VERVE FORD CONCEPT CAR

VERVE FORD CONCEPT CAR

With the North American debut of Ford’s Verve Concept, Ford announces a new vision for its future: small cars and sustainability. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to people who love Ford’s European small cars like the Ford Focus, Fiesta and Ka. “Ford’s small cars are loved in Europe and Americans love our European small cars,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s Group Vice President, Marketing and Communications. “Our global scale helps us develop and test products that we can bring to—and change—the North American market.”

Both four- and three-door Verve body styles were unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as an introduction to a family of small cars set to debut in Europe and Asia beginning later this year and in North America in 2010. The four-door is the basis for the production vehicle that will be sold in North America. The European three- door is being shown to test market reaction to the body style. If it’s well received, it could be an added to the Verve product line.
Ford is building on decades of small car leadership in Europe as it develops new small cars for North America to appeal to customers who value technology, design and fuel efficiency. “The Ford global design team remembered, not so fondly, the econo-boxes of the 1970s and created the Verve concept as a vision of just how good a small car can be,” said J Mays, Ford’s group vice president of Design and chief creative officer. “Verve aims to ‘right’ North American buyers’ earlier small-car experiences by offering a product that changes customers’ views of small cars from ‘cheap’ to chic — and from affordable to desirable.”
VERVE FORD CONCEPT CAR

GIUGIARO MUSTANG FORD CONCEPT CAR

GIUGIARO MUSTANG FORD CONCEPT CAR

The 2005 Ford Mustang captured the hearts and minds of fans and future owners when the all-new model debuted. But the proportions and design of Ford’s first purpose-built muscle car in 30-plus years caught the eyes and sparked the imaginations of a pair of the world’s leading coachbuilders in Italy as well.
“When we saw the new Mustang, we knew two things: It was the best we’d seen since the original, and we had to get our hands on one,” said Fabrizio Giugiaro, styling director of Italdesign – Giugiaro S.P.A.
So in early 2005, Giugiaro pitched J Mays, Ford Motor Company’s group vice president, Design and chief creative officer, on his idea to do an Italian job on the beloved Mustang. The result: Mustang by Giugiaro – a one-of-a-kind concept powered by Ford Racing technologies, marking the Italian coachbuilder’s first reveal two months ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
GIUGIARO MUSTANG FORD CONCEPT CAR

Interceptor Ford Concept Car

Interceptor Ford Concept Car

“The Interceptor Ford Concept Car has the soul of Mustang but combines ‘Built Ford Tough’ attitude with the sporty elegance of ’60s Ford sedans,” said Peter Horbury, executive director, Design, The Americas.
Exterior design elements, feature substantial, sometimes brutish, surfaces and sections and the traditional rear-wheel drive proportion that includes a short front overhang, extended dash-to-axle ratio, low cabin and higher beltline.
As a nod to performance purists, the ultimate muscle lies under the powered clamshell “shaker” hood, which caps a thoroughly detailed engine compartment.
Making this a Ford are signature design touches, including the horizontal three-bar grille that is structurally integrated into the bumper beam as well as professionally applied “squircles” – or professionally square circles – inside and out.
The concept’s minimalist interior is sleek, focusing the driver’s attention on the speedometer and tachometer, whose needles start at center and move opposite each other.
The audio control panel and climate controls are hidden – but deployable. And the gated six-speed shifter is exposed, just waiting to be thrown into gear.
Interceptor Ford Concept Car

NAMIR HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY GIUGIARO AND FRAZER


NAMIR HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY GIUGIARO AND FRAZER

