Mazda Kaan Concept Car

Mazda Kaan is an electric race car that was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Inspiration for the Mazda Kaan comes from electric fields and textures seen in nature, particularly those in a lightning bolt.

Mazda Kaan concept was designed to compete in a conceptual race series Mazda has dreamed up - E1 racing.

Mazda Kaan Concept Car

Mazda Kaan story says that in 2025, California freeways have been resurfaced with a sub-level electro-conductive polymer that powers the electric cars of the modern world.

Mazda’s electronic tire system uses this technology to power the Kaan concept to reach 250 mph with no harmful emissions!

Mazda Kaan Concept Photo

The vehicles are piloted by individual drivers but teams are made up of thirty cars, all on the track together. Using strategies similar to those in cycling peletons, the tighter the group sticks together, the more aerodynamic and powerful it becomes.

Mazda Kaan Concept Picture

The car is uniquely designed around its powerful electric wheels while the cockpit acts as a capsule to safely house the driver, allowing for tighter peloton formations and a team victory.

Mazda Kaan Image

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

E-Go Revolt is a stylish sports car concept from Moscow-based coachbuilders E-Go. This concept car is under Mitsubishi platform on its skin and drivetrain.

E-Go Revolt concept sits on 19″ wheels and may outputs 550 horsepower with twin-turbocharged, 3.0 litre V6 mated to a 6 speed transmission.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

E-Go Revolt also features active air suspension, and a touch screen monitor which controls all the cars interior electronic functions.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

Although E-Go Revolt’s exterior design is original in majority, but the front end does have a degree of Nissan GT-R about it.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

The only thing that remains to be seen is whether E-Go can change the Revolt from a computer model into a working, viable vehicle.

E-Go Revolt Concept Car

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

Holden has released HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition at the Australian International Motor Show, to celebrate 40 years of the GTS Holden Special Vehicles. Powered by a LS3 Generation 4 V8 engine, HSV GTS 40th Anniversary may outputs 317 kW.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary comes with an aerodynamic twin post Sports spoiler and Magnetic Ride Control suspension with Track mode.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Limited Edition

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary features a tire pressure monitoring system, black heritage stripes, a commemorative ‘40 years of GTS’ logo embedded on the headrest, sill plates, brake callipers, and also on the rear panel of the car.

With only 100 units of this limited edition car will be built, the price of this HSV GTS 40th Anniversary will be at $80,170.

HSV GTS 40th Anniversary Picture

Lexus IS 250C Debut in Australia

Lexus IS 250C has been showcased at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show. Based on the IS 250 platform, Lexus IS 250C features a three-piece folding roof made from lightweight aluminum that has an opening time of 21 seconds.

Lexus IS 250C will be powered by the 2.5-litre V6 engine that outputs 153kW and has a 0.29 drag coefficient, which is 0.2 more than the IS 250 sedan.

Unfortunately, no announcement released yet for the Lexus IS 250C price.

Lexus IS 250C Australia

Press Release
Straight from its worldwide debut at the Paris Motor Show, Lexus has revealed the all-new IS 250C coupe/convertible at the 2008 Australian International Motor Show.

Based on the IS 250 platform, the Lexus IS 250C features a lightweight three-piece folding roof structure, category-leading boot and rear occupant space, and superior noise suppression and wind turbulence properties.

Constructed entirely in lightweight aluminum, the new Lexus IS 250C’s three-piece folding roof boasts an impressive opening time of just 21 seconds.

Activated via a dash-mounted button, the quiet operating mechanism features a unique ‘roof brake’ feature which slows the closing of the hard top as it approaches the windscreen head - ensuring that the roof descends smoothly into place.

The entire roof headlining is trimmed in fabric, aiding noise suppression, comfort and aesthetics. Lexus IS 250C’s compact three-part folding roof mechanism affords the advanced new model large boot space and generous rear seat access, while a spacious rear passenger compartment is almost on a par with that of the four-door IS range.

