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The Sexiest Toyota You Will Ever See.


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The Toyota FT-1 concept is a pure performance, track-focused sports car model created by CALTY Design Research, Toyota’s North American Design branch.  The FT-1 concept is a symbol that captures elements of the emotion and energy we can expect to see in future Toyota vehicles designs.  Its design is heavily influenced by Toyota’s long sports car tradition that includes vehicles such as 2000GT, Celica, Supra & most recently, FT-86.

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The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra… aka the Toyota FT1.

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Check The E-Chopper…


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The first in bicycle maker Ono’s collection of outrageously stylish e-bikes is the wild-looking Archont. The design is a three meter long easy rider, conceived with the sole purpose of providing an exhilarating experience and unparalleled riding pleasure. It’s a chopper-style super e-bike. Just as quick as it looks, it features face-lifting acceleration thanks to a 7kW motor powered by a 72V 20Ah lithium ferro-phosphate or 74V 23Ah lithium-ion unit. First and foremost though, the sleek design was developed to turn heads with its unconventional lean body, curved lines and carefully worked proportions.

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In terms of its electric drive, Archont electro comes with a 7 kW motor (more and less powerful units are available), a 4 speed plus reverse manual “gearbox”, and Schlumpf transmission, which allows pedal action even when hurtling for the top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). Mostly though, should you ever afford it, you’ll want to drive it on right-handlebar throttle that will unleash jaw dropping acceleration. Features such as cruise control (tempomat) and a speed limit are also included. Archont electro is powered by a 72V 20Ah lithium ferro-phosphate or 74V 23Ah lithium-ion unit, stored inside a locked carbon fiber casing (metal and polyester are also an option). Ono Bikes Company estimates that the battery can provide range of up to 60 miles (100 km) without pedaling. The battery charges in about three hours when plugged in, and a regenerative braking system adds some charging while in motion.

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Sarah Valentina- German Playboy 2015


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In Germany, the German-Italian beauty Sarah Valentina Winkhaus has become well known to sports fans since she started hosting for the sports channel  “Sky Sport News HD”. In her second home, Italy, people have known her for a while. There, she has been hosting for Sky Italia as Formula-1-presenter, corresponding directly from the race track.

Sarah however doesn’t only love fast cars and race tracks, she also has a huge passion for soccer and has admitted to having a hard time choosing which team to cheer for, Germany or Italy since both countries are considered her home.

 

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Toyota Tundrasine – A private jet on 4 wheels


The Toyota "Tundrasine" Tundra/Limousine concept truck was unveiled at the 2015 SEMA auto show. Photo: Toyota

Need a work truck that can haul an entire construction crew (and quite possibly a forklift or two)?

Toyota has a Tundra for that. Or more specifically a “Tundrasine.”

Introduced at the SEMA auto show taking place this week in Las Vegas, the concept limousine truck takes the base of a 1794 Edition Tundra 4×4 CrewMax and stretches it to more than 26 feet long. Inside, the Tundrasine comes with luxurious leather seating and wood trim.

The Tundrasine weighs in at a lumbering 7,963 pounds, but don’t worry about reinforcing your driveway just, yet. There’s no chance the Tundrasine will ever get put into wide production.

Full specs:

Production Basis: Tundra 1794 Edition 4×4 CrewMax 5.7L V8
Wheelbase: 235.9″
Overall Length:  319.1″
Overall Height: 76.2″
Overall Width: 79.9″
Track (f/r): 67.9″/67.9″
Exterior Color: Midnight Black Metallic
Interior: Brown leather
Weight: Estimated 7,963 lbs.

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The future a la Mercedes-Benz


“A chill-out zone in the midst of the mega city traffic mayhem,” Mercedes-Benz calls its latest self-driving concept car, the Vision Tokyo — so named because it’s being introduced this week at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Chill-out zone” actually seems fair, because the interior of this smooth, silver bean of technology is an arc-shaped couch, where up to five passengers can, in fact, chill out.