GENEVA, Switzerland, 4 March, 2009 - Namir is a concept car born of the collaboration between Italdesign Giugiaro and Frazer-Nash, a company specialized in the design, construction, and marketing of hybrid systems deeply rooted in the historical automotive manufacturing company founded in England by Archie Frazer-Nash in 1923.
Presented during the 79th edition of the International Motor Show in Geneva, Namir represents the turning of a new page in the book being written by the Torino-based firm since 2004, opening with the Alessandro Volta project and followed up with the commemorative dream car – Quaranta - the result of research and development on sports cars fuelled by hybrid systems produced last year in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the company’s founding.
The Arabian name Namir, meaning “tiger”, sums up the main features of the concept car: elegance and power, aggressiveness and litheness of lines. Without any doubt it is a sports car: a coupĂ© with two bucket seats and an accurate equilibrium between style and mechanics, aesthetics and contents. The sophisticated mechanics as well as the avant-garde electric and electronics systems are wrapped up into an aggressive package with an exquisitely balanced proportion of volumes and a stunning contrast between the sharp accents of the rear end and the sinuous front lines that emphasise this supercar's performance: over 300 km/h (187 mph) at maximum speed and an acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and from 0 to 200km/h in 10.4 seconds, making this the fastest hybrid car in the world.
Namir is also an ecological vehicle. The hybrid system developed together with Frazer-Nash combines an 814 cc endothermic rotary engine with four electric motors, guaranteeing autonomy of 39 km with one litre of fuel CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per km travelled.
Namir is not merely an exercise in style in and of itself, but rather a fully developed project followed in each and every phase by the Torino-based firm: chassis, body, and mechanical layout were designed and constructed by the Engineering Division, the exterior and interior style was entrusted to the Italdesign Giugiaro Style Centre, while the electrical and electronic elements were developed in collaboration with Frazer-Nash.
The prototype was built entirely in the Italdesign Giugiaro plant.



NAMIR HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY GIUGIARO AND FRAZER

PROXIMA HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY ALVINO DESIGN

PROXIMA HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY ALVINO DESIGN

Proxima will definitely be the answer for the growing rate of motorcycle incidents. A concept by Alvino Design, the Proxima is a two-seater hybrid vehicle with a car view in front and a motorcycle look at the rear. This unique concept from Alvino gives its rider a chance to enjoy the two-wheel feel of a motorcycle while keeping them safe and comfortable as if they are in a four-wheel vehicle. When driving a Proxima, safety gear like motor helmets will not be needed anymore, because riders in a Proxima are all in-tucked with a fully enclosed cabin as if they are inside a car. Now who would say that a car and a bike could not be enjoyed together in one?











PROXIMA HYBRID CONCEPT CAR BY ALVINO DESIGN

Advantages would of course be greater maneouverability as well as fuel efficiency. Disadvantages would be limited seating (2 at best) and negligible luggage carrying capacity. Safety issues too would be need to be considered.

IOSIS MAX FORD CONCEPT CAR

IOSIS MAX FORD CONCEPT CAR

Recently debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, the iosis MAX has dramatic looks and a striking pearlescent ‘Limelight’ color, which is complemented by innovative solutions that enhance its practicality and environmental performance.
“Although it isn’t a forerunner to a specific production vehicle, the iosis MAX clearly highlights how kinetic design is evolving and can be applied with stunning results,” said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe.
Capturing “energy in motion” through its athletic stance and muscular surfacing, the iosis MAX incorporates a dynamic shape and advanced materials to create a dramatic interior environment which is light, spacious and expressive. Innovative solutions like a ‘floating’ seat design create a more open cab while giving occupants a more comfortable ride.
“Technologies such as Ford EcoBoost and PowerShift, as showcased in the iosis MAX, highlight Ford’s ongoing commitment to fuel economy and sustainability,” Robert Graziano, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor China, stated. “We are pleased to confirm that both Ford EcoBoost and PowerShift technologies will be available in the China market in 2010.”
In addition to the iosis MAX, Ford also has a full production lineup of its best selling cars on display at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Visitors to the Ford stand will experience Ford technologies through interactive exhibits, such as the EcoBoost Touch Table and the interactive ECO Race Challenge, which showcases Ford’s dedication to creating fun, efficient and exciting vehicles with a smaller carbon footprint. Demonstrations of Ford SYNC technology will illustrate clever ways to connect with your car.
The Ford Safety Driving Challenge creates a dynamic environment for visitors to experience Ford’s commitment to safety. On display will be a New Fiesta Cutaway as well as an interactive safety module and Ford’s well-known “Five Safety Dimensions” demonstration.

