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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The floating car of the 1950s

It was in 1959 when Curtiss Wright decided to develop a vehicle which called the real possible future car look like some kind of hovercraft to us now. While, the company is known to have been manufacturing aircraft for years when they started the vehicle program. The future vehicle concept called the Model 2500 Air Car has been developed in such a way as the future four-passenger commercial vehicle with the hope of being accepted by the public at that time. 
1959 Curtiss Wright Model 2500 Air Car prototype was built as the future four-passenger commercial vehicle. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3moWGxx)
It can be explained briefly that the Air Car is a compact vehicle with a size similar to a family car which is equipped with a kind of air cushion that allows it to float on the air. The lift power is provided by two 180bhp aircraft engines mounted vertically combined with side and rear air vents allowing it to be maneuvered.
1959 Curtiss Wright Model 2500 Air Car prototype uses 2 180bhp aircraft engines mounted vertically combined with side and rear air vents allowing it to be maneuvered. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3moWGxx)
The two engines mounted vertically at both ends rotate 4 fan blades to create lift and propulsion. Unlike the hovercraft with the large rear fan, however, air from these internal fans is directed through the movable vents located on the each-sides of the vehicle to provide the capabilities to steer, thrust and braking.

Then to make it look similar to a conventional car, the Curtiss-Wright designer gave several features that are common to a car such as dual headlights, taillights, turn indicators, simple bumpers, and even a convertible top on the Model 2500 Air Car. But unlike the pre-development marketing images, the sleek lines were replaced by the huge round box had a two-person cabin inside with the vehicle width of 8' and 29' long.
One of 1959 Curtiss Wright Model 2500 Air Car prototype sat on display at a military museum in Virginia in neater cosmetic form. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3moWGxx)
Then in the early 1960s, the Army Transportation Research Command purchased two Curtiss-Wright Model 2500 Air Cars which were described as ground effect machines (gems). The purchases were for engineering and operational evaluation as part of an ongoing investigation of the vehicle for use in the military.
1959 Curtiss Wright Model 2500 Air Car prototype was located in New Jersey in terrible condition. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3moWGxx)
After several months of testing, the Army decided not to fund any further projects, and it was abandoned in 1961. Because the vehicle was deemed inadequate for all-terrain operations and was never commercially captured.
After all, as a replacement for the car it lacks not only practicality, size, noise and maneuverability but also speed, the best of which will only do 38mph. And the last version of the Curtis Wright Aircar appeared in 1960. And the video below shows that while the vehicle being on the tests at the famous Daytona Motor Speedway.
Both prototypes of the car survived; one of them is in a military museum in Virginia, at least in neater cosmetic form. Another car was located in New Jersey in terrible condition and was sold on the eBay site in late 2015. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSTYLING | BARNFINDS | THROTTLEXTREME ]
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Monday, November 30, 2020

Alfa Romeo Brera Concept

This is one of ItalDesign's lively pieces that was presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show called the Alfa Romeo Brera concept. The concept car is intended as a proposal that is right on target and worthy included in the Alfa Romeo's lineup.
2002 Alfa Romeo Brera concept designed by ItalDesign and presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HPNkMc)
It can say that's quite different for the Alfa Romeo Brera concept in 2002 is praised for presenting it like the stars at the Geneva Motor Show, it assumed will have a real future in the brand from which it was originally created.

The car concept presentation was carried out while the Alfa Romeo brand being on looking the car figure to replace the 156. As we all knew, the model was relaunched by the brand in 1997. And in the same time, ItalDesign often shows its intentions through a concept, meanwhile here in the case, it presented as a coupe.
2002 Alfa Romeo Brera concept designed by ItalDesign and presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HPNkMc)
For the beauty of the concept, the powerful 400 hp V8 engine is in the front center position, and the door is distinguished by its vertical opening, with the hinge located at the bottom of the door. Its style will attract the public, hopely also the management of Alfa Romeo.
2002 Alfa Romeo Brera concept designed by ItalDesign and presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HPNkMc)
ItalDesign won the contract for the new design of the 159 model. Meanwhile in passing the GTV and Spider replacements were signed by Brera and Spider by Pininfarina.
2002 Alfa Romeo Brera concept designed by ItalDesign and presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2HPNkMc)
The Brera presentation is almost entirely conceptual, in proportion to the transverse drive architecture and more adequate interior space for rear passengers.
Unfortunately for Alfa Romeo, the styling will be presented with a platform that is often seen as not in line with the character expected of the car model, mainly because there is too much mass. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LEBLOGAUTO ]
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

