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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car built by Piero Drogo

Talking about classic cars that are made in limited numbers and have historical value, of course, these classic cars are of high-value today. Like the following classic cars. Well, this time we will talk about the 3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car after the bodywork received the touch of Piero Drogo's magic hand.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with chassis number #2503GT and racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
As a true automotive enthusiast, of course, you already know the figure of Piero Drogo. He is an Italian gentleman who is known to be the owner and founder of a Modena-based coachbuilder company called Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. Especially for the manufacture of the following legendary Ferrari 250 GT racing cars, it is also inseparable from the magical touch of other automotive maestros such as Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini.

1. Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo
As quoted from Carscoops, one unit of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo has been sold for €799,960 or approximately Rp. 13.17 billion in an auction event in Germany in 2015, after the car was restored while maintaining the Ferrari's typical shape and design. Unfortunately, there's no information that has been mentioned about the condition of the car's interior and who is the new owner of this Ferrari 250 GT Drogo.
1961 Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo known as one of the most expensive classic racing cars. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36Z5gN1)
As the name implies, the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo is a special edition that has been modified by Piero Drogo. This classic car apparently did not use the original chassis but was replaced with a Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa which proved to be reliable in racing at that time. No wonder this car was recorded to have won many racing events in its heydays.
Even though it was made with a unique design, it was actually very aerodynamic for the vehicles of the day. Then the driving force of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo comes from a V12 engine with a capacity of 3,000 cc by using six Weber carburetors and combined with a four-speed manual transmission system that can bring it to run fast up to 270 kph.

2. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo
Furthermore, the racing car that also carries the big name Ferrari 250 GT, but appears in a more special form is the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo using Ferrari's distinctive red paint called Rosso Corsa with a combination of chrome material on several parts. As quoted from Coachbuild, a racing car in a unique shape like this was first used by Count Volpi's Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venice, then followed by the Garage Francorchamps team.
The front fascia of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
The car's special appearance was obtained because this Ferrari was also skinned by Piero Drogo in 1961 on the bone of Bizzarrini's first prototype for the 250 GTO with chassis number #2503GT. 
The left side view of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #44 while running at the 500km de Spa of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
After the GTO prototype-based Ferrari 250 GT SWB was completed, it was called 'Anastasia' (derogatory expression for ugly women in Modena jargon). It is known that this car was later used in various racing events starting in 1962 with a series of quite classy achievements.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #28 got a really bad accident while running at the 500km de Spa of 1964 and destroyed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
But unfortunately, this racing car had an accident while racing at the 1000km Nuerburgring event in 1962. After that this car was rebuilt by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. When it was finished, the car returned to racing, and again bad luck continued to afflict the 250 GT SWB Drogo racing car, at the 500km de Spa event, and again it had an accident and was badly damaged. Since then the car has never been rebuilt.­čśó

3. Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo
The next car is Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo. This car was built in 1962 based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB with chassis number #2819GT. This oddly shaped car was made to fight with the newer 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other FIA GT racing events.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' built by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, and utilizing the aerodynamics theory of Dr.Kamm at the rear that resembles breadvan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IZyoLB)
The bodywork was done by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena, utilizing the aerodynamics theory of Dr.Kamm at the rear.  The term 'Breadvan' was first used by the English press who probably were not very optimistic about the car's strange appearance with its very low pointed nose, long flat roofline, and square rear end.
Even today, chassis #2819 is still referred to as the 'Breadvan'. In fact, this car is able to make brilliant achievements in various FIA GT racing events. While the French preferred to call this car 'la Camionette' (means 'van' in English). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD.COM | BARCHETTA.CC | CARSCOOPS ]
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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Here's the newest American hydrogen-powered hypercar

Currently, the development of environmentally friendly vehicles, which are projected to replace conventional-engined vehicles, is being intensively carried out by the world's automotive industry players. It is not surprising that various kinds of the latest eco-friendly vehicle models continue to be born from well-known manufacturers to start-up companies by carrying out their latest and best technological features.
In one full refueling, the hydrogen-powered hypercar called Hyperion XP-1 can go more than 1,600 km. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36faIe1)
Hyperion Motors is one of the American start-up company who done it. Since its establishment in 2011, the company has been employed a brilliant human resources to run the high-tech company focused on revolutionizing the hydrogen fuel system in the automotive industry. The Orange, California based company which is reportedly is being developing its future vision through a hydrogen-powered hypercar called, Hyperion XP-1.

