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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Meets Zagato malignant powered car with a fierce looks

Zagato is an Italian company that provides services such as consultancy of design and engineering. And Zagato had established cooperation with many renowned automotive companies such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and others.
2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato Atelier. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Back to the year 2010, at the time Zagato revealing a supercar named 'Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa,' after success shows off 'Peugeot RCZ'.
Front view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
The emerging of Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa is based on the anniversary and celebration of 90 years of collaboration between Zagato and Alfa Romeo. The model was commissioned by German Alfa Romeo Zagato collector Martin Kapp while attending an event honoring Zagato - the Zandvoort Tribute.
Left side view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Then Zagato shows off the Corsa TZ3 for the first time at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2010 in Cernobbio, Italy. As a four-wheeled vehicle that carries the racing car attribute, of course TZ3 Corsa was awarded by a machine that could produce big power but also has nice looks.
Top-rear side view of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
The car is designed only for two passengers that uses a 4.2-liter V8 engine and mated to a 6-speed gearbox transmission system. This car is claimed to produce a maximum power of up to 420 hp (313 kW). It is light, with a handmade aluminum body, and weighs in at only 850 kg (1,874 lbs) - marking it as a true racer.
Rearview of 2010 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1FAh2Wz)
Four 18-inches alloy wheels pinned in the car to help the performance of the machine and wrapped by proprietary high-quality tires of Pirelli PZero, with different sizes between front and rear wheels, while the front wheels use the 245/645/R18 and 285/645/R18 for the rear.
So with the presence of the legs above helped this car free running on the highway with the acceleration record from 0 to 100 km/h only takes about 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WORLDCARFANS]
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Friday, December 27, 2019

A beauty look of Buick Wildcat Concept series

As we've all knew, Buick has used the name "Wildcat" for its five concept vehicles, three cars made in the early 1950s, one in 1985 and another in 1997.
The most exciting classic cars ever built, 1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2QoTi6O)
The Buick Wildcat series are the vehicle series with futuristic concepts and designs and innovative new technology made by Buick.

The 1953 Wildcat I, 1954 Wildcat II and 1955 Wildcat III were all designed under Harley Earl's leadership. As info, Harley Earl was the most famous American auto designer and the GM's Head of Design as well.

1. 1953 Buick Wildcat I
The 1953 Buick Wildcat I built primarily to test the use of fiberglass in automobile bodybuilding, and the front wheel hubs remained stationary as the wheels spun. The body was finished in white with green leather interior and green nylon carpeting. 
1953 Buick Wildcat I concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2skIGhq)
There were hood scoops around the hood ornament and portholes that ran along the tops of the front fenders. The car was powered by a 188-horsepower version of the new V8 engine and used the new Twin Turbine Dynaflow transmission. An interesting feature was its Roto-Static front wheel discs with built-in air scoops. The discs remained stationary while the wheels revolved around them.

2. 1954 Buick Wildcat II
In 1954, the company made a smaller, sportier, two-passenger under the name of Wildcat II was present as well as a more radical design with an open front fender and exposing the entire front wheel well and part of the front-end suspension (which was chrome-plated).
1954 Buick Wildcat II concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EUJwEk)
This Wildcat concept car featured Buick’s traditional portholes, but these were larger and placed on the top of the fender instead of the sides. The car built of fiberglass and mounted on a 100-inch wheelbase and used a standard Buick V-8 engine equipped with four carburetors that boost its horsepower output to 220.

3. 1955 Buick Wildcat III
The Wildcat III was born in 1955, which had a long open front fender. It said that the Wildcat III was constructed with a fiberglass body mounted on a shortened Buick chassis with a 110-inch wheelbase. It used the 322 CID Nailhead V8 was souped up to 280 hp with a four-carburetor intake setup, while the Twin Turbine Dynaflow automatic transmission boasted a sporty floor-mounted shift lever. 
1955 Buick Wildcat III concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ZnNnTP)
At 190 inches overall, the Wildcat III was large for a sports car but rather petite for a Buick. Reportedly, designers referred to it as the “toy convertible.” The finish was a flamboyant lipstick color called Kimberly Red.

