Inspired by the Spitfire WWII fighter plane, the Claydon Reeves Aeroboat recalls the golden age of flight while staying grounded to the water. The 48-foot boat is built from high-end superyacht materials, yet maintains the attitude of the Spitfire, and is powered by a supercharged V12 Rolls Royce Merlin engine that can be configured to deliver between 1500 and 2500hp, good for speeds of up to and over 75 knots. There's room for up to 7 passengers aboard — including in the luxurious cabin — a mix of analog gauges and touch-screen controls, and shock-mounted forward seats inspired by the Spitfire's landing gear, but if you want one, you'd best hurry: only 10 are being made.
Our system of highways, roads, avenues, bike paths, sidewalks, and parking lots serve a clear and important purpose — the facilitation of easy transportation — but it could do so much more. With Solar Roadways, every paved surface in the country could one day be turned into a source of renewable energy, ultimately producing enough electricity to power our nation three times over. And there's more: programmable LEDs would send information to drivers, while eliminating the need for painted road markers, while built-in heat sources would make snowy and icy roads a thing of the past. While it seems a little pie-in-the-sky right now, they've already received funding from federal highway authorities to begin pilot programs — so a brave new world could be nearer than we ever thought possible.
Another in a slew of urban commuting bikes we've seen hit the market recently, the Viks Bike is constructed entirely from high-quality stainless steel tubes, making for a durable bike that's still relatively light weight. Its unique shape is made up of two identical tube frames joined alongside each other, meeting at a single head tube, seat tube, and bottom bracket. Featuring either a fixed gear or a coaster brake hub, it's the ideal bike for cruising through flat cities either on the way to work or out for the night. Available in a number of customizable configurations, and a range of powder-coated colors, this is a city bike that you can really make your own.