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Showing posts with label Automotives. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 20, 2024

New Honda Prelude Set for 2024 Launch

New Comer - Anticipation is building for the release of the All-New Honda Prelude. Set to launch soon, Honda has confirmed that this new model, derived from the Prelude Concept, will be available for sale in Europe later this year.
Honda plans to unveil the Prelude Generation VI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Excitement peaks as Honda plans to unveil the Prelude Generation VI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this month. The Japanese automaker, known for its H logo, has released images of the latest Prelude model, showcasing it alongside the first generation that debuted between 1978 and 1982. This visual comparison highlights the evolution of this iconic vehicle.
The latest Honda Prelude model posed alongside with the first generation that debuted between 1978 and 1982. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Reports from Carscoops reveal that the new Honda Prelude will feature hybrid technology, promoting environmental friendliness. However, Honda has yet to disclose the exact specifications of the engine. Speculation from Japan suggests that the Prelude might share its powertrain with the e-HEV models like the Civic and Accord hybrids available in the US market.
Under the hood, the Honda Prelude Generation VI is expected to house a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with two electric motors. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Under the hood, the car is expected to house a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with two electric motors. While car enthusiasts might wish for the high-performance 2.0-liter 315 hp turbo engine from the Civic Type R, along with a six-speed manual transmission, this combination appears unlikely. Honda representatives have indicated that the Prelude is designed to prioritize other attributes over being the sportiest or most agile car in their lineup.
Honda representatives have indicated that the Prelude Generation VI is designed to prioritize other attributes over being the sportiest or most agile car in their lineup. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Tomoyuki Yamagami, Honda's chief engineer, emphasized the Prelude's role in Honda's hybrid legacy. "The new Prelude not only marks the latest chapter in our ever-evolving hybrid story but is also the product of 25 years of pioneering hybrid research and development," he stated, recalling the launch of the first Honda Insight hybrid in 1999.
The new Prelude not only marks the latest chapter in our ever-evolving hybrid story but is also the product of 25 years of pioneering hybrid research and development. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Yamagami also highlighted the Prelude's significance in Honda's broader electrification strategy. "The Prelude demonstrates the importance of hybrid powertrains in Honda's commitment to achieving 100 percent of new vehicle sales using battery electric or hydrogen fuel cells by 2040," he added.
The Prelude demonstrates the importance of hybrid powertrains in Honda's commitment to achieving 100 percent of new vehicle sales using battery electric or hydrogen fuel cells by 2040. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The debut of the production version of the Honda Prelude Gen VI at the Goodwood Festival of Speed marks a significant milestone. The concept version was first showcased at the Japan Mobility Show last October and later at the LA Auto Show in November. This release follows a 23-year hiatus since the last Generation V Prelude appeared in 2001.
The return of the Honda Prelude brings not just a new model but a continuation of Honda's innovation in hybrid technology. As we await its arrival, car enthusiasts and environmental advocates alike can look forward to a vehicle that blends performance with sustainability. This new chapter for the Prelude is set to inspire and excite, keeping Honda's legacy of innovation alive. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HONDA | CARSCOOPS | CAREXPERT.COM.AU ]
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Friday, July 19, 2024

Reviving the Auto Union Type 52: A 90-Year-Old Dream Realized

The ONE & ONLY - Imagine the excitement of a forgotten dream coming to life after over 90 years. The Auto Union Silver Arrows, renowned for their dominance in 1930s Grand Prix racing, hold a little-known secret: a planned street-legal sports car with a 16-cylinder engine. This concept, known as the Auto Union Typ 52 'Schnellsportwagen,' has now been realized by Audi and is set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2024 in mid-July.
The Auto Union Typ 52 'Schnellsportwagen,' originally a street-legal variant of Porsche-developed race cars for Auto Union, saw design sketches emerging by late 1933, solidifying by 1934, but the project was abandoned in 1935. (Picture from: Autogen.pl)

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Kimera K39: Lancia-Inspired Supercar Ready for Pikes Peak

