Lamborghini Concept S

The Lamborghini Concept S was created by Lamborghini’s Head of Design, Luc Donckerwolke that was inspired of the world’s sports car, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The designer used its floor plan as base for its new project. The Lamborghini Concept S is considered an embodiment of the open car concept. This unique supercar was well accepted by the audience and its designer received several awards due to his revolutionary vision when his concept car was revealed. It is regarded as the fierce competitor for the Ferrari F430 Spider and most people consider the Lamborghini Concept S would be the winner when it comes to the entire assessment.

This supercar was displayed the very first time in the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It is considered that the Lamborghini Concept S was envisioned like a modern interpretation of the single-seat roadster of history. The designers used a “change wind” instead of the conventional windscreen and divided the inside into two different compartments. The “change wind” is strategically placed in order to give an awesome look to the vehicle and in the same time frame can serve as an aura inlet for the engine placed behind the seats. As a result, the vehicle has a futuristic look improving the car’s aerodynamics too. Watching details you will observe that the rear view mirror is electronically retractable enhancing the driver to look for the car’s position, but when not necessary it may be easily hidden.

The design team who worked in the 2005 Lamborghini Concept S focused on providing the car with an amazing unique look. Just a few aesthetically appealing changes transformed the exotic Gallardo into an incredible supercar. The few changes applied to the front and also the rear spoilers that have been slightly redesigned as the twin offset grilles were placed in an angular honeycomb pattern giving the vehicle an incredible look. Additionally, the rear was loaded with black mesh vents as the tail pipes and also the rear diffuse were reshaped.

If you will begin looking in the Lamborghini Concept S inch by inch you’ll start wondering how many hours of labor were necessary to be able to obtain this type of stylish look. Respecting the principle of continuity, underneath the hood the engineering components are all about high performance (an excellent match for a perfect exterior look). The Lamborghini Concept S is equipped with a 5.0 liters V10 engine, the same engine used on the Gallardo Coupe. This engine produces 500 horsepower and offers an amazing driving experience. The body of the supercar weighs less than other Lamborghini cars, being actually 70kg lighter compared to a Gallardo because of the aerodynamically designed body.

The car is equipped with a six speed manual gearbox as the engine offers an creation of 4500 rpm. Should you consider taking this car for a test drive you ought to be prepared to feel the car flying on the highway at incredible speeds. Actually, you will have the chance to experience an automobile that can range from 60 mph to 200 mph in only 4 seconds as the top speed reaches 325 km/h. So what can beat this? High performance combined with the appearance of the supercar: any driver’s dream.

If you are interested in buying the Lamborghini Concept S supercar you will have to pay just a little fortune to satisfy your dream. The high cost is around $230,000. To conclude, the Lamborghini Concept S may be the perfect sports car for any driver who loves to race and enjoys feeling the adrenaline flowing through his veins.

Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept to Become Real Soon Enough

Acura calls the stylish coupe version as the Advanced Sportscar; generally speaking it is a replacement model to the much missed NSX sports car. Though the model is being replaced by the V-10 engine, the regulations from the F1 have forced the Acura teams to replace the V10 engine by a V8 model.

The rear wheel drive influenced all wheel drive architecture contradicts the need to build an all new front engine rear wheel drive platform. The sports version was debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. The original model is expected to hit the car market by the final season of 2009 or in the early season of 2010.

The sports vehicle is likely to be the successor to the most successful NSX model from the house of Acura. The concept model of this Acura Advanced Sports Car was first shown in 2007 North American Auto Show.

Apart from the V-10 engine, the new model will also feature with the rear wheel drive with super handling all wheel drive. The other features that are expected to be included in the new variant include vented disc for braking system, anti lock brake system, and fine gripped alloy wheels. The front tires of the vehicle are 255/40 R19 model and the rear wheel are 295/35 R20.

As far as the dimensions of the advanced sports car are concerned, it has the length of 181.5 feet, width of 78.6 feet and height of 48.1 feet. The 2007 model is a dynamic mixture of emotions and technology.

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Automotive Concept Cars

Concept cars is a term that the majority of car owners or drivers know nothing about. I had always thought that a concept auto was the clay model that is made for a new car style. That’s nowhere near close, because concept cars are actual real cars built and ready to drive. A concept vehicle is a show car or prototype meant to be driven around to showcase a new concept, style, technology, etc.

Concept vehicles are usually shown at the big motor shows throughout the world. They’re shown to consumers to gauge their reactions to radical design changes or concepts. The idea of the concept or show car was developed by the GM designer Harley Earl. The concept auto is a real car, but it never goes into production directly. It would have to changed for safety, practicality and costs to be a production vehicle instead of just a concept vehicle.

