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Sunday, March 22, 2020

The newest muscle Batmobile

The latest Batman's movie titled 'The Batman' is planned to be released on June 25, 2021, where the handsome actor Robert Pattinson will play as Bruce Wayne, known as Batman when he becomes a superhero who defends the Gotham City from organized crime.
This is what the latest Batmobile looks like in 'The Batman' movie. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TN27KU)
But what raises the curiosity of The Batman movie is, whether the Gotham City superhero will continue to use his flagship car named the Batmobile. Yes, of course the Batmobile will always be used, but only its form will be different.
This is what the latest Batmobile looks like in 'The Batman' movie. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TN27KU)
As quoted from Screenrant, the Batmobile used by Robert Pattinson seems to be an American muscle car known as 1970 Plymouth Barracuda which had a modification process. And also reportedly, the car modification process was included in the drivetrain which is a mid-mounted twin-turbo engine seemingly a V-8, though some on social media are seeing a fifth coil pack on each side that would make it a V-10.
This is what the latest Batmobile looks like in 'The Batman' movie. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TN27KU)
From the photo, the turbos locates in between the roll cage and bodywork in the back and you'll find two snails with short exhaust pipes expelling waste gases directly into the atmosphere.
Of course this will be a question, why the Batmobile uses an American muscle car? Apparently, The Batman movie will be set in the 1990s, where the director wanted to show in the movie when Bruce Wayne was young and the beginning as Batman.
Not only modifying a classic car into the Batmobile, and in the movie, Bruce Wayne is also seen sewing his own costume. Therefore, do not expect too much that the Batman will be very cool looking like the Batman who had appeared in the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or Justice League. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SCREENRANT | THE DRIVE]
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Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Silhouette, the first Lambo featuring a removable roof

Development of V8 engined cars carried out by Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. does not stop with the Urraco model. It has not been able to produce the best model yet, although the development process has cost a lot of money including funds from Ferruccio himself and the company.

It was more crucial and critical that the company's finances at that time were not in good condition where the sales figures could not compensate for its large investments, even after the Urraco P300 model was introduced. Even worse, the factory was not in a position to consider replacing Urraco at that time.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Ferruccio still believes that the more mainstream models could succeed and make more money than the exotic V12 supercars, so he asked Bertone to redesign the Urraco P300 into a different looking car, so as to be able to drive sales to a level that would boost sales to a level that would finally create some decent return on the massive investment in the development of the V8 engined cars.

Then Bertone prepared the first prototype which was projected as the Urraco's successor. The prototype was displaying the extension of the round wheel arches and modified rear window, further development of this initial concept leads to the figure that came to be known as the very special Lamborghini Silhouette which was first shown to the public at the 1976 Geneva Auto Show.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was a targa-style version of the Urraco P300. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
The refurbished model still clearly showed its Urraco origins but took the original design several years into the future. The Silhouette would become the first production Lamborghini featuring a removable roof section creating a convertible model.

Only one downturn on this configuration is the removal of the rear seats and for the Lamborghini Silhouette, the configuration changes into two seats by making enough space to store its removable roof section in the rear, where those two removed seats located before.

Then in the interior of the Silhouette, there was a significant improvement over the previous Urraco model, such as the use of a magnificent new bucket seat, far more stylish with an aggressive exterior. But the use of standard fabrics is still used with a beautiful vertical line in the middle of the chair and backrest.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of 1976 Lamborghini Silhouette. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2vwtvTS)
Although the interior was changed to a more ergonomic style with a new dashboard that tilted slightly towards the driver, the use of genuine leather for the interior is still optional for the Silhouette. Imagine being caught in some heavy rain with a cloth interior. It could be a problem if you didn’t bring those beach towels with you.

Shifting on the exterior, the impressive deep front spoiler with similar styled, squared-off wheel arch extensions as needed to cover the innovative telephone dial wheels shod with state of the art Pirelli P7 tires, 285 mm wide at the rear. Then the wheel size increased from the original 14 inches to a larger 15 inches, while the overall width of the rim rose to 11 inches at the rear.

1976 Lamborghini Silhouette used a V8 engine derived from the Urraco P300 is driven up to 265 hp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Then the entire suspension geometry was modified to keep those 285 mm of Italian rubber as flat as possible on the road and maintain full traction on the wide rear wheel at all times. The Miura inspired engine cover design from the Urraco was lost during the redesign, and a new tunnel back was introduced incorporating a rollover cage to comply with safety regulations for open-top cars.

