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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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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 Worlds Greatest Drag Race?


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We normally like to keep our descriptions about any given subject to at least a small paragraph, but when Motor Trend put 11 of the world’s most badass cars head-to-head for the drag race to end all drag races… There’s not much more to say than “watch the video”.

Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept


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Audi is looking to get in on all the CES action as the brand announces they will be unveiling the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight concept car during the Las Vegas electronics show. LED headlights are still a newer technology on the automotive scene, but the German auto maker is looking to the future for the headlamps on this beast. This Audi concept has been outfitted with laser diode headlights that are capable of illuminating the road up to 1,640 feet. Of course what’s under the hood is just as impressive. Audi has equipped the Quattro Laserlight with a plug-in hybrid drive system that pumps out a whopping 700 horsepower while still being able to get 94 miles to the gallon. There is plenty more technology used throughout the vehicle including Audi’s MMI multimedia system, a system that controls all of the car’s on-board electronics. Sport Quattro concepts have been popping up more frequently, and while Audi won’t commit to the Laserlight specifically, they have confirmed that some form of the concepts will be landing at dealers in the coming years.

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AUDI Design Wall Installation


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Having just premiered its sport quattro concept coupe at the 2013 frankfurt motor show, AUDI has unveiled a sculptural installation at the Die Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek Der Moderne, which presents a full-size model of the 700 horsepower two-seater hardtop at the heart of it. The debut of the expansive wall-mounted work–commissioned by the cultural institution following the success of AUDI’s ‘design icons’exhibition presented there earlier this year–that will remain a part of the permanent collection of the die neue sammlung for at least five years. 1800 miniature models of the automotive company’s 1980’s UR-quattro cover the wall of the museum space, acting as a backdrop to the featured sports car. The small-scale maquettes have each been milled from a seven-kilogram block of aluminium–a material which AUDI is no stranger to, having gained expertise in working with it through their automotive engineering for many years. A metal which is often referenced to being the epitome of lightness and stability, each of the resulting UR-quattro replicas weigh 860 grams–manufactured in a small production run–and stand as a testament to AUDI’s toolmaking expertise. A mirror suspended from the ceiling, offers an endless perspective of the rows upon rows of miniatures which soar vertically upwards–an infinite space where the viewer is immersed in the world of AUDI.

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Aston Martin DB7 to DB4 Zagato Conversion


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After initially unveiling the DB4 GT at the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin built 19 examples through 1963. In 1991 an additional four examples were built, followed by another pair in 2000. British coachbuilder Evanta Motor Company took a DB7 – of which Aston produced some 7,000 examples in its ten-year production run – and rebodied it to look like a classic Zagato. This particular conversion is based on the DB7 V12 Vantage model, with an earlier version of the same 6.0-liter V12 still employed in the latest Astons producing 420 horsepower. That’s considerably more than the 314 hp offered by the 3.7-liter straight six in the original DB4 GT, and it is mated to an automatic gearbox and all the modern accoutrements, from air conditioning to air bags. The blueish-silver bodywork hides a red leather interior complete with full rollcage and retrofitted dashboard and seats. While all the details surely didn’t come cheap, you can bet it cost less for Evanta to create than an original DB4 GT – or for that matter, a 2002 DB7 Zagato.

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McLaren Automotive Website


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“There are a few special projects that come around in one’s career – the opportunity to work with one of the world’s best brands and a product that defies definition. When the  opportunity to work on McLaren presented itself, we were sold. It was gametime. The rest was a whirlwind of fast cars and late nights. “- The creative directors of the project.

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Toyota – Glass Organs


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THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) is simulation software, which represents actual humans in detail, including the outer shape, but also bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and internal organs. Therefore, THUMS can be used in automotive crash simulations to identify safety problems and find their solutions. The technology then helps Toyota build safer cars across the entire range. The aim of the campaign was to highlight the notion of ‘human fragility’. This was brought to life through a glass body. The model itself, along with the internal organs were created by a team of three glassblowers. Using their remarkable skills, they created all the major organs including, the heart, kidneys, lungs and oesophagus.

Customized Audi R8 Razor GTR


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In the skiing world Jon Olsson is known for innovating new tricks, in the automotive world he’s known for taking supercars through weather that might make some SUV drivers cringe. Olsson took delivery of his newest toy, a full-carbon PPI Automotive Design Audi R8 Razor GTR sporting his signature roof box. The R8 V10 sports a complete carbon fiber widebody that weighs in at a scant 1,320 lbs or so. In total, the PPI Design transformation shaves over 550 lbs from the R8′s body, while power upgrades from PPI and Statis should have Olsson’s car over the 710-hp mark. He also opted for a set of ADV.1 wheels for each corner of the R8.

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Rolls-Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II


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Turkish automotive designer Ugur Sahin has recently presented his own version of the Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe. The main goal of this design was to respectfully reinterpret the original Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe I, which was built in Belgium by Henri Jonckheere and his son Joseph Jonckheere in 1935. What has remained from that company is currently manufacturing bodies for cars and buses. They’ve asked Ugur Sahin to give a new appearance to their most appreciated project. Infusing a new look to a 77-year-old car is not an easy thing to do but Ugur Sahin pulled it off with a redesigned massive front grill and revised round doors that pay tribute to the original model. At the back it adopts similar bold styling with just a few subtle changes that don’t change the car’s stance and main proportions. Currently Ugur Sahin is negotiating with potential investors and parties who are interested to become involved in the project in order to build an exclusive “One-Off” car which is destined to give its owner the ultimate feeling of luxury.

