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Are you bored of your Fiat 500? Is not enought agressive?
500 Marcia Corta is the answer for your cutie 500.
In the era we live in where the design is a important item on every car, even the smallest, you can ensure that the level of customizing a car is such that you can significantly alter the character and the final appearance of your vehicle.
In a jungle of body kits that range from exhaust to ugly spoilers , check out a kit with a strong and sporty taste, capable of radically transforming the look of the most common of modern cars, Kit “500 Marcia Corta” . Read the rest of this entry »
The new Ferrari calendars for 2011 are out. Published for the 27th year by photographer and Ferrari enthusiast Günther Raupp they are approved by Ferrari as “Official Licensed Product”. There are two calendars you may choose from, unless you want to have both. One is dedicated to the F1 car that have raced in the current season, the other one is dedicated to Gran Turismo by Ferrari of all time.
For quotations and to order your copy(ies) go to www.calendari-ufficiali-ferrari.it
Here is a preview for you to enjoy.
Stilo, the successful Italian specialist of racing helmet, is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a series of innovative helmets that meets F1 safety standards to offer the most comprehensive range world-wide for rally and track tracing drivers. The range will also been extended to Kart racing driver soon.
Among the new arrivals is the world-first Open-Face F1 (FIA 8869-2004) standards helmet that many professional and amateur drivers racing closed cars, have been waiting for.
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In the period from 1946 to 1949, Petermax Müller constructed a total of six racing car by dint of admirable improvisation from the scrap of the nearby Volkswagen plant. He drove these cars to become German Champion in 1948 and 1949. The shape of these cars bore a striking resemblance to the Wanderer he drove in the Liege – Rome – Liege race before the war. The car shown here from 1948 is Müller’s former private racing car and one of two vehicles still preserved. Read the rest of this entry »
Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Automotive Design, BMW, Bentley, Bertone, British Cars, Bugatti, Cabriolet, Car Design, Car Styling, Concept cars, Concourse D'Elegance, Corvette, Designers, Electric Cars, Ferrari, Fiat, Frua, Fuoriserie, Italian Cars, Italian Coachbuilders, Lamborghini, Lancia, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mindset, Perana Performance, Pininfarina, Porsche, RACING CARS, Rinspeed, Rolls-Royce, Sports Cars, Stile Bertone, Touring, Tuned for the road, Villa d'Este, Zagato
The Concorso d’Eleganza di Villa d’Este this years has been as good as the weather. That is to say that half of it was very good, with peaks of excellence, and the remaining half was bad, raining and boring, with touches of ugliness.
By the end of the elegant week-end on the Lake of Como, one would say it was not one the best edition ever but still offered enough interesting cars to look at, people to greet and talk to, and subjects to discuss.
As such it was one not to be missed. Those who did not attend it missed the extremely rare chance of hearing the sibilo and smelling the pollution of its turbine engine, not to mention seeing this extraordinary visualisation of the dreams about the cars of the future they were dreaming in the fifties and sixties.
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Automotive Design, Car Design, Car Styling, Concept cars, Designers, F 1, Fioravanti, Italian Cars, Italian Coachbuilders, Motor Shows, RACING CARS, Show cars, Tuned for Racing
Leonardo Fioravanti latest design will not go unnoticed at the Geneva Motor Show. He is not showing the car the market (and the car industry) will ever need. This year on one side he is reproposing a low-cost car he designed almost a decade ago and that goes by the same name of This. And a very provocative and apparently useless prject of a F1 racing car that answer questions nobody has asked so far, not even the ruling FIA association. Never mind though the full scale mock-up of Fioravanti’s idea a of a F1 which, he tells the Italian motoring magazine Quattroruote, has been patented. This is how Fioravanti introduce his LF 1. In contrast with the wide and long LF1 is the TRIS described as “a new way of low cost vehicle design, based on patented solutions, for the maximum reduction of body components in order to simplify as much as possible the whole project chain: from the feasibility through engineering, tooling, production, assembly and logistic.
Alfa Romeo, Automotive Design, Car Design, Car Styling, Fuoriserie, Italian Cars, Maserati, RACING CARS, Sports Cars, Tuned for Racing, Tuned for the road
According to unofficial but well informed sources, Alfa Romeo is working at a new development of its limited edition and very successful Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The Alfa 8C GTA.
Official sources declined to comment on the rumour but rather than denying the report they simply say “no comment”.
