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Sunday, January 12, 2020

One-off Lambo Raptor

If you thought the Lamborghini Huracan was as exclusive as Bolognese supercars get, feast your eyes on the Zagato Raptor.
1996 Lamborghini Zagato Raptor Concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1D76Jte)
The one-off concept car unveiled at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show took on the insurmountable task of supplanting the Diablo (on which it's based) on the bedroom walls of enthusiastic children worldwide.

The concept car borrowed its mechanics from the Diablo VT, but while it retained the Lambo's 492-hp V12, in a gesture to insanity it did away with the traction control and ABS. Hera are several pictures of the 1996 Zagato Raptor concept. (All pictures taken from: http://bit.ly/1D76Jte)

The design, which Zagato appears to have echoed with the Spyker C12 concept, features the carrozzeria's signature double-bubble roof that tilts up with the doors not unlike the canopy on Pininfarina's Maserati Birdcage or Giugiaro's Quaranta concepts.
Rear side view of 1996 Lamborghini Zagato Raptor Concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1D76Jte)
The Raptor was developed in conjunction with Swiss sledding champion Alain Wicki (yes, he has his own Wikipedia entry), and while public reception was hot, the car was never put into production.
All that remains is this one original show car, and the car was sold to a private collector at Pebble Beach 2003 by the auctioneers at the Blackhawk Collection. Maybe you want to see the latest Lambo car from Zagato, click here. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GERMANCAR4UM]
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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Your future avatar creature within Mercedes-Benz vision concept

Imagining the future is certainly very pleasant especially when associated with some kind of advanced technologies. The following is the result of the development of Mercedes-Benz in the form of a sophisticated future concept vehicle called the Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR (and AVTR is short for Advanced Vehicle Transformation, a technology that improves driver connectivity with the environment and the car itself.)
Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept car has debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) held in Las Vegas on January 6. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37I5eHY)
This latest concept car from Mercedes-Benz made its debut at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas on January 6, 2020. This is a new wild car concept inspired by the Avatar, a James Cameron's movie in 2009. And certainly, this car is not a sequel promised by Cameron instead it's a show car is the result of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and James Cameron's film franchise.
Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR concept car was inspired by the Avatar, a James Cameron movie in 2009. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37I5eHY)
The Vision AVTR is part of the concept art of the Avatar story sequel and becomes the movie's climax. And here's a collaboration result of the Mercedes-Benz's design team under Ola Kallenius with James Cameron finally made the design look more real. That was part of the initiation of ambition for a future car in 2039, where that year all vehicles would be free from carbon pollution. Included in the manufacture or production process of course.
Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR is an electric autonomous concept car and, like plenty of others, it has four round wheels and an interior where four people seem to sit comfortably surrounded by futuristic gadgets. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37I5eHY)
Mercedes-Benz says it all starts with an "inside-out design structure" that combines the interior and exterior of the car into an "emotional whole." The general shape is your typical futuristic soap bar, with a flashing badge and radiant spokes on the wheel. The car has no doors, and behind it, the Vision AVTR has 33 multidirectional movable "bionic" flaps that are intended to look like scales on reptiles which according to the company can be used to communicate with people outside the car.

It also has a special ball wheel that Mercedes-Benz says is inspired by the "Seed of the Soul Tree" from the 2009 Avatar movie. This wheel can spin so that the Vision AVTR can move sideways, or even diagonally.
Uniquely, Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR has 33 separate parts of scales that are intended to look like the scales on the reptile or as Mercedes-Benz calls "bionic flaps." (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37I5eHY)
It is not very clear how, but this should supply vehicles with energy, along with giving drivers and passengers an extraordinary view of the outside world. This projection is then displayed on a large screen on the front of the vehicle, which has a kind of triangular design.

When you sit in the Vision AVTR, the car will detect your pulse and can feel your breathing well. Mercedes said this biometric connection is an integral part of how the concept operates; that wanted to combine passengers and cars into a kind of "symbiotic organism." The pulsed control pad on the console is where you put your hand when entering the car, and this is where you will set all the key functions of the vehicle.
The big theme of this concept is sustainability. The seat is made of vegan material; the floor is made of a type of wood called 'Karuun' or commonly known as Rattan, which grows as a natural raw material, harvested by hand in Indonesia.