Concept cars have extreme or radical engines, designs, materials, layouts, doors or things not found on production cars. Most concept cars never get past the scale model or computer drawings. A small numbers of concept vehicles are actually fully functional and some can’t even move faster than 10 mph safely. After the concept vehicle is done being used, the cars are usually destroyed but some survive in company museum or in storage. The 1954 concept car Lincoln Futura was in a custom car shop for years until it was used as the Batmobile in the Batman TV series in 1966.

There are some concept cars that are well known for one reason or another. The Buick Y Job was designed in the 1930s by Harley Earl and is considered to be the first concept vehicle. The General Motors Le Sabre built in 1951 introduced the 12 volt electrics and aluminum 215 ci V8. The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone was one of Harley Earl’s last designs. Chevrolet Volt is one of the first plug in hybrid electric vehicle concept cars.

A concept vehicle that I would never want to see in production is the Ford Nucleon, a nuclear powered car. MIT worked with Frank Gehry to develop the MIT Car concept vehicle. Pontiac’s Bonneville Special was Pontiac’s first two seater sports car and debuted in the 1954 Motorama. Another Pontiac is the Club de Mer an all stainless steel sportscar from 1956. The Lancia Megagamma was the prototype for the current minivan. Volvo’s YCC was the first car designed entirely by women.

What Nearly Killed the Environmentally Friendly Electric Cars

From Ford Model T to steam powered automobiles to gasoline guzzlers to hybrid cars and finally the electric cars, car manufacturers are constantly developing auto technology to match market needs. The exploratory and adventurous nature of mankind has never stopped developing alternative fuels to drive our cars, with the lesser known types of alternative fuels being recycled vegetable oil, biodiesel, and even water. Global car manufacturers are racing with the broken ozone to produce an environmentally friendly, affordable and functionally sound car to meet our needs.

Enter the electric car. The never say die attitude of the car manufacturers have revived the electric car concept yet again with an enhanced battery technology which could well catapult the electric car into the Auto Land orbit. Let us trace the evolution of the arduous tracks of the electric car to understand better this potential car of the future.

Cleaner Air For All

In the height of the green revolution, the electric car was the star concept in a stellar way. Touted to give zero fumes emission into the environment, and zero fuel consumption, the electric car concept was a win win proposition for both the environmentalists as well as car drivers. Imagine the bliss of being liberated from the pains of fuel costs, and yet not being able to breathe easy. Alas, as with any innovation, comes its fair share of roadblocks. The key setback of the electric car surfaced as drivers and car manufacturers realized the utter inconvenience of recharging the batteries of the electric car, which is essentially what drives it. And this key aspect came close to killing the electric car concept then.

The Flaw That Nearly Shelved The Electric Car For Good.

NiMH used in electric cars back then was the key reason that had gotten the electric car concepts shelved by many a car maker. NiMH battery life was short and required recharging almost after every 50 miles. The great inconvenience caused to busy drivers in terms of waiting time was not a consideration in the initial concept. And to top this off, limited recharging stations and long waiting time for recharging became a great put off for many car drivers and they soon gave up their dream for a greener environment for the more convenience gasoline guzzlers. But car manufacturers pushed on.

Lithium Ion Batteries To The Rescue

The never say die attitude of car manufacturers explored other avenues to improve the battery life of the electric car. They looked no further than the cell phone, which has proven longer battery life with the lithium ion batteries. In fact the tiny little lithium batteries fast became the inspiration of car manufacturers so much so that they revived the electric car concept by marrying the lithium ion batteries with the basic functions of the electric car. Lithium ion batteries have since proven to be a far superior cousin to the NiMH with longer lasting life between recharges reaching record of 200 miles before a second recharge in some instances.

These second generation electric cars have turned heads to Auto Land and tailgating this phenomenon is the Telsa Roadster, an full electric sports car which have already sold 1000 pieces. General Motors too is jumping upon the bandwagon to corner that family sedan market space with its Chevy Volt concept of a electric hybrid family sedan.

What better scenario could we get than a totally green car, saving the car owner the agonizing pain of ever rising fuel costs, and being able to breath easier too. Here is cheers to Auto Land and looking forward to the grand debut of the real commercialization of the Electric Car.

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Kia Pop Electric Car Concept

Kia Pop is an all electric concept car that will be presented in September, at the Paris Auto Show. The trend for this show is to highlight electric vehicles which are becoming more and more popular. Earlier this year, at the Chicago Auto Show Kia Ray plug-in hybrid sedan made its debut. Kia Pop, however, is much more innovative in its design.

