BMW turned to the famous German motorcycle customizer Fred Codlin to create a unique project based on the BMW R 18 B Heavy Duty.
For over 40 years he has dedicated himself to customizing motorcycles. Since the 1990s he has had incredible success with his custom bikes and has regularly won various important shows. He was the first member of the Sturgis Hall of Famer who was not born in the United States. On a new project, Codlin worked with his son.
Fred Codlin stated that they had to completely redesign the frame to lower the ride height of the R 18 B. They also completely redesigned the steering column to make it work despite the changed steering angle.
The technical highlight of the chassis is the front and rear air suspension system, supported by a compressor barely visible behind the left side shroud. This allows you to lower and raise the R 18 B HEAVY DUTY in a fraction of a second. To park, just lower the suspension to lean the bike on hidden anchor points. This allows the bike to lock into place just a few inches above the ground.
Codlin and his team spent three months working only on the sheet metal, creating a new gas tank and a new mudguard around the 21-inch front wheel, and a tri-color lighting system installed in the front spoiler.
In the meantime, the painting was done by Marcel Sinnwell. More tattooist than painter, he only takes the airbrush for special projects.
Babyark smart child car seat unveiled with military-grade technology and multiple sensors
Introduced a child car seat that was created by Frank Stephenson Design in collaboration with Babyark, an innovative baby safety technology company. Its design is inspired by the egg.
The child seat is constructed with a carbon fiber frame and military-grade energy-absorbing technology that sets it apart from virtually all other child seats on the market. It also includes the SafeCoil steel-based cushioning system that gently slows the seat forward during an accident. An advanced side impact protection system has also been implemented.
Another addition to the safety of the child seat is a set of 14 sensors in the base that constantly monitor a wide range of parameters, such as whether the seat is correctly installed, and can also tell the owner if the child is properly secured. Accelerometers and gyroscopes can also register the force of any collision and notify users when the seat can be reused.
After working in the automotive industry, I always wanted to go beyond the simple design of car shapes. Safety standards and design in the industry have changed significantly, and yet we easily neglect the technology needed to keep children safe. Babyark’s breakthrough business approach and its open design, inspired by the protective forms of nature around us, aims to embrace passengers and provide safety and luxury for users.
BYD Han EV 2023 became a super hit: 5,000 cars sold in 4 hours
BYD has unveiled the updated 2023 BYD Han electric sedan, which is priced between $30,400 and $43,400. The 2023 version has several improvements and updates, including the new Glacier Blue color.
Alongside the 2023 Han EV, the 2023 Tang DM-i (PHEV) was introduced. In the first 4 hours, 8196 pre-orders were issued for cars. A source inside the company told CarNewsChina that about 5,000 pre-orders were placed for BYD Han 2023.
BYD Han EV 2023 is equipped with atmospheric lighting, heat pump air conditioning, improved sound and heated steering wheel for the flagship model. The entire series also features aluminum alloy suspension as standard.
The car supports 5G networks, iPhone smartphones as a key, as well as the blind spot monitoring function for the Noble equipment with a range of 605 and 705 km. Transmission options remain the same, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions available. The front-wheel drive version has a maximum power output of 244 hp and a 0-100 km acceleration time of 7.9 seconds.
The front-wheel drive versions of the BYD Han EV 2023 are available in 506 km, 605 km and 715 km versions. The total power of the all-wheel drive version is 516 hp, and the acceleration time to 100 km/h is only 3.9 seconds. The power reserve for the all-wheel drive version is 610 km.
The previous version of the model was released at the beginning of last year.
170 hp, spacious interior, 13.2-inch screen and 6 l/100 km for only $12,750. Chinese sedan Changan Yida was even a little cheaper than expected
Changan revealed the cost of different versions of the Changan Yida budget sedan – and it turned out to be even a little cheaper than previously reported.
There are three complete sets, but all of them with a 1.5-liter engine of the Blue Whale family with a capacity of 170 hp. and 7-speed “robot”. The simplest version is priced at $12,750, the mid-range version costs $14,100, and the top one is only $15,700. It is one of the most affordable and spacious sedans in its category in China. And from other pluses, one can note modern design and good equipment already in the database.
Changan Yida dimensions are 4770 x 1840 x 1440 mm, and the wheelbase length is 2765 mm. Judging by the photo, the space in the rear seats is almost like in a business class car.
Already in the base, Yida has a multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument panel with a 10.25-inch screen and a media system with a vertically oriented 13.2-inch screen, cruise and climate control. The top version, of course, has all the possible options, including a panoramic roof, a surround view system, adaptive cruise control, electrically adjustable and heated seats, and wireless phone charging.
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