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Showing posts with label Supercar. Show all posts
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Sunday, February 5, 2023

This Italian prancing spyder sted looks so elegant under Zagato touche

~Unique ONES~ Wow, what car is this? Zagato is one of the finest coachbuilders in the world, dating back to 1919 and since it has developed dozens of cars with the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari. For example, in 2007 this Milan-based coachbuilder launched the ultra-rare prancing steds, the Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio by Zagato, totaling 9 units consisted 7 coupes and 2 spyders.
The Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato featured with a front nose conversion that reminisces of old Ferrari race cars with its wide front grille and two smaller ones on either side. (Picture from: HypeBeast)
Regarding to its name, Nibbio is the Italian word for 'eagle', isn't it strange that a Ferrari has an eagle or vice versa? No wonder if it then bring up some kind of the car's identity distraction when someone looks at it while saying, "Erm is this a Ferrari or Nibbio?" or ''Oh, it's Nibbio but not Ferrari." About this what do you think?
The Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato known assomething which was not offered with the original Ferrari 599 GTB(Picture from: HypeBeast)
So, two years after that precisely in 2009, Zagato again launched a limited edition of its spyder version called the Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato only 6 unit. Uniquely, Zagato converted this model to a spyder, something which was not offered with the original Ferrari 599 GTB
Inside of the Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato has a carbon fiber steering wheel with LEDs have also been fitted and a yellow tachometer(Picture from: HypeBeast)
If you look past the longwinded name, you’ll see that this car is a Ferrari 599 GTB in Zagato guise. And what is seen in this article is one of the six cars that have completed its convertion process in 2020.
Inside of the Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato comes complete with a black leather. (Picture from: HypeBeast)
It comes as a very clean example of one of these much-loved Ferrari models and is only more desirable in its new look. Finished in “Gunmetal Gray” over black leather, the car seems somewhat subtle if anything. 
The Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato has the same drivetrain as the standard 599 GTB, 6.0-liter, naturally aspirated, V12 that churns out 612 hp and 448 lbs-ft of torque. (Picture from: HypeBeast)
However, a front nose conversion that reminisces of old Ferrari race cars with its wide front grille and two smaller ones on either side, as well as a completely revised rear end, is anything but subtle.
The Ferrari 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder by Zagato comes as a very clean example of one of these much-loved Ferrari models and is only more desirable in its new look. (Picture from: HypeBeast)
A list of upgrades including Challenge Stradale-inspired wheels, red brake calipers, a yellow tachometer, and a carbon fiber steering wheel with LEDs have also been fitted, while the Ferrari’s quintessential V12 pushing out 612 BHP still remains.
As quoted from Hypebeast, this Zagato-made spyder sports car is one of the cars on the auction list by RM Sotheby's Paris in February 2021. At that time, estimated the 599 GTZ Nibbio Spyder has a price tag of around €1,400,000 - €1,600,000 (approx. $1.69m - $1.93m). Unfortunately, until the auction ended the car was not sold.😥 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HYPEBEAST | RMSOTHEBY ]
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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The 2023 Alfa Romeo supercar teaser appears for the first time

