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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Aston Martin Valkyrie finally speeding at Silverstone

After a long time the Aston Martin Valkyrie only appeared in a static condition. And on Saturday, July 13, 2019, this hypercar made dynamic moves while maneuvering at the Silverstone circuit along with F1 racing event, the 2019 British Grand Prix.
Aston Martin Valkyrie did its inaugural public run in Silverstone on Saturday, July 13, 2019. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YQNPZK)
The car is driven by test driver Chris Goodwin, which is claimed to have a power of up to 1,160 hp of its naturally-aspirated Cosworth V12 engine. On this occasion the Valkyrie wears its F1 livery – black with red accents. It looks devilish and sinister while racing fast in front of the audience. Indeed, there is no specified record to be made, only just showing off as a sophisticated hypercar.

Valkyrie is the most extreme street-legal car and is the platform for future challengers to the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC). The hypercar is the result of an engineering collaboration between Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey, Aston Martin EVP and Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman dan Aston Martin VP and Chief Special Operations Officer David King.
From left to right: Dr. Helmut Marko, Dr. Andy Palmer, Christian Horner, Adrian Newey, Marek Reichman, David King. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YQNPZK)
Previously, the car's development only in the laboratory and now truly tested in the real world. Goodwin commented, "I drove this car at Silverstone countless hours in simulators at the Aston Martin headquarters Red Bull Racing and drove many sportscar throughout my career, but when driving directly Aston Martin Valkyrie was so special."
Aston Martin Valkyrie poses with 2019 Red-Bull F1 Racing car in Silverstone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YQNPZK)
"Of course there is still a lot to be developed, but now we have done it physically and seen what capabilities have been developed for months. Besides that, the smile continued to expand on my face and hoped visitors would watch from the bench to enjoy as well as me," he explained furthermore.

"Finally seeing the Aston Martin Valkyrie speeding after five years ago starting with a sketch will be what it looks like and today is so moving. Changing the vision of the vehicle is so rapid and also the noise, now it will be clear what it will be," Newey said.
In accordance with the company plan, there will only be 150 units made by the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing headquarters. But unfortunately all of them has been sold out. And the first shipment to the consumers who order it will begin in the fourth quarter of 2019. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A unique-shaped Ferrari classic car called an 'Egg'

Maybe all this time you know the Ferraris as a sportscar with a sensational and sexy appearance, so that you might not recognize the figure of this classic Ferrari car. Indeed, this Ferrari sports car is one-of-a-kind in the world, and is called Ferrari Uovo, or Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo' for its full name. 
1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo' has shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2YTkgqv)
Yes, indeed Ferrari Uovo has a unique looks and styling, or can be said to be eccentric. This car is a one-off project from an Italian coachbuilder named Carrozzeria Fontana, and based of a Ferrari 166MM classic car platform, after it crashed in its first attempt its original buyers, the Marzotto brothers, decoded to rebuild it in this form. And the result is a unique car shaped like an egg, or 'Uovo' in Italian.
Front three quarter of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
And sculptor Franco Reggiani who was the mastermind behind its special bodywork, and creating a shape he likened to that of a plane without wings. The good-looker raced for the first time in 1951 and powered by a 1.56-liter gasoline engine that produces up to 186 horsepower (138 kilowatts) of power and had a miliage of more than 341 miles (550 kilometers).
Dashboard view of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
Armed with the bodywork and aerodynamic drivetrain made the Uovo very competitive and took part in the Mille Miglia and Giro di Sicilia in 1951, where the car had the chance to lead the race, before it being damaged and finally unable to continue the race.
Rear right side view of 1950 Ferrari 166MM/212 Export ‘Uovo.' (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30vZUUs)
If at that time Uovo did not experience severe damage, of course, most likely this car will be the winner in the two prestigious racing events, and maybe the results will be different. So maybe Ferrari will build more of these cars in the future. Even so, this classic Ferrari is still an historic iconic car, and makes it a special model for Ferrari collectors. 
And in August 2017, this car has been auctioned by RM. Sotheby's at an auction event at Moterey, California. Initially this car expected to sell at a price of US. $ 7 million, but in fact this car finally sold at a price of US. $4.5 million at the time and recorded as one of the world's most expensive cars. WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUN | INDEPENDENT]
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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Tractorri, an Italian raging bull in an American Mustang suits

We all know the feeling of being depressed when having to choose an American muscle car or Italian supercar. And at that time we could not choose one of the two choices above. But some people out there have built cars that combine the advantages of both. In another word, can be said combining American style and Italian power design vice versa.
2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LTPVV8)
The following is the most brilliant example of the process is the 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe, a car built with a blend of Ford and Lamborghini. This car is once the star of the SEMA Show 2019, and became a one-of-a-kind car that at first glance looks like a 2007 Ford Mustang, but under its skin is also housed a brand-new Lamborghini Gallardo. 
Left sude view of 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LTPVV8)
The merging process of 2 cars from 2 different worlds spends a modification fee of US $700,000. The car builder created a custom bodywork for these car, which included a sign from the Porsche 911 Turbo, steel fenders and side skirts. Uniquely, the rear lights still take from the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Interior view of 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LTPVV8)
The car uses a Gallardo's 5.0-liter V10 engine, and combined with 6-speed automatic transmission system of those Italian supercar. The engine power later sent to its all four wheels, and there are anti-lock brakes and front lift systems.
Engine view of 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LTPVV8)
Then what is name of the car? Tractorri? Yes, the name was given to pay tribute for a simple start from Ferrucio Lamborghini to make and sale the tractors when he started and founded the company. The car result is then also given special deep crimson red combined with white color in the middle.
Rear side view of 2009 Ford Lamborghini Tractorri Custom Coupe. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LTPVV8)
The preference for Lamborghini continued with the interior, which featured the Gallardo dashboard and center console (including all controls) that had been cut and the original seats. And another special options in the cabin include the Alcantara headliner, door panel, and illuminate sill plate.
Although almost 10 years old, this car has a keyless entry, and is equipped with a book that the details of merging process of 2 cars into 1 as it is today. Since its debut, this car has traveled a distance of approximately 4,000 km. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES || GAS MONKEY GARAGE | TECHEBLOG]
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Ford brought its newest track beast to Goodwood

