Cadillac Ciel Reveal Pebble Beach, California 2012
23-Aug-2011 Cadillac today unveiled the Ciel concept, an elegant, open-air grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.
The Ciel -- pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky -- is a four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac's design and product ascent, pushing the brand's Art & Science philosophy into a new stratum. Ciel is a new expression of Cadillac's historical grandeur, as well as a celebration of open-air motoring.
2012 BMW i8 Concept (Full with music)
BMW i8 Concept -- emotional, dynamic and efficient.
The BMW i8 Concept and the fascinating approach that underpins it embody
the vision of a sustainable contemporary sports car brought to life. Its
innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive
system from the BMW i3 Concept -- fitted over its front axle -- with a
high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp
and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at the rear. Working in tandem, they allow the two
drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering
the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car.
Acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under five seconds combined with
fuel consumption in the European cycle of under three litres per 100
kilometres (approx. 94 mpg imp) are figures currently beyond the capability
of any vehicle powered by a combustion engine of comparable performance.
Thanks to its large lithium-ion battery, which can be charged from a
domestic power supply, the BMW i8 Concept can travel up to 35 kilometres
(approx. 20 miles) on electric power alone. Added to which, the 2+2-seater
offers enough space for four people, giving it a high level of everyday
The LifeDrive architecture of the BMW i8 Concept has been carefully adapted
to enhance the vehicle's sports car character, and therefore to deliver
unbeatable performance and excellent driving dynamics. The motor in the
front axle module and combustion engine at the rear are connected by an
"energy tunnel", which houses the high-voltage battery. This gives the car
a low centre of gravity -- and the dynamic benefits that come with it. The
positioning of the electric motor and engine over their respective axles
and the space-saving and well-balanced packaging of all components result
in an optimum 50/50 weight distribution.
The emotional design of the BMW i8 Concept ensures its qualities are clear
for all to see. Its dynamic proportions give the BMW i8 Concept the
appearance of surging forward before it even turns a wheel and lend visual
form to its extraordinary performance.
The sporting character continues into the interior. Boasting a
driver-focused environment unmatched by any BMW Group vehicle before it,
the BMW i8 Concept immerses the driver fully in the unique driving
experience. The BMW i8 Concept is the sports car for a new generation --
pure, emotional and sustainable.
BMW i thinks beyond the vehicle.
An additional range of mobility services -- which can also be used
independently of the cars -- will be an integral component of BMW i
alongside the vehicles themselves. A totally new development in this area
will be vehicle-independent mobility services. Here the focus is on
solutions which will improve usage of existing parking spaces, as well as
intelligent navigation systems with local information, intermodal route
planning and premium car-sharing. In addition to service packages developed
in-house, the BMW Group
is pursuing cooperations with partner companies as well as strategic
capital investments with providers of mobility services. BMW i Ventures was
established with this purpose in mind. The company aims to expand the
product portfolio of BMW i over the long term with stakes in highly
innovative service providers, such as MyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse.
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2011 Ford Mad Max Concept
Ford Australia, in partnership with TopGear Australia magazine, has
unveiled not one, but two spectacular new Mad Max Interceptors.
The 21st century concepts have been designed by Ford's designers for
TopGear Magazine Australia to help celebrate the revival of the Mad Max
action movie genre.
It is more than 30 years since Hollywood director, George Miller's original
Mad Max movie - starring Mel Gibson and a jet black Ford XB coupe-based
Interceptor - hit movie screens around the world.
Ford Australia's Melbourne-based Asia, Pacific and Australia Design
Director, Chris Svensson, jumped at the chance to design a new Interceptor
and has since thrown the full weight of Ford Australia's Research Centre
behind the project, with stunning results.
"Our entire team was very excited to be involved in this after-hours
project and they approached it with a great deal of enthusiasm - even those
that were too young to remember the first Mad Max movie," Svensson said.
