Lotus Engineering took a crack of designing the next generation urban/city electric commuter for Automotive Engineer. The division of the manufacturer of sports cars Lotus — Lotus Engineering — by request of British magazine Automotive Engineer has developed a prototype of the city subcompact electrocar which gives representation how, according to designers, the car of similar type in 2015 will look.
As informs edition Car, such car is created specially for large megacities and intended only for short trips on a city, for example, from the house to shop and back.
Since the car is intended simply to operate on city streets shuttling the driver and his passengers from home to work, school or out to eat, the design exercise gave it a 37 kW (50 hp) electric motor and a smallish lithium battery pack that gives the car a range between recharges of 30 miles, which suggests the pack has a capacity of around 10kWh. This could translate into a reasonably priced car once lithium hits the $250/kwh cost target -- it's now estimated around $750-$1000.
The car is created on the basis of an easy aluminium spatial frame and on the dimensions (2600 millimetres at length and 1600 millimetres at width) even less, than minicar Toyota iQ. The novelty is equipped lithium-ionic by accumulators which are located in a floor and feed the 50-strong electromotor. The stock of a course at electropenalty Lotus makes approximately 48 kilometres, and the maximum speed is equal to 104 kilometres per hour. Thus for increase in a distance of a trip the car design allows to complete the car with the additional complete set of accumulators, and also to use solar batteries. The full gymnastics of the electro-car should not exceed 3,5 hours.
Like the Reva or G-Wiz as its called in Britain, the car can handle two adults, with two children in the back seats, which can be folded down to accommodate groceries or packages.
According to UK's Car Magazine, it took just two weeks to develop the design, one-tenth the usual amount time it takes to work up a concept. Unfortunately, it is likely remain just that, a concept, since Lotus was simply commissioned to do the study, not engineer an actual car.




BLUE-WILL 2009 Hyundai Concept Car

BLUE-WILL 2009 Hyundai Concept Car

Hyundai has revealed the first pictures of an innovative plug-in hybrid concept car, Blue-Will. Due to be revealed at the Seoul Motor Show which opens on April 2nd, the “BLUE-WILL”, has exceptionally advanced technology crammed inside its striking bodyshell. The BLUE-WILL concept is powered by an all-aluminium Gasoline Direct Injected 1.6-litre engine which is coupled to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100kw electric motor which is at the heart of Hyundai`s parallel hybrid drive architecture. The Blue-Will with its plug-in 30 kilowatt electric motor and 1.6-litre petrol range extender has shades of Prius about its front end but get used to it. The Electric power, stored by a Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack, is neatly bundled with the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximise luggage space. That includes some solar cells on the panoramic roof, which you can still see through, and some eco-friendly plastics throughout, including headlamp bezels made from recycled plastic bottles, and other plastics derived from plant extracts. No word about it actually going into production.

BLUE-WILL 2009 Hyundai Concept Car - Rear Left View

BLUE-WILL 2009 Hyundai Concept Car - Panel 'n Dashboard

BLUE-WILL 2009 Hyundai Concept Car - Interior

Nuvis 2009 Hyundai Concept Car

Hyundai Nuvis Concept Car

The Hyundai Nuvis Concept Car is powered by Hyundai’s Hybrid Blue Drive architecture, which uses breakthrough lithium polymer battery technology. Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive system mates the already-fuel efficient 2.4-liter Theta II engine to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (205 N-m) electric motor for maximum fuel economy.
Hybrid Blue Drive has an all-electric mode and a parallel drive mode, meaning that the wheels are turned by power coming directly from the gasoline engine, or the electric motor, or both together, as conditions demand. This parallel hybrid drive architecture will serve as the foundation for future Hyundai hybrid drive vehicles, starting with the next-generation Sonata in the United States.

