Electric Ferrari Millenio Concept Car

It seems that with each passing day over these last few weeks we have been presented with a new Ferrari  concept car. Just yesterday we got our first look at the Ferrari Aliante Concept Car, and today we get a look at something a bit different than what we are accustomed to seeing.

The Ferrari Millenio is not just any normal beautifully crafted, futuristic super car, the Ferrari Millenio is an electric Ferrari. The vehicle is outfitted with dual electric motors that can be charged in two different ways including an inductive power transfer system and a more standard solar panel system. The vehicle was designed by Marko Petrovic.

Ferrari Aliante Concept Car

Over the last few months we have encountered quite a few different Ferrari concept cars, and today we stumbled across one of our favorite vehicles in the Ferrari Aliante Concept.

Before this particular concept, we were huge fans of the Ferrari 612 GTO Concept, but this one definitely rivals the aesthetics. A bit more Formula 1 inspired, this concept was designed by students of Istituto Europeo di Design, Torino; Daniel Soriano, Magnus Grettve, and Arun Krumar. The final product was rendered by Daniel Soriano.  The concept vehicle is drenched in Ferrari’s classic red color paired with beautiful black accents. Check out the photos below.

Horizontal Shower

The good folks at Dornbracht have done mankind a solid: They’ve reinvented the shower. The company’s new Horizontal Shower literally flips showering conventions on their side, converting the whole experience into something luxurious, indulgent and, yes, lazy.

The shower features something called the Ambiance Tuning Technique, which allows the user to control the intensity, burst frequency and temperature of each of six shower heads. To use it you simply lie down on a custom, marble platform that juts out of the wall at 90 degree angle. From there you can reach over and control a row of dials.

Pricing and availability of the Horizontal Shower hasn’t yet been announced, but we’re guessing the cost could rival that of some whole houses. Hey, no one said horizontal showering would be cheap.

Lit Motors’ C-1 electric motorcycle will stand up for itself

As any avid biker will tell you, motorcycles have a lot of advantages over cars – they use less fuel, accelerate faster, are more maneuverable, can be parked in more places, and don’t incorporate the weight of extra seating for passengers who are non-existent on solo commutes. As many other people will tell you, however, motorcycles also leave their occupants open to the rain and cold, and can potentially tip over and scatter those occupants across the road. That’s where Lit Motors’ C-1 comes into the picture. It’s a proposed fully-enclosed two-passenger electric motorbike that uses an electronically-controlled gyroscopic stabilizing system to stay upright when stopped, or even when struck from the side in an accident.
Lit Motors is based out of San Francisco, and is headed up by industrial/automotive designer Daniel Kim. The idea for the C-1 came to him after he had traveled around the world for a year, seeing the transportation challenges and innovations in developing nations. “I met thousands and thousands of people, and learned how cultures function and how people get around,” he told us. “It was an amazing experience. That’s basically what informed me, for the rest of my life.”

 

The vehicle

So far, Kim and his team have developed an operating model of the C-1’s flywheel-based stabilization system, along with a full-scale fiberglass mock-up of the vehicle itself. They are now working on a hand-built steel uni-bodied working prototype, which should reportedly be complete within about three months. Plans call for an initial run of production vehicles to be available at a price of about US$24,000 by late 2013, with that price going down to $16,000 once full production gets under way in 2014.
Different versions of the C-1 will be available for different markets. The model aimed at First World countries will have an 8-10 kilowatt-hour battery pack, while a model intended for developing nations will be rated at about 4-6 kWh. The vehicle will incorporate electric hub motors in both wheels, at least one of those motors being a high-performance Remy HVH unit. The top speed should be at least 120 mph (193 km/h), with driving range for the higher-end model expected to sit at around 150 to 220 miles (241 to 354 km) per charge, depending on the exact size of the battery.

Keeping connected

As with many existing newer cars, the vehicle will also utilize various connectivity protocols to stay in contact with the internet. This will allow its driver to be continuously aware of factors such as traffic, construction, and adverse weather conditions – where applicable, alternate routes will be suggested.
Some fairly big names have become interested in the project. While Daniel was first developing the C-1 as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, it caught the attention of Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the world’s largest car-sharing service – she has since become “a huge proponent” of the vehicle. The MIT Media Lab also provided assistance in its design. More recently, Jason Hill, lead designer with the now-defunct Aptera Motors, signed on to work on the final design of the C-1.

Harvesting energy

While the C-1’s light weight, aerodynamic shape and low rolling resistance should allow it to get decent mileage, KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology will also help in that department. As is the case with the self-balancing Thrustcycle SRT, kinetic power that would otherwise be lost in the braking process will instead be used to assist in spinning up the flywheels. Along with providing stability, those wheels will also deliver power back to the drivetrain when the vehicle is accelerating, giving the battery pack a break.
The flywheels will be located beneath the vehicle’s floor, and should generate over 1,300 lb/ft (1,763 Nm) of torque in the final, commercial model. Although previous attempts at gyroscopically-stabilized vehicles such as the Gyro-X were rumored to be tippy when cornering at high speeds, Kim assures us that a patented system will keep that from being the case with the C-1.