Monday November 28th, 2011 12:27 New Concept Cars

We realize the future of the automobile will be greener, however, what happens to drivers who love rev-matched downshifts and the coordinated shriek of pistons, valves and cams? Who knows what the future of car performance is, nonetheless, a survey within the automobile industry has come up with some great new automobile concepts. Automobile manufactures use auto-show concept cars that are usually one-of-a-kind prototypes. Just think of your typical haute-couture fashion show, with outlandishly designed outfits to capture the audience’s unswerving attention.

These automobile prototypes are built by hand in order to encapsulate the thoughts of the press and public with eccentric automobile models of what is in store for the future. Some designs seem practical, and others are pure fantasy, not even the Jetson’s era would fathom. Nonetheless, some of the bigwig automakers are pursuing concept cars that may turn out to really be worth something. Some of the automobile concepts are vaguely camouflaged as future possibilities and other present ideas from a technological standpoint that CEOs want to road-test with the press and the public.

Let’s take a look at some of the future concept automobile models:

Maserati Kubang

Maserati Kubang:
Even though the Kubang will be assembled in the same plant as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the chief bits will be created specifically for Maserati’s new SUV. Included is a new production of Maserati engines, created by Paolo Martinelli. The new engines will be secured to an eight-speed mechanized transmission along with Modena-engineered functioning brakes, suspension and navigation.

Toyota FT-CH

Toyota FT-CH:
The Toyota’s concentrated efforts with the FT-CH concept indicate that they want to increase its utilization of gas-electric hybrid technology to a wider group of vehicles. The company hinted that it plans to introduce eight new hybrid modes in the coming years, and plans to sell one million hybrids per year.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata:
Kijima’s future point-of-view is to take the MX-5 back to the essentials. The planning for the new concept of the Mazda MX-5 Miata began a few years ago, with the company’s goal to decrease fuel consumption by 30% and lessen the weight by 8%. The new MX-5 will be suited with a 1.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine producing approximately 125 Hp with mileage upwards of 50mpg, including a six-speed manual transmission. During the meantime, the American model will still utilize the 2.0 liter engine.

Ford Mustang 2015

2015 Ford Mustang:
The 2015 Ford Mustang suspension will be comparable to the Australian Ford Falcon. Computer managed torque vectoring could be part of the equation for future handling enhancement. The engine is geared to generate 247 horsepower from 2.0 liters.

GMC Granite

GMC Granite:
The GMC Granite is a small concept automobile with a 1.4 liter engine and a six speed transmission. The idea is more in the lines of a square type four-cylinder urban mini-wagon.

BMW M5

BMW M-5:
The BMW M-5 is known for its powerful engine. The future model will have the same 4.4 liter twin turbo V-8 that generates 555 horsepower and 500 pound feet torque. The 2012 model will utilize an automatic start-up utility together with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission as well.

Jaguar 2012

Jaguar C-X16:
To lighten the weight of the Jaguar C-X16 copious sums of aluminum is utilized including all the body panels. Most of the power comes from a highly-charged, straight-injected, complete aluminum 3.0 liter V-6 recognized 375 Hp and 332 ft. lbs. of torque. The C-X16 includes a push-to-pass function that is activated by a steering wheel installed feature. This feature utilizes an electric motor to go with the gas engine with over nine-seconds of added enhancement. Jaguar states that the C-X16 needs only 4.4 seconds to go from 0-60 mph; the highest speed is 186 mph.

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Friday October 28th, 2011 11:41 Trident Iceni: A Supercar running on Biodiesel

Trident Iceni Supercar

 

Trident Iceni, the latest name in the segment of supercars is making waves for a lot of reasons. The car comes with a V-8 diesel engine and runs on the eco friendly bio – diesel. Being run on bio – diesel does not mean that the car’s efficiency is lesser than any other super car. The car gets to 60 mph in 4 seconds and can push up to 200 mph, which is a good enough speed for any bio – diesel run car. The question that arises is, is Trident Iceni a next generation car? Well, the answer is, yes, it could be since there are many sources of bio- diesel that come from non food category and hence do not inflict any damage on food sources and their consumption and hence can be grown for the specific purpose of fuel, creating a sustainable alternative.

The car can safely be said a good competition for other supercars as it claims a top speed of 220 mph and very rapid acceleration. The maximum torque of the car is a massive 950 lb ft (1,288 Nm) at 1,800 rpm. Though the engine is pretty heavy due to the use of iron cylinder block, it also contains a common rail injection along with four valves in each cylinder.

Trident Iceni comes with new eight speed automatic gear box. In order to get good weight distribution in the car; the gear box is mounted at the rear side, just ahead of the axle gears and is controlled by a pair of paddles on the steering.

