The Spira-Foam Car

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It’s not very sexy, but it has a lot of other advantages conventional cars don’t.

Invented by Lon Ballard, the Spira-Foam Car is made out of common motorcycle parts, covered by six inches of foam. It’s powered by a 110 cc scooter engine that returns 100 mpg, has a weight of just 320 lbs and reaches a top speed of 70 mph.

Except for weight and fuel-consumption, the Spira-Foam Vehicle‘s specs don’t impress. But what’s most amazing about this strange car is it’s ability to function on both land and water. With the traffic nowadays you can just sail your way to work, if the surroundings allow it. Also, because of its spira-foam exterior, it offers a lot more protection in case of accidents. Sure, the Russian TREKOL did all this things, but I’m sure you’d go broke after a few refills.

Ballard says he can build a Spira-Foam Car using the parts off any bike, and he will soon start mass producing his invention, in Thailand.

I don’t know how expensive this wacky car will be, but if you won’t be able to afford it, you can also build yourself an amphibious bike.

via Jalopnik

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Chinese Build Amphibious Bike

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Don’t know what you were expecting, but this is not some high-tech, revolutionary vehicle. It’s just an interesting home-made amphibious bicycle.

Li Weiguo is the man who designed and built this floating bicycle, and the girl riding it in the photos is his daughter Li Jin. His amphibious bicycle has eight water buckets that act as pontoons and adjustable vane wheels that provide the driving power. It might not look as good as other custom made bikes, but at least you can ride it on water and land alike, and that’s the whole point.

The amphibious bike was presented on May 30 2009, in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

via China.org.cn

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CarGo Concept – The 3in1 Car

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The CarGo Concept may not be the best-looking car out there, but with the ever-worsening traffic, it’s just what we needed.

CarGo is a battery-powered vehicle with three different configurations. It can go into Compact Mode, Narrow Mode (reduced width and better maneuverability) and Pick-up Truck Mode, which allows you to transport heavier stuff.

The storage pod, at the back, can be removed to make the vehicle even smaller in size. It’s a brilliant prototype that just might make its way to the market some day. God knows we need something like a 3 in 1 vehicle, during these tough times.

via Yanko Design

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The Multi-Angle Bike

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I could totally see Fred Flinstone riding one of these things.

Not much is known about this weird multi-angle bicycle, only that it was invented by Guan Baihua, a Chinese man who thought he should give people ‘an alternative to the normal, boring bikes.’ It doesn’t look too fun to ride, with a polygonal wheel at the front and a triangular one at the back, but it must be a great way to lose weight. This is not the first weird  Chinese two-wheeled creation, the home-made chopper is also something you don’t see every day.

If Guan wants some tips about designing an original, yet cool bike, he should have a look at Jason Battersby’s Tequila Sunrise and Eye Candy.

via China.org.cn

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Citroen Karin – Future Car of the Past

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The Citroen Karin is one of those “what might have been” old concepts, that never went into production.

Looking back at the car industry of the 1980s, the Citroen Karin, was one of the most revolutionary concepts. Because it didn’t have any new models to present at the 1980 Paris Auto Show, Citroen gave car designer Trevor Fiore the go-ahead to create an original model. The Karin never made it onto the production line, mostly because it was an unpractical vehicle, but the futuristic design inspired other designers to get passed their traditional way of thinking, and opened the way for the beautiful vehicles we see on the streets today.

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Mobile Office SUV

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With the current economical recession, renting comfortable office space can be really set you back, but the guys at Limousines World have come up with a solution.

If you happen to own a big enough car, like Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes GL, Lincoln Navigator, Infinity QX56, the guys Limousines World can set up you up with a fully equipped office. The standard package comes with comfortable leather seats, flexible office, internet connection, LCD screens, fridge and a whole bunch of other gadgets to make doing-business easier.

Most of us can only dream of having such a mobile office in the back of our cars, but for those who can afford such luxury, this is a great thing to have.

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Death-Race Chevrolet Camaro

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Russian students showed off a Death-Race style Chevrolet Camaro at the 2009 Moscow Auto-show.

If you’re a fan of films like Death-Race and Mad-Max, you’re gonna love this car. It was created by students of the MHPI design school, painted with matte-grey paint and fitted with armor and serious weaponry. Now this is one cool ride, the guys who created what is arguably the ugliest car ever, could learn a thing a thing or two from this.

