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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

One of the BMW-owned pre-war legendary racing cars

One of the world's most important pre-war racing cars is the BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte' which was made in 1937. This car is the only special roadster ever made at the BMW factory in Munich, and has numerous race wins to its credit (including a Mille Miglia class win) which later became an inspiration-sourced for almost all of post-war sports cars.

As is well known, BMW has been actively involved in the car racing activities in the pre-war periods and has enjoyed much significant success with the 328 model which is sophisticated and high-performance. 
BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte' was produced in 1937. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UFYXaM)
The race car was built on a chassis numbered of 85032 and was produced in May 1937 as a standard bodied car designed by the Experimental Department of Rudolf Schleicher at BMW. This car was noted to have participated in the 1937 Le Mans racing competition drove by the famous British racing driver of the time, A.F.P. Fane, as well as the 1937 Tourist Cup which was driven by H.G. Dobbs.
Front three-quarter of 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte.' (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UFYXaM)
And in the fall of 1939, the racing car was dismantled at the BMW's racing division at Milbertshofen before it was extensively reengineered and used as a basis for leaner bodywork in preparation for the 1940 racing season and Mille Miglia in particular. For this reason, BMW makes this aerodynamic coupe and lightweight open roadster.

Extensive modifications done to the car include lowering the engine and driveline in the chassis to reduce the front area of ​​the body and lower the center of gravity to improve handling. The design was done by Wilhelm Kaiser, a very experienced member of BMW's new design department, led by stylist chief Wilhelm Meyerhuber. Then its 1: 10 scale model was tested in the pioneering aerodynamic wind tunnel of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wunibald Kamm, with a long, tapered tail that took advantage of the lowered engine and profile.
Top view of 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte' interior. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UFYXaM)
Magnesium material is even used for the car's braking system, which consists of Alfin drum brakes with a Duplex system for the front and rear wheels. The 17-inch steel disc wheel has a lightweight metal ring, and the tires are specially made for Mille Miglia by Continental, so the car can travel at long distances without having to change the tires. 

With true racing style, the rear leaf spring suspension can be adjusted, controlled with additional stabilizing bars. Even the hub is a super-lightweight special edition unit, like most hardware, aluminum nuts, screw heads and the like. After all modifications at Milbertshofen are finished, the BMW Bügelfalte is then tested on a track not far from BMW's headquarters in Munich.
Left side view of 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte.' (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UFYXaM)
For 2 roadsters and other streamlined coupes whose bodywork is entrusted to Touring in Milan, which had the capacity to finish before the 1940 Mille Miglia. It should be noted that these two "second series" roadsters have complete mechanics and tubular substructure completed in Munich before the bodywork is finished in Milan. Because of this, they don't have the typical "pants fold" fender.

During the war, the roadster Bügelfalte was given to Albert Speer, Reichsminister for Bewaffnung und Munition (Armaments and Munitions). Remarkably, it survived five years of world war and was seized by Russia for repair. The Russians awarded it to Artiom Ivanovich Mikoyan, head of the Mikoyan i Gurevich Design Bureau, who was none other than the creator of the famous MiG fighter jets.
Rear three-quarter of 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Buegelfalte.' (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2UFYXaM)
Mikoyan let his son use it, but the boy’s escapades eventually drained his father's patience, so in 1972 he exchanged the Bügelfalte with Guido Adamson of Riga, Latvia, for a Lada car that was not too inclined to arouse a young man's fantasy while driving it.

With the collapse of "Iron Curtain," Adamson drove the Bügelfalte to Munich and entrusted it to BMW's care, and was seen using it occasionally, especially on the 1991 Mille Miglia Storica where it was displayed on a BMW poster commemorating the event.

