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November 24th, 2013 – The Land Rover Defender has turned 65! That means this robust cross-country vehicle long ago passed the minimum age to qualify as an old-timer. To enhance the vehicle’s history and aura, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, the duo behind Antwerp-based Studio Job were asked to take this 4×4 in hand. It has become a pièce de résistance. The Land Rover has been submerged in a Studio Job ‘bath’, with all that this implies. Like a project that has got out of hand, the Land Rover has been dissected and interpreted, ridiculed and celebrated, laden with stories and adorned with a variety of materials. The motor has remained in place but driving the vehicle is anything but a comfortable experience.
‘As you would expect from someone who knows nothing about making a car, our approach got completely out of hand,’ says Job Smeets. ‘The numerous elements kept accumulating. The car literally sticks its tongue out. It wants to be something that it actually isn’t. It’s become a great concoction, monumental and cynical. But isn’t that also true for power and class structures? Those are surely also inventions. A fictive status symbol that other people supposedly look up to. It’s also a nudge at designers who are asked to design a concept car and who then invent a stylish-looking apparatus that is launched with all the necessary bells and whistles. So we also take aim at the car industry: I can already imagine the chief sitting in this modern carriage, with the chauffeur in the front and his various wives and children in the back. A Popemobile for an African chief, personalised in a bizarre way.’
In respects to the novel and flamboyant additions to the Defender, we felt the need to properly credit each one. Outfitting the Land Rover are lamp holders with polychrome glass, rugged terrain exhaust system, mechanical door handles & faience grips, crystal enlaid xl exterior mirror, high-beam headlamp with candle, high load imperial with smurray planks, sirens in hand blown glass, imperial mounted sound speaker, aluminum & polished brass shock-absorber, stained glass windows with peepholes, aluminum casted tailor-made mudguard, hand painted flags on pole (zimbabwe & congo), curtain rails & rings in wax printed vlisco fabrics, mud flap holders with xl figurative rubber mud flaps, crystal inlaid globe with belt drive & pulley system, fuel system: hose, trumpet, grinder & barrel, stick out tongue grill, sex cake hub-cap, bronze bull bumper, charm chain, capitol hub-cap, colloseum hub-cap, exhaust flame, warning bell, coach wheel, high load tail gate, gilded rhino hood horn, rock mudguard & side, exterior fire pan mirror, thick toot, porch roof fender, cable reel & bracket, crate of duvel, barbed spare wheel & suspension, classic steering wheel and knob, low tech thermometer, leveler, timer & navigationfront seats upholstered in wax printed vlisco fabrics, rear benches upholstered in wax printed vlisco fabrics, car leveler, sand timer, dashboard clock, mono radio, rock handle & headrest french oak floor, brass pedals, heavy duty shift, compass and a rock headrest.
Photography by Zero40 | fashion by Viktor & Rolf
November 20th, 2013 – For the new PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 6, the Mercedes-Benz designers have developed the visionary concept of a super sports car – the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo. Extreme proportions, sensual contours and intelligently implemented high tech blend to form a body that visually brings to life the breathtaking performance of 577 hp (430 kW) and 590 lb-ft of torque. As a 1:1-scale model, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is celebrating its world premiere on November 19, 2013 at the opening of the new Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Center in Sunnyvale, California. The super sports car with its hallmark Mercedes gullwing doors will be taking to the virtual racetrack when the new racing game goes on sale in December 2013 – as the first of the “Vision Gran Turismo” series of vehicles.
To mark the 15th birthday of the popular Gran Turismo series this year, Kazunori Yamauchi, Producer of Gran Turismo series and President of Polyphony Digital Inc., called upon the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and design studios to look forward into the future. Using the theme “Vision Gran Turismo”, these creative teams were to develop concept models which give a unique insight into the further development of the automobile. As virtual vehicles that nonetheless function just like a real car, the visionary concepts will be gradually unveiled in and integrated into the new game Gran Turismo 6 through online updates.
“By virtue of its proportions and expressive appearance, the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo embodies the brand’s defining design philosophy of sensuous purity in a unique way. The design of this concept car reflects to extreme effect the perfect symbiosis between emotional, sensuous contours and intelligently presented high tech,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG.
The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long hood has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell.
The sports car proportions that are a typical Mercedes feature have been reinterpreted: the long hood has a flowing transition into a compact greenhouse offset to the rear, which takes the form of an aerodynamically efficient water drop to descend slightly at the rear, where it rests on the rear end with broad shoulder contours. The dynamic aura is accentuated by an extended, dramatic side contour and a pronounced bulge to the wheel arches, which blend into the low-slung, muscular bodyshell. The angled headlights, with their color scheme and determined look, convey a sense of sportiness and readiness to leap forward. This impression is reinforced by the hood with its expressive forms and motorsport details, such as the release catches on the hood and the fuel cap, for example. The red-glowing contour lines on the lower part of the vehicle create an effect similar to that of exterior ambient lighting and stand out from the silver-painted bodywork. This makes the Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo look even more aggressive. For fans of Gran Turismo® 6, the Mercedes-AMG sound specialists have created a powerful, sonorous exhaust note that authentically celebrates the V8′s love of high engine speeds.
Photography courtesy of Mercedes Benz
November 5th, 2013 – The much awaited Magnum MK5 has been officially unveiled! The first track-focused street-legal lightweight supercar from Canada is whispered to be quite addictive. Created from a passion for motorsport in the late 60′s, when original founder Jean-Pierre St-Jacques built Magnum’s first formula race car, Magnum Cars is now entering the lightweight supercar segment with the introduction of the MK5. The brainchild of his son Bruno St-Jacques, himself a well-rounded and successful race car driver, the Magnum MK5 aims to offer an incredible driving experience; the closest that most will get to experiencing a real race car.
