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Thursday, September 26, 2019

5 controversial mysteries of the Borobudur temple

Behind the splendor of the great temple built by Syailendra dynasty on the 8th century AD which is also known as one of the 7 wonders of the world. Till this day,  the Borobudur temple was still leaves some big question marks about its existence.

The construction itself is estimated to take approximately 100 years, and it is not known exactly how this gigantic-sized temple was built, but based on the observations of archeologists. Formerly this temple has 1 giant stupa around 5 balustrades, because it is feared to be collapsed because the pressure was too heavy, then this stupa was changed to 1 great stupa with 3 levels of stupas around it.
Aerial view of the Borobudur temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2kIISDh)
According to historical records, the Borobudur temple was first discovered in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a British governor general who ruled in Java at that time. Not only about the construction remains a mystery, but there are several other discoveries that are still becoming a big question marks til today. Here are 5 of them:

1. The reliefs depicts the flying saucers sightings
From several of the world's ancient relics that have the reliefs depicts the sightings of the UFOs or flying saucers, it turns out that Borobudur temple is one of them. But it cannot be ascertained, why they're made such pattern. Whether it was indeed the intended UFO things or another symbol.
The reliefs was depicts the flying saucers sightings on the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
Some experts have argued that the flying saucers-shaped like could be the symbol of the 7 royal jewels in the Buddhist cosmology but still there is no valid proof of this statement.

2. Kunto Bimo Myth
If we pay attention, in the Borobudur temple there are several hollow stupas in which there's a statue called Kunto Bimo in Dharmachakra position inside it. 
The statue of Kunto Bimo in Dharmachakra position inside a hollow stupa at the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
According to legend, anyone who can touch the statue with his hands through the holes of the stupa all of his wishes will fullfill. For men, it is recommended to touch the statue's little finger. While for women, it is recommended to touch the toes. Out of nowhere the such belief began, but in some cases it has happened.

3. The hidden reliefs
There is one reliefs that is hidden at the foot of the temple and known as Karmawibhangga. This reliefs depicts the sensitive criminal scenes such as murder, rape, and another violence activities.
The hidden reliefs at the foot of the Borobudur temple, known as Karmawibhangga depicts the sensitive scenes of murder, rape, and another violence activities. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
No one knows why there are such reliefs are hidden in the Borobudur temple. The reliefs itself was first discovered by J.W Yzerman in 1891.

4. Borobudur temple architecture
One interesting thing to note from the Borobudur temple was its architecture. The Borobudur temple has a very precise arrangement, where every stone that is part of the structure are perfectly and precisely placed. Usually to do something like this requires a good mathematical calculation ability.
Cross section and building ratio of the Borobudur temple. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
The question was who can design those entire construction of this gigantic-sized temple? According to legend, the temple designer is Gunadharma, an intellectual figure of his time. But once again, there is not enough evidence to support this statement.

5. Built on an ancient lake 
A doctoral degree student from the Department of Geography, Gajah Mada University named Helmi Murwanti who mentioned about the existence of an ancient lake that was once in the area around Borobudur temple stood, long before the temple was built. 
An illustration of the existence ancient lake on the area where the Borobudur temple was stood, long before the temple was built. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2mlT7xI)
The results of the analysis of the spread of black clay deposits show that they are derived from volcanic material and rocks, coupled with satellite images that show the flow of the river that empties into this lake. It is estimated that this ancient lake was formed in the Pleistocene era and was 10,000 years old which then shrunk because of human use in line with the development of civilization around the lake.

Great research in depth needs to be done again to reveal all the mysteries inherent in the Borobudur temple, as the original world cultural heritage of Indonesia. We should be a part of the next generation to know the ins and outs of this temple, lest important information that we should know is buried forever. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BERITA VIRAL DUNIA | WIKIPEDIA]
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Friday, August 23, 2019

A hodgepodge trike, a combined of a motorcycle and Aventador's tails

For vehicle owners who love a beautiful rides, to change body appearance can be a choice. Ranging from limited changing the colors, up to excessive overhaul until there is no remaining innate characteristics of the initial vehicle.
A Boss Hoss Cycles shop in Germany made a unique trike, a combined of a motorcycle and Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZizKZr)
Recently, Boss Hoss Cycles, an American big motorcycle manufacturer is making on a unique vehicle project by merging two types of vehicles into one through one of its shops in Germany. 

