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Monday, October 11, 2021

It's too weird to be a Porsche sports car

~The Falling Star~As we all knew that the Porsche AG, one of the German automotive manufacturers had been launched many great sports cars, and among the many models, only a few are worthy of being called as the true super sports cars until today. And one of them is named the Porsche 959 which had recorded in the automotive history as the "Über-Porsche".
Porsche 914 is appeared with a targa roofed roadster style, and available in two versions namely Porsche 914/4 and Porsche 914/6. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Vise versa, it turns out there is also the Porsche's model that is criticized and called less powerful in terms of performance, has an expensive price tags for that time, while in terms of appearance, it doesn't look like the Porsche in general. It could be said, the car is too weird to be a Porsche sports car.
Porsche 914 at right and the car it replaced at the top of VW's line, the Type 34 Karmann Ghia, at left. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
It could be seen in the figure of the Porsche 914, it is a model of a mid-mounted sports car designed, produced, and is marketed collaboratively by Volkswagen and Porsche from 1969 to 1976. The car appeared with a targa roofed roadster style, and available in two versions namely Porsche 914/4 and Porsche 914/6.

This car story began, when in the late 1960s, both Volkswagen and Porsche needed new models; Porsche is looking for a replacement model for their entry-level 912, while Volkswagen wants a new sports coupe car to replace the Karmann-Ghia model. 
Porsche 914/4 is powered by a F4 engine with a capacity of 1,679 cc, which is capable of spewing out 80 hp (60 kw). (Picture from: ClassicPark)
At that time, most of the Volkswagen development work was handled by Porsche, it was such like an unwritten agreement that has existed since the Porsche's establishment. And the person whose appointed to be responsible for the 914 project is Ferdinand Piëch, which at that time knew as the Porsche's R&D head. In short, on March 1, 1968, the Porsche 914 prototype was complete and was introduced for the first time.
Porsche 914/4 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 110 mph or 177 kph. (Picture from: ClassicPark)
However, after Chairman of Volkswagen, Heinz Nordhoff passed away on April 12, 1968, the project development became complicated. And his successor, Kurt Lotz wants to be more independent in the car development and releases the company's dependence on Porsche, that's made the previous unwritten agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche should be ended.
The car has an iconic designs, where the Porsche 914/4 carries a F4 engine with a capacity of 1,679 cc, which is capable of spewing out 80 hp (60 kw). Meanwhile, on the 914/6 is powered by a F6 engine with a capacity of 1,991 cc, and capable producing power of 110 hp (82 kw). And in both of the 914 versions, the machine is placed in the middle.

For the performance, Posche 914/4 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 110 mph or 177 kph. Meanwhile, version 914/6 is capable of darting from 0-60 mph within 8.3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 125 mph or 201 kph.
Porsche 914/6 is powered by a F6 engine with a capacity of 1,991 cc, and capable producing power of 110 hp (82 kw). (Picture from: Carscoops)
The production both of Porsche 914 versions ended in 1976, with a total production of 118,978 units. And the Porsche 914 had managed to get the title of 'The Import Car of the Year' in the 1970 from the Motortrend magazine. Indeed, that's likes some kind an irony, if one of the best sales Porsche's models also seen by several circles as one of the major failures of the German manufacturer.

However, the Porsche 914 look was indeed made to be like that as the company marketing strategies, because the designers wanted to disguise cooperation between Porsche and Volkswagen which occurred some time before.
Porsche 914/6 is capable of darting from 0-60 mph within 8.3 seconds, with a maximum speed of 125 mph or 201 kph. (Picture from: Road And Track)
And vice versa, this look can at the same time make fans curious about Porsche's future styling at that time. Over time, the unique appearance and reliable performance made the Porsche 914 more and more popular. And from this model, the one-off model named the Porsche 914 Goertz Prototype and the Porsche 916 were born in 1970s.
Although some people used to think it was underpowered and disproportionate, over time the Porsche 914 has become one of the most sought after Porsche cars by collectors! Now, the Porsche 914 no longer to be a 'forgotten treasure', with more and more fans and collectors wanting it in various parts of the world. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PORSCHE | WIKIPEDIA | CLASSICPARK | CARSCOOPS | ROADANDTRACK | ID.MOTOR1 | CURVES-MAGAZIN | CLASSICDRIVE ]
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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Looking at one of the most unique cars made by Ferrari

