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Saturday, October 1, 2022

All-new electric Ariel Hipercar with gas-turbine range expander

~New EV BEAST~ Maybe you still remember in 2017 when a British automotive manufacturer named Ariel Motor Company Ltd. was announced a plan to launch a high-performance long-range electric-powered vehicle which also equipped with a gas-turbine range expander, codenamed the Ariel P40 Hipercar.
Ariel Motor has just showcased a 1,180 hp hypercar called the Ariel Hipercar which is planned to be officially launched in 2024. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Recently, the Somerset-based automaker fulfilled its promise to show the true look of its newest electric-powered hypercar called the Ariel Hipercar whose its name stands for "High Performance Carbon Reduction." 
The Ariel Hipercar is featured with a bonded-aluminum monocoque structure with removable aluminum front and rear subframes. (Picture from: ArenaEV)
This extraordinary electric vehicle is equipped with dual electric motors at each axle, and for each motor, it drives the wheels via a single speed transmission, by making a combined output of 1,180 hp and 1,342 lb-ft of torque.
Most of the Ariel Hypercar designs are intentionally made that way by considering the aerodynamic factor for drag efficiency. (Picture from: ArenaEV)
It is also stated that the power from this electric motor is supplied by a Cosworth 800V 62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is claimed to be able to provide a range around 250 km. Furthermore, the Ariel Hipercar is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0-96 kph in about two seconds, 0-161 kph in about 4.4 seconds, and can be driven to a top speed of 250 kph. Wow!
The Ariel Hipercar can accelerate to 161 kph in just 4.4 seconds with a maximum speed of 250 kph. (Picture from: Rodanesia)
As for the chassis, the Ariel Hipercar featured with a bonded-aluminum monocoque structure with removable aluminum front and rear subframes. Meanwhile, its suspension features double wishbones at all four corners with dampers supplied by Bilstein.
The Ariel Hipercar has the unique fins on the front wings reduce drag on the mirrors, the roof scoop supplies air to the turbine range extender, and the 'shark fins' at the rear aid stability and cornering. (Picture from: ArenaEV)
As reported by Autocar, the British manufacturer is also said to have developed a new power steering system to provide superior feedback to the hypercar driver. For those of you who may be interested in owning the Ariel Hipercar, the company also gave a good news, it will start producing it by 2024.
Unfortunately, information about the full specifications for this electric-powered hypercar has not been revealed yet, it will most likely be announced ahead of its launch, for the prices is predicted that it will be priced at around $1.120 million or Rp. 17.1 billion.😎 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR | ARENAEV ]
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Super rare American classic Pontiac Tojan might You've never heard before

