Category Archives: Concept Cars

The 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500: Who Let The Snakes Out?


Darjeeling Limited Snake Box

Snakes on a plane? Pass. Snakes under the hood of one of the most legendary muscle cars? Please. Ford’s latest iteration of the monstrous Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has some serious fangs, and no amount of fluting is going to charm the speed off its scales. Check out what makes this beast so venomous:

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2010 Detroit Auto Show Concept Cars


Chrysler Crumbling

Stealing a page from Conan O’Brien’s playbook, automakers used the 2010 Detroit Auto Show to showcase futuristic concept cars—cars inspired by *sung in a high falsetto voice* the year two-thousand…the year two-thousand.

Now, every self-respecting car show has its fair share of concept cars on display. However, the Detroit Auto Show tends to be the forum where manufacturers bring out the big guns. Here’s a quick run down of the crème de la concept crème: Continue reading

Top 10 Fastest Police Cars of the Decade


High Speed Police Chase

DiggThisThe last ten years has brought us some amazing developments in automotive technology. Bugatti brought us the Veyron, one of the fastest and most advanced cars of it’s kind. Subaru and Mitsubishi brought cheap speed to the masses. And Tata made the Nano, the most affordable car in the world.

Looking forward to the next decade, we are going to have affordable cars that have standard features like lane-assist, wireless internet and voice recognition. The possibilities are endless, but before we look to the future, lets take a quick look at the past.

Here are the Top 10 Fastest Police Car’s of the decade.

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Ferrari V4 Motorcycle Concept


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This concept wasn’t developed by Ferrari, but rather in hopes that Ferrari would pick it up for production.  It’s been designed in such detail that it is pretty much ready for production; all Ferrari would need to do is design a motor in spec with the size requires set forth in the design and then develop a suspension system to accommodate the weight.  Pretty hot stuff, no? By the way, all the images of this bike are computer generated, hit the jump to see the rest of em.

Source: The Auto Junkyard

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Ford’s Electric Drive F150: An Evolution of Ford’s Iconic Truck


 

The F150 is undisputably the most successful vehicle in the history of automobiles.  At its peak, Ford was selling an F150 every 34 seconds, which is nearly 930,000 trucks sold in one year.  Unfortunately for Ford, escalating gas prices have nearly killed truck sales this year, leaving them with tens of thousands of unsold vehicles.  Ford knows they have a goose that lays golden eggs, they just need to figure out how to capitalize on it given the current market conditions.

Enter PML Fightlink, a UK based electric-motor and drive technology firm.  Ford teamed up with PML to produce this one-off concept Ford F150 for the 2008 SEMA show.  They started with a base crew cab F150 and striped out the engine, fuel system, transmission, gearbox, drivetrain, differentials and fuel tank to make room for a 40 kilowatt battery. 

That 40kw battery powers four electric Hi-Pa drive motors that are installed at each wheel, and each motor produces 150 horsepower and 150 ft-lbs of torque at any RPM.  The stock 5.4-liter V8 motor produced a healthy 320 horsepower, but with the Hi-Pa drive system, this F150 is now has 600 horses and 600 ft-lbs of torque on tap.  A built-in generator recaptures kinetic energy that would have been lost during braking.  This system is reported to be even more efficient than similar systems installed on today’s hybrid vehicles.

There is no word yet on any compromises this vehicle may make, like estimated range before a recharge is needed or even how long a recharge takes, but one thing is for sure, this is a giant leap forward for EV technology in trucks. It may be several more years before we see Hi-Pa drive technology in road going vehicles, but I’m confident that this technology will be a paramount factor for trucks and SUV’s returning to the roads.

Source: SEMA.org

Concept Car: The Lamborghini Miura


Found pics of this car while stumbling around the internet. It is a remake of their original, which had its production run from 1966 to 1972. The original was a mid-engined, rear wheel drive 4 Liter V-12 powered monster. Although the V-12 engines of that era were not as potent as they are in this day and age, it still output 345 horsepower, and in a 2100 pound vehicle this thing moved pretty well.

Fast forward to 2006 and you’ll see that Lamborghini has not really tried to improve upon the legendary shape of the original Miura, but they have modernized it quite nicely. In 2006, Lambo had only hinted that they might put it into production, but there’s a chance that we’ll see it in 2009. Gander at the pics below; which do you like more, the original or the new concept?