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  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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Not only does the Nissan DeltaWing prototype resemble something out of batman rather than a racer which will take up a grid position at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, but it may also suggest what the future of racing could look like. Unfortunately for many motoring enthusiasts, that does include the elongated, tapered front end and the aircraft inspired hind quarters.

However, the effectiveness of this design will not be proven until after the Le Mans endurance race and despite the car being largely experimental, the guys over at Top Gear recently teamed up with English car customizer, Andy Saunders, to produce a replica of the DeltaWing concept.

Andy Saunders is no rookie when it comes to producing the weird and wacky , and his very own DeltaWing will be testament to the belief that what’s worth doing, is worth overdoing. In order to create the one-off piece of art, Saunders will search the scrap heap for components which not only resemble certain elements of the original but can also be tweaked to get the look just right.

So far, Saunders has borrowed the wheels from a Ford Mondeo , the rear axle from a Ford Escort , and has combined components from the Fiat 126 and Morris 1000 bonnet to shape the rear deck of the car.

And that list will continue to grow as the rear pod sections will be created from old Mazda MX-5 bumpers, while the “DeltaWing kick-ups on the rear” will be formed around the air intakes of Australia’s last F1 champion, Alan Jones’ 1975 Formula One racer.

It’s currently unclear what engine, drivetrain, and transmission Saunders plans to utilize for the car, but you can be sure of two things: they’ll be recycled and when finished, the Top Gear DeltaWing will be significantly heavier, less powerful, and slower than the real racer.

Nonetheless, we respect Saunders’ ambition and wish him all the best!

Source: Top Gear
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In the world of futuristic materials and components for future cars, we never thought that carbon fiber would be superseded by something called buckypaper, but if Marko Petrovic’s design ever comes to fruition, then we could see a lot more cars being constructed out of this material featuring carbon nanotubes.

Buckypaper is currently in its early stages of development but promises to be both stronger and lighter than carbon fiber. Of course, this material is unlikely to ever be used in the automotive industry for at least another 50 to 100 years, so this futuristic concept shows what Ferrari may be producing in the next century and has been dubbed the Ferrari Millenio by its designer.

As you can see from the incredibly detailed renderings, the Millenio is a two-seater supercar that features no roof, no windscreen, and no doors, just like the Lamborghini Aventador J speedster. If the car ever reaches production (which is extremely, extremely unlikely), it would feature two electric motors which can be recharged via solar panels molded around the bodywork or through a traditional power point socket.

The Millenio also features a whole host of LCD-displays throughout the cockpit with the prominent speedometer being the focal point of the interior. Even though the Millenio was designed well before the introduction of the Lamborghini Aventador J , its lack of well-padded seats like the J could indicate that future sports cars may opt for decreased weight in favor of comfort, but for all we know, by 2112, we may all be flying around in futuristic cars powered solely by energy-efficient and environmentally friendly electronic systems.

Nevertheless, it’s great to see designers out there continuing to push the envelope of design and that’s one thing we never want to change.

Source: Yanko Design
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Range Rover Evoque

Let’s face it, the vast majority of production cars don’t look like the concept cars they’re based upon. Sure, various features may be carried over, but concept cars allow designers to go crazy and that’s exactly what they did when designing the original Land Rover LRX Concept .

It was so new and innovative that most people believed it would never reach production and if it did, it would undergo massive changes. To the world’s surprise, when it went into production in July 2011 as the Range Rover Evoque it looked almost identical to the stunning concept car. As a result of the car’s incredible styling and its on-road and off-road capabilities, the Evoque has received 103 awards to date from websites, magazines, and newspapers all across the globe.

But arguably the most prestigious award the Evoque has received so far was awarded at the 2012 New York Auto Show where the Evoque was crowned World Car Design of the Year for 2012. No less than 46 nominations were given for the award and the Evoque was shortlisted by five world renowned design experts along with the Citroen DS5 and Volkswagen Up !

Final deliberations were handed over to a panel of 66 automotive journalists from 25 different countries, before the Evoque was crowned the winner. And we can’t say we’re surprised, as it’s an immaculate bit of design and also created a completely new segment in the market.

