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Hexawheel Performance Vehicle

Weird Vehicles October 3, 2016

Hexawheel Performance Vehicle

How many of you have already heard of the Hexawheel concept by Mercedes? Speed bumps a problem for your off-road vehicle? How about giant obstacles almost as tall as your vehicle itself?

The Hexawheel is a 6-wheel concept vehicle intended for extreme ATV climbing. In Mercedes’ concept, the vehicle can climb heights limited only by the length of the vehicle.

Weight distribution for the Hexawheel is even on each axle while the vehicle is in normal position, which helps it climb gently, without any need to jump.

In order to prevent damage in the wild, where sharp rocks project upwards, the bottom of the vehicle is plated so it can slide along any such obstacles.

The vehicle is also designed to climb and turn simultaneously. The hydraulic cylinders control the appropriate angle of the vehicle’s rear length in accordance with the steering system.

Have you ever seen an ATV climb like this before?

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Self-Driving Vehicles Weaknesses Highlighted at LA Auto Show

Trucks October 1, 2016

Highlighting the current limitations of self-driving vehicles, Volvo North America CEO Lex Kerssemakers and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti engaged in a somewhat heated exchange of words during the L.A. Auto Show this week when Volvo’s new autonomous prototype vehicle couldn’t find the boundaries of the roads it was on and refused to drive.

Kerssemakers told Garcetti L.A. “needed to paint the bloody roads.”

The difficulty self-driving cars have with anything but optimal road conditions highlights an extra cost associated with the technology. While people can make do with any road a vehicle can physically travel over, self driving vehicles require high-quality, predictable roads with adequate markers.

Self driving cars currently do not do well in weather conditions such as rain and obviously snow for the same reason.

Around 65 percent of America’s roads are not optimally maintained, according to most estimates.

However, self driving technology is adapting by using new ways to understand their paths, such as radar and Lidar, which send out radio waves or light pulses to orient itself through triangulation.

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Should Trucks Be Outfitted With “Truck Tails”?

Trucks October 1, 2016

Should Trucks Be Outfitted With “Truck Tails”

In an attempt to reduce fuel consumption in the trucking industry, semi tractor may be outfitted with “trucktails.”

The trucktail — proposed by inventor Ben-Tommy Eriksen — requires a full sized door in the back of the trailer rather than two half-sized doors, and the “tail” folds out from a flat starting point (so the tail can be retracted when the owner-operator or driver needs to unload.

The “truck tail” is designed to increase the aerodynamics of the vehicle, but it has another potential benefit to drivers in general.

The tail is filled with air (or perhaps, another soft material such as sponge or foam), and this means that any vehicle bumping into the rear of the tractor-trailer will meet a soft “bumper” for several feet before actually coming into contact with the metal parts of the truck.

What do you think? Could this actually work on the road as you see it?

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Tesla’s Model 3 Finally Unveiled at a Very Reasonable Price

Cars October 1, 2016

Tesla’s Model 3 car has debuted publicly. The car, 10 years in the making, was introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the Tesla studio in Hawthorne, California today.

The range of the car was put at 215 miles by Musk, and he said that while it will be one of the safest cars available globally, “you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options.” The price is a considerable reduction from the previous Model S and Model X which came to around $100,000 after tax deductions.

He said he was “fairly confident” the car would be available by the end of 2017.

The company says they already have over 130,000 $1,000-down preorders for the Model 3, and the number is increasing.

With 7,200 Superchargers coming standard with the car,it will be able to do 0-60 in 6 seconds. It will be available in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, and the car will fit 5 adults.

The car will also have “more cargo capacity than any gasoline car of the same external dimensions,” according to Musk, who stated that the Model 3 is about where the driver “wants to go.”

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2017 Ford F150 Raptor: Big Changes This Year

Trucks September 1, 2016

2017 Ford F150 Raptor: Big Changes This Year

Anyone browsing the trucks for sale classifieds might have noticed how Ford F150s have changed over the years, and the new truck for 2017 is no different.

There are a number of new truck features for this Raptor: A V6 engine, a lighter body (500 pounds lighter), a 10-speed transmission, and longer-travel suspension. Those are the main things. The interior of the truck will be about the same.

Raptors were the second high-performance truck introduced by Ford, known as the SVT Raptor in 2010. It caught a lot of attention, particularly among the muscle car crowd, who were looking to buy a new truck with a V8 (the first model had a 411 horsepower 6.2 liter engine).

The first ones only came with SuperCabs, but by the next year, the hi-pro trucks came with SuperCrew cabs.

