Russians Can Make Supercars Too: Case in Point Lada Raven

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Loading...The Lada is probably the most famous Russian car brand ever and it would be a pity to not envision a supercar under their logo, right? Well, straight out of the land that made so many of those square Soviet cars comes this model pictured below. It’s called Lada Raven and it’s quite  fantastic.

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Shelby Supercars Tuatara Aims at the Next Speed Record

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Loading...Shelby Supercars Tuatara aims at being one of the future record breaking supercars, when it comes to speed. This vehicle comes with extreme specifications and took the name Tuatara from a New Zealand reptile that’s a descendent of dinosaurs.

In the Maori language, this means “peaks on the back”, a feat that’s shown by the design of the Tuatara, through the tiny wings on the back of the new car. SSC’s new car has a body made entirely of carbon fiber and the chassis and wheels will be made from the same material. The engine is twin turbo V8 (7 liter), that generates 1,350 horsepower, enough to make a Bugatti jealous.

Shelby Supercars Tuatara uses a triple disc carbon clutch, 7 speed manual H-Patter or 7 Speed SMG Paddle Shift. I’d love to see it during a Top Gear show, being tested against the Veyron.

[via Tuvie]

Saab Spyker 9+ Tribute Concept Car

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Loading...The Saab Spyker 9+ Tribute is a concept car imagined by Swedish designer Eduard Gray, graduate of the Coventry University (UK), with a Bachelor Degree 2:1 in Industrial Product Design.

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The 9+ Tribute supercar features low aerodynamics and uses a Spyker chassis with a mid-mounted engine, while Saab comes up with the design details and the engineering. The power will probably be provided by an Audi-sourced V8 engine.

The exterior design is pure Saab, featuring simple lines, turbine-style wheels, trademark headlights and the Saab grille, but also a big windshield that extends over the entire roof top. To quote Eduard Gray: “This design, the 9+ Saab Spyker Tribute, is just a quick expression of my optimism for the future of the brand.”

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Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid, Shown at 2010 Geneva Motor Show

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Loading...The Evora 414E Hybrid concept is the first ever Lotus Hybrid, and has been shown a few days ago at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Despite using a fuel efficient drivetrain, this concept vehicle is still a thrilling car, that manages to sprint from 0 to 60 Mph in under 4 seconds, thanks to its output of 408 hp.

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The Lotus Evora 414E has two electric motors (one for each rear wheel) and uses an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) system, which means it can run on battery power alone for a range of 35 miles, before an optimised 1.2 litre, three-cylinder gas engine with an output of 47 hp, kicks in and acts as a generator, offering an additional range of about 300 miles.

The electrical power is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack, which is placed at the center of the car, for stability and safety. Since the car will run most of the time on electricity, this Lotus concept car features a HALOsonic Internal and External Electronic Sound Synthesis system that makes it sound like a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, making it safe for pedestrians.

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Protoscar LAMPO2, Electric Sports Car Prototype

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Loading...Created by the Swiss company Protoscar (CleanCar Shapers), the LAMPO2 is an electric sports car prototype. This electric vehicle, which is the successor of the first LAMPO concept, shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009, will be displayed at the Swiss Motor Show, next month.

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Using the General Motors’ Kappa platform, the LAMPO2 lost some weight and features better aerodynamics. It’s powered by two electric motors (one for each axle) that generate 408 HP and 640 Nm of torque, being able to go up to 60 MPH in just about 5 seconds and reaching a top speed 124 MPH.

The LAMPO2 uses an all-electric plug-in rechargeable drivetrain from BRUSA, that offers four distinct charging modes, for the large-capacity lithium ion battery pack, including an interface for DC fast charging via an off-board system, which offers up to 60 miles of range, after just 10 minutes of charge.

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[via Autoblog]

E-Sphyra Electric Supercar Reaches Prototype Phase

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Loading...The E-Sphyra concept car was created by a group of students (including the two main designers, John Daretry and Cyril Prongue) from the Belfort-Montbeliard University of Technology, in France. This supercar is intended to be a performance-oriented sports car, with a modern, aerodynamic exterior design.

