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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The most powered Porsche sportscar in the 1990s

When we were talking about the 1990s supercars, the first things that crossed the mind were McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJ220, and Porsche 959. However, it turns out that Porsche once had one forgotten sports car named the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion is one of the most powered sports cars in the 1990s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WHOleb)
Back in 2017, it was sold for $5,665,000 or approx Rp.7 billion in one of the Gooding & Company auction events. When offered the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion, it is still in a well-maintained state and has no defects or damage. The mileage of this vehicle has only reached 7,900 kilometers. So what makes this classic sportscar able to achieve so expensive selling prices?
One of the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion was sold for $5,665,000 at the Gooding & Company auction events in 2017. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ucs0DO)
As quoted of Carscoops, at that time, the Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturers should make several units of cars that were legal for use on the streets as one of the requirements to join endurance racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans. And the Porsche 911 GT1 made in 1996 which later became the Porsche's ticket to participate in the FIA GT Championship.
Left side view of the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This Porsche beautiful road-legal version, of which only 20 units were ever produced of its initial plan as much as 25 units. The car was designed with a wide frame and spoilers, and front lip. Its rear is inspired by Porsche 962, and front by Porsche 993 with elevated ground clearance, the suspension is softer, the gear and engine ratios are adjusted.
Compact interior vies of 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
Likewise, the interior also looks aggressive, especially the instrument panel that shows various indicators. This model is as fierce as the racing version, so it has the impression of being uncomfortable for use on the highway.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion used a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This street-legal car version is equipped with a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. The engine sector is capable of generating power up to 544 hp at 7,000 rpm, with torque reaching 600 Nm at 4,250 rpm. No wonder this car can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers in just 3.7 seconds. This car can also run up to 310 kilometers per hour.
The appearance and performance numbers of this car is quite impressive for a car from the 1990s, so it's not surprising in its heyday, this sports car was considered one of the most powerful cars of the era. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE THINGS |]
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Monday, March 30, 2020

An exotic 1940s Stanguellini Ala d'Oro sports cars

Looking at a row of racing cars of the 1940s that have a unique and unusual shape is very pleasant for us. Especially cars manufactured by Italian automotive manufacturers.

One of them was a racing car that could be said success in various racing events at the time named the Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Ala d’Oro (where Ala d'Oro is the Italian words means 'golden wing').
1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The cars were initially built by Fiat in 1934 and sold as the 508 S models. Then the exotic-styled roadster and coupe models were built based on the 508 S models done by Automobili Stanguellini, a small sports car maker based in Modena.
Front view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The company was founded by Vittorio Stanguellini. It was most active between 1946 and 1960 and continued to produce competition cars until 1981 when Vittorio Stanguellini died; thenceforth, the company devoted to vintage cars.
Rear side view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The first model known as the Stanguellini Sports Barchetta Ala d’Oro was born in 1943 out of the imagination of Francesco Stanguellini, a son of the company founder, Vittorio Stanguellini. The Italian company, despite its small size, enjoyed a glorious history of victories, even over its more famous 'cousins' at Ferrari.
1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
Francesco had a passion for race cars and was described as 'the engine wizard' by the press for his ability to build light and powerful cars by transforming other models’ frames and engines. One day he drew the first sketch of this splendid vehicle by using a 1,110cc 4-cylinder Fiat's engine. 
Left side view of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The engine was capable to burst power of up to 45hp and make it run to 185 kilometers per hour at top speed. So the cars which would win the Italian Sportscar Championship in 1946 and 1947.
Rearview of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The second sports models is the Stanguellini Sports Berlinetta Ala d’Oro equipped with a very special dynamic hardtop that was often used by drivers for endurance and road races such as the 1000 Miglia.
In 1946 it was purchased by Cornelio Corazza di Treviglio who re-registered it with RE 131665 plates, it is at this time that the car underwent the replacement of the engine (currently mounted) and was re-bodied by the Carrozzeria Ala d'Oro.

These two wonderful designs of the Ala d’Oro still lets the world's classic car enthusiast imagination soar until today. ***  [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ITALIAN WAYS | ROUTEVECCHIE | AQUARAMABEC | COACHBUILD]
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The most weirdest GM Bison turbine-engined truck concept

The 1950s and 1960s could be considered the heyday of automotive manufacturers and designers to develop and realize their wild imagination and vision about what the vehicles should look like in the future. On this occasion, we still talking about the turbine engines and future cars according to those eras.
1964 General Motors Bison, a vision of trucks for the future has been presented at the 1964 World Fair. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Aside from Chrysler Turbine Car in 1963, it turns out that a year later, the manufacturer compatriot rival General Motors also makes the turbine-engined vehicles.