Lexus IS 250C’s rear overhang was also increased by 50mm over the sedan. It combines with the compact roof to generate a significant increase in luggage space, allowing stowage of a nine-inch golf bag even with the roof down.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Photo

With the roof up, Lexus IS 250C’s steeply raked windscreen, smooth profile, aerodynamic under body and ‘duck tailed’ rear styling contributes to the convertible’s impressive 0.29 drag coefficient, just 0.2 more than the Lexus IS 250 sedan.

Lexus IS 250C’s aerodynamic body, use of acoustic glass and a roof sealing system ensure the convertible maintains Lexus’ high standards of noise, vibration, harshness (NVH) minimization and wind noise suppression, even at highway speeds.

Passenger comfort and safety were paramount for the engineering team, who paid particular attention to reducing turbulence in the cabin with the roof down at all speeds.

Safety goals saw extensive revisions to body structure and suspension components to afford Lexus IS 250C exceptional torsional stiffness and composed ride comfort - on par with the Lexus IS sedan.

The Lexus IS 250C also gains Lexus’ hallmark pre-crash, vehicle dynamics integrated management system and features a newly designed enlarged side airbag which provides head protection in the event of side impact.

The convertible body shell has also been equipped with additional energy absorbing side impact pads for both front and rear seat occupants.

Australian engineers also tested the vehicle locally for the impact of temperature, vibration and wind on the vehicle, along with the effectiveness of ventilation, dust and water sealing designs, ensuring Lexus IS 250C is the best possible product for the local market.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Picture

Lexus chief executive John Roca said that IS 250C was an important addition to the IS line

“For the first time in Lexus history we can now claim we have an IS range.

“IS 250C will join the soon-to-be-launched IS F and new IS 250 sedan to form a very strong backbone for the brand,” Mr Roca said.

“IS 250C has been developed to strict Lexus standards. Its superior NVH suppression, wind turbulence characteristics, ride comfort, interior space and versatility will set a new benchmark for convertibles in its class.

“It will also arrive at a time when practicality and versatility are driving purchase decisions. IS 250C consumers will not have to choose between sedan versatility and convertible enjoyment.

“Lexus is extremely excited about the addition of IS 250C to the local model line-up in the later half of 2009,” Mr Roca said.

Lexus IS 250C Australia Image

Lexus IS 250C will be powered by Lexus’ proven 153kW 2.5-litre V6 power plant mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior will be distinguished by all-new body panels from the A-pillar back, unique LED tail lights, high-mounted stop light, revised front bumper styling and unique alloy wheels.

On board, the driver’s instrument binnacle has been extensively revised to increase open-topped motoring visibility. The instrument panel and surrounding components, as well as the steering wheel, are shared with the IS sedan range.

Fiat Bugster Concept

Fiat Bugster concept will be premiered by the Italian brand, during the next Brazilian San Paulo Auto Show. Fiat Bugster concept was designed in Brazil to be an environmentally friendly buggy.

Fiat Bugster’s body is made from natural fibers combined with nanotechnology and offers higher durability and weight limit.

Fiat Bugster concept is powered by an electric motor and is built from recycled materials.

Fiat Bugster

Fiat Bugster Concept

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Honda’s The Great Race 2025 concept was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge.

Honda concept is designed to act as a vehicle to fulfill all the demands of a similar race in 2025. Competitors must circumnavigate the globe in 24 hours on land through the United States, by sea through Asia and by air over Europe.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

The vehicle’s sonar/echolocation sensors are able to detect changes in speed, terrain, and altitude, allowing it to switch to any configuration.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

With experience in automotive, marine, robotics, and jet technologies already in place, Honda envisage a future vehicle in which any one of these areas can be conquered.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

The whole idea for this Honda concept revolves around the great race in 1908, when 17 men dared to take on the “toughest race ever devised.”

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Spanning six months, the Great Race brought these men over 22,000 miles, through three continents and around the world.

Honda The Great Race 2025 Concept

Alfa Brera S Car

Alfa Brera S - a car developed specifically for UK roads has been launched by Alfa Romeo. Featuring a Prodrive enchanced suspension and chassis, Alfa Brera S limited edition delivers precise driver feedback and handling.