By relying on its hydrogen fuel technology through the XP-1 variant, Hyperion tries to convince itself to try and fill the gap in the new segment by making a technological breakthrough, and not to follow in the steps of other automotive manufacturers who are busy themselves in the development of electric vehicles.
The hydrogen-powered hypercar called Hyperion XP-1 bodywork is constructed by titanium composite and applied the v-wing door types. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36faIe1)
Unmitigated, this American start-up company claims that the Hyperion XP-1 in one full refueling can go more than 1,600 km. As reported by Autoblog, not only its miliages, the XP-1 hydrogen-powered hypercar is also capable of spewing out over 1,000 hp and can accelerate from 0-100 kph in just two seconds.

Besides being able to produce farther miliage than ordinary electric vehicles, because hydrogen is able to produce more power than batteries. Hydrogen is also much lighter than a battery, which makes the vehicle load much less. Apart from being without a battery, the use of carbon titanium monocoque material was also contributed to the light weight of the hypercar, so that the total weight only 1,032 kg.

Then about design, the Hyperion XP-1 has a very aggressive appearance because it promotes aerodynamic factors combined with high technology that is environmentally friendly. The bodywork is constructed by titanium composite and applied the v-wing door types. In addition, a glass canopy is also used, which is believed to be able darkened electronically in order to maintain driver privacy.
Hyperion XP-1 has a very aggressive appearance because it promotes aerodynamic factors combined with high technology that is environmentally friendly. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36faIe1)
On both sides of the XP-1 hypercar, there are the fin-likened slats that extend from under the door to the rear. This bar has a dual function: it helps the car cornering at high speed and also functioned as the solar powered panel. The advanced high technology is also applied in car interiors. One of them is an LCD display of 98 inc which adopts gesture control technology.
"We are very excited to launch the Hyperion supercar and introduce it to the world, while explaining the advantages and benefits of using hydrogen fuel," said Angelo Kafantaris, as Chief Executive Officer - Hyperion Motors. Kafantaris recognizes that hydrogen is the most abundant natural resource in the universe. In addition, the potential of this energy is still not fully exploited by mankind.

"As the most abundant element in the universe, the true potential of hydrogen is limitless. Our goal is to tell an inspiring hydrogen-fueled vehicle. With the debut of the XP-1, we aim to start towards a cleaner tomorrow for generations to come," he added. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HYPERION MOTORS | CARANDDRIVER.COMAUTOBLOG]
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Friday, November 6, 2020

The weirdest and most powerful Buggati ever

There's some good news from the French supercar manufacturer, Bugatti. It turned out that recently this manufacturer had completed the development of a special hypercar for use on the racing tracks based on the Bugatti Chiron, later called the Bugatti Bolide Concept. This hypercar was developed by those French companies in about eight months and is claimed to have a power-to-weight ratio of 0.67 kg / HP and is said able to be lauched to a top speed of over 500 kph.
2020 Bugatti Bolide Concept is said to have very aggressive specs and designs. (Picture from: https://cnet.co/3mHTa0J)
As we all know that, since this variant was first introduced in 2016, it turns out that the Molsheim-based premium car manufacturer has managed to be made a number of special line-ups that are based on the Bugatti Chiron, such Sport 110 Ans, Pur Sport, Vision Gran Turismo, Centodieci, Divo, SuperSport 300+, to La Voiture Noire.
2020 Bugatti Bolide Concept uses an 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbo engine that produces 1,825 horsepower and 1,364 lb-ft of torque. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HZd7kW)
But nothing is quite as unique and extreme as the Bugatti Bolide concept which is said to have very aggressive specs and designs. The newest hypercar of the Molsheim-based premium car manufacturer has carried an 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbo engine that produces 1,825 horsepower and 1,364 lb-ft of torque

