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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Autodelta brought the TZ to the next level

We all know that the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ racing car program, which was run by Autodelta under the leadership of Carlo Chiti ranging from 1963 to 1967, was able to run relatively smoothly because it benefited from the experience of engineers as well as a strong relationship with Alfa Romeo including with its president Giuseppi Luraghi. What's more, after the TZ1 was successful, Alfa Romeo approved the next series called the Alfa Romeo TZ2 which was also built by Autodelta and unveiled for the first time at the 1964 Turin Auto Show.
Alfa Romeo TZ2 was a continuation model of Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ or TZ1 built based on the tubular frame chassis and bodywork made of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) by Autodelta. (Picture from: Conceptcarz)
And finally Alfa Romeo acquired Carlo Chiti's company to manage its racing division. Then the newly reformed Autodelta took over all the work and responsibilities of the Alfa Romeo's racing development programs including the management of its racing team. At that time one of their first jobs was to upgrade the TZ1 to a lightweight spaceframe race car powered by a lighter, lower and more powerful engine for use by the factory racing teams.
Despite the fact that most of the Alfa Romeo TZ2 are still made from the same mold taken from the prototype, many units have different appearance details, especially with regard to the front fascia and vents. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
So the entire Autodelta team including Carlo Chiti, Oarzio Satta and Guisseppe Busso actually took over the TZ1 development program to turn it into what many have called the 'mini Ferrari GTO'. Since Autodelta does not need to supply their TZ racing cars to private teams or meet homogation production requirements, they are freer to try new ideas and spend more money on behalf of the racing car performance development.
Alfa Romeo TZ2 powered by an Alfa Romeo's Inline-4 four DOHC engine and gave it larger valves, magnesium casings, upgraded camshafts, two side-draught Weber carburetors, dry-sump lubrication, and a twin-plug head. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
In its development, it turns out that the TZ2 uses a new body material, namely glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and therein lies the main difference between the TZ1 and TZ2. It is known that the use of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) for the body was also applied by Porsche to the 904 Carrera GTS. The application of these new body materials to replace aluminum significantly helps reduce the weight of nearly 100kg than the original TZ. In addition, despite the fact that most of the cars are still made from the same mold taken from the TZ2 prototype, many units have different appearance details, especially with regard to the front fascia and vents.
Alfa Romeo TZ2's engine is capable of generating power up to 170bhp at 7,500rpm which can spur the TZ2 to a top speed of 160 mph. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
Compared to the TZ1, it turns out that the new TZ2 body designed by Ercole Spada of the Zagato design house in Milan is lower and more purposeful. The Spada-designed TZ2 body is only 41 inches tall which is partly due to a new suspension which is fully adjustable and mounted lower on the chassis. By putting aside the vehicle height, made the body of the TZ2 at a glance is similar to the Ferrari GTO, moreover both of them had also the Kamm-tail, closed headlights, with a rounded-fender.

Meanwhile the engine was prepared by Autotecnica Conrero, a company owned by Virgilio Conrero based in Torino. For the TZ2 they used an Alfa Romeo's Inline-4 four DOHC engine and gave it larger valves, magnesium casings, upgraded camshafts, two side-draught Weber carburetors, dry-sump lubrication, and a twin-plug head. The engine is capable of generating power up to 170bhp at 7,500rpm which can spur the TZ2 to a top speed of 160 mph.
Alfa Romeo TZ2 at a glance is similar to the Ferrari GTO, moreover both of them had also the Kamm-tail, closed headlights, with a rounded-fender. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
The body and engine are placed on an Ambrosini-made special chassis made which is then installed with 4 new 13 inch-sized Campagnolo's forged magnesium wheels wrapped with wider, lower profile tyres. Inside the cabin, the installation of a sharp windshield limits the space so that the back seat is installed and the steering column is lowered and the entire dashboard. Because the transmission tunnel in the TZ2 is much higher, the gearshift length is substantially lowered.

