Official: 2013 GTA V Bravado Banshee is life imitating video-game art

Filed under: Performance, Etc., Toys/Games, SRT

2013 GTAV Bravado Banshee

Bravado BansheeEven though our first response was something along the lines of “It should have been the Cheetah,” we will admit that building a real-life version of a Grand Theft Auto V car is a pretty meta, pretty cool promotion.

Details on the Banshee’s mechanicals are pretty scarce, but the car has obviously been crafted using a Viper as its base (a fourth- or fifth-generation car seems likely). Created by the West Coast Customs shop of reality TV fame, the body panels of the Banshee were designed and cut to form a “screen accurate” replica of the in-game car (which is pictured in the inset photo). Even the interior of the vehicle has been customized to be gamer-friendly, with reconfigured dashboard, door panels and center console, as well as the Banshee name and insignia stitched on the seats.

Best of all, video game retailer GameStop is giving away the car as part of the promotion for GTA’s September 17 release. As if the title needed more publicity, right? Get a bit more info about the car in the press release below.

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2013 GTAV Bravado Banshee

Bravado BansheeEven though our first response was something along the lines of “It should have been the Cheetah,” we will admit that building a real-life version of a Grand Theft Auto V car is a pretty meta, pretty cool promotion.

Details on the Banshee’s mechanicals are pretty scarce, but the car has obviously been crafted using a Viper as its base (a fourth- or fifth-generation car seems likely). Created by the West Coast Customs shop of reality TV fame, the body panels of the Banshee were designed and cut to form a “screen accurate” replica of the in-game car (which is pictured in the inset photo). Even the interior of the vehicle has been customized to be gamer-friendly, with reconfigured dashboard, door panels and center console, as well as the Banshee name and insignia stitched on the seats.

Best of all, video game retailer GameStop is giving away the car as part of the promotion for GTA’s September 17 release. As if the title needed more publicity, right? Get a bit more info about the car in the press release below.

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Official: Volvo makes the XC60 disappear into art

Filed under: Europe, Marketing/Advertising, Crossover, Volvo, Design/Style

For the last few years, Volvo has set up an art display in the Zurich, Switzerland central train station called the Volvo Art Session, allowing select artists – both established and up-and-coming – to create temporary exhibits with one of Volvo’s products acting as the centerpiece. This year, six artists from across Europe converged in Zurich to turn a 2014 Volvo XC60 into a work of art.

Each started with a blank white canvas, creating a massive display in what Volvo says is one of the busiest covered public places in Europe, and after each was done, it was all erased for the next artists to come in and do his or her thing. While some made the XC60 a focal point in the art, others made the crossover seemingly disappear. We have a gallery of all six finished pieces, but if you want to see background of the artists or time-lapse videos of their works, head over to VolvoArtSessions.com. This site also shows the exhibits from the prior two years, and a press release can be found below.

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Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon is the epitome of the art [UPDATED w/video]

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Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon

Falcon Motorcycles Black Falcon – Click above for high-res image gallery

One of these days, we’re going to make it down to the Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Aside from being a Mecca for the two-wheel set, the venue also serves as the backdrop for numerous debuts. This year, Falcon Motorcycles pulled the sheets back on its latest creation – the Black Falcon. The machine started life as a legendary Vincent Black Shadow that had been converted into a drag racer and lakebed heathen.

After a year of work by a six-man crew, the bike has transcended mere transportation. The blueprinted engine now produces a full 75 horsepower thanks to lightened, balanced internals, and a set of massive brakes sourced from the locomotive sector stand ready to bring the party down from its 140 mph top speed.

There isn’t a single piece of the Black Falcon that hasn’t been broken down and re-engineered to perform and look better than the factory ever intended. Falcon even constructed two tanks for the machine – one for road travel and smaller, one-gallon piece for racing duty. We’re completely smitten. Head over to Bike Exif for a full rundown on the creation, and be sure to check out this beautiful machine in our high-res image gallery.

*Update: Video can now be found after the break.

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Ninja Alert! Beware of car salesmen trained in the art of phone calls

Filed under: Car Buying, Etc., Marketing/Advertising, BMW

It may sound obvious to say you should be wary of car salesmen on the phone, just as you should be wary of car salesmen in general. To hammer the point home, though, here are some audio files of Jerry Thibeau training salespeople at car dealerships, in this case a BMW dealership, to schmooze and potentially ensnare customers before they even walk on the lot.

With the Internet stealing large portions of business from car dealerships, there’s a real need for dealers to invest in this kind of telephone training. Thibeau answered the call when he started New York-based Phone-Up Ninjas back in late 2009.

Guys like Thibeau charge $2,000 a day plus expenses to visit car dealerships for these training sessions. They can also do the work remotely, dubbing constructive criticism into mystery shopper phone calls to point out where a salesperson’s pitch could use some help.

The car salesman on the other end of the line has a job to do: make you buy a car (or how about this nice SUV that’s just a little more per month?). Just remember that, next time, you may be talking to a ninja.

Our advice? Hang up. Follow the jump to hear the ninja training calls, or read the full report at AOL Autos to learn more about how this industry operates.

