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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Here's the first McLaren road car

If you are a true automotive enthusiast, surely know the following premium car brand, McLaren.  Well, the Woking-based company continues to produce exotic super cars until now. And on this occasion will be discussed the first car made by this manufacturer, the McLaren M6GT.
1967 McLaren M6GT is the first McLaren road-legal car built on the M6B racing car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2XKoQrt)
And of course you also know the person whose name is pinned on that marque. He is Bruce McLaren, a very special man in the modern automotive world, who was originally known as a reliable racer, he is also a brilliant designer and has many talented engineers around him, so that makes him always ready for any career challenges in his life.

So it is not surprising that in 1964 he began designing, building and selling the McLaren racing cars, both the Formula Grand Prix and other sports racing cars ranging from various Can-Am under his own name.
1967 McLaren M6GT used a rear-mounted standard Chevrolet V8 five-liter engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2XKoQrt)
In 1967 the McLaren M6 Can-Am model was almost invincible, as the "Bruce & Denny [Hulme]" show dominated this lucrative North American series through 1971. Then he began to draft his main project concept to build an iconic road machine based on his racing cars.

In early 1970, he prepared a prototype merging one of the empty M6GT bodies with a stock M6B chassis and a Bartz-tuned Chevrolet engine. Registered OBH 500H, Bruce's personal ride had an estimated top speed of 165mph, and some quirky features, like manually operated lights that were raised and lowered using finger holes in the leading edge of the pods. It was also rather loud, based on this footage shot in Canada in 1971 of another M6GT.

For the car's building process, he got an assistance from one of the most reliable chassis builders, John Collins (known for his work with John Wyer and the Ford GT40 project). Literally, the McLaren M6BGT is a semi-civilized Can-Am car that is not at all easy to drive but it was fun to make speed once you are behind the wheel.
1967 McLaren M6GT able to accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in about eight seconds, and of course with fantastic handling. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2XKoQrt)
This car has a wheelbase of 93.5" and uses a rear-mounted standard Chevrolet V8 five-liter engine, that will accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in about eight seconds, and of course with fantastic handling. Besides that the car also featured with four Weber carburetors, forged crankshafts, roller bearing camshafts, Carello rods, aluminum pistons, five-speed Hewland DG 300 transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with fabricated A-arms and coil-over shocks, front and rear anti-sway bars, monocoque chassis with fiberglass panels attached to aluminum bulkheads, Girling ventilated four wheels disc brakes.
After that two further GTS were built by Trojan Cars, which has been franchised by McLaren to build their custom racing cars. While Trojan released a statement that they might market a road-going version of the M6GT, the project got shelved forever on June 2, 1970, when Bruce McLaren passed away after hitting a bunker that was used as a flag station at the Goodwood Circuit while testing his M8D Can Am prototype.ūüėĘ As we all know, the late Bruce McLaren only managed to drive as far as 1,900 miles of his personal M6GT, and Trojan Cars never got to build a further 249.

Today, there's came another bad news from the Woking-based manufacturer are experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it had to mortgage offices, factories and historic car collections. But despite all of that, the world's automotive enthusiasts only able to hope that the company able to keep run well and continues to make happened the Bruce McLaren's vision and ideas. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ROAD AND TRACK] | THIS IS MONEY]
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato

During the 90s, the SZ was only known by connoisseurs and people from the industry. It didn't get much attention and people that knew it was very critical. Mainly because of the looks.

The SZ was renowned for three things: exotic design, superb handling, and remarkable drivability. These qualities made its owners proud and satisfied. Being a limited edition with only 1,036 units built also helped to raise its classic car status today.
1990 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato (SZ) is a collaboration result of Alfa Romeo Centro Stile and Zagato. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gummGn)
But also because the performance wasn't very impressive compared to its competition. However, with time passing by and taste and opinions evolving, more and more people have caught themselves liking the design for different reasons which has caused a significant rise in the model's value. 
1990 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato (SZ) is a rear-wheel-drive motor vehicle, with its motor placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gummGn)
It was the last real crazy design, except some very rare models such as the 8C or the Disco Volante. It had one of the best sounding V6s ever produced by Alfa Romeo and a very good weight distribution combined with the use of modern materials back then. The interior just was the cherry on top.

The car presented here has an excellent and complete history, has been generously maintained, and just got a fresh service and interior/exterior detail to give the Rosso Alfa paint the glow it deserves.
1990 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato (SZ) is used a single overhead camshaft, 3 liters naturally aspirated 6 cylinder Busso engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gummGn)
The Alfa Romeo SZ is a rear-wheel-drive motor vehicle, with its motor placed in the front, and a 2 door coup√© body designed by Alfa Centro Stile. Power is supplied by a single overhead camshaft, 3 liters naturally aspirated 6 cylinder Busso engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that develop power and torque figures of 207 bhp at 6200 rpm and 245 N·m at 4500 rpm respectively.
The engine delivers its power through to the wheels by means of a 5-speed manual transmission. Quoted weight of 1,256 kg only. It is said to be able to achieve a top speed of 245 kph. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZAGATO CARS | CARFOLIO | CLASSIC DRIVER | AUTOZINE]
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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Did you ever seen the unique custom built of DKW F93?

