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Cool Concepts

  • Porsche unveils riotous Mission E electric concept at Frankfurt

    Things are getting pretty serious in the electric car space, with the big German players now taking the fight straight to Tesla. Perhaps the most telling blow so far was delivered by Porsche with the unveiling of the Mission E, its first all-electric four-seater sports car. Unlike most of the announcements to have come out of Frankfurt so far, Porsche's is all about the numbers: four doors and four single seats, more than 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under 3.5 seconds...

  • 3 future pickups set to take the fight to the Hilux and Ranger

    The one-tonne pickup truck segment in many parts of the world -- specifically Latin America, Africa, Australia, and Europe -- has long been dominated by a select few vehicles. Yes, the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are the undisputed top dogs in many such markets, including here in South Africa (read our on-paper shootout of the two upcoming new models here. Of course, there are also various other capable load-lugging options around, from the Isuzu KB, Nissan Navara, and Volkswagen Amarok to the much-anticipated new Mitsubishi Triton (or L200 as it’s also known in some markets). But, over the...

  • You want this Hyundai concept to be the future of racing

    Hyundai has lifted the lid off its N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo concept car and it looks absolutely astonishing. The digital concept looks like a futuristic endurance track racer and, as far as we're concerned, Hyundai should let its engineers loose with the long-term goal of making this concept a reality. The concept, which is designed to promote Hyundai's N sub-brand, will officially be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. At the same time, the Korean motoring giant will launch the New Generation i20 WRC car being previewed ahead of the 2016 World Rally Championship season. It'll also...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about Peugeot’s mental Fractal concept

    Major European motor shows and zany Peugeot concept cars go together like ice cream and chocolate sprinkles. The French auto giant has a knack for allowing its designers to let their imaginations run wild and this year's Frankfurt Auto Show is no exception. At the show Peugeot will unveil the Fractal, an "electric urban coupé" that seems to mainly be about sound. And no, we don't mean just in the pumping Bang & Olufsen sense either. Totally Math If you're wondering how this concept gets its name, here's a brief explanation (courtesy of Wikipedia) of what a fractal actually is:...

  • Kia’s teaser images for the next gen Sportage are hopelessly unrealistic

    Kia has released sketches for the upcoming Sportage ahead of the Frankfurt Auto Show and they're about as realistic as a 10-year-old's rendering of their dream car. According to Kia, the car "features a bold, progressive design, which exudes power and agility from every angle". Inside meanwhile, it promises "simple, modern style with rich material quality for Kia's most refined, highest-quality cabin to date". Words aside, it seems pretty likely that the new Sportage will only bear a passing resemblance to the renderings. For one the windows will likely be a lot more proportional to the rest of the SUV's body,...

  • Hyundai shows the world it knows about luxury with ‘Vision G’ concept coupe

    It looks like Hyundai's trying to shed its reputation of sensible mid-range family cars. The South Korean automaker recently unveiled its "Vision G" concept to a select group of US journalists and, apart from a gaping fish-mouth of a front grill it appears to be everything you could possibly want from a luxury coupe. According to a press release marking the occasion, the Hyundai’s team of designers centered their work on the notion of “chivalry” when putting the Vision G together. This, they felt, best defined the idea that one doesn’t need to shout to be noticed and respected....

  • Barracuda: is this the ultimate stealth boat?

    The Ireland-based boat design company, Safehaven Marine, is well-known for designing a wide range of boats that all fulfill one requirement: they’re sturdy as hell. The latest beast to come from their work shop, the Barracuda SV11, is certainly no exception and might be their greatest design yet. Designed with specific clients in mind, such as the Polish Navy and the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research, the Barracuda boasts the perfect blend of speed, maneuverability, safety and firepower. If Batman ever needed a boat, this would undoubtedly be his first choice. Let us take the Barracuda apart, starting from the outside...

  • Google’s car division has a name and it’s boring

    Google has quietly set up its own car company, and it's name is not exactly thrilling. According to documents obtained by The Guardian, the internet giant's play in the car space is called...Google Auto. The news publisher reports that the division is headed up by Chris Urmson, project lead for Google’s self-driving cars. Over the past few months Urmson has been out to charm the world's big car makers, in the hopes of partnering with them to include Google's technology in their vehicles. “Making cars is really hard, and the car companies are quite good at it. So, in...

  • Lexus hoverboard to arrive on 5 August

    If you're one of those people desperate for everything from Back to the Future to be a reality, then we've got some good news. That Lexus hoverboard we told you about a little while back has a launch date. The luxury Japanese automaker will be unveiling the sci-fi creation on 5 August. And if the trailer it's released to accompany the announcement is anything to go by, it won't just be tamely using it to go in a straight line either. The hoverboard uses superconducter technology on its onboard magnets and, by the looks of things, cools them down...

  • Could a future Apple car be based on the BMW i3?

    No matter how persistent Apple is in its claims that it has no plans to build a car, the rumours just won't go away. This one though is a little more specific than most and states that the rumoured car will share a platform with the BMW i3. According to German publication Manager Magazin, the two have negotiated a far-reaching cooperation which includes the use of the i3 platform. BMW has long been associated with the Apple Car, although the Bavarian automaker has always quashed any speculation that it was working on an Apple-branded car. Instead, it's generally stuck...

  • Terrafugia unveils design for new flying car

    Terrafugia has released a new images and video for its proposed TF-X flying car concept. And by the looks of things, it's the kind of thing anyone brought up on a diet of The Jetsons has been dreaming of their whole lives. The TF-X is four-seat hybrid electric which Teffafugia claims will make flying easier than any other aircraft to come before it. Thanks to its vertical take off and landing capabilities, Terrafugia also says that the TF-X won't need a runway. That feature comes courtesy of a pair of electric motors which fold away in cruise mode. In...

  • The Volocopter VC200: a superb engineering achievement

    The Volocopter VC200 is German-based company, E-Volo’s, answer to the personal flying machine of the future. If it proves successful and ends up being released to the masses, it has the potential to change the landscape of short distance transportation. The Volocopter made its first successful remote controlled flight back in 2013. Now the team at E-Volo is working around the clock to program and upgrade the VC200’s computer system for its first manned-flight, which they hope to achieve in the next few months. “We’re assembling a new electronic flight-control system, and a new battery system.” says E-Volo CEO, Alexander...

  • Has Lexus really created a fully-functional hoverboard?

    For the past six months or so, people of a certain age have undoubtedly been asking themselves one question: it's 2015, so where's my hoverboard already? If a press release we've been sent is to be believed, the answer may well lie in Lexus' R&D department. The luxury arm of Toyota has apparently been working with experts in super-conductive technology to create one of the most advanced hoverboards the world has ever seen. The concept is the fourth project in the company's Amazing in Motion campaign, demonstrating its commitment to pursuing new possibilities in advanced design and technology. "At Lexus...

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