~Rare ONE~ Seeing the title of the article you might immediately ask; Has there ever been such the Pontiac Tojan model? Or had You ever seen this kind of car? As quoted of Wikipedia, this car once existed and was a production sports car that is built based on the F-Body Platform (was General Motors' rear-wheel drive pony car automobile platform built during production periods of 1967 to 2002). Indeed, only a few people have ever heard of it, let alone seen it. We're bet you've never known before.
The Pontiac Tojan is built by Knudsen Automotive Inc. for General Motors during 1985 to 1991. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
As we could be seen, it may look like a kit car or a body kit for a third gen Trans Am. No, they are not like what those kind of cars as you think above just now. Then what are they? According to Ken Lingenfelter these cars were commissioned by GM to be built by Knudsen Automotive Inc. They were built so Pontiac would have a car that was be capable of competing with Ferrari, as quoted of  StreetMuscleMag.
While inside of the Pontiac Tojan's cabin is featured with a wooden dash which equipped with 'Back to the Future' style digital gauges. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
In other words, they wanted a sports car that could go toe to toe with those world's famous Italian cars on a road course yet was still affordable to the average American. Might be that's the point. Besides being designed to compete with Ferrari, turn outly the Tojan could also be considered GM’s answer to the Ford Saleen Mustangs. So the idea behind the Pontiac Tojan was that a drive could build its own super car for a fraction of the price.
The Pontiac Tojan's cabin also has a Recaro leather seats, also many other advanced features a cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, and the power hatch release from the F-Bodies. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
Uniquely, because of the high desire to be able to look as a decent rival of Ferrari (even Mustang), unmitigated to the extent that the car emblem also displays the figure of a horse. Only slightly different in appearance, if the Ferrari's emblem is a prancing horse, while the Ford Mustang with its wild horse running emblem, then the Tojan's displays the figure of a winged demonic horse. Creepy enough huh?
The Pontiac Tojan could be pinned Lamborghini Countach styled rear-wing as an option. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
The Pontiac Tojan produced as limited numbers of car, only an estimated 150 to 300 units were produced during 1985 to 1991. These cars were assembled in Omaha, Nebraska at the Knudsen's plant. GM provided Knudsen with GTA frames, Tuned Port Injection 305 engines (LB9’s) and 700R4 Transmissions. Knudsen then beefed up the stock suspension so the Tojan could corner like it was on rails. The car also equipped with power disc brakes on all four wheels and power steering to make handling easier. These mods would allow it to run with the best Ferrari model had to offer.
The Pontiac Tojan appeared with the 1980’s body styling and looks like the radical cross-breeding between the Trans Am and the Fiero. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
As quoted of StreetMuscleMag, all the car's cosmetics are 100% original designed by Knudsen. As you can see, this rare American sports car appeared with the 1980’s body styling and looks like the radical cross-breeding between the Trans Am and the Fiero. Actually, the Tojan’s styling was heavily influenced by the Ferrari 305, as can been seen on it’s rear trunk lid and rear tail lights. Further adding to the Italian supercar influence, Knudsen also provided Lamborghini Countach styled rear-wing as an option.
The Pontiac Tojan (in pictured is GT model) is powered by Tuned Port Injection 305 (LB9’s) engines coupled with the 700R4 Transmissions. (Picture from: StreetMuscleMag)
For the legs, the Tojan supported by five-spokes rims of Gotti Wheels (GBS) which were wrapped in 345/50 R15 tires for added grip. Meanwhile the car's interior given a touch of style inspired of the 1980s top movies and TV-series such 'Back to the Future' and 'Knight Rider.' Besides that the car got a Recaro leather seats, a wooden dash which equipped with 'Back to the Future' style digital gauges. Furthermore this rare American sports car got another advanced features, such cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, power windows, power mirrors, and the power hatch release from the F-Bodies.
During its production periods, the Tojan was a built to order car, to purchase one you simply went to your local Pontiac dealership and they called up Knusden who then shipped it to the dealership. At the time it's sold at a starting price of $21,995 and the price could climb as high as $55,000 depending on the bells and whistles. These bells included a B&M Supercharger and B&M Superjection as well as a 3.73 Posi. Other options included aforementioned Lamborghini wing and AM/FM Cassette with Equalizer (that was a big deal in the 80’s).
While it may not have been a big seller, at least Russ Knusden owned auto company managed to put the hands of middle class Americans behind the wheel of a such this good supercar. Due to their limited production, perhaps one day the Tojan will become a renowned collector’s item similar to the Cord 812 or the Phantom Corsair. Some might love these cars others see it as one of those odd cars came from the 1980’s. Love it or hate it you gotta admit the Pontiac Tojan is such a pretty good one wild car ever made. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | STREETMUSCLEMAG | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Thursday, September 29, 2022

A story of the Chrysler Norseman Concept was sank tragically along with SS Andrea Doria

