Prototypes or prototypical instances combine the most representative attributes of a category. A prototype is the stage before the final design. They are the best examples among the members of a category and serve as benchmarks against which the surrounding "poorer" instances are categorized.

As kids, we all had all sorts of dreams about when we grew up. Ranging from the standard – doctor, lawyer, or police officer - to the absurd – professional wrestler – all of us wanted to be something.

For those of you who wanted to build your own supercar, your dreams are about to become reality, provided, of course, you have some resources to make the purchase.

Coming out of the land where anything and everything seems to be for sale is the patent design of an upstart American supercar company called Vollari. For every Ferrari Ferrari , Lamborghini, and Pagani Pagani , there are ventures like Vollari that end up crashing to the ground before it even gets a chance to lift off. Sad, but true.

The people behind Vollari are selling the design rights, including design patents, copyrights, blueprints, 3D CAD data, a website, and even a prototype for the car, all at a fraction of the $450,000 Vollari spent on the venture.

So if you’ve got enough moolah in your hands, not to mention, the patience, determination, and fortitude to pick up where Vollari left off, you may end up realizing your childhood fantasies after all. It’s going to be difficult given the current economic conditions that we’re in, but hey, if other people were able to do it, who’s to say you can’t?

Source: Ebay Motors

The classic Shelby GT350 should definitely be every car lover’s dream. The bad news is not every Shelby lover will get the chance to own such a marvel of a car. The good news is that one very lucky person will have the honor of owning a unique 1965 Shelby GT350 Prototype (the basis for the famed "Eleanor" movie car) as the car will be on auction at Mecum’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours .

This particular Shelby was originally shipped to Shelby American on May 22, 1965. It was then completed as a GT350 on May 25 and started its life as a prototype driver for Shelby American. The first threee models years were spent as a prototype driver and the vehicle was then sold off to Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors in El Segundo, California on May 11, 1967.

The car on auction is equipped with rear quarter windows, side scoops, 1966 Shelby stripes, Shelby/Crager 15" Black accent wheels, 1966 underride traction bars, 1965 override brackets, prototype carpeted rear shelf (’66), 1967 Shelby GT350 wood steering wheel, very rare ’66 Mustang AM 8-track stereo and door speakers, very rare Cobra badge on the glove compartment. Also it is the only known pre 1967 Shelby GT350 with a factory rear spoiler, authenticated by SAAC.

So anyone want a piece of Shelby history? Better start saving up to bid on this magnificent piece of machinery. The Pebble Beach Concours is August 13-14, 2010, but the Shelby GT350 will be sold on Saturday, August 14th at 2:30pm.

Source: Mecum

We’re not the type to be easily surprised by anything that happens in the auto industry, but this one really caught us off-guard - in a good way, of course.

This here is a new lightweight BMW X5 prototype that, according to BMW , is about 50% lighter than the weight of the first ever X5 to be released to the public some years ago. The material in use for this prototype is something that’s called carbon fiber reinforced plastic, a material that supposedly cuts the overall bulk of cars without compromising any of the safety standards set on these vehicles.

That potential alone should make the hairs on the back of our heads rise without provocation.

In addition to its lightweight nature – and the fact that nothing is taken away as far as safety is concerned, the CFRP can also provide stability to a vehicle in inclement conditions while providing the necessary sturdiness to absorb any potential hits without debilitating damage.

All in all, this X5 prototype, by using the CFRP material, saves as much as 400 pounds from other X5s that use steel on the body. It may not look a lot to the casual observer, but 400 pounds less means less weight to pull around. And you don’t need to tell us how that affects the power and speed of a car.

Source: BMW Blog
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The new 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI saloon was officially unveiled at the 2010 New York Auto Show, but our spy photographer has captured the big-winged saloon testing at the Nürburgring.

At first impression, it seems the car is nothing more than the European version of the high-performance saloon. Upon closer inspection, however, there are some differences clearly suggesting that the STI seen here may very well be a prototype for a Spec C model. This is especially convincing since most white Japanese cars are usually special editions.

These differences include the matte black alloys, gold color brembo brake calipers, and the front lip spoiler, all of which were not shown on the show car, but are standout features on the JDM Impreza STI Spec C hatchback .

If it does turn out to be a Spec-C expect a power hike over the standard 305hp to around 350hp. There should also be a weight reduction from the use of a smaller battery, aluminum body panels, and a revised firmer suspension including a more track focused limited slip differential.

In September 1969 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), Mercedes displayed a futuristic study that was used to test Wankel engines, diesel engines, and turbochargers. There were only three versions built, with the third one C111-III being unveiled in 1977. It used a straight-5 turbo-Diesel engine that developed a total of 230 HP. The C111 hit 200 mph (322 km/h) at Nardò in 1978.

