Tag Archives: Prototypes

Collision Warning Systems Originated in the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone

Collision warning systems have been one of the selling points of cars in recent times. Being able to detect an accident before it happens and be able to react is kind of neat and can be potentially life saving. But did you know that Cadillac had a radar-based collision warning system way back in 1959?

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America’s First Fiberglass Sports Car Was a Beautiful Failure

Quick: what was America’s first fiberglass sports car? If you just said the Corvette, you would be wrong—but don’t worry, it’s a pretty big misconception (although, you’d be correct if you were assuming the first fiberglass sports car on the market). The Kaiser Darrin 161 hit the scene a year before the Corvette, at…

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There’s Someone in South Africa Daily Driving a Crazy Rare Volkswagen Prototype Like It’s No Big Deal

One of my favorite categories of not just cars, but objects in the known universe are little-known old Volkswagen prototypes. That’s why I’m always so delighted when I encounter one I wasn’t previously aware of. Last year, I found out about this amazing South African Beetle-based SUV prototype, and was amazed. Today,…

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The ‘Revolutionary’ Marcos Mantis XP Prototype Literally Flooded at Spa-Francorchamps

Motorsport back in the day seemed like it must have been one hell of a time. In an era when it was rare to, y’know, actually take your cars out to test them before you brought them to the track, so every so often, a team would show up at the track only to find, lo and behold—their seemingly revolutionary car was a…

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BMW Introduces New X3 M and X4 M At Nürburgring DTM Weekend

In a surprise move, BMW displayed its new X3 M and X4 M performance “Sport Activity Vehicles” for the first time in the lead up to today’s Nürburgring DTM race. The two lightly-camouflaged prototypes were test driven on the track to show off their new aerodynamic, suspension, and drivetrain tweaks. BMW claims the…

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The Infiniti Prototype 10 Would Be the Perfect Car for Misanthropes Like Me

I know that Infiniti’s Prototype 10 probably has an extremely slim chance of becoming real, but damn do I want it to manifest into a production version. It looks utterly remarkable. Single-seater! Perfect for misanthropes like me.

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IMSA Is Splitting Up Its Prototype Classes so the Daytona Prototypes Can Go Even Faster

The Powers That Be of the IMSA series announced on Friday afternoon that they’re going to be making some big changes to the way they’re going to be formatting the series for 2019. They used some fancy words and a big press release to announce it, but the skinny of it is: faster cars, more classes, and some changes to…

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Oh Cool It’s the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 Just Hanging Out

There I was, in Nürburg (as in, the Nürburgring), walking through the night to get a beer or two at the Pistenklause, the town bar. There’s a BMW center there, and I stopped to look at the DTM car chilling in their lobby. Neat! Cool car. But, wait, what’s that in the parking lot? Oh. It’s the new Toyota Supra and BMW…

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That Time the British Designed a Car to Drive Into People

Generally, when we think about automotive safety, it involves ways to not drive into people. The truth is, though, life isn’t perfect, and sometimes good people get driven into by cars. If you accept that this happens, you can then try to make a person’s car-impact experience as enjoyable as possible, and the results…

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All I Want For My Birthday Is This Championship-Winning Cadillac Prototype

I’m in moving this week, which means I must physically wrestle all the junk that I have no idea why I kept. I don’t need more stuff. I need to rid myself of stuff. But I will make an exception if you buy me this championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R for my birthday. I don’t have one of those, and it’s for sale!

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