Researchers from ETH Zurich and Disney Research came up with a way to create highly detailed physical replicas of 3D models out of affordable materials. They thermoform the surface of the model to a gypsum mold cast from a 3D printed negative.
These amazing wheels allow a car to not only move in the typical directions, but to turn on a dime or move sideways. Their inventor says they’re driven using 24,000 pounds of torque directly on the tires, and are more precise and durable than prior omni-directional wheels.
Aston teamed up with Zagato to create the ultimate expression of its Vanquish sports coupe. The concept has bespoke carbon fiber body panels, a 600 hp V12 under the bonnet, a retractable spoiler, cool bladed taillights, and premium interior befitting a true grand tourer.
The fuel company turns its eye towards conservation, with the design of a city car that can get up to 107mpg (European). The diminutive 3-seater uses smart aerodynamics, lightweight materials and a low-friction engine design to minimize fuel consumption.
To combat this winter’s snowiest conditions, Nissan has kitted out a series of SUVs riding on 48-inch Dominator snow tracks instead of tires. The Winter Warrior Murano, Pathfinder, and Rogue can be seen at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but not at dealerships any time soon.
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