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Monday, August 1, 2022

Story behind the rare Corvette C3 Sportwagon

~Rare ONE~ We recently saw the Corvette appeared in such unique appearance of wagon version while surfing the internet. Well those unique styled Corvette was featured on the BarnFinds published in 2013. At that time this Corvette's wagon version (knew as 1976 Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon) was being on sale on a well-known e-commerce site, e-Bay, and is equipped with the L-82 engine option which was the high-performance version of Chevrolet’s 350, coupled with automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes and Air Conditioning to keep things cushy.
The Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon proved to be an immense improvement over the original Miller design, not only functionally, but aesthetically as well. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Really, this unusual-shaped Corvette made our curiousity boiled up to know more about it. Indeed, from its manufacturer, the Corvette only has one default model of muscle car (both in coupe and roadster), but it turns out that later there are also those who have made its wagon version. Well in our opinion, maybe it was an attempt to show a Corvette that was different from the others, so that later gave an idea to many parties such John Greenwood to innovate by making its wagon conversion kit.
The Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon has the roofline was continued at the same slope and curvature as the T-tops, ending shorter and lower than the original. (Picture from: BarnFinds)
As quoted of CarThrottle, the idea of the first Corvette's Sportwagon version was sparked by Chuck Miller back in the 1970s, when he was commissioned to create the such first Sportwagon by a rock-band drummer who owned a Corvette C3 and needed some extra cargo room for his drum sets.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Sportwagon that uses one of the rare original kits developed by Chuck Miller. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Unfortunately, the first design was considered less successful because it still has some shortcomings. Such as it didn't have a functional back hatch, so the process of loading and unloading cargo is difficult because it still has to go through the car's side doors. Meanwhile, in terms of aesthetics, the shape of this first Sportwagon looked awkward, because it didn't blend well.
The Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon, which transformed the sleek and swooping lines of the sports car into a proper unique two-door wagon. (Picture from: Road&Track)
And it wasn't until 1976, when John Greenwood thought that he could made better Sportwagon model than Miller. In short, he managed to design and make a prototype proved to be an immense improvement over the original Miller design, not only functionally, but aesthetically as well.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Sportwagon that uses one of the rare original kits developed by Chuck Miller. (Picture from: Silodrome)
As you can see, the roofline was continued at the same slope and curvature as the T-tops, ending shorter and lower than the original. The slant of the rear coincided nicely with the angle of the bumper. Overall, it just looked better and smoother. Meanwhile the biggest improvement, it has the rear-opening 'hatch' that allowed access from the back of the car.
The roofline of the Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon is extended rearward, while new glass windows are added along the side. (Picture from: Road&Track)
Uniquely, the first prototype of the Sportwagon made by John Greenwood was built on his girlfriend’s Corvette C3. The car was originally white, then it was painted under brown metallic shortly before to shown off for the first time at the 1976 SEMA Show. Apparently its appearance at the auto expo was a huge hit, and John Greenwood came back with many orders.
The Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon has the rear-opening 'hatch' that allowed access from the back of the car. (Picture from: BarnFinds)
To fulfill all the incoming orders, John Greenwood then collaborated with several companies like American Custom Industries (ACI) and Eckler’s. It is estimated, in total (during its production periods of 1976 to 1982), approximately between 20 and 25 units built by ACI, Eckler’s, and over-the-counter kit Greenwood Sportwagons were produced, including a few Turbo Sportwagons.
Then this model is became best choices in the 1970s for those who want to keep driving a Corvette while bringing groceries or golf club, because both coupe and convertible at that time did not have space that could be used behind the chair. It wouldn’t be until the last years of the C3 when the Corvette finally got a bubble rear window with plenty of room for golf clubs, though only the 1982 Corvette Collector Edition had a real hatchback version.
Nowdays the existence of Corvette Greenwood Sportwagon is increasingly rare. As quoted of the Road&Track, reportedly there are only two left today from more than 2 dozen that have been built. And as a logical consequence, of course the price will soar very high as well (could be five digits maybe more).😎 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GREENWOOD CORVETTE | BARNFINDS | CARTHROTTLE | CORVETTEFORUM | ROAD&TRACK | AUTOEVOLUTION | SILODROME | MOTORTREND | TOPSPEED ]
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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Here's an example of what should it be a modern small series sports car made by Valmet Automotive

