promised, BMW unveiled the result of their collaboration
at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this weekend.
The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupeis a one-off concept
which represents what Pininfarina think a luxurious
BMW coupe should be.
In developing the car, BMW and Pininfarina’s design
teams worked together, making sure that the character
of BMW wasn’t overridden by Pininfarina’s design touches,
whilst also ensuring that the car had plenty of Italian
style. “The appeal of this collaboration with Pininfarina
is that you get another, very different and special
angle on facets like luxury and exclusivity,” notes
Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design. “The Italian company,
after all, has always been a byword for these criteria
in particular, demonstrating time and again its keen
sensitivity and exceptional finesse in these areas.
In Pininfarina we have found the ideal partner to lend
shape to this vehicle concept.”
The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe has a rather understated
and grown-up appearance. It’s not shouty or brash. Even
if it is sitting on 21-inch wheels. The bodywork is
neat and uncluttered. It seems that Pininfarina’s input
has made for a car that is sharper, cleaner and less
fussy than some of BMW’s recent models. The styling
is in fact so restrained, that other than the
discreet little air outlets just behind the front wheels,
there’s very little to suggest there’s a stonking great
V12 under the hood.
Renault chose to unveil their latest concept car at
one of the most famous automobile events in the world,
the Monaco Grand Prix. While the race itself takes place
on Sunday, the entire weekend is just one big build-up
before the green lights come on. Renault’s decision
to debut their concept at such a notorious race is an
obvious reflection of the car itself.
The Renault Twin’Run might look almost identical to
the earlier Renault
Twin’Z concept, and indeed both cars are a preview
of the next Renault Twingo city car. But whereas the
Twin’Z was a mild-mannered electric car, the Twin’Run
is a custom built race car based around a motorsport
grade tubular chassis. Into this Renualt’s engineers
have wedged a 3.5 litre V6 engine borrowed from a Megane
Trophy race car. The mid-mounted engine produced 320
horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 380 Nm of torque @ 4,850
rpm. The transmission is a six-speed sequential unit
with limited slip differential. The 0-62 mph sprint
takes just 4.5 seconds. The top speed is 155 mph.
The Moretti EGS Concept is a classically inspired sports
car concept designed by Coventry University Transport
Design student Brian Males. The Moretti EGS Concept
was developed for a university project called “Emotions
The concept was inspired by the 1954 Moretti Grand Sport,
a compact lightweight road/race car with a small displacement
engine. However for the concept, Males has ditched the
internal combustion engine in favor of a fully electric
The styling of the Moretti EGS concept is extremely
delicate and graceful, and the retro design cues are
found throughout the entire car. Including the chrome
door handles, window surrounds and headlight bezels.
Even the wheels have a simple, classic appearance.
sculpture unveiled at Clerkenwell Design Week
Students at the Royal College of Art (RCA) working in
conjunction with Jaguar’s Advanced Design studio have
today unveiled a large hunk of metal that was inspired
by Jaguar’s 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 on”grid” which looked like nothing else. It’s the
number 73 car, run by Team Galag from Saudi Arabia (who
also brought along a replica of Batman’s Tumbler). It’s
called the Galag TG1, and basically it’s a heavily modified
Nissan GT-R. However it’s undergone such a transformation,
that from the outside the only giveaway is the GT-R’s
Now I’m not going to say the TG1 is the ugliest car
I’ve ever seen. I remember seeing a Robin Reliant with
go-faster stripes and three-spoke alloy wheels back
in the ’90s that was probably worse. But that’s about
it. The TG1 really is a prime example of the old adage,
“money can’t buy taste”.
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 company’s
100th anniversary celebrations.
Inspired by the classic DBR1, the CC100 Speedster does
away with basic luxuries – like doors and windows –
and leaves the occupants exposed to the elements. But
that’s 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. Zolland’s 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
Here’s one you don’t 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 you’ve 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 isn’t 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 ’80s
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. I’ve 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.
Classic Face-Off – 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
auctioneer’s 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
It’s not often bicycles make their way onto
this website. But in extreme cases I’m prepared
to make exceptions. Like the Monsterbike,
this contraption – suitably called Stoopid
Tall – is one man’s 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 it’s the jumpers who
have a wild ride, not the people left in the
airplane. However in this instance its the
guys who didn’t 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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