Icon are a US-based company who specialize in rebuilding classic
4x4s - including the Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ7 and Toyota Landcruiser
- and fitting them with the latest technology, drivetrains and
equipment. They also do other stuff, like building what look
like decrepit, rusting old cars, but underneath are high-powered
However Their latest project would take them from being a car
restoration company, to being a car manufacturing company. Icon's
founder and boss Jonathan Ward is currently in the early stages
of designing a stylish streamliner-inspired automobile called
the Icon Helios, after the Greek god of the Sun.
The styling of the Icon Helios is influenced by aircraft and
automobiles, from the 1930s. It features a curvaceous unpainted
aluminium body, with much of the engineering left on show, like
the individual rivet heads. Continue
Renault have just published the first images of their future
race car, which is set to compete in the World Series by Renault
championship by 2015.
The Renaultsport R.S. 01 will be used in a single-model championship,
and is designed solely with competition in mind. Interestingly
it looks suspiciously like the Renault Alpine / Caterham joint-venture
car - a project which was recently abandoned by Caterham. It
also has a strong familiarity with the stunning Renault
Alpine A 110-50 concept from 2012.
The name R.S. 01 isn't new to Renault either. It was the same
name - albeit minus the full stops - given to the 1977 Renault
RS01 Formula 1 race car, which was the first F1 car to feature
a turbocharged engine. Continue
And now there's the Polaris Slingshot. Polaris are better known
for their range of quads, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles,
as well as their Victory and Indian line of motorcycles. But
now, not content with offering vehicles with two wheels, vehicles
with four wheels, and vehicles with tracks, they're splitting
the difference and offering a 3-wheeler too. Continue
The Maserati BiTurbo of the 1980s and 1990s was one of the most
reviled Maseratis of all times. It was fairly ugly - although
revisions throughout its life made it slightly better. It wasn't
particularly powerful for what was supposed to be a luxury Italian
sports car, made worse by the fact Italy kept all the best engine
options for themselves.
Throughout its life the original Maserati BiTurbo won a number
of accolades - for being terrible. In 1984 it was selected as
Time Magazine's worst car of the year. Owners reported numerous
electrical problems, and the build quality was poor. Continue
The original one-of-a-kind Napier-Railton was a beast of a car.
Built in 1933 by Reid Railton for the British racing driver
John Cobb, the Napier-Railton was powered by a 24-litre aircraft
engine which produced 580 horsepower. The transmission was a
three-speed non-synchromesh manual gearbox which sent power
to the rear wheels. Interestingly the car only had brakes on
the rear wheels, despite the fact it has a 168 mph top speed!
From 1933 to 1947 the Napier-Railton broke no less than 47 World
speed records. The car is currently owned by the Brooklands
Museum, and it is kept in perfect running order. Continue
At the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing competition - which takes
place from July 26 to August 3 in Huntington Beach, California
- Fiat will be displaying a concept version of the 500L which
is inspired by Vans footwear and also the surfing scene.
The Vans Fiat 500L concept features a new front bumper and grille
assembly complete with four round LED driving lights. It also
has two-tone blue and white paintwork set above the dark grey
ruggedized wheel arches and matching dark grey alloy wheels.
The roof features a check pattern and is fitted with a roof
rack for hauling kit - in this case surfing and kite surfing
As stated before, the P1 GTR will be offered alongside a fully
comprehensive owners program, which includes driving events,
training and vehicle support. P1 GTR owners will also have access
to some of the resources used to help train up McLaren's successful
To accompany the latest announcement, McLaren revealed a sketch
showing the car from the rear 3/4 angle. The image shows a car
with significantly revised bodywork, including redesigned side
air intakes, a much more aggressive rear bumper/diffuser assembly,
and an enormous rear spoiler. Using the new sketch as a starting
point, we've amended our previous photoshop of the P1 GTR to
include changes. Continue
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.
In this round we have a couple of vehicles which at some point
in their lives could have been described as fine luxury automobiles.
Now however they could euphemistically described as "fixer-uppers".
Just over a decade separates their production dates, although
perhaps surprisingly its the older car which seems to have had
an easier life. One is a finely honed German machine, the other
was cobbled together by Englishmen toiling away with hand tools
and overcoats. Both of them offer character by the bucketload.
Aston Martin has today confirmed what most automotive industry
analysts and news outlets already knew, that the Lagonda name
is coming back, and that it'll be mounted on the back of an
all-new ultra luxurious super saloon.
The Aston Martin Lagonda saloon will be based on the company's
versatile VH architecture which underpins their current lineup
of vehicles - excluding the One-77. The car will be produced
in a limited series, and rather frustratingly, it will be exclusively
offered in only the Middle East market - or more specifically
the United Arab Emirates. Whether Aston Martin decide the other
markets are worthy of receiving the car in the future is yet
to be decided.
The car will be offered for sale by invitation only, ensuring
that only the wealthiest and discerning of plutocrats
car collectors can take ownership of the new Lagonda. Continue
What do you get if you cross one of the most evil empires the
universe has ever seen, with a fictional character from Star
Wars? The answer is this; the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car. I
kid of course, Mattel isn't all that bad, it's been a full seven
years since they accidentally tried to poison children with
outsourced Chinese-made toys coated in paint which contained
180 times the acceptable limit of lead.
The timing of the release of the Darth Vader Car, along with
more Hot Wheels Star Wars vehicles and playsets isn't just random
either. They arrive ahead of the new Star Wars movie which is
due out in 2015. But what makes the Darth Vader car the stand-out
vehicle of the bunch is the fact that as well as the 1:64 scale
model - which comes with its own lightsaber-inspired collectors
care and commemorative box - Hot Wheels actually built a full-size
fully functional version of the car. Continue
Thinking about it now, it seems odd it's taken this long for someone
to come up with the idea of a luxury, high-class jetski or personal
water craft. The Strand Craft V8 Wet Rod is a 16-feet (4.8 metre)
long vessel capable of carrying up to three people. Continue
Back in the late 1990s, when Lamborghini were starting to realise
they needed a replacement for the ageing Diablo, they started reviewing
design proposals from various automotive design firms. Zagato's offering
was the Zagato L147 SuperDiablo, or as it was to be later known, the
Lamborghini Canto. Continue
The PZL-230F Skorpion was a prototype jet aircraft which very nearly
saw production. The project was started in the late 1980s by PZL.
The Skorpion was a compact aircraft, it had a single pilot, twin jet
engines, and was designed to accept both Warsaw Pact and NATO munitions.
Back in the 1990s there were many weird and wonderful concept vehicles.
There were also some downright
terrible ones. Gathered here are five of the best concept cars
from the '90s which deserved a shot at production. Continue
Using the latest available information from NASA, and adding a healthy
dose of artistic license, designer Mark Rademaker has created a series
of images showing what the very first warp-capable spacecraft built
by humans might look like. Continue
Most racing cars follow the same formula. Fit a powerful engine in
a lightweight chassis, cover it with some aerodynamic body panels
and bolt on four wheels. But every now and then motorsport engineers
and designers get a bit creative and try out something new. Continue
Ejector seats have saved thousands of lives over the last seven decades
of use. It might not be the most enjoyable thing to do, but if you
find yourself in a damaged or out of control aircraft, it suddenly
seems like a very good idea indeed. Continue