Scale Models: The Unsung Hero of Car Design – A Student’s Perspective 

To use a sports analogy, the physical property development of a project is like rounding third base and heading for home plate.  Except its not a regular season game and you didn’t just knock it out of the park. Far from it.  You’ve got the outfielder with an amazing arm launching the ball towards the catcher as you sprint with all you’ve got to slide into home. It’s stressful, but exhilarating. At the Art Center, there is tried and true methodology to getting the absolute best and most out of a transportation design student as we go from sketch to …

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VIDEO: 2017 Ford Focus RS RX – Project RX Episode 1 – Design and Development

            FORD PERFORMANCE RELEASES “PROJECT RX”: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE FORD FOCUS RS RX DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY The Ford Focus RS RX was designed to be the ultimate rallycross vehicle in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Collaborating with UK-based M-Sport and Hoonigan Racing Division, Ford Performance engineers implemented the same high-tech instruments and procedures used on production vehicles to develop the Focus RS RX for competition. The first of a four-part documentary, episode one of “Project RX” highlights the design and development of the vehicle between Ford Performance headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and the M-Sport …

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McLaren Wraps P1 Production with Painted Stunner, MSO Now Creating Full-Carbon Example

McLaren just announced the conclusion of P1 production. Just 375 units were promised in total, and those are now all built and on their way to eager owners! For the final P1, McLaren has flipped many of the bare-carbon surfaces to body color– in an interesting twist on the look of the hypercar hero.  The nose plate, side intakes and rear diffuser element are fully painted on this orange beauty, and we love the results.   You may or may not recall a set of renderings in an article titled “Unpainted CF Robbing Hypercars of their Beauty.” As a counterpoint, MSO …

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The Evolution of BMW xDrive – 325iX to 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e – PHEV M Sport from $70k

THe BMW eDrive X5 is officially in the USA! This huge advance in AWD tech for BMW is being celebrating with a look back at the first 30 years of BMW four-paw models. We still remember the special body-color aero kit and special wheels from the US-market 325iX. Was just a tiny bit cooler than even the very-chic 325i sedan and coupe of the era. The honor that original look, we spec’ed out a 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e in M Sport guise.  The truck looks very, very nice on its available 20-inch alloys. Particularly so with the $1,100 adaptive LED …

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Euro-spec 2015 Ford Mustang Tears Up Lommel Circuit in New Track Video

The Mustang is reaching all new corners of the globe in 2015, and one of those stops is Europe. A new video clip has been released that shows off the muscle car’s might on the Old Continent. Ford sure knows how to promote their cars, and this video promotion is the second installment of the “Mustang in Europe” series. The video shows the car racing around the famed Lommel Circuit in Belgium. Besides the ample footage that will get you pumped, Ford included some quick interviews with designers that shed some light on the Mustang’s changes and new features. Video …

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2010 Red Bull X1 Launched Gran Turismo As Ultimate MMO R&D Engine

As we look to the future of disruptive, breakthrough innovations in racing — it helps to start with a blank sheet of paper. This is counterintuitive, of course, versus the typical half-step of evolution among all species — racecars included. What is needed to deliver the TV ratings and championship trophies all race series crave? Speed, beauty, drama and technical innovation. There must be balance between outright speed, sound and safety. In short, a revolution is needed to put put racing into hyperdrive. The world championship Red Bull and Vettel pairing from 2010 provided a clever look at priorities of …

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2013 Aston Martin CC100 COLORIZER

What if the CC100 was amazing, you thought, but the retro colors were a turnoff? We’ve tweaked the accent and main shade here to show three new finishes, complete with flawless 360-degree turntables for each. Enjoy!         CC100 Magenta   CC100 Green CC100 Red   CC100 Magenta   You May Also Like:Concept Flashback – 2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Was Dubbed DBR100 In Development December 24, 2014, 7 pm   The amazing CC100 Speedster makes the Jaguar Project 7 look like a silly branded parka. A complete conversion from the softtop Vantage into the CC100 sees completely …

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Concept Flashback – 2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Was Dubbed DBR100 In Development

  The amazing CC100 Speedster makes the Jaguar Project 7 look like a silly branded parka. A complete conversion from the softtop Vantage into the CC100 sees completely unique carbon-fiber bodywork all around, mini door-tops with open and exposed airflow elements at hip-height for both passengers, and a fantastic shrouded cabin. A complete lack of windshield glass means helmets would definitely need chinstraps on tight for high-speed driving, but the overall effect on the CC100’s style makes it worthwhile. Double head-height roll spikes are a stylistic delight, and even include extra roll-over protection in the form of ram-actuated extra roll …

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