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Friday, June 21, 2024

Pegaso Z-902 Bacalao: Iconic 1950s Spanish Race Car Transporter

Forgotten ONES - Transporter vehicles often go unnoticed in the world of motorsport, yet they play a crucial role. These carriers ensure race cars arrive at their destinations safely and in style. In previous discussions, we delved into the 1955 Mercedes-Benz Race Team Transporter and the 1961 Cheetah Race Car Transporter. Today, let's explore an intriguing model from Spain, a country with a rich history in vehicle manufacturing, despite its relatively low profile in the global automotive industry.
The Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao', a rare 1952 Spanish racing car transport vehicle, has been immortalized in diecast form. (Picture from: QuirkyRides's status on X)
Spain has produced a wide variety of vehicles, from passenger cars to trucks and motorcycles. Among these, the now-defunct Pegaso brand stands out, especially for its unique sportscars based on the Pegaso Z-102, such as the Cúpula from 1952 and the "Bisiluro" 1A Serie from 1953. Interestingly, Pegaso also ventured into the realm of transporter vehicles. One notable model is the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao', a sports vehicle transport truck of 1952 named at the La Sagrera factory in Barcelona.
The name 'Bacalao' is unofficial and refers to the design, which resembles the lateral gills of a codfish, known as bacalao in Spanish. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
The Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' was a familiar sight on Spanish roads from 1952 until 1970. Officially, only one unit was produced, although rumors suggest there might have been two, even more. This transporter was based on the Z-401 bus, with bodywork crafted by Carde y Escoriaza. Initially painted white and powered by a 145 hp gasoline engine, it was soon fitted with a six-cylinder diesel engine, likely producing 125 hp. The exterior colors were also updated over time.
The Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' was based on the Z-401 bus, featuring bodywork crafted by Carde y Escoriaza. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
One of the most striking features of the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' was its unique body, measuring 11.0 meters long and 3.5 meters high, capable of carrying a couple of cars and some equipment. However, it typically transported just one vehicle along with a significant number of spare parts. The driver’s seat was centrally located above the engine, surrounded by seven windows, and the controls were somewhat unconventional. The handbrake and gearbox lever were on the left, while the gearbox itself was mounted on the steering stem, requiring drivers to adapt.
The Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' was a familiar sight on Spanish roads from 1952 until 1970, with only one officially produced unit, though rumors suggest there might have been more. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
The cargo compartment of the 'Bacalao' featured a wooden floor, a small sink with a water tank, and a tool drawer. Notably, it had the lights from 1060 truck, including a green light that indicated safe overtaking opportunities. After being showcased in Madrid and Barcelona, the 'Bacalao' was used to transport and provide technical assistance for Pegaso Z-102 sports cars during training for the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans.
One of the most striking features of the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' was its unique 11.0-meter long, 3.5-meter high body, capable of carrying two cars and equipment. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
Interestingly, the 'Bacalao' did not receive a permanent registration until 1957. Before that, it served various purposes, including as an advertising van during the 1955 Vuelta Ciclista a España and as an assistance vehicle in the port of Bilbao for ENASA-exported trucks. In the 1960s, it was highly sought after for sporting events both within Spain and internationally.
The cargo compartment of the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' included a wooden floor, a small sink with a water tank, and a tool drawer. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
The 'Bacalao' underwent another makeover, being repainted entirely in blue with new mirrors and additional front lights. The 'Friends of Veteran Cars' association took custody of it, and in 1968, it supported the CS team and their Lola T-100. However, over time, it fell into disrepair and was eventually abandoned near the La Sagrera factory, ultimately being scrapped.
After being showcased in Madrid and Barcelona, the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' transported and provided technical assistance for Pegaso Z-102 sports cars during training for the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Picture from: es.Motor1)
This unique vehicle, nicknamed 'Bacalao' or 'Codfish in English' for its lateral gill-like design, was initially immortalized by Modeltrans for a select few collectors and later 'democratized' by Salvat through its Pegaso model collection. The model stands out for its excellent finishes, fully metallic body (except for the rear doors), and detailed paint job, complete with ramps, historical license plates, and an accurate interior.
In conclusion, the Pegaso Z-902 'Bacalao' is a testament to the creativity and engineering prowess of the Spanish automotive industry. Its story, from its days of glory to its eventual decline, reflects a unique chapter in the history of vehicle transporters, leaving behind a legacy that continues to fascinate enthusiasts and collectors alike. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ES.MOTOR1 | QUIRKYRIDES | ES.WIKIPEDIA | AUTOPIONEER.DE | PINTEREST ]
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Thursday, June 20, 2024

