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Monday, January 13, 2020

The ancestors of Italian flying saucers

Maybe you do not know intimately the following car, because this car is made in the 1950s. Yes, the car was known as the Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 'Disco Volante.'
1952 Alfa Romero 1900 C52 Disco Volante. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1h2bRm)
Disco Volante in English means Flying Saucer. This name arose because its shape resembles a flying saucer design imagination. For information, the 1950s was an era when people were dreaming can be walked on the moon and outer space.

The design of Alfa Romero 1900 C52 was very futuristic in that time and like not came from the Earth. This is because when making this car the Alfa Romeo in collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera were develop the car's designs in the wind tunnel facility to actually get a very low wind resistance.
Rear side view of 1952 Alfa Romero 1900 C52 Disco Volante. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1h2bRm)
Not only the design, but the car is also made specifically to perform in a number of racing championships in Italy and built with a number of highly advanced technologies at the time.

Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 is built on top of the all-new frame structure tubular space frame and using a 4-cylinder engine with a 2.0 liter engine block is made of aluminum material.
This car had been debuted in 1953 at the New York Motor Show and now one of them can be seen at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile Giovanni Agnelli in Turin. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | +AUTO]
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Porsche Taycan's 3rd electric sports car was revealed

Porsche once again launched its third version of the electric sports car under the name of Porsche Taycan 4S, after the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. This latest car model is Porsche's first electric sports car equipped with the Taycan Turbo drive.
The third model of Porsche electric-powered sports car named Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
The new entry-level model is now available with two battery sizes, allowing the car to go up to 407 km and 463 km. The Porsche Taycan 4S is equipped with a smaller battery that produces power up to 390 kW and 420 kW with a larger battery. The latter matches the well-known batteries from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S with a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh (83.7 kWh net) which were introduced earlier in September.
Top view of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
As with the previous two turbo versions, the Taycan 4S uses an exciting permanent synchronous motor (PSM) on both front and rear axles. The difference in performance with those two top models is not only due to its electric power but at least the rear axle of the Taycan 4S also uses a different drive, ie 80 millimeters shorter than the Porsche Taycan Turbo's PSM but still uses a two-speed transmission system.
Dashboard view of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
Both of these 4S variants can accelerate 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, which is 0.8 and 1.2 seconds slower than each type of Turbo and Turbo S. The highest speed of this car is 250 km/hour, for both cars this. There is also a difference in maximum charging power which is 270 kW for "Performance Battery Plus" and 270 kW for turbo models, smaller standard batteries have peak charging power at 225 kW.
Rearview of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
In a vision, Taycan 4S is almost no different from the two variants presented earlier. On the front it has a different design, the side skirt and rear diffuser of the 4S are black. In addition, the brake calipers on Taycan 4S are painted red and also have 19-inch rims that are aerodynamically optimized, while the turbo-type wheels measure up to 21 inches. 
The interior of the Taycan 4S is equipped with partial leather as standard. Taycan 4S can be ordered at European dealers next January. In Germany, prices start from €105,607 or the US. $118,190. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR ILLUSTRATED]
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Thursday, January 9, 2020

The rarest 'El Dominicano'

During the 1950’s Spanish auto manufacturer, Pegaso, built a line of world-class sports cars, the Z-102. With powerful engines, a racing-derived chassis, and cutting edge technology for the time, the Pegaso Z-102 Cupula was a serious contender.
1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ako9v)
Top Z-102 models, equipped with a 360 hp supercharged V8, were capable of 155 mph, making them the fastest sports cars in the world for a time. A bonafide supercar, top-spec Pegaso could out-run the Ferraris of the era and even the mighty Mercedes 300SL.
Left side view of 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ako9v)
Only 86 Pegaso Z-102 sports cars were produced between 1951 and 1958. They were built on a "no object cost" along with a Pegaso production that was greater than other types of vehicles. As you might guess previously, at some certain sports car program like this is quickly getting a financial problem and must be ceased in the end.
Interior view of 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ako9v)
The jaw-dropping 1952 Pegaso Z-102 “Cupula Coupe” featured here is one of just two examples built, and the only one known to survive. It won Best in Show, Concours de Sport at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and it absolutely stunned the crowds. The color scheme seems unique and maybe inspired by the condiments at a hot dog stand, a mustard yellow exterior, a relish green interior, and ketchup red-wall tires.
Rear view of 1952 Pegaso Z-102 Cupula. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1ako9v)
This Pegaso Z-102 Cupula Coupe was showcased at the 1953 World Motor Show, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was then bought by the President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo, and was given the nickname 'El Dominicano.' Since then, the car has been restored to pristine original condition.
Being an early model Z-102, it doesn’t have that mighty supercharged engine under its hood, but rather a 2.5L V8 good for a decent 170hp. It was still good for a solid 120 mph, which was still quite respectable in 1953. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MIND OVER MOTOR]
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Fisker electric-powered SUV said to be the Tesla Model Y rival

An American electric vehicle manufacturer, Fisker Inc. began production of its newest electric SUV named Fisker Ocean in 2021 and is expected to be a serious competitor to the Tesla Model Y. 

