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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Here's the all-electric Maserati's radical-looks hypercar inspired by its racing legacy

Reportedly, the Italian trident-logoed sports car manufacturer, Maserati, after successfully launching its newest supercar, the Maserati MC20 in 2020, will soon enter the world of electric-powered vehicles. And then the manufacturer said that it had started testing an electric drive system that would complement future the Maserati models.
Maserati Neptune Concept, a single-seat electric-powered supercar concept is designed by Salvatore Andrea Piccirillo and inspired by the Maserati 250F lagendary race car of the 1950s. (Picture from: HotCars)
And it is also mentioned that in 2022 the Maserati MC20 will also be powered by three electric motors which are claimed to be able to spew more power. It is also mentioned that there are already another several experimental vehicles that have used the electric motors that applied the latest Maserati's technology which was fully developed in their own laboratory in Modena, Italy. They will come soon.
The legendary Maserati 250F of the 1950s known as the inspiration source for the Maserati Neptune Concept. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
But what if the Modena-based manufacturer dared to present a radical form of an electric-powered supercar. Maybe through the following concept, a famous car and yacht designer named Salvatore Andrea Piccirillo intended to be the answer of that question. Well, in a brilliant way, he poured out a radical design idea of a single-seat electric-powered supercar concept called the Maserati Neptune Concept. Its name is coincidentally a translation for 'Nettuno,' the engine name installed on Maserati MC20 supercar.
The Maserati Neptune Concept has plenty of void space in the middle, seem uses a Formula E racecar platform featuring super-sized wheels and arching lines that connect them, this pixel exercise easily stimulates the mind. (Picture from: Techeblog)
Conceptually, the mentioned supercar is not meant to be a rival to the upcoming electric-powered MC20 supercar variant, but rather solely an envisioned with all-electric powered single-seat supercar is inspired by the legendary Maserati 250F race car. As stated by the designer of Maserati Neptune Concept, that the vision is a homage to the legendary Maserati 250F, that has been driven by legends like Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio and Maria Teresa de Filippis (as the first Formula-1 woman driver).
The Maserati Neptune Concept is powered by 3 electric motors, the main one is on the front of the car while the other two are attached on each its rear wheels. (Picture from: Techeblog)
"Maserati Neptune wants to take back the original 250F layout, but with a different shape and proportions. A particular attention to the Maserati's classic race car wore the racing livery number three, that is an important element in the history of Maserati is echoed in some details. There is 3 electric motors, the main one is on the front of the car while the other two are attached on each its rear wheels," Andrea Piccirillo said further.
While the Maserati Neptune Concept's batteries are hidden behind the main engine and inside the car monocoque. (Picture from: Worldlesstech)
But according to Autoevolution, the supercar appears with its unusual construction, which features plenty of void space in the middle, this virtual creation looks more like a sculpture than anything else. Nevertheless, the layout owes to the fact that, under the top side of the electric-powered vehicle, we've found a Formula E racecar platform featuring super-sized wheels and arching lines that connect them, this pixel exercise easily stimulates the mind. While the batteries are hidden behind the main engine and inside the car monocoque.
The engineering is thought to bring Formula E technology into a Granturismo concept, that’s a remarkable element in the history of Maserati. For this reason, Maserati Neptune Concept has an unique driver position, that is like a Formula 1 seat. 

This can be translated as the implementation of the brand's racing DNA taken of the legendary Maserati 250F when it raced on the Formula-1 racetrack in the 1950s, so one can easily imagine the emotions of legendary drivers such Juan Manuel Fangio or Stirling Moss when riding this creation. Too bad, it's just an imaginary car.😉 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | YANKO DESIGN | WORLDLESSTECH | AUTOEVOLUTION | TECHEBLOG | HOTCARS ]
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

The world's most expensive picnic car today, Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

