1969 Alpine A220. 1500 lbs. 310hp. @ Circuit La Sarthe.
one word: WICKED.
There are very few automobiles which capture my attention, new or old, these days. My interest in automobiles has faded aside from a few select cars which i’m always chasing. i am, however, BLOWN AWAY by this car. the fact that it is a production car that looks like a concept. The fact that is totally a current car embedded with current technologies capturing the spirit of ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ without copying anything else before it. The fact that it’s the first hybrid sports car that is somewhat attainable (still expensive though…at $135k USA price). But most of all I love this car because it pushes and opens an envelope into the current times. No retro here. No celebration of the past. The BMW i8 is a celebration of the future.
If i had the money…i’d order this and drive it every day!!
Forget 0-60 times (4.4 seconds here), forget curb weight (3200+ pounds here), forget cost for a second, forget the badge, forget the insane aero design features— this car is a pioneer and a real innovation in this realm. It’s rare in these generic modern times of automotive engineering that we see a true beginning, but i have a feeling the i8 is the first of many coming in this realm.
(I don’t count cars like the Porsche 918, because of price and uber-exclusivity)
Live photos from Frankfurt (courtesy of greenCarReports)
promo photos from BMW in Black:
I got my introduction to ‘street art’, as many people did, from Banksy and his extravagant street installations of art work—however it is important to remember that he is merely one of thousands of brilliant street artists across the world. He happened to become famous, however street art is one of the newest and most exciting forms of art around.
I think what makes street art most fascinating is that it doesn’t exist in isolation (e.g. in a picture frame hanging from the wall). It takes the best aspects of installations and art, and inserts them into a live setting where it can interact with its own surroundings and create something contextual, yet still enlightening. I am a fan of learning how to see things differently; street art shows an alternative version of reality in the mundane, the every day, and the structures we take for granted.
To those into street art, some of these photos may be more ‘popular’ works seen, but i found them to be nicely compiled at this page on Memolition
There were prettier, faster, more glamourous, more hyped, and more revered small coupes from that era (mid 60s)—but i would argue none of them were as COOL as the NSU TTS. rear-engined. rear-wheel drive. and definitely the most aggressive looking of them all. Eat your heart out, italians!
file under: off the beaten path, away from mainstream admiration (thankfully).
I watched this a while ago, but was for some reason reminded of it today when i saw an article about Banksy. Most people have seen Banksy’s work somewhere at some time either in person or online or on a record cover…and didn’t even know it. Whatever you think of him, he is definitely iconic! This documentary is less about Banksy, and more about the scene around him and prominently the french guy who tried to make a documentary about Banksy! ha.
90 minutes well spent watching this though! HIGHLY recommended!
This new BMW M4 Concept is the business. A beautiful colour named ‘Aurum Dust’ (what a name!) and some of the most aggressive styling i’ve seen out of a german car in recent memory. Thank you BMW—–for keeping the insanity. I am loving some of the details here…
(photos courtesy of BMWblog)
a couple of videos:
Need a place to watch Le Mans 2013?? Every year I put up the links I am using to watch Le Mans. The greatest race in the world is back……on one side of my mind, I have an Audi Sport flag waving and on the other side I have a blue Alpine flag waving for LMP2. Either way….this is the motor racing event of the year and definitely worth watching.
Here are some links to watch, listen, and follow (these will be updated throughout the next 24 hours). Please feel free to make any suggestions to other good sources.
EUROSPORT <——- superb link, British Eurosport in with English commentary
EUROSPORT #2 (also British Eurosport, thank you Ricardo for the link!)
Listen to fantastically detailed commenting at Radio Le Mans
LIVE TIMING via WEC! the best way to follow what’s going on with the positions, as well as interviews and videos
Audi Sport, onboard the R18s with Radio Le Mans commentary
My suggestion? find a video feed you like—and turn on Radio Le Mans and mute the video.
Go Alpine! Go Audi!
Le Mans weekend is here! Links will be up tomorrow about where to watch the race.
After watching 21 hours last year and suffering a near-nervous-breakdown—i have decided I will only follow what happens with the Alpine A450 and the Audi R18s this year. The Audis will most likely win as they usually do…but the A450 is starting 8th in the grid for LMP2. Here’s hoping for a strong showing!
