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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Moto Sapien, a mind-controlled ultra-futuristic motorcycle

~Someone DREAM~ Have you ever imagined what motorcycles will look like in the next 100 years or so? It is like to be time travel to the future which may be very interesting to discuss. Although most likely we will still rely on physical means of transportation, both for pleasure and necessity. In this regard, it turns out that a Canadian motorcycle designer named Anton Brousseau emerges with his very interesting idea of the future motorcycle which described as having an infinite bond between humans and machines.
The Moto Sapien is a mind-controlled ultra-futuristic motorcycle concept designed by Anton Brousseau and represents a direct relationship between the human and machine. (Picture from: RideApart)
It has similarity philosophy to Luigi Colani motorcycle concept. For your info, Anton Brousseau is an experienced motorcycle designer, having previously worked for four years in Kiska, Austria, where various motorcycle models of KTM and Husqvarna were made. Currently, he also lives in Austria, and continues to pursue his passion and love of design.

This time, he introduces to us something even more far-fetched, something that might not even realize in the near future or even in entire of our lifetime. However, it will be interesting to see what those such briliant designer created, as a famous adage tought us that the past ideas greatly influenced what we have today.
The Moto Sapien bike concept name is a pun on Homo Sapiens, and has meaning as a seamless union between human and machine. (Picture from: RideApart)
Apart from design, Anton Brousseau is also interested in anatomy, biomechanics and technology, that's why then he turned his futuristic motorcycle into a tangible idea called the Moto Sapien concept. And those bike concept name is a pun on Homo Sapiens (ancient humans who have similarities with modern ones), and has meaning as a seamless union between human and machine.

The basic concept consists of several different elements. In essence, this motorcycle is able to represent a direct relationship between the human brain and the motorcycle's on-board computer which of course has been equipped with artificial intelligence.

Those kinds of seamless union between man and machine must be combined with the moving parts of a motorcycle, giving the rider the impression that man and machine are one. As quoted of  RideApart's recent article, Anton Brousseau revealed how he developed such a daring motorcycle concept.

“Detours when processing information slow us down. Everything happens indirectly, through the eyes and ears, as well as human motor skills,” said Anton.
The Moto Sapien bike concept name is a pun on Homo Sapiens, and has meaning as a seamless union between human and machine. (Picture from: RideApart)
"Just imagine we can ride a motorcycle directly, in a matter of milliseconds, with our minds," he added.

"Furthermore, imagine if we could feel with tires as smooth as we can with the sense of touch on our fingers," said Anton.

To be honest, in our opinion, it still seems a bit far-fetched. However, in fact technological advances in neural-to-machine interfaces have begun in other domains. The such kinds of technology has been widely used in the medical field, for prostheses or voice control, for example. In addition, nanotechnology and reinforcement carbon have long been used in the development of artificial muscles, limbs, and other body components.
It must be admitted that to realize such this motorcycle concept is difficult and still far away to go, though by using most advanced of current technologies. Maybe it's more realistic to realize Anton Brousseau's futuristic hydrogen-powered motorcycle named Hydra.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RIDEAPART | MSN ]
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

A wild dream of British automaker about an X20-engined supercar

~Someone DREAM~ We are always happy to share information regarding concept vehicles that are planned to be launched in the future. Regardless of whether the concept vehicle will succeed in showing its real form and being presented to the automotive world audience or not. Why is that? Because in our opinion, by conveying a concept vehicle design, it has at least given us what a little persfective about future vehicles being made by designers.
The Trident Iceni Magna sportscar was one car model produced by BDI's subsidiary, Trident Sports Car Ltd. back in the 2014. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
As quoted of Road&Track, in early 2021, Bevan Davidson International (BDI), a British automotive engineering company had stired up the world's automotive while was preparing a controversial engine design that had never existed for car before, called the Villiers X20, and if completed later will be used in the next supercar made by BDI's subsdiary, Connaught Motor Company.
The Connaught Type D GT Syracuse sportscar was one car model produced by BDI's subsidiary, Connaught Motor Company back in the 2004. (Picture from: ConnaughtMotorCompany)
The company is headed by Phil Bevan, a longtime motorhead who has been designing and making cars since 1969, including the almost-there vehicles from Trident. BDI also owns Connaught, Villiers and many other marques and also produced a 2.0litre V10 engine of Tim Bishop for their proposed Type-D GT Syracuse sports car.
The next Connaught Motor Company supercar is projected to be used the new developed Villiers X20 engine. (Picture from: ConnaughtMotorCompany)
Then Connaught have tentative plans to create a new supercar powered by a X20 4.0litre engine coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission system. As revealed by the company through its official website which states that its X20 engine configuration can simply be described as two V10 motors mated horizontally.
The next Connaught Motor Company supercar is projected to be used the new developed Villiers X20 engine. (Picture from: ConnaughtMotorCompany)
Each engine will be connected via a different gear at each end with an incorporated torque vibration damper. Power is sent through the central output shaft to the clutch and gearbox. Thus the engine will have a total of twenty exhausts, ten each with five on the top and five on the bottom per side. The engine can spin up to 10,000 rpm, which of course will also produce extraordinary sound.

