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Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibit To Open At The Petersen Automotive Museum

From its display at WonderCon 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced a new exhibit which will feature over 40 Hollywood vehicles from cult classic films and video games. Opening May 5, 2019 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” will be produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, with additional support provided by Audi and Microsoft.

Along with iconic automobiles, the exhibit will showcase a selection of concept artwork, props and costumes to explore and analyze the ways in which the speculative fiction genre pushes the boundaries of human imagination. Series represented in the display will span the niches of speculative fiction with emphasis on dystopian future films such as “Back to the Future”, “Blade Runner,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Transformers” and “I, Robot”.

Key vehicles on display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the 2035 Audi RSQ from “I Robot,” the time machine from “Back to the Future”, the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” the 2008 Audi R8 from “Iron Man,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, and more.

“’Hollywood Dream Machines’ will be the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The exhibit will also feature a Microsoft HoloLens experience called “Worlds Reimagined.” The mixed reality experience will provide guests the opportunity to try this immersive technology, and see the Warthog from “Halo” and the “Back to the Future” time machine in a whole new way.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4 with live entertainment, and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit http://www.petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

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Full Scale LEGO McLaren Senna

Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble and requiring nearly half a million bricks to complete, this Full-Scale LEGO McLaren Senna is as impressive as it is fun. The interactive model incorporates the infotainment system, carbon fiber seats, steering wheel, and pedals from the real car, as well as actual McLaren badges and real Pirelli tires. There’s also a start button in the roof, which activates the sound of the car roaring to life.

Overall, it took more than 40 men and women to design and build the model, using 467,854 individual LEGO bricks — so while it might be the same size as the road car, it weighs a full 1,102 lbs more.

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Are You Prepared For A Motorcycle Crash?

Nobody, whether driving a car or riding a motorcycle, plans to get into a crash. However, these collisions can and do occur every day. Ninety-six percent of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, and 98 percent of multiple vehicle accidents, resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcyclist. 

The good news is that over half of those injuries, 55 percent, were minor. If the worst should happen and you’re ever in a motorcycle crash, you want to be part of the largely uninjured majority. You can prepare for the accident you hope will never happen by investing in motorcycle protective gear.

Types of Motorcycle Protective Gear

You’re probably familiar with more traditional types of motorcycle gear, like helmets, chaps, and boots.  However, products have evolved beyond those basic staples into different types of body armor. Armored motorcycle gear includes knee and elbow guards, back and chest protectors, armored shirts, jackets, and pants, and for those who don’t want to take any chances, full armored body suits. 

Some of these items have the armored portions built right into the fabric, while others, such as some protective shirts and jackets, have pockets allowing you to place armored inserts, with the option to remove and replace them as necessary. Some of the best motorcycle armor inserts are made of viscoelastic materials that combine the resistance to impact of GP armor with the comfort and flexibility of foam materials. 

Protective Capabilities

Some types of armored gear provide only padding to the areas of your body most likely to be impacted in an accident to absorb the force. Other, more advanced types of armored motorcycle gear also include a hard shell to distribute the force away from the vulnerable areas of your body. One way to judge the protective capability of protective motorcycle gear is to check for a CE rating. This is a standard used throughout Europe to gauge how much force a piece of gear can take, and therefore, how much protection it affords.

An investment in motorcycle body armor can help you be part of the 55 percent of riders who walk away from an accident. Check out the different types of armored motorcycle gear available today.

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LEGO Ford Mustang

Discover the magic of an iconic 1960s American muscle car with the LEGO Creator Ford Mustang, featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, bonnet scoop, printed mustang grille badge, GT emblems and 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires. Developed with input from Ford, this authentic replica comes with optional add-ons for customization, including a selection of license plates, supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.

You can even adjust the lift of the rear axle for an extra-mean look! Remove the roof panel or open the doors and you have access to the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, working steering and a mid-console gearshift. Store items in the trunk or lift the hood to reveal a detailed big block 390 V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter detailing.

This advanced building set has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia and makes a great centerpiece for the home or office.

– Authentic replica of a 1960s Ford Mustang featuring dark-blue bodywork with white racing stripes, air scoop, 5-spoke rims with road-gripping tires, and a selection of customization add-ons.
– Open the doors or remove the roof panel to access the detailed interior with handsome seats, radio, mid-console gearshift and working steering.
– Open the trunk to store items and lift the hood to reveal a detailed Ford Mustang V8 engine with battery, hoses and air filter.
– Also includes a printed mustang grille badge and 2 GT emblems.
– Customize the Ford Mustang with the included supercharger, rear ducktail spoiler, beefy exhaust pipes, front chin spoiler and a nitrous oxide tank.
– Choose from a selection of license plates.
– Lift the hood to check out the realistic engine detailing.
– Adjust the lift of the rear axle for a real mean look!
– This Mustang toy car model includes 1,470 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
– New-for-March-2019 special elements include 5-spoke rims, 2×8 brick with bow, 1×3 mustang logo tile, 2×4 bow with ‘GT’ Emblem.
– Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide.

Available March 1, 2019 directly from LEGO Stores and shop.LEGO.com for $149.99.

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Is This The Flying Taxi of The Future?

At CES, Fort Worth, Texas-based firm Bell revealed a full-scale model of its Nexus hybrid-electric air taxi that can take off and land vertically, and seat five people.

