Viking Chopper Designed by Henrik Fisker

The legendary design force that is Henrik Fisker is now trying his hand in the two-wheel arena. Fisker joined forces with Danish design house Lauge Jensen to craft a one-off chopper named the Viking chopper.

Viking chopper

The fuel tank looks like a drop of water in the wind, giving off the impression that the chopper is perpetually moving, even while parked. 

The Viking concept chopper is a hefty 660-pound powerhouse packing a 45-degree V-twin air-cooled engine. She kicks out 100 horses via a six-speed transmission and hits a top speed of 130 miles per hour.

Viking chopper

Everything Henrik Fisker devotes his touch to turns to gold, like this Viking chopper. Created alongside Lauge Jensen, it is a one-off wonder and Fisker’s first dive into the motorcycle arena. 

The design cues are sleek with the components effortlessly blending into one another using their shapes. The end result is an aggressive yet aesthetically pleasing chopper that would look fantastic for any outing. Fisker is best known for his work in the luxury automotive design sector, with the following gems gracing his portfolio:

  • The Fisker Karma
  • BMW Z8
  • BMW 6 Series
  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • Mercedes-Benz SL
  • Tesla Model S
  • Artega GT
  • And more

Viking chopper

Lauge Jensen is a Danish custom bike shop, similar to our ‘Orange County Choppers’…only…Danish. It is owned by Anders Kirk Johansen, of the Lego empire. The Viking chopper will join the likes of the Great Dane, which currently sells for around $60k. The Viking will likely demand a larger sum, with the Fisker name association and the fact that it is his first-ever motorcycle design. What will be next for Fisker, high-speed rails and private jets?

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Most Expensive: Engine Shaped Coffee Machine

Some compare their coffee of choice to ‘jet fuel’. Now java addicts lovers who happen to also be automotive aficionados have the option of obtaining their favorite drink from an engine shaped coffee machine. The ‘Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio’ coffee maker will be offered in V8, V10 or V12 engine format for the lofty sum of $16,500.

engine shaped coffee machine

If money is no object, buyers can begin their day with a little engine work that will offer plenty of horsepower in return. This could be considered true coffee engineering–geared toward a perfectly tuned workday. 

Imagine the jolt of making coffee in a fantasy engine. The Espresso Veloce Serie Titanio is made from high-quality materials like titanium, aluminum, and stainless steel. Overall, there are around 100 precision components to this fast little number, complete with authentic exhaust pipes where the coffee is ejected into cool piston cups. To add interest to the process of making the morning brew, the tips turn blue when heated. Gentlemen, start your engines, indeed!

engine shaped coffee machine

The attention to detail is fantastic. One could dream up an entire workspace to build around this little engine that could. 

Only 500 lucky (rich) coffee drinkers will be using it, as that is the amount prescribed for the initial production run. To add to the excitement, there will be a special edition ‘Nero black’ carbon fiber version of the V8, V10 and V12 dubbed the ‘Serie Carbonio Nero black carbon fiber version’. There is a need for several of these coffee engines at every corner coffee shop in the world…and that is my opinion.

engine shaped coffee machine

Notice how the pipes turn blue when the coffee heats them. 

engine shaped coffee machine

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Most Expensive: Taste of Diamonds Champagne Costs as Much as a Bugatti Veyron

For those who have a thirst for the insane, there is ‘Taste of Diamonds’ Champagne. This bubbly can be purchased for the reasonable rate of just $1.8 million per bottle…or about the same as a brand new Bugatti Veyron hypercar. Created by luxury connoisseur Alexander Amosu, this could be the most expensive Champagne in the world.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

Taste of Diamonds Champagne is hard to swallow at $1.8 million per bottle. Would you rather have a bottle of bubbly and a shiny rock, a Bugatti Veyron or a lifetime of unlimited supercar rentals? 

