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DT Daily: New Tesla car gets a name, flying dune buggies, Japanese artist arrested for boat design

Today on DT Daily: Tesla names its next electric car, flyin’ dune buggies and a very special kayak gets an artist in trouble.

Despite a busy schedule juggling the responsibilities of running Telsa, SpaceX and SolarWorld, modern tycoon Elon Musk has come up with a name for his next electric car. It’s going to be called… the Model III. 

Big deal, right? Well, actually it is. You see, it was going to be called the Model E. That would have put a Model S, E and X in Tesla’s garage. Seriously, that was the plan, according to Musk. But Ford, who last produced a car called the Model E… well, never, blocked Musk from using “E” in naming the new model. So Model III it is, and Musk has the BMW 3-series in his sights for the lower-cost all-electric sedan, which should hit Tesla’s showrooms in about two years.

Most people don’t think of boats as sexual objects, but then again, most people aren’t Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, who has a penchant for designing art objects around her, well, private parts. So when Igarashi decided to 3-D print a kayak based on her… stuff… and launched a crowdfunding effort, the Japanese thought police stepped in and arrested her, even though she never published any objectionable images. Just ones of the, uh, unusual boat.

Seems the Japanese have a thing about women’s privates, but mens? Not so much, if a well-attended annual public phallus parade is any indication.

So far, flying cars remain an elusive tech dream, but flying dune buggies? Well, you can practically order them on Amazon. Well maybe not just yet, but if French firm Vaylon can pull it off, you might soon be able to launch off that big dune… and never come down.

They’ve created the Pegasus, a lightweight Dunebuggy/Ultralight combo that looks like more fun than, well, anything we can think of. The rig is being pitched to the military, but a version for civilians is in the works and it seems to be a trend. UK firm Parajet is perfecting a flying dune sled, the Ford-powered SkyRunner, and it looks much more bad-ass then the French machine.

Prices? About $130,000 for the Pegasus when it comes to the civilian market and no word yet on the Sky Runner, so probably quite a bit more. But hey, no one ever said flying cars would be cheap.

Your host today is Greg Nibler.