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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Bulldog had wanted to complete its unfinished record

Indeed, the Bulldog was a fairly unique name to be pinned on a supercar. Especially for a supercar made by Aston Martin, where usually this British manufacturer always names its production cars with more exclusive one.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar while on the restoration process at the Classic Motor Cars workshop in Bridgnorth, England. (Picture from: Otoblitz)
Perhaps this is an exception, when the British manufacturer in the end of 1970s took part in a kind of "competition" among the world's automotive manufacturers to create a supercar capable of breaking the 200 mph speed limit.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar featured with gull-wings doors and is built intended to pass the 200 mph speed limit back in the end of 1970s. (Picture from: IconWheels)
Well, as we know that in the 1980s the top speed of 200 mph was still hard to achieve, but that's what then made Aston Martin become interested in building a supercar capable of breaking the 200 mph speed limit through one-off supercar concept called the Aston Martin Bulldog.
The Aston Martin Bulldog while on restoration at Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth, England posed along with the project leader Nigel Woodward (right) and workshop Director Tim Griffin (left). (Picture from: BlackXperience)
This ruthless-name supercar born by the design of William Towns, who also did the wedge-shaped design on the Lagonda, the Bulldog is an aggressive mid-engine supercar with an angular design and gullwing-doors style. The supercar's drivetrain embedded in this project is a 5.3 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is ready to burst power of 700 hp. That's numbers are probably a very large power output at that time.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar cabin featured with the modern expression layout of the 1980s. (Picture from: IconWheels)
The British automaker is very confident that the engine will carry the Bulldog to exceed the 200 mph speed limit, and will use the fastest production car of its time. But, what happened next was very dissapointed, due to the Bulldog only capable reached average top speeds of 191 mph on the MIRA test track in 1979. Furthermore, the project was canceled by Aston Martin's chairman, Victor Gauntlett before Aston Martin Bulldog concept reached its goal due to exorbitant developing and operating costs of the car.
The Aston Martin Bulldog experimental supercar is powered by a 5.3 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that is ready to burst power of 700 hp. (Picture from: ClassicMotorCars)
Now, more than 40 years later, the British automaker announced the Aston Martin Bulldog concept is ready to make amends for its failure to fulfill its destiny. This one-of-a-kind prototype is undergoing a complete its 18-month restoration at Classic Motor Cars.
Now, more than 40 years later, the British automaker announced the Aston Martin Bulldog concept is ready to make amends for its failure to fulfill its destiny to break the 200 mph speed limit. (Picture from: EVO)
The Bulldog restoration process was supervised directly by Victor Gauntlett's son, Richard Gauntlett. The project progress is going very well and Gauntlet is confident that the one-off supercar concept will be ready to go by the end of the year before it goes on record trials.

The testing will be carried out by Aston Martin's factory test driver, named Darren Turner, who is also involved in overseeing the final preparation and testing phase of the Bulldog breaking record project. 
At this time, the British automaker has not revealed yet when its Bulldog concept car would try once again its 200 mph breaking record efforts, but if all goes well, the record breaking test could be carried by the end of this year. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ICONWHEELS | CLASSICDRIVERS | CLASSICMOTORCARS | GOODWOOD ]
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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Although it has weird looking, actually managed to help the maker survived

The name 'Europa' is sounds beautiful and made us will directly imagined to the figure of a beautiful woman. It turns out, in the automotive world, this name has also been used on a car model. At least two automakers have named their cars after that beautiful name. First, the Italian manufacturer Bizzarrini Spa. with the Bizzarrini 1900 GT Europa which was originally projected as the Opel GT.
Lotus Europa S1 (Type 46) is built by Lotus Cars of England from 1966 to 1968 and powered by a Renault's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with four-speed manual transaxle. (Picture from: FavCars)
And the next car was the Lotus Europa, a unique two-seater sports car made by British manufacturer Lotus Cars in the middle of 1960s to early 1970s. The car is indeed extraordinary because even though it has a somewhat awkward style, it can appear and become popular as a junior-sized sports car that wears the Lotus badge and is powered by a tepid Renault engine.

This was made possible because its mid-engine design (between the passenger compartment and rear wheel), spectacular driving characteristics, and reasonable price made it an important revenue generator that kept Lotus afloat and helped to propel the company's professional racing team to continue to take part in the various world's major racing events.
Lotus Europa S1 (Type 46) is rather weird look, as you can see, at front it was pure sports car, but behind the seats, the design went off track as possessing the appearance look like a wacky bread van. (Picture from: AutoFun)
And the key figure behind the birth of the Europa was Colin Chapman, a visionary founder and chief engineer for Lotus Cars of England, was never one to follow convention and the wide range of sports cars he produced over the years reflected this fact.

