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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The most sophisticated Porsche sportscar of 1980s

Now, We're back to Porsche again. The Porsche 918 Spyder might be the car with the best technological achievements ever built by Porsche to date. Even so, long before the 918 Spyder was invented, this German manufacturer apparently had created a supercar concept that also carried the high technology of its day.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort said to be the most advanced car of the 1980s. (Picture from: RMSothebys)
The car is a Porsche 959, and it was known as one of the high-tech supercars that were successfully created by Porsche AG in 1986. The car was originally named Gruppe B because it was planned to be used as a racing car at the Group B rally, and began construction in 1981. However, when the prototype was completed in 1987, it turned out that the Group B rally had been disbanded in 1986.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system(Picture from: AutoEvolution)
This car was used for research before it was decided to be produced. The Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturer produced this supercar model in a limited number, which was only 337 units (including 37 prototypes and preproduction models) between 1986 and 1989.

This car is produced in two versions, namely Sport and Komfort, where the Sport version is a car made specifically for racing purposes while the Komfort is the legal road version. Because of the high demand for this car, in 1992 and 1993, Porsche made eight more 959 cars, which were built from parts in Zuffenhausen.
1986 Porshe 959 Komfort is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. (Picture from: RMSothebys)
The Porsche 959 is equipped with a 2,847 cc twin-turbocharged V6 engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system. The machine is capable of spewing power output of up to 530 horsepower. Armed with its wild engine power, the Porsche 959 is capable of accelerating from rest to a speed of 100 kph in 3.7 seconds, while the maximum speed achieved was 336 kph. A pretty impressive performance, isn't?   

As for achievements, this car is very well known in the racing world because it is probably the only sports car that has ever won the Dakar Rally and 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also recorded as the holder of the highest top speed record (197 mph) before being taken over by the Ferrari F40.
This supercar is reportedly never officially imported into the United States or other countries so that it is a fairly rare car. The difficulty of finding the existence of this sophisticated supercar also had contributed to making the selling prices of the used Porsche 959 cars in exorbitant. *** [EKA[15032020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RM SOTHEBYS | MOTOR1 | AUTOEVOLUTION ]
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Monday, October 25, 2021

Another Italian sports coupé dreams?

When we saw the first time, the figure of the concept car that appeared in this striking yellow color, arose the curiosity of what this car really was. Because, when viewed a glance from the front like a fusion of the McLaren 570S and Lamborghini Huracan, while from the side like the Ford SuperGT. After we explore further on the internet, it turns out this car is a concept car called the Model 5 Genesi
Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept made its debut at the 2016 del Salone dell'Auto di Torino - Parco Valentino. (Picture from: RaceDepartement)
The concept car is the work of an Italian company named Model 5. Might be you feel peculiar when hear the name of this Italian startup company. Actually, the company already active in the world's of design and industrial design since 2013.
Front view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: Motorchase)
The existence of the company's headquarters in Orbassano also said to help fill the "cultural distance" between the two cities considered one of the capitals of the automotive industry and the other is the homeland of Italian design.
Left side view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: Motor1)
And those bright yellow concept car was created by the collaboration of two Model 5 subsidiary companies namely the SM Engineering (Carlo Segretario and Enzo Mileo), and the other one named the made | studio Milano (Emiliano Palma, Marco Tonin and Daniele Cremona).
Dashboard view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: RaceDepartement)
The Model 5 Genesi concept car was developed in over a year of work and has involved more than fifteen designers, modelers, designers and physical modelers. The company also said, that the development of this concept car also involves other parties who are considered competent, such as Pirelli, AM Costruzione Modelli, Freeland.car, Scorpion Engineering and Nuova Vermst.
Left side view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: Motor1)
Physically the Genesi Model 5 has a dimension of about 4,525 mm in length then a width of 2,020 mm and a height of about 1,280 m. Meanwhile the wheelbase is around 2,650 mm. The car would be powerful and light (with an estimated weight of 1,250 kg).
Rear side view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: Motor1)
Furthermore the two-seater sports coupé uses an engine placed in the middle and adopted all-wheel drive system. Those mentioned engine is a V10 engine with a capacity of 5.2 liters which is said to be capable of producing power up to 600 hp. Those engine power channelled through a seven-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission system so can make the car run on the streets fastly.
Rear view of Model 5 Genesi sports coupé concept. (Picture from: Motorchase)
The company also said for the driving comfort and safety in the Genesi concept car, they also pinned double-wishbone suspensions in the front and rear. For the legs, this car uses a set of 20-inch 10-spoke wheels and wrapped with Pirelli tires 265/35 R20 in the front and 305/30 R20 rear. Not to forget, they also installed the carbon-ceramic brakes on each wheels to reduce or stop the speed of this car.
But when it was first shown at the 2016 Turin Motor Show (2016 del Salone dell'Auto di Torino - Parco Valentino) not exactly in the shape we expected, but a gorgeous one even so. The prototype on display is in fact a 1:1 mockup. With that in mind, apart from the dimensions and the tires, every other technical specification is a wish of what the supercar could be, if it ever gets produced.

