Imperia GP has classic retro styling, but the car itself is quite modern. Bringing back a marque that has been dead for well over 50 years, the car mixes old styling with modern technology. Imperia GP is powered by the combination of a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine working with an electric engine. The plug-in hybrid can cover 44 miles running on its batteries alone, and reach the 62 mph mark in about six seconds. When running in hybrid mode, the car can accomplish the same feat in under four seconds. Priced at $110,000.
Mini has taken wraps off its Rocketman concept, which is scheduled for an official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. At just about 11 feet long, the tiny car uses a unique 3+1 seating arrangement, and keeps its focus on being light and mini. To stay light, the concept uses a carbon spaceframe, weight reducing wheels, and an enclosed surface structure to reduce drag. Apparently, the car is high on efficiency as well, claiming about 78mpg on the American cycle.
With a desire to get a Mustang for himself, Tom Murphy, 16, spent sixteen hours in sculpting this life-size Mustang convertible. The kids father helped him with the interiors of the car, and in creating the snowman who is supoosesd to chauffeur this snow Mustang.
The Goldgenie mice have been crafted in the shape of cars, complete with chrome wheels. But since a car-mouse with chrome wheels doesn’t exactly speak bling, they slapped it with Swarovski crystals to make the “luxury” factor shine through. Available in silver, black and red, the mouse costs $690.
The Ego is quite a boat, except that it is also a mini-submarine that floats just under the water surface. Hull of the boat floats on the surface of the water, while the cockpit remains submerged, giving it the style of an upside-down boat. The electric boat is driven just like a car, with the acceleration paddle in control of speed, though it does make use of a directional switch for navigation.
At the Geneva Motor Show, Maserati will debuts its new car, the GranCabrio Sport. Powered by a 4.7-l V8, the car has 444 bhp, and 376 lb-ft of torque at its command. All those figures mean the GranCabrio will have a top speed of 177mph, and as you can see, killer looks.
Gearheads, designer David Gawthorpe has made your wet dreams come true. This entertainment system can let you watch movies, play on the Xbox and PS3, dock your iPod/iPhone, put on headphones; and when you’re in the mood, reach out for beer from the tiny fridge on the back, hit the 500-Watt amplifier, set off the strobes and lasers and put the remote controlled smoke machine in action for a time of fun. We’re saving the best for last, the system is made from the front of a Mini, which the designer spent two years sculpting into its present shape. Priced at somewhere around $13000.
First presented at the Geneva Motor show in 1961, the legenary Jaguar E-type will turn 50 this year. To mark the occasion, a Swiss businessman asked Vizualtech to design a car based on the legend of the E-type, and thus was born the Growler E 2011. The concept is based on the Jaguar XKR, getting power from a supercharged 5.0l V8 that pumps out 600hp. Chassis of the car has a carbon fiber core, while the body is mostly made from composites, keeping the weight low and allowing the car to hit 62mph in under four seconds.
Banking on Human-Machine interfaces to make our thoughts a reality, researchers in Germany have come up with a system that lets the driver control the car by thought alone. Raúl Rojas, an AI professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, and his team created the appliation BrainDriver which they tested on their car affectionately named “MadeInGermany.” The system isn’t exactly roadworthy yet, and it can do with loads of improvement, but continuous improvements can lead to more efficient driving, thanks to man-machine interfaces.
This ain’t no ordinary car folks, and even though he is (sort of) present, the Stig doesn’t drive this one. Built by Perry Watkins, this furniture-car can touch a top speed of 130 miles an hour, which is a speed record for the fastest furniture. Construction of the car started off with the idea of beating the previous world record of a motorized sofa that could do 92 mph. Plonking a V8 into an old convertible took care of that part, though we’re sure the nitrous oxide injection system helps.