One thing that sometimes invites a big question mark for ordinary people, when they see there are people who are willing to spend so much money to buy a car. Like today when Roll-Royce, one of the British premium car manufacturers launched its newest automotive product named Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and priced at an exorbitant price of around £20.4 million or around Rp. 412 billion. It's not a joke, that's a fantastic sums of money.
New Rolls-Royce Boat Tail shows off coachbuilding chops of the Phantom platform. (Picture from: Autoblog)
With such the price tags, no wonder if the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is touted as the world's most expensive car today. The question is? Would anyone who willing to spend that kind of money just to buy a weird luxury car that has a boat tail shaped in the back? As the Rolls-Royce' claimed, of course there were the rich guys who willing to. Due to We never know how does it feel to have that much money?🚧
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail has a length of about 5.8 meters and knew as the first Rolls-Royce car to be ordered under the company's coachbuild program inspired by a one-off model named Rolls-Royce Sweptail. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
As quoted of AutoBlog, the four-seats super fancy car built based on the Phantom platform and has a length of about 5.8 meters. It is the first Rolls-Royce car to be ordered under the company's coachbuild program inspired by a one-off model named Rolls-Royce Sweptail, which sold in 2017 for £12.8 million or approx. Rp.260.4 billion.
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail took more than 4 years to build, and there will only be three units of the Boat Tail model world wide. (Picture from: Autoblog)
And the Boat Tail name refers to the back of this Rolls-Royce's luxury car which is shaped like a J-class racing yacht. Furthermore, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is powered by the same engine used in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Phantom, and Black Badge, namely a 6.75-biturbo V12 engine capable of producing around 563 hp of power.

The CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that's an unusual and unique Rolls-Royce model because the rear is technically the best picnic facility in the world. And also mentioned, that the British manufacturer took more than 4 years to build it, and there will only be three units of the Boat Tail model world wide.
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is the four-seats super fancy car built based on the Phantom platform. (Picture from: Autoblog)
If the one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail is built by the British manufacturer was under commissioned of its super-rich customer, the same happens for the Boat Tail models. According to the British premium car manufacturer, there are three of their loyal customers who have commissioned and coordinated with their designers to build these super luxury cars. Their only request was 'to show them something they've never seen before.'
Rolls-Royce is flexing the coachbuilding muscles of its highly versatile new Phantom platform with this gorgeous Boat Tail commission. (Picture from: Autoblog)
As the name suggests, the most attractive part of the super luxury car is the rear which made in such way to resemble a boat tail. What is the main uniqueness of the luxury car? As we knew that this car was specifically built as a support means to the millionaire's private picnic packaged in a convertible luxury car. This can be seen clearly on the back, in which under the two wooden lids of Caleidolegno were placed two exquisite compartments. If the lid opens like a butterfly's wings to reveal an open boot space like an outdoor set-up.
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail has a double champagne chiller designed to fit the bottle shape of the famous Armand de Brignac's champagne and a set of luxury glassware made by Christofle of Paris. (Picture from: Autoblog)
That's where you'll find a double champagne chiller designed to fit the bottle shape of the famous Armand de Brignac's champagne. Then there's a luxury mini refrigerator set which definitely would kept the Caviar cold and fresh, and not only that, you could be found food compartment as well featured with a set of luxury glassware made by Christofle of Paris.
Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is provided an exclusive sun protection umbrella set including a pair of beautiful picnic chairs with frames made of carbon fiber. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Uniquely, to give a touch of exclusivity, every items in this luxury convertible car, ranging from the big ones to the smallest items are also engraved with the name of 'Rolls-Royce Boat Tail.' Furthermore, to make the picnics even more enjoyable, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail also provides an exclusive sun protection umbrella set including a pair of beautiful picnic chairs with frames made of carbon fiber.
In addition, there is also a 15-speaker sound system that has been modified to use the car platform as a sound box, ready to make the open air picnic even more enjoyable. But all of that doesn't stop there, it turns out that there are more special items provided for his-and-hers the owners of Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, namely an exclusive customized watch made by Bovet 1822.

