Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Electric cars and personal airplanes

''For the uninitiated, Shelby SuperCars builds insanely overpowered and absurdly fast cars. The fossil-fuel–burning 2009 Ultimate Aero produces 1,287 horsepower and is said to be capable of 270 mph. That oughta be enough to retain the "world's fastest car" title Shelby took from Bugatti back in 2007 when an Aero hit 256.18 mph.

As for the car's electric twin sister, Shelby says it'll feature twin liquid-cooled motors that together produce 1,000 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.
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Finnair ... ''is celebrating its 85th anniversary and, curious to see how air travel might look that far in the future, invited academics, business types and journalists to tell us what we might see in 2093. Their vision is laid out on the website Departure 2093: Five Visions on Future Flying, and it includes sleek planes that run on algae and venture into space, airlines that offer everything from personal flight attendants to pre-flight yoga and an industry that — gasp! — runs efficiently.'' [source]

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