It was also the first time the word “Ford” was put across the grill of one of the company’s trucks since 1983 (like in the photo above — no one would mistake the truck for any other make).

In 2016, Ford Raptor dropped the “SVT” part of its name. The 2017 model — the price of this new truck hasn’t been announced yet — is still intended to be an off-road pickup truck, but Ford has added what it considers improvements in the way of power, lightness, and suspension.

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Luxury Condo Trailers! Tiny Home Condos on Wheels

RVs May 12, 2016

Luxury Condo Trailers! Tiny Home Condos on Wheels

Aircraft-inspired Safari Condo ‘Alto’ combines lightweight, aerodynamics and durability. Your car will love taking off with it.

From the manufacturer:

Underneath the Alto:
Its independent Flexiride suspension and very low centre of gravity provide great stability to the Alto. Its floor and frame are made of aluminium. For maximum aerodynamics, the weld-free frame supports streamlined tanks. Powerful electric brakes come as standard equipment.

A Green Travel Trailer:
Faced with the steady increase in the price of gasoline and the social responsibility we all share to save non-renewable fossil energy, Safari Condo wanted to design ultra-light travel trailers with the lowest possible drag coefficient. Travel trailers meeting these two criteria could then be readily towed by smaller vehicles. Even more environmentally conscious, Safari Condo also wanted its materials selection to be not only lightweight but for the most part recyclable.

Materials:
Roof and walls are made of a sandwich-type material with a plastic honeycomb core laminated with aluminium on one side and Alufiber or aluminium on the other. Alufiber combines the lightweight of aluminium with the durability of fiberglass. The only materials used in building the Alto are those on which water has little effect such as aluminium, Alufiber, plastic, Formica and glass. Inside, the furniture consists largely of aluminium and composite materials. Rigid and ultra-light sandwich panels are integrated into the bed cushions, while the entire bed structure is made of aluminium extrusions.

For more information on these luxurious Safari Condo camper travel trailers and for pricing, visit them (click here).

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This Tiny Lightweight Camper Has Room For Everything You Need (And More)

RVs May 12, 2016

Tiny Lightweight Camper Has Room For Everything You Need (And More)

This little RV fifth wheel camper trailer will definitely get some attention. Kind of reminds you of a VW bug or Mini, right? It’s not a utilitarian, bare-bones square plywood design like some of the ones we’ve featured here. It’s a formed rounded aerodynamic bubble camper, something like the new mini airstream trailer, and it has a lot of interesting RV features.

There’s the awnings that provide a lot of shade, considering the size, the rear hatch door, the classic styling. It’s called the HC1 Happier Camper.

It has 70 sq ft of space (almost a tiny home!), and 42 of that is walkable. It weighs 1,100 pounds, so almost any vehicle can tow this little camper trailer, as long as it has a fifth wheel coupling.

For more from Happier Camper (click here).

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Trailer / Camper Solution: The Trailtop Modular Trailer

RVs May 12, 2016

Trailer Camper Solution The Trailtop Modular Trailer

Who has the money or the space for every variation of the functional fifth wheel trailer so many of us use for work and recreation? Should I get a flatbed so I can work and just pile stuff on top? Maybe a tent, too? Should I get a camper trailer so I can go camping and RVing with the fam on the weekend? Where will I park these? What if I got two types?

Modular construction is an answer many people are looking to for homes as well as, now, trailers. There are quite a few plans and options out there, but we thought we’d share one of the most accessible ones we found, which is the TrailTop landscape Trailer with Removable Camper. Basically, as you can see in the pictures on this page (they all expand), it’s a flatbed landscape trailer with a solid back, but you can place a wood nearly-rectangular camper on it, and there you go, you can take it camping. The design is simple enough that you could make a DIY camper or do repairs/changes to it at home.

This first one is a 5×8 trailer, so it’s large enough carry a sleep-in camper. I’ve drawn this as a “barn door” style, but a teardrop shape could be done as well. The camper box would slide off so the trailer could still be used for other cargo when it wasn’t being used as a camper:

A smaller landscape trailer, like a 4×6, wouldn’t be large enough for a sleep-in camper box, but you could do a cargo box/chuck wagon/tent platform. This one would also come off when the trailer was needed for landscape purposes.

And there’s an example of using the TrailTop 90-degree corners and straight rails to make a hard cover for a trailer, and with the plywood in place, as well as the all-important Trailtop corners, which can also be used for square air vents. Note that these things were originally shared a few years ago by Jeff Schwerb. You’ve probably seen them around, as they are everywhere on the internet now, but that’s where they started.

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