One of world’s most-coveted Ferrari-built racecars

The Dino has become one of the most coveted, desirable and significant cars built by Ferrari throughout the builder’s history. Named after Enzo Ferrari’s son who passed in 1956, the Dino is unique in its design, history and inspiration alike.
1966 Ferrari Dino 206 Spyder Coupe was announced in 1965 as a contender for the 1966 2-litre sports car class. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fLdFY5)
The car when racing in its heyday was top of its class, and today it has been recognized as one of the most beautiful cars Ferrari or any other company has built.

The Ferrari Dino 206 Spyder Coupe was announced in 1965 as a contender for the 1966 2-litre sports car class. It followed the 166 P prototype of 1955, with its V6 engine enlarged to 1987cc. Ferrari SEFAC officially raced the Dino against the factory and privateer Porsche 906s.
1966 Ferrari Dino 206 Spyder Coupe was powered by what could have been one half the P3’s 4-litre V12. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33p9htb)
The 206 was powered by what could have been one half the P3’s 4-litre V12. In the center of the car was a bespoke Dino V6 engine that reached peak power at 9000 rpm. Initially, Ferrari planned to produce 50 examples of this car for homologation purposes, but industrial unrest in Italy with resulting labor problems halted production of these cars.
1966 Ferrari Dino 206 Spyder Coupe planned to produce 50 examples, but due to civil unrest in Italy and labour problems, only 18 of these beautiful race cars were ever completed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3fLdFY5)
Various versions of the 2-liter engine were used. The initial V6 was fitted with three Weber 40 DCN 2 carburetors which were replaced on the later models by Lucas fuel injection. Cylinder heads varied with either 12, 18 or 24 valves having single or dual spark.

Along with a large variety of engines, the bodywork on the 206 varied from car to car. Most of the 206’s came as a spider version with the roof section completely removed. Piero Drogo was responsible for the design of body which was crafted by his company, Carrozzeria Sports Cars.
Only 18 206s were completed with limited racing success. Much of the design cues were carried through to the Dino 206 road car, but it lacked much of the race-bred design elements found in the 206 Spyder Coupe. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS | FINECARS | BARCHETTA | DRIVING ]
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Friday, November 27, 2020

