Been ICEd lately? – AUTO WEEK DESIGN in REVIEW 5/6/12

So, you know it must have been a slow week in the world of auto design when I have to look at the electric car world to find a headline.  Maybe I am a bit behind the times, but I never heard of being ICEd before.  If you don’t know what it means (like me) then read on after the jump.  In other news two different tuners rolled out custom Lambos, the same week a Polish/British supercar maker announces the price for their latest model.  Too rich for your tastes?  Then how about a car made with bamboo and rattan?  Not rich enough?  Then how about a one-off Bertone Concept?  And to close things out, we point you to a great article by Steve Reive on a different Bertoni – Citroen designer Flaminio.

Getting Doubled ICEd by a Hummer

What does it mean when you get ICEd?

Let us start this slow week out by discussing being ICEd.  Now, for those of us with motor oil running through our veins, the idea that car chargers are being installed around the country is something we just read about in the paper.  But to those who have made the electric car leap they are a lifeline, sort of a bucket brigade of energy.  So what happens when you drive to the nearest charging station only to find it blocked by a non-electric car?  You get ICEd (ICE = internal combustion engine).  And in the picture above the idiot in the Hummer actually blocks two spaces.  So now you know.

Speaking of Electric Cars

When was the last time BMW and Daimler cooperated on a car?  Actually I have no idea about the answer but here is the latest cooperation between the two companies.  The Visio.M is a sub-1000 pound car that is bigger than a golf cart but less than a freeway runner.  powered by a 15kW electric motor it could be driven on secondary roads without a driver’s license.

How Much is Enough?

This week we have two companies that are looking to separate you from you hard earned dollars (or euro) by offering versions of the Lamborghini Aventador.  First up is Oakley Design, which removed the all wheel drive system to build a rear wheel drive oversteering monster, the LP 760-2.  Prindiville Design has decided to go a different route by replacing the Aventador’s body panels with carbon fibre styled after the Avantador J Concept recently shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

How Much is too Much?

If the Lamborghini’s are too mainstream, how about a supercar that is likely to be the only one on your block?  Lee Noble has announced the price of his new 650HP Arrinera grocery-getter to be the equivalent of $160k.  There are no picture of the trunk layout, but I think there is enough room for groceries only if you live alone.

More than Too Much

Another vehicle from the Genva show that is nearing sale is the Bertone Nuccio Concept.  How can Bertone part with it’s “15,000 man-hour labor of love?”  According to Automotive Newsby calculating an $1800/hour value and considering a $2.7M offer from a wealthy Chinese fan.

The Other end of the Spectrum

If those few cars are too expensive for your tastes, how about a car made from bamboo and rattan?  The Phoenix was designed by “renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue” and recently shown at the furniture show in Milan.

Speaking of Bertoni

No, not that Bertone, but Flaminio Bertoni, the originator of Citroen design who passed away in 1964.  Steve Reive is the source for this excellent article on the original designer of the Traction Avant and the world famous DS19.  I love reading about the classics (not the cars silly, but the designers who paved the way for today’s studios).

So you want to be a auto designer?

If the article on Bertoni has piqued your interest, here is a quick primer on how to become a auto designer.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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