In 2001, this car was acquired from Adamson and, for the last decade before appearing at an auction event in Monaco, was serviced and maintained by the BMW's specialists at the Tom Fischer Classic & Race Car Service. Working together with Georg Thiele. a BMW 328 engine specialist and with utmost attention to originality, the complete mechanicals, including engine, front and rear axle and brake system, have been rebuilt.
Lastly, the legendary racing car was seen at an auction event on May 1, 2010, at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco. Yes, the unique BMW 328 Buegelfalte Roadster signature collector car shown off at the RM Auction's event and was reportedly sold post-bid for more than $ 5.6 million. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BMW BLOG]
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The most powered Porsche sportscar in the 1990s

When we were talking about the 1990s supercars, the first things that crossed the mind were McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJ220, and Porsche 959. However, it turns out that Porsche once had one forgotten sports car named the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion is one of the most powered sports cars in the 1990s. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2WHOleb)
Back in 2017, it was sold for $5,665,000 or approx Rp.7 billion in one of the Gooding & Company auction events. When offered the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion, it is still in a well-maintained state and has no defects or damage. The mileage of this vehicle has only reached 7,900 kilometers. So what makes this classic sportscar able to achieve so expensive selling prices?
One of the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion was sold for $5,665,000 at the Gooding & Company auction events in 2017. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Ucs0DO)
As quoted of Carscoops, at that time, the Stuttgart-based premium car manufacturers should make several units of cars that were legal for use on the streets as one of the requirements to join endurance racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans. And the Porsche 911 GT1 made in 1996 which later became the Porsche's ticket to participate in the FIA GT Championship.
Left side view of the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This Porsche beautiful road-legal version, of which only 20 units were ever produced of its initial plan as much as 25 units. The car was designed with a wide frame and spoilers, and front lip. Its rear is inspired by Porsche 962, and front by Porsche 993 with elevated ground clearance, the suspension is softer, the gear and engine ratios are adjusted.
Compact interior vies of 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
Likewise, the interior also looks aggressive, especially the instrument panel that shows various indicators. This model is as fierce as the racing version, so it has the impression of being uncomfortable for use on the highway.
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion used a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3bmODv0)
This street-legal car version is equipped with a 3.2 liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. The engine sector is capable of generating power up to 544 hp at 7,000 rpm, with torque reaching 600 Nm at 4,250 rpm. No wonder this car can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers in just 3.7 seconds. This car can also run up to 310 kilometers per hour.
The appearance and performance numbers of this car is quite impressive for a car from the 1990s, so it's not surprising in its heyday, this sports car was considered one of the most powerful cars of the era. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | THE THINGS |]
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Monday, March 30, 2020

An exotic 1940s Stanguellini Ala d'Oro sports cars

Looking at a row of racing cars of the 1940s that have a unique and unusual shape is very pleasant for us. Especially cars manufactured by Italian automotive manufacturers.

One of them was a racing car that could be said success in various racing events at the time named the Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Ala d’Oro (where Ala d'Oro is the Italian words means 'golden wing').
1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The cars were initially built by Fiat in 1934 and sold as the 508 S models. Then the exotic-styled roadster and coupe models were built based on the 508 S models done by Automobili Stanguellini, a small sports car maker based in Modena.
Front view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The company was founded by Vittorio Stanguellini. It was most active between 1946 and 1960 and continued to produce competition cars until 1981 when Vittorio Stanguellini died; thenceforth, the company devoted to vintage cars.
Rear side view of 1943 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Barchetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/33KjoHN)
The first model known as the Stanguellini Sports Barchetta Ala d’Oro was born in 1943 out of the imagination of Francesco Stanguellini, a son of the company founder, Vittorio Stanguellini. The Italian company, despite its small size, enjoyed a glorious history of victories, even over its more famous 'cousins' at Ferrari.
1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
Francesco had a passion for race cars and was described as 'the engine wizard' by the press for his ability to build light and powerful cars by transforming other models’ frames and engines. One day he drew the first sketch of this splendid vehicle by using a 1,110cc 4-cylinder Fiat's engine. 
Left side view of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The engine was capable to burst power of up to 45hp and make it run to 185 kilometers per hour at top speed. So the cars which would win the Italian Sportscar Championship in 1946 and 1947.
Rearview of 1946 Fiat Stanguellini 1100 Sports Berlinetta Ala d'Oro. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3dpopd4)
The second sports models is the Stanguellini Sports Berlinetta Ala d’Oro equipped with a very special dynamic hardtop that was often used by drivers for endurance and road races such as the 1000 Miglia.
In 1946 it was purchased by Cornelio Corazza di Treviglio who re-registered it with RE 131665 plates, it is at this time that the car underwent the replacement of the engine (currently mounted) and was re-bodied by the Carrozzeria Ala d'Oro.

