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Friday, February 3, 2023

The rarely known figure of the Ferrari F40's forerunner racing car

~Rare ONES~ As we all know, the Italian prancing horse logoed automaker is very sticked with many high-performance car products and world's sports racing since its early founding years. You can named it there're many high performance steds made by this Italian automotive breder emerged to race in various racing events to these days.
The Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA is the first non-monoposto Ferrari to have a carbon kevlar composite body on a tubular frame built and developed by Michelotto based on a design sketch made by Boniolo Design in 1981. (Picture from: AllcarIndex)
Moreover it was the 1970s to 1980s the Maranello-based manufacturer was in an intense competition atmosphere that required huge funding and the necessary technical, logistical demands as well to compete in the top echelons of Formula One at the time.
This 1980s FIA Group B racing car was designated Ferrari 308 GT/M, with the “M” denoting Michelotto. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Thus, in other racing events, Ferrari is not seen taking part officially, and is only represented by a row of racing cars specially made by a number of coachbuilders who have been approved by those prancing horse logoed automaker to built several racing cars based on Ferrari's production version car models.
The Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA's body was purposefully aggressive with short front and rear overhangs. (Picture from: Saxonparts)
And one of those coachbuilders was Carrozzieri Michelotto which known before prepared many rally winning Lancia Stratos, fitted with the same engine as the Dino 246. And another racing cars was built by this Padova-based small officina of that periods which also not less phenomenal, but not much was known to the public before named Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA.
The Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA featured with the mid-mounted V8 engine turned from the road-car’s transverse placement to a new longitudinal position within the tubular chassis for ease of access to the engine and gearbox. (Picture from: Saxonparts)
This is the first non-monoposto Ferrari to have a carbon kevlar composite body on a tubular frame built and developed by Michelotto based on a design sketch made by Boniolo Design in 1981. The racing car intended to be competed in the FIA ​​Group B by taking the basic Ferrari 308 GTB concept to the extreme with the mid-mounted V8 engine turned from the road-car’s transverse placement to a new longitudinal position within the tubular chassis for ease of access to the engine and gearbox.
The Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA also featured with radically flared rear fenders, a tall rear wing, and plenty of cooling vents. (Picture from: MenuDeiMotori.eu)
Furthermore the car powered by an 3-litre V8 engine, fitted with four-valve per cylinder heads, Bosch K-Jetronic injection and dry sump, developed 310 bhp at 8,000 rpm. The transmission consisted of a very fast non-syncro five-speed gearbox and a limited slip (80 ZF rear end). The ventilated discs were fitted with four-piston Brembo calipers and the power assistance had been removed.
The Ferrari 308 GT/M IMSA only raced once at the 1984 Monza International Rally, which the car should be out of race earlier after had suffered technical problems. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
It is thought that three of these cars were constructed during 1984 to 1986, two were constructed by Carrozzieri Michelotto themselves and a further car was assembled in the Netherlands from parts. The only race that they contested was the 1984 Monza International Rally, which the car should be out of race earlier after had suffered technical problems which put it out of serious running further.
Despite this, the 308 IMSA stands out in the annals of Ferrari as one of the important sted models because it is directly related to the birth of several models such as the 288 GTO followed by 288 GTO Evoluzione and the end as the key to the styling of the Ferrari F40. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MICHELOTTO | CHRISTIES | SAXONPARTS ]
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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

