Pop-up headlights are arguably the coolest features to ever grace the world of cars. However, that dream would soon be unravelled as it was deemed costly, aerodynamically inefficient and expensive to fix when they eventually broke. By 2004 the pop-up headlight era was all but over with the Lotus Esprit and Corvette becoming the swan song of this icon of modern car design. Today we’re taking a look back at some of the coolest cars to ever rock the pop-up headlights.
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This is it, you guys. We are in the future. And while we might not have hoverboards (thanks for getting our hopes up, Tony Hawk, you jerk) there is a lot to be excited about. These are the concepts that keep us believing.
In the not-too-distant future, eye-tracking technology will be a run-of-the-mill feature in many high-end vehicles, helping keep drivers' eyes on the road. But Jaguar Land Rover has patented another use for the tech that allows cars to automatically trigger the rear window's wiper so it's always clean and clear when needed.
Cyclists and drivers ought to co-exist on the roads, but sometimes it's problematic, given that one can't always see the other coming. Jaguar is looking to use its considerable smarts to save the lives of cyclists on the road with a new system called Bike Sense that will "tap" drivers on the shoulder when there's a cyclist manoeuvring around the vehicle.
Jaguar Land Rover says they are developing a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen that "will allow drivers to get a complete, unhindered view of the road." I can't wait for this to be real and standard in every car, although it's probably still a long time away. The best feature: Follow Me Ghost Car navigation.
Video: We've already pined over the beastly sound of the Jaguar F-Type Coupé, but this is something else. John Hennessey got hold of one of the gorgeous coupés and gave it a tune. Now the thing produces 623 horsepower and one hell of a noise.
Video: I wasn't born in 1963, and it's a safe bet that more than a few of you weren't either. What was born in the early '60s, though, was a legend: a super-lightweight version of the amazing Jaguar E-Type, designed purely for racing. Only 12 were built, but 18 of them were already planned when project was abandoned. Thankfully, Jaguar is now restarting the project in our time, producing the final six Lightweight E-Types. Here's what they'll look and sound like.
The Superbowl doesn't kick off until 2 February, but there's plenty of distance to cover on the hype train before now and then as Jaguar can attest to. Its teaser for the Superbowl is up already, centring on great British villains. Forget all that, and click on this just to watch the amazing Jaguar F-Type race a helicopter gunship.
The boffins at Jaguar have been doing some amazing work lately. No longer is it just a factory in the Midlands of Britain for boring wood-laden sedans: it's an engineer's wet dream. Meet the Project 7: a one-seat racer that makes a noise so good you'll think about selling your house just to buy one.
Oh. My. God. Look at it. Just look at it. Who knew that Jaguar could make something so incredible looking on the outside while making something that's twice as exciting on the inside: a hybrid supercar with next-generation technology designed to affix your jaw to the floor. When automakers get together to celebrate an anniversary, they don't muck about.