Although most of his creations were technically superior to anything else being built, they tended to be poorly assembled and usually required frequent and expensive maintenance to keep them roadworthy. Still, Chapman enjoyed near cult status among long-suffering, but fiercely loyal Lotus owners who put up with just about any inconvenience for the driving thrills that their none-too-trusty cars delivered.

As we all knew, originally he had focused on open-top roadsters in the 1950s and '60s, but undertook a completely different direction while with the Europa, which was launched in 1966. Physically, it has an unusual shaped, defied description and baffled fans and critics alike at the time.
Lotus Europa S1 (Type 46)'s weird look to hide the French-made 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transaxle. (Picture from: AutoFun)
As you can see, between the front bumper and the doors, it was pure sports car, but behind the seats, the design went off track, prompting some to refer to the Europa's slab sides and flat rear deck that extended out behind a narrow ribbon of rear window as possessing the appearance of a wacky bread van. Besides the awkward shape, the lack of decent luggage space or even roll-down windows also created public consternation.

But Chapman never heard and considered all the gossips. The car looks that way for a reason, and that's to hide the French-made 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transaxle originally developed for the front-wheel-drive Renault 16. While on the Europa, the entire powertrain was positioned lengthwise directly behind the seats and ahead of the rear axle.
Lotus Europa S2 (Type 54) is built by Lotus Cars of England from 1969 to 1974 and initially powered by a Renault's 1,647 cc four-cylinder naturally aspirated and then swap into a Ford's 1.6-liter twin-cam engine coupled with five-speed manual transaxle in the 1971. (Picture from: Artebellum)
The engine is capable of spitting out about 78 horsepower to propel the 1,350 lbs weighted Europa up to the top speed that's almost the same speed as today's economy cars of 60 mph. However, it was enough to keep most buyers at the time quite amused. The unique fact that the driver's backside practically scraped the ground helped create the illusion of speed.

After all, the Europa's precise suspension and direct steering are really Europa's points of excellence. In designing the car, Chapman stuck to the tried and true one-piece backbone chassis used in previous Lotus models that helped keep Europa's center of gravity tucked into Earth. However, it turns out that the size and shape of the chassis greatly limits the cabin space, so that tall and/or wide passengers practically have no hope of being able to enter the car's claustrophobic cabin.
Lotus Europa S2 (Type 54) is built by Lotus Cars of England from 1969 to 1974 and featured with power windows and other minor comfort improvements. (Picture from: ClassicCarGarage)
The Europa's plastic shell was bonded (by glueing it) to the chassis to further keep the weight down. Unfortunately, this approach made repairing damaged body panels a burden, so were eventually substituted by the bolts.

Initially, the arrangement with Renault gave the French automaker exclusive rights to sell the original Series I Europa in Europe. However, by 1969, Chapman was able to market his mid-engined sports car marvel to the rest of the world (specifically the sports-car-hungry North American market), then he upgraded the car to Series II models is powered by a larger version of the Renault 16 engine.
Lotus Europa S2 (Type 54) is built by Lotus Cars of England from 1969 to 1974 and also featured a wonderful wooden dashboard and a glass sunroof. (Picture from: ClassicCarGarage)
The Europa S2 was available in Great Britain as an unassembled kit car (similar to the bare-bones-basic Lotus Super 7 roadster) to avoid the country's onerous purchase taxes. As a bow to convention and to satisfy the export market, the car featured power windows and other minor comfort improvements.

In 1971, the Europa underwent an engine change to a Ford-Cortina-based 1.6-liter twin-cam engine that initially produced 105 horsepower but was quickly updated to 126 horsepower as the result made the car's time from zero to 60 mph down by more than two seconds. This was able to make the weekend club racers rejoiced and the marque's purists were relieved that finally a "proper" Lotus engine and five-speed manual gearbox had found their way into the Europa's engine bay.
By the time the Europa was retired in 1974, more than 9,200 units had been produced. Although it wasn't enough to worry mainstream manufacturers, but it was certainly a success story by Lotus standards. As one of the first mass-produced mid-engined sports cars, the Europa broke new engineering ground and its low price (around $4,600) kept it within range of a wider group of buyers.

