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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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4 stunning electric suv concepts for auto fanatics

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It’s been a long time coming but electric cars are finally set to make a breakthrough, with 2019 expected to be the year when they become a realistic option for most new car buyers.

By the end of this year, at least 25 different electric cars will be on sale, from small city models to tall and rugged Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

In this edition of Vaultz wheels, we shall be focusing on 4 stunning electric Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) concepts that will strike the auto market in the near future.

 

BYTON M-BYTE

The world’s first Smart Intuitive Vehicle. Designed with expressive proportions and iconic digital elements, the BYTON M-BYTE reminds you that future mobility is fueled by intelligence. You might say this car looks like an SUV, but smarter. And that’s exactly what it is: the first Smart Intuitive Vehicle!

With its masculine proportions and a length of 191 inches (4.85 meters), the BYTON M-BYTE shows its new design aesthetics in every aspect, including the closed front-end fascia, disappearing door handles, hidden antennas and a sleek, sloping roofline.

Conventional automotive styling features are giving way to innovative design icons. Side-view cameras replace side mirrors, iconic face recognition cameras provide user identification and BYTON Smart Surfaces show a situation-based interacting light design. These are just some of the intelligent signature elements that reinforce the visible digital power of the vehicle.

Your BYTON understands you like a trusted friend. It recognizes you through face recognition, talks to you and adapts to your needs. With a simple swipe of your fingers, you can intuitively operate the touch displays. And as communication is never a one-way street, BYTON Air Touch also responds to your hand gestures. All in all, it gives you five dimensions of control.

 

 

GAC ENVERGE

The ENVERGE is very catchy with outstanding features and its inexplicable design is its selling point. It is electric and very futuristic especially with its gull-wing doors, digital dash screen and unconventional head and tail lights. Reportedly, it will have a range of 370 miles on a single (full) charge.

A very ridiculous feature of the car is the fact that the headlights would slide out and detach to serve a flood lights, a feature GAC nicknamed “G-Light”. It’s an SUV coupe (only two doors) with wireless battery recharging and stipulated time for a 240-mile range in just 10 minutes.

 

 

GFG STYLE’S KANGAROO HYPER-SUV

Automotive Hall-of-Fame Giorgetto Giugiaro and his son, Fabrizio, are behind the Italian company GFG Style “hyper-SUV” concept.

It’s called the Kangaroo and it resembles some of the other supercar concept designs seen. But, this one is different from the rest. A special adjustable hydraulic suspension system helps convert the concept from a sports car to an off-roader. Ride heights are able to vary from 5.5 inches in “Racing” mode to some 10.2 inches in “Off-Road” mode. The car’s front splitter can also retract while in “Off-Road” mode to improve approach angles on challenging terrain. Talk about a transition!

GFG Style says the Kangaroo can be used on any surface, from pavement, to sand, to mud. It comes with two electric motors, each rated at 241 horsepower. The combined output is listed at 482hp and 501 lb.-ft. of torque. A 90 kWh battery pack is said to deliver a driving range of more than 280 miles on a single charge.

Inside the vehicle, there’s three screens that dominate the space. One is an ultra-wide screen atop the dash that serves as the rear view mirror by displaying the output from a rear-facing camera. Another noticeable aspect of the interior is the color of the leather. The bright orange of the exterior is reflected inside.

While it’s certainly not holding its breath for this vehicle to make its way to production, GFG Style says it does plan on showing off a version of the Kangaroo concept wearing snow tracks. The design company wants people to see how the Kangaroo could be used for fun, while conquering some snow-covered terrains.

 

 

LAGONDA ALL-TERRAIN SUV

Lagonda All-Terrain SUV concept from Aston Martin is mesmerizingly long and perhaps the most striking. With softly rounded edges and an elongated shooting-brake body that stretches way out over the rear wheels, this cocoon-shaped car is not quite what the teaser images had us imagining.

The British manufacturers are hoping to breathe new life into the Lagonda badge with this fully electric four-seater SUV. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept is regarded as the stylistic forerunner of the Lagonda brand, which is set to resume production in 2021.

The car’s lengthy appearance is supported by a spoiler on the wide front, as well as the headlight slits that are pulled far into the side. A thin strip of light illuminated with LEDs emphasizes an already lengthy rear end.

Despite the futuristic design, the Lagonda All-Terrain concept still gives the driver a steering wheel to hold onto. But when autonomous mode is turned on, you can turn the front seats backwards to create a sort of self-driving sitting room.

The Lagonda SUV will use potentially game-changing solid state batteries which offer many advantages over the regular lithium-ion ones used in most electric cars. Solid-state batteries do not use liquid electrolytes to move energy around. The cells are made of solid, dry conductive material which mean they are less prone to fire and can supply energy and accept a charge more readily.

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