Well, hopefully all of this able to explain why this Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is so expensive, so it deserves crowned as the world's most expensive picnic car today.😉 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | CARANDDRIVER ]
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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Another Switzerland hypercar of Morand Cars

We are still in Switzerland, after some time ago we discussed about the Picasso PS-01, a supercar made by a Swiss company called Picasso Automotive. Soon there's another Swiss company, Morand Cars followed the step by launching its first hypercar in 2023 which is claimed to be able to reach a maximum speed of up to 400 kph.
Morand Hypercar-Swiss Made built by Morrand Cars and will launching in 2023 which is claimed to be able to reach a maximum speed of up to 400 kph. (Picture from: Autocar)
And the Morand Cars itself is an automotive company founded by Benoit Morand who is known as the former manager of the racing team at the Le Mans Championship along with Eric Boullier who also has a background in developing super fast cars in F1, ever involved in the Lotus F1 team as Team Manager and has also served as Race Director in the McLaren F1 team.

As quoted of Autocar, the Morand Hypercar-Swiss Made is built into 2 models, namely a hybrid and all-electric model by using a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, while the body structure is made of a lightweight and sturdy composite material called Amplitex. So that some parts such as the hood, doors, wings, seats, and interior spaces are made of Amplitex Bcomp. Although the material is light, Amplitex is said to have a heavier mass than carbon fiber but has passed through a valid crash test with satisfactory results.
Morand Hypercar-Swiss Made is built into 2 models, namely a hybrid and all-electric model by using a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, while the body structure is made of a lightweight and sturdy composite material called Amplitex. (Picture from: Autocar)
Meanwhile, for the drivetrain, as for the hybrid model will rely on a bespoke, 5.2-litre, naturally aspirated V10 engine capable of producing a maximum power of up to 690 hp and a maximum torque of 542 Nm. To support the car's hybrid system also installed three electric motors that work to drive the wheels and then coupled with the Xtrac's 7-speed manual-automatic transmission system. The car maker also stated that the hybrid model could be driven a distance of 50 km by using is electric motors alone.
Although the material is light, Amplitex is said to have a heavier mass than carbon fiber but has passed through a valid crash test with satisfactory results. (Picture from: Autocar)
As for the all-electric model will be powered by four permanent magnet motors is mounted on all-four wheels, and is said to be capable of producing a maximum power of up to 1,950 hp to drive its four wheels. The power comes from a 400 kg weighted battery with a capacity of 70 kWh and generates power of 1,400 kW.
Morand Hypercar-Swiss Made prototype will be launched this year, in which the hybrid model will be introduced first, and the all-electric model will follow later in 2022. (Picture from: Autocar)
In addition, Morand Cars is also focusing on fast battery charging technology to embed on the all-electric model. The company targets all of its electric-powered hypercars to be able to fully charge the battery in 12 minutes by using a 350 kW charger or seven minutes faster if using a 560 kW charger.

While on the hybrid model, Morand Cars will use a new type of storage device to support its 300 kW battery system with a 4.5 kWh supercapacitor which is intended to maintain the car weight under 1,250 kg even if it carries a battery and engine.
The plan, the Morand Cars hypercar prototype will be launched this year, in which the hybrid model will be introduced first, and the all-electric model will follow later in 2022. However, so far there is no more detailed information about the hypercar which is only produced in limited numbers (ie only 73 units worldwide), but the Swiss company has priced its hypercar ranging of €1.7M or around Rp.29 billions. In our opinion that's a quite fair price for such a limited-production hypercar. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MORAND-CARS | AUTOCAR ]
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The unseen Porsche's sportscar concept powered by motorcycle engine

When an automotive company develops a car model and the results are then able to trigger motivation for similar companies to develop their own vehicles. We can see this, when Volkswagen (VW) launched the Volkswagen XL1, a futuristic electric-powered sportscar back in 2013. The mentioned car then made its compatriot automotive company Porsche amazed by the use of a carbon fiber chassis.
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: OtoJurnalisme)
Therefore, the German car manufacturer, which is both under the same banner of the parent company Volkswagen Group, decided to make the XL-1 chassis as the basis for the development of their next sports car at that time, ie a modern interpretation of their Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car which was launched in 1964. Shortly after then the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer managed to bring the Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept into reality. 

