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Saturday, October 16, 2021

The only four-wheeled Stalker

If we look at the figure of the following car, of course, initially it isn't easy to guess. Besides it was rare to shown to public, the car also having an unusual appearance if traced to general sports cars. Yes, at first glance it looks like a Lamborghini, while at the front it has a grille similar to a BMW, but if we seen to the back similar to a Corvette.
The unique shaped car named 'Stalker' is built by Jim Michaud based on the 1984 Pontiac Fiero. (Picture from: RCNMag)
And with an appearance like that, if it was a work of art, then the car can be said such as Pablo Picasso's work of art whose known for his use of 'found art' in creating sculptures out of ordinary objects. So what car is this actually? 
Jim Michaud's Stalker applied the position of the steering wheel is in the middle (like the McLaren F1 has), so the the car driver will be flanked by 2 passenger seats on the left and right sides. (Picture from: Fiero.nl)
Well, as quoted of the RCNMag, this unique looking mid-engined car is the one-off model made by an American car modifier named Jim Michaud of Phoenix, Arizona. He employed a similar technique on this menacing one-off design called the Stalker.
The 'S' emblems is pinned in front hood of the Jim Michaud's Stalker. (Picture from: RCNMag)
In the first You may imagined that the car was built on the Lamborghini Diablo chassis, given its appearance which is said to be similar to the car made by the Italian raging bull manufacturer. But who would have thought that the unique car was actually built on the 1986 Pontiac Fiero's chassis is extended nearly a foot in lenghth, and then converted to a center-steering setup.
Jim Michaud's Stalker's bodywork resembled as a Diablo replica, but modified in such a way on the back by combined with a 2002 Corvette rear section and coupled with the Toyota Celica GT headlights on the front. (Picture from: RCNMag)
As previously mentioned, the car made by Jim Michaud has the bodywork resembled as a Diablo replica, but modified in such a way on the back by combined with a 2002 Corvette rear section and coupled with the Toyota Celica GT headlights on the front.
Uniquely, inside the cabin also used cut-down truck footrests on the passanger's sides might be for convenience purpose. (Picture from: RCNMag)
Due to the position of the steering wheel is in the middle (like the McLaren F1 has), so the the car driver will be flanked by 2 passenger seats on the left and right sides. Uniquely, inside the cabin also used cut-down truck footrests on the passanger's sides might be for convenience purpose. The custom air cleaner for the 350 Chevy is fabricated from two-inch exhaust tubing.
It seems that the Jim Michaud's Stalker is still powered by the Pontiac Fiero engine, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Iron Duke engine only poked out 92 horsepower. (Picture from: RCNMag)
Your eyes might deceive you in another way: Even though the photos seem to show several versions of a customized exotic, each with a different color of paint, it’s actually the same vehicle in each shot. Depending on where you stand and how the sun is shining, it can appear to be copper, violet or indigo. So it’s not only a shape-shifter, but a chameleon as well.
Jim Michaud's Stalker has a unique chameleon color that able to make the car color as copper, violet or indigo. (Picture from: RCNMag)
But unfortunately there is no information about the engine, from the pictures it seems that the car is still powered by the Pontiac Fiero engine, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Iron Duke engine only poked out 92 horsepower (sorry if wrong).๐Ÿ™ Or maybe some of you know the engine used by this car and willing to write it in the comments column below.๐Ÿ‘ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RCNMAG | EXOTICCARCOLLECTION ]
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Friday, October 15, 2021

The Elektron Truva electric car concept with the power of 1,400 hp

~Another Dream~ Not long ago, the German automotive startup named the Elektron Innovativ Technologien aka Elektron Motors has revealed its electric-powered hypercar named Quasar which is claimed to be able to spew the power up to 2,300 horsepower so it capable to speed up to maximum speed of 450 kilometers per hour.
The Elektron Truva supercar is powered by three electric motors capable of generating power up to 1,400 hp or 1,044 kW. (Picture from: Modifikasi)
And now the German company has announced another new high-performance electric-powered car called the Elektron Truva, where this model will appear as a slightly lower-performance than the Quasar hypercar.

