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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The most weirdest custom-made car ever

Weird ONES - Technological advancements today are happening at an incredible pace, reshaping various industries, including aviation and automotive sectors. A prime example of this is the evolution of stealth technology in military aircraft, spearheaded by Lockheed Martin's F-117 Nighthawk, developed in the 1980s.
The Stealth Tech 1 Concept is designed by Jim Router and Jerry Booen, and inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber. (Picture from: Autocar)
The F-117 Nighthawk, a ground attack aircraft used by the United States Air Force, gained widespread recognition during its combat missions during the Gulf War. This stealth aircraft, with its distinctive jagged design, became a symbol of cutting-edge technology. However, its role in the military was officially succeeded by the more advanced F-22 Raptor in 2008.
The Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber's jagged shape was inspired the Stealth Tech 1 Concept Car. (Picture from: AutoCar)
The Nighthawk’s unique design did more than just evade radar; it inspired creativity beyond aviation. In the early 1990s, British car builder Jim Router, known for his work on the Lotus Elan and  McLaren F1, drew inspiration from the Nighthawk’s shape. Alongside engineer Jerry Booen, Router embarked on a project in Norfolk, England, to create a concept car that echoed the stealth aircraft’s futuristic design.
While the jagged design of the F-117 Nighthawk was intended to evade radar detection, the similar design of the Stealth Tech 1 was more about aesthetic innovation than functionality. (Picture from: SecretProject)
In 1993, the result of their efforts emerged as the Stealth Tech 1. This unique vehicle was crafted with a body made from fiberglass and plywood, mounted on a tubular chassis. The car’s matt black finish added to its stealthy appearance. Under the hood, it housed a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine from Isuzu, delivering 165 bhp, paired with a Renault 25 transaxle. The car boasted all-independent suspension, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just six seconds and reach a top speed of 225 kph.
The Stealth Tech 1 Concept does not have a door, so to enter the cabin must open whole of its gas-strutted canopy. (Picture from: SecretProject)
While the jagged design of the F-117 Nighthawk served to evade radar detection, the Stealth Tech 1’s similar design was more about aesthetic innovation than functionality. The car's appearance was certainly unconventional, drawing curious glances and sparking humor about its potential to dodge police radar on highways.😃

One of the most striking features of the Stealth Tech 1 was its lack of traditional doors. Entry into the vehicle required lifting the entire gas-strutted canopy, revealing a surprisingly well-designed and ergonomic cockpit. The cabin included a rear passenger seat, and despite its radical appearance, Router assured that the driver's visibility exceeded standard requirements. Weighing in at just 650 kg, the car’s performance was as impressive as its looks.
The Stealth Tech 1 was officially registered as a roadworthy vehicle in February 1994. Today, it remains in the possession of Jim Router under a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN), indicating that it is stored privately. The car's current condition is unknown, and it has become something of a mystery to enthusiasts. If you happen to spot this intriguing piece of automotive history, feel free to share your sightings with us in the comments below. *** [EKA [18102022] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR | WIKIPEDIA | IMCDB.ORG | SECRETPROJECT | CARAKOOM ]
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