Actually, the similar modern interpretation project of the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car had ever been carried out by GWA, an American coachbuilder company, when rebuilding the 904 inspired classic car based on the Porsche 987 Boxster which was later named the Porsche P/904 Carrera in 2011.

The Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car that was present in the 1960s. (Picture from: RSF Motorport' Twitter)
Just an info about the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car that was present in the 1960s, the car was made as the successor of the legendary Porsche 718 race car. Although the Porsche 904 was built as a racing car, but it can and is legally driven on the public roads. Initially, the Porsche's two-seats race car were made only 100 units, but in fact the German company managed to sell 106 units because its demand at that time was high.
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: WSupercars)
Back to the Porsche's concept car developed in 2013 ago, if we could be seen its exterior, it is not too strange like most concept cars were at the time. At the front, the car looks thick with a typical Porsche design, with a rather long muzzle in which the oval-shaped headlights mounted that at a glance remind us of the Porsche Boxster or Cayman (now called Porsche 718). Meanwhile, the rear is quite simple and embedded in the current Porsche identity, which is a thin LED taillight.

Uniquely, the 904 Living Legend concept car is powered by a Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycle engine, namely a 1.2-liter V-twin which is capable of producing a maximum power of around 200 hp @ 11,000 rpm. Can you imagine a sports car with an aerodynamic body built on a carbon fiber chassis and powered by a V-twin motorcycle engine?
2013 Porsche 904 Living Legend Concept, the unseen Porsche's sportscar concept up to 2020 powered by motorcycle engine as a modern interpretation of its Porsche 904 Carrera GTS classic racing car of the 1960s. (Picture from: OtoJurnalisme)
Well, most likely the Porsche's concept car whose inspired the birth of another VW's concept car made named the Volkswagen XL-Sport, due to both use a Ducati motorcycle engine. So no wonder if the technical specifications of the Porsche 904 Living Legend are basically identical to those of the XL Sport, that's includes an acceleration time of 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph (270 kph).
From its very simple and casual appearance, at that time many thought this car concept was ready to enter the mass production line. The chances are the Porsche 904 Living Legend could be become a serious rival to the new Alpine A110, if only the German company made its production version and marketed it today. But what can I say, it turns out that the Stuttgart-based automotive manufacturer prefers to keep it a secret and save this concept car in the warehouse, its existence was only known to the public in 2020. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | TUNINGBLOG.EU | OBSCURESUPERCAR ]
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Monday, June 7, 2021

The Manta, a super-trimaran vessel will be swept the ocean trash in 2024

Today we're going to talk about something the Trussty team isn't used to. Because this time we will discuss about an extraordinary ship that is trying to be developed in such a way that it can become a reliable ocean waste sweeper.
The Manta, a  56 meter (184 ft) long catamaran sailing vessel's use of electricity, along with solar cells and wind turbines will make it 70% self-sufficient in energy. (Picture from: WEForum)
Well, for many people in the world the existence of garbage, trash or waste (whatever is the name) are indeed very annoying. Yes, wherever the waste is located, whether on land, sea (and if it is also existed in the air) it can be ascertained that it becomes something contradictory, especially when it is related to the issue of ecosystem and environmental conservations.

