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Old 5th August 2009, 09:45   #46
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One of the concepts I posted earlier, the GT by Citroen, has been seen driving around the streets of London. It's a stunner!






Is it just me or is Citroen coming up with the coolest concept cars of them all? The GT, the Hypnos, Cactus and the Metisse... easily among the best-looking cars on this thread.







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[left]Is it just me or is Citroen coming up with the coolest concept cars of them all? The GT, the Hypnos, Cactus and the Metisse... easily among the best-looking cars on this thread.
its citroen. they come out with some really quirky concepts. only a few people can appreciate the designers view point. I can and I'm sensing you do too. In the meanwhile, what you did miss out was Mazda. the future of auto design is in mazda's concepts.

Peugeot too came up with a really out of the world concept. its called ,the RD.

Last year at the Beijing Motor Show, Peugeot announced a contest for budding car designers asking them to "Imagine the Peugeot in the Worldwide Megalopolis of tomorrow." By all accounts, the contest was a success with over 2,500 entries. Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar, a 27-year-old designer from Columbia, has been named the winner, which comes with the prize of seeing his Peugeot RD concept design come to life as a full-size clay model, a check for 10,000 euros and an Xbox 360 game console.

Apparently, tomorrow's Peugeot will seat a single occupant, have three wheels and combine the ability to lean into turns like a motorcycle or scooter with the safety and security of a four-wheeled sedan. Of course, no auto concept for the future would be complete without an electric powertrain, and this one's no different. The concept is currently being shown at the Shanghai Motor Show (or was??)

source: Shanghai 2009: Peugeot RD Concept — Autoblog

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The Tesla S (for Sedan) is the follow-up to the Tesla Roadster (which has already gone on sale and has a long waiting list). This one will start production in 2011. Both are Electric Vehicles but unique in the sense that they are supposed to be performance-oriented cars - the Roadster does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, thus outperforming almost all sports in its class, yet is six times as energy efficient as gas guzzlers and delivers 244 miles per charge.

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The standard Model S will do 0-60 mph in under six seconds and will have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, with sport versions expected to achieve 0-60 mph acceleration well below five seconds! Tesla S is touted as "the world’s first mass-produced, highway-capable EV". It will have an onboard charger, and will be able to be recharged from any 120V, 240V or 480V outlet, with the latter taking only 45 minutes. It is also unusual for a sedan in that it will have space for 7 people - 5 adults and 2 children in rear-facing seats under the hatch, with additional space for luggage up front.

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Acceleration & Torque

Instant Freedom
The first time you drive the Tesla Roadster, prepare to be surprised. You're at freeway speed in seconds without even thinking about it. There is no clutch pedal to contend with and no race-car driving techniques to perform. Just the touch of your foot and you're off, without any of the sluggishness of an automatic.

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How powerful is the acceleration? A quick story to illustrate. A favorite trick here at Tesla Motors is to invite a passenger along and ask him to turn on the radio. At the precise moment we ask, we accelerate. Our passenger simply can't sit forward enough to reach the dials. But who needs music when you're experiencing such a symphony of motion.

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Rest assured that this responsiveness works at all speeds, as noticeable when you're inching your way through parking lots as when flying along freeways.

100% Torque, 100% of the Time
The Tesla Roadster delivers full availability of performance every moment you are in the car, even while at a stoplight. Its peak torque begins at 0 rpm and stays powerful at 14,000 rpm.


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This is the precise opposite of what you experience with a gasoline engine, which has very little torque at a low rpm and only reaches peak torque in a narrow rpm range. This forces you to make frequent gear changes to maintain optimal torque. With the Tesla Roadster, you get great acceleration and the highest energy efficiency at the same time. All while requiring no special driving skills to enjoy it. This makes the Tesla Roadster six times as efficient as the best sports cars while producing one-tenth of the pollution.

Electric Power

Drive Quickly, Tread Lightly
Most electric vehicles operate under the assumption that driving is merely a necessary evil if you need to get someplace you can’t reach on foot or bike. The result has been cars that are designed, built, and marketed in ways that refuse to glorify driving.

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We respectfully disagree. We believe driving is exhilarating. Just watch any child on a go-cart and the joy is plain to see. And when you can soar along at top speed, knowing the only oil in the car is in the transmission, the only emissions are the songs from the radio, the ride becomes more enjoyable still.

The Ultimate Multi-Fuel Vehicle
Electric cars equal freedom. Not simply from oil reliance, but from dependence on any specific power source. Electric power can be generated from natural gas, coal, solar, wind, hydro, and nuclear sources — or a combination of all of them — without changing the design of the car. No matter how or when the world changes, the car adapts, making it immune from obsolescence.

