sculpture unveiled at Clerkenwell Design Week
Students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) working in
conjunction with Jaguarís Advanced Design studio have
today unveiled a large hunk of metal that was inspired
by Jaguarís current design direction.
The sculpture was chosen from nine different proposals
submitted by RCA students to Jaguar Advanced Design.
The winning artists were Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller.
The installation was revealed at the opening of the
Clerkenwell Design Week in London, which runs from 21-23
May (apparently a week in London only amounts to three
As the over-hyped extravaganza of wealth, bad taste,
bad driving and unbridled machismo that is the Gumball
3000 got underway yesterday in Denmark, there was one
car onĒgridĒ which looked like nothing else. Itís the
number 73 car, run by Team Galag from Saudi Arabia (who
also brought along a replica of Batmanís Tumbler). Itís
called the Galag TG1, and basically itís a heavily modified
Nissan GT-R. However itís undergone such a transformation,
that from the outside the only giveaway is the GT-Rís
Now Iím not going to say the TG1 is the ugliest car
Iíve ever seen. I remember seeing a Robin Reliant with
go-faster stripes and three-spoke alloy wheels back
in the í90s that was probably worse. But thatís about
it. The TG1 really is a prime example of the old adage,
ďmoney canít buy tasteĒ.
Martin CC100 Speedster Concept
Aston Martin today revealed a stunning new concept car
which the company says hints at a potential future design
direction for their vehicles. Unveiled at the Nurburgring,
the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster is a radical, Spartan
roadster which is clearly designed to spend more time
on the track than on public roads. As well as providing
a glimpse of what future Astons might look like, the
CC100 Speedster was also created as part of the companyís
100th anniversary celebrations.
Inspired by the classic DBR1, the CC100 Speedster does
away with basic luxuries Ė like doors and windows Ė
and leaves the occupants exposed to the elements. But
thatís fine, because that means the snarl of the 6.0
litre V12 engine shoehorned in up front should be easier
Seven Roadster Concept
The Indy Seven Roadster concept is a design dreamt up
by the incredibly fertile mind of Swedish designer Bo
Zolland. Zollandís 3D modeling skills really are breath
taking. Managing to look photo-realistic yet strangely
magical at the same time. His specialty of creating
retro-inspired concept cars and jaw dropping boat/sports
car fusions has certainly worked for him. His
portfolio is filled with a diverse selection of
imaginative creations all rendered beautifully in HD
But getting back to the Indy Seven Roadster concept,
the name is a bit of a giveaway. The car was designed
to fit on the chassis a of a Lotus/Westfield/Caterham
Seven, with just a few modifications. As such it shares
almost identical dimensions to the Seven, as well as
the same layout.
Deer meets bus
Hereís one you donít see all that often. A deer taking
a faceful of bus and living to see another day.
The incident occurred in Pennsylvania, when a deer which
was sprinting across the road got whacked full bore
by a 10 ton bus. The animal comes flying though the
windscreen, fortunately missing the driver, and falls
to the floor of the bus before quickly getting to its
feet and trying to make another hole in the side of
the bus to get out.
Wars: Luxury Arms Race
This year, as youíve probably noticed from all the teasers,
rumors, spy shots and leaks, the most important release
for Mercedes-Benz was the new S-Class. It was so important
that Mercedes chose to reveal it with a big bang at
the Airbus A380 delivery center.
But this article isnít really about the new
model, instead it explores the German luxury triumvirate,
revealing its impact on the automotive industry as a
whole, and briefly touching on a particularly interesting
and innovative segment.
10 cars from the í80s
As a follow-up to the article a coupe of days ago, when
it was revealed that cars
from the 1980s were disappearing from the roads faster
than any other generation. Iíve decided to have
a look at some of the cars which defined the decade,
and indeed are still legends to this day. The cars are
in no particular order, and they encompass everything
from supercars, to hatchbacks, budget roadsters to high-powered
If you can think of any others which deserve a mention,
let your voices be heard in the comments.