This unique vehicle built based on one of their big motorbike products named Big Boss V8, then mated to the rear section of the Lamborgini Aventandor completedly with its rims.

This modification is unique, because usually an overhaul that includes two different types of vehicles, only by doing the engine vehicle exchanging. For example, like the two-wheeled vehicle engines swaped with the car engines. 
A Boss Hoss Cycles shop in Germany made a unique trike, at the front uses handlebars like a motorcycle in general while on the back is applied the Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
From the appearance, it appears that the builder combines the design of a motorcycle and a supercar. At the front, the steering wheel uses handlebars like a motorcycle in general. While on the back is applied the Lamborghini Aventador tails.
Boss Hoss Cycles unique trike is used a Corvette engine has a capability to burst power up to 445 horsepower, and 603 Newton meters of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design with the rear body of the Lamborghini Aventador blends very nicely, completedly with the black-colored Lamborghini's rims mounted on the rear.
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design blends very nicely with the Lamborghini Aventador tails. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
As quoted from Rideapart, beside getting a touch of unusual body modification, turn out the engine ability also changed. This hodgepodge vehicle takes an eight-cylinders, 6,200cc engine has a capability to burst power up to 445 horsepower, and 603 Newton meters of torque.
The combination of a three-wheeled motorcycle design completedly with the black-colored Lamborghini's rims mounted on the rear. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/31RG3Qe)
Those engine was taken from a Chevrolet Corvette. And as we all knew, previously they had a deals with the car manufacturer from the United States, in the matter of car engines supply for those motorcycle company.
So far, the results of the Boss Hoss Cycles vehicle project have only been used as displays. There is not yet a willingness to sell the work, or submit it to a modification contest. It was unthinkable, which contest is suitable for this vehicle, due to the type of vehicle is unclear whether motorcycle or car?

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIDEAPART]
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Monday, August 12, 2019

The only one Ferrari's superfast boat ever made

Ferrari, one of the Italian automotive companies was famous with the speed of its production cars. Turn out, the Maranello based company also ever made a superfast boat. The superfast boat later given a name Ferrari 'Arno XI' Hydroplane known the only one superfast (hydroplane) boat in history powered by Ferrari's engine and also managed to capture the world's attention in early of 1950s.
1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane on action. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2TkDcw6)
It all began in 1951, when the initiator and also the first boat owner, Achille Castoldi told to his friends who are two Ferrari F1 racing car drivers, each named Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi about his intention to make a Ferrari-engined superfast boat. These two famous racing drivers helped Castoldi to buy one Ferrari engine which will then be used specifically on Castoldi's upcoming superfast boat.

In the process, turn out Enzo Ferrari agreed to be directly involved in this project, overseeing every step in the making and testing of the engine. Even the Ferrari's Head of Engine Design in the time, Aurelio Lampredi and all of his engineering crews involved directly in the project.
1953 Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane was using a similar engine mounted on the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2Z436tC)
And then the superfast boat started to build in 1952, and intentionally made to break the world's speed record. It is not surprising due to the Ferrari-made boat was using a similar engine mounted on the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car.

Yes, this boat uses a Ferrari's 12 cylinders engine with 5.5 liter of capacity. The Ferrari engine initially produces 350 bhp of power. However, after several early tests and also races in early 1953 seems that its abilities can be further improved.
Left side view of 1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MaasWb)
Although the boat was actually able to run more than 100 mph, Enzo Ferrari requested that the boat's engine be modified so that it could use methanol so the compression ratio could be higher.

Then he also added twin superchargers and a pair of four-choke typed large carburetors. As a result, the engine able to spew off more than 500 bhp of power. It is not surprising if the boat later has a historic gait in the speed record, all thanks to those Ferrari engine.

