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Monday, April 19, 2021

Curtiss the One

Recently, an American motorcycle manufacturer named Curtiss Motorcycles Co. has released its newest bobber-style electric-powered motorbike named Curtiss the One. Well, the electric-powered motorcycle sells for starting at $81,000 or about Rp.1 billion more. The price is expensive enough, and might be made You amazed just a second.
Curtiss the One electric-powered motorcycle built by Curtiss Motorcycles Co. is constructed by the large aluminum frames in a bobber style. (Picture from: ThePack)
All-new Curtiss the One is unique, on each of these electric-powered motorcycles can bedesigned individually by the prospective owner. Well, later they can choose ranging from a variety of materials and finishes in different ways, to create the unique motorbike as the owner want.
Curtiss the One electric-powered motorcycle built by Curtiss Motorcycles Co. has the battery compartment which is made in such a way that its position and look is the same as the engine of conventional motorcycle has. (Picture from: Maxim)
In general, the One still follows the Curtiss Motorcycles brand' distinctive design language inherent in the previous model. As usual, the motorbike appears in a bobber style constructed by the large aluminum frames, besides that the angle of the One's handlebars can also be adjusted in two positions, on the position of 27 degrees or 31 degrees. Another uniqueness is seen in the battery compartment which is made in such a way that its position and look is the same as the engine of conventional motorcycle has.

The power of Curtiss the One comes from a 399 volt battery with a radiator cooling system. On this radiator consisted many fins that each are connected to the aluminum battery housing. According to the manufacturer, the power output reaches up to 120 hp, with a maximum torque of 199 Nm. The battery and drive motor are housed in a robust chassis frame. All the suspensions on this electric-powered motorbike are made of carbon fiber.
Curtiss the One electric-powered motorcycle built by Curtiss Motorcycles Co. by handmade and in a very limited number, which is built only 100 units. (Picture from: WealthKingdom)
Curtiss Motorcycles provides an opportunity for those of you who are interested to own the One by ordering through their official website. Later, the prospective buyers are required to deposit a down payment of $9,000 or around Rp.130 million. And You can ask for designs and submits the design adjustments for 90 days, after which your electric-powered motorcycle assembling process will take approximately 60 days.
The Curtiss' motorcycle assembly process is done by handmade and in a very limited number, which is built only 100 units. That means, if you are interested then you have to move quickly to order it, because the Curtiss the One electric-powered motorcycle will arguably become a rare item motorcycle! And planned, the motorbike deliveries to the owners by the end of 2021.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops..... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CURTISS MOTORCYCLE | MAXIM | WEALTHKINGDOM ]
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Saturday, March 20, 2021

How unique the Bertone Blitz EV concept of the '90s

Indeed today we are in the era of electric vehicles. It feels like just yesterday, we are amazed when we see electric-powered concept cars presented by the makers. But now, there were so many electric-powered vehicles had been milling about on the streets.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept is one of the 79 units of Bertone's collections bought by the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (Italian Historic Automobile and Motorcycle Club) in the auction event held in the 2015. (Picture from: WardsAuto)
So it should be if we thank those who pioneered this electric vehicle, ranging from the very beginning of its development to the present day. So that in recent years we have been inundated with electric cars from small to large automakers and ranging from regular to high performance.

On this occasion, we are trying to return to the 1990s when electric-powered vehicles were not what they are now, and were still looking for the shape and direction of its development, which sometimes gives birth to unique forms that are look weird when viewed today.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept on display at the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (Italian Historic Automobile and Motorcycle Club) museum in Volandia near Milan-Malpensa Airport. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
And the Bertone Blitz electric-powered car is one of those most bizarre interpretations ever built in the 1990s of what an EV sports car should look be like. When viewed at the time this car was being developed, indeed, the Blitz was said to be ahead of its time. This concept electric car made by Bertone at a glance has a physical appearance that is no less eccentric than a Fiat Multipla which also came from the same era.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept in another style of bodywork, which has a difference in the front fascia. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
This prototype is an open-air two-seater electric-powered show car created in the 1992 as a study design and also experimented with electric traction and with new materials for the chassis and bodywork. To achieve the desired 'lightness', the body is made by Albatech in 25CD4 steel tubes, mounted with fiberglass panels with epoxy resin and a Roacell core.

