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Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept



At the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the Golf R 400 Concept. The current VW Golf R production model manages to produce 300 horsepower, channeling the power to all four wheels, and posting a 0-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds. But the Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is designed to show just how much potential the car has.

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept was developed by Volkswagen R GmbH - the brand's sports car manufacturer. It is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged 400 horsepower engine derived from the racing unit used in the WRC car. The transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch DSG unit with a manual option - or it can be shifted using paddles behind the steering wheel. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with a Haldex 5 coupling which acts as a central differential lock, this system is so quick it is activated even before wheel slip occurs. The result is a hatchback which can hit 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds. Continue




Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV



The Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV was one of the most highly anticipated concept vehicles to go on display at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. The sporty-looking SUV concept is a fairly accurate preview of a production model due out in the not too distant future. Mercedes haven't explicitly confirmed the new model yet, but any time they develop a concept which has a production-ready feel about it, it appears in the showrooms a couple of years later.

The Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV's main, and possibly sole, competitor is the BMW X6. Both models are basically SUVs but with a more stylish and less practical roofline. Like the X6, the Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV is a big ol' vehicle. It's nearly 16 feet (5 metres) long and 6 feet (2.2 metres) wide. The 22-inch wheels are wrapped in tires which look far more suited to road duty than any serious off-road excursions. Continue




Amphicruiser AWD Amphibious Off-Roader



The Amphicruiser is an all-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle built by Dutch Amfibious Transport (DAT). The Amphicruiser is based on a custom-built chassis and powered by a 4.2 litre engine from a Toyota Land Cruiser. Many of the Amphicruiser's components have also been lifted from the Land Cruiser to ease the construction process and reduce costs.

The Amphicruiser has a very rugged, practical look about it. DAT say that they haven't sacrificed any of the vehicle's off-road ability by making it amphibious. It's equally at home on the road, off the road, or in the water.

The Amphicruiser is powered by the Toyota engine on both land and in the water. When out of the wet stuff, the engine drives all four wheels. When in the water, at the push of a button, the power is diverted from the wheels and to a jet drive system. In the water the Amphicruiser has a respectable top speed of 8 mph. Not quick. But pretty good for something which can drive itself into and out of the water. Continue




Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition



It's been 25 years since Mazda gave the world the MX-5 Miata. An affordable, reliable, fun sports car wrapped up in an easy to maintain and upgrade front-engined, rear-wheel-drive package. It was, is, and probably will be for some time yet, the benchmark affordable two-seat sports car.

To mark the last quarter of a century of production, and nearly 1 million cars built. Mazda have developed a limited edition version of the roadster called the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition is based on the 160 horsepower 2.0 litre version of the car. It features a power retractable hard top and will be available with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Continue




Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition



The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition - lower case letters intentional - is a limited edition version of the high-performance RS 7 model. The car will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Motor Show later today.

The Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition features several of the personalization options which are offered through the Audi exclusive program. On the New York show car this means crimson red contrasting stitching, carbon fiber trim and a sportier suspension setup.

The exterior of the Audi exclusive RS 7 dynamic edition also features 21-inch gloss-black wheels, behind which hide bright red brake calipers complete with RS 7 logos. Up front is a carbon fiber splitter, while at the rear is a carbon fiber air diffuser. Continue




Texaco Doodlebug Tanker Truck



The Texaco Doodlebug was a peculiar-looking Diamond T tanker truck designed and built in the 1930s. It was an experiment in streamlining - a design style that was proving popular at the time. The Texaco Doodlebug was designed by Norman Bel Geddes, and the specially fabricated bodies were constructed by Heil Co in Alabama. It was based on a Diamond T truck chassis.

The Texaco Doodlebug featured a rear-mounted six-cylinder engine. The drivetrain position meant the cab was more spacious and could be located lower down than in a conventional truck. Interestingly, because the engine was at the opposite end of the vehicle and the driver couldn't hear it, the Doodlebug had a small microphone in the engine bay connected to a speaker in the cab which allowed the driver listen out for when to make a gear change!