Probably we will never see one of Model 5 Genesi on the streets, but, as a 1:1 business card, we must say that the mockup makes a tremendous case for presenting the work of Model 5. *** [EKA[30112018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MODEL 5 | MADE STUDIO | MOTOR1 | MOTORCHASE | AUTODESIGNMAGAZINE | AUTOBLOG | RACEDEPARTEMENT]
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Sunday, October 24, 2021

A restomod car to tribute the heydays of the Lancia 037 rally car

~One Great Car~ It is commonplace in making a car model that will be able to attract buyers' interest, sometimes car makers use a way by evoking memories of the glory days of a legendary car in a famous racing event in the past, then took and pinned some of those legendary car's iconic design elements into their production cars.
The Kimera EVO37 is built by Kimera Automobili as much as 37 unit to commemorate the glory of the legendary Italian rally car, the Lancia Rally 037. (Picture from: AutoExpress)
Apparently this is what an automotive firm based in Cuneo, Italy called Kimera Automobili did, when making a sportscar named the Kimera EVO37, that's a restomod car made to commemorate the glory of the legendary Italian rally car, the Lancia Rally 037.
The Lancia Rally  037 is a mid-engine sports rally car specially built by Lancia in the early 1980s to compete in the FIA Group B World Rally Championship. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
For your info, the Lancia 037 is a mid-engine sports rally car specially built by Lancia in the early 1980s to compete in the FIA Group B World Rally Championship. Despite fighting in tight competition against the Four-Wheel Drive Audi Quattro and many other formidable sports rally cars, the car managed to bring the Lancia as the winner of the manufacturers' world championship in the 1983 season, and noted itself as the last rear-wheel drive car to win the WRC.
The Kimera EVO37 posed along with its inspiration source, the Lancia 037 Stradale.. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
Well through the Kimera EVO37, the automaker wants to reintepreted the Lancia Group B's rear-wheel drive rally car in a modern design touches. By design, this Kimera-made car still follows the design lines of the Lancia 037 complete with its legendary four eyes (now with the LED lights). However, the car bodywork no longer uses fiberglass but uses carbon fiber and Kevlar.

Then the bodywork is mounted on top of the chassis made by Kimera based on the Lancia Beta Montecarlo center chassis with the addition of tubular space frames at the front and rear. Then for the drivetrain, Kimera Automobili collaborated with Claudio Lombardi and Italtecnica to reengineer the Lampredi Lancia 037 engine, where the 2,150 cc four-cylinder engine is not only driven by a supercharger, but also with a turbocharger.
The Kimera EVO37 posed along with its inspiration source, Lancia 037 Stradale, Lancia Delta S4 Stradale, dan Lancia Delta HF Integrale. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
As the result, the twin-charger engine is claimed to be capable of producing a peak power of 505 hp and a maximum torque of 550 Nm. Just like the Lancia 037, the engine transmits power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. To support the ferocity of these bursts of power, the Kimera EVO37 has Brembo brakes with iron or carbon ceramic discs.
As for the legs, there are four Pirelli's run-flat tires that wrap specially designed 19-inches cast wheels and are supported by Öhlins' suspension system is ready to absorb shocks from the road contours. The Italian automaker plans to produce and sell 37 units of the Kimera EVO37 for 480,000 or around Rp. 8.33 billion. Are You ready for this EVO37? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KIMERA AUTOMOBILI | ID.MOTOR1 | AUTOEXPRESS | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Porsche' prototype You've never heard before