The Vision AVTR concept powered by four electric motors installed near the wheels, it has about 476 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, and torque vectoring, but it's the 110 kW battery that's truly revolutionary due to it made from graphene-based organic cell chemistry, which is completely free of rare earth and metals.
What does all this mean for the future of Mercedes-Benz? A little hard to say. There are many forward-thinking concepts and technologies incorporated into this performance car, but actually, it is lacking as a vision of the future of German carmakers and more than a one-time creation with the Avatar in mind. Either way, it must be something that could come from James Cameron's mind. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE VERGE | ROADSHOW | ELECTRIC CARS REPORT | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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Sunday, January 5, 2020

A Student-Designed 900 hp Hybrid Supercar

Let's looking back for a while, when the potential talented young designers stunned the world's automotive by their concept car design called IED Syrma

The supercar design is made by the students at the Turino-based automotive designer college named Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), in cooperation with Quatroruote, an Italian automotive magazine and displayed at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show in 2015.
IED Syrma, a 900 hp hybrid supercar concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1DAq2ji)
Syrma concept presents a "fullscale" study of an extreme sports car with the decisiveness of 1+2 composition and focused on safety. Creation is characterized by extreme proportions, a length of 4,730 mm, a width of 1,980 mm.
Right side view of the IED Syrma concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1DAq2ji)
The concept possesses a hybrid engine which is combined with aggregate electric motor V6, with a total power of 900 hp. This is the 11th concept to come from Turin’s IED (the same automotive designer college that helped Hyundai build the PassoCorto concept in previous year), and it’s one of the best.
Rear side view of the IED Syrma concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1DAq2ji)
The car is powered by a rear-engined hybrid system. A twin-turbo, 4-liter gas engine is paired with an electric engine to create 900 horsepower that goes straight into the rear wheels. If the driver so chooses, there is an available option to run on electric-only, though range numbers were announced.
Speaking of the driver, this concept inspired by McLaren’s F1 car with staggered three-person seating. The front seat is centered on a more driver-oriented position and better visibility. In addition to the central seating, other safety-focused features include laser message projection when the car is in silent electric mode and a “teardrop windscreen” that is intended to protect the cabin. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BOLDRIDE]
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Friday, January 3, 2020

A special-made Diablo figure that maybe you've never heard of before

Supercar appearance which is certainly going to amaze the world's automotive enthusiasts. Moreover, what will be discussed this time is the figure of aThe raging bull logoed supercar known as the Lamborghini Diablo. This cool supercar is made by Lamborghini, one of Italy's premium car manufacturers based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. Although this is not the latest bull figure, Lambo Diablo still deserves to be included in the cool supercars to date.
2000 Lamborgini Diablo Coatl, a special-made Diablo variant designed by Joan Fercí and built by the Automobiles Lamborghini Latinoamérica SA. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2u40ePg)
Just info, the Lamborghini Diablo is a mid-engined sports car made by the raging bull logoed automotive manufacturer from 1990 to 2001 and was replaced by Lamborghini Murciélago. The name Diablo is taken from Spanish which means 'devil' or 'diavolo' in Italian. This car was made as a successor for the previous model, the Lamborghini Countach.

Noted, the Diablo is the first beast produced by Lamborghini that can reach a maximum speed of more than 200 miles per hour (320 kph). And until the end of its production period recorded 2,884 units of Diablo have been produced by the Italian manufacturer. And among the units produced, there is a variant that may rarely be seen by world automotive enthusiasts. Well, that's Lamborghini Diablo Coatl, a variant of Lamborghini Diablo that you may not have heard of before. Wanna see the Lamborghini L147 Zagato Canto concept?
Left side view of 2000 Lamborgini Diablo Coatl, a special-made Diablo variant. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rLDcMm)
This unique Lambo supercar is designed by Jorge Antonio Fernández García aka Joan Fercí, and completed built in 2000 by a company called Automobiles Lamborghini Latinoamérica SA. after in 1995 obtained permission from the Automobili Lamborghini SpA. to build the Lamborghini variant and distribute it in Mexico, and throughout Latin America including the Caribbean. Even the South American company also said on its official website that they were allowed to build a limited series of special track-oriented models and even made their own concepts with Lamborghini components, which would later produce and named the Lamborghini Coatl.