The car is designed to cater to the city car segment, which is popular especially in Europe, and only measures 118 inches in length. It is longer than Smart For Two but shorter than a Mini Cooper. With a profile similar to Scion iQ profile, its massive windshield stretches so far that it forms a panoramic roof and has a large glass hatchback. The windows are diagonal and pill-shaped. It can seat three persons although it has just a single bench seat. A single seat in the rear is right behind the front passenger. The steering wheel is close to the driver due to an asymmetrical dashboard. With LED lights and a power point at the rear and an interior in purple hues, Kia Pop can easily stand out from the crowd. In the past, Kia cars were more neutral. It would have been difficult to distinguish it from a Japanese car. Kia Pop seems to be fit for a science fiction movie.

Although a production version of this concept car is not likely to be launched, Kia Pop is challenging the conventions and is a design led concept. Its all electric power train might be used for future Kia cars.

Concept cars are prototypes that showcase new concepts, styling or technology. Their presence at motor shows is used to assess customers’ reactions to new and radical designs that may be produced. Concept cars do not go into production as such, the undergo changes that make them practical, safer and cost-effective.

Some concept cars use exotic or expensive materials such as carbon fiber and refined alloys. Others have an odd number of wheels or special abilities that other cars do not possess. However, more traditional concept cars get past the concept stage and are developed into operational vehicles.

Due to rising prices, the future of cars is geared towards fuel efficiency, so electric vehicles are a large segment of the focus of innovative designs. Smaller, environmentally friendly cars are meant to address the problems of traffic congestion. Air pollution, limiting parking space and traffic accidents are problems that pose a growing concern to city car owners. In European cities, people have to travel on the same roads as their medieval ancestors.

City cars are easy to maneuver through city traffic and can easily be parked, mainly because of their size. Pollution is also addressed by designing electric cars with zero emission. However, it is rather early for an industry shift towards electrification. The length to width ratio in city cars offers greater stability. However, very small and light cars can be rather unsafe in a collision.

Will Gen Y Opt For A Fast Bike Or A Small Car?

The unveiling of the Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car, has created quite a buzz in automobile markets across the globe. As industry experts wait with bated breath the arrival of the $2500 car, speculations are rife regarding its impact in the global auto industry. With competitors already joining the fray with their new low cost models, chances are that the automobile market is headed for a complete makeover.

The availability of four-wheeled comfort at the price of a high-end two-wheeler has surely left buyers spoiled for choice. It is interesting, therefore, to note what our Gen Y feels in this regard. Will they stick to their old passion for fast bikes or go in for a small car?

Talking to a number of respondents aged 18-28 in the various metro cities of India has yielded a number of possibilities. While guys were divided in their opinion, girls were mostly unanimous in support of the small car. This was predictable, considering that females rated the safety and comfort factors above style and glamor. With more and more women in the metro cities joining the job brigade, a means of personal transport has become more of a necessity than an indulgence. For many, using public transport during peak hours is a vexation. Women with late working hours have opted for the small car as a means of ensuring their personal safety. For some other women, the small car is also a symbol of status, a statement of power and emancipation in a male-dominated world.

With men, however, the scenario is a bit different. While a sizable number of the Gen Y population is impressed with the idea of a small and affordable car, there are many who are skeptic about its capabilities. Style, safety and power are the three most important prerequisites when it comes to choosing a car for men. For the wild and the adventurous, it is the feel of power that counts the most. With high-end bikes providing them with the desired adrenalin rush, many are willing to forgo the comforts of a small car. However, the situation is just the opposite with others. Young executives, typically, are ready to accept the small car as a means of elevating social status in the corporate world. In fact, more than fifty percent of the respondents voted in favor of the small car, although many among them adopted a cautious note regarding its performance.

Overall, it can be said that the concept of the small car has caught the imagination of today’s youth. While some prize the thrills of riding a fast bike the most, the majority seems to be willing to settle down to the comforts of a small car. With the small car concept steadily winning over Gen Y, the automobile market seems to be set for a radical change. With the indications manifest enough, it is time for us to wait for the final verdict.

Top 5 Small Cars That May Launch Soon

The Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, Nissan Micra, Hyundai i10 and many more new small cars have been sales boosters for their respective car makers. Gauging the success in this segment, the scenario looks like many more car makers in India would love to enter it. The strategies have already been planned and the pace at which the small car market in India is moving, it looks like success is certain. This article contains a note on the top 5 small cars that may launch in the Indian market very soon.

