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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The cutest microcars of the 20th centuries

The tiny-little cars aka microcars had booming moments and experienced a surge in demand shortly after World War II ended. At that time, many beautiful to weird-shaped microcars were popping up on the streets.
1953 Gaitán Auto-Tri, an egg-shaped microcar by a Seville-based manufacturer named Construcciones Gaitán, SL looks different from the company's other prototypes due to applying the reversed wheels-layout and has no front-grill. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kAYZgn)
Despite being a reliable and affordable means of transportation, it also creates a unique view because of its unusual and strange shape. Here are some microcars that appeared in that era and have unique and strange looks.

1. Davis D-2 Divan
This odd three-wheeled and two-door sedan was the brainchild of used-car salesman Glen Gordon "Gary" Davis largely based upon "The Californian", a custom three-wheeled roadster built by future Indianapolis 500 racing car designer Frank Kurtis for Southern Californian millionaire and racer Joel Thorne.
1948 Davis D2 Divan, an odd three-wheeled and two-door sedan was the brainchild of used-car salesman Glen Gordon "Gary" Davis. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gQuroq)
The microcars were built between 1947 and 1949 by Davis Motorcar Company. This unique microcar uses a 47 hp four-cylinder engine but later changed to a 63 hp four. The manufacture of this microcar began in 1947 with 2 prototypes. Only 13 Divans (including the two prototypes) were ever built, of which 12 have survived. The car featured aircraft-inspired styling details as well as disc brakes, hidden headlights, and built-in jacks.

2. Mochet Type K
This microcar was built by Automobiles Mochet, a French Puteaux-based manufacturer starting in 1947 and sold until 1949. This Type-K car is said to be the company's first car to have metal bodywork (although the doors are wooden) but retained mechanical features of the previous version (Type -H).
1948 Mochet Type K was built by Automobiles Mochet, a French's Puteaux-based manufacturer starting in 1947 and sold until 1949(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ivQvoY)
This microcar uses a Zurcher 125cc 2-stroke engine coupled to a separate 3-speed gearbox. And it is estimated that at that time these odd-shaped microcars were made of 650 units.

3. Champion CH-2
There're 11 units of these cutie microcars that were ever made in 1949 by Hermann Holbein Fahrzeugbau in Ulm, Germany. Perhaps 2 of these original CH-2 models survive today. These micro-cars are largely using motorcycle parts, such as tires and Triumphs 5 hp engines. The CH-2 was designed by Hermann Holbein, a former development engineer of BMW before WWII and an Albert Maier, an engineer of the gear-maker ZF Company in 1949.
1949 Champion CH-2 was built largely using motorcycle parts, such as tires and Triumphs 5 hp engines. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aj85JZ)
Unfortunately, Holbein was an engineer and not a businessman and soon became overwhelmed with all the details and keep suppliers and partners happy. When the first cars developed transmission problems, he recalled them all for repair.

4. Rolux VB60 Baby
This unique microcar was built from 1949 to 1951 by Societé Rolux, a French's Clermont-Ferrand based manufacturer. At that time the manufacturer made as many as 400 units of this cutie car.
1950 Rolux VB60 Baby uses a 125 cubic-centimeter Ydral engine which drove the left rear wheel via a cardan shaft. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30OwiVx)
The microcar uses a 125 cubic-centimeter Ydral engine which drove the left rear wheel via a cardan shaft. The small car measured 105 inches in length and was held in place by a leaf spring suspension. The body consisted of a steel-framed folding windshield, roadster body, and pointed rear fenders. 

5. Biscúter
1950 Biscúter was designed by Gabriel Voisin and one of the most popular cutie cars in Spain during the 1950s. The name Biscúter (Biscooter) implied that it was about the size of two scooters or also could be said as a scooter with four wheels. Uniquely, the microcar has no doors or windows or even reverse gear, uses a 1 cylinder, 197 cc, two-stroke motor produced 9 horsepower (7 kW), had a crank starter, and drove only the right front wheel.
1950 Biscúter was designed by Gabriel Voisin and one of the most popular cutie cars in Spain during the 1950s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2PMK4kW)
The microcar manufactured in Barcelona, Spain by Auto Nacional, SA. and the first car never had a formal model name and was called simply the Series 100, but it soon became known as the Zapatilla, or little shoe (clog), after a low-heeled peasant slipper popular at the time. 

