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Showing posts with label Aircrafts. Show all posts
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Friday, April 22, 2022

A tragic ending of the Soviet submarine-hunting monster

~Ended in Vain~ The unique shaped airplane was not only the result of current technological developments, it turns out that some of them actually come from the past, such as the following unique amphibian aircraft developed by Soviet-era engineers starting in the 1960s. The unique seaplane in question is the Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 (VVA stand for Vertikaľno-Vzletayushchaya Amfibiya) which created by Soviet-era engineers as one of the military defence equiptments operated in the Red-Bear country's borders.
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 ground effect aircraft dreamt of dominating world for the Soviet Union. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Robert Ludvigovich
Bartini (1897 - 1974).

(Picture from: Wikipedia)
The amphibian plane was projected as a submarine hunter with the ability to take off and land vertically from anywhere whether on land, water, sand or ice. Of course, you also know that the VVA-14 seaplane was part of the arms race during the Cold War era, with the implementation of extraordinary and ambitious design ideas. This aircraft is made to deal with threats from the depths of the sea and prevent the  submarine's nuclear missile attacks.
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 ground effect aircraft in its hey day had made more than 107 tests with 103 flight hours in Taganrog Gulf waters, but never been produced and ceased for good in the 1976. (Picture from: WarHistoryOnline)
As quoted from the Warhistoryonline, the VVA-14 seaplane has main-task to detect, search  and destroy US submarines if they approached the Soviet Union's borders. The plane was given the name Bartini Beriev VVA-14 in honor of its creator Robert Ludvigovich Bartini or Roberto Oros di Bartini (at least it was the name written on his tombstone), a famous Italian designer who lived and served for Soviet Union.
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 ground effect aircraft is built based on the design of Robert Ludvigovich Bartini in the 1960s to face the threat of missile attacks with the nuclear warheads launched of the US' submarines along the Soviet Union's coastlines. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Robert Bartini is known to have long been fascinated by flyingboats and aircraft capable of landing on water, and had first built a prototype twin-engine seaplane intended for Arctic reconnaissance called DAR in 1934. However, in the 1962, he presented a designs called the MVA-62T Concept as a seaplane focusing on an ekranoplan (a plane that can fly very close to the surface of the water or land by utilizing a principle called the ground effect).
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 (in pictured was a scaled model) was an aircraft that could take off vertically, hover in mid air, land on any surface, cruise at high altitudes and harness the ground effect. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
On its way, the MVA-62T Concept managed to convince the Soviet's high ranks military generals because it is considered as one of the suitable solutions to deal with the threat of missile attacks with the nuclear warheads launched of the US' submarines along the country's coastlines and was later used as the basis to develop and build the VVA-14 seaplane with assumed that it would be used to handle the task of detecting enemy multi-purpose submarines and missiles, besides capable to be used also to carry out search and rescue operations at sea.
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 (in pictured was a scaled model) is constructed with an extra-wide body that includes two fuselage compartments that each have their own empennage at the rear. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
The VVA-14 seaplane is manned by three personels and is powered by two bypass turbojet Soloviev D-30M engines and 12 lift jets (each one generating about 10,000 lbs of thrust) allowing the aircraft to have a maximum speed of 760 kph with a flight coverage as far as of 2,450 km in the altitude of 8,000–10,000 meters. And as a military purpose aircraft with the main-task as the submarine hunter, of course it should has capability to carry anti-submarine weaponry systems consisting of naval torpedoes, mines, and depth charges (said it could  load up to 2 tons of armament).
The Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 (in pictured was a scaled model) is powered by two Soloviev D-30M turbofan engines  and 12 lift turbofans allowing the aircraft to have a maximum speed of 760 kph with a flight coverage as far as of 2,450 km in the altitude of 8,000–10,000 meters. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Reportedly, the VVA-14 was the only plane designed by Bartini that he could see flying in person, as the others he couldn't see because he was in prison most of the time (eyewitnesses said he had tears in his eyes at the time). Unfortunately during the first flight test, a number of flaws were revealed, such as there were a trouble for the installation of the plane's lifting machine for vertical take-off and inflatable pontoon which later fixed by him.😢 As the result, there was a design change in 1974, along with the installation of an inflatable pontoon, which then replaced by a rigid pontoon.
The remnant of the Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 without wings in front of the Central Museum of the Air Forces in Monino, east Moscow. (Picture from: WarHistoryOnline)
Meanwhile, the plane's lift engines to take off vertically was never shown to be installed. Nevertheless the VVA-14 amphibian aircraft prototype had made more than 107 tests with 103 flight hours in Taganrog Gulf waters, where the aircraft testing was also conducted in ekranoplan mode. Unfortunately on December 6, 1974, Robert Bartini died at the age of 77 and was buried in Vvedenskoye cemetery in Moscow. After Bartini's death, the project still run (much slower) for more two years till it's ceased permanently in the 1976.😭
In 1987, the Bartini-Beriev VVA-14 prototype was brought to the Central Museum of the Air Forces in Monino, east Moscow and remained there to this day, where it ended up in vain like a no-wings plane wreckage. At present, the ambitious project result of the genius aircraft designer became a sad spectacle. In 2013, there was a group of fans trying to restore the VVA-14 seaplane, but the effort was unsuccessful.🕊️ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WARHISTORYONLINE | AUTOEVOLUTION | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The latest Russian' stealth Checkmate fighter jets

