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Saturday, February 4, 2023

A compact weird-styled hatchback Chrysler PT Cruiser

~Unique ONES~ People may be happy with antique cars with aerodynamic all-round designs like vehicle designs from the 1930s. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to maintain these cars. It's understandable that its name is also an antique item that is old. Perhaps by seeing this opportunity, Chrysler, one of the American automotive giants then released a retro-looking car named the Chrysler PT Cruiser in between the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser (in pictured 2003 model) is a unique retro-styled 5-door hatchback produced almost ten years by Chrysler during 2000 to 2010. (Picture from: MotorTrend)
Actually, the model was made for Plymouth (one of Chrysler's subsdiaries) which had previously launched production of a car inspired by the 1930s era vehicle, the Plymouth Prowler during 1997 to 2001. But unfortunately, Plymouth itself then had to shut down in 2001 even though a few years earlier it had also launched a concept car called the PT Spyder. Therefore, the PT Cruiser was rebranded under the Chrysler badge, and produced during 2000 to 2010 in Mexico and Austria.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser (in pictured 2009 model) designed by Bryan Nesbitt, featured with a high roof, a maximized cabin space. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
While related to the PT name on PT Cruiser stands for Personal Transport. In contrast to PT Spyder which stands for Pronto. The design of the PT Cruiser was inspired by the design of American cars from the 1930s to 1940s which were made all rounded and aerodynamic. The design of the car made by Bryan Nesbitt is classified as having a high roof with maximized cabin space in accordance with the 5-door hatchback which is practical for daily use.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser interior has a two-tone design that uses premium leather upholstery on the seat panels, dashboard and doors. (Picture from: AutoTekno-SindoNews)
Meanwhile its engines provided are actually quite diverse, ranging from 4-cylinder 1600cc to 2400cc turbo. Of the many machines offered, it turns out that most of the ones used are 4-cylinder 2,000 cc DOHC 16 valve engines with an injection fuel system. This machine is capable of producing power of 150 hp at 6,500 rpm and 180 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm, which is combined with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission system to drive the front wheels.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser (in pictured 2004 model) blends the retro look of a late-1930s or early 1940s American sedan with new-age styling cues such as dual-beam flush headlights and teardrop-shaped taillight lenses. (Picture from: AutoTekno-SindoNews)
The power of this car may look big but when driven, this machine feels normal maybe because the weight of the PT Cruiser is quite heavy. Even though it looks like a classic car, the features provided by this car certainly meet the criteria of a modern car, such as air conditioning, power steering, power windows, central lock, audio, seat belts, airbags, up to disc brakes on all four-wheels and ABS, already available on this car. The load capacity of this car is only 5 passengers while the back is used as the trunk.
The advantages of this car are in its unique design with a retro-classic styles. And thanks to this American car design featured with the high roof, so it feels very roomy for those who are not too big and tall (such an Asian), as well as  people with a larger body. The downside lies in the design too, indeed not everyone likes it. Besides that, because of the limited amount of production, the availability of spare parts is also limited. This possibility is what makes people rarely want to glance at these car models. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | MOTORTREND | NEWCARTESTDRIVE ]
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Sunday, January 29, 2023