Keeping in mind that the hand-finished feeling these special cars would have to offer, each and every Coatl would be finished according to the tastes and requirements made by the fortunate buyer. And according to workers at the Automobiles Lamborghini Latinoamérica SA, the Coatl is not a factory prototype but that it was built with permission from the factory.
Dashboard view of 2000 Lamborgini Diablo Coatl, a special-made Diablo variant. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FeXbq0)
One of the most special ways that they produced the car and make it unique was the fact that the steering wheel is made specifically by a single craftsman with a size that is suitable and has been adjusted to the hand and fingers of the owner. Likewise, the pedals and seats are specially made to fit the actual owner. This seat will be made of the mold taken from the person who would be driving the Coatl, while the weight will also be taken into account when finishing the driver's seat.

Then the car's exterior paintwork is also done in accordance with the owner's wishes, which means there are no two Coatls the same. The paint specifically was made of 14 coats of the owner-selected-shades and depending on where the sun was in the sky during the daytime, and the tint of the paint can shift from an orange to a red color with a brown highlight. And continued to the color of the interior part which is covered with genuine leather would also be dyed on the owner’s demand and even this South American company also stitched in such a way the owner's name or initials on the carpet and the seats.
Rear view of 2000 Lamborgini Diablo Coatl, a special-made Diablo variant. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35kj3KV)
Furthermore, the shape of the headlamps looks strange and unique were covered units, while on the roof there's a single air intake which is mounted to pull air into the engine compartment, a treatment that also exists in the Diablo SV and the Diablo GT limited edition which giving it a rather track-focused appearance. The rear design looks a little strange, where the rear bumper unit is made into parts that seem to be separated by two inward curved shapes with a large twin exhaust pipe embedded into the bumper on the right and left outer sections, while a single central bumper was also in place.

The rear lights use design and similar color schemes used by Lexus on the IS series, a design that became notorious in the tuning market in Japan a few years later, seen today in all types of JDM tuners. With all these special body panels and personalized interiors, it is very strange that the wheels become a 17 inches standard unit taken from the Diablo SE30 model, it should be no problem to install 19 or even 20 inches wheels under this space-age body design, but maybe the owner who ordered this specific car probably liked it this way.

It took four years (from 1996 to 2000) to design and build the first Lamborghini Coatl, which was finally presented to the public in 2000 and named the Lamborghini Eros 2000. Those hard work results did not seem to be in vain, due to the top speed could be produced by this car no less than 385 kph (234 mph) and acceleration from rest to 100 kph (around 61 mph) in just 3.54 seconds, the engine is naturally tuned to get these numbers, with an output a power of 635 Bhp and an enlarged displacement of almost 6.3 Liters is needed! 

The performance numbers were huge in 20 years ago. The chassis has been modified from the normal Diablo VT and SV to overcome this much power, it was upgraded by using Chromium Molybdenum steel, notice that both the engine and chassis have been designed in England by none other than a company that you can trust, McLaren.
In 2000, when the car was first officially presented to the public, it caused quite a stir among the Lamborghini's fanatics and was seen as a love-or-hate design. Because according to them, Lamborghini Latinoamérica has transformed their precious Diablo into some weird blob of metal, the term they might use to describe the figure of the Lamborghini Diablo Coatl.

This is understandable because the design has always been a vital necessity for Lamborghini's hardcore fans, and if you have a bit of money left over and want to stand out against regular Murcielago and Huracan owners, this is definitely the way to do it.

But here’s the rub. Later in 2007, the Italian manufacturer has also stressed that no licence agreement exists to use the Lamborghini marque in South America. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARTHROTTLE]
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

After 18 years, the mysterious F90 was admitted its existence by Ferrari

This is not a new supercar like the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which was launched in May 2019. As we have seen, this car is the most powerful hybrid supercar ever produced by the prancing horse logoed manufacturer. But it isn't the car that we will discuss at this time, but the figure of another car which has the name similarity is the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale was built by the renowned Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina in the 1990s.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
It all started in 1988 when the HH Sultan of Brunei (some said His Highness' youngest brother) came to Pininfarina: he wanted to build six of these unique supercars for his collection. He thought it would be a good idea to design the supercar for him based on the Ferrari Testarossa.

