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Showing posts with label Supercar. Show all posts
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Friday, January 24, 2020

An American-made all-terrain supercar ready to hit the world

The presence of a new supercar always be very interesting and eagerly awaited by many automotive fans all over the world. Moreover, the supercar that will be present has unusual specialties and specifications, like this one. Here's she the Laffite G-Tec X-Road, the first all-terrain road-legal supercar that delivers exceptional strength, performance and luxurious in one package.
Laffite G-Tec X-Road, an American-made all-terrain supercar ready to hit the world. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tvPWYA)
This supercar is made by Laffite Supercars, an automotive company owned by Bruno and Laetitia Laffite. The company based in Los Angeles, Miami and Valencia (Spain) is specialized in automotive design as well as in the manufacture of road-ready limited series concept cars. Besides that, the company also works on classified projects for prestigious customers who want to get unique and extraordinary ready-made supercars.
Laffite G-Tec X-Road using a 6.2 liter V8 of GM LS3 engine (while on standard version uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 405 hp) as its drivetrain that can spew power up to 700 horsepower. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tvPWYA)
About Laffite's: Bruno Laffite is the nephew of one of the legendary racers and 6 times winner of Formula One racing, Jacques Laffite, who competed for more than 15 years in various racing events in the 1990s. Then, Laetitia Laffite has driven and tested many sports cars, has worked for 15 years in the art industry, as well as an exclusive art dealer at the world's prestigious Monaco Yacht Club.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Lafitte G-Tec X-Road. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NKu7Ly)
If seen carefully, it glances this all-terrain supercar has many similarities with Zarooq Motors's Sand Racer that is launched in Dubai some time ago in the year of 2015. It makes sense, due to Bruno was the Operational Director of the Dubai company who wouldn't want to see the concept has died for nothing. Therefore he then decided to produce it through his own company.

While for the development of the Laffite G-Tec X-Road supercar is directed by a renowned racing engineer named Philippe Gautheron, the man behind G-Tec and Team Virage who has created and engineered the rolling chassis. As far as we know, Team Virage specialized in high-level motorsport engineering which also responsible for the Laffite Supercars' Performance Center in Spain.

By using a 6.2 liter V8 of GM LS3 engine (while on standard version uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 405 hp) as its drivetrain that can spew power up to 700 horsepower and coupled with the 5-speed sequential transmission or 6-speed plus paddle shift to drive its rear wheels.

This supercar also has a curb weight of 2,866 lbs (1,300 kilograms) and provided a power-to-weight ratio of 4.09 lbs/hp so the driver gets the best-ever performance numbers for an all-terrain ready to hit the road with a limited top speed of 143 mph (230 kph) and through its 17-inches suspensions will allow it to jump and fly smoothly like a Dakar rally car in the desert or other rough terrains even pass through the freeway and local roads comfortably.
Laffite G-Tec X-Road's 17-inches suspensions will allow the driver to jump and fly smoothly like a Dakar rally car in the desert or even pass through the freeway and local roads comfortably. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tvPWYA)
The supercar fully assembled in a small plant near Los Angeles and is registered as a road-legal vehicle for the Californian roads, besides that's as an ideal place for the car distribution. And the company also said that for now on the Laffite supercar enthusiasts around the world can start ordering for the limited edition series that will be made just 30 units only, then shipping will begin at the end of 2020.
While for the price, it sold at a price of $465,000 for the 405-hp version or $545,000 for a coming all-electric model. And the latest news is the company is completing its second newest supercar concept that will be launched in early February 2020. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LAFFITE SUPERCARS | AUTOBLOG | MOTOR1]
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Sunday, January 12, 2020

One-off Lambo Raptor

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

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

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

Your future avatar creature within Mercedes-Benz vision concept

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

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

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

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

A Student-Designed 900 hp Hybrid Supercar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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