The Lotus next models that followed, even after Colin Chapman's death in 1982, were, and continue to be geared to more upscale enthusiasts. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEWSDAY | FAVCARS | AUTOFUN | CLASSICCARGARAGE ]
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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Maserati Indy, yesterday as today, only for refined palates

Let's continue the discussion about the classic car made by the Italian manufacturer Maserati. On this occasion we will discuss a fastback grand-tourer four-seater named the Maserati Indy (Tipo AM116) which was produced by the Italian automaker from 1969 to 1975 and also known as the first model produced after the company was acquired by the French automotive company Citröen.
Maserati Indy is known as an alternative to Maserati Ghibli which offers the same four seater layout and powerd by a V8 engine. (Picture from: Motoristorici.it)
The Maserati Indy model effectively replaces the 'outdated' Maserati Sebring 2+2 designed by Giovanni Michelotti (which is the successor to the Maserati 3500 GT) and the first generation Maserati Quattroporte. It also known as an alternative to the Maserati Ghibli which offers the same four seater layout and powered by a V8 engine , but differ in style; indeed these two car models come from the same time.
Maserati Indy comes a sleek 4-seater fasback designed by Virginio Vairo and Ellio Mainardi of Carrozzeria Vignale. (Picture from: Motoristorici.it)
Two well-known coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Ghia and Vignale, presented their proposals for the Indy design at the Salone dell'Automobile in Torino in November 1968, both based on the 4.2-liter Maserati chassis. At Ghia's stand was Simùn, a berlinetta 2+2 designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro; while at the Carrozzeria Vignale stand comes a sleek 4-seat fastback, created by designers Virginio Vairo and Ellio Mainardi.
Maserati Indyi's cabin is completely covered in well-crafted geniune leather, now a hallmark of Maserati grand touring cars, and features four single seats. (Picture from: Motoristorici.it)
Both coachbuilders have good relations with Maserati, as Vignale was responsible for the Maserati 3500 GT Spyder, Mexico and Sebring, while Ghia had previously released the Ghibli. However, the Vignale prototype was preferred, and the production model was unveiled by Maserati at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1969. The car was named 'Indy' in honor of Maserati's two wins at the Indy 500.

At its launch in 1969, the Maserati Indy was offered with a Tipo 107 V8 engine with four 4.2-liter overhead cams. However, starting in 1970 a 4.7-liter Indy 4700 version was also offered with the 4200, and in 1972 Maserati added a 4900 Indy version to its lineup, equipped with a new 4.9-liter V8 engine.
Maserati Indy production version is debuted at the 1969 Geneva Motor Show and its name taken to tribute the Maserati's two wins at the Indy 500 racing event.  (Picture from: Motoristorici.it)
The Maserati Indy uses a unibody construction, which the suspension layout shares with the Ghibli. At the front it is equipped with a double wishbone, with coaxial hydraulic dampers and coil springs, with an anti-roll bar. Meanwhile, at the rear there is a live axle with semi-elliptical springs, a single longitudinal torsion arm, hydraulic dampers, and an anti-roll bar.
Meanwhile inside its cabin is completely covered in well-crafted geniune leather, now a hallmark of Maserati grand touring cars, and features four single seats, just as the Lamborghini Espada had launched at the same time.

Production of the Maserati Indy ended in 1975 wit a total of 1,104 units have been produced, consisted with 440 units of the Indy 4200, 364 units of the Indy 4700, and 300 units of the Indy 4900 version. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING.RU | MOTORISTORICI.IT ]
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Friday, July 30, 2021