Declining to comment on plans for a new successor, while the current one is still on sale, is not simply a practice by all manufacturers but is a must, if they want to survive.
Every single unit of the lot of “500 only” limited production Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, has been sold but a good share of the production has still to be delivered and the first 8C Competizione are due to reach the U.S.A. only next month – May, 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Automotive Design, Car Design, Car Styling, Concept cars, Designers, German Cars, Motor Shows, RACING CARS, Show cars, Tuned for Racing, Volkswagen, off-road
VOLKSWAGEN BIO RUNNER.
It is 2025 and the Baja 1000 (The Americas equivalent of the Paris-Dakar) has introduced the “One Tank Unlimited Solo Class.” The only stipulations are: a) one driver and b) only one 10-gallon tank of fuel, forcing competitors to use every bit of technology, strategy, and wit to finish. In the Bio Runner, the rider is positioned inside a protective cage on a motorcycle-like saddle with controls attached to the hands and feet. These controls manipulate all wheels via synthetic muscle-based suspension that offers unparalleled control and traction.Much like a motorcycle, this system allows the rider to lean into turns as well as shift the centre of gravity by changing the position of the wheels in relation to the cab. This system offers an unparalleled degree of control and traction that ultimately results in much higher speed runs.Dual-turbine engines that run at an ultra-efficient 500,000 rpm and operate on a patented biosynthetic jet fuel power the vehicle. Pity the designers do not tell us more about the potential of this fuel that provide all the energy required for the Baja 1000. Do they know or is it just an assumption and a dream? Also considering that the vehicle also boasts an Arial Reconnaissance Drone (AR-D), which feeds video to the driver when visibility is limited and it too needs energy to fly.The Support Team Chopper transports, follows and in the event of a crash, swoops down to perform repairs. It also contains telemetry analysis software, which in the case of emergency, takes over piloting to avoid danger unseen by the driver. Designers: Derek Jenkins; Patrick Faulwetter; Ian Hilton – Photo Gallery:
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Clearly, Toyota designers have been thinking of endurance racing and not F1 for their Racing car for the year 2025 and this is very interesting, considering the Toyota also race in F1 and this years have been made some significant score.According to them, technological superiority and endurance makes for the ultimate racecar that never needs to stop. Not only is the racer powered by highly efficient hydrogen fuel cell electric motors but also each of its body panels is embedded with photovoltaic panels that supply electricity when extra energy is needed.The vehicle features two basic modes: High Speed Mode and Cornering Mode. In High Speed Mode, the body and wheels narrow, creating less drag and resistance to reach its highest speed of 350 mph. The Cornering Mode transforms the body to create a wide and stable stance with expanded wheels, establishing maximum contact and grip through tight turns.Electronics and futuristic development have been considered to support the driver in darkness or unreliable weather: the cockpit is a completely digital environment with a display enhanced by virtual reality, computer trajectory plotting, collision avoidance assistance and a robot co-pilot, which manages the on-board systems and repairs so that it can maintain full speed all the way to the finish. Sound impressive, doesn’t it?Designers:
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Automotive Design, Car Design, Car Styling, Concept cars, Designers, Electric Cars, Events and Seminars, Hybrid Cars, Mitsubishi, Motor Shows, RACING CARS, Renderings, Show cars, Sports Cars, Tuned for Racing
In recent years, Mitsubishi has been dominating the World Rally Championship series and subsequently worldwide Rally Raids the most famous of which is the Paris-Dakar. The continued success of the Mitsubishi Pajero (replaced this year by the Lancer Sport) have inspired the company designers and actually stimulated their imagination. Here comes their view for 2025: the Mitsubishi MMR 25, a vehicle that clearly breaks from convention.That is not just for its shocking look but also for its concept of a multi-terrain, omnidirectional vehicles. To this aim the MMR 25 wheels comes with eight independently-controlled motors each, allowing for “8 x 4” wheel drive so that the car can be driven forward while pointing in any direction. The MMR25 drives sideways into a corner and points the nose of the car outwards before even reaching the apex of the curve while driving sideways or backwards. The MMR25 also uses special Oblique Aerodynamics to give the vehicle aero advantages. The centre wing acts as a spoiler, actuated by pneumatic and fabricated from Memory Metal Alloy while the front and rear spoilers double as suspension blades that are able to control stiffness and ride height.Designer:Jon Hull – Design, surfacing, rendering and animation.