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Showing posts with label Supercar. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 23, 2024

Adamastor Furia: The First Portuguese Supercar to Conquer the World

New BEAST - The automotive world is evolving rapidly, with groundbreaking developments occurring globally. This dynamic landscape has fueled fierce competition among industry players, pushing them to showcase their most impressive creations, particularly in the realm of supercars. The latest entrant in this high-octane race is the Adamastor Furia, a supercar from Portugal that is making waves for its bold ambition and distinctive engineering.
The Adamastor Furia, acclaimed as Portugal's inaugural supercar, shares a visual likeness with the Valkyrie from afar. (Picture from: RevistaCars)
For those not inclined to shell out approximately £2.5 million for an Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Adamastor Furia offers a compelling alternative. Priced at €1.6 million plus tax, this supercar comes from an unknown startup, yet it promises to deliver an exhilarating performance on par with some of the industry's stalwarts.
The Adamastor Furia features a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, resulting in a sleek pre-fluid weight of around 1,100kg. (Picture from: TopGear)
The Adamastor Furia, touted as Portugal's first supercar, bears a resemblance to the Valkyrie when viewed from a distance. Its power comes from a Ford-sourced 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, producing around 650bhp and 421lb ft of torque. This robust engine is complemented by a lightweight carbon fiber chassis, giving the Furia a svelte pre-fluid weight of about 1,100kg
The Adamastor Furia stands out with its aerodynamics, including a Venturi effect floor that generates a downforce of 1,000kg at 155mph. (Picture from: RevistaCars)
These specifications translate to impressive performance metrics: a top speed exceeding 186mph and a 0-100mph acceleration time of approximately 3.5 seconds. While these numbers are impressive, they don't quite break new ground in the supercar arena. 

One of the Furia's standout features is its aerodynamics, notably the Venturi effect floor, which contributes to a downforce figure of 1,000kg at 155mph. To enhance driving stability and control, the car is equipped with ABS and traction control systems.
For enhanced driving stability and control, the Adamastor Furia comes equipped with advanced ABS and traction control systems. (Picture from: TopGear)
Adamastor plans to produce only 60 units of the Furia, assuming they can secure enough buyers. The company ambitiously aims to compete with renowned brands such as Aston Martin, Pagani, Koenigsegg, and Rimac.
Adamastor P003RL, launched in 2018 by the Portuguese automotive firm, is their first sports car featuring a compact engine. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Adamastor's base of operations is north of Porto, where they have a history of manufacturing carbon fiber components for various industries, including automotive, wind energy, and beyond. Their pivot to the supercar market is a significant shift, marking a bold step in their corporate evolution. Back in 2018, Adamastor announced their intention to develop a sports car named the P003RL, but the burgeoning supercar market has now become their primary focus.
The Adamastor Furia is propelled by a Ford-sourced 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, delivering approximately 650bhp and 421 lb-ft of torque. (Picture from: TopGear)
If you're in the market for a supercar and intrigued by unique offerings, another option to consider is the Praga Bohema. This Czech supercar features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine from the Nissan GT-R, delivering around 700bhp and paired with a lightweight design for outstanding performance.
The Adamastor Furia exemplifies the remarkable outcomes achievable through vision and determination, blending performance, design, and exclusivity seamlessly. (Picture from: TopGear)
The journey of Adamastor is an inspiring tale of ambition and innovation. As they strive to carve out a niche in the competitive supercar market, their story resonates with the spirit of pioneering new frontiers. The Adamastor Furia, with its unique blend of performance, design, and exclusivity, stands as a testament to what can be achieved with vision and determination.
Adamastor intends to manufacture just 60 units of the Furia, contingent upon securing sufficient buyers. (Picture from: TopGear)
In the world of supercars, where performance and prestige are paramount, the Adamastor Furia offers a refreshing alternative to the established giants. For those looking for a unique, high-performance vehicle that breaks the mold of traditional supercar expectations, the Furia is a contender worth considering.
And for those who appreciate a different kind of innovation, the Praga Bohema provides another fascinating option. Whether these cars will become mainstays in the supercar hall of fame remains to be seen, but they undoubtedly add exciting new dimensions to the ever-evolving landscape of automotive excellence. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ADAMSTOR SUPERCARS | TOPGEAR | REVISTACARS ]
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Friday, June 21, 2024

