4 Insane Things We Learned This Week
BMW has made a racing wheelchair
With less than 100 days to go until the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, BMW has marked the passing of the milestone by unveiling the wheelchair it has designed for the US Paralympic team.
The fleet of chairs – which will be used by Team USA’s track and field squad – feature carbon fibre and have been custom measured for each individual.
“Working on this project has been a truly rewarding experience for my team and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” said BMW’s Brad Cracchiola.
There is a $40k Rolls-Royce Wraith luggage set
When you think of Rolls-Royce, you think luxury. Attention to detail. Gorgeous materials. And expensive price tags. So it’s only fitting the Goodwood-based brand has revealed a six-piece luggage set inspired by – and designed to fit in – its Wraith super-coupe. The price for all six items? around $40k – before tax.
If you’re being asked to pay Golf GTI money for a family of bags, you’d expect all of the above qualities in abundance, and so it proves: carbonfibre shells for light weight and strength, magnetic handle mechanisms, and the best feature – self-righting wheel centre-caps, just like the party pieces on Rolls’s cars.
Rolls-Royce consulted the world authorities on posh luggage before designing this lot: the concierge services of the world’s ultra-luxury hotels.
Jaguar has recycled 50,000 tonnes of metal
The XE has been on sale for a year, and to celebrate Jaguar has revealed just how much of it is, um, made from second hand materials. A cake might have been better.
Anyway, the British carmaker’s ‘closed-loop’ aluminium recycling system allows it to reuse 50,000 tonnes of the metal every year, a figure which equates to about 200,000 XE body shells.
Jaguar has also said that the recycling process allows it to prevent 500,000 tonnes of CO2 escaping into the atmosphere, and that it saves 95 per cent of the energy that would be used creating aluminium from scratch.
Dubai got the world’s fastest fire ‘truck’
Far be it from us to cast aspersions on the common sense of Dubai’s police force, but hey, when you count a Ferrari FF, Mercedes SLS AMG and Lamborghini Aventador among your squad cars, it’s fair to say you’re not in the same realm of reality as the Metropolitan Police and their turbodiesel panda cars.
Dubai is stretching the limits of common sense even further this week by revealing it now has the world’s fastest fire ‘truck’, in the distinctly un-truck-like shape of a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The fast bit isn’t it doubt, thanks to the 460bhp V8 and reputed 186mph top speed. It just has a fire extinguisher on board. There are no hoses and no ladders. There will get to scene really quick but that’s about it.