It was 8 years ago at 2007 French electrical train TGV POS set a world speed record for transportation on conventional rails. This “plane from a platform” accelerated to 574 kilometers per hour. Records are probably beaten anonymously, too, and in some garages there are unknown heroes who assemble miracle engines and extend speed limits; yet, we only talk about official indicators.
Records are probably beaten anonymously, too, and in some garages there are unknown heroes who assemble miracle engines and extend speed limits; yet, we only talk about official indicators. Let’s start our chart with the most popular means of transport – with a car. If you race at the speed of 60 kilometers per hour on your monster without muffler and endanger people around you thinking you are a daring guy from The Fast and the Furious on a “tuned ride” – alas, it’s not like that. As a matter of fact, those who love drive and possess money, opt for SSC Tuatara that is even faster than the famous Bugatti Veyron Super. Able to reach 100 kilometers per hour in merely two and a half seconds, the car can move at a speed of 443 km/h which is an absolute record among serial cars. The miracle costs million dollars and a half.
We move from four wheels to two, even more so with motor bicycles being “swifter” than autos. The fastest of them is Dodge Tomahawк, it accelerates up to 480 kilometers per hour and it makes it to a hundred in 1.8 seconds all in all. Only ten such monsters were produced and 9 of them were sold in late 2013 against 550 thousand dollars an item. According to owners of these bikes, they are very fastidious as to fuel quality; also, only true professionals can drive them – work of super-powerful engine is greatly felt in motion so one should steer confidently. By the way, in theory, Tomahawk can reach speed of 613 km/h.
Their little brothers, bicycles, can “rev up”, too. Swedish company Exotic Thermo Engineering affixed a compact missile launcher to an “iron horse” that allowed Frenchman Francois Gissy accelerated to 263 kilometers per hour. Serial production hasn’t been launched yet, and we can’t shake the feeling: “is it even necessary?” Sprightly pedaling of an ordinary bicycle never hurt anyone – neither humans, nor nature.
We leave land and take off. Even more so because there are no traffic lights or traffic jams in the sky. However, hypersonic plane X-43A would hardly have noticed them anyway. The aircraft elaborated by NASA experts, Orbital Sciences Corporation and MicroCraft Inc may not seem intimidating by the looks of it: wing spread constitutes a meter and a half with entire length of the machine being three meters and a half; yet, it has another advantage: 11230 kilometers per hour. It is hard to grasp but it is 9.6 times higher than light velocity. Currently the plane that consumed about quarter billion dollars for its production keeps performing test flights and according to developers, new records are to come.
Our review would be incomplete without the expanse of water. As far back as in 1980s legendary and secret SES-100B – American military ship on an air cushion was driving “with wind to its face”. Its weight constituted about 100 tonnes, at that, the vessel managed to reach the speed of 170 kilometers per hour which stirs imagination even 30-something years later. Unfortunately, there are almost no pictures of this speeder and there is very little information about it – it is military transport after all, even more so, in a unique copy. Still, its speed is registered with Guinness World Records and hasn’t been beaten so far.
There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. OUTLOOK, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
OUTLOOK studied the brightest Pakistani holidays, because the saying goes for a reason: people live same way they hang out. An amazing game of history. Pakistan appeared on political map relatively short time ago yet one doesn’t have the heart to call it ‘young’ for it is inhabited with heirs of one of the most ancient civilization.
In the nooks of Earth we want to talk about people live according to very specific rules of nature. Here rains don’t start out of the blue and frosts don’t come unexpectedly. It’s much more serious. Should a good wind once bring you there, you’ll be prepared and may have a grateful memory of OUTLOOK.
Second part of the saying “Repair your cart in December, in July your sledge remember” is hardly topical for inhabitants of one of Portugal regions. Why wait for snow if they slide perfectly on asphalt. It is this as well as other kinds of transport – from low-cost public to exclusive and luxury– that we are going to tell you about today.
Today we invite you to join our trip to the resort part of Georgia, to vicinity of the beautiful and cosy Borjomi town, the birthplace of the legendary Borjomi mineral water. One of the most popular and healthy mineral waters of the world, has been bottled here for several centuries.
The German city of Wuppertal, according to statistics, is not included even in the top ten most popular tourist destinations in Germany. In addition to the legendary dancer Pina Bausch, the same-name football club and the world-famous film director Tom Tykwer, whose career began in city movie clubs, Wuppertal seems to have nothing to boast about, but as soon as you learn about local transport - the city with its unique suspension monorail, it becomes so coveted for travelers.
For more than 50 years a World Day of Twin Cities falls on the last Sunday of April. The beginning of the World War II is considered to be a starting point of town-twinning. Enthusiasts from Coventry – a major industrial centre of England which survived intense bombing by the Nazis – sent to the Soviet Stalingrad, the city of the same level of industrial development and population, letter supporting confrontation to Hitler. In return they got a warm and appreciative response.
In 2007, the French TGV POS electric train set a world speed record among rail vehicles. This "plane from the platform" accelerated to 574 kilometers per hour. Today we are talking about the main speeds of the planet.
Pictural art has long ago ceased being just art. Not only canvases of great painters inspire, catch and make one think. They also motivate people who are willing to derive enrichment. Today we’ll talk about one of Rembrandt’s works that even made it to Guinness World Records for the number of attempts to take possession of it.
Clapping hands, rubbing monuments or circling around objects five times counterclockwise are the things tourists are ready to do to speed up fulfillment of desires. Every person happened to experience something of the kind at least once. Total amount of coins thrown into fountains and water basins in the course of a globe-trotting life may not allow one to buy a car, but will definitely be enough for a bicycle. City legends and tour guides make tourists commit ludicrous acts and throw money into the water. In selection for the job of a guide main criteria must be capability to make stories with imaginative power that equals to the one of Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm…
"Tear down this wall" - having said this phrase in already distant 1987 Ronal Reagan made it into history. In several years, on November, 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall was disassembled after all and till now enough reasons have accumulated to look at it in a different way...
The car that can be without a doubt called an American dream is “Cadillac”. It is distinguished by its considerable dimensions and luxurious appearance. It was this brand that became the first registered automobile trade mark in the United States and it is the one that remains the most prestigious on the territory of the New Word through present. Suffice to say that for over 80 years presidents of the USA opt exceptionally for “Cadillac”.
Today, on International Music Day, editorial staff of OUTLOOK is telling you about old faithful jazz. Its devote followers keep holding the line till now: while using advantages of the digital era, they remain vinyl enthusiasts and they have their reasons for that…
National flag is a kind of business card, after having a glimpse at it one gets an idea, at least roughly, concerning what to expect from this or another country. OUTLOOK is going to tell you about the most outstanding of them.
Just imagine that bridges were old friends gathering on Sunday evenings over a cup of hot chocolate and spinning a yarn on how they were built, what they saw and heard, who stepped on them to reach some destination, and if it was reached. Then, the Brooklyn Bridge could have been a heart and soul of the company and also a swellhead. It seems that once the Bridge has been visited by everyone: from gloomy suicides to a bit more joyful newlyweds, and a dozen of elephants - just for the sake of peace.