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Jaguar unveils Project 7 concept

Named in recognition of the company’s 7 Le Mans wins, the Jaguar Project 7 concept race car will be making its global debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed which runs July 11-14 in the UK.

Jaguar Project 7 concept car

Following a brief that, according to Jaguar’s head of design Ian Callum, simply stated: “to be driven fast and enjoyed,” the Jaguar Project 7 is based on the company’s latest sportscar, the F-Type but keen observers will notice that the finished product has also taken more than its fair share of design cues from the legendary Jaguar D-Type racer. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fairing that rises from the car’s rear, stopping just behind the driver’s head — one of the D-Type’s defining features.

Jaguar Project 7 concept

However, under the entirely aluminum body everything is bang up to date. There’s a 5-litre supercharged, 550PS, V8 engine with an electronically limited top speed of 186mph (300kph).

Jaguar Project7 Concept

It pushes its power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed gearbox and an electronic active differential to ensure the correct wheel has the correct amount of grip at any given moment.

Jaguar Project7 concept car

Adding to the sporty feel is the lowered windshield, the effect of which is magnified by the fact that the single seat in the specially designed cockpit is 30mm lower to the ground than in the F-Type, giving the driver a greater sense of the car’s behavior and better feedback and, crucially, improving the car’s center of gravity for grip, cornering and all-round handling.

Jaguar Project 7 interior

Also ensuring that the car doesn’t inadvertently leave the track — 550PS is a lot of power in such a lightweight package — the car features a bespoke carbon fibre aerodynamics package for better downforce and airflow.

Jaguar Project 7

But best of all, the Project 7 is not a static concept: it will spend its time at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed being put through its paces on the Hillclimb.

Jaguar Project7

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé combines all of the engineering know-how and driver-focused technology that has made BMW the company it is today with the design excellence that has made Pininfarina Ferrari’s designer of choice for over 50 years.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

A long wheelbase two-door, four-seat coupe with a low roofline and a huge V12 engine, the Gran Lusso manages to retain all of the physical design cues and indicators of the current BMW range while at the same time offering something entirely new — a vehicle that could conceivably compete head to head with a Bentley Continental GT or Porsche Panamera in terms of comfort, performance and looks.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

No performance figures have been released regarding the engine’s output or top speed, but the way that the controls ‘wrap’ around the driver’s seat suggests that if the car did go into production, it would be more than a little sprightly.

bmw gran lusso concept

As well as a driver-focused console, the cabin benefits from the best wood, leather and wool that money can buy — for example, the use of 48,000-year-old Kauri wood, which is sourced from fossilized swamps in New Zealand and which can be cut and polished like fresh timber.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

Its natural grain has an iridescent quality, meaning that the wood appears to change color as light hits it at different angles. The entire cabin is finished from a single piece of Kauri wood to ensure the grain, grade and color are a prefect match.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept

Added to the fossilized wood is Foglizzo leather in tobacco and black adorning the four seats and an embroidered roof liner of the finest virgin Italian wool.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

British car maker Aston Martin celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept sports car.

It pays homage to AM’s 1959 Le Mans and Nurburgring-winning DBR1, perhaps the automaker’s greatest sport triumph on the track, as well as hinting at future design direction.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The body and interior are crafted entirely from carbon fibre, designed and constructed in less than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The car borrows the open-top “speedster” body style from the DBR1. But it dispenses with the windshield and adds huge cutouts in the so-called “swan wing” doors, which open at an upward angle and are a hallmark of modern Aston Martins.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept car uses a version of the company’s potent 6-liter V12 engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

The new car is claimed to have a limited top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h) while being capable of reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) in just over 4.0 seconds.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO, drove the CC100 in a surprise debut at the Nurburgring, making a parade lap around the German track before the start of an annual 24-hour endurance race that kicked off yesterday.

Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept Car

Lamborghini unveils “Egoista” concept

Lamborghini Egoista

To help celebrate the Italian supercar builder’s 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has introduced the new Egoista (translated, it means “selfish”) one-seater hypercar.

