The Super 32 Rovescio, built by tiny Roman manufacturer Nembo Motociclette, is just such an iconoclastic machine. It is a motorcycle that literally turns engine design on its head – because designer Daniele Sabatini decided he could build a better motor by flipping it upside down.
The world of 4x4s is considerably more staid when it comes to design than their smaller 2×4 road based counterparts. Boxy, solid designs tend to be favoured for serious, non-Soccer Mom off-road duties and when designers get all inspired and create something a little curvy, they can actually send the company out of business (a la Hummer).
The Bugatti type 105 was the last attempt to restart the company by Roland Bugatti and its road cars. An attempt to create the first digital super car, it featured extensive computer assists and software to keep the car in control.
We featured the Australian Holden Torana GTR-X a few months ago but only recently came across this footage of the car being tested on a private development track.
Okay so in the grand scheme of things this invention seems a little mad. It’s also incredibly cool and if it actually worked it’d be revolutionary, but the inventor’s claim that he hit 100mph and managed 280 miles per gallon in his test monowheel does seem a little far fetched. As does his claim that…
1970 saw Giorgetto Giugiaro of Ital Design reveal his 4th concept car, the 1970 Giugiaro Porsche Tapiro. The car was designed with double gull-wing doors and was based on the Porsche 914 chassis using the same 2.4 litre flat-6 producing 220 bhp and 7200 rpm.
Any audiophile will tell you that speakers are everything. Up until now though, it hasn’t been possible to make speakers out of anything. These glass jar speakers by designer Sarah Pease are made using the open source speaker design..
Last month we began talking to Icon Motosports and Old School Helmets about a unique new project, we wanted to take steps to solve a dilemma facing safety conscious, vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. Specifically, the fact that it’s currently impossible to buy a retro full face helmet that passes any international helmet certification standard.
This car, the 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe, is one of those motorised industrial design masterpieces that allows all people, regardless of their wheel-number-preference, to stand side by side with their mouths open. Before tentatively checking their wallets to see if they, by some miracle, have enough clams to bid on it.
The project has been picking up quite a bit of attention around the web, not least for the fact that Matus will build you your own Akira Bike if you pledge $10,000 to getting his concept off the ground.
The Husqvarna Baja Concept was unveiled at the New York International Motorcycle Show last week, in some respects its the next step in development for their Moab concept, although the Baja does seem a little more suited to rolling around in the mud.
The 1938 Dubonnet Hispano Xenia is one of the most iconic pre-war automobiles out of continental Europe, only one was ever made as it’s purpose was not not make money but rather to showcase a new type of automobile suspension, a suspension arrangement that would go on to be the grandfather of the suspension system used…