While the engine is derived from the Urraco P300 but is driven up to 265 hp which means adding weight from the substantial modifications needed to the chassis to go roof-less, it does not mean that the Silhouette would stay behind the Urraco P300 when driving on the open road.
1976 Lamborghini Silhouette was kept in production for only two years, with a total at no more than 52 units from which only 27 to 31 are believed to have survived today. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33w9nxC)
Overall, this should be a good idea of ​​open-top driving a true Lamborghini very appealing to potential buyers, but the Silhouette couldn’t fulfill its high hopes. So it does not make the company's financial condition better, due to Lamborghini couldn’t convince customers to buy the Silhouette. And even worse is the fact that the company was unable to certify the Silhouette for sale in the United States, possibly the biggest market for this kind of Lamborghini.

The Lamborghini Silhouette was kept in production for only two years, with a total at no more than 52 units from which only 27 to 31 are believed to have survived today. And it is not surprising that this model is now included in one of the rare Lamborghini models so to get it requires more effort at a high cost too, just like the whole experience of the V8 engined car development that was carried out by the late Ferruccio back in the Seventies.
However, the development efforts of the V8 engined car by the Italian premium car manufacturer have not stopped at the Lamborghini Urraco and Silhouette even though production stopped in 1979. Then the last reincarnation of the V8 engined model was continued on the Lamborghini Jalpa which was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show 1981. And the final model of V8-engined car would show some decent production numbers outselling all its predecessors several times over. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAMBO CARS | SUPERCARS.NET]
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Friday, March 20, 2020

Gemballa Avalanche, an off-road version of Porsche 911

Design modifications often attract the attention of automotive enthusiasts. Because not only presents a design that is more okay and new, design modifications often provide inspiration for modification enthusiasts. But have you ever imagined if the Porsche 911 was modified to be an offroad car?

If you never imagine it, try to see this Porsche modification which is guaranteed to change the total look of the car to be cooler. Because with a touch of almost the entire body to make a German-born car this one is very different as a result of Gemballa's creations.
This fierce-look Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 dirt-monster concept made based on the Porsche 911. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QiRFZs)
Gemballa, one of the leading automotive tuners managed to modify the Porsche 911 by changing its appearance to a 4x4 off-road car. The results of the car modification became known as the Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 Concept.

However, the automotive tuner did not provide information about the change package embedded in the Porsche 911. However, the exterior design of the modified Porsche 911 looks like a rally car.

Call it on the bonnet which is replaced with a new bonnet with ventilation that can remove the heat from the engine properly. In addition, the part of the roof was changed in order to be able to cut the wind well.
The Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 Concept' body presenting a stronger impression in each corner by adding wide wings to the rear to add the tough impression. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QiRFZs)
Then, the composition is done on the body by presenting a stronger impression in each corner and adding wide wings to the rear to add the impression of being tough and able to cut the wind perfectly, so as to increase performance.






Gemballa sharpens its corporate strategy and provides an outlook on future models... We will be introducing numerous new models over the next 24 months and expanding our dealer network worldwide,” states Steffen Korbach, owner and CEO of Gemballa. New Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 and Tornado 4x4 He continues: “First and foremost, we will continue to focus on customizing and increasing the performance of Porsche models, but we are also open to other brands. The prototype of the Gemballa Avalanche 4.2 RS based on the Porsche 991, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, is now to be launched this year in an exclusive small series based on the Porsche 991 and 992. The performance data will outshine all comparable vehicles. In 2016, we already discussed the development of a 4x4 variant of the Porsche Cayenne as the Gemballa Tornado 4x4 and the Porsche 911 as the Gemballa Avalanche 4x4. Designs for both vehicles have been in the drawer for a long time.” Performance increase with over 1,000 HP in preparation The Luxury Customization Division is currently marketing very successfully the body kit conversion for the Porsche 991/992 under the name “GTR 8XX Evo-R BiTurbo” with an increase in performance to currently 818 bhp and 1,098 Nm and an acceleration of 2.3 seconds from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and a top speed of over 370 km/h (230 mph). A performance variant with over 1,000 bhp is being worked on and will be launched in the summer. High investments in development and expansion of high quality standards “After years of consolidation, we are now preparing a major product offensive with new considerable investments,” says Steffen Korbach, adding: “A lot has changed in our sector. Stricter state guidelines and laws, new trends, and competition from vehicle manufacturers are having a massive impact on the vehicle customization business. We have worked long and hard and since 2010 have invested over 15 million Euro in modernizing the brand and improving product quality. All of this with the aim of standing out from the mainstream also in the future.” #gemballa
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Then the tuner also overhauled the legs of the car by replacing a new suspension and using tough tires that can be used in any terrain area, especially muddy lanes. This means that the car is deliberately designed to be able to devour all-terrain, even more so Gemballa Avalanche will carry the 4x4 wheel drive.