~NEW Supercar~ As we've entered the new year of 2023, Alfa Romeo uploaded a short video highlighting its current products to its official Instagram account. On December 30, 2022, to be precise, the Italian brand introduced the slightly updated Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. And then those two cars are joined with the brand new compact crossover Alfa Romeo Tonale went into the global market.
Rendered image of the (unofficial) Alfa Romeo 6C Super Sports car by an 3D digital artist named Ed Ovens back in the 2020. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
But who would have thought, at the beginning of 2023 it seems that Alfa Romeo has prepared to present something much more interesting. As we can see at the end of the video, there is a glimpse of the taillight design which is currently not offered on any of those three mentioned car models that being sold by the Italian brand at the moment.
Teaser image of the new Alfa Romeo supercar's taillight taken from a short video uploaded in the Italian company offical Instagram account. (Picture from: idMotor1)
And if you look closely, it looks similar to the round taillights, which instantly reminds us to the Alfa Romeo 4C was discontinued its production several years ago, then had also offered on the Alfa Romeo 8C, which was sold in the late 2000s. What is clear, this new supercar is likely to be placed in between the two.
The 2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia look fantastic, it also offers one of the most satisfying driving experiences in its segment. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
It is also reported that the new supercar will adopt a six-cylinder engine, which will most likely be a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6. Indeed, this drivetrain has been used in the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA which is capable of producing around 540 horsepower and 442 lbs-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque. So it will be interesting to see if Alfa Romeo's engineers will improve those performance numbers when the such a kind of engine is placed in the new supercar in question.
The 2023 Stelvio delivers performance-driven design rooted in over a century's worth of racing experience. (Picture from: EdukasiCampus)
Well, the supercar shown briefly in the short video here cannot be confused with Alfa Romeo Zagato's one-off creation which was also launched late last year. What we all know is that it's a short wheelbase two-seat coupe model written by the Zagato to mark the 100th anniversary of this Milan-based coachbuilder's collaboration with Alfa Romeo.
Here's the Alfa Romeo's first compact SUV named Alfa Romeo Tonale looks great but struggles to deliver thrills or performance. (Picture from: id.Motor1)
As the Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato suggested the official launch of the new Alfa Romeo supercar would take place in March 2023, where he also hinted that this special supercar would be produced in limited numbers and come with a high price tag.
Alfa Romeo Giulia SWB was built by Zagato to mark its centennial in collaboration with Alfa Romeo. (Picture from: AutoDesignMagazine)
As quoted from Motor1, this mysterious supercar model, temporarily known as the Alfa Romeo 6C, which is said emerged to remedy the wounds and disappointments that arose when the Italian brand had announced the revival of the GTV and 8C but were later cancelled. This will also likely to be the last petrol engined car product launch from the brand under the Stellantis auspices. 
Imparato further also suggested the supercar would be a real Alfa Romeo model, meaning it would not be a rebranded Maserati MC20. Just for your info, Alfa Romeo will transform into a pure electric vehicle brand by the end of the decade, in which the next-generation Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio have been confirmed as EVs, that's a kind of sign for the ending of the ICE models of Alfa Romeo fastly approaching. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ALFA ROMEO | ID.MOTOR1 | TOPGEAR | ED OVENS | AUTOEVOLUTION ]
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Sunday, January 22, 2023

The newest Godzilla 2024 officially released in Japan

~New BEAST~ Maybe you are an automotive enthusiast who has been waiting for the arrival of the latest model from Nissan which also known as the Godzilla. Some time ago we had discussed predictions about what this Nissan new sports car would look like.
Nissan officially introduced the 2024 Nissan GT-R in Japan, and features with new front-rear fascias coupled with a revised grille and optimized wings. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Finally, now in this year of 2023, the Japanese automaker just introduced the 2024 Nissan GT-R in Japan. In appearance, this new model looks identical to the previous one, but Nissan has changed a few details to make it more dashing. As we all can see, the Nissan GT-R features new front and rear fascias, coupled with a revised grille and optimized wings. 

The Japanese automaker said, even though it seemed minor, it was able to improve aerodynamics. As quoted from Carscoops, the Japanese automaker said that some of these changes were able to increase downforce when the car was going fast. However, the car's drag coefficient remains unchanged at 0.26.
The Nissan GT-R Premium T-spec wears gold-painted 20-inch Rays rims and is also supported by carbon ceramic brakes taken from the GT-R Nismo. (Picture from: Otomotif-Kompas)
As for the design of the front grille, which has also been tweaked. Nissan engineers said that they were using a thinner design to improve cooling and reduce drag as well. Meanwhile the rear wing design is 10 percent larger than before. Another detail is that the Nissan's flagship sports car is now equipped with a new front lip, rear diffuser and canards. This model also offers a Nismo exclusive color known as Stealth Grey.