6. Allard Clipper
This is an English 3-wheeler produced by Allard Motor Company from 1952 to 1954. Microcars are also known as lightweight sports cars, due to the bodywork made of fiberglass and used the rear-mounted Villiers 24B 346 cc (21.1 cu in) single-cylinder two-stroke motorcycle engine drives the rear left wheel via a Burman gearbox and chain.
1952 Allard Clipper was an English 3-wheeler which uses a rear-mounted Villiers 24B 346 cc (21.1 cu in) single-cylinder two-stroke motorcycle engine drives the rear left wheel via a Burman gearbox and chain(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2PMK4kW)
The car was designed by David Gottlieb and advertised as having an "indestructible" plastic body, made by Hordern-Richmond Ltd; the Clipper was the first car to have a color-impregnated fiberglass body. It seats three adults on a bench seat and two children in optional dickey seats revealed when the rear boot is opened. 

7. Gaitán Auto-Tri
Actually not much information related to this microcar. What is known is that this car was produced by a Seville-based motorized-vehicle manufacturer company named Construcciones Gaitán SL. This Spaniard-made microcar has an egg-like shape made of aluminum with a three-wheel layout (two wheels at the front and one behind). This microcar is made in various models and one even functions as an ambulance.
This three-wheeled car was first shown to the public in November 1953 in Seville. But unfortunately, as quoted from autopasion18, this microcar was never commercialized but had a chance to grab its heydays as can you see in a Spanish documentary film of the 1953 above. From this source, it is also stated that this microcar had made a trip to Barcelona in 1955, and that was somekind an introduction attempt of the microcar to the people there. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | IO9 GIZMODO | DIVAN | MOCHET | CHAMPION | ROLUX | BISCOOTER | CLIPPER | GAITAN]
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The real Gordon Murray's T.50 supercar finally revealed

After working in about 18 months since the design was first revealed to the public. Recently on August 4, 2020, Gordon Murray Automotive launched the latest masterpiece named the GMA T.50, a supercar with a V12 engine, and has weighing less than 1,000 kg that is claimed as the to be much better than Gordon Murray's previous creation, the McLaren F1. 
GMA T.50 is said the ultimate analog supercar with weighing less than 1,000 kg recently debuted on August 4, 2020. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2PF1MXt)
As we all knew, Gordon Murray is a key figure who plays an important role in designing various well-known sports and racing cars, such as the Brabham BT46B which is known as the 'Controversial Fan Car', the McLaren MP4/4, the winner of 15 of the 16 races of the F1 Grand Prix of the 1988 season, up to the McLaren F1, the winner of the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours, and many others.
GMA T.50 supercar has a center-positioned driver seat with a dashboard full of buttons and a titanium pedal. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kxagyi)
Not without reason, GMA T.50 weighs only 980 kg. Yes, that's very impressive for a V12 engined car that produces 654 hp and 467 Nm of torque. Incredible, where every 1 hp of generated-power can carry loads of up to 1.507 kg, aka the power ratio of more than 1: 1! If that's not enough, you can find other interesting details brought back such as the fan system adopted from the Brabham BT46B.
While the GMA T.50's passenger seats were slightly back on the right-left sides of the driver. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kxagyi)
On the front, the GMA T.50 has a similarity in design to the McLaren F1. Starting from a very low front design with smooth curves, and there are air holes on the side. Then installed a large windshield with a rounded concept, the glass on the large gullwing door, and the clear panel on top gives the impression of relief. Also present are air holes that directly direct the wind to the V12 engine, and the rear panel that can be opened with the gullwing concept like a door also gives access to see the rear suspension and engine.
GMA T.50 supercar uses a 3,994 cc, V12 naturally aspirated Cosworth bespoke engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission Xtrac gearbox. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kxagyi)
The ultimate analog supercar design is obsessed with super-light cars, so GMA applies the use of carbon fiber material for the chassis and body of the T.50 supercar. The maker claims that the monocoque chassis and exterior panels weigh less than 150 kg. In dimensions, the GMA T.50 also has a very compact size, with a length of 4,352 mm, which means this car is one inch shorter than the Porsche 718 Cayman.
GMA T.50 supercar uses a rear-mounted 40 cm sized fan which increases downforce by up to 50% in normal driving mode, and 100% in braking. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2DSesrD)
As mentioned above, one of the most interesting parts of the GMA T.50 is the 40 cm sized fan that is mounted behind the car body. The fan operates using a 48-volt electric motor with a maximum rotation of 7,000 rpm. The GMA T.50 rear fan increases downforce by up to 50% in normal driving mode, and 100% in braking. Not only downforce but this fan also serves to supply air for its rear-engine which ultimately increases the car's power up to 49 horsepower.
Gordon Murray Automotive will start producing its T.50 supercar in January 2022 and made it in limited numbers of only 100 units. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2PF1MXt)
Then what about the engine? The GMA T.50 uses a 3,994 cc, V12 Cosworth bespoke engine which can be driven up to 12,100 rpm with the weight only 177 kg. This Naturally Aspirated engine is then connected to a 6-speed manual transmission Xtrac gearbox to transmit the power to drive the rear wheels.
The interior also looks similar to the McLaren F1's cockpit, where the driver sits in the middle with two passenger seats slightly back on right-left sides of the driver with a dashboard full of buttons and a titanium pedal. Like a racing car, the manufacturer will design the GMA T.50 cabin according to the prospective buyer, where the position of the seat, steering wheel, and pedals are precisely adjusted according to the buyer's request.
It was also stated that Gordon Murray Automobile will start producing this T.50 supercar in January 2022 and made it in limited numbers of only 100 units, then for each unit will be sold at a price of around the US. $3.08 million (or equivalent to Rp.45 billion). Are You interested to have one of these supercars? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GORDON MURRAY AUTOMOTIVE | CARSCOOPS]
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Monday, August 10, 2020