4. 1985 & 1997 Buick Wildcat
The 1985 Wildcat was a radical mid-engined, all-wheel-drive sports car with an exposed high-performance, double-overhead-cam V6 engine. The chassis was built of carbon-fiber and vinyl-ester resin and the body featured a 'lift-up' canopy for entry and exit. This futuristic vehicle is still owned by Buick until today.
1985 Buick Wildcat concept car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2SsIgjC)
The high-tech interior was a real gem, featuring a screen in the center console displaying info such as g-force, torque, oil pressure, and even a compass. The spoke-less steering wheel is also a sight to behold, as is the fancy head-up display showing the gear selection, mileage, and speed on the massive glass-made canopy.
Later Buick made another Wildcat concept car. This car had carbon fiber instead of woodgrain trim inside and black chrome outside and its 3.8-liter V6 engine was modified by McLaren and actually used for a series of engineering tests, but the Wildcat did not make it as a production model. It followed three other namesake concepts (from 1953, 1954, 1955) and it was succeeded in 1997 by the Riviera Wildcat. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MACSMOTORCITYGARAGE | MOTOR1 | AUTOCAR]
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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Looking at Avus Quattro, the first Audi-built supercar concept

Having elegant and futuristic shapes are our assessment of today's Audi models. Might be you agree with that, where modern Audi cars have a futuristic look with sharp line drawings combined with high standard details typical of European automotive manufacturers, thus making the mass production cars from one of German's leading automotive manufacturers always look elegant when used on the highways.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept-driven its all wheels by a 6.0-liter W12 engine coupled with the six-speed manual transmission system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
Excellence in the matter of design and materials owned by Audi can be ascertained, was begun with a work on sketches which later turns into prototypes of the design team working at Audi's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The prototype is then transformed into a concept car and will usually be introduced to the public first, to see the public response to the model and before it is decided to proceed into the production line or not.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept has stolen the attention of the world's automotive enthusiasts at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show with its beautiful body made of hand-beaten panels. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
On this occasion, we will discuss an Audi concept car from the past which is predicted to have a big hand in developing the design of production cars from Audi that exist today. This R8 precursor shakes with a dummy W12 engine mounted in the middle and wrapped in a low aluminum body.

This concept car was named 'Audi Avus Quatrro,' the concept car was named after a race track in Berlin. The car concept was not only Audi's way of reviewing the use of a W12 engine when combined with an intensively aluminum bodywork construction, but it was also a sign for the future in terms of mid-engined supercars.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept has a very lightweight aluminum bodywork of 1,250 kg (2,755 pounds). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
The concept car that was first introduced to the public at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show turned out to have stolen the attention of the world's automotive enthusiasts at that time with its beautiful body made of hand-beaten panels, with a thickness of 1.5 mm and left unpainted as a sign that it inspired of the Auto Union race car in early of the 1930s.
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept applied the aluminum-intensive body and exclusive development of Audi Space Frame. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
Thanks to the aluminum-intensive body and exclusive development of Audi Space Frame, the all-wheel-drive Avus Quattro has a very lightweight of 1,250 kg (2,755 pounds). And able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph done in just three seconds before reaching a top speed of 334 kph (210 mph).
1991 Audi Avus Quattro concept able to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just three seconds and has a top speed of 334 kph (210 mph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaHKz)
However, these numbers are only hypothetical performance numbers because the concept car did not actually adopt a 6.0-liter W12 engine with a power of 502 horsepower (374 kilowatts) to drive all of its wheels with a six-speed manual transmission system. Where at that time, the German manufacturer was still developing a car using a twelve-cylinder unit, so that the Avus Quattro concept, in fact, had a dummy machine made of wood and plastic.
The Avus Quattro concept was never destined to go into the production line and there're rumors say Audi even rejected the offers from at least a dozen potential customers even though they were willing to pay as much as $12 million for the road-going version. Today, if you want to check the overall appearance of the Audi Avus Quattro concept, you can find it at Audi's museum in Ingolstadt, Germany. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1]
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Monday, December 23, 2019

The biggest hopes of Melling Hellcat to catch the Veyron never happened

Of the many supercar names that did not reach the production stage perfectly and recorded sales figures or can also be said to be mere boasting. Noted there is a supercar known as Melling Hellcat in 2006.

