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design study

  There are some people out there that can just put pen to paper and come up with beautiful and intricate designs worthy of production. Granted, most of these concepts or design studies will never see the light of production day, but they absolutely warrant some attention in the automotive industry.

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A Moroccan supercar is not an oxymoron. The 2013 Laraki Epitome Concept is a prototype showing off the otherworldly style of this $2,000,000 exotic, with nine production cars possible for sale.

There are dozens of really worthwhile supercar startup companies out there, and car guys generally root for all of them to succeed. After all, a world with more horsepower and exhaust rumble can only be a good thing, right?

The standard article caveat for even the most impressive new brands might as well be boilerplate stamp: most new supercars fail rapidly versus the rapidly evolving tech and style of giants, like Ferrari and Porsche .

This will make Laraki’s third concept launch since 2003, with none of the previous Borac or Fulgura models ever making production. A healthy bit of skepticism is only natural.

Laraki Automobiles folded in 2008 without making a single car for sale. Signs are not good for the Epitome’s success either.

Without a functioning Website, press releases, real specifications or any path to ordering one of these models (if you are not already a Laraki Yachts client like the King of Bahrain), the Epitome is not off to a good start.

Click past the jump for more info on this unique hypercar, which promises up to 1,750 horsepower and a 205 mph top speed for its outrageous price.

Whenever you think of Italy, the first few things that come to your mind are pizza, cars, and fashion. But once you dive a little deeper, you’re going to realize that the country also has a rich auto design house industry. Whether its Pininfarina or Zagato or other design studios, Italy has loads of them to call its own.

One of the younger design studios in that part of the world is Camal Studio. We say ’young’ because it’s only been around for five years. But in that span, it’s produced some pretty interesting concepts, including the retro-stoked Fiat 500 Marcia Corta . This year, Camal Studio is back to present another one of its concepts, called the Tributo.

The car is based on the Maserati GranTurismo , which shouldn’t come as a surprise because it imbibes everything of what constitutes a fantastic Italian supercar . You’re going to notice the inspiration off the bat, too, particularly the sculptural lines, the extended wheel arches, and the aggressive front profile of the Tributo. It takes the shape of a fastback, which isn’t what you’d call the Gran Turismo, but the clean yet sophisticated way the Tributo was designed will certainly make its Italian counterpart proud.

According to Camal, the Tributo will also be powered by the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 443 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 185 mph.

For now, the Tributo is still in the rendering stage of its development, but we certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it on the road sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read about the Maserati GranTurismo Sport

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Graphic artist, writer and futurist Daniel Simon is the current darling of both Hollywood movie studios and the top levels of the video gaming industry. Where this man’s wild brain goes, billions in potential commercial opportunities seem to follow.

His most groundbreaking work for car enthusiasts came with the founding of Cosmic Motors some years ago. Future cars from Cosmic Motors are often capable of flight, hypersonic speeds and include unimaginably advanced racing and weapons technology.

Away from the brutality of the interstellar race circuit, Cosmic Motors also produces a line of super-luxury coupes called the Galaxion. The Galaxion 3000 and 5000 personal luxury coupes present a luxurious way to warp to the 330 mph top speed inside a plush two-seat cockpit. A fusion cell provides the energy for unlimited lifetime use.

For comparison, the Galaxion 5000’s performance and style are a good mix of the Bugatti Veyron and the recent Cadillac Elmiraj concept - with more than a dash of Bugatti Type 57 S/C Atlantique for good measure.

The Cosmic Motors brochure opens a fantasy world thousands of years in the future - with all of the glamor and racing iconography intact. Even the Cosmic Motors booth babes are in full track suits - and are more than a little sexy in some of the renderings - while the dudes practice looking into the distance like brooding sunglass models.

Welcome to Cosmic Motors and the Galaxion 5000 Coupe.

Click past the jump for the full review of the model year 9086 Cosmic Motors Galaxion 3000 and 5000 Coupes.

