• Urbee Hybrid

    It may not be fast and it may not even be pretty, but the Urbee car is important for other reasons. The potential for 166 mpg is clearly a number to raise eyebrows. Using a combination of electric motors and a small, single cylinder, 8 horsepower engine running on ethanol, high economy was never going to be a problem. The aerodynamic, low profile shape and narrow wheels see to that. At between 60 and 70 mph flat out it certainly isn't quick but an electric motor and batteries that take their energy from solar panels mean that it's quite green. The most unique aspect of the Urbee though is the...

  • Tools made with 3D printing. Photo credit: MIT 3DP Lab
    "New Car Sir? Let Me Just Switch On The Printer..."

    Imagine the scenario. You go to your local car dealership for a replacement part. A bracket has sheared in your engine bay and components are rattling against each other making every journey a nightmare. Only trouble is, a replacement part won't be in stock for another few weeks. "Not to worry Sir...

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