These two wonderful designs of the Ala d’Oro still lets the world's classic car enthusiast imagination soar until today. ***  [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ITALIAN WAYS | ROUTEVECCHIE | AQUARAMABEC | COACHBUILD]
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut aiming the top speed of 500 kph

Although the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 was canceled, the Swedish well-known hypercar manufacturer, Koenigsegg stay presented in Geneva to unveil its newest unique hypercar figure named Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut alongside with the Koenigsegg Gemera and the model is predicted to be the fastest car in the world.
The all-new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut is debuted in Geneva and predicted to be the fastest car in the world. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2x2NytJ)
The company's CEO Christian von Koenigsegg confirmed that the company had finished recording the highest speed once the Jesko Absolut's production was complete. "This is more than fast enough. We actually don't want to build anything faster," as he told to Top Gear.

How fast is this hypercar? According to Koenigsegg's calculations, the Jesko Absolut was able to run more than 500 kph (310 mph) very comfortably beyond its rival, Bugatti. The only thing left is to set the date for the actual recording time, but it takes time.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut used a 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2x2NytJ)
"This is a process to get permission from the authorities, the police, trying to close the road well. So it might take a year or two, something like that. But the aim is that we can prove the car's ability," said Koenigsegg further.

The Absolut uses the same engine as the Jesko, a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps power to 1,578 hp (1,600 PS) on the E85. The flat crank of the V8 engine is also equipped with a small electric compressor that moves air into the turbo to eliminate pauses. The power is channeled through a multi-clutch 9-speed Light Speed ​​transmission system.
Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut featured also a large rear wing with a pair of protruding backs to help stability at high speeds. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2xe4T2V)
And the Jesko Absolut uses a large rear wing with a pair of protruding backs to help stability at high speeds. This combined with the longer back end gives a resistance coefficient of 0.278 Cd.

Based on the Guinness World Record, the fastest car in the world is still lined by Koenigsegg Agera RS. This hypercar is the fastest car in 2017 with a speed of 277.87 mph or 447.19 kph.
Bugatti Chiron managed to overtake it by penetrating the sacred speed of 304.77 mph or 490.48 kph. However, the Guinness World Record was not recognized because it was carried out on a one-way circuit. While the Koenigsegg Agera RS was tested on a 30 km highway connecting Las Vegas and Pahrump. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOP GEAR | CARSCOOPS | MOTOR1]
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The most weirdest GM Bison turbine-engined truck concept

The 1950s and 1960s could be considered the heyday of automotive manufacturers and designers to develop and realize their wild imagination and vision about what the vehicles should look like in the future. On this occasion, we still talking about the turbine engines and future cars according to those eras.
1964 General Motors Bison, a vision of trucks for the future has been presented at the 1964 World Fair. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Aside from Chrysler Turbine Car in 1963, it turns out that a year later, the manufacturer compatriot rival General Motors also makes the turbine-engined vehicles.

But the GM's vehicle is not a sedan but a truck named General Motors Bison concept. Until today, the General Motors truck concept still looks like something truly coming from the future, despite being created in 1964.
1964 General Motors Bison has no door, to get into, the driver and passenger should be opened the canopy, which included the entire windscreen. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
General Motors created the Bison concept for the 1964 World Fair since it had to be a representation of the future. GM took inspiration from planes and spaceships, therefore, it featured a low and sleek profile. Uniquely, this concept truck has no door. To get into, the driver and passenger should be opened the canopy, which included the entire windscreen.

Then inside the cabin, there is a futuristic steering wheel that looks a lot like a yoke of an airplane. Between the two vertical handles, there are a number of switches. The control levers and buttons are mostly located on the center console, where its driver and passenger will also find the phone.
1964 General Motors Bison had a four-wheel steering and the entire cabin was situated in front of the wheels. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
General Motors said that the Bison concept is meant for long-distance hauling vehicle, but it didn’t seem like it is the case, due to the cabin does not have a sleeping room or special compartments for personal belongings of the driver and passengers.