But unfortunately, the special Porsche automotive tuner did not provide complete information about the release date or production of the modified Porsche 911. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GEMBALLA | AUTOBLOG | HYPERBEAST]
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Urraco, 1970s-style V8-engined Lamborghini sports car

In the early 1970s, Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. was seen actively developing V8-engined cars, this can be seen in the development of the Lamborghini Urraco model and was also intended to rival its compatriot manufacturer iconic model, Ferrari Dino.
Lamborghini Urrapco designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
And Lamborghini Urraco is a 2+2 mid-engined sports car designed by Marcello Gandini, who at that time was still working at the Carrozzeria Bertone. In its time, this model was arguably the milestone of the birth of a cheap 'raging bull' logoed sports car. Due to the consumers could get this sports car at a cheaper price than the Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Dino at the time.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Lamborghini Urraco. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
Besides that, this model was produced specifically for the Italian automotive market, which at that time intended to avoid the heavy tax imposed on cars with engines with a capacity of over 2.0-liter. However, the Sant'Agata-based premium car manufacturer also offers the model with an engine above 2.0-liter.
Rear side view of Lamborghini Urraco. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UmyJde)
The Lamborghini Urraco has a sleek body with the pop-up typical headlights of the 1970s and uses several V8 engine options, including 2.0 liters, 2.5 liters or 3.0 liters with an output range of 180 - 247 horsepower. The maximum speed that could be reached by the Urraco is 260 kph for its highest variant.
The raging bull logoed automotive manufacturer produced the Urraco model in the period between 1973 to 1979 with only 66 units having been built and introduced for the first time at the 1970 Turin Auto Show. Today, the Lamborghini Urraco is sat among the scarce, exorbitant priced sports cars, and one of the most sought after by the collectors and fans of classic Italian sports cars. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP SPEED]
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Virgil Exner's Stutz Blackhawk

Initially, this automotive brand is an American luxury sportscar brand. The Indianapolis-based company began production in 1911 and ended in 1935. The brand revived in 1968 by a New York banker James O'Donnell in collaboration with world-renowned automotive designers and former Chrysler's design chief Virgil Exner.
1973 Stutz Blackhawk III was known as one of Elvis Presley's favorite cars and had seen being used by him a few hours before passing away in 1977. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/392lgNi)
The company stands under the auspices of Stutz Motor Car of America, Inc., and produced the car with a new modern retro look. Although technically the company still exists, sales of vehicles produced by the factory actually had stopped in 1995.
This golden-colored 1976 Stutz Blackhawk Coupe have been sold at prices of the US $36,300 or around Rp. 532 million in a Barret-Jackson auction event at Las Vegas back in 2015. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3927sCt)
And the famous car production of this company is the Stutz Blackhawk which was made between 1971 and 1987. Besides its name, there is no other resemblance to the original Blackhawk version produced by the Stutz Motor Company between 1929-1930.
1971 Stutz Blackhawk uses a Pontiac V8 455 cubic inches engine mated to a three-speed GM TH400 automatic transmission. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOtrPQ)
It can be said that the Exner's designed car is the latest version of Blackhawk. The radical Exner design for the Blackhawk includes spare tires that stand out prominently in the rear trunk, large front grille and slightly stand out, up to the freely mounted headlights. So then the Blackhawk design built as a prototype by Carrozzeria Ghia, an Italian renowned coachbuilder company at a cost of more than the US $300,000 at the time.
Interior view of 1971 Stutz Blackhawk. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOtrPQ)
And the Stutz Blackhawk first debuted at Waldorf Astoria, New York City in January 1970. Its prices ranged from the US $22,500 to $75,000, which was quite expensive at the time. When the car production began in 1971, all early versions of the Blackhawk had a body style coupe and were built handbuilt.

