Gearing up for the Frankfurt Motor Show, where everyone is dressing up, Lexus apparently decided to do something different and bring along the fugly LF-NX concept. The sharp cuts and lines and stance are purportedly meant to give the crossover an aggressive stance, only it ended up giving it a fugly look. That grille could not have been worse, and the sharp curves are excessive enough to appear like a deformation. Interiors get a futuristic-modern look with touch sensitive instrumentation and a “Remote Touch” interface that works with a touchpad.
German firm ZA Architects has come up with a concept idea for the colonization of Mars. Since the first step to building a colony there is to have habitable areas, or at least shelters, the concept suggests that such shelters or caves be built underground. The idea is to send minimal resources from Earth, except solar powered robotic machines that would then get to work building hexagonal shaped structures on the red planet.
Checkout Matilda II from designer Serdar Soyal. She’s quite the hot rod made to look better with these beautiful renderings. I’ll tell you something Matilda, your windscreen seems too small. Hot rods are supposed to look that way, but you seem to have gone overboard. But we will ignore that Matilda, because you’re only a rendering and beautiful either way.
Spyker recently showed off its B6 Venator Spyder concept, a convertible 2-door mid-engine sports car that includes a few vintage cues along with modern style and technology. Vintage design cues show up in the V-shape radiator grille mesh and the Spyker logo of 1903. Apart from these simple visual vintage cues, the car goes the full modern route.
The DBC Supercar is an independent concept for Aston Martin by Azerbaijan based designer Samir Sadikhov. The designer has experience at Lamborghini and won an award at the international Ferrari World Design Contest. For the DBC, the designer has kept along certain design elements well known for Aston Martin, especially the grille and parts of the rear, while much of the looks get painted with quite a generous brush that does not blindly follow the way of the famed Aston Martin. Hit ahead for the image gallery.
An independent, futuristic concept for Volkswagen, the Aerrow by designer Andreas Blazunaj takes quite a futuristic look. Designed as a one person commuter, the concept is quite a cross between a motorycle and a car running on just two wheels.
A futuristic film needs a futuristic car. Audi rose to the challenge for the upcoming sci-fi film Ender’s Game and cooked up a car that would go with the future world as presented in the screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel. The Audi Fleet Shuttle Quattro is a purely virtual car that will exist only as a computer generated effect in the movie. However, even the virtual car has to look futuristic, and since Audi is the one making it, they wanted to preserve their design ideals for the car of the future.
As the movie Elysium is released, the startling and cool concept art from the movie deserves a mention. It’s a movie based in a universe of opposites, the poor and dirty Earth, and the rich heaven of a colony that gives the movie its name. Of course, both of the places would have to be treated way differently, the absolutely packed and dirty Los Angeles of 2154, the vehicles, the technology, and of course, the grandeur of Elysium.
ItalDesign‘s Parcour Concept for Giugiaro breathes in the air of supercars and sports cars to take on a form that is instantly recognizable and happens to be one hell of a look. Parcour, while keeping the general looks of a sports car, sits comfortably above the ground, allowing it to show its mettle in off road conditions as well.
Going into the idea of using buildings as gigantic pollution filters, this concept imagines the BT Tower in London playing its role in keeping the air clean. That the renderings happen to look like the lair of some scary alien race in sci-fi movies, is probably just a happy coincidence.