Marcel Haan reviews 'Intersection Cars Now' by Taschen. Have you ever heard of the BAC Mono?
When you write about cars and art, the same car brands keep coming to mind; Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini. Brands that dominate the market of the supercars. Doing a review on Tachens' book 'Intersection Cars Now' made me realize how many other brands are out there. Rolling sculptured creations, pieces of automotive art.
Take for example the BAC Mono. I had never heard of this car before but what a stunning car! And while it has the looks of a racer, the Briggs brothers claim that it’s street legal.
Publisher Taschen is offering a kind of catalogue with this book. The authors categorize the latest innovations in alphabetical order. So you won’t only see supercars listed, you will also find the Mitsubishi iMiEV. To entice the reader, they divulge secret details. And while most of these details are not really secrets, they do add to the appreciation. For example I for one, wasn’t aware of the fact that the horizontal body grooves on the Ford Flex evoke the woody wagon paneling. Nice to know.
The book contains graphics which show you the basic details of each car, such as speed, price and power. This is the graph for the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Published in 2012, the authors wanted to provide an indication on what was to be expected. Three years down the line, you realize that the purpose of cars remain the same. Beside the basic function of transportation, it offers the joy of speed and movement in so many ways and configurations. I am curious what the automotive future will bring us.