Unleashing the Thunder: The MC12 GT1 'Centenario' Roars as the Ultimate Road Beast

Legendary BEAST - The Maserati MC12, especially the 2004-2005 model, remains a timeless legend in the realm of supercars. Originally designed as a road-legal race car, it boasted a breathtaking blend of power and aesthetics that set it apart from its contemporaries. With a roaring V12 engine churning out over 600 horsepower, this Italian masterpiece could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds, showcasing its prowess on both the track and the street. Limited to just 50 units worldwide, each commanding a hefty price tag of ‎£400,000, the MC12 became an exclusive symbol of automotive excellence and luxury.
Maserati MC12 GT1 Centenario created to celebrate the Maserati 100th anniversary in 2014. (Picture from: DeviantArt)
Building upon this success, Maserati introduced the MC12 GT1, a formidable racing variant tailored for the fiercely competitive FIA GT Championship series. Constructed around a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis and propelled by a potent V12 engine initially delivering 750 horsepower, the GT1 was a force to be reckoned with on the track. Despite later power restrictions to 560 horses, the GT1's aerodynamic finesse, coupled with its low center of gravity and optimal weight distribution, ensured unparalleled performance and agility through corners.
Right side view of Maserati MC12 GT1 Centenario. (Picture from: Youtube)
The MC12 GT1's racing legacy quickly solidified with a string of victories beginning in 2004 and culminating in a dominant reign over the Drivers' and Teams' titles for five consecutive years starting from 2005. Its track prowess and technical sophistication made it a darling among racing enthusiasts and a symbol of Maserati's engineering prowess.
In a nod to its storied heritage, Maserati unveiled the MC12 GT1 'Centenario' in 2014, commemorating a century of automotive excellence. This special edition retained the ferocious performance of its predecessors while showcasing a distinctive paint scheme that turned heads wherever it went. Powered by a thunderous 6.0-liter V12 engine, the MC12 GT1 'Centenario' could accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in a blistering 3.6 seconds, reaffirming its status as a true thoroughbred on the racetrack.
While sightings of the MC12 GT1 'Centenario' outside track events are rare, its unmistakable presence and symphony of engine notes continue to captivate automotive enthusiasts worldwide. Its legacy as a track-focused marvel and a testament to Maserati's enduring commitment to performance and innovation remains etched in the annals of automotive history, ensuring its place among the most iconic racing cars of all time. *** [EKA [13102015] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARBUZZ | DEVIANTART ]
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Monday, June 17, 2024

Sasha Selipanov's Nilu27 Hypercar to Debut at Pebble Beach 2024

WAIT&SEE - In an exciting development for automotive enthusiasts, former Koenigsegg chief designer Sasha Selipanov has announced the creation of a new hypercar named Nilu27. Known for his remarkable work with prestigious brands such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg, Selipanov embarked on a new journey in 2023 with his own design studio, namely Hardline27. The first model, a hypercar powered by an internal combustion engine, is set to debut soon, generating considerable anticipation in the car community.
The Nilu27 hypercar, the latest creation from renowned automotive designer Sasha Selipanov, will debut at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2024. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Selipanov, the creative genius behind iconic cars like the Bugatti Chiron, Lamborghini Huracán, and Koenigsegg Gemera, is renowned for his innovative design approach. His new venture, Nilu27, has already captured attention through a strategic social media campaign and a tantalizing teaser video. The teaser, although brief, reveals some key features of the upcoming hypercar, hinting at the exciting innovations Selipanov plans to introduce under his own brand.
World-renowned automotive designer Sasha Selipanov has finally launched his own car brand after years of working with Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg. (Picture from: BeritaSatu)
The Nilu27 teaser images and videos reveal a car with a striking design, characterized by gull-wing doors and an exposed rear frame that highlights three large exhaust pipes. This bold design choice underscores Selipanov's commitment to creating visually stunning and performance-driven vehicles. The rear view, prominently featured in the teaser, showcases a center-mounted triple exhaust, a triple-tiered rear wing, and a substantial diffuser with a central brake light reminiscent of Formula cars. These elements suggest that Nilu27 will deliver not just in aesthetics but also in high-performance capabilities.

