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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Ares Design S1 as limited-run NA V8 engined hypercar

An Italian coachbuilder company called Ares Design which was founded and run by the former Lotus boss Dany Bahar together with his Dubai-based business partner, Waleed Al Ghafari. To support its business activities, in 2018 the company built a 23,000 sqm design and engineering facility in Modena, Italy.
Ares Design S1 is a new road legal hypercar powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine capable puts out 705 bhp of power and is claimed to spin up to the 8,800rpm redline for "its fiercest roar". (Picture from: Autoevolution)
From this company, it has been noted that so many exotic car models have been produced, and here are several exotic car models made by Ares Design (had ever discussed and published in Trussty) as follow; the Ares Rolls Royce Wraith in 2015 then the C2 Corvette StingRay, Wami Lalique Spyder in 2018, and the Panther ProgettoUno in 2019.

And the Modena-based company again showcased its work in the form of a new road legal hypercar powered by a naturally aspirated engine named Ares Design S1 at the Privé Salon event at Blenheim Palace in the UK in September 2020. The car on display at the event was a full-size model and reportedly, will be produced in limited only 24 units in 2021.
Ares Design S1 hypercar body was shaped by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for “maximum downforce and minimum aerodynamic resistance” and is created from “hand-crafted” carbonfibre panels. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
The S1 project is claimed to have been built in simple terms: "A car consisting of a hypercar design, supercar performance and a sports car price tag". While no pricing has been announced yet, it would  suggest that the S1 Project will be more affordable than the usual crop of low-volume, bespoke hypercars.

The body is shaped by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for "maximum downforce and minimum aerodynamic resistance" and is constructed from "handcrafted" carbon fiber panels. Uniquely the mid-engined hypercar exhausts are protruded out of the bonnet, as in the Porsche 918 Spyder.
The all-new Ares Design S1 hypercar is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette C8. The unit puts out 705 bhp of power and is claimed to spin up to the 8,800rpm redline for "its fiercest roar". The C8's drivetrain is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and has a specific ECU tune and bespoke exhaust system.

With its aerodynamic and lightweight body, this road legal hypercar can accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 2.7 seconds. Unfortunately no weight figures are given for this hypercar. We do know,  however, that it features double-wishbone suspension, forged aluminium axles and adaptive ride control for a “potent yet uncomplicated drive”.
Ares Design S1 hypercar cabin design looks quite beautiful and luxurious with a touch of hand-stitched leather and Alcantara, plus high-tech user interfaces and a separate touchscreen for the passenger. (Picture from: TopSpeed)
As for the interior, although it can only be seen from the rendering image that shows the car cabin design seem similar with the Corvette-owned, and even looks more beautiful and quite luxurious with a touch of hand-stitched leather and Alcantara, plus high-tech user interfaces and a separate touchscreen for the passenger.
Supercar Blondie, a well-known automotive vlogger become the first buyer of the Ares Design S1. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Due to it uses several parts from the Corvette, the S1 car's owner can also do service at a Chevrolet dealer. Ares Design has also confirmed that every S1 unit that will be produced will be a truly special car. So that each customer will be involved in the making process of the car for 10 months.
Ares Design S1 mid-engined hypercar has the unique exhausts are protruded out of the bonnet. (Picture from: Hotcars)
As quoted of Autoevolution, Supercar Blondie, a well-known automotive vlogger become the first buyer of the Ares Design S1 and said that she paid around US $ 650,000 or roughly Rp. 9.5 billion for an S1. Even though previously the hypercar price is predicted to be more than US $ 1million or approx Rp. 15 billion. How lucky she is.
Furthermore, the world's most famous female automotive vlogger said that the Ares Design S1 is her dream car because it combines the look and performance of a hypercar with the practicality of driving. Even according to her, the S1 belong to her will be shipped early next year and to be the first unit sent by Ares Design to the customers.

