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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

An Italian-designed tiny sports Mangusta powered by V8 Cobra engine

~Tiny Italian Cobra~ When viewed from the physical form, maybe now not many people recognize this unique car model was sold at inflated prices when it was first launched. It has a small, unique and distinctive shape of the work of the renowned Italian designer. Well, the car in question is the Qvale Mangusta (Italian for mongoose) is a sports car that was produced between 1999 and 2002 in a limited number of less than 300 units. 
The Qvale Mangusta is a sports car that was produced between 1999 and 2002 by Qvale Modena SpA. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
As quoted from Wikipedia, this tiny and unique sports car was designed by Marcello Gandini with a front center engine layout and rear wheel drive. Initially the design of this tiny sportscar related to the other Italian manufacturers De Tomaso, due to was developed from the De Tomaso Biguá concept car known as the De Tomaso's last car launched at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show before the company ceased.
The Qvale Mangusta was developed from the De Tomaso Biguá concept car known as the De Tomaso's last car launched at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show before the company ceased. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
At that time, Alejandro DeTomaso being faced a serious health problems since 1993, then looked after investors who could financially support the Biguá production version. In short, then he met and collaboration with the Qvale family, led by Kjell Qvale who is previously known to be a North American car importer for the original De Tomaso Mangusta of the 1960s and later Maserati when it was under the ownership of De Tomaso.
The Qvale Mangusta carries a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine of Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, capable of spitting out 320 hp and 430 Nm (317-ft.lbs) of torque. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Under bussines agreements signed both parties, Qvale agreed to fund the development of Biguá, with the final product would be sold under the De Tomaso marque, as the De Tomaso Mangusta (named after the De Tomaso sports car originally built between 1967 and 1971). However, in the course of the business agreement between De Tomaso and Qvale deteriorated due to licensing and distribution problems. Bruce Qvale, who managed Qvale at that time decided to quit the deal then establish an automotive company called Qvale Modena SpA in 1997 to produce the car under his own Qvale brand.
The Qvale Mangusta has a unique folding metal roof design in the likeness of a Mercedes-Benz SLK made it possible to adjust the top of the car open fully, with a targa, or close by pressing a button. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Reportedly, this uniquely shaped tiny sportscar is inspired by the TVR Griffith, and was built into a simple and simple sports car. Meanwhile, the Mangusta chassis was designed by former Formula 1 designer Enrique Scalabroni, who has also worked for Dallara, Williams and Scuderia Ferrari.

As for the drive train, the Qvale Mangusta carries a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine of Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, capable of spitting out 320 hp and 430 Nm (317-ft.lbs) of torque mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission BorgWarner T45 or an optional 4-Speed automatic transmission systems so that it can accelerate from rest to 60 mph in just under 6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 160 mph (257 kph) for manual transmission; 155.4 mph (250 kph) for automatic transmission.
The Qvale Mangusta was designed by Marcello Gandini with a front center engine layout and rear wheel drive. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The Qvale Mangusta has a unique folding metal roof design in the likeness of a Mercedes-Benz SLK made it possible to adjust the top of the car open fully, with a targa, or close by pressing a button. The average panel-targa could be removed manually, and the rear and side windows fell down. While its interior felt the influence of Ford: in the elements of the dashboard and in the arrangement of controls. The car was equipped with climate control, CD audio system, power windows, central locking and leather seats.
Indeed, when the sportscar was launched for the first time, which has a unique fascia, it was priced at $80,000 or around Rp. 1.3 billion, which is actually more expensive than the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra without a performance upgrade. Yes, the Qvale Mangusta, this very rare Italian sports car and the only model produced by Qvale in between 2000 to 2002 and sold only 284 units. Where most of the production of Qvale Mangusta is exported to the United States.
However, due to the design, which at that time was considered quite 'weird' and the Qvale brand was not well known to the American automotive public, this made this car unable to compete in the market and forced the automaker to leave in 2002. And today, the Qvale Mangusta is said has affordable tags of price likeness to the Lotus Elise or Honda S2000, so it should be considered, if You wanna have this tiny kind of sportscar. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | AUTOTALKZ ]
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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The upcoming Pagani codenamed C10 will be replace its over a decade-old predecessors soon