Well, the bodywork consists entirely of composite materials (consisted of epoxy glass and autoclave-produced nomex), with the interior made of carbon. So it's not surprising that the car weighs only 650 kg (1,433 lbs), of which 260 kg (572 lbs) is the weight of the batteries.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept's performance is also decent via two 36 horsepower (continuous output) DC motors with a total torque of 95 Nm. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
Moreover, its appearence peeled at the back, fully open roofless, with an unusual seating layout (with the driver's seat located slightly in front of the passenger seat). The closest production car analogy to it was the Volkswagen XL1, which has an almost similar seating layout, but it was a sport coupe and has a diesel-hybrid drivetrain.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept appearence peeled at the back, fully open roofless, with an unusual seating layout. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
Another feature of great impact was the solution created for the car's door, which are the front-hinged and opens vertically. It's a concept taken from the Alfa Romeo Carabo made by Bertone in 1968 and which had subsequently been used on a succession of other models.

The car's performance is also decent via two 36 horsepower (continuous output) DC motors with a total torque of 95 Nm. So that it can make the car accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in six seconds. This Bertone's electric powered car range is 100 to 130 km per charge and its lead acid battery can be recharged in 4 to 6 hours.
1992 Bertone Blitz electric-powered sporty vehicle concept range is 100 to 130 km per charge and its lead acid battery can be recharged in 4 to 6 hours. (Picture from: Carstyling.ru)
We were assumes 2 units ever had produced (according to the pictures shown at several sites such Carstyling, Conceptcarz, etc), both of which had that incredible two-tiered design like the Fiat Multipla and have been shown off for the first time at the 1992 Turin International Motor Show.🙏
Unfortunately, after surviving for almost 102 years since it was first founded in 1912, Carrozzeria Bertone finally should closed the doors after being declared bankrupt in 2014.😭 And a lot of its works were then auctioned off starting in 2015 and one of them is the 1992 Bertone Blitz which is now sat on display at the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) Museo in Volandia near Milan-Malpensa Airport. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CONCEPTCARZ | JALOPNIK | CARSTYLING.RU | AUTOCAR | WARDSAUTO ]
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Lotus E-R9, the future race car of 2030

After some time ago we have submitted an article about Lotus Eleven, one of the 1950s famous racing cars from Lotus and also to replace the Lotus Nine, its legendary race car. So now we are trying to see the racing cars that will be used in the future, which seems to have been trying to predict by Lotus through an electric racing car design study for the 2030 season named Lotus E-R9.
Lotus E-R9 Concept inspired by the best level of aerodynamics of a fighter jet. (Picture from: KabarOto)
The car concept is inspired by an airplane that has the best level of aerodynamics. This was emphasized by Richard Hill, Chief Aerodynamicist of Lotus Engineering, that the car concept drives such a car in general but the curves like a fighter jet.

The canopy is seen in common fighter aircraft and the delta-wing shape at the top. Another innovation in the form of active aerodynamics with moving panels and vertically attached to control the car during fast cornering. Then its colors displayed are black and gold, which are the hallmarks of Lotus, which known has a legacy of being the 13-time the world's racing champion of Formula-1.
Lotus E-R9 Concept explained as an Endurance Racer as a tribute to the legendary race car of the Lotus Nine. (Picture from: KabarOto)
Lotus Engineering has big responsible in the E-R9 concept developing then to translate it as a showcase of technology or even philosophy, capabilities, and the spirit of more advanced development in terms of electrification and aerodynamics. They has indeed been recognized for its ability as a consultant for companies that want to build fast cars.