~Compact & Nimble~ Some time ago we've discussed about the Toroidion 1MW electric-powered supercar made by an automotive company from Finland. Unfortunately the car project's ending was unknown, because the company having financial problem and went into bankruptcy. So, on this occasion, we will discuss again a small series sports car which was also developed by another Finnish automotive company. 
Valmet Automotive's new roadster-design named the RaceAbout while sat on display at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: Madle.org)
The car in question is the Valmet Raceabout made by Valmet Automotive (formerly known as Saab-Valmet). The car is produced in small numbers, and intended for even more narrowly limited target groups. Before discussing this sports car further, let's first look at the auto company whose made it. As quoted of Wikipedia, that Valmet Automotive (formerly known as Saab-Valmet) is a Finnish vehicle contract manufacturer and major supplier for the development and production of battery systems as well as for roof and kinematic systems.
This Valmet Raceabout sports car is built for an example of what should it be a modern small series sports car. (Picture from: SuperCars.net)
The company has excellent operational readiness to serve the OEMs on this growing market segment, also with smaller volumes the OEM customer can profit from the volume production benefits, like cost efficiency and constant high quality. In addition, Valmet Automotive is also collaborated with several research and educational institutions in those country to lay nicely foundation for future innovation and promotes the development of local automotive industry knowledge. At the same time for ensuring the availability of skilled engineering manpower in the future as well.
The Valmet Raceabout has bodywork consisted of detachable body panels made of carbon composite material combined with an all-aluminum monocoque, honeycomb floor pan, and built on stainless steel sub-frames. (Picture from: SuperCars.net)
So it is not surprising if the Valmet Raceabout sports car designed and assembled by Finnish automotive engineering and design students at the Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia and at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, due to both educational institutions have become main partners of Valmet Automotive in the project.
The Valmet Raceabout light-weight (approx 795 kg) body structure was a distinctive target in the engineering of the car. (Picture from: SuperCars.net)
The RaceAbout sports car is presented for the first time to public at the Valmet Automotive's booth in the 2005 Geneva Motor Show as an example of what it should be a modern small series sports car. It is a sporty roadster has bodywork consisted of detachable body panels made of carbon composite material combined with an all-aluminum monocoque, honeycomb floor pan, and built on stainless steel sub-frames. Its light-weight (approx 795 kg) body structure was a distinctive target in the engineering of the car.
The Valmet Raceabout light-weight sports car is powered by an inline-four, 1,998 cc mid-mounted turbocharged engine of Saab coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox, and Torsen-type differential lock. (Picture from: SuperCars.net)
Besides that the car equiped by double wishbones in the front and rear, custom-made Koni shock absorbers, adjustable bump and rebound, blade-type adjustable balance bar in the front, possible to adjust roll, pitch and yaw centers. Furthermore, for the interior panel section is made using a carbon composite then layered with all genuine-leather, which is equipped with two Sparco's racing-style seats with 4-point safety belts.
Meanwhile for its drivetrain, it's used an all-aluminum, inline-four, 1,998 cc mid-mounted turbocharged engine of Saab coupled with 5-speed manual gearbox, and Torsen-type differential lock. Those engine could be spew out maximum power of 200 kW @ 5,200 rpm and torque of 420 Nm @ 3,600 rpm, and able to make the car running up to limited top speed of 235 kph with an acceleration from 0 to 100 kph less than 5 seconds.
After the Geneva auto exhibition is over, it's not known whether the production of this Valmet roadster model would be continued or not? However, in 2010 this Finnish car manufacturer revealed the 4WD electric version of Roadster is called Valmet Electric RaceAbout (ERA). Todays, after more than a decade, those two roadster models made by Valmet Autmotive are no longer heard of.😞 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | SUPERCARSNET | TOPSPEED ]
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Friday, July 29, 2022

Why are these 1970 Plymouth Superbirds so expensive?

