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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It may not be the most aesthetically-pleasing car out on the market, but the Tango electric car does have Jay Leno’s stamp of approval. And in the auto industry, that speaks volumes.
The pencil-thin, yet surprisingly-fast electric car was the subject in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. In the episode, Leno talks with the inventor of the Tango, Rick Woodbury, and the two discuss the uniqueness of the car despite its rather peculiar appearance. In a rare moment of seriousness, Leno looked as if he was genuinely interested in what Woodbury had to say, which is pretty significant because the comedian wastes little time in trying to crack jokes at other people’s expense. One particularly important point that was stressed was the Tango’s use of lead acid batteries as compared to the lithium-ion variety, which Woodbury admits the company still doesn’t have the budget for. Nevertheless, the inventor of the Tango stressed that the company is proceeding plans with putting lithium-ions in the Tango in the near future.
After their conversation, Leno then takes the Tango out for a ride and is pretty impressed with the ride, even saying that the car’s unique ability to split lanes – according to 63 police officers Woodbury asked, all of them have said that it’s perfectly legal – makes it the perfect traffic buster.
Another Leno quip that made us crack was when he said that the Tango’s the only car that you can hang both your arms on both windows. The man hasn’t lost his touch.
Let’s just put it out there: the Myers Motors NMG2 has taken the words ‘quirky’ and ’efficient’ to all-time levels.
We do have to give brownie points to Myers for their creativity and ingenuity. The two-seat, three-wheel model NMG2 integrates elements from cars and motorcycles thanks to those headlights, which, if you noticed, comes in threes: Two on either side and one on the center. Yes, the center.
Not only that, the car’s dimensions are such that the front resembles – apart from the center-mounted headlights, of course – a standard car while the back looks more like a performance bike.
In any case, Myers seems to have tremendous faith in their product, especially as far as eco-friendly efficiency is concerned; something all of us can agree with.
The vehicle runs on lithium-ion batteries and has a top speed of 75 mph with a 60-mile range. Myers has also hinted that a 100-mile model will eventually be offered for customers down the road. For now, the NMG2 is slated to hit production by the tail-end of 2010 and customers who are interested in buying one of these cars can do so for a little under $30,000.
The Dutch super car builder Zenvo has developed an automobile as strange and powerful as the company’s name. Limited to only 15 units, the Zenvo ST1 combines a radical drag reducing shape with a tremendous power plant that will make Bugatti engineers put down their slide rulers and take notice.
Thanks to our friends at BilMagasinetTV in Denmark, we can bring you this up close look at the mid engine turbo charged and supercharged 7.0 Liter V8 that delivers 1,104 HP and 1055 lb-ft. of torque. This combination of compressed air is good for a manufacturer claimed 0 to 60 MPH time in about three second range and a very super car like top speed of 233 MPH.
According to the man behind the wheel, even though this is just the preproduction prototype, the ST1 handles as good as it goes. However with over 1,100 HP on tap it would be hard not to be adream come true for any speed junkie.