Concept Cars

eBay Deal of the Week: The weirdest car ever?

Posted in Concept Cars, Cross Over Vehicle, Custom, eBay Motors, General, Promoted by MrAngry | September 17th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |


Now here’s something new. This is a completely hand fabricated one-off custom car that is truly like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It’s built on a one-inch steel tubular chassis with a body that’s made from fiberglass and carbon fiber. The engine is a 2.2 liter 4-cyl Chevrolet engine with a supercharger that, according to the owner, is good for 270 HP and 26 mpg. It sports a custom interior and is fully road legal in the state of Florida. This is definitely one of the coolest things we’ve seen on eBay in a while, so make sure to click through for more photos or go directly to the eBay Motors link below.


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The Spirit of LeMons

Posted in Best of, Concept Cars, FAIL / Funny, Funny, General, Other Rides, Videos by MrAngry | May 30th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Spirit of Lemons

If you’re not familiar, the 24 Hours of LeMons is an amateur racing series where some of the greatest automobiles in existence come together for a no-holds-barred endurance run. The cars cost $500, look (for the most part) like shit, and are in some cases, held together with little more than zip-ties and duct tape. Jeff Bloch, a Washington D.C. Police Officer by day, and the builder of this LeMons car by night, had a stroke of genius one day. It’s called the “Spirit of LeMons” and combines the chassis of an old Toyota truck, with the body of a 1956 Cessna aircraft. The result, as you can see, is glorious!


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7 Coolest Concept Car Features

Posted in Car Buying, Car Tech, Concept Cars by Frank | November 22nd, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Concept cars don’t make it to the streets very often; their rarity is their allure. Their charming idiosyncrasy is likened to that beautiful someone you never get a chance to go out with — the possibilities seem endless with an aura of mystery attached. The idea of driving most of these awesome cars will always remain an idea, and nothing can tarnish that.

For now, fasten your seatbelts and drift through the following list of some extremely awesome feature that will probably never see a real road, but they can chase you in your sepia-toned daydreams.

1. Fuel Cell Operation

Our world has seen hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles; but as of this moment, our cars still have a gasoline addiction. Sometimes, an auto show goes above and beyond by showing us what a hydrogen cell car can look like and teasing us with its insanely low operation cost.  Imagine no more pain at the pump.

2. Popemobile-style Convertible Rear

Wouldn’t you love to be chauffeured around in a rear section that opens up, so you can catch some rays while you’re driving to the country club or to that important board meeting?  Well, maybe (for now) you won’t be able to own it with your current paycheck, but imagination and fantasy is sure free and fun.

3. Wings

The Saab PhoeniX is the latest example in a long line of cars showing everyone what happens when you combine cars and airplanes without trying to be James Bond. Cars with wings, even if they’re small, draw attention as they show off in the best possible way.

4. Flight

The Chase 2053 concept car speaks for everyone’s unspoken desire to own a flying car. Packing jet engines, this is the kind of vehicle you would be happy to have in your driveway, or on your next transatlantic car trip.

5. Indestructibility

The Chase 2053 also happens to be practically indestructible, thanks to its carbon fiber construction and living skin-based exterior.  Apparently, KITT was about 70 years ahead of its time. One of the big for 2053: Get the car that can only be damaged by a direct hit from a cruise missile.

6. Shape-shifting

What if you could change the wheel base and the profile of your car to adjust to the changing conditions?  Every so often, a concept car plants that awesome dream in our minds. Go-go-Gadget sports car!

7. Drool-worthy Good Looks

The Mazda Furai is based on a Le Mans entry by the company in years past.  Why exactly do most people drive around in uninterestingly designed cars and then go to auto shows where every design is a work of mobile art?  If you’re not going to drive something awesome, you might as well ride a bicycle or something.

Driving Home the Point

Concept cars are fantasies we taunt ourselves with in the safety of an auto show;  but you don’t drive to work or to the grocery store in a Furai, and only KITT was indestructible — KITT was just make-believe.  While 2053 is a good ways off, many of the features we love in our concept cars will probably never be real — and that’s okay.

