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The all-electric racing series, Formula E, is finalizing it’s inaugural 2014 season with 8 cities chosen to host races, including L.A. and Miami. Continue Reading…
The latest trend in luxury living is brought to you by Porsche Design Group. The Porsche Design Tower in Miami is the first condominium complex that comes outfitted with elevators that take residents and their cars right to their units.
Set in Sunny Isles Beach, the $560 million condo tower is a collaboration between Porsche Design Group and developer Gil Dezer. The 57-story tower will occupy 2.2 acres and feature 132 units, each with its own parking pad within the unit. The development will come with three robotic car elevators that will take owners and their cars right to their pads, so they won’t have to get out of their car until they are in front of their unit. Once the car is parked, residents will be able to see their car through their living room window.
The elevators employ a robotic arm that works like an automatic plank. It places the car on the elevator and delievers the resident and their car to the appointed floor, where the arm parks the car and delivers the resident to their unit. “What this is really doing is taking two technologies that have existed for centuries and putting them together,” said Gil Dezer, president of Dezer Properties. “It’s taking the robotic arm and it’s putting it in an elevator.”
If you’re interested in buying into this condo development, units range from 3,800 to 9,500 square feet and are expected to cost up to $9 million.
[Source: The Miami Herald]
Legendary NASCAR driver and off-road pilot Robby Gordon has been invited to attend the Bullrun Live Rally commonly know as, “The Bullrun”. One of the most glamorous (perhaps second only to the Gumball) of high-end luxury automotive rallies, it’s limited to 100 entries consisting of the finest high-end cars in the world taking on an epic eight day rally race across the US. In the past, the Bullrun has attracted celebrities such as Dennis Rodman, Hayden Christensen, Bam Margera and Kim Kardashian.
Robby Gordon is partnering with Jeep and will drive the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 from Las Vegas to Miami.
“I’m really excited to be participating in the 2011 Bullrun. It’s basically a modern day ‘Cannonball Run’ just set up like the Dakar Rally. It’s run on public highways within speed limits, but the guy that gets there first still wins. It’s very fitting for SPEED Energy and I’m able to do it with our great partners, Dodge, Jeep and Toyo Tires,” explained Gordon.
GALLERY: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
We aren’t sure if the press shots for the 2012 Chrysler 200 Convertible are supposed to be ironic, but the lush shots of the 200 cruising through Miami, one of the top vacation spots in the world, are entirely appropriate.
While the motoring press loved the 200 about as much as the Ebola virus, and while the new car is supposedly a step above the old one, that’s not saying much. Hopefully the redesigned interior and 3.6L Pentastar V6 make this car suitable for consumption outside the Hertz parking lot.
For more information on the Chrysler 200, such as news, information and discussions, please visit http://www.200forums.com/
Gallery: Chrysler 200 Convertible
The last parking garage we have a vivid memory of was in Detroit. In January. You can imagine how idyllic the setting was, with rotting concrete and whirring trash presiding over a dusty view of the city’s crumbling skyline.
Things can be different, it seems. In Miami, Florida, head over to the structure at 1111 Lincoln Road, where it seems — finally — that parking isn’t an afterthought. Swiss designers Herzog & de Meuron were entrusted to create a building that presented a unique shopping, dining, residential and parking experience for Miami’s residents and visitors.
300 spaces are in artfully arranged, with shopping, restaurants — including one on the roof! — that take advantage of the incredible design and stunning views of the city that the location afforded.
If all parking structures looked like this, we’d complain less about the high fees — and maybe spend more time in the area, leaving our car to soak up the view. Click over to Dezeen to view some incredible photos of the property.
GALLERY: 1111 Lincoln Road by Herzog & de Meuron
On December 1st Audi will finally reveal its next generation of the company’s A8 flagship luxury sedan. The unveiling will occur at a specially built Pavilion on Miami Beach, coinciding with the Audi-sponsored Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach art and design fairs.
Along with the all new A8, Audi will debut its “The Art of Progress” exhibit, of works inspired by the A8.
The choice of debuting the car at an art festival is no coincidence, as the new A8 is expected to be a stunning vehicle, with an all-new look, more in keeping with the automaker’s new design direction, as seen with cars like the A5/S5.
“The new Audi A8 embodies everything Audi stands for: fascinating innovation, uncompromising perfection, consummate craftsmanship, iconic design and new ways of thinking,” says Audi Borad Chair Rupert Stadler. This is why we chose to present this car in this progressive environment while continuing our commitment to fostering design culture and the arts.”
Official release after the jump: