Pre-prototype of flying car AeroMobil 2.5

Yes, you read that correctly. Aeromobile are testing a a pre-prototype of a flying car. The Slovakian engineers successfully finished road and flight tests as well as first wings stress tests. The results of these tests will lead to development of the next stage of the AeroMobil 3.0, which the team announced to be ready in 2014.

Prototype flying car
Aeromobile flying car prototype
AeroMobil 2.5 was first introduced at the SAE 2013 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Montreal. The vehicle has the ambition of becoming a means of transport that combines the best of both car and plane. However, the focus of the AeroMobil is not only on functionality but also design, because engineers and developers want that the vehicle does well and be smooth both in the air and on the road.

So it looks as though every little boy’s wet dream is nearing completion. But just remember that the idea is not that drivers start flying over traffic when on motorways! In fact, I wonder how the rules of the road will deal with a car with wings.

The Belgrade Phantom

Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1979. While Yugoslav president Tito is in Cuba settling international matters, a mysterious Phantom occupies the attention and hearts of Belgrade. Every night, he exhibits spectacular driving maneuvers using a stolen white Porsche car through the city streets. Through the radio the Phantom publicly challenges the police to try and catch him. More than 10.000 people are in the streets supporting their hero. The police are forced intto a game where he sets the rules. The Phantom becomes a political threat. What started as a game turned into a political scandal and remained a myth that would never be forgotten.

8 minutes at Nürburgring in an electric car

We couldn’t resist this. OK, electric cars are not all that sexy. But Toyota managed to beat the previous record by over 25 seconds. Using a motorsport-tuned electric powertrain, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7mins 22.329secs. This achievement marks the second milestone for TMG’s electric powertrain this year following its new record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, US.

Toyota used pioneering off-board battery-to-battery charging technology, developed in partnership with Schneider Electric. After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is able to quickly deliver high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without additional installation or infrastructure, making it the perfect solution for electric motorsport.

Enjoy 8 minutes of power (and glaring sunshine).

Soi Cheang burns rubber in “Motorway”

Hong Kong director Puo-Soi Cheang is back with a new action movie that promises to burn rubber. “Motorway” follows on the heels of dark thrillers such as “Accident”. Starring Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, Barbie Hsu, Josie Ho and Winfred Lau, “Motorway” is the tale of a seasoned police driver that has to chase a dangerous getaway driver.

Anyone got a favourite Cheang film they would like to mention?