Back in the old days of say, 2009, if you wanted somebody to fund your business enterprise, you had to go hat in hand to some venture capital fund that would most likely laugh you out of the office. Now, people are crowdfunding the production of everything from books to movies to automobiles. You put your commitment for cash on the barrelhead up front, and if the fundraising goal isn’t met, the worst that happens is you get your money back. Here are seven transportation-related crowdfunding efforts from 2013 that we liked a lot:
Tag: Concept Car
Believe it or not, there are a lot of restrictions that go into many of today’s modern Formula 1 cars. Regulations limiting amount of downforce, power, etc. But what if someone gave Red Bull Racing the keys to build an open-wheel race car– sans F1 regulations? Well, it would likely present itself a piece of racing perfection, as you can plainly see here.
Yamaha is back in the business of building cars, at least, somewhat. With famed designer Gordon Murray at the styling helm, the MOTIV.e concept we saw in Tokyo could get a whole lot cooler. According to Autocar, Yamaha is planning a sportscar based on that cute little EV.
Apple, one of the most powerful brands in the world, has nearly done it all. Computers, iPods, iPads, TVs — you name, it they’ve done it. But there is one thing that former ceo Steve Jobs never got around to — a car.
That’s where design student Shane Baxley comes in, previewing what could have been with his futuristic Apple iGo concept car. Of course, this isn’t your average concept. Power is conceptualized in the form of an electric motor, with a 0-60 mph time of only five seconds and an mind-boggling 300 mpg. Welcome to the future, indeed.
The much-anticipated Acura NSX hasn’t even hit the market yet, and rumor has it Honda planning a drop-top. How’s that for forward thinking? Autocar sat down with principal designer Jun Goto, who said an NSX convertible is planned to hit the market sometime in 2017:
Some love affairs just aren’t meant to be, like Liz Taylor and her seven husbands. Then there was Ford’s on-again, off-again romance with two-seat vehicles. They tried to make it work in the 1950s with the T-Bird. But, while the car sold well in its original configuration, by 1958 it had gained a back seat in an effort to widen its market appeal.
Ever heard of the term “paradigm shift?” It refers to a fundamental change in thinking about a particular subject. Such an event occurred in 1970 at the Turin Motor show, when Stratos unveiled their concept car known simply as the “Zero.”
Nissan GT-R, eat your heart out. Honda’s supercar killer is back on track and ready for a debut sometime within the next year. But that’s not before Acura teased us with some details regarding the powertrain.
Gran Turismo 6 promises to be one of the most advanced racing simulators we’ve ever seen. For this reason alone, automakers are gearing up some of the sexiest virtual supercars we’ve ever seen. With that, the Mercedes-Benz unveiled the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept exclusively for play on GT6.
If you’re on this site, there’s a good chance you have contemplated building your own car. Perhaps from scratch, using items found in a junkyard. This notion probably came to you as a child, when possibilities were endless and the realities of life had not yet taken hold.
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