China’s Autohome has leaked the Infiniti Qs Inspiration all-electric sports sedan concept ahead of its official reveal at the 2019 Auto Shanghai trade show on Tuesday, April 16. No technical specifications have been announced, but Infiniti says it offers “elevated driving position and high-performance electrified all-wheel drive (e-AWD) power.” Read more for additional pictures – one interior shot included – and information.
Auto enthusiast and brick master Lachlan Cameron recreated Ken Block’s Ford Mustang RTR Hoonicorn V2 (above bottom) using a plethora of LEGO Technic parts (above top). Featuring the iconic 1965 Mustang shape, various wheel options, and even miniature turbochargers sticking out of the hood like its real-life counterpart. Yes, it even drives, thanks to working steering, eight functional lights, an in-board suspension, all-wheel drive, electric motors and a transmission. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Daria Radionova
Entrepreneur Daria Radionova wanted her Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to really stand out and a simple body kit or paint job just wasn’t going to cut it. So, she decided to have a shop cover her supercar in roughly 2-million Swarovski crystals, and it took a team about 700-hours to complete. Let’s just say it attracted quite the crowd in London. She didn’t say how much it cost, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the job cost as much as the vehicle itself, or possibly even more. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Jeroen Claus
The Tesla Roadster is set for launch in 2020, but it may be a while until the company decides to build an electric hypercar. To whet your appetite, automotive designer Jeroen Claus has created the Tesla Olympus Max, which features a sleek carbon fiber body inspired by the Aston Martin Valkyrie, aerodynamic body panels, and what appear to be larger versions of the Model 3’s aero wheels. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: WildFennec
Wild Fennec wanted to go on off-road adventures with some of the creature comforts of home. So, they transformed their Land Rover Defender 110 into a tiny house of sorts. At the push of a button, a camper with enough room for two adults pops up in approximately 43-seconds. Inside, you’ll find a sleeping area, kitchentte, composting toilet, and a dining area. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Envisioned by automotive designer Artyom Trofimenko, the Renault EZ-Tournee is a supercar concept unlike any other that you’ve seen before. Featuring a front / rear equipped with luminescent panels, four large wheels with electric motors in each one, and full autonomy. According to the designer, this electric supercar is targeted at 30-45 year old males, mainly due to the lack of space as well as having only a single passenger seat. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Benedetto Bufalino
Artist Benedetto Bufalino took a normal Fiat Coupé and transformed it into a food cart of sorts that serves fries. The vehicle was sliced in half horizontally to make this possible and then fitted with several deep fryers. However, the top half was kept and lights were installed just to keep things illuminated at dusk. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X owners will be able to play two new Atari games this week when the update rolls out. That’s right, Super Breakout and 2048 are are being added alongside Missile Command, Asteroids, Lunar Lander as well as Centipede that were available since last August. For those who have ordered their Tesla vehicle or having it delivered soon, these games are playable on the center screen using controls on the steering wheel. Read more to see a short preview of the new games.
Why valet park, when autonomous summon technology can have your car navigate parking lots or streets to pick you up? During the GPU Technology Conference last month, Clarion demonstrated its long-range autonomous summon technology, running on NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier. Using just a smartphone, you can call a parked, driverless vehicle to a pick-up spot. It automatically navigates around pedestrians, other vehicles and obstacles on the route to smoothly meet its passengers. Read more for another video of the NVIDIA Drive AGX and additional information.
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Stanford researchers have developed an autonomous Audi TTS running new control software that relies on prior driving experience to remain in control, and be able to handle the unexpected. The team created a neural network to enable these driverless cars to perform high-speed maneuvers just like a pro driver. “Our work is motivated by safety, and we want autonomous vehicles to work in many scenarios, from normal driving on high-friction asphalt to fast, low-friction driving in ice and snow. We want our algorithms to be as good as the best skilled drivers – and, hopefully, better,” said Nathan Spielberg, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Read more for a video and additional information.