~Adv Fighter Jet~ This has nothing to do with the war that took place as a result of Russia's invasion of neighboring Ukraine since Februari 2022. Does not also intend to side with one of the parties who are fighting, where various types of sophisticated war machines including fighter jets of Russian and Ukrainian are involved in the conflict. The war should be ended right away! We hope the bloody dispute will end soon, although it's difficult to predict when the conflict will end.
The Sukhoi SU-75 'Checkmate' single-engined fighter jet sat on display at the 2021 Dubai Air Show. (Picture from: ZonaJakarta)
Despite all that, it turns out that there is a new fighter aircraft launched by a Russian manufacturer. As quoted of the Eurasian Times, sometime ago came a new fighter jet made by the Russian company Sukhoi (part of Rostec State Corporation's United Aircraft Corporation) that is said to be an alternative rival that can beat the F-35 Lightning II called the Sukhoi Su-75 'Checkmate,' and reportedly the Russian company has patented its newest stealth fighter.
The Sukhoi SU-75 'Checkmate' single-engined fighter jet sat on display at the 2021 Dubai Air Show.. (Picture from: AirspaceReview)
The mentioned patent above confirms that the latest Russian design aircraft is claimed superior to known foreign fighters in terms of flight and field performance, Rostec said in a statement. Furthermore that's proof that the Russian designers have managed to improve the stability and control of the 5th-generation fighter while maintaining its high aerodynamic performance and stealth characteristics.
The Sukhoi Su-75 'Checkmate' single-engined fighter jet (on left) sat posed along with its sibling Su-57 'Felon' (on right). (Picture from: Eurasian Times)
The new patent also states that the Checkmate' engine can be equipped with a thrust vector nozzle that moves in a vertical plane aligned with the fuselage axis and is used for flight control and trimming. The Russian' fifth-generation Checkmate fighter prototype was first unveiled at the MAKS-2021 Air Show in last July 2021.
The Sukhoi Su-75 'Checkmate' single-engined fighter jet is said will be powered by a derivative of the NPO Saturn AL-41 engine, which is also installed on its sibling Su-57. (Picture from: Eurasian Times)
An earlier presentation by Rostec at the air show revealed that this 5th-generation fighter will not only be capable of carrying more than seven tonnes of armament payload, the Su-75 will have the capability of carrying a group of drones on board.
The Su-75 Checkmate is a single-engine fighter designed to be a low-cost alternative rival to the US F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter jet and also known as the second fifth-generation fighter to be produced by Russia after the Sukhoi Su-57 'Felon'. The Russian's latest fighter has reportedly been designed with customers such as Vietnam, India and African countries in mind.
There is speculation the Checkmate single-engine fighter will be powered by a derivative of the NPO Saturn AL-41 engine, which is also installed on its sibling Su-57. The machine is claimed to be capable of flying up to a maximum speed of Mach 1.8 as well as supercruise performance which is said to be capable of striking up to six targets simultaneously in a combat radius that stretches up to 3,000 km. ***  [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EURASIAN TIMES | ]
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Friday, February 11, 2022