Maybe not many people have seen the figure of this car before. The following unique car is a car made by a big-names German manufacturer who has a long history in the world's automotive.
1957 DKW F93 custom modified by G√ľnter Braun while in its heyday. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3c30caQ)
So no wonder if the first time people see it surely they will feel amazed while saying, "Huh, what is it?" In our opinion it is a natural reaction, given it has an unusual shape. This was a restoration result based on the Audi big-names.

As quoted by Autozeitung, the Audi looks as if it has been put together arbitrarily from parts of a wide variety of cars. And therefore no longer fits into any known drawer. The Audi is neither an Auto Union 1000 (it did not have an American-style rear) nor is it the two-seat offshoot Auto Union 1000 SP.
Right side view of the 1957 DKW F93 custom modified by G√ľnter Braun(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3c30caQ)
In order to clarify which Audi is, after all, we have to take a big step into the past. It carries us to 1957. The nameplate of this mysterious DKW dates from this time. Incidentally, this name hides a brand of the manufacturer Auto Union (the amalgamation of the four brands Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer.) 
Rear-side view of the 1957 DKW F93 custom modified by G√ľnter Braun(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3c30caQ)
Back to the DKW, which left the factory in 1957 with the chassis number 66555613. The special appearance came later. This DKW F93 appeared in a book for the first time as early as 1969, when it was rebuilt, but was still called Auto Union S there. Which is demonstrably not true, as the Auto Union Veterans Club confirmed when asked for by a car media.
1957 DKW F93 custom modified by G√ľnter Braun in the current day(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gsaAfD)
Well, it is a little bit confusing when looking at its present form. Actually, this car was originally known when starting its life as DKW F93. So it is a DKW 3 = 6 in the version of a two-door sedan, what the "F93" stands for. But even if the basic framework comes from DKW, the DKW F93 is adorned with the 'Braun body'.
The unique front-hood of the 1957 DKW F93 custom modified by G√ľnter Braun(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3gsaAfD)
This, in turn, is an in-house design named after its builder G√ľnter Braun, made up of many different parts from other car brands. Under the hood of the DKW F93 there is no longer the standard engine, but the engine of the younger DKW F102. The 1.2-liter two-stroke three-cylinder engine delivers a good 20 horsepower with 60 HP more than the original engine in the DKW F93.

Other parts of other Auto Union are also found on the DKW F93, for example, the rear lights, indicators, and rear bumper which is taken from the Auto Union SP. This would clearly answer the question of the origin of this Audi, but one of these DKWs still leaves one confused. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTO ZEITUNG | VASK.NZ]
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Legend 480 intended to bring the TVR sportscar big-name

Some time ago word got out in cyberspace, that a British automotive company would launch a new supercar. As quoted from Business Live, that a Belmore Way-based automotive company and also known as the key supplier to Formula One named Mulholland Automotive will launch a supercar called Legend 480.
Mulholland Automotive has designed and developed its own sportscar called the Legend 480. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3cSZlup)
This supercar is reportedly powered by a V8 engine coupled with a six-speed manually gearbox, as it is well known that this two-seat supercar was designed based on the company's experience for twenty years while working in the world of Formula One racing. And the name of the '480' also refers to the amount of power that can be generated by its engine.

According to Graham Mulholland (the company owner), as one of Europe’s leading advanced component engineering manufacturers, which has become a specialist supplier to most high-profile motor racing teams, along with practically every premium branded niche-vehicle manufacturer
The Legend 480 is named after the amount of horsepower it can generate. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3cSZlup)
And the presence of Legend 480, however, allows it to showcase technology, expertise, and capabilities to a much larger global audience, plus it allows the company to celebrate the combustion engine before moving to emerge technology, which the company wants to help co-develop.
The Legend 480 is designed and built by Mulholland Group in Derby. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3cSZlup)
This supercar designed follows the blueprint of the classic British sportscar. Its engine is at the front, it has rear-wheel drive, a manual gearbox, and stylish, sculpted bodywork. This new supercar is intended as a successor to the TVR's big-name, a British sports car brand. And it is not surprising that Mulholland Automotive then used the services of the former head of TVR design, Damian McTagget to sketch and sculpture the Legend 480.

For this supercar carbon fiber chassis and bodywork will be developed by Mulholland Composites using the exact processes developed and used to produce F1 and GT racers alike. Then the car will be built at the Mulholland Group’s state-of-the-art Derby factory.

He further said that the Legend 480 is a truly focused machine with the great design underpinned by superior engineering produced by an incredibly experienced and well-established team. Then the company hopes it will prove popular, but prices are not available until now.

