Mitsuoka Orochi Sports Concept Car

Mitsuoka Orochi Sports Concept Car

Japanese automaker Mitsuoka has revealed the production version of it's unique-looking mid-engined Orochi sports car, along with the car's production plans, pricing, and specifications. The Orochi, named for an eight-headed serpent out of Japanese folklore, first appeared as a 2001 concept car, and from the looks of things, the production vehicle stays very true to the concept. The 3.3L V6 mounted aft of the passenger compartment is Toyota's well-known 3MZ-FE, which sees duty in the Camry, Solara, Sienna, Highlander, and Lexus RX (hybrid and standard versions). It makes around 230 horsepower and is connected to a Toyota 5-speed automatic. The decision was made to place efficiency and ease of use ahead of high performance. Speaking of performance, no numbers were released along with the technical specifications, but don't expect anything earth-shattering. The car's average power, combined with a weight of approximately 3,400 pounds (around 100 less than a Solara), is not a recipe for big-time track numbers. In Japan, though, exclusivity seems to trump all, and that's a commodity the Orichi has in abundance. So what if it has just 230 horsepower? In Japan, arriving anywhere in one of these will bestow instant superstar status upon the driver. 400 Orochis will be built over the next four years, each costing ¥10,500,000 (around $89,000 USD). Technical Specifications: Total length / Width / Total height = 4560mm / 2035mm / 1180mm Wheelbase: 2600mm Ground Clearance: 130mm Vehicle weight: 1580kg Passengers: 2 Engine: 3.3L V6DOHC (Toyota 3MZ-FE) Max output: 233ps (172kW) at 5600rpm Max torque: 33.4kg-m (328Nm) at 4400rpm Fuel capacity: 60 liters (unleaded premium) Transmission: 5-speed AT (Toyota) Drive system: Mid-engine/rear drive Suspension: front and rear double wishbone Tires: Front: 245/45ZR18, Rear: 285/40ZR18 Body: hand made FRP make body Door: side impact door with built-in steel beams Chassis: handmade steel space frame Equipment: Low-beam side HID, motorized door mirror, airbags, automatic A/C, the Panasonic HDD Navigation, power windows, immobilizer, and full leather interior all standard.

Mitsuoka Orochi Sports Concept Car Video

LRX 2009 LandRover Concept Car

LRX 2009 LandRover Concept Car

The black Land Rover's LRX cross-coupe concept will be on display alongside the original white LRX revealed earlier at NAIAS, Detroit in January.
The LRX concept already has an abundance of character, but you can tune the appearance to reflect a customer's own personality and lifestyle. Clever use of colour and subtle additional details enable the vehicle to be tailored to suit an individual's style, without compromising the clean design of the LRX.
Using lightweight material technologies, Land Rover has developed a series of bespoke features for the black and silver LRX that add to the vehicle's individuality and flexibility.
The removable carbon composite roof panel contrasts with the silver-coloured roof, and has integral anchor points for fixing snowboards and other sports equipment.
The sleek black roof bars provide another option for roof-top loads, and a compact step above the rear bumper provides for easy roof-top access. More carbon composite is used for the protective underbody plates at front and rear.
Additional elements are the new, lightweight alloy wheels with unique-design tires and the resilient mouldings on bumpers and sills, designed to protect the vehicle in either urban or off-road situations.

LRX 2009 LandRover Concept Car Video

The Matrix 6-String Toyota Concept Car

Toyota Matrix 6-String Concept Car

The design was made by Street Image & Austin Speed Shop with design elements created and inspired by the world-renowned Fender Custom Shop.
The Matrix 6-String's Austin Speed Shop-designed interior keeps in the classic style of Fender® while incorporating the modern lines and feel of the Matrix. Pearlessence Silver and Chatham Black leather by Garrett Leather adorns the front seats and doors panels. Austin Speed Shop's own Fat Lucky's Upholstery is highlighted by custom red stitching, mimicking the 1960's Von Dutch style pinstripe, embellishing the front seats in a theme that is carried throughout the vehicle. Reproduction 1960's black and silver carpet by Auto Custom Carpets further carries the classic theme to the floor of the concept while black suede covers the headliner, sun visors, and pillars. Color matched accents in vintage red pearl drum wrap add visual interest and enhance the musical ties within the interior.
For two decades now, the Fender Custom Shop has astounded players and collectors worldwide with achievements of creativity, ingenuity and guitar artistry. From humble mid-'80s beginnings in Fender's original Southern California home, the Custom Shop has grown to become the world's preeminent maker of custom “instantly collectible” instruments; a veritable dream factory that has made Fender's finest the world's finest.


The Estoque Lamborghini Concept Car Unveiled

Lamborghini Estoque Concept Car

Lamborghini has unveiled its concept car, the Estoque, at the Paris Motoro Show. The Estoque is a 200mph four-door saloon that can seat four adults in comfort.
If Lamborghini decides to put the Estoque into production it would take at least four years for the first roadgoing versions to become available
The Estoque, named after the swords used by matadors in bull fights, is only 4ft 5in high, but 16ft 10in long
Lamborghini says the Estoque could be used as an every-day family car, with a boot large enough to carry several golf bags or weekend luggage for the whole family
The interior of the Lamborghini Estoque features top quality Nappa leather and an LCD screen to display vehicle and route information
A detail of the super-car's front wing and 23in rims. Note the subtle Italian flag behind the wheel to highlight its proud country of origin
The Lamborghini Estoque's front headlights utilise bi-xenon and LCD technology and LED cluster lights on the rear
The Estoque has a large air intake beneath the bonnet to cool its high-performance ten-cylinder engine with the exotic tail pipe of the Lamborghini Estoque .


