Steam-O is a modern cruiser that takes inspiration from the iconic steam locomotives of the past, applying the signature aerodynamic shape to its stark frame. In classic 1930s style, the bike sports a leather seat with spring suspension, an oversized headlight with chrome and bronze polish, and choo-choo style rims. The main feature, however, is a pushrod drivetrain like that of locomotives from the time. This unique power system and distinct attention to detail set it apart from other cruisers new and old.
Pedaling torque is transmitted by bearing on shaft and coupling rods. Coupling rods move in a vertical motion as well as horizontally as the crank-arm rotates. The same shaft at the rear wheel receives the torque ration 1:1. To gain a useful travel speed it needs a small gearbox (about 1:6 ratio depending on the crank arm length and rear wheel size).
Design: János Insperger
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.
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.
The unit has two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and is coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rear axle steering
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Via Car Design News
Big Evoque? No, this is the new Range Rover Sport 2014. Despite Land Rover´s efforts to introduce it only at the New York auto show, the new Range Rover Sport was revealed sooner. With a new design, clearly inspired by the Evoque, the model will go on sale in Europe and the United States this year. It is built on an aluminum platform (same as Vogue), making it much lighter compared to the previous generation, it is also more agile and economical. More details will be released soon.
The Citroen DS BiRotor is a lightweight 4-seater coupé designed to optimize urban mobility and fuel consumption. The author is José Eduardo Sánchez from México.
Selected as a finalist at the Michelin Challenge Design 2013 competition, the Citroen DS BiRotor combines a compact coupé body and a refined interior with lightweight materials and an efficient powertrain solution that optimizes fuel consumption.
The hybrid drivetrain features a 600cc Wankel engine powering the rear axle, coupled with two in-wheel electric motors mounted at the front and a CVT transmission.
The vehicle is based on a carbon / aluminum modular chassis, which is left exposed in the four-seater interior, characterized by the futuristic AMOLED screen and a transparent, polycarbonate panoramic roof.
The tires can adapt to different weather conditions and driver demands by expanding and contracting widthwise, creating gaps between the rubber to allow water flow and increase grip or shrinking themselves altogether generating a slightly larger, thinner and harder tire to aid fuel consumption.
About the Designer
José Eduardo Sánchez is an Industrial Design student at the University of Guadalajara, México.
Image Courtesy: José Eduardo Sánchez for Car Body Design via car body design
Available for only the first 12 months, the CLA Edition 1 by Mercedes-Benz offers special appointments to the recently unveiled CLA-Class. Customers can personalize their new CLA with a variety of interior, including Mercedes-Benz’s NEON ART upholstery in leather, microfiber, with contrast yellow stitching. Luxurious components like Nappa leather sports steering wheel or a ARTICO man-made leather wrapped instrument panel are just some of the options to select from. Not limited to just the interior, a slew of exclusive options are available for the car’s exterior as well. For a sportier look, customers can add body panels from Mercedes-AMG or “blacked-out” light alloy wheels, also by Mercedes-AMG. Other additions include lowered sports suspension, diamond-shaped radiator grille, and bi-xenon headlights. All necessities for an impromptu street racing at night.
To come in either CLA 180, CLA 200, CLA 250, and finally CLA 220CDI, the limited CLA Edition 1 by Mercedes-Benz is available now through the company’s dealerships in Germany.
Mercedes Benz CLA Edition 1: Exclusivity from the very beginning
The “CLA Edition 1″ will only be available for twelve months. The model, which can be combined with any engine, has exclusive equipment which includes amongst other things the NEON ART interior with upholstery in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA with yellow contrasting topstitching. The Edition 1 can be ordered immediately at a starting price of 35,402.50 euros (CLA 180 Edition 1).
With the CLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz continues its series of extraordinary Edition 1 special models. Limited to one year after its launch, the Edition 1 combines special equipment which highlights the sportiness and exclusivity of the four-door coupé. This includes paintwork in either mountain grey, cosmos black, night black, cirrus white or designo polar silver magno (expected to be available from the third quarter of 2013). AMG front and rear aprons as well as side sill panels in combination with the black painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels provide for a powerful appearance. The diamond radiator grille boasts a black fin and chrome inserts. Bi-xenon headlamps are standard as too is the lowered sports suspension.
The NEON ART interior is exclusive to this special model. The sports seats are upholstered in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA whilst yellow stitching creates a very special contrast. The instrument panel and the beltlines are in ARTICO man-made leather with yellow stitching in a wrap-around look. Trim elements in aluminium with a light longitudinal grain and a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with a flattened bottom section and perforations in the grip area complete the dynamic appearance.
The Audi Concept Design Studio is a curious place. Small and unassuming, almost hidden away in a quiet residential district in Munich, it is altogether more relaxed than the HQ in Ingolstadt, where a larger team prepares cars for production. Like an artist’s atelier or an inventor’s workshop, the studio is the creative hub where a modest team of designers sketch away at Audis of the future.
‘The Munich idea foundry is like a satellite that provokes and thus stimulates the potential for innovation,’ says studio head Steve Lewis, as he guides us through a large, open-plan area for designing concept cars and a vast room for modelling clay.
This is the first time outsiders have been allowed access to this hidden spot; until recently, there wasn’t even an Audi badge on the gate to identify it. The space has been ‘tidied’ in preparation for the visit – car companies are extremely private about their future projects.