Ford not only produces mere passenger cars. The American reknown automotive manufacturer also makes the cars specially used in the racing track. And the Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​become a moment used by Ford to show off its newest track beast named the 'Ford GT MK II.' Here is the Ford GT MK II which has high performance and indeed can only be driven on a race track.
The newest track beast named 2020 Ford GT MK II shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LkxqJG)
The exterior has changed a lot. Ford embed a variety of new devices to improve aerodynamics, including: rear wing, diffuser, splitter, diffuser, fender, dive plane and large-sized spoilers. In the roof area there is a large hump which is a wind channel. It functions to suck air to cool the engine, transmission and coupling. 

As quoted from Motor1, in fact, the American car manufacturer has embed a complete package of racing devices to improve the aerodynamics of the GT MK II, such as a rear wing, diffuser, splitter, fender, dive plane and a large-sized spoiler. As a result, the aerodynamic pressure increased by 400 percent. Here it is clearly seen, that Ford is very focused on the GT MK II aerodynamic factors.
Ford is very focused on the GT MK II aerodynamic factors. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LkxqJG)
The braking element is supported by Brembo's carbon ceramic measuring 394 mm in front and 358 mm at the rear. Its legs use a 19-inch forged aluminum rim wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires. This tire is able to accept lateral gravity pressure up to 2G. To ensure reliable driving, Ford cut its weight by 90 kg. This American automotive manufacturer releases suspension height control devices and drive mode systems.
Interior view of 2020 Ford GT MK II. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XVlmVm)
The cabin certainly has a roll cage that protects the driver on the circuit when experiencing an incident. There's also Sparco bucket seats with a 6 point safety belt are applied. This further ensures its safety. The cabin is filled with carbon which is well known for having good durability. Vehicle related information is provided by the MoTec system, which can be used to show the rear view camera. Interestingly, Ford provides also an option for consumers who want to add a passenger on this car.
Left side view of 2020 Ford GT MK II. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XVlmVm)
By carrying a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 engine, the GT MK2 can produce peak power reaching of 709 PS. Thrust is channeled to the wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The gear shift uses the same as a standard Ford GT, but is tuned again to fit the designation. To maintain optimal engine performance, Ford even applied an innovative cooling system that involves water spray and only active when the engine has a high temperature rise.
Rear left side view of 2020 Ford GT MK II. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XVlmVm)
Basically the Ford GT MK II base comes from the GT produced at the Ford plant in Markham, Ontario, United States. The unit was then taken to Ford Performance and Multimatic facilities for transformation. Interested in buying it?
This car can be ordered through Ford's official website with a price tag starting at $1.2 million or Rp.28,276 billion. Unfortunately, these car only built in limited numbers by Ford, which is 45 units for worldwide. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARADVICE | MOTOR1 | CNN]
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Friday, July 12, 2019

This one-off Ferrari species is not a myth, but just very rarely seen

As we all know, Ferrari has a productive history in building interesting concepts, and many of them are popular models. But somehow the Ferrari Mhytos never really took off in terms of popularity. Just like Testarossa upon which it was based, it becomes the rare prancing horse breed you might remember designed by Pininfarina.
1989 Ferrari Mhytos built atop a Testarossa platform and designed by Pinifarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LgF0VN)
These rare Mythos concept was introduced to the public at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. It was built atop a Ferrari Testarossa platform. The interiors two sculptured leather seats provides comfort that is unmatched for a two-seater barchetta. There're coupe, targa, and speedster body styles were considered, with the latter ultimately receiving the green light.

Those enormous intakes fed a 390 horsepower of its 4.9-liter Tipo F113B flat-12 engine combined with 5-speed manual transmission system. Unlike the “red-head” it shared its chassis and running gear with, the Mythos sat nearly five-inches wider, was six-inches shorter in length, and three-inches lower in overall height. It was a truly compact supercar.
Left side view of 1989 Ferrari Mhytos. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2JwxaFB)
This concept appearenced a totally-rounded sculptural modelling with a perfect balance between aesthetic emotion and technical rationality, fully consistent with the Pininfarina philosophy in the search for beauty, emphasised by the charisma of the prancing horse make.
Rear right side view of 1989 Ferrari Mhytos. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LgF0VN)
It has been singled out the link with racing cars and in fact neither a hard roof for passenger protection, nor side windows were envisaged. At the rear, higher up, the section of the light cluster band goes from side to side, and above that, the wing-spoiler which is the continuation of the side surfaces.

It rests on a central telescopic support which can raise it of 300 mmm, according to the speed, to accentuate the down lift effect, positioning it in an area where the air flow is not disturbed. The bonnets, doors and all the panels of the bodywork are built entirely in carbon fibre. The instrument panel, dashboard, door panel and seats are shells covered in leather.
Now maybe you will ask where are the cars now? As quoted from Wikipedia, Ferrari has built 3 units of Ferrari Mhytos (including the prototype) throughout 1989. And it is known that the current Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah had commissioned two Mythos, one in red and the other turquoise.
Although it is unclear which cars in the Sultan's collections belong to which family members as clear records do not exist. As far as Ferraris rarely knows, very few other models can match the exclusivity of Mythos Coupe. And that also might be the reason this car is rarely seen on the streets both in America and Europe today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | WIKIPEDIA | CONCEPTCARZ]
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