The 2018 Autorama is a car show held in Detroit and dedicated to hot rods. The next best thing to attending wouldn't be to see a video of it; it would be to see a video of it shot by an industrial designer, because they're going to focus on and
It's been twenty long years since any car-lover in America was able to buy a brand-new Toyota Supra, as the company stopped selling them here in 1998. And in 2002, amidst declining sales, the Supra production line in Japan was shut down. But the car has retained a cult following.
Bet you didn't know this: Firefighters in the U.S. are trained to approach certain types of burning cars from a 45-degree angle, rather than head-on or straight from the rear, because non-crushable-type bumpers--which are designed to absorb shock and thus are effectively pressurized--can turn into projectiles as they heat up.
Last year, we were excited to write in detail about the Bollinger B1, the first of its kind off-road electric sport utility truck designed by Bollinger Motors. Since the all-wheel drive truck is electric, there was no need to accommodate for an engine or transmission. In lieu of these considerations,
The life of a long-haul trucker can be tough, even when they're not behind the wheel. When it's time to get some shuteye in the truck's cab, some of them have a scant 36" behind the seats in which to stuff a twin mattress, and there's barely enough room to turn around back there, let alone get dressed and undressed. And for the trucker who brings their spouse on the road—yes, husband-and-wife trucker teams exist—it's simply not enough space for two people to live out of.
In this week's video, Eric Strebel casts a series of concept car models and reminds us that industrial design often involves a lot of bodies. Here he shows you his part of the process, which also includes designer Brook Banham, modeler Claas Kuhnen and Joe Fournier's Millennium Mold & Tool.
German caravan manufacturer Dethleffs unveiled this e.home at the most recent Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf: I saw it and thought, "Holy Cow. Imagine being able to cruise around the country and never have to pay for gas!" My misinformed reaction was further reinforced when I read what the GreenMatters blog
Earlier we showed you a sketch for an unusual pickup truck from Preston Tucker's archives, and asked you to complete the design. Here are the results, in alphabetical order by last name, with captions from those who provided them: By Michael DiTullo:"A quick side cab sketch to get this party
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
This entry is why I'm psyched that Core77's readership contains actual working industrial designers who know how to draw. So here we go: Although Preston Tucker is often described as a car designer, he really wasn't; he was a car-obsessed entrepreneur who hired prominent designers of the 1940s, like Alex
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Mobility as a service is a great idea. The problem is that a lot of people think it's a great idea. What I mean is, let's say I ride a Citibike over to the supermarket and park it in a dock, where there are a bunch of other bikes. It's
Auto design is one of those fields where we can learn just as much looking backwards through time as we can looking forward to the future. Here are our favorite auto design stories from 2017 with a retro-tastic twist: We got to see a wicked animated visualization of the Porsche
This year we saw a lot of fantastic auto design work, in at least two categories: Brand-new stuff, and retro-tastic. Let's start with the new. BMW unveiled a sexy roadster version of their i8: Toyota pulled the wraps off of this toolbox-based truck design: The designers from Jaguar's Special Vehicle
It's every car-designer's dream—to design and build a supercar from scratch, with no constraints. Talking with Carlos Salaff, ex-Mazda exterior designer, I realize he is living that dream—he's the master of his own creation. And what a creation: Project Caden is a supercar with voluptuous surfaces formed by hand, flowing together to create the ultimate visceral driving experience.
2017 has without a doubt been an important year for all transportation industries. From out of this world concept cars seen at the Tokyo Motor Show to IKEA's flat-pack, modular bike, here are our ten favorite transportation stories of the year:
The automotive version of an iPhone case. Because auto designers and manufacturers do not take parallel parking and paint-trading into consideration, motorists wishing to avoid scuffmarks must purchase these absurd, ugly things. It totally mars the lines of the car. What is the point of designing something beautiful, if it
Ford produced just 500 of their GT supercar for 2017/2018, but received 6,500 applications. Those deemed worthy of buying the car had to undergo a thorough vetting process that, according to the Detroit News, "included previous GT ownership, activity on social media, and signing a legal document stating they wouldn't
General Motors has begun rolling out Marketplace, a software update to their 2017 models that enables drivers to shop from their cars. And I think this is one of those things that might've made some sense on paper, at least from a business standpoint, but that the real world is
This week at the L.A. Auto Show, BMW unveiled the Roadster version of their already-impossibly-sexy i8. Strikingly, since the original i8's gullwing doors hinge at the A-pillars, BMW's designers were able to port the doors over to the convertible. Okay, get ready for some serious eye candy. First, top up:
A fast, easy method of stealing cars is on the rise in the UK. Here's footage released by the West Midlands Police, of two hi-tech thieves helping themselves to a Mercedes: The video is reportedly the first time this type of theft has been caught on camera, and the WMP
The amazing thing about the Porsche 911 is that it's essentially had the same form for over 50 years. At least, in broad strokes. With this animation from Donut Media, you can see that what we think of as subtle design changes were actually rather significant, spread over time. It's
Probably not what the designers intended, aesthetically speaking. But here's a cheap, easy way to keep kicked-up debris from flying into the grill of your delivery truck. Or heck, maybe they're trying to reduce airflow.
It must be awesome to be wealthy. So a Porsche enthusiast named Scott Blattner owns a Porsche 964. (That's what Porsche called the 911 Carreras made from 1989 to 1994, which had styling revisions.) Blattner's model was made in 1990, but he approached Singer Vehicle Design, an aftermarket company that
This week Tesla pulled the sheets off of the Semi truck they've been working on, and it's a beaut': We were curious to see what the company would do in terms of design, given that the electric powerplant obviates the need to follow a typical semi's form factor. Tesla has
The yearly SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is when custom builders, resto-mod officialdom, gear heads and car nuts of all kinds decent on Las Vegas in a rowdy clash of screeching tires and burning rubber—that isn't a hyperbole. Out front of the show is a low G skid pad
The Pontiac GTO, like the Chevrolet Chevelle, was a classic American muscle car that debuted in 1964. Initially the GTO was merely a performance package for Pontiac's Tempest, but became an actual separate model in 1966. The GTO's design was tweaked every single year of the decade it was
Yesterday the City of Las Vegas launched ARMA, an autonomous shuttle that provides free rides to passengers along a short route. While the shuttle's circuit is barely over a mile, the vehicle is interacting with regular traffic, which it was hoped would provide public confidence in the viability of the
In this video, I show you how I quickly sketch a car using a very simple color technique. Using sky tones for all of the upward facing surfaces and warm tones for all of the ground facing surfaces, I quickly and effectively show off the surface changes in these two
This year's edition of the Tokyo Motor Show was all about the concept vehicle. Placing emphasis on what's to come next in the transportation industry, each exhibiting company flaunted their vision of the future vehicle on dramatic rotating stages under massive spotlights. With crowds fighting to photograph the exciting concepts
It was fascinating to see the styling similarities between the original Honda Civic and the company's newly-unveiled Urban EV concept car. Now the folks at Donut Media have helpfully illustrated how the Civic's design has evolved in the nearly 50 years between those two models: It's probably just nostalgia
Four years ago, Google's self-driving car team recorded some in-car footage that they've unsurprisingly kept under wraps, until yesterday. That footage is of what test users were doing while sitting in Google's (now Waymo's) self-driving car prototypes: "Napping, putting on makeup and fiddling with their phones as the vehicles traveled
For decades, automotive design has been limited by the components necessary to make the car run. The interior and exterior forms we can create evolve as the mechanics evolve. As our tool correspondent David Frane pointed out in his write-up on the Bollinger B1, "Traditional [vehicle] design flies out the
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