Alcraft Motor Company, a new British design and engineering business has just announced its arrival. The company says it is dedicated to creating custom vehicles which have a unique sense of British style. The company will focus on developing exterior and interior styling products for brands which originate from the UK, such as Range Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar and Aston Martin.
Despite their slightly OTT emphasis on Britishness – constantly refering to British style, British heritage and British values when you’re trying to launch a brand-new aftermarket tuning company starts to sound a bit sycophantic after a while – the company have roped in some big names to their cause. And to be fair, their first attempt at a modified Range Rover looks better than most.
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If you want a fast Volvo, then your list of choices has just increased. The new Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar are just about to start shipping out to a selection of countries across the globe. The new models will initially be available in the following countries; Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
The car is based on the latest generation Volvo S/V60 and marks the start of an extended Polestar production model range. Development of the car has been ongoing over the past years, picking up from the C30 and S60 Concept cars and the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development miles have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
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At this year’s SEMA show, Fuller Hot Rods showed up with a ’32 Ford Roadster built for JET-HOT, a company specialising in high-performance coatings for hot things – like headers and exhaust systems.
The Double Down hot rod project began several years earlier when Bryan Fuller happened to meet Emmett Burton at a Cars and Coffee event, they got talking and Fuller ended up in Burton’s house looking at his collection of 30 vehicles, all at different stages of construction.
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Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) have just put the finishing touches to a bespoke Jaguar E-Type modification/restoration project commissioned by the car’s owner, American Paul Branstad. Prior to the complete overhaul by CMC, the car had been involved in what was described as “a heavy front impact”.
The car is a 1968 Series 1 4.2 litre, left hand drive, open 2 seater which rolled off the Coventry production line on April 17th. After production the car was shipped immediately to Jaguar Cars in New York, USA, but the receiving dealer is not known. However nowadays it shares only an outward resemblance to the original vehicle, having been stretched by four and a half inches during its restomod.
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According to the folks over at brandpower.com, the perfect car would be a combination of a Citroen DS and a old-school Porsche 911. And whether you agree or not with their choice of mashup, you can’t deny it isn’t an appealing blend.
The project required lots of sketchwork, 3d modeling, and supposedly some stupidly impressive metalwork and fabrication skills. Although to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced the Porsche Citroen 911 DS has actually made the leap from 3D model to production reality. But either way, it’s a fairly awesome project.
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Ford has decided to go a little nuts at this year’s SEMA Show, arriving with no less than 57 modified and tuned cars, trucks and vans. In advance of the event, Ford has revealed 8 of their 2013 SEMA-bound vehicles.
Ford will use the 2013 show to highlight their longtime relationships with aftermarket tuners, taking over more than 27,000 square feet inside Las Vegas Convention Center. Ford will also occupy more than 110,000 square feet of the convention center’s Silver Lot, where company-sponsored racing schools from Miller Motorsports Park will take center stage in “Ford Out Front.”
The Ford exhibit will feature modified versions of Ford’s most popular models, including the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Mustang, F-150 and Super Duty. Ford and its aftermarket modifiers will also display 10 customised Transit Connect Wagon and Transit Connect cargo vans.
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Earlier this year, Hyundai showed up at the San Diego Comic Con with a Hyundai Veloster-based zombie-fighting vehicle. Apparently they weren’t satisfied with just one “Zombie Survival Machine”, and so now they’re back with another. This time at the New York Comic Con.
This time around however it wasn’t Hyundai designers who penned the vehicle. Instead it was dreamt-up by Anson Kuo, a Hyundai Santa Fe owner, and winner of The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app. Kuo’s design was picked from over 82,500 submissions.
“My main design goal was to make the vehicle as stealthy and spacious as possible,” said Kuo. “I knew knives and blades would be the best bet for weaponry – they could slice and dice the zombies without releasing any ammunition. Basing the design on the Santa Fe allows space for extra passengers as well as weapons, supplies and all the other necessary items needed during a real zombie apocalypse.”
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Ford and Vortech Superchargers have teamed up to create a special on-of-a-kind Mustang which will make its debut at this years SEMA show in Las Vegas (November 5-7).
The car, called the Project Yellow Jacket Ford Mustang, is designed to show some of the almost infinite number of custom parts and components available for the current Mustang. “As a lifelong Ford fan, I was inspired to create this project car when I realized Ford doesn’t offer yellow on the 2014 Mustang,” said Brian Ellis, sales, marketing and social media manager for AirPower Group – Vortech Supercharger’s parent company. “We wanted to create something really eye-popping with a mechanical package to match the appearance.”
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ARK Performance, who have teamed up with Hyundai for previous SEMA projects in the past, have developed a new concept vehicle based on the Genesis Coupe. Called the Legato – “Legato” is an Italian musical term meaning “tied together” – the vehicle features a modified exterior, interior and performance upgrades.
The complete ARK Legato body treatment includes front and rear bumpers, side skirts, deck lid and wider wheel arches. “The ARK Legato Concept demonstrates the compelling appeal and versatility of the original Genesis Coupe production concept,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “ARK Performance has taken this original concept and expanded its appeal to the most demanding premium coupe owners at a whole new level.”
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The long-established BMW tuning company AC Schnitzer have just published details regarding their aftermarket performance parts for the all-new BMW 4-Series Coupe. In terms of styling the options are limited for now, consisting of just different 18, 19 and 20-inch alloy wheels in either black or silver, and a selection of different chrome tailpipe designs.
However when it comes to what’s under the hood – the stuff that really matters – AC Schnitzer have been busy. They’ve developed power upgrade kits for the 428i, 435i and 420d. The 428i’s power increases from 241 hp to 290 hp, the 435i goes from 302 hp to 355 hp, and the 420d gets a 34 hp increase in power taking the total to 215 hp.
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