Popemobile cranked up to speed

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh […]

Radical Popemobile hits the streets

YW kits out the Pope with some speedy transport

Trundling around at walking pace in an 8 year old 4×4 – that’s no way for a modern Pope to show his credentials, spread the word and cover some ground. We thought we’d equip him with some serious wheels for his UK visit. I mean, Edinburgh to London at 4mph? Nah, we can get him down from the dizzy heights of Scotland to the low life of London in a gnat’s whisker with our seat-of-your-pope-mobile. Think supercar meets garden shed and you have some idea of the direction we’re taking. Construction was well underway last year, but some awkward homologation issues delayed deployment. The Vatican has very precise requirements for their numero uno. The result is concocted from existing machinery to minimise scrutineering hiccups, and combines the sci-fi dynamics of 200mph+ projectiles with the class of retro supercars. Batman: eat your heart out, Robin donate your cape.

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Cummins 3,500 bhp powered Mini sports 12 turbos

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put […]

Cummins 3,500bhp Mini

Most powerful Mini yet with 3,500 bhp on tap

You can hear it now: you work for a company making slightly invisible products usually topped out with another manufacturer’s glossy body and want to shout about it. The boss says “make something wild and attention grabbing”. The result is baffling and downright stupid, but put it on display and….the public will love it, won’t they?


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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Supercar gallery

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes […]

Ferrari 599 GTO at 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Yellowwheels presents a supercar gallery from the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Goodwood FoS is a fabulous feast of motoring extravaganza, with vehicles of all ages, sizes and types wanging it up the Earl of March’s garden path. Modern F1 cars mix with historic Le Mans cars, motocycles, legendary Grand Prix cars and beautiful, sometimes bizarre classics. But we were drawn to the fleet of immaculate and outrageous supercars assembled for the Sunday Times Supercar run up the hill. Many of these have not been seen in action before; just glimpsed in motorshow reports and the spreads of the glossies.


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Mercedes reveal AMG E-Cell electric wundercar

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in […]

Mercedes SLS E-Cell

Electric Mercedes SLS scheduled for limited production run

AMG E-Cell badged but originating at Mercedes’ Norwegian establishment, this wunder-electro-monster is set to stun with it’s performance and driveability. Claimed to perform close to the petrol engined version, this day-glow yellow giant has maximum torque on hand from virtually zero revs, guaranteeing a mighty thrust in the back under acceleration. AMG’s engineers have steered closer to Audi’s E-Tron all electric car than BMW’s Vision hybrid concept. Carrying just one power source appeals from a purist’s perspective, but you can hardly avoid noticing that there’s no quoted range in the specs…Just how far can you go drawing 535bhp out of a bunch of Li-Po cells?!

We love the central dash display, losing a ton of knobs and allowing all sorts of context sensitive info to be shown large and legible. You’ll see this trickling down to many cars in the near future. Tesla’s S saloon being the most ambitiously knob-free to come. Horny too is the more aggressive detailing of grille, vents and active front spoiler.


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Volkswagen launch Spaceleader watch by Fortis

Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with […]

2012 Spaceleader Limited Edition by Fortis - Designed by Volkswagen


Volkswagen launch a watch with a bit of help from Fortis

It’s called Spaceleader, and follows in a line of Fortis watches using spacey names since the ’70s. Why Volkswagen should step in at this point and lend its name and design team is anyone’s guess. But the result is a rather slick shape with some of the purity of line and functional clarity of the car group and the technical know-how of a Swiss watch maker.

Porsche have been making watches bearing their own moniker for some time, and so indeed have many other manufacturers. Maybe the successful marketing synergy of the Bentley + Breitling brands has encouraged Volkswagen Group to expand the idea down the range. Clearly, it’s not sufficient to simply make cars without a long list of secondary accoutrements branded, but manufactured elsewhere, to fill the showroom display cabinets and add some well needed glitz to the marketing of motors.

We actually quite like the styling, although the instrument face is a little cluttered. What we don’t particularly like is the thickness of the watch. If size in a timepiece is a positive, weight and thickness surely aren’t. 2012 of these watches will make it to the marketplace: a limited edition designed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fortis watches, guess what, in 2012. Seems to us, a strange but privileged decision, to award the design of a hundredth anniversary design to a car company, bravo VW !