Interestingly, the teaser also provides an auditory glimpse into the car’s engine, which is speculated to be a pure V8 engine. This aligns with the brand’s emphasis on delivering a pure driving experience, despite the industry’s shift towards digitalization and electrification. Nilu27's social media posts emphasize a dedication to traditional automotive thrills, suggesting that the first model will focus on providing an unmatched driving experience powered by a robust internal combustion engine.
The Nilu27 teaser images and videos unveil a car featuring striking design elements, including gull-wing doors and an exposed rear frame showcasing three large exhaust pipes. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Selipanov's decision to establish design studios in Los Angeles, USA, and Berlin, Germany, highlights his global vision for Nilu27. This strategic move allows him to leverage diverse design influences and industry insights from two of the world's automotive hubs. The dual-studio setup is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the unique identity and design language of Nilu27 vehicles.

The anticipation for the Nilu27’s full reveal is palpable, with the official unveiling scheduled for August 15, 2024, at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This event is the perfect stage for introducing a new hypercar, promising to attract enthusiasts, industry experts, and potential buyers from around the world. The choice of venue indicates Selipanov’s confidence in the vehicle's design and performance, aiming to make a significant impact in the hypercar segment.
Sasha Selipanov's choice to establish design studios in both Los Angeles, USA, and Berlin, Germany, underscores his global vision for Nilu27. (Picture from: BeritaSatu)
Reflecting on his illustrious career, Selipanov’s transition from working with automotive giants to establishing his own brand marks a significant milestone. His tenure at Koenigsegg, where he contributed to the design of the Gemera and CC850, laid the groundwork for his new venture. Prior to this, his roles at Bugatti and Genesis further honed his design philosophy and skills, preparing him for the challenges of running his own brand.

Selipanov has expressed his long-standing ambition to create his own brand, a dream he nurtured while working under the shadows of major car companies. His journey through Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg allowed him to connect with key figures in the automotive world and gain invaluable experience. However, the drive to forge something uniquely his own has culminated in the birth of Nilu27. | G8zmhQQCG2k |
With the imminent debut of its first model, Nilu27 is poised to make a significant impact on the hypercar market. The blend of Selipanov’s design expertise, the car’s striking features, and the promise of high performance create a compelling proposition for automotive enthusiasts. As the countdown to the reveal continues, the automotive world eagerly awaits the full unveiling of what promises to be a groundbreaking addition to the hypercar segment. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HARDLINE27 | NILU27 | AUTOBLOG | CARSCOOPS ]
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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Reimagining the Future of Hypercars: The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition

EXTRA Time - In the ever-evolving landscape of automotive innovation, Ares Modena, a distinguished Italian automotive company, has once again captivated enthusiasts with the unveiling of their latest masterpiece. At the culmination of 2023, amidst eager anticipation, Ares Modena, founded by the visionary Dany Bahar, former head of Lotus, introduced the world to the hardtop version of their inaugural supercar - now adorned with striking new gullwing doors, marking the debut of the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition, presented in a special and limited capacity with only 20 units available, showcases a blend of exclusivity and innovation that sets it apart. (Picture from: MotorLegend)
These doors, a marvel of design and engineering, heralded the debut of the Ares S1 unit featuring magnificent gullwing doors. This iteration, presented in a special and limited capacity with only 20 units available, showcases a blend of exclusivity and innovation that sets it apart. However, it remains undisclosed whether these units will accompany the previously unveiled S1 Spyder variant introduced in 2020 and the S1 Coupe variant with butterfly-door style, launched in 2021.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition, now adorned with striking new gullwing doors, pays homage to the iconic Le Mans racers of yesteryear, marrying style with a nod to automotive history. (Picture from: MotorLegend)
Beyond its aesthetic allure, these new gullwing doors pay homage to the iconic Le Mans racers of yesteryears, marrying style with a nod to automotive history. Crafted meticulously from lightweight carbon fiber, these doors contribute to the car's agile performance, weighing in at a mere 1,380 kilograms.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition meticulously crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, contributing to the car's agile performance and weighing in at a mere 1,380 kilograms. (Picture from: TopGear)
Under the hood, the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition sheds 300 kilograms compared to its base model, the Chevrolet Corvette C8, enhancing its dynamic prowess. Powered by a robust 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine coupled with an eight-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox, the Ares S1 Gullwing delivers a formidable 608 horsepower and 639 Nm of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds, it boasts a top speed of 296 km/h, embodying the spirit of a speedster with a touch of subtlety in its design.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition is powered by a robust 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine coupled with an eight-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox. (Picture from: TopGear)
The rear profile, reminiscent of automotive legends like the Chiron and the Porsche 918, coupled with an additional screen for the co-driver, exemplifies the meticulous attention to detail that defines the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition. Every facet of this vehicle is a testament to luxury, performance, and aesthetics meticulously crafted to provide an unparalleled driving experience.
As you envision cruising the streets in this futuristic marvel, be prepared for a sensory experience like no other. The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition transcends the realm of mere transportation; it becomes a symbol of success, exclusivity, and individuality. It's not just a car; it's a statement of automotive excellence. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARES DESIGN | TOPGEAR | STUPIDDOPE | MOTORLEGEND ]
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Friday, June 14, 2024

