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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

A controversial design of Diablo Strosek

~Weird ONE~ Another nice looking of Lamborghini supercars as well as has a controversy design is the Lamborghini Diablo Strosek. List of people who can afford to buy this car a little. However, if you are a member of this list, you might be want to have this car in your garage.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT/R Strosek. (Picture from: LamboCars)
This customized car was built by Vittorio Strosek of Strosek Design GmbH & Co. KG by taking the base from 1993 Lamborghini Diablo. Because he found that the original Diablo was too subtle, so he set out to create a more balanced design that he made for some extremely wealthy customers.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT. (Picture from: LamborghiniDallas)
Some exterior parts are removed and redesigned. He removed the front and rear bumpers of the Diablo and installed his redesigned units which were much more rounded than the originals, the front turn signal was replaced and the pop-up lights removed and two poly-ellipsoid units installed in their place.
This view clearly shows the difference between the standard Diablo and the one modified by Strosek. (Picture from: LamboCars)
He also removed the original exterior rear view mirrors and installed two altered ones mounted high up on the doors, the rear spoiler being integrated between the rear light clusters, and can be adjusted for more down force when needed.
The amazing baby blue Lamborghini Diablo Strosek, note the special headlights. (Picture from: LamboCars)
The side air intakes in the front of the rear wheels were redesigned and the rear bumper now hold two big-bore exhaust pipes. On later models the panel between the rear lights was replaced with a new one using round holes for the rear fog light and the back-up light.
1994 Lamborghini Diablo VT Strosek, , note the high mounted rear view mirrors. (Picture from: LamboCars)
Strosek also installed his special 18-inch magnesium wheels, which was available in chrome when requested by the customer. These wheels uses a five hole design that is similar to the original but were redesigned and looks much cleaner than standard wheels.
A closer look at the high gloss Carbon Fiber rear wing installed by Strosek. (Picture from: LamboCars)
While on the car's inside changes remained little, although some cars featured new door panels and racing bucket type seats.
A look along the side of the rare Lamborghini Diablo Strosek. (Picture from: LamboCars)
Originally, this supercar has a massive engine that allows it to hit a top speed of more than 200 mph. I have no information about the engine, but Strosek isn't known to play around with the engine, so it is possible no modifications were made to its massive V12 engine.
Two big exhaust, a nicely integrated rear bumper and some other modifications create a totally different Diablo. (Picture from: LamboCars)
Pricing on these customized Lamborghini supercar wasn't available and also we have never seen any of it for sale, so it is likely that if you find one it will be very expensive. Due to the exclusivity has to be paid here.
Unfortunately, this is impossible to put this customized car in the United States' highway. Yes, these Lamborghini Diablo Strosek is banned in the United States, due to be considerate unsafe while used on the streets by those country authorities. In your opinion what causes the Lamborghini Diablo Strosek not allowed to be used in the United States? *** [EKA [13092018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAMBOCARS.COM]
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Sunday, June 19, 2022

A story of Aurora, an ugliest car ever made

~Ugly ONE~ After yesterday we presented an article about a weird-shaped car figure named 1958 Sir Vival, and then on this occasion, we presented a story about the next strange-shaped car that was also born in that period. Let's look at the following story;

