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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Here's a Lotus-inspired sports car from Brazil

Rare ONES If someone asked to us about the most potential place on the globe where the best motorized vehicle engineering lies besides the main countries which are in Western Europe, North America and East Asia, off course we directly pointed to Brazil. As we all know, the country which is located at the southern tip of the American continent also having abundant the best talents of the automotive world.
The Lobini H1 is built by a Brazilian automaker, Lobini with the goal of building a competitive sports car by using local talents and resources. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
It's no wonder later from their hands that extraordinary Brazilian automotive designs were born. Call it such this one of the Brazilian-made sports car named the Lobini H1 whose appearance looks like the Lotus Elise. This gorgeous sports car was designed by former Lotus designer Graham Holmes, so it's clear where this Brazilian sports car gets its Elise styling.
The Lobini H1 prototype during a trial run on the Pirelli track. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
As quoted of Diseno-Art, the mentioned above sports car is produce by a  Brazilian automaker company named Lobini Empreendimentos (later the company name changed to Lobini Automóveis in 2003). For you info, the Lobini name is a short of the company founder names, Jose Orlando Arrochela Lobo and Fabio Birolini. Reportedly, this Moinho Velho-based automotive company was founded in 1999 with the goal of building a competitive sports car by using local talents and resources.
The Lobini H1 prototype during a trial run on the Pirelli track. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
The Lobini H1 prototype was successfully launched in 2002 and was born as a roadster powered by an Alfa Romeo V6 engine with a sturdy and sporty suspension calibration. The car first appeared in public at the São Paolo Motor Show and got a pretty good reception at that time. After that the Brazilian company plans to start producing as many as 100 units per year, while also using some of them for use in racing competitions. 
The Lobini H1 has a nice front end coupled with new headlights and an aerodynamic styled bodywork. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
The first production version of the Lobini H1 sports car appeared in 2005. Even the Brazilian company had shipped one of its cars to England, as part of cooperation with Lotus for Lobini technical validation in Europe. For some reason, it is possible that the Brazilian company is experiencing serious financial problems so it has to change ownership. In 2006, Lobini was acquired by Brax Automóveis and at the same time they presented the new 2007 Lobini H1 model to appear at the Salão do Automóvel 2006.
The Lobini H1 is powered by a Volkswagen 1.8L turbocharged 20V engine coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
The production version of the H1 was no longer powered by an Alfa Romeo drivetrain, instead was powered by a Volkswagen 1.8L turbocharged 20V engine, the same one used in some versions of both Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox. The German-made engine develops power of 180 hp @ 5,700 rpm, so it can bring the H1 to accelerate from rest to 100 kph in 6 seconds, and go on to a top speed of around 225.308 kph. That's not bad, isn't?
The Lobini H1's cabin featured with 2-bucket racing genuine leather seats, and a four-point harness. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
Meanwhile the body is made of fiberglass produced by fellow Brazilian sports car manufacturer Chamonix mounted on a carbon steel tubular chassis. Furthermore, the automaker provided the H1 sports car into 2 variants, ie 2-seater targa and coupe. The targa variant has a removable hard-top roof, vice versa the coupe gets a fixed roof. Both got a redesigned front end with new headlights and an aerodynamic kit. While inside the cabin, both variants of the Lobini H1 comes with leather seats available in light gray, dark gray or black.
The Brazilian automaker provided the Lobini H1 sports car into 2 variants, ie 2-seater targa and coupe. (Picture from: Geocities.ws)
In addition, each Lobini H1 can be personalised by order, the customer able to specify exterior color (over 10,000 options) and also an even greater choice over the interior materials such as leather and carpeting. The automaker hopes it could be fulfilled the customer desired to make their H1 looks different than others, and off course they should be spent extra more money due to it would be cost more than the standard ones.
At that time the standard version of the Lobini H1 was offered with a price tag of around 170,000 BRL (approx $90,000). Unfortunately, the production of this Brazilian sports car was ceased in 2012, and during its 7 year production period it was only able to build around 70 units. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOENTUSIASTAS | DISENO-ART | WIKIPEDIA | GTPLANET ]
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