With main focus on extreme design but keeping an eye on the environment, the graduates at the Royal College of Art have competed for the 2008 Pilkington Automotive Vehicle Design award, with several futuristic cool cars ideas.
Among these graduates were Ian Callum, the Jaguar design chief, Peter Schreyer, the original Audi TT designer and current head of Kia design, Marek Reichman, the design director at Aston Martin, and many other important figures from the industry.
Sun Mar 17 2013 21:50:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Billy F Gibbons is an artist. A music artist. You might know him from ZZ Top fame. Billy is a hot-rodder, but he is more than just a music artist, he is a car artist. He calls this the Bus Ball. Where’s the dang tires? Billy responded that “the Coker skins [wide whites, of course], are stashed in the boot.! Sort of a James Bond arrangement where the tires unfold when required. By the way, the gas mileage is superb and the wind-resistance factor is greatly improved over the original design."
Mon Mar 04 2013 18:34:19 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Ford Pinto – The mother of all bad cars. This car is an abomination, with an exploding gas tank that killed thousands of people, and maimed even more. Ford actually had a radio spot that claimed, “Pinto leaves you with that warm feeling,” can you believe it? A better “saddle” tank was used in the Capri, but the bean counters decided a human life (worth $200,725 dollars) and the lawsuits were cheaper than spending $5.08 per car to fix the problem. When the Pinto was hit, the doors would crumble, trapping owners inside the burning car. Even though Ford tested the Pinto 40 times in secret, with it exploding every time, they still refused to fix it. The Ford Pinto is the most reprehensible decision in the history of American engineering.
Sun Feb 24 2013 18:39:02 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
The Porsche 356 was the company's first production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. Of the 76,000 originally produced, it is estimated that approximately half are surviving.