Toys for the big boys

7 things to see at Big Boys Toys in Abu Dhabi

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @ma­hakLFC

The world’s fastest le­gal street bike, a real-life trans­former and lux­ury hy­per cars are just some ex­hibits on dis­play in Abu Dhabi this week.

A haven for tech­nol­ogy geeks and lux­ury en­thu­si­asts, Big Boys Toys 2016 re­turns to the cap­i­tal today fea­tur­ing prod­ucts worth more than $200 mil­lion.

Three times larger than last year’s event, the ex­hi­bi­tion prom­ises some­thing for ev­ery­one from gad­gets and au­to­mo­biles to fu­tur­is­tic fash­ion and ac­ces­sories for both men and women.

With a num­ber of world­firsts on dis­play, we pick out seven high­lights…

FLY IN A FLARIS

The world’s small­est and fastest sin­gle-en­gine jet, the FLARIS LAR01, will be on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion by maker Metal-Mas­ter. It is equipped to take off and land on very short, grass run­ways. The con­cep­tion, tech­ni­cal pa­ram­e­ters and state-of-theart tech­nol­ogy in this air­craft sur­passes most jets in the world today. The firm says the ma­chine is also the world’s safest busi­ness jet air­craft, equipped with a para­chute sys­tem.

PICK UP A PEN­GUIN

Don’t know how to swim or scuba dive? No prob­lem. A semi-sub­ma­rine boat, the GoOcean Pen­guin, is de­signed to of­fer un­der­wa­ter rides that will take you through the sea with you re­lax­ing in­side. Al­though you can­not test the boat at the ex­hi­bi­tion, you can ex­plore the in­side.

MTT TUR­BINE BIKE

The world’s fastest street-le­gal tur­binepow­ered bike, the MTT 420 RR (Race Ready), will be launched at the ex­hi­bi­tion. This two wheeler guar­an­tees a 400kph+ ride. It fea­tures Oh­lin ad­justable shocks, ISR brakes and lever, new gen­er­a­tion car­bon­fi­bre body pan­els and a steer­ing sta­biliser to ac­com­mo­date higher speeds.

A 321kph ELEC­TRIC CAR

Gen­o­va­tion will be dis­play­ing the world’s fastest elec­tric car. Break­ing the world record by al­most 48kph, pro­duc­tion is lim­ited to 75 ve­hi­cles world­wide with each hav­ing their own unique and cus­tomis­able fea­tures.

THE KHAL­IFA BOAT

Just your av­er­age speed boat but styled to look like a sports car and the aero­dy­nam­ics of a plane. De­signer Nasser Al Mar­zouqi will be launch­ing his Khal­ifa boat, which com­bines hy­dro­dy­nam­ics and aero­dy­nam­ics. What’s more? Its high-class in­te­ri­ors are con­structed with gold and car­bon fi­bre. Sleek.

IN TUNE WITH THE FU­TURE

Mu­si­cians take note, Big Boys Toys will be the place to be for new trends in in­stru­ment de­sign. From 3-D printed in­stru­ments to one of the big­gest piano re­designs in 150 years, de­sign­ers and ex­hibitors are def­i­nitely tuned in.

BAD BLOOD

When a buggy is called ‘Bad Blood’ you know it’s go­ing to ex­cit­ing. This is an of­froad ve­hi­cle that’s ready to race and just one of the ex­hibits that petrol­heads will need to see. ma­hak@7days.ae

FLARIS LAR01

MU­SI­CAL IN­STRU­MENTS

GEN­O­VA­TION CAR

GOOCEAN PEN­GUIN

BAD BLOOD

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