I may be on an island alone but $1.2M for a re-bodied and tuned Lotus Exige??? There are some truly spectacular pieces of rolling art and engineering for that money (Mclaren P1, La Ferrari, Koenigsegg, Pagani..etc) that give a sense of exclusivity and excellence. Heck, the Venom uses a Chevy Corvette/Camaro LS engine with a transmission from a Ford GT. Where is the $1.2M? The car still has the Lotus title after you buy it from Hennessey. Who cares about 270MPH from any amount of Hp. The development time and money would have been better spent making a "full package" car. Something beautiful, fast, and functional for the viewing and driving pleasure of generations to come.
I don't think the average person can truly appreciate just how fast 270MPH really is. It'd be like telling an 1820's pioneer in a Conestoga wagon that vehicles of the future will travel at 70MPH; they just don't have any conceptual frame of reference for what it actually means. There's nothing in our routine lives I can think of that parallels this; even commercial airplanes during take-off don't go this fast.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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