 ~Sad Story~ Not only human beings who have a tragic story, even the car as well. For example, the famos one was the Chrysler Norseman by Ghia. The story began in the mid 20th century, precisely in the early 50s. At that time the Italian economy amid improve itself by war. Conditions that make the cost of labor in Italy are lower than in the US. 
The 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept was once described as 'the handsome lad who never made it to his prom'. (Picture from: VanDerBiltCupRaces)
By considering this reasons and the tradition of the exquisite craftsmanship of Italian coachbuilders, it is not surprising that when one of the American big three automaker, Chrysler turned its attention to Italy
to create some research prototypes. Then in 1950, C.B. Thomas, head of styling at Chrysler contacted the Italian manufacturer Fiat and asked them to suggest which companies could take on this contract.
According to a Chrysler press release, the color of 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept was "two-tone metallic green with a touch of red inside the flared wheel openings. (Picture from: The Esoteric Curiosa)
At the time, the Italian automaker gave two names: Ghia and Pininfarina. In short then the choice fell on Ghia thanks to the level of craftsmanship and smaller costs, regardless of which is better design proposals, as both companies had to build a car based on the same set of drawings sent from Detroit.
3D rendered image of the 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept made by Dan Palatnik. (Picture from: GaragemDigital)
It was a turning point in the history of Ghia, an Italian coachbuilder company based in Turin given a valuable opportunity to show their designs to the world under the auspices and the costs borne by the Chrysler. After developing several prototypes, in 1955 Chrysler finally commissioned Ghia to build a show car. It was to be 'the most automated car in the world'. For design matters usually entrusted to the American auto design maestro, Virgil Exner, even though most of the work done by one of his trusted men, Billie Brownlie.
The 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept has impressive lines and concealed headlights while seen of the front. (Picture from: The Esoteric Curiosa)
As a result of truly innovative design, its most striking feature is the cantilevered roof, which was supported only at the rear pillars. There are no side pillars and window ventilation is usually there at that time. In addition to the rear pillar, the roof is just resting on the frameless curved windshield. On the roof, there is an electrically operated sunroof, a feature that is very advanced at the time and extremely difficult to integrate into the slender roof structure. The interior had four leather upholstery and a set of futuristic gauge pods, complete with luminous paint at the back of front seats as an experimental method of lighting systems.
The rest of the interior was credited to Deo Lewton featuring green and gray metallic leather-covered buckets seats and lap belts that retracted. (Picture from: The Esoteric Curiosa)
Meanwhile its power came out by using a Hemi V8 engine with a capacity of 331 ci (5,424cc) is capable of generating power up to 235 hp with 2-speed Powerflite transmission, shifted by push-buttons, while the chassis is the possibility of taken from the Chrysler 300.
The interior of 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept was featuring the Bill Brownlie-designed instrument panel with two wide-set gauges. (Picture from: VanDerBiltCupRaces)
There was no consensus over the subject of the car's color. Chrysler ordered the car's exterior painted in dark green color, with green and gray interior, while according to Exner it was to be painted silver. But according to the journalists who saw this car in Italy before shipping then wrote that the car appeared in two-tone blue, while its interior got the touche of red leather and black accents.

Here are several colored 3D rendered images of the 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept that made by a Brazilian artist, Dan Palatnik. (all of the pictures taken from: GaragemDigital)
 
 
 


The intricate elegant design makes these vehicles take a long time in development. It took almost 15 months on the works by the team, led by Sergio Coggiola  and made the American automaker should willing spend their money more than the US $150 thousand to finish the Norseman. The project was finished right on schedule and the Chrysler Norseman completed on July 17, 1956, then packed in wooden crates, and loaded in the number two cargo area of a luxury liner of the private Italian Trans Atlantic Lines named SS Andrea Doria, operating between Genoa and New York.
All four seats were electronically adjustable, the fronts seats pivoted to allow access to the rear. (Picture from: VanDerBiltCupRaces)
While in Highland Park, Michigan, the Chrysler design team could not wait for their new car which is scheduled to be a star of the 1957 auto show circuits. Unfortunately, it was never seen again by most of the Chrysler stylists that designed it, when the forwarding agent delivered the news that the Norseman had been lost forever.
The 1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept had no posts or pillars to support the unique cantilever roof. (Picture from: The Esoteric Curiosa)
On the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 1956, SS Andrea Doria was heading west through the New York Bay. No one will know if it was its last voyage. Ships are expected to dock in NY the next morning. At 23:10, 40 miles off the coast of Nantucket, SS Andrea Doria collided with MS Stockholm, a Swedish passenger ship on its way from New York to Gothenburg in a heavy fog.
Nearly all of the roof’s mass needed to be supported at the rear so that the leading edge did not to place any stress on the delicate wrap-around windshield. (Picture from: VanDerBiltCupRaces)
Thanks to the professional rescue operation, from about 2,500 passengers, only 53 people were killed in the disaster. Eleven hours later, SS Andrea Doria sank carry the entire payload including the Chrysler Norseman to rest in peace at a depth of 72 meters in the dark ocean floor.
1956 Chrysler Norseman Concept sank along with the SS Andrea Doria on July 25, 1956. (Picture from: Grimaldi707)
Since then, only one person who had seen the car. In 1994 a famous diver with a diving expedition, David Bright found what he describes as 'rusted hulk' of the Chrysler Norseman. According to what he described, the position of the car in the accident that makes it almost certain that nobody will be able to see again. David Bright passed away in 2006 from decompression sickness after another of his divings to the SS Andrea Doria wrecks.
If the Norseman arrived in America at that time, it would have certainly influenced the design of Chrysler in the late 50s to early 60s. The rest, only a few photos were left for us to see and remember the car that was once described as 'the handsome lad who never made it to his prom'. *** [EKA [10052015] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD.COM | THE ESOTERIC CURIOSA | VANDERBILCUPRACES ]
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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