The Alfa Brera S comes with a choice between two petrol engines: a 3.2 V6 JTS engine with an output of 260 bhp and 322 Nm of torque, and a 2.2 JTS developing 185 bhp and 230 Nm of torque.

The performance figures of the two versions of the Alfa Brera S are: 0 to 60 mph in 8.6 and 7.0 seconds for the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 JTS respectively, while the top speed is 139 and 155 mph.

The Alfa Brera S price will starts at 24,950 pounds OTR for the 2.2 JTS and the price will goes up to 28,450 pounds for the Alfa Brera S 3.2 JTS.

Alfa Brera S Car

Press Release

Few sports cars are developed specifically for Britain’s roads. Those that have been tend to become true ‘driver’s cars’. Alfa Romeo is planning for the new, limited edition Alfa Brera S to join those ranks.

After a year of intensive suspension and chassis development at Prodrive, the world-leading motorsport specialist, the result is a sports coupe that subtly enhances all that is good about the original Alfa Brera, while bestowing it with outstanding driver feedback and handling.

Distinctly different from the rest of the line-up, this unique addition to Alfa Romeo’s UK range includes refined styling changes, inside and out. And to ensure ultimate exclusivity, production of the Alfa Brera S will be limited to just 500 individually numbered models.

Power comes from a choice of two existing direct injection petrol engines – the 185 bhp 2.2 JTS and the 260 bhp 3.2 V6 JTS.

Marketing director at Alfa Romeo UK, Nicholas Bernard, says: “Significantly, the Alfa Brera S isn’t simply about brute force, it’s about how the available power is transferred to the road and how the road surface is communicated back to the driver to bring new levels of sports handling and driver-focused confidence and involvement.”

Briefed to make the Alfa Brera S less of a long-distance tourer and more sporty on UK roads, the engineering team at Prodrive developed a unique suspension set-up. Prodrive engineers meticulously experimented with spring rates and ride heights to match the reduced weights of the 2008 model year Alfa Breras. Then followed an extensive damper tuning exercise to achieve the desired ride/handling balance and steering response required by driving enthusiasts in the UK.

Alfa Brera S Car Picture

According to Prodrive Project Leader, Peter Cambridge, the result is “a car that ‘shrinks’ around the driver and delivers all the fun and engagement of a sports car driving experience on A and B-roads. Yet, on motorways, offers a compliant and composed ride.”

The sports car driving experience is achieved by reducing roll and pitch, flattening the cornering attitude, and subsequently instilling confidence-inspiring steering.

Peter Cambridge comments: “Our painstaking work with the spring set-up controls exactly how much the car pitches and rolls with every lump, bump, camber and pothole on our roads. Then we developed the dampers to control the rate at which the springs respond. Once we were satisfied with that, we set about really affecting the feel and response of the steering to inspire confidence.”

To reduce roll and pitch and achieve an even flatter cornering attitude, Prodrive commissioned bespoke Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers.

Spring rates are increased by over 50 per cent compared to the standard Alfa Brera, giving the car a more nimble and agile feel, while the specially tuned gas-filled mono-tube dampers give tighter body control. A careful balance has been created to maintain good compliance over ridges and bumps in the road.

At the same time, the suspension static geometry has also been revised to optimise steering and handling. These changes, together with new 19” alloy wheels and Pirelli PZero Nero tyres, have created a more responsive turn-in to corners, with increased driver feedback, allowing the driver to explore the dynamic limits of the car.

To further enhance suspension geometry, the cars have been lowered by 10 mm front and rear. This lower centre of gravity helps reduce roll and improve cornering and braking performance. In addition, the lowered suspension gives the Alfa Brera S a more purposeful stance.

