Just a few days ago, Audi confirmed that they were planning on extending their SUV lineup to include an even more compact model called the Q1 – due out in 2016. Now they’ve made the announcement that at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit they will be debuting an as-yet unnamed concept car. Unsuprisingly, it looks very Q1-ish.
The two-door model with its high ground clearance is a crossover with a distinctly sporty character. The Detroit-bound Audi show car features a natural development of the Audi design language. It combines visual elements from future models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and Shooting Brake body style.
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Infiniti have just announced they will be debuting a Formula One inspired concept car based on the Q50 premium sports saloon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The vehicle represents Infiniti’s design vision of a high performance variant of the Q50, a vehicle with road car technology but with a motorsport heart.
Called ‘Q50 Eau Rouge’ (Red Water in French), the car is named after the world-famous corner at the Formula One track in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The corner is one of the most difficult to navigate at speed. Fernando Alonso, 2005 and 2006 F1 World Champion said of Eau Rouge; “You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don’t know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver’s feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange – but good fun as well.”
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The Ferrari Verus is a hybrid-powered supercar concept created by the Romanian designer Andrus Ciprian. It must be Ferrari year for Ciprian, because this is the third Ferrari concept he’s developed in the last 12 months – if you count both the original and updated Ferrari Figaro concepts as two separate vehicles.
The inspiration for the Verus concept actually comes from Ferrari’s main competitor, Lamborghini. In particular the Lamborghini Veneno hypercar. As such the Verus concept has an extremely pointed front end and very taught surfaces. It’s slightly less bonkers than the Veneno, but then without a mind-numbing class-A drugs binge it would be hard to out-crazy the Lamborghini.
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Featuring in the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 (GT6) video game, or racing simulator if you prefer, will be this purely digital creation designed by Adrian Newey. Newey is Red Bull’s Formula One chief engineer – the brains behind Sebastian Vettel’s complete domination of this year’s Formula One championship. So to say he knows how to build a racecar is a bit like saying Usain Bolt likes jogging.
The Red Bull X2014 is a fictional futuristic Formula One car, one without limits, built for pure speed and screw any regulations.
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The original Lancia Delta Integrale was one of the more polarizing and memorable automotive designs from the past. Some loved the sturdy-looking boxy shape, while others thought it was the very epitome of angular ’80s design. One thing everyone agreed about was its speed. Which was good enough to mark it out as one of the benchmark performance vehicles of its day – especially when it came to rallying.
It’s sad then that for the last 20 years, Lancia has never been able to replicate the successes and cult status enjoyed by the original Delta Integrale.
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Ken Okuyama, an ex-Pininfarina designer responsible for numerous vehicles, including the Ferrari Rossa concept, Ferrari Enzo, and 599 – and since 2006 head of a design firm which bears his name – showed up to this year’s Tokyo Motor Show with a slightly oddball creation called the Kode9.
The Ken Okuyama Design Kode9 is a retro-inspired concept which takes design cues from a number of vintage models. There’s quite a mix thrown in there; D-Type Jag, Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, Lotus, and a bit of the Mach 5 from the Japanese anime series Speed Racer.
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At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled a matching pair of concept cars. One is a retro-inspired lifestyle vehicle – a bit like a modern day Nissan Figaro – except much, much better. While the other is a retro-futuristic racer. Both are bordering on awesome.
The idea behind the pairing was to create two similar cars but with very different identies, hence the ID (identity) x (unknown) name. Both the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts have been designed to appeal to younger buyers – those born after 1990. Or as Nissan has decided to call them, “digital natives”. In developing the concepts Nissan engaged with potential consumers from this generation to see what features and ideas they would like to see incorporated into their vehicle.
Several unique approaches were made from a structural standpoint so the IDx concepts could take on various appearances. For example, the front and rear bumpers, as well as the side panels and doors can be easily interchanged. This contruction method allows the car to differentiate itself from others through the side and front face, with vast freedom for customisation.
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At the LA Auto Show, Ford pulled the covers off the all-new Ford Edge Concept, a vehicle designed to give a fairly accurate preview of the styling and technology direction of the company’s new large SUV for Europe. Already popular in the U.S. and other markets, the new Edge will be Ford’s first large SUV developed for Europe, one of 25 global vehicles that Ford confirmed last year will go on sale in Europe by 2017.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas said of the introduction: “The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe utility vehicle. The next-generation Ford Edge previewed here will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe”.
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One of the debutants at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is this, the Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept. It’s main mission is to act as a taster of what Subaru believes a “urban SUV” should look like.
According to the company, the Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept offers “easy seat access, a comfortable interior, and abundant luggage space”.
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To help celebrate the 15th anniversary of the iconic Gran Turismo racing game, Mercedes-Benz have developed a concept super sports car which will be included in the new Gran Turismo 6 game through online updates. The physical version of the car, a 1:1 scale model will be unveiled at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California on November 19th.
The origins of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept come from Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of the Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc. He called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”.
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