Aston Martin’s Flying Taxi Looks Like Some Sci Fi Air Racer
Between the impressive DBS Superleggera and the downright outrageous Cygnet V8, Aston has been making some pretty big blips on our radar as of late. Now, we’ve got something else to ogle - it’s called the Volante Vision Concept, and it’s meant to “explore luxury personal air mobility” to fly you and yours to any urban or inter-city destination with ease.
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Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS
This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.
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Toyota showed up to Goodwood with a camouflaged Supra in hopes of stealing the spotlight, but Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, Brabham, and others made sure to get their own attention by bringing their latest gear. BMW was particularly eager to show off here, as next to their all-new 8 Series, they will be revealing this - the BMW M Performance Parts Concept M2.
Debuting at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will showcase all the breadth of BMW M Performance division who spruced up the M2 to previously unimaginable levels. It is a lighter, meaner, and angrier version of the BMW M2 Coupe. Some of the parts showcased here are destined for the new BMW M2 Competition.
Mercedes-AMG Aesthetics Progressive Luxury aka Electric Silver Arrow to Debut at Pebble Beach
Mercedes is cooking up quite the presence at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, one that will be highlighted by the debut of the Aesthetics Progressive Luxury Concept. The streamlined prototype reveals little at this point, but the concept, which reportedly carries the in-house name, Electric Silver Arrow, is pegged as a halo model for the German automaker’s newly created EQ electric brand.
Pininfarina Teases PF0 All-Electric Ultra-Luxury Hypercar Before August Debut
Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design house that created a slew of breathtaking vehicles for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, among others, has been rather busy lately creating the next generation of highly desirable sports cars. The firm branched off as Automobili Pininfarina back in April, rebranding itself into a futuristic, forward-thinking mobility company, creating models like the Pininfarina HK GT concept in the process. Now, Automobili Pininfarina is teasing a forthcoming all-electric hyperspeed-maker called the PF0, and so far, it’s shaping up to be quite the machine.
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Gorgeous Cadillac Coupe Concept revealed in patent drawings
Cadillac-made coupes are sexy as hell. Unfortunately, they’re quite rare nowadays. With the CTS Coupe already discontinued and the ATS set to go into the history books beyond 2018, Cadillac will have no two-door models on offer in a few months. Fortunately, this may change soon with the arrival of the CT5, which replaces the CTS. A series of leaked patent drawings confirm that Caddy may offer a coupe version too, and it’s downright gorgeous.
Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Hyundai Le Fil Rouge
The Le Fil Rouge Concept is Hyundai’s interpretation of its future and will serve as a basis for all future Hyundai models, cars and SUVs alike. Its exterior design has a lot of potential, but the interior is a bit… um… too futuristic if we’re being nice about it. Unfortunately, Hyundai spent more time working on the exterior and interior design, including some really odd interior tech, than it should have so it didn’t have a functioning drivetrain. One could imagine, however, that it had an all-electric driveline that would be good for anywhere between 350 and 500 horsepower. All of this aside, it looks pretty damn cool, so we decided to revisit it and make it our wallpaper of the day here at TopSpeed HQ. Go ahead and take our favorite or snag one from the gallery a little further down the page.
2018 Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign
While it might be a world-class performance icon, the Nissan GT-R was never really considered “pretty.” However, that all changes with the introduction of the one-off GT-R50 prototype, a collaborative effort between Nissan and the legendary Italian design house, Italdesign. Built to commemorate the overlapping 50th anniversary of both the Skyline GT-R nameplate and the birth of Italdesign, the GT-R50 is rolling eye candy laid atop an engineering masterpiece, bringing form and function into stunning harmony.
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Italdesign and Nissan Design a Celebratory GT-R That Screams Future Collaboration
To celebrate 50 years of Italdesign creations and the Nissan GT-R nameplate, the coachbuilder and automaker have teamed up to create a one-off prototype called the GT-R50. Considered to be a GT-R without limits, and based on the 2018 GT-R Nismo, this custom Nissan is scheduled to debut next month with heavy modifications – exactly what you would expect from something created by Italdesign.
Compare The Market Renders 7 Campervans From Luxury Car Brands
We’ll admit it - campervans aren’t exactly our thing over here at TopSpeed. We’re usually more concerned about horsepower and cornering grip than we are the number of beds you can find onboard. However, we like to keep an open mind, and who knows - maybe if Rolls Royce, or Tesla, or Ferrari made a campervan, it might grab our attention? Luckily, comparethemarket.comwent about rendering seven such creations, and we’ve got ‘em all right here for your reading and viewing enjoyment.
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Watch the Mercedes EQA Cruise Through Sicily - Video
The Mercedes Concept EQA is shaping up to be one of Mercedes’ most important models in its recent history. Not only is it acting as the foundation of the German automaker’s all-electric onslaught, but it’s also turning into the leading man on Merc’s EQ-related promotional content.
The latest example of the Concept EQA’s star power can be seen in this new commercial featuring the absolutely stunning concept vehicle on a nice joy ride along picturesque Sicily. The ad doesn’t really tell us anything about the Concept EQA other than the fact that it looks amazing with all those carefully placed light signatures throughout its body. When they’re all lit, the concept takes an entirely new look that’s an absolute feast to the eyes. Mercedes even calls the ones located on the EQA’s flanks “illuminated arabesques,” which sounds like a phrase the company cooked up but is no less awesome to digest.