Alfa Brera S Car Photo

At each corner of the Alfa Brera S, unique Alfa 8C Competizione-inspired, lightweight 19” alloy wheels have been fitted. Although the wheels are eye-catching, the all-new design was commissioned by Prodrive primarily for performance, rather than just cosmetic appeal. The reason is unsprung weight – the weight carried by the car on the ‘road side’ of the spring and shock absorber. This plays a significant role in the way the car steers, handles and transmits feedback to the driver.

The lighter the wheel, the better it tracks undulations in the road surface without requiring heavy damping to control it. The unsprung weight has been further reduced by the adoption of hollow anti-roll bars and aluminium suspension components from the Factory.

As a result, the weight of both Alfa Brera S models is lower than the rest of the range. The front-wheel drive 3.2 V6 JTS is almost 100 kg lighter than the Q4 version and the 2.2 JTS version weighs 35 kg less.

The Alfa Brera S also sounds different from the standard range. The original characteristic growl of the V6 has been enhanced by careful redesign of the rear silencers. Thanks to a Holmholtz resonator connected in tandem with each silencer, the 2.2 JTS model now emits a sportier yet refined burble.

The exhaust has been altered to mirror the shape of the rear lights. Finished with chrome embellishers, they feature a Prodrive logo on the tailpipe exterior. This is just one of several subtle exterior enhancements to the award-winning Alfa Brera, including Prodrive branded front stone deflectors, and a bespoke red ‘S’ or ‘SV6’ on the C-pillar.

Alfa Brera S

Inside the 3.2 V6 JTS Alfa Brera S, changes are more obvious. Not only are the supportive sports seats upholstered in soft black Frau® leather with red stitching, so are the dashboard fascia, door panels, steering wheel and gearlever. The centre console and instruments are faced in a dark finish. This interior can also be specified on the 2.2 JTS version.

Foot pedals are fashioned from drilled aluminium and the headrest recess houses a limited edition Brera S aluminium plate, featuring the flags of Italy and Britain.

For the record, the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 JTS Alfa Brera S can reach 62 mph from rest in 8.6 and 7.0 seconds respectively, on the way to maximum speeds of 139 and 155 mph.

The transition from Alfa Brera to Brera S takes place at Alfa Romeo UK’s dedicated import centre, near Bristol, and is overseen by Prodrive.

Nicholas Bernard says: “The standard Brera is well loved and delivers a great all-round driving experience. But the Alfa Brera S is deliberately honed, tuned and fettled for British roads and aimed directly at a dedicated audience of driving enthusiasts.”

Alfa Brera S Car Limited Edition

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Renault Ondelios concept car has been unveiled by Renault as their latest concept car. Renault Ondelios concept will have its premiere at the Paris Motor Show. Powered by a 2.0 dCi engine, Renault Ondelios may gets 450 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 3800rpm and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 7.8 seconds. The Renault Ondelios concept has a fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km and a 120g/km CO2 emissions level.

Renault Ondelios concept car is a high-end crossover that measures 4.8 meters in length and 1.6 meters in height and has a high drag efficiency and a Cd of just 0.29. The Renault Ondelios has a fluid design that’s inspired by motion rather than speed and embodies Renault’s vision of high-end car.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Press Release
ONDELIOS: AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY LONG-HAUL JOURNEY

The Paris Motor Show sees the wraps come off Renault’s top-of-the-range concept car Ondelios designed for lovers of long-haul travel who set store by comfort and refinement. Ondelios epitomizes Renault’s vision of the high-end crossover, combining a comfortable ride with respect for the environment. Clear illustrations of that vision are the vehicle’s ethereal design, its interior layout, and an original hybrid powertrain.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

A sleek design that answers the call of the open road

The 4.8-metre-long, 1.6-metre high Ondelios has drawn inspiration from the world of aviation design to deliver high drag efficiency and a Cd of just 0.29. This long-distance voyager boasts sleek, smooth, amazingly fluid lines that make it appear as though it glides over the ground. It embodies Renault’s vision of high-end car.

“Ondelios is inspired by motion rather than speed and is a whole new response to the call of the open road,” enthuses Patrick Le Quement, Renault’s Design Director.