Maybe this is how a French professional yacht racer named Yves Bourgnon feels who is disturbed and annoyed by constant sighting of floating plastic wastes in coastal waters, even in the open ocean over the years. This is understandable because he has spent his career racing sailing vessels around the globe as a competitive yachtsmen. Therefore, he and other environmental activists incorporated in the 'SeaCleaners' then initiated a project to design an ocean-cleaning sailboat that is powered by the waste it collects. That's a pretty brilliant idea.
Yvan Bourgnon, a French professional yacht racer who is initiated a project to design an ocean-cleaning sailboat that is powered by the waste it collects. (Picture from: Assises-Dechets)
The outcome of the project initiated by Yves Bourgnon and his colleagues will be a 56 meter (184 ft) long catamaran sailing vessel named the 'Manta,' which according to Reuters is one of the largest waste-collecting vessels on the seas. As mentioned before, the Manta uses waste to drive electric motor that works in conjuction with the sails to propel the large catamaran.
The Manta is one of the largest waste-collecting vessels on the seas and is powered by the waste it collects. (Picture from: SeaCleaners)
The mechanism for collecting waste up to become the vessel's fuel is carried out when the Manta glides on the sea, in between its three pontoons there're conveyor belts scoops up trash as small as 10 millimeters, while the three trawl nets drift behind (to a depth of 1 meter, thereby avoiding marine life) to be added to the onboard collection.
The Manta provides the conveyor belts scoops up trash then fed into processing machines where the vessel's crew members sort it before transferring it to an incinerator to drive turbines to creates electric power. (Picture from: SeaCleaners)
This waste is then fed into processing machines where the vessel's crew members sort it before transferring it to an incinerator that shreds and melts the plastic (and even uses heat and gases) to drive turbines to creates electric power.
The Manta is said able to sail non-stop by sucking 3 tons of garbage per hour, without the need to return to nearest port to refuel or unload plastic. (Picture from: Assises-Dechets)
Another ways o generates electric power is also done by harvesting solar heat by lining the deck with solar panels and installing wind turbines to harvest power from the wind coming from the sails, so that Manta can be said to be 70% independent in terms of energy, and allows it to sail non-stop by sucking 3 tons of garbage per hour, without the need to return to nearest port to refuel or unload plastic.

In addition to having a primary function as a sea waste collector, this vessel also provides room onboard that functions as a scientific laboratory, which allows marine biologists and chemists to study the effects of plastics on ecosystems and many other studies.
Although initially launched purely as a concept, but the SeaCleaners intends to put it as a fully operational prototype that can be work collecting waste on the oceans by 2024. Furthermore Bourgnon believes that if 400 vessels such this are successfully built, and they can eventually eliminate as much as 33% of the plastic waste on the sea. 

It's a noble effort that can make our environment clean from waste, and make life better and healthier. Let's support so that it can be realized soon! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE SEACLEANER | ASSISES-DECHETS | GOODNEWSNETWORK | WEFORUM ]
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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Here's the Switzerland high modern artwork translated into the Picasso PS-01 supercar