New BEAST - The world of automotive design and engineering is always buzzing with excitement, as car enthusiasts eagerly await the latest innovations and models. Today, we delve into the fascinating realm of restomod cars, where classic designs are given a modern twist. 
The Kimera K39, inspired by the Pikes Peak racer, is claimed to be the world's first 'hyper retromod'. (Picture from: Autocar)
One such example is the new model from the renowned Italian restomod builder, Kimera Automobili. They have recently unveiled the first images of their striking new racer, the Kimera K39, which they proudly claim to be the world’s first ‘hyper retromod’.
The Lancia Rally  037 is a mid-engine sports rally car specially built by Lancia in the early 1980s to compete in the FIA Group B World Rally Championship. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Drawing inspiration from the iconic Group 5 Lancia Beta Montecarlo, the K39 captures the essence of the original with its ‘silhouette’ construction. This design philosophy involves creating bodywork that mimics the look of a road car, meticulously draped over a custom-built chassis. Unlike Kimera's previous models, the Evo37 and Evo38, which utilized the Lancia Beta Montecarlo shell, the K39 is constructed around a carbon fibre monocoque. This advanced material provides a significant boost in both performance and safety.
The Kimera K39, constructed around a carbon fibre monocoque, uses this advanced material to significantly boost both performance and safety. (Picture from: Carscoops)
While Kimera has not yet revealed the full technical specifications of the K39, there are strong indications about its core components. The K39 is expected to feature the same twin-charged 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine found in the Evo37 and Evo38. However, this time, the engine’s power output is anticipated to exceed the impressive 600bhp mark achieved by its predecessors. This enhancement suggests that the K39 will deliver an exhilarating performance, making it a formidable contender in the racing arena.
While Kimera has not yet revealed the full technical specifications of the K39, strong indications suggest it will feature the same twin-charged 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine found in the Evo37 and Evo38. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Kimera’s ambitious plans for the K39 include entering it into next year’s Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. This legendary race, known for its challenging 12.4-mile course, has been dominated in recent years by electric vehicles. The current record, an astounding 7 minutes and 57.148 seconds, was set by the Volkswagen ID R. Kimera’s hints about targeting this record reflect their confidence in the K39’s capabilities. They believe that despite the advantages electric vehicles have in thin air at high altitudes, the K39’s power and engineering will allow it to perform exceptionally well.
Kimera believes that despite the advantages electric vehicles have in thin air at high altitudes, the K39’s power and engineering will enable it to perform exceptionally well. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Interestingly, Kimera highlights that electric vehicles benefit from the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, which does not affect their performance. This implies that the K39 will be engineered to compensate for this challenge, likely by producing significantly more power than previous internal combustion engines. For context, the last internal combustion car to hold the Pikes Peak record was the Peugeot 208 T16, with its formidable twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 875bhp.
Following its Pikes Peak debut, Kimera plans to develop a limited edition road-going version of the K39, allowing car enthusiasts to experience the thrill and performance of a hyper retromod on everyday roads. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Following its debut at Pikes Peak, Kimera has plans to develop a road-going version of the K39. This limited edition model will allow car enthusiasts to experience the thrill and performance of a hyper retromod on everyday roads. Kimera’s dedication to blending classic aesthetics with cutting-edge technology is evident in every aspect of the K39, from its design to its engineering. | GRKaFOXF5fw |
In conclusion, the unveiling of the Kimera K39 marks a significant milestone in the world of automotive design and performance. By seamlessly integrating the nostalgic charm of the Lancia Beta Montecarlo with modern engineering prowess, Kimera has created a car that is both a tribute to the past and a beacon of the future. The K39’s journey from the racetrack to the road is eagerly anticipated, promising an exciting chapter in the legacy of restomod vehicles. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KIMERA AUTOMOBILI | AUTOCAR | CARSCOOPS | AUTONXT ]
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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Red Bull's F1-Inspired RB17 Hypercar Debuts at 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed

New Track BEAST - Imagine witnessing a masterpiece of engineering and design, a car born from the collaboration of a legendary F1 designer and a premier racing team. This is the reality of the Red Bull RB17, an extreme hypercar that stands as a testament to the creative genius of Adrian Newey and the cutting-edge technology of Red Bull Racing. Unveiled at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed, this hypercar promises to redefine what we expect from automotive performance and aesthetics.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: RedBullRacing)
The details of the RB17 have been shrouded in mystery, adding to the excitement and anticipation. What we do know is tantalizing: the RB17 is a creation of Newey's unfettered imagination, free from the constraints of racing regulations. It features a V10 mild-hybrid engine capable of producing over 1,250 horsepower. This powerful combination is designed not just to perform but to deliver an unforgettable auditory experience, harkening back to the glory days of high-revving V10 engines in Formula 1.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: RedBullRacing)
Since its initial announcement in June 2022, the RB17 has undergone significant changes. Initially conceived with a turbocharged V8 engine and four-wheel drive, the final design now boasts a 4.5-litre V10 engine. This shift was driven by Newey's desire for a power unit that not only meets his high standards of performance but also delivers an exhilarating sound. The move to a naturally aspirated V10 was a critical decision, reflecting Newey's passion for creating a machine that is as enjoyable to hear as it is to drive.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
The RB17 is more than just a car; it is a piece of art. Newey's vision for the RB17 is one that can be appreciated aesthetically, as well as functionally. He envisions owners displaying the car with pride, not just in their garages but as works of art in their homes. This philosophy extends to every aspect of the RB17's design and construction, ensuring that it is both beautiful and functional.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
Currently in the production phase, the RB17's suspension components are being crafted before moving on to the assembly of the chassis, gearbox, and engine. Once completed, the car will undergo rigorous track testing to ensure it meets the high standards set by Newey and the Red Bull Advanced Technologies team. This testing is crucial as the RB17 is expected to be smaller and more refined than the prototype showcased at Goodwood.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
Safety has also been a paramount consideration in the design of the RB17. Despite its extreme performance capabilities, the car is being built to comply with the stringent safety regulations of the LMH category in the World Endurance Championship. This means that, while it is a hypercar designed for the road, the RB17 also has the potential to compete in prestigious races like the WEC and Le Mans, albeit with some modifications to its aerodynamics and engine.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: CarWow)
Only 50 units of the RB17 will be produced, making it an exclusive and highly coveted piece of automotive history. Newey has committed to completing the project by March 2025, marking the end of his illustrious tenure with Red Bull Racing. His dedication to the RB17 project is evident, and he has been actively involved in promoting the car, attending select F1 races to connect with potential customers.
Newey’s F1-inspired Red Bull RB17 hypercar revealed at the 2024 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
The RB17 offers more than just ownership of a high-performance vehicle; it includes a comprehensive track program at various circuits, providing owners with the opportunity to fully experience the car's capabilities. Additionally, Red Bull offers a two-year warranty or up to 2,485 miles, ensuring that the RB17's owners can enjoy their investment with peace of mind.

As we look forward to the future of the RB17, it's clear that this hypercar is set to make a lasting impact. It represents the culmination of years of expertise, innovation, and passion from one of the most respected figures in motorsport and a leading racing team. The RB17 is not just a car; it's a celebration of what can be achieved when creativity and technology come together without limitations.
In the world of hypercars, the RB17 stands out not just for its performance but for the story it tells and the legacy it will leave behind. It is a symbol of the relentless pursuit of excellence and the joy of driving, encapsulating the spirit of both Adrian Newey and Red Bull Racing. The RB17 is more than just a glimpse into the future of automotive engineering; it is a bold statement that the best is yet to come. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | REDBULLRACING | MOTORSPORT | CARSCOOPS | CARANDDRIVER | CARWOW ]
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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