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We foresee a day when all cars run on electric power and when people will struggle to remember a time when a love of driving came with a side order of guilt.

No More Tradeoffs
Up until now, if you wanted a car with amazing gas mileage, you’d pick something like the leading hybrid; but when you pressed down the gas pedal to zip up a freeway on-ramp, you'd likely be a little disappointed — it takes over 10 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. On the other hand, if you demanded the 0 to 60 times of a $300,000 supercar, you'd wind up with an embarrassing 9 miles to the gallon in the city.




How It Works
When you build a car that's electric, you start with one built-in advantage: Electric cars just don't have to be as complex mechanically as the car you're probably driving now. Sophisticated electronics and software take the place of the pounds and pounds of machinery required to introduce a spark and ignite the fuel that powers an internal combustion engine.

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For example, the typical four-cylinder engine of a conventional car comprises over a hundred moving parts. By comparison, the motor of the Tesla Roadster has just one: the rotor. So there's less weight to drive around and fewer parts that could break or wear down over time.

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The Tesla Roadster's elegantly designed powertrain consists of just the four main components discussed below. Mind you, these aren't "off-the-shelf" components, and each includes innovations, both small and large. But when you build a car from the ground up, you have the luxury of questioning every assumption — and to distill as you reinvent.

The Battery
When we set out to build a high-performance electric car, the biggest challenge was obvious from the start: the battery. Its complexities are clear: it's heavy, expensive, and offers limited power and range. Yet it has one quality that eclipses these disadvantages and motivated us to keep working tirelessly: it's clean.

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The Tesla Roadster's battery pack — the car's "fuel tank" — represents the biggest innovation in the Tesla Roadster and is one of the largest and most advanced battery packs in the world. We've combined available and proven lithium ion battery technology with our own unique battery pack design to provide multiple layers of safety. It's light, durable, recyclable, and it is capable of delivering enough power to accelerate the Tesla Roadster from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Meanwhile, the battery stores enough energy for the vehicle to travel about 220 miles without recharging, something no other production electric vehicle in history can claim.

Motor
Some people find it hard to imagine our car's supercar-level acceleration comes from a motor about the size of a watermelon. And while most car engines have to be moved with winches or forklifts, ours weighs about 115 pounds — a strong person could carry it around in a backpack (although we don't recommend it). Compare that to the mass of machinery under the hood of $300,000 supercars that still can't accelerate as quickly as the Tesla Roadster.

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But more important than the motor's size or weight is its efficency. Without proper efficiency, a motor will convert electrical energy into heat instead of rotational energy. So we designed our motor to have efficiencies of 85 to 95 percent; this way the precious stored energy of the battery pack ends up propelling you down the road instead of just heating up the trunk.

Transmission
Our single-speed gearbox couples the low drag and fuel efficiency of a manual transmission with the driving ease of an automatic. The Tesla Roadster has only one forward speed. That speed is quick. How fast quick arrives is up to the driver. Perfectly modulated velocity is under total control at all times.

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There is no clutch pedal. Just move the shift lever and the Power Electronics Module takes care of everything. You can launch from full stop to highway speed without taking your focus off the road, your foot off the accelerator, your hands off the wheel, or your mind off an entirely new kind of driving experience.


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In the meanwhile, what you did miss out was Mazda. the future of auto design is in mazda's concepts.
Nope! Didn't miss out completely. Mazda Kazamai and Taiki are both there somewhere on the thread!

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Thread seems to be getting a lot of views (600-700 odd in the past two days) but no posts. Wonder why.

In fact I would say if any BHPians have concepts of their own - finished sketches or computer-generated models - they could put them up. Any budding car designers or hobbyists here?

If it's not your own concept I would say let's stick to cars that have actual working prototypes.

Come on people!
Hey! There's already a thread related to that.Check it out.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...es-thread.html (Official Sketches Thread)

As for PS jobs,
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...rt-thread.html (Photoshop/Digital Art thread)
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what is with you? I just downloaded the images of tesla S to post it and when i open the thread poof.there it is.damn
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what is with you? I just downloaded the images of tesla S to post it and when i open the thread poof.there it is.damn
You gotta move faster than that, m'boy!!

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If you'd like to see what the next generation of muscle cars will be like, look no further than the Dodge ZEO Concept. The four-passenger sport wagon was designed for driving enthusiasts and tree-huggers alike. It's equipped with an all-electric, lithium-ion battery powerplant that can go up to 250 miles before needing to be recharged. And even though it doesn't burn gas, it certainly can burn rubber, going from 0-60 miles per hour in under six seconds.

