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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cautions: The following concept cars are not the Batmobile series

The concept cars that are often shown by many car manufacturers often appear very futuristic. This is not only happening in the present. Because the concept cars made in the past also turned out to be able to pour futuristic ideas.

Among the many world automotive manufacturers who have made the concept cars in the past, but on this occasion will only be discussed unique concept cars made by an Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo in collaboration with their compatriot auto-design house Bertone which began in 1953.
The Three Original Alfa Romeo BAT concept cars. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2C4dib8)
The history of the concept cars began when Alfa Romeo contacted Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone from the design house Bertone to design three concept vehicles to examine the drag effect on the vehicle. The concept cars were then named BAT for "Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica," and the three initial concept car models were designed by Franco Scaglione.
The idea is to create vehicles with the lowest possible coefficient of resistance. All cars display a large rear bumper and curved fins so that it looks like a stingray. They were built on the Alfa Romeo 1900 chassis. For these cars, the Alfa Romeo installs a five-speed gearbox and a powerful four-cylinder engine that produces more than 90 horsepower (67 kW), which is a good amount of power to drive the car to a top speed of 125 mph (201 kph).
The innovation of the concept cars both a design and a technology that deserves thumbs up (so it has nothing to do with the fictious superhero Batman's vehicles called the Batmobile). Each of the three cars was exhibited at the Turin Auto Show in 1953, 1954 and 1955, respectively. Following, we present 4 classic BAT concept cars series from Alfa Romeo and Bertone which are futuristic in concept but have a unique shape:

1. BAT 5
BAT 5 is the first concept car from the Bertone-Alfa Romeo BAT project. It was first shown at the Turin Auto Show in 1953. The design of the model is based on aerodynamic studies. The actual front shape aims to eliminate air flow problems at high speeds.
Front three quarter of 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PSkKJi)
The design also aims to eliminate the extra barriers generated by the spinning wheel, as well as reach a structure that will create the least chance of air vortices. In practice these strict criteria will allow the car to reach 200 kph (120 mph) with a 100 hp (75 kW) engine installed as standard.
Rear three quarter of 1953 Alfa Romeo BAT 5. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PSkKJi)
The design made by Bertone is for a very light car (ie weighing around 1,100 kg or 2,400 lbs), with a side window at a 45-degree angle with respect to the car body and a large windshield that blends with an almost flat roof. The tail has a long rear windshield divided by a slim pillar, and the two fins are pointed up and slightly inward. The car has a drag coefficient of 0.23.

2. BAT 7
The second concept car, BAT 7 was shown at the Turin Auto Show in 1954, a year after BAT 5 appeared. For this design (as for other BAT models, though less obvious), Bertone added elements from his experience working on wing profiles in the aeronautics industry. The result is the shape of a large curved tail fin.
Front three quarter of 1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2C4SrEG)
The nose is lower than BAT 5's nose, and the bulge where the headlights usually stand out even further. The headlamps are located next to the nose and move down when used. The obstacle coefficient of BAT 7 is 0.19.
Rear three quarter of 1954 Alfa Romeo BAT 7. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LHnOol)

3. BAT 9
BAT 9 was the third concept car model and was displayed at the Turin Auto Show in 1955. This car at first glance has a shape that is more similar to the current Alfa Romeo car model than the other BAT models.
Front three quarter of 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wzULNR)
BAT 9 eliminates marked wing lines from previous models that support cleaner and quieter lines. The tail fin, which in the other two models has the appearance of a real wing, measures into two small metal plates, very similar to the tail fin in production in American cars and several European cars at the time.
Left side view of 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wvbzX8)

4. BAT 11
After more than 50 years, Alfa Romeo and Bertone come back to make and show the new BAT concept in 2008. This concept car model made its debut in Geneva, at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show, although not at the event itself.
Right side view of 2008 Alfa Romeo BAT 11. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wvTMyU)
These BAT 11 concept car is built based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, sharing many style cues with the classic 1950s BAT cars. In our opinion this BAT 11 concept car has the weirdest shape. What do you think?
Rear three quarter of 2008 Alfa Romeo BAT 11. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2MEf47v)
All first three original BATs have been restored. They make appearances at car shows such as the Concorso Italiano and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, etc. At present all of the above concept cars (especially the first three cars) are worth more than a million dollars per unit. WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | STEEMIT]
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