Born on the cold, barren Canadian plains of Calgary, Alberta, Angus MacKenzie couldn’t decide between marketing, automotives or an entrepreneurial path - so he chose all three. With an education in automotives and marketing, Angus has rebuilt the carburetor on his 1963 Rambler Ambassador twice, gotten a speeding ticket in an F430 once, and driven & photographed everything from Lamborghinis to Maseratis to various German and Asian designs. When not writing, Angus has for the past six years been Editor-in-Chief for elemente, an internationally recognized architecture/design magazine.
Based off Datsun’s iconic 240Z series from the 1970s, Nissan’s 370Z resides on my design shelf as one of my favorite sports cars of the last 15 years. Now the company has unveiled a visually reworked, more powerful NISMO 370Z that recently made its world debut at the Nissan ZDAYZ event in North Carolina.
How many gears are too many for the average commuter vehicle? If you’re pulling a load of cattle across Saskatchewan, then a semi-tractor unit with nine gears should suffice. But if you’re Volkswagen, then the magic number for your upcoming models is in fact 10.
Keeping mobile electronic devices powered up can be difficult for the modern camper and hiker. Generating power from Mother Nature in the form of wind and sun is the preferred option for many, with a number of portable solar
generators emerging to fill this need. The latest is Windpax, a collapsible, portable wind turbine system designed to not take up too much space in a backpack.
During the construction of the International Space Station
(ISS), material selection was critical given the extreme environment of space. Chances are that one of those materials up for consideration was not matchsticks. But for Pat Acton of Iowa, the idea of designing and building a complete scale model of the ISS out of matchsticks seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea.
BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house its new i3
and forthcoming i8
electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.
In looking to the future many automotive designers look to the past for inspiration. This month an exhibit at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will feature 17 unique European and American concept cars, widely considered to be some of the most influential, forward thinking designs from the past.
For the past 26 years, the US Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the North American auto industry, has sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTCs) to provide the next generation of automotive engineers with a practical learning experience. The previous EcoCAR Challenge
saw students convert and massage GM Malibus into super-efficient models, and this time for EcoCAR 3, teams are tasked with updating the iconic Chevrolet Camaro muscle car into a hybrid-electric vehicle.
With the New York
and Beijing Auto Shows officially over, manufacturers now need to find other ways to attract and retain attention. Concocting specialized vehicles, sporting varying degrees of aesthetic and performance modifications, is one way automakers keep their products fresh in the global eye. This makeover technique is exactly what McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) has done with the menacing, all-black MSO 650S Coupe Concept.
As the New York International Auto Show
(NYIAS) gets ready to wrap up this weekend, visitors still have a chance to see some of the auto world’s unique offerings for 2014. One boutique supercar manufacturer, however, chose an intimate space away from the cavernous halls of Manhattan’s Javits Center to show off its latest creations; the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.
Last week Lamborghini’s Huracán LP 610-4, the 610 hp, all-wheel-drive successor to the outgoing Gallardo made its North American debut at a small and intimate event as part of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and Gizmag was there. The Huracán, currently in Beijing for the China Auto Show, is on a tight schedule as part of a 60 city, 130 event world tour, with North America being one of the manufacturer's key markets.