IOSIS MAX FORD CONCEPT CAR

SXForce Suzuki Concept Car

SXForce Suzuki Concept Car

The Suzuki SXForce Concept is one of the latest additions to Suzuki's media-acclaimed Suzuki LIVE Series - a line of brand-dedicated concept vehicles specially designed for life enthusiasts, adventurers and thrill-seekers.

Reinforcing the link between the company's rich motorcycle heritage and versatile line of fun-to-drive automobiles, the Suzuki SXForce is a sportbike-inspired concept based on all-new 2008 SX4 Sport. Designed and built by Road Race Motorsports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., the SXForce boasts a powerful 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine matched to a five-speed manual transmission.

The exterior shell of the SX4 Sport has been modified to be eye-catching to both four-wheel and two-wheel enthusiasts. It features a striking blend of carbon fiber, Flash Pearl White and Orange Metallic paint and showcases a number of performance-based automotive parts and stunning motorcycle accents, including sportbike-style side rearview mirrors and dual exhaust, also found on the championship-winning GSX-R1000.

While the Suzuki SXForce Concept is sure to be a showstopper on display, it was designed to look even better on the road. This fully drivable, track-tested SX4 Sport concept receives several performance enhancements, including a fully tuned performance suspension system, F1-style outlet gills to help underhood air flow, tailored rear bodywork with carbon fiber diffuser, Carbontrix rear wing, Tein coilover suspension height and damper setup, and reinforced structure to further enhance rigidity for optimal handling. The Suzuki SXForce is outfitted with 18-inch Enkei racing wheels and a staggered high-performance Toyo T1-R tire package - 225/45-18 in the front and 235/40-18 in the rear. It also is equipped with Rotora six-piston calipers with two-piece 355mm rotors for sportbike stopping power.

The motorcycle theme continues inside the Suzuki SXForce Concept, beginning with suede and leather seats and interior appointments, mimicking sportbike leathers. Other interior enhancements include motorcycle instrument cluster and controls, roof air intake for optimal breathing and a revised track-themed interior featuring carbon fiber components and accents. Engine vitals are monitored via a Zeitronix ZT-2 wideband data logger and all vital engine parameters are logged on a laptop and viewed on the ZT-2 gauge mounted on the Hayabusa handlebars. The Suzuki SXForce is equipped with an integrated Garmin navigation system, and its rear seats have been removed and replaced by a high-output Rockford Fosgate audio system.

SXForce Suzuki Concept Car

Switchblade Samson Flying Superbike Concept

Switchblade Samson Flying Superbike Concept

Recent developments at Samson have given us a new way to get airborne. The new scissors wing design shaves 200 lb weight while allowing greater range and lower maintenance cost. The wings swing closed under the belly of the vehicle, protected from road grunge and rock dings by a clamshell case and a structural keel that takes impacts. Sporting a three-surface design, in which all wings lift, drag is reduced further by the fact of needing less wing. The Ferrari-inspired clean shape is slowed on landings by fowler flaps. Larger rear wheels are located aft to provide room for the main wings to swing closed, thus the nose lifts five degrees for take-off attitude – you literally fly the plane off the runway without rotating!
Side-by-side seating, more range, less weight, slower landing speed, room for golf clubs, and a wide cabin. The Switchblade has it all!

The Switchblade™ will be the FAA certified flying version of Samson Motorworks' MMV vehicle, The SkyBike™. Factory-built, tested, and ready to fly, drive, or simply look good, this will be the deluxe Multi Mode Vehicle.
Upgraded avionics give the Switchblade™ advanced flight capabilities. Leather interior and wood trimmed dash provide a step up in appointments. The Switchblade™ may be used for corporate flight, rental purposes, or as a taxi service or flying limo. Options include autopilot, XM radio and weather, heated windshield, and secured floor mats. Possibilities include bullet resistant construction. The ultimate go-anywhere vehicle? Say hello to the Switchblade™.