It was a car that was originally mentioned will be the most serious competitor of the V10-engined car for Bugatti Veyron. Not only that, when it viewed from the name derived from the name of the person who developed it is clearly not just any name.
2007 Melling Hellcat is conceptualized and developed by Al Melling, a slightly mad engineer and designer who had dealings in F1 through many famous names. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
Well, the Melling Hellcat is a car conceptualized and developed by Al Melling, a slightly mad engineer and designer who had dealings in F1 through many famous names such as Lamborghini, Chevrolet, Leyton House Formula One and Benetton. Through his company called, Melling Consultancy Design was once the center of engine development that had succeded to help TWR win at Le Mans with Jaguar four years in a row and also had been known to develop the TVR Speed ​​Six block which is used in many modern TVR sports cars.
2007 Melling Hellcat's interior could be described as simple, sparse but functional. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
But a little different for this mid-engined car, Melling decided that he didn't want to just build a custom engine and instead would take on the establishment with his own bespoke supercar. He had experience with V10s through engine development for the Lola F1 team which never came to fruition, but the engine he built for his own supercar was something else.
Al Melling in another his sports car called the 'Wildcat'. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Zi9Ul2)
It is a 6.0-liter quad-turbo V10 engine which is said to produce 1,175 bhp of power and 880 lb.ft of torque, with heads and blocks milled from a large billet of aluminum material. And the car comes with a weight of only 1,200 kg and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds (that's a surprising acceleration time figures for 2006). And for its exterior design strongly influenced by TVR, and also has a Marcos TSO GT touches within its thundering line.
2007 Melling Hellcat comes with a weight of only 1,200 kg and said to be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/377sbEl)
The Hellcat was built as Melling's motivation to enter Le Mans once again after it was previously done with TWR, with the aim being to produce a GT1 variant of the road car to take-on the endurance world. It's said to only 50 units will be produced in its Rochdale-based factory, but unfortunately, the number of cars produced has never touched or approached that numbers.
2007 Melling Hellcat used a 6.0-liter quad-turbo V10 engine which is said to produce 1,175 bhp of power and 880 lb.ft of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2sQtubV)
Although the lack of car production numbers, but the top speed proposed by Hellcat could be a nightmare for the Bugatti Veyron. Melling quoted 295 mph in full chat, but if we're honest and thought the claim is mere boasting. Sure, it has four turbochargers like Bugatti but according to some automotive observers aerodynamically the speed of this car has no hope of rising close to the 300 mph figures.

This is because the frontal area and general dimensions of the car do not allow such speed figures to be reached, especially with a power of 'only' around 1,200 bhp. Then at a price of around £ 185,000, it can almost be considered as a bargain even if it reaches 230 mph, which is why those claimed top speed figures make it look like a joke.
In the end, the Melling Hellcat never made it into any automotive showroom, and let the Bugatti Veyron have the world's top speed record for itself for years. That is a fantastic hypothetical part of the British-made V10-engined supercar that could have asserted itself as a performance legend even though in reality it doesn't make any sense. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | DRIVETRIBE | SUPERCARS]
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Sunday, December 22, 2019

This extreme-look Espada had hefty exposed to the classic hot-rod virus

Perhaps, the world's automotive enthusiasts are more familiar with the names of the car line-ups of the raging-bull logoed Italian manufacturer like Aventador, Huracan, Miura, Countach, or Murcielago, this is very understandable. Because indeed one of the other line-ups, namely Lamborghini Espada was very little produced by the manufacturer in the 1970s.
A 1968 Lamborghini Espada was turned into an insane hot-rod styled car by Danton Art Kustoms. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2PGNMO0)
Not only a few in numbers (more precisely limited to no more than 1,200 units), Lamborghini Espada also created full of identity that is very difficult to match with other cars even though the fellow raging-bull logoed cars.

This makes the Lamborghini paradigm unique tends to weird, it can be absolutely pinned on the figure of the Espada. The car model in production from 1968 to 1978, known as Ferruccio Lamborghini’s answer to the Rolls-Royce Corniche grand tourer in the time.
Danton Art Kustoms' 1968 Lamborghini Espada 'Rat Rod' still used 3.9-liter V12 engine and left exposed as it normally applied to the classic hot-rod tradition. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2PGNMO0)
But what would happen if the strange figure of the Lamborghini Espada was then modified in such a way as to carry a hot-rod style that is not commonly done by automotive enthusiasts in Europe? You’ve probably able to see how's wild as Danton Art Kustoms’ 1968 Espada hot-rod.

The 'Rat Rod' as the French custom workshop refer to it and built-in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Espada at that time. Now, the car is ready to be auctioned as part of the sale of Kissimmee 2020 Mecum Auctions in central Florida in January.
The interior of Danton Art Kustoms' 1968 Lamborghini Espada 'Rat Rod' is laid out simply and combined with Tri-Colore of the Italian flag accent in the middle. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2PGNMO0)
It might be because from the beginning the Espada has brought a unique car image so that it can be transformed into a perfect canvas in the process of creating the first hot-rod styled car built using the base of the Lamborghini car.
The interior of Danton Art Kustoms' 1968 Lamborghini Espada 'Rat Rod' is equiped with 4 custom-made seats. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2PGNMO0)
For this vehicle, Danton built it together with CHD Edition and Carrosserie Hervé. They had some fun with the elongated grand tourer design. Although the car really looks like an intact Espada, its sweeping curves are made sharper and equipped with new side scoops.