Due to the high development costs, it is estimated that only 12 to 14 original TZ2s were ever produced plus a few more were developed by upgrading old TZ1 car units which further complicates matters of knowing how many the Alfa Romeo TZ2s were ever built. Besides that, there were 2 special chassis sent to Bertone and Pininfarina to be further developed into the road going version of the Alfa Romeo TZ.
Thus Bertone's Alfa Romeo Canguro was born in the 1964 which was an extraordinary automotive work of the day, but expensive to produce. Shortly thereafter, the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport from Pininfarina was born in the 1965 which was no less beautiful and of course also expensive to produce and both remained just prototypes to date.

Alfa Romeo TZ2's career in racing world is short, but it can be said a quite successful. Although for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it seems that the TZ2 has not succeeded after Autodelta tried it in 1965 with 3 racing cars, but none of them managed to finish it well. In 1966, the TZ2 raced in five international racing events, each taking first class. And after 18 months of dominating the 1,600cc GT class, Alfa Romeo moved on and Autodelta focused on developing a rear-engined racing car prototype. In fact, this one is powered by the TZ2 engine and marked the appearance of another beautiful and phenomenal car, the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | FCAHERITAGE ]
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Friday, May 7, 2021

Meet a small dragster monster

The Isetta 300 is one of the old European micro cars with three wheels that was built by BMW back in the 1950s and it many ways it remains an icon for the Bavarians. The little three-wheeler was never known for its agility or performance, but that might change today.
Front right side view of 1959 BMW Isetta 300 Dragster. (Picture from: http://www.zercustoms.com/)
Now you can see a Isetta that has been modified in such a way to be a small dragster monster called Isetta Dragster. Performance of a mini monster is powered by a supercharged 502 cu. in the V8 engine from Chevrolet. With its 2-speed manual transmission and monster of an engine, the Isetta Dragster could spew a power of 730 hp. It also comes with a dual-circuit disc brake system, an AP balance bar for burnouts and a new suspension system from the current generation BMW M3.
Interior view of 1959 BMW Isetta 300 Dragster. (Picture from: http://www.zercustoms.com/)
The dragster car also sits on five-spoke wheels and B.F. Goodrich G-Force tires. At the rear, the Isetta dragster has a single 18-inch racing wheel with a Sumitomo HTRZ II tire, and a huge racing wing.
Rear right side view of 1959 BMW Isetta 300 Dragster. (Picture from: http://www.zercustoms.com/)
The mini monster car comes with a BDS supercharger, twin Holley 750 CFM double pumper carburetors, and Zoomies exhaust headers that can shoot four feet long flames. The dragster measures 12 ft. 4 in. or 5.19 m in length.

In the year of 2013, this mini dragster monster auctioned at RM Auctions, when sold, it’s expected to cost the owner anywhere from U.S $75,000 to $100,000. *** [EKA [130314] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZERCUSTOMS | BMW BLOG]
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Thursday, May 6, 2021