Reviving the Icon: Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Returns After 50 Years

💣Legend Reborn💣 - From the heart of Sant'Agata, Bologna, Italy, the Lamborghini Countach emerged as a beacon of automotive innovation and style. Conceived in the early 1970s, this car was destined to follow in the illustrious footsteps of the Lamborghini Miura. Under the direction of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the development of the LP 500 Prototipo began, laying the groundwork for what would become an iconic model in automotive history.
The Lamborghini Countach LP 500 Prototipo returns after 50 years, reconstructed by the Lamborghini Polo Storico restoration division in collaboration with Lamborghini Centro Stile. (Picture from: GridOto)

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

A custom-built car inspired by the vintage futuristic car of the '50 and '60s

Jet&Rocket Inspired - The following unique custom car called Thunder Flite immediately captures attention with its striking and unique design, reminiscent of a gleaming alien craft hovering just above the ground. Its sharp nose, sleek lines, and distinctive double-bubble canopies evoke a sense of otherworldly elegance, making it look more like a spaceship or jet-powered vehicle than a traditional car. This extraordinary vehicle stands out not just for its appearance but also for its intriguing origin story.
This is the Thunder Flite custom car built by Dean 'Dino' Arnold based of 1961 Ford Thunderbird. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
Unlike typical custom cars, the 
Thunder Flite was not produced by an automotive manufacturer but was the creative vision of renowned custom builder Dean 'Dino' Arnold. Arnold, who has a rich history of modifying over a thousand cars, transformed a 1961 Ford Thunderbird into this futuristic masterpiece. The Thunder Flite made its grand debut at the SEMA Show in 2008, where it quickly garnered attention and accolades.
The Thunder Flite custom car has unique appearence inspired of the the GM's futuristic prototypes of the '50s and '60s. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Upon first glance, many might mistake the Thunder Flite for a vintage dream car from the mid-20th century. Its meticulously crafted details and period-correct aesthetics make it seem like it has been resurrected from a bygone era. The car’s double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint, and sweeping tailfins are clear nods to the futuristic concepts that American automakers explored in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Thunder Flite custom car has debuted at the 2008 SEMA Show and crowned as 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, voted in Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008. (Picture from: PopularMechanics)
As Arnold revealed to Street Machine, he aimed to capture the essence of those decades when companies like General Motors designed their dream cars. With his late wife SuzieArnold sketched the initial design on a napkin and later collaborated with Don Johnson to bring the concept to life. 
The Thunder Flite custom car has a very contrasting color combination of chrome color and accents with red-leather are covered the seats, dashboards and others. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
The design draws inspiration from iconic vehicles such as the Pontiac Club de Mer, Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and Buick Centurion of 1956, all of which were influenced by the era's fascination with jet technology and space travel. The car's excellence extends beyond its design and engineering.
The Thunder Flite custom car has unique hallmark of double-bubble canopies such the Batmobile-esque. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
The Thunder Flite’s exterior boasts a dazzling Chrome Effects paint job by House of Kolors. Under the hood, it houses a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine paired with a modified automatic transmission and a fully independent suspension system, featuring Air Ride technologies for a smooth, adaptive ride. Inside, the Deluxe Auto Interiors team created a striking contrast with chrome accents on the instrument panel, gear rod, door trims, and handles, complementing the predominantly red leather that covers the seats and dashboard.
The Thunder Flite custom car is powered by a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine connected to a modified automatic transmission system. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
As qouted of TheBidWatcher, while at a 2010 auction hosted by Barrett-Jackson in Orange County, the Thunder Flite fetched approximately $85,800, a price likely higher today due to its continued recognition and desirability. 
The Thunder Flite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Its accolades include the 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, a top 12 placement in the Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008, second place at the 2009 Grand National Show in Pomona, and numerous first-place awards at various prestigious auto shows.
The Thunder Flite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
Dean 'Dino' Arnold, the mastermind behind the Thunder Flite, was inducted into Darryl Starbird’s Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame and honored as Builder of the Year. The Thunder Flite has also been featured in several prominent publications, including Rod & Kulture, Street Rodder, Drive, Rod & Custom, Car Kulture Deluxe, ol'Skool Rodz, and SEMA magazines.
The Thunder Flite stands as a testament to innovative custom car building, blending the allure of retro-futuristic design with modern engineering prowess. Its journey from a sketched napkin concept to a celebrated show car exemplifies the creativity and dedication of its builder, ensuring its place in automotive history as a true work of art.[EKA [14012022] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WHICHCAR.COM.AU | BARRETT-JACKSON | DRIVETRIBE | AUTOBLOG | DESIGN-DAUTORE | POPULARMECHANICS.COM ]
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Monday, June 3, 2024

