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Cool Concept And Exotic Cars On Display

December 5, 2009

Fantasy (and Functional) Cars And  How They’re Made

Well no avoiding it I suppose, I keep running into interesting stuff on hot cars, so I’ll pass along these sites, articles, photo essays and TV programs. Dream about the beauty, appreciate the engineering.

The Year’s 20 Coolest Concept Cars

Concept cars give auto designers the opportunity to really show off. Unencumbered by practicality, affordability, or safety, prototype vehicles are meant solely to highlight new technologies and outré design. Most of them never make it to dealer showrooms, but there’s always a chance that a specific feature will be so alluring that it will make its way into a mass-produced car. Here are some of this year’s coolest concepts. From Business Week…

Jeep Renegade Jeep has its roots in rugged all-purpose vehicles, and they show in the Renegade. This topless two-seater has the flared wheel openings and oversized tires of a dune buggy. But it's not entirely a 1960s throwback: The dual-fuel car claims 110 mpg from its Bluetec diesel engine and electric motors.

From WIRED- AUTOTOPIA…

Gorgeous Convertible Improves Fisker’s Plug-In Karma

The Karma S — for Sunset — concept that debuted at the Detroit auto show shares its gas-electric drivetrain with the Karma sedan but wraps it in an even sleeker two-door body that could see production within two years.

Full article with lots of photos…

Of course, it’s not too late to get to the LA Auto Show and get a look at some cool new concept and alternative fuel cars like the BMWVision. It’s got German passion (their term) and scissor doors too.

More cool cars…

To help close the cool car concept circle here’s a great video about Lamborghini, the man, the car and the factory, in HD on Comcast from National Geographic, in case you’d like a factory tour.

Ultimate Factories: Lamborghini

The entrance to the Lamborghini facility and its newest model, the Murcilago SV. The Murcilago SV has its most distinctive feature open, its scissor doors

Available until Wed, Dec 30 on Comcast

TVG | 45 mins

History & Nature > Nat Geo Channel > Ultimate Factories > Ultimate Factories: Lamborghini
Presented by National Geographic Channel. What does it take to build a car that can go from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph? Head to the main factory for the Lamborghini Murcielago SV to find out.

Compare the modern handcrafted, short-run Lamborghini production line with the 100 year old mass production techniques developed by Henry Ford for his Model T. Watch this historic 5 minute video posted by CarDataVideo.

And then after increasing your knowledge and whetting your appetite on these tasty treats, head over to one my favorite blogs, The Selvedge Yard, an always tasteful and fashionable place to hang. This week, JP the impeccable guide to American culture and men’s fashion has a challenge extreme in identifying 18 exotic cars. Bet you can’t name half of them.

EXOTICS, RARE BIRDS, AND CONCEPT TURDS | LET’S PLAY NAME THAT CAR

1968 Bertone Alfa Romeo Carabo

Thats all for now, sweet dreams and happy trails…

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