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Friday, May 4, 2018

The world's biggest (and weirdest) sedan ever made

Sedan has been known as a classy, ​​elegant vehicle, and is used to transport officials or dignitaries. But you know, that the largest sedan in the world is actually used to pull the plane (strange is not it?)
A Soviet sedan-shaped tow truck called MAZ-541 with a TU-144 supersonic plane or Soviet Concorde. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rhTNUq)
In the mid-1950s, when aircraft evolved into large jet aircraft and where the airport had to find a larger vehicle to pull the plane. And in Russia (the Soviet Union at the time) offered one of the most curiously revolutionary solutions ie making sedan-shaped cranes with large bodies and machines outside the tank.

Yes, these weird sedan is the MAZ-541, that made by the Minski Autamabilny Zavod (Minsk Automobile Plant). This car is only produced as many as three units and was first launched in 1956. In some articles indicate that the car manufacturer has produced 13 units, but other sources claim that 10 other cars have been planned to be produced but never implemented.
A Soviet MAZ-541 tow truck on action at Sheremetyevo International Airport. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HL13T3)
With a box-shaped body, it seems to be tailored to its function as an aircraft tow truck. With this function, the car has two drivers, just like a train that has two engineers to facilitate the operation of the car at the airport.

But for a tow truck class, driving style and features installed on this car was more surprising. Yes, seen on the sedan-shaped tow truck has a wide body, there are chrome features in some parts, and a stylish grille shape. These MAZ-541 uses a Soviet-made T-34 liquid-cooled V12 diesel engine that has capacity of 3,888 liter. The machine is capable of supplying the power for MAZ-541 up to 500 horsepower assisted by a five-speed transmission with three forward gears and two gears for retreat.

On some articles explain that these car is used to serve at Sheremetyevo International Airport located near Moscow, which became one of the Soviet way to boast these weirdo vehicle, especially to the foreigners who visited Russia at that time. So, it is quite possible that the stylish appearance (in quotation marks) is deliberately made.
MAZ-541 sedan-shaped tow truck appearance from front, side and back. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HOwDvg)
This car is clearly shown in a promotional footage of the TU-144 supersonic plane, also known as Soviet's concorde. As time goes by and as the aircraft continued to be grown (its size and weight), then in the 1970s those three sedan-shaped tow trucks were no longer in use.

The MAZ-541 may be the largest, powerful, and arguably charming design and weird as well that the Soviets once made. Did you know, until now the MAZ-541 still holds the title as the world's biggest (and weirdest) sedan ever made. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ]
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This newest McLaren hypercar is produced by handmade in limited quantities

McLaren has released their latest hypercar production named 'McLaren Senna' at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 held in March. McLaren Senna also known appeared in December last year, the British company has announced that this car was built as a tribute to the Brazilian legendary Formula 1 racer (F1), Ayrton Senna.
2018 McLaren Senna. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JxqEfD)
This car uses the fastest engine ever used for legal vehicles on the highway with maximum power of 789bhp and peak torque of 800 Nm. So it is not surprising that this car is capable of accelerating 0-100 kilometers per hour in just 2.8 seconds.

"McLaren Senna is a McLaren's DNA motorsport personality, this car is legally used on the highway but is designed and developed from the beginning to excel in racing circuits. Each element of this new Ultimate McLaren Series has a focus on uncompromising performance will provide the best driving experience by way of which can only be done by McLaren," said Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren.
Interior view of 2018 McLaren Senna. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JxqEfD)
McLaren Senna hypercar is built with the carbon structure of Monocage III and is the successor of the first Formula 1 carbon race car, McLaren MP4. Meanwhile, McLaren Senna body panel gets carbon fiber technology from Formula One, Monocage III is the strongest carbon fiber monocoque ever made by McLaren for a road-legal car. With a total weight of 1,198 kg, McLaren Senna is the lightest road-legal car ever built by McLaren.
Rear three quarter of 2018 McLaren Senna. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JxqEfD)
This car will use the flat-plane-crank engine version with a capacity of 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbocharged. Its transmission using 7-Speed ​​dual-clutch gearbox. McLaren Senna can reach speeds of 0-200 kilometers per hour in just 6.8 seconds and a quarter mile in just 9.9 seconds with a maximum speed of 340 kilometers per hour.
McLaren Senna is priced at £750,000 or about Rp.14.2 billion (Wow!!). Mclaren Senna also made in limited numbers, ie only 500 units worldwide and assembled by hand in a 300 hour process at McLaren Production Center in Woking, Surrey, England. That's a remarkable hypercar, isn't. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EVO]
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Monday, April 9, 2018

This simple AlterEgo headset can read your mind

Arnav Kapur, a graduate student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA recently created a headset device called AlterEgo that is said to be able to heard the words without saying it.
MIT's wearable headset can hear the words you say in your head. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2HikPBY)
Then, how the headset device can read mind? Yes, this easy-to-use headset can hear our speech in the brain. So, this headset works by measuring small human-made neuromuscular signals, when saying the words in the head.