Toyota Etios

The Toyota Etios concept was showcased at this year’s Auto Expo in New Delhi. The introduction of this car will mark the entry of the car maker in the small car segment which accounts for over 70 per cent of sales in the Indian car market. If priced right, this car can boost Toyota’s sales figures significantly. Etios is believed to be entering the Indian roads by end of this year or early next year.

Not many details are available about the features the car may flaunt, although speculation is rife that it will carry a 1.2-litre 74-bhp petrol engine. The new car may be priced at Rs 4.5 Lakh.

All New Ford Fiesta

There’s a new Ford Fiesta hatchback that’s India bound. India must be lucky to get this one as it is one of the most beautiful models in the hatchback class sold in Europe today. A sedan version of the next-gen Fiesta may also enter the Indian market sooner or later. It will most probably sport a 1.4 Duratec petrol engine and the diesel variant may be powered by a 1.4 Duratorq diesel motor. While the petrol Fiesta may deliver 94.6 bhp, the new diesel Fiesta may expel 67 bhp.

The Ford Figo has been introduced to the Indian roads with a worthy tag. So, there shouldn’t be a problem with new Fiesta’s pricing too as Ford would be bringing it as a mass selling car. Those really interested could also hope for a higher variant with added power and features that may be launched at a later stage.

Honda New Small Car

Honda had displayed the New Small car concept at the 2010 Auto Expo. This one needs to be watched out for. The car maker is known for its splendid cars, but not for the prices. Let’s see if Honda’s pricing strategy changes with this car.

As of now, it is expected to bear a tag below Rs 5 Lakh. Nothing is certain though. However, this time, in order to keep costs low, Honda has decided to achieve a high rate of localization. For electronics, Honda India depends on imports and that makes its cars expensive.

Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Polo has already found a place in the Indian marketplace. So, that makes the possibility of the VW Golf hatchback in India feel more like a reality than a dream. The auto maker has already invested a lot to expand its presence. Across the globe, the Golf has been performing pretty well. It’s been a practical, high-performance car.

However, this car, if imported into the country may come with quite a heavy price tag of over Rs 12 Lakh. Volkswagen may target the car towards those looking for performance-oriented hatchbacks.

Mercedes A-Class

The Mercedes-Benz has been moving on and off the upcoming cars list every now and then. However, finally, the car maker had announced that the new A-Class would be brought to India at the right time, when India was ready for it. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class would be an entry-level offering from the luxury car maker.

The price, however, would be pretty high. One may even have to pay as much for this one as a C-segment car in the country. The various variants of the car would likely fall in the Rs 12-16 Lakh range.

How to Find an Audi Concept Car

People who love cars they always dream of buying a concept car. Concept cars are stylish and radical looking cars that are showcased at motor shows by the car manufacturing companies such as Audi to understand what the reaction of the people who view it. Audi concept can be seen at various motor shows that take place across the globe.

Concept automobile never go into production. However, after the automobile manufacturing company goes through the customer reaction, necessary changes such as design modification, cost, etc are done and then the car is finally released in the market. The reason why people love concept cars is because it not only looks radical but also have powerful engine. There are plenty of Audi concept automobiles such as Audi S5 Concept, Audi Q5 Audi Locus Concept, Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro Concept, Audi RSQ Concept, and Audi Q5 Cross Cabriolet Quattro Concept.

Here are some tips that will help you understand where you can find concept car from Audi:

  1. Start your web browser and open your search engine and search for concepts  from Audi. You can type ‘Audi concept car’ in the search engine. The search result will show you a complete list of website that sell or review concept automobiles from Audi. You will also come across websites through which you will come to know the schedules of the forthcoming auto shows. If you are mainly interested in concept cars from Audi, you can visit websites that exclusively sell and review concept cars of Audi.
  2. If you open the dedicated website for concepts from Audi, you will be able to view the specifications of all the concept automobiles Audi has produced. Moreover, you will also be able to download amazing wallpapers and screensavers on to your desktop. Once you have found a good website that reviews all the major and famous automobile from Audi, you can start reading the reviews to understand the pros and cons of each concept car.
  3. If you want to see the concept cars physically, you can visit an auto show to check out concept automobiles from all the major car brands
  4. You can even checkout the local newspaper to learn about the forthcoming auto shows.
  5. You can visit the official website of Audi and there you will able to find new and updates of the upcoming car shows.

Why should you visit a concept automobile review site?