Lamborghini Egoista concept

Unveiled in Sant’Agata Bolognese by its creator, Volkswagen’s head of design, Walter De Silva, the Egoista doesn’t so much whisper “look at me” as it does scream it at decibel levels dangerous to the human ear.

Lamborghini Egoista interior

“This is a car made for one person only, to allow them to have fun and express their personality to the maximum. It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world.”

Lamborghini Egoista photo

“It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish),” De Silva explained of the 5.2-litre V10, 600 horsepower single-seat concept car that aesthetically has more in common with a fighter jet than with a vehicle designed for traveling along the ground.

Lamborghini Egoista concept car

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.

Lamborghini Egoista pic

The car’s exterior profile was developed to mimic that of a charging bull, shoulders arched, head down and horns pointing outwards, while aerodynamic systems have been integrated into the car’s construction and are deployed when needed — flaps and vents raise and lower based on engine temperature, downforce required or velocity so that the car is always the optimum shape to cut through the air, whatever the speed or prevailing conditions.

Lamborghini Egoista back

The unveiling of the Egoista is the latest high-profile event organized to mark the first 50 years of the Italian supercar brand.

RollsRoyce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary

Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary

Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary

The Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition, which honors the automaker’s 1913 Alpine Trials cars, debuted at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

Four Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts embarked a century ago (1913) on the Austrian Alpine Trials, which was the benchmark for automotive endurance at the time.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary front panel

In performing without fault over 1820 grueling miles of near impassable mountain terrain, the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley helped cement the marque’s reputation for reliability and mechanical excellence.

The Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost takes close inspiration from Radley’s Silver Ghost with a bespoke “baby-blue” paint hue, and black grille and wheels.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary clock

Inside, the clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, while inlays to rear picnic tables and the front fascia represent the topography and distances of the Alpine route, and the headliner matches the hood of Radley’s car.

The Special Edition car will join Radley 1913 Silver Ghost to take part in a faithful re-enactment of the classic rally, starting in Vienna on 14 June 2013.

Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Ghost

mercedes benz gla front

Mercedes Debuts New Compact GLA SUV

Mercedes GLA

Mercedes has confirmed that it will be taking the wraps off its latest premium SUV concept, the GLA, at Auto Shanghai, the doors to which officially open on April 21.

Conceived to help owners “escape the everyday” at 4.38 meters long and 1.97 meters wide, the GLA is small enough to negotiate busy city centers but thanks to permanent four-wheel drive should make for a willing leisure-time companion too.

Under the hood is a four-cylinder, 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine capable of pumping out 211bhp via a seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission.

The inside of the cabin benefits from prodigious use of leather and aluminium. Other interesting interior touches include light-emitting air vents that shine blue when the air conditioning is set below 22°C and start to glow a brighter red as the heat is turned up.

Mercedes GLA interior

The car also boasts externally mounted 3D/HD cameras that give the driver a clear, birds-eye view of everything surrounding the car, but that can also be removed and mounted on a helmet or mountain bike so that families can record their adventures.

The cameras can also be operated to make films or take still photos while the car is in motion and, thanks to an integrated, front-mounted lens, can project those images directly on to a wall or any other vertical surface, essentially turning the car into a mobile drive-in cinema.

“The Concept GLA marks a new approach for us in the compact SUV segment — this is a sporty and more coupé-like evolution of this category of vehicle,” commented Dr Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Mercedes-Benz Cars, Sales and Marketing.

citroen DS Wild Rubis

Citroën reveals new luxury SUV concept

citroen DS Wild Rubis

Citroën’s distinctive DS Wild Rubis concept is a full-hybrid plug-in four-wheel drive vehicle that gives an indication of the French carmaker’s future design direction.

Clearly conceived for the style-conscious executive, the DS Wild Rubis is Citroen’s attempt to combine the rugged demands of an off-road vehicle with its own quirky design philosophy.

Citroën is saving details about its interior specifications and performance for its official unveiling at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 21 but promises that it will be packed full of technological features.

At 4.7m in length and standing 1.59m tall, the car is imposing and features a prodigious use of chrome plus huge 21-inch alloy wheels.

