PURE LUXURY LOTUS MOTORCYCLES C-01

Pure luxury: Lotus motorcycles’ C-01

Designed by Daniel Simon, new lightweight C-01 superbike is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin kolles.

Concept designer, author, and producer, with professional roots as a senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, Daniel Simon, has done an amazing job again. He is best known for the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. I can freely say that this is one of the most beautiful motorcycle nowadays.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. He said: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.” The bike’s geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles.

The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. The world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

This stunning piece of art was inspired by the legendary Lotus 49 Formula One car of the late 1960s. “Conventional bike design avoid most styling trouble with very modular thinking, meaning each part like a gas tank, seat, tail, and fairing have their own lives, even if they come together in great harmony,“ said Simon.

BMW I8 ELECTRIC CAR

BMW I8 electric car

Futuristic BMW with perfect design and brilliant performances has arrived. BMW delivers the first versions of its new i8 sports car. The original Vision EfficientDynamics concept used a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but the i8 makes use of a gas-fired turbo three-cylinder.

There is a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox cranking out 231hp, then an electric motor that adds a further 131hp courtesy of a 5kW lithium battery position through the spine of the car, so when they are both humming they make 362bhp.

You can also run the i8 as a pure electric. BMW claims the i8 has a pure electric range of up to 23 miles and will do 75mpg maximum on batteries alone. Three basic driving modes are available ranging from pure-electric mode through standard and Sport.

Like the i3 its carbon body sits on top of an aluminium power pod. The i8′s bodywork is crafted from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic which is underpinned by an aluminium subframe with plastic body panels that are reinforced with carbon-fibre. Inside, the i8 there is more future-tech 8.8-inch display screen for reporting road and engine speed, as well as battery and fuel levels. Standard features include leather upholstery, full LED headlights, professional navigation system, cruise control, front and rear park distance control and head-up display.

Front seat passengers are cocooned in luxury with a tasteful combination of leather and the driving position is low, as is the car’s centre of gravity which benefits its handling. There are two diminutive rear seats, with a pocket-sized boot these seats are better put to use as additional luggage space.

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Unusual and often unprecedented materials in timepieces, many drawn from the worlds of automobiles and aeronautics are typical in the production of watches when we talk about Richard Mille. The RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1 Team-Romain Grosjean is an automatic flyback chronograph and features the colours of the autonomous British racing team.

Richard Mille has introduced another new material to watchmaking – NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon with the RM 011 NTPT Carbon. NTPT carbon has quickly become very popular in nautical circles after the material was used to create the black sails of the 2007 America’s Cup winner Alinghi. The sails manufactured from this substance are highly resistant and light. The case of RM 011 Lotus F1 is in NTPT carbon, a material exclusive to Richard Mille consisting of over 600 layers of carbon fibers. Lotus F1 Team logo decal under 12 o’clock, while RM 011 R. Grosjean is indicated in gold between 7 and 8 o’clock.

The brand’s RM 011 Flyback Chronograph watch has a case made of NTPT carbon. This material which is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers, has also been used for Formula 1 car chassis for the last two racing seasons, and in aeronautics for the fuselage of the future Solar Impulse 2 aircraft.

The 50mm x 40mm (at its widest point) x 16.15mm (at its thickest point) black NTPT carbon case and the gold pushpieces, crown and numerals represent the colors of Lotus’ historic black and gold livery. The openworked dial features hours and minutes, an oversize date display under 12 o’clock, a 60-munute countdown timer at 3 o’clock, a central chronograph hand for the tachymeter scale, a month display between 4 and 5 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The RM 011 in NTPT was created exclusively for Grosjean. But don’t worry because fans of Team Lotus will be able to purchase the equally-new RM 50-01 Tourbillon Chronograph G-Sensor Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean.

TWIZZLE YACHT

Twizzle Yacht

Twizzle was built in 2010 by the prestigious Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman with a vision to combine luxury and high performance sailing of a motor yacht. This elegant 57.5m flybridge is the yard’s first yacht completely styled, inside and out, by the talented team of Redman, Whiteley Dixon – with interior decor from Todhunter Earle Associates.

Twizzle is winner of numerous coveted industry awards including 2011 Showboats Design Awards for ‘Interior Design: Sailing Yachts’ and received a special Commendation at the World Superyacht Awards 2011 for ‘Best Sailing Yacht: 45m+’.

Justin Redman and Emily Todhunter designed stylish and comfortable accommodation abaft the engine room and crew forward. Above the engine room you can find the dining area, the main gallery which is situated on a mezzanine deck with a pilothouse on the raised deck and she also offers a panoramic sight from the spacious forward deck salon. The forward salon doubles as a theatre lounge and an informal dining room. The master suite directly leads onto a private sunken aft deck cockpit, perfect for relaxation day or night in the cool sea breeze.

