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Concept sports cars: Travelling through time becomes more real

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Automobile enthusiasts without prejudice are precarious when it comes to selecting a particular car among many, but the finer taste is embedded in the one which defies Aero-friction; meandering through time and resistance posited against it to set destinations with unimaginable speed, such is built on heavy engines known as sports cars.

Travelling through time, we have seen some of these concept sports cars become more real leaving their artistic impressions to reality. Following are some few impeccable tastes of concept sports cars the future hopes to unravel.

Peugeot L500 R Hybrid sports concept

On the back of its win in 1916 with the Peugeot L45 driven by Dario Resta in the Indy 500, Peugeot has introduced the L500 R concept as their vision of racing in the future, and also to honor the historic race.

The car was developed by Peugeot Sport as a tribute to that winning L45, but with very modern styling suited to a race car of the future. Rather than being a two-seater, it’s a single-seat racer with a small steering wheel. It also has a holographic i-Cockpit with two displays in dual discs.

According to Peugeot, this slick futuristic race car will be a plug-in hybrid…if it ever sees the light of day. It will combine a 270-horsepower gasoline engine with two electric motors mounted at the front and rear wheels. This will produce 500 horsepower with 539 lb-ft of torque.

The L500 R will post a 0-62 mph time of only 2.5 seconds. Yes, she’s going to be fast and she’s also going to be very lightweight at only 2,204 pounds with a low height of only 39.3 inches. It’s just a concept, but it’s definitely a vision of the future that we’d all love to see come true.

THX sports concept

The relative success of Tesla is bringing with it a new wave of electric vehicles. Faraday Future, for example, is poising itself as a proposed “Tesla fighter” with an electric vehicle on its own. One designer has a different vision for the future of the electric car market entirely – and it involves a sportier proposition.

Yevheniy Bratchyk, a freelance industrial designer out of the Ukraine, created his vision for a sporty, electric vehicle of the future. He calls the brand “THX,” a proposed rival to the current crop of electric vehicle manufacturers. But unlike the manufacturers of today, he says “it is created by people that are crazy about science-fiction movies.”

That science-fiction influence is immediately apparent in this spaceship-looking two-door coupe. It’s the first vehicle for that proposed lineup, and is aimed directly at the young professional, specifically for “young customers aged between 18 and 30.” Once you open the very supercar-esque doors, inside it has room for just two. Though we don’t know what that proposed interior looks like just yet, don’t doubt it’s anything less than advanced.

The design itself is purposefully unique. It utilizes a sleek front end that morphs into a streamlined shape, with two bulging headlight fixtures and green accenting lights.

The “THX” brand name sits prominently in the center, as does a rear windshield just above it. Yevheniy imagines that this concept would be suitable for roads in the year 2030, mostly “on highways, connecting cities and suburbs.”

Maserati Bird Cage Concept

The Birdcage was constructed on the carbon fibre chassis of a Maserati MC12 GT1 racing car. The engine is an F140C – a 5999cc V12 used by both Ferrari and Maserati and rated at about 700bhp. The design, being determined by the layout of the chassis and engine, was further defined by Okuyama’s love for the radical Ferrari Modulo concept car of 1970.

Okuyama wanted to retain the futuristic qualities of Paolo Martin’s iconic design. He instructed his designers to limit the height of the car to a metre and to use 24 inch to-30 inch wheels (20 and 22 inch wheels were placed on the finished car).

Four designers competed with various schemes, and Jason Castriota’s design, heavily edited by Okuyama, would emerge the winner. LED headlights and taillights were integrated into the corners of the body. Between the wheels the carbon fibre body dipped down to a dramatic horizontal character line that emphasized both the dynamics of speed and the massive wheels.

The design featured enormous wheels, a Perspex (plexiglass) canopy over the passenger compartment and low front and rear ends with virtually no fasciae.