Meanwhile, the wheelbase has been widened dramatically and its 3.9-liter V12 engine left exposed as it normally applied to the classic hot-rod tradition which also functioned as a car showpiece. It's a stunning appearance with its gorgeous stainless steel tubular headers and exhausts on full display.
Danton Art Kustoms' 1968 Lamborghini Espada 'Rat Rod' used fat Michelin racing tires that wrapped its red rims. (Picture from: https://yhoo.it/2PGNMO0)
Then the process was refined by giving a matte black paint job with an Italian flag accent. Then a racing-style reinforced windshield, the interior is laid out simply with custom-made seats, and fat Michelin racing tires that wrapped its red rims to give the Espada an undeniable impression like a car that came from the Mad-Max' era.
Danton Art Kustoms’ 1968 Espada Rat Rod is expected to sell for between $200,000 to $250,000 when it goes up for auction during Mecum’s Kissimmee next year event. Considering its one-of-a-kind nature, that just might be money well spent for Lamborghini and hot rod enthusiasts alike. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | YAHOO] 
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Saturday, December 21, 2019

One of Switzerland's super beasts ever made

Some time ago, we had discussed through an article about a supercar made by an Australian company called Zacaria Supercars, and it turned out that the car was not the only replica of an F1 racing car that could be driven on the streets. Previously, a supercar with similar designs and specifications was also made before.
2005 Leblanc Mirabeau built by a Switzerland automaker named Wysstec GmbH. and used a 4.7-liter supercharged V8 Koenigsegg-made engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2EB4hEL)
Europe has created many serious supercars, but in 2005 Leblanc Mirabeau was present and had its own class. This European's creation was thought to be eligible to compete on the race track in Le Mans, France, but differs from other racing cars, this car was also really worthied using on the highway. And at that time (in 2005) a Leblanc Mirabeau was offered at a price tag of $579,000 with an almost unlimited number of customization options - including the installation of a modern engine of Formula 1.
2005 Leblanc Mirabeau's bodywork made of lightweight Kevlar carbon fiber and sat over a frame made of titanium and magnesium material combinations. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34CCZIU)
This unique supercar manufacturer is Wysstec GmbH. and although the Leblanc brand has the French name, in fact, this is made of an automotive company based in Zurich, Switzerland. Yes, the Leblanc Mirabeau is a racing car that is made and adapted to the FIA / Le Mans standards, so that it can be used at the Le Mans 24Hours race (if the car's owner wanna do that).
2005 Leblanc Mirabeau used a Momo's racing-style steering wheel which has been pinned an electronic speedometer into it. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34CCZIU)
This open-top racing car sits on a frame made of titanium and magnesium and is then supported by a body made of lightweight Kevlar carbon fiber. For the standard version, the interior of this sports car mimics a racing car with almost none of the buttons on the dash. But all this can then be modified to meet the owner's personal preferences including the using of genuine leather in the cabin area, special engine upgrades, or anything else you can think of.
2005 Leblanc Mirabeau's standard engine is capable of spraying power up to 700 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34CCZIU)
The company also knows how to make customers feel special. If interested parties want to make modifications to their Leblanc Mirabeau, they can contact the engineering department directly. It makes sense that paying more than half a million dollars for car owners' rights to a few extra benefits. Despite this, Leblanc brand maker is known among supercar manufacturers for good customer service and personalization.
2005 Leblanc Mirabeau posed with its sibling Leblanc Caroline somewhere in Monaco back in 2009. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34CCZIU)
To provide the power needed to legitimately call Mirabeau a racing car, the Swiss manufacturer then chose a 4.7-liter supercharged V8 engine made by Koenigsegg that is capable of spraying power up to 700 horsepower and 850 Nm of torque. As is well known, that Koenigsegg is known throughout the world for creating supercars by its own brand.

By using this engine, this car can be driven up to a top speed of 370 kph and only takes 2.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 kph. And if the speed numbers of more than 225 mph from the standard engine is still considered inadequate, then you can do a small upgrade by installing a Formula 1 engine.
For those in harmony with true performance, it goes without saying that Leblanc Mirabeau is not just a car. In fact, it really is more than a supercar. This is a true race car and made in limited numbers (it's said only 50 units had ever made). The fact that it is designed for sightseeing only makes that more than a dream for serious enthusiasts of vehicles everywhere. It is not surprising when one of the owners of this unique supercar is the Sultan of Brunei, His Excellency Sultan Hasanal Bolkiah.

Unfortunately, now the existence of the manufacturer which was previously also known through the Leblanc Caroline car is unknown, whether it still survives in the business or bankrupt or what? The company's official website cannot be found anymore on the internet. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEW ATLAS | CAR IN MY DNA | WIKIPEDIA]
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