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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Unique pre-war streamlined three-wheeler record breaker

We can see the pre-war period (around the 1930s) as one of the milestones in which has recorded that automotive technology experienced significant progress after the automotive industry players at that time began implementing aerodynamic principles to support the speed and stability of motorized vehicles when running on the street or on the race track.
No, it’s not a car, neither a computer mouse. It's a three-wheeled vehicle named Auto-Union DKW-Kahrman 600cc made in 1935. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2E0h8Uk)
Indeed, at that time, the world's automotive was also in the middle of the excitement of competing with each other to be the fastest on the racing track. And then it triggered competition among major countries in the world's automotive, especially in mainland Europe and America. And one of the countries that are also competing and the most ambitious is Germany.
The black & white photo colorized of the 1935 Auto-Union DKW-Kahrman 600cc. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2E0h8Uk)
In this country, the motorized vehicle racing euphoria also invited interference from the political forces in power at that time to influence and steer the automotive industry in there to create the fastest vehicle to fulfill the ruler's ambition to be the best in the world. By 1934, Hitler and his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels were eager to use all aspects of international sporting activity in service of their fascist state, which included car and motorcycle racing.
A very rare photograph of Adolf Hitler inspecting the DKW factory. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZDcdjS)
BMW and DKW were the two-companies benefitted from the huge money flow supplied by the Nazi government, and both factories used the money boost to make radical technical changes to their cars and motorcycles. DKW was part of Auto Union by 1932, a German giant automotive manufacturer, with DKW by then the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.

As all we know, the Auto Union racing cars were one of the most powerful and exotic GP cars ever, and their competition with the likes of Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo is straight in line with the DKW motorcycle story. BMW at the same time developed their 328 sports-racer, an incredibly competent and beautifully designed car, considered an all-time classic.
Looking like a letter to the future, the DKW streamlined record-breaker without its canopy, which badly affected handling​. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZDcdjS)
As a logical consequence of receiving Hitler's cash at that time, the racing teams and record-breaking of the two manufacturers were under the control and supervision of the Nazi government, so it is not surprising that their drivers and riders in mandatory wore and used various Nazi attributes. So that it gives the impression to the rivals that they are all Nazis. Although in fact, not all of them were supporters of the Nazi fascist government.
The DKW streamlined-shape designed record-breaker three-wheeler without its canopy, while stopped on the pitstop​. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZDcdjS)
It seemed as if there was an agreement between BMW and DKW at that time to stay off each other's racing turf, as DKW focused on 250cc and 350cc GP racing and record-breaking, while BMW concentrated on 500cc racing and absolute World Speed Records.

At the time, BMW is perhaps better known for their BMW WR750 speed record motorcycles in 1936, while DKW as equally at the forefront of the new science of streamlining and engine development, having pioneered the Schnurle-loop scavenge system on their two-stroke engines, and the use of superchargers with twin-piston combustion chambers, so the blowers didn't simply push the fuel mix straight out the exhaust pipe.
The 1935 Auto-Union DKW-Kahrman 600cc with its full streamlined bodywork​. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZDcdjS)
It is known as well that at that time DKW was developing record-breaking racing vehicles with 250cc and 350cc engines alongside their Auto Union GP cars. The vehicle has appeared in a fabulously compelling bodywork with astonishing speed and sophistication, as it was developed in a wind tunnel (something they could afford with Nazi cash).
The BMW three-wheeled record-breaker with its full streamlining, which was more stable than the DKW bodywork​. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZDcdjS)
Uniquely, there's a vehicle made by DKW in the three-wheeled vehicle platform. It is not known whether it is included in one of the categories of vehicle classes that are competed in addition to motorbikes (two-wheeled vehicles) and cars (four-wheeled vehicles). 

