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Friday, December 28, 2018

A unique street-legal Limo-Jet

If you look at the vehicle picture below, can you guess this is a private jet or limousine with an intact jet's fuselage? Watch out not to be fooled. Right, this is a modified limousine using a jet's fuselage.
Jetsetter, Inc. turned a Jet into this awesome street legal Limo-Jet. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2BFsJ6b)
As reported by Motor1, this unique modified limousine is a crazy work from a company named Jetsetter, Inc. and it was gave a name Limo-Jet. Those nickname was pinned for the modification result is according to the shape of a limousine with jet's fuselage.
A luxurious and festive atmosphere is presented on Limo-Jet cabin like a private club and able to accommodate 8 passengers at once. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2BFsJ6b)
It is true that the Limo-Jet was built by using an intact Lear Jet fuselage (minus the wings) made of aluminum and combined with fiberglass materials. As the result is these unique long limo has a lenght dimention of 12.8 meters and 2.4 meters wide.
Limo-Jet has a dimension of 12.8 meters long, 2.4 meters wide and with a height of 3.5 meters on the tail section. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2BFsJ6b)
And another cool thing is, on its tail section is still attached the original parts of the Lear Jet aircraft include its jet engine with a height of 3.5 meters. And of course now Jet-Limo is free to drive on the streets due to it's a completely street-legal vehicle (in the US).

Although the jet engine still exists, unfortunately it no longer contains the actual engine. Now, the Limo-Jet uses a Vortec V8 engine made by General Motors (GM). But unfortunately there was no mention of those engine's performance.
While in its interior, a luxurious and festive atmosphere is presented like a private club that can accommodate 8 passengers at a time. The luxury cabin accessories are complete, ranging from TV, audio and many amplifiers installed in most corners of those Limo-Jet cabin.

The Limo-Jet had its official debut at KnowledgeFest, a mobile electronics convention in Dallas, TX back in August 2018. If You want to feel the sensation of riding this unique limo, please contact the owner's company through their official website. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LIMO-JET | MOTOR1]
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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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Friday, December 21, 2018

A story of Aurora, an ugliest car ever made

After yesterday we presented an article about a weird-shaped car figure named 1958 Sir Vival, and then on this occasion we presented a story about the next strange-shaped car that was also born in that period. Let's look at the following story;

This is the story of an abandoned prototype car named Aurora Safety Car, a concept car that was introduced in 1957 in New York that aspired to become the safest car in the world. Unfortunately, due to its peculiar exterior design and high price offered made it never went into production line.
1957 Aurora Safety Car designed and made by a Catholic priest named Father Alfred A. Juliano. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rMdmEt)
This weird-shaped concept car designed by a Catholic priest named Father Alfred A. Juliano in mid-1950s and the prototype made based of a totaled 1953 Buick. In that time he wanted to create the safest car. But his plans did not go as expected and the model did not take long to fall into oblivion. Today, many considered it was one of the ugliest cars ever made.
Father Juliano drove by himself the Aurora Safety Car to a media event in New York City in 1957. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rMdmEt)
1957 Aurora Safety Car, like other abandoned prototypes that we all knew, is an unknown vehicle for most passionate driver. And the normal thing is that those who are aware of the car existence also know that, for many, this is one of the ugliest cars ever made. But that strange appearance was the result of the goal pursued by its creator, who was none other than to design and build a car with a passive level of safety that had never been seen before.
Wreckage of 1957 Aurora Safety Car before restoration laid to be forgotten and rotting in a field behind the garage. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
In this prototype car have been embedded in various safety features which not imagined yet in the time, such as side safety bars, the safety cage integrated in the body, safety belts or padded dashboard. Another surprising detail of the Aurora Safety Car prototype is the spare wheel is located at the front on low-positioned, so it also contributes to improving safety by adding an additional deformation space to absorb the energy in case of impact.
The Aurora was designed with safety in mind, but some auto historians call it the ugliest car ever made. (Picture from: https://nyti.ms/2Bpy5SI)
But this is not the only striking feature of the front of the Safety Car made by Alfred A. Juliano, because the entire front of the body made of fiberglass which filled with foam to minimize the injuries caused to a pedestrian (in the case of being hit by this car). As if it was one of the modern airbags for pedestrians.
Andy Saunders posed with his restorated Aurora Safety Car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
Its safety elements did not end there, because it also had a collapsible steering column and seats that could swivel to protect occupants in a crash. Another feature that makes the Aurora Safety Car is the most peculiar car prototype is it has an integrated hydraulic system activated by a dashboard control, with four jacks located at the ends of the car body that allowed the quick tires changing process.