Originally, this is the same Chiron's 1.578 HP engine unit used by the special variants of Centodieci and SuperSport 300+. But then Bugatti modified the engine for 110-octane fueled plus a new turbocharger, the result was a hypercar that had the ferocious performance mentioned above.
2020 Bugatti Bolide Concept's cabin reflects a real racing car is featured a topless steering wheel model plus a screen behind it, then there is a separator in the middle that divides the passenger and driver seats. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HNi4O1)
But the engine is not the only important factor in the Bugatti Bolide concept, the car chassis is made of very light carbon and titanium alloy materials for various car components ranging from the nuts, bolts, to the rear spoiler holder. As a result, the Bugatti Bolide's empty weight is at 1,240 kg, which is much lighter than the Chiron which is almost 2,000 kilos. And if calculated, the car's power-to-weight ratio is 0.67 kg / HP (or approx 1.5 HP / kg).

With these specifications, so it is not surprising that the Bugatti Bolide concept can accelerate from 0-100 kph in 2.17 seconds, 0-200 kph is complete in 4.36 seconds, 0-300 kph is done in 7.37 seconds, 0-400 kph in 12.08 seconds only. Further, if Bugatti claims the car speed is more than 500 kph, it means an acceleration of 0-500 kph can be done in 20.16 seconds.
2020 Bugatti Bolide Concept is claimed to be able to circle the N├╝rburgring Nordschleife in 5 minutes 23.1 seconds, and Le Mans in 3 minutes 7.1 seconds. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34OMgkw)
In addition, the Bugatti Bolide concept is also claimed to be able to circle the N├╝rburgring Nordschleife in 5 minutes 23.1 seconds, and Le Mans in 3 minutes 7.1 seconds. Well, so far it is still in the form of simulation and estimation, which is of course interesting to know how the real action of this hypercar is when it is actually lauched on the racing track mentioned above.

Turning to the design, it able to be said that the car design looks like a car that came from the middle of nowhere. But this Bugatti design is not carelessly eccentric, all aspects of the car are carefully crafted and have a purpose and meaning. Start from the roof scoop model with bubbles popped out when the throttle pedal is pressed deeper, Bugatti calls it the "Morphable Outer Skin."
2020 Bugatti Bolide Concept's rear is produced remarkable downforce of 1,800 kg at a speed of 320 kph. (Picture from: https://cnet.co/3mHTa0J)
Then at the front, there is a typical Bugatti's horseshoe front grille with an adjustable front splitter on the bumper. The front design optimally directs the wind flows into the rear fender air inlets for the engine cooling system and generates a downforce of 800 kg at 320 kph. Then paired with an adjustable rear spoiler and a huge three-layer diffuser. While the downforce produced by the Bugatti Bolide's rear is remarkable, which is 1,800 kg at a speed of 320 kph.
The Bolide concept car has the appearance that roughly 40 percent of its body surface is painted with French Racing Blue, while the other 60 percent is carbon, and was also looks pretty crazy too, with openings in the hood that expose the suspension components in there.

Inside the interior, the Bugatti Bolide concept also gets extreme changes much different than other Chiron models. Both in layout and seating position, where the cabin reflects a real racing car is featured a topless steering wheel model like an F1 car plus a screen behind it, then there is a separator in the middle that divides the passenger and driver seats. 
As of this writing being made, the French manufacturer has not provided data regarding the price of the Bugatti Bolide concept, due to the Molsheim-based manufacturer hasn't yet decided whether the car concept will go into the production line or not. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARANDDRIVER | CNET | THE DRIVE | CARSCOOPS | HYPE GARAGE ]
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Monday, October 26, 2020

SSC Tuatara sets the new record of the 2020 world's fastest production car

So far, we know that the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the fastest production car on the Guinness World Record. But now that record has been broken by the SSC Tuatara from the American high-performance car manufacturer, Shelby Supercars (SSC) North America on October 10, 2020, on Nevada's State Route 160, the United States with a track length of about 11.2 kilometers (7 miles).
American supercar the SSC Tuatara set a new world record on Oct. 10 by reaching an average speed of more than 316 mph on a seven-mile stretch of Nevada’s State Route 160. (Picture from: https://cnb.cx/35pmvWX)
The record-breaking attempt was made twice, in the first test the SSC Tuatara was able to reach speeds of 508.73 kph (301 mph). Meanwhile, in the second test, the Tuatara even accelerated with a speed record of 532.93 kph.