Furthermore, they're explained the meaning of the E-R is Endurance Racer, while the number 9 is the Lotus's sacred number in its heyday. It is the Lotus Mk-9, the race car designed by the Lotus's founder Colin Chapman, driven by selected racers and debuted at the 1955 24-Hours Le Mans.
Lotus E-R9 Concept plan to race later in 2030 and at the time would be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Lotus Nine since it first raced at the 1955 24-Hours Le Mans. (Picture from: KabarOto)
If in 1955, the Lotus Nine took part in the Le Mans racing event for the fisrt time, that's meaning if later in 2030, the Lotus E-R9 concept car going to race and at the time would be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Lotus Mark IX.
As Louis Kerr, a Vehicle Architect of Group Lotus plc, said, "Battery energy density and power density are developing significantly year on year. Before 2030, we'll have mixed cell chemistry batteries that give the best of both worlds, as well as the ability to 'hot-swap' batteries during pitstops" That's mean the battery development is also being carried out so that when the car make a pit stop, it wouldn't need much time to replace the battery.

They're also mentioned, that the Lotus E-R9 will feature the most advanced electric drive that independently transmits power to each wheel, working in conjunction with torque-vectoring which known previously had applied on the Lotus Evija electric hypercar. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | AUTOBLOG ]
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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The first super hybrid species of McLaren called Artura

Previously McLaren launching the McLaren Sabre model on December, 2020, and now the Woking-based manufacturer back to shock the automotive world by officially launching its first series production of the high-performance hybrid supercar named the McLaren Artura. The super car is said to be a perfect combination of performance, driving dynamics including an electric-powered car driving capability as well.
Here's 2021 Mclaren Artura, the first plug-in hybrid engined supercar produced by the Woking-based company. (Picture from: Autoblog.RS)
As quoted from the Autoblog, the McLaren Artura is also said to be the one of the most significant presentations in the entire history of those British's brand, where this car is built with a lightweight construction from the latest carbon fiber material called the McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) and coupled with a new optimized hybrid drive technology or High Performance Hybrid (HPH).

The supercar's body has been designed by using a perfect blend of the superformed aluminum and carbon fiber to make it extremely light, especially since it carries of hybrid powertrain elements including the electric-motors and battery. So it's no surprise, then the McLaren Artura has a power-to-weight ratio of 488 PS/ton and the lightest dry weight of 1,395 kg.
The Mclaren Artura hybrid engined supercar has a more aggressive and proportionate appearance in order to increase the level of aerodynamics. (Picture from: Autoblog.RS)
The Artura has a more aggressive and proportionate appearance in order to increase the level of aerodynamics. Even the designer of the car, Rob Melville said that the car's contours were formed with a patented technical sculpting so that there was no need for additional active fins for its aerodynamics. Apart from that, Artura also has more functional side vents and there are air vents above the wheels. While in terms of dimensions, the car has a length of more than 450 cm, a width of under 200 cm, while the wheelbase is 264 cm.

As mentioned above, the McLaren's super car uses a hybrid drive system by combining a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine and the electric-motors, coupled with a new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission system, and a lithium-ion battery pack of 7.4 kWh. And of those hybrid system can be delivered a combined power output of 680 PS (671 bhp) and 720 Nm (530 lb ft) of torque.
The Mclaren Artura supercar uses a hybrid drive system by combining a 3.0 liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine and the electric-motors. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
So then the Artura super hybrid car performance is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 3 seconds, as for sprint from 0-200 kph in 8.3 seconds and 0-300 kph in 21.5 seconds. Meanwhile, its top speed is limited to 330 kph.