Preliminary Specifications:
Estimated MGTOW = 1360 LB (Maximum Gross Take-off Weight)
LENGTH = 15’- 6”
WIDTH = 6’- 4”
HEIGHT = 4’-1”
SEATS = 2
MAXIMUM SPEED = 95 mph on wheels, 140 mph flying
RANGE = 500 miles ground, 220 miles air
MPG = Estimated 48 mpg ground, 22 mpg air
WINGSPAN = 19’ – 5” main, 6’- 4” canard
WING AREA = 88 S.F.
WING LOADING = 16 psf
ENGINE = 120 hp Freedom Motor twin rotor
ESTIMATED TBO = 2500 hours (Time Between Major Overhauls)
FUEL = regular unleaded automobile gasoline (any fuel capable)
FUEL CAPACITY = 10.1 gallons including reserve
STALL SPEED = 55 mph

Standard Features.
Driver adjustable seat, continuously variable transmission (cvt) with forward, neutral, reverse, and flight mode, leather interior, lexan front windshield and side windows, heating & air conditioning, stereo cd, California ULEV rating, seat belt / safety harness, front and rear disc brakes, video rear view monitor, glass cockpit, automatic vehicle leaning in turns, extendable wings, dual ground/air lighting system, lightning protection, redundant ignition system, redundant battery system, Navigation radio, ELT (emergency location transmitter), back-up air speed, altimeter and attitude, ballistic chute recovery system.



Switchblade Samson Flying Superbike Concept

SkyBike Samson Flying Superbike Concept

SkyBike Samson Flying Superbike Concept

Ever since I saw the Icon A5 I have been advocating the need for a flying motorcycle. Apparently California-based Samson Motorworks has unveiled a James Bond-worthy motorcycle-airplane hybrid concept dubbed the SkyBike that it hopes to have ready for production in 2010. The enclosed three-wheel vehicle features retractable wheels and wings that deploy at the touch of a button. The flat-panel instrument display changes automatically from flight instruments to ground instruments, and it can take off from and land on any level surface. To refuel, you simply drive it up to the pump, retract the wings and then continue to drive wherever you want to go .
The use of a motorcycle engine enables the plane to use regular gas. They expect the SkyBike to; get 55mpg economy on land, 25mpg in the air, have a 95mph maximum road velocity / 140mph+ while flying, do 0-60mph in six seconds and it should only need a 500 runway to take off. Right not it is only a concept but Samson Motorworks says they are close to production.
Designer Sam Bousfield was working on a supersonic propeller aircraft when he came up with the concept. Initially he simply bolted wings onto a typical motorcycle, then evolved the enclosed cockpit for comfort while in the air, and the third wheel for ease of landing. And while we don’t yet have a price either, you can bet that if it works, it’ll be worth it.

SkyBike Samson Flying Superbike Concept

MAZDASPEED3 MAZDA CONCEPT CAR 2010 (1)

MAZDASPEED3 CONCEPT CAR 2010
The performance car for enthusiasts with active lifestyles
It's an unwritten law of nature. When two parents have kids, more often than not, their offspring will be quite different. One will have Dad's eyes, another, Mom's nose. Some will be mild-mannered, happy and always smiling, and others, well - they will be wicked. Enter the all-new 2010 MAZDASPEED3. From a distance, it may look like its MAZDA3 siblings, with its five-point grille and sleek lines, but one minute behind the wheel will prove otherwise.
For 2010, the MAZDASPEED3 blends the five-door functionality of the all-new MAZDA3 5-Door with bolder, more aggressive styling and exhilarating performance to meet the needs of driving enthusiasts with active lifestyles. Carrying forward the award-winning MZR 2.3-liter DISI Turbo engine, the new MAZDASPEED3 builds on the legendary performance of the original while adding a fresh new look and even better handling.