And in 1953, this single-seater superfast boat managed to set a new world's record for the 800 kilogram class at Lago d'Iseo, Italy with a speed of more than 149 mph. And those speed record has not been broke until now.
1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane exhibited next to 1951 Ferrari Tipo 375 at Ferrari's Museum to show the Ferrari's dominance both on land and water. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MauFeE)
And now the superfast boat is being prepared to commemorate its 70th anniversary, and its engine restoration work is being carried out at the center of technical facility of those prancing horse logoed company called the Ferrari Classiche. After being restored later in the early fall of this year, the boat will be scheduled to go on a world tour to show to the Ferrari fans all-over the world.
Milton Verret, an Austin businessman and known as the currently owner of 1953 Timossi-Ferrari Racing 'Arno XI' Hydroplane. (PIcture from: http://bit.ly/2MauFeE)
"We imagine ourselves as one of Ferrari's leading engineers, and can work on a number of similar components that are assembled and designed by Enzo Ferrari himself," said the currently boat owner, an Austin businessman named Milton Verret. 

"As a special and rare Ferrari collector, no one can beat a racing boat which used a Ferrari's engine prepared for F1 racing car. With the direct involvement of Enzo, you can have a functioning machine that is fought for by most car racing enthusiasts. That is its specialty," he added.
For information, since 2012, Arno XI Hydroplane has been borrowed from Verret for the benefit of two world-famous Ferrari museums in Italy to show the Ferrari's dominance both on land and water. In the museum, the Arno XI superfast boat exhibited next to the Ferrari Tipo 375 racing car that won the 1951 British GrandPrix in Silverstone, England... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG]
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Here it is the first Lambo's car to rival Ferrari

The Lamborghini and Ferrari are certainly familiar brands in the world's automotive industry. Both are from the same country, namely Italy and the products produced are also similar, ie fancy speeding cars.

Initially there was only Ferrari which was an Italian automotive company founded by Enzo Anselmo Ferrari in 1929. Until in the year of 1964, when Ferruccio Lamborghini managed to launch his first car made known as Lamborghini 350 GT series. And since that day known as the beginning of rivalry between Lamborghini and Ferrari.
The Lamborghini and Ferrari both are Italian famous premium auto makers and also known as rival one each other in the world's automotive industry since the 1960s. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZSu44e)
As we all know, at beginning Ferruccio Lamborghini himself was a successful entrepreneur through his tractor maker company. In the time, he was getting richer and able to buy various types of classy speeding cars and one of them was the Ferrari 250 GTE which was used for fun only.
A disassembled Ferrari 250 GTE at the Lamborghini Museum (might be Ferruccio personal car owned relating to stories surrounding the founding of the Lamborghini car company back in the 1960s. It began when he complained to Enzo Ferrari regarding this car clutch.) (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZXxymm)
Once upon the time, Ferruccio brought his Ferrari 250 GTE back to its maker, Ferrari. He came with a complaint, that the car purchased should get a better transmission system.

