At New Delhi Motor Show Renault unveiled it's new KWID concept car with some innovative reconnaissance capabilities. This three-seater features quadcopter drone that can be launched by push of a button from compartment on the roof. It can fly in automatic or manual modes, carries camera, GPS unit and can be controlled via built-in tablet panel. Drone can survey terrain, traffic conditions and road ahead for obstacles. [...]
Graphic designer from UK Chris LaBrooy takes term "stretched" when applied to the cars to the new level. In his computer manipulated images classic cars are stretched, pulled, engaged in contortions, nesting and of course - Auto-Aerobics. Somewhat surreal to see classic cars of the 60's "re-designed" in to futuristic bots. Go to Chris's Behance page to find-out more.
Images by Chris LaBrooy [...]
Bugatti has announced that it will offer the Legend, a special-edition run of the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse that pays homage to six heroes of the carmaker's long, storied past. Officially the world's fastest car with its top down (try keeping your toupee on at 254 miles per hour), Bugatti will enhance the special Vitesses visually with design cues from the cars that its heroes drove.
The first Legend honors Jean-Pierre Wimille, who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice for Bugatti and was one of the company's longest-serving test drivers. He won in 1937, co-driving a 57G Tank with Robert Benoist, and in 1939, co-driving a 57C Tank with Pierre Veyron. Fittingly, the Veyron Legend dedicated to Wimille is blue, just like the 57G that he drove at Le Mans in 1937. In Bugatti's own words, it "now shines in blue clear-coated carbon fiber and a light Wimille Bleu paintwork." The 57G-based design language continues into the interior, with numerous details, such as materials and colors, tha [...]
The original Ford Mustang concept used a mid engine and had a wedge-shaped body.
The Ford Mustang that we all know and love made major waves in the auto industry way back in 1964 by offering style and reasonable pricing with optional V8 power. Its long hood and short rear deck, combined with a low-slung and sporty cockpit, made a lasting impression in the minds of consumers and car designers alike, and its basic shape has so endured the test of time that it's still in use today.
This being the case, you may be interested to know that the first Mustang of 1964.5 wasn't actually the first Mustang at all, being preceded by a concept car that made its public debut in 1962. This concept was nothing like the car that would eventually make it into production, with a radical wedge shape and a small V4 engine sitting behind the car's two occupants, driving the rear wheels. In other words, the conceptual Mustang was pretty much the complete opposite of the production Mustang besides the name [...]
For the last few years, Volvo has set up an art display in the Zurich, Switzerland central train station called the Volvo Art Session, allowing select artists – both established and up-and-coming – to create temporary exhibits with one of Volvo's products acting as the centerpiece. This year, six artists from across Europe converged in Zurich to turn a 2014 Volvo XC60 into a work of art.
Each started with a blank white canvas, creating a massive display in what Volvo says is one of the busiest covered public places in Europe, and after each was done, it was all erased for the next artists to come in and do his or her thing. While some made the XC60 a focal point in the art, others made the crossover seemingly disappear. [...]
Toyota plans to follow up last year's kid-friendly Camatte concept with two new versions: the Camatte57s and Camatte57s Sport (right). Like the original Camatte, the two new concepts will make their debut at the International Tokyo Toy Show, which is happening this weekend.
Not much has changed with these two new Camatte models. Like their predecessor, they both feature detachable body panels (the count is up to 57), a 1+2 seating array and reconfigurable pedals that allow children to operate the gas and brakes while Mom or Dad steers. What is new is an open-top roadster design that even eschews doors in favor of easier ingress/egress. They look like something a tourist would rent to get around a Hawaiian island, though we dig the distinct personalities of each model's design. [...]
Studio Job's Art Defender, pictured at the Gerrit Rietveld-designed Weaving Mill De Ploeg in Bergeijk, The Netherlands. The Antwerp-based practice has always taken a subversive approach to design. Creating furniture and objects for brands like Moooi, Bisazza and Carpenters Workshop Gallery, it brings a witty, highly decorative sensibility to industrial design and limited-edition works, pushing ornamentation and craftsmanship to the extreme. [...]
The Bugatti Veyron is, by every measure, the world's most extreme production road car. It's the quickest to 60, has the highest top speed, and can absolutely dominate a track.
The original Veyron claimed 1,001 horsepower, which in itself was a major technical achievement. [...]