DE­SIGN DONS

The bil­lion­aire in­ven­tor who is on a mis­sion to Mars… quite lit­er­ally

Australian T3 - - RADAR - ELON MUSK

AFTER HE MADE A WHOP­PING US$1.5 BIL­LION SELL­ING PayPal, Elon Musk turned his in­no­va­tive spirit to big­ger chal­lenges. Cars run­ning on sus­tain­able en­ergy, the coloni­sa­tion of Mars, a way for us to sur­vive all the threats to our species – th­ese are the things he loses sleep over. He fully be­lieves in us­ing cre­ativ­ity and de­sign to chal­lenge the norm, be­cause if we don’t change… well, you know.

So let’s see just what the bil­lion­aire vi­sion­ary who in­spired Hol­ly­wood’s Tony Stark has been do­ing with his time – be­sides wor­ry­ing that the cre­ation of an ad­vanced AI might just be the equiv­a­lent of “sum­mon­ing the de­mon” in a hor­ror movie. And no, he wasn’t jok­ing about that one.

DRAGON V2 TBC

YOU CAN’T BUY ONE OF TH­ESE. NOT YET. BUT DRAGON V2 BY SPACEX PROM­ISES TO BE A SEVEN-SEATER SPACE­CRAFT DE­SIGNED TO MAKE TER­RES­TRIAL LAND­INGS AS WELLAS DOCK WITH THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SPACE STA­TION. IT’S RE­US­ABLE AND HAS TAN LEATHER SEATS, NAT­U­RALLY.

TESLA MODEL X 2015

THIS ALL-WHEEL DRIVE SUV MODEL IS DUE TO AR­RIVE IN 2015. DUAL DRIVE UNITS OVER THE FRONT AND REAR AXLES KEEP THE CEN­TRE OF GRAV­ITY LOW, SO ITS HAN­DLING COULD BE BET­TER THAN ANY OTHER FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE. PLUS, IT HAS FAL­CON-WING DOORS. WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?

HYPER­LOOP TBC

LOS AN­GE­LES TO SAN FRANCISCO IN JUST 30 MIN­UTES AND FOR A US$20 TICKET? MUSK BE­LIEVES THIS IS PER­FECTLY POS­SI­BLE AND HAS PRO­POSED A SU­PER­SONIC OVER­HEAD TUBE TO LINK THE CI­TIES. THE VAC­UUM CON­DI­TIONS IN THE TUBE WOULD RE­DUCE AIR RE­SIS­TANCE AND SAVE EN­ERGY.

TESLA MODEL S 2012

A LUX­URY ELEC­TRIC CAR THAT MATCHES PETROL CAR PER­FOR­MANCE ON MOST VEC­TORS. ONE OF THE KEY CHAL­LENGES IS CHARGE TIME, BUT MUSK’S AN­SWER IS SIM­PLE – PUT TWO CHARG­ERS IN THE VE­HI­CLE. AN AU­TOPI­LOT PACK­AGE COMES AS AN OP­TION, TOO.

SU­PER­CHARGER 2012

THE CRE­ATIV­ITY, DE­SIGN AND IN­NO­VA­TION THAT’S GONE INTO TESLA’S CARS HAS ALSO BEEN AP­PLIED TO ITS SU­PER­CHARGER STA­TIONS. THERE’S SOME­THING PHILIPPE STARCK-ES­QUE ABOUT THE ‘PUMPS’. CHARG­ING TAKES A SPEEDY 20 MIN­UTES AND IS FREE OF CHARGE – FOR­EVER.

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