DeSoto Adventurer II, one of American-Italian masterpieces of the 1950s

~Jewel of TIME~ Generally, the beauty of the four-wheeled vehicle design will be seen before entering the mass production line and is still a concept. Yes, at the concept stage, usually the car manufacturer gives everything as an effort to studi and find out the extent to which its customers will be interested in the vehicle that is being built.
The DeSoto Adventurer II Coupé Concept by Ghia and launched in the 1954. (Picture from: Silodrome)
For this reason, usually car manufacturers will collaborate with coachbuilder companies in the manufacture and development of a four-wheeled vehicle model so that later it can attract the attention of automotive enthusiasts and then take the benefits to then be applied to the production car later.
1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Coupé Concept built based on the DeSoto Imperial Series S19 chassis. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/30NylIM)
As We can see this in a concept vehicle called DeSoto Adventurer II, which is able to look stunning in its elegant red color until today. The concept car was launched in 1954 which is one of the masterpieces ever made by Ghia in collaboration with Chrysler, one of the American automotive giants back in the 1950s. 
The DeSoto Adventurer I Concept was in a show-setting publicity photo. (Picture from: CarStyleCritic)
If you see the name Adventurer II, then maybe you are wondering whether there is the Adventurer I? Yes there is (look here), the mentioned car was built by this American automaker in the early 1950s.....
The DeSoto Adventurer II Coupé Concept by Ghia and launched in the 1954. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Actually, the car concept design is based on the Ghia-owned Supersonic design concept created by one of its automotive designer named Giovanni Savonuzzi, which was later refined by Virgil Exner to accommodate its chassis length and provide more dramatic design touches.
1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Coupé Concept uses a Chrysler Firepower Hemi V8 engine with displacing of 276 cu.in. to spew power of 170 hp. (Picture from: Silodrome)
As quoted from Supercars.net, the car is built on the DeSoto Imperial Series S19 chassis. Meanwhile, as its drivetrain, this concept car uses a Chrysler Firepower Hemi V8 engine with displacing of 276 cu.in. to spew power of 170 horses. This car has unique features such as a sliding sunroof that hides in the trunk area, so that it can give a convertible sensation without all the hassle, as is often the case with cloth-top.
The DeSoto Adventurer II Coupé Concept by Ghia has unique features such as a sliding sunroof that hides in the trunk area. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Until now, this concept car is still considered as one of the top 10 concept cars of all time. This is not surprising, because when it was displayed at an exhibition event in 1954, King Mohammed V of Morocco was very impressed in its beauty and immediately bought it. Since then this concept car has become one of his impressive collection cars. 
After that this concept car underwent many ownership changes and appeared several times in many exhibition events, such as the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance when it was still part of the Blackhawk Collection. Then, it reappeared on the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the Ghia Styling class under private ownership. And finally in 2012 this concept car was ever offered and sold for over $1.4 million at an auction held by Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. *** [EKA [10102020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | SILODROME | SUPERCARS.NET]
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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The rarest shooting brake style wrapping into the Aston Martin

~Unique ONES~ Keep in mind that this is not the only Aston Martin that appears in the shooting brake style, as we know the Milan-based coachbuilder Zagato has also presented a similar model called the Aston Martin Virage back in 2014. 
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
Related to the shooting brake term, maybe for those of you who are unfamiliar, you might ask why this a kind car is called such that
. The shooting brake term known since early as 1910 from England, when wealthy men and royalties in the country didn't have enough space in their fancy car, they ordered an aftermarket conversion with an extended cargo space to carry their buddies, dogs and shooting equipment to hunting parties, and usually made of wood. So the shooting brake became the english world for "station wagon".
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
Later the "estate" took the shooting brake's place in the dictionary, and shooting brake later became the name of a wagon-like sportscar, or a sporty 4-door car with extended roof. We can call a sporty 4 door station wagon, or a usually 2 door, 2 seater sportscar's 2 door, but 4 seater version. And their shape is usually similar to an arrow, so it isn't proper station wagons, but a sporty car with extended roof, cargo space and more seats.
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
So far, maybe we rarely or never even seen the Aston Martin model under this such appearance. Especially, unmitigation the donor car is the Aston Martin Vanquish. In short, this car creation was commissioned by an anonymous wealthy customer, who wanted his-own unique Vanquish, as well as put his initials to the car name. 
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
It became something a bit special and ambitious, this is the Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake-styled car built by Vigonza Italia based coachbuilder Quality Cars back in 2007 based on a design made by designer Francesco Boniolo through his design studio Boniolo Design.
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
The design was influenced by the coke bottle shape of the DBS as well as by British WW2 fighters such as the Spitfire and HurricaneIn appearance the car has an elongated chassis which allows a small 'suicide' tailgate to be attached to provide better access to the larger rear seats and the hatchback.
The Aston Martin Vanquish EG shooting brake version built by Quality Cars coachbuilder for anonymous customer based on design made by Francesco Boniolo. (Picture from: AstonMartins)
The coachwork has been finished in a traditional British Racing Green color and the interior is finished in lobster-tone leather by Pineider and bamboo wood finishes on the doors and dashboard. The roof, like the Rapide concept, is full-length 'Isolite' glass which can be turned frosted at the touch of a button.
As for the drivetrain, it still retains the Vanquish's V12 engine which is capable of spewing power around 456 horsepower so that it can accelerate from rest to 100 kph in 4.8 seconds and run to a top speed of around 306 kph. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ASTON MARTINS | QUALITY CARS | BONIOLODESIGN.IT | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI | STATIONWAGONMANIA ]
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Monday, January 30, 2023

