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Those January winter blues are in full swing and dreams of summertime fun and easy livin’ are incessant. Eluding those dreams just got even more impossible when we stumbled upon this amphibious beauty. Half SUV , half boat — the Panther is a completely custom vehicle designed and built by the small California company WaterCar; and it’s our idea of a good time.

The Panther’s obvious main attraction is its ability to transform from a road-going SUV to a seafaring boat within seconds, giving passengers the ultimate go-anywhere capability without huge compromises in either department. WaterCar says the Panther will do an impressive 80-plus mph on the road and 44 mph (38 knots) on the water. It will even tow a wakeboarder or skier at a decent clip.

A rear-mounted Honda 3.7-liter, VTEC V-6 sends power through a proprietary four-speed manual transaxle/transfer case that can switch between powering the rear wheels or the “Panther Jet” water-propulsion system. The Jeep Wrangler -like body is constructed of lightweight fiberglass and features a non-lawsuit-inducing six-slotted grille (seven slots on a real Jeep ), a folding windshield, half-doors, and a roll bar.

Under the bodywork lies a fiberglass V-type hull that allows for the high on-water speeds. Unlike the Titanic, sinking isn’t an issue. The Panther is filled with 32 cubic feet of U.S. Coast Guard-approved closed cell Styrofoam. Holding everything together is a custom chromoly tube chassis that’s impervious to corrosion. Huge hydraulic shocks retract the wheels up and down in second for quick changes between land and water modes.

All told, the WaterCar Panther is one awesome machine that somehow makes regular boating appear boring. Selling for $135,000, the Panther isn’t cheap, but it seems like a deal if life becomes as fun as the video above depicts.

Click past the jump to see another video of the Panther in action

Posted on by Christian Moe +  

The line between cars and motorcycles is getting thinner every day. Morgan’s Three Wheeler is open topped and uses the majority of bike’s powertrain for proulsion. Track day toys like the Ariel Atom promise the same type of acceleration as superbikes. KTM , a motorcycle company, even builds a competitor car to the Atom called the X-Bow . On the motorcycle side Can-Am has the Spyder , which is essentially a reversed trike.

Now, thanks to the sleuths at Asphalt & Rubber, it looks like we have one more name to add to the list: the Polaris Slingshot. Based on the design photos from a patent application, the Slingshot will feature a design similar to the X-Bow, complete with a side-by-side seating arrangement, but it will feature the three-wheel layout of the Can-Am and Morgan.

Rather than be powered by a Polaris engine, the Slingshot is rumored to get its propulsion from a 2.4-liter, Ecotec four-cylinder sourced from General Motors, and its expected output is 200 horsepower. According to the patent documentation ABS brakes, power steering, traction control and stability control will be included.

These are all just preliminary details, and we will bring you more on the Slingshot as the details continue to emerge.

Click past the jump to read a little more on the Polaris Slingshot.

Posted on by Simona  

The 2014 Detroit Auto Show is definitely not an auto show where only major automakers exhibit their creations. Detroit is also where you will have the chance to see cool cars from smaller makers, like this Destino Concept developed by VL Automotive .

If the name sounds familiar to you, is simply because VL Automotive already displayed a Destino sedan at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. VL Automotive was founded by Gilbert Villarreal and Bob Lutz — if you didn’t notice, the "VL" name comes from the first letter in each of their last names — and the Destino was its first creation.

The VL was based on a Fisker Karma , but featured a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 engine under its hood.

What’s the difference between the Destino we saw last year and the one from this year? Well, there are quite a few. The new vehicle is a convertible model, with its luxurious interior designed by Katzkin.

Click past the jump to read more about the VL Automotive Destino sedan.

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Usually Can-Am is better known for the Spyder three-wheel motorcycle it develops, but what if it reorganized its lineup and release a cool six-wheeler that can tackle nearly any conditions? That would be awesome, right?

The only problem is that it was not Can-Am that had this idea. Rather, it was Frederic Le Sciellour who offered the Can-Am a nice thought to reflect on. He presented this project to "bring a solution to riders to permit to transport their recreative products for Extreme Expedition where nobody have never driven, and create a vehicle to live a Global Experiences during the hard travel."

The Outmost is not only the perfect ride for any kind of terrain, thanks to its 44-inch wheels, but it also offers a very large bed that can accommodate two snowmobiles, jet skis or an ATV. Now this is what we call one sweet rig!

Click past the jump to read more about the Can-Am Outmost Concept by Frederic Le Sciellour.

Source: Yahoo
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In the past year, we’ve seen cars coming from nearly every corner of the globe and 2014 is kicking off with yet another performance car hailing from a part of the world we typically wouldn’t expect: Netherlands. Meet the Silvermine 11SR, which happens to be the first car to come from the Netherlands.

The 11SR was created from scratch by Frank van Rouendal — a marine engineer and machine constructor — who wanted to design his ideal track-day racer. In his imagination, this car needed to be a two-seat sports car, powered by a mid engine, with a very low weight and built from high-quality materials.

The Silvermine 11SR was built on an unique chassis that was specially developed just for this little racer, and it features an F1 -style safety cell for added safety. The first prototype tested by Silvermine is powered by a Subaru-sourced, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine with an output of 225 horsepower, but the final car will deliver up to 325 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Silvermine 11SR.