"We had a special screening of the original movie so they could understand
Led by chief designer passenger cars Asia, Pacific and Africa, Todd
Willing, the team created several way-out concepts that pay homage to
styling cues from the original XB Coupe Interceptor.
Out of the concepts two have been chosen by the magazine to feature in the
April issue of TopGear Australia magazine, on sale now, because they take
body design, power sources and weaponry to a futuristic level.
TopGear Australia magazine readers will be invited to vote on which design
Ford should take to the next level.
The winning car will be turned into a clay model, and then a scale version,
which is expected to be revealed later this year.
The two competing designs - by designers Nima Nourian and Simon Brook - are
limitless in their imagination, technology and weaponry. Among the weaponry
is an industrial-strength "taser" mounted to the bonnet to zap bad guys on
bikes straight off the road.
Other futuristic movie features include a titanium-lined body shell to
interrupt police scanners and wheels with extendable spikes to shred enemy
Nourian said his design paid tribute to the 1970s Interceptor, but also
drags the car into the future.
"There are some great scenes in the first movie with high-speed chases and
clashes with the bad guys, and I thought I'd take that one step further,"
he said. "So instead of having weapons and machine guns, we've got an
industrial strength taser that'll zap cars dead and out of the way.
Brook's car was equally threatening. "During high-speed pursuits, the
wheel's inner spokes on my design would pop out and start ripping up other
cars," Brook said. "They'd do some serious damage to other people's
Brook's design takes cues from the current FG Falcon but advances it
further into Armageddon-land, while adding touches of the retro Interceptor
as well. "I wanted to keep it clean and aerodynamic in its essence, but
still brutal and tough."
1,000 HP Cadillac Sixteen Startup, V16 engine
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up and driving away. This one off car has a legitimate V16 engine (not two
V8s bolted together), producing 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 lbs ft.
of torque without the use of forced induction. The engine will shut down
cylinders, depending on how hard it is being driven. Here you will see the
engine interior, startup, driving away, and you'll also see a Lamborghini
Countach in the background driving away. This was seen at the Eyes On
Design car show in 2013.
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Real World Test Drive Cadillac Convertible
If it goes into production, the Cadillac Ciel will be the first four door
luxury convertible from Detroit since the Beach Boys could still be called
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Cadillac Ciel Concept
Cadillac today unveiled the Ciel concept, an elegant, open-air
grand-touring car inspired by the natural beauty of the California coast.
The Ciel -- pronounced "C-L," the French translation for sky -- is a
four-seat convertible that opens a new chapter in Cadillac's design and
product ascent, pushing the brand's Art & Science philosophy into a new
stratum. Ciel is a new expression of Cadillac's historical grandeur, as
well as a celebration of open-air motoring.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Concept
For the 2011 Los Angeles Design Challenge, which was seeking to find the
most spectacular new film car for Hollywood, the designers from the
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Sindelfingen (Germany) and
Carlsbad (USA), have joined the ranks of the screen-writers.
The designers at the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad,
California have created a Hollywood-style homage for Mercedes-Benz to 125
years of innovation in automotive technology and design. The leading roles
are played by two high-tech characters which have been instrumental in
reconciling safety and stylish design in automobiles: the Mercedes-Benz
Silver Arrow cult racing car and crash test dummies.
The film "Silver Lightning" is set in the near future, in an age of
artificial intelligence. Two crash test dummies by the names of Hans05 and
Franz02 take on evil ruler Dr. Crash-Barrier to save their beloved Mercedes
Silver Arrow. They engage in an action-packed, nerve-jangling duel with the
ruthless battering ram before finally outfoxing him. The Mercedes-Benz
Silver Arrow Concept is a low-lying sculpture on wheels. A feat of
technical innovation is the diagonal, hubless roller which allows steering
in all directions. The futuristic Silver Arrow's proportions are
reminiscent of the legendary sports car from the late 1930s and the
Uhlenhaut SLR from the 1950s.