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VTM Spacester

VTM Spacester

The VTM Spacester looks oddly similar to the previously featured Mansory Zapico, lacking any noticeable handle bars and resembling a bike that one might find in a futuristic sci-fi film.

From designer-extraordinaire Bernard ‘Buck’ Massart at VTM Motorcycles comes the Harley-Davidson-inspired (even has a Harley engine!) Spacester. Its design and fabrication, as most any motorcycle fan will notice, is pretty damn unorthodox—with parts like the exhaust vent and rear “fender” oddly (yet brilliantly) residing where parts usually just don’t reside. That’s saying nothing bad, though. Adding to the mystique is the Spacester’s flowing, ultra aerodynamic-looking style, a product not of a CAD program as some would suspect, but of precise hand-shaping.

It’s disappointing that the VTM Spacester’s specs haven’t been made available yet; however, the nothing-short-of-revolutionary and double-take-worthy design make for a great convo starter!

2013 Hennessey Venom Spyder

2013 Hennessey Venom Spyder

From Hennessey—yes, the same company that gave Dodge Vipers even more brute power and handling ability—comes what sort of resembles what the mating of a Lotus, Porsche Carrera GT, and Panoz roadster might look like.

Although most of the de facto specs have yet to be released, the Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (even sounds like one super badass car, right?) will serve as the ragtop version of the much-envied Venom GT (itself a $950k gem). And running counter to what may seem logical, losing the roof will cost an additional $200,000. But, hey, with this kind of sheer, 1,200+ horsepower awesomeness—as well as a nearly bottomless wallet—what’s a cool million?

Like the annoying infomercials command, ACT NOW!…because Hennessey has plans to build only five Venom GT Spyders, and dibs have already been claimed on two.

Boeing Phantom Ray

Boeing Phantom Ray

Men sure as hell love their big, brutish toys. Besides 4×4 trucks and perhaps speedboats, the only thing more badass are things that fly really fast—like the Boeing X-45 Phantom Ray.

Looking every bit like a Stealth Bomber, sans the windshield and black skin, the Phantom Ray is a tweaked X-45 UCAV (Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle) and is in development for the U.S. Navy Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System (J-UCAS) program and DARPA. It first flew from Edwards Air Force Base at a top speed of 178 knots (even though capable of nearly 647mph) at 7,500 feet, courtesy of one G.E. F404 102D powerplant. It’s mission? To provide surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and, best of all, a royal ass-whooping to terrorists. Oh, it can also perform aerial refueling of other aircraft. So yeah, this high-tech bird’s talented as hell.

To the chagrin of even yours truly, Boeing isn’t offering the Phantom Ray to individuals.

Electric Lightcycle | Tron-Inspired Motorcycle

Electric Lightcycle | Tron-Inspired Motorcycle

Make no mistake, riding down the highway or sitting at a stoplight atop the Tron-inspired Electric Lightcycle will probably garner you more looks of amazement and lust than any ‘ho-hum’ Ferrari could ever dream of.

Based on—you guessed it—the flashy, very future-esque bike from the movie Tron: Legacy, and built by the legendary Parker Brothers Choppers company (and no, not the board game company), the Electric Lightcycle comes with either gas or electric powerplants. . The gas version, a Suzuki V-Twin-powered bike, is already available through Hammacher Schlemmer, while the electric version (boasting a 96v electric motor and Li-on battery) is coming soon! Rumor even has it that the latter is going to sport a 100+ top speed with only a brief, 35-minute charge!

I’m thinking the Electric Lightscycle would make one helluva stocking stuffer for, perhaps, slightly geeky, Tron fanboys.

Sovereign Superyacht

Sovereign Superyacht

Got more money than a hedge fund manager or oil tycoon? Love the super exclusive world of yachting, and appreciate fine, artsy design? Yes? Then read on, sailor!

The Sovereign Superyacht, a product of Gray Design, is a 2,000 metric ton, unfathomably luxurious, 100ft mega yacht. Its exterior is inspired from modern automotive design, and almost apes some kind of “executive submarine”. Then there’s the optional, custom-built limo that docks neatly below and the glass helipad atop. Inside, three separate levels abound with a crazy number of luxuries, including an ‘infinity’ pool at aft, 10 posh guest suites, full gym (lest one gets flabby at sea, right?), “beach club”, full wet bar, outdoor (and indoor) jacuzzis, an uber-swanky master suite, library, movie theater, and—yes, basically everything except including the kitchen sink!

And the green-friendly crowd will appreciate the built-in solar panels and wind turbine on the mast for powering necessities like lighting and air conditioning. So eat your hearts out, billionaire sea-goers.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Is the current Lamborghini Gallardo (or better yet, Murcielago) not quite exclusive enough and/or fast for you? The 2013 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento may be your ticket, then!

The Sesto Elemento made its debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Its radical, even demonic appearance being the most striking feature, the car itself “tips” the scales at a relatively ultra-light 2,200 pounds (thanks to generous applications of carbon fiber), rendering it blisteringly faster and more nimble. Under the hood of the super sportscar lies a menacing 570hp V10 which–according to Lambo connoisseurs–blasts the automotive equivalent of a surface missile from 0-60 in a stupefying 2.5 seconds.

But, as the wisdom of countless infomercials goes, act now because supplies are [definitely] limited! Only 20 Sesto Elementos are slated for production in 2013. How’s that for exclusivity?

Igloo Village | Kakslauttanen, Finland

Igloo Village | Kakslauttanen, Finland

It’s in the remote, frigid region of Kakslauttanen (wait, where?!), Finland that you’ll find the very unique Igloo Village, basically a city of partially underground, glass-ensconced igloos burrowed deep in a winter wonderland.

Don’t let the picture fool you, though. There IS a bit of choice in the accommodations. There’s the ‘Snow Igloo’, an above-ground igloo made from real snow (hey, imagine that!) and ice, whose interior never reaches above 26F. Vacationers that don’t particularly enjoy the idea of slipping into a hypothermia-induced coma, Snow Igloo occupants also receive extreme, cold-proof sleeping bags and other ‘woolen’ amenities.

Then there’s the main attraction—the Glass Igloos. These abodes are constructed around a glass dome and offer a consistently clear view of the sky, with thermal glass (designed to prevent fogging-up) for an unobstructed view of the night sky and aerial events like the Aurora Borealis phenomena. The best part? They’re warmed to room temperature and come complete with a toilet and “luxury bed”.

Winter lovers, welcome to paradise.

VITAband

VITAband

Imagine this: You’re completing your daily jog on a remote trail through the forest or park; suddenly, you trip and take a direct blow to the head. Now, you’ve got a concussion and are unconscious.

That’s where the VITAband could save your life—no sales pitch intended. The VITAband emergency medical info device services two essential, possibly life-saving functions: It boasts personal information via a built-in RFID chip (that stores your Emergency Response Profile online), as well as all the information normally found on a standard medical bracelet.

The VITAband entails a $20 annual service fee (basically dirt cheap @ $1.67/month), but if you (or a family member/friend) are a hardcore outdoors enthusiast—it could be a very smart investment or gift.