~The Rarest One~ Some time ago we discussed about the unique Porsche 914 model that appeared in the 1970s in 2 versions as follows Porsche 914/4 and Porsche 914/6. And one of the models derived from the Porsche 914/6 version which also has been made the prototype and known no less unique.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype built in 1970 by Carrozzeria Eurostyle under commissioned of Albretch von Goertz. (Picture from: De L'essence)
And the Porsche prototype in question is the Porsche 914 Goertz which was specially made in 1970 under commisioned of Albrecht von Goertz a German noble whose full name is Count Albrecht Graf von Schlitz genannt von Goertz von Wrisberg who is known as an industrial designer who started his career as a bank clerk in Germany but as Adolf Hitler rose to power pre-war, Goertz decided to move to London, remaining only briefly and in 1936 emigrated to the United States then settled in Los Angeles.
The Paragon Coupe Concept is designed by Albrecht von Goertz and built in 1939 based on a Ford Mercury. (Picture from: De L'essence)
In that time to earn a living, Goertz worked at a car wash, in a factory for aircraft engines, and at a flight service. In 1938, he rented a small garage and began to modify Ford Model A and B models. In there's also where he later built his first concept car called the Paragon Coupe (based on the Ford Mercury) is first exhibited at the New York's World Exhibition back in 1939.
The Porsche 914 Goertz's body appeared with a tapered nose and a roofline that extended straight back, ending with sloping sail panels that gave the car the appearance of a shooting-brake. (Picture from: De L'essence)
Then during the 2nd World War he closed the business and joined the US Army in 1940 and served in military services for 5 years. Shortly after war ended, Goetz met with Raymond Loewy, an American famous industrial designer whose realized Goetz's potential in the design field after seeing the Paragon Coupe design, offered a design training scholarship then asked him to join the Loewy's design studio. Albretch von Goertz accepts but not for long, he decided to leave because prefers to be independent.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype seen here remains the one and only example of the ‘914 Breadvan’ ever produced. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
In 1952, Albretch von Goertz established his own studio named Goertz Industrial Design Inc. in New York. Turn out, his talent as a designer is not limited to the automotive industry alone, as he also designed pen products for several world firms, designing clocks, watches, bicycles, kitchen appliances, refrigerators, cameras, fountain pens, sportswear, furniture, etc.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype is powered by a F6 engine with a capacity of 1,991 cc, and capable producing power of 110 hp (82 kw). (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
As in the world's automotive, he is also known as the person who designed cars for BMW, including BMW 503 and BMW 507 in the first half of the 1950s. Even, he was also known as an early contributor to the design of the legendary Toyota 2000GT and the first generation Nissan Silvia.

