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Pininfarina To Honor Sergio Pininfarina With Geneva Concept 6
Posted by Kurt Ernst in auto show, Automotive, Concept Vehicle, design, Kurt, News, Pininfarina, Sergio Pininfarina on 02 6th, 2013
Pininfarina teases its Sergio concept - image: Pininfarina
Pininfarina teases its Sergio concept - image: Pininfarina

Pininfarina teases its Sergio concept – image: Pininfarina

Automotive design legend Sergio Pininfarina, son of company founder Battista Pininfarina, passed away at his home in Turin, Italy, last July. Under his leadership, Pininfarina created such memorable designs as the Fiat 124 Spider, the Ferrari F40, the Cadillac Allante and the Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto. Perhaps his most lasting contribution to the world of sports cars, however, is this: Sergio Pininfarina convinced Enzo Ferrari to adopt the now-familiar mid-engine, rear-drive layout.

Now Motor Authority tells us that Pininfarina will honor the memory of Sergio Pininfarina with a new concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Details are lacking, but we can almost certainly expect the Sergio Concept to carry lines similar to the designer’s classic works for Ferrari. If we had to guess, we’d expect a modern take on the Ferrari 328 to form the basis of the design.

Sadly, Pininfarina is a design house and not an automaker. Its concepts, like last year’s Cambiano Concept or the stunning 2uettottanata Roadster (which we hope will influence the 2015 Alfa Romeo Spider) rarely see production, meaning that the Pininfarina Sergio is more rolling sculpture than potential supercar.

We’ll bring you all the details on the Pininfarina Sergio as part of our 2013 Geneva Motor Show coverage.

Subaru-Penned SHARC Takes LA Design Challenge Honors 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Concept Vehicle, design, Kurt, Police Cars, Subaru, Subaru SHARC on 12 4th, 2012

Subaru Global Design’s SHARC Concept – image: Subaru

Every year, the Los Angeles Auto Show hosts a design challenge to pen some sort of “ultimate” car. For 2012, the focus was on the “highway patrol car of 2025,” and those submitting entries read like a “who’s-who” of modern automotive design. BMW’s Designworks USA sketched a concept, as did Honda’s R&D Studios in Tokyo and Los Angeles, General Motors’ Advanced Design California, Mercedes-Benz’s Advanced Design Center California and Subaru’s Global Design studio.

In the end, there can be only one winner, chosen because it best represents the spirit and goals of the assignment. In the case of Subaru’s entry, the Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept (SHARC), that design relies on renewable (but unnamed) energy for carbon-neutrality, and boasts fully autonomous operation to reduce police department staffing levels.

While the SHARC may look a bit flimsy for patrol work, it has a trick up its (theoretical) sleeve that you never saw coming: its wheels rotate 90-degrees downward to form ducted fans, giving the SHARC the ability to fly. That gives the highway patrol car of the future the capability of traversing both land (with or without roads) and water, essentially reducing your odds of running from a speeding ticket to zero.

We’re not sure how the general public will take to robotic flying police cars, but those of us who occasionally drive at super-legal speeds already think it’s a bad idea.

Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Drives into the UK 21
Posted by Alex Ion in Audi A1, Automotive News, design, ESP system, S line, TFSI, twin-charged, UK on 01 21st, 2011

Audi introduced their most powerful version of its new premium light car, the 2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI S line in the UK markets. It will feature a 1.4-liter twin-charged (turbocharged and supercharged) petrol engine capable of producing 136kW of power and 250Nm of torque and accelerate the vehicle to achieve a speed of 0-100kmph in 6.9 seconds.

The engine comes dual charged, and features a supercharger that’ll be active from 1,500 rpm and a turbo charger that powers up from 3500rpm.

The A1 is a front wheel drive vehicle and can reach a top speed of 141mph (227kmph). It features a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission that can offer a better fuel economy. It can manage 100kms at 5.9 liters and has a tidy emission level at 139g/km CO2.

The company has crafted the vehicle with 17-inch alloys and a revised suspension to offer better turn-in characteristics and mid-corner stability and grip.  Audi’s latest ESP system with an electronic limited slip differential has been incorporated into the vehicle for a better handling.

Coming under the exclusive S line exterior design, the Audi A1 will  impress enthusiasts with its  appearance itself.

It also gets part-leather upholstered sports seats, as well as Bluetooth phone connectivity, six-speaker CD system with iPod connectivity and a 6.5-inch retractable display in the interior. The Audi A1 will available in the UK markets from this week and the price starts at £20,705 ($33,370).

The company may also bring in a diesel option for A1 by the second half of 2011.

The proposed diesel variant is expected to be powered by a 1.6-litre engine that can offer 66kW/230Nm. The diesel A1 claims to be one among the most eco-friendly vehicles to hit the markets during the year.

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Wraptivo Honda CR-Z Type F Concept to Be Out at SEMA 2010 7
Posted by Alex Ion in concept, Concept car news, CR-Z DNA, design, Honda CR-Z, hybrid, RJ De Vera, SEMA 2010, Sport, Type-F, Wraptivo on 09 7th, 2010

Wraptivo has announced their first in-house SEMA car which will be coming as a 2011 Honda CR-Z sport hybrid concept, which is being called ‘Type-F’. (F for ‘fun’). The company plans to have the concept car out at SEMA 2010.

The model has a wider stance and the side crease creating a rake; with interiors that are nice and roomy, futuristic dash. Wraptivo adds to the styling with having the car in flat matte black with accents that are glossy to break up the monotony of black.

The roof, hood and a portion of the center of the bumper will be wrapped in di-noc Carbon Fiber film, which will enhance the texture on the gloss and matte combination of Wraptivo’s vinyl films. The design department has been headed by tuner car stylist RJ De Vera.

In time, there are reportedly plans to include a full aero kit, wheels, race seats, supercharger system, big brakes, suspension and other go-fast goodies to the car.

The car will continue to interact with auto enthusiasts after the SEMA 2010 event – by hitting the track at the Source Interlink ‘Super Lap Battle’ which happens a week after SEMA.

Wraptivo CR-Z Type F 2
Wraptivo CR-Z Type F
Wraptivo CR-Z Type F 1

The basic concept with this car is that the element of fun that is the main element of the CR-Z DNA is retained. To enable this, a sports aesthetic is retained without compromising on the Honda look.

The Wraptivo vehicle wrap options that are being put on the car will demonstrate how the new technology can be used to protect a vehicle from losing the factory paint job and also give users an easy option for changing the look of their car.

(Via Jonsibal)