Technology Documentary published by Discovery Channel broadcasted as part of the DC Mega World series in 2007 - English narration
Italy has a longstanding history of cultural achievements, but now the country's achievements in engineering and technology are also leaving an indelible mark in the world of science.
MegaWorld: Italy explores cutting-edge innovations revolutionizing the fields of aerospace engineering, automobile design and urban planning. Hosted by Kevin Brauch (da Vinci: Unlocking the Genius, Thirsty Traveller), this fascinating one-hour special takes a closer look at how the teams behind Italian automobiles, aircraft and military equipment are influencing the trajectory of technology across the world.
From the techniques used to perfect the sleekest sports cars on the road to the initiatives developed to keep Venice above water, MegaWorld: Italy reveals the ground-breaking strides scientists, engineers, inventors and designers are making in their respective fields. Join these experts as they reveal the secrets behind Italy's latest achievements. Then, step inside the state-of-the-art facilities where leading experts reveal how Italy's coolest and fastest exports are developed, manufactured and tested for use.
Highlights from MegaWorld: Italy include:
Pininfarina - As one of the world's leading car design firms, Pininfarina's sports cars are among the most aerodynamic on the market. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the technology behind perfecting these exclusive sports cars and what it takes to make each model better than the last. Watch as prototypes are tested with hurricane-force winds and laser light beams to guide designers in developing these leading-edge models for manufacturing.
Brembo Brakes - High-end and Formula One cars have one thing in common: Brembo Brakes. From the factory to the test lab, watch as these reputable brakes are tested to ensure that they can reach their highest speed and still stop on a dime.
Oto Melara - For the first time ever, Italian tank maker Oto Melra allows cameras inside one of its exclusive facilities to reveal the tests conducted on army tanks before they are ready for use. Learn more about the technology behind building these machines as the 50-tonne army tanks undergo rigorous testing. Find out how fast they are able to travel, how effectively they can operate underwater and how well they can withstand gunfire. What does it take to ensure they are reliable in combat?
Piaggio Aero - The P180 Avanti II is the newest turboprop aircraft in the business world. The result of state-of-the-art engineering, this plane boasts the speed of a jet liner and the comfort of a large aircraft. With enough fuel efficiency to rival other carriers, the P180 Avanti II is an aerospace engineering marvel that continues to set speed records. Follow a former fighter pilot as he tests the capabilities of this aircraft and describes why it is considered the "Ferrari of the sky."
Venice - Despite its popularity as one of Italy's most famous tourist destinations, Venice's unique layout places the city in danger of becoming a modern-day Atlantis. Now, find out more about the revolutionary plan to protect the city from rising seawaters - the MOSE (pronounced Mo zuh) Project. This plan involves a system of several seabed barriers designed to inflate when forecasts predict high tides and storms. Once inflated, the barriers prevent the seawaters from rising within the city. Next, meet the man behind this pioneering project designed for completion in 2011.
Video Codec: h264 ,AVC-1
Video Bitrate: 4000 kbps
Video Resolution: 1280x720
Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio BitRate: 384 kbps
Audio Streams: 2.0
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 46 min
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.4 GB
Ripped by Hukumuzuku