The oddly bubble-shaped windshield, made from shatterproof resin, had no wipers because Juliano said it was so aerodynamic, raindrops blew away. The bubble curved out, away from occupants, to minimize head injuries. The roof was a stunning panoramic dome, with metal blinds inside.
After failed commercialization effort also m
1957 Aurora Safety Car displayed at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire UK. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EBzDgz)
eant the car project was failed. For decades, the Aurora lay forgotten and rotting in a field behind the garage because Father Juliano had an unpaid repair bill. Then, a British automotive enthusiast named Andy Saunders found the Aurora through an old photo in 1993, which had a billboard for the repair shop in the background. He reached the shop’s owner and arranged to buy the car for $1,500, sight unseen, and have it shipped to England.
And finally, the car was restorated and re-shown again at the prestigious event of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005. Since then, it has been displayed at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire, UK. And here we able to see, at least the Aurora had better fate better than Sir Vival were laid to be forgotten and being rusty slowly along with time. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ANDY SAUNDERS | AUTO BILD | NEWYORK TIMES]
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

One of 1950s oddly and forgotten concept cars

After the end of the 2nd World War, the automotive manufacturing industry in the United States grew rapidly. So the number of cars on the highway also increased sharply and in line with that also the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents also increased. Because cars designed around the 1950s were not built with safety features such as safety belts, airbags and others.
1958 Sir Vival concept car thought has many safety features built by Walter C. Jerome based of 1948 Hudson. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rEJbPq)
Various innovations were produced in this decade to ensure the driver will not be killed if involved in a road accident. One of them has been made and applied to a concept car called Sir Vival. The concept car was said to be "the safest" in the time and designed by Walter C. Jerome from Worcester, Massachusetts in 1958 and to realize this concept he modified a 1948 Hudson to become the first Sir Vival prototype.
Walter C. Jerome posed with his 1958 Sir Vival concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rEJbPq)
Physically this concept car consisted two separate parts, namely the front that contains the vehicle's engine and has a rubber bumper on its side and is installed separately with the rear which is the passenger cabin and connected with a rotating hinge.
Car's features embeded on the 1958 Sir Vival concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2UTeqni)
The separate front section is expected to absorb the shock if a collision occurs from the front, so that the passenger cabin will be safe from destruction. The installation of rubber bumper on the edge of Sir Vival is also intended to absorb the shock at low speeds.
One of the survived 1958 Sir Vival prototypes built based of 1948 Hudson now heavily rusted at Hudson Dealeship in Route 40, Bellingham. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2A2Td1x)
Another and most significant innovation is the driver's seat which is made higher than the passenger seat which looks like a turret of an armored vehicle. With such construction, W Jerome believes that the driver able to sit alone and will not be disturbed by passengers and then can concentrate 100% on the highway.
Rear side view of the survived 1958 Sir Vival prototypes is look need a fully restoration action. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2BrjVk1)
The front cylindrical glass is not equipped with a conventional glass wiper because it will block the view when it rains. This silender glass rotates on its own and there is a vertical window wiper on the back of the driver that will wipe off the dirt. In the cabin of the car with Sir Vival features also have other security features such as soft liners and roll cage.
But unfortunately, the brilliant idea made by Walter C. Jerome received less attention from the world automotive community at that time. One of the reasons for Sir Vival's was less welcome, because its "startling unorthodox two-section" design and more shocking $10,000 price tag (a Cadillac Series 62 started at around $5,000), or perhaps there were a lot of cooler cars to be driving in the late 50s and early 60s.