~THe Successor~ The Pagani Huayra is a model made by an Italian high-performance car manufacturer whose age has passed 10 years, and is reportedly going to be replaced by a new model soon. And recently, a leaked photo has been circulating on the internet which is claimed to be the result of a rendering of the design of the new car, which is said to be the successor to the Pagani Automobili-made hypercar, codenamed C10.
Pagani is set to reveal the Huayra's successor in 2022 and referred to as the C10. (Picture from: Road&Track)
Taken from an upload image on Instagram, it is stated that this rendering image is a photo shown by the hypercar manufacturer based in San Cesario sul Panaro to potential customers. In addition, the successor to the Huayra model is also said to be produced in limited quantities. The plan is that no more than 300 units of this new generation model will be produced by this Italian manufacturer.
The 300 units of the C10 include the coupe, roadster and special variants. The C10 design looks like combines some of the design elements of the Huayra and Zonda on the exterior. The dual headlights up front retain the style of its two predecessors. But on the C10 muzzle, there's no body panel that acts as an active aerodynamic component.
The image is claimed to have been from an early customer presentation from late 2019 that was not supposed to reach the eyes of the public. (Picture from: 24htech.asia)
The C10 front fascia has a more prominent body curve than the Huayra, precisely at the cut between the front hood and the top side of the fender. The side of the muzzle also has an additional indentation that seems to add to the intake around the grille like the Zonda. While it isn't a final design yet, Pagani's signature design elements are present in the C10, such as the teardrop-shaped glass on the sides.
A simple glance at the tester reveals the more aggressive aerodynamics, even compare to the Huayra BC. (Picture from: AutoEvolution)
According to statement of Horacio Pagani as founder and CEO during an interview with Quattroroute, the C10 will be developed with a focus on performance. This means that this car will have advantages in terms of handling and light weight. Regarding the design, there may still be changes and adjustments when Pagani releases the production version later.
Propulsion will be handled by a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V12 motor, sourced from the folks at Mercedes-AMG and modified to Pagani specification. (Picture from: 24htech.asia)
Rumors are circulating that the C10 will adopt a new version of Mercedes-AMG's twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 drive train. The engine claims will produce power between 850 to 880 hp, or even 100 hp higher than the Huayra has. There's an option for manual or automatic dual-clutch transmission with paddle-shifters reportedly offered to the C10 customers.
For this new generation of hypercars, Pagani could take the same design style as its two predecessors. (Picture from: 24htech.asia)
That's clear is that Pagani will only rely on an internal combustion engine for this Huayra successor, without any electrification applications at all. Meanwhile, interested consumers are said to be able to secure a limited booking slot by paying of €300,000, and reportedly now already sold out.
And for this new generation of hypercars, Pagani could take the same design style as its two predecessors. Despite the focus on performance and light weight, estimated the C10 would be apeared with a series of hardcore designs will have an artistic component, as we've seen on Zonda and Huayra, there are components to the interior that are beautifully and artistically crafted by the manufacturer, giving it a unique value of its own. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | QUATTRORUOTE | ROAD & TRACK | AUTOEVOLUTION | 24HTECH.ASIA | AUTOCAR ]
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Monday, January 17, 2022

A Russian 'Drozd' amphibious tactical vehicle

~Uncommon Amphibious~ The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to release its newest amphibious armored vehicle at the end of August, 2020. This Russian tactical amphibious vehicle is different from the usual amphibious armored tactical vehicle. Usually military amphibious tactical vehicles are in the form of battle tanks, but this time the Russian made a modern amphibian vehicle in the shape of a classic SUV-like.
A Russian 'Drozd' tactical amphibious vehicle. (Picture from: IndoMiliter)
Sergey Tereshenkov, the designer of this amphibious tactical vehicle whose also the Director of the Baltic Machine-Building Company, said that the amphibious tactical vehicle called the Drozd (means 'black bird') has exhibited at the Army-2020 forum in Kabinka, Russia at the end of the August of 2020.

According to Tereshenkov, the Drozd was the first "Russian all-wheel drive planing amphibian" capable of traveling fast enough on water powered by a hydroplane engine. Thus, the SUV is believed to have the ability to cross the water surface just like a fast boat.

"The Drozd is envisioned as a patrol and reconnaissance vehicle for the Russian Arm Forces," said Sergey Tereshenkov, as quoted of Sputnik, on Friday, August 21, 2020.
A Russian 'Drozd' tactical amphibious vehicle. (Picture from: IndoMiliter)
Tereshenkov further explained, the presence of Drozd is projected to fill the gap where the Russian armed forces lag behind other countries in amphibious production. Because previously, Russia had pioneered the amphibious car with the Triton designed by inventor Dmitry Kudryachkov in the 1980s, known as the GAZ-46 Amphibious.