Remembering Bentley's 100th Anniversary Electric Concept Car

ONE-OFF - Bentley Motors is embarking on a journey towards the future with its centennial celebration by introducing the revolutionary electric autonomous concept car, Bentley EXP 100 GT. This avant-garde vehicle, which exemplifies the pinnacle of luxury and innovation, was unveiled on July 10, 2019, at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe. Instead of drawing inspiration from its storied past, Bentley envisions an ultra-luxurious grand tourer for the year 2035, and the result is nothing short of breathtaking.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car was unveiled at the company's headquarter in Crewe on July 10, 2019. (Picture from: CNET)
The Bentley EXP 100 GT is a masterclass in design, boasting a blend of carbon fiber and aluminum that gives it a sleek, low-slung profile. This futuristic look is reminiscent of a vehicle straight out of Batman: The Animated Series, capturing the imagination with its dramatic aesthetics. Every aspect of this concept car exudes opulence, from the exterior to the meticulously crafted interior.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT is the future of the luxury marque. (Picture from: Finance-Yahoo)
Under the hood, the Bentley EXP 100 GT is powered by a state-of-the-art battery-electric system, featuring four motors that enable torque vectoring. This setup ensures optimal performance, allowing the car to achieve a remarkable zero-to-sixty mph sprint in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph (299.34 kph). While the exact horsepower figure remains undisclosed, the combined torque output of 1,100 lb-ft speaks volumes about its formidable capabilities.

A standout feature of the EXP 100 GT is its distinctive front fascia, highlighted by a massive grille adorned with 6,000 LED bulbs. These LEDs, separated by a slim piece of copper, create a striking visual effect that blends seamlessly with the sleek headlights, giving the car an unmistakable presence on the road. This attention to detail underscores Bentley's commitment to combining advanced technology with unparalleled luxury.
Interior view of the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car. (Picture from: Engadget)
The interior of the EXP 100 GT is just as impressive, incorporating natural materials such as 5,000-year-old copper-infused Riverwood. This commitment to sustainability extends to every element of the car, including an 'ethically-aware' fragrance that adds an extra layer of sensory indulgence. Bentley's vision of a sustainable luxury future is evident in every meticulously chosen material and design choice.

One of the most notable aspects of the Bentley EXP 100 GT is its impressive battery range. The car can travel up to 435 miles (700.07 km) on a single charge, and it boasts a rapid charging capability that allows the battery to go from zero to 80 percent in just 15 minutes. This efficiency ensures that the vehicle is as practical as it is luxurious, catering to the needs of modern drivers who demand both performance and convenience.
Left side view of the Bentley EXP 100 GT concept car with its door open. (Picture from: SlashGear)
The Bentley Personal Assistant, an advanced AI system, is another highlight of this concept car. This intelligent assistant performs a range of tasks, from charging the vehicle and adjusting seats to curating the overall passenger experience based on biometric data and environmental conditions. It offers various driving modes, including Enhance, Cocoon, Capture, Re-Live, and Customize, each designed to provide a unique and personalized driving experience.