It seems later than BMW (broke the agreement for a while) by developing an almost similar three-wheeled vehicle with an airplane-shaped design and is believed to be more stable than the DKW model. But unfortunately, it isn't known whether all of these future look three-wheeled vehicles are able to complete its mission to break the records.šŸ˜‰ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CAR-DAY.RU | THEVINTAGENT.COM | TRIUMPHTALK.COM]
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Maserati is breaking into a new era through the MC20 super species

After previously, Maserati announced that the company would break a new era with a new supercar that combines performance, sportsmanship and luxury in a unique design typical of Italian's trident logoed manufacturers. 
Maserati MC20 has made its world debut in Modena on September 9, 2020 at the MMXX: Time to be Audacious event. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mi7JJ7)
And now the Maserati MC20, that's the name of the new Maserati supercar which has made its world debut in Modena on September 9, 2020 at the MMXX: Time to be Audacious event. The MC20 nomenclature is a code. MC refers to Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020, as the world premiere and the start of a new era.
Maserati MC20 has a butterfly-style door which is not only beautiful, but also functional as it increases the ergonomics of the vehicle. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The Maserati MC20 supercar was designed in Modena and built at the Viale Ciro Menotti factory. This factory has a painting facility that combines innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. This car has a butterfly-style door which is not only beautiful, but also functional as it increases the ergonomics of the vehicle that optimizes access in or out of the car's cabin.
Simple cabin shape with few sharp angles and minimal distraction. Inside, two 10-inch screens are installed, one for the cockpit and one for the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35DYOvF)
The car's body aerodynamic engineering was designed over more than 2,000 hours of work in the Dallara Wind Tunnel, including more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, which led to the creation of exclusive works of art. As a result, the car has a sleek body line, without any other additions, only a rear spoiler which increases downforce. The coefficient is below 0.38.
Once inside the interior, the driver will be in the middle and ready to experience a sporty driving experience. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
Once inside the interior, the driver will be in the middle and ready to experience a sporty driving experience. Each component has its function, which is completely driver-oriented. Simple cabin shape with few sharp angles and minimal distraction. Inside, two 10-inch screens are installed, one for the cockpit and one for the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA).
Maserati's Nettuno (Neptune) - 3.0-litre, twin-turbo, V6 petrol engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The simplicity brought by Maserati in creating the center console wrapped in carbon fiber. Installed features a wireless smartphone charger, a driving mode selector knob (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and ESC Off, which disables the control function), two speed selection buttons, power window controls, multimedia device controls and a handy storage compartment under the armrest.
Maserati MC20 makes extensive use of carbonfibre and other lightweight materials, resulting in a claimed kerb weight of less than 1500kg. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The new Maserati MC20 will always be connected to the Maserati Connect program where a full range of services including navigation connection, Alexa and Wifi Hotspot can be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone application or the smartwatch application. In addition, Maserati has also developed six new colors that characterize the MC20, namely Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each of them is designed and developed exclusively for this car.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels though an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a self-locking mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The Maserati MC20 supercar uses the latest Nettuno engine with a V6 configuration with a torque of 621 hp and a peak torque of 730 Nm. All this power is channeled into the 8 gears DCT Gearbox transmission. This car is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in less than 2.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of more than 325 kph.
Furthermore, the Maserati MC20 has a total weight of below 1,500 kg, while the ratio of weight to power reaches 2.33 kg/hp. This is achieved through the use of quality materials and taking advantage of the benefits of carbon fiber without sacrificing comfort. On the other hand, the Nettuno is the first machine in a new chapter in the history of the Italian's trident logoed manufacturer, which is a twin turbo V6 engine for the MC20. The combustion system already has international patents. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR INDIA]
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It's only one running replica and quarter-scaled model left

To produce a car model, usually, the auto manufacturer must go through many stages, starting from a concept design development to making a decision to produce it or not. Well, at the design development stage, manufacturers usually also make several models of the car concept in several sizes ranging from small to 1: 1 for a series of tests and or also used as a promotional model to see the public interest on being worked model.
1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept car announced to the world at the GM's Motorama Show(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3c2pbN1)
The same thing was done by the American automotive giant, General Motors who had made several famous future concept cars. They make these concept cars as a basis for producing cars in the future. Including something created based on one of their other brands, due to the manufacturer houses multiple car brands.

