Ford Motor Company announced this week that top designer J Mays is retiring. In his 33-year career and 16-year tenure at Ford, Mays ushered in the era of retrofuturistic styling that other car companies scrambled to follow. Here, we look back at five of his vehicles that steered the shape of automotive design.
Do you recognize Cooper? Probably not, because he's a year older than the last time you saw him driving a tiny time-traveling DeLorean and wearing an adorable Marty McFly costume
Is there anything more terrifying than attempting to pass a slow-moving truck on a two-lane road when you’re really not sure what’s waiting for you up ahead? Researchers at the University of Porto in Portugal don’t think so; they’ve come up with a clever system that could allow drivers of smaller vehicles to see right through large trucks and buses and know when it’s safe to pass.
A dirty car not only looks bad, it can also lead to reduced fuel efficiency if it affects your car’s aerodynamics. But who wants to spend every weekend washing their vehicle, or ponying up for car washes? No one, especially when 3M has created the perfect alternative: a spray-on invisible film that can be easily peeled off when your car gets too mucked up.
Is it any surprise that the design offices of Mattel’s Hot Wheels division are stocked full of actual vehicle designers? After all, why spend a year of your life working on perfecting a sedan’s bumper when you can churn out countless hot rods, dragsters, and supercars? The folks at Cool Hunting got a sneak peek at what goes into designing Hot Wheels toys, and not surprisingly, it looks like a pretty wonderful gig.
Before you scoff in disbelief at the $450 price tag on this adorable children’s toy, remember that you’re actually getting two ride-ons for the price of one here. The Mini Runner, made from a hydroformed lightweight aluminum frame, converts from a sit down balance bike to a standing scooter with minimal fuss and muss.