This is the story of an abandoned prototype car named Aurora Safety Car, a concept car that was introduced in 1957 in New York that aspired to become the safest car in the world. Unfortunately, due to its peculiar exterior design and high price offered made it never went into the production line.
1957 Aurora Safety Car designed and made by a Catholic priest named Father Alfred A. Juliano. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rMdmEt)
This weird-shaped concept car designed by a Catholic priest named Father Alfred A. Juliano in the mid-1950s and the prototype made based on the 1953 Buick. At that time he wanted to create the safest car. But his plans did not go as expected and the model did not take long to fall into oblivion. Today, many considered it was one of the ugliest cars ever made.
Father Juliano drove by himself the Aurora Safety Car to a media event in New York City in 1957. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rMdmEt)
The Aurora Safety Car, like other abandoned prototypes that we all knew, is an unknown vehicle for the most passionate drivers. And the normal thing is that those who are aware of the car existence also know that, for many, this is one of the ugliest cars ever made. But that strange appearance was the result of the goal pursued by its creator, who was none other than to design and build a car with a passive level of safety that had never been seen before.
Wreckage of 1957 Aurora Safety Car before restoration laid to be forgotten and rotting in a field behind the garage. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
In this prototype, the car has been embedded in various safety features which not imagined yet in the time, such as side safety bars, the safety cage integrated with the body, safety belts or padded dashboard. Another surprising detail of the Aurora Safety Car prototype is the spare wheel is located at the front on low-positioned, so it also contributes to improving safety by adding an additional deformation space to absorb the energy in case of impact.
The Aurora was designed with safety in mind, but some auto historians call it the ugliest car ever made. (Picture from: https://nyti.ms/2Bpy5SI)
But this is not the only striking feature of the front of the Safety Car made by Alfred A. Juliano, because the entire front of the body made of fiberglass which filled with foam to minimize the injuries caused to a pedestrian (in the case of being hit by this car). As if it was one of the modern airbags for pedestrians.
Andy Saunders posed with his restored Aurora Safety Car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
Its safety elements did not end there, because it also had a collapsible steering column and seats that could swivel to protect occupants in a crash. Another feature that makes the Aurora Safety Car is the most peculiar car prototype is it has an integrated hydraulic system activated by a dashboard control, with four jacks located at the ends of the car body that allowed the quick tires changing process.

The oddly bubble-shaped windshield, made from shatterproof resin, had no wipers because Father Juliano said it was so aerodynamic, raindrops blew away. The bubble curved out, away from occupants, to minimize head injuries. The roof was a stunning panoramic dome, with metal blinds inside.
1957 Aurora Safety Car displayed at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire UK. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
After the failed commercialization effort also meant the car project was failed. For decades, the Aurora lay forgotten and rotting in a field behind the garage because Father Juliano had an unpaid repair bill. Then, a British automotive enthusiast named Andy Saunders found the Aurora through an old photo in 1993, which had a billboard for the repair shop in the background. He reached the shop’s owner and arranged to buy the car for $1,500, sight unseen, and have it shipped to England.
And finally, the car was restored and re-shown again at the prestigious event of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005. Since then, it has been displayed at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. And here we able to see, at least the Aurora had better fate better than Sir Vival were laid to be forgotten and being rusty slowly along with time. *** [EKA [21122018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ANDY SAUNDERS | AUTO BILD | NEWYORK TIMES]
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Friday, June 17, 2022

