THE BEST Concepts

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda Riding Assist Motorcycle

Honda’s one-off Riding Assist motorcycle uses an advanced steering actuator to keep itself balanced at rest or at low speeds. Its front wheel and fork can also be adjusted to provide greater balance. As a bonus, it can move on its own and follow a subject.

The Future of Cities

The Future of Cities

Oscar Boyson traveled around the world to interview people working to create new cities or improve existing ones under a humane and optimistic mindset: that real estate companies and governments will build cities not for buildings or cars, but for people.

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LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Concept

LEGO Ideas member Chiho Kim’s proposal for a kit based on the iconic off-roader. The model even comes with a net to secure things at the back as well as emergency cones. Chiho has since updated the model with larger tires, a light bar, fog lamps and a winch.

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO BMW R60/2 Concept

LEGO’s new BMW R 1200 GS set is boss, but we think this proposal for a 1967 R60/2 has the potential to be even better. Designed by LEGO Ideas member maximecheng03, it’s a tad skinnier than the actual bike, but we’re pretty sure LEGO can easily fix that.

Yamaha T7 Concept

Yamaha T7 Concept

Inspired by the Tenere XT600Z enduro motorcycle, the T7 concept is a long-range off-roader with a lightweight midsize chassis, an aluminum tank, carbon fiber fairing and skidplate and 4-projector LED headlights.

LEGO Power Rangers Concept

LEGO Power Rangers Concept

Minifigs with attitude. LEGO Ideas member bruceywan presents this spot-on concept for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers LEGO set. It comes with all seven Rangers, each with a removable helmet, Zordon, Alpha 5 and the Command Center.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

One of the cooler builds at SEMA 2016, this 1971 Challenger combines classic style with modern performance. It rocks a brand new 392 Hemi V8 crate engine packing 485hp, a lowered suspension, and Hellcat brakes. We love the “Bitchin Black” paint and minimal red accents.

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS

Mercedes-Benz Concept X-CLASS

Here’s something we never thought we’d see. Luxury and sports car maker Mercedes-Benz is showing off two concept variants of a mid-size pickup. While we’re not sure we’d want to take these trucks off-road and get them really dirty, they sure look pretty. Launching late 2017.

BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100

BMW’s far future concept for a motorcycle is one that’s so smart and safe that riders will not need safety equipment. It balances on its own, and has a flexible frame and adaptive tires instead of joints, bearings or suspension.

Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept

Hyundai Rockstar Santa Fe Concept

One of the many tricked out vehicles slated headed to the 2016 SEMA show, this special off-road SUV has been blessed with a nitrous-boosted 3.3L V6, and a jacked-up suspension with massive wheel articulation and ground clearance, 35″ tires and 17″ beadlock wheels.

Renault Trezor Concept

Renault Trezor Concept

Renault’s big reveal at the 2016 Paris Motor Show is… the Saab Aero X?! On the other hand, the Trezor has more elegant proportions and an electric motor that produces 350hp and 280 lb-ft. of torque to go with that familiar 180º windshield and cockpit canopy.

LEGO Fiat 500 L

LEGO Fiat 500 L

LEGO Ideas members saabfan and gabriele.zannotti’s proposal for a LEGO set based on the 1968 Fiat 500 L. The scale model of the vintage Italian beetle is made of 1,157 pieces with lots of moving parts. It even has an Abarth 595 variant.

Strangers Things’ Concept Art

Strangers Things’ Concept Art

(SPOILERS) Frame by Frame examines what inspired design and visual effects studio Aaron Sims Creative when it conceptualized the appearance of Stranger Things’ Demogorgon and its bizarro-Earth home, the Upside Down.

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Willy Wonka x LEGO

Willy Wonka x LEGO

Brickproject_7540 presents two awesome LEGO Ideas. One is inspired by factory gate and the S.S. Wonkatania from the 1971 version of Willy Wonka, and the other by the factory gate and the delivery truck from Tim Burton’s 2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Mercedes’ concept coupé screams style and opulence. The 19+ft-long electric car has four motors that deliver a total of 768hp to its 24″ wheels, can go 62mi with just 5min of charging, and a wrap-around touch-sensitive glass dashboard and augmented reality windshield.

Computational Thermoforming

Computational Thermoforming

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.

Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Concept

Jeep Wrangler 75th Salute Concept

As part of Jeep’s 75th anniversary celebration, the company made a one-off homage to the original Jeep – the Willys MB. Based on a Wrangler Sport, the 75th Salute has a 286hp 3.6L V6 engine, a six-speed manual and old school military wheels and graphics.

LEGO Ideas: Burj Al Arab

LEGO Ideas: Burj Al Arab

We absolutely love builder Thommy92’s concept design for LEGO’s Architecture series, based on Tom Wright’s iconic, sailboat-like design of Dubai’s swanky Burj Al Arab hotel. Help get it produced with a vote on LEGO Ideas.

Land Rover x NASCAR Concept

Land Rover x NASCAR Concept

This daft, yet awesome concept design from YasidDESIGN combines the body styling of a Land Rover Defender with the ground-hugging properties of a stock car. Before you off-road and NASCAR purists get your panties in a bunch, it’s only a rendering.

Mercedes-Benz Garia Golf Cart

Mercedes-Benz Garia Golf Cart

Mercedes-Benz teamed up with luxury golf cart maker Garia to create a concept vehicle that embodies the German automaker’s impeccable sports car aesthetics. It rides on 14″ sports wheels, has a high-tech dashboard, and we love that the grille looks like a giant golf ball.

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

From Clustertruck developer Landfall Games comes a silly strategy game. Originally made for Castle Game Jam, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator uses ragdoll physics to turn military battles into a QWOP party. Sign up for the alpha here.

Liddiard Omni-directional Wheels

Liddiard Omni-directional Wheels

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.

Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo CPlus Concept

Lenovo’s CPlus is a proof-of-concept smartphone that can be bent into a bracelet-like form and then straightened back into a traditional slab, albeit with an alarming cracking sound. Skip to 2:51.

Smart Slab Concept

Smart Slab Concept

Designed by Kram/Weisshaar for SapienStone, the Smart Slab is a discreetly high-tech table. Underneath its ceramic tabletop are inductive cooking, cooling and heating elements that let you cook and eat on the same surface, as well as keep food warm or cold.

BMW R5 Hommage

BMW R5 Hommage

BMW celebrates the 80th anniversary of its pre-WW II street racer with this one-off bobber. The R5 Hommage has a restored 1936 R5 engine, but the rest of it was mostly custom made by BMW Motorrad and Unique Custom Cycles.

BMW 2002 Hommage

BMW 2002 Hommage

BMW celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 2 Series with this fu-manchu’d machine. Inspired by the 2002 Turbo and built on the M2, the 2002 Hommage has racing-inspired spoilers and a carbon fiber stripe, huge wheel arches and the classic mirrored Turbo script up front.

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