Nimbus – a retro-futuristic off-roading electric SUV

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Nimbus microbus

The Nimbus is a funky little hybrid that looks like a retro-styled SUV, but its actual story is even more intriguing. The Nimbus concept car is a microbus that can take electric hybrids off-road. The concept comes from Brazilian designer Eduardo Galvani who claims it offers a greater driving range and better fuel economy than any hybrid currently on the market. (Pics)

 

 

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Homemade Soviet-era Russian Submarine

 

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Rub a Dub Dub a post-Soviet Sub

40-year-old Mikhail Puchkov decided to design and build a personal submarine during the stifling era of Leonid Brezhnev’s regime when he was barely twenty years old. He built it secretly in an attic in Ryazan, about 120 miles southeast of Moscow.

“I was not satisfied with the fate that was laid out for me. I wanted to satisfy myself and to have some respect for my life. If I learned to respect myself, I felt it would be easier to find my niche in life. I didn’t know it would work. I just hoped.”

His family, particularly his father, condemned him and his submarine flights of fancy, and the longer the construction took, the more he complained. The first test of the sub came in 1984 and it “sank like a stone,” in Puchkov’s own words, breaking a rudder in the process and setting a climate for the early dives, which were always a bit tense. He said of those times:

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WaterScout Helicopter Launches from a Sub

 WaterScout Helicopter Launches from a Sub

Helicopter designed to be launched from a Sub

Students from the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in cooperation with four students from Pennsylvania State University have developed a submarine deployable helicopter. Their autonomous “Waterspout” is capable of exiting a submarine, floating safely to the water surface, and taking off vertically to its destination.

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Marion Hypersub – World’s First Submersible Powerboat

Marion Hyper Sub - World’s First Submersible Powerboat

It looks like something out of a James Bond movie but it could very well be the most cool personal sub yet. The Hypersub is the world’s first autonomous, small submarine capable of high speed surface travel over long distances. Cool videos after the jump.

 

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