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The Dodge ZEO is a 2+2 sports car concept powered by an all-electric drivetrain. The powertrain consists of a 64 kilowatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack driving a 200 kilowatt (268 horsepower) electric motor turning the rear wheels. This setup gives the Dodge ZEO a 0-60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds, while also allowing for a 250 mile range.

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The exterior design of the ZEO was Inspired in part by the architecture of a Möbius strip. The rakish A-pillars curve into extended roof rails that twist and converge as they move rearward. The windshield glass continues in an unbroken, curving plane nearly to the rear of the car, giving both front and rear passengers an unimpeded, all-around view while simultaneously showcasing the ZEO's stylish interior.

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Looking ahead to the future, the trainees of Daimler AG at the Sindelfingen Mercedes-Benz plant have built a Roadster with fuel cell drive, the company announced today.
For about a year, more than 150 trainees and dual education system students worked on the overall concept, development, assembly, and completion of the F-Cell Roadster. This project involved junior employees from the fields of automotive mechatronics, model building, electronics, coating technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design, and interior appointments. The project focused on ways to integrate alternative drive systems into training with hands-on experience.
The Roadster incorporates stylistic elements from every era of Mercedes-Benz's history, such as the carbon-fiber bucket seats with hand-stitched leather covers and the distinctively styled fiberglass front section, based on the component from the Formula 1 racing bodies, according to the company.
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The Audi Steppenwolf was a concept study for on-road and demanding off-road use. Following the successful launch of the Audi allroad quattro, this concept vehicle showed how the Audi development engineers visualised a high-performance all-rounder for the compact class. And it embodied the consistent evolution of contemporary Audi design.

But that's not all: the "Steppenwolf" project - as this three-door four-seater is known - also provides evidence of the kind of "Vorsprung durch Technik" which has long since become synonymous with the name Audi.

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This study for the compact class also makes use of Audi's quattro expertise and experience with the height-adjustable air suspension. The engineers had set themselves the following goal: the "Steppenwolf" project should be able to master rough terrain in extreme conditions just as effortlessly as high-speed driving. It should feel equally at home in the outback as on the motorway.

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A free-revving 3.2-litre V6 engine developing 165 kW (225 bhp) accelerates the "Steppenwolf" from 0 to 100 km/h in under eight seconds. Its top speed is well over 230 km/h. Its peak torque of 320 Nm is available across a wide speed range. The manual six-speed gearbox turns this strength into a guarantee of excellent pulling power in every speed range.



Running gear

With its precise rack-and-pinion steering, the "Steppenwolf" can be guided across rough terrain as accurately as it can through fast double bends on the ideal line.


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The Brembo brake system is clearly visible in the wheels: large, perforated discs and the characteristic red lettering on the callipers with eight pistons point to the system's excellent efficiency.

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The 4-level air suspension not only ensures the appropriate degree of ground clearance, it also has the effect of a load-compensating ride height control system. The level selected is maintained at all times, regardless of the load the vehicle is carrying or even if it is towing a trailer.


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The "Steppenwolf" is an all-rounder. Just like its legendary ancestors, the Audi quattro and Sport quattro, it offers the technology of a rally sports car - on both asphalt and gravel tracks. It unites the indisputable authenticity of a driving machine with the advanced elegance of Audi design. A car that extends horizons, whose potential allows experiences beyond the realms of apparent possibility. A precision tool for the way through even uncertain terrain.

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What the @#&^%$* is this?!!?


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The Aston Martin Cygnet Concept: With a nod to our current global economic and environmental issues, super GT maker Aston Martin has reportedly announced the world's first super luxury supermini. Having blown their development budget on the V12 Vantage RS, Rapide and One-77 hypercar, they turned to an unlikely partner for some help: Toyota. Aston Martin has taken the Toyota iQ 3+1 commuter and given it a tailored suit from Savile Row. The result is the new Aston Martin Cygnet you see above. In case you're wondering, a "cygnet" is a baby swan, not to be confused with an ugly duckling.


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HOW CAN THE SAME GENETIC EXPERIMENT
GO HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WRONG
3 TIMES IN A ROW??!!??



This is the latest abomination (the defective clone beside the original):

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We have earlier had the misfortune to lay our eyes upon this:

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And of course, the first one, the one that started it all, was this:

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The eMX - ("eco Motoring eXperience") is based on the Renault Mégane platform and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with a number of solutions aimed at improving the fuel efficiency .

The main dimensions are a length of 4,040 mm, a width of 1,818 mm, a height of 1,468 mm and a wheelbase of 2,535 mm.

The design features soft curves with details and graphics which take inspiration by nature and are aimed at expressing a sense of eco-friendliness and cutting-edge technology.


The smooth and organic curves of the eMX explore a new design language that could be adopted on the company's future small cars.