It might be seem a little odd that Switzerland, which is usually not very close to the automotive industry and also is very strict prohibits the presence of polluting vehicles to be there, turn out has many automotive companies and one of them is Picasso Automotive, a Lugano-based small car manufacturer and reportedly has the backing of international investors, enabling it to realize its vision of making limited-run sports cars and supercars with a focus on an unmatched power-to-weight ratio.
The Picasso PS-01 supercar is a Switzerland supercar powered by an 600 hp twin-turbo V6 Italian-made engine. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
Recently, the Swiss company tried to be teasing speed connoisseurs while presented a teaser of its first automotive product, ie a lightweight supercar known as the Picasso PS-01, while its name was taken after its CEO and founder, Stefano Picasso. Hopely, through the supercar launching could be changed slowly the world's automotive societe opinion about the country.
The Picasso PS-01 supercar has the compact coupe shape that flaunts a prominent rear archs in beetwen flowing lines, and makes it look very aerodynamic. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
The latest supercar is said to have a fairly light weight of only 1,984 lbs (approx 900 kilos), thanks to the use of body panels made of the large-sized carbon fiber materials (measuring of 10.5 ft/3.2 m) and is said to be the largest ever used for the car construction.
The Picasso PS-01 supercar is designed by Roberto Curto and all the bodywork construction done from scratch and entirely done by a new company called Ticino. (Picture from: Supercars)
Another special features pined is the rear subframe which is inspired by the LMP2 endurance race car and is entirely made of carbon fiber as well. Besides made of the material mentioned above, the car body also constructed of the composite materials, and all the bodywork construction developed from scratch and entirely done by a new company called Ticino.
The first unit of Picasso PS-01 supercar is under developing in Lugano, Switzerland, with its first on-track trials to be carried out in the near future. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
The Picasso PS-01 bodywork was designed by Roberto Curto with the engine placement in the middle and it looks like the Picasso supercar will rely on a twin-turbo V6 drivetrain which is said to be capable of spewing power of 600 hp, and was adopted from the best Italian made engine (the brand has not been mentioned yet).
The development of the Picasso PS-01 supercar also involved a number of well-known partners and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021. (Picture from: Supercars)
As we could be seen on the teaser of the supercar produced by the Swiss automaker, it has the compact coupe shape that flaunts a prominent rear archs in beetwen flowing lines, and makes it look very aerodynamic. It seems Picasso Automotive want to describe it as the supercar shaped by the wind flows. Other notable features include a large rear wing and air vents on the hood also meant to be an effective cooling system for its mid-engine.
Picasso PS-01 supercar has a fairly light weight of only 1,984 lbs (approx 900 kilos), thanks to the use of body panels made of the large-sized carbon fiber materials. (Picture from: Supercars)
It is noted that a number of well-known partners also contributed to the Picasso's supercar development project, one of which the Ohlins is a renowned brand that also produces shock absorbers for the Pagani Huayra BC. Meanwhile, the Carbo Brake will supply brake devices, its gearbox components coming from the Sadev, the Sabelt for the seat and the 3D Beta for workshop equipment.
The company said that the first unit of Picasso PS-01 supercar is under developing in Lugano, Switzerland, with its first on-track trials to be carried out in the near future, and the car expected to be completed in the spring of 2021. 

So far, information about how many will be produced and the price per unit has not been released yet by the Swiss company. We'll just have to wait for further news from them. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ID.MOTOR1 | PICASSO AUTOMOTIVE | SUPERCARS ]
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Saturday, June 5, 2021

So dark!! Here's the world's blackest car ever

Have you ever known the existence of the black of the blackest ever made by humans to then be applied to a car? It's possible that very few people know or see this unique color, and it seems that now the dark color is starting to attract the interest of world's exotic car fans.
The blackest ever Ferrari SF90 was seen wandering the complex of the prancing horse stable's in Maranello, Italy. (Picture from: DetikOto)
As quoted of Carscoops, recently there's one of the prancing horse species named Ferrari SF90 Stradale featured with the black of the blackest ever was seen wandering the complex of the prancing horse stable's in Maranello, Italy. It's possible that the Italian premium marque is testing the darkest color for a future implementation or expansion of its color palette.

That's remarkable fantastic and quite horror as well, if You drove the car with the darkest color ever at night in high speed. Given that the Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which began its production in 2019 as the first Ferrari's plug-in hybrid supercar, has quite savage performance.
As we all knew, besides powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine with 769hp and 590lb-ft (800Nm) of torque, and it also combined with an electric powertrain (three electric motors), so it could be spewing total power of 986hp. The power chanelled through a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and so it capable make the car accelerating up to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 2.5 seconds and notch the top speed of 211 mph (340 kph).
The 2019 BMW X6 is painted with the Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array (Vanta) of the Surrey NanoSystems. (Picture from: DetikOto)
Previously, the black of the blackest was first used on the BMW X6 of 2019 and the color is introduced by a company called Surrey NanoSystems in 2014. The color described as the Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array (Vanta) is made of a cylindrical structure of carbon nanotubes measuring about 14-50 micrometers in diameter with a diameter of 20 nanometers. In simply words, the size of this carbon structure is 5,000 times thinner than a human hair. If the car surface coated by it and in every 1cm of the surface of the car contains billions of nanotubes.
It said that the darkest ever paint is able to absorb 99.965 percent of light. So besides not giving any reflections such metallic, pearl, or even matte paint, the Vantablack paint can actually swallow the light that hits the coated surfaces from our eye view. Even the curves of the car exterior design cannot be seen with the naked eye. The only visible parts of this car are those that are not coated with it, such as the tires, lights, grille and windows.

