Interesting Engineering

The futuristic $14.5 million luxury trimaran yacht

The futuristic $14.5 million luxury trimaran yacht Adastra has turned heads during its unveiling ceremony in China. It took five years to plan and build and has been described by boating websites such as Boating International as one of the “world’s most amazing superyachts”. At 42m-long and 16m-wide, the fuel-efficient boat weighs in at 52 tonnes.

It has a maximum speed of 22.5 knots and has a range of 4000 nautical miles at 17 knots – which is enough for a trip from the UK to New York. The vessel, designed by John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs and built by McConaghy Boats in Zhu Ha, China, can even be controlled with an Apple iPad within a 50m range.

World’s Longest Ferrari

A 23-foot 360 Modena with eight seats and the biggest electric gullwing doors we’ve ever seen. It’s the handiwork of Style Limousines in Manchester, which spent more than £200,000 modifying the rear-engined 360. All eight of the seats are carbon-fibre buckets with five-point race harnesses – which might sound excessive until you discover that the 3.6-litre V8 remains, its 395bhp propelling the mega-Ferrari to 60mph in under six seconds.

An Expressway That Goes Through a Building

The Hanshin Expressway is a network (239.3 km) of expressways surrounding Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, Japan. Operated by Hanshin Expressway Company, Limited, it opened in 1962.

Portions of the Hanshin Expressway collapsed during the Kobe earthquake on January 17, 1995. These sections were rebuilt by 1996. The expressway was designed to be earthquake proof, so it did not break up, but toppled onto its side. Portions of the Osaka highway are featured in Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3, Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3, and Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 3 DX.

Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world!

Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world!

The Mall’s Dubai Aquarium and Discovery Centre, developed and operated by Oceanis Australia Group, officially earned the Guinness World Record for the world’s “Largest Acrylic Panel” (32.88 m wide × 8.3 m high × 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg). The acrylic viewing panel is larger than Japan’s Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (22.5 m wide × 8.2 m high and 600 mm thick). Its 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel can withstand pressure of 10 million litres of water used in the aquarium, but its transparency gives visitors clear views of over 33,000 marine animals on display.