From the results above, the SSC Tuatara has average speed of 508.73 kph (316 mph) and this is a new record as the fastest production car in the world. In order for this speed recording to be done precisely, it also uses the GPS which is integrated with 15 satellites on skies.
Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC (left) posed with Oliver Webb (right), a professional racer who drove the American supercar the SSC Tuatara shortly after the car set a new world record on Oct. 10, 2020. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/37nBEL3)
This record beats the previous record set by the Koenigsegg Agera RS in November 2017, which was carried out in the place and mileage, also the same method as SSC Tuatara. At that time the Koenigsegg Agera RS was able to run with an average speed of 446.97 kph. 

Thus the speed record of the SSC Tuatara automatically also beats what the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport hypercar has been done before in 2019. At the time the Chiron is only capable of reaching a top speed of 490.48 kph.

But Bugatti's unofficial record seems not worthy to be juxtaposed with the record of the SSC Tuatara or Koenigsegg Agera RS above, due to the record was obtained only in one running-test and was also carried out in a different place, namely in Ehra-Lessen, Germany.
The SSC Tuatara powered by a 5.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine and coupled with a manual automatic transmission (AMT). (Picture from: https://cnb.cx/35pmvWX)
This is not the first time the SSC supercar has been able to break speed records, previously, there was the Ultimate Aero TT, which managed to claim those titles in 2007 with a two-way average speed of 411.76 kph (255.83 mph).

"It's been ten years since we held this record with our first cars, the Ultimate Aero, and the Tuatara far ahead. Its performance reflects our dedication and focuses on pursuing this milestone," said Jerod Shelby, CEO of SSC.
The SSC Tuatara will only produce as many as 100 units and is set at the lowest price ranging from the US $ 1.6 million. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34o7zct)
In this record-breaking attempt, SSC North America put a professional racer named Oliver Web behind the wheel. The car, which is fed on non-racing fuel and uses road-spec tires, amazes the driver. How could it be, SSC Tuatara actually could have gone faster, had it not been held back by the wind.

"The car has not run out of power yet. All the wind obstacles prevent us from reaching the limits of the car," said Oliver Webb at the time
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The SSC Tuatara's engine able to burst power of  1,750 horsepower when using E85 ethanol fuel and 1,350 hp by standard 91 octane fuel. (Picture from: https://cnb.cx/35pmvWX)
The SSC Tuatara uses a 5.9 liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of producing power of 1,750 horsepower when using E85 ethanol fuel and 1,350 hp by standard 91 octane fuel. The engine produces a maximum torque of 1,735 Nm and is mated to a manual automatic transmission (AMT).
Not to mention the use of a carbon fiber body and monocoque chassis, so it's no wonder this supercar has a dry weight of only 1.247 kg. Besides that, aerodynamic factors also play a role, where the SSC Tuatara has a front area of 18 square feet and a drag coefficient of 0.279.

Well, if you are interested in owning this speed-demon, you should be noted that the manufacturer will only produce 100 units of SSC Tuatara and is set at the lowest price ranging from the US $ 1.6 million or around Rp. 25 billion. So hurry up.­čśÄ *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CNBC]
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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Insanity, a unique Canadian-made jet-engined Ferrari Enzo

If you're looking at this car, maybe you should forget the Ferrari FXX K for a minute, because what you have seen here is far more insane than that. It's true, the garage-built dragster called "Insanity" built in such ways to look like a Ferrari Enzo, and all you have to do is look back to see why the car got such a crazy name.
This is Insanity, a jet-powered Ferrari Enzo dragster built by Ryan McQueen. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IkE8iP)
The unique-look dragster was built by a Canadian named Ryan McQueen, who by no means was a technical person when he started out. In fact, at the beginning of his unique Ferrari Enzo dragster project, he din’t even know how to do a simple welding.

But perseverance is the best effort to gain knowledge and with time Ryan learned how to work with fibre glass, build a steel tube frame and even understand how to work around jet engines. It took him about 12 years to be exact, and the end result here is absolutely mind-blowing.
The Insanity jet-powered dragster bodywork built by Ryan McQueen is inspired by the Ferrari Enzo legendary supercar which has been adjusted to the twin jet engines as its main drive. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IkE8iP)
The car appearence looked as powerful as a jet fighter which he felt would not be enough with just one jet engine. Therefore, Ryan bought two Roll-Royce jet engines after selling his Corvette first. Infact, the Insanity has made Ryan spending out his money about CAD $69,000 (approx Rp.771 milions) to build completely, for which he secured initial funding by selling off his Corvette.

