2011 RINSPEED BAMBOO CONCEPT
The Swiss design house, Rinspeed that dares to be different to released a concept study for a pure-electric beach cart. Rinspeed has released real-life photos and additional information on its 2011 Geneva Salon-bound BamBoo.
Rinspeed’s boss Frank M. Rinderknecht claims that the BamBoo is more than a simple concept study as the company is already thinking about series production.
The latest creation from Rinspeed was jointly developed and built with Swiss engineering firms 4erC and Esoro, and features several innovations. That is include the canopy-like inflatable roof tent, which is covered on the outside with a water-resistant coating while the inner side is made from bamboo threads, and can be used as a beach mattress.
In addition, both rear seats are inflatable and stored in two aluminum cases on the open cargo bed, and they too can be taken to the beach. Another notable feature is the dashboard that is said to open “in breadbox fashion” revealing the control elements and the futuristic VDO display on the driver side, and a glove box that houses a seven-inch HTC tablet PC “Flyer” with docking station on the passenger side.
2011 Rinspeed BamBoo Concept offers funky four-seater with the composite body made out of polymer plastic materials is powered by an electric motor from the German Fräger Group (German e-Cars) that delivers 54 kW / 72HP and accelerates the 1,090-kilogram (2,403 lbs) vehicle to a top speed of 120 km/h or 75 mph. The battery’s capacity is good enough for a maximum driving range of 105 km or 65 miles. The BamBoo rides on 17-inch AEZ three-spoke billet aluminum wheels wrapped around Goodyear “EfficientGrip” energy-saving tires.
2012 AUDI A8 L SECURITY
Audi A8 offers BRVs or Bullet Resistant Vehicles with W12-powered 2011 A8 L Security. It is setting to go on sale in late summer, this…panzer on wheels will also be available with another, as of yet unspecified powerplant, starting from 2012.
2012 A8 L Security is powered by a 6.3-liter W12 engine, which churns out 500HP and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of peak torque. Despite the added weight, the direct-injected naturally aspirated unit is capable of propelling the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a very respectable 7.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h (131 mph). Power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission and the company’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
To better cope with the extra weight, the chassis, brakes and electronic control systems have been revised, while the 19-inch forged wheels are shod in high load index tires that allow the vehicle to continue traveling at speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) even if tire pressure is lost.
2012 Audi A8 L Security has 5.27 meters (208 inches) long sedan is almost identical to the standard A8, but looks are definitely deceiving as the Security is said to comply with the strictest standards in ballistic protection and can even withstand an explosion and still offer adequate protection for its passengers.
The car armored sedan is built in roughly 450 hours in a special facility at the Neckarsulm plant in Germany, where the use of cell phones is prohibited in order to prevent any technology leaks.