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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Behold the Spectacle: A Contemporary Masterpiece Inspired by 1960s Sports Cars

ONE-OFF - Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about the possibility of bringing your dream car to life? Creating a four-wheeled marvel that perfectly aligns with your vision of automotive perfection is a fantasy many share. The exciting news is, you don't need to be a high-profile automaker to turn this dream into reality. Everyday individuals, fueled by passion and determination, have successfully crafted their own automotive masterpieces, proving that the pursuit of dreams isn't exclusive to corporate giants.
The Invictus GT is a hand built car, developed as a result of one man’s dream, designed by Iker Lopez Totorika, and brought to life by Windsor Coachwork. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
Now, while this might sound like a cliché motivational statement often echoed by influencers, the Invictus GT stands as a living testament to the transformative power of dreams, skills, and unwavering determination. This unique creation is not just another do-it-yourself project; it's the culmination of a decade-long dedication by one man – Henrik, an enigmatic car enthusiast. His canvas? The Lotus Exige (Series 2).
Over the course of ten years, Henrik and his colleagues meticulously transformed the Series 2 Exige into the Invictus GT genuine masterpiece. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
Over the span of ten years, Henrik meticulously transformed the Series 2 Exige into a genuine masterpiece. His goal wasn't solely centered on achieving aesthetic allure; he aimed for an unrivaled driving experience as well. Leveraging the Exige's robust foundation for exceptional performance, Henrik collaborated with his friend and talented car designer, Iker Lopez Totorika, to handle the aesthetic aspects.
The Invictus GT draws inspiration from the glorious automotive era of the 60s and 70s, paying homage to classic sports cars without being a mere imitation. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
The Invictus GT draws inspiration from the glorious automotive era of the 60s and 70s, paying homage to classic sports cars without merely imitating them. The Exige's compact dimensions became the perfect canvas for timeless design elements, creating a charming and unique sports car.
The inspiration from those classic sports cars is evident in the design, spanning from the Stratos-esque rear end to the Alfa teledial-wheels, and the Lola look of the front. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
Turning dreams into reality required more than just passion – it demanded precision and craftsmanship. A 1:1 foam model, crafted with the expertise of FBFX, paved the way for the fibreglass transformation by Windsor Coachworks, a bespoke and low-volume vehicle manufacturer founded in 2018. The result? A resounding success, boasting clean lines, consistent panel gaps, intricate details, flawless paint, and a stance that radiates perfection.
The Invictus GT features the right proportions for its petite body, with exceptional handling included as a standard feature. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
While the interior remains a mystery, the Invictus GT retains the Exige S base underneath, with subtle enhancements like a redesigned intercooler and exhaust. Considering the Exige's stellar reputation on the road, any skepticism about the driving experience quickly dissipates.
The Invictus GT boasts clean lines, consistent panel gaps, intricate details, flawless paint, and a stance that radiates perfection. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
The inspiration from those classic sports cars is evident in the design, from the Stratos-esque rear end to the Alfa teledial-wheels, and the Lola look of the front. However, the GT avoids being a mere pastiche, presenting itself as a great-looking, petite, and perfectly proportioned sports car. Job done.
The Invictus GT retains the Exige S base underneath, featuring subtle enhancements such as a redesigned intercooler and exhaust. (Picture from: TradeClassic)
Presently, the Invictus GT stands as a testament to one man's vision and craftsmanship, a unique creation in a league of its own. Yet, whispers of potential mass production emerge if the demand materializes. Picture the streets adorned with this bespoke creation – a dream materialized for both the creator and prospective owners.
So, if you've ever dared to envision yourself designing your own car, take inspiration from Henrik's journey. Who knows? The world might just be waiting for your automotive masterpiece. Remember, where there's a will, there's a way. The road to automotive dreams may be winding, but it's undoubtedly worth the drive...😎 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | INVICTUS GT | PISTONHEADS | TRADECLASSIC | CARBUZZ ]
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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Safety, Style, and Hydrogen: The Allure of Giugiaro VAD.HO