To maximize fuel economy, all of the Theta II’s major driveline and cooling system components have been optimized to reduce friction, while the crankcase has been filled with low friction oil.
Engine management software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. The engine automatically restarts when pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal due to the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG).
To further reduce fuel consumption, the Theta II’s engine management software, which governs injection pressure, engine cycle timing and exhaust retreatment rates, has been revised. This control strategy assures that maximum efficiency is achieved during gentle acceleration, while greater power is immediately available during full acceleration.
During deceleration, regenerative braking also comes into play to help conserve energy.
To ensure that the engine runs at lower RPMs, the top three gear ratios in the transmission have been extended. Fuel economy is further optimized through the latest electric motor-assisted steering system which reduces power drain and low resistance tires.
In developing the initial sketches, Hyundai designers considered the interplay of natural, fluid elements with more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion. Specifically, designers studied the way water splits across and flows around the hull and sides of a boat, creating a wake, or the way wind shapes a snowdrift or flurries through trees. The living power of these elements is reflected in the Nuvis’ design.
The Nuvis has an assertive face demonstrated by the strong, hour-glass shape that frames the blue acrylic shield grille and aggressive headlamps, whose two glowing white rings are offset by a pair of red rings on the tail lights.

Perched on top of 22-inch wheels, Nuvis’ proportions are tall, strong and protective. The two body-side lines set up a flowing water effect, giving the appearance of motion.
Large, gull-wing doors, either opened or closed, create unique front, rear and profile views. Blue ambient lighting cast across the body adds to the overall upscale feel of the vehicle.
An additional design element featured on the Nuvis is a brushed aluminum accent that spans the entire length of the vehicle. Normally, this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the Nuvis, this trim extends out from the headlamps, juts up along the hood and through the beltline, across the top and into the rear spoiler.
In keeping with the exterior design scheme, the Nuvis’ spacious and luxurious interior is dominated by a cool, blue acrylic center stack that ebbs and surges in the manner of a river. The cascading floor, with its blue ambient lighting, further enhances an environment in which seamless technology flows, enveloping both the driver and passengers.
A current of information coming from the instrument panel streams throughout the cockpit, as passengers are able to access each other via Methode Electronics TouchSense® technology that links all four business-class seats. The car’s infotainment system is fed by channels from the outside – the occupants, for instance, can learn of a restaurant’s specials that evening as they drive past it.

The sculptured, comfortable seats are custom woven with a graduated fabric that is finished in a silver-to-black sunburst. The ecologically friendly seating fabric is provided by True Textiles, the industry’s leading provider of environmentally responsible textile solutions. The Nuvis fabric is made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester – reclaimed soda bottles – and increasingly sustainable manufacturing processes. Hyundai collaborated with True Creative to produce this unique fabric with an 80-inch repeat, providing a fabric that is as attractive to the environment as it is to the viewer. The matching seatbelts are provided by Harveys Original Seatbeltbags, a well- known manufacturer of handbags made out of seatbelt. Harveys also developed two matching handbags for the Nuvis concept.

2009 Lagonda Aston Martin Concept Car

2009 Lagonda Aston Martin Concept Car
The Aston Martin Lagonda Concept that appeared at Geneva Motor Show this year is unlikely to morph into a production car, according to reports.
Ever since its purchase by Aston Martin in 1947, the Lagonda brand has played second fiddle to the firm's sports cars. That may well change, as Aston Martin's announced it intends to revive the brand, offering this - the 2009 Lagonda concept - as proof of its intent.
Certainly, it doesn't look like an Aston Martin, but apart from the 1964 Rapide (built from the Aston Martin DB4) and seven sedans built from the 1975 DBS coupe, few ever have. Some, like the wildly angular 1976 model, have pushed the envelope of automotive styling.
Aston calls the Lagonda a "four-seat international tourer," which we take to mean as a crossover. Indeed, the Lagonda is an all-wheel-drive vehicle, and its short overhangs, tall stance, and large 22-inch wheels suggest it's made to traverse surfaces other than tarmac. We're told the concept uses a V-12 for power; we'd guess it's the same 6.0-liter V-12 found in the DB9.
2009 Lagonda Aston Martin Concept Car - Right View