Land Rover Design Director Gerry McGovern had the following to say, "We are honored that the Range Rover Evoque has been named 2012 World Design Car of the Year. This prestigious accolade recognizes the overwhelmingly positive response that we have received to the Evoque’s bold and dramatic design. It is a car that truly resonates on an emotional level."

Everyone knows that Opel is preparing to bring back the Calibra name, but an official debut is still a few years away. Until then, David Cardoso has created a very cool concept that may be a modern interpretation of the old Calibra. His concept is called Enigma and as you can see, it takes the Insignia design language to a sportier level.

The Enigma Concept is a sportive 4-seat coupe based on the platform of the Chevrolet Camaro . It will be offered with an all-wheel-drive and will be powered by the same engine as the OPC model.

When talking about his concept, David Cardoso says, that his "concept’s rear is inspired by the Insignia while the side and front have design features of the Astra GTC and the Flextreme concept."

We don’t know about you, but we would really like to see this concept put into production sometime in the near future. What do you think?

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Italian sports car brand, Lamborghini . In 1963, Ferruccio Lamborghini started the company with the intent of creating supercars to compete with models from Ferrari Ferrari . Now, as a celebration of this event, and as an homage to Ferruccio Lamborghini, Mark Hostler, a transportation design student at Staffordshire university, has created the Lamborghini Ferruccio Concept.

According to the designer, the concept is "a car that takes inspiration from the company’s lineage, and also showcases the current design language and innovations of the company in their trademark flamboyant style." The concept’s front end, bonnet, and super-wide rear end were inspired by the Countach . The front and rear wings were inspired by the Miura , while the sharp nose and mirrors, and aggressive air intakes across the body and roof take their inspiration from the current Lamborghini design language.

The concept was designed to use a small 5.0 liter V12 engine with two turbochargers and feature direct injection technology.

Hit the jump for a video of the Lamborghini Ferruccio Concept by Mark Hostler.

Source: Tuvie

Giorgetto Giugiaro unveiled the original design of the De Tomaso Mangusta back in 1965. And now, after more than 40 years, design graduate and digital artist/illustrator, Maxime de Keiser has unveiled a modern interpretation of the car, that we have to admit looks pretty cool.

The original car was built between 1965 and 1971 and was limited to just 401 units. The car was easy to recognize thanks to its distinctive silhouette, its very large windscreen and gullwing doors. Maxime de Keiser has created a modern interpretation of the car that follows the main design elements and character of the original. In designing his car he used modern technologies and design trends of today.

"Like the original, it had to be spectacular and communicate an impression of wild ferocity and power while recalling the serenity of a feline at rest, and the elegance of the animal that doesn’t need to fear anything," said designer and illustrator Maxime de Keiser.


There are few Volvos in this world that you can consider iconic cars, but if there ever was one, the old P1800 definitely tops that list. Unfortunately, the classic Swedish coupe has been lost in time, discontinued long ago with only memories serving proof of its existence.

This year, the P1800 is celebrating what would have been its 50th anniversary, and even if there’s no direct successor to the model, Volvo’s chief designer at its Monitoring and Concept Center, Chris Benjamin, has produced a visual sketch of what a modern-day P1800 could look like.

As a reminder of what-could-have-been, the "new" P1800 is certainly a car that would look pretty darn good in today’s world, but seeing as the Swedish company is currently in flux with drastic changes expected to be made in the coming months, there’s no telling if this sketch will even see the light of day - even as a concept.

Then again, the auto industry has proven time and again that you can never count out anything. If a modern-day P1800 is to be developed, we certainly wouldn’t hold back Volvo - and Geely, for that matter - from attempting to do so.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago when a couple of Korean brands were considered as mere afterthoughts. Now, Hyundai and Kia have become two of the biggest brands in the world.

So yeah, if there’s a model that deserves to have it’s silver anniversary celebrated, it’s the Volvo P1800. Cross your fingers that this "new-look" sketch comes to life in the near future.