But what he got precisely a kind of challenge because Enzo Ferrari said that he was just a tractor maker and didn't know anything about race cars. After that, Ferruccio Lamborghini took a decision to come into play in the race car market to rival those prancing horse logoed auto company.
Lamborghini 350 GT was the first Lamborghini production model and known also as the first rival for Ferrari's. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OKNqap)
And many consider it only as a form of channeling anger after feeling offended by Enzo Ferrari words to him. And sure enough, then he founded a car manufacturing company that was named Automobili Lamborghini based in Sant'Agata Bolognese in 1963.
Lamborghini 350 GT was debuted at the 1964 Geneva Auto Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OMHMEJ)
To answer the Ferrari's challenge and at the same time realize his ambition, and then he asked Giotto Bizzarrini (the person who designed most of the Ferrari engines at the time) to join his company. He also invited Giampaolo Dallara and Giampaolo Stanzani, two technicians who were considered has promising talents and test driver Bob Wallace.
1963 Lamborghini 350 GTV was a Lamborghini prototype and forerunner of its first production model named Lamborghini 350 GT. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GVIGsn)
Shortly after, in May 1963 Lamborghini successfully launched the its first concept car prototype and given a name the Lamborghini 350 GTV. The prototype used a Bizzarini's 3,500 cc V12 engine that produces 320 hp. And those all-aluminum alloy V12 engine mated to a 5-speed manual ZF transmission system. And the 350 GTV completed to build and debut on October 1963 in the Turin Auto Show.
Lamborghini 350 GTV was very sleek and streamlined, with a very low hood that incorporated one of the better pop-up headlight designs of all time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZQ2Gnv)
Before that Dallara and Stanzani quickly realized that the 350 GTV was not properly designed for mass production. Then both working in parallel on two projects that would result in the production 350 GT. They made many revision on Bizzarini's engine and chassis for street use. And in March 1964, after 5 months after the debut of the GTV in Turin, the "redesigned GTV" now called Lamborghini 350 GT was debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.
Lamborghini 350 GTV used a Bizzarini's 3,500 cc V12 engine that produces 320 hp of power. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZQ2Gnv)
It was greeted with sufficient enthusiasm so that Ferruccio decided to proceed with production in May 1964. This first Lambo's 2-door coupé body manufactured by Milan's Carrozzeria Touring who used their patented 'Superleggera' method of construction to fix aluminium alloy panels directly to a tubular structure. This Lamborghini 350 GT car has a wheelbase measuring 2,550 mm with front and rear track axles measuring of 1,380 mm, 4,640 mm length, width 1,730 mm and 1,220 mm of high.
This car has many features such as an aluminum body design and some of the body panel even has steel, and already has applied independent four-wheel suspensions, differential salisbury as well as a vacuum servo that is assisted by a round disc brake girling. This car has an acceleration from 0 to 100 kph (60 mph) can be done in 6.8 seconds and even its maximum speed can reach 254 kph (158 mph).

At that time these Italian raging bull logoed auto company was only made those 350 GT as many as 120 units before replacing it with the Lamborghini 400 GT in 1966. And many 350 GTs were subsequently fit with the larger 4.0 litre engine used in the 400 GT.  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA]
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers (Part-2)

Continues the discussion of the previous section. As we all knew, Ferrari is often regarded as an exotic and rare car, but some people especially wealthiest customers want to have a unique Ferrari and one-of-a-kind in the world. And to satisfy their customer, the Italian prancing horse logoed premium car manufacturer decided to establish the Special Projects, a division of the company responsible for creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers..
Ferrari factory in Maranelo. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Z9wdYV)
It should be noted, not everyone can order a car through the Ferrari's Special Project division. Besides requiring a tons of money up to millions of dollars. Only the customers who are considered by Ferrari have a history directly related to their car products that can participate in these Special Project program. And the following are some of them in 2nd part:

7. Ferrari F12 TRS 
This one-off was inspired by the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa as requested by the owner and making its first major appearance at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. 
Ferrari F12 TRS was inspired by the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2GEPmer)
Engine wise the performance figures stay the same as its hard topped counterpart. The same 6.3-litre V12 engine resides within, pushing out 730 bhp through the rear wheels, surrounded in 315 section tyres..

8. Ferrari SP FFX
Initially, people thought this car would be a production FF coupe. It is not surprising, the car built based on a standard Ferrari FF, with the most prominent revision being the adoption of a coupé rear end in place of the FF's shooting brake tail. 
Ferrari SP FFX made for a Japanese businessman Shin Okamoto, the car built based on a standard Ferrari FF and launched in 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The design blends elements of several contemporary Ferraris and an F1-inspired red and white paint job. The car commisioned by Shin Okamoto, but it turned out to be a one-off. It lives somewhere in Japan, where it's been shown a handful of times.