~Racing Legend~ As we all know that the Plymouth Superbird was one of legendary NASCAR racing cars along with its similar brother Dodge Charger Daytona. Both are distinguished than other cars by their elongated "nose cone" and huge decklid-mounted wing.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI Superbird has a typical appearance such the elongated "nose cone" and huge decklid-mounted wing. (Picture from: MoparInsiders)
Recently, in the classic car auction in Las Vegas held by Barret-Jackson auction house in June 30 to July 2, 2022 had been stirred at momment caused by there was 1970 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI Superbird sold at the figure of $ 1.65 millions (approx Rp. 24.7 billions). Wow!😲
1970 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI Superbird's interior looks very authentic garnished with the (TX9) interior paint matching its high-grade trimmed black vinyl seating with silver accents. (Picture from: MoparInsiders)
As quoted of AutoEvolution, those selling numbers directly broke the previous record held by another HEMI car  sometime ago perched at $990 thousand (approx to Rp. 14.87 billion). So what's made those cars so special that can be sold at such fantastic price numbers?
1970 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI Superbird is powered by a 426 HEMI engine coupled with a 727 Torque Flite gearbox and 8.75-inch Chrysler differential. (Picture from: MoparInsiders)
The specialty of this car is not only in its prime condition with real authentic and original equipments. As quoted of the AutoEvolution, this Superbirds was specially ordered in red and once homologated for NASCAR racing in 1969 as one of 135 Plymouth Superbird beasts powered by a 426 HEMI engine coupled with a 727 Torque Flite gearbox and Chrysler 8.75-inch with a 3.55 ratio sure grip axle differential.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI Superbird is one of 135 unit cars were specially ordered in red and homologated for NASCAR racing in 1969. (Picture from: MoparInsiders)
While in the Superbird's interior looks very authentic and also in perfect condition. Inside its interior garnished with the (TX9) interior paint matching its high-grade trimmed black vinyl seating with silver accents. The dash features the factory tachometer, correct pushbutton AM radio, heater/defroster, and three-spoke steering wheel with the Road Runner center cap.
The exterior features a set of hood pins (J45), Superbird graphics package, and its original aero nose and rear wing, fender-mounted air scoops, and front spoiler. As the result, could be said that all the authentic accessories both in the car's interior and exterior are originally maintained.
Being a HEMI car, it features power steering, power brakes with front discs, a max cooling package with a 7-blade fan, HEMI suspension with firm ride shocks as well as dual exhaust with chrome exhaust tips. Meanwhile for the legs still using the original Plymouth Superbird Rallye 15-inch alloy wheels, and wrapped in Goodyear Polyglas tires are fitted to the era when the car was made. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOEVOLUTION | MOPARINSIDERS ]
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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Here're 2 IAD design's works attempted to rival the Countach

