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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Here's Oduvaldo Barranco's dream about the best supercar of Brazilian

~Rare ONES~ Still from the southern tip of the American continent, after some time ago we also had discussed some of the best automotive creations ever made in this Samba country such as the famous work of Toni Bianco ranging from the Fúria GT to the Bianco S, then there is also the Lobini  H1 sports car which is reportedly also had shocked the blue continent of Europe in early of 2000s.
The Aurora 122C is touted as the most ambitious ever developed by the Valinhos, São Paulo based automotive company, which reportedly also spent quite a fantastic money of around 3 million American dollars in only 3 years. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
So, this time what we will discuss is the Aurora 122C, which is no less great, and even said as the best work by a talented Brazilian automaker from the 1990s inspired by the best European sportscars made by Ferraris and Porsches. Moreover, this sports car is also touted as the most ambitious ever developed by the Valinhos, São Paulo based automotive company, which reportedly also spent quite a fantastic money of around 3 million American dollars in only 3 years.
The Aurora 122C was designed by Oduvaldo Barranca assisted by two Argentinean racing car designers, and starting to be built by Aurora Projetos Automobilísticos Ltda. in 1989. (Picture from: QuatroRodas.Abril)
As we could be seen, there's no Beetle chassis here; no less efficient backbone; nor is there the suspension of a large series car that is generally seen on other cars made in Brazil. Everything is done as it should be done by the supercar maker if it wanted to be ones. Even though the exterior looks a bit disappointing, while the interior is made in an extremely professional and quality manner. Well, what is shown here looks like a Brazilian sports car was finally coming of age.
The Aurora 122C's appearance adopts freestyle supercar proportions inspired by Ferrari, Porsche and another GT supercars of 1990s. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
As quoted of Lexicar Brazil, the out-of-series unique car's appearance adopts freestyle supercar proportions inspired by Ferrari, Porsche and another GT supercars, was designed by Oduvaldo Barranca assisted by two Argentinean racing car designers, and starting to be built by Aurora Projetos Automobilísticos Ltda. in 1989.
The Aurora 122C is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder is equipped with twin horizontal Weber carburettors, and a Garrett turbocharger, which is said to be capable of producing more than 200 bhp. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
At that time, it was stuffed by the automaker using a number of unique features that set it apart from its counterparts. As you can see, it's a mid-rear tranverse engined two-seater car design with the chassis was a fiberglass-reinforced plastic monocoque, coupled with unequal-length a-arm suspension and coil-over forks front and rear. Furthermore it also uses ventilated disc brakes on all four corners.  
The Aurora 122C was a mid-rear tranverse engined two-seater car design with the chassis was a fiberglass-reinforced plastic monocoque, coupled with unequal-length a-arm suspension and coil-over forks front and rear. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
Furthermore, its drivetrain is sourced from Brazil's Chevy Monza, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is equipped with twin horizontal Weber carburettors, and a Garrett turbocharger, which is said to be capable of producing more than 200 bhp. This power is then used to drive the rear wheels, after being channeled through a 5-speed manual transmission system. 
The back of the Aurora 122C is clearly taken inspiration of the Ferrari F40. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
According to a Brazilian automotive magazine,  Quattro Rodas, the Aurora 122C' performance was able to outperform all of its domestic rivals at the time, with a record time of acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just 8 seconds, and being able to reach a top speed of more than 140 mph. After it completion was shown for the first time as a concept car at the 16th São Paulo Automotive Salon 1990 and its production version debuted at the following year's exhibition.
It's too bad, as the domestic market was opened to imported competition, it's clear that the Aurora 122C can't compete and was rendered obsolete by cars made by European famous manufacturers such Ferrari F40, Porsche 911, and many others. As the result, only 3 production examples found buyers and by 1993 the automaker should be closed its doors, and burried Oduvaldo Barranco's dream of making five Auroras in a month. Today, one of the Auroras was sat on display at the Curitiba Automobile Museum. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AURORA | LEXICARBRASIL | QUATRORODAS.ABRIL.COM | AUTOENTUSIASTAS | RARECOMPONENTCARS ]
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