Part Commuter Bicycle, Part Lamborghini Homage

Forget a better mousetrap. Just make us a cooler one.

That’s exactly what Estonian bikemaker Viks has done with its latest urban commuter. Aptly dubbed “Gran Turismo,” the bicycle’s design and styling is entirely based on modern Lamborghinis. So the open-style frame is all triangles and sharp edges and trapezoids, handmade and hewn entirely from aluminum, meaning it’s 40 percent lighter than the firm’s standard road bike.

The trick tubing is complimented by a single-speed Gates belt drive, mechanical disk brakes, and slick five-spoke carbon fiber wheels. There’s more than a little Huracán LP610-4 in the lines; the balance of the yellow-and-black scheme apes an old Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4.

About that: The bike in these photos is painted Giallo Midas, a legit Lamborghini factory color. But if that’s not your flavor of Sant'Agata Skittle, the folks at Viks will spray the GT another shade from the automaker’s catalog. We’ll take ours in Arancio Atlas, that flake-and-pearl orange created to compliment the Murciélago, the car that signaled a transition to its current design language.

Like new Lamborghinis, the Viks GT design is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. If you’re in the latter camp, check out the company’s website for details here.

What Would GTA 5 Be Like With PlayStation VR?

Brace yourself: PlayStation VR is nigh.

After more than a five years in gestation, Sony will launch its first proper consumer virtual reality device (sorry, Glasstron owners) on October 13. On paper, the spec looks impressive: 1080p display, 120 FPS, 100-degree FOV, plug-in 3D audio. Better yet, Gran Turismo Sport should be compatible when it’s released next year. This should all excite you.

Still, nobody’s sure if Rockstar Games plans on playing ball. Which means nobody’s sure if PSVR will have Grand Theft Auto. So this new short film from Corridor Digital, which imagines the world of GTA 5 in virtual reality, may be as close as we’ll ever get. (After watching, maybe that’s a good thing.)

Over seven wonderful minutes, Corridor delivers the following: Steve Ogg, a.k.a. GTA’s Trevor, appearing as himself; jabs at Google, Tesla, Apple, and Verizon; campy self-awareness (when an Iron Man suit-wearing bro appears: “…modders!”); gratuitous violence, foul language, glorious explosions, and general anarchy. Also the satisfaction of watching a Plymouth Prowler owner catch a beatdown. Because, honestly, haven’t you just wanted to do that at every stoplight since 1997?

Fair warning: NSFW. Not even a little. The whole thing, start to finish. Just... don't.


Food and Art on Wheels: Meet the New Guggenheim Hot Dog Cart

The Roach Coach Renaissance is upon us. Last year alone, food trucks brought in an estimated $1.2 billion, a staggering figure considering there’s less than 4,500 of them rolling around. And those numbers are conservative. The boom means a booming customization market, too, creative designs and wild paint schemes and unique add-ons. Bottom line: Food trucks have gotten exceptionally interesting to look at. Meanwhile, your average street vendor has been working with the same basic kit since Grover Cleveland was in office. No more.

The ultimate collapsable food cart.

Arquimaña, an architecture and design firm based in Spain, has reinvented the humble hot dog cart. Commissioned by Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, the project is called Salchibotxo. (That’s a Basque portmanteau, salchicha for ‘sausage’ and botxo, Bilbao’s nickname.) The concept? Highbrow form-meets-function, something to sling gourmet food and craft beers while looking at home outside one of the finest museums on the Continent, a building designed by none other than Frank Gehry.

So Salchibotxo flips the script, ditching the box-top look for a chic A-frame. The chassis is solid steel, the body cabinet-style oak. There’s a full stereo system, a chiller for longnecks from Bilbao brewery La Salve, and a removable griddle for cooking up goods from Luis Thate, the local butcher.

Gourmet dogs.

The bartop, the signage, the laser-cut aluminum shutters that shade vendors and customers—it all folds up into one compact, rolling installation. Which isn’t to say the cart is compromised for storage: Salchibotxo can hold 500 sausages and, crucially, up to 150 bottles of beers. There’s even a secret coin slot for tips. Righteous. This is one of the neatest things you’ll see on wheels this week.

New York Guggenheim, circa 2004.

Of course, New Yorkers will get an extra kick out of Salchibotxo: Six years ago, neighborhood advocates threw a shitfit over “visually disruptive” yellow-umbrella hot dog carts outside our own grand Guggenheim. The museum petitioned the City Landmarks Preservation Commission for permission to build a mobile eatery at the Fifth Avenue entrance on 89th Street, with award-winning architect Andre Kikoski set to design. The proposal was unanimously denied.

