Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peugeot Oxia

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

Fiat City Car (X1/23)

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


Seeing a market for a scooter that would get commuters in congested cities out of their cars BMW came up with the C1. From the outset safety was paramount with the bike being crash tested and fairing as well as many contemporary small city cars. The inclusion of ABS, seat belt and side protection bars meant that in many countries (Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Israel and Spain) exceptions for the need to wear a helmet were made specifically for the C1.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Midnight Rider

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

Ghia Action

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

Kaiser Darrin

Now this is an interesting car with a interesting history. Designed by “Dutch” Darrin who was already a respected designer with the Packard Darrin in the 40‘s to name. He had worked for K. F. Corp on a few previous projects but its when asked Henry Kaiser, the K in the company name, to come to his shop to see something he’d built in his own time, things changed. When Henry laid eyes on the sports cars he dismissed it “we don’t build sportscars” but as luck would have it his wife spoke up saying that it was the most wonderful car she had ever seen. With this recommendation production started a year later in 1954. Not only that but Henry had cleared it with the board to co name the car.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AC 3000ME

In the early 1970’s AC were keen to compete in the relatively new small mid engined sports car market, but with no car currently in the design office the small firm turned its eyes to the Diabolo, a prototype with an Austin Maxi engine and transaxle built by race privateers Peter Bohanna and Robin Stables. After a year of development the prototype way unveiled a year later in 1973 at the London Motor Show with a Ford Essex V6 power plant after BLMC decided that they needed all their engines for their cars and wouldn’t release any.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

DAF 600

The DAF 600 in the face if it looks like most small European cars built in the late 1950’s, this one though has a trick up its sleave, one that F1 banned even before it hit the track 35 years later in the 1993 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.