There are only a few prototypes of cars been produced and what's more, it's very difficult to get these type of cars survived today. This is real and not an automotive imaginary thing or what? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | AUTOWEEK | MOFLER | JALOPNIK]
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The latest roofless V12-engined supercar of Ferrari

After some time ago Lamborghini launched the one-off racing-purposed supercar called the Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18, and it seems Ferrari also did not want to miss. Recently the Maranello-based premium car manufacturer launched their latest creation, named Ferrari SP3JC.
Ferrari SP3JC, a special one-off roofless supercar owned by a Scottish collector named John Collins. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zyc8Ry)
The SP3JC is the latest one-off project from Ferrari which has been officially handed over to its owner namely John Collins, a Scottish collector and former freelance writer. The vehicle designed by the Ferrari Styling Center is an order from a Ferrari collector who wants a pure roadster with a chassis and engine taken from the F12tdf.
Ferrari SP3JC, a pure roadster built based on a chassis and engine taken from the Ferrari F12tdf. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zyc8Ry)
This car produced only one unit, and ordered by the one-off series, it will provide the maximum expression of the driving experience with an open-roof car, and at the same time will remind again to the 1950s and 60s V12-engined Ferrari spider car product.
Ferrari SP3JC wears a funky tri-color paint scheme that really doesn’t do justice to the exclusivity of this model. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zyc8Ry)
This roofless (obviously) car has a very muscular appearance with dynamic grooves on the sides designed to emphasize the front-engine layout, a typical air intake hole placement on the front, and a dramatic rear fascia with horizontal lines that make it look wider.
Ferrari SP3JC uses a 6.3-liter V12 producing 780 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zyc8Ry)
The client's love of Pop Art is reflected in the firm graphics, and the unique combination of livery from the Azzurro Met (blue) and Giallo Modena (yellow) above the main Bianco Italia (white) color scheme that confirms the sensual impression of the car.
It took more more than three years to build the one-off Ferrari SP3JC. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zyc8Ry)
The sporty theme that is strengthened is seen by the installation of special details such as two-glass inserts on the hood to show off the V12 780cv engine, a link between the fairing of an integrated carbon fiber roll and a brushed aluminum fuel tank cap.
Then on its interior, there is a pair of racing-styled seat made of genuine leather in blue with white inserts. The blue colored leather extends to the bottom of dashboard and is sewn with contrasting colored stitches throughout the interior trim.
As quoted of Top Speed, Ferrari to build it since more than three years ago. The wait was long, but the final product made it worth it. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DIGITRENDS | TOPSPEED]
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18, one-off racing car of Sant' Agata

Lamborghini Squadra Corse recently fulfilled its consumer demand by concocting specifically car for the racing arena named Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18. This is the only car out of the Lamborghini racing division's production line at Sant ’Agata Bolognese. The SC18 car is claimed to meet the feasibility of driving on the highway as well, despite the design fully to work on the racing track.
One-off racing car of Sant' Agata Bolognese, Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PLKiew)
Centro Stile Lamborghini was also involved in the SC18 design with Squadra Corse. By prioritizing the side of aerodynamics, the racing elements are seen starting from the lattice muzzle of the Huracan GT3 EVO styled air intake holes.

The side and rear-side fenders, fins and wind catchers are inspired by the Huracan Super Trofeo EVO. The most obvious is the large rear wing made of carbon fiber with three measurements mechanically, which can increase compressive force on various circuits.
Front view of Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PLKiew)
On the rear hood equipped with twelve air intake holes, and it claimed to have been carried out periodic testing during endurance racing. It also can release heat quickly and increase the cooling of the V12 engine while speeding on the track.

Certainly the engine used by this car is the best of the Lamborgini's V12 engine rows. Yes, the engine used is a V12 engine with a capacity of 6,498 cc non-turbo. It able to exert power of up to 770 hp at 8,500 rpm and torque of 720 Nm at 6,750 rpm.

In order to be tame when racing, so the ISR (Independent Shifting Rod) is pinned to optimize the 7-speed transmission shift. In addition, the car can be raced faster thanks to the use of carbon fiber kit body and the distance to the ground only 109 mm.
Rear side view of Lamborghini Squadra Corse SC18. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PLKiew)
The most exclusive of the SC18 is the carbon fiber coloring (the Grigio Daytona gray) with the distinct details and on several car's body sections were red-painted to enhance its sporty and fierce appearance at once while racing on the track.

While entering into the cabin, we will be greeted by the luxurious material of the Nero Ade's black-colored Alcantara and sweetened with cross stitches with Rosso Alala's red contrast thread. Meanwhile its bucket seats made of carbon fiber materials and remains with dark accents.
This car uses 20 inches alloy wheels in front and 21 inches behind and to be more practical the rims are tied with one bolt only. Furthermore, all of the rims are wrapped with Pirelli P Zero Corsa's special developed tires and also attached the telemetry system to find out various aspects of the performance on the track..

And reportedly this car was released at prices ranging from £5 million or around US. $6.4 million (approx Rp.94 billion). WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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