Here's Maserati Bora

The name Maserati is already familiar in the world of sports cars. This supercar manufacturer from Italy certainly has a long history in the construction of its production cars. Well, one of the most iconic is the Maserati Bora even though it struggled in times of crisis and didn't have the chance to become the perfect racing car, at least the Bora is a milestone as the Maserati's first mid-engine supercar.
The Maserati Bora is the Maserati's first mid-engine supercar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ja85CF)
The car that named after a wind (Bora being the wind of Trieste) appeared in public for the first time at the 1972 Geneva Auto Show is said to have taken inspiration from the Maserati Boomerang Concept, a previous Giorgetto Giugiaro prototype masterpiece that also featured a 4,700 cc DOHC V8 engine but had been discontinued for uncertain reasons.
1972 Maserati Boomerang Concept by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Italdesign Giugiaro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/362TqC3)
It is not surprising that Maserati Bora is called a Boomerang clone model due of has similar designs. The Maserati Bora first launched of the Modena-based car manufacturer was a mid-engined V8 coupe which was first sold in 1971 until finally discontinued in 1978. As of their time, the Bora could be classified as supercars competed with the Lamborghini Miura.
The Maserati Bora featured two kinds of the mid-mounted V8 engine, ie 4,7-liter made started in 1971 and 4.9-liter version started in 1973. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ja85CF)
It must be admitted that its initial form was not as handsome as Ghibli but its maximum speed reached 275 km/hour. Even the year of his birth is considered the peak of Maserati glory. The Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Bora powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine, and used Citroen legs.
The Modena-based manufacturer, Maserati produced the Maserati Bora with a total of 564 units. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ja85CF)
The car also is trying to bring the Maserati into the modern era, and now these cars are rare. The Modena-based auro-manufacturer is produced the Maserati Bora with a total of 564 units. The car immersed by a 4.7-liter engine is more than half of Bora's production or as 289 units in 1971 to 1978, and the rest around 275 units are made started in 1973 to 1978 by using a 4.9-liter engine.
The Maserati Bora appeared in public for the first time at the 1972 Geneva Auto Show. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ja85CF)
Although it wasn't made in the first year, the 4.9 liter engine version is certainly more powerful. It is capable of producing 330 horsepower which is channeled to rear-wheel drive via a five-speed manual transmission.
In May 2020, there's someone who sold this rare car with quite well-maintained body paint, the interior was still neat, the cabin still looked original, typical of 70s Italian cars. From the odometer, it can be seen that Maserati Bora has only traveled around 10 thousand kilometers and was being offered at a price of $139,000 (approximately Rp.2 billion). Are You interested? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MASERATIUSA | WIKIPEDIA | DRIVE-MY | CLASSICDRIVER | CLASSIC | CAROLENASH ]
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car built by Piero Drogo

Talking about classic cars that are made in limited numbers and have historical value, of course, these classic cars are of high-value today. Like the following classic cars. Well, this time we will talk about the 3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car after the bodywork received the touch of Piero Drogo's magic hand.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with chassis number #2503GT and racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
As a true automotive enthusiast, of course, you already know the figure of Piero Drogo. He is an Italian gentleman who is known to be the owner and founder of a Modena-based coachbuilder company called Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. Especially for the manufacture of the following legendary Ferrari 250 GT racing cars, it is also inseparable from the magical touch of other automotive maestros such as Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini.

1. Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo
As quoted from Carscoops, one unit of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo has been sold for €799,960 or approximately Rp. 13.17 billion in an auction event in Germany in 2015, after the car was restored while maintaining the Ferrari's typical shape and design. Unfortunately, there's no information that has been mentioned about the condition of the car's interior and who is the new owner of this Ferrari 250 GT Drogo.
1961 Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo known as one of the most expensive classic racing cars. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36Z5gN1)
As the name implies, the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo is a special edition that has been modified by Piero Drogo. This classic car apparently did not use the original chassis but was replaced with a Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa which proved to be reliable in racing at that time. No wonder this car was recorded to have won many racing events in its heydays.
Even though it was made with a unique design, it was actually very aerodynamic for the vehicles of the day. Then the driving force of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo comes from a V12 engine with a capacity of 3,000 cc by using six Weber carburetors and combined with a four-speed manual transmission system that can bring it to run fast up to 270 kph.

2. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo
Furthermore, the racing car that also carries the big name Ferrari 250 GT, but appears in a more special form is the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo using Ferrari's distinctive red paint called Rosso Corsa with a combination of chrome material on several parts. As quoted from Coachbuild, a racing car in a unique shape like this was first used by Count Volpi's Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venice, then followed by the Garage Francorchamps team.
The front fascia of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
The car's special appearance was obtained because this Ferrari was also skinned by Piero Drogo in 1961 on the bone of Bizzarrini's first prototype for the 250 GTO with chassis number #2503GT. 
The left side view of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #44 while running at the 500km de Spa of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
After the GTO prototype-based Ferrari 250 GT SWB was completed, it was called 'Anastasia' (derogatory expression for ugly women in Modena jargon). It is known that this car was later used in various racing events starting in 1962 with a series of quite classy achievements.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #28 got a really bad accident while running at the 500km de Spa of 1964 and destroyed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
But unfortunately, this racing car had an accident while racing at the 1000km Nuerburgring event in 1962. After that this car was rebuilt by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. When it was finished, the car returned to racing, and again bad luck continued to afflict the 250 GT SWB Drogo racing car, at the 500km de Spa event, and again it had an accident and was badly damaged. Since then the car has never been rebuilt.😢

3. Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo
The next car is Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo. This car was built in 1962 based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB with chassis number #2819GT. This oddly shaped car was made to fight with the newer 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other FIA GT racing events.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' built by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, and utilizing the aerodynamics theory of Dr.Kamm at the rear that resembles breadvan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IZyoLB)
The bodywork was done by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena, utilizing the aerodynamics theory of Dr.Kamm at the rear.  The term 'Breadvan' was first used by the English press who probably were not very optimistic about the car's strange appearance with its very low pointed nose, long flat roofline, and square rear end.
Even today, chassis #2819 is still referred to as the 'Breadvan'. In fact, this car is able to make brilliant achievements in various FIA GT racing events. While the French preferred to call this car 'la Camionette' (means 'van' in English). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD.COM | BARCHETTA.CC | CARSCOOPS ]
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Monday, November 23, 2020

The unseen before of Porsche's minivan concept

Porsche is indeed known as a great car manufacturer, some time ago this German manufacturer made an unusual breakthrough through their electric car concept. Instead of making an electric car with a supercar aura, Porsche actually made an electric-powered minivan named the Porsche Vision Renndienst Concept as the company's study design.
Porsche Vision Renndienst concept is featured with the simple bumper without a grille, there is only an air-dam accent below, and a fog lamp overdraft on the left and right. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kO6gbJ)
Actually, this concept car has been created since 2018, but it has only been introduced recently. It looks like the designers who worked at the Stuttgart-based car factory are getting bored of designing sports cars, and this concept might be one of their weirdest ideas.😅 And it's said that the car is a spacious 6-passenger family car concept inspired by spaceship design.
Porsche Vision Renndienst concept actually built in the 2018 as the company's design study to try translating the idea of the legendary Porsche car design into various types of vehicles. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kO6gbJ)
Through the concept car, Porsche wants to try translating the idea of the legendary Porsche car design into various types of vehicles. And if You are felt curious about where Porsche got the inspiration for this concept, You can be seen in one of the pictures below where the Porsche MPV concept posing next to the Volkswagen T1 which is its ancestor and source of inspiration as well.
Porsche Vision Renndienst posing with the Volkswagen T1, which is its ancestor and source of inspiration as well. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kO6gbJ)
Well, the design of the Vision Renndienst concept by Porsche is indeed inspired by the Volkswagen T1 (VW Combi), you know. So, the car's interior offers the occupants a spacious and comfortable modular cabin, while the driver sits in the middle of them like the McLaren F1. Meanwhile, the driving force of the Porsche Vision Renndienst is by using the electric motors. 
Porsche Vision Renndienst concept is an electric-powered minivan and offers the occupants a spacious and comfortable modular cabin. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kO6gbJ)
Judging from the design, it looks like a van in general, it is boxy, tall, and long. Even so, the modern impression still radiates thanks to the slightly sloping fascia. The bumper looks very simple, without a grille, there is only an air-dam accent below, and a fog lamp overdraft on the left and right. The headlights are also very futuristic featured with an elongated lamp shape up and down, with a narrower center.
Porsche Vision Renndienst concept is boxy, tall, and long even the modern impression still radiates thanks to the slightly sloping fascia. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3kO6gbJ)
In addition, the windshield is also made like an airplane, which is wide in front and curves smaller in the side area. Even though it is a van, the sporty aura still radiates thanks to the side airflow design at the bottom that looks like a supercar. Besides that, the rims used are also sporty, typical of Porsche.
And in our opinion, the Porsche MPV concept design actually was not bad. Instead, if it is improved and refined, actually it is worthied and feasible to be marketed. Unfortunately, the production version of Porsche's first MPV never been realized and just left it.😞 However, what do you think about this minivan concept? Is the Porsche Vision Renndienst cool or not? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WORDLESS TECH | CARSCOOPS ]
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Friday, November 20, 2020

