I love electric motorcycles, they don't make the same thundering roar as more traditional gasoline powered bikes but they do offer extraordinary torque, low maintenance and an interesting engine noise not entirely unlike Luke Skywalkers Land Speeder.
In 1938 Ettore Bugatti started work on an aircraft designed to win the illustrious Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup Race and to test performance technologies with a view to using them on French fighter planes. Before the incredible plane had a chance to fly, the Nazis invaded France and left Ettore and his chief engineer...
This espresso machine, dubbed the Espresso Veloce V12, is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Only 500 of them will be made with each being crafted from magnesium, titanium and aluminium. The V12 layout is stunning as is the use of exhaust pipes as espresso pipes, the price has not yet been released...
The Super 32 Rovescio, built by tiny Roman manufacturer Nembo Motociclette, is just such an iconoclastic machine. It is a motorcycle that literally turns engine design on its head – because designer Daniele Sabatini decided he could build a better motor by flipping it upside down.
The Unimog 4x4 is quite easily one of the most iconic off-road vehicles ever made, it sits alongside the Land Rover Series I/II/III/Defender, the original military Humvee and the Land Cruiser FJ40/FJ60 as a "proper" 4x4, with no traction control, no air-conditioning and most certainly no LCD TV screens.
The Crookes Radiometer is one of those historical curiosities that even today has scientists hotly debating back and forth about how it actually works.
The Montague Paratrooper is a mountain bike developed as a joint venture between the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the US Marine Corps and Montague. The mountain bike itself is exceedingly tough and can handle loads of up to 500lbs (one marine plus weapons, gear and supplies), the frame is made of double butted...
The Ferrari F40 is considered by many to be one of the single best supercars in history, built to commemorate Ferrari's 40th anniversary, the car was an instant icon when it was released in 1987, it was also the fastest, the most powerful, and the most expensive road car that Ferrari had ever made.
The R131 Fighter by Confederate Motorcycles is a bike I've been wanting to feature here on Silodrome for quite some time, in some respects it's the epitome of an engineering first approach to motorcycle design, and that's resulted in a bike that's beautiful purely because form follows function.
This bike was nicknamed "The American" by its creator, Michael Woolaway (aka Woolie), the head motorcycle man at Deus Ex Machina in California. The fundamental ethos behind The American was that is should be as American as possible with as few internationally sourced parts as could be managed.