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McLaren F1 Can be Yours for Less than $16 Million

Few cars are held in as high regard as the McLaren F1 supercar from the 1990s.

Way ahead of its time, it used F1 technology, a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis and a fearsome 6.1-litre V12 engine that made it the fastest road car in the world – a record it held for no less than seven years.

Just 106 were ever built between 1992 and 1998 and only 64 were designated road cars. All of these were tailored to the customer’s order and cost each lucky owner between £550,000 and £650,000.

Today, pristine examples are worth more than 20 times that – and this unused version looks like it could smash the record fee paid for one.

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Dandelion dazzler: This bright yellow Mclaren F1 has never been registered for road use in its 20 year history, making it the most pristine example in existence today

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Koenigsegg Shatters Bugatti Speed Record

The Agera RS set a new 0-400-0 km/h record
The Agera RS set a new 0-400-0 km/h record

Just weeks after Bugatti set a new 0-400-0 km/h world record in the Chiron, Koenigsegg has smashed it with the Agera RS. The plucky (or mad) Swedes shaved almost five seconds from the record, and did it without the considerable might of the VW Group for backing. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Remote Controlled Phantom Tank

Ukrainian military officials have unveiled an adaptable war robot that can switch up its mode of travel, and even the type of weapons it carries.

The Phantom ground robot can be fitted with tank-like treads, or move about on six wheels – and, it can carry anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, or machine guns, according to DefenseOne.

The robot was demonstrated on Monday at the Association of the US Army show in Washington, D.C., and could hit the battlefield as soon as next year. read more

Flesby II Rubber Concept Car

Toyoda Gosei renders its Tokyo booth
Toyoda Gosei renders its Tokyo booth

Automakers like Suzuki already have us anticipating a Tokyo Motor Show full of wonderfully weird and eccentric little concept cars. But one of the show’s weirdest will come from a less familiar industry player. Rubber, plastics and LED specialist Toyoda Gosei will show the Flesby II, a turtle-like concept that uses a creative exterior shell to protect pedestrians, communicate with other road users and change shapes. read more

Effie Self-Ironing Machine

effie can iron up to 12 items per load
effie can iron up to 12 items per load

Most of us use a washing machine to do our laundry, instead of washing it by hand. Well, effie is an ironing machine. According to its UK-based creators, you just hang damp clothes up in it – straight from the washer – and they come out dried, pressed and wrinkle-free. read more

Chef Jamie Oliver’s New Land Rover

Jamie Oliver and his family enjoy a one-of-a-kind creation
Jamie Oliver and his family enjoy a one-of-a-kind creation(Credit: Jaguar Land Rover)

When we think of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, we think extra-cushy leather interiors, upmarket trim and personalized paint jobs. We definitely don’t think of a rolling kitchen fit to prepare gourmet meals on the road. But that’s the mission celebrity chef Jamie Oliver laid out for the SVO team. Land Rover responded by building Oliver an extraordinary Discovery that slow-cooks under the hood, churns butter and makes ice cream in special wheel drums, slow-turns a rotisserie out front, makes toast in the center console and has numerous other culinary tricks up its sleeve. Forget the drive-through restaurant – this is the driving restaurant kitchen. read more

Cries of Independence Throughout the E.U.

from the Duran.com:

7 independence movements that have the potential to destroy the EU

Catalonia continues to press on with its independence movement, much to the dismay of Spain and the European Union. Catalonia is not the only region in the EU demanding more autonomy or independence.

Here seven regions in the European Union that may seek separation, and cause more fragmentation in an already weakened Europe.

1. Scotland, Britain

In 2014, Scotland had a historic referendum on leaving the United Kingdom resulting in a narrow 55 percent vote against leaving the UK.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, head of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, is now calling for a second referendum once Britain’s exit from the EU becomes clear.

Scotland is home to 5.2 million people and has been semi-autonomous since 1998 with a devolved parliament that handles matters of education, health, environment and justice. read more

Robots Take British Jobs

Robots may take four million British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, some business leaders believe.

Those surveyed for by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts said 15 per cent of all jobs were under threat.

The most vulnerable fields are finance and accounting, transportation and distribution, manufacturing and marketing and public relations, the survey found.

Robots could take four million British jobs in the private sector within the next decade, some business leaders believe 

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The Nautilus Eco-Resort

The Nautilus Eco-Resort showcases Vincent Callebaut's unique take on futuristic sustainable architecture
The Nautilus Eco-Resort showcases Vincent Callebaut’s unique take on futuristic sustainable architecture(Credit: Vincent Callebaut Architectures)

Regular readers are likely familiar with Vincent Callebaut Architectures. The Paris-based firm continues to refine its unique take on sustainable architecture with its latest concept, the Nautilus Eco-Resort. Envisioned for the Philippines, the ambitious project would include rotating buildings and enough sustainable technology to ensure a surplus of energy is produced.

The Nautilus Eco-Resort would be located in a bay in an unspecified location in the Philippines, in shallow, calm waters, and would be supported on telescopic piles. The buildings would arranged into a shape inspired by the Fibonacci sequence.

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2500 Year Old Shipwrecks Found Intact

Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea.

A total of 60 wrecks were discovered dating back as far as 2,500 years, including galleys from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Scientists stumbled upon the graveyard while using underwater robots to survey the effects of climate change along the Bulgarian coast.

Because the Black Sea contains almost no light or oxygen, little life can survive, meaning the wrecks are in excellent condition.

Researchers say their discovery is ‘truly unrivalled’. Many of the ships have features that are only known from drawings or written description but never seen until now.

Carvings in the wood of some ships have remained intact for centuries, while well-preserved rope was found aboard one 2,000-year-old Roman vessel.

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Dozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea. This image shows a 3D model of a Roman ship lying in over 2000m (650 ft) of water. Its mast still stands, both quarter rudders with their tillers are still attached. Rope is still draped over the frames due to the preservation of materials in the Black Sea¿s anoxic conditionsDozens of perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks have been found at the bottom of the Black Sea. This image shows a 3D model of a Roman ship lying in over 2000m (650 ft) of water. Its mast still stands, both quarter rudders with their tillers are still attached. Rope is still draped over the frames due to the preservation of materials in the Black Sea’s anoxic conditions

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