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Okay, so this isn’t exactly the DeLorean from Back to the Future nor is it the cute little bubble car George Jetson flew around, but sometimes television can thwart reality to a point that when the real thing comes out; we are a tad bit perplexed. Sort of how we felt when we saw the Transition from Terrafugia, Inc. Is this thing a plane or a car? Well, apparently it’s both and it is due for production in 2011.

Terrafugia, Inc. was started by five pilots whose mission was clear; innovative expansion of personal mobility. Work started back in 2006 and, since then, there have been many accomplishments with their version of the "flying car". About a year and a half ago, the Transition made its first flight. Before that Terrafugia released a computer-generated video that showed how the roadable aircraft could fold up its wings to be road-ready. Is it attractive? Heck no, but everyone remembers how the first cell phone looked (remember Zach Morris’ blocky contraption) and, given time, the aesthetic appeal could definitely turn this thing into a mass appealing transportation device. All we have to do is be patient and we - or our grandkids - can be riding around in a flying Porsche 911 (or a Volkswagen Minivan for those of us toting young ones).

Hit the jump to see the newly released specs for the Transition Roadable Aircraft.

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As was pointed out earlier, Top Gear is back on the air in the UK. While BBC America is a bit slow to show us the new episodes, we have torrents to keep us up to date.

In the first episode of the season, we saw a Bentley Continental Supersports and the new reasonably priced car, a Kia Cee’d . Yet, that wasn’t the best bit. What really capped the episode off was some Jeremy Clarkson stupidity.

Clarkson decided to find out why there aren’t more three-wheeled cars in the world. He set out on a 14-mile journey that was shown to us on a map of Europe in the beginning of the clip. The car he selected to drive was the good old Reliant Robin, the same type of car that was used to build the space shuttle a few years back.

You’ll have to watch the video below to find out what happens, but it was quite amusing. Sorry about the poor video quality, but that’s life on YouTube.

Hit the jump for the video.

Shadow Hawk Vehicles has announced the Street Hawk "Super Terrain Vehicle", a €1 million vehicle that combines the performances of a road machine with the capabilities of an off road vehicle. It will be limited to just 12 units per year with sales beginning in late 2011 and will be built upon request.

The Street Hawk develops a total of 1100 HP and 1805 lbs-ft and returns a fuel economy of 22mpg. With a total weight of 4,800 lbs, the Shadow Hawk can make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds and has a calculated top speed of 208mph. The vehicle is all-wheel-drive and sits 40 inches tall with 15.5 inch wide tires and 22 inch wheels.

Customers will be able to chose from a two door or a four door version as well as being able to choose the exterior color, interior fabrics, satellite systems, five-point harnesses, run flat systems, sleeper, towing packages, right-hand drive, armament, and much more.

Does anyone else think this vehicle looks like a cross between a Hummer and a Winnebago with a killer instinct? Anyone?

Source: Jameslist
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If the sight of this vehicle makes your nose scrunch up and a "what the f*@%!" bubble appear above your head then you are not alone. This vehicle is one of the strangest we have ever seen with its unique Mercedes -inspired design language and its crazy structure. What in the world could anyone possibly use this vehicle for? Creator and Iranian engineer Siyamak Rouhi Dehkordi will tell you this vehicle was designed for “adventurous customers and people who need to move in extremely difficult conditions and terrains.”

This extreme off-road vehicle was designed after the jointed structure of insects and operates on a flexible frame and six wheels. This unique body, along with the diesel engine mated to a flexible hydraulic power transmission system, allows it to crawl over almost any obstacle with ease. The vehicle’s dimensions consist of a total length of 4.8 meters, two equal wheelbases of 0.95 meters, and a ground clearance of 46 cm.

The only place the engineer seemed to fail at, other than with the utter hideousness of the vehicle, is the space. The Hexawheel concept is only a three-seater and offers up a very small trailer space in back. Other than that, it is an awkwardly cool vehicle.

Is this what the Hyundai of the future will look like? This concept was designed by Shane Baxley from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. It is called Aebulle ("aebulle" means "cocoon" in Korean) and represents a futuristic three-wheeler vehicle with an electric powertrain and a magnesium frame.

"The main idea was to design a personal vehicle that delivers the mobility and speed of a motorcycle while offering the safety that a cocoon offers a butterfly. The Aebulle is targeted for the Los Angeles region where it would utilize the commuter lanes allowing its occupant a quick commute."

The concept was designed to be powered by compact in-wheel electric motors coupled with lithium batteries stored in the floor of the vehicle. It’s front wheels are connected to separate independent swing arms that allow the Aebulle to glide around corners. The body is made up of an aluminum frame and the "windshield" is made up of aluminum oxynitride glass. The whole top of the three-wheeler lifts up, taking with it the center console and allowing the passenger to make his exit.

Hit the jump to watch a short video portraying the nooks and crannies of this unique transportation device.