The forerunner of the 1960s Alfa Romeo racing legends

Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ also known as Alfa Romeo TZ1 (where TZ is short of 'Tubolare Zagato') is a sports car and racing car model produced by Alfa Romeo from 1963 to 1965. The sports car which debuted at the 1962 Turin Auto Show, and replaced the popular model of Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ. The first version of the Giulia TZ is sometimes referred to as the TZ1 to distinguish it with the next model called the Alfa Romeo TZ2.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ or Alfa Romeo TZ1 is a sports car and racing car model produced by Alfa Romeo from 1963 to 1965 based on the tubular frame chassis and aluminum-made bodywork of Zagato. (Picture from: ItalianWays)
Although the Giulia TZ is a tubular frame chassis sports car, it was also known as a custom built racing car carries the chassis number of #105. The car chassis was carried out by the Perugia-based SAI Ambrosini, while the lightweight aluminum bodywork was made by coachbuilder Zagato, with the final assembly being made by the Carlo Chiti owned company in Udine called Auto-Delta before Alfa Romeo appointed him as the project leader.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ or Alfa Romeo TZ1 is debuted at the 1962 Turin Auto Show. (Picture from: ItalianWays)
The company later changed its name to Autodelta (after become an independent subsidiary of Alfa Romeo for racing matters) and moved to its current headquarters in Settimo Milanesse on the outskirts of Milan, not far from the Alfa Romeo's Portello plant.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ or Alfa Romeo TZ1 applied 'coda tronca' or Kamm-tail to improve its preformance. (Picture from: ItalianWays)
Thanks to the using of the tubular frame chassis and alumunium bodywork made the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ as a lightweight sports coupe weighing only 650 kg (1,430 lbs) so no wonder if the car can reach a top speed of 134 mph or 216 kph and for the speed deceleration, it used the disc brakes and independent suspension systems.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ or Alfa Romeo TZ1 race version powered by a DOHC four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1,570 cc, which can generate power of 160 bhp (118 kW) at 6500 rpm. (Picture from: ItalianWays)
Then to improve the Giulia TZ's performance, at the rear-section applies the 'coda tronca' (Italian words means 'short tail'), otherwise known as 'Kamm-tail'. Those rear special-part is inspired by Dr. Wunibald Kamm's principle is stated that a marked increase in drag and a marked reduction in downforce can be accomplished by simply chopping off the rear of the vehicle. 
The one-off Alfa Romeo TZ1 Barchetta model has been rebodied after a crash in 1965, but don't know by whom. (Picture from: The Parking)
As previously, Zagato has proven the success of those rear bodywork design on the Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato race car, and no wonder if then they adapted and applied it to the TZ.
The one-off Alfa Romeo TZ1 Barchetta model was once property of the Escuderia Lo Piccolo, Viale Francia, Palermo since 1963 to 2000 and appeared in burgundy color with black leather interior. (Picture from: FormosaCalssicCars)
Meanwhile for the drivetrain, the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ race version is equipped with a DOHC four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 1,570 cc, which can generate power of 160 bhp (118 kW) at 6,500 rpm. Besides being built as a racing car, it turns out that the TZ is also built in the road version that uses an engine that is said to be capable of producing up to 112 bhp (82 kW). And the Alfa Romeo's twin-spark cylinder heads, as it used in their Giulia GTA cars also said to be contributed significantly to the speed of the TZ.
The one-off Alfa Romeo TZ1 Barchetta model has a slightly different bodywork shape than its sibling the TZ1 sports coupe without Kamm-tail at the rear. (Picture from: FormosaCalssicCars)
Although most of the Alfa Romeo TZ1 is made in a sports coupe model, it is said that the car was once built in the gorgeous roofless style known as the Alfa Romeo TZ1 Barchetta (only one was ever made). It's said that the car has been rebodied after a crash in 1965, but don't know by whom. And since 1963 to 2000, the rare TZ1 Barchetta model was once property of the Escuderia Lo Piccolo, Viale Francia, Palermo and appeared in burgundy color with black leather interior.
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ made its racing debut at the 1963 FISA Monza Cup, where the Alfa Romeo race car took its first four places in the prototype category. In early 1964, the TZ was homologated to the Gran Turismo category that required more 100 units to be produced. During the periods of the 1963 to 1967, the Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ is built only 117 units including dozen of the TZ2 units. Since then, the car began to win more victories in various racing events in Europe and North America. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CURIOSANDO708090 | ITALIANWAYS ]
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Fiat 500 with Ferrari's V8 engine

An Italian car designer, Lazzarini is famous for his crazy ideas in modifying cars, including Alfa Romeo 4C and Fiat 500 with V8 engines sourced from the Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from that last concept, but now Lazzarini says they actually want to build one with investor help.
Lazzarini 550 Italia Prototipo Uno. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
Lazzarini's crazy idea is a 'Fiat 500' plus 'Ferrari 458 Italia' equals '550 Italia Prototipo Uno'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
As reported by Jalopnik on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Lazzarini admit the idea to change the Fiat 500 or he called '550 Italia Prototipo Uno' is a crazy idea. He also explained how the changes are done if the Fiat 500 was converted into the Ferrari's V8-engined car.
Front-right side view of Lazzarini 550 Italia Prototipo Uno. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
Left side view of Lazzarini 550 Italia Prototipo Uno on the run. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
According to him, the engine compartment was emptied. This means that the old machine removed. So even with the seat in the rear. Well, in the former back seat was the position of the Ferrari engine was installed.
Rear close view of Lazzarini 550 Italia Prototipo Uno. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
Rear view of Lazzarini 550 Italia Prototipo Uno. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1JJE0Px)
Not only that. The original wheelbase measuring 230 cm was added about 35 cm, so that the length to 265 cm. Changes also performed on gearbox, transmission, and suspension systems.
However, until now the designer was still not willing to give details of the results of the engine testing. However, it is certain that the Fiat 500 has devastating power. It seems that this Lazarini's 550 Italia Prototipo Uno is not the only ferocious-powered superbug, here it's the rival named Oemmedi Fiat 500-Murciélago. *** [EKA [170415] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAZZARINI DESIGN | JALOPNIK]
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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A beauty streamlined bodies Giulia 1600 Sport of Pininfarina

