Posts Tagged ‘ Cars ’

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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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.

Aston Martin Q Lounge Concept


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Aston Martin introduces its Q personalization program at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to provide tailor-fit cars for the most discerning customers. Q by Aston Martin is giving buyers the opportunity to customize their car inside and out with different paints, trims, leather and veneers. The nomenclature of the program has been inspired by its longtime silver screen partner James Bond whose ‘Q’ is a quartermaster which customizes his vehicles with different features and gadgets.

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Equus Bass770


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Classic styling meets modern tech with the Equus Automotive Bass770. This 640hp monster lives and breathes America Muscle. Born in Michigan, this Detroit exotic aims to put Motor City back on the map. A 6.2 Litre Supercharged V8 engine powers the Equus Bass770, and the sound is exhilarating. An all aluminum chassis with carbon fiber accent panels and an extra wide wheel base keep this prancing horse glued to the pavement.

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Inspired by the Ford Mustang, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, the Bass770 truly looks like an iconic muscle car from the 70s but drives with the comfort and reliability of a modern day sports car. The only option is to put down a second mortgage on your house and get one of these bad boys, but it will be the best $290K you’ve ever spent. Topping out at a whopping 200MPH and a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds, it is sure to keep you entertained for years.

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Dodge Challenger Vapor For U.S. Air Force


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The U.S. Air Force is known to get a bit creative when it comes to their recruitment tools. Built using all sorts of military specific technology, this 4-wheeled assassin is ready for any mission that comes its way. The Vapor supercar is equipped with an infrared thermal image camera on the front bumper that works alongside a roof-mounted 360-degree surveillance camera, allowing the driver to see right through pitch black darkness using the built-in dashboard command center. The command center includes three LCD screens which also give the driver the ability to activate/deactivate the “stealth exhaust system” (essentially exhaust cutouts) for super sneaky, ultra silent attacks. The stealth matte black paint job is the same stuff they use on their stealth planes (absorbs radar), the Lambo-inspired doors are Biometric controlled, and the carbon fiber wheels add the perfect finishing touch to this ride.

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4


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This new Lamborghini is indeed named after a bull, as the company likes to do. A 610-hp, 5.2-liter V-10 with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 0 to 62 mph gets done in 3.2 seconds, and the Huracán’s top speed of 201 mph. the Huracán gets its moniker from “the fighting bull Huracán of the Spanish Conte de la Patilla breed” which apparently was known for its outstanding courage and strong sense of attack. Look for the Huracán to courageously attack the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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Exploded Views of Classic Sports Cars by Fabian Oefner


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Swiss artist Fabian Oefner is the best known for capturing moments in time typically invisible to the human eye. This time he represents two new series of his trademark work at MB&F M.A.D. gallery. Both projects, “Disintegrating” and “Hatch” are carefully and meticulously handcrafted images of classic sports cars, exploded, dissembled and dismantled in space. “What looks like a car falling apart is in fact a moment in time that has been created artificially by blending hundreds of individual images together. There is a unique pleasure about artificially building a moment…freezing a moment in time is stupefying”, Oefner explains.

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What Happens When You Mix A Forumla 1 Car And A Shark?


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Check out these awesome sea-creature sculptures from Japanese artist Showichi Kaneda. He combines brand-intensive, slick and somewhat predatory shapes of Formula 1 cars with sea predators like sharks and giant squid in his “Human’s Own Evo” series.

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Porsche Creates “Symphony” with Seven Generations of 911


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Take a look at the video from Porsche of seven 911′s “singing” Happy Birthday to celebrate 50 years of the model’s existence. The first part is introducing all the models and the individual note of each one. For some fans this will be the best version of Happy Birthday they have ever heard.

Paradise Parking by Peter Lippman


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American artists Peter Lippman spent two years to find out places in forests where old cars rusts. In the series Paradise Parking photographer shows how nature takes over abandoned creations of human hands, how lying for decades old cars, overgrown with moss and ivy entangled, become a harmonious part of the surrounding space.

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Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura And NAP


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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.

