Via Road and Track:
On one side: a 55-horsepower, Giannini-tuned, BMW 750 engine. On the other: the driver. Both were encased in slippery, streamlined pods, with a flat-facing airplane-style radiator in the middle. Built on a Fiat 500 chassis, again, it weighed a tick under 1000 pounds and reportedly churned out as much as 62 horsepower. The result is unlike any race car that ever existed. It looks like the underside of a fighter-bomber’s wing, where the driver is nothing more than a physical nuisance, bulging out and getting in the way of such aerodynamic slipperiness—in a time when aero was developed by simply, pardon the pun, “winging it.”
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Via The Awesomer:
Jeff Brock’s modded 1952 Buick Super Riviera aka Bombshell Betty. Designed specifically to break land speed records at Bonneville Speedway, it managed to hit over 165mph in 2013 before it was retired. What a car. What a lovely car.
Via Car and Driver:
Good old-fashioned fantasy cars have become few and far between at modern-day auto shows. Indeed, most cars spinning around on turntables these days have at least some chance of production. Meanwhile, wild, imaginative, razzle-dazzle creations with four wheels and zero chances of being built have all but disappeared. But at the 2016 Paris auto show, Renault did its part to add some of that old-school excitement to its home country’s preeminent auto show with its wild, fantastical Trezor concept, a one-door, two-seat GT that’s both drop-dead gorgeous and utterly impossible, just like concept cars from the good old days.
This is not to say that the Trezor is a pointless exercise. Renault promises the Trezor’s styling paves the way for elements that will be found on future production models, namely its “warm, simple, sensual lines,” clearly defined face, and C-shaped LED light signature. The Trezor also appears as one “petal” of Renault’s Life Flower design strategy, which bases vehicles around life stages: in this case, falling in love.
Via Ars Technica:
BMW has used the slogan “efficient dynamics” for a few years now, but its designers have taken that charge quite literally in this case, with an emphasis on “dynamics.” Yes, it moves as a conventional motorcycle moves, but the frame and power unit reconfigure themselves depending on riding conditions. Although the engine is a zero-emissions power unit, it resembles the horizontally opposed “boxer” engines currently found in BMW’s motorbikes—but only on the move. When the bike parks, the power unit folds itself up like an accordion.
The black triangle frame—which is meant to evoke BMW’s first-ever bike, the 1923 R32—also bends and moves, doing away with the joints and bearings we’d see on a conventional bike. The steering is even speed-sensitive; at higher speeds, the frame becomes less flexible and more stable. The tires are also adaptive, reconfiguring themselves to optimize ride comfort and handling on the fly.
What happens, when aerospace-specialist develop a motorcycle instead of calculating spaceship-engines? When a frame is not made by joining tubes, but instead is 3D printed using state of the art processes? When bionic algorithms optimize the entire structure?
“With the Light Rider we at APWorks demonstrate our vision of future urban mobility”, says engineer Stefanus Stahl. “We have used our know how of optimization and manufacturing, to create means of transportation, that match our expectations”, explains APWorks’s Niels Grafen: Exceptionally strong, impressivly lightweight and of the highest quality.
Via The Verge:
Lincoln is focusing on “elegance and beauty” for the exterior, and “serenity and harmony” of the interior.
The look is about being imposing, protecting the family, and giving them a place to be safe. It’s also about giving everyone something to keep them occupied, or in communication with each other, while riding along.
Lincoln has built large screens for everyone (except the driver) to allow passengers to play games against each other in the car. The company said it could envision everyone’s screens connecting to different smartphones or tablets, or for one tablet to play a movie to everyone, for example. Or for each screen to have its own implementation of CarPlay.
There’s a clever intercom system to make it easier for folks in the third row to converse normally with people in the front. There’s even a video chat system that allows riders in the back to see the driver when they’re talking, which might be useful for nervous children who want to see Mom.
Who knows how much of this will make it to the final car, but Lincoln is certainly thinking of the future.
The British luxury car brand revealed Tuesday that it will build from scratch the nine units of the Jaguar XKSS that were destroyed in a 1957 factory fire, fulfilling a six-decade pledge to sell 25 converted versions of the D-Type racecar to the public.
The XKSS will be sold for more than 1 million British pounds apiece, or about $1.4 million, said Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s classic division.