At that time it was also mentioned that the supercar making was classified as a secret project so that Ferrari did not even know about it. In the deepest secrecy, the Italian coachbuilder started working on this project at its based and came in with a car that was somewhat reminiscent of the Pininfarina Ethos Concept.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2u8YjJs)
And in 2005, nearly 18 years after the car was designed, Ferrari admitted that six cars had been built that was bolder than anything they had ever dared to make themselves at the time. And the "F90" name refers to the fact that it will be the Ferrari horse built in the 1990s.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
Technically, the car remains identical to the Testarossa: which uses a 48-valve 4.9-liter flat-12 engine capable of producing up to 396 hp of power and 490 Nm of torque to drive its rear wheels. It looks like the Ferrari F90 is built on the Testarossa's chassis with the numbers of 83096, 86390, 86626, 86784, 87195 and 88171 with the wheels and rearview mirrors position also remain unchanged.

But the similarity ends there: while the radiator position is moved to the front of the car, the interior and exterior are completely designed specifically under the direction of Enrico Fumia, the Pininfarina's head of R&D at that time.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
The most striking is the "Edge design" which runs around the car. Fumia calls it an "elliptical motif" and applies it ranging from the taillights, rear wings, and doors. The roof glass panel is a feature of the Fumia design and can glide on the rear window.

As far as is known after it was finished to build, and F90 has been seen running on the Monaco streets, after which a brief report appeared in the Cavallino, a Ferrari's special magazine. There is also a black and white photo of F90 ​​from Brunei.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SOUB21)
What is nice to know is that Fumia has also made the designs of Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider, which show some similarities to the F90 in terms of design. By the way, Enrico also sincerely hopes that one day there's one of the F90 will escape from Brunei's priceless supercar cages, so it can be seen by the world.

Come on, Your Highness, bring the super wheel to the opera venue or something so that decent images or info can be caught to be pleased the eyes of the world's automotive fans. But until today we've only could be satisfied with the images that could be seen in cyberspace such as in this article. Are you wanna see the Ferrari F50 Bolide, another member of the His Highness Sultan of Brunei's golden car cages? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG]
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Meets Zagato malignant powered car with a fierce looks

Zagato is an Italian company that provides services such as consultancy of design and engineering. And Zagato had established cooperation with many renowned automotive companies such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and others.
2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato Atelier. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Back to the year 2010, at the time Zagato revealing a supercar named 'Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa,' after success shows off 'Peugeot RCZ'.
Front view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
The emerging of Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is based on the anniversary and celebration of 90 years of collaboration between Zagato and Alfa Romeo. The model was commissioned by German Alfa Romeo Zagato collector Martin Kapp while attending an event honoring Zagato - the Zandvoort Tribute.
Left side view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Then Zagato shows off the Corsa TZ3 for the first time at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2010 in Cernobbio, Italy. As a four-wheeled vehicle that carries the racing car attribute, of course TZ3 Corsa was awarded by a machine that could produce big power but also has nice looks.
Top-rear side view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
The car is designed only for two passengers that uses a 4.2-liter V8 engine and mated to a 6-speed gearbox transmission system. This car is claimed to produce a maximum power of up to 420 hp (313 kW). It is light, with a handmade aluminum body, and weighs in at only 850 kg (1,874 lbs) - marking it as a true racer.
Rearview of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Four 18-inches alloy wheels pinned in the car to help the performance of the machine and wrapped by proprietary high-quality tires of Pirelli PZero, with different sizes between front and rear wheels, while the front wheels use the 245/645/R18 and 285/645/R18 for the rear.
So with the presence of the legs above helped this car free running on the highway with the acceleration record from 0 to 100 km/h only takes about 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WORLDCARFANS]
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Friday, December 27, 2019

A beauty look of Buick Wildcat Concept series

As we've all knew, Buick has used the name "Wildcat" for its five concept vehicles, three cars made in the early 1950s, one in 1985 and another in 1997.
The most exciting classic cars ever built, 1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QoTi6O)
The Buick Wildcat series are the vehicle series with futuristic concepts and designs and innovative new technology made by Buick.

The 1953 Wildcat I, 1954 Wildcat II and 1955 Wildcat III were all designed under Harley Earl's leadership. As info, Harley Earl was the most famous American auto designer and the GM's Head of Design as well.

1. 1953 Buick Wildcat I
The 1953 Buick Wildcat I built primarily to test the use of fiberglass in automobile bodybuilding, and the front wheel hubs remained stationary as the wheels spun. The body was finished in white with green leather interior and green nylon carpeting. 
1953 Buick Wildcat I concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2skIGhq)
There were hood scoops around the hood ornament and portholes that ran along the tops of the front fenders. The car was powered by a 188-horsepower version of the new V8 engine and used the new Twin Turbine Dynaflow transmission. An interesting feature was its Roto-Static front wheel discs with built-in air scoops. The discs remained stationary while the wheels revolved around them.