The dead are becoming more and more famous here on Topspeed, and it’s not because of reasons you might think. After featuring a young Puerto Rican and the rather unusual way he was displayed at his wake, we now have another dead car-loving fanatic who still wants to remind people just how much he loves cars even after he has passed on.

Steve Marsh, who was affectionately called BMW Steve by those close to him, passed on last year at the age of 51. We don’t know if he specifically wanted this type of tombstone on his grave, but his family, after being granted permission by the local authorities, went out and imported a one-piece granite scale model headstone of a BMW M3 convertible, BMW Steve’s favorite car in the world. And just to make sure that the granite M3 has BMW Steve’s imprint on it, his family personally designed the car, including the customized silver-painted lights, a dashboard, BMW logos on the wheels, and even a personalized license plate bearing the name ’Steve 1’.

And the cost of the car? That would be £50,000, which, if you didn’t know, is about the same price as a real BMW M3.

Photo credits: Peter Lawson

Source: Daily Mail

Don’t adjust your monitors because it won’t work. The photos you’re looking at are all legitimate. That is a Willys Jeep replica and, by all accounts, it’s as big a car as anything we’ve ever seen in the past.

The owner of that Jeep is a pretty larger-than-life individual himself: Sheik Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a man who’s as famous for his philantrophic work as he is for being quite a devoted car nut.

On the latter, there are some pretty interesting facts about this man that you’re going to find mind-boggling. For starters, he has one of the largest car collections in the world at over 200 cars and trucks. As if that is not awesome enough, he keeps them in his own personal garage - it’s actually a pyramid - just outside Abu Dhabi. He even lets the public in for free to see his collection. To further explain his enthusiasm for cars, he once bought seven Mercedes SEL models back in 1983 for the simple reason that he wanted one for every day of the week. He even had each model painted in the colors of the rainbow because, well, he just felt like it.

Wait, it gets better.

Al Nahyan is also fond of ginormous motor homes. Among his works of art include the aforementioned 21-foot tall Willys Jeep replica. He also previously built the world’s largest truck - another replica, this time of the Dodge Power Wagon - that even comes with four bedrooms inside. And just to make sure that he can have the whole world in his hands, Al Nahyan also built a motor home shaped like the planet Earth that - if you can even believe this - was specifically measured to be 1 millionth the size of the real deal.

One word: WOW.

Source: Jalopnik

Chris Johnson is just about the hottest name in the NFL right now. The Tennessee Titans’ all-world running back recently had a season for the ages after becoming just the sixth player to run for 2,000 yards in a season and also breaking Marshall Faulk’s yards from scrimmage with 2,509 yards.

But as far car tuning tastes are concerned, Johnson is about as bad as it gets – or maybe he just has a different taste for what constitutes as a finely-tuned machine.

Consider what he did to this car. If it’s bad enough that the car has the color of an oversized banana, Johnson had to bring more attention to it by adding 30-inch rims.

We love you for running ability, Chris Johnson. And if you know what’s best for you, we strongly advise you to run as far away as you can from this monstrosity – literally and figuratively – of a ride.

Source: Deadspin

So what if 2017 is still seven years from now; some people just have vivid imaginations. Jacob McMurry is one designer that isn’t afraid to experiment with his works and his latest creation – a rendering of a 2017 Alfa Romeo – is clearly no exception.

Described as someting in the range of what should be Aston Martin’s top-of-the-line model, McMurry’s design - he calls it the 2017 Alfa Romeo Executive Fastback Saloon - has ‘futuristic’ written all over it. The car’s overall shape is unique in its own right, especially the tail, which, according to McMurry was inspired by the gondolas of Venice. The ‘sliced’ hood in the front end, as well as the clear glass roof that goes all the way to the rear are a few more examples of McMurry’s rather unorthodox design.

The good thing about designing a car for a calendar year that’s a long way from the present is that you can go bananas with your design. While we’ve seen some pretty good ones in the past, Jacob McMurry’s take on this 2017 Alfa Romeo could have been one of them if it wasn’t for the gondola-looking rear end, which, to be honest, is just completely out of place.

Source: YankoDesign

Casual car fans are probably not familiar with the brand Tirrito Vajon, and for the most part, we can’t really blame them.

The Italian niche supercar maker is set to release its latest toy for the big boys, the Ayrton S, at the 21010 Top Marques Monaco but a lot of us are wishing that the company hold off their introductions just a little while longer.

Make no mistake, with a 627 horsepower output, the car is obviously fast – credit goes to the car’s BMW M5 V10-powered engine – but it’s the car’s appearance that leaves a lot to be desired. And that may even be an understatement.

Among the things that we find a little off for a supposed supercar are the Vajon’s headlights, which, at first glance, look a lot like halogen lights you’d find in a bathroom. The car also looks like a compressed – and stiff – version of a Lamborghini, making us question the aesthetic taste of these guys.

Forgive us for being brutally blunt, but how can you trust somebody that can’t even spell ‘revealed’ right. Check out the video to see exactly what we mean.

Source: Tirrito Cars

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