The legendary Ferrari 250 GT ready to be reincarnated into the Squalo

For those of you who are fans of classic sports cars and are of course familiar with the Ferrari 250 GTO known as the legendary prancing horse logoed sports car made in limited number only 39 units ranging of 1962 to 1964 and now of course has fantastic price.
The Squallo sports coupe by GTO Engineering is a modern reincarnation of the legendary Ferrari Ferrari 250 GTO. (Picture from: GTO Engineering)
Although the limited units and the high price offered, but the charisma of the Ferrari 250 GTO is still able to pump high the interest of the world's automotive enthusiasts to have one. Opportunities like this then invite several automakers to try to reincarnate this legendary car figure under touch of contemporary design.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO ​​specifically for the legendary British racer Sir Stirling Moss is one of the most expensive classic cars in the world and recently, this kind of car especially the 250 GT series taken as the inspiration for the making of the Squallo by GTO Engineering. (Picture from: Autoblog)
One of them is as done by Ares Design, an Italian automotive coachbuilder company had been tried to make a modern interpretation of this legendary classic car
. And recently, there's a British automaker names GTO Engineering tried to do the same. The company based in Twyford, England is known as a specialist workshop for Ferrari cars that usually does service, restoration, and others.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta is one of the 250 GT series taken as the inspiration for the making of the Squallo by GTO Engineering. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
As qouted of Motor1, the British supercar manufacturer has recently confirmed that although their Ferrari 250 GT reincarnation project previously under codename the 'Moderna' being in development since the end of 2020.
The Squallo sports coupe by GTO Engineering is built by using a tubular chassis combined with a high-strength lightweight aluminum sub-frame. (Picture from: GTO Engineering)
The British company has three simple criteria to present the Ferrari 250 GTO reincarnated sports car, but it requires the involvement of a mature and reliable team to understand in the fast and fast sports car designing. The first is by applying a non-turbo V12 engine that has fierce power of the grand tourer in the racing track. Second, making the mentioned car as light as possible by using the best selected materials. Third, using modern manufacturing processes and materials so that the V12 engined sports car is perfectly matched.

The GTO Engineering Managing Director and Founder, Mark Lyon said, after getting the overwhelming response, they will make it happen and document the production process openly. “For us, the engine and aesthetics are the two most important parts of any car. For that, we will start immediately,“ said Mark Lyon.
The Squallo sports coupe by GTO Engineering is provided enough space in the cabin and luggage for the driver and passengers. (Picture from: GTO Engineering)
The Brit company further said that their 250 GTO reincarnated sports car later called Squallo (an Italian for 'Shark') will be built by using a tubular chassis combined with a high-strength lightweight aluminum sub-frame, and then powered by a V12 Quad-Cam naturally aspirated engine mated to a manual transmission system.

Unlike the GTO Engineering's previous resto-mod Ferrari 250 SWB, the Squalo is not built based of any Ferrari existed cars, the company doesn't want anyone to refer its Squalo as a Ferrari due to it's an all-new car built from scratch and only taken the Ferrari 250 GTO as its design inspiration sources. Even shown off under the updated appearance, the neo-classical nuance still seems to dominate on the car.
The Squallo sports coupe by GTO Engineering is powered by a V12 Quad-Cam naturally aspirated engine mated to a manual transmission system. (Picture from: GTO Engineering)
"Many have asked the similarities between the Squalo and other 250-series cars, and the answer is very easy; there are no similarities. There are no similar components used in both of them (Squalo and 250-series), one of the main keys is the engine," said Mark Lyon.

Mark Lyon added that the company is sticking to the original goal, by working on a custom 'muletto' chassis in the GTO Engineering workshop. "We need to keep the design proportions rightly, as well as the weight distribution and ergonomics. People today have become taller since the 1960s. For that, we want to make sure that the driver and passengers have enough space in the cabin and luggage," he said further.
The Squallo sports coupe by GTO Engineering will be manufactured at the company's production facility in Twyford, England and the first shipment is scheduled in 2023. (Picture from: GTO Engineering)
Beside that the company also targets the Squallo's weight should be under 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) thanks to the use of lightweight materials. And the GTO Engineering team is now focusing on working on the outside, and finishing the body before moving on to the next stages, as qouted of the Autoblog.

Regarding to the drivetrain that will be embedded in the Squallo, besides mentioning their 'hand-build' V12 engine capable to scream up to 10,000 rpm, the GTO Engineering also claims that's the best concoction of this decade. Because the weight of the car is not up to 1,000 kg, so the V12 engine power burst can be optimized, especially for those who like to explore by driving  the car with a manual transmission.
It is confirmed that the GTO Engineering makes their V12 engine lighter than any modern engines, with the power is claimed to reach up to 460 hp, in which every part of the V12 quad-cam is very carefully designed so that the Squalo's engine to be the best ever made. 

The GTO Engineering will be manufactured the Squalo at its production facility in Twyford, England. Although the price of the Squalo has not been released yet, the car already can be ordered. And scheduled, the car will arrive in the hands of its respectively owner in 2023. We'll just waiting for it.. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GTO ENGINEERING | MOTOR1 | AUTOBLOG ]
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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The great AMX-2 concept is once ended tragically......

