In this video, Henry Catchpole of evo takes a good look at the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Initially a ‘virtual’ only racer, it has now become metal – and my word what a car it is. This concept is very likely to translate in to the successor for the Bugatti Veyron. Quite how the marque can top such an iconic car remains to be seen. If it looks anything like this concept car though they are likely to be on to a winner!
SEAT has targeted another niche in the car market – a jacked up three door sports performance car named the Leon Cross Sport. Whilst it is being labelled as a concept ‘crossover’ I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this rolling out of showrooms sooner rather than later. For our money here at Car Articles, for all that it may sit slightly awkwardly with that extra ground clearance, the performance should be something to behold.
The car is fitted with an all wheel drive system and 300PS, thanks to the same powertrain as the Volkswagen Golf R. The two-litre engine generates 300 PS, as well as being capable of propelling it from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive with electronic differential lock and ground clearance 41 millimetres higher than on the Leon CUPRA guarantee driving fun, even when the route involves poor road surfaces.
“Performance has many facets for us. The Leon Cross Sport marks an enormous expansion of the possibilities offered by a CUPRA. Thanks to all-wheel-drive and an all-road set-up, those driving the Cross Sport face virtually no restrictions – and absolutely no limitations to everyday driving fun,” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of Research and Development at SEAT, S.A. “The Leon Cross Sport is equipped with the full Leon technology package, from an exceptionally refined drive, through to an extensive array of assistance systems and a whole new level of connectivity with SEAT Full Link.”
We’ve said it recently and we’ll say it again – thanks to the proliferation of car makers exploring niches that the rest of us didn’t think existed, there should literally be a car for everyone out there. This sporty new SEAT certainly hits the mark.
Jaguar will celebrate its glorious history in style at the Goodwood Revival this year, with the presentation of a selection of famous heritage sports cars, new products for heritage car owners and the opportunity for festival visitors to race heritage cars of the electric-powered kind on its stand within the Earls Court Motor Show enclosure.
Jaguar is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2015, and Jaguar will present iconic and award winning Jaguar sports cars on its show stand. In addition, Jaguar invites festival visitors to compete using scale model historic race cars on a custom-built Scalextric race track, which will be positioned on the main stand.
The 1938 SS100 Jaguar 2 ½ Litre is one of the rarest of the breed with only 191 examples ever made. Also on display is a cherished piece of automotive history – the 1950 XK120 wearing registration plate ‘NUB 120’.
Wearing chassis number 850041, the 1961 E-type was, as the chassis number denotes, the 41st E-type to ever be produced. It wears the original production features such as external bonnet locks and was reportedly first owned by the Duke of Bedford. The final model on display is Jaguar’s latest sportscar icon, the F-TYPE.
Many of Jaguar’s iconic sports cars will entertain spectators in a number of different races across the weekend on the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Cars including the XK120, Long nose D-type, E-type and Lister Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ will be challenging for outright victory in their respective races.
Fresh from his recent Class C victory at the final round of the Jaguar Heritage Challenge and completion of the grueling Mille Miglia earlier this year, Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee Chairman Ben Cussons will be racing his ‘PUG 676’ C-type in the Freddie March Memorial Trophy. Headlining the range of Jaguar racing cars is one of the brand’s most significant models ever built – the Jaguar E2A Le Mans prototype, which is entered into Race 16, the Sussex Trophy.
Another legendary Jaguar racing car present at the Goodwood Revival is C-type ‘MDU 212’ with chassis number XKC 005. This all-original C-type, which goes on display at the dedicated Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations stand, is a truly remarkable car and is credited with winning the 1952 Reims Grand Prix with Sir Stirling Moss behind the wheel.
The Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team is inviting owners of pre-1972 Jaguar cars to park in its designated area on site. In addition, owners can enjoy refreshments at the Special Operations stand by simply presenting the keyfob of their heritage model to a member of the Special Operations team.
Jaguar Heritage, which forms part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division, offers a growing and comprehensive catalogue of over 30,000 spare and replacement parts for a range of Heritage models 10 years out of production.
Jaguar Heritage Parts will launch three new exhaust kits for E-type Series 1 and Series 2 (excl. 2+2 versions) at Goodwood Revival this year, all on display at the Special Operations stand. Like all Jaguar Heritage Parts, the new exhaust kits are manufactured using the original drawings and tooling methods to maintain and preserve the authenticity of each customer’s treasured Jaguar Heritage model.
In addition to its Parts business, Jaguar Heritage will showcase the services of its new expanded Browns Lane workshop, which now has the capability of carrying out service, maintenance and complete restoration on all Heritage models, including the stunning XJ220 supercar.
Another car coming to the Geneva Motor Show 2015 is the Infinity QX30 Concept, as shown here. What do you think? Do you love the coupe like lines or hate the hot hatch on stilts vibe it gives?
“We wanted the spontaneous fluidity of the QX30 Concept design to cut through the urban clutter and rigidity, reflecting its go-anywhere and spur-of-the-moment nature,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director.
“The QX30 Concept has been designed to make occupants feel safe and protected inside, and customers can drive in or out of the city without worrying about nicks to the chromework.”
Come back to Car Articles soon for more information. We expect the production model to look broadly similar to this concept car.
Skoda will be in attendance in 2014 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, bringing not one but two amazing concepts for visitors. The first and the one which we are most interested in here at Car Articles is the VisionC concept. It is designed to be proportionately perfect in the well known five door body shape of the Octavia etc. But what makes the car really special is the bespoke natural gas drive system. As demand on diesel and petrol grows then the imperative for manufacturers should be to continue to explore new options which is why we really like this car. Not to mention the fact it has real wow factor in the looks department.
