At last year’s Paris Motor Show, the English automaker Mini showed the world the Mini Crossover concept that took the cute Cooper and beefed it up with some off road attitude, and everyone expected to see the production version this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. however Mini has announced that the crossover’s official launch has been delayed until 2010 at the earliest.
That doesn’t mean that the Mini booth will be empty in Frankfurt, the automobile manufacturer will be unveiling the Mini Coupe concept and the Mini Roadster concept at the German auto show, a fitting move considering that their parent company BMW is from the region.
The crossover model, reportedly called Crossman, is almost certain to make an appearance at the Geneva motor show next spring. According to a BMW Mini spokesman, "The Crossover launch has been pushed back as we wish to first explore differentiation within future Mini smaller models and get feedback." Hopefully we don’t face any more financial crisis before then.
It was just last week when we brought you a Russian R8 owner who was pining for the days of the classic BMW luxury grand touring coupe, so it was quite comical when we came across this modern day nomad who is proud to call his workhorse a BMW , and that doesn’t stand for Bavarian Mule Works.
Aside from all the all terrain, test mule and harmful emissions jokes you have to ask yourself, what would possess a person to do a thing like this? Could it be the allure of owning an import or being able to ride around on a piece of fine German engineering that motivated this man to badge his donkey as a bonfire Bimmer. We guess that at the end of the day the question you have to ask yourself is, how much more is a BMW ass worth than the regular kind?
If you thought that Hyundai was the only automaker from Korea capable of stealing sales from the competition with models like the Genesis Sedan and upcoming Equus then think again, because the small coachbuilder from South Korea, Proto Motors has been building the Spirra S sports car since last year and from the looks of things the little super car that could is doing just fine. Originaly intended to offer outstanding performance on a budget, the original $100,000 Spirra was powered by a 4.6 Liter DOHC 32 valve V8 engine from a mid 1990s Ford Mustang Cobra with a maximum output of 320 HP and 312 lb-ft of torque. This allowed the Korean super car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of over 200 MPH.
In 2008 the Spirra S was introduced with 400 HP in the form of a 2.7 Liter supercharged V6. Despite the newfound power, the Proto Spirra was only able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 MPH. So later on that year the automaker released the Spirra Turbo, priced at a slightly higher $129,000 the blower was swapped out for a hairdryer and the same 2.7 Liter V6 now makes 500 HP. In true super car fashion the Spirra is outfitted with luxuries like a full premium leather interior, Brembo brakes, Recaro bucket seats a MOMO steering wheel and even wireless broadband. The Spirra Turbo can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds and allow the 2,205 lb super car to go as fast as 217 MPH depending on trim level.
Sometimes, people just become too creative for their own good. While we applaud those who exercise their creative freedom – especially in tuning concept cars – we believe that it’s always a good idea to not go overboard.
In the case of this car – do we even call it one? – maybe it would have been best to err on the side of on conservativeness. But the folks over at NImik definitely had other plans. They created this: the ‘2CV Nimik’. The name, by itself, is reason enough for us to question the sanity of these guys but they sure did themselves one better. The Italian firm built this ‘vehicle’ by placing the casings of a Citroen 2CV on top of – get ready for this – a Ferrari F355 .
Wrecking a perfectly good Ferrari just so you can put a Citroen on top of it to make a vehicle that’s too confusing to describe definitely puts the ‘2CV Nimik’ on top of the list of worst customizations in the history of the world.
To be fair, the ‘vehicle’ does come with a Ferrari-powered V8 engine and it is unique for aesthetic reasons. But we just can’t get over the fact that sitting under that Citroen was once a Ferrari F355.
When Michael Jackson died, the whole world predictably mourned. News of the King of Pop’s untimely death has also resulted in thousands of tributes from his fans all over the world. One such fan, 18-year old Eric Callisto, paid his respects in a very unconventional way.
The teenager from Indiana is commemorating the life and times of Jacko
by designing a Smart car . Callisto created a website where – for a $10 donation – fellow fans can have their names, businesses, or websites, put on the car.
It’s an unusual tribute even for Jackson’s standards, but Callisto says that the idea popped up after seeing the unprecedented grief Jackson’s fans sent out through Twitter. While we can’t fault Callisto for his intentions, it seems like an unusual tribute to a star known for being unconventional. Nevertheless, Callisto is still seeking the support from the Jackson family with the hopes of making his ‘tribute-designed’ Smart Car, the ‘official’ tribute car for Michael Jackson.
In any case, if you’re a Michael Jackson fan and you feel that there’s still something you can do for your fallen idol, you can click on the website below and show your appreciation for the King of Pop by participating in Eric Callisto’s tribute car.
Anybody who’s ever gone through childhood must have, at one point, been transfixed to the Hanna Barbera’s classic cartoons, Wacky Races. The unforgettable ensemble of characters – including Peter Perfect, Dick Dastardley & Mutley, and Penelope Pitstop – have all left us wishing to become race car drivers driving our very own wacky race car.
If you’re going to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, then your wishes are about to come true. Almost, that is.
A full set of 11 real-life Wacky race cars will be displayed at the aforementioned car festival providing fans of the cartoon from all shapes and sizes the opportunity to see their favorite wacky race cars up close and personal.
Plenty of companies have been established with the vision of providing a vehicle that would give eager everyday drivers the option of doing a Jetsons-style flyover for their morning commute. But the reality is that although there have been many drawings and ideas in the past, very few have ever gotten off the ground. So each time news has come out of the Terrafugia company about their Transition car/plane, we’ve been skeptical.
Now the company has given us good reason to move them from the “Crackpot Idea” category right into “Money Sinkhole” slot. This video shows that the Transition is a real flying aircraft (even if the altitude is very low). If Terrafugia keeps up this kind of progress, we may soon be moving it into the “Toys for People With More Money Than Brains” category.
Now all we have to do is see proof that the Transition folds up and fits into a garage like the computer-generated video showed us. Still a tall order for a company that announced it wants to deliver the first production vehicle in late 2009 for $194,000. If Terrafugia can keep on target, we won’t just have to watch out for the idiots driving in front or behind us in morning traffic, but also the rich idiots who are attacking from above.
Interview video with the test pilot after the jump.
The Predator Extreme is a car with an identity crisis. It does not know whether it is an expensive Italian supercar, a Formula 1 inspired sportscar or a Japanese sedan; because it calls upon touches from all of these. The nose is inspired by the Ferrari Enzo . The bodylines are pure Lamborghini and although the seats look like the Lambo offerings, the seating position is pure McLaren F1. Quite possibly my favorite touch to the exotic looking kit car is the incorporation of the Infiniti G35 taillights. Whoever would have thought that Nissan’s luxury brand would be said amongst the names of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren?
Even though the looks of this hodgepodge of expensive supercars is highly criticized across the web, the producers of Knight Rider liked it enough to blow it up on their TV show.
Check out the latest in automotive inspired body art with Volkswagen enthusiast Mike Templeton. Instead of complaining about that ominous little warning light he embraced it displaying his love for his third generation Jetta for the world to see.