The Bugatti Type 35 revival is a great example of two things – A designer’s ability to push boundaries and create concepts that capture their passions, and those concepts sometimes being powerful enough to actually pave the way forward for something bigger. Little did Andreis van Overbeeke know that his desire to see Bugatti compete in the Formula 1 series would result in him landing an internship at his dream company. The desire to actually see a Bugatti-branded F1 car pushed Andries to create a concept that he published on Reddit. The images ran their course, reaching Bugatti’s execs, who then went on to invite van Overbeeke to their headquarters in Molsheim, France, for an internship… resulting in a much more fleshed out concept car with the Type 35 revival. The image above shows the Type 35 revival in its glorious avatar standing right beside Bugatti’s own Vision GT vehicle – its spiritual predecessor.
The Type 35 Revival pays tribute to Bugatti’s eponymous winning racecar from the 1929 and 1930 Monaco circuit races. Styled with a similarly long nose and short tapered rear, the Revival echoes the iconic design cues of the 90-year old racecar, while carefully sticking to Bugatti’s signature details which include the horseshoe grille and that absolutely sweet blue and black paint-job. “The car has a powerful high revving internal combustion engine (see the exhausts on top) and was designed to be a fan car with a suckdown system (similar to the Chaparral 2J and Brabham BT46)”, says Overbeeke. He also pointed out that as a hat-tip to the company’s consecutive 3-year win at the Monaco circuits, the Type 35 Revival comes with a graphic of the Monaco racetrack on the side along with its laurels.
While the French automotive company isn’t planning on entering the F1 any time soon, the Type 35 Revival’s design isn’t just a concept for your eyes… You can actually take it for a spin in PlayStation’s Gran Turismo!
Designers: Andries van Overbeeke, Achim Anscheidt, Sasha Selipanov, Etienne Salomé & Frank Heyl.
Ever wanted a supercar, but could only afford a bicycle? The Viks GT superimposes the aesthetic of Lamborgini’s Huracan on a bicycle frame. The result is admittedly pretty dope! The frame has the contours that look like they were pulled out of Lamborghini concept art, and the yellow and black paint job sure gives the entire ride a legit vibe!
Designer: Velonia Bicycles
We have seen automakers over the years create numerous concept cars that will never be seen in the real world, only in the digital one. Such is the case with a new car that Chevy has unveiled destined to be driven only in the PS3 game Gran Turismo 6. The car is called the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo or Chaparral 2X VGT for short.
The car was inspired by the Chevy and Chaparral Racing cars that the two firms teamed up on over 45 years ago. It will be available this holiday season for gamers to download as an update for Gran Turismo 6.
Since the car is a digital concept, it doesn’t exactly have to stick with normal propulsion. It features a 671-kW laser and lithium ion batteries. The generator produces 900hp and the car has a virtual top speed of 240mph and a 0-60 time of 1.5 seconds. The driver of the virtual car rides face down with legs behind him as you would on a motorcycle.