The Texaco Doodlebug came about after the company hired the Bel Geddes design firm to refresh their entire brand and give it a more contemporary style. Updates included changes to the Texaco logo, gas station architecture and even the attendants uniforms. Continue




Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept



The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is a preview of the styling direction for the future Discovery family - the first of which is due to arrive in 2015. Like the previous model, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept offers plenty of space. There is room for up to seven occupants, or - by using the touchscreen interface - the seats can be folded away to make it a six-seater, five-seater or even a four-seater with what Land Rover call 'limousine' mode.

Despite its sleek and futuristic appearance, the interior of the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept has been designed with practicality in mind. Hopefully it should handle muck and grime with the same rugged way its predecessors did. The leather is a special wipe-clean water and oil resistant type and covers all the surfaces which might come into contact with dirt. The floor features a wood veneer finish which is designed to be easier to clean than a regular carpet.

As you might expect, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept is packed full of the latest gadgets and technology from Jaguar Land Rover. Continue




2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible



The C7 version of the Chevrolet Corvette is the most capable yet. The Z06 model even more so. And now you can have all the performance benefits of the Z06 with the tanning potential of the convertible. Say hello to the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible.

2015 marks the first time the Corvette Z06 Convertible has been offered from the factory since 1963, when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. According to Corvette Chief engineer Tadge Juechter, the lack of a Z06 convertible model for so long is due to the fact it was only until fairly recently that it has been possible to make a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of something like the Z06.

The Corvette Z06 convertible features an electronic folding roof that can be lowered remotely using the car's key fob. The roof can be opened or closed on the move, at speeds of up to 30 mph. Continue




USS Zumwalt, Guided-Missile Destroyer of the Future



On April 12, 2014, the US Navy christened the first in a new class of guided-missile destroyers. The USS Zumwalt is the first in the Zumwalt class of vessels. They are next generational in almost every single way, from its weaponry to its drive system, the USS Zumwalt is almost straight out of a science fiction book.

Named after the late Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt Jr., who served as the 19th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 1970-1974. Zumwalt was a veteran of World War II, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He is credited with implementing a series of policies intended to improve opportunities within the Navy for minorities and women during his tenure as CNO. Zumwalt died Jan. 2, 2000. During his eulogy, President Bill Clinton described Zumwalt as the "conscience" of the Navy.

The Zumwalt-class of destroyers, like the man, is designed to be forward-thinking and versatile. The USS Zumwalt is the first of three destroyers the U.S. Navy has ordered. Continue




"Cowasaki" motorcycle made entirely from animal bones



Reese Moore, who unsurprisingly lives in Florida, spends his free time crafting motorcycles - like this "Cowasaki" - entirely from animal bones. He finds many of his macabre building blocks from animals he finds dead by the roadside. But unlike normal people who just drive on, he scoops them up and takes them to his workshop. Some of the other bones are gathered with the help of local hunters and farmers.

The bones used in his creations include cow skulls, alligator skulls, various goat, wolf, racoon, and pig bones, and cow vertebrae. After collecting together the necessary pieces, Moore sands them down to get a clean, uniform color and appearance before assembling his creations.
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Johammer J1 electric motorcycle

The Johammer J1 is an odd-looking electric motorcycle from Austria. Under that weird bodywork however is some really quite clever stuff. Continue




Proposal for a new Car Horn Symbol

It's time to move on. The old bugle car horn symbol has served mankind well. But a new symbol should be introduced to recognise how the technology, and usage, has changed in the last hundred years. Continue




Lexus Kunai Concept - Clever, Complicated

The Lexus Kunai concept is a futuristic family sports sedan created by the talented French graphic designer Sebastien Cabanel. Continue




Mk5 Toyota Supra rendered

If all the rumblings are true, then the Mk5 Toyota Supra could be just over the horizon. This rendering uses the recent FT-1 concept as inspiration for the next Supra. Continue




Spherical Drive System motorcycle

The Spherical Drive System (SDS) motorcycle is a self-balancing vehicle which rides on two large electrically-powered spherical wheels. Continue




Necker Nymph - three-person underwater flying machine

The Necker Nymph is a three-person, open-cockpit submersible owned by the British billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The Necker Nymph is kept at his private island resort, Necker Island, in the Caribbean Sea. Continue




The Antarctic Snow Cruiser - it didn't do what it said on the tin

The Antarctic Snow Cruiser (a.k.a. "Penguin 1") was a hugely ambitious one-of-a-kind vehicle developed in the late 1930s. Continue




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