The flying car/helicopter uses six tilting ducted fans to move through the air and make vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) maneuvers, and its hybrid propulsion system is said to allow for covering greater distances than a purely electric drivetrain.

Bell is planning to partner with Uber and the cab service company is keen on being as quick as possible to offer air taxi rides. Air taxi rides could become a reality in the mid-2020s.

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Where Does Batman Buy His Groceries?

If you didn’t know where Batman shops, you do now: He and celebrities like Slimer, Scooby-Doo, the Griswolds, Doc Brown and more—or, more specifically, their cars—make cameos in a new spot from Walmart promoting its free grocery pickup service.

The campaign debuted during NBC’s Golden Globes broadcast last night and featured familiar vehicles from movies and TV shows from the last four decades—including the station wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation, Lloyd and Harry’s Mutt Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber and more. And it’s set to the tune of Gary Numan’s 1979 hit “Cars,”.

Barbara Messing, CMO of Walmart U.S., said the retailer worked with Hollywood studios to ensure that the famous cars looked just like ones on film.

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The Boring Company Loop System

In a tunnel underneath the streets of Hawthorne, CA, Elon Musk’s other venture, The Boring Company is focused on the future of urban mobility. 

Musk invited a select group of people to come and try their first test tunnel. 1.14 miles in length. The tunnel is built for autonomous electric vehicles outfitted with deployable tracking wheels. The video below shows one of these early test runs, from lowering down the elevator shaft at the start to its return to the surface via a separate elevator at the end. 

Concept Transport Vehicle

In addition to private vehicles, the company will also operate a number of its own vehicles as public transit, however, no opening date has been set.

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Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet 

At this year’s gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. At the same time the two-seater model pays homage to the glorious “automotive haute couture” of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 PS). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). The elegant cabriolet is set to make its debut at the Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula in California between 15 and 20 August 2017. The final event will be the traditional Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance, which this year takes place on 20 August.

The curved basic body of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet boasts a sporty, stretched design which is characterised by powerful structural elements in conjunction with the sharp feature line. This side feature line defines the upper vehicle body, from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle through to the rear. With the luxurious interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a new synthesis of intelligence and emotion. Also, the designers have combined the unique tradition of the brand with a hitherto unknown high-tech experience. The user experience also combines ultimate luxury with intelligence.

Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The flat battery sits in the underbody. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 PS). This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0–100 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 km/h) but also a range of over 500 kilometers according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). The quick-charge function is also visionary: as a result of DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometers.

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Ninebot Electric Gokart

Winner of a 2018 Red Dot Design Award, the Segway Electric Gokart was engineered for one thing: fun. Its clever design uses a Segway miniPro as its rear wheels and propulsion system, making it useful even after the race is over. 

Made to drift, it accommodates a height range of 4′ 5″ to 6′ 3″ , has a maximum load of 220 lbs., and can accelerate from 0-12 mph in just 2 seconds, with different riding modes capping the top speed at 5, 10.8, or 15 mph. 

Connect your Gokart to the app via Bluetooth to display driving speed, cruising range, and fault reminders of the Gokart in real-time. You can also access the new rider tutorial, control lighting, set driving modes, update firmware, and more.

Battery life ranges from 8 to 12.4 miles, depending on driving mode, and the collapsible design means it will fit in most trunks.

Preorder from Indiegogo for $1,149.

 

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Taschen Is Releasing A $30,000 Ferrari Book

Designed by Marc Newson, this luxury edition offers unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari archives, and from private collectors, to reveal the full story behind the Cavallino Rampante. Featuring a complete appendix of the company’s victories, this massive tome is elevated by a sculpture evocative of the 12-cylinder engine, topping off a production unparalleled in scale.

Few are the men and brands that have come to define a century. For seven decades and counting, the Italian powerhouse founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1947 has made an indelible red mark on popular culture and enraptured fans and collectors across the globe.

Synonymous with beauty, excellence, and unmatched desirability, the Cavallino Rampante lives on as the driving force in high-performance Gran Turismo, the conqueror of impossible challenges.

A project conceived in close collaboration with Ferrari, this massive tome is a veritable collector’s piece. A production unparalleled in its scale, it features exclusive content from the Ferrari archives and private collections around the world, bringing together hundreds of unseen photographs and documents to reveal the unique story behind Ferrari’s victories, its protagonists, and its legacy.

Limited to 1,947 signed and numbered copies, the handcrafted leather-bound and hand-stitched Collector’s Edition is enclosed in a Ferrari motor–inspired case designed by Marc Newson. Made of cast aluminum, the chrome has been sandblasted with powder to preserve the metal’s natural feel, while the top of the case has been finished using Ferrari’s own red varnish, the same as that used on their engines.

This Art Edition (No. 1–250) is elevated by a sculpture evocative of the 12-cylinder engine in hand-bent, flared chromed steel, also by Newson. Made of chromed steel, the bookstand’s legs were joined together using tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, a process that produces stronger, high-quality welds, typical in the automotive industry.

Art Edition (No. 1–250), with a sculptural bookstand by Marc Newson, each signed by Sergio Marchionne, John Elkann, and Piero Ferrari.

A production unparalleled in scale, this massive tome is a veritable work of art to be prized by fans and collectors across the globe. Offering unrestricted access to hundreds of photographs from the Ferrari Archives and those of private collectors, this unique work reveals the full story behind Ferrari’s protagonists, its victories, its past, and its future.

Click HERE for more info.

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