2. 1954 Buick Wildcat II
In 1954, the company made a smaller, sportier, two-passenger under the name of Wildcat II was present as well as a more radical design with an open front fender and exposing the entire front wheel well and part of the front-end suspension (which was chrome-plated).
1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EUJwEk)
This Wildcat concept car featured Buick’s traditional portholes, but these were larger and placed on the top of the fender instead of the sides. The car built of fiberglass and mounted on a 100-inch wheelbase and used a standard Buick V-8 engine equipped with four carburetors that boost its horsepower output to 220.

3. 1955 Buick Wildcat III
The Wildcat III was born in 1955, which had a long open front fender. It said that the Wildcat III was constructed with a fiberglass body mounted on a shortened Buick chassis with a 110-inch wheelbase. It used the 322 CID Nailhead V8 was souped up to 280 hp with a four-carburetor intake setup, while the Twin Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission boasted a sporty floor-mounted shift lever. 
1955 Buick Wildcat III concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZnNnTP)
At 190 inches overall, the Wildcat III was large for a sports car but rather petite for a Buick. Reportedly, designers referred to it as the “toy convertible.” The finish was a flamboyant lipstick color called Kimberly Red.

4. 1985 & 1997 Buick Wildcat
The 1985 Wildcat was a radical mid-engined, all-wheel-drive sports car with an exposed high-performance, double-overhead-cam V6 engine. The chassis was built of carbon-fiber and vinyl-ester resin and the body featured a 'lift-up' canopy for entry and exit. This futuristic vehicle is still owned by Buick until today.
1985 Buick Wildcat concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SsIgjC)
The high-tech interior was a real gem, featuring a screen in the center console displaying info such as g-force, torque, oil pressure, and even a compass. The spoke-less steering wheel is also a sight to behold, as is the fancy head-up display showing the gear selection, mileage, and speed on the massive glass-made canopy.
Later Buick made another Wildcat concept car. This car had carbon fiber instead of woodgrain trim inside and black chrome outside and its 3.8-liter V6 engine was modified by McLaren and actually used for a series of engineering tests, but the Wildcat did not make it as a production model. It followed three other namesake concepts (from 1953, 1954, 1955) and it was succeeded in 1997 by the Riviera Wildcat. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MACSMOTORCITYGARAGE | MOTOR1 | AUTOCAR]
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Looking at Avus Quattro, the first Audi-built supercar concept

Having elegant and futuristic shapes are our assessment of today's Audi models. Might be you agree with that, where modern Audi cars have a futuristic look with sharp line drawings combined with high standard details typical of European automotive manufacturers, thus making the mass production cars from one of German's leading automotive manufacturers always look elegant when used on the highways.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept-driven its all wheels by a 6.0-liter W12 engine coupled with the six-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
Excellence in the matter of design and materials owned by Audi can be ascertained, was begun with a work on sketches which later turns into prototypes of the design team working at Audi's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The prototype is then transformed into a concept car and will usually be introduced to the public first, to see the public response to the model and before it is decided to proceed into the production line or not.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept has stolen the attention of the world's automotive enthusiasts at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show with its beautiful body made of hand-beaten panels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
On this occasion, we will discuss an Audi concept car from the past which is predicted to have a big hand in developing the design of production cars from Audi that exist today. This R8 precursor shakes with a dummy W12 engine mounted in the middle and wrapped in a low aluminum body.

