The invention of the automobile was one huge revolution that greatly shaped the modern world. Stirling Auto A1 from Böhm is a salute to the two geniuses that made the automobile possible. The tiny model car gives a nod to Robert Stirling, the inventor of the Stirling Engine, and Karl Benz, who helped bring in the automobile.
Tesla has introduced the world to its brand new CUV, the Model X. While the car obviously looks like a super sleek crossover, the winner in this design is the addition of gullwing rear doors. The CUV, as is apparent, takes some design cues from the Tesla Model S that show up in the styling of its front end.
It is fairly common for designers to take inspiration from the everyday, and apply the same in their work. That seems to have worked very well so far, but few eyebrows are bound to be raised when a designer claims inspiration from a trout… for a supercar. Designer Apostol Tnokovski’s Mercedes SLK Aphelios is an independent design concept that is shaped very well like a supercar, and yet claims its origins from the humble trout.
Someone throws the Bugatti name, we’re happy. Yep, we are that easy to please. Although that won’t happen in 2025, if a Bugatti looks like this. Designer Douglas Hogg’s Bugatti Aerolithe concept sounds good, a bit futuristic perhaps, but somewhat of a very weird Bugatti. Although its Batmobile-like looks do greatly help its case, make us like it even.
Vertu, the maker of expensive phones, has teamed up with Ferrari, the maker of awesome cars. The phone claims inspiration from the Ferrari 458 Italia. While the poor phone will not run like the Ferrari or corner like one, it will of course strive to be priced like one.
We often see designers coming up with independent concepts that carry the names of the big marques. Rarely do we see the marque actually giving its blessings to the design. This happens to be one of those rare occasions. British designers Roy Norton and Tom Kasher approached Triumph Product Manager Simon Warburton about their idea for a new interpretation of the Triumph Bonneville, and received the brand’s support in return.
Watch the Chevrolet Sonic play music in this video that was made jointly by Chevrolet and OK Go. They set up about a thousand musical instruments over a two mile desert outside Los Angeles. The whole thing took about 4 months to prepare and four days to shoot.
Rust is the natural enemy of anything iron, cars get it the worst. Swedish artist Bo Lundvang is making rust do a U-turn with oxidized art. The artist makes incredible car illustrations out of rust. Bo uses sheets of metal wrapped in vinyl, cuts off the part he doesn’t need, and exposes the sheets to elements until they gather rust.
Designer Tiago Miguel Inácio created teh Mithos EV Concept after grabbing some inspiration from the Batmobile in Tim Burton’s Batman. He made the original concept in 2006, then improved it in 2011 to give the concept car its present looks. It isn’t likely to kick as much ass as the Batmobile, but for an EV taking inspiration from the iconic car, it does the job well. Which we assume, is mostly about looking pretty.