Every detail of the interior is equally fascinating as its exterior, decoration was in the hands of the London-based Todhunter Earle Group, known for their interior design of residences and hotels. Twizzle offers 4 cabins accommodating a total of 11 crewmembers.

Twizzle promises extraordinary performance and carries 1,780m² of sail. Glass cockpit bridge has active glass panels and multiple screens, trackball and joystick controls with fully integrated navigation/communications data and monitoring system.

Superyacht Twizzle is fitted with a Caterpillar C32 Acert, B-rating, 970kW at 2100 rpm main engine powering her up to a speed of maximum 17 knots. Her range is 4000 nautical miles at 12 knots boat speed

MICHAEL JACKSON'S NEVERLAND RANCH

Michael jackson’s neverland ranch will be put on the market

King of Pop, Michael Jackson, transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. His Neverland ranch in California will soon be put on the market.

The property is currently managed by Colony Capital firm, which took over Neverland’s estimated $23 million debt from Jackson himself in late 2007. Thomas Barrack Jr of Colony Capital said: “We’ve really just been custodians of an irreplaceable estate and are proud to say we’ve restored it to the original elegance Michael first envisioned. We are now considering putting it up for sale.”

Neverland, named by Jackson after the island in J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan, a boy who never grows up, featured a private amusement park and zoo on its grounds. Luxury property prices have been soaring recently in California and experts said Neverland could fetch up to $60 million. The 2,680-acre (1,085-hectare) property is in the Santa Ynez Valley, a region known for wineries where the 2004 film “Sideways” was set.

Jackson acquired the ranch from golf-course entrepreneur William Bone in 1988. Neverland has 22 buildings, including a mansion, guesthouses and several apartments. There’s also an amusement park with a roller coaster and Ferris wheel, a railroad, a movie theater, a deluxe French-style country home, two railroads and numerous water fountains. But with most of the amusement park rides dismantled and Jackson’s personal effects sold at auction years ago.

Officials with the Jackson estate issued a statement: “We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property. Michael’s memory lives on in the hearts of his fans worldwide.”

TOYOTA FV2 CONCEPT

Toyota FV2 concept

The entire auto industry is changing rapidly and there are a lot of outstanding futuristic concepts that are still waiting for the final production. Toyota’s FV2 concept has made its European debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. FV2 is designed to capture the spirit of Toyota’s fun-to-drive philosophy.

The FV2 – which stands for “Fun Vehicle 2″ has a “mood-based” mirrored exterior that constantly moves and shifts colours and patterns. By incorporating technology from the Toyota Heart Project, a research programme that enhances communication between humans and artificial intelligence, the FV2 has been designed to connect to the driver emotionally. “A car must appeal to our emotions. If it’s not fun, it’s not a car,” Toyota president Akio said.

This fantastic futuristic car accumulated driving history to suggest destinations and driving skill information to assist the user.

The Toytoa FV2 is operated by the driving shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. The driver stands while in the vehicle, and shifts his weight to steer. Actually it’s like riding a horse. The FV2 comes with three wheels, and no steering wheel. And once inside, the driver operate the car without lifting a finger — relying on speech-controlled directions instead.

It’s hard to imagine something like this on the street, but it would be definitely more than fun to drive this extremely unusual car.

HONDA NM4 VULTUS

Honda NM4 Vultus

Honda has announced a new motorcycle – the limited edition NM4. It combines Japanese manga styling with existing Honda underpinnings.

“The NM4 Vultus exists because of a passion from deep within our company. We wanted to create something special, not just in the two-wheeled world, but truly unique in the whole world – a machine that engages a human soul like no other ” , says Mr Keita Mikura, NM4 Vultus Project Leader, Honda Motor Company.

Honda’s 2015 NM4 is powered by the NC700X’s 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine.
The bike also features a digital LCD dash with a gear position indicator, full LED lighting, plus a wide 200mm rear tire and an instrument display that can be illuminated in 25 different colors and the NM4’s mega comfortable seat is a super-low (25.6 inches). The rear pillion seat flips upright when not in use, locking to provide the rider with a secure backrest and almost fighter pilot riding position. Its angle can be adjusted through 3 positions and it slides back/forward 25mm through four settings, to fine-tune cockpit comfort.

There are also three modes of operation:
- MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons.
- Automatic D mode is ideal for city and highway riding, and achieves optimum fuel efficiency.
- Automatic S mode is sportier and the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance.

