The “Sham II” is the latest armoured tank built by the Syrian rebels in their fight against the brutal regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It took a month to design and assemble the machine, which has five cameras and a 7.62mm machine gun attached to its frame. The machine gun is controlled by control stick from a Sony PS3 games console from inside and although the 2.5 cm thick metal walls cannot withstand a grenade or tank fire, they can reportedly resist up to 23 mm cannon fire. The tank cost approximately $10 000 to build.
The “Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force” is a concept car and is designed to be a kitted-up, Highway patrol vehicle for 2025. It is also the first ever Mercedes-Benz off-roader to be designed and would use a new magic ride system called “Terra Scan” that utilises a camera to detect the surrounding terrain, in order to provide optimal levels of traction.
The SEMA show is the specialty automotive trade event that draws the industry’s leaders together to showcase premier products and designs. The show is not open to the public but here we get to take a look at some of the ‘hot’ items that were on display.
Volkner Mobil Performance Bus is an amazing 12 m (40 ft.) long motorhome which is a real palace on wheels. Its sumptuous interior features leather seats, stone tiles in the kitchen and the bathroom, wide-screen TV, Bose home entertainment system and even a hidden compartment for a sports car. The prices for the super-van range from $1.2 million to $2 million.
70-year-old French aeronautical engineer Guy Nègre has invented the AirPod, an alternative fuel vehicle powered by compressed air. To manufacture it in mass, his company (MDI) has made a partnership with Indian manufacturer Tata Motors. Several versions will be sold at around $5,000, some going to 70km/h (43 mph) and some limited at 45 km/h (28 mph). It is told that you can drive the AirPod for 100 km (62 miles) on a 1-minute recharge of compressed air. The AirPod would be used as an emission-free vehicle for urban areas, golf fields, airports and stuff like that.