A weird looking pickup concept of Nissan Nails

~Weird ONES~ Indeed, all this time we have been familiar with Nissan, one of the Japanese automotive brands. Well, so far this Japanese brand is famous for one of its car creations, namely the Nissan GT-R, which recently launched its newest model. Besides that this Yokohama-based automaker also has pickup production line-ups which is quite famous with models such as Nissan Navara, Frontier and others.
Loaded with unique ideas, the Nissan Nails Concept is a 'fun-to-use' vehicle, evoking a new sensation to match the sensibilities of today's fashion conscious youth. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
However, if you see this uniquely shaped concept vehicle, for sure at first you will never think that this is made by Nissan. How could it not be, this one concept vehicle made by Nissan has an extraordinary appearance and stunning character that will always attract the attention of everyone around it.
The Nissan Nails Concept is claimed to be able to withstand rough use without none of complaining, indeed was suitable as its name. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
Apart from that, this concept car is claimed to be able to withstand rough use without none of complaining, indeed was suitable as its name of the Nissan Nails Concept is designed to be a good friend with whom one feels completely at ease then. This concept car has a layout by positioning all of the wheels/tires right in its four corners to achieve an exceptionally efficient use of space in the compact body. It's said also this emphasis on the wheels/tires imparts a sense of boldness.
The Nissan Nails Concept is supported by a construction that is no less unique which is formed by placing an A-shaped cabin frame on the low floor that runs from the cabin along the length of the bed. (Picture from: Auto123)
The unique style of the Nissan Nails Concept is supported by a construction that is no less unique which is formed by placing an A-shaped cabin frame on the low floor that runs from the cabin along the length of the bed. There's various panels of body such as hood, fenders, and doors are given to be given a treatment to allow rough use without being concerned about scratches or dents.
There's various panels of body such as hood, fenders, and doors are given to be given a treatment to allow rough use without being concerned about scratches or dents. (Picture from: Gizmodo)
Furthermore, the front fascia is seen combining a new sensation in the design frame that seems to make it possible to peek at the mechanicals over the tops of colored glasses. Another unique form is suggested by the integrated appearance of tires and wheels, giving the impression of being 'rubber-faced wheels'.

Then thanks to the flat bed and the rear gate that can be folded, so that it allows us to carry and transport easily large and heavy items such as surfboards or off-road bikes, and others. Coupled with a 'soft rear partition' that is opened or closed by hooks and fasteners is provided between the cabin and the bed. While, the flat floor connecting the bed and the cabin makes it easy to carry long items.
Another unique form is suggested by the integrated appearance of tires and wheels, giving the impression of being 'rubber-faced wheels'. (Picture from: Viva.co.id)
As previously mentioned, the Nissan Nails Concept is presented to be a good friend with whom one feels completely at ease then, so it is not surprising that the cabin has various advanced features that will make it easier for those who are in it. The 'comb-frame seat' is constructed as if the teeth of two combs were alternately intertwined. It flexibly converts from a bench seat to a single seat by increasing the overlap of the comb teeth. The steering wheel has been designed with rubber grips to match the rubber-faced road wheel design.
The Nissan Nails Concept is presented to be a good friend with whom one feels completely at ease then, so it is not surprising that the cabin has various advanced features that will make it easier for those who are in it. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
The car's the instrument panel is designed in a distinct arch shape, then a large multifunction screen is positioned in the center of the instrument panel to display all the necessary information. Then another novel feature of the Nissan Nails Concept is 'cellular phone pocket' which boosts function of cellular phone of a owner of the car. When the owner inserts his or her cellular phone in the pocket provided in the center of the instrument panel, personal data and vehicle data are linked and the system turns on.
The Nissan Nails Concept's has compact designed instrument panel in a distinct arch shape, then a large multifunction screen is positioned in the center of the instrument panel to display all the necessary information. (Picture from: Auto123)
A driver can have a conversation with multiple friends by cellular phone, seeing these their pictures and checking information of each one displayed in the screen. This will make a driver feel like they are along for the ride. Mode selections or changes are easily made by the four switches in the center of the instrument panel. The Nails concept suggests a novel way of using a vehicle as a new type of communications terminal.
Thanks to the flat bed and the rear gate that can be folded, so that it allows us to carry and transport easily large and heavy items such as surfboards or off-road bikes, and others. (Picture from: ConceptCarz)
This unique-shaped Nissan concept car is powered by a front-mounted 1.5 L Inline-four engine producing around 100 hp @ 6,000 rpm, and torque of 101 ft-lbs @ 4,400 rpm, with all-those power transfered an automatic 4-speed transmission to drive the front wheels. So far, there are no records regarding the performance of this unique car.
As we all know, this Nissan Nails Concept was launched for the first time at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. There were various comments and reactions from the expo visitors at that time, lots of amazed looks and thumbs ups, but there was also no less of cynical chatter out of them at the weird appearance of this concept car. And fortunately, Nissan's crazy-wild pickup design halted at the concept stage with only one prototype ever built, never reached into production lines. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NISSAN | CONCEPTCARZ | CARNICHIWA | CARANDDRIVER | AUTO123 | GIZMODO | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Thursday, January 26, 2023

