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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.

I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.

These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.

Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s latest Nismo cars.

Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.

Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.

Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.

The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”

The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

Of all the automakers in the world, only Toyota and probably General Motors can rival Volkswagen in terms of resources. And yet, for all of its resources, Volkswagen still wants to give young designers a chance to show off their talents courtesy of the first worldwide Volkswagen Design Contest.

The contest has been underway since May 5th, but there’s still plenty of time for young design talents to submit their best interpretation of a video game concept car for a video game. Sounds like it’s right up in the alley of the younger generation of designers all over the world. Interested contestants can submit their concepts no later than August 15, 2014, giving them a little over three months to come up with the best entry to the competition.

Once the deadline passes, the contest falls into the hands of a jury of experts, headlined by Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. He and the management team of his design studio, will be tasked to name three winners with all three designers receiving six-month internships in the Volkswagen Design department in Wolfsburg.

The winners will be announced on September 30, 2014.

It’s a great opportunity for a lot of young designers to not only make names for themselves in the eyes of Volkswagen, but more importantly, to make a name for themselves in the entire industry.

Interested designers can register HERE.

Click past the jump for more details on the Volkswagen Design Contest.

Factory Five Racing has been a front-runner in custom kit cars and hot rods for quite some time, building replicas of cars long since out of production. The California-based company also designed and built its own complete car called the 818 using drivetrain components from a Subaru WRX. However, for the particular car pictured above, the drivetrain takes a completely new spin on performance.

Missing is the usual Subaru Boxer engine, replaced by a AC35x2 motor fed by a 16-kWh lithium iron phosphate battery constructed of two 8-kWh sub-packs. The motor and battery unit is still connected to a WRX five-speed manual transmission that allows for reduced energy consumption and management of the motor’s output.

Speaking of output, the motor zaps out 165 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. It might not seem like much, but the entire car will weigh just under 2,000 pounds – even with its body panels attached. Its claimed top speed is 150 mph, and though its still untested, the goal is likely obtainable.

Putting this electrified beast together are two other California companies that know a thing or two about building cars and electricity. EV West is undertaking installing and calibrating the air-cooled, Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems-sourced electric motor while the guys at 33 Machine work to incorporate all the components within the modified Factory Five Racing tube chassis.

In a video past the jump, the naked car squirrels around a test track with all the sidewise shenanigans of a V-8-powered muscle car, but of course is completely silent while smoking its rubber.

Click past the jump to read more about 33 Machine’s 818 EV

Hyundai is prepared to make some waves at the Geneva Motor Show and...wait, that’s not anything new.

What’s new for this year, though, is that Hyundai has developed a concept car in collaboration with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) of Turin that will be unveiled in Geneva in less than a month’s time.

The study is called the PassoCorto and according to Hyundai, it was commissioned by the Hyundai Design Center Europe "as a tribute to the Made in Italy design that is studied at the IED". That’s a fantastic way of saying "hey, thanks for the help, IED!"

For now, the PassoCorto Concept is a static model, which means that it might show up at Geneva without all of its faculties together, but as far as describing what the car is going to look like once fully setup, we’re getting hints that Hyundai will use a lightweight, carbon-fiber monocoque chassis in order to meet its target weight of 1,852 pounds.

Likewise, the engine will be Hyundai’s 1.6-liter, bi-turbocharged engine that produces 270 horsepower, while the interior is designed with the idea of installing two cockpits, each with their own integrated instruments and seats that are optically connected to the dashboard. We’re not quite sure how that’s going to look when its all said and done, but then again, that’s the beauty of concept cars these days.

You’re not always going to get what you expect, but you know you’re going to get something that’ll be talked about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai PassoCorto by IED.

Source: Carscoops

Automotive design is an odd beast that usually ends up being a product of compromise and costs concerns after long hours in board meetings and design studios filled with creative minds that don’t always agree. One man, however, has broken that tradition and designed a car from the ground up to be a single entity, appealing to both the male and female buyer through specific design elements and featured content.

Timur Bozca is that man and his Bozca Zest concept is a truly unique piece of automotive design. The philosophy behind the Zest is, according to Bozca, one of equality between the sexes and what each desires in a vehicle. Men look for performance and stunning designs, while women desire creature comforts, useful interiors, and storage space.

Not only is the Zest an exercise in clever design, but its powertrain is something to be admired. An Audi -sourced, 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder with direct injection makes its home under the hood and produces 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline engine does not power the car, however. Rather, four synchronized electric motors at each wheel receive power from the gas engine and 84 kg (185-pound) on-board batteries to propel the Zest forward – with the ability to hit 62 mph from in just 5.5 seconds. Regenerative braking, photovoltaic panels on the transparent roof, and full-on, plug-in-hybrid capabilities (PHEV) mean the Zest is highly efficient while being performance oriented.