But the GM's vehicle is not a sedan but a truck named General Motors Bison concept. Until today, the General Motors truck concept still looks like something truly coming from the future, despite being created in 1964.
1964 General Motors Bison has no door, to get into, the driver and passenger should be opened the canopy, which included the entire windscreen. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
General Motors created the Bison concept for the 1964 World Fair since it had to be a representation of the future. GM took inspiration from planes and spaceships, therefore, it featured a low and sleek profile. Uniquely, this concept truck has no door. To get into, the driver and passenger should be opened the canopy, which included the entire windscreen.

Then inside the cabin, there is a futuristic steering wheel that looks a lot like a yoke of an airplane. Between the two vertical handles, there are a number of switches. The control levers and buttons are mostly located on the center console, where its driver and passenger will also find the phone.
1964 General Motors Bison had a four-wheel steering and the entire cabin was situated in front of the wheels. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
General Motors said that the Bison concept is meant for long-distance hauling vehicle, but it didn’t seem like it is the case, due to the cabin does not have a sleeping room or special compartments for personal belongings of the driver and passengers.

Then there is something interesting about this concept truck, where the entire cabin of Bison was in front of the wheels. Then the cabin position is also very low and has a very aerodynamic look. Then because the glass canopy is quite large, so the visibility must be very good. The GM Bison truck concept has a four-wheel steering system, where the wheels of both axis were turning to the same or opposite directions, depending on the steering angle
Inside the cabin of the 1964 General Motors Bison there's a phone in the central console. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
What's special about GM's concept truck is the engine. It is not half-hearted, the American automotive manufacturer pinned two turbine engines capable of spewing out the power of 280 and 720 horsepower respectively. As we all know, GM has experimented with turbines since 1953.

Although initially Bison was only a design concept and could not be driven, but turned out GM did make a real driving prototype truck with turbine engines sometime later. And Bison’s turbines were mounted over the wheels right behind the cabin.
There's a pod above the axles of the 1964 GM Bison truck concept was housing its two turbine engines.. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Because it is intended as a future long-distance hauling vehicle, then trailer hitch was also not a traditional design. When designing this concept truck, GM imagined that in the future loading and unloading of trailers will be automatic where the cargo modules will simply move in the docks by themselves.

And so the trailer, which also had a low profile to match the truck, had hard shell and modular structure. The entire combination did look pretty impressive, but unfortunately the company never has the plans for the Bison to reach the production lines.
The 1964 General Motors Bison's trailer which also had a low profile to match the truck, had hard shell and modular structure. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Back to its initial goals, General Motors created Bison as a vision about what the future should look like. It seems that for the Bison concept to work, so many works should been done and well-prepared up to the entire trucking industry changed.

Even though the truck today was not like this, the Bison concept is still a pretty cool design and we only could be hoped to see it's passed in front of us and honked while hauling goods someday.  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HEMMINGS | TFLTRUCK | DESIGNYOUTRUST | NODUM.ORG]
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The one-off Duesenberg Model D

When we talking about 'tastes,' maybe each era has its own tastes. This also seems to apply in the world's automotive. If at this time, the rich automotive enthusiasts might prefer to have the Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini branded cars to raise their social status. But in the era of the 1920s until the early 1930s, the world's celebrity vehicle tastes of the world fell on Duesenberg branded cars that carried innovative high-performance machines to raise social status in society at that time.
1966 Duesenberg Model D prototype built based on Virgil Exner's design and constructed by Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
Indeed, at present, the Duesenberg brand is rarely heard especially with its many unique sport and body features. The emergence of the Duesenberg Model D is intended to remake it being a star that would shine in the mid-1960s. The car is known to be made based on the brainchild of former Chrysler Chief designer Virgil Exner. which was later built by Carrozzeria Ghia, one of the leading Italian car body companies in 1966.
The Exners's Duesenberg sketch for Esquire. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
The concept was originally conceived by Fritz Duesenberg (son of Augie Duesenberg), and Milo Record, a promoter of the Indianapolis area, to make a flagship model in early 1964. This car will have a roar of a 500 cubic inch engine capable of spewing power of up to 500 horsepower and sit at an extra-long wheelbase.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Duesenberg Model D prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
The car which then uses Chrysler's 440 cubic-inch V8 engine that capable of producing power of 425 horsepower. The assembly process is planned to take place in Indianapolis with initial plans to be built around 200 to 1000 units and its future plan include the convertible version. 
Rear side view of Duesenberg Model D prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
And the car's initial body style is a four-door sedan with a cabin full of luxurious touches including the option of built-in television and mini-bar inside. The standard equipment of this car includes climate control A/C, automatic pilot, and AM/FM radio. Surely the price tag will last far beyond the reach of ordinary people at around $20,000, more than double the most expensive Cadillac model at the time.
After that, the order was confirmed (it's believed that around 50 orders were received) to be ready to be rolled as a production model, but unfortunately, Duesenberg's extinct dream never came true. And the prototype car that has been completed is still the only one that has been made and displayed in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum for almost 36 years without ever having one production model. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | HEMMINGS]
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Seeing Lambo Athon concept that we've never been known before

