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Dyson looking to build electric car that doesn’t suck




Yesterday British Inventor, James Dyson, announced he has been squirreling away in his lab working on a new product. An electric car.

There was a little gentle mocking yesterday as many people, including the MD of Aston Martin, took to their computers to create some pretty impressive Vacuum / Car images. With Aston Martin, apparently a little sore from the mention a large number of their senior execs are now working with Dyson, claiming they are working on a new vacuum cleaner. It all got a little bit petty.

Dyson has assembled 400 of the finest engineers who have been working on the £2.5bn project since 2015. The prototype hasn’t been built yet. However, the motor is ready. The development of two different battery types is ongoing, Dyson claims they were already more efficient than existing ones.

So, what will this Dyson creation look like? We’ll have to wait and see. Currently, they don’t have an existing chassis so are starting from scratch. What they do claim is that it will be something quite radical.

“The design is all about technology,” he tells us “It will be an expensive vehicle to purchase however it will be the best on the market.”

Dyson continued “I am not a Johnny-come-lately to electric cars. It’s been my ambition since 1998 when I was rejected by the industry that has happily been creating dirty vehicles, and governments have kept on allowing it.”

Dyson’s headquarters are in Malmesbury, Wiltshire and the company is currently building a new facility on the former second world war airfield at Hullavington. Research and Development will continue on the car which is most likely to compete with Tesla.

Dyson has said it wouldn’t be a sports car, so don’t expect to see Britain’s answer to the Tesla Model S. However with the company history of great design and focus on functionality, you can expect it to be packed with intelligent features to make daily driving a straightforward and enjoyable experience.

We’re a little torn over the development of electric vehicles. With a love of combustion engines and the noise, smell, and energy they bring we have a bittersweet relationship with electric car development. British car manufacturers are making huge commitments to building purely electric vehicles, but concerns remain on cost, battery technology, and the charging infrastructure.

BMW have announced they are working on an all-electric MINI and Jaguar Land Rover have announced plans to develop an electric or hybrid version of all its models by 2020.

Dyson might be the man to drive forward the solutions other companies are looking for. So watch this space. He is certainly the man to make driving cleaner – apologies for terrible vacuum joke.

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Custom of the Week: Yamaha SR500 ‘Scrambler’ by Daniel Peter




SCRAMBLERS ARE A HOT TOPIC. Build one, and you’re sure to be judged solely by how well equipped it is for hardcore off-piste use.

But that’s not all that scramblers are about. Daniel Peter compares his latest build to his childhood BMX—and it’s pretty much how we feel about modern-day scramblers too.

“When I was four years old, my BMX bike became my life,” he explains. “It was so simple, yet so fun. Just wheels, pedals and brakes. I’d ride it to the beach, jump a few curbs along the way, race my friends. Those were the good days.”

“30 years later, I set out to build a motorcycle based on the same principles. There’s nothing on this bike that doesn’t need to be there. It has wheels, a punchy engine and great brakes. I didn’t even put a speedo on it, because I never looked at the one on my last bike.”

Daniel works as a photographer in Chicago, but wrenches during the winter to keep his passion for riding alive. He keeps a workshop in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, outfitted with a tool cabinet, a welder, and a 1940s South Bend lathe.

This 1978-model Yamaha SR500 is the fourth Yamaha 500 he’s built to date. “It’s the most simple, yet the most thorough, of the bunch,” he says.

The motor’s been bumped to 540 cc, with a grocery list of go-fast bits that includes a lighter XT500 crank, a new piston from JE and a Megacycle cam for better torque down low.

R&D valve springs with titanium caps, a Powerdynamo ignition and a high-flow oil pump from Kedo round out the package.

Hoos Racing refreshed the crank and cut new valve seats for Daniel, but he tackled the rest of the rebuild himself. Every single bearing and seal was replaced along the way too. As for the carb, it’s been swapped out for a 39 mm Keihin FCR flatslide number, fed by a fat K&N filter.

The exhaust system is a combination of a custom made stainless steel header, and a Cone Engineering muffler.

The SR rolls on 17” supermoto wheels, borrowed from a KTM (front) and a Honda CRF450 (rear). They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT60 Corsa tread; a 120 up front, and a chunky 160 on the 5” rear rim. (“It juuust fits,” says Daniel.)

The brakes have been upgraded with a mix of Brembo and Beringer parts, with an RCS 14 radial master cylinder up front.

On top is an aluminum Yamaha XT500 fuel tank, wrapped in a paint scheme “inspired by an unforgettable riding trip through Baja.” Just behind it is a new saddle from MotoLanna, with a new kicked-up subframe loop.

It’s just about spring in Chicago, so Daniel must be itching to rack up the miles on his SR500. And we’re betting it’s going to be impossible to get him off it.

A version of this article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here with permission.

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Icon claim back the streets in their latest, epic video



Street’s Not Dead.

Regular readers will know that we eagerly await anything released from the US streetwear firm Icon Motorsports. So the moment that a video drops from the Portland firm we’re bound to pay attention.

That’s an interest piqued double when they post it alongside what is essentially a call to arms…

“Street’s not dead. If you think it went away, you’d be wrong. Street’s still here undermining pompous authority, rejecting standards, and bucking the status quo..”

And they’re not kidding either. With the Icon clad rider thrashing their Kawasaki ZX-10R through city streets, car parks and even a public fountain at one point, there’s a lot to take in.

Couple that with their usual loud, Icon style and you’ve certainly got a statement of intent.

(Don’t try this at home kids).



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