Jaguar’s F-Type Film “Desire”


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Jaguar goes cinematic with its promotion of the new 2014 F-Type roadster. Shot by Ridley Scott Associates, “Desire” stars Damian Lewis of Homeland fame and Shannyn Sossamon and features music by Lana Del Rey. Depicted as a thriller, the film certainly makes the car stand out and look cool without taking itself too seriously.

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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Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible


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Bentley has released the official images of Continental GT Speed Convertible just before Detroit Auto Show. The teaser images show the Bentley traditional front-end resembling to other Bentley cars. No words on technical specs but there are rumors of 616hp engine and capacity of 9 to 60mph in four seconds.

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2014 Porsche Cayman Coupe


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At the LA Auto Show Porsche has unveiled its newest 2014 Porsche Cayman Mk3 Coupe. This mid-engined Cayman is set to deliver 202kW from a 2.7L engine while the Cayman S has an output of 239kW thanks to the 3.4L engine. The interior has also been upgraded, it’s now inline with the rest of the Porsche interior which have been a huge step forward over most of the previous offerings from Porsche. The 2014 Porsche Cayman coupe will be available in U.S. showrooms in early 2013 with a starting price of $52,600 for the base model and $63,800 for the Cayman S. Prices will be considerably higher in European markets.

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2013 Is The Lamborghini Gallardo’s Last Year.


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Lamborghini has announced that it is to cease production of its V10 Gallardo. But the Italian company has a replacement waiting in the wings that it is set to unveil in 2013.  Credited with reviving the brand after it was sold to the Volkswagen Group in 1998, the Gallardo went on sale in 2003 and over the past 10 years had become the most popular Lamborghini of all time, racking up over 10,000 sales to date.  However, while it can still compete with Ferrari, Porsche and McLaren in terms of looks and brute force power, it was starting to struggle to keep up in terms of technology and driver aids.  Still, its departure will leave a hole in Lamborghini’s lineup as well as marking the end of an era for the brand. Supercar fans will be keen to see the debut of the much anticipated replacement — and how it compares.

60% of Cars Will Be Connected By 2017.


In five years the connected car will become a mainstream reality with more than 60 percent of the world’s cars offering features such as built-in internet, wireless connectivity and smart notifications. By 2017 market researcher ABI expects the figure to exceed 80 percent in the US and Western Europe as new cars get pumped full of smarter technology. Developing regions such as Latin America and Eastern Europe will also see a large jump in the number of new vehicles with telematics; Brazil and Russia will lead the trend, driven by country-specific mandates. “In-car connectivity is quickly transforming the automotive industry, enabling passive and active safety and security and offering infotainment and connected lifestyle services to consumers but also enabling new car ownership, usage, and experience modes such as car sharing, (semi)-autonomous driving, dynamic demand-response electric vehicle charging pricing, and customer and vehicle relationship management services including prognostics and preventive maintenance,” said ABI VP and practice director Dominique Bonte. Car companies such as Ford, Toyota, Lexus, Audi and BMW are not the only ones developing connected cars of the future.

Mansory’s Motors.


Did you know that the boys and girls at work in Gaydon, Maranello and Stuttgart are all a bunch of slackers?* They are all designing half-arsed cars that aren’t quite special enough. You know the ones, those ugly Aston Martin DBS’, Mercedes SLS’ and Ferrari 458s. Luckily there is one man, a saviour, a pioneer of taste and design single-handedly saving the motoring world. That man is Kourosh Mansory.

Mr Mansory takes some of the most elegant designs of the motoring world and masks his interpretation of beauty over them by vomiting body kits onto them, splurging carbon fibre everywhere and defecating bits of gold trim around the edges. Mansory describe his work as ‘dynamically striking’, ‘extravagant’ and ‘noble’.

The Audi Spectacle.


Audi, a brand exuding an attitude of self confidence and progressive thinking, and associated with the latest technology and innovative design, is a perfect brand to pioneer this entirely original ACCESS/TCH concept, a new breed of “billboard.”  It’s a display of four life-size Audi cars, suspended inside the silver rings of a massive Audi symbol attached to an iconic bridge structure or in front of landmark spaces — the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Tower Bridge, Venice.

