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Monday, August 2, 2021

Here's the Countach in a modern-look to homage its 50th anniversary

After waiting for so long but not showing up, it seems that the Italian premium auto marque will not be launching an anniversary version of the Lamborghini Countach in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary supercar. It's too bad. But don't worry, there's an independent design studio called ARC Design willing to be presented its digital concept car work inspired by the Marcello Gandini's original creation which is being on celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design as a tribute for the Marcello Gandini's Lamborghini Countach concept car is debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: Carscoops)
It is named the Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio, the concept car was designed digitally as a tribute to the concept car that debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. It is the Countach in its purest form, when compared to the various production versions built between 1974 and 1990, and gradually deviated from the original simple lines by adding more pronounced aerodynamic components and thicker bumper
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1971 Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototipo is designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone and debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: ARC Design)
Here it seems that Arc Design wants to maintain a clean line, and the original surface while allowing it to turn into something more aggressive with the help of the active aerodynamic features. Thus, the hidden side air intakes behind the windows pop up only when needed, and the active rear wing is only deploys at a higher speeds. Even though we were not sure whether those active ducts alone are large enough for cooling the engine, but at least they look great.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design is featured with the hidden side air intakes behind the windows pop up only when needed and the active rear wing is only deploys at a higher speeds. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Furthermore, they mentioned the Omaggio concept would be built on the Aventador's carbon fiber monocoque chassis with its V12 engine mid-mounted. In theory, the Countach 50 Omaggio is much greater than the source of inspiration, with significantly wider tracks and larger diameter wheels. Judging from the photorealistic renderings, the car looks wider, lower, and more planted indeed.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design has modern cabin design featured with a large-sized touch screen on the center console, mirror-replacing digital screens on the doors, and a new center tunnel with all the necessary buttons and switches. (Picture from: Carscoops)
As quoted of Carscoops, nowdays the supercars have become more and more complicated, so seeing simple yet beautiful forms on a hypercar is a thing to behold. At the front, there is no need for additional pop-up units as the main headlights feature laser technology. The air intakes are beautifully integrated on the front bumper while the flat bonnet has a trapezoidal shape like many Lambo cars after the Countach. The only issue is that the front overhang seems to be a tad too long from certain angles and the huge wheels demand more aggressive angles on the front fenders.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design is featured with the integrated brake lights that are dissapear when not in use, while the wide exhaust pipe is located in the diffuser. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The most striking view of the digital concept car is clearly visible on the back. The taillights featuring very thin LED mesh, and really functioned as the airways that allow hot air came from the naturally aspirated V12 engine to go out. While the engine cover is made of heat-proof glass with integrated brake lights that are dissapear when not in use, while the wide exhaust pipe is located in the diffuser. Overall, the tail concept is justice for authentic shoes and reminds us why we really like this car.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design is featured with the engine cover is made of heat-proof glass. (Picture from: Carscoops)
In the cabin, the relationship between the two Countach concepts are clearly visible, To differentiate the Omaggio from the outgoing flagship is the addition of a large-sized touch screen on the center console, mirror-replacing digital screens on the doors, and a new center tunnel with all the necessary buttons and switches.
Lamborghini Countach 50 Omaggio by ARC Design has the taillights featuring very thin LED mesh, and really functioned as the airways that allow hot air came from the naturally aspirated V12 engine to go out. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The Countach 50 Omaggio concept car most likely never be produced, although the concept looks very cool for our eyes but wouldn't be able arouse interest in the Sant'Agata-based manufacturer to make it into a production car. Just reminded, this is an independent design study from ARC Design and is not related to or endorsed by Automobili Lamborghini SpA.
If Lamborghini later wants to launch a limited production of the Aventador-based Countach it will probably prefer use the work of its own designer team. Regarding the shape, it can be cooler, gorgeous, or perhaps with an unimaginable previously design or vice versa. Then what about the Countach's revival? Will the raging bull logoed auto manufacturer realize a new version of the Countach? We look forward to further news. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARC DESIGN | CARSCOOPS | LAMBOCARS ]
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

It's Countach 50th Anniversary!