The initial version of the Stutz Blackhawk uses a Pontiac V8 engine with a dimension of 455 cubic inches with a 7.5-liter capacity, mated to a three-speed GM TH400 automatic transmission. The engine that is set is capable of producing 425 hp (317 kW) of torque of 570 Nm (420 ft.lb).
Rearview of 1971 Stutz Blackhawk includes spare tires that stand out prominently over the rear trunk. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2wOtrPQ)
Although weighing 2,300 kg, Stutz Blackhawk accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 130 mph (210 kph), with the fuel usage of 8 miles per gallon (30 liters per 100 km).
By the time production ended in 1987, around 575 units of Stutz Blackhawk had been sold to exclusive customers throughout the US and several other countries worldwide. Some famous Stutz Blackhawk owners include the singer Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Billy Joel, Elton John, to Paul McCartney, then the actor Dean Martin, Al Pacino and the comedian Sammy Davis Jr.

Known, Elvis Presley ever had owned 5 units of this car, with the first being purchased by him for the US $26,500 on October 9, 1970, after one 'price bidding war' happened between him and his colleague Frank Sinatra. Over the next few years, he bought four more units. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK]
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Chiron Pur Sport targets cornering speed record

Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S presents its latest supercar variant with a more sporty appearance, named Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Then this special edition supercar will begin to be assembled in the second half of 2020 and made in a limited number, which is only 16 units which will be priced at 3.2 million or around Rp.50.5 billion per unit.
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the latest supercar of the Molsheim-based auto manufacturer with a more sporty appearance. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aQ3dLl)
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is claimed to be different from the various variants of the Bugatti standard model and is suitable for speeding on the circuit. As quoted by Carscoops, the Chiron Pur Sport has new aerodynamics and the suspension that able to reduces weight and makes power easier to obtain. The engineers improve control and make Chiron Pur Sport more fun to drive while cornering.
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is used an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine capable of producing power up to 1,500 PS (1,103 kW/1,479 hp). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aRIMO4)
This supercar model will use the same engine of the Chiron standard model, which is an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine capable of producing power up to 1,500 PS (1,103 kW/1,479 hp). However, the redline has moved 200 rpm higher than the Chiron standard which reaches 6,900 rpm. The latest monumental engine is mated to a recalibrated automatic transmission system. 
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is made in a limited number, which is only 16 units which will be priced at €3.2 million. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3cUhetc)
Changes were also made to the gearbox which includes a low range transmission ratio of around 15 percent compared to the standard model which has a positive effect on power delivery and engine response. The result is an elasticity value of 40 percent better than the Chiron standard model.
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is adopting an aerodynamically optimized front fascia with larger holes, larger horseshoe grille, and a new splitter of carbon fiber. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aRIMO4)
Then the chassis also experienced a significant increase, included front springs is made 65 percent more rigid, stiffer rear springs, and adaptive damping that focused on the performance.

The Chiron Pur Sport uses 16 kg lighter Aero wheels designed to improve aerodynamics and brake ventilation. Then the rims were wrapped with Bugatti Sport Cup 2 R tires measuring 285/30 R20 at the front and 355/25 R21 at the back which was developed specifically by Michelin.
The all-new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is uses 16 kg lighter Aero wheels designed to improve aerodynamics and brake ventilation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3aRIMO4)
For its braking system, Bugatti chooses to use a new titanium brake pad base panel with lighter discs, which together made a lighter alloy, thus making the Chiron Pur Sport able to trim its weight to 19 kg lighter than the standard model.

Bugatti also made changes to the car exterior as well and looks the Pur Sport adopting an aerodynamically optimized front fascia with larger holes, larger horseshoe grille, and a new splitter of carbon fiber. 
While at the rear also experienced very significant changes, including the installation of 1.9 meter wide spoilers which are said to be able to produce greater downforce. Then the new exhaust pipes are also made of 3D printed titanium and Bugatti said that its weight is very light and also resistant to extreme temperatures. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BUGATTI | CARSCOOPS | AUTOCAR]
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