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DORODESIGN Likes: Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept

Land Rover revealed its Discovery Vision Concept SUV in New York. It is a vision of Land Rover’s future family of Discovery vehicles, the first model of which is due in 2015. The concept car previews dynamic new design language and an array of innovative versatility and capability features, while also showcasing pioneering technologies from Jaguar Land Rover’s advanced research division.

The Discovery Vision Concept was unveiled alongside a scale model of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft at a spectacular event aboard the USS Intrepid – a sea, air and space experience centre – in Manhattan, a day ahead of the opening of the New York Auto Show 2014.

With the Discovery poised to transition from a single model to a new family of vehicles which will redefine the leisure SUV category, the Discovery Vision Concept offers an exciting preview of Land Rover’s vision for the range, and the modern, premium design language of future models.

Phil Popham, Group Marketing Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March that the Discovery family is set to evolve. And it is apt that in the 25th anniversary year of the original Discovery that we preview how this evolution will take us forward into a daring new era. The Discovery Vision Concept gives us the first stunning glimpse into this hugely exciting future.”

Designed for the future

The Discovery Vision Concept alludes to its unique lineage with design elements such as the stepped roof and alpine lights. Far greater attention than ever before has been given to creating relevant versatility combined with compelling design. This is a radical and sharply focused approach to embodying Land Rover’s vision of the ultimate leisure SUV.

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DORODESIGN Likes: 84th Geneva Motor Show

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Directly form the press days of the 84th Geneva Motor Show a first selection of the newest car, trends and concepts. Enjoy the pictures from DANIPHOTODESIGN.

Stay tuned, soon more pics. #carporn.

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DORODESIGN Likes: ‘Tron’ designer creates a real-world superbike

Lotus and Kodewa reunite for the limited-run C 01. Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you’ll know from Tron: LegacyOblivion, and Captain America, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish. Although Simon is more known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a designer’s wild fantasy, the bike will actually go on sale: the British company plans to produce 100 in partnership with German manufacturer Kodewa. Previously, the two companies worked together on a number of auto racing projects.

“The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love,” says Simon, “we have worked hard to create a motorcycle with very distinctive features such as a clean main body, an extremely low side profile, a bold stance, a unique air intake, logical partline solutions and clean graphics.” Available in three liveries, including classic British racing green and the Martini colors, the 400-pound bike will pack a 200hp four-stroke engine. There’s no price just yet, but expect the C-01 to be eye-wateringly expensive.

‘Tron’ designer creates a real-world superbike | The Verge.


DORODESIGN Likes: 2014 FERRARI F12 BERLINETTA

Throughout the history of Ferrari, they managed to put together amazingly designed super car one after another. Despite some hick ups along the way, many have enjoyed classic status from the production line and showroom floors. The 2014 version of the F12 Berlinetta is a beautifully engineered vehicle that is as marvelous to look, as it is to drive. Originally launched in 2012, this year’s model seems to push slightly higher horsepower at 731 horses and punching out 508 pound-feet of torque, clocking 60 mph in mere 3.1 seconds. A 48-valve, 6.3-liter V12 engine sits calmly inside the long engine bay at the front of the coupe. Check out detailed photos of Ferrari’s latest masterpiece below.


DORODESIGN likes: Zagato Aston Martin DB9 Spyder and DBS Coupé Centennial

Zagato has revealed two special projects that pay tribute to Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary: the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial and the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial, commissioned by private collectors.

The DB9 Spyder Centennial was conceived for the well known American car collector Peter Read, while the DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial was delivered to a young and prestigious Japanese entrepreneur.

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In 2001 Dr. Ulrich Bez approved a design for the DB7 Zagato, which was inspired and financed by the Zagato team, comprising of Andrea and Marella Zagato and Peter Read, a long time enthusiast and collector of Aston Martins.

Due to the success of the DB7 Zagato (all 99 units were sold at the Paris Motor Show prior to production) and with the approval and collaboration of Aston Martin, the same team designed, developed and produced a one-off DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial.