Honda has announced that it will begin selling a production version called the NM4, priced at $10,999. Only one paint option will be available – matt black.

Trump International Hotel & Golf Links, Ireland

Trump International Hotel & Golf Links, Ireland

If you love golf, luxury and nature then you will be very pleased to know that you can find all that in Ireland. Trump International Golf Links Ireland is an incomparable golfing experience.
Opened in 2002 it was immediately designated ‘Best New International Golf Course’ by Golf Digest. Located on the stunning Clare coastline, the Trump International Hotel & Golf Links Ireland, combines stellar accommodation, fine dining, a world-class spa and unparalleled service levels.

Doonbeg’s unique accommodations it one of the world’s most desirable golf destinations. Doonbeg Golf Club is a traditional links type course situated to the north of Doonbeg in County Clare, Ireland. The complex hosts a 5 star hotel, spa, cottages and reception rooms.

One of the finest 5-Star hotels in Ireland is situated only 45 minutes from Shannon International Airport. The hotel offers suites with old-world luxury and refinement. The Ocean View Suites provide view of the sublime waves of the Atlantic Ocean while the Courtyard suites include spacious bedrooms, cosy fires, marble-upholstered bathrooms and luxury toiletries from the nearby Burren Perfumery.

The luxurious Classic Links rooms are located within links cottages, which are situated 10 minutes walk from The Lodge and offer views of either golf course or the local pasture lands .
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland offers a variety of amazing hotel packages such as Evening meal in the ocean view restaurant, 1 round of golf, Dinner in Trumps bar and restaurant, Relax for longer, Doonbeg and Lahinch golf getaway, and much more.

Take time this year to play golf and stay in some of the most luxurious accommodations.

Nirvana yacht

Nirvana yacht

Designed by Sam Sorgiovanni, the 88.5m Nirvana yacht was built in 2012 by Oceanco, one of the world’s finest yacht builders. This spectacular yacht has won Boat International Media’s prestigious award for Best Exterior Design & Styling and features everything a billionaire could possibly need.

Each floor of this six deck yacht is connected by a main stairwell and a six-person glass lift that is entwined with a spectacular woven stainless steel sculpture. The silver engraved elevator leads guests up to the owner’s deck which can be made totally private. The owner’s stateroom features a private sunbathing area with Jacuzzi forward, salon with terraces over the sea and a covered dining area aft. Exterior stairs on the aft deck lead to the bridge deck and the enormous and superbly equipped gym and spa.

Taking the lift four decks down to the lower deck brings guests to the 3D cinema and twin tender garages with 2 x 11 metre tenders, skiboat and 10 jet ski/waverunners. The guest cabins are located on the main deck and feature floor to ceiling windows and as well as the full beam VIP stateroom.

Interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, and 4 double cabins. Nirvana is also capable of carrying up to 27 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. In the main saloon a sumptuous lounge and conversational area is separated from the stylish dining room by two large vivariums filled with water dragons, bearded lizards, turtles, a chameleon and exotic frogs.

Nirvana is powered by twin 3,600kW MTU 20V 4000M73L engines giving a top speed of 20 knots and a transpacific range. One of the most luxurious floating mansions on the planet has gone on the auction block with an estimated price of $306 million.

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine

2015 NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine

The four-seater with full-length gull-wing doors is an intelligent vehicle concept. The Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine is powered by salt water. Actually, it’s powered by a flow battery that uses a special formula of ionic charge-carrying salt water as its storage medium.

This unusual car is not unusual only because of the gull-wing doors, but primarily because of the flow cell. Quant e-Sportlimousine has a completely different way to store energy. There are tanks of negatively and positively charged electrolyte solutions in the vehicle. The liquids get pumped through a cell stack to produce electricity, which in turn powers the car’s four electric motors. So, four electric motors, one per wheel, draw their power from a nanoFLOWCELL energy storage system which works on the proven principles of the redox flow cell. Nanoflowcell says the flow technology operates with 80 percent internal efficiency.

Its wooden operating controls are also very specific and unusual. Never seen before in automobile control elements, the new sensorFLOW technology provides a extra fascinating visual effect. Once the Quant e-Sportlimousine is activated, the control elements become visible through the natural wood! “The wood surfaces are so thin that a light touch of the finger on the Sensorflow icons triggers the appropriate action,” says La Vecchia. “This innovation allows us use a sustainable material like wood to give you a direct connection to the digital control systems.”

The Quant e-Sportlimousine utilizes four electric motors, that give out a combined maximum output of 680kW (925PS or 912hp) and a normal operating output of 480 kW (653PS or 644hp).