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

If the price sounds a little steep, relax–Taste of Diamonds Champagne bottles come encrusted with a 19-karat diamond and a bit of 18-karat gold. Unlike the million-dollar vodka, there is something left behind to remember this purchase…unless some idiot makes a bet and swallows the diamond. Stranger things have happened on an upscale night on the town. Outrageously expensive cocktails and signature bottles are not a new thing, but when they soar to the million-dollar and up range they become legend. Still, for that price one could own a variety of supercars or some of the fastest and most amazing specimens out there, like a Hennessey Venom GT or a Bugatti Veyron.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

The bottle was designed to draw to mind the extravagance and spirit of the roaring 20s. Each one is personalized with the buyer’s name on a gold tag with the brand logo. The labels can, of course, be customized in any way for $1.8 million USD.

Taste of Diamonds Champagne

Goût de Diamants is the brand responsible for ‘Taste of Diamonds’ Champagne, which will likely be enjoyed responsibly at nearly $2 million a pop. 

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Ferrari Sporting Activities Department Poised to Deliver Faster Toys

To close the gaps between the Ferrari Formula One program and Corse Clienti customer racing, the Ferrari Sporting Activities Department has formed. This new department will seamlessly connect activities and perks of both arenas to effectively power up the track segments and efforts. This will lead to faster connections and cars for the Prancing Horse right out of the stable.

Ferrari Sporting Activities DepartmentMuch like the photo above, it takes many hands to keep Ferrari running smoothly both on and off the track. It is that very same idea that has led to the creation of the Ferrari Sporting Activities Department. 

The Ferrari Sporting Activities Department will be led by Antonello Coletta, who will in turn report directly to Stefano Domenicali, the Ferrari Formula One team principle. I, for one, would love to sit in on those meetings! Coletta will have a broad overview of all Ferrari racing and Corse Clienti endeavors. Corse Clienti was created in 2001 to give clients the opportunities to compete against one another in special races and for Ferrari to turn their feedback into engineering results. The Ferrari F1 program is, of course, the Scuderia racing team. The Ferrari Challenge and Corsa Clienti must be interconnected in some ways to form the optimum Ferrari experience for both team members and clients. The Horse is certainly prancing in the right direction.

Ferrari Sporting Activities DepartmentThe perks of this new department and inter-department relationship are abundant. It will essentially serve as a gateway to eliminate the gray areas between sections and secure a more stable overall approach to what Ferrari is capable of on the track for both clients and racers. The team is looking forward to a successful season and is currently developing a track-only version of the fabulous LaFerrari.

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Adrenaline Rush:Track Only LaFerrari XX Coming

For the Ferrari fans, there will soon be a track only version of the hyperbeast that is the LaFerrari. She will be dubbed the LaFerrari XX, with the XX being a designation assigned to the experimental Prancing Horses in the stable.

LaFerrari XXLaFerrari will have a track-only sister very soon. 

LaFerrari XX will join the likes of the FXX, FXX Evolution, 599XX and 599XX Evolution in its development process. With the LaFerrari already a stunning specimen of what a supreme hypercar can be, it should be equally intoxicating in track format. Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari’s new Sporting Activity Department, spilled the good news. Coletta stated the following: “Now we are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX. I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”

LaFerrari XXThe main focus of the track-only LaFerrari will not be in altering the performance specifications, but rather, tweaking the handling of the monster for improved track use. When they finish with LaFerrari, she should be fit to maneuver a track flawlessly with all 950 horses behind her. LaFerrari was engineered for road use, so it is only natural that some changes be made for a separate purpose, including weight reduction, wheels, tires, suspension, electronic stability, traction control, downforce and aerodynamics.  LaFerrari XXThe Ferrari XX cars are mostly kept and maintained by Ferrari itself, with the owners visiting the vehicles on occasion and providing important feedback on their performance. It is like a legal visitation schedule for only the most loyal and elite Ferrari customers. Will the track only LaFerrari always be an XX? It is possible, and we never see a Ferrari XX model made available to just anyone!

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The Lexus NX SUV is an Interestingly Sexy Beast

The Lexus NX SUV was cleverly designed to look like it was cast from a single piece of material. The sleek and sexy beast has hit the scene with all the right attributes and is taunting the likes of the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3.