This creation pays tribute to the heritage of Aston Martin’s Centenary. As Peter Read explains, “The DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial perfectly merges Aston Martin and Zagato’s DNA by combining the elegance of design, typical of Zagato, with the soul, power and prestige of Aston Martin, all developed over the last 100 years. This car personifies the timelessness of the Aston Martin/Zagato marque.”

Zagato previews Aston Martin DB9 Spyder and DBS Coupé Centennial – Car Body Design.


DORODESIGN likes: Ron Arad transforms real FIAT 500s into compressed works of art

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Israeli artist and designer Ron Arad returns to the Holon Design Museum in Tel Aviv with “In Reverse”, an exhibition that celebrates three decades of his work in metal. A major highlight of the exhibition is a new project which explores the way in which automobile bodies behave under compression. On the walls of the upper gallery, Arad has installed six crushed Fiat 500s, each flattened into a two dimensional work of art. Speaking about the project Arad said,  “‘The Fiat 500 is a national symbol for Italy and our generation, and it’s a very endearing vehicle. We’re not destroying the cars, we’re immortalising them.”

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Images courtesy of Ron Arad Associates.


DORODESIGN likes: The new Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche has presented the new generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the model and featuring enhanced dynamics and improved efficiency.

The 2014 911 Turbo is based on a new lightweight chassis with a 100 mm longer wheelbase and larger 20-inch wheels. It is equipped with all-wheel drive, active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights.

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Powers come from the turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct injection, which produces 520 hp (383 kW) – 560 hp (412 kW) in the S model.

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The unit has two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

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Up: the 911 Carrera – down: the new 911 Turbo S Coupé

The 911 Turbo with the optional Sport Chrono Package accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds (3.1 seconds for the Turbo S). The car’s top speed is 318 km/h, while the fuel efficiency technologies have reduced NEDC fuel consumption by up to 16 per cent to 9.7 l/100 km.

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The new top models of the 911 line-up series will go on sale at the end of September 2013. In Germany, the 911 Turbo costs 162,055 euros; the new 911 Turbo S costs 195,256 euros, including VAT and country-specific features.

Design

The trademark wide rear body panels of the new generation 911 Turbo are 28 mm wider than on the 911 Carrera 4 models – they feature a nearly level surface, about the width of a hand, between the C-pillar and the outer edge of the car body.

 

Other differentiating characteristics include two-tone forged 20-inch wheels – on the 911 Turbo S they have hub wheel locks.

The Turbo S is also equipped with full-LED headlights that feature four-point daytime running lights and dynamic, camera-based main beam control.

The active aerodynamic system includes a retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be pneumatically extended, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions.

Interior

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The interior was completely redesigned in both 911 Turbo models, and it builds on the 911 Carrera family.

The S model offers an exclusive interior in a black/carrera red colour combination and adaptive sport seats plus with 18-way adjustment and memory.

In addition, the seat backrest shells are leather upholstered with double cap seams and various elements in carbon look.

Like on the previous models, the Bose sound system is installed as standard; for the first time, a Burmester system is also available as an optional feature. A radar- controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered.

Technical Features

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A new introduction for the 2014 911 Turbo is the rear axle steering, a system that consists of two electro-mechanical actuators instead of the conventional control arms on the left and right of the rear axle.

The steering angle of the rear wheels can be varied by up to 2.8 degrees, depending on vehicle speed. At speeds up to 50 km/h, when the front wheels are turned the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction.

This actually corresponds to a virtual shortening of the wheelbase by 250 mm. The system lets the car turn faster into the bend and offers more dynamic steering response. This also simplifies maneuvering and parking.

At speeds above 80 km/h, the system steers the rear wheels parallel to the turned front wheels. This is equivalent to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase by a significant 500 mm and gives the sports car increased stability, especially at high speeds.

At the same time, the steering input by the driver leads to significantly faster build-up of lateral force at the rear axle, which initiates the change in direction more spontaneous and harmoniously.