Do we need to continue or is the information we have provided sufficient enough to understood that this is a very rare car and some people will do anything to have it? If it is then we must move on to the crazy news we must reveal. A C111-III prototype being transported from the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, to its museum in Brooklands, England, was reportedly the target of a robbery attempt when criminals tried to hijack the truck in which it was contained. As if the near-stolen experience wasn’t enough, the vehicle suffered some damage to its front fender and gullwing doors.

This shows the idiocy involved in thievery. Where exactly did these thieves think they were going to go with such a rare car as the C111? Did they think no one would notice? Maybe that the robbery wouldn’t be splattered across all automotive outlets? Stay in school, guys. Stay in school.

Source: Luxist

A 2012 Mercedes ML-Class testing ended in tragedy: a man killed and more cars destroyed. The incident happened on the Autobahn A81 near Rottweil, Germany on April 23rd. A 52-year-old Daimler employee was testing a 2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class prototype SUV when he killed a 26-year-old man exiting his vehicle.

It seems that the younger man was involved in a minor accident only minutes before when he collided with the guardrail after there was a small malfunction with his car. Two good samaritans had stopped to help him when all of a sudden, the Mercedes SUV came down the road traveling at a high speed and struck the 26-year-old’s vehicle and a third car at the scene. The SUV then proceeded to flip over on its hood and travel an additional 250 feet.

The young man was killed upon impact and the Daimler driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Neither of the good Samaritans were treated at the hospital for any injuries. Police are still investigating the accident to determine what the cause of it was and who was at fault.

Our thoughts are with the unfortunate victims involved in this accident as well as with their families.

Source: WCF

After we have seen the Opel Ampera concept version in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, this year Opel is taking a step forward with the unveiling of the first prototype of the production Ampera.

The first prototype has received its first charge of electricity and will be put of test on a long-distance drive from Rüsselsheim to Geneva. The Ampera extended-range electric vehicle will use the energy stored in its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to drive the first stage of the 600 kilometers journey from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, without emitting CO2.

Press release after the jump.

You may be familiar with Radical Sportscars for their affordable line of open air track day toys capable of giving larger cars a serious run for their money while using a compact gas burning power plant. However with the new SRZero that was unveiled at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, the English race car builder is rolling out a very ambitious plan to take their electric prototype on a 16,000 mile endurance trip from Argentina to Alaska later on this year in order to become the world’s most focused, fun to drive alternative propulsion vehicle.

The Radical SRZero is powered by the latest in lithium iron phosphate battery technology, linked to a state of the art battery management and systems control unit. Making a total of 400 HP from its twin motors, the lightweight BEV sports car can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 120 MPH. Thanks to regenerative braking units built into the zero emissions race car, the SRZero has an extended range of over 300 miles and can be recharged by an ordinary household electric outlet.

Press release after the jump.

Porsche Cayman is for sure a car every one has hard about, and many have the chance to drive it. But how many of you know about its predecessor, the Porsche 916? However the car never made it to production, and there were only 11 prototypes produced.

Porsche 916

The 916 was to be priced at $14,000 - the most expensive Porsche at that time. That was considerably more than the highest priced 911 which cost around $10,000 and with sales declining, Porsche dropped the idea of building it. The Porsche 916 was intended as a competitor for the Ferrari 246 Dino.

The 916 takes over the raw body from the 914/6. The roof is permanently welded to the body. The fenders must be widened to make enough room for the 7-inch wide light alloy wheels. The 916 is also fitted with the brakes and 2.4 litre motor from the 911 S.

Do you have an extra $275,000 in your pocket? If you do, Cooper Classics in New York has a ultra rare proposition for you: the sixth "first Porsche" is for sale. We are talking about a rare Porsche 356 prototype built in 1948 - the pre-production version of the later factory 356 cars.

It features an are one-off aluminum body and Metallic Green exterior paint with a Tan Interior.

It carries a unique provenance with ownership history including some of the major players in early Porsche history including M. Debrunner, president of VW AG Switzerland, and Ruprecht von Senger. Von Senger financed and established the early Porsche dealership network in Europe much like Max Hoffman would do later in the U.S. in 1953. The car was last registered in Switzerland in 1959. It was put into storage for some 20 years and eventually sold to Michael Rizzuto, a restoration specialist in the United States . Mr. Rizzuto sold the car in unrestored condition to film producer Monty Montgomery in 1988. Mr. Montgomery commissioned a full restoration and upon completion in 1992 it was exhibited at Pebble Beach.

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