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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

You've been lucky, if could be see one of these cars

Maybe you are wondering, why did we make the title of the article like that? This was intentional because it was to show how scarce the following cars were. So it is very rare for people to see it passing on the streets at this time.
The rarest 2007 Blastolene B-702, this unique shaped car inspired by the 1930s French car, designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tANCvJ)
Like the unique shaped car above named 2007 Blastolene B-702 or known as the best art-deco costumized car ever, it was designed by Michael Leeds and Randy Grubb. The following cars were rare, unloved, forgotten but somehow extremely cool and interesting models that deserve to be dragged into the light and shown to the public once more.

So, here they are – 6 classic sports cars you probably didn’t know ever existed.

1. Melkus RS 1000
The first sports car came from the eastern bloc communist countries which were known to be very closed during the cold war era. So it is very rare to hear the production of sports cars made by these countries. Until one day in the East Germany, there's an automotive engineer named Heinz Melkus designed a very capable and attractive sports coupe car and convinced the Wartburg factory to produce a limited number of these sports cars.
1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
By using the Wartburg 353 as a basis, Melkus designed and fabricated independent front and rear suspension, roll-bars and close ratio 5-speed gearbox. And then the 992 ccm engine was tuned to produce 68 hp and mounted behind the driver sending its power to rear wheels, instead to front like in its basis car Wartburg 353.

Melkus also designed and manufactured lightweight fiberglass body which featured modern design and low profile. The car was called Melkus RS 1000 and it was introduced for the first time in 1969. To be honest, for 1969s standards this was an extremely advanced sports car, however underpowered with just 68 hp of power.
Left side view of 1969 Melkus RS1000. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GMiCRP)
The production ended in 1979 after 101 cars were made. The Melkus RS 1000 was extremely expensive for East European standards which also explains why the car made in limited production. Most the sports cars were bought by the auto sports teams and raced in local championships.

And it's rumoured, the car company has been revived by making the Melkus RS2000 and shown it for the first time at the 2009 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

2. Kellison J6
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, fiberglass body construction stopped being high tech process exclusive to established manufacturers and became something you could do in your garage. This influenced numerous small companies to start offering their plastic bodies to be mounted on regular car chassis creating a unique and interesting design.

1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Srhoga)
There's an auto company named Kellison established in the early 1950s, the company produced several successful kits for installation on popular models, but in early 1960s the company introduced the J6. The J6 could be bought as a kit or a fully built car, making Kellison a boutique car manufacturer.

The J6 was based on Corvette frame but Kellison didn’t just re-body the ‘Vette. They moved the engine further back in the chassis, changed the suspension, installed larger brakes and different interior making J6 better handling and even faster since J6 body was somewhat lighter than stock Corvette.
Rear side view of 1965 Kellison J6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TmI7z0)
This conversion was pretty popular and over 500 bodies or cars were built. The J6 was very successful in hands of private racing teams since it offered Corvette power in better handling package.

3. ASA 1000 GT
This little Italian sports car was once considered the next big thing in the car industry when it was introduced in 1962. Then it known as “Ferrarina” (little Ferrari), the ASA 1000 GT was exactly that since it was built on tubular chassis with lightweight body and engine designed by then Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarinni.
1964 ASA 1000 GT 'Ferrarina' by Carrozzeria Bertone. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TejVPv)
It had four-wheel disc brakes, sports suspension, and nicely trimmed interior. Under the hood was the 1.03-liter four cylinder engine capable to spew 93 hp of power. However, despite the big initial interest by the world's automotive customers, the car production stopped in 1967 after only 95 examples were built. Today, this Ferrarina is highly praised by collectors and car historians.

4. Matra Djet
Virtually unknown outside of France, Matra was a very innovative and influential car manufacturer in the country. Originally, the company was dedicated to airplane and military production but then it built cars and developed concepts for another French automotive manufacturers such as Renault, for example.
1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
In 1965, Matra took over the Djet project from racer Rene Bonnet and introduced it to the public as the first mid-engined production car in the world. In those days, the concept of mid-engined cars was reduced to racing prototypes and Matra decided to introduce similar cars for the road.
Rear side view of 1965 Matra Djet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GLs8F1)
The car custom built chassis with diminutive Renault 8 engine may look slow today, but since the car only weighed 660 kg it was pretty fast in those day. Matra Djet was a very influential car since it showed the world a new engineering concept which was later accepted by all leading world's sports car manufacturers.