The car comes with wheels of 20 inch diameter wherein the front side tires are 255/35 ZR tires and the rear tires are 335/30 ZR. The rear side wheels look like rather wide for a front engine car, but may be that was the requirement for handling the huge torque.
Another striking feature of the car is that its frame is made up of stainless steel sheet. The frame is made up of folded and welded sheet. Trident claims that this frame is very rigid and is good enough for a supercar.

There is no doubt that the car’s performance is good but the question is how far it goes on the fuel consumption parameter? The company is making big claims that the car will give 68 mpg (Imperial) or 55 mpg (US) (4 liters/100 km) at a steady 70 mph. Though the car has a large engine, but still it is compact with an overall length of 165 inches and weighs 3,260 lb and this balance goes well for a supercar.

Undoubtedly, Trident Iceni is an excellent car and it is hoped that it will be good enough for driving across cities and for general day to day use.

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Monday August 29th, 2011 11:52 Audi shows the World its New Urban Concept

Audi E-tron Sypder

Audi is all set to take the lid off of its newest offspring, the Urban Concept Spyder. The convertible borrows liberally from various other established brands in its segment including the exteriors styling of the MX-5 model from Mazda, Nissan Leaf’s electric powertrain and Toyota iQ’s intelligent seating. The German manufacturer will debut the urban concept car at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show that is to begin in less than three weeks’ time.

Audi retains some of the more popular features from the original Urban Concept in the Spyder with basic styling like the body shell crafted out of sturdy yet lightweight CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic), mesmeric and widely-appreciated 21” alloys and the adaptable 1+1 seating setup that has the passenger sitting behind the driver, maximizing elbow space for both the driver as well as the passenger.

The exterior of the Spyder remains more or less the same as its predecessor with R8-inspired side wings, strip-like running lights and headlamps fitted with LEDs. Rear-opening scissor doors with the corporate finish make the car a true German delight.

The visionary concept car is run on the lithium-ion battery pack-run electric motors that produce roughly the same power as its fixed-roof variant. Though no performance specs were released for the Spyder, the concept is expected to house the same powertrain as the original with a more powerful acceleration.

The multi-genre drop-top features a concentrated visage that makes the concept truly future city-worthy in the greenest possible sense. Stylistically, the Urban Concept Spyder does not differ from the Urban Concept coupe by a whole lot. However, the ultra-light car still reflects the traditional design language of Audi.

The cockpit and integrated undercarriage of the Urban Concept Spyder are done in carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The compact electric drive has elaborating suspension which allows it to make the most of the two E-Tron electric motors. Gorgeous free-standing 21-inch alloy wheels surrounded by protective plates, and forward-urging lines marked by blinking LED strips make the concept appear as competitive in its segment as it possibly can be. The vehicle’s performance capabilities are not marred by a huge carbon footprint either with the lithium-ion battery giving it all the green hearts it needs.

The Frankfurt-bound two-seater lower curb measurement is matched with a customizable pedal and steering wheel that can be refitted to mimic the dimensions of the driver. Although the concept is as city-chic as a hatchback can be, the sporty design conveys a much more sensory driving experience to the user. Extensive use of sports-specific elements like the slide-back roof, and imaginative tailgate entry highlight the car’s futuristic outlook. An innovative cabin design and the use of lightweight materials for the body and controls further emphasize the sportiness of the design, making the Urban Concept Spyder a definite showstopper for the coming Frankfurt show.

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Friday May 27th, 2011 14:17 BMW Unveils 75th Anniversary 328 Hommage

 

Last week, BMW unveiled its 328 Hommage concept car at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy. Built to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the BMW 328 race car, the two-seater sports-car is specially crafted to mimic the ultra-lightweight design of the original.

The original 328 weighed only 780 kilograms, and in order to create a modern car just as lightweight, BMW have used carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) to construct much of the BMW 328 Hommage‘s exterior and interior. BMW say that CFRP offers the best ratio between weight and stability, and is both lighter and more stable than aluminium.

Harking back to the era of the original 328, the Hommage features leather bonnet straps and distinctive two-part light alloy wheels. The two-seater sports car also tips its hat to its predecessor by employing a more traditional, vertically positioned kidney grille. With its split windscreen and its doorless nature, the BMW 328 Hommage leaves onlookers with no doubt as to where it takes its influences from.

“With the BMW 328 Hommage, we wish to pay homage to the passion and inventiveness of the fathers of the BMW 328. They created an icon, which is considered a milestone in the history of the automobile.” says Karl Bäumer, CEO of BMW Group Classic.

As of yet, BMW have not revealed any official specifications for the Hommage, although they have stated that it will include a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine.

Although it is unlikely to make production, the BMW 328 Hommage concept car certainly managed to impress judges at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, as it managed to win the title of “best of show” in the Concept Cars and Prototypes category there.

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