BMW will also be showcasing its X4 SUV at Shanghai and it’s interesting that its dimensions are almost identical to those of the DS Wild Rubis.

BMW X4 concept

bmw x4

Ahead of its debut at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show, German automaker BMW has unveiled its all-new 2013 BMW X4 Sports Activity Vehicle Concept.

The BMW X4 Concept is a smaller and more affordable approach to the bigger and more expensive X6 crossover and is aimed at the US and Chinese markets.

It is anticipated that the BMW X4 Concept will be powered by BMW’s standard turbocharged 2.0L TwinPower four-banger found in the 328i and 528i.

bmw x4 concept

Hermes Equus

Hyundai Equus by Hermes

Equus by Hermes

Hyundai has teamed with French fashion house Hermes to create the Equus by Hermes, unveiled last week at the Seoul Auto Show. It follows a similar Hermes edition carried out on the Bugatti Veyron.

Based on the 2012 model year version, the “Equus by Hermes” is a more luxurious edition of the long-wheelbase model, with the exterior tweaks and the cabin styled and customized by Hermes designers.

Hyundai Equus Hermes

Hyundai says the project is the results of two years of work from designers and researchers in the company’s pursuit of a “modern premium” car. The interior focuses on the harmony of colors and features more than 20 items that were produced by Hermes artisans specifically for this car.

The entire interior is lined with different types of leather chosen by Hermes, with the door panels being lined with crocodile leather, of the same type used by Hermes for some of its famous handbags.

Hyundai Equus by Hermes Interior

Designers drew inspiration from aircraft interiors to design the rear center console of the car, which includes a folding table and four-cup holders, plus a water bottle compartment and a large storage space where a travel blanket can be kept.

Hyundai Equus Hermes Interior

Only three Equus by Hermes models have been built, none of which is for sale. Hyundai doesn’t plan to launch it on the market, and only aims to improve the brand’s image as a luxury auto maker.

XP 9F concept

Bentley confirms its first SUV will debut in 2015

XP 9F concept

Bentley‘s upcoming SUV will look nothing like the XP 9F concept it unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motorshow, according to the luxury car company’s director of sales and marketing.

Kevin Rose, Bentley’s director of sales and marketing, promised the brand’s clients that the SUV would look nothing like its current SUV concept vehicle, and in response to claims that the proposed car is to be called The Falcon replied that if he has “anything to do with it won’t be called the Falcon.”

The car, expected to go into production — possibly in Eastern Europe, rather than in Britain — in 2015-2016 will be priced to compete with the recently launched Range Rover.

A top-of-the-range Range Rover, with all available optional extras can cost up to £125,000, (about US$189,000) and the Bentley is expected to represent the same value but with more exclusivity.

In terms of specific details or specifications, Bentley declined to provide any further information but Schreiber stressed that it “definitely will not be a [Chelsea] tractor.”

Bentley Concept SUV interior photo

The Bentley XP 9F concept features a modified version of the Continental‘s 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine. However, hybrid and V8 designs are also being considered for future production.

The big SUV rides on massive 23-inch wheels and tires and features a panoramic glass roof, twin elliptical exhaust pipes and a split two-piece tailgate.

Bentley Concept SUV interior

The 4+1 cabin is trimmed in both soft-touch and saddle leather, wood veneers and polished aluminum, bronze and gunmetal.

Bentley also has combined traditional analog dials with reconfigurable “virtual” instrumentation and advanced features such as 3D navigation.

Bentley SUV trunk

The rear-seat occupants are treated to such amenities as a fold-down keyboard and full Internet connectivity via an iPad, a powered footrest, a drinks table and an infotainment screen for movies, as well as a rear armrest that lifts to reveal a cooled compartment for champagne and glasses.

Bentley EXP 9 F Concept SUV back

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Geneva Motor Show: top 10 concept cars

concept car geneva 2013

From a supercar off-roader designed for city centers to a futuristic pick-up and a sportscar with a copper shell, it has been an excellent year for exciting concepts. A look at the best at this year’s International Motor Show in Geneva, running through March 17.