The Elegant Ferrari 365 GTC/4: A Rare Four-Seater Coupe

Rare GEMS - Hey, guys! Ferrari has long been renowned for its two-seater sports cars, emphasizing performance and the thrill of driving. Traditionally, this Italian icon rarely ventured into creating vehicles with a four-passenger layout. However, one notable exception stands out, showcasing Ferrari's foray into blending sportiness with practicality.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4, a four-seat coupe realistically designed as a two-seater by Filippo Sapino of Pininfarina, was produced between 1971 and 1973. (Picture from: Carvaganza)
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4, a four-seat coupe that was realistically a two-seat coupe, was produced by Ferrari between 1971 and 1973. Designed by Filippo Sapino of Pininfarina, its sleek wedge shape and pop-up headlights marked a significant shift from the more conventional lines of its predecessors when it debuted at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. Some in Italy affectionately dubbed it the “Gobbone” – Italian for “Hunchback” – though this nickname never really gained widespread usage.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was built on a tubular steel chassis featuring large oval-section main tubes and cross bracing. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Built on a tubular steel chassis with large oval section main tubes and cross bracing, the 365 GTC/4's body was crafted from steel, featuring an aluminum hood and trunk lid by Pininfarina before being sent to Ferrari for final assembly. The suspension system was independent at both the front and rear, with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, and anti-roll bars, offering a softer ride compared to the GTB/4. Standard amenities included power steering, power windows, and air conditioning, enhancing the driving experience with added comfort.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 featured standard amenities such as power steering, power windows, and air conditioning, enhancing the driving experience with added comfort. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Although its dimensions suggested a two-seater coupe, the 365 GTC/4’s interior was cleverly designed to accommodate two fold-down rear seats, ideal for luggage or small children. This smart packaging effectively replaced two previous models, the 365 GTC and 365 GT 2+2. The exterior design was elegant and understated, integrating its front and rear rubber bumpers seamlessly into the overall aesthetic, a marked difference from the chrome bumpers of the Daytona and the Dino, Ferrari’s other production models of the era.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was powered by a high-revving 4.4-liter Colombo V12 engine with quad overhead camshafts, coupled with a transmission system traditionally mounted at the rear of the engine. (Picture from: Silodrome)
Interestingly, the 365 GTC/4 also took over from the 365 GT 2+2, which had been in production for just one year. The concept of the 365 GTC/4 was that of a four-seat sports sedan with a more compact body resembling the two-seat 365 Daytona. Despite sharing its chassis with the Daytona, the 365 GTC/4 featured enhancements like power steering and an advanced rear suspension system that adjusted automatically.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4's exterior design was elegant and understated, seamlessly integrating its front and rear rubber bumpers into the overall aesthetic. (Picture from: GTPlanet)
In terms of design and performance, the 365 GTC/4 was more refined compared to the aggressive 365 GTB/4, its two-seater counterpart. The high-revving 4.4-liter Colombo V12 engine—the “4” in GTC/4 indicating quad overhead camshafts—was slightly detuned, resulting in a torquier and more manageable performance at lower speeds. Unlike the Daytona, which had a rear transaxle, the 365 GTC/4’s transmission was traditionally mounted at the rear of the engine, prioritizing torque over a bit of horsepower.
In Italy, some affectionately dubbed it the “Gobbone” – Italian for “Hunchback” – though this nickname never gained widespread usage. (Picture from: Silodrome)
During its short production run of less than two years, Ferrari manufactured only 500 units of the 365 GTC/4. It was then succeeded by the more angular and controversial Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, marking the end of an era for this unique blend of sportiness and practicality. | G4pi3Ye9i2Y |
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 remains a fascinating chapter in Ferrari's history, representing a rare instance where the marque balanced performance with a more versatile, family-friendly design. It stands as a testament to Ferrari’s ability to innovate and adapt, even within the niche world of high-performance sports cars. This model continues to be celebrated by enthusiasts for its distinctive design and engineering, embodying the spirit of Ferrari in a form that dared to be different. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | FERRARI | SILODROME | BRINGATRAILER | 365GTC4 | EXOTICTRADER | GTPLANET ]
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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sleek and Sophisticated: Swift Pod Concept Car's Autonomous Journey of Comfort