Mega yacht concept that can sail on the water and fly in the sky as well

~Mega Flying~ Today a superyacht sailed away in the ocean might sound normal. However, what if there's anyone who made a superyacht that can sail on water but also could be flied in the air? This kind of yacht going to be realized by a design company based in Rome, Italy called Lazzarini Design Studio. Well, the Italian company made the design of all-new mega yacht concept capable to sail on the ocean and could be flied on the sky as well.
New luxury mega Air Yacht concept designed by Lazzarini Design Studio to fly rather than sail thanks to two large airships. (Picture from: UK Time News)
This Lazzarini-designed unique vehicle is called Air Yacht and is said specially for private owners whose carried a vision of the evolution of the mega yacht / aviation and is not intended for tourist or public transportation purposes. 
The Air Yacht concept consists of twin fuselages that look like Zeppelin airship filled of 400,000 cubic meters of compressed helium and special main structure in the middle, is driven by eight rotating electric motors opposite with the power supplied by the ultralight batteries and solar panels. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
According to Lazzarini, this cruise ship will have a carbon fiber structure and a length of 150 m (492 feet) and width of 80 m (262 feet). This unique mega yacht is driven by eight rotating electric motors opposite with the power supplied by the ultralight batteries and solar panels.
New luxury mega Air Yacht concept designed by Lazzarini Design Studio has a total length of 150 meters, with a width of 80 meters. (Picture from: UK Time News)
As quoted of the UK Time News, the Air Yacht concept of Lazzarini consists of twin fuselages that look like Zeppelin airship filled of 400,000 cubic meters of compressed helium and special main structure in the middle, which offers a 360° view.
New luxury mega Air Yacht concept designed by Lazzarini Design Studio has five passenger suites available on each airship and a special main structure in middle for the 'shipowner suite,' which offers a 360° view. (Picture from: UK Time News)
The two enermous air ballons are connected to the main central structure through four carbon decks on each side that passengers can move between different areas on the airship. For the master suite based on the main central structure, which is around 78 meters. There is also a spacious living room with a dining room and swimming pool.
There is also a spacious living room with a dining room and swimming pool inside of the Air Yacht concept of Lazzarini Design Studio. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
This luxury water yacht is able to carry up to 22 passengers. Mega Yacht this fly has 10 cabins for passengers, five on each plane, plus a ship owner suite in the middle area, which offers 360 degree views. There is also a possibility for this yacht using helipad, with this into additional options.
There is also a spacious living room with a dining room and swimming pool inside of the Air Yacht concept of Lazzarini Design Studio. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The Air Yacht can fly at a maximum speed of about 60 knots (69 mph / 111 kph) for more than 48 hours with zero emission and also sail on the ocean at a speed of 5 knots (5.7 mph / 9 kph). When a water landing is necessary, Lazzarini said, that the airship is pushed down by the rotation of the engines and can stay in the water thanks to depressurization of the helium and ballast anchoring system.
Currently the Air Yacht is just a unique concept of future vehicles made by Lazzarini Design Studio that offer many other portfolios, such as cruise ship projects, automotive, and aerospace. Might still fresh in your memory one of them such the Lazzarini One electric-powered supercar concept specially for the rich in you.
If there are any buyers or investors, Lazzarini is targeting to build this super unique airship and collect helium within five years. However, every potential customers must have a ton of money because the price is estimated to be very fantastic, ie around US $ 621 million (Rp. 8.9 trillion). Even now the Italian company already has much larger version called the Air Yacth  V.2. We're really speechless and amazed.😲 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAZZARINI DESIGN STUDIO | UKTIMENEWS ]
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Monday, January 24, 2022

The future electric-powered aircraft named Alice

~Electric Wings~ The trend of vehicle electrification has grown steadily over the last few years. Not only targeting motorcycles, cars, to buses and trucks, the trend has also begun to penetrate the aircraft industry. This could be seen on an electric powered small private aircraft developed by Eviation, an Israeli technology start-up.
This is Alice, an electric-powered aircraft developed by an Israeli company named Eviation and was debuted at the Paris Air Show 2019. (Picture from: IndoZone)
Recently the Israeli start-up developed its first commercial electric-powered aircraft named Alice. The electric-powered aircraft was exhibited for the first time at the Paris Air Show 2019. This aircraft is scheduled to fly for the first time this year and be sold to the market in 2022.

As quoted of Bussines Insider, the Alice eco-friendly aircraft is able to carry nine passengers and two crew and also capable of traveling a distance of 1,000 km, with a maximum speed of 240 knots or 445 kph on a single battery charge.
The Eviation Alice eco-friendly aircraft is able to carry nine passengers and two crew. (Picture from:OtoDetik)
And the battery of the aircraft was a very large lithium-ion battery weighing around 3,600 kg. For the business purposed, the fuselage design is made of lightweight materials with three propellers attached on both wings and tail.