And for Porsche, he claimed to have submitted a design proposal in the 1960s. When the German manufacturer was thinking about the Porsche 356 successor, Goertz submitted a design proposal, but was rejected. As we all knew, the Porsche 901 or then called Porsche 911 not designed by Albrecht Goertz.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype designed by Albretch von Goertz as his personal design interpretation of the Porsche 914. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
So when the unique Porsche 914 model was launched in 1969 which gets a lot of criticism from the public due to its unusual design, Goertz is like not wanting to throw away the opportunity to show to the Stuttgart-based automaker how's should the 914 car be designed. This time, he's not send the sketch design on the paper, instead he built it directly from the Porsche 914 that he bought in the Porsche dealers.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype has an extended straight back, ending with sloping sail panels that gave the car the appearance of a shooting-brake-style sports car. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Reportedly, the car that he bought and used as the donor were the Porsche 914/6 GT which had just finished to race at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 6th position. So Albretch von Goertz made its design and the plasticine model as well, after finished then all of them sent to Italy, as the bodywork making was handed over to Carrozzeria Eurostyle, a coachbuilder company based in Turin. Before the donor car arrived in Italy and was still on its way, the elements were ready to be installed so then the car model could be shown at the Turin Motor Show.
At the rear of the Porsche 914 Goertz prototype there is an active spoiler which is intended to support the car's aerodynamic factor. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Once completed, the car appears in a distinctive breadvan style that is very different from the original, which looks to have a combined form of the Jensen GT, Lotus Europa, Ferrari 250 'Breadvan,' and Smart Roadster Coupé. It could be said, the result that is quite astonishing to attract the attention of the Porsche staffs.
The Porsche 914 Goertz prototype built in 1970 under commissioned of Albretch von Goertz and was first shown at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
But because the German automaker doesn't really see where and how to position the Goertz-made model in its production line, plus internally the manufacturer has a new joint project with the Volkswagen to develop a front-engined sports car. Well, that's a project that will give birth to the Porsche 924 model a few years later. And it can be assumed that the car remained to be a prototype forever due to the German car manufacturer again refused to produce it.😢
Albretch von Goertz kept the car and used it as a personal ride, before donates it to the Langenburg Automobile Museum, which is located between Frankfurt and Stuttgart. After the Porsche 914 Goertz prototype, he never again collaborated with any car manufacturers and his designer career ended by designing a grand piano for the Steinway & Sons in celebration of the 125th anniversary of their factory in Hamburg. He passed away in 2006, and brought the story of the strangest concept in Porsche history. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSICDRIVER | DELESSENCE | PETROLICIOUS | CUSTOMCARCHRONICLE | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Friday, October 22, 2021

The most beautiful American machine all of times

Finally I was able to finish making an article about my favorite classic car, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Let's see the article below;

As we all knew, the Chevrolet Bel Air is a large size sedan produced by the General Motors Chevrolet division for the 1950-1975 model. However, it is the 1957 Chevy Bel Air model which has attracted the most interest of young Americans at that time.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop. (Picture from: Bringatrailer)

It also considered as the most representative of the spirit of American youth in the mid 1950s, which has Elvis icons, Tom & Jerry, and a drive-in cinema.

Bel Air is an open hood version of the Chevy sedan (saloon), with a hood that can be opened and closed just by pressing the button on the dashboard. This is pinned in one of the Bel Air taglines which roughly reads: "...makes a comfortable protection in your hands, just by touching one button."
Right side view of 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop. (Picture from: Bringatrailer)
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air  is actually a face-lift version of the 1955 model, but theose model looks longer, lower and wider, because the circle of wheels is reduced in size from 15 to 14 inches (36 cm), and also has a different style on the rear wing.

In addition, the gearbox called "Powerglide" provides a three-speed manual transmission features, or two automatic acceleration mated with one option engine, Super Turbo Fire V8, even able to boost power up to 283 hp and allows it reach a top speed of 193 km per hour.
Rear side view of 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop. (Picture from: Bringatrailer)
Even 1957 Bel Air model is crowned as one of the best-known US car products of all time, and many are well-maintained all-over the world. Ranging from the types of sports coupes and convertibles are the most sought after by collectors and fans, as well as hobbyists of custom cars (look this '55 Japs Bel Air).
Bruce Springsteen’s 1957 Chevy Bel Air sold for $350K at auction. (Picture from: Motor1)
And recorded, the value of this car is even higher, for example one of 1957 Bel Air once owned by the famous American rock star Bruce Springsteen, some time ago in 2016 was purchased by an automotive collector for US. $350 thousand or over Rp.4.7 billion.
Not to mention, from the beauty of legendary cars that are a source of inspiration for other world's automotive activists to create an automotive works that are no less beautiful.
Lupo Racing HD Bel Air. (Picture from: LupoRacing)
One of them is Lupo Racing, a Toulouse-based custom motorcycle workshop. From the skillful hands of Lupo Racing crew who have succeeded in making of beautiful motorbikes named HD Bel Air, a combination of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air with Harley-Davidson motorcycle. WOW!! *** [EKA [20112018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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