Category Archives: Design

Behold: the Pyros Panopoulos Chaos Zero Gravity. Not a supercar, not even a hypercar, the Chaos is – according to its creator – the world’s first ‘ultracar’. 

Designed by Greek drag racing engine builder Spyros Panopoulos, the Chaos offers minimal ground clearance and near science-fiction level performance. To wit: 3,064bhp, acceleration to 100km/h in 1.55 seconds and on to 200km/h 1.7 seconds later.

Almost every component has been 3D printed to ensure precision, aerodynamic flow, minimum weight and maximum power. The top speed, courtesy of a V10 single block magnesium alloy engine, is 500km/h.

Yours in early 2022 for a trifling €12.35 million.


Behold: the 1988 Cizeta-Moroder V16T – the only product of Cizeta Automobili SRL – styled by Marcelo Gandini and created as a joint venture by by auto-engineer Claudio Zampolli, 80s electro legend Giorgio Moroder and a team of ex-Lamborghini engineers.

This vehicle – chassis number 001 – is the original prototype of the 1991-1995 production run and the only one bearing the Moroder name as the composer pulled out of the project in 1990, taking 001 with him.

Up for auction – fully reconditioned and roadworthy – next January in Phoenix, Arizona if you’re passing.


Behold: the BMW R100 ‘Budzogan’ – a custom rebuild by Slovakian modifier EARTH Motorcycles.

Upgrades to the 1983 donor bike include custom engine guards, blacked-out spoked wheels, keyless ignition and a diamond-stitched leather saddle on a one-off subframe strong enough for two-up riding. the R100’s 980cc boxer twin engine has also been overhauled with a bespoke exhaust system and titanium muffler.

Retaining a stock tank with shop logos, the bike has scrambler bars set in machined top triples and risers with hand-sewn leather grips matching the seat and  bar-end LED indicators.

Only for looking at, unless you fancy commissioning one.


Behold: the Tatamel – a folding electric motorbike concept from Japanese startup Icoma.

Classed as a moped, it’s capable of transforming into a small square that can be stowed under a desk and then moved outside on rollers built into the frame. With full front and rear suspension and a 600W motor it’s good for 40km/h and 50km of range. 


Behold: the 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta – built to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Carrozzeria Pininfarina, it’s the rarest and most collectible Ferrari of the 21st century (thus far).

Only 80 of these 661bhp 6.0l V12 sportscars were built for Ferrari’s most dedicated clients and this one is further rarified with gold fleck Nero Stellato paintwork and an orange Hermes leather interior.

Up for auction next month with bids starting at €800,000.


Behold: the Suzuki DR Z-400SM – or rather a one-off cosmetic redux of the high performance supermoto’s somewhat dated styling by bespoke hogsmith oneYedeer.

Stripped down to its chassis, the donor bike has been extensively refitted with (among many other things) a Yamaha SR500 tank, Ducati scrambler headlight, a Honda ST70 Dax front fender, the radiator off a Honda CBR500, new fork guards, and a custom, two-level hooped subframe with integrated LED strip taillights.

Not for sale, only for looking at.


Behold: the Piech GT electric coupe – a first offering from a Swiss auto startup founded in 2017. All new, but with a sleek fastback shape redolent of 1960s European race cars.

Lightweight (at just 1.8 tonnes), charging to 80% in less than 5 minutes (provided you have access to Ccs2 standard fast-charging infrastructure) and with a 500km range, the GT is powered by three electric motors – two at the rear and one at the front axle – generating 603bhp and accelerating to 100km/h in less than three seconds. 

Delivery starts in 2024, price tba.


Behold: the Zillers Motorcycles X NMoto Studio BMW R18 – a futuristic carbon fibre-bodied ‘power cruiser’ collaboration by customiser Zillers and bolt-on kit specialist NMoto. More proof of the R18’s status as the custom community’s Beemer of choice.  

When the 1,802cc boxer twin engine is doing its thing, custom air-ride suspension lifts the bike up off the road, dropping it down onto pegs while stationary for a kick-stand free resting stance.

Only 13 will be made worldwide and yours is available to preorder (in kit form or preassembled) from $44,900 (about €38,800)


Behold: the 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio – one of the most significant supercars ever built – and not just because its image adorned a billion adolescent bedroom walls (or that Rod Stewart had one).

50 years on, Lamborghini has released a new Aventador-based version of the car and remade the original 1971 Countach prototype but this vehicle is neither. This is the evolution of the LP500, fitted with a periscopic rear view mirror (hence the name), of which only 150 were produced.

Lovingly maintained with just 51,100km on the clock and its original numbers-matching 4.0L V12 engine, it was last sold in 2016 for €1,072,800.

Expect to pay more at auction at Le Castellet in France next month. Not that you care – the big wad on you.