He also created the Ferrari Enzo inspired bodywork from his own idea which he said looked very convincing. Although, by looking at the dragster's end result in the terms of dimensions and shape it doesn't really resemble the real Enzo, but it does get the proportions pretty much right.
The Insanity jet-powered Ferrari Enzo dragster push out an insane 14,000 pounds of thrust and can be make it running out of 400 mph (or approx 643 kph) on the flat track. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IkE8iP)
The twin-jet engines in this Ferrari Enzo dragster push out an insane 14,000 pounds of thrust and can be make it running out of 400 mph (or approx 643 kph) on the flat track.
Even though it's crazy, therefore Insanity is a big achievement. McQueen started from a dream and made him excited to make it happen. And now, what he has built is become one of the world's fastest jet cars. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NOCARFUN | THE DRIVE | ROAD AND TRACK]
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Maserati is breaking into a new era through the MC20 super species

After previously, Maserati announced that the company would break a new era with a new supercar that combines performance, sportsmanship and luxury in a unique design typical of Italian's trident logoed manufacturers. 
Maserati MC20 has made its world debut in Modena on September 9, 2020 at the MMXX: Time to be Audacious event. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mi7JJ7)
And now the Maserati MC20, that's the name of the new Maserati supercar which has made its world debut in Modena on September 9, 2020 at the MMXX: Time to be Audacious event. The MC20 nomenclature is a code. MC refers to Maserati Corse and 20 for 2020, as the world premiere and the start of a new era.
Maserati MC20 has a butterfly-style door which is not only beautiful, but also functional as it increases the ergonomics of the vehicle. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The Maserati MC20 supercar was designed in Modena and built at the Viale Ciro Menotti factory. This factory has a painting facility that combines innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. This car has a butterfly-style door which is not only beautiful, but also functional as it increases the ergonomics of the vehicle that optimizes access in or out of the car's cabin.
Simple cabin shape with few sharp angles and minimal distraction. Inside, two 10-inch screens are installed, one for the cockpit and one for the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35DYOvF)
The car's body aerodynamic engineering was designed over more than 2,000 hours of work in the Dallara Wind Tunnel, including more than a thousand CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations, which led to the creation of exclusive works of art. As a result, the car has a sleek body line, without any other additions, only a rear spoiler which increases downforce. The coefficient is below 0.38.
Once inside the interior, the driver will be in the middle and ready to experience a sporty driving experience. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
Once inside the interior, the driver will be in the middle and ready to experience a sporty driving experience. Each component has its function, which is completely driver-oriented. Simple cabin shape with few sharp angles and minimal distraction. Inside, two 10-inch screens are installed, one for the cockpit and one for the Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC Plus MIA).
Maserati's Nettuno (Neptune) - 3.0-litre, twin-turbo, V6 petrol engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The simplicity brought by Maserati in creating the center console wrapped in carbon fiber. Installed features a wireless smartphone charger, a driving mode selector knob (GT, Wet, Sport, Corsa and ESC Off, which disables the control function), two speed selection buttons, power window controls, multimedia device controls and a handy storage compartment under the armrest.
Maserati MC20 makes extensive use of carbonfibre and other lightweight materials, resulting in a claimed kerb weight of less than 1500kg. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The new Maserati MC20 will always be connected to the Maserati Connect program where a full range of services including navigation connection, Alexa and Wifi Hotspot can be managed through the Maserati Connect smartphone application or the smartwatch application. In addition, Maserati has also developed six new colors that characterize the MC20, namely Bianco Audace, Giallo Genio, Rosso Vincente, Blu Infinito, Nero Enigma and Grigio Mistero. Each of them is designed and developed exclusively for this car.
Power is delivered to the rear wheels though an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a self-locking mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mjQDdY)
The Maserati MC20 supercar uses the latest Nettuno engine with a V6 configuration with a torque of 621 hp and a peak torque of 730 Nm. All this power is channeled into the 8 gears DCT Gearbox transmission. This car is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in less than 2.9 seconds, before reaching a top speed of more than 325 kph.
Furthermore, the Maserati MC20 has a total weight of below 1,500 kg, while the ratio of weight to power reaches 2.33 kg/hp. This is achieved through the use of quality materials and taking advantage of the benefits of carbon fiber without sacrificing comfort. On the other hand, the Nettuno is the first machine in a new chapter in the history of the Italian's trident logoed manufacturer, which is a twin turbo V6 engine for the MC20. The combustion system already has international patents. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOCAR INDIA]
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Monday, September 14, 2020

