The Nissan BladeGlider Concept Lifts Off

Nissan BladeGlider concept

The latest offering in the exotic car arena from Nissan is certainly sharp. The Nissan BladeGlider concept not only boasts curb appeal, but is even more energy efficient than the Nissan Leaf. The BladeGlider is a zero-emissions wonder of the future, if it reaches production.

The Nissan BladeGlider: Track car or trapezoid? 

While the BladeGlider concept may have a touch of the strange to it, it is nice to have new design concepts to look at from time to time. This one was inspired by the DeltaWing and the ZEOD RC racecars, with artistic additions, of course. The wedge-shaped concept has wedged its way into my heart somehow, though at first glance it startled a bit. read more

Top 5 Exotic Car Concepts That Should Be Real

Exotic Car Concepts

The following five exotic car concepts are tantalizing teases that should be real. All too often concepts make a grand debut and simply vanish, never to be seen again. Other times, they roll onto production only to emerge in a drastically different form. It seems to be a challenge to maintain the exciting components of a concept car once it reaches the assembly line.

The following 5 dream car concepts would be a treat to see on the streets, and one of them is:

5. The Lamborghini Prachtige concept. Iranian designer Emil Baddal created this gorgeous rendition of a Lamborghini supercar. The Prachtige hints at styling cues from the Reventon and the LP560, with a decidedly sharper edge. read more

Toyota FT-HS Concept is Smoking

Toyota FT-HS

Toyota’s FT-HS concept fluidly addresses the question “What is a suitable sports car for the 21st Century?” The details for the concept are posted on their website, and it is deliciously reminiscent of the Lexus LFA supercar. Because the Toyota FT-HS is listed on the site, we can only hope that it will indeed reach production.

The Toyota FT-HS concept at a glance:

  • Packs a 3.5-liter V6 engine
  • Utilizes Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive®
  • Horsepower is a projected 400, which is quite substantial for a mid-priced luxury hybrid
  • The 0-60 mile per hour jump is listed at 4 seconds
  • No word yet on the top speed of this model, but if it is anything like its super sibling, the LFA supercar, it will be a zippy little number with tight handling.

The Toyota FT-HS effortlessly blends hybrid technology with all of the necessary components of a true sports car. They say it integrates ecology and emotion, and that would certainly be correct. read more

Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept: Another Supercar?

Audi Nanuk Quattro

Audi is known for its line of supreme luxury vehicles, with the show-stealer being its only supercar, the R8. That mindset may be about to change with the entrance of the Audi Nanuk Quattro concept.

Will the Audi Nanuk Quattro concept dazzle the world in the same way that the long-running R8 managed?

The Audi Nanuk Quattro could be the lovechild of the beloved R8 and a Lamborghini. The reason for this vague resemblance may be the designers. The same design team responsible for the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour created the Nanuk Quattro concept. It is being described as a supercar-meets-crossover. read more

Can’t Miss Mid-Engine Aston Martin Renderings

Mid-engine Aston Martin

If you have ever wondered what a mid-engine Aston Martin supercar would look like, you are not alone. Check out these extraordinary renderings by artist Samir Sadikhov of just that concept. Dubbed the Aston Martin DBC concept, it is taking headlines everywhere.

Impeccable renderings of a mid-engine Aston Martin by Samir Sadikhov. We certainly hope Aston Martin is paying attention to these!

Unfortunately, there may never be a production Aston Martin released with a mid-engine layout or a body as heart-hammering as this. The marquee is known for their grand touring luxury rides, however small or large they emerge. Take the time to really take in the lines and shape–it manages to maintain a distinct Aston Martin appeal while offering a slice of an entirely new and stunning universe. If Aston ever opted to go head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini and produce edgy and sharp supercars, this would be the body that could back it up. read more

The Maserati GranTurismo of 2020?

