Jumat, 29 Juli 2011

Ferrari Motorcycle Concept Fire Engine Luxury Bikes

This fire engine red Ferrari Motorcycle is easily the hottest thing on two wheels that I have seen in a very long time. Leave it to the designers of one of the world’s most coveted automobiles to come up with such a drool-worthy design.

The slick, contoured designed looks like something a superhero in a futuristic flick would ride off into the night on. And aside from its great design, because it’s a Ferrari Motorcycle, you know that it’s performance will be top shelf as well.

“Why there is no Ferrari motorcycle?” This is the question that Israeli designer Amir Glinik asked himself then he decided to create one. You can see from the pictures that the motorcycle is simply astonishing and you know that you want one.

The Ferrari Motorcycle will feature a Ferrari V4 Integrated Drive Unit, 1953 handlebars and rear suspensions, brakes with dual sculpted calipers, and a F16-inspired throttle quadrant. The motorcycle will be managed via a full-touchscreen and “the heart of the controlling system is based on a Ferrari engine management computer” which means that it should be powerful and safe in the same time.

“Vintage and modern Ferrari projects influence my design. It’s a mix of what I find to be the best Ferrari lines with the latest technology I could think of in terms of engine, gear and driving management. Preserving Ferrari lines and history, the aim is to create a bike with normal dimensions using existing Ferrari technology; to take the ease of service as a factor while thinking about low profile and CG. To produce a practical machine and not in any way a ‘Star Wars’ future ride,” said designer Amir Glinik.

For the moment there is no word on pricing and availability, however, I think that the Ferrari Motorcycle will be ready in a few years at a price that only a few can afford.

Prices Specification And Previews and Images Honda Accord 2012

This year’s Geneva Auto Show had a special treat for auto fans as Honda unveiled it’s much awaited 2012 Honda Accord. Building on past success, Honda has proven that the 2012 Accord line will pose serious competition in the auto market. Boasting refinements to both the exterior and interior design, Honda has also increased fuel efficiency and decreased CO2 output without jeopardizing the performance that Honda lovers have come to expect. The 2012 Accord models are beautiful at first glance but a closer inspection reveals even more great additions.

Honda has proven, once again that beauty and functionality can work together to create a vehicle that will really turn heads. The 2012 Honda Accord sports a reworked front grill which, while adding a certain element of class, also contains a reworked cooling system to make sure to the powerful engine is always running at peak efficiency. The bumpers have been reworked to include improved front and tail lights and the premium models include bi-Xenon headlights with active cornering technology. These refinements continue to prove that the Honda Accord 2012 models haven’t sacrificed design for safety.

The 2012 Accord has also been redesigned with a new surface to the red taillights which should improve light output and visibility while adding a unique look. The front headlights are now redesigned with an added bit of chrome to really stand out from the crowd of boring cars. Honda has also added a classy touch of chrome along the back of the vehicle right above the license plate to ensure that it looks as good coming as it does going. While these design improvements would be enough for other manufacturers, Honda has unveiled three new colors as well and the Honda Accord 2012 models are now available in Graphite, Luster and Alabaster.

Honda hasn’t limited their design improvements to the exterior alone. When taking a look at the interior, auto fans will notice a stylish and modern new design that promises to make the 2012 Honda Accord a pleasurable ride for the driver as well. The new Accord 2012 models have added beautiful dark silver door panels to the interior and have accented them with bright silver door handles. The handbrake has received special attention from the Honda designers as well and now sports a beautiful bright silver finish. Honda didn’t stop there as the gearshift, instrument panel and even the steering wheel have received special attention with a design upgrade. The new Accord 2012 Type S models also boast a further refined interior with a luxurious new leather finish for the seating and door liners.
Honda hasn’t made a name for its self on looks alone, however, as the new 2012 Accord models come with a host of technical improvements as well. Under the hood we find a much improved version of their 2.2-liter i-DTEC diesel engine. The new 2012 engine offers an impressive 150 horsepower output which promises to make these new models as powerful as they are stylish. This awesome machine also boasts 350 Nm of torque at 2000 revs which means that this beast will have all the power you could ask for in a Honda. While these specs may seem reminiscent of past models, the new Accord 2012 models are much more eco-friendly than their predecessors.