This is the only British-made Cobra Coupé A98 Le Mans

~ONE Off~ We are back to talking about a classic sports car made by AC Cars, a British car manufacturer who is recorded as having tried its luck in the world famous race event, the 24-Hours of Le Mans in the 1960s. As we know in 1964, the British automaker had built a Cobra Coupé later known as the AC Cobra Coupé A98 Le Mans to compete in the Le Mans race at that time.
This AC Cobra A98 Le Mans created by AC Chief Engineer Alan Turner as a marvellous, handsome, cohesive, masculine sports car featured with demonstrable aerodynamic properties, unfortunately only one was built. (Picture from: GTPlanet.net)
If we take a closer look at its appearance, this one-of-a-kind racing car made by AC Cars designed by AC Chief Engineer Alan Turner looks lower than the Pete Brock-designed Daytona Coup
é, but both positioned the driver lower in the cabin. Furthermore, the Turner had also raked the windscreen, created a lower nose section and a longer flowing roof as well as designing the 'eyebrows' over the tops of the wheel arches he claimed to help clean up airflow.
The AC Cobra A98 Le Mans looks lower than the Pete Brock-designed Daytona Coupé, but both positioned the driver lower in the cabin. (Picture from: GTPlanet.net)
The British classic racing car of 1960s features lightweight aluminum bodywork that was built by hand over a steel-tubular framework at AC Cars' production facility in Thames Ditton. Furthermore, this car is powered by a small block of Ford V8 engine with a capacity of 4.7 liters was fed by the Weber 48IDA carburetor so that it can blow power around 355 bhp. 
The AC Cobra A98 Le Mans features lightweight aluminum bodywork that was built by hand over a steel-tubular framework at AC Cars' production facility in Thames Ditton. (Picture from: Primotipo)
In the early hours of June 11, 1964, AC Cars took its Cobra Coupé GT car on to the M1 motorway to do a high-speed test run before the race. This was possible because this car was registered 'BPH 4B,' besides that previously at that time in the country there were no speed restrictions on the highway. 
The AC Cobra A98 Le Mans is powered by a small block of Ford V8 engine with a capacity of 4.7 liters was fed by the Weber 48IDA carburetor so that it can blow power around 355 bhp. (Picture from: Primotipo)
The team's driver, Jack Sears, recorded 185 mph, and unfortunately the national media heard about it, and made the story front-page news. Possibly because of this then the British road authorities sets a speed limit of 70 mph on the highway.
AC Cars took its Cobra Coupé GT car on to the M1 motorway to do a high-speed test run before the race on June 11, 1964. (Picture from: Autocar)
This one-of-a-kind sports car had raced at the 24-Hours of Le Mans 1964, driven by talented British racer Jack Sears with co-driver Peter Bolton. The car’s top-end prowess would help the Thames Ditton crew outgun the rival American Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupés. Meanwhile in the racing, the car was involved in a tragic accident at Circuit de la Sarthe when its tire burst and killed three spectators who were viewing the race from an unauthorized area.
Jack Sears alighting the AC Cobra Coupé A98 after that M1 Motorway morning run. (Picture from: Primotipo)
After the incident, the wreck of Coupé A98 was brought back to the AC headquarters in Thames Ditton and never rebuilt and or raced further ‘in period’. The very significant car was restored by Barrie Baird (the current owner) who negotiated its purchase in 1972. The work took over 12 years, many of you will have seen it at Goodwood and the like after its restoration finished.
To these days, this incredibly rare (one of a kind) 1964 Le Mans car is road registered and still used on British roads. As you can see in a brief clip of it outside the Fennel restaurant near Aberdeen Scotland where they regularly hold V8 Breakfast car meetings. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GTPLANET.NET | AUTOCAR | PRIMOTIPO ]
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Saturday, January 28, 2023

Did You know the Porsche W3 Triposto by Wingho Auto?