Who does not know the Italian raging bull logoed premium car brand, Lamborghini. The Italian sports car manufacturer is not only known for its car products with high speed, high prices, but also for its elegant and dynamic designs. Evermore recently the manufacturer had launched the Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae and said to be the last Aventador breed promised the best looks and performance.
50 years ago, a wedge-shaped sports car dubbed Lamborghini Countach debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and changed car culture for good (in pictured from right to left, 1976 Countach LP400 Periscopio in Marrone Metallizzato, a red 1979 Countach LP400 S, a 1984 Countach 5000 S in Bleu Acapulco and a black 1990 Countach 25th Anniversary Edition). (Picture from: ClassicDrivers)
And for a moment we return to the past, when 50 years ago 'the raging bull cage of Italy' released one of the iconic models called the Lamborghini Countach. As qouted of Countach.ch, the Countach model is debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show appeared at the stand of the Italian coachbuilder company, Carrozzeria Bertone as the party entrusted by Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. to make the appearance of the V12 engined sports car become iconic and stylish.
1971 Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototipo is designed by Marcello Gandini of Carrozzeria Bertone, intended as the Miura successor and debutted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: Motor1.id)
Maybe you're wondering why the Countach isn't displayed at the Lamborghini's booth and instead it is on display at the Bertone's place? Due to at that time Lamborghini showed off the Miura SV model in its booth. Indeed the Miura was the main model of Lamborghini at that time and the Countach was intended to be its potential successor.
1971 Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototipo is powered by a Lambo's 4,971 cc V12 engine and built on the steel-made of chassis. (Picture from: Motor1.id)
Regarding to its name, it is very far from the Italian manufacturer habit in the naming its cars, in which usually used the names or something related to the bulls. Look at the Countach (pronounced 'kuntasch') it has nothing to do with the bull at all. The word is taken from the Piedmontese (a language spoken by most people in Piedmont, northwestern region of Italy) for an exclamation of astonishment.
The Lamborghini Countach LP400 was the initial model and began to production from 1974 to 1978 as many as 150 units. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The car development project was initiated by Ferruccio Lamborghini (the founder of the Automobili Lamborghini S.p.a.) who hoped the car could be the successor to the Lamborghini Miura. And another important figure behind the birth of the Countach was Marcello Gandini who was the Design Director of the Italian coachbuilder company of Carrozzeria Bertone then. Well, in the hands of  him as a designer, so the Lamborghini Countach was successfully had its aggressive looks like it should be under the project name of LP112.
The Lamborghini Countach LP400 was the first production car to incorporate scissor doors and powered by a 3,929 cc V12 engine. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Just look, the firmly lines are found throughout its wedge-shaped 1970s typcal body with a scissor door design that eventually became the characteristics of this 12-cylinder engined Lamborghini supercar. Indeed, cars with this design were still rare in that era, moreover, at the exhibition the Countach was introduced with a Lambo's 4,971 cc V12 engine. In addition, the dashboard is also looks futuristic at that time and also equipped with various electronic indicators such as tire pressure control. So the Countach prototype successfully caught the public's attention when it was first shown in Geneva.
The Lamborghini Countach LP400 S is began to production from 1978 to 1982 and consisting of three series with the total of 237 units ever built. (Picture from: Artebellum)
When exhibited in the expo, the Countach was still as a prototype under the name Lamborghini Countach LP500 Prototipo (LP stands for 'Longitudinale Posteriore' due to the engine is mounted in a longitudinal position at the rear of the car), this is very different if compared to the Miura whose engine is transversely mounted. 
The Lamborghini Countach LP500 S was the first production in the 1982 to 1985 with the total of 323 units ever built. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Eventually, the engine placement style like this has became a mecca for the next Lambo's supercar coming out of its plant in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. But unfortunately the fate of this prototype model after the exhibition did not last long and destroyed in the 1973 when it was used in a crash test to meet the homologation requirements of the car production.
The rarest Lamborghini Countach LP500 Turbo S is built in the 1984 as many as 3 units ever made and consisted 2 unit in black while the rest painted in red. (Picture from: FastestLaps)
Three years later, the first production version of the Lamborghini Countach was exhibited at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show is known as the Lamborghini Countach LP400, the change is related to Ferrucio Lamborghini's desire that the Countach's cabin be less noisy, so the production version uses a smaller engine, namely a V12 engine with a capacity of 4,000 cc.
The Lamborghini Countach LP500 Quattrovalvole is built in the 1985 until 1988 with the total of 610 units ever made. (Picture from: Bringatrailer)
Besides that, the chassis used by the Lamborgini Countach LP400 series is made of aluminum which aims to reduce the car weight, instead steel as used in the LP500 Prototipo. As qouted of ClassicDriver, the LP400 series only produced as many as 150 units from 1974 to 1978 and although it has a number of differences with the prototype, the presence of the Lamborghini Countach LP400 has been eagerly awaited, no wonder if the Countach's orders boomed.
The Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversario is built in the 1988 until 1990 in total production as many as 657 units ever made. (Picture from: Lambocars)
After that, several series, such as the LP400 S, LP500 S, LP500 Turbo S, LP500 QV, 25th Annoversary, Evoluzione Prototype and several limited production series were made by Lamborghini then at its production facility in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy. And these models also use different engines such as the LP400, LP400S using a 4.0 L (3,929 cc) engine, then the LP500 S embedding a 4.8 L engine (4.754 cc) and the 500QV carrying a 5.2 L engine. (5,167 cc).
The one-off Lamborghini Countach Evoluzione is designed and built in 1987 under the direction of Horacio Pagani, intended to be a test-bed car for new ideas and said as the strangest looking Countach ever. (Picture from: Lambocars)
Due to the difference in the engine carried by each series of Countach, thus making the running speed also vary, ranging from 288 kph to 298 kph. And it is known during the production period of the Lamborghini Countach which lasted from 1974 to 1990, it has produced a total of 2,042 units scattered around the globe. After the Countach's production period ended, the Italian manufacturer launched the Lamborghini Diablo as its successor.
As qouted of The News Market, on March 11, 2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach. So it is not known whether the company based in Sant'Agata Bolognese will release a Lamborghini Countach 50th anniversary special edition. We'll just wait..! Or see the ARC Design's 50 Omaggio Concept. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1.ID | CLASSICDRIVERS | COUNTACH.CH | WIKIPEDIA | THENEWSMARKET ]
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Zagato's designed Perana Z-One super sports car