If the Ferrari sports car stretched into an exotic limousine

Recently, several photos of a Ferrari limo appeared on an Australian online car trading site, carsales.com.au. That might sound odds and have made us slightly doubt whether Ferrari ever made a limousine. But this is true, not a hoax.
The Ferrari limousine built in 2012 based on the 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
After doing a careful search on the internet, it turns out that this limousine is the result of extreme modifications based on a Ferrari 360 Modena so it given a name of Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine. Inevitably made it the longest Ferrari ever and possibly the fastest limousine in the world.

For information, the 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena model which later transformed into a limousine uses an F131B 8-cylinder 3.6L DOHC VVT naturally-aspirated engine which is paired with a manual transmission gearbox.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine still featured original Ferrari 360 Modena dashboard, steering wheel and seaters at the front. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
The rear-mounted engine can give off power up to 394 hp at 8,500 rpm and 373 Nm of torque at 4750 rpm. So that it is able to make the car accelerate from rest to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds. And as for the car's comfort, this Ferrari limousine has adopted the Independent Suspension System attached to each of the front and rear wheels.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine interior resembles a lounge completed with a small counter and also has a full of an advanced entertainment. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
Meanwhile, the interior resembles a lounge completed with a small counter and also has a full of an advanced entertainment system ready to entertain a number of passengers who sat on a row of black-colored genuine leather seats forming an 'L' during travel.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine passangers sat on a row of black-colored genuine leather seats forming an 'L.' (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
According to the car owner who lives in Melbourne, the car started its life as a Ferrari 360 Modena sports coupe and then was modified such ways to a limousine in 2012. Until now, this prancing horse-logoed limousine has traveled 65 thousand kilometers according to the odometer.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine uses uses an F131B 8-cylinder 3.6L DOHC VVT naturally-aspirated engine which is paired with a manual transmission gearbox. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
He further explained the use of this limousine to date, this car usually is rented at AUS $ 1,000 per 1 hour, while for wedding events at AUS $ 2,500 - $ 5,000 dollars. This Ferrari limousine has also been frequently ordered by celebrities and VIPs up to corporates for car shows, promotional events, Formula 1 Grand Prix, filming, television, music, and others.
The Ferrari 360 Modena Stretch Limousine applies double gull-wing door-types at the rear to enter its fancy cabin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aaCYjO)
"It also comes with a complete roadworthiness certificate. The vehicle itself has served its life in a well-protected garage, has always been maintained impeccably inside and out, and is in spectacular condition as well," wrote the owner.
As quoted from carsales.com.au, the car is enlisted to be sold for AUS $ 399,999 or around Rp. 4.2 billion (according to the exchange rate of Rp.10,440 per AUS $ 1). If you are interested and want to see this limo firsthand, just contact the owner who lives in Moorabbin, Melbourne - Victoria, Australia. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSALES.COM.AU]
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Saturday, August 8, 2020