Weird ONES - In the realm of modern car concepts, the Giugiaro VAD.HO stands out, resembling something fresh out of a Hot Wheels collection or a futuristic remote control car one might gift to children during the festive season. A distinctive feature of the VAD.HO is its utilization of the same V12 engine found in the BMW Hydrogen 7, coupled with BMW's 7-speed SMG transmission. The intriguing question arises: a hydrogen-powered V12?
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept crafted by Italdesign, and unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
Contrary to initial impressions, the VAD.HO incorporates a BMW Hydrogen fuel cell that powers a hybrid-electric drivetrain, a characteristic shared by most hydrogen cars. The V12, on the other hand, is likely to be conventionally powered. Unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show and crafted by Italdesign, the Giugiaro VAD.HO exudes a futuristic aeronautic spirit seldom witnessed in the realm of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept exudes a futuristic aeronautic spirit seldom witnessed in the realm of hydrogen-powered vehicles. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
This tandem two-seater vehicle presents an unusual seating arrangement, with both the driver and rear passenger positioned on the left side. However, this design flexibility allows for the hydrogen ICE powertrain, located on the right side, to be adapted based on the driving country. The tandem configuration accommodates the challenges posed by the powertrain's significant scale and the required gas tank for the hydrogen propulsion system, typically available only in a cylindrical shape.
The Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept presents an unusual tandem two-seater with both the driver and rear passenger positioned on the left side. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
The closed cockpit design of the Giugiaro VAD.HO boasts futuristic, ergonomically crafted seats, featuring two joysticks on the driver's armrests and drive-by-wire technology that seamlessly integrates with the gaming enthusiast's sensibilities. The joysticks, strategically positioned on the armrests, assist the driver during curves and other demanding driving conditions.
The Giugiaro VAD.HO's closed cockpit design features futuristic, ergonomically crafted seats, equipped with two joysticks on the driver's armrests, seamlessly integrating drive-by-wire technology tailored to gaming enthusiasts. (Picture from Supercars.net)
For the rear passenger, joystick envy is a non-issue, as they also possess a joystick to control two monitors embedded in the back of the driver's seat. This setup enables both driver and passenger to access essential data, including views from cameras mounted on the sides and rear of the vehicle. The data serves various purposes, from parking assistance to nighttime infrared driving, and even interactive communication with roadside infrastructure such as stoplights, when such features become available.
Italdesign Giugiaro VAD.HO Concept incorporates a BMW Hydrogen fuel cell that powers a hybrid-electric drivetrain, a characteristic shared by most hydrogen cars. (Picture from VAD.HO in Facebook)
Safety is a paramount consideration in the Giugiaro VAD.HO's design, featuring four-point seat belts, a roll bar to which the glass cockpit dome attaches, and front and umbrella airbags. The vehicle proudly showcases a new "G" logo then, serving as the company's fresh marketing signature. 
In essence, the Giugiaro VAD.HO is not merely a hydrogen-powered concept car; it represents a harmonious blend of futuristic design, innovative technology, and a commitment to safety. As we peer into the future of automotive innovation, the Giugiaro VAD.HO stands as a testament to the evolving landscape of smart and sustainable mobility. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ITALDESIGN.IT | VADHO IN FACEBOOK | SUPRECARS.NET | HYDROGENCARSNOW | CARREVSDAILY ]
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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Italian Elegance Redefined: The Story of Maserati's 330 Ricarrozata

2 in 1 - As the 1970s drew to a close, Maserati found itself at a crossroads, mirroring the uncertainties that marked the beginning of the decade. The Italian automaker was navigating the challenges of its recent acquisition by the De Tomaso motor company. Burdened by a staggering debt of 4 billion Lira (equivalent to US$20 million today), Maserati faced operational hurdles that seemed insurmountable.
The Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta was a remarkable project emerged to commemorate Maserati's golden years in racing, and crafted by the Italian design firm ATL in 1979. (Picture from: YourSydneyMate)
Under the leadership of Alejandro De Tomaso, a relentless effort was made to purge any remnants of Citroën, the previous owner, from Maserati's identity. This overhaul included abandoning vehicles heavily reliant on French components and replacing Citroën parts with standard alternatives. Even a joint Citroën/Maserati V6 engine, previously developed and shelved, was entirely scrapped. In a bold move, engineers with any affiliations to the French company, including the longtime chief engineer Giulio Alfieri, were unceremoniously ousted on De Tomaso's inaugural day.
The Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta painted in a distinctive racing green, the body paid homage to Maserati racers from the 1950s and 60s. (Picture from: YourSydneyMate)
De Tomaso's vision for Maserati aimed at transforming the brand's image from a high-end, high-performance luxury item to something more accessible to the average Italian. The goal was to create family-oriented vehicles, providing an opportunity for the common man to own a Maserati. Despite the challenges, De Tomaso's strategic decisions kept Maserati afloat and still producing vehicles, albeit in a different direction.
The Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta boasted a full aluminum body, blending elements from two iconic racers: the Maserati A6GCS/53 and the Maserati 450S, resulting in a visually stunning sports coupe. (Picture from: YourSydneyMate)
Amidst the turmoil of this period, particularly in 1979, Maserati unveiled several aesthetically pleasing and unique models such as the Maserati Merak, Maserati Kyalami, Maserati Quattroporte, and the spotlight of our discussion, the Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta.

