Sometimes it’s all about being seen. Whether at that swanky fundraiser or your neighborhood block party, getting noticed is what it’s about. LightMode knows the importance of being seen, albeit far from that trivial and pretentious socialite drivel: their Electroluminescent Motorcycle Helmet greatly increases rider visibility and thus safety. Utilizing electroluminescent (EL) materials, these helmets are surrounded completely in an attention-getting glow, all while looking like a computer programmer sucked into a mainframe. Each kit comes in one of five colors – aqua, red, white, green, and blue – and is powered by two AA batteries in three modes: constant glow, blink and off. When used with 2,000 mAh NiMH rechargables these lights can run up to 13 hours. And for those who like to get their hands dirty, a kit is available to turn your helmet into a neon sign for your head; alternatively, complete, pre-wired helmets are available.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $63+ (conversion kit) to $266+ (helmet included)
Apparently, the Venom GT’s title for world’s fastest production car – at 270.49 mph (435 km/h), by the way – didn’t quite satisfy Hennessey. The speed-hungry tuning house is already working on its successor, the aptly named Venom F5, 5 to denote the strongest tornadoes on the Fujita scale. With looks to match its advanced aerodynamics and a low curb weight thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, this machine has a leg up on its predecessor from the get go, even before we mention the ludicrous estimated 1,400bhp churned out by its twin-turbo V8. So what will this amount of car get you? A blistering predicted top speed of 290 mph (466 km/h), at least on paper – finding a suitable road or track to test it yourself might prove… difficult.
Hit up Hennessey for details – $TBA (but likely over $1.2M)
Technically more motorcycle than car, the Polaris Slingshot is nothing if not bang for your buck. This 1,700lbs three-wheeler is driven by a disproportionately powerful 173 horsepower-, 166 ft-lbs torque-producing 2.4-liter GM Ecotec inline-4 coupled to a five speed manual transmission, with yet unrevealed performance specs – though we’re confident they’re going to be ludicrous. And while it’s not subject to the same strenuous safety laws and regulations as four-wheelers, the Slingshot comes stock with ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, and large 298mm vented disc brakes both front and back. Only catch: you’ll need a motorcycle license to drive one in most states.
Learn more at Polaris – $20,000+
Can’t decide between investing in a water- or land-borne personal vehicle? Don’t. Like their one seater, Gibbs’ Quadski XL tackles both tasks fluently, transforming from ATV to personal watercraft at the push of a button. It’s still powered by a 140 horsepower BMW 4-stroke in-line 4 engine, boasts an 8.6-inch ground clearance, and attains 45 mph on land and water alike. But this time, it’s also got room for another, letting your share this all-too-rare experience with your significant other, or a buddy at the very least.
Check it out at Gibbs – $TBA
The Harley-Davidson name might not evoke futuristic avant-garde design, but their first electric motorcycle might. Dubbed LiveWire, this project aims to take their innovations to the streets, collecting data and feedback as riders give it a test run with the aim of perfecting this motorcycle for later release to the masses. While details are sparse at this moment, the bike itself features an aggressive, muscular design despite its electric roots, and includes high-quality metal finishes like all Harley-Davidson classics you’re used to. Just don’t worry about the fate of Harley-Davidson’s impossibly loud air-cooled V-Twin: it’s not going anywhere.
Learn more at Harley-Davidson – $TBA
The last car to integrate a tent with its hatch was a bit of a farce, we’re aware, but this time it’s not Pontiac calling the shots. Audi’s energetic 2015 Q3 has the power and stance to get you slightly off the beaten path, simultaneously saving you both trouble and time with the Q3 Camping Tent. This two-room tent unfurls and inflates using an included pump in 7 minutes flat – no poles to mess around with – and fastens to the Q3’s hatch, granting access to grub, drinks, and supplies, all without having to unload the car (and no, it was not conceived so you could cool down by running your A/C all night). At this moment it’s but a concept, but with any luck (and enough interest) it’ll be an option on an upcoming Q3.
Read the press release at Auto Evolution – $TBA
Classically, vehicles have been restricted by the terrain they ride on. Roads for cars, water for boats, tracks for trains. Even airplanes are restricted in that they need a runway strip to take off and land. But not Aero-X. This double-prop carbon fibre hovercraft seats two and rides like a motorcycle, blasting across roads or uneven terrain just the same at speeds of 45 miles per hour while flying at up to 12 feet off the ground. Unlike most amateur aircraft, Aero-X is relatively affordable and flies thanks to a rotary engine that runs on plain old automotive gasoline. It also offers optional whole vehicle airbags, just in case, floatation pontoons for water-borne use, and takes off vertically for maximum versatility.
Read more at Aerofex – $85,000+
“Woe to you oh earth and sea, for the devil sends the Beast with wrath because he knows the time is short…” Was it the Bible or Iron Maiden? Either way the Rezvani Beast is full of the kind of throat punching, heart pounding wrath that’s a throwback to a time when it was just you, power, and the road. This Beast (pun intended) accelerates from 0-60 in 2.7 seconds thanks to a supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder located directly behind the driver. Couple this with a 1550lb carbon fiber body and 5 speed manual transmission, and its 500hp engine is sufficient to thrust you and your passenger to the back of your seats. Unlike many other modern supercars, the Beast has limited computerized settings, letting you experience the road the way it was meant to. And, remove the windshield and doors for an even truer track experience. Road legal, the Beast is a registered specialty construction vehicle and priced for more budget minded supercar enthusiast.
Check it out at Rezvani Motors – $119,000
Value torque over horsepower? Trident’s Iceni produces loads of both, with a rather steep inclination towards the former. This two-seater sports a mid-front mounted 6.6 litre turbo diesel V8 that outputs 700 lbs-ft of torque plus 395bhp and is coupled to a strong, rigid stainless steel chassis. And, perhaps most importantly to eco-conscious sports car aficionados, it boasts a 0 to 60 time of 3.7 seconds and top speed of over 190mph, seemingly miraculous considering its startling 70 mpg fuel economy and 2,000 mile range before requiring a fill-up.
Read more at Trident Sports Cars – $162,000
We love biking as much as the next guy, but we’re not fooling ourselves into thinking it’s safe, at least when compared to other methods of transportation. But we’re betting Vankawks’ Valour Smart Bike can help. Thanks to a carbon fibre unibody construction with internal wall structure (think bones instead of hollow tubes), Valour’s frame can better withstands extreme three-dimensional stress while keeping weight off – the bike in its entirety weighs a mere 16 pounds. Interplay also occurs between your smartphone, their turn-by-turn navigation app, and Valour’s slew of sensors, compiling data every time you hit a pothole, detecting and warning you of other commuters in your blind spots, monitoring elevations of each route to help better get around hills, and, if stolen, talking to other nearby Valours on the road to notify you in hopes of maximizing chance of recovery. And it never needs a battery swap or manual recharge thanks to a front wheel dynamo that tops up all the electronics within one hour.
Pledge at Kickstarter – roughly $910+