Expressive and Dynamic Design
The design of the all-new MAZDASPEED3 evolves the model's visual identity to create a sportier, more aggressive appearance. The result is a more emotional design that takes the sporty, agile nature of the all-new MAZDA3 5-Door to a new level.
The MAZDASPEED3 is easily distinguished from its siblings. Start at the front, where a lower air dam and round fog lights frame an organic, metallic-black grille. The hood now houses an intercooler scoop to improve charge air cooling, and the front fenders are flared to contain the car's wider tires.
From the side view, the new 18 x 7.5-inch aluminum wheel design is unique, but modeled closely on the deeply sculpted, expressive, and very lightweight 19-inch forged wheels on the RX-8 R3. Sculpted side skirts and a lower stance also give away the MAZDASPEED3's sinister motives. From the rear, larger dual exhaust tips, a rear valance painted the same metallic black as the grille, and a larger, roof-mounted rear wing give it away.
Nagare-inspired design defines the exterior and continues into the cabin, which features color coordination and materials chosen to excite the driver and passengers every time they take a seat. Black is the keynote color employed throughout the interior, while the seats and trim fabric have an organic red graphic design. This MAZDASPEED3-exclusive design is distributed throughout, with red stitching enhancing the sporty interior character on the steering wheel, seats, door trim, shift lever boot, and center armrest.
The dashboard of the new MAZDASPEED3 is designed to give a roomy feel while displaying critical information up high and deep into the dashboard, closer to the driver's field of vision and focal point. The instrument cluster for the all-new MAZDASPEED3 also includes a new LED turbo boost gauge positioned between the meters.
The driver's seat is especially critical in any performance car. Without solid lateral support, a driver loses the focus, control and precision needed to really enjoy driving. The all-new MAZDASPEED3 seats are designed to provide that support without compromising everyday comfort.

Exhilarating Performance
The all-new MAZDASPEED3 continues to use Mazda's award-winning MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo powerplant. Delivering 263 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm, it made the original MAZDASPEED3 the most powerful front-drive performance car under $25,000, and remains one of the strongest engines in its class today.
With no need to increase power, the development team focused on harnessing that power more effectively. Engine output itself is more consistent, thanks to the hood-mounted intercooler scoop that not only improves intercooler airflow over the grille-mounted intercooler duct of last-year's car, but also frees up grille space for a fresh-air duct to feed the engine's intake. Breathing cooler air improves efficiency, boosting both real-world power and fuel economy.
The gear ratios in the compact, three-shaft gearbox have also been revised, with 2nd through 5th gear all getting slightly taller to make better use of the engine's abundant torque. The new gear spacing and refined engine calibration are focused on providing more linear, seamless power delivery. The advanced torque management system, which minimizes torque steer by adjusting torque output based on gear position and steering angle, has also been recalibrated. The new gear ratios allow more of the engine's torque to be utilized in the lower gears while still keeping torque steer at a manageable level.

Handles Like a Mazda
The new MAZDASPEED3's body shell benefits from a focused effort at strengthening the most important parts of the structure. The use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel in the safety structures like bumpers and side impact beams has nearly doubled, making these areas both stronger and lighter. The suspension mounting points all gain rigidity from the use of thicker sheet metal in high-stress areas and extensive use of weld bonding, a hybrid joining technique combining conventional spot welds with structural adhesives. Torsional stiffness around the rear suspension mounts is improved roughly two percent, while deflection around the rear liftgate is reduced nearly 40 percent.
In general, a stiffer structure allows firmer suspension tuning without compromising ride comfort. In the case of the new MAZDASPEED3, that firmer suspension was accomplished with stiffer springs, higher damping rates, and revised mounting points for the front stabilizer bar that reduce bushing deflection and increase the bar's effectiveness. Combined with wider, higher-grip 225/40R18 Dunlop SP Sport 2050 performance tires, the MAZDASPEED3's new suspension tuning marries unflappable control with a comfortable everyday ride.

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