Last week, we were bumping elbows with the Volvo higher-ups in Stockholm, trying to get the inside scoop on all the intricacies of the new XC90 SUV. And while there were plenty of juicy details to go around, we didn’t overhear any talk of this wonderful design, sadly.
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Quick, think of your favorite sporting event. Formula 1? Football? Forget it. This is the Red Bull Formulaz, and it might just be the coolest – and perhaps cheapest – way to get behind the wheel of a race car.
In the automotive world, there’s something mesmerizing about a car that simply shouldn’t be. And if there’s one thing a hulking muscle car like the Dodge Challenger, shouldn’t be – it’s probably a lithe off-road dune-skipper. But molds are meant to be broken, aren’t they?
This weekend every Ghostbusters fan around the globe is celebrating the movie franchises’ 30th anniversary. Whether you’re hitting the theaters or watching it at home, most everyone knows and loves the Ghostbusters franchise.
Remember that guy who painted his Maserati to look like one of the Transformers? Well, he’s back! And just like the silver screen robots in disguise – he’s not backing down without a fight. In his case, in court.
What do you get when you mix a sailfish and a supercar? You get a McLaren P1. No, seriously. According to BBC, McLaren design director Frank Stephenson got most of his inspiration for cars like the P1 from the sleek and streamlined sailfish.
There are a few things that nobody wants to see captured in slow motion footage. A fat guy streaking and Steve-O swallowing a goldfish both fit the bill. But monster trucks plowing over unloved ‘70s sedans? Yup, we could get used to more of that.
In the space race to create a mass-market hoverbike, which is legitimately heating up, these guys are doing it right.
Tatras were some of the most unorthodox and some of the most technically sophisticated cars ever. They came from Czechoslovakia of all places, and though their T77, T87 and T97 came from the 1930s, their style, design and performance seemed like something from the future. To take the T87 as an example, it was among the first to be designed with aerodynamics in mind, had an air-cooled overhead cam magnesium alloy eight-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers, and featured full monocoque construction.
The Mercedes-Benz 190E sedan retains a fiercely cult-like following among throngs of Benz enthusiasts, and it’s not exactly hard to see why. The 190E — although perpetually overshadowed by its E30 BMW M3 rival — evolved from a civilized four-door to become quite the potent performer: first, in the form of the Cosworth-engined 2.3-16, and then in the guise of the barnstorming 2.5-16 Evolution II.
Heck, it even clinched the DTM Championship title in 1992 with 16 wins. But did you know there was a hatchback version?
Well, sort of. This is the Mercedes 190E 2.6 City (or Compakt), and it wasn’t officially built by Mercedes at all. Rather, this pint-sized hatchback was created by a German company called Schulz-Tuning. Back in the ‘80s, Schulz gained popularity for some truly unique conversions, including a six-wheeled G-Wagen, a sleek-looking 190E cabriolet, and a BMW E28 estate.
So in 1990, Schulz set to work on turning the compact 190E sedan into a true ‘compakt’ hatch. The resulting 190E City was available in two trims, a five-door hatch and three-door ‘coupe,” both of which came fitted with the marque’s 2.6-liter straight-six, good for 160 horsepower. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the car’s rear taillights and hatchback were borrowed from the larger Mercedes W124.
Shulz produced just a small handful of 190E City conversions between 1990 and 1991, none of which officially bore the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star. Don’t expect to run into many of these while cruising the Autobahn.
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