It's that time of year where we take a look back at the future of transportation in 2013. We drove electric vehicles on four, three and two wheels. We saw an airplane that can transform into a car and rode an ATV that can turn into a jet ski. We visited a world-class Formula 1 race track and met a world champion Formula 1 driver. So join us for a few more laps around 2013 in our end of the year special.
F1 driver Sebastian Vettel is renown for his multiple FIA Formula 1 World Championships, but holds a lesser-known title for Infiniti, one of the sponsors of his racing team. As 'director of performance' for Infiniti, Vettel is reportedly transferring his knowledge from the track to the road in an effort to improve Infiniti vehicles. We see for ourselves during a lap with Vettel at the Nashville Superspeedway, then head to the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas for a conversation with global direc
It was only a month ago when Terrafugia took its Transition flying car (or driving plane, as CEO Carl Dietrich says) to the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for some exposure and its first public flight demonstration. We know the flight was a success, but Translogic was also there to get an inside look at the street-legal flying machine and capture it on video.
Only about a week ago did the company Epic EV makes its very first delivery of the Torq Roadster to a customer. Before that, our colleagues at Translogic spent some time with company founder Chris Anthony and were the very first to get some seat time in this Morgan-Three-Wheeler-Meets-Tesla-Roadster EV.
The Translogic crew has trekked northward to Ashland, OR, to ride the epically electrified Brammo Empulse R motorcycle. With a six-speed transmission that enables both huge accelerative potential and 100+ mile per hour top speeds, as well as a maximum range of 121 miles, the Empulse R case on paper is pretty solid.