Adams Brothers M-505 Probe 16

What a weird car willing to be talking about right now? Is this a real car? At first glance, many said that the shape was impractical because this car absolutely has no doors. Then how can we access the cockpit? Of course, it is a real car, and You can hop into the car's cockpit via a sliding glass roof. But at least its unique design was enough to illustrate that this is a futuristic car design with advanced features that are said to be inspired by the beauty of women's curves.
The Adams Brothers M-505 Probe 16 / Durango 95 from A Clockwork Orange, on display at the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition held at the Design Museum of London from April 26 until September 17, 2019. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35wOzsK)
This unique car that has sexy body curves was built by Adams Brothers, a British-based automotive manufacturer and is owned by the two brothers of former Marcos automotive designer named Dennis Adams and Peter Adams. This sexy car is named Adams Brothers Probe 16 and known to be built in limited numbers, only 3 units in the 1969 as 'an investigation into extremes of styling' with an internal code M-505.
The Adams Brothers M-505 Probe 16 / Durango 95 from A Clockwork Orange built as 'an investigation into extremes of styling'. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pxjnS5)
As time went by, the Adams Brothers M-505 better known as the Durango 95, but that has nothing to do with the Dodge Durango. Yes, actually this sexy car was born long before the Dodge Durango model was existed. And the name mentioned above is just a fictional name given after this unique-shaped car appeared in Stanley Kubrick's film titled A Clockwork Orange in 1971.
The Adams Brothers M-505 Probe 16 / Durango 95 from A Clockwork Orange is powered by a mid-mounted Austin 1800 upgrade engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pxjnS5)
This car designer said, that the design of this car is partly inspired by the curves of the female body. However, it is not known to what extent it inspired the designer when they started designing this car. Can you assess it? Furthermore, this sexy British car is powered by a mid-mounted Austin 1800 upgrade engine. So, this unique car is about 34 inches tall and uses wheels measuring 10" at the front while 13" at the rear.
And the three units of the produced car consisted is known that the first car with chassis number AB/2 with a license plate MJO 145H was sold to Jimmy Webb, an American songwriter. The second one with chassis number AB/3 with a plate number PWV 222H was sold to Jack Bruce, the bassist of the band Cream who then gave it to co-band member of Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing as a birthday present. The third, with the AB/4 chassis, has a JFB 220H license plate owned by Robin Gibbons. Those three cars are still in existence today with different owners. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE DRIVE | CARBUZZ | WIKIPEDIA | BONHAM ]
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Ford GT40's story to be the Italian's Prancing Horse killer

For those of you who have been watched a film titled 'Ford v Ferrari' is premired last year (November 2019) and seems to be familiar with the Ford GT40, it is the first American car able to beat Ferrari in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance racing arena. Before the Ford GT40 got the nickname 'Ferrari Killer,' it turns out that the story of the mighty car's birth was also fun to be discussed.
Part of Ford's 1966 Le Mans podium, 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UoxlHE)
The story begins in the early 1960s, when CEO of Ford Motor Company at that time, Henry Ford II felt curious about whether his company could compete in the world of international motorsport. Then Henry Ford II declared his ambition of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance racing championship as a first step, because he considered the race was the most competitive racing event at the time.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #1. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pvmfyU)
As we know, in the 1960s, the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race was always dominated by European car brands such as Ferrari, Porsche and Alfa Romeo. And among these brands the most dominating at that time was Ferrari, so the boss of the American manufacturer was interested in buying those prancing horse logoed auto manufacturer in the hope that his racing program would be successful.
Part of Ford's 1966 Le Mans podium, 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #5. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32I0oua)
It seems that Henry Ford II is not unrequited, it turns out that Enzo Ferrari was also attracted by the offer from his American colleague, and then both of them decided to hold a meeting to discuss the takeover of the Italian company by the Ford Motor Company. But unfortunately the meeting did not go well and ended in failure, because Enzo Ferrari firmly rejected one of the points in the contract which stated that Ferrari also had to hand over its racing division to the American manufacturer.
Shortly after, Enzo Ferrari and his staff immediately left the meeting room, even though Henry Ford II had flown all the way to Italy and prepared millions of dollars for the deal. Of course, Henry Ford II was very upset and disappointed, upon his arrival America, he immediately gathered his staff in a room and emphatically conveyed his main goal at that time is participated the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance racing event only to beat Ferrari!