The Zest also boasts a composite chassis that aids in reducing the car’s overall weight to just 1,200 kg (2645 pounds). Carbon fiber is used extensively and is even employed in crash zones to help absorb impacts. The body panels are comprised of a sandwiched material of linen and cork bonded together with epoxy resin. The result is a lightweight, yet strong exterior that also boasts a drag coefficient of only 0.35 Cd.

Click past the jump for more info and photos of the Bozca Zest Concept

German tuner DMC has been responsible for creating some of the most mental aftermarket programs we’ve seen in the past few years.

But the render it did for the Ferrari LaFerrari just took the insanity to a whole new level. There are some programs that certainly fits this definition, but none of them were done on the LaFerrari, the Prancing Horse’s crown jewel supercar that the company has described as its fastest and most powerful supercar it has ever built.

In accomplishing this rendering, DMC said that it combined elements from the Ferrari GTO , the XX, and the FXX into one package without compromising the LaFerrari’s own DNA.

The result is the LaFerrari FXXR, a heavily-modified take on the LaFerrari that’s just too mean for words.

DMC made no mention of mechanical mods, with exception of a race-inspired exhaust, so we assume this LaFerrari retains the hybrid system that combines a 6.3-liter, V-12 engine with two electric motors. The exhaust system may drive the LaFerrari up a little rfom the stock 963 horsepower and more than 663 pound-feet of torque.

There’s no word on whether DMC is going to go ahead and build this program, but for just sheer lunacy, we’re hoping and praying that the tuning company goes ahead with this.

The world needs it, fellas.

Click past the jump to read more about DMC’s FXXR rendering for the Ferrari LaFerrari

The new seats gracing the floor pans in the 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 answer perhaps the largest complaint lodged against the outgoing C6 Corvette. Those seats were nearly flat, lacking anything that remotely looked like side bolsters and were constructed of a flimsy plastic backing that did little to support the occupants during hard cornering. Adding to the problem, the old C6 seats would flop forward under heavy braking whether it was occupied or not.

Chevrolet stepped to the plate with not one, but two seat options in the new Vette. Both seats are tailored for different driving styles and owner preferences.

The Standard GT seat is geared towards the everyday driver; the guy who carves more canyon roads than hairpin corners at the racetrack each weekend. The Competition Sport seat, on the other hand, is more suited for what its name implies. Engineers started from scratch with both seats and used extensive testing to create two industry standard seats fitting of the C7’s new performance levels.

Click below for more info and a video on the Stingray’s new seats

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Do you prefer a shabby beach house or high-tech luxury condo with 60 floors of pure ocean views and in-unit garages?

Vacation living just got a lot swankier for car-loving fat-cats across the globe. The new Porsche Design Tower in Miami broke ground this April with a fabulous pre-launch gala showcasing unique features, tech and style of the new Porsche beach-front high-rise.

The Porsche association is the most newsworthy element of this A-list project in Miami’s Sunny Isles, but the building itself is a masterpiece of holistic and conceptual design.

From the drafting tables and wild technology of the Porsche Design think-tank comes this 130-unit oceanfront tower on some of the best beaches in the world. Even the most affordable of the $5-million-plus floor-plans will be enough to feel like king of the Atlantic with 4200 square feet of living space and a glass-walled, two-car garage right next to the living room fireplaces.

No, this is not a timeshare in Boca. This is a fully-staffed, museum-quality building that is both a showpiece for Porsche’s foray into lifestyle design, and a tech-infused beach getaway for some of the world’s richest people.

These residences are not yet complete, but the developer preview renderings are enough to fill your dreams of the ultimate high-rise castle in the sky.

Click past the jump for all the high-res details of the upcoming Porsche Design Tower in Miami, including its automated system of elevators that bring a driver — and his whole Panamera full of groceries — up as high as 60 floors and into his glass condo garage.

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How hot is the Toyota Supra on the internet, even a full 15 years since it was last produced? Along with googling ‘Amanda Bynes’ and a few other search engine phishing lures, the Supra is still a dangerous thing to discuss and search for online.

What do we mean? Well, when researching this article, we were cruising some very strange parts of the internet to gather all these image assets.

When doing so, even my normally-silent anti-virus and security programs went bananas, blocking things and demanding updates and directions on next steps.

Far more than Japan’s first rear-drive, straight-six supercar with a twin-turbocharged engine: the Supra is still competing and winning on race tracks and show circuits all over the world in 2013.

Heavily modified and often with more crash damage than Lehman Brothers, the Supra ’s that are left are terrifying night-stalkers capable of pushing 900 horsepower.

The looks will define the Supra’s importance as a halo car. And locked lips from Toyota have not stopped the world’s Supra fanatics from rendering their own speculative Supra concepts.

In partnership with BoldRide, TopSpeed is thrilled to share this latest set of Supra renderings.

In black with some familiar features about the rear wing in particular, these are very unique and exciting compared with the Bullfinch mystery render and Toyota’s own white FT-HS concept.

Click past the jump to get a closer look at these BoldRide renders, or also a re-cap of some other quite surprising outside proposals for the next Toyota Supra.


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