And she also promised to upload a video of the results of her visit to Modena for see the making process of her S1 hypercar, including also asking for advice from netizens about suitable colors for the exterior and interior of her new car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARES DESIGN | AUTOCAR | AUTOEVOLUTION | TOPSPEED | HOTCARS ]
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Friday, May 21, 2021

MG Cyberster, an electric-powered supercar concept of England

Still from the UK, this time related to a British car brand, MG, which again made an innovation by introducing a concept car called MG Cyberster Concept at the Shanghai Auto Show 2021. And reportedly, this roadster concept car is currently in the negotiation, so could be continued to the next stage which makes it a production car version.
MG Cyberster Concept is described as an electric-powered concept car equipped with a cool design and advanced technology typical of British fast cars. (Picture from: Carscoops)
As reported by Carscoops which revealed that the MG Cyberster has been prepared in the futuristic model, and will immediately go to the production line after receiving approval and agreement if it meets its crowdfunding objectives.
MG Cyberster Concept is debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show 2021 and said soon will be entered the production line after receiving approval and agreement if it meets its crowdfunding objectives. (Picture from: Carscoops)
In a post of Weibo social media site, the high-tech carmaker has revealed the project will officially be approved soon, so preparations for production are under way. The latest MG in the future will be a "dream sports car" and adhere to the principle of "high restoration, final creation, and speed like a supercar".
MG Cyberster Concept is equipped with a digital instrument cluster and a cruiser-style steering wheel and a minimalist infotainment system. (Picture from: Carscoops)
But so far MG has not disclosed the model details and when the production version will be introduced to the public. But the MG Cyberster concept such in the scattered portrait on the public showing the appearance of a very stylish designed two-seater roadster featuring with a modern hood and Magic Eye headlights that open when activated.
MG Cyberster Concept has the large diffuser and the 'big-arrow' motif LED taillights, as well as the MG logo complete with LEDs, further illustrate the super luxurious impression of the MG Cyberster. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Other highlights include a simpler windshield, aerodynamic side skirts, and LED "laser belts" that cut through the fenders to the front door. The sturdy design reinforces the tough feeling seen from the firm lines on the body.
Meanwhile, the large diffuser and the 'big-arrow' motif LED taillights, as well as the MG logo complete with LEDs, further illustrate the super luxurious impression of the MG Cyberster. In addition, the cabin is also equipped with a digital instrument cluster and a cruiser-style steering wheel and a minimalist infotainment system.
Although the British brand has not released its detailed specifications. However, the mentioned concept car is an electric-powered vehicle featured with a large battery pack so it is said can be coverage a distance of 800 km, and also can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in less than three seconds. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GTSPIRIT | CARSCOOPS ]
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

This was an American muscle car you've heard less

Hearing the word American car, our imagination will immediately drift to the 'mischief' of a muscle car which has indeed become the hallmark of American cars. And a muscle car is an American-style sports car that has a distinctive power and design. Maybe we are familiar with the rows of American muscle cars produced by Ford, GM and Chrysler, so maybe we rarely know that there's the American Motors (AMC) had also produced the similar muscle cars named the AMC AMX.
The AMC AMX was the true sports car and the real high-performance edition, although it has not fared very well in the market. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
The AMX's starting point came when American Motors hired Dick Teague as assistant design director in 1959. Three years later he became vice president of Automotive Styling and since then a new era has begun at the company. At the time Teague's job is to transform American Motors from being a small economy car builder to more broad-scale one, so that it could compete with the Detroit's Big Three (Ford, GM, and Chrysler).