It seems as a car manufacturer AMC quickly understood the importance of the youth market following the success of the Ford Mustang in the 1960s. So at the time, the manufacturer's design team produced a series of "Think Young" concept cars to reach a younger audience as well as exciting new showroom offerings like as the Mustang-inspired Javelin, the unique two-seat AMX and the outlandish SC/Rambler.
The AMC AMX/2 Concept is designed by the Dick Teague lead' AMC styling studio designer team and subtly influenced by the exotic styling of European cars. (Picture from: Mad4Wheels)
At that time the AMC styling studio was under the leadership of Richard "Dick" Teague (from 1961 until his retirement in 1986). As we already know that he was a brilliant automotive designer oriented to beautiful European car style, so it is not surprising that the resulted concept car such the AMC AMX/2 is subtly influenced by the exotic styling of European cars such as the Lamborghini Miura, Lotus Europa, and Porsche 914 as well as the trans-Atlantic Ford GT40.
The far left is probably the AMC AMX I model, the one in the middle is the AMC AMX/K and the one on the right is the AMC AMX/2 Concept.. (Picture from: 2040Parts)
Although in this case, it can be said that the realization of the AMX/2 concept design was due to the enthusiasm of AMC group vice president Gerald C. Meyers and chairman Roy Chapin, Jr. after seeing its design sketch made by Dick Teague. Its appearance in a two-seater fastback style with what designers call an 'airfoil' shape is eye-catching and that what the AMC's board of directors likes.

The eventual non-running fiberglass mockup sported a 'fast' windshield, shapely down-curving nose with functional hood vents and flip-up headlights, and a raised rear deck 'spine', which provided pivot points for twin tillable spoilers, while its outboard ends were flared neatly into the rear fenders.
From the side of the AMC AMX/2 Concept, the clean and linear body is only punctuated by the rear flared arches to enhance the impression of power. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
The dorsal 'spine' floated above a flat, ribbed engine cover-cum-deck coupled with central twin exhausts implies a V-8 engine is attached, although in reality the engine has not been installed yet in the purely speculative exercise mockup. Teague supervised all of the process and other details, but the actual design was executed by Bob Nixon and Fred Hudson.

Compared to the scale and spirit of American automotive design at the time, the perfectly controlled proportions and understated design of the AMX/2 should be admired. The sloping front is made possible by the mid-engine design, blends seamlessly with a severely raked windshield and roofline to form a very elegant and simple silhouette.
The AMC AMX/2 Concept featured with the sloping front is made possible by the mid-engine design, blends seamlessly with a severely raked windshield and roofline to form a very elegant and simple silhouette. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
From the side, the clean and linear body is only punctuated by the rear flared arches to enhance the impression of power. The twin hood vents are reverberated at the rear with a recessed louvered deck and movable twin spoilers split in half by a raised center spine. The perforated tail lights embossed in a clean black rectangular graphic finish beautifully the sharply truncated tail.

The AMX/2 never made it passed the fiberglass model stage and did not have an engine, although already has the chosen drivetrian, ie an AMC V8. However, the 1969 AMX/2 was something else besides being AMC's boldest concept model but also one of Detroit's first acknowledgments that mid-engine design was 'The Coming Thing' in the future sports car production.
The AMC AMX/2 Concept has also with the perforated tail lights embossed in a clean black rectangular graphic finish beautifully the sharply truncated tail. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
Finished in iridescent copper orange, the model was shown around auto shows in 1969 and created quite a stir, as the 1969 AMX/2 concept car was greeted with enthusiasm. While it may seem like a dream, turn out it helped to crystallize the public's new image of AMC as a performance-oriented progressive automaker.

Even though at the Chicago Auto Show 1969, many people promised to buy if AMC would produce the AMX/2, Meyers and Chapin decided to take the next remarkable step by commissioning a fully engineered version that could be built for sale as at least the limited edition models.
The AMC AMX/2 Concept with a fake engine with 7 spark plugs attached to the bottom of the car was used for years on a pole in front of the Twin Pine Auto Sales used car lot in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
Of the two rolling prototypes of the AMC AMX/2 ever made, surprisingly one turned out to be one that was used for years on a pole in front of the Twin Pine Auto Sales used car lot owned by Norm Kurtz in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.😭 It's really tragic.. Eventually the car was brought down and restored by Pat Ryan (Prisma Collection), and then sold to Steven Juliano. But since then it never been seen again by public.😌
The AMX model development continued until it became a fully driveable prototype, namely the AMC AMX/3 which reportedly involved the Italian famous designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro and many other parties in the design process. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | 2040-PARTS | ULTIMATEHOTWHEELS | CARSTYLING.RU | AMX3.ORG | HUM3D ]
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