Next Step - Imagine a future where your car is not just a mode of transportation but a luxurious experience, seamlessly integrated with smart technology. This dream is becoming a reality with the innovative concept of autonomous travel, designed to redefine how we perceive driving.
The Swift Pod, an autonomous overnight travel concept car created by Xoio, is more than just a vehicle; it's a comfortable sanctuary on wheels. (Picture from: Xoio.de)
The Swift Pod, a revolutionary creation by Xoio, embodies this vision of the future. This autonomous overnight travel concept car is more than just a vehicle; it's a comfortable sanctuary on wheels. Imagine stepping into a cabin that feels like a hotel room, complete with all the amenities you need for a relaxing journey.
Aerial view of the Swift Pod autonomous overnight travel concept vehicle shaped in triangle. Imagine stepping into the Swift Pod's cabin, which feels like a hotel room complete with all the amenities you need for a relaxing journey. (Picture from: OtoInfo)
Booking a Swift Pod is as easy as ordering a regular taxi through an app. You can specify your desired time and location or schedule your ride in advance for a planned trip. Once you're inside, the magic begins.
Boarding at the desired departure point at the desired time – maximum flexibility. (Picture from: Xoio.de)
The Swift Pod takes care of everything from calculating the best route to adjusting its speed to ensure you reach your destination on time. Its sleek exterior, featuring two massive wheels that resemble a motorcycle, gives it a futuristic look. However, a closer look reveals its unique triangular shape, symbolizing the future of transportation.
 
"We chose the iconic triangular design to showcase the evolution of multimodal travel," explains Peter Stulz from the Xoio team.
Despite its streamlined shape, the Swift Pod's interior offers ample space for comfortable travel, whether sitting or lying down, complete with a fold-out table and online WiFi for added convenience. (Picture from: Xoio.de)
Despite its compact size, the Swift Pod can accommodate two passengers comfortably. If you have luggage, don't worry; there's ample storage space under the seats, cleverly designed to double as a bed for added comfort during long journeys.
After a good night's sleep, you have the option of having your morning coffee at a selected location before completing the last few kilometers to your destination. Fancy a quick swim? (Picture from: Xoio.de)
What sets the Swift Pod apart is its intelligence. It doesn't just take you from point A to B; it enhances your travel experience. Need to take a break? Simply inform the Swift Pod, and it will plan short stops along the way. Moreover, it offers personalized suggestions for rest areas, dining options, and more, making your journey not just efficient but enjoyable.
In conclusion, the Swift Pod represents the future of transportation, blending autonomy with luxury and convenience. It's not just a car; it's a glimpse into a world where driving is an experience to savor. Get ready to redefine your travel expectations with the Swift Pod. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | XOIO.DE | DESIGNBOOM ]
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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

1990s Pininfarina Ethos: A Look at Groundbreaking Green Automobiles

Green Pioneer = In the early 1990s, automakers, major suppliers, and technology companies worldwide were racing to meet the stringent requirements of California's zero-emission vehicle mandate and anticipated government regulations. 
The Pininfarina Ethos series (left to right, Ethos I, II, and III), created in the early 1990s, aimed to meet the stringent requirements of California's zero-emission vehicle mandate and anticipated government regulations. (Picture from: GreenCarJournal)
Among the notable developments during this era was the Pininfarina Ethos, a series of concept cars designed to demonstrate various advanced powertrains, including battery electric and an innovative Orbital two-stroke engine. Unlike many concept cars, the Ethos was fully operational, with three distinct models released in 1992, 1993, and 1994, each with only one unit built.
 
The first in the Ethos series, the Pininfarina Ethos I, debuted as an environmentally-friendly roofless sports car at the 1992 Turin Motor Show. This spider model featured an aluminum space frame and a body made from thermoplastic materials
The Pininfarina Ethos I, debuted as an environmentally-friendly roofless sports car at the 1992 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: GreenCarJournal)
Its highlight was the Orbital thermic engine, known for its excellent fuel economy and low emissions. Weighing in at 1543 lbs (700 kgs), the Ethos I was powered by a naturally aspirated inline three-cylinder Orbital two-stroke engine, producing 95 PS (94 bhp - 70 kW) at 5000-5500 rpm and 125.0 Nm (92 lb. ft) of torque
The Pininfarina Ethos I spider model featured an aluminum space frame and a body made from thermoplastic materials. (Picture from: GreenCarJournal)
This power was delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. The Ethos I also boasted a sophisticated suspension system with coil springs, anti-roll bars, and McPherson struts, ensuring a smooth ride and impressive handling.
 