Pontiac Club de Mer may be one example. It was a concept car made by Pontiac for General Motors in 1956 and announced to the world at the Motorama Show at the time. This future concept car creation embodies Harley Earl's design ideas, brought up by the Pontiac design department head at the time, Paul Gillian.
The Pontiac Club de Mer page from the 1956 Motorama program. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33nS7uY)
As quoted of Wikipedia, it was a two-door sports roadster that incorporated innovative breakthrough styling like a sleek, low-profile body encasing a large engine, a design trend used widely in LSR (land speed record) trials at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah during the 1950s.

The concept car's exterior was inspired by contemporary aircraft designs at the time, using a stainless steel monocoque, individual windscreens similar to those on the 1955 Lincoln Futura (later TV's Batmobile), an aerodynamically fashioned fascia that flowed down from the hood skin to cover most of the grill, concealed headlights, and a single rear-deck dorsal fin.
1956 Pontiac Club de Mer was inspired by contemporary aircraft designs at the time(Picture from: https://bit.ly/33nS7uY)
The overall styling of the body was a smooth, non-undulating profile, similar to an American supersonic jet fighter, with virtually no protrusions or recesses of any kind save for the out-vents on the leading edge of both doors, and the fin. The vehicle had no bumpers, a common feature on most concepts, and the door handles were quite small and also had a very low profile at just under 990.6 mm (39 inches).
1956 Pontiac Club de Mer (front) at the 1956 Motorama and the Oldsmobile Golden Rocket is immediately beyond(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2FAKmJO)
The interior styling, it had a barebones functionality to it, but it is still much better than the production vehicles available in showrooms at the time. Instruments were low key, with triangularly configured gauges mounted well behind a three-spoke, GT-style steering wheel, around the steering column.

The speedometer was positioned on top, and a smaller gauge on either side, each enclosed in its own pod. The interior was finished in red, while passengers gained entry through conventional doors.

It is known that only one Club de Mer prototype (actually just a rolling model) was ever constructed and unveiled in Miami, Florida, along with another ¼-scale model. But then, the only-one prototype was destroyed as part of an unfortunate kill order by GM in 1958.

Only the ¼-scale model exists today, which was owned by Joseph Bortz of Illinois until it sold to noted car collector Ron Pratt at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction for $75,000. However, there is another life-sized Pontiac Club de Mer replica in mint shape and fully functional.

The running replica built by Marty Martino based on a 1959 Pontiac chassis and powered by the 1959 Strato Streak engine mated to the Jetaway Hydro-Matic 4-speed transmission. It took three years to complete and sold at auction in 2009 for $110,000. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BARRET-JACKSON | WIKIPEDIA | CARSCOOPS  | AMKLASSIEK]
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Monday, September 14, 2020

The most powerful Aston Martin ever made

Maybe lately the emergence of a new supercar species is rarely heard of, but some time ago Aston Martin through Q, the special modification division of this British manufacturer got a big project from one of the richest consumers in the world. And for that mysterious customer, Q made the world's most powerful one and only Aston Martin. Well. in the hands of this special division, the Aston Martin cars are made more special to suit the special needs of consumers.
The Aston Martin Victor is a modern re-imagining of the original Aston Martin Vantage V8 from the late-1970s and 1980s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2RsNdHn)
Recently, the British company announced that Q has completed a special project which resulted in a new supercar named Aston Martin Victor. As rumors, we've been heard, that Aston Martin is working on the car on the special order of a loyal Aston Martin customer from Belgium. And Victor is not the name of the car owner. Instead, it was taken of the name Victor Gauntlett, and for Aston Martin, he was a special figure who managed to save the British premium brand from bankruptcy.
Aston Martin Victor a one-of-one retro supercar uses 847 horses V12 coupled with manual transmission. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mg9nLp)
As mentioned earlier, this car is the most powerful car ever made by Aston Martin. The total power reaches 836 horsepower and the peak engine torque can reach 821 nm. To achieve that much power, Q did not do what Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren did, by installing induction power from other sources such as electric motors. However, they still use the conventional V12 engine.

