Thankfully, the world's biggest, heaviest yacht won't be sentenced to carrying around the uber-rich. Instead, the construction of the Research Expedition Vessel is being funded by a one-percenter. Kjell Inge Røkke is partnering with the WWF and donating a significant portion of his fortune to building the 596-foot ship, which, once completed, will be able to carry 60 scientists and 40 crew as it sails the oceans, researching ways to keep them safe while picking up plastic pollution. The vessel will also house two helipads, laboratories, an auditorium, a remotely operated vehicle, and autonomous submarine, and high-tech monitoring equipment. It's expected to set sail in summer 2020, using a variety of advanced technology to ensure that it's not making the problems it looks to solve even worse.
Striking just the right balance between comfort and compactness, the Whippet Folding Bike promises a great urban riding experience. Its oval CrMo steel frame imparts strength while keeping the weight down to just over 10 kilos, and using an in-line retraction design — as opposed to the conventional folding hinges — retracts to about 30% of its unfolded size. The same design also makes it far better looking when folded, and lets you wheel it along instead of needing to carry it. Presales will begin later this year.
It's not unusual for yacht buyers to choose nearly every detail of their vessel. It is unusual for them to be able to do it online. The Build-Your-Own Dynamiq Yacht is so much more than that. Sporting an all-aluminum hull with lines penned by Studio F.A. Porsche, it brings automotive DNA to the water. The 35-meter GTT 115 will be the first model built, with features like twin 1213kW MAN engines, a top speed of 21 knots, Atlantic-crossing range, and a 1.45-meter draft that's ideal for shallow water. A browser-based configurator lets you personalize nearly every aspect of the craft, from the color to the electronics, and allows you to see the change in pricing in real-time, so you'll know exactly how big a hit your wallet will take.
It's an electric bike. But you'd never know it by looking at the sleek design of the Specialized Turbo Vado 5.0 Bike. Its intelligent pedal assist technology lets you ride it like a typical bike, yet helps you go faster (up to 28 mph), further, and tackle hills better than you could by yourself. The battery hides underneath the aluminum frame, and internal cable routing keeps things clean, from the battery to the motor, integrated head and taillights, and touchscreen. Custom front and rear hubs keep things rolling smoothly, and the integrated rack makes it easy to carry a small bag or backpack.
More Gran Turismo than Mario Kart, the Daymak C5 Blast Go-Kart is a serious piece of kit. Built in Toronto, Canada, the all-electric machine uses a series of Electric Ducted Fan motors to cut its effective weight in half, down to just 100kg, and a liquid-cooled 10kW brushless motor for blistering performance. The result is a 0-60 time of just a second and a half, or faster than any production supercar on the road. It will also be available without the EDF motors for one-sixth of the price, yet still hits 60 in under four seconds, which should be enough for all but the most speed-obsessed.
Built from a mix of carbon fiber and glass to keep the displacement down, the Azimut S7 Yacht is as notable for its ease of operation as it is its performance. A triple Volvo IPS propulsion system makes possible a top speed of 35 knots, yet the boat's Interceptor technology makes all trim adjustments for you, while the system automatically transfers the diesel fuel from tank to tank to keep things balanced. Simple joystick controls offer video game-like steering, and the Raymarine control system makes checking on the boat's various systems as simple as using a tablet. Measuring just over 21 meters in length, the ship also offers luxury accommodations for up to eight.