My childhood, as well as almost anyone’s, was filled with fond memories about the Lego bricks and how much time I spend building fantastic things, at least in my mind, with them. Everything from cars, to robots or anything in between came to life thanks to the iconic building bricks.
But 800 kids from Germany were treated to something much broader in scope, as they built, with the help of 165,000 bricks, a life-size replica of the BMW X1 model. The whole project took four days, and was commissioned by BMW, which gave a certain amount of money for every brick used. The replica will be displayed at the BMW Welt (World, in German) convention, which will start in Munich on November 25.
You should also stay tuned to our website, as we just finished test driving the new BMW X1 through some interesting terrain, and the review will be up soon enough.
In most countries, the winter season is rapidly approaching, meaning that your precious car will be subjected to some serious wear and tear. In order to prevent it from breaking down or becoming seriously damaged, there are a few things you need to keep in mind and inspect, preferably before the snow starts falling or you’ll find yourself in the emergency lane of any road.
So in case you can’t borrow Ken Block’s TRAX STI Subaru-based snow cat, you might want to hit the jump and find out all of the tips on getting your car ready for the upcoming winter season.
We’ve covered BMW’s newest marketing campaign “Joy is BMW” by revealing the ads that highlight the Bavarian carmaker’s newest attitude towards its customers by rewarding them with the best driving experiences on the market.
This campaign also contained a competition among artists from Romania, which challenged them to bring to life this interesting concept. One Alexandru Mirea had a truly unique approach to this, and chose to recreate his favorite model, the BMW Z4, by using paper.
Fine, what’s so special about making a paper car? Well how about decorating it with over 4,000 paper cranes made through the traditional Asian craft of origami? Alex, after spending 15 days and in 5 pulling all-nighters, managed to create a life-size replica of the hot Bavarian roadster. Midway through the assembly, he decided to recreate a more interesting scene, by making the car seem like it is sliding and accents the speed through the rear of it, which seems to disintegrate.
Overall, this is certainly a unique take on BMW models, and one which will leave a mark on many people. Hit the jump to see the video of how the assembly process went, and if you want more details on the build, you can check out this document, but it is in Romanian.
It’s not everyday that you hear your car alarm go off in the middle of the night and go off to investigate. But even though they expected something along the lines of a thief, a Colorado couple was shocked to find out that their car was being ravaged by a bear.
That’s right, the Yogi variety of bear, only this time he didn’t want any picnic baskets. The couple, seeing as how the bear was trapped, presumably after hitting the door locking mechanism with his paw after opening the door from the outside, they called the police.
Member’s of the local sheriff department were equally shocked and before releasing the young bear, snapped a few pictures, which we feature in this article. After opening the door, the brown bear immediately legged it to the woods and disappeared, leaving the car pretty ransacked and the couple and police with one hell of a story to tell.
Officials did take the chance to remember those who live around woods to not leave any food in the car, as before they enter hibernation, bears will sniff and consume almost every morsel of food they can find, going through any obstacle in order to obtain it.
Some of you might remember the world’s fastest taxi we wrote about some time ago. But, while the Lamborghini Murcielago might be the fastest, it sure isn’t the most comfortable. And here are some taxis in Russia (where else?!) which really give you a comfy drive. Yeah, those are a Maybach and a Porsche Cayenne. Now, if we might say that the Cayenne is not such a surprise, who the heck would spend at least $600,000 to buy a Maybach and then turn it into a taxi. So, next time you’re in Russia and don’t want to get into a Lada cab, you might get lucky and ride into one of these, though that woul probably hurt your wallet pretty bad.
More photos after the jump.
We’ve always wondered what would we do if we had too much money and nothing to do with it (after buying ourselves some nice cars, of course). And here are two suggestions, though we probably wouldn’t consider none of them because they’re simply…ridiculous.