Observing the sleek body of this Alfa Romeo classic car makes us briefly reminded of the distinctive line-drawn shape of the sports car made by one of the oldest Italian manufacturers which had also ruled in various world-renowned racing events in the 1960s. Although for almost a decade Alfa Romeo did not build a special racing car, until a road-worthy race car called the Alfa Romeo TZ launched at the 1962 Turin Motor Show.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport is designed by Pininfarina and built based on the Alfa Romeo TZ race cars previously developed by Zagato. (Picture from: Fabwheeldigest)
as quoted of Carstylingru, the race car itself was developed by an independent Alfa Romeo subsidiary whose engaged in the preparation, modification and adaptation of road cars for racing named Autodelta. Refering by its name of TZ which stands for 'Tubolare Zagato,' which is a car construction that uses a tubular frame with a lightweight aluminum body developed by Zagato on the chassis and mechanics of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport is designed by Aldo Brovarone and appeared with more emphasis on minimum height with a long overhang and front fender. (Picture from: Fabwheeldigest)
In short, the Alfa Romeo TZ has 2 versions of the vehicle and was produced in a limited series from 1963 to 1965. And it is mentioned that 102 copies have been produced, most of which appear in Zagato-made bodies and compete intensively in various racing events in the 1960s and often achieved leading places. Of the many cars, only 2 units were built by using the bodies made by the rival studios, Bertone and Pininfarina.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport is made debut at the Turin Motor Show 1965. (Picture from: Fabwheeldigest)
Those two Italian coachbuilder companies used the very low silhouettes of the original models as the main design ideas for their show cars. Bertone was the first with the Alfa Romeo Canguro (Italian for kangaroo) is debuted at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, in which the design was drawn by Giorgietto Giugaro and retained the basic proportions of the original Alfa Romeo TZ.

Meanwhile, Pininfarina launched the Giulia Tubolare version a few months later and was named Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport, which made its debut at the Turin Motor Show 1965. The car was designed by Aldo Brovarone who had a very different design from its predecessor. It could be said that the design puts more emphasis on minimum height with a long overhang and front fender plus some other distinctive design features such as the hood emblem, which continues the Alfa Romeo logo.
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport now along with its sibling Alfa Romeo Canguro by Bertone owned by a Japanese automotive collector named Shiro Kosaka. (Picture from: Fabwheeldigest)
If the Canguro was practically destroyed during testing at the Monza circuit, and was succesfully restored in 2005, in contrary the Giulia 1600 Sport has been managed to preserve in great shape. Quite unique indeed, although the two show cars initially had completely different fates, they ended sweetly and now both belong to a Japanese automotive collector named Shiro Kosaka.
And reportedly, the classic Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sport racing car was seen again of the public at the 2010 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Cernobbio, in shores of Lake Como, Italy. At that time the one-off classic race car was reunited with its creator, Aldo Brovarone and appeared alongside its current owner to accept the Trofeo “FIVA” to the best preserved car and the Trofeo Auto & Design to the most exciting design. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | AUTOCONCEPT | FEBWHEELSDIGEST | CONCORSODELAGANZAVILLADESTE ]
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Monday, May 3, 2021

5 Unique and Attractive MPV Designs

Cars that have the ability to accommodate passengers in large quantities of goods at the same time, has always attracted the attention of producers. Understand it, the car known as the multipurpose vehicle (MPV) has a high sales at a global level. Especially in the markets of the country, amounting to a large population, such as Indonesia or China
Fiat 600 Multipla Vorto Concept, a nice retro MPV design concept by Ali Cam. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QYy9Sv)
Facing the MPV market is predicted to continue moving in a dynamic, a number of manufacturers over the last few years have demonstrated their creations in the figure of a prototype car. Although when certainty is MPV car market has not been disclosed, at least the work of automotive enthusiasts can find out which way of thinking about design MPV car manufacturer. There are five car creations MPV is fairly attractive and unique appearance that will should be observed. 