Mercedes today unveiled the latest version of their
flagship luxury sedan, the S-Class. This is a big one
for Mercedes. Get it wrong and BMW and Audi will more
than happily mop up any disaffected buyers. Get it right
and theyíll retain their crown as the finest purveyor
of German luxury automobiles. For Mercedes-Benzís designers
and engineers itís a delicate balancing act to ensure
the new S-Class is filled with enough high-tech gadgetry
and cutting edge technology to get potential buyers
oohing and ahhing. But that itís not too radical of
an overhaul that the rich old men who normally buy these
things get put off by revolutionary styling or overly
complicated infotainment systems.
From the outside it looks like MBís designers have earned
their pay. The 2014 S-Class is hansome, well proportioned,
and should please both newcomers to the brand as well
as loyal customers. To my eye itís a far better looking
than its predecessor, which from some angles looked
a little clunky. The styling of the 2014 S-Class is
also far more in-keeping with that of the new CLA,
and Mercedes-Benzís new design language as a whole.
unveil their GEN-F lineup
HSV, the perfomance arm of the Australian automaker
GM Holden, have just unveiled their all-new GEN-F lineup.
It incorporates six different vehicles, based over three
different body styles. Thereís a sedan; available in
either Clubsport spec, Senator Signature spec, or the
range-topping GTS. A wagon called the GEN-F Clubsport
R8 Tourer. And also a pickup, or to give its Aussie
title, a Ute, called the Maloo which is offered in both
standard and R8 versions (headline picture).
All the Clubsport models are equipped with a 6.2 litre
LS3 V8, which produces 425 horsepower 550Nm of torque.
The R8 badged models get a smidgen more power, with
their engines developing 435 horsepower. The GEN-F Senator
Signature sedan is fitted with the same LS3 V8 too,
but in this car it produces 455 horsepower and 570 Nm
of torque. At the top of the pile is the GEN-F GTS sedan
which is powered by a supercharged 6.2 litre LSA engine
which churns out a massive 576 horspower and 740 Nm
Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe previewed
For their latest concept car, BMW have teamed up with
perhaps Italyís most celebrated design studio, Pininfarina.
The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe is a one-off creation
which will make its world debut at the 2013 Concours
díEleganza Villa díEste, on the shores of Lake Como
in northern Italy.
The car is a follow-up to the BMW
Zagato Coupe concept which was shown at the same
venue last year. Same German brand, different Italian
designers. And whereas the Zagato Coupe was based on
the Z4 Coupe, the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe looks
to be built around the 6 Series Coupe.
However the fact the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe
is powered by a V12 engine means that many people will
make the obvious connection with the gone-but-not-forgotten
Series. A car which in my opinion is long overdue
Classic Face-Off Ė Really Stupidly Expensive
face-off is a feature where we show you
a couple of similarly priced classic cars
from the same era, and you vote for the one
you find most appealing. This is truly a Titan's
endeavor, as we are today pitting against
each other two very rare and remarkably beautiful
cars, that are well prepared to go under the
auctioneerís hammer and grab astonishing amounts
of cash. Continue
Ten Movies for the Car Enthusiast
There's little time left before
the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious
franchise opens in theaters worldwide (around
23-24 May, but folks in UK do get an advanced
premiere on May 7th). So we thought this would
be a good time to see what movies might delight
gear heads on a slow moving Sunday afternoon.
This guy's bike is bigger than yours
Itís not often bicycles make their way onto
this website. But in extreme cases Iím prepared
to make exceptions. Like the Monsterbike,
this contraption Ė suitably called Stoopid
Tall Ė is one manís bizarre idea of what a
bicycle should be. Stoopid Tall is the work
of Richie Trimble, who brought his 14.5 foot
(4.4 metre) death trap along to the Ciclavia
event in downtown Los Angeles last weekend.
Crazy landing, incredible skills.
Usually when skydiving itís the jumpers who
have a wild ride, not the people left in the
airplane. However in this instance its the
guys who didnít hurl themselves from a perfectly
good aircraft who get the real adrenaline
rush. The video is the work of one very skilled
pilot, and one very trusting co-pilot.
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