This is the Alfa Romeo Carabo, it’s just one letter short of being a Thai energy drink / some kind of cow, and it’s mad.
Designed by Bertone and revealed in 1968, the Carabo ushered in the change from swoopy and beautiful, to weird and wedgy. Just one concept was built, powered by a V8 of just two litres capacity mated to a six speed manual gearbox.
This excellent Speed Champions recreation of the Carabo was suggested to us by a reader, and it comes from The G Brix of Flickr. Complete with a detailed interior and engine bay there’s more to see at Brix’s photostream via the link.
The future of motoring is bleak. Cars will make zero noise, they’ll steer and brake automatically by law, travelling above the speed limit will be impossible thanks to GPS limiters, and on top of all that – if the video game Cyberpunk 2077 is accurate – they’ll look like this. Boo.
Sheo‘s ‘Economy Class Car’ from the aforementioned video game captures this miserable future superbly, with opening doors, a detailed interior (complete with a surely superfluous steering wheel), and an exterior design somewhere between a Bond Bug and a skip.
Visit 2077 at Sheo’s photostream via the link above, whilst we find videos of noisy V8s and pretend the inevitable isn’t happening.
This is a Nash Rambler Palm Beach, a concept car from 1956 styled by Pininfarina that sadly never made production but that unusually still exists today.
This beautiful Model Team recreation of the Palm Beach comes from Tim Inman of Flickr, who had replicated the stunning ‘50s lines superbly in Lego form, complete with a realistic straight-6 under the hood and an accurately detailed interior behind the opening doors.
There’s more to see of Tim’s Nash Rambler concept at his photostream; click the link above to head to an American motorshow c1956.
*Today’s travesty of a title song. It reached #1 in TLCB’s home nation. The same country that brought the world The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Queen, and Oasis. We’re not sure what happened in ‘94.
Lego creations tend to be constructed in a very unrealistic manner. Pieces are attached to one another so that every part is connected to everything else, making a robust, playable model that looks like what it’s supposed to on the outside, and nothing like what it’s supposed to underneath. But we usually only look at the outside, not having x-ray vision and all, so that’s OK. Plus if we had x-ray vision we’d have more important things to do than peer inside Lego creations…
On to today’s creation, and Sebeus I has decided to design a creation that is constructed in the same way a real car would be. Or, more accurately, a model kit of a car. Sebeus has constructed each component of his Model Team style supercar separately, including the ‘carbon fibre’ tub, V8 engine, axle, steering and suspension assemblies, dashboard, battery, and body panels, each of which is then attached to the model independently.
The result is a model that you have to build twice, firstly in Lego form; constructing each of the components, and then in kit form; assembling the components into the finished car. This is magnificently pointless, but also looks rather fun, with the side benefit that you can half-build the model’s bodywork to see all of its components like a motor show cut-away. It’s an intriguing way to design a Lego car and if you’re interested to see more (and support Sebeus’ design on LEGO Ideas so it could become an official LEGO set) you can do so on Flickr and Eurobricks via these links.
It’s 1969, Man has landed on the moon, the Jumbo Jet makes its debut, and Woodstock hosts 350,000 spectators at the greatest musical festival the world has ever known. Things couldn’t get any cooler. And indeed they didn’t, as the era of free love ended almost as precisely as the decade did, the oil crisis hit, the world went on strike, and everything became a shade of beige or brown.
Hot Wheels ended the decade on a high too though, with their spectacular concept ‘Splittin’ Image’, recreated here in beautiful accuracy by TLCB favourite Lino Martins, complete with oversize engine and twin canopies.
A little over fifty years later and history seems to be repeating itself, with the world spiralling towards some kind of bleak apocalypse, factories shut, hospitals full, and even brown making a comeback on cars. It seems a perfect time to revisit Splittin’ Image then, not just because it hinged on the pivot between two very different times (as we suspect we are too right now), but also because with two separate cockpits it’s perfect for social distancing!
Head to Lino’s photostream via the link above, isolate yourself in one of the cockpits, and hope things aren’t about to go all 1970s on us.