The engine will be wide but will be very low and compact vertically, which is said to help reduce the center of gravity once installed in the vehicle. The company also said it had a mocked-up engine for evaluation even though it wasn't running yet. Its intention was to develop the concept engine into a working prototype eventually adapting it to run a turbocharged injection system to maximize power levels.
Here's a mockup power unit and transaxle of Villiers X20 engine configuration developed by Bevan Davidson International . (Picture from: VilliersEngineering)
Then how much power will produce? These two 2.0-liter engines mated together make for a 4.0-liter displacement, and 40 valves in total, are said to be able to churn out 400 horses without forced induction. And according to BDI, then this engine is perfectly matched to a Lamborghini Gallardo six-speed manual transmission.
These two 2.0-liter engines mated together make for a 4.0-liter displacement, and 40 valves in total, and are said to be able to churn out 400 horses without forced induction. (Picture from: VilliersEngineering)
No details have been released yet related this X20 engine, however the company is now planning to launch several modular versions of the 20-cylinder engine, as well as the Connaught's supercar engine, under the Villiers brand. Furthermore the Bevan Davidson International also said that there is a V3, V5, V6, V8, V12 derivatives of the engine, in total 18 projects being worked by then.
So far, the project isn't finished yet, and one could argue that a 20 cylinder engine in itself is nothing new because versions are used in locomotives (the diesel variety), large trucks as well as in boats and such, but for passenger cars are still more far-fetched theory. One thing that we really hope for from this project if it is successfully realized later is to be able to hear its roar while turned it on. Let's wait and see. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TRIDENTSPORTSCAR | CONNAUGHTMOTORCOMPANY | VILLIERSEMGINEERING | ROAD&TRACK | THEDRIVE | HOTCARS | ID.MOTOR1 ]
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Sunday, August 14, 2022

An amazing Anglo-American tiny sportscar

~Unique ONE~ Perhaps some of us now rarely hear this sports car brand. TVR. Yes, it is a brand that is owned by an automotive manufacturer from England that once had a hey day in the past in the 1960s until the late 1970s and is still active until today.
1964 TVR Griffith 200 racing version (white colored) on the left and 1965 TVR Griffith 200 on the right. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Among the many cars that have ever been made there is a sports car that is quite inviting admiration from automotive enthusiasts in the world.

The car is known as TVR Griffith 200, a lightweight fiberglass sports car. In the United States, this car is known as the Griffith Series 200.
1964 TVR Griffith 200 racing version (white colored) on the left and 1965 TVR Griffith 200 on the right. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
This car can be said to be 'tiny but powerful' with the TVR Grantura Mk III chassis. This car was recorded only made as many as 192 units at the TVR factory near Blackpool, England, before being sent to New York and modified by an American famous auto modificator, Jack Griffith.
Rear view of 1965 TVR Griffith 200 and 'white colored' 1964 TVR Griffith 200 racing version in distance(Picture from: ClassicDriver)
In the United States, TVR Griffith 200 is equipped with a 4.7-liter Ford V8 engine, that's the same engine used by the famous AC Cobra 289. Those machine is capable of producing up to 200 hp of power.
By using those bold combination between its great power (200 horsepower), a light weight and a short wheelbase (only 3.6 meters), makes the TVR Griffith 200 to be a 'feared' figures and respected as well in its class. *** [EKA [25112018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSIC DRIVER | PETROLICIOUS]
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Saturday, August 13, 2022

