Despite what it looks like, the Audi TT quattro Sport Concept which the company showed off at this year’s Geneva Motor Show alongside the all-new 3rd-gen TT is not a preview of the hopefully upcoming TT-RS. And that’s coming from Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s chief technical officer. Instead the TT quattro Sport Concept is designed as track car, an affordable Club Sport racer for motorsport enthusiasts. Of course that doesn’t mean a TT-RS isn’t in the works. It’s just that this isn’t it.
And that’s a bit of a shame because the TT quattro Sport Concept sounds like a real gem. Quite apart from looking completely awesome in white. The car is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces an incredible 420 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm. From 2.0 litres! That’s 210 horsepower per litre!
The fact the car weighs in at just 1,344 kgs (2,963 lbs) means it’s unquestionably rapid, taking just 3.7 seconds to go from zero to 62 mph.
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The Maserati LaMaserati is a hypercar concept created by Staffordshire University transport design graduate Mark Hostler. His previous works include the very pointy Lamborghini Ferruccio concept from 2012.
The LaMaserati concept was created as a conceptual flagship for Maserati, to take-over where the MC12 left off. And just like the MC12 – which was based on the Ferrari Enzo chassis – the LaMaserati would be based on, yep you guessed it, the LaFerrari chassis.
Yet while the two cars would share the same underpinnings, visually they would be worlds apart. Even the drivetrain is radically altered, with the KERS system from the LaFerrari being ditched, and the 6.3 litre V12 being re-tuned to make up for the power reduction.
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At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet and Marvel Entertainment engaged in some unapologetic self-promotion of the upcoming blockbuster movie, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. It also proved to be another good opportunity for Chevrolet to show off the new-ish Corvette Stingray.
The Black Widow’s Stingray is one of 15 Chevrolet cars and trucks displayed for the first time at the Chicago show. Show goers won’t get to see the Black Widow at the event, but Chevrolet will distribute a limited-edition Captain America comic book to commemorate its joint venture with Marvel Entertainment.
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It’s a full seven years since Citroen first used the Cactus name on a concept vehicle – with the introduction of the original Citroen C-Cactus concept in 2007. More recently the company unveiled another Cactus concept at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. And now they’ve pulled the covers off the production version.
Called the Citroen C4 Cactus, the all-new model is claimed to offer more comfort, practicality, economy and technology than its predecessors. It’s over 200 kgs (440 lbs) lighter than the current C4, and powered by the latest generation of fuel-sipping engines it offers up to 91 MPG with CO2 emissions from just 82g/km.
In terms of design it certainly stands out from the crowd. The styling has changed massively from the original 2007 concept, but it’s very closely modeled on last year’s concept. Part French-chic, part futuristic family car, the C4 Cactus looks like a good all-round family car.
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The original DeLorean DMC-12 is one of the most iconic vehicles ever made. Not necessarily because it was a great car, more because it was like nothing else, and even non-car people could identify it as the “Back to the Future car”. It comes as little surprise then that it’s a fairly popular vehicle for independent designers to reinvent. The latest to have a go is Polish designer Adam Graszk.
Curiously Graszk has decided to turn his back on two of the original DeLorean’s most recognisable features, namely the gull-wing doors and the bare stainless steel bodywork. And while this might have DeLorean fan boys reaching for their lanterns and pitchforks, they should take comfort in the fact that both issues would be fairly easily resolved.
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With the next generation Daihatsu Copen due out some time next year, the company has been slowly drumming up interest in the diminutive sports cars with a succession of pre-production concept vehicles. Starting with the Daihatsu D-X concept from 2011, followed up by the D-R from 2012, and most recently the Kopen from earlier this year. Now the Japanese company has announced that at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon this January they will be bringing along three different versions of the new Kopen. The Rm1, the Rm2 (pictured) and the Xm1.
Daihatsu haven’t gone into any detail regarding the concepts or their drivetrains. However all the previous concepts have been fitted with the company’s tiny little 0.66-litre three-cylinder engine, and there’s no reason why that should change for the three concept scheduled to appear in January.
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The Mitsubishi Eclipse may have been discontinued in 2011, but if graphic designer Steel Drake from Kyrgystan had his way it would be brought back, and look a little something like this.
Called the Mitsubishi Eclipse R – with the R standing for Reload – the concept uses the last generation Eclipse as a starting point, but at the same time it has some futuristic styling cues to make sure it stands out.
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Following on from the original UNI-CUB prototype, and based on feedback from users, Honda have unveiled an upgraded version their personal mobility device and named it the UNI-CUB β.
The original UNI-CUB was a by-product of Honda’s research into humanoid robots, or more specifically, ASIMO. The technologies integrated into the UNI-CUB allow the rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally simply by shifting their body weight and leaning towards the intended direction.
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Carcraft.co.uk have just announced a “Craft Your Dream Car” competition. They’re asking people to come up with their own original dream car design and send it in for judging. The winner will receive a £200 Amazon gift voucher, and their design will be featured on the Carcraft website.
The design can be presented in numerous ways, including a drawing, a scale model, a 3D computer model, a digital illustration – or any other method you can think of. As long as you can send in a picture of it, it’s eligible for the competition.
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Novitec Rosso, the Ferrari-tuning specialists, have just put the finishing touches to their N-Largo version of the F12berlinetta. The upgrades include new bodywork, new chassis components, and an enhanced powertrain.
The bodywork of the Novitec Rosso F12berlinetta N-Largo is manufactured from carbon fiber and designed for aerodynamic efficiency. It is 11cm wider than the standard car at its widest point – the rear wheel arches. The N-LARGO front fenders create a striking hour-glass-shape effect. They replace the production components in their entirety and add six centimeters to the width of the F12 on the front axle.
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