By the way the decision taken by AMC, it turns out that many parties, especially historians, regretted that could be happened by saying that the company should keep building only small cars, or at least small and medium-sized cars, and avoid direct collisions by making larger models, because Ford, GM and Chrysler are considered to be more experienced and owned that market segment, so it's become very difficult for the AMC to rival them in that time.
1966 AMC AMX Prototype is a full-sized model of a two-seat sports car concept that features AMC's "Ramble Seat" for two additional passengers at rear is designed by American Motors Corporation (AMC) and known as the first "AMX" (American Motors Experimental) named car. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
But what can I say, AMC has already decided to participate in enlivening this market segment thus by full of confidently the company launched and produced the AMC AMX ranging from 1968 to 1970. The car is a two-seater GT muscle car model and also known as one of the two American two-seater sports cars, and making it in a direct competition with the Chevrolet Corvette, which has a wheelbase of one inch (2.5 cm) longer, but for substantially less price.
The AMC AMX is fitted with the optional high-compression medium block 390 cu in (6.4 L) AMC V8 engine. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
The AMX name originates from the "American Motors experimental" code used on a concept vehicle and then on two prototypes shown on the company's "Project IV" automobile show tour in 1966. One was a fiberglass two-seat "AMX", and the other was a four-seat "AMX II". Both of these radically styled offerings reflected the company's strategy to shed its "economy car" image and appeal to a more youthful, performance-oriented market.

The AMC's muscle car is fitted with the optional high-compression medium block 390 cu in (6.4 L) AMC V8 engine, it could be said that the AMX offered top-notch performance at an affordable price. Then what about the performance? As Eric Dahlquist wrote up the 1970 AMX in the December 1969 edition of Motor Trend and summed it up as 'one of the better constructed cars around.'
The AMC AMX also known as one of the two American two-seater sports cars, and making it in a direct competition with the Chevrolet Corvette. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
The test car had the optional 390-cid V-8 that produced 325 hp at 5,000 rpm and 420 lbs.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm. It drove through the Borg-Warner four-speed gearbox to a 3.54:1 rear axle. Zero-to-60 mph took 6.56 seconds and Dahlquist did the standing-start quarter-mile in 14.68 seconds at 92 mph. Top speed in fourth gear was recorded as 109 mph.
The AMC AMX had a production run of 4,116 units, which made it the rarest of the three two-seat editions during 1968 to 1970. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
In spite of this value and enthusiastic initial reception by automotive media and enthusiasts, sales never thrived. However, the automaker's larger objectives to refocus AMC's image on performance and to bring younger customers into its dealer showrooms were achieved.
After three years in the production line with 4,116 units ever produced, the two-seat version was discontinued in 1970, and the AMX's signature badging was transferred to a high-performance version of its four-seat sibling named the Javelin is produced ranging from the 1971 to 1974. Although the AMX nameplate was to be used again on Javelin- and Hornet-based models, the two-seater AMX was the true sports car and the real high-performance edition, although it has not fared very well in the market. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HEACOCKCLASSIC | OLDCARSWEEKLY | WIKIPEDIA ]
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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Our 6000th Posts: The British hydrogen-powered hypercar

THE 6,000TH ARTICLES OF TRUSSTY.COM
Before starting, the team of writers would like to inform you, the Trussty's loyal readers, that we had published about the 6,000th articles online since we've been here for the first time almost decade ago. By this momment, we look forward could be continued filling these virtual spaces with useful information for all of us and we hope also you can be supported us continously. A great pleasure to be with you along the way and Thank You.

The presence of electric-powered vehicles gives its own color to the automotive world. In the UK for example, in the next 2023 it is estimated that there will be a new production of hydrogen-powered hypercars. Due to recently, a British technology start-up named Viritech is presented a hydrogen-powered hypercar is mentioned to be carrying the latest technology.
Here's a hydrogen-powered super car that has a maximum power of 1,000 horsepower named the Viritech Apricale. (Picture from: TopGear)
As reported by Carbuzz, Viritech is preparing a hydrogen-powered super car that has a maximum power of 1,000 horsepower called the Viritech Apricale. According to the automaker, the name originating from the Latin word 'Apricus,' meaning touched by the sun (consisting of hydrogen).
The Viritech Apricale will serve as a show car to demonstrate the performance and superiority of the hydrogen technology developed by Viritech. (Picture from: Viritech)
Although, the Viritech didn't announcing detailed specifications yet, however the company claimed the super hydrogen car will be able to reach speeds of more than 321 kilometers per hour. Furthermore, the company said that the Apricale hypercar will also offer exclusivity to its owner, due to the Viritech will only produce 25 units for the global market. So, it could be said, we would be saw less the Viritech Apricale on the street in the future.
The Viritech Apricale will carry a hydrogen tank made of the reinforced graphene material, and become an integral part of the chassis structure. (Picture from: Hotcars)
In making the Apricale super hydrogen car, Viritech is collaborated with Horiba Mira, the center for the development of the automotive industry in the UK. Thanks to this collaboration, Viritech can freely utilize all existing facilities at the Horiba Mira research and production facility, Technology Park Nuneaton, England.

