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.
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British automotive designer, Gordon Murray, has teamed up with the Yamaha Motor Co. of Japan to create a unique electric drive city car. Murray is known for his revolutionary designs, right from Formula 1 cars to high-performance road cars like the Mclaren F1. Murray has also had a vision to build eco-friendly, fuel-efficient city cars. His latest creation comes in the form of the Yamaha MOTIV.e electric car.
Built by Yamaha, the MOTIV.e was unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . It was one of the crown jewels of the Yamaha stands this year. The increased urban traffic and the need for compact, fuel-efficient cars has resulted into the creation of the MOTIV.e city car.
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The first thing that crossed our minds when we saw Kode9 by Ken Okuyama Design was the [Speed Racer] movie. Ken Okuyama is a well known car designer from Japan who has, in the past, headed the design team at Pininfarina. His famous works include the Ferrari Enzo and Maserati Quattroporte . Well, he also loves building special one-offs, and the Kode9 was one such concept that was showcased at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show .
The influence of Italian automotive design is evident in Ken’s work, and the Kode9 is an example of that inspiration. The exterior design of the Kode9 can be related to some classic sports car as well as modern concepts . Despite the similarities, the Kode9 sits as a uniquely different design form and a rather attractive one, to say the least. Most of the parts used have been made using modern technologies like 3D printing and carbon fiber.
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The Devel Sixteen hypercar was unveiled at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show and it is either sheer vaporware or the most insanely powerful car we’ve ever seen. According to it’s creator — Majid Al Attar — the new Devel Sixteen is "created with the passion of making this car a legend in the history of super cars."
The only problem is that even though the model dropped cover in Dubai, it’s official webpage remains mostly specification-free. Still, its pretty obvious the new Sixteen features an outrageous design language that seems inspired by the Lamborghini Egoista and Veneno , but taken to even crazier levels — if that’s even possible.
Under its hood, the Sixteen gets a sixteen-cylinder engine that, according to the specifications listed in Dubai, delivers a total of 5,000 horsepower — no, that’s not a typo, it’s a five with three zeros. With this incredible amount of power, Devel estimates the Sixteen will hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds and go up to a top speed of 560 km/h (347 mph). If the Devel Sixteen ever hits the market, then it will easily become the fastest production car in the world.
The new Sixten is rumored to come with a price of $1 million — a relative bargain if the specs are correct — and three customers have already placed orders.
Click past the video to see a video of the Devel Sixteen shot at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show.
W Motors rolled into the 2013 Dubai Auto Show with the brand-new Lykan HyperSport . Now, just a few days later, it has already released the first teaser images of the upcoming SuperSport, which is set to arrive in 2015.
Just like the HyperSport, the upcoming SuperSport features an aggressive front fascia with LED headlights and massive air intakes, a ventilated hood, carbon-fiber side skirts and side air intakes. Around back, the SuperSport features a large rear diffuser and a quad-exit exhaust system.
W Motors remained quiet on the specifications, but it looks like the SuperSport will deliver "even better performance" than the HyperSport. This really gets our mouths watering, considering the HyperSport is powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and the speedo keeps climbing to 239 mph.
Unlike the Lykan HyperSport , the future SuperSport will drop the gold stitching in the seats, the diamond encrusted LED lights, the holographic central display HUD with interactive motion and tactile interaction, and the concierge service. These changes make us think that W Motors is aiming for the SuperSport to be a little more affordable than the $3.4 million Lykan HyperSport.
The W Motors SuperSport will be unveiled in 2015, and it will be limited to only 25 units — 18 more than the Lykan HyperSport. We’ll bring you more details when W Motors releases them.
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From the people that brought us the the Sigma , Gold Rush , and Magnate concepts by way of its new Zeus Twelve automotive division comes a new concept that follows in the outlandish footsteps of its other concept offerings.
Gray Design is back, and as part of its lauded return to the headlines, the company announced plans to build a new concept , aptly called the Nouvair, which is being touted as carrying a huge design influence from the Art Nouveau movement.