Lamborghini Estoque Concept Car Video

The Sintesi Pininfarina Concept Car

Sintesi Concept Car

The Sintesi features four suicide scissor doors, a 0.27 coefficient of drag, and rear lights that not only feature the newest LED Osram technology but also have cameras and sensors. The lights visually connect the rear styling to the side by underlining the car's central axis. But one of this concept's most amazing features lies inside.

The entire instrument panel is one translucent piece that uses various light displays to show information. If you look closely, it really is the entire dashboard from one end to the other, not just the oval-shaped display in the center. The company claims that the car could help do away with traffic signals and road signs altogether, since it displays them all inside the vehicle as you approach them. Transparent Mobility refers to the futuristic communication system where a vehicle such as the Pininfarina Sintesi can exchange information with other vehicles and traffic technology, seamlessly and transparently through wireless technology. This smart technology will lead to safer driving as drivers will be alerted to potential dangers on the roads ahead.

The car is an electric-hydrogen hybrid, with small fuel cells located throughout the vehicle rather than in one central location. The system is expected to deliver in the neighborhood of 700 hp. All of this sounds incredibly cool and yet maddeningly vague. The company has been slowly revealing the car and its features over the course of several months.


The Birdcage Maserati Concept Car

Birdcage Maserati Concept Car

The Birdcage Maserati Concept Car is something entirely different. It's pure automotive fantasy, an uncompromised, uninhibited creation built without consideration for political correctness, the environment or even the need to be driven.
Pininfarina's current Creative Director, Ken Okuyama, headed the team responsible for its inception. With previous design credits including the Maserati Quattroporte and Ferrari Enzo, clearly he's not a man in need of creative release - just, in the Birdcage's case, of crafting something a little different.
This Birdcage Maserati Concept Car inspiration partially came from a previous Pininfarina show car - the 1970 Modulo. This insanely low, white-painted plastic wedge forced its driver to sit almost fully reclined on the floor, surrounded by a cockpit canopy that rotated forwards on spindly aluminium struts. It was powered by the most extreme engine then available, a five-litre Ferrari V12.


The Flextreme Opel Concept Car

The Flextreme Opel Concept Car

This car uses the “E-Flex” architecture that underpins the Chevrolet Volt concept, and is essentially the European equivalent of the Volt.
Volt and Flextreme are concept demonstrators for what GM calls the range-extended electric car. The car is propelled entirely by an electric motor, but there is also a conventional liquid-fuelled engine under the bonnet to supplement the batteries. Unlike Toyota’s Prius hybrid, the engine never directly drives the wheels but is on board solely to run a generator for when the batteries run flat. Using an engine to generate electrical power locally may sound inefficient, but it’s actually a well-proven technique used, for example, in diesel-electric trains.
For journeys of less than 55km, the Flextreme’s 1.3 diesel engine will remain redundant, with the batteries being recharged by plugging the car in at its destination.
GM hopes that the combination of electric drive and on-board generation will provide the best of several worlds - zero tailpipe pollution for urban commutes, and the low-CO2 benefits of electric vehicles, combined with the long range capability of a conventionally fuelled car. Detractors will point out the drawbacks: an engine plus electrics equals redundant weight; when running the generator emissions are not much different from an ordinary car; if you habitually use it on battery alone, the pack will probably need replacing every few years due to cycle degradation; and servicing costs may rise due to the extra complexity of the overall system.
The Flextreme may be a hybrid but it doesn’t look very green. Its body is light and stiff carbon fibre, but its body language suggests aggression, speed and solidity, rather than tree-hugging.
Some aspects of the design are more slippery than they appear - the spoked alloy wheels are covered with transparent discs - combining aggressive looks with aerodynamic smoothness. The chevron grille is also smoothly glassed in; rear-facing cameras replace door mirrors to cut drag; and touch-sensitive buttons stand in for protruding door handles. Fuel saving is in the details, not in your face, in other words.
As well as “the eco thing”, Flextreme is intended to highlight clever doors: its vertically split side-access hatchbacks would be useful in urban parking situations, but they seem unlikely to make production.
The interior also features three LCD screens about six centimetres deep, just beneath the windscreen and running the full width of the dashboard, for displaying images from the three rear-facing cameras and satellite navigation systems. From the driving seat it feels reasonably natural to check out the nearside and central rear view in this way, but the offside view - dead ahead of the driver rather than lurking on the door - would take some getting used to.
Although GM has said it will put the Volt on sale in the US by late 2010, it hasn’t yet committed to building the Flextreme, or putting any of the E-Flex technology into future Vauxhall Astras.


The M1 Homage BMW Concept Car

The M1 Homage BMW Concept Car

BMW has created the M1 Homage in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the M1. The design study was unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este held in Cernobbio, Italy.
Produced from 1978 to 1981, the M1 was BMW's first and only mid-engined street car. The project was originally contracted to Lamborghini for chassis development and assembly, but when the Italian firm hit a financial rough patch BMW took over. A total of 456 M1s were built.
The original car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and was itself based on the 1972 BMW Turbo concept penned by Paul Bracq. BMW has kept the overall proportions and many design cues of the M1 alive on the Homage, including the small kidney grille, hood vents, and rear window louvers. Also present are the original's hidden headlights, but instead of pop-up units the lights on the M1 Homage are tucked under the hood overhang and are only visible when illuminated.
The M1 was powered by a 3.5-liter six-cylinder that was later modified and used in the M5 and M6. No powertrain details were shared for the M1 Homage as the car was built as a design showpiece.