[Source: AOL Autos | Image: Getty]

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Video: Kobe Bryant uses Smart Fortwo Brabus to catch art thief

Filed under: Budget, China, Marketing/Advertising, Hatchback, Smart, Celebrities

Kobe Bryant driving Smart Fortwo Brabus

Kobe Bryant saves the day in Smart Fortwo Brabus – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The Smart brand, looking for a sales lift in China, has enlisted the lanky likes of Kobe Bryant for its “Big, In The City” ad campaign. A newly released video has the internationally known NBA star assuming the role of a quick thinking/driving man of both style and action with a keen sense of aim.

With the aid of a shiny black Smart Fortwo Brabus that he – or perhaps a stunt double – throws around corners and through traffic, Kobe comes to the aid of a damsel in distress with flair as he chases down an art thief and utilizes his on-court abilities to administer a chase-ending coup de grâce.

The campaign will reportedly undertake a 25-city Chinese road trip, the highlight of which is an appearance by the Los Angeles Lakers star at a Smart customer party in July. Hit the jump for some Smart Brabus and Bryant action.

[Source: Advertising @ Chinasmack]

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Range Rover Evoque gets the Benedict Radcliffe wireframe art treatment [w/video]

Filed under: Geneva Motor Show, Etc., Land Rover, Design/Style

Radcliffe wireframe land rover evoque

Land Rover Evoque goes wireframe – Click above to watch video after the jump

Land Rover is officially in love with wireframe artwork. In September of 2010, four artists were commissioned to produce wireframe interpretations of the Range Rover Evoque. For the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover reached out to artist Benedict Radcliffe for a redux of sorts.

Radcliffe’s wireframe take on the Range Rover Evoque is (supposedly) meant to showcase the personalization options available to Land Rover customers. The entire piece can be broken down into several smaller pieces that showcase various options available on the Evoque.

Click past the jump to watch a behind-the-scenes video that shows how Radcliffe produces his wireframe artwork. So… how long until this piece shows up at the Tate Modern?

[Source: Land Rover]

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Ducati and Elizabeth Raab team up for ultimate garage art

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Ducati Desmo set by Elizabeth Raab

Ducati Desmo Photography Collection by Elizabeth Raab – Click above for high-res image gallery

Designers have been coaxing organic shapes out of cold metal and composites for generations, and while few are so bold as to recreate the bombshell lines that we saw on display in the early ’50s, the tradition doesn’t show signs of slowing up any time soon.

Nowhere is that more true than the realm of motorcycles. Unburdened by cumbersome safety regulations, motorcycle artists are able to bend tanks and frames to whatever shape they so desire. More often than not, those lines are lifted straight from the human body.

Ducati has just partnered with fine-art photographer Elizabeth Raab to explore that relationship a little further. Raab set about combining some of the manufacturer’s more lust-worthy creations with the arching forms of beautiful models. The parallels between the two are absolutely stunning, especially as viewed through Raab’s lens work.

Ducati is offering limited-edition, individually numbered prints for sale in a variety of sizes, so if you like what you see as much as we do, head on over to the Duc site and get while the getting’s good. Just be warned, not all of the shots are exactly safe for work.

Gallery: Ducati Desmo Photography Collection by Elizabeth Raab

[Source: Ducati]

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Fiat 500 art cars created in Miami at Exhibitalia

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Fiat Exhibitalia art car

Fiat 500 Art Basel art cars – click above for high-res image gallery

We wouldn’t have taken something like the Art Basel festival in Miami Beach as a typical showcase for automobiles, but after Tesla rolled out its art car and Maybach spearheaded its sculpture initiative there, Fiat became the third automaker to strut its stuff at the festival among the 2,000 artists from around the world.

Fiat’s display took place at the four-day Exhibitalia event, where several renowned artists and two student teams from the University of Miami used its tiny 500 as their “inspiration and canvas” in the creation of their works. Some created pieces inspired by the Cinquecento, some used body panels, and one even used the entire vehicle, transforming it into an art car on par with anything BMW could throw at it. Check it out in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.

Gallery: Fiat 500 art cars at Exhibitalia

[Source: Fiat]

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Tesla takes a tip from BMW, creates psychedelic Roadster art car

Filed under: Convertible, Tesla, Design/Style, Electric

Laurence Gartel Tesla art car

Laurence Gartel’s Tesla Roadster art car – Click above for high-res image gallery

We love ourselves some art cars. Be it a Warhol-liveried BMW M1 or a crochet-covered Morris Minor, few things flip our collective switch quite like the melding of art and automobiles. Tesla has introduced its first foray into the scene with a Roadster worked up by Laurence Gartel. The artist covered each and every one of the electric sports car’s body panels in a vinyl wrap with a trippy digital swirl design. Gartel has a history of working in digital art having begun experimenting in the medium in the ’70s, and Tesla is a company that identifies with individuals with a technology bent.

Tesla showed its Art Roadster at the Miami Art Basel Festival over the weekend, and the company spent some time motoring around the southern-Florida city during the event. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Gallery: Laurence Gartel Telsa Art Car

[Source: Tesla]

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