One of the most powerful and the super rare McLaren Sabres

~MOST Powerful~ Recently, you have the opportunity to become the owner one of the rare McLaren Sabre supercars as a collection in the garage, and that opportunity can become a reality if you have the status of a millionaire. As we know that the McLaren's super beast was first launched in 2020, made only 15 units, and all of them would be spread in the United States and are available for its exclusive clients.
The McLaren Sabre chassis number 11, which has rarely been seen in public. (Picture from: KabarOto)
This car is built by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) on the same carbon fiber monocoque chassis as the McLaren Senna. The McLaren Sabre mentioned was 11th unit of total 15 Sabres ever produced, and has the exterior is painted in the Liquid Argentum scheme, and the Liquid Papaya accent gives a more aggressive impression than the model example. The curved body design takes inspiration from McLaren's Vision Gran Turismo Concept which was launched in 2017.
The McLaren Sabre chassis number 11 is one of only 15 examples homologated exclusively for the United States market. (Picture from: KabarOto)
Meanwhile inside the cabin, this McLaren Sabre uses a striking combination of Black and Volcano Orange. While the driver and passenger seats gave different colors, the driver gets Orange and the passenger is Carbon Black.
The McLaren Sabre chassis number 11 is one of only 15 examples homologated exclusively for the United States market.. (Picture from: KabarOto)
Almost all car's details got the Azores Orange color accent, starting from the air conditioning grille, center panel, infotainment screen, paddle shifter and carpet. Paired with a satin finish carbon fiber trim. The mileage of this car is also very low on the odometer, only written about 160 km since it was purchased.
The McLaren Sabre is is the most powerful non-hybrid McLaren road car to date—showcases full extent of MSO’s bespoke capabilities. (Picture from: KabarOto)
The McLaren Sabre is powered by a 4,000 cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 824 hp and 800 Nm of torque then channeled to its rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The highest speed is claimed to be able to touch the figure of 351 kph.
Unfortunately, this rare McLaren Sabre had shown to be sold at auction event held by Mecum Auctions during the Monterey Auto Week which took place on August 18-20, 2022. We don't know if this car has been sold or not. If you know, please share with us here via the comments column below. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MECUM | THESPEEDJOURNAL ]
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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Here's the Pontiac Phantom as one of the Bill Mitchell's phenomenal car legacies

~Phenomenal ONE~ As we all know that one of the American giant automakers General Motors (GM) has many talented auto designer who have succeeded in giving a distinctive face to the four-wheeled vehicles it produces. Well, among these legendary designers there is the famous name Harley Earl as GM's Vice President of Design for over three decades. As a leader, he was so observant that he could see the talent of one of his subordinates named William 'Bill' Mitchell since the 1930s.
The Pontiac Phantom (also called the General Motors Phantom and given the internal code name "Madame X") is a concept car created by General Motors (GM) in 1977.. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
Who is Bill Mitchell? He's also one of the most famous designers ever worked to GM after Harley Earl, and his brilliant career began when Earl appointed him as Cadillac's first design chief  in 1936. Then in 1954 he was promoted to Director of Styling, whose working directly under Earl. The peak of his career occurred after Harley Earl retired, so he appointed to be Earl's successor as GM's Vice President of Design in the end of 1958 and held that position until his own retirement in 1977.
The Pontiac Phantom posed along with its initiator William 'Bill' Mitchell, who hoped he could literally drive off into the sunset on his retirement day in the 1977. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
And during his tenure, the American automotive manufacturer has remained victorious as one of the top three American automotive brands. It is recorded that several iconic American legendary models appeared such as the Chevrolet Corvette with all its derivatives, then the Cadillac, Buick Riviera which later became one of his favorite vehicles.

