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1981 Ferrari 512 BB

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1981 Ferrari 512 BB

To this day, the 1981 Ferrari 512 BB is one of the most recognizable models from the prestigious Italian automaker. From 1976 to 1981, Ferrari produced a total of 929 carbureted 512 BB examples, this is one of them. This is a special Prancing Horse featuring a 4.9L flat 12-cylinder engine in the mid-rear of the car.

Combine that with rear-wheel-drive and a five-speed manual transaxle to have the perfect recipe for an authentic vintage Ferrari driving experience. The 12-cylinder engine sounds amazing when it is idling but the way it roars when you get on it is seductive to any gearhead.

1981 Ferrari 512 BB

It produces 360 horsepower with 333 pound-feet of torque, more than enough for some serious fun. Could you see yourself driving this Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer? If so, you will be happy to learn that this Ferrari is available for sale through Bring a Trailer. 

The classic Ferrari red paint combines with the black leather interior to create a very desirable 512 exampl for enthusiasts and collectors. With only 26,000 kilometers or approximately 16,155 miles on the odometer, this 512 BB has a lot of life left in it. 

You’ll enjoy the exhaust note through a full stainless steel exhaust system and there is even air conditioning to keep you cool after a hot lap. Should you choose to elect for music that isn’t coming from those exhaust pipes, there is a Pioneer CD deck inside the cockpit.

From cornering to accelerating, driving the 512 BB offers plenty of smiles per mile. It is also a really good mid-engine car to use when learning the driving dynamics of that specific layout. You can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds in the 512 BB. If you have enough track, you should be able to reach a top speed of 179 mph.

This 1981 Ferrari 512 BB is a great opportunity for any collector to add to their stable. If you want to make sure that lucky collector is you, all you have to do is emerge as the winning bidder. Sounds easy, right?

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A Conservationist Teaches Geese to Use Safer Migration Routes by Flying With Them Across Europe

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Back in 1995, Christian Moullec embarked on his first migration alongside a flock of lesser white-fronted geese that he intended to introduce to Sweden. He flew an adapted delta plane alongside the birds, which were threatened after being overhunted, and protect them on their journey. This initial mission quickly morphed into a now decades-long project of training avian populations to utilize more secure paths as they travel across Europe, ensuring that the already dwindled species would survive the trek and be able to reproduce.

English YouTuber and educator Tom Scott (previously) joins Moullec on one of the flights above Southern France as they glide in a microlight aircraft just inches from the animals—Scott is so close that he’s able to touch goose’s tail feathers. Reaching this level of intimacy takes dedication and immersion in the flock, Moullec shares, saying that he raises the birds, sleeps with them, and even bathes in the pond on his property. This establishes trust and is essential as they define their routes, which sometimes traverse thousands of kilometers each day. “I’m not the one who teaches the birds to fly with me,” Moullec shares. “I’ve been flying with birds for 27 years, and they taught me how to fly with them.”

In addition to his conservation-oriented flights, Moullec offers passenger trips for those interested in joining the flock, and you can find more about his work on his site. (via The Kids Should See This)

 



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Ukraine-born American Artist Boris Artzybasheff’s Anti-Nazi Illustrations

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“I try to shake this thought off: It may be that a healthy planet should have no more life upon it than a well-kept dog has fleas; but what possesses the flea to concoct its own flea powder?”

– Boris Artzybasheff

 

Boris Artzybasheff

 

Boris Artzybasheff (25 May 1899 – 16 July 1965) created many of these abstract anti-Axis illustrations for America’s Wickwire Spencer Steel Company (1901 – 1963) in World War 2. We’ve seen Artzybasheff’s fabulous designs of humanoid machines. And now we see his visions of Nazis and their partners in World War 2, most notably humans morphed into Swastikas – in a similar vein to how John Heartfield (19 June 1891 – 26 April 1968), the German visual artist who pioneered the use of art, notably photomontages, a political weapon, showed us the Nazi Christmas.

