When it comes to sports cars, MORE is always a possibility, so Hyundai’s N performance division took their awesome little hot hatch known as the Veloster N and moved the engine and drivetrain behind the seats, and gave it 390hp, and tricked it out for the track. Can you imagine if they decided to produce this thing?
We spent a week in Tokyo, Japan learning all about Toyota’s plans for the future, as it expands its horizons from conventional cars, to providing mobility solutions for all. The future includes ultra-compact battery-electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even cars that can adapt to your mood.
It may only be a video game fantasy, but Jaguar’s futuristic race car for Gran Turismo Sport looks incredible. The sleek, wide, and low racer takes inspiration from classics like the C-Type and D-Type, but is a modern powerhouse with over 1000 hp being generated by three electric motors, and a virtual 0-to-60 time under 2 seconds.
Lexus looks ahead to 2030. This luxury electric coupe concept is powered by four in-wheel motors, and packs autonomous and driver-assistance technologies. Its windows are dimmable, and it has an interactive ceiling display that floats above rear seat passengers. With an estimated 536 hp, it can zoom to 62 mph in 3.8 sec.
Industrial designer Chia-Wei shows off a slick prototype for a mini-cruiser skateboard that can be collapsed down into a circular shape when not in use. It uses a series of hinged braces that unfold into a familiar oval skateboard shape with enough strength to be ridden on.
BMW is teasing the future of sports cars with a pewter and orange coupe with butterfly (aka billionaire) doors. The carbon fiber-bodied 2-seater packs a 600hp hybrid drivetrain and can hit 60 mph in less than 3.0s. Its minimal interior has a razor sharp focus on the driver designed to reduce distractions.
Genesis’ Mint is an electric car made for the city. Despite its compact size, it offers a spacious and luxurious interior for two people. Its storage area is accessed via unique scissor doors, and inside it has has a central touchscreen console mounted on its steering wheel.
Volkswagen turned its Atlas family SUV into a trail-ready camping vehicle. The Atlas Basecamp Concept has a custom body, lift kit, custom wheels, all-terrain tires, roof rack with bike mounts, and LED light bars. It also comes with a HIVE EX trailer that has a queen size bed.
Designer Xundi Li’s concept for a record player is a beautiful work of modern industrial design. It combines a turntable, speaker, and amplifier, with an off-center drive mechanism which lets the record protrude from its cabinet. We hope it goes into production.
Toyota and The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have teamed up to study mobility in space, with a fuel cell electric vehicle which could be used for human exploration on the moon. Despite energy transport limitations, its could cover 10,000 km in its lifetime.
We prefer the boxier Honda Urban EV Concept, but its near-production version still packs a lot of charm. The e Prototype now has four doors, and retains its massive digital dash. It will have a range of nearly 125mi and charge to 80% in 30min. Production will begin in 2019.
Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin teased the company’s prototype for an OLED phone that folds on both sides. This allows it to transition from a mini tablet to a smartphone with no bezels on the side. It’s certainly impressive, but its palm rejection better be on point.
We’ve driven the Lexus LC 500 before, and it’s a truly amazing vehicle. Now, Lexus is showing off a concept version that lets the wind blow through your hair as its powerful V8 launches you down the road in the lap of luxury. Let’s hope Lexus puts it into production just like this.
The idea of a car that can walk might seem ludicrous at first, but Hyundai’s unique concept shows how its omnidirectional wheeled legs could be used to help it maneuver in extreme terrain, such as rubble and rocks, potentially improving rescue efforts in a disaster.
Game developer Nimso Ny presents his vision for a remaster of Super Mario 64. He made all of the models, textures, and animations from scratch. It covers only the castle area, but it’s so well made, we’d love to see the whole game. Windows users can download it here.
Special Projects thinks that when it comes to multitasking, mobile devices isn’t as intuitive as they could be. Their concept UI allows users to “pin” applications to locations in the real world, so moving your phone to a different spot creates window to a sort of virtual desktop.
French automaker Peugeot dusts off the styling of their iconic 504 coupe and updates it with this pure electric concept car. The e-Legend has a 100kWh battery and dual motors to make more than 450 hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and is packed with tech like full autonomy.
This compact Bluetooth speaker screws onto the top of an empty plastic soda bottle, turning it into an acoustic enclosure, and increasing its bass response and volume up to three times. Permafrost’s speaker recently had a successful run on Kickstarter and should be available soon.
LEGO Ideas member baeeee9 made this proposal for an official set of Voltes V, the super robot from the eponymous 1970’s anime. Just like in the cartoon, it consists of five vehicles that can be combined to form the humanoid robot. We love the proposal’s sleek look.