Apart from the Nissan GT-R, the Japanese car manufacturer also offers other two higher versions, namely the Nissan GT-R Premium T-spec and GT-R Nismo. All these two models are built on top of the GT-R Premium T-spec and got finishing  in the Millennium Jade and Midnight Purple colors. The difference is that the GT-R Premium T-spec uses the Rays 20 inches rims with a layer of gold paint. The car is also supported by carbon ceramic brakes sourced from the GT-R Nismo.
The GT-R Nismo uses an upgraded version of the VR38DETT engine and produces around 600 hp of power and 651 Nm of torque. (Picture from: Otomotif-Kompas)
The Nissan GT-R, and GT-R Premium T-spec are powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine producing power of 565 hp and 632 Nm of torque. This power is sent to an all-wheel drive system by using a six-speed dual clutch transmission.
Meanwhile the GT-R Nismo uses an upgraded version of the VR38DETT engine and produces around 600 hp of power and 651 Nm of torque. The car is also equipped with a new slip differential at the front wheels as well as improved "suspension adjustment". *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NISSAN | CARSCOOPS ]
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Saturday, January 21, 2023

The forgotten Wolfrace Sonic six-wheeled masterpiece

~Unique ONES~ How sad we are when we are forgotten, but there are many ways we can do so that we can continue to be remembered. One way is to create something different or something that has never been made before. This is also what many companies have done in the past such as by creating one great attention-grabbing supercar as their best effort to offer the products to the market.
The Wolfrace Sonic debuted at the Geneva Motor Show 1981, which immediately attracted the attention of the world automotive public at that time. (Picture from: ViaRetro)
It turns out that this effort is not only carried out by car manufacturers, but also by other companies. For example, in the early 1980s, there's a British alloy wheel manufacturer Wolfrace Wheels Ltd. released a one-of-a-kind supercar called the Wolfrace Sonic. As quoted from Hotcars, this eye-catching concept car was created as the company's intention to showcase its new range of Sonic alloy wheels at the time.
The Wolfrace Sonic was created as the company's intention to showcase its new range of Sonic alloy wheels at the time. (Picture from: ViaRetro)
For such reason, Wolfrace Managing Director Barry Treacy then contacted a creative car builder Nick Butler to create the Sonic, a wild six-wheeled supercar concept powered by two Rover V8 engines, lifted a design of the Batmobile, and an automotive oddity lived there. This unique car's designer was more widely known as an aeronautical engineer with credits for the Harrier Jump Jet, and Hawk aircrafts. As a result, Wolfrace weird looks vehicle unlike anything else on the road, if we ignore the Batmobile.
The Wolfrace Sonic is a wild six-wheeled supercar concept powered by two Rover V8 engines, lifted a design of the Batmobile, and an automotive oddity lived there. (Picture from: ViaRetro)
The unique two-seater supercar has a long nose, and aerodynamic designs which fuses the Adam West's Batmobile with those grittier cars that followed such as the Tumbler. Meanwhile the construction work of this wild designed supercar was completed in about 2 years with a total cost of production around £100,000, that includes the bodywork shape, interior layout, colors and materials that give the car its unique appeal.
The Wolfrace Sonic is designed by Nick Butler, and had a moulded GRP bodyshell built on a space frame chassis. (Picture from: ViaRetro)
As quoted from AllCarIndex, the Wolfrace Sonic took the shape in stages, due to the complexity of the work, where each new element posing problems that had to be tackled, many in areas where only speculation existed before, so added to the design element was extensive development programme for both components and concepts. Well, originally the Sonic only existed in the imagination was then realized into the real world by bringing all the uniqueness that surrounds it, such as instead of one engine, it has two, instead of four wheels, this car has six. 
The Wolfrace Sonic is not only an ordinary showcar, it's road-legal to drive in public roads due to it was registered in UK, and has plate number of YNK 135X. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
The combination of art and technology succeeded in delivering the Sonic shape that is said to be able to convey ideas of air flow and penetration dramatically. As the result, it was set that Nick Butler's imaginative design was inline to become the futuristic showcar of Wolfrace Wheels.
The Wolfrace Sonic is fitted with two pairs of 13-inches wheels up front, and a pair of specially cast 15-inches rims at the back, all shod with Pirelli Cinturato P7 tyres. (Picture from: CarsThatNeverMadeItEtc)
