Car design

Audi urban concept

A few pics of the Audi ‘urban’ concept car currently on display at the Audi Forum at the Munich airport. Pretty cool micro-chariot! -TR

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FYi – Tokyo

A flash trip to Tokyo last week for 48 hrs of perspective…

Bugatti 16C Galibier Concept

The best thing about true concept cars is that they are more about human achievement than making business sense. In this case the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept is a bit like putting man on the moon (the makes no business sense part), in a machine that is pure mechanical art and engineering poetry. You gotta give the automotive industry credit for consistently supporting projects like this as a means of pushing the boundaries of human capability. -TR

R8 ‘The Hostage’ commercial

A classic Audi ad from 2008..

Audi x Ducati

The Audi/Volkswagen Group yesterday approved the acquisition of Ducati S.p.A. ! What an interesting combination of two iconic design and performance driven brands… I can’t see this as being anything but positive for both companies product development. -TR

Audi R5 concept

AUDI: PAY ATTENTION!
Build this car!! Mid-engine R5 with a longitudinal mounted TFSI 2.5 five cylinder, 408hp tune combined with Audi ‘lightweight technology’ construction (max. 3000lbs.). Include the torson based rear biased quattro system, and a 6 speed manual with an optional 7 speed DSG. This is the sports car of the future. Would be faster and more fun than an R8, while doubling the fuel economy… it’s a win/win/win. Less is more! Light is fast! Build it and they will come!! -TR

R8 GT

E-Type

The Jaguar E-Type returns… only it wasn’t designed by Jaguar. Swedish designer Bo Zolland had the vision to design the ‘Growler’ as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the original. I would say Jaguar is getting schooled on their own [iconic] design language. This is a great example of how one person with vision can create something pure, that an entire company struggles to achieve.  TR

VW Factory

A very cool video tour of the new VW factory in downtown Dresden..

Amazing facility. I love the little robotic couriers running around delivering parts…

TR

1980 Rothmans Porsche 953 replica

Check out the latest post on BaT! Built as a tribute to the works 953 Paris to Dakar rally cars… of which only three were built. Only one 953 is in private hands, and it would be unbelievably expensive -if- you could even buy it. This is about as close as you could get to the real thing. This is one of the coolest cars ever posted on BaT. I can’t imagine how fun this would be on dirt…

Currently for sale on eBay
Photo by Jeremy Cliff
TR

Project One-77

Part of what I like most about over-the-top supercars like the One-77 is that they represent one of the purest forms of human achievement. I find it amazing that projects like this even get to happen. It doesn’t really make business sense at all – it’s more about emotion and passion for the craft of automobile engineering and design. It’s engineering, design and performance synchronized as a form of art.
TR

BaT

My new favorite vintage car site.. bringatrailer.com posts rare and unique vintage cars for sale on a daily basis. I’m not even shopping for an old-timer… it’s just fun to see what random iron shows up on any given day. Could be anything..
Fun stuff.
TR

Peel Trident

Singer Vehicle Design


The ultimate 911 is actually a bastard child. This isn’t a vintage restoration – this is a modern supercar in a vintage suit. Rather than sticking to the purist mentality – Singer has looked to build their 911 better than those that came before it. To simply build the best possible. Which is a philosophy we respect at FYi.
How state of the art? Try full carbon fiber body work. 930 Brembo Brakes. Coil-over adjustable suspension. Bi-xenon headlights. GPS. Satellite radio. iPod dock. Bluetooth… Even air conditioning… And it still only weighs 2400lbs. Now add a highly motivated hand built 425hp air cooled 3.8L flat 6.
TR

Ariel Atom

Less is more. The minimalist Arial Atom is one of the most dynamic cars on the road today (yes, it is street legal to drive on public roads!). This is a great example of functional design – everything you need, and nothing you don’t. It’s purpose is pure fun. And though it may not look like it, the atom can eclipse the performance of almost every modern supercar made today. Watch the video below and you’ll understand why I like it.


Fun stuff.
TR