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Jaguar Mark 2 redesigned by Ian Callum



Now lightly modified, or resto-mod, classic cars are nothing new. In fact they're so common that they're only really worth mentioning in exceptional circumstances. This is one of those circumstances.

The original Jaguar Mark 2 was a luxury sedan built from 1959 to 1967. It was a handsome car and sold in good numbers. Interestingly it was particularly popular with both UK criminals and law enforcement alike, mainly because of its speed, but also because of its spacious interior - which was capable of carrying five adults in comfort.

This particular Jaguar Mark 2 is a little different. First off it's owned by Jaguar's design director Ian Callum. And secondly it's far from standard. Callum redesigned the Mark 2 to his own specification, restyling the exterior, interior, and upgrading the drivetrain and chassis. The car took 18 months to build, and all the work was carried out by Classic Motor Cars Limited (CMC). Continue




MVP model 3 Aircraft / Camper combo



Combining a light aircraft and a RV camper is probably something not many people have considered before. But the folks at MVP AERO have not only considered it, they're also in the process of building it.

The MVP model 3 aircraft / camper combo consists of a single engined light aircraft, which can be reconfigured on the ground to provide a place to sleep, fish, explore inaccessible waterways or just relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. In designing the MVP model 3 the company had to start with a fresh sheet of paper, as there aren't really any comparative aircraft on the market. One of the main obstacles of the design were the contradicting requirements of a lightweight aircraft, and a vehicle which could carry all the essentials for a weekend's camping trip.

The MVP model 3 features a pusher-prop configuration with the engine mounted behind the cockpit. The fuselage / hull of the aircraft has a small walkway all around allowing the pilot to easily perform pre-flight checks of the engine and control surfaces, while also allowing access to the rear of the aircraft to string up a custom-designed hammock between the tail and the engine pylon. Continue




2015 Alfa Romeo Giulia rendering



It's no secret that Alfa Romeo are working on a new Giulia. It's only taken them 36 years, but better late than never. The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is said to be directly aimed at the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and the upcoming Jaguar XE.

The new Giulia is also said to confirm the return of the sporty, fun-to-drive, RWD Alfa Romeos with properly sorted chassis, and substance as well as style. Alfa Romeo are keen to be seen as a serious contender to some of the long-respected German car companies in terms of quality and engineering.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia also has to look good. And if there's one thing Alfa Romeo does very well, it's design attractive cars. And by the looks of it so does German designer Thorsten Krisch. He's the guy responsible for the very stylish speculative renderings of a Quattrifoglio Verde-badged Alfa Romeo Giulia you see here. Continue




Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car for one-make championship



Rewind one month and Renault published a few shady images showing the all-new Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car. They also mentioned a few details regarding the car. Now they've let the cat out of the bag and revealed everything.

The Renaultsport R.S. 01 is a race car developed for a new one-make Renaultsport Trophy Championship in the World Series by Renault. The series will start next year, and the R.S. 01 will be on the grid. The Renaultsport Trophy Championship has been designed to act as a feeder for professional GT and Endurance championships, and therefore the carbon fiber monocoque chassis of the car has been designed to meet current FIA LMP1 safety standards.

Although it's an out-and-out racecar, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 was styled under the guidance of Renault's top designer Laurens van den Acker. The styling was partially inspired by the DeZir concept from 2010, as well as mid-engined GT racers, and strangely the Renault Etoile Filante (shooting star) record-breaking vehicle that topped 300 km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats in 1956. Continue




All-new 2015 Volvo XC90



Volvo is currently undergoing a massive overhaul. With recent concept's like the Volvo Concept Coupe, Concept XC Coupe and the Concept Estate they've already proved that they are more than capable of making extremely handsome cars when they want to. However at the same time they also haven't lost sight of what made them different from other manufacturers in the first place, their mission of putting safety above all other considerations. The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is the first of a new-generation Volvos which has the best of both worlds.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 is completely new from top to bottom and front to back. It arrives after months of speculation, and is the result of three years of development, and part of a massive $11 billion investment in Volvo's future. Based on the company's new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) technology, the new XC90 shows the future of Volvo cars.

