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A bunch of fresh new metal has debuted recently and we’ve got the lowdown. Whilst most like the Vauxhall GT X Experimental Concept and Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept as their names suggest are concept vehicles unlikely to see the light of production day, the Ford GT Heritage Edition and McLaren 720S GT3 surely will.

Vauxhall GT X Experimental Concept


The artist otherwise known as Opel have clearly ventured over to the left field and come back with this, an experimental concept called the Experimental Concept.

Right, Vauxhall gets the gold star for obvious naming – but drill down and you’ll see the GT X prefix attached to it. It’s the right kind of car, a slippery five-door SUV with an all-electric drivetrain. We actually rather enjoy the futuristic aesthetic, an almost minimalistic approach so far into the future you could almost call it retro.

It promises to be the marque’s fresh new design language and you can expect it in some shape or form to hit the asphalt as soon as 2024. Now we wait.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept


Forget silver arrow, this one’s all hammerhead shark. Just look at it, a clenched fist rendered in mercury, a throwback to old formula racers and a hint at what might have been if intrusive spoilers were never invented.

But what the hell is it? Answer; exactly what it looks like – an homage to the successful record-breaking grand prix W 125 car from 1937 – in Alubeam Silver.

"Over 80 years ago, the historic Silver Arrows demonstrated that Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer when it came to speed thanks, among other things, to their streamlined shape," says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG.
"The Vision EQ Silver Arrow draws on that legacy. Intended for acceleration and driving pleasure, it embodies progressive luxury and provides an insight into the future of our design. As a result, the show car drives the design idiom of our new EQ product and technology brand to the top." 

Not bad for a 550kW EV, we suppose – albeit one capable of synthetically sounding like the original race car or a modern V8.

Infiniti Prototype 10 Concept


Beautiful. Slippery. Somewhat incomplete looking? There's no denying the elegance of the minimalist Prototype 10 Concept, it really bares everything. But it doesn’t exactly look like it welcomes any sort of pilot does it?

We’ll overlook the fact that they seem to have gotten the same design brief as the folks who did the Mercedes-Cigar above – in fact they followed the same electrification regiment too. Well, which would you have?

McLaren 720S GT3


Finally, someone has addressed the lack of new McLarens. This is of course, a massive joke – in truth it’s like they have a bloody conveyor belt in Woking, UK.

This then is the 720S GT3, based naturally on the epic 720S and then fettled to the high-heavens in anticipation of competing in 2019.

"It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development programme that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car," commented Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive Chief Executive Officer.
"Enabling our customers to go racing is integral to the business strategy of McLaren Automotive and we are committed to supplying teams with exceptional GT cars and the world-class support to get the most out of them."

This comes with a race-prepped version of the turbocharged V8 which in road format already makes 530Nm and 770Nm so...

Ford GT Heritage Edition


Ford have rolled out a heritage model for the new-fangled six-cylnder GT supercar, so obviously it gets the most famous of colour schemes.

"Many view the Gulf Oil paint scheme as the most famous in motorsports," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, global operations.
"The 1968 GT40 quickly became a global sensation after beating its European competitors on the track four times in a row, and in honour of the 50th anniversary of its win, we're paying fresh tribute to the original with a new heritage limited edition."

With it you get exposed carbon bits both hither and thither, plus the mandatory inclusion of signature plates, but beyond this it is pretty much a regular Ford GT. Which happens to be a pretty remarkable machine in its own right. Sign us up.



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