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Mercedes with the support of Garia, a luxury golf cart manufacturer has created a new carbon fibre sports car for cruising the fairways in style.

The Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car has been built from carbon fibre composites and comes complete with leather seats, LED headlamps and a heated windscreen.

The car has also been equipped with a fridge to store those essential on green beverages and snacks and an integrated onboard 10.1-inch touchpad which controls many functions and can display the layout of the golf course and their current position, or if desired activate an electronic score card.

The cart is powered by a lithium-ion battery which will give it a 50-mile range with a top speed of 19mph, a full charge will take six hours. No information has yet been released on price, and you’ll have to wait if you want to get hold of one as Mercedes isn’t planning to release it for sale until next year.

BMW designers, working in close collaboration with Team USA athletes and coaches designed and developed the racing wheel chair which is set to make its competitive debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The new racing wheelchair features modernised aerodynamic efficiencies, carbon fibre material, a complete chassis redesign and a personalised approach for customised athlete fit.

Brad Cracchiola, Associate Director, BMW Group DesignWorks said;

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 in the last year and half with these athletes and their coaches, from fittings and immersion sessions, to data analysis and real-time testing, we had the unique opportunity to build a fully customised racing device. We’re eager to complete the final product and look forward to watching Team USA compete.

With the help of Team USA athletes, BMW will work over the next few months to continue to adjust and improve the wheelchair in the lead up to the Games. The final fleet of wheelchairs for use in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is slated to be delivered to the U.S. Paralympics track and field racers in the summer of 2016.

The company has been implementing its resources to advance the training and performance goals of Team USA since signing on as a sponsor in 2010. The BMW racing wheelchair is the company’s fourth technology transfer project, following the delivery of a two-man bobsled which helped Team USA overcome a 62-year medal drought at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

A snow sledge designed to beat the world speed record has been tested by Toyota Motorsport at its 30,000m2 high-performance testing and development facility in Cologne, Germany.

The carbon fibre sledge is the brainchild of Snowspeed, a Norwegian team of designers and speed enthusiasts. Their goal is to beat the world speed record in a gravity powered snow sledge designed to reach 250km/h (155 mph). The current world speed record is held by the British television personality, motor biker and lorry mechanic Guy Martin. In 2014, who piloted a sledge at 134.36km/h (83.49 mph).

The snow sledge that was tested in TMG’s wind tunnel is a 50% scale model. Aerodynamic testing in the wind tunnel delivers data gathered with the same sort of hi-tech equipment that is used to test road and race cars.

Mounted to an overhead strut and with a continuous rolling road under the skis, the wind was turned on and gradually increased to test how the Snowspeed sledge behaves at speed. The wind speed reached 40m/s and stabilised, with TMG’s advanced wind tunnel systems recording sideforce, downforce, drag, roll, pitch and yaw through sensors in the strut.

The data helps the designer continue to improve the sledge in order to minimise drag and maximise speed. Moreover, it aids the fine-tuning of the sledge design to ensure it remains balanced in response to forces such as headwind and turbulence. In addition, analysis of the data helps with the creation of a sledge that is stable at speed, by ensuring there is equal side force on either side of the sledge.

Data on the three movements – roll, pitch and yaw – was also generated in TMG’s wind tunnel. This helps the Snowspeed designers identify how to best position the sledge on the skis. During testing, the base of Snowspeed’s skis were covered in Teflon to reduce friction against the rolling road that rotated beneath it.

The Snowspeed sledge was penned by Oslo-based designers Nima Shahinian and Anders Aannestad. To date, the team has built three prototypes.

Unified Weapons Master, a start-up company based in Australia wants to bring Gladiators back (minus the killing bit at the end) and has spent the past couple of years creating a revolutionary, new combat sport that blends cutting-edge technology with traditional martial arts to allow real, weapons-based combat.

To enable these modern gladiatorial scraps, the company has created the Lorica, a suit of armour made from carbon fibre, polycarbonate materials and elastomeric foam. These materials combine to create a suit that can stand up to a real beating, allowing the wearer to absorb the impact of a weapon and escape unscathed.

Underneath the armour is a range of vibration sensors and accelerometers that detect where the fighter lands a hit on the opponent and measures the severity of the blow. The team also plans to include technology to monitor biometric data including heart-rates, oxygen saturation levels and body temperature, giving useful insights into the health of the combatants. This data will then be fed back from the suit to a special ringside computer that monitors the fighters and keeps score.

The company is going to start holding small-scale events in 2015 around Australia and will move to larger events from there. The suits will be made available to purchase but the company have not given any release dates or prices yet.

Made using a selective laser sintering process, the ski-boot was created from a polyamide-baed material reinforced with carbon fibres. The technology used to create the boot is called Windform SP.

CRP Technology, the company behind Windform SP say that compared to other 3D printing materials, Windform can maintain its relevant characteristics even at low temperature and that it’s a highly supple material and perfect for absorbing the stresses without the risk of breaking.

The design uses three different ski-boot insoles, each one slightly higher in the front than the rear, this gives a much better fit and a bit more space for those all important piggies. The boot has a split insole and an integrated wedge which is connected with a regulator, by adjusting this regulator its possible to change the wedge into 3 different positions which also adjusts the height of the foot in the boot.

The boot’s creator, Mr Franz Egger said;

I’m a sporting goods dealer since more than 30 years and I am well aware of the questions regarding ski boots. With the innovation Easystand I wanted to find successful solutions for the manufacturer, for the sporting goods dealer and for the skier. My main aim is to bring back more skiers on the slopes.

At the ISPO Munich the 3D-printed ski boot brought home a reward in the “Ski-product” category, voted best in its class by judges made up of independent sports business professionals.

 

Ferrari’s in-house design studio Centro Stile Ferrari teamed up with its racing teams aerodynamics division to create the concept car.

The design is a complete change from how the current crop of Formula One cars look whilst still sticking to the FIA’s technical rules. Last season the teams came under a bit of criticism for some of the designs on show, with most of the rage pointed towards the nose cone area.

Would it be possible to come up with an F1 car which not only is technologically advanced, but also captivating to the eye and aggressive-looking? And could this be made without having to overturn the current technical rules?

The new concept was revealed as the F1 commission met to discuss the future of the sport in Geneva.In that meeting the commission rejected proposals to completely re-work the sports regulations for the 2016 season.

Ferrari is asking for your thoughts on the design, so if you want to have your say follow this link. McLaren and Red Bull have also produced some concept ideas for new F1 cars at a recent strategy group meeting, but both teams declined to release these images to the public.

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