While the vehicle looks like a Chinese knock-off of a Bentley Conti GT, a Chrysler 300, the Land Rover LRX concept, and an AM Rapide it is supposed to be a Lagonda. Aston Martin is trying to postition the Langonda brand as a less-sporty, more luxurious marque that will appeal to the wealthy elite in established and emerging markets. Currently, Aston is only sold in 34 countries but CEO Dr. Bez hopes to offer Lagonda in over 100.
Lastly, the taillights look like they could have been the work of Peter Schreyer. Yes, they’re so attractive that they are befitting a Kia.
Although many may critisize the choice of producing a 4WD CUV/SAC/SUV/SAV, Russian oil barons and Chinese sweatshop owners are surely delighted at the prospect of a high-end vehicle they can use year ’round. Especially if it will help to differentiate them from the simpleton Cayenne and X6 owners. Perhaps Aston Martin and Lagonda haven’t made as much of a mistake as the automotive media would have you believe.

2009 Lagonda Aston Martin Concept Car - Rear Right View

Sporty Hybrid CR-Z 2010 HONDA Concept Car

Honda announced that the CR-Z (a car that Honda calls “a sporty hybrid model”) will be sold in Japan as early as February 2010. Honda will further enhance its lineup of compact hybrid models, which leverage the unique characteristics of Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA), including compact size, lightweight and high efficiency.
In addition, Honda is currently developing a new hybrid system which is intended to be installed on mid- to large-size vehicles.The launch date of the new hybrid coupe on other markets will be announced towards the end of 2009. Though the vehicle will continue to use the same 1.3 L VTEC engine found in Honda's Insight, it will have a more powerful electric motor, giving the car a total of 130 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The Insight delivers 98 hp. The car should be able to go from 0 to 60 in 9 seconds and get an average fuel economy of 55 MPG.
Ito also confirmed that Honda will be producing a hybrid version of the Fit by the end of 2010. "I think everyone is going to go the way of hybrids," said Ito. "Bringing hybrids quickly to customers will be a major focus of our activities. I want Honda to be a speedy company."
The CR-Z concept vehicle made its world debut at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in 2007. The CR-Z sporty hybrid will feature advanced technologies that deliver enjoyable driving for all while reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.
Furthermore Ito said Honda was also developing a larger hybrid system using 2 electric motors, similar to GMs 2-mode hybrid system. This will be used for larger vehicles, trucks, and SUVs.

2010 HONDA CR-Z CONCEPT CAR - Front Right View


2010 HONDA CR-Z CONCEPT CAR - Rear Left View

2010 HONDA CR-Z CONCEPT CAR - Dashboard 'n Panel

2010 HONDA CR-Z CONCEPT CAR - Front Seat

GHOST 2009 Rolls-Royce Concept Car

Rolls-Royce announced the name for its new model series which until now has been known as RR4 or 200EX Concept. The new luxury car will be called the Rolls-Royce Ghost. The company did not release any details of the Rolls Royce Ghost but production will begin later in 2009 on its own dedicated production line

GHOST: Formerly known as the RR4, the Ghost is the new entry-level sedan from Rolls-Royce.
The latest information reveals some of the car's advancements in chassis engineering. One of the trademark traits of a Rolls-Royce is its ability to move gracefully and make acceleration, braking, handling all look effortless. As Rolls-Royce Engineering Director Helmut Riedl puts it, "The driver simply has to point the car in the preferred direction of travel and press the accelerator."
Official photos of the Ghost have not been released, but the car will reportedly look similar to the 200EX. The Ghost is based on mechanical bits from the BMW 7-series (BMW owns Rolls-Royce) but the engine will be a unique twin-turbocharged 6.6 liter V12 good for at least 500 horsepower that will turn the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing has not been announced, but the Ghost is expected to sell for around £170,000, which equates to just over $270,000 -- about $110,000 cheaper than the least-expensive 2010 Phantom.
The air suspension is tuned to be so sensitive that it can detect the movement of a rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other and compensate accordingly. The onboard computer is constantly monitoring various sensors around the car to ensure the best comfort and optimal steering and handling dynamics. The air suspension can also lift or kneel to raise or lower the car by 25mm.