What Audi is keen to reveal is the latest Crosslane Coupé concept car, and its relevance to the marque’s future. First displayed a few of months ago at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, the ‘study car’ not only sets the tone for future Q-family models, it embodies a new phase for all-round Audi design.
First and foremost, the company is keen to make greater design differentiation between its A, R and Q models, This will eliminate the danger of creating identikit cars, the sort of thing larger companies have been criticised for by a customer base with increasing visually literacy.
Then there’s a desire to show off more of the technical aspects of each design – almost revealing what lies beneath the surface – and to have a more cohesive feel between the exterior and interior of a car.
The Crosslane manifests all this. At its heart is a pioneering ‘multimaterial’ space frame, a structure that combines carbon-fibre, aluminium and other metals for exceptional lightness and strength. Such composite components weren’t technically feasible a few years ago, and Audi has made great strides in bringing new materials and processes to market.
The space frame is made visible at various points around the show car: in the single-frame grille; through intakes in the engine hood; at the sills when opening the door; at the A-pillar; and as a load-bearing element in a functional carbon strip in the cockpit. A production car might not strip off quite so explicitly, but head designer Wolfgang Egger believes that automotive design is ready for a change. ‘We need something new without breaking with tradition,’ he says. Hence placing a greater emphasis on the creative process to find ways of showing off new technology like the space frame.
For instance, headlamps will become more graphic and technical like the Crosslane’s, with its sober front end, almost the antithesis of the current trend to build cars with elaborate ‘facial expressions’. Says Egger: ‘It’s the Bauhaus thinking: a reduction of elements.’
What will characterise the next generation of Q SUVs is a three-dimensional single-frame sculptural grille, which will give them a powerful, robust presence similar to the Crosslane’s.
The concept is also a good example of how Audi will integrate its interiors and exteriors seamlessly, making it easier to distinguish models by their interiors. Karl-Heinz Rothfuss, Audi’s head of interiors, explains that on the Crosslane ‘the cabin opens in the direction of travel and continues as an unbroken line in the engine hood’. Clean surfaces and fewer control elements streamline the driving experience. ‘Our refined strategy at Audi design emphasises clarity and a focus on the essentials,’ says Egger.
The new approach to creativity aligns the three segments of automotive design – interior, exterior, and colour and trim – much more closely. It’s the happy consequence of Audi’s next generation of designers working so closely together behind these nondescript gates in Munich.
Hillclimber 62: simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci.
Wojtek Sokolowski, friend and designer of this master piece, showed us at Concorso d’Eleganza – Villa D’Este, the most catchy motorbike present at the event. Big personality on two wheels with its celeste (sky blue) suit. Passing by “catwalk” automatically, started walking around. There is one straight line characterizing the style of it from the thank to the tail. One parallel line to the street emphasises power and personality. We imagine one stroke of pencil and style is done!
The other part of the body is black powder coated, creating a celeste/ black overall sensation: the motorbike’s final result looks light and gentle. A good balance between the upper sky blue element and the mechanics parts underneath. All treatments typical of a good design. Useless to say it’s a cafe-racer! It comes from the Ducati Sport 1000 and from it keeps several retro details. All the modifications and accessories have been carefully chosen.
We really like it! Wojtek Sokolowski Bravo!
More info here: www.hillclimber.ch
Daniel Tomicic and Tina Markovic are the people who made possible Auto®, the automotive design conference in Zagreb, Croatia. The think-tank of future personal mobility and a meeting point between Western and Eastern European automotive designers. The largest automotive design conference in Europe since 2009, once again gathers in Zagreb some of the world most renowned designers. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design.
For a weekend in Zagreb you could meet top car designers – from Peter Stevens, designer of mythical McLaren F1, to Carlo Gaino, designer of bizarre Lancia ECV 2. This mass orientated event mission is to promote automotive design. Auto® was packed with various happenings.
Panel discussion gathered around question how to define supercar today when their performance is matched by ordinary cars. Can EV be supercar was questioned in lectures by Chris Longmore, designer of Lightning GT and Adriano Mudri, designer of Rimac Concept_One. Our friend Alessio Minchella, Fiat Designer and lecturer at IED Torino gave an inside glimpse on car designers perspective of world and sources of their inspiration. Elena Ristancevska spoke on future trends in colour and trim.
Volvo organised design workshop for V40 exterior stickers that should underline Volvo brand values. Visitors could get their hands dirty in clay modelling workshop by Custom Creations under Dario Dropucic guidance. Three models were mad upon projects submitted to Design Challenge.
This is the retro future Jeep presented at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Jeep introduces a number of concept vehicles, most using available Mopar aftermarket parts, to measure the reaction of the thousands of Jeep cognoscenti who gather annually for the event. One vehicle slated to appear at this year’s Safari that’s already garnered plenty of notice is this Mighty FC Concept. Built as a nod to the old Jeep Forward Control from the ’50s and ’60s, the Mighty FC uses a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon as a platform, with a stretched wheel base and a cab positioned ahead of the front axle. The body carries an eight-foot cargo bed with drop sides and a cut-down tailgate hiding the spare tire, while underneath are eight-lug portal axles, massive 40-inch tires and King coil-over suspension.