Nothing is imminent as far as official details are concerned, but Gray Design did release a handful of design studies on what it wants the Nouvair Concept to look like. And just like it’s past creations, there are definitely a lot of curves on its streamlined, retro-looking body. The large rear wheel arches and the arrow-like rear evokes a classic aura to the concept that matches well with the modern-looking vented hood and muscular front profile. The grille needs some work, though, as does the mustache-looking intakes below it.
No word on performance numbers, either, but we expect it to carry a powertrain akin to the 2.0-liter, Caterham Duratec in-line-four engine the Zeus Twelve Sigma had under its hood. This four pot is capable of producing 335 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and is good enough to hit a top speed of 180 mph.
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Why yes, it’s the Bravado Banshee, the getaway car that made its debut in the opening moments of Grand Theft Auto III. The Banshee was always treated simply as a video game car that ultimately became one of the mainstays of GTA.
All that’s about to change now that a real world version of the Banshee has been built, thanks to Rockstar Games’ collaboration with West Coast Customs. It’s only a one-off machine, yet it makes good use of state-of-the-art fabrication technologies to turn it into a true sports car befitting its stature as a bad-ass in the GTA franchise.
One look at the Banshee and you can surmise that it was probably based on a past version of the Dodge Viper . WCC used molds for the exterior, and cut and machined piece-by-piece to recreate the high-performance look of the video game sports car. And as an added treat, the Banshee’s iconic metallic-blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe, ensuring that the sports car’s video game looks translated perfectly into the real-world car.
Additionally, the interior is also a sight to behold with the seats upholstered and embroidered with the "Banshee" name and insignia. Likewise, carbon inlays were used on the dashboard, door panels and center console while a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed.
But the best part about the Banshee isn’t so much it’s appeal; it’s the fact that GameStop is offering the chance to win this one-of-a-kind vehicle as part of its Epic Rewards Giveaway. All you have to do, given you are a Power Up Rewards Member, is follow the instructions on the GameStop website and see if your name is drawn.
Sounds like a good deal to us.
Click past the jump to watch the first official trailer of the latest GTA game, Grand Theft Auto V
Bulleta Motors is a California-based niche sports car manufacturer and it’s got quite a surprise for all of us.
The RF22, inspired by Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor jet, is the company’s new sports car and it looks awesome. It’s actually based on the Lotus Evora , which shouldn’t come as a surprise once you dive deep into its overall shape and some of the details that went into improving its aesthetic and aerodynamic character.
But at its heart, it’s an Evora and that’s a pretty good thing because we love the Evora.
Bulleta, however, takes it up to a new level with the RF22, giving it enough added goodies, be it in styling or the supercharger it developed in-house, to give this sports car some serious bite. Given its svelte look and lightweight characteristics, the fact that the RF22 can hit 500 horsepower and break 0-60 mph in about the same time as a Ferrari speaks to the incredible job Bulleta Motors did in building this sports car.
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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.
Not a lot of people are familiar with the California-based niche automaker, Lucra. For one, it was founded just 3 years ago in 2010 and until now, it still has only one model to its name: the LC470 .
All that could change soon, given the automaker’s plan to introduce a second model comes to fruition. Details are still limited, but Lucra labeled the prototype model as the "2.2". The initial renderings show it as a long, front- or mid-engine sports roadster that looks - at least in terms of its shape and contour - eerily similar to the Corvette Stingray Concept of some years ago.
Judging by these renderings, the 2.2 does hold some design appeal. It’s got the streamlined look of a bona fide roadster and makes use of tons of modern automotive materials, including carbon fiber, LED lighting and state-of-the-art wheels.
As far as the powertrain is concerned, customers will have the choice of what V-8 engine they want Lucra to drop into the engine bay. Options include a GM-sourced powertrain or a Mercedes-source powertrain, which we assume will come from the German automaker’s in-house performance division, AMG.
Putting a number on the 2.2’s performance capabilities, it won’t be surprising if the sports roadster achieves somewhere around 530 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque under its hood to go with a 0-to-60 mph time of just under 3 seconds and a top speed of around 190 mph.
No word on yet on how far along the development of the 2.2 is, but considering the nature of the prototype, it won’t be long before a lot of people start talking about this new sports car from Lucra.
Click past the jump to read about potential competitors for the Lucra 2.2