The unique Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels

~Unique ONE~ If we talk about something unique and unusual it may be endless. Especially now that we live in an advanced technology era that's full of wonders and surprises. No wonder if it's associated with the automotive world today, there are many unique vehicles creation been born that have never been thought of before.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels built by Franco Sbarro and has debuted at the 1989 Geneve Motor Show. (Picture from: Dyler)
Well, maybe the following vehicle can be a perfect example for that. If previously there was a vehicle that carried the hubless wheels concept, usually our minds would automatically contacted to a motorcycle figure. That's natural, because it is a motorcycle that usually carries such a concept. But did you ever know that there was once a creation of four-wheeled vehicles that carried such a concept? Really!
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels was known to be the first serious attempt to install hubless wheels on a passenger car. (Picture from: Dyler)
Hubless wheel, that's the idea that was presented by an Italian-born Swiss automotive designer named Franco Sbarro whose famous for his love of cars, especially those that look extreme. And through the company he founded in 1971 named Sbarro, he has always strived to create vehicles that stand out in every possible sense.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car's cabin interior appeared in red, equipped with a steering wheel and many buttons has attached on the dashboard. (Picture from: Dyler)
At first Sbarro started producing replicas of various models of Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, etc. but Franco Sbarro then decided to go a step further and started making original and authentic models pleased by many rich eccentric car enthutiats.
The Sbarro hubless orbital wheeled motorcycle built in 1989 before the Sbarro Osmos sports car. (Picture from: Sbarro)
In the 1980s, he came up with the idea for a completely new type of wheel that didn't require a hub, according to him the rim can be limited to the rim itself. After that he made several prototypes of his own wheels, then built a hubless-wheel motorcycle concept in 1989. And at the Geneva Motor Show 1989 he showed the Sbarro Osmos, a phenomenal sports car concept featuring with four hubless orbital wheels.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels measures approximately 4.50 m long, 2.10 m wide, 1 m of high, and wheelbase of 2,85 m. (Picture from: Dyler)
This unique 1,150 kg weighted sports car measures approximately 4.50 m long, 2.10 m wide, 1 m of high and wheelbase of 2,85 m. It is powered by a Jaguar V12 mid-mounted engine capable of producing around 300 hp of power with a unique exhaust channeling system. Reportedly this Sbarro sports car takes less than five seconds to accelerate from rest to one hundred kilometers per hour. In addition, the Sbarro Osmos is also equipped with butterfly-style doors like most of the world's famous premium brand sports cars at the time.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels is also featured with butterfly-style doors like most of the world's famous premium brand sports cars. (Picture from: Dyler)
But the most outstanding feature of this car is of course its four hubless orbital wheels. When Franco Sbarro decided to make hubless wheels, it wasn't just because he wanted to make his dream come true. As we all know this type of wheel has been widely used for various motorcycles, but did you know this was the first serious attempt to install hubless wheels on a passenger car, and Sbarro felt challenged to make it happen.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels is powered by a Jaguar V12 mid-mounted engine capable of producing around 300 hp of power with a unique exhaust channeling system. (Picture from: Dyler)
Of course, it doesn't end with the wheels themselves, Sbarro also has to solve the problem of the transmitting drive to them. The wheel rim consists of two rings connected by a chain or "axle" with very small bearings, placed as close to the road surface as possible. Of course, this should significantly lower the vehicle's center of gravity, reduce unsprung mass and facilitate cooling of the brakes, and thus improve handling.
The Sbarro Osmos sports car with four hubless orbital wheels is claimed takes less than five seconds to accelerate from rest to one hundred kilometers per hour. (Picture from: Sbarro)
However, at the same time, it requires high precision, durability and expensive materials, which ultimately complicates the production process. So the innovation of hubless wheels did not succeed in attracting the interest of larger car manufacturers, and the concept introduced in 1989 remained as it was, due to the complex and expensive use and manufacture it.
In the early 1990s, Franco Sbarro sold all his shares to Dominique Mottas, and the hubless wheel innovations such as the Osmos continued to develop for the next few years. Therefore it was then used in a series of prototypes of cars and motorbikes (BMW, Toyota Neo Cosmic Voyager, Metzer Monocorps, Fouquereau Orchide, Thunder Cycle), then it disappeared for a moment. 
And the hubless wheel concept similar to the Osmos appeared again in a concept called the Sbarro Orbital Hybrid shown at the 2009 Geneve Motor Show. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SBARRO | DYLER | AUTOGEN.PL ]
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

You may not know this Nissan road-legal car was one of the best in its time

~Road BEAST~ Throughout our browsing on the internet some time ago, we found the Nissan R390 GT1 picture on the Electric Blue's status on Tweeter. From there, we saw clearly that's such a kind of the successful conversion example of a racing car into a road-legal vehicle, though that the car was is not widely known by the public.
Maybe not many people know the Nissan R390 GT1 variant as the Nissan's fast car besides the Nissan GT-R. (Picture from: Electric Blue's status on Tweeter)
That's true, maybe not many people know the Nissan R390 GT1 variant, and are more familiar with the figure of the Nissan GT-R as Nissan's fast car. It's natural, because the Japanese automaker designed and built the mentioned car in the late 1990s to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GT1 category. If it weren't for the Gran Turismo racing games, the Nissan R390 GT1 would likely be the most unknown supercar to the gamers and carlovers alike around the globe.
The one-off  Nissan R390 GT1 road-use version is attended at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2022 held on the beautifully shores of Lake Como in Italy. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
As quoted from Motor1, the supercar designed by Ian Callum is built in a right-hand steering configuration, and is powered by a 3.5-liter V8 mid-mounted engine in-collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing coupled with a pair of turbochargers like a supercar in general. It produced only 10 for competition between 1997 and 1998, the Nissan R390 GT1 has a single homologated example for road use.

