2011 STEEL DRAKE VOLKSWAGEN CONCEPT SPORT CAR BY KYRGYZSTANIAN
“Steel Drake”, the Kyrgyzstanian graphic designer, has created his Volkswagen Concept Sports Car. Steel Drake’s Volkswagen Concept Sports is a simple-yet-sleek design. It looks like a scaled-down, front engined Audi R8. Then, halfway through the project, Audi cans it and hands over all its sketches and prototyping model to Volkswagen which then decides to put the two-door coupe into production.
Kyrgyzstanian graphic designer “Steel Drake” has created something very much fitting with this scenario in the form of his Volkswagen Concept Sports Car. Looking like a scaled-down, front engined Audi R8, Steel Drake’s Concept Sports is a simple-yet-sleek design let down only by some questionable design choices.
Take for instance the drooping taillights that seem more befitting a Chinese car than one built in Germany, or the peculiar concave curves around the doors that seems stuck on rather than an integral part of the design. Otherwise it’s quite good looking, though perhaps more something Infiniti would produce than Volkswagen.
2011 MERCEDES BENZ SLS AMG ROADSTER
According to Mercedes, new cars is still in testing and development phase. AMG experts pay special attention to aspects of the bodyshell rigidity, driving dynamics, the roof, and NVH (noise, vibration and hardness). Even though we expected the roadster version of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar to be revealed at the recent New York auto show, the German automaker took the decision to perform the world premiere of its flagship drop top model at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show this September.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is fitted with the same AMG 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 571 horsepower and 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque as the coupe and should post similar performance figures, as Mercedes says the car’s bodyshell weighs only 2 kilograms more than the coupe’s (241 kg), with extra weight due to structural reinforcements. The roof mechanism opens with a touch of a button in 11 seconds and at speeds of up to 50 km/h (32 km/h).
The company claims the three-layered fabric soft top is designed for speeds of up 317 km/h (197 mph). Mercedes says the car has been undergoing extensive testing in various environments, including 10,000 kilometers on the Nurburgring Nordschleife track and 10,000 kilometers in city traffic.