The Pininfarina Ethos II, introduced at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show, was a coupé with a mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels. Its 0.8-liter, two-stroke Orbital two-cylinder engine generated 55 bhp (56 PS/41 kW) at 5500 rpm
The Pininfarina Ethos II, unveiled at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show, featured a mid-mounted engine driving the rear wheels, with its 0.8-liter, two-stroke Orbital two-cylinder engine producing 55 bhp (56 PS/41 kW) at 5500 rpm. (Picture from: ArchivioPrototipi)
This model was notable for its exceptional aerodynamic efficiency, with a drag coefficient of 0.19, making it ideal for extra-urban driving. The Ethos II maintained the recyclable nature of its predecessor and was characterized by sleek lines and an eco-friendly design. 
The Pininfarina Ethos II's underbody was entirely faired to optimize aerodynamics further, and the car's lightweight design ensured agile performance and low fuel consumption.. (Picture from: CarStyling.ru)
Its underbody was entirely faired to optimize aerodynamics further, and the car's lightweight design ensured agile performance and low fuel consumption.
 
The Pininfarina Ethos III, presented in 1994, aimed to redefine the city car concept. Despite its compact size, similar to the Fiat Cinquecento, the Ethos III managed to accommodate six seats arranged in two rows of three. 
Despite its compact size similar to the Fiat Cinquecento, the Pininfarina Ethos III, presented in 1994, aimed to redefine the city car concept by accommodating six seats arranged in two rows of three. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
This was made possible by the small yet efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder Orbital two-stroke engine. The lightweight aluminum body kept the car's weight to just 780 kg, significantly enhancing its fuel efficiency. This model highlighted Pininfarina's innovative approach to urban transportation, combining compactness with practicality.
The 1994 Pininfarina Ethos III concept's cabin featuring a modern interior arrangement, to fit six seats - two rows of three with a narrower middle seat. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
Each model in the Pininfarina Ethos series showcased advanced engineering and forward-thinking design, reflecting the industry's efforts to meet new environmental standards. The Ethos I, with its sporty appeal and efficient engine, paved the way for more sustainable sports cars. The Ethos II demonstrated how aerodynamic design could improve efficiency and performance, while the Ethos III provided a glimpse into the future of compact, urban-friendly vehicles.
The Pininfarina Ethos III features a lightweight aluminum body that keeps the car's weight at just 780 kg, powered by the small yet efficient 1.2-liter three-cylinder Orbital two-stroke engine. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
The Pininfarina Ethos series remains a testament to the potential of innovative automotive design to meet environmental challenges. These concept cars not only addressed the immediate regulatory requirements of their time but also inspired future advancements in vehicle technology. As the automotive industry continues to evolve, the lessons learned from the Ethos series will undoubtedly influence the next generation of sustainable vehicles.
In exploring the legacy of the Pininfarina Ethos, we can appreciate the foresight and creativity that drove these groundbreaking designs. The Ethos series serves as a reminder that with ingenuity and commitment, it is possible to create vehicles that are both environmentally responsible and enjoyable to drive. As we look to the future, the Ethos's blend of sustainability and innovation will continue to inspire and guide the development of the cars of tomorrow. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GREEN CAR JOURNAL | STORY-CARS | CARSTYLING.RU | ARCHIVIOPROTOTIPI | ALLCARINDEX | RED-HEADED ]
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Monday, June 17, 2024

Sasha Selipanov's Nilu27 Hypercar to Debut at Pebble Beach 2024

WAIT&SEE - In an exciting development for automotive enthusiasts, former Koenigsegg chief designer Sasha Selipanov has announced the creation of a new hypercar named Nilu27. Known for his remarkable work with prestigious brands such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg, Selipanov embarked on a new journey in 2023 with his own design studio, namely Hardline27. The first model, a hypercar powered by an internal combustion engine, is set to debut soon, generating considerable anticipation in the car community.
The Nilu27 hypercar, the latest creation from renowned automotive designer Sasha Selipanov, will debut at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2024. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Selipanov, the creative genius behind iconic cars like the Bugatti Chiron, Lamborghini Huracán, and Koenigsegg Gemera, is renowned for his innovative design approach. His new venture, Nilu27, has already captured attention through a strategic social media campaign and a tantalizing teaser video. The teaser, although brief, reveals some key features of the upcoming hypercar, hinting at the exciting innovations Selipanov plans to introduce under his own brand.
World-renowned automotive designer Sasha Selipanov has finally launched his own car brand after years of working with Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg. (Picture from: BeritaSatu)
The Nilu27 teaser images and videos reveal a car with a striking design, characterized by gull-wing doors and an exposed rear frame that highlights three large exhaust pipes. This bold design choice underscores Selipanov's commitment to creating visually stunning and performance-driven vehicles. The rear view, prominently featured in the teaser, showcases a center-mounted triple exhaust, a triple-tiered rear wing, and a substantial diffuser with a central brake light reminiscent of Formula cars. These elements suggest that Nilu27 will deliver not just in aesthetics but also in high-performance capabilities.

