Students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research have just unveiled their BMW X3-based Deep Orange 4 pickup concept. The vehicle was created with the direct input and support of BMW, who are particularly interested in the way the concept was engineered to allow for a small-scale production run with the minimum of expense.
Rich Morris, vice president of assembly, BMW Manufacturing said of the Deep Orange 4 concept: “The ability to integrate more low-volume models without incurring capital- intensive retooling costs and efficiency losses will be key to success in the future as we strive to respond to changes in market needs faster and with more flexibility.”
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What do you get if you cross one of the most evil empires the universe has ever seen, with a fictional character from Star Wars? The answer is this; the Hot Wheels Darth Vader Car. I kid of course, Mattel isn’t all that bad, it’s been a full seven years since they accidentally tried to poison children with outsourced Chinese-made toys coated in paint which contained 180 times the acceptable limit of lead.
The timing of the release of the Darth Vader Car, along with more Hot Wheels Star Wars vehicles and playsets isn’t just random either. They arrive ahead of the new Star Wars movie which is due out in 2015. But what makes the Darth Vader car the stand-out vehicle of the bunch is the fact that as well as the 1:64 scale model – which comes with its own lightsaber-inspired collectors care and commemorative box – Hot Wheels actually built a full-size fully functional version of the car.
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If you want a brand-new fifth-generation SRT Viper convertible, then you’re out of luck, as it only comes in coupe form. But now Michigan-based automotive engineering and prototype design company Prefix has rectified this by developing their own convertible Viper.
The conversion, called the Medusa Roadster (Manufactured, Engineered, Developed in the USA), costs $35,000 – on top of the price of a brand-new Viper. Prefix say they initially have plans for a run of just 10 cars, each with its own limited edition badge. The Medusa Roadster was debuted at a special event for 500 Viper owners and enthusiasts who were treated to a surprise unveiling of the car.
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This striking creation is the work of XL Stainless, a Canadian company who specialize in stainless steel fabrication, welding and customisation. This particular car was an in-house project. It wasn’t designed as a pre-production prototype for some small-scale manufacturing run. It’s just a showpiece to demonstrate the company’s skills in working with metal – in this case aluminium.
Based on a rear-ended 1998 Chevrolet Corvette donor vehicle, the car was designed, and built, by the company’s boss, Warren Scaife. Scaife says the styling – specifically the front-end – was inspired by the Morgan LIFEcar 2 concept from 2010. The back end is a bit more of a mystery, although it apparently utilizes Mitsubishi Eclipse rear lights.
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The BMW enhancement experts at Alpina are all done with their latest project, a comprehensive makeover for the BMW 4 Series Coupe and Convertible. The Alpina B4 Bi-Turbo raises the performance level of the 4-Series while also providing more comfort.
Based on the BMW 435i, the Apina B4 Bi-Turbo is powered by an upgraded version of BMW’s 3.0 litre straight-six engine. Fitted with twin-turbochargers, an upgraded cooling system, a forged steel crankshaft and a less restrictive quad-outlet exhaust with an acoustic valve, the engine now produces 410 horsepower and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. With this, the Coupe version of the B4 B-Turbo is able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in just 4.2 seconds, while the heavier convertible takes a fraction longer at 4.5 seconds. Cars fitted with the optional BMW X-Drive AWD system accomplish the sprint in an impressive 4.0 seconds.
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The phrase “less is more” isn’t one that’s reached supercar tuners yet. Cue the Ferrari 458 Italia MCC Edition by DMC. The German company have just unveiled their latest range of performance and styling products for the Italian supercar, and they consist of some very obvious carbon fiber aerodynamic components.
The MCC Edition stands for Monte Carlo Carbon Edition, and is based on the company’s non-carbon fiber package for the 458 Italia. The kit comprises of a new front bumper which is a direct replacement for the standard Ferrari unit, using the same brackets and mounting points. The bumper is a touch more aggressive than the regular one, with larger intakes, additional lateral spoilers and a carbon fiber lip spoiler.
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The recently revealed 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its supercharged 6.2 litre supercharged engine and innovative headlight/air intake combo is just the latest high-powered muscle car to appear. It sticks to the relatively safe formula of shoe-horning the largest, beefiest engine possible, into a chassis only just capable of handling its power. It’s simple, effective and offers the most bang for your buck.
However the prolific automotive photoshopper that is X-Tomi has had a go at shaking things up a little. Instead of the regular two-door coupe, he’s created an attractive and more practical shooting brake version of the Challenger SRT.
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What you see here is a very special one-of-a-kind supercar built by Zagato and based on a Lamborghini. Called the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato, the car uses the almost vintage Gallardo platform, and not, as you might expect, the newer Huracan as a starting point. Commissioned by Albert Speiss, a ludicrously wealthy Lamborghini collector, the car is designed to help commemorate the 95th anniversary Zagato’s founding.
The Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato uses the same layout and drivetrain as the Gallardo LP570-4 on which it is based. However every single body panel has been replaced to create a truly unique vehicle. Influences for the Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato include the fabulous Zagato Raptor concept from the mid-nineties, numerous other models from Zagato’s past, and the shape of an animal waiting to pounce.
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StudioTorino, an Italian design studio who have a slightly haphazard history of designing eye-catching vehicles, have just put the finishing touches to their latest creation. I say haphazard because sometimes they do great things, other times they do stuff like this.
The new Porsche Cayman based Moncenisio sits somewhere in the middle of StudioTorino’s abilities. It’s certainly not ugly, but it’s also not really an improvement on the already handsome Cayman. But even if you’re a big fan of the design, its asking price is hard to swallow. Priced at $200,000 (£121,000 / 145,000 EUR) the Moncenisio is roughly four times more expensive than a standard Cayman. Or to put it another way, for the same amount you could have a Cayman and a brand new 911 Turbo.
The StudioTorino Moncenisio is based on the Porsche Cayman S and the drivetrain has been left untouched, meaning that it’s still powered by the same 325 horsepower 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine it left the Porsche factory with. So where’s the money been spent?
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Hamann has just finished developing a wide body aerodynamic kit for the BMW M6. Called the MIRROR GC package, the kit includes a new front bumper spoiler with larger air intakes, new hood, new side skirts, wider front and rear wheel arches, a new rear bumper and the rear wing. Overall the Hamann MIRROR GC package adds 1.6 inches (40 mm) in width to the M6.
Lightweight 21-inch forged alloy wheels and a set of lowering springs complete the exterior modifications.
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