As quoted of Motor1, the Elektron Truva comes as an electric-powered supercar equipped with three electric motors capable of generating power up to 1,400 hp or 1,044 kW. The car also comes with a futuristic and sporty look where there are several color variants that will be available such as green, red, silver, and orange.
The Elektron Truva supercar will be equipped with a battery with a capacity of up to 100 kWh, which of course makes this car capable of traveling long distances. (Picture from: Modifikasi)
The German automaker also revealed that this electric car will be equipped with a battery with a capacity of up to 100 kWh, which of course makes this car capable of traveling long distances. Initial information about the Truva includes an "innovative composite chassis" while dampers are handled by a pushrod suspension system. Perhaps the most appropriate reason to introduce the Truva under the Quasar is the price.
The Elektron Truva supercar will be launched six months after its sibling the Quasar released in 2023. (Picture from: Modifikasi)
The Elektron Motors says that the Truva will start at €600,000! How many? Unlike its sibling, the Elektron Quasar, which stated that only 99 units would be available, unfortunately for the Truva supercar, the German company did not mention how many units it would sell.
Of course those price numbers would changed after the launching of the Truva supercar as the plan six months after the launch of the Quasar hypercar in 2023. Suppose both models are presented to the real world, then the Truva's convertible version is also said would be launched.

We'll hope these all electric-powered savage beasts of Elektron could be realized and shown off as the plan. Now on, nothing could be done except we'll wait and see.๐Ÿ˜‰ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ID.MOTOR1 | CARSSCOOPS ]
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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Urban electric scooter concept with a modular body

~Contemporer Concept~  It's been a long time, we don't write the content that talks about the scooters. And now it feels like it's time for us to re-present something about today's scooter designs (although only in terms of ideas and concepts) related to current trends. The following is one of the scooter concepts (here's no. 2 of 3 concepts) that we have prepared where the whole design are inspired by the Italian scooter legend, Piaggio Vespa.
The Motivo (in scaled model) is such a unique shaped electric-powered scooter concept designed by Tai Chiem back in 2009. (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
The following concept scooter is called the Movito, which we first saw while surfing the Internet some time ago, and interestingly it was created with an unusual design and somewhat different from the others on the market.
The Motivo (in scaled model) has a sexy design appeals to hip and trendy young adults, making a striking statement wherever it goes with its sophistocated styling and two toned colours. (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
The Movito is an eco-friendly electric scooter that recently took top honors in NASA’s Create the future Design Contest back in the 2009. This unique shaped futuristic scooter concept designed by Tai Chiem. The architecture of the scooter concept is completely overhauled allowing for a fresh and innovative design approach. Movito expresses lightness and movement in an elegant form.
The Motivo is took top honors in NASA’s Create the future Design Contest back in the 2009. (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
How not, the fresh futuristic impression of the concept vehicle can be captured from its design character which generally displays a rounded shape with some parts that look tapered, besides that it also applies the hubless wheel features in front, that means the wheel is not centered and spinning on an axis, but rather caught from its bottom side of a rolling rigid fixed part, that goes to the scooter’s direction fork.
The Motivo (in scaled model) is intended for urban use and come complete with a GPS, touch screen interface and helmet storage. (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
According to the designer, the innovative scooter concepts are intended for urban use and come complete with a GPS, touch screen interface and helmet storage. It's sexy design appeals to hip and trendy young adults, making a striking statement wherever it goes with its sophistocated styling and two toned colours.
The Motivo consists of two modular parts, ie an upper scooter chassis, and a base that provides propulsion via an electric motor and rechargeable batteries . (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
The Movito consists of two modular parts, ie an upper scooter chassis, and a base that provides propulsion via an electric motor and rechargeable batteries. The use of an in-wheel motor allows the scooter’s chassis to be slim, smoothly sculpted, and exceptionally lightweight.
The Motivo is designed as a self-contained unit, two bases also can be detached and aligned in parallel to create a two-seater vehicle. (Picture from: Coroflot.com)
Since the vehicle’s propulsion system is designed as a self-contained unit, two bases can be detached and aligned in parallel to create a two-seater vehicle resembled like a carriage without a horse. No wonder if the Movito called a classy and sexy, appealing to free spirited individuals.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COROFLOT.COM | INHABITAT.COM | GREENOPTIMISTIC.COM ]
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Once upon a time when the Italians made a kit car