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Geneva Show Peugeot SR1 concept bike

Is this the shape of cycling to come? We’ve never featured a bike, here on YW, but there’s always a first time. And this bike caught our attention because of the prominence it was given on the Peugeot stand at the Geneva Show. It stood proudly next to Peugeot’s SR1 concept car, almost eclipsing it. […]

Geneva Motor Show - Peugeot SR1 Concept bike

Is this the shape of cycling to come?

We’ve never featured a bike, here on YW, but there’s always a first time. And this bike caught our attention because of the prominence it was given on the Peugeot stand at the Geneva Show. It stood proudly next to Peugeot’s SR1 concept car, almost eclipsing it. Sculptural purity should be celebrated, whether functional or not, and this techno-cycle had shed loads of it. Shame that the spoke-less, hub-less rim drive rear wheel isn’t matched at the front with a similar, innovative wheel.

Peugeot SR1 Bike concept pedal and cranks detail

Clearly this bike isn’t going anywhere, judging by the stretch leather “tyres” and other non-working gizmos. And just what is the glass vial bubble-level right above the cranks? And what is the fake energy meter inlaid into the handlebars ? Maybe some sort of hybrid drive to match the SR1 car beside it ? None of this is explained. We can only assume electric power and regenerative braking. Certainly, the whole concept bike is just a design exercise to supplement and complement the car, and in this respect it does an excellent job. It mirrors the car’s unusual controls, techno bleached-look materials, and fancy layout. Bikes have been extracted from the same, standard mold for so long that a concept such as this is refreshing and welcome. Just enjoy the photos realising, that, like the spaceship designs of yesteryear, the reality will be somewhat more sober.


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Geneva Motor Show Peugeot SR1 Concept

Peugeot SR1 show car heralds shape of things to come from the lion brand. We’re not sure which was the most impressive: the magnificent show stand, easily the most elegant, prominent, and well designed at the show, or the Peugeot SR1 concept car basking in the soft pool of white light. For once a waterwall […]

Geneva Motor Show - Peugeot SR1 - on amazing stand

Peugeot SR1 show car heralds shape of things to come from the lion brand.

We’re not sure which was the most impressive: the magnificent show stand, easily the most elegant, prominent, and well designed at the show, or the Peugeot SR1 concept car basking in the soft pool of white light. For once a waterwall backdrop looked entirely in keeping, and the open sports car was equipped with a roof, which looked at least splash-proof, thus staying on topic. If ever there was a motor show stand that made it easy to flatter a car, this was it. You could have put anything in there and it would look gorgeous, or at least well lit.

Geneva Motor Show - Lion gets a makeover

So the car: it’s a hybrid. Yes go on: a convertible. Anything else? Pretty good looking. Nice classical proportions. Plenty of space age gizmos. 3 seats. Actually pretty predictable overall, but well executed, with good choice of materials and intriguing control layout. What it says is though: Peugeot has a new styling direction, and the only gawping mouths are those of their current model lineup. It also signals a change of badging as the house lion motif gains some rigid bulk: no longer a fussy organic beast, it’s transformed into a hewn-from-solid techno-lion.

So just what are those two glass vials sticking out of the steering column? They are analogue displays of range and instant fuel economy. You can’t help thinking that they are the juices you’d swallow when range hits zero, all life has gone out of you, and you decide to exit the THX1138 world !


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Geneva Motor Show Hispano Suiza Granturismo

Hispano Suiza come back from the grave to give us the new Granturismo Based in Inglostadt, Germany and funded by a wealthy Spaniard from Barcelona, the Hispano Suiza brand makes a comeback…..again. We say again, as there was a stillborn attempt a few years ago, where the only tangible product was a show car. So […]

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza Granturismo elegant profile

Hispano Suiza come back from the grave to give us the new Granturismo

Based in Inglostadt, Germany and funded by a wealthy Spaniard from Barcelona, the Hispano Suiza brand makes a comeback…..again. We say again, as there was a stillborn attempt a few years ago, where the only tangible product was a show car. So here we are again, but with an entirely new setup and backers. Our guide around the show car assures us that this one is a runner and about to undergo testing before production versions hit the streets in the autumn. They will have to prove that convincingly before anyone takes them seriously despite the impressive lineup of experienced designers and marketeers.