~Weird ONE~ Most of the concept cars were so ridiculous and too futuristic that they never reach the production line. But that's what makes them extraordinary, where they are able to catapult our dreams and made us to forget at a moment about car insurance, mileage, gas and car repairs instead think about other things that are considered more important such an autonomous driving inside vehicles like hovercraft on the streets.
The IAD Alien Concept was a highly futuristic proposal for an advanced mid-engine supercar, and intended to be an attempt to out-Lamborghini Countach. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
It was done by IAD (International Automotive Design), a design consultancy based in West Sussex, the UK and it is known that one of the design works of this company was the Mazda MX5 (Miata) in 1989. According to Wikipedia, the company developing not only the exterior and interior style for the vehicle in the UK/US (California) but also building prototypes locally prior to volume production in 1989. Unfortunately the company should ceased all its activity in January 8, 2013.😢
The IAD Alien Concept was a non-running prototype and is launched for the first time at the 1986 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
1. IAD Alien Concept
Before that, the company introduced a unique car concept named the IAD Alien at the 1986 Turin Motor Show. According to the designer, the IAD Alien was a highly futuristic proposal for an advanced mid-engine supercar, and intended to be an attempt to out-Countach
The IAD Alien Concept offered unique futuristic design steering including advanced dashboard appearance inside its cabin. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
How come? It could be happened because at that time the Lamborghini Countach design was considered very futuristic and sophisticated so it was not surprising that many designers tried to outperform the design, and one of them was this concept made by this UK-based design consultancy.
The IAD Alien Concept has modular construction which meant that the rear mounted engine could be swapped out quickly and easily for upgrades, maintenance or just to suit the driver or different occasions. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
This car has a design that is fairly unique although not as radical as the provocation design made by Luigi Colani based on the Lamborghini Miura in the 1970 called the Miura Le Mans Concept, where the such car design consists of 'two-part hybrid car' with a Lamborghini Miura rear chassis section and front passenger cabin designed 'like a glider cockpit'.
The IAD Venus Concept is launched for the first time at the 1989 Turin Motor Show and powered by an inline 4, 16-valves engine which was taken from the Lotus Elite Type 83. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
Furthermore its design not only highlighted the IAD's typical styling ideas, it also showcased innovative and unusual engineering solutions. One of those interesting ideas, if perhaps a bit over complicated, was the modular construction method which meant that the rear mounted engine of the car could be swapped out quickly and easily for upgrades, maintenance or just to suit the driver or different occasions, besides the IAD Alien’s wheels were enclosed for aerodynamic efficiency reasons.
The IAD Venus Concept has unique wheel coverings which almost entirely encased the wheels. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
To access the interior traditional doors were dropped in favor of a one-piece canopy which tilted forward and provided almost unhindered entry and exit. The passenger compartment was well protected thanks to an integrated roll cage and sturdy side-impact bars. Unfortunately the car was a non-running prototype so many of these ideas were purely theoretical.
The IAD Venus Concept offered futuristic design steering wheel including advanced dashboard appearance inside its cabin. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
2. IAD Venus Concept
It seems that the efforts of IAD to exploit the Alien design idea has not stopped here. Three years later, at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, this UK based company founded in the 1970's has launched another concept vehicle that has a similar design to the Alien, called the IAD Venus.
The IAD Venus Concept also applied unique scissor-type doors that allows two passengers access its cabin. (Picture from: Diseno-Art)
Unlike the previous Alien concept which was not installed with a propulsion engine, the Venus concept adopted the Lotus 912's inline 4, 16-valves engine with a capacity of 2,174 cc which was taken from the Lotus Elite Type 83

And another unusual features embeded on the IAD Venus, apart from its shape, were the wheel coverings which almost entirely encased the wheels and also applied unique scissor-type doors. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DISENO-ART | SUPERCARS.NET | CARSTYLING.RU | DISCOVER.HUBPAGES | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Thursday, July 21, 2022

The beautiful Rünge RS010 bespoke car

~Unique ONE~ Rünge Cars is a boutique American auto-building operation, headed up by Christopher Rünge and headquartered out of a small workshop in Minnesota. Despite being a one-man operation, Rünge has completed an extensive number of builds.
The Rünge RS010 bespoke car is inspired by Le Mans-style endurance racers of the 1950s and built over 2,000 man-hours to complete. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
And the most celebrated work is almost certainly such one in pictured called the Rünge RS010 built between 2017 and 2019 and requiring over 2,000 man-hours to complete. The unique RS010 is constructed around a full steel tube chassis that’s been adorned in thoroughly-polished aluminum bodywork.
The Rünge RS010 bespoke car is constructed around a full steel tube chassis that’s been adorned in thoroughly-polished aluminum bodywork. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
The car’s outward appearance takes ample inspiration from Le Mans-style endurance racers of the 1950s while the interior is loosely modeled after that of an aircraft, with a domed windshield, an array of aviation toggle switches, and a genuine clock from a Soviet-era MiG jet.
The Rünge RS010 bespoke car's interior is loosely modeled after that of an aircraft, with a domed windshield, an array of aviation toggle switches, and a genuine clock from a Soviet-era MiG jet. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
The one-off Rünge's car weighing in at only 1,350lbs (about a third the weight of the latest Porsche 911) and is powered by a mid-mounted hand-built 200hp Rünge 2.3L flat-four engine that’s mated to a four-speed “Longbox” manual transmission.
The Rünge RS010 bespoke car is powered by a mid-mounted hand-built 200hp Rünge 2.3L flat-four engine that’s mated to a four-speed “Longbox” manual transmission. (Picture from: HiConsumption)
Then, the one-off Rünge's car uses 15" Tecnomagnesio wheels shod in modern Pirelli rubber tires, the car also boasts Koni adjustable shock-equipped front and rear independent suspension and hydraulic drum brakes throughout.
It had once featured previously on Jay Leno’s Garage, the Rünge RS010 had crossed the auction block at Bonhams’ upcoming Scottsdale Auction in the 2021 where it’s expected to fetch between $225,000 and $250,000. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RÜNGE CARS | HICONSUPMTION ]
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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Hyundai releases its latest futuristic retro inspirated sports car line ups