~Unique ONES~ Most sports cars are made with a composition of 2 seats in the cabin. However, later in its development there were several well-known manufacturers developed a 3-seater sports car with the driver's position in the middle and flanked by 2 passengers on the left and right. In fact, that isn't a new concept in the automotive world, there're many three-seater sports cars have been launched by automakers.
The Porsche W3 Triposto unique tre posti speedster is designed by Dr. Clyde Kwok, founder of Wingho Auto, known also a professor of aerodynamics and mechanical engineering. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
For example, the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale 'Tre Posti' is launched in the 1966 though only two units ever made. Furthermore, the British automaker McLaren produced a 3-seater sports car called the McLaren F1 during periods of 1989 to 1996. Later in 2018, the British automaker returned to nostalgia with a three-seater sports car by launching the McLaren Speedtail.
The Porsche W3 Triposto features with a completely adjustable windscreen, it goes from full open speedster to a protective cockpit. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
If those three examples above are well-known sports cars that are widely known by the world's automotive public, on the contrary, here is an example of a tre posti sports car that is less well known to the public. Although, not many people know or even see it before, however the Porsche W3 Triposto that's how's the car called was built by Montreal's Wingho Auto based on the 1991 Porsche 911 (type 964) sports car chassis.
The Porsche W3 Triposto features opening front and rear sections, pushbutton-operated swing-wing doors. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
As quoted from Hemmings, this unique tre posti speedster is designed by Dr. Clyde Kwok, founder of Wingho Auto, known also a professor of aerodynamics and mechanical engineering. Furthermore it developed intensively from concept to realization for 3 years, before making its inaugural debut at the 1999 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. According to the automaker, it's a stylish tribute to the spirit of the 1958 Porsche 718RSK on Porsche's fiftieth anniversary.
The Porsche W3 Triposto was a stylish tribute to the spirit of the 1958 Porsche 718RSK on Porsche's fiftieth anniversary. (Picture from: WallpaperUP)
Besides that, this unique tre posti speedster is the third experimental car from Wingho Auto after the Spexter and the 928 Spyder. As we've mentioned above, it utilizes a heavily modified 1991 Porsche 911 (type 964) chassis coupled with custom composite bodywork, upgraded brakes and suspension, a specially tuned 3.6-liter engine, and a unique center-seat configuration is flanked with 2 slightly receded seats on its either side.
The Porsche W3 Triposto was built by Montreal's Wingho Auto based on the 1991 Porsche 911 (type 964) sports car chassis. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
The automaker claimed that the extensive frame modifications resulted in the removal and replacement of at least 50% of the original chassis. This results in a decreased center of gravity, significant weight loss and increased stiffness. Meanwhile, the W3 Triposto speedster whose its composite bodywork was made of fiberglass, Kevlar, and carbon fiber.
The Porsche W3 Triposto features opening front and rear sections, pushbutton-operated swing-wing doors. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
It was known fabricated by Francis Cardolle of Carosserie CF, then paired on the modified 964 chassis at the Wingho Auto workshop in St-Mathieu de Beloeil. The W3 Triposto features opening front and rear sections, pushbutton-operated swing-wing doors, Porsche 993 headlights, Ducati mirrors, a short front windscreen with a single wiper, and a large central intake buttress which also acts as a headrest for the driver. 
The Porsche W3 Triposto is a three-spoke Momo steering-wheel, and a clamshell instrument cluster that houses various Porsche gauges. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
The W3 Triposto features opening front and rear sections, pushbutton-operated swing-wing doors, Porsche 993 headlights, Ducati mirrors, a short front windscreen with a single wiper, and a large central intake buttress which also acts as a headrest for the driver. Then inside the cabin configured under three-seats layout, each of which has an integrated safety belt and is coated strategically with customized black leather padding.
The Porsche W3 Triposto rides on Momo modular racing wheels sized 18-inches front and 19-inches rear, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
In front of the driver is a three-spoke Momo steering-wheel, and a clamshell instrument cluster that houses various Porsche gauges. The dashboard, which is also covered in genuine leather, contains ergonomic switches and vehicle controls, all of which can be easily accessed by the driver. Uniquely, the windscreen is completely adjustable, it goes from full open speedster to a protective cockpit. 
The Porsche W3 Triposto powered by a 964-derived specially tuned 3.6-liter flat-six air-cooled engine, and paired with a G50 5-speed manual transaxle. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Regarding to the powertrain, the W3 Triposto's power comes from a 964-derived specially tuned 3.6-liter flat-six air-cooled engine, and paired with a G50 5-speed manual transaxle. The engine has been refreshed and equipped with a B&B exhaust system, front-mounted oil cooler, fuel cell, and a custom performance tune providing more aggressive ignition and fuel mapping. So the automaker claimed an output of nearly 300 horsepower is delivered to the rear wheels. 
The Porsche W3 Triposto has a large central intake buttress which also acts as a headrest for the driver. (Picture from: Noticias.Coches)
For the legs, it rides on Momo modular racing wheels sized 18-inches front and 19-inches rear, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires, and supported with adjustable Koni suspension, coupled with upgraded brakes with large four-piston Brembo front calipers clamping down on 13-inches ventilated brake discs.
Overall, it's clearly that the Triposto provides the driver with an unparalleled sense of freedom and connection to the road, while at same time also offering a sensation similar to that of driving a roofless racing car. And remember, for the sake of safety reason, You required to wear a helmet when driving with this sports car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WINGHOAUTO | PORSCHE | TOPGEAR | HEMMINGS | AUTOEVOLUTION | CARSCOOPS | MOTORAUTHORITY ]
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