Holden has gone back to the future, restoring its very first concept car -- the 1969 Holden Hurricane.
"The futuristic research vehicle described as an experiment "to study design trend, propulsion systems and other long range developments" has been restored to its former glory as a labour of love by a dedicated group of Holden designers and engineers.
Code named RD 001; the Hurricane is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car which incorporates a remarkable array of innovative features and technology, much of it way ahead of its time.
electronic digital instrument displays,
automatic temperature control air conditioning,
rear vision camera
automated route finder "
Land Rover DC100 and DC100 Sport concepts - two modern interpretations of the iconic Land Rover made their debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
"Both concepts are based on the same shared 100-inch wheelbase. They feature sustainable hi-tech materials and the latest technology to optimise fuel and operational efficiency at all times, in all modes and in all driving conditions.
DC100 and DC100 Sport include a variety of capability technologies including a Terrain-i scanning device to warn of obstacles when off-road, Wade Aid sonar technology to assess water depth and Land Rover Terrain Response System, which automatically optimises the car for any environment"
Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars: "The C-X16 embodies the established Jaguar strengths of sensual design, animal-like agility and inspirational performance and combines these with attributes that set us on a course to create sustainable sports cars of the future."
The new 2012 Ferrari 458. It is world's first mid-rear engined berlinetta and equipped with a retractable hardtop(Check out the video). The car's retracting back-panel mechanism is similar to the one on the Superamerica, but more streamlined in design, and it hides under a double-hump rear deck when stowed (the Superamerica’s roof laid itself on top of the rear deck). The roof can fold itself down into a space ahead of the engine bay in 14 seconds, and the independently operable rear window doubles as a wind blocker. Powered by a 4.5-liter direct-injection V8, 570 hp engine. Top speed is about 198 mph, with a 0-62 time of 3.4 seconds.
"...the ‘Baby Girl’ boasts seven 60in 3D plasma screens, a vast living area, two bathrooms, a kitchen with granite surfaces and a conference space..." Cool
"This 4-seater has suitable comfort for long distance drives with the fam, but maintains the brand’s iconic fluid styling with some added severity and drama in the lines and contours that give it that necessary edge the larger Panamara needed to maintain sporty appeal."
BMW has just unveiled the new BMW i electric cars series vehicles, i3 and i8."SUV-like BMW i3 with rear-wheel-drive (originally called the MegaCity) carved from aluminum and carbon-fiber reinforced plastics. It has room for eight passengers (four up front and four in the back) and a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. It's capable of 170 horsepower, tops out at 93 MPH and can go from 0-60 in less than eight seconds. "Unlike the standard i3, the BMW i8 will be a plug-in hybrid, the hybrid car with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that powers the rear wheels and a electric motor that powers the front, 0-60 mph is claimed to under five seconds. No word on when they will be production...
Orphiro's Electric Motorcycle(TBA) is powered by rechargeable batteries and is totally electric. It reminds me of one of the old Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the 50′s. The bike reminds me of one of the old Harley-Davidson motorcycles from the 50′s. The bike's lithium ion batteries with a motor that pushes a total of 72 volts, 60 miles on a charge, the top speed at 75mph. The bike is scheduled to launch in September and the pricing is unknown.
"This superbly detailed and finely finished replica of the Ferrari 150° Italia full size steering wheel is hand built from genuine carbon fibre and is fitted with moving buttons, paddles and switches.
The replica comes with a red leather base and a clear dust cover.
Each one of the limited edition of 250 pieces comes with a certificate of authenticity and a unique numbered plaque on the base.
Outer Box Dimensions: 45 x 42 x 42
Weight: 14.5kg "
Casey Putsch built a Batmobile powered by a turbine engine(385-horespower Boeing turboshaft engine) from a naval helicopter. It features a custom tube frame/monocoque chassis with fully independant suspension, disc brakes, and a sequential shifter. It runs on kerosene, diesel, or Jet fuel and has a power to weight ratio comparable to a Dodge Viper. Despite being 20 feet long and 7.5 feet wide, the Batmobile is completely street legal. He also made the sound system iPod-compatible and added an iPad to his dash to function as an avionics system and GPS navigator.
The idea comes from Michael Moshier and Robert Bulaga, his team of aircraft engineers that previously developed SoloTrek XFV (Exo-skeletal Flying Vehicle). And they're building on this experience to attempt to create a hybrid multi-passenger VTOL flying car:
"Ever since the Jetsons, we've been promised that an air car is just around the corner," says Moshier, "but the technologies and knowledge necessary to build such a machine have not been available - until now! And it will be developed here in the USA!"
"The XC2V is the first crowd-sourced, militarily relevant vehicle design. The DARPA XC2V effort, asked non-traditional DoD performers, small businesses, universities and the general public to contribute innovative ideas for a vehicle body designed to accomplish the critical mission tasks of combat resupply and medical evacuation. More than 150 credible designs were submitted, with the winning design taking less than fourteen-weeks to build. "
"Fast forward to 1999, the boy, now an architect and designer, moves to Houston to work at NASA on the International Space Station. He works on the “habitation module” (NASA speak for the place where astronauts eat, sleep, bathe, relax, i.e. their home). He is a “space” architect - mission accomplished. But he wants to design things that will actually get built…in his lifetime. He returns to earth, not sure what will follow. "
The Uno III has three wheels, can be ridden like a Segway, using two of its wheels with a balancing gyroscope. Dubbed as the “world’s first real transformer" that transforms into a full-sized motorcycle at the push of a button. Now BPG Motors is accepting refundable deposits of $250 for Uno orders.
The Uno 3 can balance solely on its rear wheels in “Uno mode,” enabling unmatched nimbleness with an extremely tight turning radius. This alone will make it ideal for urban settings. When higher speeds are needed, the middle wheel can drop down in front and the outer wheels shift backwards — transforming the Uno 3 into a full street bike.
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle will be on display this week at the 2011 New York Auto Show and the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, and will go on sale in the U.S. in September. Pricing was not announced.
EN-V is a two-seat electric vehicle that was designed to alleviate concerns surrounding traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability for tomorrow’s cities.
"EN-V is propelled by electric motors in each of its two driving-mode wheels. Dynamic stabilization technology empowers EN-V, giving it the unique ability to carry two passengers and light cargo in a footprint that’s about a third of a traditional vehicle. It can literally “turn on a dime” within its own operating envelope. In addition, everything in EN-V is drive-by-wire, supporting its ability to operate autonomously or under manual control. The motors not only provide power for acceleration, but also bring the vehicle to a stop.
Power for the motors is provided by lithium-ion batteries that produce zero emissions. Recharging can occur from a conventional wall outlet using standard household power, allowing EN-V to travel at least 40 kilometers on a single charge. EN-V can also improve the efficiency of the public electric infrastructure since the vehicle can communicate with the electric grid to determine the best time to recharge based on overall usage.
By combining the Global Positioning System (GPS) with vehicle-to-vehicle communications and distance-sensing technologies, the EN-V concept can be driven both manually and autonomously. "
"We had a Green Machine lying around the shop and we figured it would be a cool idea,” said Parker Brothers’ Jeff Halverson, who did 50 mph on this beast. “It rides crazy and is fast as hell. If it wasn’t for the rear tires we could have had it DOT approved. "