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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The catamaran-designed racing car

It's okay if automotive designers take inspiration from various sources around them in making a car design. And have you ever seen a (racing) car in catamaran-style designs? Although the catamaran design is usually seen on a ship or sailboat moving across the waves in the ocean, but in the late 1960s there was a car that appeared in such style.
1967 OSI Silver Fox racing car prototype built by Officina Stampaggio Industriale SpA. (OSI) in 1967 to compete the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2QVenXt)
The catamaran-designed car mentioned above named the OSI Silver Fox is built in 1967 to compete in Le Man racing event and debuted in the Turin Motor Show of the same year. This unsual-shaped racing car is designed and built by the Italian company named Officina Stampaggio Industriale SpA. (OSI). This unique car was built based on the idea of an Italian racer named Piero Taruffi, who had previously experimented with various double hull car concepts such as 1955 Bisiluro Damolnar, and 1953 Pegaso Z-102 'Bisiluro'
1967 OSI Silver Fox racing car prototype has a strange body-shaped that resembled more to a nautical vehicle was introduced to the 1967 Turin Motorshow. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2QVenXt)
He then proposed to the OSI to realisize this car to be competed in the Le Mans race which would be rolling at that time. It seems that the idea can be accepted by the manufacturer, so designer Sergio Sartorelli made some sketches of the car. The first model of this race car was tested in the wind tunnel of the Turin Polytechnic in mid-1966. This was followed by the creation of the racing car prototype shortly thereafter.
The 1967 OSI Silver Fox inspired by Tarf Bisiluro racing car is designed, built and piloted by Piero Taruffi, the Italian driver who won the Mille Miglia in 1957. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2QVenXt)
Although it had made the visitors at one of the world's automotive exhibitions such as the Turin Motor Show 1967 amazed, but actually the goal of making the racing car by the Italian car manufacturer was actually to win and score the highest achievement at a prestigious event like the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
1967 OSI Silver Fox racing car prototype has a strange body-shaped that resemble more to a nautical vehicle and featured three wing-shaped to furnish an aerodynamic support. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2QVenXt)
The racing car concept is appeared in two parts lined by the cabin, and the four-cylinders of 1000cc Renault-Alpine engine (capable makes it run to the top speed of 245 kph) is sat behind the left seat, with the spare wheel etc behind the other. With nothing being between the wheels the space is instead home to three aero wings. The first one was usable to firm vehicle, the second, that central, with the vehicle in drive, while the third one, systematized on the back one it was fixed and it also included the brakes.
1967 OSI Silver Fox racing car prototype was equipped by a Renault Alpine engine to four cylinders of 1000 cc., positioned behind the seats on the left side. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2F3ZAqB)
Sadly, this one of a kind racing car was never reached out the racing ground, due to the company ran into financial difficulties not long after the car finished. At the end of 1968, the OSI company was declared bankrupt and later the Silver Fox racing car existance became a mystery. Did You know where is this doubled-hull racing car now? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | THEPETROLSHOP.COM]
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