9. Ferrari  SP America 
Ferrari SP America is a F12 Berlinetta-based one-off coupé completed in 2014. The car features thoroughly updated styling including a new front end with a new bonnet, wheel arches, front bumper and splitter, side skirts, wheels, bootlid spoiler, rear bumper, B-pillars and a new aggressive rear diffuser.
Ferrari SP America made for an American client Danny Wegman, the car built based on Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and launched in 2014. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Information about this car is scarce, but it's most likely an F12-based one-off owned by an American collector. Apparently it belongs to Danny Wegman, of Wegman's supermarket fame.

10. Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione
The car was designed in collaboration with Pininfarina and comissioned by an American client Rick Workman. The car used a 770-hp V12 engine from the crazy F12tdf. 
Its design is inspired by the lovely 275 Berlinetta from the 1960s. It's painted yellow in tribute to the 275 GTB Competizione that won its class at Le Mans in 1965.

11. Ferrari 458 MM Speciale 
This lovely car is based on a 458 Speciale, and it was built for an unknown British collector. The design pays homage to the Ferrari 288 GTO and incorporates handcrafted aluminium and carbon fibre components. 
Ferrari 458 MM Speciale comissioned by an unknown British Customer, the car built to pay homage to Ferrari 288 GTO and launched in 2016. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Performance figures remain unknown but are rumoured to be the same as the normal Speciale.. Might be, it's one of the prettiest cars on this list.

12. Ferrari SP38 'Deborah'
After that there was also a Ferrari SP38 'Deborah' which was built based on the Ferrari 488 GTB that had been offered for sale with a price tag of up to €4 million, equivalent to Rp.63 billions at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este event in May 2018. 
This car lastly appeared at the 2019 Automobile International (FAI) Festival at the beginning of 2019..

13. Ferrari SP3 JC
The car presented in November 2018, the SP3JC is a one-off roadster based on the F12tdf chassis. It was designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre to pay homage to Ferrari roadsters of 1950s and 1960s. The body has been completely redesigned, and includes redrawn front and rear fascias, a new front bumper, a rear diffuser, transparent hood vents that show off the engine, roll hoops behind the seats, taillights and wheels from the Ferrari 812 Superfast and a blue, white and yellow paint job that pays homage to the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
And 'JC' stands for John Collins, a Scottish collector and founder of Talacrest, a classic Ferrari dealer located in the U.K. He commissioned these one-off in mid 2014 and it took 3.5 years to complete. Ferrari said the design process alone took 2 of those years.

14. Ferrari P80/C
The car built based on the 488 GT3 race car, that pays tribute to Ferrari's sports prototypes of the 1960s and specially created for @mr_tk and could be delivered by Blackbird Concessionaries in Hong Kong.
Ferrari P80/C is a pure track car with peak performance being a major factor and for sure, it is absolutely stunning, Just look at it! It's perfect.. (Return to part one.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORWARD | ROAD AND TRACK | DRIVE TRIBE | COACHBUILD.COM]
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Who's the woman whose name is used by the German automotive giant?

Mercedes-Benz - the name the world knows best. As one of leading automotive manufacturers in the world, Mercedes-Benz has a long history. These German brand built by Gottlieb Daimler, Wilhelm Maybach and Karl Benz, and at the beginning of its establishment was called DMG (Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft). So where is the origin of name currently used by those German car manufacturer coming from?
1901 Mercedes 35 HP, the first DMG's car used name 'Mercedes,' was developed by DMG's chief designer Wilhelm Maybach for Emil Jellinek. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/30LBd6v)
The origin of 'Mercedes' name used
Many would also know that the name is associated with a little girl whose doting father named a car after her. She was not one of the company founders, nor auto engineer or even not a petrolhead as well. The fact, she was Mercedes Jellinek which in the full name is Mercedes Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek.
Emil Jellinek and his beloved daughter Mercedes who's her name patented by the German automotive manufacturer DMG for its commercially used since 1926, and currently known as Mercedes-Benz. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32KuhbB)
She was born in Vienna in the year of 1889 and is considered to bring good luck to her family or at least her father believed so. She was a daughter of German businessman who has domiciles in Baden near Vienna and Nice named Emil Jellinek. And then, who was Emil Jellinek? He was known the one who was really fascinated by fast-growing automotive industry in that time (in this case was DMG).