To achieve its main goal, the American car manufacturer then estabilished its European headquarter in London under the name of  Ford Advanced Vehicles, and one of the reason for that to be closer to its rival based in Maranello, Italy. Finally in 1964, the racing car that was predicted to beat Ferrari was finished to be built and introduced under the name of the Ford GT40.
Interior view of 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #1. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pvmfyU)
The first generation Ford GT40 is equipped with a 4,700 cc V8 engine, which is similar to that used in the Lola GT and Lotus 29 racing cars, but has been modified to give it a better performance. In 1964, the Ford GT40 finally able to meet its rival Ferrari 275P directly at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ford GT40 MK II designed by Carroll Shelby. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pvmfyU)
Apparently those days were not the Henry Ford II and his team's lucky days, because none of the three of Ford GT40 units that entered the race arena able to complete the race and touch the finish line. On the other hand, Ferrari managed to be the winner of those race event, again Henry Ford II's team was beaten by the Italian's prancing horse team. For a momment, the Ford GT40 starting to be considered and touted as a 'failed' project by the public.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #2. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/35ts3AM)
Once again they returned to America sadly, and upon arrival at the house Henry Ford II looked for the right way to solve this problem, and soon he decided to team up with Caroll Shelby who is well known for his performance in Daytona endurance racing. It wasn't long after Carol Shelby worked on the Ford racing team and found many problems within the first generation Ford GT40, such as in the engine, aerodynamics, gearbox, and many more. After being modified by Shelby, finally the latest generation of Ford GT40 was born and known as the Ford GT40 MK II.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #1. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pvmfyU)
Now, the Caroll Shelby-made Ford GT40 is uses a V8 engine which previously had 350 hp, after being upgraded to 450 hp. As a warming up as well as the preparation before entering the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT40 competed in the Daytona 2000 endurance race held in February 1965. From this event, a glimmer of hope began to emerge, after it was driven hundreds of kilometers non-stop, the Ford GT40 managed to become the winner of the prototype class.
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II with its racing livery #5. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32I0oua)
In the following year, the Ford GT40, piloted by Ken Miles and Bruce McLaren, also won other endurance races such as the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. But what has been waiting, and of course, is the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966 is a means of proving that the Ford GT40 is no longer 'fragile' anymore.
The historical moment when the Ford team finished 1-2-3 with three (#2, #1 and #5) of its GT40 racing cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3lyuIib)
At the endurance race event of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, three Ford GT40 units were seen leading the race in the early rounds, followed by the Ferrari 330 behind them. But when the race entered the night, the Ferrari 330 racing car could overtake the three Ford GT40 units in front of it and lead the race until the next day. And while the Ferrari 330 was leading the course of the race suddenly had crashed due to a tire burst and made the day a lucky day for the Ford team.

Immediately the three Ford GT40 units returned to lead the race and were able to maintain the 1-2-3 position until the finish flag was raised. This achievement proves that all the efforts of the board of directors of the American manufacturer, especially Henry Ford II and his racing team, to be able to build a racing car that can beat the Italian prancing horse Ferrari were not in vain and ultimately bear sweet results, so that the 'Ferrari Killer' title deserves to be carried by the Ford GT40.
Amazingly, after the Ford GT40's victory in 1966, the Italian's prancing horse never won again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In contrast to Ford, who managed to become the defending champion at the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1966 to 1969 together with its Ford GT40 racing cars.