Like the GAZ-46, the Triton seems to resemble a boat with wheels. But the Drozd looks more like a morphing SUV, with the wheels pulling in on the water to increase its seaworthiness, making it possible to tolerate waves as high as 1.25 meters.

"The transformation only takes 12 seconds, and the tires inflate automatically," he explained.
A Russian 'Drozd' tactical amphibious vehicle. (Picture from: IndoMiliter)
Remarkably, the Drozd tactical amphibious vehicle has a speed of 100 kilometers per hour on land and 70 kilometers per hour in water. This speed is possible because the hull is made using load-bearing carbon fiber composites.

The Drozd tactical amphibious vehicle weighs 2 tons, and is rumored to be capable of carrying another 1.5 tons of cargo. A tank full of gas can carry the Drozd 800 kilometers on land or 300 kilometers above water. In addition to tolerating the high seas, the Drozd tactical amphibious vehicle hull is also believed to provide protection from mines.
Tereshenkov explained, the vehicle is modular in design, so the Drodz allows it to be used in a variety of missions, including for the Navy tactical vehicles, the marine landing troops, coastal troops, reconnaissance operations, special operations forces, logistical support units, engineering troops (including for pontoon crossing guidance), medical services, and others.
“In addition, these vehicles will be used by the other Russian gov structures, rescue, fire services and law enforcement agencies. In addition, 'Drozd' can be used in areas with difficult road and climatic conditions and many water obstacles, including at the poles. The engine is prepared for operation at temperatures down to minus 50 degrees Celsius," Tereshenkov said. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | M-KASKUS | RUSSIAN BEYOND ]
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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Toyota prepares an electric pickup prototype said to be the Hilux EV

~nEW rIVAL~ Lately, the development progressing of electric-powered vehicles seems very rapidly, lots of automotive manufacturers from around the world are competing to develop these kind of vehicles with many reasons. The main thing, aside from being a form of concern for environmental issues, is also as an effort to anticipate the depletion of conventional fuel availability.
Toyota’s electric pickup prototype said to be the Hilux EV which having many the Tacoma styling cues. (Picture from: Autofun)
As well as one of the Japanese automotive giants, Toyota Motor Company (TMC) don't want to miss in the development of electric-powered vehicles, this can be seen after some time ago the Japanese manufacturer launched an electric-powered production car model named Toyota bZ4X, which is said to be the first to be seriously produced and sold under the Toyota's marque.

And the latest news from the Japanese manufacturer states that the company are also getting ready to launch the upcoming Toyota Hilux model in an electric-powered vehicle (EV) version. However the Hilux EV mentioned above wouldn't be launched in the near future.
The all-electric pickup was revealed alongside another off-roader, the “Compact Cruiser” small SUV. (Picture from: Dispatchlive.co.za)
The leak of the birth of the Toyota Hilux EV as one of dozens of the cars that will become the future of Toyota's electric car up to 2030. As is known, Toyota recently announced its plans to market electric-powered vehicles, one of them were produced and sold electric pick-up models which could be the Toyota Hilux 2024.

According to Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota who chaired the virtual press conference in person revealed many prototypes of electric cars called the "Dream Product Group". Unmitigated the Japanese automaker is ready to sell up to 30 models in the next eight years with an investment budget of up to ¥8-trillion ($70bn)!
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda previews some of the Toyota and Lexus EVs planned for the next decade. (Picture from: Dispatchlive.co.za)
Currently, the Toyota Hilux EV 2024 has been not revealed yet its true looks and identity. But in the list of Toyota's future electric concept cars, there is one prototype that has been introduced in the form of a modern and dashing electric-powered pick-up trucks.

Although it is still as the speculation, it is also possible that this car is the next generation of the current Toyota Hilux which will make the double cabin pick-up market hotter. Because in the almost same time in fact the new Tesla's controvertial Cybertruck has been introduced and has not been sold in general around the world.
Some of electric-powered concept cars included in the Toyota and Lexus EVs planned lineups for the next decade. (Picture from: Autocar.co.nz)
If you want a quirky weird looking electric pick-up like the Tesla Cybertruck, you might be dissapointed. Because the design of the Toyota Hilux EV 2024 concept version is quite 'normal'. There is no such a rigid angled form of the roof as it's present in the Tesla Cybertruck.