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World’s Longest Motorcycle

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The longest motorcycle in the world can be found in Russia.

It was built back in December of 2005, by Oleg Rogov, and acknowledged as the world’s longest bike by the Guinness Book of Records. This super-bike can fit 16 people, but the question that has been on everyone’s mind ever since it was first announced, was: can you ride it? It’s hard to believe 16 heavy bikers could move using the world’s longest motorcycle.

The design isn’t the best I,ve ever seen, nowhere near as cool as the Cat1 Uber-bike but definitely better than this Chinese home-made motorcycle.

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GM and Segway Present P.U.M.A.

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Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project, or P.U.M.A., is a revolutionary vehicle designed by GM and Segway.

The self-balancing P.U.M.A.  reaches a top-speed of 35 mph and has a lithium batery that makes it run for 35 miles, on a single charge. It also features a vehicle to vehicle (V2V) system said that will prevent many accidents from happening. Like the Segway, P.U.M.A. will basically drive itself, allowing the driver and passenger to enjoy the experience more.

It’s not exactly certain whether P.U.M.A. will ever go into production, but don’t expect to see it on the streets anytime before 2012. I have to admit, coming from GM, this is an impressive vehicle.

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Ugliest Car Ever?

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We’ve had a lot of home-made vehicles featured on OddityCentral, but none as ugly as this one.

Not taking sides or anything, but I’m pretty sure my 70-something grandmother could have done a better job than these guys. I mean, why would you build something like that? You need a cheap ride, get a used piece of junk, don’t waste your time building the ugliest car ever.

I haven’t seen nearly enough cars to dub this the ugliest car in the world, but I’m sure it has a fair chance.

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The School Bus-Truck

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Is it a school bus or a school truck? Actually it’s both.

The financial crysis is taking its toil on the educational system as well. Schools can’t even afford school busses anymore, so they improvise. The school bus-truck isn’t the ugliest vehicle I have ever seen and I’m sure it gets the job done, but it is damn funny looking.

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Bad-ass Bridal Carriage

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This has got to be the perfect alternative to the fairytale horse-pulled bridal carriage.

A while ago we posted some photos of the motorcycle hearse, a bikers’ favorite last ride. Now it’s time for something a little less morbid, the motorcycle bridal carriage.

Dan Dismile, a man passionate about motorcycles, cars and weddings decided to mix them all together and create the ultimate wedding ride. After a year of hard work he came up with a “Cinderella meets Harley“coach that appeals to bikers and people looking for something out of the ordinary.

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Old Russian Army Vehicles for Sale

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Russia sure had a lot of obsolete army gear that needed to be put to good use.

So they turned most of the old army vehicles into utility vehicles and started using them for all kinds of stuff, agriculture, constructions, or special situations like heavy snowfalls. Apparently they have to many of these old metal beasts and they’re putting them on sale. I’d buy one if they were cheap, just to rive it around town.

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World’s Smallest Car

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It might not be exactly up-to standards design-wise, but the Peel P50 is the perfect car on a crowded street.

Only 50 cars were prodused and sold between 1963 and 1964, but only 20 are still around today. The original price was 200 pounds, but today you can’t buy one of these micro-cars with less than 35,000 to 50,000 pounds.

The three-wheeled car has only one door on the left side, one windscreen wiper and one headlight. At 134 cm in length and 99 cm in width, the Peel P50 mini-car was designed to accomodate one adult and a shopping bag.

You might not be able to ride in a micro-machine like the P50, but you will be able to observe one up close, at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, in London.

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The First Lebanese Super-Car

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Lebanese designer David Frem long announced he will create a super-car better than a Ferrari, but it was just bull.

While the Frem F1 might not be the ugliest car in the world, it’s definitely not a looker either.  The car’s design could have been better, especially in the front, but the F1 suffers a lot in the interior department. No real styling at all, just foam and cardboard, and I’d say Ferrari does interiors a little better than that.

In terms of performance Ferm‘s puppy better keep its head down in front of a Ferrari beast. It’s powered by 2.0 Wolkswagen engine, connected to an Audi gear-box, that pushes the car to a maximum speed of 124mph.

Lebannon may have its first super-car, but instead of testing it against a Ferrari they might want to try an easier opponent, like the Marussia, Russia’s first super-car.

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