In 1979, a remarkable project emerged to commemorate Maserati's golden years in racing—the Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta. Crafted by the Italian design firm ATL, this special vehicle boasted a full aluminum body, blending elements from two iconic racers: the PininFarina-designed A6GCS/53 and the Zagato-made 450S, resulting in a visually stunning sports coupe.
The Maserati 330 Ricarrozata Berlinetta powered by a 4.2-liter dual overhead cam V8 engine borrowed from the Kyalami to generate 255 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. (Picture from: YourSydneyMate)
Powered by a 4.2-liter dual overhead cam V8 engine borrowed from the Kyalami, the two-seater coupe generated 255 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission completed the powertrain, delivering a thrilling rear-wheel-drive experience. Painted in a distinctive racing green, the body paid homage to Maserati racers from the 1950s and 60s.
While the 1970s presented numerous obstacles for Maserati, the tail end of the decade brought a semblance of stability, even as the brand's reputation suffered due to quality concerns. Despite this, Maserati's commitment to delivering impressive engine performance and driving experiences remained unwavering. As the tumultuous decade concluded, Maserati stood resilient, ready to face the challenges of the next era in its storied history. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | YOURSYDNEYMATE ]
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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Cadillac's Bold Leap: 'Le Monstre' at Le Mans 1950

PAST SpeedBEAST - In the year 1950, the 24-Hours of Le Mans regulations opened the door for an intriguing chapter in automotive history, allowing standard cars to undergo a fascinating transformation. This era witnessed the birth of one of the most peculiar cars to grace the legendary La Sarthe circuit.
The Cadillac 'Le Monstre' was one of two Cadillac Coupe DeVille Series 61s prepared by Frick-Tappett Motors for Briggs Cunningham to grace the starting line at the 1950 24-Hours of Le Mans. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Briggs Cunningham
, a visionary automotive enthusiast, seized this opportunity by bringing two Frick-Tappett Motors-prepared Cadillac Coupe DeVille Series 61s to the racing scene. The first car retained its original form, standing as a testament to the standard configuration, which the French dubbed Petit Pataud.
The Cadillac 'Le Monstre' and its sibling Cadillac Coupe DeVille Series 61 'Petit Pataud' in their hey-day run at the 1950 24-Hours of Le Mans. (Picture from: TopGear)
However, it was the second car that stole the spotlight, boasting a body that defied convention. Crafted from aluminum by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, the unconventional bodywork aimed to maximize straight-line performance. This design was particularly crucial on the Mulsanne Straight, a 5.95 km stretch of the Le Mans track, accounting for nearly half of the total 13.5 km length. The car not only showcased a unique low and boxy exterior but also demonstrated a superior top speed, reaching 24 km/hour compared to its conventional counterpart.
The Cadillac 'Le Monstre' crafted from aluminum by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, the unconventional bodywork aimed to maximize straight-line performance. (Picture from: RevsInstitute)
Despite its seemingly brick-like exterior, the car's narrow design, refined through extensive wind tunnel testing, contributed to its aerodynamic prowess. Surprisingly, it outpaced its teammate, achieving a remarkable top speed of 130 mph (209.22 kph)a notable 13 mph (20.92 kph) higher.
The Cadillac 'Le Monstre' not only showcased a unique low and boxy exterior but also demonstrated a superior top speed, reaching 24 km/hour compared to its conventional counterpart 'Petit Pataud'. (Picture from: SuperRask)
Dubbed Le Monstre by the French media, the car, driven by Briggs Cunningham and Phil Walter, left a lasting impression. Despite the initial promise shown by Le Monstre, the experiment faced an unfortunate end. The absence of a spade, a cruc ial tool for the race, proved costly as the car became ensnared in a sandbank. Compounded by a gearbox issue, Le Monstre concluded the race in the 11th position, trailing just behind its standard Coupe counterpart driven by Collier brothers, Miles and Sam Collier.
In the annals of automotive history, the tale of Le Monstre stands as a testament to the audacity of innovation, where a daring vision and unconventional design collided with the challenges of Le Mans, leaving an indelible mark on the racing legacy. Though the experiment may not have reaped the anticipated rewards, the spirit of Le Monstre lives on in the echoes of La Sarthe, reminding us that sometimes, it's the audacious endeavors that etch their names into the vibrant canvas of motorsport history. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ID.MOTORSPORT | REVSINSTITUTE | CONCEPRCARZ | TOPGEAR | SUPERRASK | GOODWOOD ]
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Monday, February 12, 2024