The dual propulsion system is fitted by using an engine cut-off clutch to drive a new dual clutch transmission which has been developed specifically for the Artura. Then the battery pack in the car's hybrid system is made up of five lithium-ion modules, which offer a total battery capacity of 7.4 kWh which could be made the car to drive as far as 30 km while in the pure EV driving mode.
All major cab controls are attached on the steering wheel for an easy accessibility inside of the Mclaren Artura hybrid engined supercar cabin. (Picture from: Autoblog.RS)
The McLaren Artura supercar is designed with a full of Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) capability, which allows the battery to be charged up to 80 percent in just 2.5 hours by using a standard EVSE cable. Besides that, the battery can also be charged directly while in driving from the car's conventional combustion engine, that's depending on the selected driving mode.

To support its running ability, the Artura is equipped with 19-inches of forged 7-spoke wheels wrapped in the Pirelli P Zero Corsa 235/35Z R19 tires at the front while at the rear with 20-inches wheels and wrapped in the Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/35 R20. As for the car's deceleration and braking system is entrusted to the advanced carbon-ceramic brakes and aluminum calipers to save unsprung weight and deliver track-ready stopping performance on each of its wheels.
The Mclaren Artura hybrid engined supercar can be delivered a combined power output of 680 PS (671 bhp) and 720 Nm (530 lb ft) of torque. (Picture from: Autoblog.RS)
Move to the Artura interior, there are a pair of new clubsport seats that can be adjusted by combining the expected motion range of the movable backrest with the bucket seat supports. Besides that the car's seats also offers another adjusted options such under-thigh support, seat height and backrest in just in one finger touch.
The Mclaren Artura hybrid engined supercar performance is claimed to be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 3 seconds and the top speed is limited to 330 kph. (Picture from: Autoblog.RS)
All major cab controls are attached on the steering wheel for an easy accessibility. While for the car's infotainment system stored on a new 8-inches HD touch screen monitor as connected to a smartphone and advanced driver assistance systems such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features of the McLaren Artura supercar include easy Over-The-Air (OTA) updates and enabling an integrated stolen vehicle tracking system specifically targeted at specific markets.
It is also said that the car will be produced in 31 different exterior colors and for the European market, it can be ordered by now with the price starting at £185,500 or $225,000. And it is planned that deliveries will begin in the third quarter of this year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | CARANDDRIVER | MOTORAUTHORITY ]
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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Did You know the gorgeous classic Paul Arzens' whales?

Maybe some of you still remember the article we wrote and published some time ago about the figure of a tiny car known as L'Oeuf or L'Oeuf Electrique (Electric Egg). This futuristic car was made by French visionary artist, industrial designer and engineer named Paul Arzens in 1942.
1938 La Baleine, an almost 7 meters long two-seater cabriolet built on a 1920s old Buick chassis by Paul Arzens. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
As quoted from Wikipedia, apart from designing and making the unique car mentioned above, it turns out that Paul Arzens had previously designed and made another unique car known as La Baleine (the whale) twice. It seems that the car's name in addition referring to its size is also to its design which resembles to those biggest marine mammal at glance.
1938 La Baleine featured with the integrated headlights, a panoramic curved windshield (made of the plexiglas) and a proto-pontoon format style. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
The first prototype of La Baleine was a sleek and attractive two-seater cabriolet built in 1937 - 1938 on a 1920s old Buick chassis. The car, which is nearly 7 meters long, is powered by a 3.5 liter (214 cubic inch) six-cylinder engine and is claimed to be capable of producing enough power to carry it to a top speed of 160 kph.
1938 La Baleine now sat on display as one of the many collections that are incorporated in the Bugattis of the Schlumpf Collection at the Cité de l'Automobile in Mulhouse, France. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
This gorgeous car figure features integrated headlights, a panoramic curved windshield (made of the plexiglas) and a proto-pontoon format style, a design that was later anticipated to be the sports car of the 1950s and 1960s. It was remained one-off and once featured in the famous Tintin cartoon series.
1938 La Baleine was remained one-off and once featured in the famous Tintin cartoon series. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
Then the 2nd prototype of La Baliene was made by Paul Arzens two years after the first. At that time France was during the German occupation which made the fuel especially gasoline for civilians use, being scarce. Due to it was made in difficult conditions for fuel, Paul Arzens made it as an electric powered vehicle sourced of the accumulator batteries that weighs 1,100 kg.
1938 La Baleine powered by a 3.5 liter (214 cubic inch) six-cylinder engine and is claimed to be capable of producing enough power to carry it to a top speed of 160 kph. (Picture from: Carsthatnevermadeitetc)
The second La Belaine prototype is made similar to the first (at least on the exterior), but is built on the chassis of an old Fiat which is much lighter than the Buick. The electric motor of this car is claimed capable of generating the power around 10 hp with a range of 200 km at speeds ranging from 65/70 kph.
The electric version of La Baleine (2nd prototype) while on driving by Paul Arzens in the 1942. (Picture from: Bubblemania)
Today, the first La Belaine prototype of 1937 together with the 1942 L'Oeuf Electrique are one of the many collections that are incorporated in the Bugattis of the Schlumpf Collection in the place what has become the Cité de l'Automobile in Mulhouse, France. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CARSTHATNEVERMADEITETC | LAUTOMOBILEANCIENNE | BUBBLEMANIA ]
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Friday, February 19, 2021