5. Cheetah
The global success of Shelby Cobra inspired many American race car builders to build a similar car which could compete on international level. From this perspective, nobody came close to beating the Cobra.
Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRR4h)
But Bill Thomas, a famous Chevrolet tuner and race car builder was a serious candidate. Unfortunately, due to various circumstances, the Cheetah was never given a proper chance. As you know, Chevrolet and GM pulled out of racing in 1963 but several independent race shops worked for GM`s back door programs in which the company supported the private racing teams with racing know-how or special racing parts.
Right side view of Bill Thomas Cheetah GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ICRcQl)
Bill Thomas’ shop was one of those outfits and he decided to build a Cobra competitor with Chevrolet power. That is how the Cheetah was born. Built on special lightweight chassis with a small block V8 moved as far back as possible and covered in a light fiberglass body, the Cheetah looked and performed as a race car.

Despite some overheating problems, the Cheetah was a remarkable performer and won some lower rank races and even the 1968 SCCA championship. Unfortunately, lack of support, mechanical problems and even a fire at the shop in California stopped the production after around 20 cars were built.

6. Marcos GT
The car produced from 1964 to 1971 and again from 1981 to 1990. Marcos GT was the most popular and interesting model from the British auto company named Marcos Engineering Ltd. Basically, a kit car built on custom chassis but with choice of engines, Marcos GT was relatively cheap but capable sports car with aggressive styling, low weight, and decent performance.
1967 Marcos GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TieY8a)
The GT could be had with numerous engines, mostly by Ford and lineup started with small 1.5 or 1.6-liter four-cylinders. However, if you want to experience full potential, the buyers needed to opt for 3.0-liter V6 from Ford or Volvo. For a brief period of time, Marcos GT was offered on the American market with Volvo`s straight six but not many cars were sold. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR-JUNKIE]
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Unique collaboration of two Japanese industry giants

Of course we all know the big names of Japanese automotive manufacturers that are very global. Just say Yamaha and Toyota.

First. Yamaha is a Japanese industrial giant that has a production line that can be said to be quite diverse, ranging from musical instruments, motorcycles, to engines. But this Japanese manufacturer looks not serious about making four-wheeled vehicles. Why is that so?
The legendary 1967 Toyota 2000GT or 'Japanese E-Type' turn out using Yamaha engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1LmFOx6)
Then the second name is called Toyota. The Japanese automotive giant is very successful in producing four-wheeled vehicles.

So it is not surprising if their four-wheeled vehicles can be seen pacing up and down the streets around the world. But Toyota never once intended to make a motorcycle. The same question arises, why is that?
1974 Toyota Yamahauler, a Hilux long bed version and used as a show car and appeared in various Toyota automotive advertisements at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2AywlHq)
The answer turns out that Yamaha and Toyota have proven to have unique relationships for years. Yes, this collaboration between the two Japanese industrial giants is analogous to a singer duet of different genres that produces a harmony on the stage of the show. It turns out that Yamaha is not only good at making motorbikes, it turns out they are also very skilled in making engines for four-wheeled vehicles.

1974 Toyota Yamahauler in one of 
Toyota's leaflet ads in 1970s.  (Picture 
from:  http://bit.ly/2SEyMz2)
As quoted of Ridepart, Yamaha has been designing and supplying engines for several Toyota production cars for years, starting from the 2000GT classic in 1967, then continued with Celica, and MR2. 

Likewise with Toyota, it was noted that in the 1970s it turned out they had created a pickup truck called Yamahauler specifically to promote the ability to transport motorbikes to its pickup model.