Interestingly, the teaser also provides an auditory glimpse into the car’s engine, which is speculated to be a pure V8 engine. This aligns with the brand’s emphasis on delivering a pure driving experience, despite the industry’s shift towards digitalization and electrification. Nilu27's social media posts emphasize a dedication to traditional automotive thrills, suggesting that the first model will focus on providing an unmatched driving experience powered by a robust internal combustion engine.
The Nilu27 teaser images and videos unveil a car featuring striking design elements, including gull-wing doors and an exposed rear frame showcasing three large exhaust pipes. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Selipanov's decision to establish design studios in Los Angeles, USA, and Berlin, Germany, highlights his global vision for Nilu27. This strategic move allows him to leverage diverse design influences and industry insights from two of the world's automotive hubs. The dual-studio setup is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the unique identity and design language of Nilu27 vehicles.

The anticipation for the Nilu27’s full reveal is palpable, with the official unveiling scheduled for August 15, 2024, at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This event is the perfect stage for introducing a new hypercar, promising to attract enthusiasts, industry experts, and potential buyers from around the world. The choice of venue indicates Selipanov’s confidence in the vehicle's design and performance, aiming to make a significant impact in the hypercar segment.
Sasha Selipanov's choice to establish design studios in both Los Angeles, USA, and Berlin, Germany, underscores his global vision for Nilu27. (Picture from: BeritaSatu)
Reflecting on his illustrious career, Selipanov’s transition from working with automotive giants to establishing his own brand marks a significant milestone. His tenure at Koenigsegg, where he contributed to the design of the Gemera and CC850, laid the groundwork for his new venture. Prior to this, his roles at Bugatti and Genesis further honed his design philosophy and skills, preparing him for the challenges of running his own brand.

Selipanov has expressed his long-standing ambition to create his own brand, a dream he nurtured while working under the shadows of major car companies. His journey through Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Koenigsegg allowed him to connect with key figures in the automotive world and gain invaluable experience. However, the drive to forge something uniquely his own has culminated in the birth of Nilu27. | G8zmhQQCG2k |
With the imminent debut of its first model, Nilu27 is poised to make a significant impact on the hypercar market. The blend of Selipanov’s design expertise, the car’s striking features, and the promise of high performance create a compelling proposition for automotive enthusiasts. As the countdown to the reveal continues, the automotive world eagerly awaits the full unveiling of what promises to be a groundbreaking addition to the hypercar segment. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HARDLINE27 | NILU27 | AUTOBLOG | CARSCOOPS ]
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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Reimagining the Future of Hypercars: The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition

EXTRA Time - In the ever-evolving landscape of automotive innovation, Ares Modena, a distinguished Italian automotive company, has once again captivated enthusiasts with the unveiling of their latest masterpiece. At the culmination of 2023, amidst eager anticipation, Ares Modena, founded by the visionary Dany Bahar, former head of Lotus, introduced the world to the hardtop version of their inaugural supercar - now adorned with striking new gullwing doors, marking the debut of the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition, presented in a special and limited capacity with only 20 units available, showcases a blend of exclusivity and innovation that sets it apart. (Picture from: MotorLegend)
These doors, a marvel of design and engineering, heralded the debut of the Ares S1 unit featuring magnificent gullwing doors. This iteration, presented in a special and limited capacity with only 20 units available, showcases a blend of exclusivity and innovation that sets it apart. However, it remains undisclosed whether these units will accompany the previously unveiled S1 Spyder variant introduced in 2020 and the S1 Coupe variant with butterfly-door style, launched in 2021.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition, now adorned with striking new gullwing doors, pays homage to the iconic Le Mans racers of yesteryear, marrying style with a nod to automotive history. (Picture from: MotorLegend)
Beyond its aesthetic allure, these new gullwing doors pay homage to the iconic Le Mans racers of yesteryears, marrying style with a nod to automotive history. Crafted meticulously from lightweight carbon fiber, these doors contribute to the car's agile performance, weighing in at a mere 1,380 kilograms.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition meticulously crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, contributing to the car's agile performance and weighing in at a mere 1,380 kilograms. (Picture from: TopGear)
Under the hood, the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition sheds 300 kilograms compared to its base model, the Chevrolet Corvette C8, enhancing its dynamic prowess. Powered by a robust 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine coupled with an eight-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox, the Ares S1 Gullwing delivers a formidable 608 horsepower and 639 Nm of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds, it boasts a top speed of 296 km/h, embodying the spirit of a speedster with a touch of subtlety in its design.
The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition is powered by a robust 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine coupled with an eight-speed DCT dual-clutch gearbox. (Picture from: TopGear)
The rear profile, reminiscent of automotive legends like the Chiron and the Porsche 918, coupled with an additional screen for the co-driver, exemplifies the meticulous attention to detail that defines the Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition. Every facet of this vehicle is a testament to luxury, performance, and aesthetics meticulously crafted to provide an unparalleled driving experience.
As you envision cruising the streets in this futuristic marvel, be prepared for a sensory experience like no other. The Ares S1 Gullwing First Edition transcends the realm of mere transportation; it becomes a symbol of success, exclusivity, and individuality. It's not just a car; it's a statement of automotive excellence. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ARES DESIGN | TOPGEAR | STUPIDDOPE | MOTORLEGEND ]
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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Stunning Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta Concept: A Tribute to Italian Design

ONE-OFF - Alfa Romeo has a storied history of collaborating with some of the most renowned designers in the automotive world to create stunning concept cars. One such collaboration occurred in 2010, marking Alfa Romeo's 100th anniversary and Pininfarina's 80th. This partnership birthed the breathtaking Alfa Romeo Pininfarina 2uettottanta, a name pronounced "duettottanta."
The Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept car embodies Pininfarina's vision of the next generation of Alfa Romeo's iconic spider cars. (Picture from: Wall.AlphaCoders)
The 2uettottanta concept car embodies Pininfarina's vision of the next generation of Alfa Romeo's iconic spider cars. It also represents the peak of a longstanding relationship between two iconic Italian companies, paying homage to the legendary 1960s Duetto roadster. The name 2uettottanta, while sometimes confusing in its spelling, holds significant meaning.
Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta is Pininfarina's vision of how the next generation Alfa spider car should be. (Picture from: Motor1)
Contrary to what many believe, the initial character is a capital "D" from the Renaissance script, not the number "2". The "2" signifies the car's two-seat configuration, "uetto" nods to the classic Alfa Romeo Duetto model, and "ottanta," which means "80" in Italian, celebrates Pininfarina's 80 years of design excellence.
Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept by Pininfarina is debuted at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Visually, the 2uettottanta is a masterpiece of design, featuring sleek and elegant red bodywork characteristic of Alfa Romeo's traditional paint. The car measures 1,797 mm in width, 4,212.6 mm in length, and 1,280 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2500 mm. The front of the car maintains Alfa Romeo's contemporary design ethos, while the side and rear profiles are defined by smooth, flowing surfaces that exude sophistication and fluidity.
Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept inside is spacious and comfortable. (Picture from: Motor1)
Under the hood, the 2uettottanta is powered by a turbocharged 1,750 cc four-cylinder engine, reminiscent of the 1750 Veloce from 1968, part of the famed "Osso di Seppia" (Cuttlefish) lineage. This engine delivers power to the rear wheels through Alfa's TCT transmission. Additionally, the concept features a newly designed lever for Alfa's DNA adaptive chassis system, enhancing its driving dynamics and performance.
Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept, in particular, is not such a dramatic departure from current Alfa Romeo thinking. (Picture from: Motor1)
The Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta concept earned critical acclaim, winning the Car Design Award of the Year for best concept car design at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Its influence extended beyond accolades, inspiring the next generation of Alfa Romeo Spider models destined for the American and European markets.
In celebrating such a milestone collaboration, the 2uettottanta stands as a testament to the enduring legacy and innovative spirit of Alfa Romeo and Pininfarina. This concept car not only honors the rich history of these two automotive giants but also sets a visionary course for the future of automotive design. *** [EKA [19062020] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | WIKIPEDIA | CARSTYLING.RU ]
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