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Boris Artzybasheff was the son of noted Russian writer, Mikhail Artsybashev, who told him shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, “Get out of Russia, don’t sponge on my reputation, and change your name.”

In 1920, he arrived in New York City and began work as an engraver. As Lusher Gallery notes, in an autobiographical article entitled The Purgatory, he recalled: “A year hence, when the Communists would be eradicated and Russia returned to normalcy, I would return and resume the life of culture, the United States having little to offer in the way of arts and music.”

Artzybasheff became a prolific illustrator for magazines such as Life, Fortune and Time, for which he produced scores of covers. He illustrated around 50 books, including his own work As I See, and ads for, among many, Xerox, Shell, Pan Am, Casco Power Tools and Scotch Tape.  And these for the Wickwire Spencer Steele are choice.

 

Boris Artzybasheff war

Boris Artzybasheff war

A figure made of Wickwire Spencer rope uses a part of itself to hang a caricature of a distressed Hideki Tojo

 

Boris Artzybasheff war

And to finish : ‘Ready for The Next War’ – 1946.

Ready for the Next War – 1946

Via: University of North Texas, PoulWebb

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A Brilliant Orange Orb Shape-Shifts Through Time in a Meditative Animated Short

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A metaphor for the way fragments of time both accumulate and mutate as they slip from one moment to the next, a glowing sphere is the subject of a calming short film by Argentinian artist Ezequiel Pini, of Six N. Five. The CGI animation follows the bright orb as it expands, multiplies, and transfigures into alternate forms like a sun dropping beneath the horizon and windows evocative of the recently demolished Nakagin Capsule Tower. Although simple in shape, the round object “represents care, calm, and attention to achieve its ultimate perfection. We are a circle, without boundaries, beginning or end. Infinity,” Pini says. Watch more of his poetic works on Vimeo.

 



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Ten best automotive designs of April 2022

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We’ve been seeing a torrential and exciting downpour of automotive designs at Yanko Design. Each automotive was innovative, bringing to us something we had never seen nor experienced before. From killer speed to dashing good looks, to impenetrable safety standards, every automotive we featured at YD broke some design barrier for us, and hopefully, they did the same for you as well. Hence, we’ve curated a collection of automotive designs that we feel were the best of the lot! From an electric Mustang that Ford should have built to an Audi EV concept – each of these drool-worthy automobiles is mercilessly pushing the boundaries of the automotive industry! Automotive enthusiasts will be itching to get their hands on them, and take them for a spin on the streets!

1. DeLorean EV Model

This iconic car is in fact all set to hit the limelight on August 18, 2022, at the prestigious Awards Ramp at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. From what we see in the teaser image, the EV is going to follow the norm with a modern silhouette and this concept gives our imagination wings. If we ignore the rear that looks more akin to the Bugatti Chiron, the EV could be pretty similar to what we see in these renders. A bold form factor with an intimidating front could be on the cards. The side profile has to be sharp and flowing with a supercar-like domineer but slightly bend towards the coupe persona too.

2. The Charge Mustang

Easily one of the most visually impressive electric cars that money can buy, the Charge Mustang bases its design on the iconic 1967 Fastback. If its body looks almost too similar to Ford’s own ’67 Mustang, it’s because Charge Cars uses a bodyshell that’s officially licensed by Ford. Underneath this shell, however, sits Charge’s electric platform, with floor-mounted batteries that make the Mustang an electric little pony. The electric platform that the Mustang sits on is the result of a strategic partnership with Arrival, the UK-based automotive startup that’s working with Uber to create their bespoke electric taxi cabs. The one sitting under the Charge Mustang has permanent magnet e-motors on all four wheels, and a 63 kWh battery between them under the rider, giving the car a range of 200 miles on a full charge.

3. Audi Urbansphere

The trifecta concept from Audi’s Sphere series is here and by far it is the biggest when we talk of the length. While I’m restraining myself from labeling it a minivan, still it heavily weights on the side of one. In fact, this is by far the biggest car Audi has crafted with a total length of 217 inches, 79.1 inches in width, and 70 inches of headroom. Given its humongous size, there are only four bucket seats inside which take full advantage of the elegant lounge-like form with the swivel and reclining function giving the riders utmost freedom.