Maserati GranTurismo

Today’s automobile design students are churning out renderings for what could be the Maserati GranTurismo of 2020. This example is about a year old, but hopefully components of it survive to production. It certainly takes on a refreshing reshape from the traditional Maserati mold, while still nurturing brand identity.

The student artists responsible for this exciting 2020 Maserati GranTurismo concept have studied under the supervision of Fiat at Politecnico di Milano to obtain a Transportation and Automobile design master. read more

The VUHL 05 Offers Something Different

VUHL 05

Pull over Ariel Atom and BAC Mono—there is a new lightweight minimalist coming to town. The VUHL 05 supercar hails from Central America. What it utterly lacks in creature comforts it makes up for in the power and speed arenas, according to reports.

 According to the VUHL website, the specifications for the 05 are as follows:

  • Cool racing-style kill switch
  • Bonded aluminum monococque chassis
  • Reinforced plastic body with option to upgrade to carbon fiber
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder DOHC with twin variable camshaft timing
  • Aluminum block and head
  • 16 valves
  • Hits the 0-60 marker in 3.7 seconds
  • Max speed of 152 miles per hour
  • 285 bhp

What it does not have:

  • A windshield
  • Much in the way of seats. The seats are carbon bucket seats
  • The steering wheel is more functional than flashy. It is a water-resistant suede. I suppose this works well for the white-knucklers.
  • The trend continues throughout the cabin, which is a water resistant Dinamica suede.

The engine is actually a 2.0-liter Ford Ecoboost. The company researched the possibility of using an Audi engine, but found them to be too heavy and did not care for the acoustics. According to Iker Echeverria, the Ford Ecoboost sounds like the old Cosworths from the 1970s, which is more inline with the end goal for the VUHL 05. As far as handling, they were aiming for it to corner as though it were on rails, like the Lotus Elise. It may take a bit more experience to reach that goal. read more

BMW i8 Plugs Into Supercar Status

BMW i8

The BMW i8 has only been revealed in concept form so far, but the brand is being proactive in the type of reception it wants for the hybrid. Surprisingly, BMW will not be lining the hybrid up next to the likes of Tesla, but rather, challenging gas-guzzling supercars like Ferrari or Porsche. The idea is that the BMW i8 may attain 80 miles per gallon thanks to a hybrid powertrain, but that it is still as tough and desirable as a Ferrari and should be on par with those types of brands. 

BMW takes aim at Ferrari and other supercar brands with its hybrid i8 read more

Cévennes Speedster Concept: Imitation Equals Flattery?

Cévennes Speedster

The saying ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ proves true in the case of the Cévennes Speedster concept. It certainly displays many design cues from the Porsche 365, and the reason will be explained below. This diminutive little French number may be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, but it manages to hold its own all the same.

Cévennes Speedster 

The Cévennes Speedster concept is the creation of PGO Automobiles, a company that began business by manufacturing Porsche 365 kit cars back in 1985. The brand has evolved since that time yet still uses its most-loved design cues from the Porsche 365, as is evident in the Cévennes Speedster. We are not hating, it is a remarkable little underdog. The photo below shows the Cévennes Speedster Water Snake concept, which features a unique blue carbon exterior and a slightly sportier body. read more

The Icona Vulcano Concept Offers Something Different

Icona Vulcano

It is always interesting to examine the new exotic car concepts as they emerge annually, though some seem to be part of an endless parade of copycats and yawns. Not the case for the Icona Vulcano concept, which offers a refreshing take on how a supercar should look and behave!

In a few seconds, you will notice a beautiful model in the photo (alongside the car).

The Icona Vulcano made its first public appearance at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show and will be showing off again at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance soon. The creators are Shanghai-based design studio Icona. They will be using the exotic car show circuit to gauge interest for production of the concept supercar. Coachbuilders in Italy meticulously constructed it with lines drafted by former Bertone designer Samuel Chuffart. But this concept supercar is far from just outstanding aesthetics; there is power behind this idea. read more