Pelorus is the world’s fourteenth largest private yacht at 377 feet 3 inches (115 metres) in length, with a price tag of US-$300 million. It was built at the LÃ¼rssen yard in Bremen, Germany to the design of Tim Heywood and was launched in 2003.
It was briefly owned by a Miles businessman who sold it to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich (the owner of British soccer club Chelsea FC) the following year. Abramovich had it refitted to his own requirements by Blohm & Voss.
This included the addition of a second helicopter pad forward, four new zero-speed stabilisers and modifications to the exhaust, mast and stern.
One of the many interesting things occur when you bring together something that’s known for elegance and speed, and a form of expression that holds no boundaries.
BMW uses their new Z4 as a brush on a canvas the size of a football field. Bringing in modern artist Robin Rhode along with a group of technicians, taking the Z4 and customizing it with adjustments that spray paint from the wheels.
Here the car is no longer just a stunning model, but itself executing artist. “This work is an expression of painting in action – my hope is to communicate the power and thrill inherent in the creation of art”, says Rhode.
Aerogel, aka “Blue Smoke”, is an absolutely amazing material that was originally developed by Steven Kistler back in 1931.
Aerogel is a low-density solid-state material derived from gel in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with gas. The result is an extremely low density solid.
It is nicknamed frozen smoke, solid smoke or blue smoke due to its semi-transparent nature and the way light scatters in the material; however, it feels like expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) to the touch and can provide 39 times more insulation than fiberglass !