These signals are not visible to the human eye. But, when electrodes are affixed at various points on the jaw, they are perfectly legible and understandable. As quoted from the Huffington Post page on Sunday, April 8, 2018, the software on the headset device captures the signals, then translates them in words, to be sent to a computer or other person.

Arnav with his professors and other experts at MIT has conducted two types of tests. First, they try to control the TV streaming device, without saying a word through the mouth, but through the instructions in their minds. The second is to move the chess pieces on the computer game.

They notify the movement through the headset on the computer, then the computer will respond, and send it back through the headset. During the test, the ability of this device to translate words is 92%.

Not satisfied just get there, then the researchers will continue to develop this device. They want to create a faster and responsive system, so two people can have a conversation without making a sound, typing, or calling.
Hmmm ... Hopefully with the existence of this device will not make this world increasingly quiet because fewer human beings who emit the voice in all their activities. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HUFFINGTON POST]
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Waiting Revelation, the latest electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson

The renowned American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson recently announced that it will launch a new electric motorcycle before 2020. By looking at the high demand for electric motorcycles in some countries is a great opportunity for Harley-Davidson to fill it.
LiveWire electric motorcycle so inspiration new electric motorcycle from Harley-Davidson. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2oDV3z9)
The American motorcycle manufacturer's determination to provide eco-friendly motorcycles is marked by applying for trademark applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office including batteries, charging devices, powertrains on Monday, February 26, 2018.

However, Harley-Davidson has not confirmed the name of their new motorcycle. While this trademark doesn’t tell us what the model itself may be called, Harley-Davidson did just trademark the 48X, Pan America and Bronx names. But whether they will set as an electric model or a variant of the model that is currently on sale, there is no further explanation.

Although Harley-Davidson did not explain the name of their new electric motorcycle, but as quoted from Visordown that Harley Davidson's future electric motorcycle touted, all signs point to the Revelation powertrain featuring in Harley’s first production EV.

Harley-Davidson's interest in electric motorcycles is seen starting in 2014 when the manufacturer launched 'Harley-Davidson LiveWire.' As we all know, on the motorcycle is stored IC engine that can generate power of 74 horsepower with 70 Nm of torque and claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km per hour in about 4 seconds.

As for design, the LiveWire has a futuristic concept of Harley philosophy with an open chassis, monoshock rear suspension, LED headlamps and rear lights and a digital instrument console. HD LiveWire motorcycle concept that has a weight of about 210 kg is admittedly nice to maneuver in the street. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VISORDWON]
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Seeing two of the rare classic sportscars sold at exorbitant prices

Almost all of the old premium sportscar brands will end up being the rare cars with exorbitant prices. That was precisely what happened on 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder and 1956 Jaguar D-Type which has been auctioned off some time ago by listing the selling price is quite fantastic. 
Why is that? In this post, lets we find out the causes.

1. Jaguar D-Type
Just like Ferrari or Lamborghini, Jaguar car brand with the classic status of many hunted collector of antique cars. One of the works of Jaguar is quite ogled by many old car lovers is Jaguar D-Type.
Front side view of 1956 Jaguar D-Type. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
This car model is said to be one of the iconic car ever produced by Jaguar who laundhed for the first time in 1954. Only, Jaguar D-Type did not last long, because lapse three years later or around 1957, the car was finally decided not to be produced.
Dashboard view of 1956 Jaguar D-Type. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
The car is now rare, because for three years the presence of Jaguar D-Type is made as many as 18 units used by manufacturer racing team, 53 units for consumers, and 16 units made for the XKSS version.
Rear three quarter of 1956 Jaguar D-Type. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
Well, it turns out Jaguar D-Type who ever recorded a victory at Le Mans, and one of them now has a new owner, or in other words has been sold. 

As reported by Motor1, the 1956 Jaguar D-Type was once owned by Bernie Ecclestone and is almost completely original has been sold through auction system, which was held by the Gooding & Co. Scottsdale on January 19, 2018 ago. 

2. Porsche 550A Spyder
Unmitigated, Porsche 550A Spyder is sold for US $ 5.17 million or equivalent Rp.67, 8 billion at an auction held by Bonhams auction house in Scottsdale, United States (US) some time ago. As quoted from Carscoops on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
Front three quarter of 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
Known, the high price of these cars because of the historical value is so stunning. How not, made in 1958, this car became one of the fastest ever. The 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder in the era should be reckoned for being able to become champions in many racing arenas.
Dashboard view of 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
1958 Porsche 550A Spyder uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
Some of the achievements of this car include winning races at the Reims Circuit in France, Zandvoort in the Netherlands, and Nürburgring in Germany, and ranked second in Le Mans (fifth in overall total).
Rear side view of 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2o0LH0S)
To note, these 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder uses a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which is capable of generating power up to 110 horsepower. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | MOTOR1]
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