 

Source: Porsche


DORODESIGN likes: Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

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The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, first rendered in 2010, has been revealed in the flesh and tested on the open road.  This sharp Italian supercar was once just an idea, but it’s ready to break records and pocket books here in 2013.  The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is powered by a 570HP V10 engine that can accelerate to 60mph in just 2.5 seconds, one of the fastest acceleration times we’ve ever put down in virtual print.  It does so by fusing that engine to a lightweight body design, weighing just 2200 pounds next to the curb.  With this incredible power comes a design of its own, showing off that signature Lamborghini sharpness.  Check out the video below to see the prototype in action.  We were originally hoping this one would be more than just a rendering, so we’re thrilled to see it in the flesh.

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DORODESIGN LIKES: RCA students open Clerkenwell Week Design with Jaguar-inspired artwork

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Two Royal College of Art students have designed a Jaguar-inspired sculpture to celebrate the opening of Clerkenwell Design Week in London.

Ewan Gallimore and Claire Miller developed their idea alongside Jaguar’s Advanced Design team in Whitley, Coventry, by using technologies applied in the creation of Jaguar production and concept cars.

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The two were the successful team from a selection of nine groups who submitted entries after Jaguar’s challenge to the RCA’s Vehicle Design and Textile Design departments. Their task was to create a joint exterior and interior form study that expresses their vision of the future Jaguar Design Language in either a sports or luxury context. Student teams were asked to consider the proportions, surfacing, line interactions and aesthetic beauty when expressing their vision.

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Ewan and Claire said, “We began the project by looking at light, specifically the way the light falls within the space at Clerkenwell. We thought about how our form could accentuate this light and convey volume through its use of materials and our knowledge of how these materials react with one another.

“Our form relates to the Jaguar brand through its sculptural volumes, bespoke materials and visual lightness. These elements helped us to create a sculpture that aimed to display a seamless transition between interior and exterior space.”

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DORODESIGN LIKES: Bicycle culture and style – Velo 2nd Gear by Gestalten

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‘The Human bike’ by Jan Gunnewag (pp. 230-231)
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Across the globe, an omnipresent bike culture has emerged over the past years, with cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen having already pedalled this particular style of living into motion as early back as the 1970s. In recognizing this, Gestalten’s ‘Velo—2nd Gear’ (the follow-up to the first ‘Velo’ volume which looked more at the role of the bicycle in art), not only explores the function and practical purposes of using this mode of transportation, it also presents the social influences it has had on our contemporary lifestyles.

The book celebrates the diverse bicycle scenes present today and offers a showcase of some unique two-wheelers — from the old-fashioned city bicycle, to high-tech machines, fixies, beach cruisers, and those designed for more specific purposes such as mountain, cargo or touring bikes—discussing the associations made with those who ride them.

In addition, ‘Velo—2nd Gear’ documents the range of accessories which have been created in response to the prevalence of bike usage and introduces the various manufacturers, specialized boutiques and events which have transpired as a result, detailing how each particular ‘bike scene’ has cultivated its own distinct codes through the choice of particular apparel (jerseys, caps, bags etc.). Also noting specific events and key establishments related to biking on both a leisurely as well as professional level, ‘Velo—2nd Gear’ looks to why more and more individuals have turned to bicycles to get around, and how they have come to be an expression of one’s identity.

 

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‘The Human bike’ by Jan Gunnewag (pp. 230-231)
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‘The wooden 2-track’  by True Unique (pp. 96-97)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013
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‘Cargo bike’ by Eliancycles (pp.128-129)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

 

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‘DL121’ by Peugeot Design Lab (pp. 120)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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‘Onyx’ by Peugeot Design Lab (pp. 120)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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‘The Circular bike’ by Robert Weschler (pp. 158)
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from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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Customized brooks saddles(pp. 28-29)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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‘La Malle bicyclette’ by Moynat (pp. 50)
from Velo—2nd Gear, copyright Gestalten 2013

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Velo—2nd Gear: bicycle culture and style
editors: Sven Ehmann, Robert Klanten
format: 24 x 28 cm
features: 256 pages, full color, hardcover
language: English

 

via designboom