Back when we were all kids, a lot of us probably did that thing where we’d take a Bburago auto scale model and proceed to paint over the existing car’s body color in whatever livery we can think of.

It ruined far more models than we would’ve liked, but it was pretty fun.

Fast forward to today and the TRG-Aston Martin Racing North America team is asking us to submit our very own paint scheme creations for its Vantage GT3 racecar. The prize? They’re going to take that livery design of yours and use it to dress up their third race car.

All you need to do is do a preliminary design study using photos of the Vantage GT3 that you can download on TRG’s Facebook page. You can use any photo-editing program you want and you can enter as many times as you want with the deadline for submissions set on February 20. Once you’re done with your work, all you have to do is post the photo on their Facebook page!

It’s pretty easy to do if you’re proficient in any of the aforementioned photo editing software. What might be more difficult is impressing the panel of judges that include Kevin Buckler, CEO of TRG-AMR North America, John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing, and Aston Martin Racing Factory Driver Darren Turner.

But if you can catch the attention of these three individuals, you just might find your livery design on one of the three Vantage GT3s that will be racing in a 2013 Grand-Am event in North America.

Well, what’re you waiting for, guys! Start putting those creative juices to work!

When Thibault Devauze was just an intern at Land Rover, he was handed a big job of designing a crossover SUV to rival the likes of the X6 and the Bentley Continental GTC — an eclectic set of rivals, huh? The project had only a few real rules: make it luxurious, make it a coupe, price it above €100K, and give it the biggest, baddest engine that Land Rover had to offer.

With these guidelines and the base chassis of the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, Devauze came up with the LRGT Concept. After six weeks of designing and sketching, Devauze and two modelers came up with the first ever CAD images of his brainchild. Since then, he has used that model to come up with final results of the concept that, according to his claims, are still on the table at Land Rover.

This model is pegged to sit at the top of Land Rover’s Range Rover lineup. It boasts Lad-Rover’s famed front end with a slight twist, as it rakes rearward more than most current Land Rover SUVs, sans the Evoque . As you stretch over its shallow-raked, hood you come to a roofline that dives into the back end of the crossover. Around the back end you get a pair of circular taillights that cap off a sleek rump and pair of oblong tail pipes are integrated in with the rear bumper.

From the side profile, you find an awesome reverse-wedge design that just seems to fit perfectly with the sharp upper beltline and the massive pair of doors designed to replace the typical 4-door SUV setup.

The driving force under the hood of this massive 4,850 mm (190 –inch) long x 1,995 mm (78-inch) wide x 1,510 mm (59-inch) wide 2,095 kg (4,618-pound) crossover is Land Rover’s supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 540 PS (532 horsepower) and 725 Nm (534 pound-feet) of torque.

From the looks of it, this appears to be the big brother of the Evoque, but we’ll find out in the coming years if this is a production concept or just another one that will be filed away for future model design.

Bentley EXP 9 F

When Bentley revealed the oddly named EXP 9 F Concept SUV , some of us cheered out of delight, but many almost cringed at its gaudy appearance. To call a Bentley gaudy is like calling most pop singers “Divas;” it’s pretty much a given. But the EXP 9 F was a little over the top – to say the least.

In a recent interview, Bentley spokesperson, Martin Broomer, made reference to the possibility of the EXP 9 F undergoing a bit of a redesign before it is re-revealed around the end of 2012. Bentley made it clear that the EXP 9 F was a show car and not a “dressed-up preproduction car,” which means it will likely be scaled down a bit in production.

We’ll see exactly how far Bentley takes this revision to this controversial concept. We do know that Bentley won’t strip it of the typical over-the-top design of its vehicles, but it does need some mild adjustments.

For now, all we can do is sit and wait until Bentley feeds us a little information on what it has in store for its debut SUV. One thing is for sure, this tweaking is a solid indicator that this is a little more than just another concept; Bentley is serious about jumping into the ultra-premium SUV segment.