The Nissan R390 GT1 road-use version's interior is simple, basically it has the same instrument as any street sports car and leather covered sports seats. (Picture from: AutoEvolution)
The engine capable to churn out power of 550 horsepower and a maximum torque of 470 lbs.ft (637 Nm). Output is sent to the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission with a short-throw shift lever to propel the car it accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 315 kph.
The one-off  Nissan R390 GT1 road-use version is powered by a 3.5-liter V8 mid-mounted engine in-collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing coupled with a pair of turbochargers like a supercar in general. (Picture from: AutoEvolution)
Still quoted from Motor1, indeed the car is not perfect, also known to have shortcomings, such as a very low driving height factor that makes it quite difficult to drive on public roads. But it seems that it will have absolutely no effect to make the Nissan R390 GT1 as one of the extraordinary supercars of its time.
The one-off  Nissan R390 GT1 road-use version has a length of 185.8 inches (4.7 meters) and a width of 78.7 inches (2 meters), with the weight of car is the same as the Mazda MX-5 Miata. (Picture from: AutoEvolution)
And the Nissan R390 GT1 was converted into a road-legal vehicle, before the next racing version launched in 1998. Furthermore, it's said such a big-sized car with a length of 185.8 inches (4.7 meters) and a width of 78.7 inches (2 meters), with the weight of car is the same as the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Too bad Nissan never built it as its mass produced cars. If it's made, its estimated cost around US $1 millions each.
The one-off  Nissan R390 GT1 road-use version appeared in white coupled with its signature double-sided exhaust tip embellished with several accesories washed in red, such as large spoiler, rear mirrors, and side air vents. (Picture from: TheNationUpdate)
And some time ago, there's a white dominant colored Nissan R390 GT1 appeared at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2022 held on the beautifully shores of Lake Como in Italy. This Nissan fiercest-performanced supercar of 90s attended the event with its signature double-sided exhaust tip embellished with several accesories washed in red, such as large spoiler, rear mirrors, and side air vents, while making an enchanting beautifully V8 roaring. 
As if to show the audience after almost 25 years hiden, turn out the Nissan R390 GT1 still has something special. FYI, this unique R390 GT1 is currently stored at Nismo's Zama warehouse. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NISSAN MOTOR CORPORATION | ID.MOTOR1 | AUTOEVOLUTION | THENATIONUPDATE | NEWNISSANNZ ]
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Monday, June 13, 2022

A surprise gift of Giorgetto Giugiaro's 70th birthday

~Special GIFT~ In automotive history, the name of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro is very well known since he was still working for Carrozzeria Bertone, then Ghia until founded his own company with many car design works from various brands, even some of them became legendary cars.
Giorgetto Giugiaro recieved a surprise gift on his 70th Birthday private party from his son Fabrizio of a full-sized styling model of the last car he designed at Bertone. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
One of them may be this never-before-seen design made by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Lamborghini in the 1960s. This design work was created by him while still worked for Carrozzeria Bertone and was originally intended for the Bizzarrini sportscar.
The car is significant because it eventually became the Lamborghini Miura (left), which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful sports cars Lamborghini has ever made.. (Picture from: AutomotiveNewsEurope)
Because he moved to work for Ghia, the design was offered by then Bertone' CEO, Nucio Bertone to Lamborghini. And the design completed by his successor at Bertone, Marcello Gandini into what would become we know today as a legendary mid-engine sportscar named the Lamborghini Miura, which debuted at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show.
Front view of the Lamborghini Giugiaro full-scaled model presented for Giorgetto Giuguaro's 70th Birthday in 2008. (Picture from: ClassicAndRecreationSportsCar)
As we all know that today  the Lamborghini Miura could be considered one of the most beautiful sports cars Lamborghini has ever done and Giorgetto’s contribution to the car is often overlooked.
Rear view of the Lamborghini Giugiaro full-scaled model presented for Giorgetto Giuguaro's 70th Birthday in 2008. (Picture from: ClassicAndRecreationSportsCar)
As times went by, the original design sketches were found by his son Fabrizio when looking through his fathers old papers and so decided to create a full size mock-up secretly for his fathers 70th birthday surprise gift in August 7, 2008. The car model was on display during a private party at Giorgetto’s home in the hills of Turin on September 20.