And this machine has also been embedded in other great Aston Martin cars, such as the Aston Martin One-77. Under the hood of this hypercar lays a V12 engine with a 7.3-liter cylinder capacity without turbo and other power induction. Originally the engine was only capable of producing 750 horsepower and a maximum torque of 722 Nm.
Aston Martin Victor has interior material that is actually a super-premium blend, while the ceiling is made of cashmere leather, while the seats to the dashboard are specially made by Q of genuine leather. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32o678E)
And to achieve an output of 836 horsepower and a maximum torque of 821 Nm, the Q division has made collaboration with another big name company, namely Cosworth, one of the world's great and the most successful car engine suppliers. From this collaboration succeeded in making Aston Martin Victor becoming the most powerful Aston Martin car ever made. Literally, it is the only one because Aston Martin only made one Aston Martin Victor.

Not only special in terms of power, but the car appearance also very interesting so no wonder if it could be made your eyes no-blink for a moment. It has a very unusual design, not like as we've been seen on the various Aston Martin cars used by James Bond in every his actions. The unusual design is even reminiscent of the typical American muscle car design, the Ford Mustang. It is characterized by a strong nose and a muscular stern. In fact, the design imitates the design of the previous Aston Martin car.
Aston Martin Victor has an unusual design that is even reminiscent of the typical American muscle car design, the Ford Mustang. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZADvax)
To be exact, the Aston Martin Vantage design in the 1970s. At that time, the 1970 Aston Martin Vantage was the first Aston Martin to be called a supercar because of its power which reached 390 horsepower. The maximum speed reaches 270 kilometers per hour. Because the design is reminiscent of the Ford Mustang, at that time the Aston Martin Vantage 1970 was called the British Muscle Car.

Those elements are what the Aston Martin Victor tries to restore. The nose of this car is so big and solid. Likewise, the back is very strong. Even though it looks solid, Aston Martin actually uses carbon fiber in the car. Including the carbon fiber chassis that is already on the Aston Martin One-77.
Now in the interior, Aston Martin Victor actually looks simple. There is no large touch screen like other expensive cars. This car only relies on two touch screens which are quite moderate. It's just that, the technology system has already applied the most advanced technology like in the Aston Martin DBX SUV. However, the interior material is actually a super-premium blend. The ceiling is made of cashmere leather, while the seats to the dashboard are specially made by Q of genuine leather. Walnut wood is also visible on the Aston Martin Victor's six-speed manual transmission lever.

There are indeed several carbon fiber elements in the interior. It's just that the element is not so dominant. Aston Martin Victor is actually rich with a combination of walnut wood elements, titanium, and aluminum. This is what makes the interior of the car feel special, even though it's not crammed with magic buttons. Not because you can't, it could be that the special customer of Aston Martin who ordered the car was prioritizing quality over appearance. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK | AUTOCAR.CO.UK | ROBBREPORT.COM]
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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Do you ever see this Ermini's barchetta?

If we look at the figure of this beautiful classic car, at first glance, we will immediately remember the famous car brands like Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, etc. However, if you look at the front grille, which has the 'E' emblem firmly imprinted on it, you might immediately wonder; what is the brand of this beautiful sports car? 
1948 Ermini Fiat 1100 Corsa is a two-seater barchetta bodied by Morelli. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ikCafo)
This is the Ermini Fiat 1100 Corsa. It is a 2-seater barchetta bodied by Morelli and manufactured in 1948. Ermini? Maybe some of us rarely know or even don't know about this Italian brand. Let's talked about it. 

During the years just after the Second World War, there were plenty of small sportscar manufacturers in Italy producing cars for the many road races that were organized. The most popular was the 750 and 1100 cc classes and the cars were often based on mass-produced components from Fiat.
1948 Ermini Fiat 1100 Corsa was the first car built by Pasquono Ermini for compete in various racing events. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bMKMc3)
One of the smallest of these manufacturers, often derogatorily referred to as "Etceterini" to distinguish them from the more familiar names like Ferrari and Maserati, must have been Ermini from Florence. But still, it was successful enough to be remembered today.

