The excavations were started in 1479 thanks to the will of the Marquis of Saluzzo Ludovico II, in agreement with the king of Provence Renato D’Angiò: today it is the destination of many hikers every summer.
The tunnel, a rock tunnel about 75 meters long that connects Italy and France, is closed every year at the end of the summer season, to avoid any damage caused by winter snow. The tunnel connects the municipalities of Crissolo and Ristolas and every summer is an attraction for many mountain lovers: it is located on the slopes of Mount Granero, under the slope that separates the Po valley from the French one of Queyras, at an altitude of 2882 meters. It is known to have been the first alpine tunnel ever built and represents one of the oldest civil engineering works completed in the high mountains.
At the time it was no small feat to drill the hard rocks of the Monviso chain, but the benefits for both sides would have been considerable. The undertaking, which began in the summer of 1479 after the snow melted, was completed in about 18 months by Italian workers, under the direction of the engineers Martino di Albano and Baldassarre di Alpeasco and with a total cost of 12,000 florins: it is said that iron, fire, vinegar and boiling water were used to dig the tunnel, but in just two years from the approval of the project the two sides of the Alps were, for the first time in history, connected by a tunnel.
Cimolai builds the two largest steel beams in the world
They will be installed on the Pioneering Spirit ship as part of the oil rig and pipeline lifting system.
The longest steel beams in the world are made in Italy. Cimolai Spa, a leading international company in the design, supply and assembly of complex steel structures, has in fact created for Allseas one of the major international companies in the offshore field two steel beams 170 meters long each, unique in their complexity.
The two JLS beams, each weighing 6,500 tons, were loaded onto Allseas’ Iron Lady barge, and shipped to Rotterdam, where they will be installed on the Pioneering Spirit vessel.
It is an avant-garde project of considerable complexity, both for its size and for the material used (steel with grade S690). Furthermore, as the two beams are integral parts of a complex system, very high attention and precision was required in compliance with construction tolerances. The project is completed by electrical, hydraulic, instrumental outfitting systems and the management of the ballast tanks, which allow their rotation.
The Pioneering Spirit is the largest construction vessel in the world, designed for the installation and removal of oil and gas platforms and pipelines of exceptional size.
Top level ergonomics, comfort, safety and infotainment combine to guarantee an excellent working environment, which maximizes productivity in all missions. The new range has a choice of three cabs: HI-WAY, HI-ROAD and HI-STREET.
Iveco Performer provides a perfect combination for any challenging on road mission, combining strength, reliability and maximum comfort, because “It’s strong and reliable andwhen the going gets tough, a performer always deliver”.
– General cargo with 2 or 3 axle semitrailer
– Container transport
– Water and fuel tankers up to 50.000 liters
– Flatbed for machinery transport
– Cement transport semitrailer
DRIVE THE NEW WAY
it is the ideal vehicle for those who tackle the most demanding missions in the most extreme conditions.
On September 16, 1957, the Autobianchi Bianchina was presented at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Also known as Trasformabile or with the design code 110B, the Autobianchi Bianchina was 299 cm long, 134 cm wide and 113 cm high, while the wheelbase amounted to just 184 cm. Higher not only than the Fiat 500 from which it derived, but also compared to the Fiat 600.
The Bianchina ‘Trasformabile’ was warmly welcomed on the market, as it was assembled – and sold – about 11,000 units in the first year of production alone.
The Bianchina Cabriolet made its debut on the international stage of the Geneva Motor Show, showing off the integral canvas top, the two-seater passenger compartment and the 22 HP 500 engine that allowed it to reach a top speed of 105 km / h.
The Bianchina Panoramica, on the other hand, had the bodywork of a family car and shared the ‘sole’ 19 HP 500 engine with the Fiat 500 Giardiniera. Among the specific features were the two-tone paint, the wheelbase wider than ten centimeters, the passenger compartment with four seats, the sunroof and the tailgate, the latter designed for maximum practicality.
Lamborghini Urus is the first Super Sport Utility Vehicle in the world to merge the soul of a super sports car with the functionality of an SUV. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 650 CV and 850 Nm of torque, Urus accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 mph. The design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion flow effortlessly into this visionary approach to Lamborghini DNA.
Franco-Italian-American powerhouse Stellantis will try to revive Italy’s Lancia, one of the most shamefully neglected automotive brands in the world, by parachuting in its own chief design officer.
The maker of some of the world’s most legendary cars, Lancia drifted beyond mediocrity and into palliative care under the stewardship of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Stellantis is determined to give it one last shot.
“Lancia’s renaissance is a truly exciting challenge,” new design head Jean-Pierre Ploué, Stellantis said.
“Lancia is an iconic brand, which will be restored to its central historical position in Europe, leveraging on its huge potential.’’
Built by Aermacchi Varese (ITALY), immediately after the war, it was registered as a light truck and not a three-wheeler because it did not derive from a motorcycle, such as the Moto Guzzi Ercole.
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Closed cabin, left-hand drive with automotive-type steering wheel and pedals: Equipped with a 750 cc boxer-type twin-cylinder Macchi engine, then brought to 850 c.c. in the next series.
All applied to a sturdy tubular frame, it exploited as a front end and steering unit, the mechanics derived from the nose gear of the Macchi fighter plane. With a 4-speed + reduced reverse gearbox and 4 + fast reverse speeds, it had incredible strength, so much so that it had an approved capacity of 15 quintals on the tractor and 10 quintals on the 1-axle trailer supplied on request.
Located at the inlets of lido, Malamocco and Chioggia that divide the Adriatic sea from the Venice lagoon, the MOSE flood barrier system comprises a network of 78 bright yellow guards, these are split into four barriers, which each include multiple gates to admit vessels through; to offer a defense of the entire lagoon, the floodgates lie full of water and completely invisible in housing when inactive, compressed air is then introduced in the event of a particularly high tide, the barriers thus rise up and block the flow of the incoming tide.
The dream of every driver or motorist is to be able not to spend a single penny and to travel non-stop everywhere. The car manufacturer IVECO has put chassis models on the market that eliminate a need for mobile transport at its root: refueling.
The IVECO Daily Electric has unveiled all the peculiar characteristics of the first solar-powered house on four wheels, an absolute novelty for the motor industry.
The vehicle has solar panels installed on the roof and sides for a total of about 100 square meters of thin solar film, capable of transforming and harnessing more than 3000 watts of energy.