After leaving Carrozzeria Ghia, Giorgetto Giugiaro opened his own design studio named Italdesign Giugiaro in February, 1968. In 2010, as much as 90.1% of his company stakes was bought by Lamborghini, a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group. And followed in 2015, Giorgetto sold the remaining stake to Audi, so otomatically together with his son Fabrizio should left Italdesign. In the same year, they also founded new studio named GFG Style. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOMOTIVENEWSEUROPE | CLASSICANDRECREATIONSPORTSCARS | CARSTYLINGRU | MOTORAUTHORITY | ID.MOTOR1 ]
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Friday, June 10, 2022

The Heldo small custom sportscars never been made into production

~Compact SPORTS~ We just got an old concept car that has a quite unique shape when traveling in cyberspace. We felt like we had never seen it before, and according to the information we got, that it was Heldo, short for 'Heldorado'. Strangely enough, isn't? It sounds like Eldorado.
The AAT Heldorado is a prototype compact-sized (in pictured coupe style) built for design studies around a Cadillac Northstar done  by Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT). (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
As we can see it is a prototype compact-sized sportscar built for design studies around a Cadillac Northstar powertrain called Heldo or Heldorado by Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT), an American design and specialist prototype company back in 2000. This company based in Rochester Hills, Michigan founded by Steve Pasteiner (a former Buick and Chevrolet designer) after he left the GM in 1989, nowaday seems to be inactive.
The AAT Heldorado (in pictured coupe style) has a carbon composite bodywork built based on steel-tube space frame. (Picture from: AdvancedAutomotiveTechnologies)
The carbon composite bodywork of the 2,200 lbs (997.903 kg) sportscar is built on steel-tube space frame, as the result finished vehicle has the size approximately similar to the MINI 3-Doors model (with 3,876 mm long, 1,727 mm wide, 1,414 mm high and a wheelbase of 2,495 mm), that's a fairly small overall package of sportscar.
The AAT Heldorado has the size approximately similar to the MINI 3-Doors model (with 3,876 mm long, 1,727 mm wide, 1,414 mm high and a wheelbase of 2,495 mm), that's a fairly small overall package of sportscar. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
No wonder when it showcased at the Woodward Dream Cruise 2008 event, along with many of small custom sportscars out there, this AAT Heldo sportscar has drawn a lot of attention as an example of some of the quirky and occasionally bizarre results of those companies' machinations.
Only two cars were ever created by Advanced Automotive Technologies (AAT), one coupe and other was convertible roadster such in the picture. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
Then the compact-sized sportscar prototype was powered by a transverse, rear mid-mounted Cadillac Northstar Polaris 4,565 cc DOHC V8 engine offering 350 horsepower, so that it can accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 4.2 seconds and reach a distance of approximately a quarter mile (0.402 km) in 12.2 seconds. That's a pretty impressive number for a compact-sized sportscar.
Inside the cabin, there's race-style seats with harnesses, a tall centrally-mounted tachometer, very closely-spaced pedals, Momo steering wheel and an otherwise spartan cockpit combine to give a distinct race-oriented car. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
Only two cars were ever created, one coupe and other was convertible roadster. The coupe is still on the road today known belong to its creator, Steve Pasteiner, but the convertible/roadster was never fully commissioned. The compact-sized sportscar sharing similar styling to the 1990s German sports car the Lotec C1000, which was a one-off supercar created in 1995 for an oil baron in the UAE by Lotec.
The AAT Heldorado (in pictured roadster style) is powered by a transverse, rear mid-mounted Cadillac Northstar Polaris 4,565 cc DOHC V8 engine offering 350 horsepower. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
And in particular the appearance of this car at first glance reminds us of the design proposal for the Bugatti EB110 submitted by Paulo Martin to Bugatti back in 1989. As You can see the pull of the design line on the side to bring up the hanging spoiler shapes at rear looks similar to the one on the Heldo.
The AAT Heldorado compact-sized sportscar (in pictured roadster style) sharing similar styling to the 1990s German sportscar the Lotec C1000. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
Meanwhile inside its cabin, there's race-style seats with harnesses, a tall centrally-mounted tachometer, very closely-spaced pedals, Momo steering wheel and an otherwise spartan cockpit combine to give a distinct race-oriented car. Unfortunetely, there's no word about production or price tags, therefore the AAT Heldo stopped at this point only a concept. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ADVANCED AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGIES | CONCEPTCARZ | MOTORAUTHORITY | CLASSICANDRECREATIONSPORTSCARS | CARTEFACTS ]
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