There’s nothing production-ready about the Vision Tokyo — everything from the fuel cell drive train to the futuristic wraparound displays in the interior is a dream of a far-off world, though Mercedes deserves some credit for focusing on a singularly executed theme: all of its concept cars this year, starting with the F 015 at January’s CES, have looked like birds of a feather. Outside, there’s the otherworldly silver paint covering everything, glass included; blue LED accents around the perimeter make the car look like a prop from Tron and communicate the vehicle’s self-driving intentions to nearby pedestrians (another trick borrowed from the F 015).

Autonomous mode is clearly the focus considering the seating layout, but it’s still possible to take control — a “jump seat” unfurls and a steering wheel pops out on command. That’s not very chill, though; members of Generation Z (who Mercedes says the Vision Tokyo is for) want “personal contact whenever possible,” which they can get with the face-to-face arrangement while the car drives itself.

Among the stranger features Mercedes has envisioned here is a hologram projection system for showing apps and maps in three-dimensional space. There’s also a trick windscreen that will show a graphic equalizer — think a music visualizer from back in the Winamp days — whenever the occupants are listening to music. (Not to say you necessarily want the people outside your car to know what you’re listening to, but it’d look cool, at least.) All this is tied to an emissions-free drivetrain that Mercedes says is good for 980 kilometers (609 miles) — 190 kilometers in electric-only mode and another 790 kilometers in the hydrogen fuel cell.

The exterior of the Vision Tokyo is “comparable” to a “mid-series vehicle” in its dimensions. Arguably, even that’s too big for Tokyo, a hyper-dense city where subminiature “Kei cars” are extremely popular. But if you want to fit five people and play with three-dimensional apps, this concept might be your best choice.


Over the past several months, hoverboards have inexplicably become a regular topic of conversation. It started with a Back to the Future-inspired prank from Tony Hawk early last year. Before long, a Kickstarter for a real hoverboard started making the rounds and now, over a year after the original prank video, Lexus is building its own ride-able hoverboard.

SLIDE is the fourth project in the Lexus ‘Amazing in Motion’ series, which has included drones and robots in the past. According to Lexus’ website, the hoverboard “uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement. Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible.”

Sadly, we don’t get to see anyone actually ride the hoverboard in the debut video, but Lexus promises we’ll see more updates from the project in the coming weeks. Watch the video below:

 

“The Entourage” Cadillac.


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Since getting my first look at the Entourage movie a few weeks ago (a review of which you can find right here), I’ve been asked consistently about the Cadillac in the film’s trailer.  The Cadillac Ciel, started out as a concept in 2011, but still screams ‘car of the future’.  Check out some more about this amazing vehicle.

cadillac-ciel-concept2Ciel (the French word for sky) is what inspired this noteworthy vehicle.  Driving California’s Highway 1 in an open car while the sun sets is the type of journey the Ciel team envisioned during its design. The Ciel’s doors are hinged at the rear to reveal a sweeping view of the dramatic interior, accented with nickel-plated trim, exquisite Italian Olive wood and soft leather. Cadillac’s heritage of advanced technology is evident everywhere you look, beginning with the Ciel’s bold LED headlamps and tail lights.

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Simplicity, authenticity and spaciousness were the guiding principles when it came to developing the interior. Seats wrapped in glove-soft leather feature sloping bolsters that allow passengers to slide into them more comfortably. But perhaps the defining element is the incorporation of Italian Olive wood trim throughout. This special wood is a premium yet sustainable material, and in the Ciel came from a single, fallen tree, painstakingly prepared and specially cut.

Cadillac-Ciel_Concept_2011_800x600_wallpaper_012014-Cadillac-Ciel-Convertible-PriceCadillac-Ciel_Concept_2011_800x600_wallpaper_06Advanced technology highlights the Ciel interior. Transparent gauges are framed within a brushed-aluminum housing that has the intricate depth of a high-quality chronograph. A “floating” center console that runs from the front to the back features hidden connectivity portals for each passenger, allowing each to make dinner reservations, check the weather, or even upload photos of the journey via social media. Additional technology includes inductive charging and Bluetooth connectivity. The final touches? Heated and cooled seats, a drawer containing sun lotion, sun glasses and towels, and aromatherapy that is controlled from the rear armrest.

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