The Skoda Yeti Xtreme concept car is the second shown at the Festival. Powered by a 1.8 TSI 160PS engine, the Yeti Xtreme incorporates an Octavia vRS braking system, 17-inch alloy wheels and chunky off-road rally tyres. Inside, the Xtreme includes four individual Recaro sports seats, four-point safety harnesses and a sports steering wheel with integrated paddles.
The theme for the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed is ‘Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport’ – a title that fits perfectly with Skoda and its heritage of motorsport success. The brand’s legendary Fabia S2000 – the most successful rally car of the Super 2000 era – will be demonstrating its remarkable talents on the Skoda-supported 1.7-mile Forest Rally Stage.
This year, British star Neil Simpson will be in charge of serving up the action, with multiple daily runs through the stage. With vast experience in the world of rallying, Neil is currently campaigning his Simpsons Fabia S2000 on selected European Rally Championship rounds, and has already recorded a number of impressive results in 2014.
The 227mph, record-breaking Octavia vRS Bonneville Special will also be on display, along with the very latest incarnation of Skoda’s performance flagship. The sporting theme continues with the Citigo Monte Carlo, along with a Service Park Challenge area where visitors can pit their wheel-changing skills against each other. A further challenge awaits those who fancy their chances racing remote control Fabia S2000s, while younger fans can find out more about Skoda’s innovative Young Driver initiative.
Does this concept car float your boat? Strange name aside, the MINI Superleggera Vision presents yet another slice of the diminutive brand in something that should be an excellent counterpoint to the Mazda MX-5.
The MINI SuperleggeraTM Vision is on the one hand a classic roadster, a compact and agile two-seater, expressing the most minimalist and emotional style of motoring; and on the other hand its electric drivetrain gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics. In collaboration with MINI, Touring SuperleggeraTM has designed and built an elaborately crafted, unique model which blends the tradition of classic coachwork construction with the MINI’s authentic British styling to create timeless aesthetic appeal.
Modern Britishness meets Italian flair: the iconic design of MINI meets elegant, athletic beauty – interpreted in contemporary style.
Classic Italian body construction and hand-shaped metal sheeting give the MINI SuperleggeraTM Vision a unique emotional appeal.
Both on the inside and outside, the form is reduced to the maximum extent so as to achieve a clear focus on the distinctive driving experience.
The interior reflects traditional coachwork construction in terms of materials and styling, combined with the icons of MINI interior design.
High-end materials such as leather, aluminium and black chrome highlight the clear aesthetics of the interior.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design on the concept: “Touring Superleggera and MINI have much in common: both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasise iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the MINI SuperleggeraTM Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship.”
We at Car Articles quite like the look of this thing and see no reason why it shouldn’t be a commercial success.
You may recall the previous coverage on Car Articles of the Infinity Q50 Eau Rouge concept car. No longer a concept, this performance car has a monster engine – a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine with an output of 568hp and 600Nm of torque! No doubt performance will be impressive especially as it is mated to a four wheel drive system and seven speed gearbox.
The most powerful and exhilarating petrol-powered Infiniti model has not been confirmed for production, but performance is impressive. 0-62 in less than 4 seconds and a top speed of over 180 miles per hour is quoted. Somewhat less exciting is the 2 litre powerplant destined for China and Europe. It develops 214hp and 320Nm of torque so hopefully it’ll be strong on efficiency.
This is the BMW X5 eDRIVE Concept car, and it represents one of the most fuel efficient SUV vehicles on the planet. It still features the excellent xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system but is capable of 120 km/h (75 mph), a maximum range of 30 kilometres (19 miles) on electric power alone and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres (74.3 mpg imp).
The concept study’s BMW eDrive system consists of a four-cylinder combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor which is also the work of the BMW Group. The 70 kW/95 hp motor sources its energy from a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It can be charged from any domestic power socket and has sufficient capacity to enable the car to travel up to 30 kilometres (19 miles) solely on electric power, generating zero local emissions in the process.
Do you think this is the future of the SUV or is it simply a case of a smaller, lighter vehicle will always be a better choice for efficiency?
This is the latest Kia concept car. Whilst the brand seems to go from strength to strength, will this B-segment car have enough oomph in an extremely crowded market? Kia is selling this car as a “concept car combines a mischievous character in a clearly robust and substantial yet stylish bodyshape featuring a mix of contrasting materials in compact, purposeful dimensions”. What do you make of it? I quite like it, I must say. I just hope if it is made it keeps the bold lines…
This is the Peugeot RCZ R Concept car and it is scheduled to be shown at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2013. The car utilises a more powerful 1.6-litre THP engine with 260bhp, making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. Its efficiency will be a benchmark with power/capacity among the highest in the world for production vehicles at over 160bhp/litre with CO2 emissions targeted at just 155g/km.
It also promises intense dynamic sensations from the legacy of its race-bred experiences, with a bespoke suspension set-up, a specific and distinctive wheel design, combined with a Torsen limited slip differential to harness the huge reserves of power and torque available.
Two red RCZ Rs will be displayed for the first time in public: on the Peugeot stand and shown performing dynamically during the Festival of Speed weekend, driven by the UK Peugeot 208 GTi Ambassador, Bradley Philpot – a finalist in the recent Nürburgring 24-hour race that saw three Peugeot 208 GTi cars win their SP2T class.