Raptor Nest: To Escape Hurricane Matthew, Dozens Of F-22s Migrate West From Langley AFB

As Hurricane Matthew’s predicted path narrowed, it was clear that military aircraft and vessels based up and down the southeastern seaboard of the United States needed to run for their lives. Ships were sent to sea and aircraft began large scale migrations to safer territory. Langley AFB’s 1st Fighter Wing was no different, and the majority of their incredibly valuable fleet of 48 F-22 Raptors were quickly made ready for such a mission, dubbed Hurrevac (hurricane evacuation).

Thirty-two of the wing’s jets flew to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio to find safe haven from Matthew's brunt. Rickenbacker’s own KC-135R tankers provided support for the 1st Fighter Wing’s armada of Raptors. Although Columbus is only around 400 miles from Hampton, Virginia—well within the F-22’s range—support equipment and personnel had to accompany the stealth fighters to their temporary home.

Hurrevac missions are historically not rare, but over the last decade hurricane activity has been minimal. This season, that appears to be changing. Just a month ago, the picture below went viral, showing 13 1st Fighter Wing F-22s stuffed inside the giant hangar at NASA’s Langley Research Center in preparation for Hurricane Hermine.

F-22s huddle in NASA's massive hangar at Langley AFB during Hurrican Hermine.

Although dropping everything to evacuate for a hurricane is a major disruption for any military unit, doing so also serves as a good drill, sharpening airman’s skills on how to pack up and ship out on short notice. The F-22 community in particular, which represents the tip of the USAF's spear, is tasked with rapidly responding to a whole slew of contingencies around the globe. Although the Rapid Raptor concepthas been built around moving smaller numbers of Raptors around the globe at the drop of a hat, larger snap deployments are certainly possible—especially considering the rising tensions around the world.

Just last February, a gaggle of F-22s showed up in Japan without notice in a massive show of force, and as the Raptor’s reputation continues to rise, the demand for its presence around the world will, as well. Not only that, but there are only about 125 F-22s that are combat-coded. Combine this with a mission-capable rate between 65 and 75 percent, and the number of Raptors actually ready for combat at any given time is fairly miniscule. So moving larger numbers of Raptors to a crisis zone quickly will be imperative when it comes to getting the most combat punch out of the relatively tiny fleet.

F-22 sits on the ramp at Rickenbacker ANG base under temperate skies.

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Ford CEO Mark Fields May Have Hated MyFord Touch Enough to Smash the Screen

A class-action lawsuit against Ford over the carmaker’s much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system has revealed that customers weren’t the only ones frustrated by it. Ford’s own executive and engineers, it turns out, weren’t big fans of it either—possibly leading Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields to hit the infotainment screen hard enough to crack it.

Among the tales of infotainment woe made public in the court filings comes the tale of woe concerning Fields, who was serving as Ford’s president of the Americas when the system launched in 2011.

“I think Mark Fields may have been a little aggravated with the system,” Ford engineer Kevin Williams said in one email, accompanied by a picture a mechanic sent to Williams of a cracked infotainment screen—purportedly from Fields’s vehicle, according to Forbes.

That was hardly Fields’s sole incident grappling with MyFord Touch. The court documents reveal the executive also sent a series of emails complaining that he couldn’t sync his phone with the system; another time, he reportedly revealed in a meeting with other executives that his Edge had given him the “‘dreaded black screen”—suggesting the system had shut down entirely.

And Fields was hardly the only Ford bigwig to vocally register his beefs with the MyFord Touch, according to the court documents. Chairman Bill Ford was forced to deal with the system’s flaws on several occasions; at one point, he had to pull off to the side of the road when his car’s MyFord Touch-run navigation system went down, stranding him in an area he didn’t know.

“Tonight in particular it was especially burdensome. He had to wait five minutes for the reset, by the side of the road in an unfamiliar area,” a Ford employee said in a memo summarizing the incident. “He could not continue because of the lack of navigation directions and he was late.”

Engineers, too, loathed the system, according to the court-released documents. One engineer referred to MyFord Touch as a “polished turd;” another referred to the buyers forced to use the system as “those poor customers.”

“Ford’s quality reputation is completely on the line,” another employee commented in regards to the attempts to fix the system. “Another model year with the same crap is not acceptable."

The class-action lawsuit against Ford was filed in 2013, and could go to trial in April, lead plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Berman told Forbes.