The 2011 LA Design Challenge produced some pretty interesting and futuristic Hollywood rides. But after the dust had settled, we had a repeat winner taking home the 2011 title.

The Smart 341 Parkour, which was designed by folks from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen, Germany, won the LA Design Challenge, on the back of a clever Hollywood story involving Annie Angle and her super sleuthing skills in Carntpark City.

This is the second year in a row that Smart has won the LA Design Challenge. Last year , the Smart 454 WWT shared top honors with the Cadillac Aera after judges declared a tie on a four-passenger car being built under the premise that it tips the scales at just under 1,000 lbs.

This year’s theme involved not just developing a perfect Hollywood car of the future, but also about inventing a story that puts the car in the forefront. With the 341 Parkour, Smart conveyed the theme to a tee by designing a car that combines innovation and functionality with an exciting film plot.

Just in case you’ve forgotten the capabilities of the 341 Parkour, the designers envisioned this revolutionary ride using parkour as an inspiration. So instead of people jumping in and around whatever obstacles in a given location, the 341 Parkour does all of that itself.

Congratulations to the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios for their back-to-back LA Design Challenge titles. Now the pressure’s on to hit a "three-peat" in 2012.

Source: Daimler

Taking a page from one of history’s most beloved fairy tales, the "Cinderella and the Maybach Berline" movie stars Cindy, a simple and down-trodden young lady who spends her days working at her father’s workshop while her stepmother and her spoiled princess of a daughter spend theirs living it up at the Billionaires Club.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

On the night of her birthday, though, Cindy’s father bought her a beautiful dress and gave her the chance to hit the town while behind the Maybach Berline Carriage prototype. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class , the futuristic Maybach is an autonomous E-Cell - or F-Cell - vehicle that’s tele-operated via a satellite link to a Maybach Virtual Chauffeur Center. The ’no driver’ set-up of the car allows for more interior space on the vehicle, leaving plenty of room for passengers to enjoy the comforts of luxury in a moving, private setting. Among the features decked out in the futuristic Maybach, include a vis-à-vis seating layout with a “Royal Lounge” on one side and two single seats on the other. There’ also a large glass screen that displays 3D laser projection, which, in turn, is suspended from the ceiling and can display the Virtual Chauffeur or a variety of media and entertainment. The Berline Carriage also has large divided gullwing doors that carry their own oversized privacy glass and retractable stairs to make for convenient loading and unloading.

Suffice to say, this quintessential ’futuristic rom-com’ will show us the story of the the 21st century Cinderella - or Cindy - complete with a romantic twist and a young, dashing prince.

Now that the SEMA Auto Show is in full-swing, it’s important to keep one eye on the horizon and look ahead at the next major auto show on the calendar. That just happens to be the LA Auto Show at the end of the month and one of the most important parts of the festivities is the annual Design Challenge. Automotive design studios from around the world are invited to participate with this year’s theme being billed as “Hollywood’s Hottest New Movie Car.”

Straight out of Germany is the Mercedes Silver Arrow, a car that was actually designed as an homage to 125 years of automotive innovation and design excellence. Despite its German roots, the brains behind the Silver Arrow is actually Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of North America, which based their work on a story featuring two futuristic crash test mannequins, Hans05 and Franz02, going up against Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved futuristic race car from the latter’s clutches of terror.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow draws inspiration from Mercedes-Benz’s W125 series, particularly the Silberpfeil racecar of the late 1930’s and the Uhlenhaut SLR from the 50’s, as well as the company’ Formula racing history. The long-slung, sculptured design of the car features an overall shape that speaks to the design’s futuristic setting, highlighted by a diagonally configured, hub-less roller track for ‘Omni-Directional’ maneuvering.

From the minds that brought you the Mercedes Biome of a year ago, the Silver Arrow is an adventure waiting to happen.

UPDATE 12/29/11: Mercedes has released a fresh set of photos of the Silver Arrow Concept, which you can check out at the gallery below. If the initial renderings and sketches blew your mind, wait until you see the latest images of the Hollywood-inspired concept that was designed for the LA Design Challenge last month.


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