Showing posts with label Concept Car. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Concept Car. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Subaru BRZ/Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S Sports Car

Here's 2 videos of the new Subaru/Toyota/Scion sports car. Subaru gets top billing on this post because the engine in this featherweight little demon is all horizontally-opposed Subaru magic (Porsche is the other manufacturer that regularly puts this type of "boxer" engine in their cars.) We're a little surprised that the Toyota & Subaru versions look identical. The only difference we spot is the little vent on the Subaru's fenders versus a nasty little emblem in the same spot on the Toyota. Toyota plans to market it in the USA as a 2013 Scion FR-S. There are rumors of design tweeks for the Scion version. Initial reviews are that it is a lot of fun to drive.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Jaguar F-Type?

Jaguar C-X16 Concept from 2011 Frankfurt International Auto Show
Original 1963 Jaguar XKE "E-Type"
Jaguar shows their "C-X16" Concept car in Frankfurt, Germany this week. The car looks very well fleshed out and Ian Callum, Jaguar's head of design, is specific about "introduction" price and engine. We heard a year ago that Jaguar approved an F-Type spiritual successor to the famed 1960's & 70's E-Type. We think this is it or close to it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Da Fang's Flake Concept--Beautiful, Baffling, Brilliant

Da Fang is a true automotive designer. His vehicle concept is audacious and genius. The surface, structure and even the "wheels" (if you can still call them that) are active and react to the road, driving conditions and speed to optimize performance, comfort and safety. Panels move to create downforce, help in braking or to allow suspension travel while maintaining a very streamlined profile on smooth roads at high speeds. I hope I will drive something with this type technology in my lifetime. Cudos to Fang on his vision.

For more on the story, visit Da Fang's Blog.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BMW Announces Lightweight Initiative

BMW Lightweight Brake Concept
BMW held their yearly "Innovation Days" last week and introduced a number of intriguing concepts to reduce weight on their vehicles. The photo above shows a gigantic brake rotor that actually weighs less than its smaller, conventional counterpart because the increase in diameter and surface area means that it can be made thinner and lighter without sacrificing any capability to stop the vehicle or wear more quickly. Of course, you have to have a honking big wheel to fit over it.

Lightweight means quicker performance, better handling, better fuel economy, etc. It's a very good thing but hard to achieve while maintaining safety & reliability. BMW is on the right track. The showcase new designs for body panels, wheels, seats, and more.

See for the complete press release and lots of photos.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lamborghini Estoque Wagon Concept

Lamborghini Estoque Wagon concept by DieselStation
Someone who goes by the tag "Diesel Station" (see has photoshopped the Lamborghini Estoque concept to create a wagon. We like! This would be the real successor to the 1968-1978 Lamborghini Espada that I have lusted after for 40 years. Lamborghini, build it!

Quirky, beautiful & brilliant Lamborghini Espada
Lamborghini Espada made from 1968 to 1978
Lamborghini Espada--the supercar that can haul groceries. . . very quickly

Sunday, March 13, 2011

BMW i8 Hybrid Prototype Spyshots

Videos of disguised BMW Vision Hybrid Prototype actually running in snow. The Vision ED (Efficient Dynamics) concept, premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show and has been seen at a number of venues and mainstream press for over a year. These spy shots seem to confirm that it is something more than a concept. BMW recently announced plans for a new sub-brand to be called BMW i-Brand. I-Brand vehicles will be electric and plug-in hybrids. The Vision prototype is said to be the first actual product and flagship for the new brand. Autoblog and Automobile Magazine and all say it is the BMW i8. BMW i vehicles are scheduled to be on sale in 2013.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Alfa Romeo 4C Coming to America

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
Motor Trend reported today that the Alfa Romeo 4C that debuted at the Geneva International Motor Show last week will be coming the the USA. 

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, we'd also like the 159, a nice competitor to the BMW 3-Series. along with some of Alfa's other goodies. . . please?!

Alfa Romeo 149 & Classic Giulia
Alfa Romeo Classic Giulia & 2011 Alfa 149

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