Mitsubishi created a buggy with a gas turbine and augmented reality…
The Mitsubishi Mi-Tech experimental SUV with a gas turbine, four electric motors and an augmented reality display on the windshield made its debut in Tokyo.
Mitsubishi company presented at the Tokyo Motor Show a conceptual off-road vehicle Mi-Tech. The vehicle, which received a power unit with a gas turbine, is a mixture of SUV and buggy, which has no roof and doors.
The concept car was equipped with a hybrid power unit with four electric motors. In this case, instead of the classic gasoline internal combustion engine, the role of the generator for recharging the batteries is a small gas turbine motor. Four large round fans are used for additional cooling of the power plant.
A system called Quad Motor with Dual Motor AYC is capable of transmitting traction and braking forces to each of the wheels separately depending on the specific road conditions. This scheme provides additional maneuverability – for example, the wheels on the starboard and left side can rotate in the opposite direction, so that the car can turn 180 degrees on the spot.
At Mitsubishi Mi-Tech, the new generation of Mi-Pilot driver assistance systems were used, which is capable of giving hints and interfering not only on the highway, but also on off-road.
Another feature of Mitsubishi Mi-Tech was an automatic control system with human-machine interface. Analysis of information received from the complex of cameras and sensors will help to avoid dangerous situations on the road. All basic data and advice to the driver are displayed on a special display on the windshield with augmented reality.
Volkswagen showed the concept of an electric buggy
Volkswgen has announced that its range of electric cars will consist not only of classic sedans and crossovers. And now the concern has shown what the most unusual transport will look like.
At the end of last year, during the announcement of a seven-seater electric I.D. Lounge on the platform MEB, Volkswagen shared its plans for the production of a buggy. At that time, VW did not disclose the design of the novelty, saying only that it would be a reference to the beach buggy Meyers Manx, which was produced in the 1960s.
The classic Meyers Manx was a roofless two-seater vehicle with free standing windscreen and large wheels. Now on the published Volkswagen teaser we can say that the main features of the original model has been preserved, but at the same time it is a completely different car. If Meyers Manx today looks like a monument to retro design, the new version, on the contrary, tries to seem as futuristic as possible. “It’s a modern, not retro, interpretation of the classics”, the designers explain.
At the same time for Volkswagen it is more than just a car for entertainment, reports The Verge. The designers explain that the buggy is direct proof of the versatility of the MEB electric platform.
The manufacturer is going to produce 15 million electric cars on it, including affordable and small sedans, electric vans and large electrical analogues of modern Touareg.
Of course, the buggy is not just proof of concept. This vehicle will not leave the owners indifferent, promise the VW. “The buggy is more than a car. It’s about resonance and clean energy on four wheels,” says Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff.
The concept of the all-electric VW I.D. BUGGY is based on cars that were created in 1960s in California. Back then, the Beetle chassis served as the basis for these buggies, but now the modular electric platform MEB represents its flexibility. Like the original cars, this reinterpretation of the buggy for dunes does not have a fixed roof or regular doors, but has large wheels, off-road tires and open side sills.
Volkswagen will present the concept of an electric buggy on the MEB platform in Geneva.
At the International Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen will present the first fully electric version of the new buggy for dunes. Based on replicas of the popular American buggy, the concept electric car is based on the MEB modular drive matrix, demonstrating how versatile the new platform is.
“The buggy is more than a car. It’s vibration and energy on four wheels. These attributes are embodied in the new electric buggy, which demonstrates what a modern, non-retro-interpretation of classics can look like and, above all, the emotional connection that electric mobility can create,” says Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.
The new concept car at MEB shows that this all-electric platform can be used not only for serial models. Like the Beetle chassis of previous years, MEB has the potential to contribute to the development of niche cars.
The history of leisure vehicles and Volkswagen technology is long. From Beetle chassis and special bodies made by companies such as Hebmüller and Rometsch to buggies for dunes such as Meyers Manx, Beetle chassis have made it possible to create creative non-standard solutions for decades.
Volkswagen will spend 44 billion euros on electrification. Group head Herbert Diss believes the electric car market is the most promising and most profitable for manufacturers. The company plans to sell 50 million EV cars. For this purpose, it will increase the productivity of its plants by 30% by 2025.
Nissan is not building a beach buggy at the moment. The Japanese corporation is quite proficient in producing sedans, crossovers and sports cars. But the work of the Brazilian artist Fernando Andrade can help the car giant in developing a new model.
Beach Buggy’s concept gives an idea of what a brand-name Nissan car can look like. With a low landing, the two-seater car has a bold angular appearance, a power reserve, and most importantly, a place to surf in the back.
“I live in Brazil and Nissan just opened a studio in Rio de Janeiro, so I tried to connect Nissan’s personality with the lifestyle of Rio,” explains Andrade. “I used the influence of architecture and products that represent the landscape of Rio.”
The design is very appropriate for a beach buggy. The front of the car bears the features that were shown on the new Nissan Maxima 2016 model, including a greasy double V-shaped grille. The rear part is styled together with a glass awning, which includes a rack for storing a set of surfboards. Its theme is simple: sand, sun, fun, and autocross on the CCC wood exchange or on the city beach of Amurska with beer bottles and trees.
The artist can hardly see this car in reality, as the concept is only the idea of a perfect image. “The focus of this project was on a plan to bring Nissan closer to the Brazilian people,” the artist said.
And what do you think? Is Nissan supposed to “feel the ground” with an off-road buggy beach in the 21st century?
The online auction on eBay sells a Porsche 911, which was converted into a buggy by American tuners from Smash Customs.
The car received reinforced wheels with 30-inch off-road tires, new suspension, LED lighting and a roof rack for spare parts. The car is painted black.
The buggy has all but the windshield glass removed. A safety frame and sports seats have been installed to protect the driver and passenger.
The car received a 2.3-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 200 hp and manual gearbox.
The car is located in Muscott, Florida (USA). The price of the car is $23 700.
January 23 it was reported that the armored car Cadillac Town Sedan 1928, owned by American gangster Al Capone, is offered for sale by Celebrity Cars of Las Vegas (USA).