The first on is a $200,000 Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament for the Rolls Royce. We don’t know if you can fit it to any Rolls model, but we don’t really care. What we know is that for $200,000 (about half of what you’ve paid for the Phantom), you get an ornament created from diamonds, platinum and other rare metals. We could also tell you how exactly the jewel is made, through what processes it gets before reaching the hood of your Rolls, but we don’t think you’d be interested. The fact is it was designed by Jean Kemanjian, a jeweler from Manhattan and that currently there’s only one of these made, which is in the property of Manhattan Motorcars, the dealership that comissioned it but, of course, they hope to sell a few of these. We can only wish them the best of luck.
And the second item is a $2,750 car wax. Yup, that’s the correct figure, no typos. Produced by a Swiss company, Swizöl this very expensive car wax, called Swissvax, will come in a package which also includes a certificate of authenticity and a hand-engraved plaque bearing a serial number along with the owner’s name. For that money, we don’t care about the certificate or the plaque, but it would better make our cars shine reaally nice!
The Geneva Motor Show, which is currently having its press days, like any other auto show, wouldn’t be complete without all those beautiful girls that make the overall experience even better. So we had to take pictures of some of those girls from the Swiss show. Almost all producers had beautiful girls at their stands, but special mentions go to Pininfarina and Giugiaro, with some extremely sexy girls and also Kia, Cadillac and Lamborghini had some really beautiful girls. At the Lamborghini stand there was also a small fashion show, in which three extremely beautiful girls presented the latest Lamborghini collection. But, because a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ll let you enjoy the photos, after the jump.
Remember the Rinspeed sQuba Concept we wrote about some time ago? Well, as we said back then, the car will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which will start in a couple of weeks and, as the debut gets closer, we’ve also got a full press release from Rinspeed about the amphibian car.
The car, which will definitely be one of Geneva show’s attraction, allows you to drive it around, just like any other “normal” car, us it as a boat and, if you open the doors and let the water in you also be able to use it as a submarine, up to a depth of 10 metres.
The sQuba was the dream of Frank M. Rinderknecht, Rinspeed’s boss and was developed in partnership with Swiss engineering specialist Esoro. First, the combustion engine was removed and replaced by three electric motors, which are located in the rear and are powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. One engine provides propulsion on land, while the other two are used for underwater ‘driving’. Besides these three engine, the Rinspeed sQuba also has two Seabob jet drives in the front, which ?breathe? through special rotating louvers from HS Genion.
The Rinspeed sQuba Concept is 3.79 m long, 1.94 m wide and 1.12 m tall, with a wheelbase of 2,30 m. The electric engine produces 54 kW (73 hp) at 4,500 rpm and a torque of 160 Nm at 1,500 rpm and it accelerates the car from 0 to 80 km/h (50 mph) in 7.1 seconds and to a top speed of 120 km/h (not much, but it’s the legal speed limit in most countries). The car weights about 920 kg and so far we don’t have any details on its autonomy.
We’re really curious to get a look at the Geneva Motor Show, where we’ll be there to report to you live from one of world’s largest auto shows. Meanwhile, check out more photos of the Rinspeed sQuba Concept, a video presentation and the full press release after the jump.
Ok, I gotta admit that my first reaction when I saw this was “Wow!”. It’s a McLaren F1 car replica made from an impressive 956,000 matchsticks. This is the work of Michael Arndt and it took him 6 years and 1686 tubes of glue to finish it. It cost 6000 Euros and can be broken down into 45 separate parts to move it around easier. However, after reading that, one question bothers us: “Why?”. And we still haven’t gotten our answer so, if you have any thoughts, please do share.
Check out more photos after the jump.
Besides the fact the Geneva Motor Show is one of the largest auto shows in the world, Switzerland is also the country where last year natural gas powered vehicles’ number doubled. So we can say that Geneva will be the perfect place for PGO Automobiles of France and BRA GmbH in Germany to present their PGO Cévennes Turbo-CNG natural gas powered car.
The roadster is powered by a 1.6 liter turbo engine that produces 150hp and only emitts 118 grams of CO2 per kilometer. The car can travel up to 450km on a single tank and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds. Not really an original design for the car, which looks almost exactly like the legendary Porsche Speedster, but at least the numbers look good.