Revolutionary DIY: Ken Imhoff's Lamborghini Countach Masterpiece

One Inspiration - Owning a sports car, particularly an iconic Lamborghini Countach, has always been a dream for many. Interestingly, one man turned this dream into a reality in a way that defies conventional norms. Ken Imhoff, an American engineer and avid car enthusiast, embarked on a remarkable journey to build his own Lamborghini Countach Replica from scratch, right in the confines of his basement. The inspiration struck him after being captivated by the car's allure during the Cannonball Run of 1991.
The Lamborghini Countach replica created by Ken Imhoff, an American engineer and avid car enthusiast, inspired by the original ones in the Cannonball Run of 1991. (Picture from: Drive.com.au)
Imhoff's
endeavor was no ordinary DIY project; it was an ambitious undertaking that involved meticulous planning and execution. Over the course of 17 years ranging from 1991 to 2008, he dedicated countless hours to designing and fabricating a space frame, hand-forming aluminum body panels, and meticulously crafting the iconic Lambo' scissor doors. What sets Imhoff's project apart is that he single-handedly accomplished every aspect of the construction process, showcasing his unwavering commitment to bringing his dream car to life.
The creation of the Lamborghini Countach replica consumed approximately 17 years (spanning from 1991 to 2008). Ken Imhoff dedicated this time to designing and constructing a space frame, shaping aluminum body panels by hand, and meticulously crafting the iconic Lambo scissor doors. (Picture from: BusinessInsider)
To ensure precision in his work, Imhoff used wooden buck as a mould, allowing him to achieve intricate curves in the car's body. Every detail was carefully considered as he assembled iron piece by piece, transforming them into a formidable car frame. The garage in his house served as a witness to the birth of the Lamborghini Countach, with a small workshop housing all the necessary equipment for this extraordinary venture.
The Lamborghini Countach replica powered by a Boss 351 V8 engine, seamlessly mated to a ZF -5 speed manual gearbox, providing the power and performance synonymous with the Lamborghini legacy. (Picture from: Drive.com.au)
The heart of Imhoff's creation beat with a Boss 351 V8 engine, seamlessly mated to a ZF -5 speed manual gearbox, providing the power and performance synonymous with the Lamborghini legacy. Imhoff also incorporated a Corvette C4 suspension, further enhancing the authenticity and driving experience of his home-built masterpiece.
The Lamborghini Countach replica posed alongside its creator, Ken Imhoff, shortly after emerging from the basement. (Picture from: LamboCars)
The transformation from raw materials to a Lamborghini Countach replica involved crucial steps, as highlighted earlier, with meticulous attention to detail in Ken Imhoff's endeavor to replicate the distinctive features of the original. This comprehensive effort encompassed more than just the iconic Lamborghini Countach-style headlights; it extended to the integration of authentic Lamborghini taillights, parking lights, windshield, and badges. Imhoff spared no effort, ensuring each element was meticulously incorporated to authentically capture the essence of the iconic 1980 Countach.
The Lamborghini Countach replica involved crucial steps, as highlighted earlier, with meticulous attention to detail in Ken Imhoff's endeavor to replicate the distinctive features of the original. (Picture from: LamboCars)
As the project neared completion, the Lamborghini Countach replica emerged, ready to hit the road. However, the story took an unexpected turn when the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) posed a hurdle. Despite Imhoff's dedication, the replica faced challenges in being registered as road-legal. In an unusual twist, the DMV demanded a $750 deposit, with the condition that if, within five years, the car was proven stolen, the deposit would be forfeited.
The Lamborghini Countach replica's cabin adorned by MOMO's seats, 5 point harness, splined steering wheel, and simple dashboard. (Picture from: LamboCars)
Administrative hurdles aside, Imhoff's determination remained unshaken. He continued to actively engage with the local classic car club, seizing opportunities to rev the V8 engine and relish the fruits of his labor. Admitting that his creation had its imperfections, Imhoff tirelessly worked on enhancements, tinkering with the carburetor and even experimenting with carbon fiber to fortify the fenders.
This comprehensive effort encompassed more than just the iconic Lamborghini Countach-style headlights; it extended to the integration of authentic Lamborghini taillights, parking lights, windshield, and badges. (Picture from: AdrianFlux)
According to The Drive, Imhoff handed over this masterpiece to its new owner with an accompanying payment of approximately $90,000 (unconfirmed) back in the 2017. Today, the current owner is purportedly considering putting it up for sale again, with an estimated price tag of around $229,000.
In conclusion, Ken Imhoff not only realized his dream but also created a Lamborghini Countach that mirrored his vision. The journey was a testament to his commitment and passion for excellence. Imhoff's achievement goes beyond merely owning a replica; it embodies the spirit of pursuing dreams with unwavering dedication. His story stands as an inspiration for fellow car enthusiasts, proving that with determination, even the most audacious dreams can become a tangible reality. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAMBOCARS | ADRIANFLUX | BUSINESSINSIDER | THEDRIVE | DRIVE.COM.AU | TRENDHUNTER ]
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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Our 7000th Posts: Pegaso Dual Turbo Stalls on the Starting Line