It all started, when Emil Jellinek saw an advertisement for the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (DMG) car manufacturer in 1896. Eager to learn more about it, he traveled to Cannstatt, Germany to see the factory. In that time, Jellinek purchased one of their product himself and soon decided to start selling them. Moreover he loved to race and then he brought his DMG car into the Nice-La Turbie racing event in 1899. His racing-team competed under the name of his beloved daughter, Mercedes.

Use of the first 'Mercedes' car brand
DMG's classic flyer advertisement made 
for its Mercedes car products. (Picture from:  
http://bit.ly/2ZdCa7z)
In the following year, Emil Jellinek has sold more than 30 automobiles, which was a big deals at the time. He constantly prompted the company to build faster, lighter, and better overall vehicles.

On April 2, 1900, Wilhelm Maybach, DMG's chief designer began making the car at the request of Emil Jellinek with the price of 500,000 Goldmarks or if cashed in with current money is roughly the same amount to buy 36 units of Mercedes Benz S500, or more than 100 units of Mercedes Benz C200 Compressor. 

And on December 22, 1900, the new Mercedes 35 HP was launched and the name was later patented as a trademark in 1902. Five of those cars were managed to amaze the world and dominating the Nice-La Turbie racing event in 1901.

The Mercedes 35 HP was originally designed as a race car and in the time made as much as 36 unit. It sported a wheelbase of 2,345 m and a track of 1,400 m. Its engine weighed approximately 230 kg with weight-power ratio is 6.6 kg per hp. The engine was mounted above the front axle without additional sub frames to improve its center of gravity. Overall, the car’s weight was estimated to be 1,200 kg.

The vehicle featured non-removable wooden wheels with 12-spoke design, steel covers and pneumatic tires. It had two braking systems. One is the hand brake, and the other is the foot brake. And the engine had four cylinders with a total displacement of 5.918 L. These were arranged in pairs wherein each pair had a spray-nozzle carburetor. It was cooled using Maybach’s tubular radiator or the honeycomb radiator. The engine's peak power output was 35 hp.
Five of Mercedes 35 HP were used to compete in the Nice-La Turbie racing event in March 1901. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZdCa7z)
And DMG's sales took off, while the newspaper reported: 'We have entered the Mercedes era." When the car named after her became a new craze, little Mercedes was only 11 years old. Finally in 1926, DMG merged with engineer Karl Benz's company then Mercedes-Benz brand emerged leaving Jellinek's name in history once for all. At that time, DMG admitted that the Mercedes name had high selling power and (believe or not) brought some good luck as well. And infact, it was proven to date. 

Emil Jellinek once said, "Victories make you world-famous. People buy the winning brand, and always will. It would be commercially suicide to stay away from racing."  Perhaps this quotes also inspired and made these German automotive brand keep on compete in the various world's car racing events until this day.
Tragic ending
Perhaps some of you will ask how's Mercedes and her father destiny? During the 1st World War, Emil was accused of spying activities and all his properties were seized. Then in 1918, he died in exile in Switzerland.

How's Mercedes, she had two failed marriages that gave her two children and was lived in poverty. Once she begged to her neighbours, while her first husband is worked as a civil servant. Her second spouse was a poor sculptor who passed away shortly after their wedding. And tragically she died of bone cancer in 1929 before she reach the age of 40 years old. 

