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Most Expensive MACHINES In The World

Most Expensive MACHINES In The World


Whether it’s for military, commercial, or
private use, some machines can be very costly to build. Sometimes they’re expensive because of advanced
technology, and other times is due to their shear size. Today we’re going to look at which machines
are considered top of top, financially and otherwise, in this episode of The Infographics
Show: Top 10 Most Expensive Machines In The World 1. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited is a British
luxury automobile maker, which is actually owned by BMW. They’re responsible for manufacturing some
of the most expensive cars in the world as well the engines that go in Boeing passenger
planes. The Rolls-Royce Sweptail is a luxury car hand-built
in the United Kingdom, and inspired by the coach building of the 1920s and 1930s. At the time of its debut, in May 2017 at the
yearly Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event, the Sweptail was the most expensive
new automobile in the world, costing around $12.8 million. To put that price into perspective, the next
most expensive car is the Bugatti Chiron that costs around $2.9 million, so you could buy
4 of those Bugatti’s for the price of a single Rolls-Royce and still get $800,000
back in change. 2. When you think of expensive machines, watches
don’t immediately come to mind, but then over the years Rolex has been known to release
some classics that have sold for millions. Most notably, the legendary, monumental, and
highly sought-after Rolex, the exotic-dial Daytona watch owned by Paul Newman. When it went to auction in 2017, bids started
at $1M, and with all the interest, it quickly climbed to $15 million, which is where the
audience thought it would stop, but it kept climbing, and eventually sold for $17.8 million. Everyone in the room rose to give a standing
ovation. That’s a high price for a wristwatch but
not the most expensive. The Chopard 201 Carat Watch is completely
handmade and contains 874 first-grade diamonds. There is a 15.37-karat heart shaped pink diamond
in the middle of the dazzling yellow gold and white gold hardware, as well as a 11.36-karat
heart shaped diamond and another blue heart shaped diamond weighing 12.79 karats. The price? A whopping $25M! 3. Bertha was a 57-foot-diameter tunnel-boring
machine built specifically for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Alaskan
Way Viaduct replacement tunnel project in Seattle. It was made by Hitachi Zosen Sakai Works in
Osaka, Japan, and this incredible giant machine drill is 326 feet long and weighs 6,700 short
tons. Completing the Alaskan Way Viaduct meant Bertha
had to dig a 9,270-foot tunnel. One of the trickiest megaprojects in history,
Bertha was the largest drill on Earth, and a machine that cost $80 million was only part
of the the larger price of the eight-year construction project that totaled $160 million. “You see it, and you’re just kind of overwhelmed
by what humans can do, what they can accomplish,” said former Gov. Chris Gregoire when the tunnel
was complete. 5. When it comes to passenger jets, the Airbus
A380 custom private jet tops them all at $500 million. This Flying Palace is the passenger version
that’s been converted, and it has everything from a private entrance by elevator to bypass
the aerobridges, fixed dining tables, en suite private showers, a two-car garage, a stable,
a room for the prince’s hawks, multiple bedrooms, bathrooms with showers, and even
a wellness area. One nearly made its way into the hands of
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in 2013, although the Saudi Arabian royal sold the decked-out
jet for reasons unknown, before even taking it for a test flight. 6. So is this A380 top of the list of pricey
private jets? Well actually no. There are a few world leaders who have lashed
out more on lavish machines. Vladimir Putin’s IL-96-300PU cost $523 million,
President Trump’s Air Force One is a hefty sum of $1.1 billion, but none match Tamim
bin Hamad Al Thani’s fleet which has a price tag of $1.6 billion. The emir of Qatar is one of the wealthiest
people on the planet and has a host of aircraft at his disposal, including two Airbus A320s,
two A330s and two Boeing 747-8s, required to transport his entourage of a thousand or
more on his official engagements. He once arrived in Japan to meet the prime
minister with 10 aircraft. Technically, the emir has a few machines,
so you could argue that President Trump actually has the single most expensive private jet. 7. We can’t talk about expensive machines without
mentioning a jet fighter, and the B-2 Spirit stealth plane is top of the list of most expensive
military planes manufactured in America. It looks more like an alien spaceship than
a fighter jet, and that’s because it was designed to evade radar, electromagnetic,
visual, and infrared signals. It was originally built to carry nuclear bombs,
but was later updated to carry other types of missiles. The production program cost a total of $45
billion and 21 units were delivered to the US military; each B-2 Spirit plane cost $2.1
billion to make in 1997. The high cost was due to the fact that nothing
had been developed like this before. The plane’s large payload space, aerodynamic
efficiency, advanced, stealth technology, and avionic radar systems make it a unique
and lethal fighter jet. 8. And again from the military, we have The Virginia-class,
also known as the SSN-774 class, a new class of nuclear-powered fast attack submarine in
service with the United States Navy, with the aim of use for a variety of missions,
including both knee-deep and deep water combat as well as stealth. It comes with a cool $2.7 billion price tag
and includes four torpedo tubes and twelve vertical missile launchers, which are capable
of launching up to 16 cruise missiles in a single burst. That’s one serious sub! 9. In the realm of science, The Large Hadron
Collider, or LHC, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It’s used by physicists to test the predictions
of different theories of particle physics so they can better understand the universe. The LHC consists of a 27-kilometre ring of
superconducting magnets with a number of accelerating structures to boost the energy of the particles
along the way. This machine is nearly 30 years in the making
and cost an estimated US$6.4 billion. And there are also extras, such as detectors
and computing capacity, that add millions more to the ongoing costs. The United States contributed approximately
$531 million to the development and construction, with the US Department of Energy providing
$450 million and the National Science Foundation fronting the remaining $81 million. 9. Back to military once more, The Gerald R.
Ford class is a class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and the lead vessel within the U.S.
Navy’s current fleet. It’s the most expensive warship in U.S.
history at $13 billion. This massive machine is 1,092 feet long and
displaces upward of 100,000 tons. It can house around 4,400 staff and personnel
while also carrying more than 75 aircraft. The amount of electricity onboard makes the
Ford-class carriers ideal for field laser and directed-energy weapons such as rail guns
and missile interceptors, the future of weaponry that’s being developed. The ship’s systems and configuration are
optimized so that the The Gerald R. Ford class can maximize the striking power of its F35
air wing and cause maximum destruction in battle. 10. You don’t get much larger and costlier than
the International Space Station, or ISS. This is likely the most expensive single item
ever constructed and it’s not actually on earth, but orbiting over our heads. ISS is estimated to have cost more than $115
billion. That’s quite a price tag, but luckily the
figure is shared over a period of almost 30 years between a number of participating countries,
including the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and 10 of the 20 European nations. ISS is in low Earth orbit, which is between
250 and 252 miles above the earth. It completes 15.54 orbits per day. Its first component launched into orbit in
1998, the last pressurized module was fitted in 2011, and the station is expected to operate
until 2028. So, that’s our list of 10 expensive machines. Can you think of any that we should have added
to the list? Let us know in the comments! Also be sure to check out our other video
called Top 10 Most Expensive United States Military Projects. Thanks for watching and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time!