Beyond its gorgeous looks, the EQA’s role as a precursor to Mercedes’ full-fledged all-electric lineup is well-established. It may take the form of a hatchback, but it does give us a good look at what we can expect out of the German automaker’s future EQ lineup. The concept, among other things, gets batteries of various outputs, powering a motor in the front and back with as much as 200 kilowatts of power on tap. That gives the concept as much as 368 pound-feet of torque and the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds to go with a range of 250 miles.
There’s a lot to be excited about as far as the Mercedes’ EQ family is concerned. That should be the case because Daimler is spending almost $600 million to get its Smart production facility up-to-speed with the requirements needed to build the production versions of its all-electric EQ lineup, beginning with the EQC electric crossover, the EQA, and the rest of Mercedes’ future electric lineup.
But before any of that, enjoy the Mercedes Concept EQA going out and about in one of the most beautiful places in Italy. If that doesn’t get you excited about the possibilities, I don’t know what will.
2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept
Porsche just celebrated 70 years since its very first automobile, the 356 "No. 1," was created on June 8, 1948, and unveiled a speedster model based on the 911. But, while we were expecting a production model this year, the Germans showcased a production-ready concept car.
Developed at the Porsche Motorsport Center in Weissach, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and the 911 GT2 RS, the Speedster Concept also celebrates the company’s long-standing tradition of making speedster-type roadsters, which don’t have folding roofs and are usually stripped of convenience features. The concept car likely previews a production model, further feeding rumors that a 911 Speedster will follow toward the end of 2018. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this concept car.
Meet the Porsche Speedster Concept, A 500-Horsepower Six-Speed Monster
Meet the Nissan Pitch-R: a Pro-Pilot-Inspired Autonomous Robot the Draws Soccer Fields
Nissan’s role as an official sponsor of the 2018 UEFA Champions League afforded it the opportunity to showcase its new technologies. It did just that at the Champions League Final in Kiev over the weekend when it introduced Pitch-R, a small autonomous robot that’s capable of drawing an entire football field, or pitch, as our friends in Europe call them. The technology that allows Pitch-R to perform the way it does is heavily inspired by the Nissan’s ProPILOT driver assistance technology.
Pitch-R looks like a futuristic baby stroller, but its functions are far more advanced than transporting little tykes. According to Nissan, it’s capable of creating a soccer field wherever there’s space for one. The technical intricacies of how Pitch-R can accomplish this task is unclear, but the robot’s specs — a four-camera vision system and GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems — give us an idea of what it’s capable of and, more importantly, how it directly relates to Nissan’s own pursuit of driver assistance technologies under its ProPILOT technology.
In a nutshell, Pitch-R carries eco-friendly dissolvable pain, allowing it to draw white lines on grass, tarmac, or gravel, regardless of how uneven those surfaces are. The robot utilizes the technology it has at its disposal to fulfill its purpose and function, which involves drawing an entire soccer field in just under 20 minutes.
To be clear, Pitch-R wasn’t developed specifically for use in the auto industry. It’s hard to imagine Nissan integrating football field-making capabilities on any of its existing or future models. But the technology isn’t so much a practical solution for those looking to create makeshift football fields as it as a showcase of what Nissan’s ProPilot driver assistance technology is capable of. The GPS location tracking and collision avoidance systems that Pitch-R has at its disposal are features that have real-world applications for Nissan models. It functions trace its roots to Nissan’s ProPILOT technology, which is already available on the all-electric LEAF and the Qashqai crossover.
Pitch-R may look nondescript, but its abilities serve as good indications of the technologies that Nissan is developing to include in its future models.
2018 Tata H5X Concept
Tata Motors might not be a big name in Europe and the U.S., but it one of the most important carmakers in Asia. Founded in 1945, Tata is now selling a wide range of cars and commercial vehicles, but it’s better known for owning Jaguar Land Rover, which it purchased from Ford in 2008. The Indian company is now trying to expand in markets outside Asia, and it’s joining the bigger, global auto shows with new concept cars. One such vehicle is the H5X, which was launched at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a preview for an upcoming crossover.
Tata says that the H5X "provides a glimpse of the future generation of Tata Motors SUV’s in terms of design, technology, and sheer capabilities" and that it sports the brand’s upcoming design language, called the Impact 2.0. It’s also the first vehicle based the new Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture, which developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. Local media says that the production version will be aimed at crossovers like the Jeep Compass and the Mahindra XUV500 in India. But needless to say, the H5X will probably hit global markets as Tata’s first truly contemporary crossover sometime in 2019.
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2018 Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept
While it hasn’t introduced many brand-new models in recent years, Subaru was pretty busy showcasing new design features and technologies with a range of concepts under the Viziv name. The first one arrived in 2013, and since then Subaru has launched a new Viziv design each year. The latest iteration, known as the Viziv Tourer Concept, broke cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and it features a five-door body layout.
Naturally, the Tourer shares many design features with previous Viziv concept cars. It also shares upcoming driver-assist technologies that we will find in production models starting 2020. But unlike some Viziv concepts, which featured hybrid powertrains, the Tourer uses a boxer engine only. The concept could preview a hatchback or wagon version of the WRX, but it could also be an early preview of the next-generation Outback.
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A Roofless Nissan Leaf has Made Its Debut, and It’s Mesmerizingly Ugly
Some cars look good as convertibles. Take most of Mercedes’ lineup, for example. Cabrio models go a long way in expanding an automaker’s lineup and appeasing those that prefer living life with unlimited headroom. There are cars that have no business losing their roof, and while I should be talking about the T-Roc, I’m actually talking about the Leaf. Nissan decided to throw together a one-off concept of the Leaf feature, you guessed it, absolutely no roof. It’s also void of rear doors, and we’re not even sure that the rear hatch is functional anymore either.