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Ferrari F80 Concept

Adriano Raeli, a 28-year-old automotive designer, speaks up about this famed Ferrari F80 hypercar concept, which is touted to have a top speed of 300mph if it were to ever go in production. "I wanted to create something striking before graduation [at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.], and what better way than to come up with a hypercar concept. Enzo Ferrari had always been a great inspiration for me, and I wanted to pay tribute to this great idol of the automotive world. My goal was to design a car that would be up to his standards as well as those of Pininfarina, which I have also always admired. I truly wanted the project to express my inner passion for the automotive arts," said Raeli. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a ball python getting confused on a blanket and not moving an inch.

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Honda Synergy

Ever wonder what an off-road F1 car might look like? If so, then check out Darby Jean Barber's Honda Synergy Concept. It features dual electric motors and low-profile glass dome. The Synergy was created to demonstrate Honda's ambition to further push the limits of technology and automobile design. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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MacBook OLED Touch Bar

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

Master 3D modeler Martin Hajek is back at it again, and this time, he has rendered the upcoming MacBook OLED Touch Bar. As you can see above, it can be used like a status bar, showing download progress, used as media control, Spotify playlist, or even a Siri visualizer. If you need additional custom shortcut keys, they could also be programmed to appear in the bar. Continue reading for more pictures, including one in the dark.

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Chevrolet FNR

Here's another look at the Chevrolet FNR, a futuristic concept vehicle with a capsule design. What sets this apart from other self-driving cars are its "Dragonfly" dual-swing doors that enable most of the bodywork to peel away like armor. It uses integrated sensors, along with a roof-mounted radar unit, for autonomous operation, and it can even suggest alternate routes when a human helms the controls. In self-driving mode, the front seats are capable of swiveling 180° to face the rear seats. Continue reading for another video. Click here to view more images of the FNR.

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BMW Vision Next 100 Concept

New images of the futuristic BMW Vision Next 100 concept have surfaced. Taking an Alive Geometry approach, it features two modes: "Ease" retracts the steering wheel and adjusts the seats so it's easier to interact with others in the car, while "Boost" mode uses the windshield to overlay information like optimal driving lines, steering points, and speeds. The exterior boasts series of triangular shape-shifting "scales" that stretches to accommodate the turning of the faired in wheels, improving aerodynamics. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Mercedes SL GTR

Mercedes-Benz has partnered with McLaren in the past, but now the automaker plans on releasing a supercar that will blow its competitors out of the water. This F1-inspired model will boast a hybrid mid-engine layout using technology from their actual race cars. "We have the most energy-dense hybrid pack in existence/ It would make a great deal of sense to harness that technology for the road," said performance division boss Tobias Moers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Maserati LaMaserati

Based on the Ferrari LaFerrari, the Maserati LaMaserati, designed by Staffordshire University transport design student Mark Hostler, ditches the KERS system from the LaFerrari being ditched, and is powered by a tuned 6.3L V12 being for weight reduction purposes. Considering that the Fiat Group owns both Ferrari and Maserati, we may see some type of Maserati hypercar in the near future. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple iCar

Photo credit: Motor Trend

It's inevitable, an Apple iCar that is. However, Motor Trend recently unveiled a concept showing what it definitely won't look like. In September 2015, this vehicle was reportedly set to "committed project" status, in time for a 2019 release date, which would mean that at least a few design concepts have been completed, but after Johnny Ive reviewed the program, he "expressed his displeasure." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Toyota uBOX

Toyota partnered with graduate students at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research to create "uBOX". A new concept vehicle designed for Generation Z, whether it be for transportation, work or socializing. The box-like, door-equipped crossover sports an electric powertrain that delivers ample take-off power, while a configurable interior with sliding, nesting seats enables you to easily switch between cargo and people carrying, as needed. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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1972 Maserati Boomerang

This is not a DeLorean prototype, just the sleek Maserati Boomerang, which was first revealed at the Turin Auto Show in 1971. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, this unique vehicle is powered by a 4.7L V8 engine that generates 310-horsepower, driving the rear wheels, and mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It has a unique dashboard layout where the steering wheel and gauge cluster are part of a single console that emerges from the dash, and the steering wheel rotates around the stationary gauges. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of molten copper being poured onto a block of styrofoam.

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