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The project was developed by three different departments, the first one worked on the architecture, the second was in charge of the electric parts, while the last one created the body, all coordinated by Thibault Brant, the man responsible with the entire project.

The ultra-light fiberglass body kit was built using a master model made from polyethylene, based on two scale models. The E-Sphyra prototype is powered by a rear-mounted electric engine which generates 100 kilowatts (134 HP) and it weighs only 800 kgs. The construction of this concept vehicle took more than two thousand hours.

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[via Car Body Design]

Maserati Tramontane, Lightweight Electric Supercar

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Loading...Maserati Tramontane is a concept car created by designer Ondrej Jirec, from the Czech Republic. Jirec is none other than the creator of the Audi O, designed back in 2008. The Tramontane was developed as part of the designer’s studies at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena).

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The new Maserati concept’s body consists of four distinct layers, which flow from the interior to the exterior. The first one is the exterior glass surface, sustained by a black frame that attaches to the chassis. Tramontane’s second layer contains the dashboard and the headlights and also protects the interior air vents and the speakers.

The impact-resistant lower section of the seats makes out the third layer. This one also extends to the exterior and carries the tail lights. The supercar’s fourth and final layer is located in the front of the vehicle and it serves as a case for the electric engine and as a dashboard. This segment is connected to the chassis and conceals all the electronics.

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Maserati Tramontane’s interior design is very simple. On the dashboard we can find a large gauge with digital display, for better navigation. The concept vehicle measures 4.25 meters in length, 1.17 meters in height and it is powered by two electric motors, one for the front wheels and the other for the rear wheels.

In conclusion, the Tramontane is intended to be “a lightweight electric luxury supercar”, to quote Jirec.

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Ferrante Design V Concept, an Italian Tribute to the American Muscle Cars

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Loading...The V Concept supercar has been designed by the Italian designer Fabio Ferrante, who is a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Turin. The concept is a luxurious 4 seater coupe, designed for comfort and the pleasure of driving.

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Despite its fluid car body design, the V is actually inspired from the 1960s American muscle cars, especially the 1967 Chevrolet Impala, featured in the TV series “Supernatural”. The letter “V”, naming this sports car, is actually the first letter in the name of Ferrante’s girlfriend.

The V Concept has its distinct character and is not intended to be a revival of the Chevrolet Impala. Instead it’s a tribute to the style of the American muscle cars, with their imposing muscular build. This vehicle measures around 5 meters in length, 2 meters in width and has a height of about 1.4 meters. Even though the concept is not going into serial production, Ferrante proposed a hybrid engine for the supercar.

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Phoenix Concept Sportscar is an Alternative Energy Fountain

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Loading...Sergio Loureiro made my day with this concept, the Phoenix “Regeneration Passion”, which was his final project for the MA Vehicle Design Course at the Royal College of Art.

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We’re dealing with an electric sportscar that’s based on alternate energy and its regeneration, by using kinetic watches, wind turbines, geothermic energy and even a … “sustainable dance floor” that absorbs the energy from the bouncing of the floor.

This baby can also turn, as it handles the curves as if it were a motorbike, well two bikes actually, plus a central kinetic axis (picture below).

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The Phoenix is a concept two-seater that uses a front wind turbine to also generate a bit more energy, while slowing down. Even the suspension system generates energy with the aid of kinetic movement, so you’ll have plenty of electricity to toy with.

In the end, you’ll probably want to know that Sergio Loureiro created this beauty using “the wings of a bat ray” as an inspiration for the design.

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Foldable BRB Evolution Concept Supercar is Also Green

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Loading...The BRB Evolution seems to be your average Batmobile-wannabe supercar, but with a twist: it “transforms” and folds so it can occupy less space. Its designer, Daniel Bailey did a great job as the look of the automobile is superb and you might want to know that he draws his inspiration from the Lamborghini Murcielago and Peugeot 908.

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Aside from folding and fitting into small parking spaces, the BRB Evolution can also save the Earth, by being “green” and using an electric or hydrogen-based engine. Also, you shouldn’t forget a dog or your mate inside the car while it’s being folded as it will pretty much damage the person or pet. That’s right, no passengers while the car’s folding!

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[via Jalopnik]