Volvo (deliberately) won’t have any cars at the LA auto show

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Lamborghini’s SC18 concept is like the gaming-laptop version of cars

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The SC18 comes from Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse division, which literally translates to “racing team”. This car isn’t meant for streets, it’s meant for tracks, and it comes with a dominating design to match. Slightly a step down from Terzo Millennio’s absolutely aggressive style, the SC18 still looks like it would unleash hell on the track.

The SC18 is a one-off model, crafted bespoke for a motorsports customer, in synergy with Centro Stile Lamborghini, the car company’s innovative studio that looks to further develop Lamborghini’s inimitable style through endless exploration. It features air intakes in the style of the Huracán GT3 EVO with side and rear fenders designed to look like the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO, while its headlights look distinctly like the Aventador (the taillights are a hat-tip to the Huracan too).

The car was designed to be street-legal, but remains more of a race-track car, with its V12 engine delivering 770 hp at 8,500 RPM and a torque of 720 Nm at 6,750 rpm. The car’s incredible power is furthered by its lightweight construction thanks to the carbon-fiber body, with a ground clearance of just 109 millimeters. This unique construction resulted in the SC18 having a distinct growl that’s characteristic of Lamborghini’s cars. That should be enough to spook your opponents off the tracks!

Designer: Lamborghini Squadra Corse

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The Ferrari F40 gets an unofficial, unbelievable revival!

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The one thing that drew me to a profession in design was the absence of boundaries. You had the ability to create practically anything your heart desired, and that ability to create was encouraged. If, for instance, you wanted the Ferrari F40, a car that’s practically a hallmark in supercar history, to be revived, you could do it yourself. The F40 had a limited run from 1987 to 1992, and never saw an official revival, although fans all around the world fondly remember the iconic piece of automotive beauty.

A die-hard fan of the original F40, designer Samir Sadikhov took it upon himself to build a new variant, exploring Ferrari’s current styles and merging it with the F40’s original design to create a timely evolution. The F40 Tribute, as Samir calls it, captures the original F40’s flavor, while including a modernized blocky rectangular wing, side intakes, and vertically oriented triple exhaust — all of which were original to the 1987 supercar. Sadikhov went on to build the interiors too, with leather upholstery and carbon-fiber paneling. Even the dashboard gets a revamp with its future-friendly interface and racing-style wheel. The level of detail gone into the passion project is practically mind-boggling for something that’s essentially a fan-concept, but I imagine that if Ferrari were to revamp the F40, it should definitely take some cues from this incredible tribute!

Designer: Samir Sadikhov

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