It turns out that the Tesla Cybertruck was not the first vehicle to apply an unusual shape. At least the shape of the front fascia that is almost similar to the pull of sharp and tapered lines turned out to have also been a trend in the automotive industry in the 1970s to early 1980s.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone appeared with the front fascia designed in the pull of sharp and tapered lines. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39UzGjy)
Apparently, this also invited the interest of Lamborghini to design and make a concept car in 1980, which was named the Lamborghini Athon Concept. Like not wanting to lose from the others, the Italian car manufacturer which is famous for producing supercars has also once offered a radical concept and was named after an ancient Egyptian sun god.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone uses a 3-liter V8 engine, which is capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower only. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39XZhrT)
During the late 1970s, Automobili Lamborghini was having financial difficulties and slowly went into bankruptcy and made some car enthusiasts were surprised when the dream car was introduced. Indeed, not many people know about this Lamborghini concept car. For his time, the Athon's unique figure looked very futuristic. This Athon concept car was made based on  Lamborghini Silhouette P300 which was produced between 1976 and 1979 as many as 55 units.
Inside the cabin of Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone featured the futuristic-styled steering wheel and panels, so made it is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
Yes, the raging bull logoed premium car manufacturer then collaborated with its compatriot coachbuilder company Bertone to create a tapered-designed and accompanied with the futuristic-styled panels in its cabin, so made this Lamborghini concept car is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone was designed by Marc Deschamps, Marcello Gandini’s successor, and introduced at the 1980 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
But unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work due to the Athon isn't as fast as other Lambo models. Although the car concept uses a 3-liter V8 engine accompanied with the 5-speed manual transmission system, which is only capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower. With those engine powers, the car could reach top speeds of 70 miles per hour and could go from 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. So the car then made only one.
If you pay close attention, the steering wheel design of this car looks as if it is floating. All of that thanks to the accuracy of the design, if at a certain angle the steering wheel looks floating. In addition, the car gear lever also has a unique shape such as the folding knife handle, there's also a touchscreen instrumental panel and even a phone.

If you are wondering what happened to the Athon, it was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in 2011 and managed to fetch €347,200 ($392,700). At that moment, the car was in "absolutely original condition" and hopefully it remains the same to this day. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | THE THINGS | THE AUTOBODY REVIEW]
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Chrysler Turbine Car can run with all-kind of fuels you gave

When talking about turbine engines and cars, maybe not many people know about it. Indeed, this type of engine is more often found in aircraft or helicopters and is not commonly used in four-wheeled vehicles or two wheels. Previously we have also presented articles about the figure of a turbine engined motorcycle called MTT Y2K.
1963 Chrysler Turbine Car at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/395czBB)
Turbine engines have advantages over conventional piston engines, such as larger bursts of power, less maintenance, and last longer, as well as a simple size. But this machine has a big weakness that makes it unsuitable to be used as a drivetrain for cars or motorcycles, besides producing very noisy sounds as well as very expensive production prices.
Right side view of the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Wsrsey)
It turned out that the installation of turbine engines on the cars was carried out in 1963  to 1964 as part of research conducted by Chrysler, one of America's leading automotive manufacturers. Yes, at that time there's a beautiful car full with a classic American aura given the name of Chrysler Turbine Car due to under the hood had a turbine engine attached.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WtDOTV)
But it is not a matter of the design of the car that is the subject of discussion this time, but its engine! The turbine engine used in this car is not like a jet (turbofan) engine which if applied to a car, can make other road vehicles catch on fire while directly behind it.

Chrysler Turbine Car is a 2-door hardtop coupe created by Elwood Engel and Chrysler's studios. The car also features a variety of modern features such as power brakes, power steering, and TorqueFlite transmission, and was coated with a metallic, root beer-colored paint known as "turbine bronze".
The turbine engine view of 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Wsrsey)
Then the body of the Chrysler Turbine Car was done by Ghia, an Italian design studio and Chrysler completed its assembly in Detroit. The car is driven by an A-831 turbine engine that has a working principle like a helicopter (turboshaft) engine and said able to run on a variety of fuels. The engine can output up to 130 horsepower with a torque of 576 Nm.
Rear side view of 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bd76tW)
At that time, the car was produced as many as 55 units, with details of five prototypes and a limited run of 50 cars for a public user program. Finally in 1966 when the program was declared over, Chrysler took all of these cars and destroyed all but nine of them. Then Chrysler kept two units, five units were displayed in the museum and the remaining two units were in a private collection.
Just for information, the Chrysler turbine engine program completely stopped in 1979, which was mostly due to engine failure to meet government emissions regulations, relatively poor fuel economy, and as a prerequisite for receiving government loans in 1979. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA]
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