The most powerful Aston Martin ever made

Maybe lately the emergence of a new supercar species is rarely heard of, but some time ago Aston Martin through Q, the special modification division of this British manufacturer got a big project from one of the richest consumers in the world. And for that mysterious customer, Q made the world's most powerful one and only Aston Martin. Well. in the hands of this special division, the Aston Martin cars are made more special to suit the special needs of consumers.
The Aston Martin Victor is a modern re-imagining of the original Aston Martin Vantage V8 from the late-1970s and 1980s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2RsNdHn)
Recently, the British company announced that Q has completed a special project which resulted in a new supercar named Aston Martin Victor. As rumors, we've been heard, that Aston Martin is working on the car on the special order of a loyal Aston Martin customer from Belgium. And Victor is not the name of the car owner. Instead, it was taken of the name Victor Gauntlett, and for Aston Martin, he was a special figure who managed to save the British premium brand from bankruptcy.
Aston Martin Victor a one-of-one retro supercar uses 847 horses V12 coupled with manual transmission. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3mg9nLp)
As mentioned earlier, this car is the most powerful car ever made by Aston Martin. The total power reaches 836 horsepower and the peak engine torque can reach 821 nm. To achieve that much power, Q did not do what Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren did, by installing induction power from other sources such as electric motors. However, they still use the conventional V12 engine.

And this machine has also been embedded in other great Aston Martin cars, such as the Aston Martin One-77. Under the hood of this hypercar lays a V12 engine with a 7.3-liter cylinder capacity without turbo and other power induction. Originally the engine was only capable of producing 750 horsepower and a maximum torque of 722 Nm.
Aston Martin Victor has interior material that is actually a super-premium blend, while the ceiling is made of cashmere leather, while the seats to the dashboard are specially made by Q of genuine leather. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32o678E)
And to achieve an output of 836 horsepower and a maximum torque of 821 Nm, the Q division has made collaboration with another big name company, namely Cosworth, one of the world's great and the most successful car engine suppliers. From this collaboration succeeded in making Aston Martin Victor becoming the most powerful Aston Martin car ever made. Literally, it is the only one because Aston Martin only made one Aston Martin Victor.

Not only special in terms of power, but the car appearance also very interesting so no wonder if it could be made your eyes no-blink for a moment. It has a very unusual design, not like as we've been seen on the various Aston Martin cars used by James Bond in every his actions. The unusual design is even reminiscent of the typical American muscle car design, the Ford Mustang. It is characterized by a strong nose and a muscular stern. In fact, the design imitates the design of the previous Aston Martin car.
Aston Martin Victor has an unusual design that is even reminiscent of the typical American muscle car design, the Ford Mustang. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2ZADvax)
To be exact, the Aston Martin Vantage design in the 1970s. At that time, the 1970 Aston Martin Vantage was the first Aston Martin to be called a supercar because of its power which reached 390 horsepower. The maximum speed reaches 270 kilometers per hour. Because the design is reminiscent of the Ford Mustang, at that time the Aston Martin Vantage 1970 was called the British Muscle Car.

Those elements are what the Aston Martin Victor tries to restore. The nose of this car is so big and solid. Likewise, the back is very strong. Even though it looks solid, Aston Martin actually uses carbon fiber in the car. Including the carbon fiber chassis that is already on the Aston Martin One-77.
Now in the interior, Aston Martin Victor actually looks simple. There is no large touch screen like other expensive cars. This car only relies on two touch screens which are quite moderate. It's just that, the technology system has already applied the most advanced technology like in the Aston Martin DBX SUV. However, the interior material is actually a super-premium blend. The ceiling is made of cashmere leather, while the seats to the dashboard are specially made by Q of genuine leather. Walnut wood is also visible on the Aston Martin Victor's six-speed manual transmission lever.