In terms of appearance, fans of the three recent Volvo concepts might be a little disappointed with the exterior design. It's nice and sensible, but really pretty boring. The designers really could have done a bit more to inject some pizzazz into the bodywork, especially those giant slab-like sides. On the other hand it does have quite a nice face, and the headlights are particularly appealing with their "Thor's Hammer" driving lights. Continue




Nissan 370Z NISMO updated for 2015



For the 2015 model year 370Z NISMO, Nissan have developed a number of styling and engineering upgrades. The changes start on the outside, where the car is treated to a new front bumper with a larger grille, additional air intakes and new LED driving lights. The lower sections of the front bumper have been given a coat of red paint, while the headlights now feature black colored bezels. In profile the 2015 370Z NISMO shows off its redesigned side sills, new mirrors and 19-inch Rays alloy wheels.

At the rear of the car Nissan have swapped out the previous car's spoiler and replaced it with a smaller unit which actually produces more downforce. It also works in conjunction with the new front bumper to create downforce which is more evenly distributed over the front and rear axles. Continue




Sector 111 Project Dragon V8-powered track car



The Sector 111 Project Dragon track car was first announced back in December of 2013. But at the time it was just a body-less functioning prototype. Well now it has a body, and a scheduled production date.

Based on the Palatov Motorsport D2 chassis, the Sector 111 Project Dragon is powered by a GM-sourced LS3 V8, tuned to produce 430 horsepower and 424 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is lifted from a Porsche 911, and to keep it old-school, there are no electronic driver aids, including traction control, stability control, or even ABS.

The target weight for the car is 1,800 lbs (816 kgs). That's not superlight as far as stripped-down track cars go, but it's lighter than the D2 on which it is based. And considering the size and output of the engine, the power-to-weight ratio should be excellent. Continue




Tri-Magnum reverse-trike



Reverse trikes aren't new, but recently introduced models, like the Polaris Slingshot, have brought them back into the limelight. The Tri-Magnum from R.Q. Riley Enterprises in Phoenix, Arizona is one of the old breed. It's been around in kit form since the early 1980s, and the plans are still available for the bargain price of just $95. That's 200 times cheaper than the cheapest Slingshot.

Of course you'll need to provide your own donor motorcycle, source some bits from a VW Beetle, fabricate a steel chassis and build the composite fiberglass bodywork yourself. But at the end of the day you'll have something quite unusual.

The Tri-Magnum three-wheeler is based around a custom fabricated steel frame, the front suspension and steering comes from a VW Beetle, while the drivetrain comes courtesy of a motorcycle. Several different drivetrains have been used in the past. The original prototype was built using a Kawasaki KZ900 engine and transmission, however the company recommends the engine and transmission from the Honda Gold Wing - especially models fitted with the electric reverse option. Continue




Strange Aircraft: PZL Mielec M-15 Belphegor



The PZL Milec M-15 was a strange agricultural aircraft developed in the USSR. The aircraft was designed and built in Poland for Soviet agricultural use. Mainly crop spraying and dusting over the vast expansive farms of the USSR.

The aircraft was designed in the early 1970s as a replacement for the Antonov An-2 - a large single-engine biplane which first took to the air in 1947. The M-15 brief called for a modern and efficient aircraft which must be jet-powered. The two chief designers of the aircraft at PZL were Kazimierz Gocy?a and Riamir Izmailov.

They came up with a biplane configuration for the M-15, and in doing so inadvertently designed the only jet-powered biplane ever built. In 1972 the first prototype took to the skies. It was built using many components from the AN-2, including the forward section and the wings. It was powered by a single Ivchenko-Progress AI-25 turbofan engine mounted above the fuselage. Continue




Biker lands on car roof, sticks the landing



Somewhere in Russia a biker is feeling supremely lucky. Not just because he survived a high-speed accident, but that he did it with such awesome style that probably won't have to pay for a beer until the next millennium.

The incident apparently occurred somewhere near Korolyov, a few miles north of Moscow. In the video, the biker undertakes the car filming the event just as a car in the slow lane (which looks like a newish BMW 7-series) pulls out to overtake. The biker slams into the back of the car and performs a text-book somersault onto the roof, landing quite expertly on his feet. He then clings onto the roof as he and his new ride come to a halt on the highway. The camera car then comes to a halt a few metres behind the smoking wreck of his bike. Continue

























MarineKart - a go-kart for the water

The MarineKart is basically a go-kart for the water. It can carry up to four people, weighs just 127 lbs (58 kgs) without a motor, and is powered by an electric outboard motor. Continue




AeroGallo - a real flying cock

The AeroGallo is a one-of-a-kind, two-person light aircraft which was built in Italy. Translated from Italian, its name means quite literally 'Flying Cock'. 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




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






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