7 in. helicopter propellers contained within them, offering the props some protection from any bumps the ATV might take. Continue reading
One drawback for electric vehicle technology is charge time. If your traditional gas engine runs low, you can refill in a few minutes. Pure EV vehicle batteries can take hours to recharge. Even Tesla Motors’ much lauded expansion of its Supercharger network still takes more than 20 minutes to fully charge the company’s Model S electric vehicle. Two designers have a concept that could solve the charging time problem. Continue reading
Rolls-Royce has signed up to provide its EJ200 jet engine for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, which hopes to drive a car past the 1,000 mph mark.
The jet engine will help get the vehicle to 350mph, then ignite a rocket motor that will move the car at supersonic speeds. The current land speed record is 763mph, and members of the team that set that record are involved in Bloodhound. (That vehicle, the Thrust SSC, used a Rolls Spey 202 engine.) Continue reading
If you follow the green car industry, you probably know that the U.S. government loan program targeted at kickstarting the electric vehicle industry has been slammed with criticism because of the financial and production troubles at loan recipient Fisker Automotive. In addition to Fisker, the $8 billion in loans were dolled out to Tesla, Ford, Nissan, and the Vehicle Production Group, another company that has since tanked.