Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The terms Peugeot and Supercar are not likely bedfellows, but in 1988 Peugeot debuted its Oxia concept car at the Paris Auto Show. The difference with the very modern looking concept was its actually worked!!! Powered by a twin turbo mid mounted V6 producing 670bhp powering all 4 wheels, all this in what turns out is a Supercar looking GT cruiser , but when its teased would keep going upto 187mph. It even had 4 wheel steering, a early satellite navigation system, a built in phone and even CD player!!!!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This 1972 concept car is well ahead of its time, small and powered by an electric motor. Unfortunately back in the 1970’s battery technology want what it is today and 166kgs of batteries were squeezed into the diminutive dimensions of the prototype. Fiat claimed a top speed of 50mph and a range of 45 miles, but a a weight of 820kgs this may have been optimistic. These weren’t the only potential problems the side windows were so low that couldn’t be opened all the way.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Conceived in the mid 80’s before finally being given the go ahead in 1997 and taking 7 years to build this is the worlds heaviest Limousine, weighting in at 25tonnes. The idea behind the Midnight Rider was to be able to take a large number of passengers back to a time of the railroad. Which is why the interior harks back to those old railway carriages. Capable of holding 40 people and staffed by 5, it come complete with full bar, and 3 lounges one with panoramic views.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Commissioned by Ford through their European design house in the late 1970’s to get into the wedge supercar market. Unfortunately this is as far as it got , although even at the time it was a little to much show car than Countach competitor. Powered from a F1 derived V8 mid mounted in its enclosed rear end. It was debuted in 1978. Definitely a car that is of its age with all the excess of the angles that made the wedge such a 70’s icon.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Williams FW15C CVT.So what innovation was it, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), called the DAF Variomatic. Its basically one single variable gear which allows the engine to run at the optimum efficiency through its rev range.