But not only the vantablack color on the BMW and Ferrari that's makes people over curious to try the darkest color ever. A YouTube content creator with the channel name DipYourCar tries to apply another darkest color named musou black paint (the world's blackest water-based acrylic paint of Koyo Orient Japan) which is similar to vantablack on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS ]
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Friday, June 4, 2021

The legendary Callaway 'Aerobody' Sledgehammer

As the world's fast car fans, we will be very enthusiastic when discussing about the fastest car in the world. Well until now, there're many fast cars ever had been recorded as 'The fastest car in the world.' And we all know that the title is now carried by an American-made hypercar named the SSC Tuatarra which was able to record a top speed of 533 kph at the 7-miles length road in Nevada back in October 2020.
The Callaway Sledgehammer was built by Reeves Callaway in his Connecticut-based workshop in 1988 as a testbed for reliable and dependable power with a turbocharged V8 engine. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although the SSC Tuatarra currently holds that title, but it is not the first American hypercar to surpass the fantastic 250 mph benchmark, there're several other American cars such as the Hennessey Venom F5 and Venom GT. And then back to the end of 1980s, have you heard of another American car called the Callaway Sledgehammer which once held the title as the fastest in 1988 with a top speed notch that surpassed those 250 mph benchmark?
The Callaway Sledgehammer is fitted with a low-drag C4 shell known simply as the AeroBody of Paul Deutschman. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
The car was built by Reeves Callaway in his Connecticut-based workshop in 1988 as a testbed for reliable and dependable power with a turbocharged V8. In addition, he also wanted to set new performance benchmarks, then commissioned by a Canadian named Paul Deutschman to build with a low-drag C4 shell known simply as the AeroBody.
The Callaway Sledgehammer still maintains the luxury in its cabin including power windows and locks, audio system, electronic air conditioning, and power sports seats. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
The car based of the new 1988 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powered by an upgraded V8 turbocharging engine using a NASCAR specification block with Mahle pistons and forged connecting rods. Besides embedding racing devices on the drivetrain, it turns out that the Sledgehammer is also installed with a roll cage like a racing car that functions as a cabin protector.

Then at the top end is installed Brodix aluminum heads fed by twin Turbonetics T04B turbochargers, so that with all the racing equipment it is able to make the Callaway Sledgehammer run with an optimal power boost of 898 hp and 772 lb-ft of torque.
The Callaway Sledgehammer is powered by an upgraded V8 turbocharging engine using a NASCAR specification block with Mahle pistons and coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox to ensure a high top speed. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although it has the ability to run like a racing car, the Callaway's sportscar still maintains the luxury in its cabin including power windows and locks, audio system, electronic air conditioning, and power sports seats as supporting factors for driving comfort.
The Callaway Sledgehammer had set the fastest speed of 254.76 mph (409.99 kph) while tested in October 1988 at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving ground in Ohio with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
When it tested in October 1988 at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving ground in Ohio with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel, this car was able to record a record of 254.76 mph (409.99 kph) and had made it the fastest street-legal car for some time before the record was surpassed by the Bugatti Veyron. After that, Deutschman continued to work for Callaway for years to come, so the Sledgehammer AeroBody was produced in limited numbers (though it is not known how many were ever made).
But some time ago as quoted of the Road and Track, this is the only Sledgehammer in existence and is currently listed for sale at Bring a Trailer which has currently recorded the highest bid of $500,000 (23 May 2021). We wouldn't be surprised to see that, as devoted Corvette collectors would be willing to pay big bucks to own it. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS | TWITTER | ROADANDTRACK | TOPGEAR | BRINGATRAILER ]
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