The Iconic Speed of the 1937 Auto Union Typ C Stromlinen

Classic BEAST - In 2024, the automotive industry has reached new heights, but there are still very few cars that can exceed 400 kph. This level of speed remains an extraordinary achievement, often reserved for the most advanced supercars and hypercars. However, it's fascinating to note that such a feat was accomplished as far back as 1937Bernd Rosemeyer, a renowned racing driver of his time, managed to break this speed barrier in the Auto Union Typ C Stromlinen powered by 520PS V16 drivetrain.
The replica of the 1937 Auto Union Typ C V16 Stromlinen of Bernd Rosemeyer rested in the company’s museum. (Picture from: Car & Motorbikes Stars of the Golden era)
This car, a marvel of engineering and design, was not only a symbol of technological innovation but also of human ambition and daring. Today, only two original cars of this type exist worldwide, serving as precious relics of a bygone era when the pursuit of speed was pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible. The Auto Union Typ C Stromlinen, with its sleek, aerodynamic design and powerful engine, remains a testament to the ingenuity and spirit of the pre-war automotive pioneers.
Bernd Rosemeyer posed along with the 1938 Auto Union 'Silberpfeil' Typ D V12 GP racer. (Picture from: Car & Motorbikes Stars of the Golden era)
The evocative shape of the Typ C Stromlinen must have caused quite a sensation in 1937. The design, especially notable in the post-war period, influenced many production cars. This Auto Union was specifically crafted for top speed on the Avus circuit near Berlin, which was the fastest track in the world at that time.

In 1937, Avus faced competition from the Norisring in Nuremberg. To attract more attention, Avus’s layout was extended to include a high-speed 43° banked turn made from brick. This addition launched cars onto the main straight, allowing them to reach nearly 248.40 mph (400 kph).
Bernd Rosemeyer, behind the wheel of the Auto Union Type C V16 Streamliner, sped through the high-speed 43° banked turn made of brick at Avus. (Picture from: Car & Motorbikes Stars of the Golden era)
The Internationales Avus Rennen main event was a highlight, featuring record-breaking cars from Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz. Both companies thoroughly developed their cars and conducted multiple tests on Avus before the race. The track, known for its speed, was also the most dangerous. The curve at the top lacked a fence, earning it the nickname ‘Wall of Death’. Despite the dangers, 18 brave drivers entered the race, and 300,000 to 400,000 spectators attended to witness the fastest pre-war race ever run.
The replica of the Auto Union Typ C V16 Stromlinen (sat on display at Laguna Seca) was built nearly 70 years later, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. (Picture from: TamSoldRaceCarSite.net)
The race was divided into three seven-lap sprints, with grids of only six or eight cars. Four streamliners were included, evenly split between Mercedes and Auto Union, racing alongside regular-season Grand Prix cars. The streamliners had an advantage on the long straights of Avus, while the GP cars excelled on the curves.
The replica of Bernd Rosemeyer's 1937 Auto Union Type C V16 Streamliner made its first public appearance in 2009 to celebrate 100 years of Audi at the Geneva Motor Show and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: WeirdWheel)
At the start, Rudolf Caracciola in the Mercedes and Bernd Rosemeyer in the Auto Union engaged in a fierce battle, which lasted until the last lap when they were side-by-side. Ultimately, Caracciola won, finishing just 0.7 seconds ahead of Rosemeyer.
The replica of the 1937 Auto Union Typ C V16 Stromlinen of Bernd Rosemeyer, while sat on display at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
The second heat was even faster, featuring a duel between Manfred von Brauchitsch and Luigi Fagioli in streamliners. Fagioli retired due to transmission problems, allowing Von Brauchitsch to secure an easy win for Mercedes. Meanwhile, Hermann Lang's Mercedes-Benz Streamliner suffered a tire failure at high speed, but Lang managed to keep the car straight enough to survive.
The replica of the 1937 Auto Union Typ C V16 Stromlinen of Bernd Rosemeyer while sat on display at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed. (Picture from: ZerCustoms)
The third and final heat determined the overall victor, with a combined group from the first two races. Four streamliners competed: Brauchitsch, Caracciola, and Lang in Mercedes against Rosemeyer in the Auto Union. Unfortunately for Rosemeyer, his V16 was only running on 13 cylinders, and he was outnumbered. Eventually, Lang went on to win the entire event. This would be the only time someone scored a victory using the full track, as it was deemed too dangerous to repeat in 1938