"Collaborating with Horiba Mira is a big step for Viritech. This collaboration has been able to elevate us to a major automotive player in the production facilities perspective. This means we will be able to do anything for the automotive industry," said Timothy Lyons, CEO and Founder of Viritech.
The Viritech Apricale will set to become the world's first hydrogen production hypercar. (Picture from: Motor1)
Besides wanting to prove the superiority of hydrogen technology, Viritech turned out to have a special mission in making the Viritech Apricale. Viritech uses Apricale to prove their ability as the world's leading company in hydrogen engineering and powetrain systems solutions.
The Viritech Apricale will launched in 2022 and built in limited number only 25 units worldwide. (Picture from: Viritech)
They hope that the storage tank and powertrain control unit of the Viritech Apricale able to attract the attention of other industry players who are focused on developing hydrogen technology. It is known that the Viritech super hydrogen cars is indeed special. For example, the car tank is made from Graphene which is very light and able to optimize the performance of hydrogen as the car' fuels.
"We are delighted to support the transformation of the automotive industry across all challenges of electrification, connectivity & autonomy and alternative fuels and nothing more epitomizes industry ambition than Apricale Viritech," said Jack Bartlett, Head of Commercials & Partnerships at MIRA Technology Park.*** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VIRITECH | CARBUZZ | TOPGEAR | HOTCARS ]
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Here're the Maranello's long snouted species of the 1990s to early 2000s

Everyone knows that Ferrari, the Italian premium car brand has always produced high-performance and classy automotive products since it was first founded in 1947 by Enzo Ferrari. Sometimes in the process of developing a car model, the Maranello-based automotive manufacturer involves famous figures in the racing world.
Ferrari 550 Maranello (left) posed along with its successor Ferrari 575M Maranello (right). (Picture from: Forza-Mag.com)
This was noted to have been done by Ferrari in the 1990s, when Luca di Montezemollo as CEO of Ferrari wanted to revive the long-nosed model with the V12 engine that had been produced and was successful in the past. For this reason, the Italian premium car manufacturer took a German famous  Formula-1 racer, Michael Schumacher in the development of the mentioned  high-performance road car.
Ferrari 550 Barchetta (left) posed along with its successor Ferrari 575M Superamerica (right). (Picture from: SentimentalShop)
To realize the mentioned sports car into reality, then Ferrari submitted the project to Pininfarina, one of the Italian leading coachbuilders. So then in 1996, here was born a sports car named the Ferrari 550 Maranello Grand Tourer with a design that was said to be very thick, inspired by the legendary figure of the Ferrari 275 GTB.
Ferrari 550 Maranello powered by a front mounted 5,474cc V12 engine coupled with 6-speeds manual transmission system. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The model's name referred to the 5.5-litres total engine displacement in decalitres and dedicated to the town of Maranello, home to the Ferrari headquarters and factory. The power of the sports car comes from a front mounted 5,474cc V12 engine coupled with 6-speeds manual transmission system, which said to be burst of power of 384 hp and able to make the car accelerates from rest to 100 kph in just 4 seconds.
Ferrari 550 Barchetta is made to be the spyder version in the 2000. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Not only the coupe-style sports cars ever built during 1996 to 2001, it turns out that Pininfarina also made the spyder version in 2000 and called the Ferrari 550 Barchetta. During its production period there're 3,083 units of the Ferrari 550 Maranello had been built and the 550 Barchetta of 448 units. And among the many Ferrari 550 Maranello produced, there are some special units that were once owned by famous people.
Ferrari 575M Maranello is made as an all-around improved car version (modificata in Ferrari parlance) of the 550, rather than an all-new construction one. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Like the black colored Ferrari 550 Maranello of 2000 was once owned by the late Eddie Van Halen, a rock star since 2008. Due to the rock star has a hobby of racing and of course his 550 car has several changes to the wheels, racing seats and has been equipped with a roll cage. to be adapted to his hobby. And when it was going to be auctioned at the end of 2020, the car had traveled as far as approximately 28,000 km such recorded on its odometer.
Ferrari 575M Superamerica was the 575M Maranello coupé variants featured with a retractable hardtop. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Although the Ferrari 550 Maranello has successfully entered the production line of the prancing horse logoed car manufacturer, there are a number of Ferrari inner circles who still feel that the design of this car has not met expectations and needs a design refresh. So in 2002, Pininfarina revised the design to its performance. Then the Ferrari 575M Maranello was born 
 