Lexus NX SUV

Lexus NX is a bold approach to the luxury SUV. She is all modern inside and out, and gathering her fair share of stares prior to the official reveal. 

Lexus NX SUV

The Lexus NX appears to be a toned-down version of the much more outgoing and bulky Lexus LF-NX concept. Both members of the family are geared towards turning heads with their futuristic appearances and modern amenities. The best description of this I have read so far came from the fellows at Top Gear, who commented that the NX SUV “Appears as though it wishes to devour pedestrians whole.”

Lexus LF-NX concept

The hefty LF-NX concept

Lexus NX SUVThe Lexus NX SUV at a glance:

  • That signature spindle grille
  • There will be 3 powertrain options: A petrol-electric NX300h, petrol NX200 and a turbocharged NX200t petrol option.
  • The NX200t version will be the first turbo engine from Lexus. It is a 2.0-liter four with VVT-iW and has the capacity to operate as an Atkinson cycle engine with Otto cycle at higher speeds. The transmission is a 6-speed automated.
  • The NX300h will supply a 2.5-liter four with Lexus Hybrid Drive and a CVT gearbox. This one utilizes the Atkinson Cycle constantly.
  • The NX models also provide a nifty charging tray for devices, among other creature comforts and luxuries.
  • The standard shoes for this lady are 225/60 tires ensconcing either 17 or 18-inch rims.

Lexus NX SUVThe official reveal will be at the Beijing Auto Show next week and she may be on display during the New York Auto Show as well.

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Up-Close Video of Lamborghini Aventador Crashing into Multiple Vehicles!

Watch as a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador loses control on the street and nails two other vehicles and manages to get some air in between. This Lamborghini crash occurred in London’s upscale Knightsbridge section on what would otherwise be an uneventful Sunday afternoon. Note how casually the driver exits the Lambo after all the action.


This video shows the Lamborghini Aventador crashing multiple times, thus saving you the hassle of hitting rewind. Thanks, Shmee150! 

Could the temptation of touting an extreme supercar through a busy shopping district brimming with wealth have simply overcome the driver? It appears that showing off can be costly. Once the driver nailed the Mazda 5 hatch and the Nissan Quashqai, it clashes quite audibly with a parked BMW. Aside from the shock of an Aventador rounding a corner like an amateur drifter and smashing into fellow drivers, the most shocking part of the crash is where it appears to momentarily leave the road and sail through the air.

Luckily, the only injury sustained during this particular crash was pride of the Aventador driver. It is easy to lose control of a supercar like this, as the Lamborghini Aventador accelerates from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.9 blistering seconds. That is not enough response time on a busy city street if one were to lose control of all that power.

Lamborghini crash

The owner of the parked BMW hit by the Aventador made the following statement: “We showed up about three hours after the incident and there was a letter on the windshield. The Lamborghini was being towed away and the owner came up and explained what had happened. He was really apologetic about it.”

What would have happened had the Aventador smashed into a parked Bugatti Veyron? Would a simple note have sufficed? Share your thoughts below!

 

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Meet the Acrobatic Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The Lamborghini Aventador supercar is awesome. Jackie Chan the superstar is awesome. Meet the combination of Raging Bull and ass-kicking that is the Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition. It is a one-off Lamborghini that will be auctioned to benefit the China Film Institute Jackie Chan Fund to support the developing film industry in his native country.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

Does the Lamborghini Aventador kick a little more tail with the name Jackie Chan attached to it? It is a one-off Aventador that is certain to attract a special type of buyer.

The Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition will be shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show this month. It is a product of the exclusive Lamborghini “Ad Personam” program, which provides the highest level of individuality and personalization down to the last stitch. With the Ad Personam program, every Lamborghini becomes truly unique and special, like the Jackie Chan version of the Aventador.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition at a glance:

  • The exterior is a special titanium grey, perhaps a nod to the aging superstar? I kid, I kid. The coat is complimented by glossy black alloys with racy red calipers peering out like a Peking duck.
  • The color scheme rolls into the cabin where black, red and grey continue. Red being the most notable hue, appearing loud on the racing style seats.
  • There are also special logos stitched featuring Jackie Chan’s Chinese name– Cheng Long.
  • The Chinese dragons on the mirrors and headrests tie the special edition Lamborghini together nicely.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

The aesthetics are the only changes to this Aventador, it keeps the same sick 700 horsepower powertrain with no tweaks. It is expected to sell for around the $1.2 million mark whenever the auction occurs.

