Right by my house is a small bar called The Amber Flash, one of the oldest and most run-down turn-signal fetishist bars. I went by there the other night for a nice crisp Blinker Fluid to, you know, take the edge off, when I noticed two sullen guys slumped over at the bar, holding damp paper towels to their faces.
BMW is fortunate among auto makers in that it has one of the most recognizable and iconic design elements, its twin“kidney” grilles. Often imitated, these oblong-shaped features have been on nearly every front-engined BMW since 1933. Once, in the hands of a very famous Italian designer, this design element took an odd…
There’s something especially heartbreaking about a beautiful concept car that never gets a chance to see the light of day. Especially one that looks like the super sick car in Blade Runner 2049. That’s right. I’m looking at you, 1972 Maserati Boomerang.
Renault took the covers off of this extremely French concept car at the Paris Motor Show today, and it’s claiming the ideas behind this car will revolutionize ride sharing for upscale clients. The EZ-ULTIMO is the third in a trilogy of concepts—after the EZ-GO and EZ-PRO. It is billed as an autonomous, electric,…
I know there are designers who look down on the process of plundering the past for new design ideas, but I can’t help but love a good modern re-working of a retro design. Peugeot’s stylists must have found a Peugeot 504 Coupe in some storage garage and fell in love, because their new electric and autonomous concept…
Last-mile delivery is, apparently, the cause of a lot of traffic in urban areas. Living in New York City and having to constantly dodge around double-parked delivery trucks, I am inclined to agree. Renault’s solution to alleviate that is to implement a fleet of automated delivery pods.
Photos of a Formula One concept car for the 2021 season popped up on Twitter earlier this week, and, aside from the routine rules overhaul planned for that year, the photos had almost no context at all. But F1 stepped in a few hours ago to give us all the context we needed, and it turns out what we’re seeing is the…
For those of you who are deeply emotionally affected by horrible car design ideas, I’m sorry you have to see this Hyundai Santa Fe Cabriolet. I know if I could unsee it, I would.
What happens when a car designer for the Indy 500 falls in love with the sleek-bodied German race cars of the 1930s? You get the wildly dramatic street-legal roadster unlike one you’ve ever seen before. You get the 1948 Norman Timbs Special.
While the current Genesis sedans are good and fine cars on their own, I still want something bold and exciting in the lineup. Something like a production version of the Essentia concept that we saw last spring. And it seems like Genesis is thinking about bringing it to production. Emphasis on thinking.
Yesterday (or two days ago, or two lifetimes ago, it’s hard for me to tell since I’m in Europe and still jet-lagged) Volvo introduced an autonomous, electric concept car called the 360c that included “a special safety blanket” for when you were horizontal and sleeping. Come again?
There’s something pretty damn intoxicating about a vintage-looking car loaded with high-powered modern technology. Mercedes-Benz saw that appeal, so they took inspiration from their record-setting 1937 W 125, loaded it up with an electric powertrain, and pulled off the covers to drop some jaws at Pebble Beach.
I know that Infiniti’s Prototype 10 probably has an extremely slim chance of becoming real, but damn do I want it to manifest into a production version. It looks utterly remarkable. Single-seater! Perfect for misanthropes like me.
My friends all laughed when I told them my dream. They thought I meant a fantasy. I meant a goal: One day I would kidnap Dale Jr. in a multicolor car of my own, and we’d ride together until the end of days.
Infiniti, a luxury car brand that we have increasingly questioned the point of, admittedly does concepts well. Past design studies have been both retro and sleek and the automaker’s newest Prototype 10 concept car doesn’t seem like it will be any different.
The ‘70s were a neat time for cars. Everything was shaped like a door-stopper. Like the Maserati Khamsin. The BMW M1. The Lamborghini Countach. And the Ferrari 512S Modulo concept, which, excitingly, had its first drive ever on public roads today.
The car industry has few secrets, at least when it comes to car designs. Any dramatic new vehicle you see debut was usually previewed by a concept car a few years before. So if we know a mid-engine Corvette is due, there’s gotta be some concept car from a couple years back that previews it. And this might be the one.
The Toyota SF-R may have just been a concept when it debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015, but to us, it was more than that. It was a light, small, entry-level sports car that looked destined for production. Things looked promising. But now, three years later, there’s still no S-FR. What the hell?
Generally, when we think about automotive safety, it involves ways to not drive into people. The truth is, though, life isn’t perfect, and sometimes good people get driven into by cars. If you accept that this happens, you can then try to make a person’s car-impact experience as enjoyable as possible, and the results…
I found a copy of a great old book called Cars That Never Were in a used bookstore, behind a secret door marked with a pair of crossed pistons and reeking of old motor oil and decay. The book is full of interesting prototypes, but one caught my eye especially because of its novel design and engine choice. It’s a 1964…