Although the Ferrari 550 Maranello has successfully entered the production line of the prancing horse logoed car manufacturer, there are a number of Ferrari's inner circles who still feel that the car's design has not met expectations and needs a refreshment. So in 2002, Pininfarina revised the design to its performance, and the Ferrari 575M Maranello was born, in which the 575 model number refers to total engine displacement in centiliters, whilst the 'M' is an abbreviation of modificata ("modified").
Indeed the car was an all-around improved car version (modificata in Ferrari parlance), rather than an all-new construction and powered by a larger 5.75-litre version of the F133 engine. Aside from the redesigned interior, using a larger and more powerful engine, it turns out that updates from the 550 that were later installed on the 575M included substantial mechanical improvements, such larger brake discs, improved weight distribution, refined aerodynamics and fluid-dynamics along with an adaptive suspension set-up (the four independent suspensions are also controlled by the gearbox, to minimize pitch throughout the 200-milliseconds shift time).
For 2005, the company released a GTC handling package and a Superamerica version (the coupé variants with a retractable hardtop), along with raising the power from 508 hp to 533 hp. The Ferrari 575M Maranello was produced in between 2002 to 2006 with a total of 2,056 units, including 246 units with manual transmission. Meanwhile, the Superamerica model was produced by Ferrari as many as 559 units

Who was the lucky famous rich person ever had the Ferrari 575M Maranello? Eminem, the world famous rapper is listed as one of the lucky persons who owns the Ferrari 575M Maranello to become one of the exotic car collections in his manor. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FERRARI | WIKIPEDIA | FORZA-MAG | SENTIMENTALSHOP ]
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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Here's the 6C Coure Sportivo Concept of the loyal Alfa's passionates

As we know, the last sports car made by Alfa Romeo that is considered to be quite attractive to the public is the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione which has been produced and offered in limited quantities from 2007 to 2010. 
Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo Concept is designed by two Alfa's passionates named George M dan Florian J back in the 2013. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Furthermore, the Italian company promises to present at least two new sports models with an equivalent appearance, namely the mid-engine sportscar labeled Alfa Romeo 4C coupe and followed by the Spider, built in collaboration with the next Mazda MX-5
.
Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo Concept's front is inspired by the 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta of the 1930s, and the rear looks heavily inspired by 8C Competizione. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
However, there are some fans of the Italian brand who are not satisfied with the latest sports cars from the Alfa Rome manufacturer, among which there are also automotive observers, according to them the brand's new models are not attractive enough when compared to the 8C model.
Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo Concept body design fully assumes a neo retro look with a split front and a more unified rear that is shaped to resemble a 'V' or boomerang letter. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
And among the many fans who felt disappointed with the Italian brand, there were two fans who conveyed their dissatisfaction with commendable ways, by presented a fresh concept which later labeled as Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo. The two Alfa's passionates have the names of George M and Florian J, they are not ordinary people, due to they also known as the professionals in the automotive industry.
Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo Concept was designed as a tribute to the iconic Alfa Romeo car by taking features from the company's different past models through a modern approach. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
Furthermore, they said that the concept called the Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo was designed as a tribute to the iconic Alfa Romeo car by taking features from the company's different past models through a modern approach. It can be seen that the front is inspired by the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Berlinetta of the 1930s, and the rear looks heavily inspired by 8C Competizione. It should definitely be equipped with what most would describe as the perfect modern Alfa drivetrain, the 3-liter V6 engine.
Alfa Romeo 6C Coure Sportivo Concept should definitely be equipped with what most would describe as the perfect modern Alfa 3-liter V6 engine. (Picture from: Autoevolution)
As for the body design itself the 6C fully assumes a neo retro look with a split front and a more unified rear that is shaped to resemble a 'V' or boomerang letter. The two designers did not provide any details regarding this section. So, what do you think about the concept if it mentioned to be the successor to the power and beauty of Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | AUTOEVOLUTION| MOTORFAKTY.PL ]
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Friday, May 14, 2021