In addition to the technical refinements and the beautiful new design elements, Honda has created a vehicle that both reduces carbon emissions and increases fuel efficiency. Specifications on the new 2012 Accord point out that a 6-speed manual sedan outputs only 9 g of CO2 per kilometer while the automatic version emits a meager 11 g per kilometer. While these improvements are wonderful for the environment, Honda has created a vehicle that is cheaper to run than earlier models.
The new Honda Accord 2012 has been fitted with refinements to the chassis which has made it much more aerodynamic and promises to cut down on wind resistance which, in effect, will increase fuel efficiency. The Japanese auto giant has also added space age, low friction ball bearings to ensure that the engine meets less resistance when it comes to moving the wheels. These refinements have proven that Honda is designing cars to cater to the modern concerns of environmental impact and economic conservatism.

Honda has already made a name for itself in the field of automotive design and the Accord name has become synonymous with power, functionality and beauty. The 2012 Honda Accord continues this tradition with beautiful refinements to the exterior, a luxurious interior and performance and safety specs that should have everyone talking. Set to be released for purchase this summer, the 2012 Accord was definitely a highlight of this year’s Geneva Auto Show and has promised to give other manufacturers a run for their money in this coming year.

Senin, 04 Juli 2011

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Nissan Esflow Concept

It may be a concept, but the Nissan ESFLOW electric sports car proves it's possible to remain environmentally sympathetic without having to give up the joy of driving.
It looks like a sports car, handles like a sports car and performs like one too. But Nissan ESFLOW Concept is different to every other sports car yet built: it's electric. Using technology pioneered in the award-winning Nissan LEAF, the EV concept shows that driving can still be as much fun tomorrow as it is today.
Nissan has a reputation for creating some of the most exhilarating sports cars on the market. Nissan has also developed the world's first practical Zero Emission family car, the Nissan LEAF.

Now Nissan has put that expertise together. It has captured the excitement of a sports car and the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle and blended them into one dramatic two-seater concept: ESFLOW.
Nissan ESFLOW Concept has been created from the ground up as a pure electric vehicle, to give an idea how a Zero Emission sports car of the future might look. Living ecologically has often been seen as an act of austerity - to save one's environmental conscience sacrifices must be made. ESFLOW is here to address that misconception.
Owning an ecologically sound car does not have to come at the expense of driving enjoyment. The briefest glance at the Nissan ESFLOW Concept is enough to tell you what kind of car it is: a long bonnet leading into a steeply raked, wrap around windscreen, the compact cabin placing the occupants bang on the car's centre of gravity, hunched arches over ultra-low profile tyres wrapped around six spoke wheels. ESFLOW is unmistakably a sports car, and those in the know will recognize its heritage - hints of classic and contemporary Nissan sports cars abound.
Vitally, ESFLOW is not an existing ICE (internal combustion engine) powered vehicle that has been adapted to run on electricity, but a sports car that's been designed from the outset as a Zero Emission vehicle. This means that Nissan's forward thinking designers have had free rein to place the power train and batteries in the optimum positions to benefit the car's handling and performance and enhancing the thrill of driving.
The Car
The Nissan ESFLOW Concept is based on existing technology, implemented in innovative ways. An attractive, head turning composite body covers an aluminium chassis, incorporating its own roll cage. The powertrain unit, which employs the same technologies installed in the Nissan LEAF, is tuned to offer a sporty driving experience.
The Powertrain
Nissan ESFLOW Concept is rear-wheel drive and it runs on two motors. The car's graceful proportions allow the twin electric motors to be placed above the axis of the rear wheels, in a mid-ship position,. These motors independently control the left and right wheels, and so the torque is optimized to ensure outstanding vehicle stability and control as well as efficient power regeneration. The motors produce enough torque in an instant for it to reach a 100kph in under 5 seconds.
Power for the motors comes from the same laminated lithium-ion battery packs used in the Nissan LEAF, but in ESFLOW the packs are located along the axis of the front and rear wheels. This centralizes the mass of the car, and thus its rotation point, close to the driver's hips. These cleverly positioned batteries enable the car to travel over 240km on one charge.
The Chassis