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour

The ultimate off-roader for the city center, the Parcour has four-wheel drive, oversized tires, scissor doors and is based on the mechanics of the Lamborghini Gallardo – so it should be breathtakingly fast.

IED Gloria

IED Gloria

The ‘Gloria’ was created by 20 design students from the European Design Institute (IED), in partnership with the Alfa Romeo Style Center.

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept

Unlike most concept cars on display at a motor show, this one stands every chance of becoming a reality. The FT-86 Open is based on Toyota’s much admired GT-86 hard-top coupe.

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Touring Superlaggera Disco Volante

Another Alfa Romeo-based concept, the Disco Volante’s curvaceous shell hides the underpinnings from an 8C supercar. The company hopes to do a limited production run; if owners of an Alfa Romeo 8C deliver their vehicle to the studio, Touring Superleggera can convert it to a Disco Volante in a little over six months for an undisclosed fee.

Pininfarina Sergio Concept

Pininfarina Sergio Concept

This concept is crucial for two reasons – firstly because it celebrates the life and times of Sergio Pininfarina, one of the most important car designers of the last century, and secondly because it gives viewers a very good idea of the design direction of future Ferrari models.

Peugeot Onyx

Peugeot Onyx

The Onyx uses the highest-quality natural materials in its construction and has a mid-mounted V8 hybrid engine. It’s also covered in copper, which tends to go green under oxidation.

BMW i8 Spyder concept

BMW i8 Spyder concept

This was the first time the open-top version of BMW’s all-electric supercar was seen in Europe and even though its powerplant is nothing more than a battery, it is impressive nevertheless.

Honda Acura NSX Concept

Honda Acura NSX Concept

This concept was first unveiled at Detroit at the start of the year, but three months on, it is still a very good-looking car and one that could become a production reality before the end of 2014.

Spyker B6 Venator

Spyker B6 Venator

The B6 Venator, although a concept, is the clearest indication yet that Dutch carmaker Spyker has recovered from its ill-fated attempt to buy Saab and will soon return to building quirky, exciting and exquisitely finished supercars.

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

Compared with many of the other concepts on show, this Mitsubishi is not going to win any beauty contests. However, it is by far the most practical of the line-up, boasting a 2.5-litre diesel-hybrid engine and all of the performance you would expect from a pickup.

aston martin bertone

Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2

bertone aston martin

Italian coachbuilder and car styling company Bertone has created a one-off Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake known as the Jet 2+2.

The Jet 2+2 is a followup to the Italian design house’s previous Jet 2 shooting-brake concept unveiled in 2004 and based on the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish.

As the car’s name suggests, the interior features two rows of seats that come lined in plush, perforated leather and feature a two-tone design.

The car’s 2+2 designation refers to the four individual seats inside; the rear seats fold flat to create even more luggage room. The interior is also dressed in polished wood and aluminum trim.

Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake interior

Power comes from a 470bhp version of Aston’s 5.9-litre V12 taken from the current Rapide, rather than the more potent 550bhp version from the upcoming Rapide S.

Only one example will be built. The stunning concept was commissioned as “a strict one-off” by a collector and the project has the full approval of Aston Martin.

Look for both the new Bertone Jet 2+2 shooting brake concept and 2014 Aston Martin Rapide range at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off March 5.

Aston Martin Rapide shooting brake

McLaren X-1 Concept

McLaren X-1 Concept

McLaren X-1 Concept

British automotive manufacturer McLaren Automotive has unveiled the new X-1 concept sports car at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in the US.

Created for an “anonymous car enthusiast,” the one-off model was built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) and is based on the MP4-12C.

The mystery man is a devoted McLaren fan who has already splashed out on a McLaren F1, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and a MP4-12C.
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Mini Rocketman Concept London

MINI Rocketman Concept

Mini Rocketman Concept London

BMW announced this past week that its Mini Rocketman Concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 is headed to London for the Olympic Games.

From the end of July to September, the vehicle will be on display in the BMW pavilion near the athletes’ village.

The new Rocketman is a concept that is regarded as a modern interpretation of the old and original Mini car.
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