Then there is something interesting about this concept truck, where the entire cabin of Bison was in front of the wheels. Then the cabin position is also very low and has a very aerodynamic look. Then because the glass canopy is quite large, so the visibility must be very good. The GM Bison truck concept has a four-wheel steering system, where the wheels of both axis were turning to the same or opposite directions, depending on the steering angle
Inside the cabin of the 1964 General Motors Bison there's a phone in the central console. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
What's special about GM's concept truck is the engine. It is not half-hearted, the American automotive manufacturer pinned two turbine engines capable of spewing out the power of 280 and 720 horsepower respectively. As we all know, GM has experimented with turbines since 1953.

Although initially Bison was only a design concept and could not be driven, but turned out GM did make a real driving prototype truck with turbine engines sometime later. And Bison’s turbines were mounted over the wheels right behind the cabin.
There's a pod above the axles of the 1964 GM Bison truck concept was housing its two turbine engines.. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Because it is intended as a future long-distance hauling vehicle, then trailer hitch was also not a traditional design. When designing this concept truck, GM imagined that in the future loading and unloading of trailers will be automatic where the cargo modules will simply move in the docks by themselves.

And so the trailer, which also had a low profile to match the truck, had hard shell and modular structure. The entire combination did look pretty impressive, but unfortunately the company never has the plans for the Bison to reach the production lines.
The 1964 General Motors Bison's trailer which also had a low profile to match the truck, had hard shell and modular structure. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2vAAHyi)
Back to its initial goals, General Motors created Bison as a vision about what the future should look like. It seems that for the Bison concept to work, so many works should been done and well-prepared up to the entire trucking industry changed.

Even though the truck today was not like this, the Bison concept is still a pretty cool design and we only could be hoped to see it's passed in front of us and honked while hauling goods someday.  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | HEMMINGS | TFLTRUCK | DESIGNYOUTRUST | NODUM.ORG]
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Friday, March 27, 2020

Here it comes the newest full-electric powered supercar of Hong Kong!

With the cancellation of the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, one of the world's biggest automotive exhibition events some time ago as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. This certainly makes many parties feel concerned, especially automotive manufacturers who have prepared themselves to participate in this annual global automotive event.
Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar made its debut in London some time ago. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ah964B)
And one of them is Apex Motors, a Hong kong-based automotive company whose name may still sound foreign to our ears. But in fact, this company has produced many automotive products, and one of them is the Apex AP-1 which is a compact roadster that carries the Ford EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine and was released specifically for Hong Kong automotive market.

At the automotive exhibition event in Geneva, the company was plan to display a new full-electric supercar named Apex AP-0. The Apex AP-0 supercar brings a different platform from its predecessor AP-1 roadster. Yes, the Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar will be displayed as a two-passenger coupe. Recently, Apex has taken the covers off its ground-breaking AP-0 concept EV sports car at its global launch event in London, UK.
Top front view of Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ah964B)
This car has a body size that is not too big, with a length of 4.378 mm, and looks about the size of a Porsche 718 Cayman. Even so, the wheelbase reaches 2,649 mm, or 175 mm longer than the Cayman.

Then to optimize the speed and stability when driving, the ground clearance is set around only 93.98 mm.  While for the control, this car is supported by the racing car styled pushrod suspensions. Furthermore to reduce its speed is entrusted to the carbon-ceramic devices with a six-piston caliper mounted on the front wheels.
Left side view of Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ah964B)
As mentioned earlier that the AP-0 is a full-electric supercar, so automatically its mechanical heart is an electric motor entrusted to rotate the rear wheels. The company claimed, the car's electric motor configuration is capable of producing power of 658 PS and 578 Nm of torque, so then the acceleration from zero to 100 kph can be reached in 2.3 seconds, with a top speed of 305 kph.