Instead, there is a frightening appearance that at a glance is similar to the Toyota Tacoma circulating in North America today. Due to the size of the Toyota Tacoma itself is larger than the Toyota Hilux. So that the pick-up model is not properly called the successor to the Toyota Tacoma.
Toyota’s electric pickup prototype said to be the Hilux EV which having many the Tacoma styling cues. (Picture from: Autofun)
Furthermore, as you can be seen from the shape of the main headlight which appeared in a sharp angle at the inner end and showcases the use of a contemporary DRL and LED projector. The frightening and dashing impression is seen while maintaining the identity adopted of the new Toyota Tundra design with black panels and horizontal fog lamps at the bottom of the bumper. So that the pick-up feels thick with an aura of typical American pick-up.
Toyota’s electric pickup prototype said to be the Hilux EV which having many the Tacoma styling cues. (Picture from: Autofun)
The strong impression typical of Toyota's double cabin pickup also survives as You can see in a whole of the car. As seen in the grille of the Toyota Hilux EV 2024 itself, it only provides two horizontal holes at the top and bottom. While the large air grille is now coated in a body-matching white color with subtle honeycomb accents.

Turning to the side, the emphasis on a firm impression appears in the combination of the squared C-pillar and the rounded muscles on the door. There is also a clear line in the black wheel housing that matches the roof panels.
In the presentation of the EV pick-up figure, Toyota not reveal the platform would be used. However, it is likely that the e-TNGA electric vehicle platform used. As a support for mobility in all fields, an all-wheel-drive system and a relatively large battery are also prepared, as it also used in its SUV model, the Toyota bZ4X and said has a power of 71.4 kWh. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOYOTA | STUFF.CO.NZ | AUTOFUN | AUTOCAR | EVCENTRAL | DISPATCHLIVE.CO.ZA ]
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Saturday, January 15, 2022

The Cadillac InnerSpace concept is all about a calm, relaxing atmosphere and luxurious too

~New Concept~ In major trade show such as the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022 which took place in Las Vegas, United States some time ago, of course, many industry players attend and present their latest products.
The Cadillac InnerSpace concept car is the third of the 'Space' concept car series under development after the PersonalSpace and SocialSpace concepts revealed at the CES event last year. (Picture from: OtoDriver)
Likewise with General Motors (GM) revealed many things through its virtual conference at those events. One of the highlights is a concept car called InnerSpace is presented using Cadillac's badge as one of the luxury auto marque under the auspices of GM.
The Cadillac InnerSpace concept car has a spacious and comfortable cabin for two people and implies a relaxed impression with a sofa model, complete with pillows and plus a large digital screen in front of it. (Picture from: HiTechGlitz)
As is well known that Cadillac previously did have a "Space" concept series under development. As revealed at last year's CES event with the PersonalSpace and the SocialSpace. So the InnerSpace concept car revealed this time is the third of the "Space" concept. 

As the name suggests, InnerSpace is all about creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere that is also luxurious. This concept car has a spacious and comfortable cabin for two people and implies a relaxed impression with a sofa model, complete with pillows and plus a large digital screen in front of it.
As the name suggests, InnerSpace is all about creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere that is also luxurious.. (Picture from: HiTechGlitz)
As quoted from Motor1, the American manufacturer built the InnerSpace concept as a fully autonomous car that allows users to interact with the outside world through existing digital connectivity using Artificial Intelligence (AI) software as personalization.
The Cadillac InnerSpace concept car is made as a fully autonomous car that allows users to interact with the outside world through existing digital connectivity using Artificial Intelligence (AI) software as personalization. (Picture from: OtoDriver)
It is also mentioned that AI technology allows the car passengers to interact with various car functions through a large panoramic LED screen. Those screens offer everything from augmented reality to entertainment, suc as watching movies or playing video games.
By using such AI technology, the car passengers allows to interact with various car functions through a large panoramic LED screen. (Picture from: OtoDriver)
“Electrification and autonomous driving will fundamentally change the role of vehicles and the experiences customers have with them,” said Bryan Nesbitt, the Executive Director of the GM' Global Advanced Design, and Global Architecture Studio.