A unique American-made kit car called Marcotte Vision 3

~Unique ONE~ As a matter of course, if currently the world's automotive is filled with various unique forms of vehicles, due to We're living in the free world. So there're plenty creatives minds whose made them. They were not limited coming from big-named manufacturers, but also small businesses and even individuals.
The Marcotte Vision 3 appeared in style of a striking unique two-seater sports coupe, known designed and built by Kenneth Marcotte back in 1988. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
Well, usually a unique automotive work will be something very special if it is produced by small businesses or individuals. It's because the maker usually only have and purely rely on their minds to be creative, but are limited in terms of facilities and finances. So to realize this work, they are required to try even more harder to overcome these limitations.
The Marcotte Vision 3 featured with a durable moulded fiberglass symmetrical body, that mounted on a 1969-1977 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle or Karmann Ghia chassis. (Picture from: AutoPuzzles)
The following is the Marcotte Vision 3, one example of such many unique automotive works. The car mentioned above is appeared in style of a striking unique two-seater sports coupe, and it's known produced by a small kit car maker workshop based in Lemont, Illinois owned by Kenneth Marcotte. While some other sources said, it built by American Coachcraft Corp. (meanwhile we have no valid info said that is the name of Kenneth Marcotte's workshop).
The Marcotte Vision 3 is clearly seen has some kind of a unique crease that runs from the middle of its nose to the top of the roof. (Picture from: FiberClassic)
As you can see from its appearance, this unique American-made kit car is thick with 1970s wedge style influenced by several 1970s General Motors show cars to ones built by Italian coachbuilder such as Frua and Fissore. There's even a bit of Citroen in its aesthetic, to this author's eye.
The Marcotte Vision 3 also equipped with front and rear molded contoured bumpers, hidden pop-up headlights and blinkers, a safety glass windshield, and tempered glass side and rear window. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
Although carrying the distinctive style of the 1970s, this unique car from the Lemont-based kit car maker was started to build in 1988 based on the humble VW Beetle like many other custom-built cars of the period. Its large semi-monocoque body added considerable width and length to the car, at least visually. As quoted from RareComponentCars, this uniquely shaped car was built in a very limited number, namely as many as 3 units in coupe style only.
The Marcotte Vision 3 featured with a spacious, ultra-quiet interior with textured interior panel appointments, a custom instrument panel, and support consoles. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
The Marcotte Vision 3 featured with a durable moulded fiberglass symmetrical body, that mounted on a 1969-1977 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle or Karmann Ghia chassis. While its engine compartment is enlarged to accommodate a variety size of engines (the car model in the picture is thought to have a Porsche 914 1.7-liter engine).
The Marcotte Vision 3 provided 2 spacious storage areas on the front and rear. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
Uniquely, it's also equipped with front and rear molded contoured bumpers, hidden pop-up headlights and blinkers, a safety glass windshield, and tempered glass side and rear windows, no wonder if this kit more than met the Vehicle Safety Commission regulations of its day.
The Marcotte Vision 3 has enlarged engine compartment to accommodate a variety size of engines (the car model in the picture is thought to have a Porsche 914 1.7-liter engine). (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
Other features included a spacious, ultra-quiet interior with textured interior panel appointments, a custom instrument panel, and support consoles. Not only that, this car also provides large doors that makes it easy to access into the interior, a functional air scoop on both sides, and 2 large storage areas on the front and rear.
The Marcotte Vision 3 has a large semi-monocoque body added considerable width and length to the car, at least visually. (Picture from: RareComponentCars)
At the time, the Lemont-based kit car maker offered the Marcotte Vision 3 regular kit for around $4,995, with options bringing the price up to $5,250. Besides, a fully assembled version is reportedly also ever offered by the maker. Now, it is estimated that the price may have twice or tripled than before, due to the rare existence of the unit. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RARECOMPONENTCARS | FIBERCLASSICS ]
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Friday, August 12, 2022