An aluminium chassis has been built around the drive train, taking full advantage of the opportunities that Zero Emission electric propulsion provides. Power cells are incorporated in such a way that they benefit ESFLOW's strength and poise, not detract from them. Indeed, unlike a conventional fuel tank, batteries do not get lighter as they provide energy, so the car's weight distribution remains constant throughout a drive.
The high waistline afforded by the Nissan ESFLOW Concept's classic sports car proportions allows strong, yet unobtrusive roll bars incorporated in to the structure behind the seats to safely take the entire load of the car in the event of a roll over, negating the need for obtrusive, thick, reinforced A-pillars and the blind spots they inevitably create.
This almost unobstructed view ahead will not be unfamiliar to fighter pilots, and just as such pilots speak of "strapping their planes on to their backs", we hope ESFLOW owners will also feel the car to be an extension of their bodies, reacting to their slightest whims. The driver must be at the centre of the sports car both physically and metaphorically.
The Body
The Nissan ESFLOW Concept is undoubtedly an attractive car. Crisp, clean lines not only convey the purity of its sporting potential, but suggest the clarity of electric power. The colour scheme chosen for the concept car is inspired by glaciers - highly reflective solidified liquid with blue tints in its shadows. Like its ZEV concept forebears and contemporary stable mate the ESFLOW's headlights and Nissan emblem are tinted cool blue. The six spoke wheels contain blue carbon inserts while the same material adorns the side sill, roof mounted lip spoiler and lower rear bumper.
Blue LEDs accentuate the futuristic lights slashed into the bodywork both front and rear. Where the Nissan LEAF's protrusive headlights are used to guide airflow around the door mirrors, this is not needed on Nissan ESFLOW Concept as the mirrors have been replaced with minute rear view cameras at the base of its A-pillars. The ESFLOW's front lights do protect a secret of their own however: flip out charging points built in to the air ducts beneath.
The Interior
Ecological minimalism need not come at the expense of luxury. The cabin of the Nissan ESFLOW Concept is clean and open and weight saving has been a priority throughout its design, but it is still a comfortable and pleasant place to sit. By far the heaviest components in modern cars' interiors are the steel framed, thickly upholstered and increasingly motorized seats. In ESFLOW the seats are sculpted into the rear bulkhead of the car, negating the need for a heavy frame. This of course means that they are immobile, but this is of no consequence as the fly-by-wire steering and pedals adjust electrically to the best spot to suit each individual driver's size and preferred driving position.
The seats themselves are upholstered in gold leather and perforated gold suede while the doors are trimmed in dark blue leather and suede. The blue and gold motif, the colour of sparks, is continued across the dashboard, which is also adorned with silver carbon trim, and features four multifunction illuminated LCD displays.
The Driver
Daniel, an ESFLOW owner, works in tech, but lives for the weekend. On Friday night after work, he gets behind the wheels of his ESFLOW which instantly links with his pocket PDA and determines the fastest route to his girlfriend's home. Finding street side parking is a synch as the Nissan ESFLOW Concept's compact dimensions allow it to slip in to the narrowest of spaces. On Saturday he drives to a popular club to exhibit his DJ skills and his friends are impressed by his cool EV sports car.
On Sunday he drives through the mountains for leisure. ESFLOW's superb weight distribution and unobstructed view ahead enables him to effortlessly nail every apex, every time. His descent from the mountains is more relaxed and he allows the ESFLOW to overrun on the long sweeping curves, turning the potential energy he and the car gained climbing up the gradients back in to electrical energy he can use once he hits the roads around Barcelona.
As his ESFLOW sips energy in its garage Daniel prepares himself for the week ahead, batteries fully recharged.

Ford Start Concept

Small, green, smart and fun, the Ford Start Concept revealed at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show is a pure, bespoke concept car from Ford Motor Company making its global debut in China. The Ford Start Concept plays an important role to preview the latest in Ford green technology with its groundbreaking 1.0-litre, three-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine.

The Ford Start Concept was inspired by the world's fast-growing mega cities and the unique needs and mindset of their inhabitants. With heavy traffic, limited parking and fuel efficiency being key concerns among urban drivers, the Ford Start concept provides a vision into a future sporty, small-car package that meets a multitude of primary driving objectives, particularly among first-time buyers.
The Ford Start concept is more than a design exploration into the feasibility of a future small car, however. That's because it previews the smallest engine yet in the growing Ford EcoBoost engine family.
The powerful new Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is engineered to bring the EcoBoost promise for fuel efficiency to small cars with compact engine compartments. This very real technology will come into production in the near future to deliver CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km but power and drivability comparable to larger petrol I4 powerplants.

The Ford Start Concept also has adopted smart phone technology to perform a multitude of in-car functions. This aspirational design concept uses lightweight material and efficient aerodynamics.
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