The answer is pretty simple. Through the reviews you will be able to understand the features of the car. So when you visit a car show in person and if you happen to come across a car of which you have read review, you will able to decide which car present at the auto show is the best. Keep in mind that the concept automobile that is designed for auto show is not assessed for safety and road specifications. Hence, many people do not buy the Audi concept automobile right way the moment they say but wait for the car to release in the market.

Concept Cars: The Cars of the Future in the Last Five Years

Every one of us would want to have cars which are high-tech and innovative. However, if cars of the future are what you have been looking for, then perhaps it is time look into concept cars. Concept cars are vehicles made for the purpose of displaying new car styling and technology. Forget your suburban family minivan; these cars are innovative and are the latest in the game. These vehicles are mostly made for showcase purposes; they are often regarded as prototypes and may need extra tweaking or modifying before being sold to the general public. But by keeping track of concept car trends in the last five years or so, you will have a good idea on what to look forward to in the future, and which features should you focus on in getting your next vehicle.

It would be impossible to list all concept cars released in the last few years, simply because there are too many of them. But there are several universal trends which are almost exclusively shared by the concept cars of the last five years. The most noticeable element is aesthetics. Most of these cars would have extra shiny, titanium-like exterior. The curves are streamlined and sharp, with metallic hues being prevalent. Take the BMW GINA for example. This vehicle has a smooth yet futuristic exterior, and may seem like a mix of 1950’s luxury cars and the platinum cars of the future. However, what is more impressive is that this model is made out of fabric; Spandex to be exact. Its flexibility allows the rider to change its shape at will over a moveable frame, but yet is sturdy enough to be able to handle harsh roads and fluctuating temperatures

The next element shared by the latest concept cars is functionality. Of course, one cannot imagine the future without picturing extremely fast cars, right? These cars are not just able to go fast, but they can cruise while on top speed. The Mercedes-Benz F700, released in 2007, has a Pre-Scan feature which allows riders to not feel any bumps on the road. Although concept cars are able to burn serious rubber on the tracks, they can still keep their carbon emissions in check. Many manufactures focus on developing cars which are environmentally friendly, such as the Cadillac Converj, which relies on an emission-free electric motor. Whether it is a car which is futuristic in design, or those which perform ahead of other models in their time, concept cars prove that your dream car is just around the corner.

Electric Cars – Concepts For Recharging Their Power Batteries While the Car is Moving

For more efficient renewable energy, could we do a better job of recharging the power batteries of the small electric cars while they are being driven? Currently, a distance range from 30-to-200-miles, depending on the battery types, is the limit for driving certain small electric cars around town or on the highway before they must be parked and slowly recharged overnight. This relatively short distance range does indeed allow a driver 1) to run errands, 2) to commute to work and back in one day, and 3) to make short highway trips — but not much more than that.

The question is — will auxiliary generators that operate while the car is moving help recharge these batteries? If so, this renewal process will be similar to how the alternators on gasoline engines keep their 12-V batteries charged while running the electrical circuits at the same time. But the mechanisms are different. So then, what kind of generators will charge up the power batteries on electric cars in motion?

At least three concepts exist for an electric car in motion.

1. Wheel generators. The addition of relatively large light-weight frictionless generators to the wheels or axles of the car, particularly to the rear ones if the car has a front wheel drive. These wheel-driven generators will help recharge the power batteries, or they will add electricity to the car motor itself.

2. Wind generators. This generator will not be a windmill type sitting on top of the car. That thought is laughable. :) Rather, it will be a relatively large squirrel-cage fan installed transversely under the hood parallel to a front-wheel-drive motor. At each end of its axle will be a frictionless rotating generator, which will do the same things as the wheel generators above.

This arrangement is possible because the electric engine is much smaller than a gasoline one. Thus, a typical automobile front end will have extra space under the hood if the bulky power batteries and the electronic speed controller are located elsewhere. Also, the radiator cooling system and, in some cases, the transmission are no longer needed for an electric car, thus, leaving more room under the hood.

3. Self-feeding generator. The addition of a powerful generator to the electric motor itself. When the car is moving at a fairly good speed, that is, when the electric motor is turning fairly fast, this generator will help charge the power batteries, or it will feed electricity back into the motor itself.

An obvious problem with these generators is the differing rotational speeds occurring at the differing lineal speeds of the car itself. So, they will work best on the highways under fairly constant car speeds rather than on the busy stop-and-go city streets. This continuous-motion requirement means these generators will not actuate until after the car has reached certain preset speeds. Of course, the automotive engineers will have to work out the details for these concepts along with their costs. After all, they are just thoughts.

Concept cars to hit the market