Mazda’s Takeri Concept Hints At Next Mazda6

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Mazda, Tokyo Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | October 26th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Mazda Takeri concept. Image: Mazda

It’s no secret that the current Mazda6 is overdue for a replacement, and sales of Mazda’s midsize offering have been unimpressive in recent years. That’s a shame, because the Mazda6 was class-leading when the previous generation debuted in 2002. Over the years, Mazda has seemingly lost focus with the Mazda6, to the point where it’s no longer competitive with offerings from Ford, Toyota or even Hyundai. Read More…

Is Nissan Working On A “Super Juke?”

Posted in auto industry, Concept Cars, News, Nissan by Kurt Ernst | September 28th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The non-super, standard Nissan Juke

There’s a story by science fiction author Harlan Ellison called “How’s The Night Life on Cissalda” that involves an astronaut from earth and a hideously ugly alien from a planet called Cissalda. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say the astronaut and the alien hook up, and that the alien, repulsive though it may be, turns out to be the best booty call in the entire universe. Read More…

A Good Thing In A Small Package: The Ford Fiesta ST

Posted in Concept Cars, Ford, Frankfurt Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | September 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Ford's Fiesta ST concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

You can’t buy Ken Block’s 600-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta WRC car. Technically, you could probably buy on just like it if you had the $500,000 price of admission, but it wouldn’t be street legal and it wouldn’t exactly be pleasant as a daily driver. Now Ford is offering up the next best thing, but the jury is still out on whether or not we’ll get it in the United States. Read More…

Mercedes-Benz Shows Us The Car Of 2036

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Frankfurt Motor Show, Fuel Cell, Mercedes Benz, News, Science by Kurt Ernst | September 14th, 2011 | 1 Response |

By 2036, I think that most transportation will involve horses and ox carts, but Mercedes-Benz has a more pleasant and upbeat view of the future. Debuting at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show is Mercedes’ F 125 Concept, which shows the possible future of motorized transportation, as interpreted by Mercedes Benz. Read More…

Jaguar’s C-X16 Concept: A Hybrid We Can Love

Posted in Concept Cars, Design, Frankfurt Motor Show, Hybrid Technologies, Jaguar, Promoted by Kurt Ernst | September 10th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Jaguar's C-X16 Concept. Image: Jaguar

I’ll come clean up front: I’m not a hybrid guy. If you’re a long-term reader, you already know this, but if you’re new to Akatuki4 it might be the first time you’ve heard this. I’ve driven plenty of hybrids, but all of them to date have been built with an eye to fuel economy, not performance. In fact, hybrids add weight and complexity, two thing that tend to have a negative impact on acceleration, braking and even long-term reliability. Read More…

Ford’s Evos May Be The Sexiest Concept I’ve Ever Seen

Posted in auto industry, Concept Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, News by Kurt Ernst | August 31st, 2011 | 1 Response |
Ford Evos Concept

Ford's Evos Concept. Image: Ford Motor Company

When I was in Detroit with Ford last week, the highlight of the opening night dinner was the presentation of Ford’s Evos concept car, which will make its debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show. We were sworn to secrecy and told not to write about the car until August 31, but the universal response from every journalist in the room was “build it.” Read More…

Cadillac Ciel Concept: Cadillac Pens A Rolls-Royce

Posted in Cadillac, Concept Cars, Design, Detroit, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance by Kurt Ernst | August 22nd, 2011 | 6 Responses |

Cadillac's Ciel Concept. Image: © GM Corp.

When you think of big, ultra-luxury four-seat convertibles, two cars come to mind: the Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Bentley Azure Convertible. The Bentley is the cheaper of the two, with a starting price of just $365,000 or so, which is $85,000 less than the Phantom’s price of admission. Back in the day, Cadillac used to build grand convertibles as well, although not in the same price league as Rolls-Royce or Bentley (in the modern era, at least). Enter the Cadillac Ciel (pronounced C-L) concept, which harkens back to the Caddys of old with a nod to the future as well. Read More…