While regarding to the vehicles name was tied in with its primary advert Sonic, the flagship model alloy wheel that produced by those British alloy wheel manufacturer at the time (that later to be sold to Ford and used on the XR2 range). As you can see, the Sonic white alloy wheels is featured with 12 holes drilled into their frame, most likely inspired by the Lamborghini Countach wheels.
When the Wolfrace Sonic cockpit fairing was opened; so the steering wheel moved up and allow anybody to get in and out. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
The Wolfrace Sonic cockpits were stuffed full of buttons while the instrumentation in front of the driver was duplicated for the passenger, so they could be even more scared by what was going on around them. Then there was the fact that the driver's cockpit was so compact, that the 11.5-inches steering wheel was too big to allow anybody to get in and out. 
The Wolface Sonic cockpits were stuffed full of buttons while the instrumentation in front of the driver was duplicated for the passenger. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
The solution to this latter problem was to fit a sliding splined steering column with an assortment of universal joints, so the steering wheel moved up and out of the way as the cockpit fairing was opened. The other problems were solved by fitting various spiroid gearboxes and universal joints, which fed the steering input around the V8s and to a Rover SD1 rack.
The Wolfrace Sonic is powered by two 3.5-liter Rover V8 engines, and controlled by a complicated drive-by-wire system. (Picture from: Hotcars)
How about its performance? Surely, under the Sonic name, the Wolfrace's unique supercar has the ability to run up to the speed of sound. Especially, its drivetrain specifications placed in between the rear and front axles are impressive with two 3.5-liter Rover V8 engines, controlled by a complicated drive-by-wire system.
The second copy of the Wolfrace Sonic is built shortly after the original ones has been sold in 2015. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
However, the power burst sits only at 320 horsepower with a torque of around 295.02 lb-ft, not to mention its weight which is quite heavy of around 3,000 lbs, so the unique-shaped car is not able to produce good acceleration time. In fact, the Sonic took about 7 seconds to accelerate from rest to 62 mph, and likely had a top speed of around 150 mph. Underneath the Batmobile-style looks, there was a spaceframe chassis, with rear-wheel drive through a Jaguar rear axle and differential.
The Wolfrace Sonic (in pictured the second copy) built based on a spaceframe chassis, with rear-wheel drive through a Jaguar rear axle and differential. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
This car was completed in September 1980, and then debuted at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show, which immediately attracted the attention of the world automotive public at that time, besides that the Sonic also managed to make the similar six-wheeled car like the Panther 6 of 1977 seen old-fashioned.
Which do you think is more interesting between 1981 Wolfrace Sonic and 1977 Panther 6? (Picture from: Trussty-Jasmine)
Uniquely, the Sonic is not only an ordinary showcar, it's road-legal to drive in public roads due to it was registered in UK, and has plate number of YNK 135X. As the result, Wolfrace achieved what it set out to, to get the alloy wheels company more attention. Since that the Sonic made regular appearances on the motor show circuit for a couple of years before disappearing out of view.
The second copy of the Wolfrace Sonic is built shortly after the original ones has been sold in 2015. (Picture from: Sixmania.fr)
Reportedly in 2010, the original Sonic car reappeared and went up for sale for an exorbitant price of around £1 million. Eventually in 2015 the original car came up for sale again on eBay. Selling for around £18,100, this ultra rare car disappeared once more. Instead, Wolfrace built a red-colored second copy. Much speculation related to why this unique car is sold at such a price. According to Sixmania.fr, when the car was sold in 2015 it was in such poor condition (the car that could no longer drive due to broken computers) that it needed a complete restoration to get it back to its former glory.
For this reason, the owner at that time whose felt unable to bear the restoration cost and then let it go with such of prices, in the hope that the new owner would be able to carry out the restoration process that would be needed lot money. We can only hope that one day the Sonic will return to greet the world's automotive enthusiasts like its glory days then. Let's wait and see.😲 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WOLFRACE | NICK BUTLER | HOTCARS | ALLCARINDEX | VIARETRO | ARONLINE | BELOW THE RADAR | SIXMANIA.FR ]
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Monday, January 16, 2023