The 550 Spyder potential contender of Alfa Romeo who failed to show on the racecourse

Shortly after the end of World War II, the automotive world was slowly getting back on its feet in which marked by many racing events flourished which were enthusiastically welcomed and attended by participants from both the automotive industry circles and privateers. At that time, the Grand Prix racing event was also rolling again and attracted the Alfa Romeo, one of the oldest Italian manufacturers to take part in it once again by bringing a new line of cars which then succeeded in the market and became a key player in the great post-war economic miracle in Italy.
1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione speedster designed and built by Felice Boano in collaboration with Carlo Abarth based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. (Picture from: CarPixel)
For the Alfa Romeo, the early 1950s belonged to the Giulietta which was the first large car line models to be fully built by the company during the period from 1954 to 1965. Then there were several units of which were specially modified by the third parties, and it started by Bertone, the famous Italian coachbuilder is succeeded in building the Sprint 2 + 2 coupe and then shown it for the first time at the Turin Auto Show 1954. One year later the Berlina sedan and the Spider roadster are modified by another Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina and joined with the Sprint to complete the Guilietta car line up that were visually appealing and fun to drive.
1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione  failed to show on the racecourse due to unknown reasons after only two units ever made. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
Almost in the same time, the sports car racing was booming once again in Europe and the US, and the 1,500cc modification became the most popular and hotly contested racing class (of which the Porsche 550 Spyder eventually dominate back then). The Italian manufacturer also made the Alfa Romeo racing cars based on the Giulietta that would be run in the competition.
1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione powered has 1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione has a striking 'Spider' body that was distinctly different from all Alfa Romeos that came before or since. (Picture from: FavCars)
At the end of 1955, Alfa Romeo motor sports engineers managed to find its finest race car candidate, named Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione, in which the "Competizione" means the car specifically made for racing purpose only and "750" was the body code for the Giulietta on which it was based. The sports car is designed and made by Felice Boano, who has developed the lightweight aluminum-made "speedster" body in collaboration with Carlo Abarth to match it on a boxed steel chassis.
1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione powered by a four-cylinder, dual-overhead cam 1.3-liter Alfa Romeo's engine. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
The running gear, comprising an independent front suspension with twin wishbones and coil springs and dampers, and a rigid-axle rear suspension, and could be said it was a piece of artwork. As for the drivetrain, the speedster is powered by a four-cylinder, dual-overhead cam 1.3-liter Alfa Romeo's engine based on the one used by the Giulietta Spyder and capable of spewing the power of 145 hp at 8,000 rpm, or nearly 100 hp per liter, which was a big number in the era.
1955 Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione could be said one of the serious contenders for the 550 Spyder in the 1,500cc modification racing class of the 1950s. (Picture from: FCAHeritage)
The machine coupled with the embedding of a close-ratio five-speed transmission and gear-driven, racing-spec cams made the 750 Competizione an amazingly responsive car to wheel around a racecourse with an overall weighs of 1,528 lbs. Even though those weight figures is slightly heavier than its rival the Porsche 550 Spyder, this is not an obstacle to its running speed, as under the hood it is then fitted with a blaster device that is said to be able to balance the extra heft with brute force and long heavy breathing.
So far, it is known that only two of the 750 Competizione speedsters have been ever made by Alfa Romeo of the initial plan was to build 50 cars. Some parties said, that the technical problems during testing had been the cause of the project's cancellation, yet others said the Alfa's business-focused management who had messed up the initial plan.