Precisely in 1974, Toyota introduced a long version of the Hilux pickup truck. This vehicle was intentionally made by Toyota to inaugurate a larger car which became known as the Toyota Yamahauler, this vehicle was then used widely as a show car and appeared in various Toyota automotive advertisements at the time.
Another Toyota's legendary car called Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 used a legendary Yamaha 4A-GE engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2AKgrKf)
This model offers many additional features that are not available in standard trucks, such as carpeting in the bed, bucket seats with crazy 70s stripes, Cragar rims, and a custom paint job by Molly Design.
Toyota Celica GT-Four also used a 3S-GTE coded engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LVkBTH)
Before that, one of Toyota's legendary products, the Toyota 2000GT which also uses engines manufactured by Yamaha. These classic sports cars whose designs are similar to the Jaguar E-Type use 2M and 3M coded engines.

The next engine produced by Yamaha for Toyota is the legendary 4A-GE engine. This legendary engine is used by a car that is now also becomin a legend too, the Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86. 
2005 Toyota Celica GTS used a 2ZZ-GE coded engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FeklOe)
This machine is so legendary and is hunted by the car enthusiasts because it has compact dimensions, relatively light weights and great power. Therefore this machine is now hunted by car enthusiasts both for racing needs and daily use.

Furthermore, the engine from Yamaha used by Toyota's car products is a machine with a 3S-GTE code. This machine is now being hunted by many people because it has a relatively light weight and has enough power to be used both for daily use or racing. This machine was once immersed in one of the legendary cars from Toyota, the Toyota Celica GT-Four.
2012 Lexus LFA used a V10 1LR-GUE engine of Yamaha. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FeklOe)
The collaboration between Toyota and Yamaha continues to the Toyota Celica GT-S which uses 2ZZ-GE engines. This machine is actually not only used by the Toyota Celica GT-S but also used by one of the British car brands namely Lotus through its product, Lotus Elise.

Collaboration between Yamaha and Toyota continues when Lexus LF-A is introduced, this car also uses a V10 1LR-GUE engine that was developed by Yamaha which received many awards. After success with the Lexus LF-A, Yamaha again contributed to the heart of the drive found in the Lexus IS-F, RC-F, and GS-F engine V8 2UR-GSE.
1992 Yamaha OX99-11, the first Yamaha supercar concept with a 1+1 jet fighter style seating arrangement. (Picture from: http://thekneeslider.com/)
Yamaha also designed the V8 4.400cc engine for the Volvo XC90 and S80. The same engine is used by Volvo in the V8 Supercars race in Australia. In fact, the British sports car brand, Noble, uses the same drive for their product, the M600.

Then Yamaha also independently created a concept car called the Yamaha OX99-11 which was driven by a Yamaha V12 engine in 1992. The engine became the basis of the manufacturer to enter the world of Formula 1 racing as a supplier of engines to Zakspeed, Brabham, Jordan, Tyrell, and Arrows in the 1990s.
1989 Ford Taurus SHO equiped a new fuel-injected a Yamaha 3,000cc V6 was putting out 200 hp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LWmgsh)
Given the history of Yamaha, which is very good at developing engines for four wheels, making one of American auto giants, Ford was interested to use Yamaha's engine. Recordedly, they pinned a Yamaha 3,000cc V6 engine in the engine room of the Ford Taurus SHO which was launched in 1989.
Yamaha Sports Ride Concept at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1MsLNXg)
And finally in 2015, Yamaha once again presented their 4-wheeled sports car called the Yamaha Sports Ride Concept at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. The middle-engined sports car is said to have a driver-engine relationship similar to a motorcycle. Unfortunately until now there have been no signs from Yamaha to make a production version of this beautiful sports coupe. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIDEAPART]
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Friday, January 4, 2019

They never been existed and how come are there their pictures?

Hi, we're meet again for the first time in the 2019.

The development of technology increasingly days is indeed more amazing. Things previously only existed in sci-fi movies, slowly become reality now. And this is one of them.

When you though with logic and common sense, only those who have been born into this world that ought have photos. Whether it's a baby photo, a photo when was a teenager, a photo when became an adult, and a photo when was a grandparent. This is natural because every person must want to devote precious moments and memories in their life.
The faces on the left were created by AI in 2014; on the right are ones made by AI in 2018. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Vsb5Mb)
But, what if it turns out that there are photos containing people's faces that never even existed in this world? No, they are not ghosts. Nor the aliens disguised as human beings. The truth is people on the photo below are born not by humans, but are "born" by an artificial intelligent technology.