By 1937, Auto Union had been actively making streamlined record cars for three years. Their first attempt was with a long-tail Typ A, followed by the striking Rekordwagen Typ Lucca Coupe. Although Auto Union might have considered using these designs in a normal Grand Prix race, this never happened.
The Audi Rosemeyer concept car was created in 2000 to pay tribute to the Auto Union Silver Arrows (German: Silberpfeil), driven by the legendary German racer, Bernd Rosemeyer. (Picture from: GridOto)
A streamlined Typ D did appear at Reims for the 1938 French GP but crashed heavily during practice. Sadly, the only record of these cars exists in pictures. After a run of 279 mph, Bernd Rosemeyer tragically lost his life in January 1938 when the special Auto Union went out of control on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn. A replica of the 1937 Avus car was made to exact specifications for Audi Tradition, preserving the legacy of this remarkable vehicle. To further commemorate the great German racer Bernd Rosemeyer, Audi launched a concept car in his honor in 2000, named the Audi Rosemeyer.
The Auto Union Typ C V16 Stromlinen, with its revolutionary design and incredible speed, stands as a testament to the ingenuity and bravery of an era that pushed the boundaries of automotive engineering. This remarkable piece of history continues to inspire car enthusiasts and engineers, reminding us of a time when the pursuit of speed knew no bounds. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CAR & MOTORBIKES STARS OF THE GOLDEN ERA | TAMSOLDRACECARSITE.NET | AUTOGEN.PL | BRITANICA | SUPERCARS.NET | ZERCUSTOMS | INFERNALCO.CO ]
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Monday, July 15, 2024

Bugatti's Imaginary 1980s Revival: The Untold Story of the Type 105

Imaginary Concept - The world of luxury automobiles is rich with history and innovation, and Bugatti is a name that stands tall among the elite. Known for its speed, elegance, and groundbreaking design, Bugatti has faced numerous challenges over the decades. The late eighties saw a notable revival effort with the Bugatti EB110, a model that marked a significant turning point for the brand. However, there were intriguing concepts in the seventies and eighties that many might not be aware of, one of which is the fascinating imaginary Bugatti Type 105.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: Pinterest)
The Bugatti Type 105, although not a real car, represents an imaginative piece of automotive history. Created by the talented designer Nikita Bridan, this concept captures the spirit of early-80s design. Bridan's vision featured a recessed front grill and integrated headlights in the front bumper, a bold and distinctive choice. The design was presented in Bridan's blog as a fictional narrative of Roland Bugatti, the last heir of Ettore Bugatti, making one final attempt to revive the brand in 1984.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: Silodrome)
This imagined design faced several hypothetical challenges. The Type 105 aimed to be the first digital supercar, equipped with advanced computer assists and software for enhanced control. Despite its forward-thinking approach, early prototype road tests, as narrated by Bridan, received poor feedback.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: DrivenToWrite)
Critics highlighted a significant lack of feedback and inconsistency in the assists, leading to poor driving dynamics. This negative feedback ultimately led to the imagined failure of the Type 105, and Bugatti remained dormant until the actual introduction of the Bugatti EB110 during Romano Artioli's era in the early nineties.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: DrivenToWrite)
While the Type 105 was purely a conceptual creation, it remains a captivating "what if" in the realm of automotive history. Its design was ahead of its time, attempting to merge traditional automotive craftsmanship with the then-emerging digital technologies. The recessed front grill and integrated headlights, though polarizing, showcased a daring attempt at innovation.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: Silodrome)
The story of the Bugatti Type 105 underscores the creativity and imagination of designers like Nikita Bridan, who dared to envision what Bugatti could be. This imaginative exercise reflects the enduring fascination with Bugatti's legacy and the endless possibilities for its future in automotive design. Even though the Type 105 never existed in reality, it highlights the passion and forward-thinking mindset that continues to drive the brand.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: BugattiRevue)
In another interesting turn of events, a 1999 design proposal by Walter de'Silva for a new VW-Bugatti eventually evolved into the Veyron, a completely different design. This progression illustrates the continuous evolution and resilience of the Bugatti brand, adapting and transforming through various eras and technological advancements.
This imaginary Bugatti Type 105 concept by designer Nikita Bridan portrays Roland Bugatti's final attempt to revive the brand in 1984. (Picture from: BugattiRevue)
The tale of the Bugatti Type 105, though fictional, is a testament to the enduring allure and innovation associated with the Bugatti name. It serves as a reminder of the limitless potential of automotive design and the creative minds that push the boundaries of what is possible. The Type 105, in all its imagined glory, continues to inspire and captivate, might adding a unique chapter to the storied history of Bugatti. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NIKITA BRIDAN | SILODROME | BUGATTIREVUE | DRIVEN TO WRITE | AVERAGE GUYS CAR RESTORATION, MODS , AND RACING ]
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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Forgotten Ferrari P6 Pininfarina: 1970s Wedge-Shaped Icon