But the company is ready to disclose the price only to interested customers and is ready to start production to then bring the supercar to the owner's garage. Are you interested in having this supercar? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MULHOLLAND AUTOMOTIVE | BUSINESS LIVE]
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Monday, May 25, 2020

The first prancing horse species that adopted the 4-wheel drive system

If you think that the Ferrari FF is the first Ferrari 4-wheel drive vehicle? That's not quite right and should be corrected, in fact, the Ferrari 408 4RM is the first Ferrari species that adopts a 4-wheel drive system. 
1987 Ferrari 408 4RM is the first Ferrari species that adopts a 4-wheel drive system. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3cIC8Ls)
The Italian premium car manufacturer built the 408 4RM with two main aims. First and foremost it would act as a car test bed to explore future production technologies. Secondly (and more speculatively) Ferrari was keen to procure the kind of consultancy work that helped drive profits at Porsche and Lotus.

The Italian firm reasoned that the Ferrari-branded engineering division could rival the best in the business and the 408 4RM was commissioned to demonstrate their state-of-the-art design capability. As we all know, this car is specifically built for the study design purposes only in 1987.
Interior view of 1987 Ferrari 408 4RM. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2z4swfG)
Two examples were completed. The first (70183) came with a pressed stainless steel monocoque. The second (78610) and a spare were formed from aluminum honeycomb chemically bonded with epoxy resin. The initial aluminum variant was manufactured in collaboration with Canadian firm Alcan. 

Both types came with detachable front and rear subframes and a 2550mm wheelbase. And the 408 4RM signaled Ferrari's first crack at reinventing four-wheel drive with a complex, hydraulically operated system.
1987 Ferrari 408 4RM used a rear-mid-mounted, quad-cam, four-liter V8 was good for 300bhp. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2z4swfG)
It would have been a bit of a corker, we think. Ferrari was truly on form at that stage and there are signs of that genius in the 4RM, too. A rear-mid-mounted, quad-cam, four-liter V8 was good for 300bhp, and it was dry-sumped to keep the oil where it needed to be in the corners. And, considering it was propelling just 1,340 kilos, it'd be pretty brisk, to say the least.
Finally, the 4RM boasted fully independent, dual-wishbone suspension front and rear, plus a four-wheel-drive system, which would have made for quite the B-road belter indeed. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARNOSTALGIA | TOPGEAR]
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

The most beautiful Alfa Romeo Scighera concept car of 1990s

Alfa Romeo is indeed famous for having cars that have great appeal, even arguably very sexy, surpassing the Ferrari & Lamborghini! In the row of Alfa Romeo's beautiful concept cars, there are Alfa Romeo TZ3, Alfa Romeo 4C, Alfa Romeo Brera, and the most legendary, Alfa Romeo Scighera.
The Alfa Romeo Scighera concept car built and designed in 1997 as a collaboration result between Alfa Romeo and the famous design bureau Italdesign. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WOANgO)
That's probably the design that doesn't suit most tastes. However, many car design observers assume that the Scighera, designed by Italdesign, one of the famous Italian design bureaus is one of the most beautiful car designs in the world. Great is not it?

The Scighera, which was first introduced in 1997 and built based on Alfa Romeo 164, and uses a chassis and body from a combination of aluminum composite and carbon fiber, thus making Scighera has a relatively lightweight, which is only 1,447 kg. This lightweight was obtained with exotic designs such as unique door and window openings, which then made many people captivated at that time (and until now, maybe!)
1997 Alfa Romeo Scighera concept car built uses a chassis and body from a combination of aluminum composite and carbon fiber, thus making it has a weight of only 1,447 kg(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WOANgO)
At that time, when Alfa Romeo and Fabrizio Giugiaro from Italdesign made Scighera, they wanted to make it the mainstay supercar of the Alfa Romeo brand, which at that time its prestige as a sports car manufacturer began to fall.

To fulfill this purpose, Alfa Romeo then installed a 3,000cc V6 TwinTurbo mid-mounted engine taken from the modified Alfa Romeo 164. The engine has a quite impressive capability at the time, namely bursts of power up to 400hp at 7,500rpm.
The Alfa Romeo Scighera GT looks fierce with a more aggressive body design, full of sponsors' stickers, a giant GT Wing, and the use of Sparco Cromodora's super-lightweight alloy wheels(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WOANgO)
But for now, maybe a burst of power of 400hp is considered standard for the sportscar. Although it has a standard power, the Schigera can accelerate from 0 to 96kph in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 300kph. This impressive performance is obtained in addition to the light bodyweight and aerodynamics, also because the sports car applies a 4WD drive system taken from the Alfa Romeo 155.
The Alfa Romeo Scighera GT also included as one of the participants of the NFS Hot Pursuit III racing game simulation(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WOANgO)
The appearance of the racing version? Although Alfa Romeo and ItalDesign do not plan to include Scighera in the production line, in order to further stick their impression as a supercar, then Alfa Romeo made a racing version of this car which was later given the name Scighera GT to enter in a famous racing game, NFS Hot Pursuit III.
This car looks fierce with a more aggressive body design, full of sponsors' stickers, a giant GT Wing, and the use of Sparco Cromodora's super-lightweight alloy wheels, making the Scighera GT equals with the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione, as a serious-made racing concept car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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