Once upon a time, Formula 1 cars used to have a paintjob that matched the flags of their countries. The game has since changed, and the cars have been plastered with advertisements instead. Well, the current advertisement plastered cars are no rarity for us, but there’s always a nostalgia in looking back at the past. Camille de Bastiani has created a set of images that show the Formula 1 cars of 2013 dressed in the liveries of various years ranging from the 1960s to mid 2000s.
Taking a page out of Ken Block’s awesome Gymkhana, Ford has its own Christmas video with ‘Snowkhana’. Quite like last year’s video, this year’s Snowkhana is a stop motion animation with toys, featuring Mental Block taking the wheel of a 1:64 scale Ford Fiesta. Mr. Mental Block then proceeds to try out stunts, toeing the line of Ken Block, while other cars and characters make cameos. Hit ahead for the last year’s video, this year’s video is up top.
Eye candy comes well suited when presented in the form of automobile design goodness. Ferrari CascoRosso is an independent design concept by Macedonian designer Dejan Hristov. The name itself is Italian for “red helmet” while the design is homage to the Ferrari 250 GTO, which will celebrate 50 years of its existence in 2014. While the Ferrari 250 GTO obviously influences the concept, the designer also envisions it as a successor to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, allowing the concept to fuse the past, present and future.
The photographs show some of the best known cars in the world disintegrating and exploding into their component pieces. Yet, there has been no explosion and the cars did not undergo a violence of any sort. What they did go through was the meticulousness and ingenuity of Fabien Oefner. Exploding cars would perhaps yield this scene for a fraction of a second, but they suspended the laws of nature for months, hanging in balance and allowing the photographer to take the images we see here.
Porsche has unveiled the new Macan SUV, the smaller sibling to the Cayenne. Macan will be available in two versions, the Macan S and Macan Turbo. Availability will start with the former, powered by a 3 liter TDI V6 that provides a power of a 258hp. The top speed is limited to 156mph, with the zero to sixty acceleration taking 5.4 seconds. The Turbo version will be the better powered one with a 3.6-liter engine that will pump out 400hp and allow the SUV to reach a top speed of 164mph, and improve the zero to sixty acceleration time to 4.8 seconds.
Inspired by the classic Maserati Bora, designer Alexander Imnadze created an independent concept rendering of the car for the modern world. Produced between 1971 and 1978, the Bora had less than 600 units built. It was this classic GT look that the designer intended to re-interpret for the modern Maserati Bora Concept.
French illustrator Nicolas Bannister has a series of intriguing pop culture car illustrations. All illustrations have a seemingly same composition and style, with the car taking the main platform, and the relevant characters showing up as distant figures or silhouettes in the background of the illustration. The set covers a good population of famous popular culture cars, and manages to keep them in their own universe, even with similar styles of illustration.
Furniture that has the elements cars is not really rare, but it is rare to see where the disciplines of automobiles and furniture work in harmony. Glamour Beetle Armchair is way more than a couch dumped into a cut section of the Beetle. It manages to keep its identity as the car while very successfully functioning as a chair as well.
Why does the world need a jet powered coffin? Because it’s awesome, that’s why. Enthusiast Bob Maddox built a pulsejet powered coffin car that goes from zero to sixty in nine seconds, and keeps its driver in a coffin.
Adding company to the Veneno Supercar, Lamborghini has given it a sibling in the form of the Veneno Roadster. Endowed with the same aggressive looks, this one is a mighty beast as well. Power comes from a 750 hp 6.5-liter V12 that takes the roadster from zero to 60mph in just 2.9 seconds, and allows it to go all the way to the top speed of 221 mph. Priced at $4.5 million, the roadster is an extremely limited edition with only nine cars being made.