BYD launches its YanWang luxury EV marque along with U9 supercar

~New BEAST~ Recently, BYD, one of the leading automakers from China was launched its newest luxury car brand, named YangWang. At the time, the Chinese brand also exhibits an electric-powered supercar named YangWang U9, which is expected to be a rival of the European supercars, and also to attract deep pocket consumers.
The YangWang U9 supercar is claimed capable to accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 2 seconds. (Picture from: Jalopnik)
With the emergence of this new supercar figure, it shows that China's automotive technology is indeed developing very rapidly. The proof is that this YangWang U9 supercar is claimed capable to accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 2 seconds. Extraordinary! This is reasonable, bearing in mind that BYD is one of the largest battery and electric car manufacturers in China, even in the world.
The YangWang U9 large-sized C-shaped LED headlights, which is like connected directly to the ventilation above the hood. (Picture from: Otomotif-SindoNews)
Now through its luxury EV brand, YangWang which has a unique tagline of "Bridge of Time and Space" to described its images, as they tried to embody into design language, then transformed into a real-car named the YangWang U9. In our opinion, its appearance looks like a cross between the McLaren P1 and Sin R1, coupled with its two-door's style looks very sporty and futuristic. What do you think?
The YangWang U9 large-sized C-shaped LED headlights also made the car appeared like an F1 car with the ventilation on the fender also made stands out. (Picture from: Otomotif-SindoNews)
At the front, there're large-sized C-shaped LED headlights, which is like connected directly to the ventilation above the hood. Besides that these headlights also made the car appeared like an F1 car with the ventilation on the fender also made stands out. Meanwhile, at the back, the YangWang U9 has massive fins and a diffuser.
The YangWang U9's rear has a uniqueness of the transparent fin that sticks out of the rear glass that similar like to Lamborghini engine cover, coupled with the super wide LED lights. (Picture from: Otomotif-SindoNews)
While on the side, there are black accents next to its air intakes, as if creating a two-tone black and yellow feel. Another uniqueness is the transparent fin that sticks out of the rear glass that similar like to Lamborghini engine cover, coupled with the super wide LED lights at the back also impress the luxury and distinctive design of a supercar.
The automaker is claimed the YangWang U9 capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 2 seconds. Only 0.1 seconds slower than its compatriot rival named GAC Aion Hyper SSR. Unfortunately, BYD did not disclose the power output, but the car manufacturer claims that they use a technology called "Yisifang" to drive its 4 electric motors. 
BYD also presented another car will be produced soon, ie. a plug-in hybrid off-road SUV named the YangWang U8. (Picture from: Jalopnik)
Interestingly, this supercar is not just a concept car or study design on the paper. However, it is completely ready to be produced and sold. The price itself is very affordable for the size of a supercar, around US $145,340 or approx of Rp. 2.2 billion. Not only that, on the same occasion, BYD previously also presented another car will be produced soon, ie. a plug-in hybrid off-road SUV named the YangWang U8. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK | CNEVPOST ]
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Thursday, January 12, 2023