Stingray Sideswipe 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Concept Car

Stingray Sideswipe 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Concept Car

SIDESWIPE takes the form of a sleek, vision concept dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM. The design is influenced by the original Stingray race car, introduced in 1959, but also draws on Corvette heritage cues from other generations. It brings them together in a futuristic shape that seems to be equal parts racecar and space ship.
Stingray Sideswipe 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Concept Car

Stingray Sideswipe 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Concept Car

“SIDESWIPE represents an exercise in exploration for the Corvette,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives.”
Stingray Sideswipe 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Concept Car

AMV10 Aston Martin Concept Car

AMV10 Aston Martin Concept Car

Sabino Design introduced a completely radical idea for the flagship Aston Martin: the AMV10.
This car was created by tuners who were very likely to be inspired by the Jaguar XJ 220, as a result the looks and the middle engine layout are similar to those of the legendary Jag, rather than the DB9/ V8 Vantage.
Furthermore the car will feature a V10 engine (producing 700 hp), which was never used by Aston before...

AMV10 Aston Martin Concept Car

Deus Ex Machina Yamaha Concept Bike

Challenged to rethink motorcycle transportation, Art Center College of Design student Jake Loniak decided the idea of a machine as an extension of the body should be taken literally. Inspired by Biomechatronics and called the Deus Ex Machina (not to be confused with that other Deus Ex Machina from Australia), Loniak's concept is an electric, vertically parking motorcycle controlled by 36 pneumatic muscles with 2 linear actuators.

Jake Loniak, a student of Art Center Pasadena has crammed the combination of motorcycle and tech-skeleton with seven artificial vertebra as well as the pneumatically attached helmet into an awesome looking Yamaha branded Deus Ex Machina.

Jake has beyond his wild imagination to design this concept. The vehicle will be powered by ultra-capacitors and doped nano-phoshpate batteries similar to those already used in hybrids, with The motor is in-wheel. Jake believes that this vehicle can achieve a top speed of 75 mph. The recharge time of this vehicle is 15 minutes and cycle time is of 1 hour. The qualities are more than the qualities found in hybrid cars.

STEM - Electric Concept Vehicle for Urban Environment

STEM Electric Concept Vehicle - Fron and Rear View

STEM is a lightweight and small Electric Concept Vehicle aimed for urban use which is ideal for short distance rides like commuter traffic, shopping-tours or the way to work. This three wheeled city-vehicle is a perfect alternative of the traditional cars that are being used in the city area. This vehicle has a modular case located in the front side of the vehicle which can be used as a storage unit for small and light loads, moreover, you can remove this if you want.

STEM Electric Concept Vehicle - Rear Right Side View

To enrich the alternative mobility, STEM Electric Concept Vehicle is empowered with an electric engine and lithium-based batteries to accumulate the energy located under the seat and charging can be done by plugging-in any standard power socket. The uniquely forward lean main body is designed against the driving direction and the precise edges and clean surfaces add up to an important impression of the design.

STEM Electric Concept Vehicle - Front Right Side View

STEM Electric Concept Vehicle is envisioned to be publicly used and therefore, an additional rental station infrastructure has also been developed where people will be able to rent this vehicle for short period of time from all over the city. When you will reach your destination, you can return it to another rental station that is nearest from where you are.

STEM Electric Concept Vehicle - Panel

57 Atlantic Bugatti Concept Car

57 Atlantic Bugatti Concept Car

The designers of Bugatti 57 Atlantic must have envisioned the Aliens to come from outer space, therefore, they designed this futuristic car to offer them something of their level from both design and performance aspects. This concept is somehow away from reality so far but according to the French designer, human mind is free to imagine of anything. Though the close to the ground design of this two-seater car is unique from any point of view, the front end matches a bit with Jaguar, on the other hand, the rear part of the car merely looks like a car’s back.