Either way, we will never know why the Alfa Romeo 750 Competizione has never appeared on the racecourse, even though at the time the most automotive observers and enthutiasts generally predicted it could be one of the serious contenders for the 550 Spyder in the 1,500cc modification racing class of the 1950s. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE DRIVE | FCA HERITAGE | WIKIPEDIA | ULTIMATECARPAGE ]
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The IED-Suzuki concept car featured with thick of a motorbike riding sensation

In general, so many new vehicle concepts are born from various automotive manufacturers around the world, but a vehicle concept birth does not always have to be from the manufacturer, it could be born from individuals, a group of designers or even educational institutions.
Suzuki Misano Concept feautured with the front is marked in full distinctive arrow-shaped headlights. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Recently a 2-seat roadster concept named Suzuki Misano was born which is claimed to combine the "two souls" of the Japanese company in producing motorized vehicles (cars and motorbikes) from the Turin-based educational institution called the Istituto Europe di Design (IED).
Suzuki Misano Concept is designed by by 24 master program students at the Istituto Europe di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy and claimed to combine the "two souls" of the Japanese company in producing motorized vehicles (cars and motorbikes). (Picture from: Autoblog)
Even though the concept of this car is not entirely the result of Suzuki's design, it was designed by 24 master program students at the Istituto Europe di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy. Visually it is believed that the concept of this four-wheeled vehicle is inspired by Suzuki's design values accompanied by an image of life characterized by fun and sophistication as adapted from the famous classic Italian movie titled 'La Dolce Vita' (Italian for "the sweet life" or "the good life ") which was released in the 1960.

“Misano is one of the work results of our student teams from around the world. They have chosen Turin as the place to prepare their work. The opportunity to discuss and collaborate with automotive companies is a hallmark of this two-year training course,” said Paolo Zini, Director of IED Turin, Italy.
Suzuki Misano Concept has something unique, where the driver and passenger seat layouts are both placed in a tandem format on the left side and have been designed to blend into the body through the use of smooth angled lines. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The electric-powered roofless sports car has a gorgeous classic barchetta silhouette and gets its name from the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, one of the famous circuits in Misano Adriatico, Italy. The IED student team consisted of 24 students in collaboration with the Japanese manufacturer has a task to create a concept that embodies the essence of the contrast between driving and riding in a futuristic appearance.

"Misano is a thesis born from the passion of young designers and developed as a project at the design center to offer new lifestyle experiences for future generations," said Director of the Suzuki Design Center, Kimihiko Nakada.
Suzuki Misano Concept design at rear has been styled with an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Inside the cabin has something unique, where the driver and passenger seat layouts are both placed in a tandem format on the left side and have been designed to blend into the body through the use of smooth angled lines. A layout like this at a glance reminds us of the position of the driver and passenger on a motorcycle. Therefore, on the right side only for battery storage and 'Sideways boot'.
Suzuki Misano Concept is an electric-powered concept car and has thick of a motorbike riding sensation. (Picture from: Autoblog)
In terms of appearance, the Misano design at rear has been styled with an emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency, while the front is marked with distinctive arrow-shaped headlights. Even though the Misano is a complete car, it has a steering system that looks like a motorcycle handlebars. In addition, the use of a small windshield is another testament to the thick of a motorbike riding sensation on this concept car.
The Suzuki Misano has a length of 4,000 mm, 1,750 mm width and 1,000 mm height. While the wheelbase is around 2,600 mm. Besides being supported by Suzuki, the Misano electric-powered concept car also received sponsorship from the OZ Racing and Pirelli. 

The plan, it will be displayed in public at the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile (The National Automobile Museum) in Turin, Italy from May 15th to June 6th, 2021. Until now there is no information whether the concept car will be mass produced. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG | WIKIPEDIA ]
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