Lamborghini Aventador Jackie Chan Edition

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Exotic Car Barn Find: Two Rare Aston Martin DBS Models

The occasional exotic car barn find is not rare, but a set of nearly identical Aston Martin twins has been found. The set of Aston Martin DBS cars were discovered stowed away for over a decade and have been shipped off to a garage for some revitalization. The twins engines are still turning, which is incredible after such a lengthy hibernation period.

Aston Martin DBSNot one but two Aston Martin DBS cars have been discovered in a barn. Both are the DBS, with one born in 1969 and the other in 1970. 

The twin exotic sports cars hail from a private collection, and had been nearly forgotten as the owner’s health declined. Twin number one is a 1969 Aston Martin DBS Vantage with a manual transmission. It is a rarity due to the fact that just 70 examples were created with right-hand-drive and a manual gearbox. It features a straight-six and has its birth certificate and owner’s handbook intact.

Aston Martin DBS

The photos of the DBS Aston Martins above are their first in over a decade. They have been rescued and will be restored.

Twin number two (Plate EGU 29H) is a 1970 Aston Martin DBS. This one boasts a 5.0-liter V8 engine with just under 28,000 miles on it. It needs a bit of attention but the interior and exterior of both twins has held up considerably well. The set should fetch a good price at auction due to their conditions, rare perks and unique story. Will the same buyer want two Aston Martin cars with similar colors and histories? They hit the auction block at Silverstone Auctions Restoration Sale today, April 12th, 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.

Aston Martin DBS

The interior is in decent condition

Aston Martin DBS

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Bugatti Legends Series: Black Bess

It appears that the prematurely leaked 5th installment of the Bugatti Legends Series was a clever distraction. Bugatti has revealed the 5th of 6 Legends cars and it is the Black Bess. Black Bess was every ounce a legend, driven by founder Ettore Bugatti himself in many races and ahead of her time in the specs arena.

Bugatti Legends Series Black BessMeet Black Bess. She is the 5th member of the illustrious Les Legendes de Bugatti series, of which there will be just 6. 

About Black Bess

Black Bess was a Bugatti Type 18 from the pre-war era. She was among the first-ever street legal supercars with a rather impressive power arsenal for her time. Specifications for Bess included a 4-cylinder 5-liter producing 100 PS with a top speed of 100 miles per hour, not too shabby for the early 1900s. Bugatti Legends Series Black Bess

Fun fact: The Bugatti Black Bess took home a victory in the 1912 Mont Ventoux Hill Climb, driven by Ettore himself.

Black Bess

Just seven examples of Black Bess were created and all were sold to special customers, the elite of the elite, so to speak. One buyer included French aviation pioneer Roland Garros. Garros noticed the supercar following Ettore’s victory at Mont Ventoux. Today, just 3 of the 7 cars still remain and one is in the Louwman Museum as part of a private collection. The special slice of Bugatti history was made available for the introduction of the Legends Series Black Bess, which is pretty cool. The Black Bess of today is, of course, a Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and packs a touch more power than her predecessor, but boasts design cues to tie the sisters together and pay homage. Special features include: A black carbon fiber body with delicate gold stripes, gold coated components, and special “Black Bess” logos found in the usual places. The cockpit is truly luxurious, with fine leather and hand stitching with accents to tie the look together inside and out.

Bugatti Legends Series Black BessThe Bugatti Type 18 was made from 1912 to 1914. 

Overall, Black Bess is an impeccable edition to the Bugatti Legends Series fleet, though fans of Elizabeth Junek may be disappointed! It would be interesting to know where the rumor that the 5th car was to honor her actually originated.

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