In addition to being an amazing track warrior, the Magnum MK5 is also an outstanding street fighter. One that will challenge any sports car or supercar on their preferred territory: the road. With its light and agile nature, the Magnum MK5′s amazing acceleration and handling is pure driving bliss. The MK5’s open cockpit “speedster” styling is perfect for both the thrills of track days and Sunday drives through mountain roads. The MK5’s “rock star” stance will make owners feel right at home amongst luxury supercars during a night out on the town.
Featuring impressive power-to-weight ratio of 460 bhp per tonne, remarkable handling with cornering forces of over 2Gs, second-to-none build quality, and cutting edge design, the Magnum MK5 strives on offering the ultimate excitement for all the senses, so that both driver and passenger can enjoy the true feeling of a pure and exhilarating car. Having recently completed its development program, including 3 years of extensive track testing, the Magnum MK5 is now ready to be unveiled to car enthusiasts around the globe.
“The MK5′s amazing power-to-weight ratio delivers mind-blowing acceleration in the low 3-second range, while amazing handling conveys confidence and predictability which makes it is very easy to drive fast. We built the MK5 to offer the speed and agility of a racecar combined with the stance and refinement of a supercar, without the high cost of either one.” Points out Bruno St-Jacques, President and CTO of Magnum.
The Magnum MK5 is not only fast; it is equally versatile. From its cargo compartment that can easily accommodate two race helmets and a briefcase, to its street-legal amenities like full lighting and reverse camera, the Magnum MK5 can “bring it” both at the track or on the road. This reflects the MK5’s dual personality.
February 18th, 2013 – With the Geneva Motor Show around the corner, automakers are on the verge of unveiling their new makes and models. As the press releases are rolling in, the McLaren P1 has proven to be a stand out machine, the type of car that helps the Geneva Motor Show maintain its famed reputation. This is not McLaren’s first rodeo when it comes to creating sensational hype on their new cars, so they commissioned renowned auto photographer George Williams to fly to the middle east to capture the stunning sports car in its natural habitat – the racetrack.
McLaren Automotive is a British manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sports cars, located at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey. Following the company’s global launch in 2010, McLaren Automotive launched the groundbreaking 12C and 12C Spider and plans to introduce a new model each year.
The interior of the McLaren P1™ offers the driver and passenger a cocooning, efficiently packaged, comfortable cabin. The interior feels like the cockpit of a fighter jet, complete with glass canopy overhead and, with a windscreen deeper than it is wide, visibility is optimized. This makes the car all the easier to plant on road and track.
Light weight – as with the rest of the car – is a priority, and switchgear is kept to a minimum, yet the McLaren P1 retains luxury features such as full climate control, satellite navigation and a bespoke sound system, developed from the outset with Meridian.
McLaren is a pioneer in the use of carbon fiber, and it features extensively throughout the McLaren P1, not least in the MonoCage chassis and the aerodynamically-shaped body panels, but also inside the two-seat cabin. It is the lightest possible material, while offering the strength desirable for safety and structural integrity, and is used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and a single piece is shaped for the central control unit to further optimize weight. Attention to detail within the interior of the McLaren P1 is such that, to further reduce weight, the top layer of resin has been removed, to leave the carbon non-lacquered for a more natural look…and saves a further 1.5kg.
The racing bucket seats use the minimum amount of foam, are encased in ultra-thin carbon fiber shells, and mounted on lightweight brackets and runners, contributing to an overall weight of just 10.5kg each. The seat backs are fixed to 28 degrees from the vertical, but can be set to 32 degrees to make them more suitable for racing as it will give more helmet head room. The height of the seat will be custom set to suit the driver and passenger, and can be subsequently adjusted in the workshop. Fixings for a six-point race harnesses are in place, in addition to inertia reel seat belts.
The final, production-ready McLaren P1™ will make its global debut at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva, and the McLaren Automotive press conference will take place at 11.15am CET (10.15am GMT), Tuesday 5 March.
(Photography by George Williams)
September 27th, 2012 – Sadly, Lamborghini’s LP570-4 Trofeo Stradale is no longer available, but we just got word that the 2013 Gallardo LP 560-4 has received a few dashing alterations! Lamborghini said the final brushstrokes gave the Gallardo a more “aggressive and muscular sportiness of the shape, with the elegance and simplicity of its contours.” The unique design, with it’s razor-sharp lines and limited availability, is sure to be off the market soon – somebody give us the keys, quick!
The new look has been enriched with larger air intakes ahead of the front wheels and the new 19-inch “Apollo polished” alloy wheels, painted in a cool matte black and spokes in polished silver.
The new rear end of the car emphasizes the design’s horizontal orientation by creating the impression of a low-slung car that adheres to the road
The redesigned front end is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal forms – two shapes that are highly typical of the Lamborghini design language.
Uncompromising, extraordinary and safe: only Lamborghini is able to deliver such a high driving precision and effectiveness thanks to the 4WD concept.
(Photo Credit: Lamborghini)
There’s a reason that little tykes are obsessed with drag racing remote controlled cars over curbs, into mud puddles and generally wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. They’re fast. They’re versatile. They’re indestructible. Peugeot’s XRC concept car is like one such coveted remote-controlled cars, only blown up life-sized and built to be rallied.
The fundamentals are similar, but the Peugeot XRC packs a punch. This baby is one of a kind, forged to surf deserts and tackle tough terrain. Dreamed up by CGI specialist Tiago Aiello, the vehicle mimics a typical RC car and yet the unique design takes on a life of its own, an almost arachnid-like quality. One thing’s for certain, if the concept car takes life there will masses of middle-aged men across America reliving their youth like nobody’s business. (Let’s just hope that they stop at the car, and don’t revert back to footie pajamas.)