There are indeed several carbon fiber elements in the interior. It's just that the element is not so dominant. Aston Martin Victor is actually rich with a combination of walnut wood elements, titanium, and aluminum. This is what makes the interior of the car feel special, even though it's not crammed with magic buttons. Not because you can't, it could be that the special customer of Aston Martin who ordered the car was prioritizing quality over appearance. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARMAGAZINE.CO.UK | AUTOCAR.CO.UK | ROBBREPORT.COM]
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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Two exotic Lamborghini concepts on the paper

The glitz of technological advances in the automotive world today is truly amazing, especially when talking about cars that are deliberately created as super rides. Besides having an extraordinary performance, the super rides also have shapes that can be said to be beautiful and exotic. It is not surprising that many people are fascinated by its beauty.
Top view of the 2014 Lamborgini Estampida racing car concept during a virtual pit stop. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2R8KenD)
When we talk about the super vehicle forms, of course, it cannot be separated from the skilled hands of many automotive designers, engineers, and technicians. They work skillfully in designing and making these extraordinary-formed super rides so that they can blend seamlessly with their fierce performance on the road and on the racing circuit.

Of the many premium automotive brands which made supercars, one of them is the famous raging-bull logoed Italian company, Automobili Lamborghini. The company founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963 has been known to have so many exotic vehicle models that have always been the target of being used as valuable and prestigious collections among the world's deep-pocketed automotive enthusiasts.
The 2009 Lamborgini Insecta concept is the real Lambo figure inspired by the marriage of a raging bull with a scary-looking insect. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3k7gvYI)
However, the supercar concept that will be discussed below is only the concepts made on paper by several talented young designers and never brought by the raging bull logoed Italian manufacturer into reality. These two Lamborghini imaginary supercar concepts are made in 2009 and 2014 by two young talented independent automotive designers from Romania and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Let's take a look at them both below;

1. Lamborghini Insecta Concept
The first supercar concept is called the Lamborghini Insecta Concept which was created by a Romanian designer named Iulian Bumbu in 2009. He received a Master Diploma in Car Design from Scuola Politecnica di Design Milano in 2007-2008, and a degree from the National University of Art Bucharest–Product Design Department in 2004. And the designer is known to have trained at the Alfa Romeo's styling department.
The Lamborgini Insecta Concept car is created by Iulian Bumbu in 2009. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3hgSuwm)
As quoted from Top Gear, by the name, the designer clearly abandoned the distinctive Lambo's bull-related by taking the insects for inspiration. Furthermore, it also can be seen on the concept appearance which takes its design cues from the little creatures' exoskeletons. Its looks combined the insect' armored shell with the familiar Lambo geometric angles to create a pretty fierce-looking interpretation of the future Gallardo supercar.
The Lamborgini Insecta Concept car is is a two-seater, mid-engined supercar concept measure up in size to the current LP560-4 has been designed also to power up the same 552hp from its 5.2-liter V10 powertrain. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3m8TDtB)
Turn out, the two-seater, mid-engined supercar concept measure up in size to the current LP560-4 has been designed also to power up the same 552hp from its 5.2-liter V10 powertrain in mind. Although this concept was never been realized by the raging bull logoed manufacturer. But from here we can see the real Lambo figure inspired by the marriage of a raging bull with a scary-looking insect.

2. Lamborghini Estampida Concept
It is different from this second supercar concept, whose design was made by a talented designer from Bosnia & Herzegovina named Hrvoje Jelic in 2014. As quoted from Lambocars, this concept design was created by him while studying at the Scuola Politecnica di Design Milano.
The Lamborgini Estampida Concept car is created by Hrvoje Jelic. in 2014. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2R8KenD)
The supercar concept named the Lamborghini Estampida Concept is created in the first semester of 2013-2014 and under the supervision of actual Lamborgini designers. Initially, it called a Super Trofeo race car, and obviously, this is way too advanced for the ST series that will still use the famous V10 engine, or instead, this Estampida looks much more like the LMP1 prototype racing car.
The Lamborgini Estampida Concept car is some kind of a complete package of 1,200hp in a lightweight, carbon fiber, and forged composite supercar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bXL6Fj)
So what about the engine, it might not be so farfetched to think Lamborghini's Squadra Corse will put together a V12 Hybrid setup for their LMP1 race car able to pull about 800hp from the V12 engine and add four 100hp electric motors. That's some kind of a complete package of 1,200hp in a lightweight, carbon fiber, and forged composite supercar. This is cool car!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP GEAR | LAMBOCARS]
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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Tom Meade’s final GT creation in Italy