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European soccer players are famous for their amazing passion for high-performance sports cars . Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, is famous for his 20-car collection that is valued at more than $4 million. His collection includes, among others, a Bugatti Veyron , a Ferrari 599 GTO and a Lamborghini Aventador .

Now it’s time for Jose Mourinho — a famous Portuguese soccer manager — to step into the supercar world. The folks over at Mansory, in cooperation with Raff House, started to work on a supercar that bears the soccer coach’s name.

All we have on the upcoming Mourinho supercar is a teaser image and some basic details. The model will be developed using unique technologies and will feature a 750-horsepower engine. Additionally, its body will be built almost entirely from carbon fiber, with only the spoiler and the vents being made from chrome-plated aluminum in a shade that is "tough to manufacture" — whatever that means...

The Mourinho supercar will be unveiled in 2014 and will be limited to only 11 units. We have no details on the price just yet, we can assure you that it will be more than $1 million.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mourinho Supercar by Mansory.

Source: Raff House

With all of the teasers we’ve been seeing the past few days, it’s easy to drown in all of the intrigue and suspense.

But this particular teaser really caught our attention, in part because we’ve heard next to nothing about the company that sent it out.

We checked Godsil Motorcars’ website and didn’t see a whole lot to give us any reason to believe that its been around for a while. But here they are, promising to build a line of "super luxury cars " that it will "bring glory back to the automobile – one Manhattan at a time."

That in itself is about an apt description as you can have for this mysterious model. It’s called the Manhattan and its going to be powered by a V-16 engine that will run on compressed natural gas , enough to make the industry stand up and take notice. But Godsil isn’t making any apologies, in part because it wants to make a statement. And what better way to do it than to drop a massive 16 on the engine block and let all those horses do the talking.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the teaser does give us hints that it will be a two-seat coupe with a sloping roofline, a long hood, and muscular wheel arches. We’re tempted to say that there’s a retro-feel to it, but until we see more of its dimensions, we’re holding off on that assumption.

What we can tell you though is that Godsil definitely has our attention. Then again, that’s par for the course for any company promising a V-16 engine on a car that definitely looks like it can back up all the hype.

Click past the jump to read about one of the few cars today packing a 16-cylinder engine, the Bugatti Veyron

For those looking to own a piece of a supercar without having to burn their pockets, a new Canadian kit-car manufacturer may have the answer.

Dubuc Super Light Cars, a straightforward name for a company if there ever was one, has officially unveiled the Tomahawk, a mid-engine kit car that looks the part of a sports car, albeit one that comes in a 2,000-pound package.

According to Dubuc SLC, the Tomahawk will come with a lightweight polymer body and a 300-pound aluminum monocoque. Both components have been bonded and bolted together, ensuring that the car’s overall dimensions aren’t compromised by the infusion of the two parts.

From there, prospective customers will have the choice of dropping any type of engine they want on the bay, including a gas engine or an electric motor. The suspension setup was developed using components from a C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette .

Owing itself to looking like a bonafide sports car , the Tomahawk also comes with a number of sporty components, highlighted by doors that actually open at a 75-degree angle. Even as a kit car, this bad boy also has door panels, an ergonomically-designed cockpit, a dashboard, console seats, a see-through Targa roof, side mirrors, and a DOT-approved windshield.

Given the dimensions of the cockpit, Dubuc SLC says that the Tomahawk can accommodate a wide range of body types, even somebody who’s 6’3" and weighs 275 pounds.

The Dubuc SLC is scheduled to make its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show this coming January. Once it goes on sale, the body and the frame kit will be priced at CAD$19,995, which is a little under USD$19,000 based on current exchange rates. All in all, the price for a complete bid is estimated to be around CAD$30,000, or somewhere in the USD$ 28,000 range.

Click past the jump to see more of this kit in detail

Lightweight, track-ready sports cars have turned into its own market these days, so much so that more and more companies are coming out with their own versions. We’ve seen a number of them in recent years, including the Ariel Atom , the KTM X-Bow, and heck, even the Flip Car from Fast & Furious 6.

Recently, two companies are joining in on the fun, and they’re preparing a car that will pack a chest-caving punch.

The companies are Palatov Motorsport and Sector 111 and their mission is to build an 1,800-pound sports car that will not only make use of an emissions-compliant, V-8 engine, but do so while also producing 430 horsepower. Using Palatov Motorsport’s D2 racer as the base car, the vehicle, which has been coined "Project Dragon," is being developed with the purpose of turning it into a full-fledged pocket rocket that can give its more esteemed competitors a serious run for their money.

Other than their ambitious plans and stated goals, both Palatov and Sector 111 are keeping tight-lipped on the progress of Project Dragon. Rest assured, though, the two are serious are about this project, and with Sector 111 having some experience in building the US-market BAC Monos, this project figures to gain more traction in the coming months.

Someday, we’ll probably see Project Dragon get an official name and someday, we might even see it go toe-to-toe with the Atoms and X-Bows of the world. Like everybody else, that’s a day we can’t wait to see.

Click past the jump to read about the Palatov D2 Race Car

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


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