A glimpse of Fisker Inc. is an automotive company built by Henrik Fisker who is currently serving as CEO of the company. He once tried his luck by building an automotive company in 2013 but was unsuccessful, then re-built the company under the name of Fisker Inc. in 2016.
Fisker Inc. is launched its newest electric-powered SUV called Fisker Ocean on January 4, 2020. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37NxQQh)
As quoted from greencarreports.com, the Fisker Ocean is expected to target its EV's prices on the market with the prices under the US. $40,000 or around Rp.560 million. It is counted a little more expensive when compared with the Tesla Model Y, which is priced around Rp. 555 million.

And as the future environmentally friendly car, the production process of this car prioritizes the use of recycled materials. As in the interior, which uses recycled materials, while on the roof, there is a full-length solar cell that adds an average range cover of around 1,600 km per year.
Front view of the electric-powered Fisker Ocean. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37NxQQh)
Dimensionally, this five-door SUV with a capacity of 4 to 5 passengers has dimensions like a conventional compact SUV, the overall length being comparable to the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4. Because it is made based on the EV architecture, this SUV offers spacious interior space and has more utility. From the circulating images, the design of the Fisker Ocean looks very futuristic, it thanks to the use of a two-rows panoramic roof with several LED lights on the entire body.
Top view of the electric-powered Fisker Ocean. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37NxQQh)
The interior also uses sustainable materials, the cabin is decorated with recycled carpets made from regenerated nylon, there are vegan or non-animal product components made from 100% polyurethane polycarbonate with reinforced Rayon, and Dinamica "eco-suede" made from recycled polyester and specific plastics.

Not only that the company also said that the Ocean also uses used rubber from recycled tires, even though the company did not explain how those materials are applied. Unfortunately, the vehicle's mechanical heart details are still kept secret by the company, although there are those who say that the basic range of 402 km to 482 km can be achieved by adding a range extender device as an option.
Rearview of the electric-powered Fisker Ocean. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37NxQQh)
The Fisker EV's battery is also expected to be supplied by LG Chem with a capacity of around 80 kWh, while the transmission used will be available in a variant of rear-wheel and all-wheel drives.

Regarding the EV's production and delivery, the latest information shows that the company will begin shipping its finished production units to consumers in early 2022 with the assembling process scheduled to be carried out early in 2021, although Fisker did not mention where the EV will be made.
It is reported that the Fisker Ocean was officially launched on January 4, 2020, for consumers who will order the Fisker's electric car can make a deposit before the official price is announced on November 27, 2020. Are you interested to have this EV? *** *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | CARANDDRIVER | MOTOR1]
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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Nissan celebrates 50 years of the Fairlady