The brand owned by Ermini Automobili, an Italian automotive company is founded by Pasquino Ermini, a Florence engineer who learned his trade as a mechanic and driver during the 1920s and '30s with the Squadra Materassi and its Bugatti and Talbot cars. Following the war, he built his first car, a combination of a (heavily modified) Fiat 1100 chassis and an Alfa Romeo 2500 engine. With this, he competed in various events.
1948 Ermini Fiat 1100 Corsa is a combination of a (heavily modified) Fiat 1100 chassis and an Alfa Romeo 2500 engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bK4JjZ)
He then decided to produce his own engine, choosing to enter the then-popular 1100 class. The result was a twin-cam 1094cc unit which emerged in 1947, one of the first twin-cams in that class. It immediately proved successful and was sold to many competitors, who fitted it to a variety of cars, usually either based on the 1100 or with a chassis by Gilco.

Bodies were supplied by numerous coachbuilders. In 1949 Ermini began building complete cars, with his 1100 DOHC engine, the chassis by Gilco, and the bodywork by Tofani. The early 1950's saw the Ermini 1100 as the car (or engine for those who chose to fit it to different chassis') to have. Tofani was unable to meet the demand, and so Motto and Morelli were used to producing the bodies.
Rear three quarter of the 1948 Ermini Fiat 1100 Corsa. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35oxO35)
In 1953 Ermini introduced a new engine. Still a DOHC 1100 it now had an aluminum block and five main-bearing crankshafts. Around 20 engines were built and were fitted to cars by Ermini themselves (with a chassis designed by Gilco, Scaglietti, Morelli, and Frua (designed by Michelotti).
Even though it looks small, the work of this Italian automotive manufacturer still exists today. Yes, this company still continues to produce cars and engines for various purposes, especially racing needs. And its last production sports car was Ermini 686 'Seiottosei' which was exposed to the public at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ERMINI AUTOMOBILI | SUPERCARS.NET | COACHBUILD.COM | RITZSITE.NL | CARS A-Z]
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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Two exotic Lamborghini concepts on the paper

The glitz of technological advances in the automotive world today is truly amazing, especially when talking about cars that are deliberately created as super rides. Besides having an extraordinary performance, the super rides also have shapes that can be said to be beautiful and exotic. It is not surprising that many people are fascinated by its beauty.
Top view of the 2014 Lamborgini Estampida racing car concept during a virtual pit stop. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2R8KenD)
When we talk about the super vehicle forms, of course, it cannot be separated from the skilled hands of many automotive designers, engineers, and technicians. They work skillfully in designing and making these extraordinary-formed super rides so that they can blend seamlessly with their fierce performance on the road and on the racing circuit.

Of the many premium automotive brands which made supercars, one of them is the famous raging-bull logoed Italian company, Automobili Lamborghini. The company founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963 has been known to have so many exotic vehicle models that have always been the target of being used as valuable and prestigious collections among the world's deep-pocketed automotive enthusiasts.
The 2009 Lamborgini Insecta concept is the real Lambo figure inspired by the marriage of a raging bull with a scary-looking insect. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3k7gvYI)
However, the supercar concept that will be discussed below is only the concepts made on paper by several talented young designers and never brought by the raging bull logoed Italian manufacturer into reality. These two Lamborghini imaginary supercar concepts are made in 2009 and 2014 by two young talented independent automotive designers from Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Let's take a look at them both below;

1. Lamborghini Insecta Concept
The first supercar concept is called the Lamborghini Insecta Concept which was created by a Romanian designer named Iulian Bumbu in 2009. He received a Master Diploma in Car Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design Milano in 2007-2008, and a degree from the National University of Art Bucharest–Product Design Department in 2004. And the designer is known to have trained at the Alfa Romeo's styling department.
The Lamborgini Insecta Concept car is created by Iulian Bumbu in 2009. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3hgSuwm)
As quoted from Top Gear, by the name, the designer clearly abandoned the distinctive Lambo's bull-related by taking the insects for inspiration. Furthermore, it also can be seen on the concept appearance which takes its design cues from the little creatures' exoskeletons. Its looks combined the insect' armored shell with the familiar Lambo geometric angles to create a pretty fierce-looking interpretation of the future Gallardo supercar.
The Lamborgini Insecta Concept car is is a two-seater, mid-engined supercar concept measure up in size to the current LP560-4 has been designed also to power up the same 552hp from its 5.2-liter V10 powertrain. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3m8TDtB)
Turn out, the two-seater, mid-engined supercar concept measure up in size to the current LP560-4 has been designed also to power up the same 552hp from its 5.2-liter V10 powertrain in mind. Although this concept was never been realized by the raging bull logoed manufacturer. But from here we can see the real Lambo figure inspired by the marriage of a raging bull with a scary-looking insect.