After some time ago we have discussed the iconic car model made by Tom Meade called it the Thomassima, which in Italian means 'the maximum from Thomas.' The first car is known as Thomassima I completed in 1962, then it was destroyed because swept away by the great flood in Florence in 1966.
1969 Thomassima III 'Lacrima Rossa' is the third model produced by Tom Meade based on a Ferrari 250 GT Coupe. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31LoS4s)
Shortly after that the Thomassima II was built in 1967 and was even more beautiful. It was commissioned to be built by a private owner in Northern California in 1966.

The car was finished by Tom Meade in 1968 and shipped over from Italy. Soon after arriving it was displayed at the 1968 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Thomasimma II was believed lost since 1971 as it was not seen in public until 2015, subsequently being sold for $9 million or about Rp.121,2 billion!
1969 Thomassima III is the third model produced by Tom Meade and the most famous of his creations now on display at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Italy. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31LoS4s)
Finally, the Thomassima III 'Lacrima Rossa' as the name implies is the 3rd model produced by Tom Meade in 1969, who put his own interpretation on Ferrari styling in the sixties and seventies. This model is based on a Ferrari 250 GT Coupe and was the most famous of his creations. While the additional name of 'Lacrima Rossa' (means 'Red Tear') was given by Josh Lange, who continues to work toward completion of Tom's last dream car and also a close friend of Tom for the last few years of his life to describe of Tom Meade's last great struggle.
1969 Thomassima III uses a 3-liter V12 Ferrari engine with a power output of 237 hp. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fSYESA)
It may the best-described interpretation as a front-engined supercar inspired by the legendary 330 P4 sports racing model. It uses a 3-liter V12 Ferrari engine with a power output of 237 hp. The design includes a carbon fiber chassis with seats molded into the tub, much like the Thomassima II. The instruments will be multi-level, multi-functional, and hand made like most of the car's details. An aluminum body to Tom’s careful design will follow the Meade tradition.
1969 Thomassima III has multi-level, multi-functional instruments, and hand made like most of the car's details. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31LoS4s)
At the time, not many people get to build their own cars. Fewer still enlist their coachbuilding help in Modena or use aristocratic 1960s Ferrari components as their foundation. But Tom Meade able to do that, and the swooping style of his Thomassima III is evidence that he had an eye for stunning bodywork.
1969 Thomassima III's seats molded into the tub, much like the Thomassima II. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31LoS4s)
The Thomassima III created a sensation when exhibited at Italy's automobile manufacturers’ show in Turin. At the time, so many visitors crowd around the place where the Thomassima III was exhibited and made the event organizer was necessary to move the place to accommodate larger crowds surrounding Meade’s creation. Even a diecast model manufacturer, Mattel made the Thomassima III as one of its Hot Wheels collections.
1969 Thomassima III is the third model produced by Tom Meade featured the gull-wing doors as the access into its cabin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/31LoS4s)
Today the Thomassima III is in the protective hands of Meade’s adopted son and is kept in northern Italy. As its sub-300km odometer reading shows, the car has not run in decades, but to see it as it was in period (save for absent exterior mirrors and the different seat color) remains awe-inspiring. Its shape is very much organic, the ultimate rendition of the 1960s front-engined Italian sports car ethos.
Tom Meade passed away in August 2013 aged 74. It was therefore a great shock, in the year that followed, to find out that the Thomassima III was not merely a long-lost dream and actually proper to be displayed in a museum.  Not just any museum, mind you, but the Galleria Ferrari museum in Fiorano, right by the Maranello factory. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THOMASSIMA.COM | DRIVETRIBE.COM | DRIVE-MY.COM]
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