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  • BMW Designworks Virgin Hyperloop One passenger capsule concept

    A handful of companies are battling to bring the first production Hyperloop to life, and Virgin Hyperloop One continues to appear as the frontrunner. The company partnered with BMW's Designworks studio to develop a conceptual Hyperloop passenger capsule. BMW and Designworks debuted the passenger capsule on Thursday after working with Virgin Hyperloop One and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai. With the capsule's debut, it's the first time that a full-scale hyperloop prototype has made a public appearance. What can riders expect from the futuristic transportation method? Plenty of...

  • Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept teaser
    Lexus LF-1 Limitless crossover concept teased ahead of Detroit debut

    Lexus has something to show us, and it's coming to the Detroit auto show next month. Wearing the LF-1 Limitless name, the concept promises a "striking" new design and the brand believes it will carve a new genre in luxury crossovers. The teaser, published on Tuesday, reveals a sweeping LED...

  • BMW Z4 leaked via Autoblog.nl
    BMW Z4 Concept leaked ahead of Pebble Beach debut

    Ahead of its debut Thursday, images of the BMW Z4 Concept have been leaked courtesy of Autoblog.nl. With traditional rear-wheel drive BMW proportions, the Z4 Concept features a long hood, good dash-to-axle ratio, and short rear deck. The front snout is canted forward, with some saying it resembles...

  • Mercedes-AMG GT concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Mercedes-AMG GT concept video preview

    The Mercedes-AMG skunk works builds some of the hottest cars in production. AMG's GT sports car, for example, is the fastest rear-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring, requiring just 7:10.92 to achieve the feat in GT R trim. Soon, AMG will launch a hypercar powered by a Formula One power...

  • VW Varok Concept
    Former VW interns craft futuristic ute as design exercise for Aussie market

    Volkswagen has some skilled interns. Every year, a team of in-house trainees work together to create something special for the annual VW event at Wörthersee. This year, however, it's a pair of former VW interns that have put their skills to good use. French students Valentin Fuchs and Pierre...

  • The proposed Lamborghini Aventador limousine
    Stretched Lamborghini Aventador Limo Concept: Video

    Lamborghini automobiles are not known for their subtlety. Everything about the Italian automaker's cars is bold, brash and in-your-face, from their sinister styling through their bright colors and loud exhausts. In that regard, the stretch Lamborghini Aventador limo proposed by U.K. luxury car hire...

  • Urbee Hybrid

    It may not be fast and it may not even be pretty, but the Urbee car is important for other reasons. The potential for 166 mpg is clearly a number to raise eyebrows. Using a combination of electric motors and a small, single cylinder, 8 horsepower engine running on ethanol, high economy was never going to be a problem. The aerodynamic, low profile shape and narrow wheels see to that. At between 60 and 70 mph flat out it certainly isn't quick but an electric motor and batteries that take their energy from solar panels mean that it's quite green. The most unique aspect of the Urbee though is the...

  • Audi A0 Monocycle Concept
    Video: Audi A0 Monocycle Concept, Cooler Than A Segway

    If you've always found the Segway's two wheels to be a little excessive you'll be pleased to hear Audi has come to the rescue. The A0 - A1 being a European-market minicar and A2 an aluminum-bodied economy car - is a conceptual foray into the world of personalized mobility developed jointly by...

  • Da Feng's Flake concept car
    Flake Supercar Has Carbon "Fur" Airbrakes, D-Shaped Wheels

    List of materials commonly associated with supercar construction: Carbon fiber, aluminum, fur, titanium, gold... Hang on, fur? Sounds ludicrous, but automotive designer Da Feng's latest supercar creation The Flake makes use of bodywork that acts in a fur-like manner to enhance aerodynamic...

  • Volvo Safety Concept Car
    Volvo Safety Concept Car: 10 Years Of Car Safety Technology

    Believe it or not, the 2012 Volvo C30 hatchback is essentially a 10 year old design. Several years before the C30 hit the streets, Volvo revealed a striking concept called the Safety Concept Car (SCC) to the motoring press in 2001, previewing several new technologies that would eventually be seen...

  • TRW's folding steering wheel concept
    Aging Drivers, Smaller Cars Need A New Steering Wheel. Is This It?

    Automotive design is set to undergo a radical transformation in the near future. Electrification and vehicle-to-vehicle technology are probably the first game-changers that come to mind, but there are others, too -- namely, America's aging population of Baby Boomers and the increasing number of...

  • FutureTruck big rig concept. Image: Jeremy Singley
    We Have Aerodynamic Cars, Why Not Streamlined Big Rigs?

    Think automotive aerodynamics and you'll either think of aerodynamic components for reducing lift or increasing downforce, or you'll think of streamlined, low-resistance vehicles like the 2011 Toyota Prius. Car designers have a tough job to combine these features in your typical road car - ideally...

  • Mercedes-Benz 60th Anniversary Unimog Concept

    If you were to set out to design a vehicle, you might not choose a frog as your source of inspiration. Sure, we've heard of the old Austin-Healey "Frogeye" Sprite from the 1960s, but that was more of an affectionate nickname due to a coincidental likeness than through any design inspiration. Tell that to Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks though, which lists the poison dart frog as part of the inspiration behind its Unimog Concept, a line of heavy-duty vehicles celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The current Unimog is no oil painting, but the new one displays a distinctly Kermit-like color...

  • Mobiado Aston Martin CPT002 Phone
    Move Over iPhone, Mobiado Aston Martin Concept So Much Cooler

    One of the little joys in owning an Aston Martin - and we're guessing there are many - is the little crystal key you get to start the car. Sure, it has an enormously pretentious name, the "Emotion Control Unit", but the little glass sculpture is a pretty cool way to start your car. We bet it looks...

  • Renault R-Space Concept
    2011 Geneva Motor Show: Technology And Design At Swiss Show

    The Geneva Motor Show is one of the top auto shows each year for new cars, concepts and car technology, and 2011 was no exception. Under the shining lights and amongst the glamorous girls were some pretty hot ideas and cool technology, so here we've chosen our favorite gadgets, details and tech...

  • Citroën E-3POD Antistatic concept
    Urban Transport Of The Future? Bike Meets Car With E-3POD

    The Royal College of Art in London, England has produced some of the auto industry's top design talent for 40 years now and attracts budding car designers from all around the world. On occasion, they hold competitions for their top talent to design vehicles of the future, mixing the best in car...

  • 2011 BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept
    2011 Geneva Motor Show: BMW's Vision Of A Networked Car

    With the exception of the crazy concepts found at the Tokyo Motor Show, Geneva is often where you find some of the most original ideas and designs on the yearly auto show calendar. BMW are continuing this tradition with their Vision ConnectedDrive concept car, which is due to be shown at the 2011...

  • Tools made with 3D printing. Photo credit: MIT 3DP Lab
    "New Car Sir? Let Me Just Switch On The Printer..."

    Imagine the scenario. You go to your local car dealership for a replacement part. A bracket has sheared in your engine bay and components are rattling against each other making every journey a nightmare. Only trouble is, a replacement part won't be in stock for another few weeks. "Not to worry Sir...

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