~Once Upon A Time~ Italy, besides being known as the country of pizza origin which is famous for its hospitality and exotic natural beauty. The country also has many automotive manufacturers with so many talented technical talents. No wonder, if the country gave birth to so many exotic cars.
The Puma GTV 033-S was the 3rd series of the GTV sports car made in 1985. (Picture from: Autobelle)
Those exotic Italian cars are indeed famous for their design and performance. Besides being produced by well-known automotive manufacturers, there are also those made as kit cars. In our opinion, the kit car is one of the modern automotive products that is rarely highlighted in Italy, so we rarely know of its existence there.

Did you know, there's an Italian company called Stabilimento Puma Roma or Puma that has been in the industry for a long time. The story of this company stems from the interest of its founder named Adriano Gatto (born in 1943) to a unique styled vehicle called the Dune Buggy when traveling to the United States in 1965. In short, then he imported the Dune Buggy in assembly box to later modify it on his father's estate in Ronciglione, Central Italy.
The Puma GTV 033 was the 2nd series of the GTV sports car made in 1983. (Picture from: Reezocar)
What is the Dune Buggy? As quoted of Wikipedia, a dune buggy (also known as a beach buggy) is a recreational motorized vehicle first emerged and
popular in America with large wheels, and wide tires, designed for use on sand dunes, beaches, roads or desert recreation. 

Here, not all parts of this American vehicle were re-assemblied and installed by him, it turned out that there were some parts that he considered inappropriate is reshaped by hand and later printed into real fiberglass pieces. When it's finished, then he took his assembled buggy around the city of Rome to attract public attention. Until one day, at the request of his friend who forced him to sell the vehicle.
The company's first made car named Puma Gatto Spiaggia built in 1968. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
As if he didn't want to lose the momentum, when he found out that the vehicle was well received by the public, he decided to import the new buggy kits and then assemblied it into a new Italian-made buggy named 'Puma Gatto Spiaggia'. From here, there was a lot of consumer demand for his new buggy came in, then in 1968 he decided to found a new company called Puma based in Rome.

In addition to producing the Italian version buggy, the company also makes sports and off-road cars, all of which are built based on the VW Beetle chassis. Throughout this Italian company's business times, it was noted that several interesting sports cars had been made. For example in 1973, shortly after moving to a new factory in Via Nomentana, Adriano Gatto proposed a new dune buggy model named the Puma GT or Puma Gatto which took its name for its rougher lines than the previous model.
The Puma GT or Puma Gatto built in 1973 which took its name for its rougher lines than the previous model. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
The new Puma GT has a more modern look, has an almost wedge-shaped front and has a downward movement designed to increase front end grip, with partially recessed headlights and a more angled windshield.
The Puma GTV was the 1st series of the GTV sports car made in 1978 powered by an 1,200 cc Volkswagen engine which has been upgraded by Domenico Lombardi to 1,385 cc for increased its performance, but had no luck. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
And in the 1978, the company made a sports car called the Puma GTV which was designed by Richard Oakes under licensed of Nova. The sports car is built on the Volkswagen platform also powered by a 1,200 cc Volkswagen engine which has been upgraded by Domenico Lombardi to 1,385 cc for increased its performance, but it doesn't live up to expectations regarding the car's sporty style.
The Puma GTV was designed by Richard Oakes under licensed of Nova and also has unique features such as the access into the cockpit is looks similar to the Nova Eagle has. (Picture from: Tumblr)
This car has unique features such as the access into the cockpit is looks similar to the Nova Eagle has, which is hinged to the glass base, with the roof and windshield raised and rotated forward, thus allowing access into the passenger compartment. There are about 100 units ever made and now there are 52 units left only.
1982 Puma Ranch inspired by the American Jeep Wrangler by exploiting a German-made engine that is mounted uniquely on the rear, while the trunk is in the front. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
While in 1982, the Italian company had released an American Jeep likened car named Puma Ranch. This an off-road purposed vehicle is indeed inspired by the Jeep Wrangler by exploiting a German-made engine that is mounted uniquely on the rear, while the trunk is in the front.
 
