A Car that Runs on Chocolate?
No it is not an April fools joke! Scientists unveiled on Tuesday what they hope will be one of the world’s fastest biofuel vehicles, powered by waste from chocolate factories and made partly from plant fibers.
Its makers hope the racer will go 145 mph and give manufacturers ideas about how to build more ecologically friendly vehicles.
The car runs on vegetable oils and chocolate waste that has been turned into biofuel. The steering wheel is made out of plant-based fibers derived from carrots and other root vegetables, and the seat is built of flax fibre and soybean oil foam. The body is also made of plant fibers.
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2015/16 Vette Might Look Like This
Buyers are lining up to put the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette in their garages, but we’re already looking ahead to the hopped-up versions Chevrolet is likely to unveil down the road.
There will be a new Z06, of course, but we’re talking about the Stingray version of the beastly, supercharged Corvette ZR1.
Thanks to a pair of renderings, we can imagine what the new ZR1, which will likely be a 2015 or 2016 model year vehicle, might look like. In the renderings.
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Not So Green but Trying!
Powered by the British auto-maker’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbo W12 engine, the Continental GT Speed Convertible packs 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, while delivering a 15-percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to its predecessor. The engine is mated to a close-ratio, eight-speed transmission while uprated and lowered suspension along with re-tuned steering gives the convertible a sporty, yet precise driving experience. The Continental GT Speed Convertible also features permanent all-wheel drive.
The GT Speed Convertible will have a top speed of 202 mph and now takes the place at the top of the Bentley Continental model lineup. It will come from the factory with 21-inch wheels, dark-tint grilles, and ‘rifled’ exhaust tips. As for the interior, Bentley has outfitted the drop-top with the Mulliner Driving Specification as standard.
Power of the Sun from Orbit!
This sounds like an awesome step-forward! How would a space-based solar power system work? Proponents of the idea argue that the system would have all the benefits of terrestrial solar power – and that energy could be safely beamed back to Earth transmission stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine. Environmental and technical challenges still have to be met, however, including the challenge of building a network of energy-converting satellites in space. Click through this explainer to see how a space-based power transmission system might work.
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