We don’t know for sure when this car will go into production but we know that its pricing will be of around 44,000 Euros. We’ll let you know once we have more details on the PGO Cevennes Turbo CNG from the Geneva Motor Show.
The Uirapuru, also known as the Brasinca 4200 GT, is a 60s sports car that has a very interesting history. Created in 1964 by Rigoberto Soler, the car was produced in only 76 units, which makes it a very rare car. Also, rumors say that its design inspired the famous Jensen Interceptor. Its name, Uirapuru, comes from a very rare Amazonian bird whose song is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
Now, after more than 40 years, looks like some one wants to bring the Uirapuru back. And that someone is André Soler (no blood connection to Rigoberto Soler, the creator of the original Uirapuru), who partnered with GT Racers and tries to create a new, modern super car. However, like every small producer, the main problems are the financial one. Though some negotiations were taken with some Arab investors, they couldn’t agree on the terms of the cooperation so now the car’s development is pretty slow, not even reaching the prototype stage.
When it will be produced, the prototype will be 3,93 m long, 1,90 m wide and 1,17 m high, with a wheelbase of 2,73 m and it will be powered by a Judd GV5 Sports Racing V8 engine, that generates over 600 hp when running until 7,800 rpm and more that 800 hp when running at up to 10,000 rpm. Besides that, the creators are also thinking of creating the Uirapuru with a GM 3.6 liter V6 Alloytec engine.
Overall, a very interesting concept and we’ll keep you update once we get more info on the Uirapuru. Meanwhile, check out more renderings of the car after the jump.
The Artega GT Coupe debuted last year at Geneva and it was then presented at Frankfurt. Next month, at the Geneva Motor Show the production ready Artega GT will be on display. Designed by Henrik Fisker (yes, the same man that created the Fisker Karma), the Artega GT kept about the same characteristics as the concept, with a rear mounted 3.6 V6 Volkswagen engine developing 300 hp at 6,600 rpm mated to a Volkswagen DSG gearbox.
500 units will be built and the Artega GT is scheduled to go on sale this summer, at a starting price of €74,983 (about $108,000). For this money, you will also get carbon-fiber reinforced body, ABS, air bags, ASP and bi-xenon headlights.
See more photos after the jump.
Lancia plans on bringing back their legendary Lancia Delta and the new car will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The car is based on the Lancia HPE Concept presented two years ago at the same Geneva show.
The new Lancia Delta will be built on the Fiat Bravo platform and it will basically be a more luxurious Bravo. That’s about all the info we have so far and it makes us wonder, will this be enough to revive the Delta legend? I guess we’ll see that at Geneva, where we’ll be present starting March 4.
Meanwhile, enjoy more photos after the jump.
If you’d ask someone what can you do with a car, I bet you most answers would be “you can drive it” and no one would say “you can play it”. And they’d be wrong, because look at this Ford Focus (or at least what’s left of it). Two American musicians, composer Craig Richey and sound designer Bill Milbrodt stripped a brand new Ford Focus and used its parts to create 31 musical instruments, like a Rear Suspension Spike Fiddle, Door Harp, Clutch Guitar and Fender Bass. Sounds cool, huh?
The instruments will be used by an orchestra to play the music in a Ford Focus commercial which will be aired on ITV Europe on February 4th.
Check out more photos and read the full press release after the jump.
Once again, eBay is the place for the
weirdest most interesting cars we get to see around here. And here’s the latest one, put up for auction today. This thing you see here is a Corvette monster truck, built on a Ford platform. Cool, huh? The car was built by some dude in Hastings, Michigan, has a Chevrolet Corvette body placed on a 1976 Ford F-350 chassis and features, among others, a nitrous kit also. The current bid is $3,050 and the Buy It Now price is set to $9,500. So, if you have some spare cash, you’d better hurry, because this will certainly make you the neighborhood star.