The aluminium-finish grille is flanked by headlamp units that also suggest flowing motion, while its high-performance LED headlights are both longer lasting and more efficient.

Another feature of Ondelios’ aerodynamic styling is the boomerang-shaped tail lights.

They are built into the bodywork and ringed with air extractors to control the flow of air from the wheel arches.

The glazed roof further emphasises the vehicle’s airy look and feel, bathing the interior in natural light. The steeply raked windscreen, which extends well down the bonnet, further accentuates this ethereal feel.

“We think of it as made from a single material, where the body and glazed areas merge into one. Ondelios is a glimpse of what the automobile might be in the medium term future,” adds Patrick Le Quement.

The butterfly-type side doors, which also feature an extensive glazed area, add a further touch of elegance to the car’s overall styling. They swing out and upwards as the sills slide down to facilitate ingress.

The dark blue anthracite of the bodywork blends perfectly with the tinted glazed area, making the car look as if it were all of a piece and a single colour.

The tailgate’s upper section rounds off the sleek, aerodynamic lines with a profiled glareshield that slides inwards to air and cool the cabin.

Ondelios sits on seven-spoke, 23-inch aluminium alloy wheels which contribute to its profiled styling. The propeller-like hubs draw airflow from the sides of the car to prevent turbulence.

They operate in conjunction with the rim-side brake discs to ensure they suck in air effectively.

The sleek sidewalls of the large diameter 255/40 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres deliver outstanding drag performance. Their tread pattern is designed to minimise deformation of the contact patch while on the move to help curb rolling resistance.

The tread has efficient, active flow channels which, together with the wide circumferential groove that helps clear water, strengthen the image of a high-end, high-tech tyre.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Business-class comfort for a long-haul journey

The elegance of the Ondelios interior is in harmony with the call of the open road suggested by its exterior. To begin with, its layout is designed to profit from all the available space. There are three rows of seats that offer individual seating for six. With their cantilever mounts they give the impression of floating, while their kinematics are redolent of airplane seats. The electrically adjustable backs fold into comfortable, business-class positions, while occupants can deploy and retract their footrests at will. Although their slim lines speak of lightness, they are designed, like giant leaves, to hug their occupants who can curl up in them to enjoy the comfort and support they afford. The height of the seats is carefully designed to ensure occupants are perfectly at ease when they talk to each other.

Unlike conventional door opening systems, the doors are hinged to the roof, which makes getting into the car extremely easy. The second row of seats slide forward and folds down to facilitate access to the third row.

In addition to seating comfort, the cabin exudes a highly refined ambience. The materials used are drawn from contemporary interior design and give the impression of sitting in a lounge on wheels. They blend soft, supple textures like light grey leather and fabric, as seen on the dashboard, seats and door panels. The colour of the seatbacks blends gradually from ochre to purple, further enhancing the sense of security and comfort.

Interior features and fittings are both modern and intuitive. The ergonomically designed controls, in keeping with Renault’s touch design approach, afford users efficient, comfortable ease of use.

The ample, flowing yet sober design of the broad dashboard echoes the car’s aerodynamic exterior. It is further highlighted by a roomy, suspended stowage compartment which is protected by a lit shell, while all the dashboard’s functional components are particularly userfriendly:

- active display skins show driver aid and ride information;
- a monitor at the base of the windscreen displays the different menus and pictures from the door mirror cameras;
- three large strip displays provide driving-related information, revs and how the hybridized drivetrain is operating;
- a digital speedometer.

The technologies with which Ondelios is equipped enhance the collective and individual wellbeing of all occupants. All the passengers, including those in the back row, have their own Samsung interactive portable multimedia devices which they can use for sharing data or multiplayer gaming. Speakers are also incorporated into the headrests and a multizone HVAC system enables each passenger to set the temperature to his or her own liking.