Then the GTV model was continued in 1983 with the launch of the Puma GTV-033, which was marked by different bodywork coupled with the engine changes with an 1,186 cc 4 cylinder boxer engine taken from Alfa Sud.
The Puma GTV 033 was the 2nd series of the GTV sports car made in 1983 powered by an 1,186 cc water-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine of the Alfa Romeo Alfasud. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
In appearance, this car looks to have a shorter nose than the first series with the headlights hidden inside the body almost resembling the front of the Puma GT. Then the rear looks more square with the sides no longer rounded at the bottom, but forming a new angle inspired by the side skirts of racing cars at that time.
The Puma GTV 033-S was the 3rd series of the GTV sports car made in 1985 powered by an 1,186 cc water-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine of the Alfa Romeo Alfasud. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
It turns out that the second series did not get a good response, because the public still prefers the rounded lines of the first series. Then in 1985, Adriano Gatto returned to using a longer nose and rectangular headlights to be closer to the original GTV style, and this GTV's new version is called the Puma GTV 033-S.
The Puma Boxer 90 electric-powered sports car built in 1990 and had shown off at the Bologna Motor Show. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
On the other hand, the 1.186 cc water-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine from Alfa Romeo Alfasud is preferred over the air-cooled Volkswagen engine. And thanks to the higher power spewing made the car's performance became more powerful, so the GTV 033-S remained in production until 1991.
The one-off Puma 248 built in 1993 by using a newly designed chassis and is powered by an 1,700 cc 16V engine from the Arese company. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
Besides that during the 1980s, the company made several Dragsters and continued in the 1990, it is produced an electric-powered car called the Puma Boxer 90 and had shown off at the Bologna Motor Show. Then there is the Puma 248, which the company produced only one unit in 1993. The car is built on a newly designed chassis and is powered by an 1,700 cc 16V engine from the Arese company with an upgraded leather interior. 
2004 Puma Tiger electric-powered microcar is said suitable to fulfill the needs of people living in big cities. (Picture from: Puma Club Italia)
Although in their heyday, these Puma made cars were quite popular in Italy, this can be seen by the frequent appearance of these cars taken role in the circulated domestically movies in that country. But unfortunately in 1993, when the Italian laws at that time were increasingly stricted toward the Kit-Cars, effectively blocking the activities of small manufacturers like Gatto's Puma company. Then he was closed his business and sold the 'Puma' brand to Ford, due to he could not afford the exorbitant costs of homologation and the complicated bureaucracy when producing his own car models.๐Ÿ˜ญ So, that's why the kit car makers was rarely seen or could be said had no existed in Italy today.๐Ÿ˜ญ
Today, Adriano Gatto and his son Gianluca remain existed in the world's car manufacturing, but this time with an electric-powered minicar called the Puma Tiger, a microcar is said suitable the needs of people living in big cities. In fact, in the April 2013 issue of Quattroroute magazine, the new Italian-made microcar project is being prepared for production at the historic Puma plant in Rome.

For now we've known and seen the Italian-made kit-cars even if only from pictures and videos. And hopefully this article could be inspired in many Your works in the future.๐Ÿ‘€ Ciao..! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PUMA CLUB ITALIA ]
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