Archive for the ‘Sustainable Developments’ category

Air-powered dirt bikes close to reality?

December 24, 2011

What if the very air we breathe could power dirt bikes? Could air possibly dethrone gasoline as our primary energy source for motor-powered machinery? It’s not likely as energy density, efficiency, storage safety, and refueling would be major obstacles on the path to sustainability.

But one brave design student from Australia, Dean Benstead, thought it was worth a try. Given a blank canvas from Yamaha Australia, in the form of a Yamaha WR250R dirt bike, and a DiPietro air engine from Engineair, the student developed his concept using a (more…)

Bridgestone’s puncture-proof idea

December 10, 2011

Imagine a tire needing little maintenance… no need to refill air or check for leaks. Bridgestone, the Japanese tire company, has conceptualized a new design that’s “puncture-proof”. It’s non-pneumatic, meaning it does not rely on air pressure at all. Instead, it relys on a structure of spokes for its rigidity and cushioning.

The structure within the tire is made from reusable thermoplastic resin. Along with the rubber used in the tread, the whole tire is (more…)

Qatar taxi drivers to be trained by Williams F1

November 12, 2011

The Qatari-based transport company, Mowasalat, and the Williams Formula 1 team have signed a memorandum of understanding for the use of Williams F1’s advanced simulator technology, currently under development at the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar.

Mowasalat plans on using the technology in its driver training operations to help improve road safety, the skill level of its drivers, passenger (more…)

Williams F1 join Silatech in encouraging Middle East entrepreneurs

October 9, 2011

Williams F1 set up the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar in 2009, an entity tasked with the progression of R&D projects for industrial, competition and road car applications.

Very recently, Williams F1 kicked off a partnership with Her Highness Sheikha Mozah’s social enterprise Silatech establishing a programme to encourage entrepreneurship in the Middle East. The programme will directly address issues, such as (more…)

Naughty kitty-kat! Jaguar’s C-X16 Concept

September 7, 2011

It seems many automakers are aiming straight at Porsche’s 911 market, not the easiest to penetrate whatsoever. But if the product is good, buyers may come along deciding they want something different. And that is the exact crowd Jaguar plans on luring with its C-X16 Concept.

This two-seater hybrid sports car highlights Jaguar’s new “expressing lightness” design language. It still looks quite similar to (more…)

Video: Heathrow Airport looks to McLaren for help

August 21, 2011

It’s no secret that the skies over London are congested with planes waiting to touch down at Heathrow Airport. Operating at 98% capacity, Heathrow – the world’s busiest international airport – is no longer an efficient operation. Planes arrive and spend way too much time taxiing while facing delays due to traffic congestion leading to all sorts of issues, as well as unwanted CO2 emissions.

Where does McLaren come in? Its vast knowledge and experiences in F1 racing, a sport where every minor detail is pitted against the clock, are what Heathrow Airport wants to learn from. Especially how pitstop strategies work. Watch the interesting video from CNN after the jump. (more…)

Oman’s ready to start producing electric cars

July 27, 2011

Nur Majan, an Omani company, has received the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s first licence for the construction of the first electric car manufacturing facility in the Sultanate of Oman. The facility is licensed to assemble cars (120 car capacity annually) for commercial production starting in January 2014.

According to reports, the actual components will not be produced in Oman. The concept car / first model is set to be unveiled next (more…)