The smart technologies that have gone into designing Ondelios help drivers to settle in at the wheel, include a Samsung cell phone which also acts as a hands-free door lock recognises the driver and loads all his or her personal settings, e.g. seat-adjustment settings and favourite music. The vehicle adds a final, friendly touch in the form of the back-lit logo which lights up to show that it has recognised the driver.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

An environmentally friendly voyager

To complement the extensive work that has gone into Ondelios’s aerodynamics, some of the car’s structural parts are made from natural flax fibre for greater recyclability. In keeping with the commitment to make the car as light as possible, its body is made from carbon and the glazed areas from polycarbonate.

Ondelios is powered by a hybrid powerplant which combines a more powerful 205hp (150kW) version of the 2.0 dCi engine, with two 20kW electric motors at the front and rear. They operate in mild hybrid mode, giving the engine extra boost as required. They use a brake and boost system, recovering energy during braking then delivering it to the engine to boost acceleration. The front motor also uses fuel-saving stop-start technology.

The electric motor mounted on the rear axle drives the rear wheels when the ESP sensors detect a loss of traction, thus giving Ondelios the capability of a 4WD vehicle. The car is equipped with a lithium-ion battery that can deliver power of up to 4kW/h.

With torque of 450Nm between 1,700 and 3800rpm, the diesel engine provides comfort and flexibility at all engine speeds for long-distance driving pleasure. The 2.0 dCi unit takes Ondelios from a standing start to 100kph in just 7.8 seconds. Driving through a seven-speed, double-clutch gearbox, it affords outstanding driving pleasure, while keeping fuel consumption at a frugal 4.5 litres/100km and CO2 emissions at a lowly 120g/km – very impressive for a topof- the-range vehicle.

Similarly, the body, chassis design and hybrid powertrain contribute decisively to protecting the environment.

Ondelios is a long-distance travel-loving aerodynamic crossover born for the open road. It is proof that caring for occupants and the environment is entirely compatible. Ondelios is a concept car that illustrates Renault’s vision of the high-end car of the near future.

Renault Ondelios Concept Car

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero was created for the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge. Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero is a race car concept designed for 2025.

The Formula Zero Racer incorporates the thrill of Formula One, the track dynamics of the bobsled or luge, and the grace and efficiency of yacht racing.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Reminiscent of the Mercedes Benz racing heritage of the 1930’s, the Mercedes Formula Zero Racer concept is loaded with technology designed to extract the maximum thrust from the electric hub motors, aero-efficient solar skin and high-tech rigid sail.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Each team is allocated the same amount of stored energy and it is left to the teams and drivers to manage the variables to win the race. The winner is determined by total elapsed time combined with the energy efficiency factor.

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Spectators at the Mercedes Benz Formula Zero racing Series would be treated to a new dimension of racing as the transparent track is visible from all perspectives - even from below!

Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero Concept

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 is designed for the 2025 Los Angeles round of the ALMS. Audi R25 was Audi’s entrant in the 2008 LA Auto Show Design Challenge.

The theoretical future racing series incorporates innovative features never previously seen in any form of motor sports, such as high-velocity banks and tunnels, which allow cars to race “inverted” and the opportunity to pass anywhere with aerodynamic racecars.

Audi R25 Concept Car

All top sections of the tunnels and banks are also WiTricity wireless electrical charging zones, which encourage the drivers to utilize these free energy zones instead of fuel stops.

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 is designed to utilize and excel in this new racing environment, with features such as:

- The new Dynamic Space Frame, allowing much greater degree of flexibility, integration of circuits and rigidity

- Algae bio fuel for endurance and electric motor capability through Wireless power transfer technology

- Audi Design: Staying true to the “Form is Function” philosophy, there is not an ounce of needless element in the R25, which incorporates advanced technique and efficient form management into one. The car also uses: active micro-control surfaces which optimize airflow during the race; Man Machine Interface, which inputs all vehicle data output into the driver’s helmet visor; all-around vehicle dynamic sensors and integrated on-board HD cameras with real-time data links to allow for spectator interaction, allowing fans to virtually “sit” and experience the race in any racecar through monitors and virtual reality booths.

Audi R25 Concept Car

Audi R25 Concept Car