Geneva Motor Show - Hispano Suiza how they use to look

As for the car, it pretty much follows every other recent supercar upstart, by having a stratospheric price tag and performance to match. However, they have forged a distinctive styling path that will polarize opinions. The side profile works well with elegant window line, chrome faced air intakes, and pleasing, crisp, high waistline. Rear is neat and uncontroversial, but the nose is a love it / hate it pointed shark shaped beak, which would look more comfortable on a powerboat. The new Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera carries off the arrow shaped nose a bit more convincingly. We’ll list the specs and hybrid options below but warn you first, that the normal cooking version ( if you can call a 205mph 330km/h car cooking ) costs a staggering €700,000. In the past Hispano Suizas were equally opulent, outrageous behemoths: the preserves of film stars, maharajahs and dictators so the price point was always breathtaking.


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Geneva Motor Show Bertone Pandion Concept

Bertone Pandion Concept docks in Geneva Show space-station 100 years of Alfa’s would be good cause for celebration, so Italian design house Bertone decided to mark the occasion by taking the mechanicals of an Alfa Romeo 8C and plonking a body from the planet Zorg onto it’s chassis. Zorg is a place where strange creatures […]

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car


Bertone Pandion Concept docks in Geneva Show space-station

100 years of Alfa’s would be good cause for celebration, so Italian design house Bertone decided to mark the occasion by taking the mechanicals of an Alfa Romeo 8C and plonking a body from the planet Zorg onto it’s chassis. Zorg is a place where strange creatures fused from old-tech and future-bio wander fearfully. Plant like into-skeletal structures weave a protective internal cage while external clam shells protect space warriors from the rain of carbon shard, mini-meteorites in the scorching acid atmosphere. A white organic mesh encapsulates the Avatar-style seating and contrasts with the sharp menacing detailing of the wheels and rear thrusters.

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car, Kryptonite rear lights

Tail lights sit like pools of Kryptonite amongst the comet shards, warning of the radioactive plasma buried deep in the drive reactors. A zorgian pulse, and the front wing, no wait, the entire side of the spacecruiser swings up, hinged around the centreline of the rear wheels to reveal the inner working and allow the exit of fleet-commander Zelda-Zorg from her lattice-nest command post. Better not mess with this 7ft be-winged beauty, looks like those leg sabres will knock us back through hyperspace!

Geneva Motor Show - Bertone Pandion Concept car, lattice-nest bio structures

Stop! Enough sci-techno-fi-analogy-babble ! Basically, think Tupperware car crashes in slate quarry in a stylistic way, and you are somewhere near the mix of sharp, smooth and organic materials and concept that the new design director at Bertone Mike Robinson, has in mind. Whether you think they’ve pulled it off or not, you can’t deny it’s drawn your attention, and that is after all the purpose of a show/concept car, although in the real world, an Alfa 8C is desirable enough a prospect, to not bother traveling to the planet Zorg.

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Geneva Motor Show 2010 Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder

Porsche 918 stars at the Geneva Motor Show Very much making a statement about Porsche’s hybrid intentions, the GT3R Hybrid and Cayenne hybrid turned out to be sideshows with the 918 Hybrid Spyder thrusting through between the other two cars on the main display area. Cast aside any doubts about compromising performance with these dual […]

Porsche 918 Hybrid prototype


Porsche 918 stars at the Geneva Motor Show

Very much making a statement about Porsche’s hybrid intentions, the GT3R Hybrid and Cayenne hybrid turned out to be sideshows with the 918 Hybrid Spyder thrusting through between the other two cars on the main display area. Cast aside any doubts about compromising performance with these dual power cars; the 918’s cooled lithium-ion battery pack is there to supplement the mid-mounted 500bhp V8, provide power boost on demand, and pure electric drive to pull into your drive quietly at night! Porsche claim a 7:30 laptime around the Nordschleiffe, beating even their Carrera GT times…

Let’s hope this Concept, referred to also as Prototype, makes into production speedily, as this has to be the most exciting new shape to come out of Stuttgart for sometime. Let’s also remind Porsche that the fantastic detailing of the Boxster concept got watered down somewhat in the production version. The 918 needs to keep a lot of those artful, but no doubt purposeful touches. What it doesn’t need is the lash-up tent that the recent Boxster Spyder got as a roof.


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