Sunday, May 23, 2010

Concept : Plug-In

This is the “Plug-In” affordable youth mobility project by Ramesh Gound. According to Gound, there is a big “buy 1 get 1 free” shopping attitude in the market around the Ahmedabad area of India. This simple concept gave Gound the idea to take two motorcycles and attach them in the middle.

Each motorcycle is owned by its respective party, a young person with a big appetite for sports vehicles but a small pocketbook, then they attach. Once two motos attach in the middle, they become that fantastic sports car from heaven.

Two drive-by-wire bikes are owned by separate people. They wanna attach them for a longer drive or some sort of trip that’s not great for motorcycle, or hey, if they just wanna cruuuze… they attach in the center of the two.

The hood is made of D3O, which when the bikes are not attached, stows away in the bike configuration. This whole concept is aimed to take on congested cities such as Mumbai.

Some info from Gound — This project is my final year Diploma project at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad India sponsored by Renault Design India.

All pics & info via yankodesign

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Concept : MERCEDES-BENZ F800

The Mercedes-Benz F800, which runs on gas, electricity, and hydrogen, is clearly the right pathway of future automobiles. The F800 hybrid will combine a traditional gasoline engine using direct-injection technology with a hybrid module, which can be powered up by simply plugging into a charging station.

Meanwhile, the F-cell variant will run on hydrogen stored in tanks under the seats for electric driving with zero local emissions. The only emission, in fact, is pure water vapor.

As well as prophesying the three-lane philosophy, the F800 is in many ways the sculpted shape of things to come from German marque. It’s essentially a three-liter sedan, like its predecessor the F700, but has streamlined sportscar aesthetics with a coupe-like roof and rear doors that slide open, allowing passengers to leap out like less-graceful members of the A-Team.

It’s actually longer and wider than your average upper-end sedan, in order to accommodate the two alternative engine configurations, but innovations inside the car have kept the weight down. The seats are covered in real wood and perforated leather, but they cover a very minimal lightweight plastic skeleton. The floor of the car is now a single piece of metal rather than the heavy—and costly—sandwich design.

Prices are likely to start at around £30,000 ($43,000) for the hybrid and even more for the F-cell, Mercedes warned.

All pics & info via loudreams

Porsche 356 aluminium coupe

The first Roadster prototype was developed to create an alloy coupe in 1948, and it was a successful move. In contrast to the Porsche Number 1, the engine was now moved behind the rear axle, as with the Volkswagen, to create space for two small emergency seats or kid space.

Only around 50 examples of the 356 aluminium coupe were produced between 1949 and 1951 in the Austrian town of Gmund, and then provisional production lines were set up in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. In 1951 the aluminium coupe's manufactured in Gmund became the basis for Porsche's entry into the world of automotive racing.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Package

Lexus is celebrating its participation in the 24 hours of Nürburgring with an exclusive 50 car run "Nürburgring Package" that adds race-friendly kit such as a new front splitter, dive planes, fixed rear wing, and a sportier suspension. The 4.8 liter V10 engine also gets a slight boost with the addition of 10 horsepower for a total of 562 hp.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Concept : Giugiaro Quaranta

The show car, created to mark the design house's 40th anniversary, made its debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Billed as the world's fastest hybrid, the Quaranta is powered by the hybrid powertrain from the Lexus RX400h and supplemental solar panels to propel itself to sixty in 4.2 seconds. And recently it was retrofitted with a meter, white paint and a dome light to shuttle fares around the Italian capital at the same rate as any other taxi in the city.


All pics & info via luxist

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Concept : BMW Gran Coupe

Presented at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show, the BMW Concept Gran Coupé is a four-door coupé that incorporates the classic design features of all BMW coupes: the long wheelbase, the vaulted hood with forward-pointing lines, the set-back greenhouse, the flat silhouette, the coupe-style roof line and the short front overhang reflect the dynamic potential of the vehicle.

The BMW Concept Gran Coupé up to 100 millimeters flatter than the BMW 5 Series or the BMW 7 Series Sedan. The roof line tapers off gently into the rear, thereby elongating the vehicle’s proportions. The clarity of the LED front lights highlights the vehicle’s precision and premium aspirations.

The powerfully flared wheel arches above the rear axle highlight the particularly sporty character of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé. The sculptural shaping style characteristic of the entire body design of the BMW Concept Gran Coupé permits a unique interaction between concave and convex surfaces.

All pics & info via flylyf

Monday, April 26, 2010


Get yours now. Why? because you can.

$3495.00 from Brookstone.
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All pics & info via crunchgear

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Stirling Moss

Unveiled at last year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Stirling Moss SLR reads like any Super Car of today: 0-60 in under 3.5 seconds, top speed of 217 mph (350 km/h), a million dollar price tag and extremely limited (only 75 will be produced). SLR stands for “Sport, Leicht, Rennsport” (sport, light, racing), and the cars produced were the result of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive.

The most significant distinction though, is the lack of windshield and roof. 

 All pics & info via flylyf

Delahaye USA

Among Delahaye USA's  latest creations is the “Bella Figura” Bugnotti Coupe that buys its inspiration from the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S. While the company is showing off a 1/4-scale model right now, be prepared as they reveal a full-size version for the first time this fall.

Offering everything from the custom-built heated and cooled carbon-fiber, Delahaye USA plans to offer a turnkey version of the coupe on a custom chassis with an alloy body for $450,000 as it is set to debut at Retro Auto Aug. 13-15, in Pebble Beach, during the annual classic car festivities in Northern California.

Via: Auto Blog

All pics & info via born rich

Limited Edition golden Aston Martin

In the luxurious world of automobiles, there lies a cadre that appreciates the sculptural elements of the fine engineering through their expression on canvas for rest of the world to treasure its lasting effect.

Swiss artist Dante belongs to one of those cadres and his limited edition DB5 is sure to drive the collectors and enthusiasts to the Top Marques show in Monaco as this 1:4 scale sculpture goes on display next month.

Using Aston Martin’s classic model as the basis, Dante has finished the sculpture in gold, and comes on a polished, piano black plinth, complete with their own lighting system.

Priced at $135,000, these sculptures are limited to just 10 units.

Via: Car Dealer Magazine

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Limited Edition Halo Xbox 360

It seems as if Microsoft had little idea that it was going to pass the one million mark across Australia and New Zealand, when it commissioned a custom Xbox completely studded with Swarovski crystals. However, to celebrate the millionth console, Microsoft is auctioning off one-of-a-kind consoles to raise money for the David Peachey Foundation.

Designed by Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop, the Halo console has currently being placed at AU$620 on eBay. The winning amount for the Halo console will be matched up to $10,000 by Microsoft New Zealand for a donation to Cure Kids.

Via: 3 News

All pics & info via born rich

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Brabus Vanish Mercedes SL

Introducing the SL65 AMG Black Series. With a solid carbon-fiber roof and a 670-horsepower turbocharged V12 engine, the SL Black is one of the fastest cars ever to wear the three-pointed star.

After a makeover from Brabus, outcomes the Brabus Vanish !!! Upgrading the turbochargers, gearbox, brakes and exhaust has yielded 800 horsepower, looking menacing in its matte black paint scheme.

All pics & info via luxist