Although initially the Ford GT40 was a prototype car specifically made for racing purposes, finally a new road-legal car called the Ford GT was born in 2005 which is also a directly-breed of the Ford GT40. The advantages of this new road-legal car is equipped with a V8 supercharged engine. So that the Ford GT is claimed to be had nice performance numbers of 0-100 kph acceleration in under 3.8 seconds, and the top speed can reach a number of 328 kph! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SILODROME]
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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Mangusta, a fierce motorcycle that reflects the raging bull's identity

So far, the public knows that Lamborghini-logoed motorbikes are still only a concept on the paper. Although in fact the raging bull-logoed manufacturer ever once made a sports motorbike named Lamborghini Design 90 even if in the form of a prototype. The bike is known was the result of collaboration the Sant'Agata Bolognese-based manufacturer with a French motorcycle racing specialists of Boxer Bike (now named Boxer Design) and only 6 units ever made in 1989.
Lamborghini Mangusta concept motorcycle by Yasid Design. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pmEDKe)
Recently there's a designer named Yasid Design, who is known not only as a vehicle designer but as an artist. He has many quite interesting virtual works that are born from his magic hand scratches and brilliant thoughts.

This time, he brought out a two-wheeled vehicle design bearing the raging bull badge and is gave the name Lamborghini Mangusta (an Italian word for 'mongoose'). Even though it had a name that had nothing to do with the bull as usual, but the design he made managed to embody the raging bull spirit. Because the mongoose is also a quite aggressive species.
Lamborghini Mangusta concept motorcycle by Yasid Design. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pmEDKe)
According to the designer, this motorcycle was built on the basis of the Ducati Diavel. And the Diavel selection is said to be the perfect choice in creating a wild machine worthy of wearing the Lambo badge. Then the Mangusta aesthetic truly reflects the language of the Italian supercar brand, as it combines metal and carbon fiber to create a strong yet lightweight ride.

And the only thing that doesn't have a sharp curve is the seat. The reason is quite clear. As many would expect, this model gets an over-the-top style with angular bodywork with sharp edges. And some details of the body still embody its typical raging bull figures. Almost all of the body panels appear to be made of carbon fiber.
Lamborghini Mangusta concept motorcycle by Yasid Design. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pmEDKe)
Furthermore, the Y-shaped LED headlights and taillight strips look sleek, seemingly inspired by the Lamborghini Vision Gran Turismo Concept revealed last year. The tank and seat are made to appear together, with a little sculpting at the bottom. Then, in the front is left open with no fender. Instead, there's the covers that adopting sharp corners to wrap the front suspensions.

Although taking the base from Diavel, the designer created a trellis frame which is quite elegant. Besides, the contrasting color with the carbon fiber clad cover makes it look more charming, also its carbon fiber panel hides most of the original motorcycle design elements.

Uniquely the belt drive device is still visible from the trellis frame to the one-sided swing arm. Then the bottom of this motorcycle looks quite attractive, where the front of the engine is closed neatly. Besides, the frame cover is made to extend to cover the single arm with a curved body sharply combined with a firm line like an Italian supercar.
Lamborghini Mangusta concept motorcycle by Yasid Design. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3pmEDKe)
While the other side covers the two-hole exhaust which is located right under the rider's seat. Designer is expanding the wheelbase to create a more elegant and elongated motor, but he hasn't said anything about the bike's technical specifications. Although there is no detailed information regarding the engine specs, it looks like it is based on the XDiavel S fierce engine.
It could be said that this model still relies on a conventional engine instead of an electric powertrain. Of the images of the Lamborghini Mangusta concept is seen wrapped in Reventon silver and Aventador yellow, meanwhile, Ducati's distinctive red color has been removed.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | YASID DESIGN | CARSCOOPS | RIDE APART ]
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