The Deus Ex Machina Grievous Angle Motorcycle ($TBA) started off as a Yamaha SR400. The Yamaha is one of Deus Ex Machina's favorite platforms to customize. This particular bike is a slimmed down cafe racer with a cool retro look. Customizations include a Nitrohead's ducktail solo seat and tracker tank, K&N pod filter kit, CV carb, bead blasted engine case, gold brake calipers, and AVON Speedmaster tires. If you want a bike like this shoot them and email on their site.
One January 6th in Detroit VLF Automotive revealed one of the fastest American made supercars to date. VLF was founded by former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, and legendary automotive designer Henrik Fiske. 50 units of the VLF Force 1 Super Car ($268,000) will be made at the companies manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills. The Force 1's price is on par with other European supercars and has the specs to compete.It will come with an 8.4-liter V10 engine that puts out 745 horses with 638 lb-ft of torque. Top speed will be 218 mph with a 0-60 split of under three seconds.“The sculpture on Force 1 is like a family succession to Destino, dramatic and powerful, relative flat surfaces on the high end of the body side, with lines full of tension, emerging onto a rounder lower section, where Force 1 has a large functional outlet. The sculptural hood has unique large negative surfaces, as in the family of the Destino, with six highly needed air intakes and outlets for the 745-HP 8.4 L V10 engine.", said Fiske.Although the Force 1 is priced out of range of regular folks any manufacturing in Detroit is good news for the city.
The Vamp ($55), allows any speaker in your home to be turned into a bluetooth speaker. Created by Paul Cocksedge Studios out of London, the vamp is a bluetooth amplifier that can bee hooked up via a standard speaker connection or 3.5 audio input jack to any speaker. The module provides you with beautiful rich sound in any room of your house. I full charge will get about 10 hours of play time. The Vamp also comes with a USB cable that you can use instead of running on a battery. Check out the video on Pauls Kickstarter page and see the The Vamp in action.
OK, all you Shelby Cobra fanboys, today is your lucky day with the announcement of the 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra 427 ($120K+). The 1965 original featured a Ford 427 V-8, but the anniversary edition won't be coming priced with an engine. I guess you would call it a kit. It comes with a rolling chassis and features a fully independent suspension, disc brakes, anniversary logos and badging, a 23-gallon racing fuel tank and either a fiberglass body for the $120K or an aluminum body for $180K. If you want an engine you'll have to pay an extra $50K for a 400 horse natural aspirated big block or $70k for a 700 horse version. If you want one of these bad boys, better act fast because only 50 will be made. And if you're concerned with the $250K top end price tag, don't be, it'll be worth more before you get it home.
Using the beauty of nature in its design, the Forest House ($NFS) responds to the clients need for a family retreat. The house consists of three sleeping quarters and a living/dining area within a cluster of tent cabins. With tented roofs and walls, the house features mirrored-bronze glass windows, wood framed walls and an Anthracite black finish. The open plan design brings the beauty of the surrounding Californian forest inside with sections of the house suspended between treetops and the canopy floor. A house to take your breath away and one that steers towards modern silhouettes with an organic feel.
What is great about this book is that from the outset is shuts the obscure, the limited and the ridiculously expensive. 101 Whiskies To Try Before You Die ($15) is a book pulled together by the whiskey expert Ian Buxton that is totally achievable, which is probably a first amongst this kind of book. He has scoured the whiskey warehouses of the world to come up with a eclectic mix of old faves, promising newcomers and those that are readily available but still hold a sense of mystery. A great book for anyone fond of a dram or two as we go on a virtual world tour of whisky; Sláinte!