It’s probably not a feature a lot of customers are demanding, but Lexus spent three months working with a team of ice sculptors to recreate the NX’s tires and rims using nothing but ice. Not only do they look perfect, the ice wheels are also strong enough to support the vehicle without shattering.
The wheel. It’s the greatest invention ever made. Especially when four of ‘em are popped on a Porsche. Here are your tributes to 360 degrees of roundness.
Think about it this way, now we won’t have to bother teaching our kids how to walk.
The normal tire has been adapted over the course of a century to be pretty damn good at carrying people places. But from time to time they still break,
The wheels that will hopefully power the Bloodhound SSC car to speeds of over 1,000mph are now in production, with four of the finest aluminium alloy wheels being carved to extremely precise shape.
When you're trying to build the fastest car in human history, like the guys making the Bloodhound SSC, you have to make wheels that basically re-invent the wheel. To reach 1000mph and go supersonic, the wheels they're using weigh over 230 pounds, nearly 3 feet wide and spin four times faster than a F1 car.
It's one of the most stale idioms in the book: Don't reinvent the wheel. But that didn't stop Gilad Wolf, the Israeli inventor who found that comfortably getting around in a conventional wheelchair was nearly impossible. Instead, Wolf set out to reinvent his wheelchair wheels.
A team of engineers at Ohio State University want to change the way cars work. Not only do they want to build a more efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicle, but they also want to build a car with better parts—in fact, so much better that you can do away with major components... like the engine.
But not painlessly. As demonstrated by these Russian youths, all it takes is a large wooden cable spool of some sort, and a long incline. And a dearth of everything else.
Called the Imperial Crawler by designer Christopher Aleria, this interesting take on the AT-AT would have surely been immune to Luke's harpoon technique.
Thankfully someone had the common sense to glue a wheel from a rolling office chair to our 12-year-old African tortoise-friend's missing leg, instead of going down the popular route of making tortoise soup out of him.
A Taiwanese man was inspired to build a green Android robot. So he grabbed a trash can, some DIY electronics experience and went to work.
Bicycles, huh? When I was younger I found them to be mystical, two-wheeled things that remained upright seemingly by magic. Training wheels were my crutch until one day dad ripped them off and gave me a shove down the street.
Michelin's developed new bike inner tube tech to cut down on the devastation a puncture brings when you're out riding. The Protek Max tubes contain a sealant which sees punctures compress and then self-seal, meaning you can hop back on that bike instantly.
I don't know about your family but when I was growing up, whenever someone unwrapped a present and found a box of some sort inside they'd say, "OH MY GOSH a box! Just what I always wanted!" and no one ever really laughed but we kept saying it year after year anyway just because why not. Well with the Rolobox kit—a set…
If you've always wanted to fly but were scared of hang gliding and paragliding and skydiving and base jumping, don't worry! You can "fly" really close to the ground with this StreetFlyer. It's like suspending yourself on a gigantic tricycle.
After waiting so long for Gran Turismo 5, are you really going to use your dinky Dual Shock? A game with such great (insane?) attention to detail deserves an equally hardcore peripheral. Thrustmaster's new T500 RS looks like a contender.
Mounting your phone near your steering wheel—you know, for GPS directions, easy music access—is a good idea. Mounting your phone on your steering wheel probably is not.