In a simple description is that these photos were created by robots developed by an American technology company named Nvidia. You might know those company as a supplier of processor and gaming devices. In fact, besides that they also developed many other technologies, one of which is these AI technology.
Some of Nvidia’s AI-generated faces. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Vsb5Mb)
The artificial intelligence technology is called Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs). Well, this technology is capable of creating imaginary human photographs that are difficult to distinguish from real human portraits.

Then, how did the AI technology create those imaginary human photos? The researchers entered 70 thousand real human photo datas of various ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds into computer databases. Then the computer will study, sort and process those 70 thousand photos to produce the photos of truly new humans.
Style transfer allows you to blend facial characteristics from different people. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Vsb5Mb)
GAN's is not only able to create portraits of new humans, but it can also create additional accessories to support the appearance of those "human". For example, adding glasses, hats, or jewelry. So, this portrait is increasingly difficult to distinguish from real humans.

This technology might amaze you, but many people are worried about these technology using, especially politicians. They worry that this technology will be misused and make politicians speak or move as creators want. In fact, all of that is merely engineering. And some say misuse of this technology will make hoax news "more trusted".
Some examples of AI-generated faces with obvious asymmetrical features. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Vsb5Mb)
Of course this technology abusing will make a scene throughout the world due to misunderstandings. In fact, everything has been engineered by irresponsible or bad people. And for its own positive impact, it seems that it is still difficult to find, unless it is used by intelligence to create a new identity.

But as a red thread, it all depends on ourselves as the creators and users if we want the technology to have benefits or just the opposite. What do you think? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE VERGE | SKYMINDS]
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

This Lego-made Bugatti Chiron replica also can be driven

For fans of toys, the Lego brand is definitely known as a toy manufacturer that forces you to think creatively. But what the Lego team did this time really exceeded the creative expectations of toy enthusiasts in general.
Full-scale and drivable of Bugatti Chiron hypercar replica made of over 1 millions Lego Technics elements including its engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GzsEXh)
Back on Thursday, August 30, 2018, Lego announced through their social media account that they succeeded in creating a replica of the Bugatti Chiron, a hypercar that costs of US $2.6 million, with a comparison scale of 1:1, like the original.

Not only that, the Lego team also revealed that they also made these Lego Chiron drivable, by using an engine made of Lego Technic elements too. This engine is capable of producing 5.3 horsepower and on the test ride, it able to reach speeds of 19 kilometers per hour with an overall weight of 1.5 tons.
The Lego-made replica posed side by side with the real Bugatti Chiron hypercar. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GzsEXh)
If you build the original car, you need about 20 people, within six months and 1,800 parts, but to build the Lego version you need more. 

Then the Lego-made Chiron was taken to the Volkswagen Ehra Lessien test tracks, the same place when Chiron was first tested. Behind the steering wheel, entrusted to Andy Walace, a Le Mans 24 Hours champion and also the Bugatti's brand ambassador. 
The functional instrument panel on dashboard and steering wheel of Lego-made Bugatti Chiron replica. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GzsEXh)
"Driving this Lego Chiron is an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it. Years ago I couldn't imagine that one time I would drive a car from Lego," Wallace said as quoted of Top Gear.

Lego reveals that the manufacturing time is almost the same as the original car, only for parts of it more than 1 million parts of Lego Technic. It consists of 2,304 parts for the driving motor, 4,032 for the gears to drive the tires, and 2,016 for the axles.
On the test at the Volkswagen Ehra Lessien test tracks, the replica drove by the legend of Le Mans 24 Hours champion and also the Bugatti brand ambassador named Andy Wallace. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GzsEXh)
To make the Chiron replica as similar as possible to the original, Lego also makes the speedometer section, the rear wing all of which function. Doors, headlights, rear lights, steering wheel and brakes also work like the original car, except the throttle pedal is removed.
Lego uses the original tires and rims taken from the real Bugatti Chiron with additional frames made of steel to strengthen this replica. This Lego Chiron parts are connected without the use of glue and almost more than 90 percent of these Chiron replica car is actually made by using Lego. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS OSURCES | LEGO | TOP GEAR]
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