Category Archives: CARS

All things that rolls on four wheels (sometimes three), gas or electric powered.

Lotus Formula One concept car is wrapped in carbon fiber

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(credit: Sonny Lim)

do you know Sonny Lim? honestly, i don’t, but what i know that this guy has one hell of an imagination. paying tribute to Aryton Senna’s 1986 Lotus 98T, Sonny is not afraid to show the world his interpretation of the Team Lotus’s car for the Formula One 2011 season with the familiar colors of black and gold. instead of sponsor logos in bright colors, Sonny’s concept has them in matte tonal colors over the clear coated carbon fiber body. the top of the car is where the majority of the drag is, hence it is coated with matte finish to “improve laminar flow reducing turbulence and increasing aerodynamic efficiency.” seriously, we don’t care much about the drag coefficient technicalities. we just know it look wonderfully gorgeous. let’s face it, black isn’t for everyone which is perhaps why Sonny has conjured up a white ‘top’ version too. equally awesome. check out a few images after the break to judge for yourself. Lotus T 125 should really be dressed in this design. Continue reading Lotus Formula One concept car is wrapped in carbon fiber

awesome stuff: Cooper Tires diamonds-studded tires

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(credit: Cooper Tires)

how best to celebrate the diamond anniversary of the British Formula 3 Championship then with diamonds? in that sense, Cooper Tires have approached FK Diamonds to bling up the tires of a Formula 3 race car. the end result is what you see in the image above – tires blinged up with diamonds and crystals. also check out a short clip on how it was done after the break. according to Freddie Keeble of FK Diamonds, they have done many unusual settings but tires are the first. Continue reading awesome stuff: Cooper Tires diamonds-studded tires

Superbus is now a prototype but will it see production?

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(credit: Superbus Project)

the concept of the Dutch Superbus is not a new news but this is a working prototype after three years and $18 million pumped in, therefore it is one step closer to realizing this system. or is it not? designed by Netherlands’ first astronaut Wubbo Ockels, the Superbus 50 feet length and low five and half feet height makes it look more like a super stretch limousine. in short, it looks nothing like a bus. also for the fact that it has sixteen doors for 23 passengers to get in and out, and it does allow any standing (due to its height and the speed it is capable of) like any conventional buses. Continue reading Superbus is now a prototype but will it see production?

a peek at the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class [photos]

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(credits: Daimler)

running up to the Auto Shanghai Show (April 21 to 28, 2011), Mercedes-Benz unveiled the new Concept A-Class. gone is the tall design that threatens to topple while cornering and in comes a completely new sporty body design. the Concept A-Class sports a newly developed turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol engine, dual clutch transmission and a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, a first for a compact class automobile. Continue reading a peek at the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class [photos]

An Inside Look At The Custom Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trucks

the pair of custom Mercedes-Benz Zetros that we featured last week, are probably the coolest trucks ever. the highlight of these trucks are the interior and its amenities, therefore it would be a shame that we don’t get to see how the interior looks like. fret not, as today, we have the opportunity to take a peek inside these magnificent trucks. check out the (many) images after the break. tell me you aren’t impressed. Continue reading An Inside Look At The Custom Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trucks

Toyota FT-86 II Concept get some serious glam studio shots

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(credit: Toyota)

Japanese auto makers have been quite low-key in the sports car segment (with the exception of LF-A). as far as Toyota is concerned, we have not seen one (sports car) that has the ‘wow’ factor since the last Toyota Supra Mark IV. unveiled earlier last month at the Geneva Motor Show, was exactly what the auto industry need: the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, a sports car that will have any boy racer’s hearts flutter with excitement. what the public has seen was sort of a ‘preview’ of the new rear-wheel driven sports car that’s “due to enter production in 2012.” Continue reading Toyota FT-86 II Concept get some serious glam studio shots

Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

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(credit: Better Place)

long charging duration for electric vehicles is the stumbling block to its adoption. unless you can swap out your battery like you would with a mobile phone. well, Better Place in Israel does exactly that – swapping the low juice battery of the EV for a fresh one, so you can get on with your journey in a snap. the downer is, it is in Israel and it only serves Renault Fluence Z.E. the process is simple: the driver uses a RFID card to access this car wash-looking station, align their car like they would for any auto car wash and the machine will lead the car to the battery swapping spot. the floor underneath car opens up to a pit and the robot below will proceed to swap your juiced out battery for a fresh one – all these are done while you go “hum-ba-dum” as you tap on your steering wheel for about three minutes. not the best solution but it is an intermediary for now before super capacitors or super long lasting battery become a reality. check out the video of the Better Place (with an emotionally-charged soundtrack) in action below. Continue reading Better Place’s battery swap gets your EV juiced up in 3 mins

gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

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(credit: shooterz.biz/RM Auctions) 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe | US$auction | www.rmauctions.com

1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS’s teardrop shape body still looks gorgeous even after more than 70 years. conceived by Figoni & Falaschi, the Talbot Lago’s head turning smooth and sexy curves challenged the otherwise conventional boxy design of that era. this particular fine example here, the 1938 Talbot Lago T150C-SS Teardrop Coupe, was built on a shorter competition-bred (denoted by ‘SS’ & ‘C’ in its model number) Talbot chassis and one of the three that sports a factory fitted sunroof. apparently, this example is one of the only eleven examples with second-series “New-York” Figoni coachwork. hence, you will be hard-pressed to find another that’s so beautifully and painstakingly restored. Continue reading gorgeous 38′ Talbot Lago T150C-SS to go under hammer

guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

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(credit: Arturo Arino)

this is probably the first car design inspired by crocodiles. check out the images after jump and you will know what i mean. this organic form looking roadster, dubbed the Reptile by its designer Artuno Arino, is so alluring that i find it hard to give it a miss. the Reptile is said to be a hybrid that combines the electric power from a 4-pole electric induction motor and undisputed power from a Wankel (aka rotary engine) 27,000 CC engine that pushes out more than 700 horsepower at 9,000 RPM. it is a concept but thankfully, there are no hub-less wheels here, hence making it a little more practical. Continue reading guess where this 700HP roadster takes its design cue from?

Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners

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(credit: Car Design Fetish)

Batmobile has been the fantasy ride for both kids and grown ups alike. the crime-busting superhero’s ride has inspired awesome real life replicas such as the Tumbler, BatPod and even the 60s classic batmobile. as with all iconic things in life, fans have their ideal take of the ride for the Dark Knight – even one that is destined for use when the cape crusader retires. Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition is a testimony of this. the competition saw hundreds of designs from artists from around the world, covering a wide spectrum of genre. Continue reading Car Design Fetish’s Batmobile Design Competition winners