It's no secret, almost all super cars made by Ferrari has a charm that inspires the soul. However, not everyone can afford it, and sometimes have a lot of money was not guarantee can have a Ferrari supercar. Indeed, the Italian manufacturer is famous for its supercar products made in limited production quantities. The law is the more less the production of a Ferrari model, the more expensive the price.
1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ujGzt4)
One of the most unique Ferrari models ever made is the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, made only 2 units in 1966. Not like most other supercars that have a cabin that can hold only 2 seat for 2 people. The Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale designed by one of Italian famous design houses named Pininfarina has a cabin that can load 3 seat for 3 people in it (with the driver's position was in the middle).
Fiat boss, late Gianni Agnelli behind the steering wheel of 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2tTwkee)
Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale can run fast thanks to a V12 engine with a capacity of 4.4 liters that reside right behind its unique cabin, and those engines are taken from a racing variant of Ferrari.
Rear three quarter 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ujGzt4)
Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is actually made as a concept shown for the first time at the 1966 exhibition at the Paris Motor Show. But apparently the leader of Fiat then, Gianni Agnelli fell in love with this unique car. And one unit of Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale with a metallic gray color is then sent to the Fiat headquarters in Turin.
On the outside, Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale already has a panoramic roof, thus making this car a very unique in its time. Due to these car's design was amazing, then make it become the inspiration of the Ferrari Dino model which was very popular in the era of the 1970s. *** [EKA [16072017] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOBLOG]
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Friday, October 8, 2021

Hades, an "expression of minimalism"

Former 'Confederate Motor,' which originally specialized in displaying V-Twin muscular motorbike products, later turned into an electric motorcycle manufacturer named Curtiss Motorcycle Company.
The bullet-shaped battery pack on the Hades protrudes phallically into the sacrilegiously empty space where the motor would sit on a combustion bike. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PlHOUi)
This time through its latest work called Curtiss Hades concept and still displays an exotic muscular motorcycle model. Its design still faithful to its Confederate design styles, and the Curtiss Hades motorcycle also carried a V8 chopper style.

However, it is not the conventional engine cylinder in its configuration but the battery that is given a cover resembles a unique bullet-shaped. Its battery has a capacity of 16.8 kWh with a voltage of 399 VDC. That is the amount of electrical power sufficient to drive the Hades to run with power up to 217 horsepower, and torque of 199 Nm.
Sleek design in the front with Baboon butt brake lights in the back. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PlHOUi)
The shape of the motorcycle is really radical, so in the opinion of ordinary people is far from the impression of minimalism in its design. But this motorcycle designer argues otherwise. This radical form can be seen at the company's other "Radial V8" concept for its Zeus cruiser for another stellar example of a truly awesome-looking electric powerplant.
Curtiss's Zeus Radial V8 concept also does a stunning job of making the battery look amazing instead of depressing. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2zi6mmr)
JT Nesbitt, the designer of this electric-powered motorcycle stated, "It's a matter of how we value material in depth and fundamentals. The goal is to create a whole machine. It is also not a matter of how a motorcycle runs but also how it is constructed. So that each part has more roles. This is minimalism."
Leathery pads denote body contact points on the bike. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2PlHOUi)
Various opinions were successfully obtained from the Hades's unique appearance, both the pros and cons. In our opinion, this may be a quite revolutionary motorcycle shaped and deserves to be called a sexy motorcycle. Yes, because those an electric-powered motorcycle so that the appearance can be made at will. How about you? 
And reportedly, the Curtiss Hades will begin to be produced in 2020 and sold at a price of around US. $75,000 (or around Rp.1.125 Billion).