This eco-friendly aircraft fleet is claimed to be able to reduce air ticket prices between 40% -80%. This is because electric aircraft do not cost as much as the operating costs of conventional aircraft. The calculation is that electric planes only need US$ 200 per flight hour for operation.
The Eviation Alice electric-powered aircraft also capable of traveling a distance of 1,000 km, with a maximum speed of 240 knots or 445 kph on a single battery charge. (Picture from:OtoDetik)
Seeing this, the CEO and Co Founder of Eviation, Omer Bar-Yohay estimates that the Alice aircraft will be certified in 2022. Where, US-based airline Cape Air has decided to buy this plane at a price of US $ 4 million or approx Rp. 56.4 billion.
And the American company itself plans to use Alice's electric plane to serve regional routes from Boston to Nantucket, Marthy's Vineyard, to New Hampshire and New York. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | EVIATION | ]
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Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Antelope named hypercar-likened flying ride managed to pass the free-flight test in Dubai

~Flying Hypercar~ The development of automotive technology does not only focus on electric-powered and autonomous vehicles, but also flying cars. The development of this type of vehicle is largely based on futuristic assumptions which are intended as a solution to the current problem of urban society, namely traffic congestion due to more increasing population.
The Bellwether Industries’ Volar eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) aerial ride named the Antelope is a flying hypercar for private owners. (Picture from: Khaleej Times)
Although the development of this type of vehicle is mostly still in the assessment stage and is still far from practical as conventional vehicles currently exist, nevertheless all of them deserve appreciation as an inspiring and innovative technological breakthrough.

Recently, there's one futuristic hypercar-likened flying ride had successfully completed a series of test flights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its flight tests is revealed, a day after the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA) was held its first legal forum to review the legislation for flying taxis.
This Bellwether Industries’ Volar eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) is the world’s first aerial ride without a large wingspan or exposed blades, making it ideal for urban use. (Picture from: New Atlas)
Those electric-powered hypercar-likened flying ride is called the Bellwether Industries Volar eVTOL aka the Antelope is designed and developed by a London-based startup company named Bellwether Industries. And by November 2021, the Antelope prototype (in half-scale) has managed to complete a series of testing in Dubai.

The company said that the ultimate vision of a full-scale the Antelope Volar eVTOL ride will be a 4-to-5-seat aircraft carrying out intracity travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (915 metres) with a speed of up to 220 kilometres per hour (135 miles per hour).

As qouted of Khaleej Times, in the last two years, the whole team whose developed the Bellwether Volar eVTOL (stands for 'electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing') aerial vehicle has also carried out several iteration phases to improve the the prototype's flight capability and performances.
The Bellwether Volar eVTOL prototype called the Antelope in half-scale has managed to complete its free-flight tests in Dubai. (Picture from: Coventry Telegraph)
“Our Volar flying prototype smoothly and proves our pursuit of innovation and technology. We believe in our volar and will strive for perfection with continuous improvement," said Kai-Tse Lin, chief operating officer and co-founder of Bellwether Industries.

“The test flight was carried out at an altitude of 13 feet at a speed of 40 km per hour. This test demonstrates the stability and controllability of the prototype. This step will be the beginning of a series of development projects," he added.
Bellwether says the ultimate vision of a full-scale Volar will be a 4-to-5-seat aircraft carrying out intracity travels at an altitude of 3,000 feet (915 metres) with a speed of up to 220 kilometres per hour (135 miles per hour). (Picture from: Khaleej Times)
As proof of the success of the test, the company then posted a short video of the Volar's test flight on social media titled "The era of urban air mobility has begun." As you can see on the video the flying vehicle was capable taking off from an open area of ​​the park, then flying in a while before landing again safely.

The current prototype only has two seats, in the future, the hypercar-likened flying ride can be filled with five seats that capable to fly about 5 people. The company mentioned that its flying hypercar is designed to replace the currently conventional road-use vehicle, and also could be said the Bellwether Industries' Antelope is the world's first eVTOL flying ride without a large of wingspans or exposed propeller blades.

Next development of the Antelope aerial ride prototype in the full-scale is scheduled to be completed and ready to re-test in 2023. Furthermore the company said as qouted of its official website, they believe that people traveling in the sky are inevitable in the next 10 years. Therefore, and that's the reason they made the Volar aerial ride afor anyone to fly anytime and anywhere to any point.
Although the Volar was not the first flying cars have been explored in Dubai. As we all knew during the 2021 Dubai Air Show, there's a Florida-based LuftCar said it was developing an autonomous land-rides that could be mounted and removed from the flying module.
As we all knew, Dubai has passed a law regulating the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in July 2020. So in November, the RTA said it was reviewing the legislation of the flying taxis and self-driving skypods.