Source: Inside Line

Generally, we don’t like to focus on design concepts, but this particular one caught our attention because it is simply amazing, and it gives us something Lamborghini -related to look at until the company unveils the Gallardo Nova at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

This new concept is called the Lamborghini Perdigon and was designed by Ondrej Jirec, a final year Transport Design student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The concept car was named after a famous fighting bull to follow along with Lamborghini tradition and was designed to compete with models like the ever-sumptuous Bugatti Veyron .

Jirec styled his Perdigon Concept after the Lamborghini Reventon which took its design inspiration from stealth jets. He then took that inspiration a step further adding sharp angles and polygonal surfaces reminiscent of aircrafts like the F117 Nighthawk and the F22 Raptor. The vehicle also features a very unusually large air intake mounted just below the windscreen. The futuristic look of the exterior continues on the interior, where inspiration was taken from fighter jet canopies.

We can ogle this concept car all we want, but truth of the matter is it will never make it to production.

Source: Diseno Art

We still need to wait until 2013 to see the new generation Mercedes S-Class , but in order to keep the momentum going and the curiosity peaking, Mercedes has created this very cool sculpture that offers a quick peek at the luxury sedan’s design language. The new Aesthetics S sculpture will be on display at the 2012 Paris Motor Show from September 27th to October 14th.

The new "Aesthetics S" sculpture features a very cool artistic interpretation of the future luxury saloon. Mercedes announced that it highlights the artistic aspects of design, but will also offer a modern sense of status, sensual shapes, and stylish sportiness.

"The characteristic lines of the S-Class have always represented the expression of automotive culture, as we understand it. The new S-Class will continue this tradition and, with its striking lines, will put a face to our design philosophy over the coming years", explains Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz Cars.

UPDATE 10/08/12: Mercedes has released a new video featuring the Aesthetics S sculpture, previewing the next generation S-Class. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above!

Last month, US tuner Stillen launched a contest that let fans be in charge of designing a Scion FR-S coupe. The winner would have his design built by Stillen in addition to winning a two-night stay in Las Vegas for this year’s SEMA Show. His very own design would also be exhibited at the SEMA floor. So with a month to prepare and design their own versions of the FR-S, over 100 designers took up Stillen’s offer and put their designing hats to good use, all while using only a number of Stillen’s templates.

In the end, the US tuner picked five of its favorite designs, including two from Greg Thompson and one each from Paul Kim, Mohamad Irfendy, and Michael Caneda. From here, the power turns to the public where they get the chance to pick their favorite designs.

Voting is already underway so if you like one of these designs more than the others, let your clicks matter.

A huge part of being an automotive journalist is being able to speculate with a little accuracy. You take some facts, read between the lines, and piece together an educated guess. The folks at Trinity Animation, though they are not automotive journalists, have taken to some high-tech automotive speculation.

They have taken all of the leaked information on the C7 Corvette , which we expect to see sometime in 2013, and pieced together a pretty awesomely detailed animation of the new `Vette. The video shows a Corvette unlike any that we’ve ever seen before.

Typically, the `Vette takes more of the sports car route with its soft curves and sporty look. From this video, which is derived from various Corvette leaks , we see a more supercar-like Corvette, boasting hard-angles and a stunning fastback that screams “supercar.” The additional heat-extraction vents strewn around the `Vette’s body are a nice touch too. Oh, the Camaro -inspired taillights are also a nice touch.

The question on the tips of our tongues is, is this an accurate rendition of the 2014 Corvette? The answer to that question is most likely not, but we sure as hell hope so, because that car looks sexy!

Chevy has always been very careful when making changes to the Corvette. It took Chevy 42 years to finally axe the outdated pop-up headlights, so a significant change is really unlikely. We’ll likely see the longer fastback-style roof, but the Camaro-inspired taillights would kill the long-standing twin-circle Corvette taillight tradition. The harder body lines are long overdue, but Chevy will likely not go as extreme as most people are thinking, or hoping.

For now, we just have to wait and see what Chevy shows us as we proceed toward the 2014 model year. Until then, we’ll continue to keep an eye out for more Chevy leaks.


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