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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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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At the Detroit Motor Show, or to give it its proper name, the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet will debut the 2015 Corvette Z06. According to the company it will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, and feature unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic upgrades.
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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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Researchers have accidentally found the wreckage of a World War 2 era Japanese ‘super-submarine’ off the coast of Hawaii. The “Sen-Toku” I-400 class submarine is resting at a depth of 2,300 ft (700 metres).
The sub was sank in 1946 by the US Navy as target practice, and also to prevent the vessel being captured by the Soviet Union. When it was built it was the largest subarine the world had ever seen (more than double the size of US subs at the time), and it wasn’t until the 1960s and the arrival of nuclear-powered submarines that a larger sub was built.
It was 400 feet (122 metres) long, and amazingly it could also carry three specially-designed aircraft in a hangar located along the top of the vessel. It could launch the aircraft using a compressed air catapult, and retrieve the float planes from the water using a small crane. In addition the I-400s had 8 torpedo tubes, one large 14cm naval gun, and four 25mm machine guns.
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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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Audi has just confirmed that it will be introducing a new compact SUV in 2016. The Q1 will be the smallest SUV in the company’s lineup, sitting below the Q3, Q5 and Q7. The new vehicle is just one of a number of new models Audi has in development for the long term. By the end of the decade the automaker will be expanding its already comprehensive lineup from 49 models to over 60 models.
“The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi.
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While the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster might have made its digital debut back in October, it’s not until now that the car has made its first official public debut. Well Lamborghini say public, but what they really meant is that they only invited a select group of VIPs aboard the Italian aircraft carrier Nave Cavour docked in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed port.
Still, it made for some good photos.
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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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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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