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Tesla-based Icon Helios



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 modern drivetrains.

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




Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car



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




Polaris Slingshot 3-Wheeler



There are a number of so-called 'reverse trikes' or 3-wheelers on the market, including the classically styled Morgan Three Wheeler, the sports car-like Grinnall Scorpion III, F1 car-like Scorpion Prodigy P6, the more motorcycle-like T-REX and the electric-powered Epic EV Torq. At the same time there are also a few yet-to-be-realised projects from major manufacturers, like the Volkswagen GX3 and the Peugeot 20Cup.

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




Maserati BiTurbo rendered for the 21st Century



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




Napier-Railton Revival Concept



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




Fiat 500L concept inspired by Vans and surfing



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 paraphernalia. Continue




McLaren P1 GTR, more details and debut date announced



Last month McLaren revealed they were working on an even higher-performance track-focused version of the P1 supercar. Now they've revealed a few more details regarding the car, as well as announcing when and where it will make its world debut.

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 F1 drivers.

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




Vote: Classic face-off - Luxury barges from the past



Classic 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. Continue




Aston Martin confirms Lagonda super saloon



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




Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car



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

























Strand Craft V8 Wet Rod luxury PWC

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




Textron AirLand Scorpion - "Affordable" Military Jet

"Affordable" and "military jet" are not two phrases which are usually used in conjunction. But Textron AirLand Enterprises have just rewritten the rule book when it comes to military jets. Continue




Lamborghini Canto - What the Murcielago could have been?

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




PZL-230F Skorpion - Prototype Polish Jet Fighter

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. Continue




Audi A 2.0 e-tron concept car

The Audi A 2.0 e-tron concept is the work of a trio of automotive design students. Inspiration for the concept came from a wide variety of sources. Continue




5 Concept Cars from the '90s which deserved to be built

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




ISX Enterprise - what a real warp-drive spacecraft might look like

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




1930s inspired Polar Snow Crawler PSC-001

It might not look like it, but this futuristic-looking giant was actually inspired by the one-of-a-kind Antarctic Snow Cruiser which was constructed way back in the 1930s. Continue




ZiL-2906 Cosmonaut Recovery Vehicle

Back in the 1980s, when returning cosmonauts were sat in their Soyuz capsule awaiting collection, there was a possibility that the first person they saw would be driving one of these things. Continue




Top 10 Most Unusual Race Cars

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




10 things you probably never knew about Ejector Seats

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






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