This seems to be in line with the Dubai's ambitious Sky Dome project which be allowed the city's skies filled by manned or unmanned aerial rides that will link places and buildings via landing pads and mini airports across the city. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BELLWETHER INDUSTRIES | EVTOL | KHALEEJ TIMES | THENATIONALNEWS ]
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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Where Renault and TheArsenale are going, They don't need roads

~FLYing Car~ To celebrate a legendary car model anniversary, the car manufacturers sometimes do something unusual but still have a connection with the model. We can see this when the French manufacturer Renault celebrates the 60th anniversary of its legendary Renault 4L model.
Renault teamed up with TheArsenale to create an electric flying car called the Air4 to celebrate the legendary Renault 4L's 60th anniversary. (Picture from: TheArsenale)
For your information, actually Renault 4L was a simple, efficient and versatile four-wheeled vehicle made between 1961-1992. Amazingly, the Renault's iconic car from has sold more than 8 million units in more than 100 countries in a period of 30 years.

In the context of the anniversary of the legendary model, Renault unmitigated intends to make a futuristic flying car by using the Renault 4L as the model and called 'Air4'. To realize this desire, the French automotive manufacturer then collaborated with an American automotive design house, TheArsenal which is touted as 'the ultimate brand dedicated to the future of mobility.'
The Renault 4L (in pictured 1978 model) was a simple, efficient and versatile four-wheeled vehicle made between 1961-1992. (Picture from: GesaInTech)
The collaboration between Renault and TheArsenale is not only about making flying cars, but has a very special value. Because this will make young people feel how to drive an iconic car, but not on the road, but flying. 
The Air4 flying car concept is made entirely of carbon fiber and is also designed to have dynamic capabilities for flight by using four propellers. (Picture from: AnakTeknik)
This is actually if you look deeper, it is in line with the concept of the automotive world in the future, where everything is fast and comfortable. Yes, it can't be helped, the roads are now crowded with vehicles and jammed everywhere, so flying cars can be one of the new breakthroughs for Our world today.

As mentioned above that The Air4 retains the retro design of the legendary Renault 4L and at first glance it looks far from the design language of a modern car. Physically, when compared to its classic conventional four-wheeled model, the Air4 is made entirely of carbon fiber and is also designed to have dynamic capabilities for flight by using four propellers.
The fact is that all of the work on the Air4 flying car concept was carried out at the first European' technology park at Sophia Antipolis, Côte d'Azur, France. (Picture from: AnakTeknik)
In the design, the engineers from TheArsenale always do it with full calculation in order to get satisfactory results. Another interesting fact is that all of the work on the Air4 was carried out at the first European' technology park at Sophia Antipolis, Côte d'Azur, France.
The Air4 flying car concept is driven by an electric motor powered by a 22,000 mAh lithium polymer battery pack with a total capacity of 90,000 mAh. (Picture from: Motor1)
From a technical point of view, the Air4 is driven by an electric motor powered by a 22,000 mAh lithium polymer battery pack with a total capacity of 90,000 mAh. The maximum duration of flight is one of the matrices that needs to be considered so as not to run out of battery in the flight. Until now, flying car makers (Renault and TheArsenale) have not stated yet about how long the Air4 can float in the air with minimum power.
The Air4 flying car concept will be on display at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France, from November 29, 2021 through the end of the year. (Picture from: TheArsenale)
The unique flying vehicle relies on a horizontal top speed of 26 m/s during flight with a tilt angle of 45° to a maximum incline of 70°. The Renault Air4 is capable of flying as high as 700 meter with a takeoff speed of 14 m/s, but is held at 4 m/s for safety reasons, and a landing speed of 3 m/s. As you could be seen, the Air4 flying car concept itself has 4 propellers on each corner and offers a maximum vectorial thrust of 380 kilograms, or 95 kg per propeller.
For 60 years, the Renault 4 has been driven by ordinary people who make it extraordinary. It is a car that symbolises adventure. It’s simple, practical, useful and as modern as it is retro. All drivers will tell you, it allows you to travel differently. That is to say, to live an adventure.

