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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Castle Three Motor Company, a British company based in Alnwick, Northumberland, have just released a series of sketches showing their retro-inspired rival to the Morgan 3 Wheeler. Funding for the car has been provided via crowd-funding on CrowdCube. However the goal of £200, 000 wasn’t met in the time required. Instead Castle Three Motor Company ended up with £30,000 from almost 70 investors. Despite the obvious shortfall, the company have bravely chosen to power on with the car’s development.
The Castle Three Motor Company’s return to business marks a revival for a company who built 350 three-wheeled cars between 1919 and 1922. The new car has some of the retro style of the original, however it also has a contemporary feel highlighted by its clean lines and LED lighting.
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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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With the introduction of the M235i Racing, BMW Motorsport is expanding its range of cars within the BMW Sports Trophy Customer Racing programme. From 2014, privateer BMW teams and drivers who cough up the asking price of 59,500 Euros will have the opportunity to line up on the grid with the brand-new BMW M235i Racing.
The plan is initially for the car to be used in series and events such as the VLN Endurance Championship and the Nürburgring 24 Hours on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (DE). However in the future, the BMW M235i Racing should also be a contender on international stages for BMW Sports Trophy drivers.
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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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Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the hardtop version of the Jaguar F-TYPE. The F-TYPE Coupe permanently raises the roof and performance potential of the F-TYPE convertible by adding some extra chassis rigidity, and also making it ripe for some serious racing – with a roll cage and all the other neccessary safety gear added of course.
According to Jaguar, the F-TYPE Coupe is the most dynamically capable, performance-focused sports car that Jaguar has ever produced. It is available in three versions: F-TYPE R, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE.
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As the production life of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG draws to a graceful close – in contrast to the long drawn-out and increasingly absurd final years of the Bugatti Veyron – Mercedes-Benz have created a final edition model called, well, fittingly, the SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION. The FINAL EDITION model, built in a limited run of just 350 units, represents the last opportunity for buyers to snag themselves an SLS AMG direct from the factory.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION is making twin world premieres at both the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show. The market launch will begin in March 2014. The super sports car will be available as either a Coupe or a Roadster and, once 350 units have been built, production of the SLS AMG model series will come to an end.
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Lexus is headed to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show later this month, armed with two headline acts. The ungainly LF-NX SUV concept, and the rather more appealing RC Coupe. The RC Coupe is basically the production-ready version of the LF-CC concept – which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year. Two versions of the RC Coupe will be on display, the RC 350 and the RC 300h.
The Lexus RC Coupe is a stylish two-door luxury sports car with bold styling and a sporty coupe profile. The car has been designed to raise the brand’s profile with a wider audience and customers who are new to Lexus. In short. It’s aimed at younger buyers.
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Magnum Cars, the Canadian race car manufacturer who just recently teased their all-new (and first-ever) road car, have finally spilled the beans on their MK5 sports car.
The Magnum MK5 is fully road legal, but it looks more at home on the track. It’s small, extremely light, and instead of going for a more powerful – but also heavier – V6 or V8 engine, Magnum Cars have elected to go for a high-revving 4-cylinder instead.
Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum said of the car: “The MK5′s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability
which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of neither one.”
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If you’re clued up about independently designed Ferrari concepts, then this might look a little familiar. It’s an update of a 2009 concept called the Ferrari Zobin, created by Iranian designer Siamak Ruhi Dehkordi.
The new Zoubin and the old Zobin differ little – they’re both awesome! – but there are subtle updates. Including the new front spoiler – which is now larger and features an additional wing, the hidden headlights, additional air inlets in the nose, different wing mirrors, a new canopy – which is comprises of two separate sections, and a revised rear panel which features new vents.
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