Here’s a beautiful photo of the Alpine A210 during its time at the Le Mans Classic this year.
src of photo: octane
I eagerly await this year’s Le Mans (June 22-23)—-and while I will be, as usual, pulling for the stunning Audi R18s to win (as expected they will), my eyes will actually be peeled out for the Alpine A450 which heralds the return of one of the greatest marques in racing back to Le Mans! Sure this is a car that was developed primarily by Nissan originally, however its tuning and program is now joined to the hip with Dieppe and the Renaultsport/Alpine tuners. It is such a great feeling to see the Alpine marque on the track again, and with reasonable success I am sure that in the near future we will start to see a non-Nissan Alpine race car being developed and run in future endurance events!
Here are some photos shown by Team Signature about the current A450 race car doing Le Mans testing this weekend in France.
As usual, IEDEI will be setting up live feeds of Le Mans on this site as we do every year to help everyone to watch it!
This is spectacularly cool. Using technology, an interface has been made for people’s voice to be made into a physical entity and interact with a dynamic graphics display on the facing well. What results is something I would really like to try. A collaboration between multiple studios including Chevalvert, 2Roqs, Polygraphik, and Splank. More details at Design Boom and make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post to understand what this is all about!
This is beautiful and fascinating.
by Daniel Franke and Cedric Kiefer:
The basic idea of the project is built upon the consideration of creating
a moving sculpture from the recorded motion data of a real person. For
our work we asked a dancer to visualize a musical piece (Kreukeltape by
Machinenfabriek) as closely as possible by movements of her body. She was
recorded by three depth cameras (Kinect), in which the intersection of the
images was later put together to a three-dimensional volume (3d point cloud),
so we were able to use the collected data throughout the further process.
The three-dimensional image allowed us a completely free handling of the
digital camera, without limitations of the perspective. The camera also reacts
to the sound and supports the physical imitation of the musical piece by the
performer. She moves to a noise field, where a simple modification of the
random seed can consistently create new versions of the video, each offering
a different composition of the recorded performance. The multi-dimensionality
of the sound sculpture is already contained in every movement of the dancer,
as the camera footage allows any imaginable perspective.
These days i’ve been really appreciating installations. As I enter my 2nd wave of minimalism (my original minimalism phase was back in 2000-2002 where i literally lived with nearly no possessions), the idea of specific isolation seems more important than absolute reduction. These installations by Studio Zimoun are fascinating for the detail they transfer when a specific object is placed in an organized manner in a limited space.
Renault TV posted these official videos in celebration of their history and the resurrection of the Alpine marque. Car videos are mostly uninspiring, materialistic nonsense–but these Alpine A110 videos are out of this world….maybe because the car is out of this world?
Best part….it’s in English! So my rudimentary and primitive French translation doesn’t have to be challenged like it normally does with Alpine videos.
I am in love with fonts. In a different life, i would sit in a studio all day designing fonts. I am perpetually looking at fonts: on signs, on websites, in films, on cars, on badging, on artwork, in books, in magazines, old, new, ugly, beautiful—they just fascinate me!
Here’s a wicked and creative video flashing the history of typography in 5 minutes, by Ben Barrett-Forest:
The MK1 TT is quite simply the most beautiful German car design in…what…the last 50 years….since the original Porsche 911, in my humblest opinion. The 80s and early 90s were pretty dark and depressing times for German car design which entered a comfort zone of drab, unimaginative, uncreative designs (except Porsche, who were always putting together interesting cars)..and the TT put an end to those dark ages. Timeless, ageless, and pure…..and with rumours of the next-generation MK3 TT being heavily influenced by the original, the MK1 TT’s legend will continue to grow.
Here’s the original 1995 MK1 TT Concept….the automotive design equivalent of punk rock in 1995! I have turned the original manufacturer photos in B&W to fully appreciate the geometry and design pornography!
It is astounding to me that the MK1 TT Coupe that sits in my garage (for the last 10+ years) is virtually identical to this concept, barring a few select details.