The rings rotate around, light-up at night, and move up and down the bridge. Against the backdrop of spectacular urban architecture, the Audi installation reflects Audi’s continuous challenging of the status quo, its capacity to innovate, and its ability to avoid the bland and the ordinary.  But what will create valuable media attention and social media buzz is not just the actual final display, but the entire anticipation, the process of creation, the engineering feat of the installation and the spectacular launch event.

The manufacturing and transportation of the gigantic rings, the installation of the rings, the hoisting of the vehicles, the first test of the lights, the rehearsals of the launch…  By the time the installation is complete, and the unveiling event is about to start, the news about it will have reached those in the know.

PR — locally and globally — plus participation and rallies by dealers, and other in-town and on-site activities and happenings leading up to the unveiling, will add to the echo effect of this one-of-a-kind promotion.  The anticipation, excitement and buzz will culminate in an epic night-time launch event that we envision including a live symphony orchestra playing on a barge right under the suspended rings or on the bridge itself, a fireworks presentation or a LED light show above the bridge, and the ultimate unveiling of the rings.

Headphones Collection by Ferrari and Logic3


If you like Ferrari and want to own something special under this brand, then take a look at the new audio collection of collaborative line between the Italian automotive brand Ferrari and Logic3 audio producers. Now the iconic look and recognizable style of Ferrari is clearly visible in the world of audio gear. Collection includes nine headphones and four speaker docks across two series: “Scuderia”, whose models mirror the look of Ferrari ‘F1’ racing team and “Cavallino”. All headphones of both lines feature the patented “Thin film acoustic technology” (TFAT), which achieves a passive dynamic-balancing system for increased fidelity, wider frequency range, and deeper bass. Check out this method below.

Quantom Levitation Is A Realtiy.


Few motifs of science fiction cinema have been more appealing to us than the subtle defiance of gravity offered by futuristic hovercraft. So every once in a while we check in to see how humanity is progressing on that front, and whether the promise of hoverboards will be delivered by 2015 as evidenced in Back to the Future Part 2. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re definitely getting off the ground, so to speak.  Get ready to hover your brain around the art of quantum levitation.

”The Coolest Rides In The 80’s” Posters.


Ask anyone born in 1990 or later what a ‘Flux Capacitor’ is, and if they don’t know, they have a few movies to watch.  However, ask anyone born before 1987 what a ‘Flux Capacitor’ is, and if they don’t know, you have every right to kick them in the shins.  This is exactly like how anyone who thinks Knight Rider is a song from Busta Rhymes song, needs a media re-education, and you may not realize the main character in Mad Max is the same guy who directed ‘The Passion Of Christ’, but the car should stand out.  These 3 whips are iconic and unforgettable parts of franchises that defined a period in time, so kudos to Justin Van Genderen for producing such exquisite digital posters to pay homage to these pimped out rides.

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.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi


Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the first with a Ferrari theme, opened on Thursday in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi.  The theme park, located near the emirate’s Yas Marina racing circuit, is spread over 86,000 square metres (925,696 square feet).  Its massive red roof covers 200,000 square metres (2.15 million square feet), and features the world’s largest Ferrari prancing horse shield. “The park is designed for up to 10,000 people at any one time,” its general manager Claus Frimand told AFP.  “It’s fantastic — this is what we have been waiting for, for years,” he said, adding that “literally three years ago, there was nothing here, only sand.”  Ferrari World offers 20 attractions, including Formula Rossa, which simulates driving a Formula 1 car and at 240 kilometres (150 miles) an hour is said to be the fastest roller-coaster in the world.  The park is part of Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion-dollar effort to develop Yas Island.  The emirate also plans to open branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums on nearby Saadiyat Island.  Abu Dhabi, the largest and richest of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates, has launched an ambitious development plan to 2030 to modernize and diversify its economy away from oil.