MERCEDES BENZ W196RR STREAMLINER CONCEPT

Modeling its design off the original Mercedes-Benz W196R, this futuristic jet powered concept takes the German Manufacturing giant to new levels, and hope, for what mid-21st century sports cars may look like.

It’s an exercise in artistic vision no doubt, and frankly, we can’t think of a better reason to grow older in anticipation. Ironically enough, just like the original W196R took after WWII fighter planes, this concept functions off a dual jet engine power system which, according to the creator Minwoong who specializes in automotive design, is purposed to allow the chrome concept break whatever land speed record that is held at the time.

Therefore, it was designed with a low profile and tightly enclosed cabin for whatever driver to curb his claustrophobia for the time being. And ironically enough, if you examine with a discerning eye, you’ll notice nods here and there to the 1950s version. Don’t get us wrong, though, with a jet engine this concept is anything but tame.

Audi Locus

The name of the concept reflects the concept of curve: in mathematics, “Locus” is a collection of points which share a common property, usually forming a continuous figure such as a curve.

A curved sharp-edged line starts at the very front, flowing through the middle section, slightly bending down after the A-pillar and then rising up again at the rear wheel arches to follow its way back until the diffuser. The same curve language is also applied to the greenhouse and the design of the windows.

The front has an aggressive look with the traditional Audi grille. The air intakes are shaped like the headlights to create a coherent feeling. The rear section is very organic with defined curves and subtle details, tail lights are designed to have integrated air outtakes underneath them to avoid any unnecessary details.

The sleek design of the rear volume is defined by the dual exhaust tail pipes located at the very sides and by the dark surfaces of the diffuser.

Vauxhall GT Sports concept

The stretched hood reveals the powertrain concept of the Opel GT Concept: Just like the first Opel GT and US sportscar icon Corvette also made by GM, it has a front mid-engine.

The vehicle’s center of gravity is therefore low and central – ideal for sporty handling and excellent cornering dynamics. The Opel GT Concept has a powerful 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine based on the ultra-modern all-aluminum engine used in ADAM, Corsa and Astra.

The extremely efficient direct injection gasoline unit develops 107 kW/145 hp and maximum torque of 205 Nm in its sporty trim (consumption values for the Opel GT Concept are not available yet).

The turbo power is sent towards the rear axle with mechanical differential lock via a sequential six-speed transmission that is operated by shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Thus, the Opel GT Concept possess traditional rear-wheel drive especially appreciated by sportscar purists. The performance of the two-seater with a total weight below 1,000 kilograms also matches this. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds and has a top speed of 215 km/h.

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Electric cars set to hit the road in 2019

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With far advancement in the development of electric cars by Automakers, considerable number of electric cars shall hit the roads in 2019 for enjoyable drive. Improvements in performance along with their range and available features that make them desirable choices is getting better with each new year.

There are some exciting new electric cars to be released onto the auto market for the upcoming year. If you’re not yet a fan of these eco-friendly vehicles, there might be something on the horizon that may change your mind. This mode of power is a burgeoning wave of the future in automotive technology and we expect what is now a small ripple to become a tsunami in its magnitude in a decade to come.

Here are the best electric cars for 2019 that you may consider to drive.

 

Audi E-tron Sportback (2019)

The Audi E tron Sportback made an initial appearance at the Shanghai motor show in 2017. The concept car was a sneak peek at what would be coming down the road in 2019. It’s about the same size as the brand’s Audi A7, along with the coupe styling feature, but there will be a few notable changes. The driving position will be raised and it will assume a more aggressive stance and detailing as seen in SUV styling. If you’re concerned about the power, it comes with three electric motors that will boost the hp to 486 and when you accelerate, you’ll move from 0 to 62 in about four and a half seconds.

 

Jaguar XJ (2019)

Jaguar is getting ready for the reveal of the new XJ for 2019, which will replace its XJ luxury car with an all-electric platform and no offerings for diesel or petrol alternatives. It’s the car that kicks off a new chapter in the story of the automaker. Jaguar will offer a five door hatch model which is a departure from the four door saloon.