Maybe some of you have just heard the name of Perana (Perana Performance Group), it is a South African automotive company based in Pretoria. As quoted from Road and Track, the South African company has been known as the Ford tuner workshop since the 1960s and in the 2000s tried to expand its business into an automotive manufacturer.
Perana Z-One was born from a collaboration between renowned Milanese coachbuilders Zagato and Perana Performance Group, a South African vehicle manufacturer. (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
Unmitigated, the South African company's efforts to build a good sports car that immediately gained public attention was by collaborating with Zagato, a well-known Milan-based automotive design house which was previously widely known for its collaboration with several world-renowned premium car brands such as Aston. Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini and more
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Perana Z-One is a unique two-seater sports car featured with an extraordinarily long nose, aggressive wide stance and massive rear  (Picture from: MotorAuthority)
And it is known that the collaboration resulted car, later known as the Perana Z-One is debuted as the concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The unique-shaped car is built on the Corvette C6's chassis, designed by Zagato in Italy, with performance developments of the builder Superformance (formerly Hi-Tech Automotive) in South Africa.
The Perana Z-One's interior isn't nearly as extraordinary as its exterior, and its configuration seems frankly dated compared to the fresh ergonomics in today's latest supercars. (Picture from: Autoblog)
So it's no surprise that the car might look like a Corvette C6 massively redesigned. Due to the high production costs of the Perana Z-One, which was later rebadged as the AC 378 GT Zagato and entered the production line as a product of AC Cars at the end of 2012.
Most of the Perana Z-One is powered by the Chevy small-block LS3 aluminum V-8, which is capable of spewing the power of 430 hp to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. (Picture from: CorvetteForum)
However the car production process is still faltered, by the original planned of 999 units to be built and selling for around $100,000, but fewer than a dozen (some said only 10 units) have made it out of Hi-Tech Automotive's production facility near Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Perana Z-One is a hand-crafted tube-frame sports car with composite body panels fitted with a very powerful Chevrolet's drivetrain. (Picture from: NetCarShow)
And it is suspected that only seven of these were ever shipped to the United States not as finished cars but as painted and trimmed bodies over a steel tube-frame chassis, without an engine. Thus were standard car regulations sidestepped, and the engine option was up to the buyer, and most of The Perana Z-One buyers were chose the Chevy small-block LS3 aluminum V-8 engine, which is capable of spewing the power of 430 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
In the past, the Perana Z-One might be overlooked a little, but now its destiny has turned into a rare sports car that will probably have a price tags more than $150,000 because in addition to its small population and of course as one of the Zagato designed cars also has been played a role to its exorbitant price tags. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ROADANDTRACK | HAGERTY | MOTORAUTHORITY | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Austrian-made GTP-13 Supersports car

