Thursday, February 23, 2017

CARS: PAL-V Is Accepting Pre-Orders for Its Flying Car / LEGO Technic Kit Inspires BMW to Build Hover Ride Design Concept

PAL-V Is Accepting Pre-Orders for Its Flying Car

We’ve previously covered various flying car concepts that were still far from ready for consumer use. Well, thanks to Dutch company PAL-V this ever-elusive goal of an airborne vehicle has become a reality with the introduction of what it calls “the first certified commercial flying car ever.” The three-wheeled PAL-V Liberty bears some resemblance to a helicopter with its retractable top-mounted motor, but it can actually hit ground speeds of up to 100 mph and 817 miles driving distance on a full tank. While in the air, the hybrid vehicle has a top speed of 112 mph but it can only travel 310 before needing to refuel. If you’re in the market for a new very expensive toy the $400,000 USD base price shouldn’t put you off; you can pay $600,000 USD for the “Pioneer” edition which includes a nicer interior, electronic flight instrument display, and even at-home training. Head over to PAL-V now to make an initial deposit now. The first batch is set to begin delivery at the end of 2018.
LEGO Technic Kit Inspires BMW to Build Hover Ride Design Concept
Back in November, we covered the story of a LEGO Technic kit that releases tomorrow — the 603-piece BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit. Like multiple Technic kits from the Danes, the build is a 2-in-1, allowing the builder to create two outcomes, in this case the actual BMW motorcycle and the other being a futuristic flying motorcycle. LEGO Technic designer Lars Thygesen said, “What would the perfect motorcycle look like? It needs to be fast and agile and have what it takes to take you where a car can’t drive.”
So when the folks at LEGO sent the BMW Motorrad team five sets of the kit, a collaborative effort grew into a real life Hover Ride Design Concept. Brought to life by the BMW Junior Company, a BMW Group training unit, the full-size replica will debut at LEGO World in Copenhagen and then travel to the BMW Group Research and Innovation Center Munich and BMW Welt. BMW Motorrad vehicle design head Alexander Buckan said, “It was a great idea and a superb creative challenge to develop a fictitious model from the parts of the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure set, our concept not only incorporates the BMW Motorrad design DNA with typical elements such as the boxer engine and the characteristic GS silhouette, it also draws on the LEGO Technic stylistic idiom.”
Those not lucky enough to see the real life version can check out the images above, video below and purchase the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit here on February 17 for $59.99 USD.

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