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA [24082019] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CURTISS MOTORCYCLES | NEW ATLAS | HYPERBEAST]
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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Looking back at the charm of the Lamborghini Marzal classic concept car

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, perhaps the Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder and Terzo Millennio are a row of Lamborghini Automobili made sports cars that most attract the attention of visitors. But that is not the only thing that is interesting in there.
1967 Lamborghini P200 Marzall among other retro-futuristic concept cars at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2yRUB5u)
There was something special about the appearance of the Lamborghini P200 Marzal concept car that was re-displayed by these Italian premium car manufacturer after being exhibited at the 1967 Geneva Motor Show. Yes, at the same event, 51 years later Marzal's looks still attracted the attention of the visitors at these international automotive event.
1967 Lamborghini P200 Marzal shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2CWLEwv)
As reported by Carscoops, this concept car is the result of Lamborghini's collaboration with Bertone, one of the famous Italian coachbuilders in 60s to 70s and designed by Nuccio Bertone and Marcello Gandini as a vehicle capable of accommodating four passengers.

They designed Marzal with a gullwing-style door, which was mostly made of glass, although that didn't suit Ferruccio Lamborghini's taste, as he believed that a woman's legs shouldn't be there for all to see.
Interior view of 1967 Lamborghini P200 Marzal. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2yRUB5u)
Even so, its features have been likened to features in several other Lamborghini, including the Lamborghini Espada which launched in 1968. The car has many similarity ranging from the exterior, interior to the dashboard.

The Lamborghini Marzal is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine capable of producing up to 175 hp, and the engine's power is only half of the Lamborghini Miura that was coming from the same era. Those engine's power is channeled to the rear wheels through 5-speed manual transmission system.
Rear side view of 1967 Lamborghini P200 Marzal. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2yRUB5u)
Unlike other concept cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the visitors are allowed to browse the interior features, steering wheel, engine parts to the rear trunk of the Lamborghini Marzal as close as possible.
The Lamborghini concept car that is more than 50 years old is already owned by a private automotive collector who got it from an auction event in 2011 for US $2 million or around Rp.26 billion. *** [EKA [23102018] | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEW ATLAS | CARSCOOPS]
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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Here's an almost successful supercar of the 1990s

~Seen Nothing~ Speaking about the supercars that on average are already exotic since in the concept stages so that they are always able to attract public attention, however, many of them after finished to be produced are not successful in the market. Why can't the supercars like that be able to achieve any success as expected?
Cizeta V16T supercar concept appeared for the first time in the December 1988 may look very successful. (Picture from: Dyler)
There are many factors that influence it, one of them such as product is not able to provide a profitable prices to compete with other manufacturers, and more it could be worsened if the car brand is not well known. It seems that something like that happened to the Cizeta Automobili made supercar called the Cizeta V16T.