And in 1976 at the end of his tenure, then Mitchell decided to create one last concept car, one that he hoped he could literally drive off into the sunset on his last day. To make this happen, he then commissioned Bill Davis, a young designer who had worked with him on many projects. Besides that he was reopened the mysterious Studio X, Mitchell’s ultra-secret personal design studio (it was periodically shut down by management) in the styling building’s basement.
The Pontiac Phantom is designed by Bill Davis, a young designer who had worked with Mitchell on numerous projects. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
In the short, Davis and a small team set up a workshop and began the car project by designing and modelling the car that was dubbed 'Madam X'. During the development of this concept car, Davis was given a free hand in the design, Mitchell only acted as the patron and stayed away from the drawing board. After a few months of design, then a clay model was built, in this process also Mitchell generally approved of the design, with some necessary changes. Like the original clay was a notchback, for example, but Mitchell was fastback man.
The Pontiac Phantom is a fastback two-seat coupe built on the chassis of a Pontiac Grand Prix, featured the long bonnet of the V16 project cars, with the prominent prow flanked by rectangular headlights. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
Soon the completed full-scale model was primed with a special nitrocellulose black paint that had been used in the 1930s on GM luxury cars. The car was painted double black and polished to a beautiful liquid. In the scalloped wheel wells, a special red color was used to accentuate the sculptural underbody. Once completed, the concept car was presented to Mitchell and other management in dramatic lighting accompanied by several professional models dressed naturally in black gowns, reminiscent of the famous Madam X.
The Pontiac Phantom has long, sweeping lines at the sides recalled both the classic 1930s cars and GM retro designs like the 1971-4 boat-tail Buick Riviera. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
At that time Mitchell was delighted, then several GM divisions were contacted for the car's further development. It was Pontiac who was then entrusted with realizing the concept car project by donating the Grand Prix chassis for the finished car. Meanwhile, third-party trusted contractors, including Pininfarina were also invited and asked to submit bids. In the end, only the body shell was built, due to the cost of sculpting the voluptuous body was high, that later inspired the name for the concept car as the Pontiac Phantom.

Well by design, many noted it was a mix of Grand Prix and Firebird style themes, while others noted similarities to the V16 project a decade earlier. While some also noted that this concept car was inspired by the 1961 Pontiac Scorpion concept. As You can see, the Phantom is a fastback two-seat coupe built on the chassis of a Pontiac Grand Prix, featured the long bonnet of the V16 project cars, with the prominent prow flanked by rectangular headlights (Mitchell was not fond of retractable lights).
The Pontiac Phantom only consists of a fiberglass shell, including not completed interior and does not have a drivetrain, rendering it inoperable. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
Unfortunately, it only consists of a fiberglass shell, including not completed interior and does not have a drivetrain, rendering it inoperable. Initially, he hoped to present the concept to the Board of Directors for additional funding to complete the project, but was blocked by Howard Kerl, a powerful executive in charge of product planning and technical staff (and Mitchell's sworn enemy). The project ceased, after having endured many a tirade over the years.
The Pontiac Phantom was primed with a special nitrocellulose black paint that had been used in the 1930s on GM luxury cars. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
While the car was technically in Pontiac's possession and placed in storage in its queue for destruction like most unfortunated GM concept cars at the time, but a team of designers quietly stepped in and negotiated with GM to save the car and managed to move the car to the Sloan Museum near Flint, Michigan. As a result, now the Pontiac Phantom concept car has become one of the museum displays, as you can see to this day.
The Pontiac Phantom now sat on display at the Sloan Museum near Flint, Michigan after saved by a designer team from GM's crusher machine. (Picture from: Dean'sGarage)
As for Mitchell, he retired soon after in 1977, with no new concept car to drive home. He's not without transportation, though, as he's adopted more than 50 GM vehicles ranging of the concepts, special editions, and personal customs for his own collection. Mitchell launched his own design consultancy and ran it for almost a decade, until health problems forced permanent retirement and passed away in 1988.
As quoted of Dean's Garage, enthusiasts’ opinions differ on Mitchell’s most significant contribution to GM’s automotive legacy. Some say the Corvette, some say his stewardship of Cadillac through four decades, but many point to the personal luxury car as his greatest contribution. Even though he did not invent it, he certainly perfected the format and helped define the romance of a car that promised a great presence on the road, with lots of power and style. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CURBSIDECLASSIC | CARSTYLING.RU | DEANSGARAGE | MYCARQUEST | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Monday, September 26, 2022