The World's automotive enthusiasts must know the figure of the legendary sports car Nissan 370Z Fairlady. The sports car which was originally known also in the automotive market outside of Japan as the Datsun 240Z was developed starting in 1966 and launched for the first time in 1969. Then rapidly the sports car was transform into one of Nissan's iconic cars which grab success in the world's automotive market besides the Nissan GT-R models.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition on display at the 2019 North American International Auto Show held in New York. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37x4sh0)
To commemorate the sports car's moment of success, in the 2019 North American International Auto Show held in New York, Nissan deliberately released a special edition of this sports car under the name of Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition. So what's special about this sports car? Nissan released this special edition sports car with an iconic livery.
The inspiration car: 1970 Datsun 240Z #46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) that won multiple SCCA National Championships (in 1970 and 1971) with John Morton behind the wheel. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37x4sh0)
This Livery was actually used for the first time when Fairlady was still a line-up of Datsun, also mean paying homage to the #46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 240Z that won multiple SCCA National Championships (in 1970 and 1971) with John Morton behind the wheel.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition in another color scheme on silver with with a black combination. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QEYcwO)
This sports car was built by taking the base of the 370Z Coupe, and Nissan did not do extreme changes to its exterior. Shown by using a white base color with a distinctive red livery according to the inspiration car's livery. To confirm that this is a special edition, there is the '50th Anniversary' emblem on the fender section and under the 370Z emblem on both sides.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition retains the sleek profile that has defined Zs of the past, characterized by its low roofline, upswept quarter-window design and slope of the rear hatch. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Qj4Hq9)
Furthermore, its mechanical heart still entrusted to the 3,500 cc V6 engine unit, which is capable of producing power reaching up to 332 horsepower, with a maximum torque of 366 Nm. Or if you want it to run faster, then a NISMO version is provided with a power supply of up to 350 hp and 374 Nm of torque. A large amount of engine's power is then channeled to its rear wheels, through a choice of the 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission system.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition's dashboard red leather with red stitching, red accents on the gear shifter, a dark chrome ‘Z’ logo on the kick plates and a ‘50th Anniversary’ logo on the tachometer. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QGGFUZ)
Then move on the legs, this cool sports coupe figure uses the four forged 370Z Sport rim models from Rays, which has a size of 19 inches with a dual-tone red garnish finishing on the rim's lips. Then the rims are wrapped with the Bridgestone Potenza S007 High-Performance 245/40R19 tires.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition's seat has unique stitching, graphics and the 50th Anniversary logo embossed into the backrests. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Qj4Hq9)
For the interior, it turns out there are many '50th Anniversary' accents too, ranging from the use of leather seats embroidered embossed and given a touch of red accents, then on the floormats as well. And the emblem also seen is mounted near the gear lever. Another feature that is also found in its interior, namely the use of Alcantara material that wraps the steering wheel and metal pedals. Then as a compliment, there is also an entertainment system that is equipped with 6 speaker units from Bose that are ready to pamper the ears of its driver and passengers.
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition shows the integration of the boomerang taillights, rear spoiler delete and wide, flared fenders highlight the car’s strong, athletic shape. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Qj4Hq9)
Nissan's special edition sports car model will have 2 finishing colors, namely white with a red color and also silver with a black combination. Nissan decided to sell this special car in Australia because the Nissan 370Z is an iconic car figure that has many fanatic fans in Australia. Then for the price, in Australia, this special edition car is sold in the prices of AUS $53,490 (US. $36,180) and AUS $55,990 (US. $37,600), respectively. While the Nismo version offered at AUS $71,076 (US. $48,075).
As quoted from Carscoops, Nissan Australia's Managing Director, Stephen Lester stated, "The Nissan 370Z is an iconic car with many fanatic fans in Australia. Since its arrival here, we have sold nearly 22,000 units of the Z model, and this 50th Anniversary Edition will surely attract enthusiastic many Z fans and buyers." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | JAPANESE SPORTS CAR]
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Sunday, December 29, 2019

This is the only electric-powered Mustang pony

Radical changes made by Ford in its legendary muscle car, the Ford Mustang. In collaboration with Webasto, Ford displayed a prototype of the electric-powered Ford Mustang called the Ford Mustang Lithium at the 2019 SEMA Show.
This is the only electric-powered Mustang pony built by Ford in collaboration with Webasto. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39fuFC9)
It's said that the electric-powered Mustang has an extraordinary power that is equal to 900 hp with torque reaching more than 1,000 ft.lbs. For now, the car is available one unit only. It seems as if it wants to show the electrification process that has been done by Ford till today.

"It's no secret that Ford electrified its popular models. This Mustang prototype provided us and the Webasto the opportunity to show consumers what electricity can do for performance cars they already know and love," Head of Ford Product Development, Hau Thai-Tang said.
Under the hood, which is usually filled with a conventional petrol engine is now swapped with the Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters. All powered by Webasto's 800-volt battery. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39fuFC9)
This electric-powered beast is very flat and sleek, with a carbon-fiber body. Under the hood, which is usually filled with a conventional petrol engine is now replaced with the Phi-Power dual-core electric motor and dual power inverters. All of that is powered by an 800-volt Webasto battery with EVDrive technology, where the battery power is almost 2 times bigger than the electric car batteries available on the market today.
In its black dominant interior is given a touch of blue, signifying an electric car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39fuFC9)
Besides using a 6-speed manual transmission system, and to support its fierce performance, a number of other additional features were installed on the Mustang Lithium such as the Brembo brake device that is the same as the Shelby GT350R, Ford Performance's Track Handling Pack and strut tower brace, and diffuser.
But in contrast to reality, it turn out was not the figure of an electric-powered muscle car which was later produced by Ford. Well, in the near future, the American automotive giant manufacturer is preparing the figure of the Ford Mustang Mach-E to be released at the end of 2020. 
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the all-new, Mustang-inspired, fully-electric performance utility vehicle with power up to 332 hp and 417 lb.ft of torque capable of running as far as 300 miles. This car is able to accelerate from rest to 60 mph in just 3 seconds.

This is not the first time for this American automotive manufacturer has made a radical change process on the Mustang. In the past, Ford had also ever experimented by swapping its standard engine with the Wankel engine to become its drivetrain. Check here! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FORD | THE DRIVE | MOTOR1]
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