A unique unusual Ferrari driven by Honda's drivetrain

~Unique ONES~ When you first see this unique car, maybe you will shake the head while asking what car is this? It is not surprising, when there are those who feel astonished by the appearance of this one car modification. Yup, this is the 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi powered by Honda K-Series engine, or in other words, this is an unusual fusion of an Italian retro supercar and an easily modified Japanese drivetrain.
Here's the StanceWorks 244 GTK is built based on the Ferrari 308 GTBi and was modified in such a way by StanceWorks, including by swapping its engine to the Honda K-Series. (Picture from: SpeedHunters)
Then who is the mastermind behind the unusual modification of the Ferrari 308 GTBi powered by the Honda K-Series engine? He is Mike Burroughs, an automotive activist, infuencer, who is also known as the founder of the automotive website StanceWorks, and this uniquely modification result car was then reintroduced under the name StanceWorks 244 GTK.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK is featured with body kit parts in the form of a splitter, side skirts, bolt-on over fenders, diffuser and big-sized rear wing. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
As quoted of SpeedHunters, this controversial project originated from the complications that had to be faced by Burroughs in maintaining the distinctive originality for his Ferrari 308 GTBi. For example, it is difficult to get spare parts, if any, the price is relatively high. Then it was from here that he started to consider several engine options until he finally chose the Honda K-Series which he thought was very reliable, which combined power potential, abundant spare parts, and easy maintenance.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK's front-fascia is then sweetened by the presence of two square sized Hella lights. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
In short, the Ferrari's default 2,900 cc V8 engine was swapped to an inline 4-cylinder drivetrain with a capacity of 2,400 cc coded K24A2 of the Acura TSX. Then those engine is transversely installed inside the engine bay, which is then followed by a series of high-performance parts to boost its power, ranging from installation of a firm transverse engine mounting, low-profile valve cover of Skunk2, up to the Garrett G42-1200 turbo injection.
Mike Burrough of StanceWorks posed along with his creation, the StanceWorks 244 GTK (in the background) at the Sema 2022. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
With the such drivetrain changes, so the pipes are automatically upgraded by the using aluminum ones to keep the temperature optimally. Besides that, its cooling system is also maximized thanks to the CSF radiator, plus two large sized ventilations on its carbon fiber made hood.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK is powered by an inline 4-cylinder K24A2 coded drivetrain with a capacity of 2,400 cc of the Acura TSX. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Then what about performance, under standard conditions combined with a 6-speed manual transmission system, the K24A2 unit can deliver a power output of up to 200 hp at 6,800 rpm and a torque of 166 lbs/ft at 4,500 rpm. However, the unit that is carried by the StanceWorks-built 308 GTBi has a performance of up to 1,000 hp or 800 hp more than the standard proportion. Then the potential for that much power is channeled to the rear wheels through Quaife QKE8J 5-speed sequential gearbox.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK's inside featured with a racing cabin layout completed with two Sabelt bucket seats. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Meanwhile for its body sector, the Ferrari 244 GTK is supplied with body kit parts in the form of a splitter, side skirts, bolt-on over fenders, diffuser and big-sized rear wing. The appearance of the front-fascia is then sweetened by the presence of two square sized Hella lights.
The StanceWorks 244 GTK also has big-sized diffuser and rear wing coupled with Rotiform five-spoke wheels with high-performance Nitto tires that fit nicely on all the axles. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Furthermore, to support the weight of the body, the H&R suspension springs and custom coilovers are believed to provide improvements in terms of handling and cornering speed of the car. While for the legs, it uses Rotiform five-spoke wheels and is wrapped in high-performance Nitto tires that fit nicely on all the axles.
This unusual modified car that was worked on by StanceWorks for almost 2 years, initially yellow and then turned white, was shown off to public for the first time at the CSF Radiators booth at the SEMA 2022 held in November, 2022. If you want to see the entire work process of this car starting from scratch until now, all of them is presented in the Stanceworkworks Youtube channel. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | STANCEWORKS | SPEEDHUNTERS | MOTORTREND ]
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