The NFZ W48 is a wild concept supercar with almost a steam punk like vibe. Created by a Russian designer who goes by the cryptic name of ixlrlxi, the NFZ W48 is equally mysterious.
The car looks like a weaponized Marussia supercar, or something Captain Nemo might take to a track day. The heavily protected cockpit looks only wide enough to hold a single occupant, and the views to the front, side and rear would be extremely limited due to the extremely thick pillars. The central pillar down the middle of the windscreen might look cool, but it’s hardly practical.
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With a resurgent Jaguar slowly filling in their lineup with more and more vehicles designed to compete with their German counterparts, it’s no wonder there’s some speculation on whether the company will go down-market (just a little) and offer something to compete with the likes of the BMW 1-Series or Audi A3. The Jaguar XD Hatchback is an entirely unscientific example of what that car might look like.
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At the 1995 Le Mans 24 hour race, the McLaren F1 GTR came out victorious. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the win, and also as a way to shift a few more cars, McLaren has created a limited edition version of the McLaren 650S, the McLaren 650S Le Mans.
The McLaren 650S Le Mans, of which only 50 will be built, was designed with the help of the F1’s designer, Peter Stevens, and the car is built by McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division. One of the most prominent features of the special edition model is the roof-mounted ‘snorkel’ air intake inspired by the race-winning chassis #01R McLaren F1 GTR. Besides channeling air to the twin-turbo V8 behind, McLaren says it provides “enhanced aural drama within the cabin”.
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A pair of Kenyan Air Force Northrop F-5 Tiger II fighter jets buzzed their own airbase recently, resulting in some impromptu topiary of a nearby tree. The soldiers filming the event sure got a laugh out of it. But whoever is responsible for clearing up the mess probably won’t find it so funny.
The Northrop F-5 is a light supersonic jet which is operated by many countries as either a fighter aircraft or an advanced jet trainer. The aircraft is extremely popular due to its low unit cost, good reliability, and highly commended flying qualities – even being compared to the far more expensive F-16.
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With the all-new second generation Acura NSX now more-or-less fully revealed you might expect the speculation around the car to stop. Or at least slow up. But already the company’s chief engineer has kickstarted another flurry of rumor and conjecture by hinting at a higher-spec Type R version of the car which might hit the showrooms in another two to three years.
Like the first generation NSX Type R, the new car will most likely include a number of chassis, drivetrain and aerodynamic enhancements designed to improve performance and handling. In anticipation of the new car, Hungarian automotive photoshopper X-Tomi has created a realistic rendering of the future car.
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BMW has finally realised what everyone else noticed from the first day it was introduced, the BMW 1 Series has an incredibley ugly face. But thanks to a major facelift, the car now looks much better. It’s still not beautiful. But it’s now not such an embarassment for the company.
The whole front end has been redesigned and now features bigger air intakes, a revised apron and a different kidney grille with a more sculpted frame and chrome accents. But perhaps most importantly, the 2015 BMW 1 Series now has new headlights. As standard the car comes with twin circular configuration headlights with with LED daytime running lights. Optionally, the 1-Series can be bought with full LED headlights (including the indicators) as well as adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Assistant function and LED fog lights with cornering.
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Before the gorgeous blue paintwork of the all-new Ford GT pre-production prototype is fully cured, already people are speculating on what other versions of the car might become available. Racing liverys of both the iconic Gulf blue and orange, as well as the retro-fantastic Martini colors have been done, as have various convertible models.
While it’s almost certain the new Ford GT will go racing, it’s less certain whether Ford will go to the trouble of engineering an open top targa or Spider model. They did give it a shot with the previous GT, commissioning the building of the Ford GTX1 SEMA show car, which eventually led to an aftermarket conversion being offered by the show car’s builder. But it was never an official Ford model you could buy in one of their dealerships.
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The extensive 911 range got a little bigger at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. The car is aimed at buyers who want more performance and better handling from their 911 but don’t want to go all the way and dip into the domain of the hardcore 911 GT3.
Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the Targa 4 GTS features a sportier front bumper, wider rear fenders and tinted bi-xenon headlights. The model also has aerodynamic mirrors, a sports exhaust system and gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
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Video has emerged of a wild male elephant in Thailand inadvertently destroying several cars at the Khao Yai National Park on January 11, 2015.
The elephant doesn’t look like he’s actively trying to wreck the cars. It appears that he’s using them more as a scratching post. But when you can weigh up to 5 tons, accidents are going to happen.
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The new-for-2015 Ram 1500 Rebel brings a off-road design to the full-size truck segment. The Ram 1500 Rebel is a truck aimed at buyers who like to take their pickups on off-road trails, and the vehicle benefits from an exclusive air suspension system that increases ride height.
The Ram 1500 Rebel also features an all-new grille with prominent billet silver “RAM” letter badge instead of the usual “cross-hair” grille. The blacked-out Rebel grille works nicely with the new off-road front bumper design with a durable powder-coated surface, which incorporates a powder coated, billet silver skid plate, new front tow hooks and new LED fog lamps. Other changes include the black bezel bi-functional projector headlamps with LED marker lights and the aluminum, twin-snorkel hood.
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