The latest Lamborghini's wild bulls made especially only for the racing-track

Shortly after launching the Lamborghini Sián Roadster, the raging bull logoed Italian premium automotive manufacturer was officially launched an exclusive hypercar called the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12. And the latest Lamborghini's hypercar can only be used specifically on the track.
The latest Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 made specifically only for the racing-track and in limited numbers of 40 units only. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fri5Sf)
As quoted from Carscoops, the premium automotive manufacturer based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy said that will be produced the Essenza SCV12 in limited numbers, ie 40 units only. As quoted from its official sites, the naturally aspirated V12 engined hypercar is also claimed to be the most powerful ever made with aerodynamic factors that should not be doubted. Understandably this hypercar was designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile and developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 was designed by Lamborghini Centro Stile and developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fri5Sf)
As mentioned above, the Lamborghini Essenze SCV12 packs a 6,500 cc natural aspirated V12 engine that promises bursts of power up to 820 horsepower mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission system to drive a pair of rear wheels. It was further mentioned that its technical specifications represented a real racing car. 
The entire body of is Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 built on monocoque carbon fiber, completed by pushrod suspension, and an aerodynamic body device also paired to support the downward force. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fri5Sf)
The entire body is built on monocoque carbon fiber, completed by pushrod suspension, and an aerodynamic body device also paired to support the downward force. In total from the specifications, the Essenza SCV12 hypercar has a fairly lightweight of 1,378 kg. As for the braking system, the best Brembo's components have been attached to each 19-inch alloy wheels for the front and 20 inches for the rear.
The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has predominantly black interior is rounded off by red door pull loops, red accents on the center console, and white seaming on the seats. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fri5Sf)
If the hypercar is seen from the front, the Lambo designer deliberately installs two large air intakes so that air intake to the engine is maintained. Not to mention the addition of air dam also air splitter which is intended so that more air enters for the cooling of the engine.
The Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 packs a 6,500 cc natural aspirated V12 engine that bursts of power up to 820 hp mated to a 6-speed sequential transmission system to drive a pair of rear wheels. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fri5Sf)
How much it costs? The Lamborghini's latest rear-wheeled hypercar is sold at £ 2.7 million, equivalent to Rp.51.6 billion (according to the July 2020's exchange rated). Also mentioned the hypercar is very exclusively, so the manufacturer had also prepared a special garage for each of these new hypercars at their HQ in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Understandably, the specification of this wild bull is illegal if it is driven on public roads so that every car owner is not allowed to bring those wild bulls back home.
But, it does not mean the hypercar is just stored in that special garage. The premium Italian car manufacturer has also set up a personal security system plus several surveillance cameras that can be accessed 24 hours, so car owners can monitor it any time. Are you interested in becoming one of the owners of these exclusive hypercars? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS]
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Friday, August 7, 2020

A unique three-wheeler of BMW?