4. The Silver Ant

Hookie has been prepping its electric racer for the Glemseck 101 in September, and they are not feeling shy to give automotive fans a very early reveal of what they are going to witness. Christened the Silver ANT, this pure café racer is based on the CAKE’s Ösa+ model. For those familiar with the Hookie’s offerings, the bike adapts a unique character with the Ant bolt-on kit. There’s a deleted seat and additional aluminum cover cloaking the benefactor bike’s frame.

5. The Zipper electric scooter

The Zipper electric scooter checks most of the checkboxes when one considers the ease of riding a scooter, fold it down when not needed, and is compact enough to store it after use. This urban ride gets a 500W motor that takes it to a top speed of 20 mph and is capable of pushing it up inclined roads with a 25-degree slope. It can haul a rider weighing up to 125 kg, so most people are good to go. The scooter comes with a maximum range of 16 miles on a single charge which fills the 10Ah battery in approximately four hours.

6. The Porsche Amenoi

The Porsche Amenoi concept – Le Mans edition by Dong Joo KIM envisages cocooning the riders in ultra-comfort in times where level 5 autonomous driving will be very common. This will give the travelers maximum leverage to utilize this time for inner exploration and complete liberation of mind, body and soul. This Porsche of some time in the distant future uses wind energy to power the motor, as the boosters in the front vent soak up ambient air and direct it towards the advanced windmill generator rear.

7. The F117 4WD Covenant

Inspired by the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk single-seat stealth aircraft, this hot ride could be the best version of a Batmobile we could see in the making maybe in the future if Matt Reeves lays his eyes on it. The badass personality with a balance of modern looks for Bruce Wayne to eventually graduate into. Rather than going any further with the Batmobile dream, I would like to see it feature in an epic return of the Knight Rider series making a return, and the crime-fighting machine to be this one. Just imagine this stealth fighter on four wheels unload of a semi-truck, and steering its way into the distance.

8. The Justin Bieber X Vespa scooter

Treading on his own experience riding the iconic scooter, Bieber coated his design in optic white livery on the exterior panels and rims for a sleek look to go with the scooter’s feathery light frame. Then, he added his own bad boy flair with a flame decal that’s etched across the scooter’s body. The Justin Bieber X Vespa scooter design is also available in 50, 100, and 100cc guises. Located right between the two handlebars, a full-color digital display syncs with the rider’s smartphone to play music and adjust the LED light’s brightness and color tones. Additionally, Bieber’s collaboration includes gloves, a driving bag, and a matching flame-printed helmet for riders to scoot in style.

9. The Erode 002

This creation has the typical hot rod character, a sleek body with an open roof, and open front and rear wheels for the intimidating stance. Those exposed suspension components on the front truly reassure the car’s powerful domineer. The fact that it will be powered by an electric motor, means it will be lightweight and quite agile. Modern looks are also important, so the Erode 002 gets an LED light bar spanning across the rear, five-spoke wheels draped in red, and those typical thin wing mirrors that remind me of the spiking Hot Wheels era.

10. Jin-Roh concept

This crazy concept designed by Timur Dautov catches the dark spirit of the movie Jin Roh in an intimidating set of wheels meant for domination on the tarmac. Those piercing red eyes are aptly replicated in the front headlights which instantly remind one of the Wolf Brigade. If the designer would not have made the Jin Roh reference, by instinct, I would have associated this mean machine with a future Batmobile. But it’s a vehicle in its own league, ready to take on the opposition in style. The headlights and the humungous wheel rims have that jet engine-type design that reflects inner power. Add to that the all-matte black look, and Matt Reeves would be so tempted to make the Batman craft this baby in his den.

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Illustration of softness in gradations and colors

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Damon xart shared a collection of illustrations exploring the softness in gradations and colors. There are some beautiful combinations of gradients and soft forms, definitely worth checking out. Plus they work great as wallpapers for your phone.

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