The Hong Kong-based automotive company revealed that the car's interior will make in a minimalist style as look attached in a racing car in general. That's seems normal when looking at the extreme exterior appearance. To be sure, the driver and passenger will pass through the gullwing doors to enter the car's cabin.
The wheel steering and dashboard view of Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ah964B)
Besides that, there are also some qualified supporting driving features. As quoted by Motor1, this car has a Lidar sensor attached to the front. This is usually used not only to prevent unwanted incidents but also to support autonomous navigation.
Rearview of Apex AP-0 full-electric supercar(Picture from: https://bit.ly/3ah964B)
Yes, Apex also said that the AP-0 is also embedded with a level 3 autonomous system. So then the driving pleasure is increasingly obtained while driving the car because there is a holographic augmented reality display, which can display the roads or racing tracks like in video games.
So how much is it? Estimated the car's price per unit reaches $195 thousand or Rp 2.920 billion. Shorterwise, this car will be built at Apex's manufacturing facilities in the UK later and this company also has planned to make 500 units in a year. Well, let's wait for the realization later..! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | APEX MOTORS | CARSCOOPS | MOTOR1]
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The one-off Duesenberg Model D

When we talking about 'tastes,' maybe each era has its own tastes. This also seems to apply in the world's automotive. If at this time, the rich automotive enthusiasts might prefer to have the Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini branded cars to raise their social status. But in the era of the 1920s until the early 1930s, the world's celebrity vehicle tastes of the world fell on Duesenberg branded cars that carried innovative high-performance machines to raise social status in society at that time.
1966 Duesenberg Model D prototype built based on Virgil Exner's design and constructed by Carrozzeria Ghia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
Indeed, at present, the Duesenberg brand is rarely heard especially with its many unique sport and body features. The emergence of the Duesenberg Model D is intended to remake it being a star that would shine in the mid-1960s. The car is known to be made based on the brainchild of former Chrysler Chief designer Virgil Exner. which was later built by Carrozzeria Ghia, one of the leading Italian car body companies in 1966.
The Exners's Duesenberg sketch for Esquire. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
The concept was originally conceived by Fritz Duesenberg (son of Augie Duesenberg), and Milo Record, a promoter of the Indianapolis area, to make a flagship model in early 1964. This car will have a roar of a 500 cubic inch engine capable of spewing power of up to 500 horsepower and sit at an extra-long wheelbase.
The steering wheel and dashboard view of Duesenberg Model D prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
The car which then uses Chrysler's 440 cubic-inch V8 engine that capable of producing power of 425 horsepower. The assembly process is planned to take place in Indianapolis with initial plans to be built around 200 to 1000 units and its future plan include the convertible version. 
Rear side view of Duesenberg Model D prototype. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33f3BjQ)
And the car's initial body style is a four-door sedan with a cabin full of luxurious touches including the option of built-in television and mini-bar inside. The standard equipment of this car includes climate control A/C, automatic pilot, and AM/FM radio. Surely the price tag will last far beyond the reach of ordinary people at around $20,000, more than double the most expensive Cadillac model at the time.
After that, the order was confirmed (it's believed that around 50 orders were received) to be ready to be rolled as a production model, but unfortunately, Duesenberg's extinct dream never came true. And the prototype car that has been completed is still the only one that has been made and displayed in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum for almost 36 years without ever having one production model. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | HEMMINGS]
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Seeing Lambo Athon concept that we've never been known before

It turns out that the Tesla Cybertruck was not the first vehicle to apply an unusual shape. At least the shape of the front fascia that is almost similar to the pull of sharp and tapered lines turned out to have also been a trend in the automotive industry in the 1970s to early 1980s.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone appeared with the front fascia designed in the pull of sharp and tapered lines. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39UzGjy)
Apparently, this also invited the interest of Lamborghini to design and make a concept car in 1980, which was named the Lamborghini Athon Concept. Like not wanting to lose from the others, the Italian car manufacturer which is famous for producing supercars has also once offered a radical concept and was named after an ancient Egyptian sun god.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone uses a 3-liter V8 engine, which is capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower only. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39XZhrT)
During the late 1970s, Automobili Lamborghini was having financial difficulties and slowly went into bankruptcy and made some car enthusiasts were surprised when the dream car was introduced. Indeed, not many people know about this Lamborghini concept car. For his time, the Athon's unique figure looked very futuristic. This Athon concept car was made based on  Lamborghini Silhouette P300 which was produced between 1976 and 1979 as many as 55 units.
Inside the cabin of Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone featured the futuristic-styled steering wheel and panels, so made it is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
Yes, the raging bull logoed premium car manufacturer then collaborated with its compatriot coachbuilder company Bertone to create a tapered-designed and accompanied with the futuristic-styled panels in its cabin, so made this Lamborghini concept car is one of the attractive futuristic sports car designs at the time.
Lamborghini Athon Concept by Bertone was designed by Marc Deschamps, Marcello Gandini’s successor, and introduced at the 1980 Turin Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WiAcUy)
But unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work due to the Athon isn't as fast as other Lambo models. Although the car concept uses a 3-liter V8 engine accompanied with the 5-speed manual transmission system, which is only capable of spraying power of 260 horsepower. With those engine powers, the car could reach top speeds of 70 miles per hour and could go from 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. So the car then made only one.
If you pay close attention, the steering wheel design of this car looks as if it is floating. All of that thanks to the accuracy of the design, if at a certain angle the steering wheel looks floating. In addition, the car gear lever also has a unique shape such as the folding knife handle, there's also a touchscreen instrumental panel and even a phone.