Harley-Davidson Streetfighter of Your dream

~SomeONE Dream~ As we all know that Harley-Davidson made motorcycle line ups in 2022 is filled with Softail Standard, Breakout 114, Road King Special, Sportster S models, and others. So, among those many production lines of motorcycles made by those Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer, it can be sure you will not find a model like the one we are going to discuss today. What model it is?
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept designed by Yan-Xuan Lai, a student majoring in industrial design at Taipei Technical College, Taiwan. (Picture from: Moto-Station)
Well, it was a concept motorcycle that carried the neo classic hot rod style like never before and named the Harley-Davidson Streetfighter. This cool motorcycle concept had caused a stir in internet, was designed by Yan-Xuan Lai, a student majoring in industrial design at Taipei Technical College, Taiwan.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept has hub-centered steering with a swing arm in front as opposed to conventional telescopic forks. (Picture from: RideApart)
As quoted of DesignBoom, this bike draws inspiration from Streamliners of the 1930s. His most recent concept puts a sleek and streamlined spin on the iconic cruisers of Harley-Davidson, with inspiration from the ultra-streamlined designs of the 1920s and 1930s.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept puts a sleek and streamlined spin on the iconic cruisers of Harley-Davidson, with inspiration from the ultra-streamlined designs of the 1920s and 1930s. (Picture from: Behance.net)
Although the name of the motorcycle doesn't really translate the concept he created, because the Streetfighter concept is usually focused on a modern naked sport bikes, not cruisers. As in the characteristics of cruiser motorcycles, namely low seats and long bodies, but what is unique is the position of the foot step backwards, making the legs so perched instead of looking sporty
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept has the appearance of a two-wheeled neo-retro hotrod. (Picture from: RideApart)
As the designer, Yan-Xuan Lai, who really likes an American motorcycles by combining the hot rod design with these modern elements. The headlights follow the line of the boxed side body. Then the handlebars are made simple to enter the body, and above it is embedded a digital instrument panel. Meanwhile, on the side body near the tank, a Harley-Davidson logo graphic is attached.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept has a minimalist round dashboard emerges from the upper curved silhouette. (Picture from: DesignBoom)
But what's interesting about the Harley-Davidson Streetfighter motorcycle concept is that it has a unique damper structure such as a swingarm at the front as a replacement for the conventional shock absorbers. This hub steering swingarm model reminds us of the figure of an old Italian motorcycle, the Bimota Tesi H2. As for the motorcycle's kitchen spur uses an air-cooled V-Twin engine, but there is no further information about the engine let alone its performance.
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept has a riding position closer to a racing bike along with an automotive-inspired rear wings. (Picture from: DesignBoom)
It should be borne in mind that this concept motorcycle was actually made by a Taiwanese student who in fact is not the official designer of the American motorcycle manufacturer, so there is actually no certainty that this Harley-Davidson Streetfighter will be mass-produced or not. Nevertheless, the concept’s streamlined aesthetics fit the motorbike posture perfectly as the whole, especially in the massively popular neo-retro segment. Then what do you think?
Harley-Davidson Streetfighter concept is is a low-slung, long-wheelbase cruiser covered in streamlined bodywork that makes extensive use of sheet metal, as opposed to a sporty, naked bike. (Picture from: DesignBoom)
Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DESIGNBOOM | RIDEAPART | BEHANCE.NET | MOTO-STATION ]
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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Do You remember this 1990s French supercar?