AUTONOMOBILE - Mike and Maaike Concept Car

AUTONOMOBILE - Mike and Maaike Concept Car

The industrial design firm Mike and Maaike, which worked on such products as the Xbox and the HTC G1 phone, has turned its sights towards the car, reenvision
ing it as a living room on wheels. In an article for Core77 design magazine titled "The End of Driving: Mike and Maaike introduce the Autonomobile," the designers suggest people don't really want to drive, and could better spend their time on the road sleeping, working, or getting drunk. And they emphasize that last point.
According to the design team, the modern automobile has been obssessed with power, styling and fantasy. Far away from our true needs, future cars should be redefined by shifting from being fast and gorgeous, to being … green and self driven. So no more Frazer-Nash Namirs, Zonda Cinque Roadsters or Lamborghini Gallardos, it’s time to meet the ATNMBL.
The solar electric Autonomobile looks like a mobile living room that you
whistle for and it takes you to destination, even though it’s not meant to see daylight before 2040.

Of course, the only driving they are considering is commuting and making grocery runs. As such, their Autonomobile does its own driving and navigation, asking its riders upon entry "Where can I take you?" As we've seen in past DARPA robotic car competitions, driverless car technology is being developed. The Autonomobile is designed as an electric car using four in-wheel motors, a battery pack in the floor, and a solar roof for additional power generation.
There is no real-world concept for the Autonomobile; it only lives in renderings. But from the images, the designers seem to have left out suspension components, possibly imagining the roads of the future will be perfectly smooth. Likewise, with its couch and floo
r-to-ceiling glass on each side, the Autonomobile wouldn't pass current automotive safety standards, but the implicit prognostication seems to be that driverless cars won't crash. And, considering that glass, people of the future will all be exhibitionists, not desiring privacy for their drunken trips.

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car

Peugeot's latest concept combines a supercar-like profile with the practicality of a four-door sedan. Modern materials including a carbon body have been fitted to an aluminium spaceframe to reduce weight and increase driveability.
An extra-long wheelbase, which reduces overhang, gives the dual benefit of increasing stability while allowing the passenger cabin to take up a generous amount of the available space. To further assist weight distribution its hybrid powertrain is split, with the 160 kW, 1.6-litre turbo engine mounted transversally in the rear and a 70 kW electric motor housed in the front. The batteries, one of the heaviest and bulkiest components in hybrid vehicles, are sensibly positioned in the centre transmission tunnel.
As with most petrol-electric hybrids, the electric motor, which gathers its power during braking and deceleration, can propel the car at low speed before handing over to the petrol engine for cruising. The two power plants can combine under heavy acceleration for a 230 kW shove that propels the RC HYbrid4 from 0-100 km/h in a handy 4.4 seconds, and a laudable combined carbon dioxide emission figure of 109 grams per kilometre. The electronically controlled, six-speed manual gearbox has several modes, including an all-wheel-drive configuration.
Underneath, double aluminium wishbones work together with an innovative suspension system that controls body roll and damping functions via a hydraulic link between the right-hand and left-hand shock absorbers. The system works in place of an anti-roll bar and keeps the car sitting flat through corners while also providing vibration filtration.
Externally, form and function have both been considered in a muscular, low-slung design reminiscent of Audi's R8 supercar that also makes good use of airflow and aerodynamics to improve performance. A longitudinally split, double glass roof continues the flow of crease lines originating on the bonnet, where LED headlights frame the air intakes and the centrepiece Peugeot badge. Inside, tactile materials such as leather, aluminium, chrome and carbon dominate, along with some showy blue backlighting and a jet fighter-like instrument cluster.
Peugeot has not announced any plans to put the RC HYbrid4 into production, but look for selected ideas and components to filter through its next generation of cars.

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car - Side

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car - Rear Side

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car - Dashboard

RC HYbrid4 Peugeot Concept Car - Front Seat

Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce Lamborghini - Concept Car

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce

With an upholstered Alcantra leather interior and a brutal exterior that defines aggresiveness in a modern fashion, the new model Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce is described by Lamborghini as "exceptionally purist" and is more powerful, light and faster then the previous model LP-640. The LP 670-4 SuperVeloce boasts an increase in power to 670 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque for its 6.5L V12 which was all achieved through simply optimizing the engine's valve timing and tweaking the air intake system, achieves a max speed of 212 mph, does 0 to 62 mph in a breathtaking 3.2 seconds.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce - Rear Left

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce - Top

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce - Rear Top

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce - Front Seat