If you are wondering what happened to the Athon, it was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in 2011 and managed to fetch €347,200 ($392,700). At that moment, the car was in "absolutely original condition" and hopefully it remains the same to this day. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR1 | THE THINGS | THE AUTOBODY REVIEW]
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The three Bugatti’s secret concept cars now revealed

Like most carmakers in general, especially in the early days of the modern automotive industry, Bugatti also developed experimental vehicles and prototypes to explore many possibilities, from future design directions up to expanding the range of their vehicle lines. Most of these efforts are carried out in secret, both from the public or media.
These are 3 Bugatti’s secret concept cars. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3b3nxJb)
However, occasionally they also share the secret exploration plans that never materialize for many reasons. And now, Bugatti is opening information about several concept cars that they've been worked on in the past that should have been given birth to new production cars but in fact, have not proceeded to the production line. Yes, they were stopped just in the concept or even made it only as a prototype model.

1. Bugatti Veyron Barchetta
The first Bugatti concept that had never been seen before was Bugatti Veyron Barchetta, which was created by the Bugatti's head of design department, Achim Anscheidt in 2008. This gorgeous vehicle creation is made based on the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse but is decorated with new roofless bodywork and windshield like a speedster.
2008 Bugatti Veyron Barchetta Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WlqAZ9)
Interestingly, some of the features that appeared on this concept car especially the headlamps features that now are look embedded in the Bugatti Divo which are built in limited numbers and based on the current Chiron.
But Bugatti's top executive reportedly was reluctant to adopt the car model due to similar to the Lamborghini limited edition model that launched at the time. This is understandable because both premium automotive manufacturer Bugatti and Lamborghini are in the same parent company, the Volkswagen Group.

2. Bugatti Atlantic Concept
A few years after the Bugatti Veyron Barchetta was executed, the French manufacturer then envisioned the three best models by designing two new concepts. Where one to be placed under the Bugatti Chiron and the other one to be placed above the hypercar which is focused for record-breaking only.
2015 Bugatti Atlantic Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WlqAZ9)
The first one is the Bugatti Atlantic Concept which was made in 2015 as a modern interpretation of the legendary car of 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic. And the French manufacturer spent over 18 months for developing the Atlantic Concept by using some technology taken from the Porsche Taycan project, which came to be known as Mission E.
Initially, this concept car was scheduled to be launched at Pebble Beach that year, but there was chaos known as 'Dieselgate' which ensnared Volkswagen Group then the car debut was canceled.

3. Bugatti W16 Coupe Rembrandt
Then came the most ambitious concept of all, named the Bugatti W16 Coupe Rembrandt. The supercar is described as a front-engined GT car with an 8,000 cc quad-turbo W16 engine which is also the Chiron engine and able to spew power up to 1,500 horsepower.
2018 Bugatti W16 Coupe Rembrandt. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WlqAZ9)
The design is seen borrowing from the Bugatti Veyron Barchetta, such as the headlamps, and in some parts also displays several elements that were later could be found in the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, especially in the LED taillights.
The biggest obstacle in developing and marketing the Bugatti W16 Rembrandt Coupe is its selling price which can reach the US $20 million or around Rp.275 billion per unit that exceeds the Bugatti La Voiture Noire prices known as the most expensive production car today. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | TOP GEAR]
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