As we all know, there are a lot of three-wheeled vehicles made by a number of automotive companies in the world such as Campagna T-Rex, Polaris Slingshot, and others. Yes, unique vehicles like this usually appear as a combination of a car and a motorcycle.
1997 BMW Modulo Car M89, a bizarre combination of the car and motorcycle will leave you scratching Your head. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2D60AKo)
But among the many similar vehicles, there is one model that was previously not widely known by the public. Yes, recently in Italy found a three-wheeled vehicle which is appeared as a combination of car and motorcycle that are said to be made by BMW, one of the German automotive giant companies.
1997 BMW Modulo Car M89 while on display at an Italian auto dealer and listed up for sale by Autovergiate F.lli Rossi Srl. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2D60AKo)
As quoted from Rideapart.com, the blue-silver painted vehicle is known as the Modulo Car M89, which is described as a unique-shaped three-wheeler vehicle is built in 1997 by the German auto manufacturer and uses a powertrain taken from the BMW K75 (an old motorcycle produced by the company between 1985 and 1995). Unfortunately, there isn't much detailed information about this vehicle.
1997 BMW Modulo Car M89 has simple a steering wheel, gas pedal, brake, and clutch, plus a manual transmission shifter sticking to the right of the steering wheel. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2D60AKo)
Even so, it seems that the unique three-wheeled vehicle is able to present a pleasant sensation while drove it (although not mentioned whether it was a road-legal vehicle). And in June 2020 this unique vehicle was on display at an Italian auto dealer and listed up for sale by Autovergiate F.lli Rossi Srl at a price of € 38,000 or around Rp.612 million.
1997 BMW Modulo Car M89 applies a tandem seating layout like a jet fighter which able to accommodate 2 passengers inside the cockpit. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2D60AKo)
As quoted from Carscoops, this unique three-wheeled vehicle uses a 740 cc three-cylinder engine that can produce around 75 horsepower and 68 Nm of torque which is then channeled through a 5-speed manual transmission system to drive its rear wheel. When compared with ordinary motorbikes, of course, the weight of this vehicle is heavier, so it has a different speed.
1997 BMW Modulo Car M89 uses a 740 cc three-cylinder BMW K75 engine that can produce around 75 horsepower and 68 Nm of torque. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2D60AKo)
Uniquely, this vehicle applies a tandem seating layout like a jet fighter. Then to control this unique vehicle does not use a handlebar, but a steering wheel, gas pedal, brake, and clutch like a car, plus there is a manual transmission shifter sticking to the right of the steering wheel.

The exterior design looks unique like most other three-wheeled vehicles. The front bumper has a proportion of sports cars with low posture. Besides that, there is also a very thin and glass-clad cockpit that looks harmonious with the shape of the front fascia. While at the rear section mounted only one wheel, and there you will also notice dual exhausts and various air intakes that function to cool the engine. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOVERGIATE.IT | CARSCOOPS | RIDEAPART.COM]
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Thursday, August 6, 2020

KTM developed an all-new GT2 sports car

Kronreif & Trunkenpolz Mattighofen or KTM, an Austrian famous motorcycle manufacturer announced to build a sports car. They became the third brand to enter the new GT2 racing class with the All-New KTM X-Bow GTX.

As quoted of Carscoops, an official teaser picture from the Austrian automotive company was seen in February 2020. The GT2 racing car model looks quite impressive and will debut later this year.
All-new KTM X-Bow GTX used an Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3k14FjD)
The sportscar will be powered by an Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine sourced which produces a power output of 600 horsepower for the GT2 cars while the GTX model spewed more than 500 hp in the GTX form.

This sports car has a fairly lightweight of only 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs), so the new KTM X-Bow GT2 offers a weight to power ratio of less than 2.0 kg/hp.
All-new KTM X-Bow GTX has weight of only 1,000 kg (2,204 lbs), so offers a weight to power ratio of less than 2,0 kg/hp(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3k14FjD)
"We are transferring important KTM brand elements; extreme, performance and purity along with KTM's core areas of expertise, including advanced motorsport technology, extremely lightweight construction and high-quality components in racing cars that clearly reflect the signs of the times," said Hubert Trunkenpolz, one of the KTM's board members. The video below is the KTM X-Bow GT4, not the latest KTM X-Bow GTX.
The Austrian automotive manufacturer was said as the first one to offer a fully homologous monocoque body with a GT cage and sophisticated seats. They also mentioned that in the first production batch they will build 20 units of cars by the end of this year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | KTM | BLOG.DUPONTREGESTRY.COM | CARSCOOPS]
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