What is this? We were blown away when we've first saw this car on a Youtube video (on 11:12 to 12:20). This super car figure may look unusual for the current era. How not the shape that actually reminds us of the 1960s classic racing cars, but in reality the car was built in today's modern era. Then with full curiosity we started to find out the information about the super car on the internet.
The Fi GTP-13 Supersports car is built in house more than 8,000 hours of work by Rudolf and Alexander Fillafer in Winklern, Austria. (Picture from: GTP13)
It turns out that the unique car mentioned above is the Fi GTP-13, whose made by an Austrian father and son named Rudolf and Alexander Fillafer, although at first we thought it was made in America. Rudolf Fillafer is a teacher meanwhile his son, Alexander Fillafer is an aeronautical engineer.
The automaker estimates the value of this Fi GTP-13 Supersports car at around of one million euros. (Picture from: GTP13)
As quoted of GTP13, this unique-shaped car story began, when the father, Rudolf Fillafer was a teenager back in 1968 stumbled upon a tiny picture of a prototype race car in a motorsports magazine. It was the Ford P68 F3L, designed and built to race at the sportscar world championship at the time. To him, the appearance of the car in the picture was the essence of beauty, competitiveness and low-drag aerodynamics. 
The exterior design of the GTP-13 is meant to recall the timeless beauty of it's historic precursor, the Ford P68 F3L. (Picture from: GTP13)
It is undeniable that in the 1960s, there many such race cars were found. They are the result of an extraordinary and beautiful engineering design of all time, made without the use of wind tunnels and computer-aided design. Today they are commonly called supersportscars. They will remain cherished and invaluable icons of history.
This is Rudolf Fillafer's dream car of 1968 Ford P68 F3L, then inspired the supersport car he built along with his son Alex and named the Fi GTP-13. (Picture from: Mad4Wheels)
The memory of the Ford P68 F3L came back to the fore, when Rudolf Fillafer visited the legendary Festival of Speed in Goodwood, England. As he stood in one of the grandstands, suddenly the Ford F3L passed by with it's roaring DFV Cosworth engine. He describes the event as the same enchanting sight he has cherished in his memory for 33 years.
Rudolf Fillafier behind the wheel of the Fi GTP-13 along with his son Alexander Fillafier while on the test track back in the 2016. (Picture from: Kaernten.orf.at)
There she was a race car with its quirky radiator scoop, gull-wing doors, low profile (ducked into the airflow) and surrounded by the roaring of her eight-cylinder engine. Actually he really wants to have it. Due to the price is very expensive, he can only keep the desire to have the Ford's race car in the heart.
The Fi GTP-13's cockpit design, much effort was focused on reviving the timeless, elegant style of the 1960's supersportscars. (Picture from: GTP13)
Then he tries to find another ways to make his teenage dreams come true. In short, Rudolf and his son Alexander Fillafer decided to build by themselves a unique sports car inspired by the Ford P68 F3L. After wading through more than 8,000 hours of work in house they finally managed to make Rudolf's teenage dream come true, namely a unique sports car.
The Fi GTP-13 Supersports car is powered by a Ford Windsor's V8-SB Dart Aluminium block engine coupled with the Quaife ZFQ five speed (5+1R) gearbox. (Picture from: GTP13)
All of the building work for the GTP-13 was carried out in Winklern, Austria including manufacturing the car's parts ranging from the self-molded carbon fiber bodywork to the exhaust system, rims, aluminum chassis and even the smallest screws. While the V8 engine used to drive the car is taken from the Ford Windsor (a V8-SB Dart Aluminium block) could be spewed power of 600 hp. The engine's power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a Quaife ZFQ, which is a synchronized, handshifted five speed gearbox.
The Fi GTP-13 sealed cockpit bodywork is made of vacuum moded Kevlar-honeycomb reinforced GFRP, Epoxy matrix and built on aluminium and steel sheet metal based monocoque design chassis. (Picture from: GTP13)
At first glance, the GTP-13's exterior appearance reminds us of the figure of the 1968 Ford P68 F3L race car, of which there are only three left in the world. The streamlined silhouette of the American dream car sparked Rudolf Fillafer's passion for this sports car in his youth. Furthermore, he emphasized that's a brand new car, neither a replica.
In 2019 the GTP-13 was approved for road use by the Austrian government, thus allowing you to drive it on the streets while in Europe (or at least in Austria). (Picture from: GTP13)
The GTP-13 sealed cockpit bodywork is made of vacuum moded Kevlar-honeycomb reinforced GFRP, Epoxy matrix and built on aluminium and steel sheet metal based monocoque design chassis. The automaker says that the GTP-13 took about 7 more years from the idea to the first test drive. Well, in the fall of 2016, they only could be carried the GTP-13 to the test track for the first time.