Enhance mode mimics the feeling of open-air driving with a glass roof, while Cocoon mode creates a private sanctuary by blocking outside visibility. Capture mode records the journey, and Re-Live mode plays back trip highlights, adding a nostalgic element to the driving experience. These features, combined with the autonomous driving capability, allow for an unparalleled level of comfort and luxury.
The Bentley EXP 100 GT represents more than just a concept; it offers a glimpse into Bentley's future. The automaker plans to launch its first all-electric production model by 2025, and this concept car provides a tantalizing preview of what's to come. In addition, Bentley aims to offer hybrid powertrain options across its entire lineup by 2023, starting with the launch of the Bentayga Hybrid.
Bentley Motors is not merely looking to the future; it is defining it. The EXP 100 GT showcases the brand's vision of blending cutting-edge technology with timeless luxury, setting the stage for a new era in automotive excellence. As Bentley continues to innovate and evolve, the future of luxury cars looks more promising than ever, heralding a new chapter in the legacy of this iconic brand.*** [EKA [11072019] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BENTLEY MOTORS | ENGADGET | CNET | FINANCE-YAHOO | SLASHGEAR | MOTOR1 ]
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Monday, May 27, 2024

Ferrari Reveals Secret Testarossa F90 Speciale After 18 Years

Mysterious Breed - The story of the Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale is a tale of secrecy, luxury, and automotive passion. Unlike the iconic Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which graced the roads in 2019, the F90 Speciale has a unique origin story that adds to its allure. It all began in 1988 when the HH Sultan of Brunei (some said His Highness' youngest brother) approached Pininfarina with a vision: to create six exclusive supercars based on the Ferrari Testarossa.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The project was veiled in secrecy, catching Ferrari completely unaware of its existence. Behind closed doors, the Italian coachbuilder commenced work on this venture at its headquarters, culminating in a car that bore some resemblance to the Pininfarina Ethos Concept. This endeavor led to the creation of what would become the Ferrari F90 Speciale.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Fotki)
Branded as a symbol of Ferrari's trajectory into the 1990s, the F90 Speciale stayed true to its roots with the formidable 4.9-liter flat-12 engine from the Testarossa, boasting 396 horsepower and 490 Nm of torque, propelling the car's rear wheels with impressive force. The Ferrari F90 appears to be built on the Testarossa's chassis, identifiable by the chassis numbers of 83096, 86390, 86626, 86784, 87195 and 88171. Notably, the positions of the wheels and rearview mirrors also remained unchanged in this transition.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Despite its technical similarities to the Testarossa, the F90 Speciale's design was a departure from the norm. Enrico Fumia, then head of R&D at Pininfarina, spearheaded a unique aesthetic direction. The "Edge design," characterized by elliptical motifs, adorned the car's exterior, from taillights to rear wings. A distinctive feature was the roof glass panel that could slide over the rear window.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
In 2005, Ferrari acknowledged the existence of six F90 Speciale cars, hailing them as bolder creations than what they had previously ventured. While sightings of the F90 Speciale outside Brunei are rare, enthusiasts catch glimpses through online media and historic publications like the Cavallino magazine.
1988 Ferrari Testarossa F90 Speciale built by Pininfarina. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Enrico Fumia's legacy extends beyond the F90 Speciale, with designs for Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider displaying similarities in aesthetic approach. Yet, the allure of the F90 Speciale lies in its mystique, housed within Brunei's exclusive supercar collection. Enthusiasts can only hope for a day when one of these gems graces public view, captivating automotive aficionados worldwide.
As we reflect on the enduring legacy of the F90 Speciale, our curiosity naturally extends to the other treasures nestled within Brunei's esteemed car collection. The enticing allure of vehicles like the Ferrari F50 Bolide, Ferrari Mythos, and Ferrari FX, as several other jewels in the Sultan's garage, beckons automotive enthusiasts to delve deeper into this realm of automotive opulence and innovation. *** [EKA [02012020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | PUBLIC.FOTKI ]
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