"We are exploring where this is going with these innovative concepts. Envisioning mobility as a health advocate, giving customers the ultimate in luxury, more personal time than taking it," he continued.
The Cadillac InnerSpace concept car has a lot of openings ranging from the front, sides up to the roof, so it really allows passengers to see outside while the car is moving. (Picture from: HiTechGlitz)
And while there's no information about its engine or battery capacity, Cadillac says it has GM's Ultium platform and a wireless energy management system in which the battery modules are spread out throughout the concept vehicle, allowing for maximized interior space.
For now on, we couldn't expect much to get this kind of car in the Cadillac production line, because this car is limited to showing the vision of the GM flagship regarding their concept in the future. However estimated that there are several aspects of the InnerSpace that will become elements in the upcoming Cadillac cars. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CADILLAC | MOTORTREND | ID.MOTOR1 ]
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Friday, January 14, 2022

A custom-built car inspired by the vintage futuristic car of the '50 and '60s

~Jet&Rocket Inspired~ If we look at this one car, we could be seen the thick unique impression since beginning. How not, this car very clearly looks like a glinting alien craft floating above the ground featured with the sharp nose, the sweptback lines and clear double-bubble canopies. No wonder there are still people who ask, was it a spaceship, a plane, a jet-powered car?
This is the Thunderflite custom car built by Dean 'Dino' Arnold based of 1961 Ford Thunderbird. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
Uniquely the custom car named the Thunderflite was not made by the car manufacturer, otherwise the brainchild of noted custom builder Dean 'Dino' Arnold, who has done more than a thousand modifications to the Ford Thunderbird of 1961 up to produce one of the most successful custom cars ever and shown up for the first time at the SEMA event back in 2008.
The Thunderflite custom car has unique appearence inspired of the the GM's futuristic prototypes of the '50s and '60s. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Don't be fooled! To most of the people seeing it for the first time, they probably thought it was a real vintage dream car rather than a modern custom. Besides due to it looks like has just been dusted off and shined up after being left for more than 40 years, also thanks to every detail pinned seem coming from the correct periods.
The Thunderflite custom car has debuted at the 2008 SEMA Show and crowned as 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, voted in Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008. (Picture from: PopularMechanics)
This unique concept car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins, it's clearly could be seen that the Thunderflite draws its inspiration from the American automaker futuristic prototypes of the '50s and '60s.
The Thunderflite custom car has a very contrasting color combination of chrome color and accents with red-leather are covered the seats, dashboards and others. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
As quoted of the Street Machine, the automaker said that he tried to capture what it was like in the '50s and '60s when the American automaker such GM and others built their dream cars and with the help of his late wife Suzie, then he sketched it on a napkin, while to finalize the design, then he collaborated with Don Johnson.
The Thunderflite custom car has unique hallmark of double-bubble canopies such the Batmobile-esque. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Well, as the future car design in general made in the 1950s and 1960s were strongly inspired by the rampant of jet technology and space travel. So naturally, the car's design followed concepts such as the Pontiac Club de Mer, Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and Buick Centurion of 1956.
The Thunderflite custom car is powered by a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine connected to a modified automatic transmission system. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
The unique custom car is painted with a stunning Chrome Effects by House of Kolors, and powered by a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine connected to a modified automatic transmission, plus a fully independent suspension with the Air Ride technologies computerized system.
The Thunderflite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Meanwhile on the interior carried out by Deluxe Auto Interiors, which has a very contrasting color combination, where chrome color and accent are seen adorning the instrument panel, gear rod, door trims and handles, also some parts of the steering wheel, while the rest were dominated by red-leather are covered the seats, dashboards and others.
The Thunderflite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
As qouted of TheBidWatcher, while at an auction event hosted by Barrett-Jackson of Orange County back in 2010, the Thunderflite custom car sold for around $85,800 (approx Rp.900 millions), and today maybe the price will be even higher. 

That's no wonder, because in addition to having a very attractive appearance, this custom car has won many awards such 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, voted in Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008, and took 2nd Place at the 2009 Grand National Show in Pomona, Ca. Voted 1st in Class at Albuquerque, New Mexico Super Nationals and one of the top 9 in show by Rod & Custom at Darryl Starbirds 45th Annual car show in Tulsa, OK. Voted first in class at Autorama World of Wheels in Kansas City, Mo.
Meanwhile builder of the ThunderFlite Dean "Dino" Arnold was inducted into Darryl Starbirds Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame in Grand Lake, OK. He was also named Builder of the Year. Car has also been in Rod & Kulture magazine, Street Rodder magazine, Drive magazine, Rod & Custom magazine, Car Kulture Deluxe magazine, ol'Skool Rodz magazine and SEMA magazine. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WHICHCAR.COM.AU | BARRETT-JACKSON | DRIVETRIBE | AUTOBLOG | DESIGN-DAUTORE | POPULARMECHANICS.COM ]
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