Monday, May 19, 2008

Beautiful Concept cars

Mercedes SLR McLaren: It is powered by a Mercedes-AMG V8 powerplant. With its 5.5-litre displacement and screw-type compressor, the engine develops a peak output of 460 kW/626 hp and delivers its maximum torque of 780 Nm from 3250 rpm. It goes from 0 to 62.5 mph in 3.8 seconds. It boasts of water-type charge-air cooling, three valves per cylinder, dry sump lubrication and four metal catalytic converters. This makes the SLR the world's first series-produced car to have a front crash structure made entirely from carbon fibre. The passenger cell of the high-performance sports car is also made entirely from this high-tech material. In a head-on, side-on or rear-end collision, it offers the passengers an extremely rigid, safe survival zone. Its other features include Sensotronic Brake Control, electronic stability program, automatic tyre pressure monitoring, 18-inch wheels and aluminium suspension.

Mitsubishi 'i': Mitsubishi's 'i' is a compact-size concept test car which will serve as a model for the next generation of small cars, says the company. The 'i' successfully meets Euro-4 emissions and 90-grams-per-kilometer three-litre car fuel economy standards with an average fuel consumption of 3.8 liters/100 kilometers and with carbon dioxide emissions of 89 grams per kilometer. Also, it is the first car to be awarded the highest 5-star ratings in both categories of fuel consumption and emissions testing. And, yes, it comes packed with great, futuristic features.

Suzuki's Mobile Terrace: The Mobile Terrace uses General Motor's Hy-Wire platform allowing maximum flexibility and interchangeability while at the same time using fuel-cell technology to power the vehicle. * The fuel cell and motor are placed under the floor, in the Mobile Terrace. It is a six-passenger vehicle using three rows of seats. * Its technology- and gadgets-packed instrument panel can also change into a table. There's also a 22-inch touchscreen monitor for vehicle information as well as sliding side doors for easier access to the interior.

Renault concept car Wind: The Renault Wind has a streamlined design and lively performance combines. The car's interior is elegantly designed in accordance with the 'Touch Design' concept and boasts of a cabin that is cloaked in leather. The futuristic, high-tech controls put emphasis on ergonomics and simplicity, making the car a perfect blend of utility and aesthetics.

Honda IMAS: Honda's gas/electric Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system is a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. Honda estimates its fuel economy at 40 kilometers per litre. * Built mostly with carbon fiber and aluminum, the IMAS weighs in at approximately 1,542 pounds. The car's electronically controlled throttle works with a shaftless variable gear steering system to produce precise throttle response and handling. * Inside the two-person cockpit, the instrument panel and the navigation screen mounted on top of the dash are made of transparent material. The steering wheel assumes an aeronautical design, rather than the usual doughnut.

Honda Kiwami: The Honda Kiwami concept car complements the world's first fuel cell powered production car launched at Tokyo, the Honda FCX. The Kiwami has its roots in a Japanese design aesthetic with simple linear surfaces and a monochrome interior being the clearest signifiers. The four-door, four-seat premium Kiwami has a very low floor giving it a very low center of gravity. Advanced packaging technology that makes possible the lower floor ensures a roomy interior despite the vehicle's low roofline. The interior design reflects the Japanese sense of a luxurious atmosphere and advanced features such as an exterior information display and panel-touch shifting.

Maserati MC12: The Maserati MC12 can go at about 330 km/h at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. The Maserati MC12 is a two-seater, long-tail coupe-spider with a long wheel base (2800 mm). It has a sporty set-up with a removable hard top. It is also powered by an impressive 630 hp six-litre mid-rear V12 engine. The MC12 benefits from all of the Ferrari Maserati group's most advanced technologies. It boasts of a powerful 12-cylinder V engine that displaces 5998 cc.
Audi RSQ: The futuristic car Audi RSQ was especially designed for the motion picture I, ROBOT, starring Will Smith, a homicide detective in the year 2035. The Audi RSQ sport coupe is a visionary statement. It is packed with special features suggested by movie director Alex Proyas. The mid-engined sports car races along not on wheels, but on spheres. Its two doors are rear-hinged to the C-posts of the body and open according to the butterfly principle.
Mercedes Benz F400 Carving: The Mercedes Benz F400 Carving is a new concept roadster. The car's sharp edges and futuristic lines are much like Batman's Batmobile. The car's steering and braking systems are governed by computer-generated impulses and it has an active hydropneumatic suspension. The F400 Carving is powered by a Mercedes 3.2-liter V6 engine. Its Formula One-style steering wheel-mounted button shifters govern its gearbox. It is made to take turns at high speed. The technology-laden car is an absolute eye-popper.
Chrysler ME4-12: The Chrysler ME4-12 super car is, well, super! The quad-turbo, V-12 powered Chrysler ME 4-12 is soon likely to establish performance records. Its engine is from AMG and delivers 850 bhp at 5750 rpm. ME stands for 'mid-engined.' The ME 4-12 goes from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.2 seconds. It has an estimated top speed of 248 mph (400 km/h). The car's carbon fiber bodywork is mated to a carbon fibre and aluminum honeycomb monocoque tub. Its suspension comprises double wishbones, aluminum control arms, horizontally-opposed coil-over dampers with electronically controlled compression and rebound tuning. The car is 44.9 inches tall, 78.7 inches wide and 178.8-inches long.

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