1. Fiat 600 Multipla Vorto 
The Fiat 600 Multipla Vorto is thrusting character MPV design with a strong retro feel. Its designers was Ali Çam who see it as the future vehicle name inspired of the 1950's Fiat 600 Multipla MPV. 

The multi purpose vehicle design is made so comfortable ride for long trips. This is because the design of a flexible seat and the car roof that can open the lid. 
Fiat-600 Multipla Vorto. (Picture from: http://designyoutrust.com/)
Fiat-600 Multipla Vorto. (Picture from: http://infomediaphoto.blogspot.com/)
The cabin of this car using modern designs like the cockpit with steering the model jet aircraft as well. The cabin is designed to be able to accommodate five passengers. Interestingly, one in the front passenger seat can rotate 180 degrees so that it can directly deal with the rear seats. 

2. Citroen Tubik Concept 
Citroen Tubik Concept premiering at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2011. The design is inspired TUB van which is an acronym of Francis language commercial vehicle front-wheel-drive (low) is known, but it comes with a modern and prestigious design. 

The concept put forward a new style called the high-tech executive shuttle or shuttle cars of high-tech executives. 
Citroen Tubik Concept. (Picture from: http://www.gizmag.com/)
Citroen Tubik Concept. (Picture from: http://www.fubiz.net/)
Tubik has a capacity of 9 passengers with a length of 4.80 m, 2.08 m width, and height of 2.05 m. Tubik has two large side doors with access to the cab driver and passenger room. Tubik possess Hybrid4 technology with diesel engines. Tubik with Hybrid4 technology, CO2 emissions can compete with conventional sedans. 

3. MINI Clubvan Concept 
MINI Clubvan Concept is designed to be a passenger vehicle that has a lot to the modern lifestyle.

First exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show 2012. MINI claims this concept as the first MPV to jump in the premium segment. 

With the distance between the wheels 10 cm longer than the standard MINI variants, two seats, a separate cabin with room for cargo, 5 door, making an Clubvan be MPV car suitable for a large urban community. 
MINI Clubvan Concept. (Picture from: http://autoblogdealer.com/)
MINI Clubvan Concept. (Picture from: http://www.nationwidevehiclecontracts.co.uk/)
Architectures created by using a base MINI Clubman. Its body was painted British Racing Green up to the roof, pillar C, as well as the side mirror cover. 

4. Chrysler 700C 
Coinciding with this year's Detroit Auto Show, the U.S. car company Chrysler showed a new concept called the 700C. This car is claimed to be the future of Chrysler MPV to penetrate the global automotive market. 

In terms of design, 700C have a futuristic look to highlight the character as an crossover MPV than pure MPV. One design that Chrysler is seen fit to replace the conventional MPV models that exist today. 
Chrysler 700C. (Picture from: http://carsnewhybrid.com/)
Chrysler 700C. (Picture from: http://www.autoguide.com/)
For the interior, the Chrysler offering practicality and rest room. This car can accommodate seven passengers with a captain seat in the middle. Also easy to access in the middle and rear passengers with the presence of sliding doors. 

5. Volkswagen eT 
Following the launch minivan Volkswagen Bulli, MPV market more aggressively target by VW. VW working with Deutsche Post and the University of Art Braunschweig designing the Volkswagen eT. 

Minivan is a futuristic car that uses electricity and can be operated by voice commands are semi-autonomous. 

VW eT does have many similarities with the Bulli, but this variant created specifically for business use or research. Powered electric motor at each wheel, this car also features a flat floor and a sliding door on the passenger side. 
Volkswagen eT. (Picture from: http://auto.701panduan.com/)
Volkswagen eT. (Picture from: http://www.gizmag.com/)
That is quite unique, VW eT is also designed to comply with simple voice commands, and be given the task to the introduction of people from house to house with only voice commands. *** [EKA [05052012] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | OVI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 04052012]
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