2012 Mini Cooper S Review - Updated MINI range builds on strengths, ignores weaknesses
It's new? Are you sure? But it doesn't look new. Then again, MINI hasn't really come up with an original design since the 'new' Cooper debuted in 2001. And even then one could argue it was just a modern interpretation of the classic shape.
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Scion FR-S Concept built by Five Axis
Here is some behind the scenes footage of the Scion FR-S Concept built by Five Axis. The vehicle was revealed at the 2011 New York International Auto Show to extremely positive reviews. Here are some specs on the vehicle:
- Multi-Stage Custom Blended BASF Mearlite SSQ Base with Custom Blended Red Candy Top Coat
- FIVE:AD Forged Monoblock Center Lock Concept Wheels
- Front - 20x8.5
- Rear - 20x10.5
- Yokohama Advan Neova BluEarth Spec Tires with Custom Cut Tread Design
Front - 245/30ZR20
Rear - 295/25ZR20
- Front: 454mm x 38mm Annular Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) Rotors with 4 Piston Opposed Forged Monoblock Calipers
- Rear: 355mm x 28mm Inboard Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) Rotors with 4 Piston Opposed Forged Monoblock Calipers
For more images and info on the Scion FR-S Concept, visit: www.fiveaxis.net.
Toyota 2012 FT-86
Unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and most recently at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota 2012 FT-86 is without a doubt one of the most spectacular looking coupe they have ever created. Co-developed with Subaru, hence the oft-used Toyobaru or even Subayota names, this sporty coupe draws heavily on Toyota's RWD heritage and Subaru's in-house super-tuner, Subaru Technica International, aka STI.
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2010 Mercedes-Benz Biome Concept
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At the 2010 Los Angeles Design Challenge, the designers from the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad, California, surprised everyone with a revolutionary vision. Taking their inspiration from nature, they designed a vehicle which is fully integrated into the ecosystem, from the moment of its creation right through to the end of its service life. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept grows in a completely organic environment from seeds sown in a nursery. Out on the road the car emits pure oxygen, and at the end of its lifespan it can be simply composted or used as building material.
"As the inventor of the motor car, we wanted to illustrate the vision of the perfect vehicle of the future, which is created and functions in complete symbiosis with nature. The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is a natural technology hybrid, and forms part of our earth's ecosystem. It grows and thrives like the leaves on a tree" according to Hubert Lee, Head of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studios in Carlsbad. This year the competition had called for the creation of a vision of a safe and comfortable 2+2 compact car featuring good handling and a first-class design, and weighing only 1,000 lbs (around 454 kg/kerb weight).
Mercedes-Benz symbiosis - a partnership with nature
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept symbiosis vehicle is made from an ultralight material called BioFibre and tips the scales at just 875.5 lbs (around 394 kg). This material is significantly lighter than metal or plastic, yet more robust than steel. BioFibre is grown from proprietary DNA in the Mercedes-Benz nursery, where it collects energy from the sun and stores it in a liquid chemical bond called BioNectar4534. As part of this process, the vehicle is created from two seeds: The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front of the vehicle, while the exterior grows from the star on the rear. To accommodate specific customer requirements, the Mercedes star is genetically engineered in each case, and the vehicle "grows" when the genetic code is combined with the seed capsule. The wheels are grown from four separate seeds.
The Mercedes-Benz BIOME Concept is powered by BioNectar4534, which is stored in the BioFibre material of the chassis, interior, and wheels. In addition, Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology to equip trees with special receptors which can collect the excess solar energy and turn it into BioNectar4534. This creates a direct link with nature's energy sources and acts as an incentive to cover mobility energy requirements through more trees and at the same time maintain natural resources. Like plants, the Mercedes-Benz symbiosis vehicle also produces oxygen, thereby contributing to improving air quality. At the end of its service life, the Mercedes-Benz BIOME can be fully composted or used as building material. Thanks to the exclusive use of green technologies, the BIOME vehicle thus blends seamlessly into the ecosystem.
From Toyota FT-86 Concept to GT 86
Discover the stunning Toyota GT 86, and rediscover the fantastic images of the initial FT-86 concepts. Some said it took Toyota forever to launch this car, truth is that it took less than two years from FT-86 Concept reveal to the final GT 86 version.. Simply enjoy the video and get to see more details & pictures here:
Toyota FT-86 II Sports Concept: Design Video, Geneva Motor Show 2011
Akihiro "Dezi" Nagaya, General Manager of Toyota Design Division at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, explains the processes and philosophies behind the design of the FT-86 II sports concept.
For the latest news about about Toyota's next-generation sports car, visit www.blog.toyota.co.uk/FT-86