Suggested by a reader, and sounding like a perfume, this funky looking ‘Koncept Essence’ comes from Flickr’s R. Skittle, who has constructed his outlandish design using modular methods that replicate to those used in real-world supercar production. Remote control drive and steering and in-board suspension feature, and there’s more to see of his electric concept via the link above, where there’s also an album showing a non-GT3 version, but that one’s not orange and nor does it feature an absurd rear wing, so you can guess which version the Elves wanted to show here…
First featured here a year ago, Jeroen Ottens’ beautiful Technic interpretation of Marco Van Overbeeke’s spectacular design concept had us all wishing the car was real. It still isn’t, but Jeroen has refined his creation adding these stunning new images to his ‘Il Toro Azzurro’ album. The name may have changed but the car is if anything even more gorgeous to look at, with Jeroen’s model including four-wheel steering, a V10 engine, working gearbox, and independent suspension. There’s more to see of both the original and new images at Jeroen’s ‘Il Torro Azzurro’ album on Flickr – click the link to take a look.
Our favourite weird vehicle builder is back with another car straight from a ’70s sci-fi movie. This is Angka Utama‘s ‘Atlantica’ and just look at those seats! Built in 8-studs wide, with a lifting engine cover and a full width light bar (now the default feature on any new car), there’s more to see at his photostream. Click the link above to take a look.
2020 A.D. sounds terrifically futuristic doesn’t it? Our forbears predicted it would be the age of commercial space travel, flying cars, holograms, and nuclear apocalypse. Instead we have hashtags, SUVs, the woke movement, and the Kardashians. Oh well, at least we’re a step closer to the nuclear apocalypse as of yesterday thanks to Donald Trump.
Flickr’s Angka Utama has been a bit more realistic than the futurologists of the past as his ‘2020 A.D.’ concept looks both probable and really rather good. Except of course it isn’t an SUV, so in reality it’s about as likely in 2020 as the Kardashians pioneering commercial space travel. No matter, see more at the link, where you can contemplate mankind’s inexorable slide towards an SUV-filled doom.
TLCB Elves search far and wide for the best Lego vehicles that the internet has to offer. With food only available upon blog-worthy finds, they’re becoming fairly efficient little buggers. However it’s not just the model that must meet our criteria in order to be featured here, this images too must be worthy of appearance.
As highlighted here before, the best way to achieve high quality images is with the use of a plain background and natural light, however that doesn’t mean more inventive solutions aren’t also suitable. Take taxonlazar’s ‘G-110’ for example, which uses a sheet to great effect, creating the sand and rock plain upon which his model is driving. The model itself is rather nice too, featuring a transparent cockpit, posable steering, and some awesome retro Technic wheels.
Head to taxonlazar’s photostream via the link above to see more of the G-110 (and his bedsheet).
The Elves are grouchy today. They missed this rather awesome looking concept car by previous bloggee Vibor Cavor (aka Veeborg) when it was first uploaded, however a reader contacted us via our Facebook page as Vibor has released some new images, giving us the chance to feature it. And we don’t have to feed any Elves!
Vibor’s concept is called the ‘Colide’, which we’re not sure will catch on as a car name, but it nevertheless looks very cool. The design includes brick-built wheels, ingenious multi-directional bodywork, and a double canopy cockpit so you can still journey with your partner even after an argument. Vibor’s concept car is available to view on Flickr via the link above, where you can also find a link to vote for it at the LEGO Ideas platform.
Renault are doing better these days, making a range of boring SUVs and Crossovers that don’t fall apart every second Thursday. However they’re about as interesting a Brothers Brick parts cataloguing evening, and frankly we’d rather walk than drive any of them. Ok, maybe the Twingo‘s alright, but that’s because it’s really a Smart.
Not so this however. It’s called the Renault Diaoul and it comes from the mind of F@bz, which must be a very interesting place indeed. Inventive parts are visible in abundance, including some properly odd wheels and one of the most unique engines we think we’ve ever seen. There’s much more of F@bz’s concept to see on Flickr – click the link above to make the jump, and if you work for Renault maybe take some notes…
Interchangeable bodywork is something that every LEGO vehicle is capable of, by virtue of them being, well… LEGO. However it’s particularly cool if you can swap the whole bodywork out in one piece. Even LEGO themselves tried this back in 1996 with their 8244 Technic set, although the results were a bit weird.
Not so Angka Utama’s attempt, which is properly cool. Entitled ‘Backbone’, Angka has designed three different bodies that can be mounted on his chassis design, and with reversible seats and a moveable engine it can switch between being front, rear or mid-engined in seconds. Take a look on either Flickr or MOCpages to see how it’s done!