The Air4 led us to 'some kind of traveling different' which also mean the Renault 4 is ready for its greatest adventure yet under the slogan 'Where TheArsenale and Renault are going, They don't need roads'. Today, the Air4 flying car concept will be on display at the Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France, from November 29, 2021 through the end of the year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RENAULT | THEARSENALE | MOTOR1 ]
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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Remembered the Nissan GT-R Godzilla ancestor

~The Godzilla Ancestor~This is one of the first Japanese-made racing prototypes after the World War 2 ended. The racing car which became known as the Prince (Nissan) R380 was initially developed by Prince Motors, Ltd. before being merged with Nissan Motor Company, and it could be said also, that the car is the ancestor of today's Nissan Skyline GT-R aka 'Godzilla'.
The original Prince (Nissan) R380 A-I with racing livery No.11 driven by Yoshikazu Sunakothat won its first race of the 3rd Japan GP at Fuji Speedway in 1966. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
As mentioned before, this race car was purposely made by Prince Motors following the defeat of its new S54 Skyline GTs powered by a G-7 straight-6 engine at the second Japanese Grand Prix held in 1964 from the Porsche 904 race car. After some major improvements were made, so Prince Motors launched the R380 with increasingly fierce performance, as the result at the third Japanese GP in 1966, the car was able to beat the defending champion Porsche 904.
The original Prince (Nissan) R380 A-I is powered by a mid-mounted 4-valve GR8 DOHC engine, which is a newly engine designed based on the G7 OHC at the time. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
All of that thanks to the Shinichiro Sakurai's magical hands touches, so that the car was so fierce while on the racing circuit. He is a brilliant engineer who initially worked for Prince Motors then moved to Nissan in 1966 (after Prince Motors was mergered with Nissan Motor Company) and is famous for the engineering of the Nissan Skyline generations.
The 1967 Nissan R380 A-II (in pictured as a speed test car) which for the aerodynamic factors has a total of 80 mm more length than the standard ones with body cover made of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP). (Picture from: Pen-Online)
The original R380 racing car bodywork is aluminum-made, and mounted on the steel tubular frame structure similar to the Brabham BT8, and then is powered by a mid-mounted 4-valve GR8 DOHC engine, which is a newly engine designed based on the G7 OHC. Besides being known as the first Japanese racing car to use an aluminum bodywork, the R380 was equipped with double wishbone suspension on all its 4 wheels which was the most advanced technology at that time.
The 1967 Nissan R380 A-II (in pictured as a speed test car) bodywork is aluminum-made, and mounted on the steel tubular frame structure similar to the Brabham BT8. (Picture from: Pen-Online)
Unfortunately, the Japanese Grand Prix in 1965 was postponed, so Prince Motors switched to make a speed record in the Yatabe test track by using those racing car in October. At that time, the prepared Prince R380 A-I was managed to set the best time that surpassed the international record in its fourth attemps. But the car's achievement was remained set to be a domestic record considering that the Yatabe test track had not been officially recognized by the FIA.
The 1967 Nissan R380 A-II (in pictured as a speed test car) has a simple cockpit and functionally laid out of the operating system and instruments. (Picture from: Pen-Online)
This does not necessarily reduce the determination of the Prince Motors's crews to bring their R380 to be a champion. Then, it was like the wish came true, the R380 managed to beat the Porsche 906 and Toyota 2000GT at the third Japan Grand Prix in 1966, not one but two R380s managed to reach the finish line as the 1st and 2nd winner.
The 1967 Nissan R380 A-II (in pictured as a speed test car) featured much needed aerodynamic improvements, utilizing a much lower and sleeker bodystyle copied from rivals Porsche plus the gullwing-style doors which hinged upward. (Picture from: Pen-Online)
The R380 continued to be developed even after Prince Motors merged with Nissan in August 1966, and becoming a Nissan R380 A-II upgraded type in 1967. Although it lost in the race to the Porsche 906 at the Japanese Grand Prix that year, the car tried again to set the speed records. At the time, the Nissan R380 A-II managed to set seven international records at the Yatabe track which have been officially recognized by the FIA.
It doesn't stop there, in addition to the Nissan R380 A-III type with improved engines continue to play an active role in the racing circuit, this Japanese manufacturer continues to develop the R380 racing cars using larger engines, such as the 5.5L on the Nissan R381 variant of the 1968 and then the 6L on the Nissan R382 variant of the 1969 which also brought victory to Nissan. And all of that played out until the Japanese auto company stopped racing under the prototype engines in 1970. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NISSAN-GLOBAL | PEN-ONLINE | WIKIPEDIA | DRIVETRIBE ]
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