Transportation (Inspirations)

Transportation (Inspirations)

ICON Derilict - with Jay Leno

[youtube:] I came across this video today and was immediately intrigued because the poster frame for the movie showed what would have been a very shiny chrome bumper, and in true Jay Leno style, I thought he would introduce a car that I would not have known about because of its age.

Jonathan Ward, founder of Icon, is an expert in restoring old cars. In fact,  Icon has a very successful restoring and updating process for Ford Broncos, and Toyota FJ and CJ cruisers. Mr Ward also has a "Derelict" line where the company reinvigorates vintage cars with modern chassis and creature comforts so that they could become versatile daily drivers... and yet be under the radar; a point he explains in the video... "... with two young sons and dog, surfboards and skateboards, I just always wanted to be a little more liberated and enjoy it." ... "this car is just liberating, I can take it down a dirt road, I can drift it sideways on Mulholland, I can park it anywhere, leave the windows down and no one screws with it." ... "better sense of history with this car... more smiles, less judgement. ... it's about the fun." "I love how counter intuitive it is, the way it looks and the way it feels." --- this is all about using the aesthetics of the car/materials to satisfy a set of intention in order to alter the perception of the people around you. I think it's brilliantly executed.

Also check out the wooden deck in the trunk! They talk about how the designers in the day must have been studying luxury rail cars and streamliners.

Here is another movie by eGarage. [vimeo:]

Materials, Thesis Research, Transportation (Inspirations)

Cherry Trunk in the 2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

The use of wood in automobiles have evolved from structural in the early years to decorative. Now its use is standard in most cars to help soften the feel of the cars interior. Recently the Rolls Royce announced its 2012 Phantom Drophead Coupé would feature teak panelling in its trunk as well as its soft-top cover; inspired by classic racing yachts. This week, Mercedes Benz released their 2012 CLS Shooting Brake with a wooden trunk deck made of American cherry with inlaid smoked oak and aluminum rails.

In case the owner would like to protect the wooden deck, there is an available non-slip mat.
2012 CLS Shooting Brake with Non Clip Mat

Of course the rest of the interior still has the regular luxury wooden trimmings.


Materials, Science & Engineering (Inspirations), Thesis Research, Transportation (Inspirations)

Carbon Fiber Monocoque

I've been interested in the Carbon Fiber Monocoque for a little while now because of the strength and security it gives to the cars and their passengers while minimizing the weight. Here's a small video explaining how it's done in F1, why it's safe and getting even safer.