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McLaren P1 Concept Revealed Ahead Of Paris Debut.


McLaren has revealed the first photos of the P1 concept, which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show, previewing the hypercar that we’ll all know as the new McLaren F1.  “The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage. Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again,” explained Ron Dennis, who helms McLaren Automotive. “Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit,” adds McLaren MD Antony Sheriff. Performance-wise, the supercar should at least be on the same level as the brand new 12C Spider (625hp, top speed of 328km/h and capability to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.1 seconds).

McLaren fans will have to wait for the Paris Motor Show, from September 29 to October 14, to get more info on the speedster’s specs. The model on display in Paris will be a concept, with the company aiming to launch a production model by the end of 2013. The P1 is expected to cost £800,000, but with production limited to 500 models, the P1 production run may be sold out to existing McLaren clients and high-profile collectors without going on general public sale.

The Brand New Ford Mustang GT.


If you happen to think that your Ford GT Mustang is a little boring, look no further.  After seeing these photos provided by Autoblog we were pretty much cleaning up our own drool. Reifen Koch slaps the car with a facelift using the Cervini body kits which leaves the Mustang looking amazing. The “Konquistador” package also includes a side-exit exhaust system, a full KW coilover kit and a hydraulic axle-lift system. Check out the whole press release at Autoblog if you’d like, if not enjoy the photos below.  I just want to know what my homie Yum Yum thinks of this…

The Infiniti Emerg-E Concept.


Infiniti has announced further details of a major new sports car concept set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.  The Nissan-owned brand revealed February 3 that the model will be called ‘Emerg-E’, promising a low-emission, high-performance and high-technology car, with several firsts — and a new design direction for the brand.  The concept will use a range extender drivetrain, meaning that it will contain an electric motor and a gas-powered generator, as opposed to Nissan’s proven 100 percent battery technology used by cars such as the Leaf.

It will also have the drivetrain mounted in a mid-ship package, between the two axles, which the firm says is a first and significantly helps the weight distribution to improve handling — a concept which could be transferred to future production models, assuming it tests well.

The first partial photos of the model appear to show a low-slung form, with a two-seater cockpit and a shape which appears to have been at least partially inspired by the Infiniti Essence concept, revealed at Geneva in 2009.  The Essence was designed to celebrate Infiniti’s 20th anniversary, and while there have been no noises from Nissan on whether the Emerg-E will hit production, the trend seems to indicate that Infiniti is working towards a very specific goal.

 

The Ultra Modern Benz A-Class.


Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a radical overhaul of its A-Class compact at Auto Shanghai. The German automaker said that the new Concept A-Class was “the first heartbeat of a new generation.”  It signals a major departure from the boxy outline of the current A-Class, popular in cities because of its small size, in favor of a long hood, low silhouette and more sporty appearance.  Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener said that the new look was inspired by “the wind and waves, as well as aviation engineering, resulting in this ‘cool’ look.”  Designed to take on premium urban cars such as the Audi A1 and BMW 1-Series, the redesigned A-Class packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the new M270 series, developing 155 kW with a transmission the automaker says is economical, sporty and comfortable.

With a large panoramic roof, the Concept A-Class is particularly airy, reinforced by the aircraft-inspired interior which has resulted in component groups being reduced to a minimum and a high-tech lining which gives the dash a “free-floating” effect.  A smartphone holder has been integrated into the center console, allowing drivers to operate their handsets from the car’s infotainment system designed by Mercedes-Benz technical teams in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto), California.  The addition of a radar-based collision warning system, which warns the driver of a potential collision and primes the brakes, could help to prevent around 20 percent of all rear-end collisions, and mitigate the severity of a further 25 percent, according to the automaker’s research.

Automotive Photography.


I love cars.  Just to put it simply.  I grew up in a place where street racing was very common, and some people spent more time working on their cars than they spent attending the local high school.  Luxury cars, foreign cars, or exotic cars, don’t make a difference, I’m developed a solid love for automobiles of any type.  (Even thoough, I feel like the ONLY thing in the world sexier than Jessica Castillo is a fresh Aston Martin).  When I recently came across a collection of automotive photography, I was enthused to say the least.  This collection comes from all different photographers from all over the world, of all different cars, of all shapes, sizes, and styles.  I didn’t chose the photos for what cars were in them, but for the composition of the photo, the angles, focal points, lighting, style, and depth all contribute to the beauty of the car being displayed, and I didn’t want to limit what I posted just because the car in the photo was old.  So take a look both above and below and hopefully you’ll see as much beauty in these photos as I do.

The Ferrari 612 GTO.


I know its been a cool little minute since I put an automotive post up. It’s not because my interest in cars has been extinguished, but simply because I was waiting for the perfect vehicle to throw up next, and now I think I’ve found it. The Ferrari 612 GTO is a very interesting proposal by German Sasha Selipanov. The concept combines design elements from the current Ferrari model line-up – such as the front headlights – with Aston-Martin-like proportions and styling cues from the past – the whole rear end with its prominent shoulders is reminescent of the sportscars of the 1960′s such as the 250 GTO. Check the method, and tell me you wouldn’t want one.