The Honda S660 Concept combines mid-engine thrills and spills with an environmental conscience and could be heading for production before 2015. The S660 has the haunches and sharp angles of a serious roadster, but is powered by a 660cc motorcycle engine. However, to make sure it isn’t left standing at the traffic lights or passed on the finishing line, the small power plant is force-fed via a turbocharger so that it can deliver 64bhp.
OK, that’s a mere 10% of the current Dodge Viper’s 640bhp output and a smidgen over 7% of what a McLaren P1 can offer, but this car will be considerably lighter (it tips the scales at around the 850kg mark) and considerably less expensive to buy or maintain. And making sure that the car is always at optimum revs, it uses a CVT gearbox all of which means that it should be fun to drive at any speed.
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Concept cars have always been brought out at auto shows by car makers to show the world what is new within the industry, specifically their brand. You can imagine in this day and age with all different types of technology being expanded upon when it comes to building vehicles that there are some pretty neat concept cars out there. Hybrid and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and designs are constantly changing from year to year.
Of course, the idea behind a concept car is not to directly go to production with the model for the masses. Instead, it is like playing poker. You show some of your hand and some new and innovative ideas. You then pull from this and the reaction, make necessary changes and then go with what will work for the next model of the vehicle. Sometimes concept cars are years ahead of what is actually produced for the public. Read the rest of this entry »
During the National Corvette Museum’s 15th anniversary, Tom Peters unveiled the Corvette Stingray concept car. It is a running show car as he drove it outside for better pictures. The Corvette Stingray concept was developed as an internal design challenge to combine classic Corvette cues with surprisingly high-tech features, modern materials, and a striking new appearance. The car is well-appointed with a clam-shell hood, scissor-style doors, ergonomic seats, rear-view camera with night vision enhancement, and a high performance hybrid drive. Interactive touch controls allow the driver to customize the power and efficiency of his or her ride and share it with friends via the in-car camera system and advanced telemetries.
This 5.2-litre V10, 600 horsepower single-seat concept car — which aesthetically has more in common with a fighter jet than with a vehicle designed for travelling along the ground — was built to commemorate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Built almost entirely from carbon fibre and aluminium, the Egoista has a sliding overhead canopy, rather than something as old-fashioned as doors, while instrumentation is replaced by a head-up display, projected onto the curved windshield to ensure the driver never takes his or her eyes off the road. Thus the Egoista is thus rather aptly named. Read the rest of this entry »