When an automaker in collaboration with gamers designed a supercar

Not that many people know that Ford has an eSports division. Started in 2019, Team Fordzilla has more than 40 drivers spread across various European countries. Not only playing games, but this team also made a futuristic-style car named Team Fordzilla P1.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car as the result of collaboration between the Ford Motor Company and the eSports gamers. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
The development let Ford’s eSports division partnered with Ford’s design department to create a virtual custom supercar known as the Team Fordzilla P1. Previously, they also used social media to get advice from fans about the seating position, cockpit style, and even the engine used. The concept model virtually had been debuted at the 2020 Gamescon in Germany.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car is the first Ford's car to be built digitally ranging from the concept up to production without any face-to-face interaction. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
Since last August 2020, the Fordzilla P1 concept is still a digital display, but in January, 2021 Ford officially launched a concept version of the P1 as a real-sized model. Due to the pandemic the concept car said the first Ford's car to be built digitally ranging from the concept up to production without any face-to-face interaction and was realized in just seven weeks.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car has very thick the GT's impression, as You can see starting from the pull of the front fender lines, the cockpit's slim body panel looks like it is floating supported by the rear wheels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
As we can see, the exterior of the Ferdzilla P1 racing car was done beautifully by Arturo Arino, while Robert Engelmann was responsible for creating the interior, and both are known as the Ford designers. As all of the Fordzilla P1's production is led by Ford's design department, which is headquartered in Cologne, Germany.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car has the driving position is also designed like a Formula 1 racing car in general so the racers can properly monitor various things related to the condition of the car and track and also able to receive data from the team. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
The racing concept car has a monocoque structure that can be relied on to appear and run like a land jet, besides that there is also a canopy that functions to protect the driver and co-driver. Then the driving position is also designed like a Formula 1 racing car in general.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car has a monocoque structure that can be relied on to appear and run like a land jet, besides that there is also a canopy that functions to protect the driver and co-driver. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
By design, there's the GT's impression is very thick, as You can see starting from the pull of the front fender lines, the cockpit's slim body panel looks like it is floating supported by the rear wheels. While in the cockpit, the driver and co-driver can properly monitor various things related to the condition of the car and track and also able to receive data from the team.
The Team Fordzilla P1 race concept car was realized in just seven weeks and officially launched in January 2021. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3attMc6)
However, so as not to interfere with the racer's visibility, the interior design is made in such a way so that the racers can enjoy the flow of the competition properly. This concept car is designed with dimensions of length 4,731 mm, width 2,000 mm and height 895 mm. While its front tires uses a 315/30-R21 profile and a 355/25-R21 for rear one.
Unfortunately, there's no further technical details were offered. It makes sense, due to the car on display just a physical model, not a real car that can be driven. *** [FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LEISURIAN | MIKESHOUTS ]
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