The interior features four single bucket seats and- like the exterior - is characterized by an organic design. Among the features are the transparent roof and the soft athmosphere created by the interior mood lighting.

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General Motors used the Chicago Auto Show to introduce the world to its latest concept vehicle, the Corvette Stingray, which featured in the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. According to GM, the vehicle is nothing more than a styling buck that was influenced by the original 1959 Stingray racer when it was spotted by director Michael Bay while he was touring GM's operations looking for inspiration for the first Transformers movie. Don't expect this concept to spawn any sort of production vehicle, which, needless to say, is a shame.

In robot mode, the Corvette Stingray Concept takes the form of Sideswipe, who reportedly is a skater with wheels for feet. The General doesn't have anything in the way of new product to show off here in Chicago, so it's using the blockbuster movie to drum up interest instead. It's working... sorta.


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I really like the Audi Steppenwolf, what a beautiful car and pretty fast too. Would love to own one someday.
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Fantastic mean-looking concept. Makes the Hummer(?) in the back look like a frumpy old maid.

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I really like the Audi Steppenwolf, what a beautiful car and pretty fast too. Would love to own one someday.
You might never be able to own it, it was a concept that remained a concept. Audi's have adopted a different brand look - the 'bearded' grille - since then. But a lot of the Steppenwolf's elements have probably found their way into the Q-series SUV's from Audi, so you could own one of those instead!

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The F 400 Carving is a research vehicle packed with dynamic systems designed to give the cars of tomorrow and beyond substantially enhanced active safety, dynamic handling control and driving pleasure.



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The main attraction in the F 400 Carving is a new system that varies the camber angle on the outer wheels between 0 and 20 degrees, depending on the road situation. Used in conjunction with newly-developed tyres, it provides 30 percent more lateral stability than a conventional system with a fixed camber setting and standard tyres. This considerably enhances active safety, since better lateral stability equals improved road adhesion and greater cornering stability.

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Active camber control boosts the research vehicle's maximum lateral acceleration to 1.28 g, meaning that the concept study outperforms current sports cars by some 28 percent.

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The active camber control in the F 400 Carving paves the way for an equally new asymmetrical-tread tyre concept. When the two-seater car is cornering, the outer wheels tilt inwards, leaving only the inner area of these tyres in contact with the road. This area of the tread is slightly rounded off. Meanwhile both the tread pattern and the rubber blend have been specially selected to ensure highly dynamic and extremely safe cornering. When driving straight ahead, however, it is the outer areas of the tyres that are in contact with the road. These areas have a tried-and-tested car tread pattern, offering excellent high-speed and low-noise performance. Two different concepts therefore come to fruition in a single tyre, thanks to active camber control.

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The research vehicle's "Carving" epithet symbolises the new technology, evoking images of the high-speed winter sport in which adepts perform sharp turns on a specially-shaped high-grip ski.

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Less risk of skidding and shorter emergency stopping distance

The new technology ensures a much higher level of active safety in the event of an emergency. By way of example, if there is a risk of skidding, the wheel camber is in-creased by an appropriate degree. The resultant gain in lateral stability significantly enhances the effect of ESP®, the Electronic Stability Program. If the research car needs to be braked in an emergency, all four of its wheels can be tilted in next to no time, thus shortening the stopping dis-tance from 100 km/h by a good five metres.

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Electronic steering, active hydropneumatic system and light from glass fibres


In addition to active camber control, the F 400 Carving research car is fitted with other forward-looking steering and chassis systems, including a steer-by-wire system. Sensors pick up the driver’s steering inputs and send this information to two microcomputers which, in turn, control an electrically driven steering gear. The DaimlerChrysler engineers also charted new territory when it came to the suspension tuning, and introduced a first: an active hydropneumatic system that optimises the suspension and shock absorption in line with the changing situation on the road, all at lightning speed.

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The F 400 Carving is also the showcase for a totally new form of lighting technology developed by the Stuttgart-based researchers: fibre-optic lines are used to transmit light from xenon lamps beneath the bonnet to the main headlamps. This technology stands out by virtue of its high perform-ance and extremely space-saving design. Additional headlamps positioned on the sides also come on when the car is cornering.

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Exciting design symbolising innovation and emotion

The F 400 Carving is an exciting and harmonious blend of technology and design. The shape of the sports car – notably its distinctive wing profiles – provides the necessary room for the wheels to move when the active camber control is at work during cornering and, at the same time, emphasises the youthful and highly-adventurous nature of this concept study. In order to reflect the research car's high-quality driving dynamics, the de-signers opted for a speedster concept – incorporating an extended bonnet, a windscreen with an extremely sharp rake, a short tail end and an interior tailor-made for two.

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