Reader Comments

  1. Holy shit this is bad. Rolls Royce isn't even owned by the same company that makes aircraft engines anymore. Rolls Royce Holdings and Rolls Royce Motor Cars (Owned by BMW). TWO separate entities. One strictly makes vehicles, the other deals with aviation, maritime, and energy. The 747 picture you showed while talking about the A380 is bad, as was the "B-2" F-117 nighthawk. This channel is trash, your animators are trash for doing this, and your writers are even more trash for not pointing this out to the animators.

  2. Why do you guys always get the drawn objects so horribly wrong? How can an educational show confuse a nighthawk with a b-2???

  3. F117A – 2,1billions of dollars per plane – shutdown with old soviet anti aircraft rocket S-125 Neva/Pechora. 👏🏼 Bravo! 👏🏼

  4. Please… stop using feet and short tons/ pounds…. the rest of the world doesnt understand these shitty measurment units

  5. Your photograph of B2 is incorrect…. The photograph which you have shown is actually of F-117….. Please check the photograph of B2 Spirit…..

  6. Firstly, President Trump DOESN'T have the single most expensive machine because Air Force One is from the government, not his personal jet. He has a personal Boeing 757 which costs under $100 million.

    Secondly, Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal fo Saudi Arabia OWNS the most expensive private jet which is the Airbus A380-800. There is NOBODY who has it more expensive than him in today's time.

    Thirdly, Qatar's Emir's entire fleet costs over $1 billion dollar, contrary to the title of your video which is about the most expensive 'machine' and not most expensive 'collection'.

  7. face/palm IDIOT! At 4:40, that's not a B-2 Spirit, it's a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk. The B-2 Spirit is much larger, has a unique "wing" frame design, and is unmistakable, jesus christ, DAMMIT!!!!

  8. Considering there's two air force ones, that would be 2.2 bil. Air force one is also not a private jet, it is owned and operated by the US Air Force, a branch of the United States Military, which is non-privatized.

  9. I like this show, I'm not going to lie yet some of the information sounds like it was read straight from Wikipedia. Yes, Rolls Royce is owned by BMW but it should've been mentioned that the motor-works is of British origin and that BMW only bought the company recently.

  10. Imagine what we could accomplish if we would use the $ that was spent on different military aircraft carriers, expensive fighter jets and bombers. We would probably have a colony on mars by now if we could just put our differences aside for the greater good of mankind and future generations to come

  11. No. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited does NOT make the engines that go into Boeings. Rolls-Roye Motor Cars Limited is owned by BMW and Rolls-Royce are two different companies. My Dad has worked for Rolls Royce Aerospace for 20 years. Trust me they don't make the cars they sold the name to BMW forever ago. Come on people it take like 5 seconds to google that.

  12. Only complaint I have about this channel is them not showing the actual products. They do this with a lot of videos. It defeats the purpose of all that animation and research to not show the actual item.

  13. 3:13 Airbus 747 built by SAAB leaked images confirmed.
    4:19 Is that a Boeing 737-300ER? (Look at the gears if you don't know what I mean)

  14. I LOVE HOW THEY SHOW AN F-117 STEALTH FIGHTER WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE B-2 SPIRIT STEALTH BOMBER, THE B-2 IS A FLYING WING THAT LOOKS LIKE A BATARANG AND WOULD HAVE BEEN EASIER TO ANIMATE. FACEPALM…

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