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Behold: the McLaren Elva Roadster – the lightest road car McLaren has ever made and the latest addition (following  the F1, P1, Senna and Speedtail) in McLaren’s Ultimate Series.

The open driver compartment of this 804bhp, 4.0-litre, twin-turbo, V8 hypercar has a system of vents and ‘active aero vanes’ that create a low-pressure zone for the driver and passenger.

Which makes the windshield an optional extra. Neither do you need a helmet. But it’s probably advisable.

Deliveries start late next year when yours will cost a trifling €1,540,000.

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Volkspod – the twin fruit of a year long garage project by maker Brent Walter who combined front and rear VW Beetle wheel arches to form bizarre (and yet adorable) carapaces for two custom made scooter chassis.

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Winged blur, more like.

Behold: the tiny silhouette of the planet Mercury against the vast backdrop of Sol during this week’s transit. To wit:

In the high resolution telescopic image, a colorized stack of 61 sharp video frames, a turbulent array of photospheric convection cells tile the bright solar surface. Mercury’s more regular silhouette still stands out though. Of course, only inner planets Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun to appear in silhouette when viewed from planet Earth. For this November 11, 2019 transit of Mercury, the innermost planet’s silhouette was a mere 1/200th the solar diameter. So even under clear daytime skies it was difficult to see without the aid of a safe solar telescope. Following its transit in 2016, this was Mercury’s 4th of 14 transits across the solar disk in the 21st century. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 13, 2032

(Image: Martin Wise)

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Large scale photographs installed in line with their surroundings – the trompe l’oeil, mise en abîme illusions of Olivier Lovey.

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