Almost Forgotten - Among Ferrari's many illustrious sports car models, one stands out for its beautiful wedge style typical of the 1970s, yet it remains almost forgotten today. This car is the Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale, designed by Pininfarina and first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. This unique design was inspired by the Berlinetta Boxer and the 308/328 series and was originally presented as a model without an engine.
The 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
The Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti, who explored the idea of placing Maranello’s legendary V12 engine behind the cockpit instead of in the front. This concept mirrored the successful mid-engine designs of contemporaries like the Lamborghini MiuraDe Tomaso Mangusta, and their successors, such as the Countach and Pantera, along with the Maserati Bora. Fioravanti's vision resulted in a car with strikingly tapered lines and a futuristic appeal.
The 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina posed along with its designer Leonardo Fioravanti and the inspiration sources Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
The design of the P6 Berlinetta Specialle was almost flawless, with the exception of the rear section. The car's stubby tail, recessed headlights in the lower section, and massive upper section created a somewhat disharmonious look from the back. 
Despite its initial design quirks, the Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina maintained a conservative yet elegant appearance, hinting at the future of sports car design. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
Fortunately, these design elements were significantly refined in subsequent models. Despite these initial design quirks, the car maintained a conservative yet elegant appearance that hinted at the future of sports car design.
The 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is the first Maranello's model carries a mid-mounted V12 engine. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
This sparkling white vehicle was equipped with a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of producing around 400 horsepower, a notable achievement for its time. Unlike other prototypes labeled with the letter 'P.' the P6 Berlinetta Speciale was nearly ready for production. However, despite its potential, the P6 Berlinetta Speciale did not receive the green light for mass production and was temporarily shelved.
The 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is powered by a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of spewing out around 400 hp. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
The P6 Berlinetta Speciale’s design did not fade into obscurity. Instead, it became the foundation for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, commonly known as the Ferrari Daytona, which was launched in 1971. This new model also featured a mid-mounted 60° V12 engine, and its prototype was built on the chassis of the original P6 Berlinetta Speciale concept. The transition from the P6 to the Daytona demonstrated Ferrari’s commitment to innovation and design excellence.
The 1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina used as the basis for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was launched in 1971. (Picture from: Auta5p.eu)
Ferrari’s P6 Berlinetta Speciale may not be widely remembered today, but its influence on the brand’s subsequent models is undeniable. The car's innovative design and engineering paved the way for future successes and cemented its place in Ferrari’s storied history. The legacy of the P6 Berlinetta Speciale lives on through the Ferrari Daytona and the continued evolution of Ferrari’s sports car lineup.😔
In the ever-evolving world of automotive design, the Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale stands as a testament to bold experimentation and forward-thinking engineering. Its story reminds us that even the most fleeting prototypes can leave a lasting impact on the automotive landscape. As we look back on this nearly forgotten gem, we gain a deeper appreciation for the visionaries who push the boundaries of design and performance, ensuring that the spirit of innovation continues to drive the automotive industry forward.*** [EKA [24112021] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTA5P.EU | SUPERCARS.NET | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | CARSTYLING.RU ]
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