In 2019 the GTP-13 was approved for road use by the Austrian government, thus allowing you to drive it on the streets while in Europe (or at least in Austria). The automaker estimates the value of this sports car at around of one million euros. It is not yet clear whether there will be another self-made product made in Carinthia.
The only question is whether there those of You who is willing to pay the price for this car. What is clear is that the automaker guarantees the availability of spare parts if anyone is interested in making them. If you wanna have this unique-shaped sports car, contact the automaker here. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GTP13 | KAERNTEN.ORF.AT | AUTOPUZZLES | GT40S ]
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Friday, July 9, 2021

Peugeot has prepared its new 9X8 hypercar to fight at the WEC 2022

Fierce and savage, maybe that's the first impression when you see the latest hypercar from the French company Peugeot. How not, the followed low-slung hypercar called the Peugeot 9X8 planed to fight at the FIA's World Endurance Championship 2022 for Peugeot. It will fight fiercely with other race cars like the Toyota GR Super Sport when it reaches the grid in 2022. While its unique name is taken from one of the Peugeot's legendary racing cars such as the 905 which had won the Le Mans 24-Hours of 1992 and 1993.
Peugeot 9X8 hypercar is prepared by French company to race in the FIA's World Endurance Championsip 2022. (Picture from: CarWow)
If we pay close attention, the fierce impression is clearly visible from its appearance starting from the claw-like headlight and taillight design, besides that the 9X8 also features the company's lion head logo that lights up on the nose and sides. While deep air intakes and large side scoops are standard hypercar fare, uniquely you wouldn't find a large wing at rear and that's perhaps the most striking design element of it.
Peugeot 9X8 hypercar is powered by hybrid system which consists of a rear-mounted 2.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine capable of spewing power around 680 hp and a front-mounted 200kW (272hp) electric motor. (Picture from: CarWow)
However the French auto company was reluctant to comment further, regarding the Peugeot's designers success removed the rear wing features while maintaining the required downforce and aerodynamic efficiency by simply saying that they intend to keep the secret of this innovation for themselves as long possible, as stated by Stellantis Motorsport Director, Jean-Marc Finot.
Peugeot 9X8 hypercar has a minimalist interior, with race seats, roll cage and clean dash, due to the dials and digital displays and everything is already attached digitally in the steering. (Picture from: CarWow)
The Peugeout 9X8's fierce exterior layered by Selenium Grey and contrasting Kryptonite acid green/yellow highlights on the interior, these are a typical livery of the Peugeot Sport Engineered as you can be seen on models like the new 508.
This is a typical livery of the Peugeot Sport Engineered as you can be seen on models like the new 508. (Picture from: CarWow)
Since it's built as the racing-purposed cars hence have a rather minimalist interior, only filled with race seats, roll cage and there's no dash which usually full of dials and digital displays such as on the other race car cabins, but in the Peugeot 9X8 everything is already attached digitally in the steering, so allowing the driver to stay focused on one point while on driving.
The hybrid system of the Peugeot 9X8 hypercar is then paired with a 900-volt battery packages and a seven-speed sequential gearbox. (Picture from: CarWow)
For the drivetrain, the Peugeot's hypercar applies a hybrid drive system consisting of a rear-mounted 2.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine capable of spewing power around 680 hp and a front-mounted 200kW (272hp) electric motor. The hybrid system is then paired with a 900-volt battery packages and a seven-speed sequential gearbox (which is said in the final stages of development) to make Peugeot 9X8 run faster on the tracks.
As per racing regulations, the total output of both power sources will be limited to just 670 hp through various softwares and hardwares. This will help to ensure tight and fair races on track while still giving more leeway to the engineers in developing more innovative powertrain technologies. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARWOW ]
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