Life's not always flat, sometimes going up and sometimes going down. C'est la vie! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MERCEDES-BENZ | BENZINSIDER]
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers (Part-1)

Ferrari is often regarded as an exotic and rare car, but some people want to have a unique Ferrari and one-of-a-kind in the world. Initially Ferrari did not provide the body but only the chassis and engine. For the design and the body work submitted to another renowned coachbuilder such as Pininfarina, Bertone, Touring, Ghia, Boano etc. But this practice was finally stopped because it was inefficient and now, Ferrari only chose Pininfarina as its official partner.
Ferrari factory in Maranelo. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Y2NbMg)
And in early 2006, when an American famous car collector Jim Glickenhaus approached Pininfarina to design his Ferrari Enzo as a tribute to the Ferrari 330 P4 racing car. Finally, Pininfarina and Glickenhaus managed to build Ferarri P4/5 and the car result got the thumbs up from the Ferrari boss at the time, Luca di Montezemolo..
Ferrari "Special Project 1" was the first Ferrari Special Project model which designed by an Italian design house Fioravanti for a Japanese businessman Juichiro Hiramatsu. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OhIeL3)
Inspired by those car above and to satisfy their customer as well, the Italian prancing horse logoed premium car manufacturer decided to establish the Special Projects, a division of the company responsible for creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers..

It should be noted, not everyone can order a car through the Ferrari's Special Project division. Besides requiring a tons of money up to millions of dollars. Only the customers who are considered by Ferrari have a history directly related to their car products that can participate in these Special Project program.
Ferrari's Special Project creating one-offs for its best, wealthiest customers. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
And it is not clear how many car models have been made by the Ferrari's Special Project division to this day. And the following are some of them:

1. Ferrari SP1
The Ferrari's Special Project division was launched its first model called Ferrari SP1 in 2008 and the car designed by an Italian design house Fioravanti for a Japanese businessman named Juichiro Hiramatsu.
Ferrari SP1 was built based on Ferrari F430, there's nothing changed on its powertrain, just aesthetics.

2. Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
The second model was Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta, was an open-topped car based on the 599 GTB Fiorano with styling from Pininfarina. It used lots of carbon to keep the weight down.
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta launched in 2009, built based on the 599 GTB Fiorano F1 and is given the coachbuild treatment by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The car was launched in 2009 and made for one of Ferrari's special client in States named Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV. It's said the car was inspired by a Luigi Chinetti-owned 330 LM used in an obscure Fellini film in 1968.

3. Ferrari 612 GTS Pavesi
There's not a ton of information on this car out there, but it seems to be a 612 Scaglietti with removable roof panels and lots of carbon fiber.
The engine produces +20 hp of power and +12 Nm of torque if compared to the standard 612 (550 hp and 600 Nm). As far as we know, Pavesi is the name of an Italian go-kart company, hinting at the car's possible owner.

4. Ferrari  Superamerica 45
This open-topped 599 was commissioned by American Peter Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he bought his first Ferrari. Kind of strange anniversary, but a good excuse for a custom car.
Ferrari Superamerica 45 made for New York collector and Ferrari enthusiast Peter Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he first became a Ferrari client and launched in 2011. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
The design is bespoke, featuring a carbon-fibre rotating hard-top which incorporates a rear screen. The boot is entirely new to house the roof when open, and is now in carbon-fibre with a design optimised to reduce drag and increase rear downforce.

5. Ferrari SP12 EC 
Perhaps it is the most famous car to come from Ferrari Special Projects. It ordered by the world's famous musician Eric Clapton, built based on 458 Italia and introduced in 2012.
FerrariSP12 EC  made for the world's famous musician Eric Clapton in celebration of his legendary career and his long tenure as a Ferrari owner and launched in 2012. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2M9DbK1)
Just for info, Eric Clapton had to pay nearly £3 million or around Rp.55 billion for his SP12 EC.

6. Ferrari SP30 Arya
Ferrari SP30 Arya built based on 599 GTB. Initially SP30 was ordered by a wealthy Indian born Dubai businessman named Cheerag Arya, and the car was completed in 2012.
On February 6, 2019, Ferrari SP30 was offered at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris. This car is a milestone as the first Special Project car sold through an auction event, unfortunately RM Sotheby’s did not release the estimated price of this car. (Continues to part two.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORWARD | ROAD AND TRACK | DRIVE TRIBE | COACHBUILD.COM]
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