This concept car was named 'Audi Avus Quatrro,' the concept car was named after a race track in Berlin. The car concept was not only Audi's way of reviewing the use of a W12 engine when combined with an intensively aluminum bodywork construction, but it was also a sign for the future in terms of mid-engined supercars.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept has a very lightweight aluminum bodywork of 1,250 kg (2,755 pounds). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
The concept car that was first introduced to the public at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show turned out to have stolen the attention of the world's automotive enthusiasts at that time with its beautiful body made of hand-beaten panels, with a thickness of 1.5 mm and left unpainted as a sign that it inspired of the Auto Union race car in early of the 1930s.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept applied the aluminum-intensive body and exclusive development of Audi Space Frame. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
Thanks to the aluminum-intensive body and exclusive development of Audi Space Frame, the all-wheel-drive Avus Quattro has a very lightweight of 1,250 kg (2,755 pounds). And able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph done in just three seconds before reaching a top speed of 334 kph (210 mph).
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just three seconds and has a top speed of 334 kph (210 mph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
However, these numbers are only hypothetical performance numbers because the concept car did not actually adopt a 6.0-liter W12 engine with a power of 502 horsepower (374 kilowatts) to drive all of its wheels with a six-speed manual transmission system. Where at that time, the German manufacturer was still developing a car using a twelve-cylinder unit, so that the Avus Quattro concept, in fact, had a dummy machine made of wood and plastic.
The Avus Quattro concept was never destined to go into the production line and there're rumors say Audi even rejected the offers from at least a dozen potential customers even though they were willing to pay as much as $12 million for the road-going version. Today, if you want to check the overall appearance of the Audi Avus Quattro concept, you can find it at Audi's museum in Ingolstadt, Germany. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Monday, December 23, 2019

The biggest hopes of Melling Hellcat to catch the Veyron never happened

Of the many supercar names that did not reach the production stage perfectly and recorded sales figures or can also be said to be mere boasting. Noted there is a supercar known as Melling Hellcat in 2006.

It was a car that was originally mentioned will be the most serious competitor of the V10-engined car for Bugatti Veyron. Not only that, when it viewed from the name derived from the name of the person who developed it is clearly not just any name.
2007 Melling Hellcat is conceptualized and developed by Al Melling, a slightly mad engineer and designer who had dealings in F1 through many famous names. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
Well, the Melling Hellcat is a car conceptualized and developed by Al Melling, a slightly mad engineer and designer who had dealings in F1 through many famous names such as Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Leyton House Formula One and Benetton. Through his company called, Melling Consultancy Design was once the center of engine development that had succeded to help TWR win at Le Mans with Jaguar four years in a row and also had been known to develop the TVR Speed ​​Six block which is used in many modern TVR sports cars.
2007 Melling Hellcat's interior could be described as simple, sparse but functional. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
But a little different for this mid-engined car, Melling decided that he didn't want to just build a custom engine and instead would take on the establishment with his own bespoke supercar. He had experience with V10s through engine development for the Lola F1 team which never came to fruition, but the engine he built for his own supercar was something else.
Al Melling in another his sports car called the 'Wildcat'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Zi9Ul2)
It is a 6.0-liter quad-turbo V10 engine which is said to produce 1,175 bhp of power and 880 lb.ft of torque, with heads and blocks milled from a large billet of aluminum material. And the car comes with a weight of only 1,200 kg and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds (that's a surprising acceleration time figures for 2006). And for its exterior design strongly influenced by TVR, and also has a Marcos TSO GT touches within its thundering line.
2007 Melling Hellcat comes with a weight of only 1,200 kg and said to be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/377sbEl)
The Hellcat was built as Melling's motivation to enter Le Mans once again after it was previously done with TWR, with the aim being to produce a GT1 variant of the road car to take-on the endurance world. It's said to only 50 units will be produced in its Rochdale-based factory, but unfortunately, the number of cars produced has never touched or approached that numbers.
2007 Melling Hellcat used a 6.0-liter quad-turbo V10 engine which is said to produce 1,175 bhp of power and 880 lb.ft of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
Although the lack of car production numbers, but the top speed proposed by Hellcat could be a nightmare for the Bugatti Veyron. Melling quoted 295 mph in full chat, but if we're honest and thought the claim is mere boasting. Sure, it has four turbochargers like Bugatti but according to some automotive observers aerodynamically the speed of this car has no hope of rising close to the 300 mph figures.

This is because the frontal area and general dimensions of the car do not allow such speed figures to be reached, especially with a power of 'only' around 1,200 bhp. Then at a price of around £ 185,000, it can almost be considered as a bargain even if it reaches 230 mph, which is why those claimed top speed figures make it look like a joke.
In the end, the Melling Hellcat never made it into any automotive showroom, and let the Bugatti Veyron have the world's top speed record for itself for years. That is a fantastic hypothetical part of the British-made V10-engined supercar that could have asserted itself as a performance legend even though in reality it doesn't make any sense. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | DRIVETRIBE | SUPERCARS]
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