~New Cars~ After successfully launching the Hyundai Ioniq 6 recently, the South Korean manufacturer has hit the automotive world again by launching its two new future concept cars that carries retro and futuristic styling for its sports car lineup.
Hyundai revealed its latest sports car concepts, RN22e and N Vision 74 at the N 2022 World Premiere event held on July 15, 2022. (Picture from: id.Motor1)
It has been a long time since Hyundai has not offered a new-breakthrough for sedan models, but this time the South Korean manufacturer can be proud after introducing its two charming sports car concepts named of the Hyundai N Vision 74 and the Hyundai RN22e by carrying a futuristic style typical of Hyundai's latest design language.
The Hyundai RN22e Concept is said to carry the chassis and body of the recently released Hyundai Ioniq 6. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
When viewed from their looks, these two electric car concepts mentioned above look 'different but similar' because both of them made to bring the South Korean automaker into the realm of high-performance cars of the future. 

1. Hyundai RN22e Concept
The first concept car named Hyundai RN22e which is said to carry the chassis and body of the recently released Hyundai Ioniq 6. The sleek design is made sportier than the Ioniq 6. Interestingly, Hyundai does not refer to this sports car concept as the Ioniq 6 N, as an actually initial code should be pinned for a performance model taken from the standard variant. Instead, they refer to the RN22e as "the design of the upcoming EV N car".
The Hyundai RN22e Concept is capable of producing a maximum power of 577 hp, a performance figure equivalent to the KIA EV6 GT. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
The Hyundai RN22e sports car concept is capable of producing a maximum power of 577 hp, a performance figure equivalent to the KIA EV6 GT. In addition, Hyundai also confirmed that the RN22e is the first high-performance car built on the E-GMP platform which is said to be the chassis of the new Hyundai electric car.
The Hyundai RN22e Concept became the first car that can rightfully be called a high-performance test bed for the E-GMP platform. (Picture from: DailyCarNews)
As You could be seen that this Hyundai concept car using four-piston calipers and an aerodynamic design, technological improvements include a large rear wing. So it's clear the RN22e explores torque vectoring and power distribution as well as reducing vehicle weight.

2. Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept
The next sports car concept is the Hyundai N Vision 74 which offers a combination of retro style with a futuristic Cyberpunk look. According to the maker, this car concept got its design inspiration from an old-school Hyundai concept car called the Hyundai Pony which was launched for the first time to the public in the 1974, and designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept offers a combination of retro style with a futuristic Cyberpunk look and is fueled by combining of the battery power with hydrogen fuel cells. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
Hyundai claims that the concept car is an advanced hybrid vehicle. But instead of using the powers of a petrol engine, Hyundai combines battery power with hydrogen fuel cells previously used in the Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo which was introduced earlier in 2015.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept design's inspirated by an old-school Hyundai concept car called the Hyundai Pony which was launched for the first time to the public in the 1974. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
The combination of the two is said to be able to provide better cooling efficiency and also allows shorter recharging times than standard electric cars. Like its sibling RN22e concept car, this N Vision 74 also uses precise torque vectoring to help for better cornering.
The Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept's drive system delivers over 671 horsepower and 900 Nm of peak torque to the rear wheels. (Picture from: OtomotifKompas)
For performance, the Hyundai N Vision 74 sports car concept's drive system delivers over 671 horsepower and 900 Nm of peak torque to the rear wheels, without mentioning other performance details. It's just that the South Korean manufacturer claims that N Vision 74 has a range of more than 600 kilometers in a single charge.
Regarding the launch of its two future concept vehicles, Hyundai said through Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai's Customer Experience Division that the Hyundai RN22e and Hyundai N Vision 74 played an important role in the company's strategic development of their entire product range, especially high-performance electric vehicles. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HYUNDAI N | CAREXPERT.COM.AU | ID.MOTOR1 | HYPERBEAST ]
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