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Congrats..! - In the captivating world of automotive dreams, tales of passion, innovation, and unfulfilled endeavors paint a vivid picture. One such captivating story revolves around the Pegaso Dual Turbo, an American contemporary reinterpretation inspired by the iconic Pegaso Z-102, a Spanish sports car that graced the roads from 1951 to 1958. Crafted by the visionary Raffi Minasian and his partner Bill Miller, this stallion, despite its promising wings, which didn’t get off the ground.
The Pegaso Dual Turbo is an American contemporary reinterpretation inspired by the iconic Pegaso Z-102, a Spanish sports car that graced the roads back in the 1950s, crafted by the visionary Raffi Minasian and Bill Miller. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
The genesis of the Pegaso Dual Turbo traces back to a pivotal meeting in 1979, where Raffi Minasian and Bill Miller (the owner of the 1953 Pegaso 'Thrill' and former owner of the Bill Miller Special) embarked on a journey fueled by their collective vision. Drawing inspiration from legends like the Ferrari Daytona and Lamborghini Miura, the duo set their sights on creating a modern masterpiece with a nod to the classic Pegaso.
The Pegaso Dual Turbo was conceived by Raffi Minasian and Bill Miller, stemming from a crucial meeting in 1979. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
The project kicked off with the acquisition of a discarded Porsche 914, its bare essentials providing the canvas for their automotive dreams. Stripping the Porsche 914 down to its core components—brakes, wheels, tires, and a Buick aluminum V8 with four Webers—the skeleton of what would become the Pegaso Dual Turbo began to take shape. 
The Pegaso Dual Turbo project commenced with the acquisition of a discarded Porsche 914, stripped down to its core components—brakes, wheels, and tires—providing the canvas for their automotive dreams. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
Departing from tradition, Minasian and Miller opted to fashion the car's body from fiberglass instead of the original's aluminum, resulting in a labor of love that took five meticulous years to complete. The fully functional prototype echoed the aesthetics of '60s sports cars, boasting a twin-turbocharged 500 horsepower mid-engine for an exhilarating driving experience.
All interior components of the Pegaso Dual Turbo, including plaster-carved pieces, fiberglass molds, steam-bent plywood dash and center console panels laminated with burled walnut, and originally intended Recaro seats, were meticulously crafted for a refined finish. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
The grand plan was unveiled at the 1983 Los Angeles Auto Expo, where the Pegaso Dual Turbo made its debut. A sleek fiberglass body with gull-wing doors, a handcrafted chassis housing a mid-mounted Buick 5.7-liter V8—everything seemed poised for success. However, the dream faced a harsh reality. Despite Minasian and Miller's ambition to produce 500 limited-edition cars, only 14 orders materialized during the expo.
The Pegaso Dual Turbo boasts a robust mid-mounted twin-turbocharged Buick 5.7-liter V8 engine, delivering an impressive 500 horsepower. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
Financial constraints proved insurmountable, leaving the dream unfulfilled and the lone prototype standing as a testament to unrealized aspirations. The challenges of mass production collided with the grand vision, and the Pegaso Dual Turbo, despite its allure, remained grounded, its wings clipped by feasibility and financial realities.
Unveiled at the 1983 Los Angeles Auto Expo with plans to produce 500 limited-edition cars, only 14 orders materialized during the expo for the Pegaso Dual Turbo. (Picture from: MyCarQuest)
In retrospection, the Pegaso Dual Turbo symbolizes the indomitable spirit of automotive innovation. Though it may not have soared into the masses, its story endures in the annals of automotive history—a testament to the audacity of dreamers, Raffi Minasian and Bill Miller, who defied convention even as the wheels of reality spun in a different direction.
The Pegaso Dual Turbo stands as a reminder that, in the realm of automotive dreams, not every venture takes flight, but the stories of those who dared to dream continue to inspire. As we navigate the highways of innovation, let us celebrate the visionaries who, like Minasian and Miller, left an indelible mark on the road less traveled, where dreams and aspirations pave the way for the future of automotive excellence. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RAFFI MINASIAN | ALLCARINDEX | JESSICAGREEN0202 ON FLICKR | STUDEBAKER FORUM | MYCARQUEST | CLASSIC AND RECREATION SPORTSCAR  ]
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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