~Forgotten ONE~ Back in the late 1990s, you may have played the 'Gran Turismo 2' racing game on the Sony PlayStation console. If you have, then you certainly have seen and know  the Venturi Atlantique 300 produced by French automaker company called MVS (Manufacture de Voitures de Sport) or today known as the Venturi.
The first Ventury GT Concept built in 1984 by the French engineer duo, Claude Poiraud (left) and Gérard Godfroy (right) and is powered by a Volkswagen Golf GTi engine. (Picture from: LookCharms)
As quoted of Wikipedia, the French automaker company was founded in 1984 by the French engineer duo, Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godfroy with vision to create a luxury sports car to rival Porsche, Lotus and Ferrari
The Venturi Coupe 200 (in pictured was 1988 model) was built from 1987 to 1988 and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter V-6 making 200 horsepower. (Picture from: ClassicCarWeekly)
The first car shown had a Volkswagen Golf GTi engine and the name was originally spelled "Ventury", with a "y" at the end. In 1985, the car was shown with a 200 PS (147 kW) Peugeot 505 Turbo engine, but by the 1986 Paris Motor Show it had reached its definitive form with the PRV V6 engine. Production began in 1987, with five cars built in the first year with production increasing in the subsequent years.
The Venturi Transcup 210 (in pictured was 1990 model) was built from 1990 to 1995 and is powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter V-6 making 210 horsepower. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
The company built the mid-engined Venturi coupés and roadsters (now spelled with an "i") starting in 1987 to the mid-1990s, powered by turbocharged PRV engines and Renault gearboxes. Unfortunately, those early-generation MVS Venturi Coupé and Transcup (consisting of 200, 210, and 260 APC models) did not get a good response from the world's automotive enthusiasts.
The Venturi Coupe 260 APC (in pictured was 1991 model) was built from 1990 through 1996 and is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 making 260 horsepower. (Picture from: ClassicCarWeekly)
Nevertheless the company continues to strive to conquer the harsh automotive world, later the company name MVS was dropped in favour of Venturi in 1990. Shortly after that the light of success begins to appear when the company was involved in the F1 racing car development of the Larrousse Formula One Team in 1991.
The Venturi 260 LM (in pictured was 1996 model) known as the final iteration of the 260 models and is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 making 260 horsepower. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Then the company revised the design of its sportscars by using the  F1 racing car technology. The first supercar production was named the Venturi 260 LM which was a revised version of the Venturi 260 APC, is powered by a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 256 hp, but with a reduced weight of 1,110 kg. It was good for a top speed of 167 mph (269 kph) and accelerated from 0-60 mph (97 kph) in 5.2 seconds.
Under its widened considerably massive aero kits made the Venturi 400 GT look like a Ferrari F40, but it remains based on the same architecture of the existing Venturis with its wheelbase lengthened by 100 mm. (Picture from: Autozine)
Although it's slowly but sure, the world's automotive began to give a good response when those French company presented its Venturi 400 GT and Atlantique 300 models which sensationally succeeded in juxtaposing themselves on a par with the Porsche 911 Carrera, Ferrari F40 and Lotus Esprit V8
The Venturi 400 GT is only built 15 cars and said it able to accelerate from still to 100 kph in just 4.7 seconds and able to run up to a top speed of 291 kph. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Overall, the Venturi 400 GT is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine capable of spewing out 402 hp with a maximum torque of 520 Nm. By such engine power, the Venturi 400 GT able to accelerate from rest to 100 kph in just 4.7 seconds and run up to a top speed of 291 kph. Even more great, the Venturi 400 GT is the world's first supercar equipped with a carbon fiber brake system.
The Venturi Atlantique 300 (in pictured was 1996 model) was built from 1996 through 1998 and is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 making 260 horsepower. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Meanwhile the Venturi Atlantique 300 was a mid-engined, fiberglass-bodied sports car built by those French automaker in between 1996 to 1998. It looked like a cross-breeding between Ferrari F355 and Lotus Esprit, known later produced into several models such the Venturi Atlantique 300, 300 Biturbo, and 300 GTR, were powered by the PRV V6 in turbo, twin-turbo, or naturally aspirated form with later cars by using the V6 ESL engine. The turbocharged version that we discussed here capable to produce power of 281 bhp and got to run up to a top speed of 280 kph (174 mph).
The Venturi Atlantique 300 kept the superb handling of the old car intact while it improved further on ride quality, refinement (especially the Biturbo, whose power delivery was smoother) and build quality. (Picture from: Autozine)
As the ultimate model of the Venturi 600 LM is no less great and has shocked the automotive world, because the MVS technicians managed to make its 3.0-liter V6 PRV engine capable of producing powerful bursts of power up to 600 hp! That's an extraordinary achievement, because only a handful of supercars (can be counted on the fingers) were able to do so at the end of the 1990s era. With a such great engine, it is not surprising that the Venturi 600 LM was a success when it was used to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and the World Racing Championship series of GT1 group.
The Venturi 600 LM (in pictured 1996 models) was managed to give success to the French automaker while used to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and the World Racing Championship series of GT1 group. (Picture from: OtoBlitz)
Throughout its life, the French brand has only produced 700 units of Venturi all models, now most of the population fills the garages of billionaires in the Middle East. Although the echo is not as grand as the world's leading automotive brands, it must be admitted that the Venturi is one of the best sports cars ever made in France and a commensurate opponent for the Lotus Esprit V8, Lamborgini Diablo, Ferrari F40 and F355
The Venturi Fétish EV known as the first true electric sports car, powered by next-generation lithium-ion batteries came out in the early 2000s even predates Tesla's original roadster. (Picture from: Venturi)
Unfortunately Venturi's journey in the world's automotive industry did not last long and had to end when the French company was declared bankrupt. And then in 2000 the company acquired by a Monaco wealthy entreprenuer named Gildo Pallanca Pastor. Then he shifted its focus to the development of electric vehicles. As its result, the two-seater sportscar named Venturi Fétish EV came out in the early 2000s even predates Tesla's original roadster.
To this day Venturi's flag continues to fly in the world's automotive through its work in the Formula E World Championship since the championship's inaugural race in 2014, and remains contesting every E-Prix to date.😉 While most of us may have forgotten the 1990s Venturi Atlantique sportscars now, but there are probably plenty of fans out there who would love to see those Alpine-styled sports cars rise from the dead. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | VENTURI | LOOKCHARMS | AUTOZINE | SILODROME | WIKIPEDIA | NLWIKI ]
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