The world’s first electric-powered shooting brake from Geely

~New EV~ This is an extraordinary EV development ever achieved by the Chinese automaker, while the world's car manufacturers are currently competing to create electric vehicles with high cruising ranges. As quoted from CarNewsChina, there's an automotive brand from China launched its new hatchback electric-powered car called Zeekr 001. It debuted as the Lynk & Co Zero concept at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, and then the electric car has morphed into its current name since  2022.
The Zeekr 001 a Chinese electric car produced by Geely's subsdiary while on a test drive in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. (Picture from: CarNewsChina)
Then who is Zeekr? This is one of the Geely's subsdiary car brands which only focuses on premium electric vehicles. The car produced with four models that have CLTC mileage each of 546 km, 656 km, 741 km, and 1032 km. So that those latest electric cars reportedly would be sold in the price range of CN ¥300,000 – ¥386,000 or equivalent to Rp. 678.4 million to Rp. 872.9 million. Basically, the Zeeker 001 electric-powered car, which was launched in early 2023, has the same appearance as the previous model which also has 5 doors, 5 passenger seats, with dimensions of 4,970 mm in length, 1,999 mm in width and 1,560 mm, and a 3,005 mm wheelbase.
The Zeekr 001 is the launch model for Geely’s all-new electric vehicle brand that produces high-tech, higher-end EVs aimed at young-at-heart buyers. (Picture from: CarSales)
 Reportedly, the Zeeker 001 will be available in a choice of new body colors, namely orange, blue and night black. In addition, there is also a premium class variant called You Edition which provides an optional sports feature package at an additional cost of CN ¥35 thousand (Rp. 79 million). The package consists of 22-inch multi-spoke forged wheels, Brembo six-piston pillar calipers, perforated brake discs, Alcantara interior and racing seats.
The Zeekr 001 has a minimalist impression of the dashboard layout, with an 8.8-inches instrument panel and a 14.7-inches central control screen. (Picture from: InNews.id)
Inside its cabin, all its five seats covered by Nappa leather, and are available in four colors; carbon black, nitrogen blue, platinum gray and titanium brown. Meanwhile, the front seats have heating, ventilation and massage features. Besides that the Zeeker 001 has a minimalist impression of the dashboard layout, with an 8.8-inches instrument panel and a 14.7-inches central control screen, and the rear passengers also have an access to a 5.7-inches multifunction touchscreen. For the safety, the Zeekr 001 is equipped with an advanced driving assistance system that supports functions such as active lane changes, detours on construction roads and autonomous ramp passing.
The Zeekr 001 has been designed as a world car and it’s expected to find itself on the European market by the end of 2022. (Picture from: CarSales)
In terms of performance, the Zeekr 001 consists of two versions based on the drive system, namely the Four-Wheel Drive and the Rear-Wheel Drive variants. Well, for the Four-Wheel Drive version, it's powered by dual motor produces 400 kW of power and a peak torque of 686 Nm, with acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in just 3.8 seconds. This version is also equipped with ternary lithium batteries with capacities of 86 kWh and 100 kWh, with a range of 546 km and 656 km respectively for the CLTC.
The Zeekr 001 is equipped with an advanced driving assistance system that supports functions such as active lane changes, detours on construction roads and autonomous ramp passing. (Picture from: CarSales)
Meanwhile, the Rear-Wheel Drive version produces 200 kW of power and 343 Nm of peak torque. This version is equipped with Qilin CATL (China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle) batteries, CATL's third generation of cell-to-pack technology batteries, with capacities of 100 kWh and 140 kWh, which can achieve a range of 741 km and 1,032 km respectively. All of these Zeekr 001 variants also support a fast charging system.
Thus, the Chinese automaker claims that the Zeekr 001 is the world's longest-range EV so far with a range of 1,032 km. However, the variant with range of 1,032 km, is produced in limited quantities, namely only 1,000 units, and deliveries of all car variants are expected to start in the second quarter of 2023. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ZEEKR | CARNEWSCHINA | CARSALES ]
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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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