 

Mini E (2019)

This will be the new revelation for the Mini experimental car that was produced in 2009 and 2010. Early models were only let out in a limited number for the purpose of testing trials. With the perfected version that is coming some ten years later, the fully electric new 2019 Mini E is poised to go on sale to the public with a more generous supply available. They’ve redesigned the previous experimental with a new type of battery technology that is a vast improvement over the original.

 

Tesla Model 3 (2019)

Elon Musk’s vision is coming to a dealership near you with Model 3 all electric car for 2019. In fact, if you’re interested in owning one for yourself, now is the time to place your order because the right hand versions are scheduled to start production in 2019. The Model 3 will offer a ton of premium options that you’d expect to find in the Mercedes C class, the Audi Ar and the BMW luxuries, but for a far more affordable price tag of $35K in British pounds.

 

Volvo XC40 Electric (2019)

Volvo is throwing its hat into the ring with their first all-electric car for 2019. The chassis of their smaller SUV will take its inspiration from the new XC40. Volvo’s playing coy with this new line for the brand and they’re not yet releasing any other details so we’ll have to wait until the spycams can pick up a little more info.

 

Nissan IDS (2019) all-electric concept with autonomous features

Nissan will have a new all electric with some amazing new technology in the EV arena. Achieving a leading position in current automotive technology, the Nissan brand is surging ahead with an integration of advanced vehicle control with new innovative safety technologies. They’ve synthesized all this with the most recent in AI technology to create a new form of autonomous drive technology that boasts a practical approach that is applied to real world driving scenarios. Taking the lead in such a serious manner is going to cause a chain reaction among the competition and they’ll all have to step up their games to keep up. The concept car was unveiled in 2017 with production scheduled for the 2019/2020 market year.

 

Audi Q6 e-tron quattro SUV (2019)

The Q6 e-tron Quattro SUV made its first appearance to the world as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Tesla had thrown down the gauntlet and Audi was obliged to answer with this new all electric model that called them on the Tesla X. The brand has some serious plans to produce between 2 to 3 million of these by 2025. They claim that the Q6 will offer a range of over 310 miles on a single charge and it’s slated to come at a price tag of $75K.

 

Porsche Mission E (2019)

The Mission E is the first all-electric vehicle bearing the Porsche branding. The concept vehicle features an impressive design that is awing onlookers getting their first glance and it’s been honored with the Concept Car Design of the Year at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. In a slick move to try to keep up with what is believed to be a new Porsche phenomenon, Elon Musk’s crew scooped up the designer that is responsible for the interior or the Mission E. It is estimated that the all-electric car will produce a range of more than 310 miles on a full charge, but that’s not the most impressive aspect of the new Mission E. The acceleration is rumored to be pegged at just 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph. It is incredible speed and evidence of how far they’ve come in EV technology with regards to performance. The new charging system for the Mission E uses an 800 volt format that gives it an 80% charge in a scant 15 minutes. Porsche plans to produce 20,000 of these units a year.

 

Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ (2019)

The new Generation EQ is also a first for Mercedes-Benz. The first to be totally built by the manufacturer from the ground up in an all-electric format, that is. Previous models features Tesla power trains but that’s a thing of the past with the Generation EQ. This car is the Mercedes response to the Jaguar I-Pace. It’s estimated to offer a range of 310 miles on a full charge. It’s one of the less expensive and smaller Mercedes offerings in an all-electric SUV platform only, and the price is expected to be set around $55,000.

 

Aston Martin RapidE (2019)

The new Aston Martin RapidE is their version of the all-electric variant of the RapidE luxury Sedan. The company collaborated with LeEco and took investment on the development from a Chinese group of investors associated with Faraday Future to speed the production timeline. The new RapidE all electric for 2019 will have a 200 mile range with over 800 horsepower and it will sell for $200,000 to $250,000. It will be a luxury vehicle that is rumored to come with the stated price with guesses all the way down to $40,000, but seriously doubting this.

 

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