This stunning Alfa Romeo racing car has never been used to race at all

~N3ver Raced~ Indeed, not all racing cars that were originally planned to be revealed in certain racing events have succeeded in becoming a reality, it turns out that there are also racing cars that have a somewhat unlucky fate and end up being displayed in museums without even being used in the racing arena at all.
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP is designed by a former Osella designer named Giuseppe Petrotta, launched in 1990, and unfortunately never been used to race at all. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
Well this time we will discuss one of them which has also been produced by Alfa Romeo, one of the world's leading Italian auto brands. We assured some of You also have never known the racing car in question. Here's the racing car that would be discused now named the Alfa Romeo SE 048SP was launched in 1990, and unfortunately never been used to race at all.
The Alfa Romeo race car was originally built and specially prepared as a replacement for the Lancia LC2 in Group C competition.. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
As quoted of DailySportscar, the Alfa Romeo race car is designed by a former Osella designer named Giuseppe Petrotta. It has a special look that sets it apart from other race cars by applying a rear wheel cover, and features a front-mounted radiator which is somewhat unconventional looks but easily identifiable as an Alfa Romeo sports car thanks to its typical small fake grille.
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP is featured with a front-mounted radiator which is somewhat unconventional looks but easily identifiable as an Alfa Romeo sports car thanks to its typical small fake grill. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
This Alfa Romeo race car was originally built and specially prepared as a replacement for the Lancia LC2 in Group C competition after its race rules changed in the 1990s which essentially transitioned to a racing car is powered by a V10 engine, with weighs 750 kg. Still from the same source, reportedly that the changing racing cars were said also like a political games in the F1 arena amongst the brands under the Italian automotive giants Fiat at that time. As the result, the issue states that Lancia is concentrated to World Rally events, and Ferrari is focused on F1 arena, while the Group C racing scene is set for Alfa Romeo as its initial step back into the sports car arena for the first time in more than a decade.
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP has a special look that sets it apart from other race cars by applying a rear wheel cover. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
So then the Italian automaker immediately drew up plans to build a race car with an Abarth designed chassis (such one used by the Lancia LC2), and powered by the 3.5 liter, 40-valves, naturally aspirated Tipo 1035 engine claimed capable to spew out over 600 bhp of power. The mentioned V10 engine was originally designed for Ligier F1 Team racing cars whose later its contract was canceled, then utilised in the rapidly cancelled as well but spectacular Alfa 164 Procar Silhouette racer. The Alfa Romeo proposed racing car was preceded by another unraced ones dubbed the SE 047 as a test mule based around the Lancia LC2, is powered by the V10 engine as well.
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP is powered by with a Ferrari Tipo 036 V12 3.5 liter 60-valves engine, paired with 6-speeds manual transmission system. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
Unfortunately, the test results prove that the V10 is not a ready -made engine for endurance racing car, because it was originally designed for car in the F1 arena. Besides that, the automaker does not have a budget to make the engine adjustment until its performance is suitable for endurance racing, eventually the machine has never been installed to Alfa Romeo SE 048SP.
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP now sat on display in the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese on the outskirts of Milan. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
Instead, the automaker decides to replace the V10 engine with a Ferrari Tipo 036 V12 3.5 liter 60-valves engine, paired with 6-speeds manual transmission system. Although it is mentioned that the machine is able to spray the power of more than 680 bhp, but once again the automaker done the same mistake, due to the machine is actually intended to race in the F1 arena and not specifically designed for the endurance racing event. Might be when taking such decisions, the automaker had a reasonable reason like the machine already equipped with a fairly sophisticated electronic management system, so possibility for further development is more ease to be done if there is a will and funds to do it!
The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP The Alfa Romeo SE 048SP failed to race in the Group C racetrack because development was ceased for some reason such the cost, complexity and uncertainty of success in the World Sportscar Championship. (Picture from: DailySportscar)
And that was the problem, even though Alfa Romeo's engineers and management wanted the car and the program as well, plus the help of Gianpiero 'MOMO' Moretti who uses the back door to try keep them close to the project. However above them in the group hierarchy still there were Fiat's senior executives who were far from convinced word due to their interest in the project had faded away so that the reality of the situation had crystallized and ensured the project would not get the green light.
The Alfa Romeo 155 SuperTouring came out as Alfa Romeo SE 048SP successor which turned out to be successful in dominating the racing arena by winning several national titles. (Picture from: Pinterest)
At the end of 1990, the decision of Fiat top brasses finally came down to discontinue the car project citing the cost, complexity and uncertainty of success in the World Sportscar Championship, as well as directing their attention to immediately shift to touring cars by considering that those car figure was more relevant for Alfa Romeo as a brand at that time was struggling to return to the world racing event.😢
This then gave rise to the figure of the Alfa Romeo 155 SuperTouring as a successor which turned out to be successful in dominating the racing arena by winning several national titles. Meanwhile the Alfa Romeo SE 048SP must be willing to be relegated to being on display in the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese on the outskirts of Milan, and made it to be one of the most beautiful Group C cars of all that ever existed, though it's never used for racing at all.😉*** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYSPORTSCAR ]
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