From DeZir to Trezor: Renault's Evolution in Electric Grand Tourers

Unique EV - The Renault Trezor Concept, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 2016, showcases an innovative approach to electric Grand Tourers. This all-electric car is designed as a futuristic vehicle, representing the future of electric cars, with distinctive features and cutting-edge technology. It follows the introduction of the Renault DeZir Concept to the public in 2010.
Renault Trezor concept revealed in the Paris Motor Show 2016. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
One of the standout features of the Trezor is its unique door mechanism. Instead of traditional doors, the car features a clamsphell hood that can be lifted upward, resembling the exit and entrance mechanism of a fighter jet cockpit. This design choice not only adds a futuristic touch but also contributes to the overall aerodynamics of the vehicle.
Renault Trezor concept has no doors, instead there's a clamsphell hood can be lifted upward, representing the doors to exit and enter the passenger like a fighter jet cockpit. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The Trezor boasts impressive dimensions, with a height of 1,080 mm, a width of 2,048 mm at the front and 2,106 mm at the rear, and a wheelbase of approximately 2,776 mm. Its low ground clearance is complemented by large front wheels measuring 21 inches and rear wheels measuring 22 inches. The sleek and aerodynamic design is reflected in its low curb weight of 1,600 kg and an impressive air resistance value of 0.22 Cd.
Renault Trezor concept appears in red-colored cabin and equiped with large L-shaped screen, with the dashboard controls and infortainment system. As well as a unique-shaped steering wheel that sharpens the futuristic impression. (Picture from: Cintaobil)
The interior of the Trezor is equally futuristic, featuring a red-colored cabin with a warm atmosphere. The cabin includes a large L-shaped screen for controls and infotainment, utilizing OLED technology and a thin Corning Gorilla Glass curved without backlight.
Renault Trezor concept equiped the fierce drivetrain adopted the technology of Formula-E racing cars and claimed to be capable of producing the power up to 350 hp and 380 Nm of torque, so made it can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less of 4.0 seconds. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The dashboard, made of red wood, serves a dual purpose as both a design element and a luggage compartment. Crafted by renowned French woodworkers Keim Cycles, it adds a touch of luxury to the interior.
Rear side view of Renault Trezor concept. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
As explained by Renault that Trezor offers three driving modes, namely neutral, sporty and autonomous. Under the hood, the Trezor boasts a powerful drivetrain inspired by Formula-E racing cars. With a claimed output of 350 hp and 380 Nm of torque, the electric supercar can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 4.0 seconds.
The vehicle incorporates a unique battery cooling system, drawing air from the intake on the hood. Furthermore, it adopts Formula 1 technology with the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS), a regenerative braking system enhancing energy efficiency.

Overall, the Renault Trezor Concept represents a fusion of luxury, performance, and forward-thinking design, showcasing Renault's commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology. *** [EKA [04102016] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RENAULT | AUTOCAR | AUTOMOBILEMAG ]
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