2. Lamborghini Estampida Concept
It is different from this second supercar concept, whose design was made by a talented designer from Bosnia & Herzegovina named Hrvoje Jelic in 2014. As quoted from Lambocars, this concept design was created by him while studying at the Scuola Politecnica di Design Milano.
The Lamborgini Estampida Concept car is created by Hrvoje Jelic. in 2014. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2R8KenD)
The supercar concept named the Lamborghini Estampida Concept is created in the first semester of 2013-2014 and under the supervision of actual Lamborgini designers. Initially, it called a Super Trofeo race car, and obviously, this is way too advanced for the ST series that will still use the famous V10 engine, or instead, this Estampida looks much more like the LMP1 prototype racing car.
The Lamborgini Estampida Concept car is some kind of a complete package of 1,200hp in a lightweight, carbon fiber, and forged composite supercar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bXL6Fj)
So what about the engine, it might not be so farfetched to think Lamborghini's Squadra Corse will put together a V12 Hybrid setup for their LMP1 race car able to pull about 800hp from the V12 engine and add four 100hp electric motors. That's some kind of a complete package of 1,200hp in a lightweight, carbon fiber, and forged composite supercar. This is cool car!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP GEAR | LAMBOCARS]
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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Here she is Contessa small passenger car models of Hino

Hino Motors, Ltd., or more popularly known as Hino, it's a Japanese multinational company that produces diesel engines, trucks, and buses. The company is headquartered in Hino, Tokyo, and founded in 1942. And since 1973, the company has been transformed into one of the major manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty trucks in Japan.
1961 Hino Contessa PC10. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3i8AoOt)
Although known as a truck maker, it turns out that this Japanese manufacturer had produced passenger car models in the 1960s. Yes, the Hino Contessa models produced by this manufacturer ranging from 1961 to 1967. And the name 'Contessa' is taken from Italian which refers to a noblewoman's title and seems the name is suitable to symbolize the Hino coupe's elegant beauty.

The Contessa car series was largely developed based on the 1947 Renault 4CV (or known as Renault's Beetle) with its legendary Ventoux power unit, which is a four-cylinder engine that simply refused to die. In 1961, Hino Motors decided that it would be a great idea if it built cars under its own name. At the time, Hino had been building the 4CV for the Japanese market, which was unimaginatively called the Hino Renault.
1962 Hino Contessa 900 Sprint CoupƩ. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/328fyZZ)
Furthermore, the car is offered in both sedan and coupƩ-styled by using the rear-wheel drive and rear-engine layout. The first model, known as the Hino Contessa PC Series that has a compact body and was designed by the famous Italian automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti. He also sold them the idea for a small coupe, which was called Hino Contessa 900 Sprint CoupƩ.

Apart from having a stylish bodywork, the Contessa 900 Sprint CoupƩ weighs 100 kg lighter (only 650 kg or 1,430 lbs) and uses an engine tuned by Officine Nardi plus a Weber carburetor for power up to 45 PS (33 kW; 44 hp) coupled with a floor-mounted 4-speed manual gearbox.
1962 Hino Contessa 900 Sprint CoupƩ. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/328fyZZ)
After completion, the Hino Contessa 900 Sprint CoupƩ was introduced at the 10th Tokyo Auto Show, and Turin Motor Show in 1962, followed by the New York Auto Show in 1963. This model was also intended as a form of the full-fledged stylistic development of the Contessa PC Series.

It is claimed that this car can run up to a top speed of 140 kph (87 mph), with an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 18.2 seconds. So that there is no doubt about the designer, at the bottom of the Contessa 900 Sprint's door slit is given a plate reading 'Hino-Michelotti'. Unfortunately, the Hino Contessa 900 Sprint CoupĆ© was never mass-produced, although several prototypes were built.šŸ˜æ
Later Michelotti also designed another model known as the Hino Contessa PD 1300 which looks has a similar design to the Triumph 1300, which was, of course, a Michelotti design. As the Contessa PC Series was a strictly Japan-only model and never intended for export, while the Contessa PD had export ideas, specifically for the American market.
1965 Hino Contessa 1300 CoupƩ. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3i8AoOt)
Hino thought the idea of "race-and-win on Sunday, sell on Monday" was a good idea, so they contacted Peter Brock and his BRE Racing to campaign the Contessa sedan. The team took a surprise win at the L.A. Times in 1966 and he later campaigned the coupe. Hino also made a lightweight version of the coupe with deleted equipment and thinner sheet metal.
Overall, the car was poorly designed in terms of engine layout and headlight design, so that would definitely reduce its chances of succeeding in the American market. Even more so in 1966, Hino was already in the Toyota hands, and they already had a similarly sized front engine-rear wheel drive car in the row, so the Contessa production was ceased and used the factory to build another Toyota's products. 

šŸ˜­A very sad ending for Hino Contessa.šŸ˜­ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | NEWSTRAITSTIMES]
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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 Nardi, and Pegaso. 
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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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Alfa Romeo 1900 'Esse Esse Zetas'

During the 1950s the automotive world in Europe was hit by the car racing euphoria that marked by so many racing events that were attended by many participants ranging from automotive brand holders, other companies to individuals.
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato) built by Carrozzeria Zagato from 1954 to 1957. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DjKDA8)
This has also attracted a lot of interest from Alfa Romeo customers to make racing cars with this Italian qualified brand to fight in a racing event at that time such as the Mille Miglia and others. And then the celebrated local coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Zagato, renowned for its lightweight, aviation-inspired lines, was called upon to create such a car and immediately set to work.
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato grabs instant success and won at the gruelling multi-stage Stella Alpina, driven by Galluzzi(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DjKDA8)
The potent result, the 'Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato)' as it became known, was an instant success and won its first major outing, the gruelling multi-stage Stella Alpina, driven by Galluzzi. It wasn't long before Alfa’s racing department test driver Consalvo Sanesi tried out the new car and reported back to the firm’s top brass, who quickly sanctioned limited production.
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato has a beautiful interior covered dominantly with light-brown genuine-leather. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DjKDA8)
The Zagato Berlinetta also is known as the "esse esse zetas" or SSZ in short. It has the Zagato's trademark double-bubble roof. It matched Zagato's aerodynamic efficiency and the lightweight aluminum body design with the most potent version of Alfa Romeos 1900 known as the SuperSport.
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato uses a 1,975 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine coupled with Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission system(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DjKDA8)
The power amount of 115 bhp was burst out from its 1,975 cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine coupled with Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, so can be made the car speeding on the track. The car also featured with special independent front suspension with double A-arms, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, live-axle rear suspension with trailing links, coil springs, and hydraulic shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes.
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ (Super Sprint Zagato is simply one of the most dynamic post-war sports cars ever created(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DjKDA8)
The Zagato-bodied 1900C is simply one of the most dynamic post-war sports cars ever created, and it continues to draw the fascination and respect of Italian design connoisseurs. It has evolved into one of the most collectible post-war Alfa Romeo cars of all time.
It is thought that just 39 examples (plus two bare chassis) of these 1900 SSZ bespoke coupes were built specifically for racing, from 1954 to 1957. And they are all regarded as the pinnacle of the 1950s production Alfa Romeos. And at the 2016 RM Sotheby's Auction in Arizona, the price of one of these Zagatos offered is estimated at $1.4 to 1.8 million, had sold yet at the event. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZAGATO | RM SOTHEBY'S | CARSTYLING.RU | FABWHEELSDIGEST | SUPERCARS.NET | KIDSTON.COM]
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