Although on paper the Cizeta-made supercar concept appeared for the first time in the December 1988 may look very successful, let alone made by people who are experienced in building the exotic supercars, in reality it is lack of success and not able to provide financial benefits to the automaker.
Cizeta V16T supercar is built by Cizeta Automobili, the Italian automotive manufacturer based in Modena and designed by Marcello Gandini. (Picture from: Dyler)
As we know that the Italian automotive manufacturer based in Modena was founded in the late 1980s by Claudio Zampolli, an Italian automotive engineer who was once involved in the creation of the Lamborghini Countach back in the 1970s in partnership with Giorgio Moroder, an Italian producer and singer. Even the company's name derived of the company founder's initials in the Italian pronunciation (CZ or Ci Zeta).
Cizeta V16T has a resemblance to the Lamborghini Diablo, due to previously in 1987 the designer ever submitted such design proposal to Lamborghini and unable to convince the owner of the Raging Bull cages at that time, Chrysler. (Picture from: Pistonheads)
Back in the 1980s, Giorgio Moroder offered Claudio Zampolli to help develop an ambitious supercar project through his entire career. He also known had enough money and was among the right people to promote the car later. Basically, Claudio Zampolli has got everything for his ambitious supercar project after signing a partnership with Giorgio Moroder, reportedly he even reached the famous Hollywood actor like Sylvester Stallone about the promotion of Cizeta.
Cizeta V16T supercar is debuted at the 1989 Los Angeles Motor Show, and after receiving a few positive response with seven serious clients leaving security deposits. (Picture from: Dyler)
The Cizeta-Moroder V16T, or Cizeta V16T (due to Giorgio Moroder has resigned) widely known as  the only production version supercar models ever made by the Modena-based manufacturer. And for the bodywork design was done by Marcello Gandini, an Italian famous car designer who had designed the Lamborghini Miura and Countach.
At the time, the Cizeta V16T has the selling price is more expensive (almost two times than the Diablo). (Picture from: Dyler)
Of the car looks, it could be seen that the Cizeta-made supercar design has a resemblance to the Lamborghini Diablo. It makes a sense, because previously in 1987 the designer ever submitted such design proposal to Lamborghini for the Diablo, but unfortunately the idea about how the Diablo prototype should be seen unable to convince the owner of the Raging Bull cages at that time, Chrysler. Instead, these sketches fell into Claudio Zampolli’s hands, and then makes it looks like the Cizeta V16T today. 
Cizeta V16T is powered by a 16-cylinder engine is formed from two V8 were combined with one crank and has eight camshafts. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
Furthermore, what makes the Cizeta-made supercar is different from other supercars at the time, as the name implies the V16T, the supercar is powered by a 16-cylinder engine is formed from two V8 were combined with one crank and has eight camshafts, then the 6.0-liter engine is installed transversely next to rear axle.

The engine capable generated the power of 540 hp (these numbers claimed 60 hp more than iconic Ferrari F40, and ever said faster than the Diablo) and 540 Nm of torque. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels through the 5-speed mechanical gearbox. It was promised that this car would be able to reach 100 kph in four seconds and the top speed of 328 kph.
Reportedly, the Cizeta V16T did not meet the US safety and pollution standards then led to a lack of orders for the supercar, so in 1995 the automaker decided to cease production with only 12 units ever made. (Picture from: CarBuzz)
The Cizeta-made supercar is debuted at the 1989 Los Angeles Motor Show, and after receiving a few positive response with seven serious clients leaving security deposits, then the car production began in 1991, which went head-to-head with its indirect descendant, of the raging bull cages, the Diablo. 

It is recognized that the Cizeta V16T has several advantages in power and performance sides compared to the rivals such as the Diablo, but in the other hand it also has the disadvantage that the selling price is more expensive (almost two times than the Diablo) plus the Cizeta brand prestige at the time was not as good as the Lamborghini.
Cizeta V16T was promised that it would be able to reach 100 kph in four seconds and the top speed of 328 kph. (Picture from: Dyler)
As if Cizeta's suffering wasn't enough, it was later reported that this car did not meet the US safety and pollution standards. This then led to a lack of orders for the supercar, so in 1995 the automaker decided to cease production, although the founder was still ambitious to revive the project until it finally disappeared. As qouted of the Dyler, up until 1995, there were 12 cars made in total.
The Cizeta story doesn't stop here, because it turns out that production was resumed in 2006. Right now, you can really get the entirely new Cizeta V16T as long as you can prepare a large amount of money with the estimated sums reaches of $650 thousand for the coupe-style and $850 thousand for the spyder version. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CIZETAAUTOMOBILE | DYLER | CARBUZZ ]
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

When Mazda reminisces with its legendary Cosmo classic car

~Back to Life~ Actually the idea of ​​making a new car that looks classic is not new in the world's automotive, as many automakers and design studios have been romanticizing it for a long time. For example, the Mazda Motor Corporation did this in 2002 when displaying a concept car called the Mazda Cosmo 21. From the name alone, it is clear that the concept car is a representation of the first car model from the Japanese manufacturer that uses a Wankel (rotary) engine.
The Mazda Cosmo 21 is inspired by the legendary Mazda Cosmo Sport of 1967, built based on the Miata 2nd Generation to comemmorate the legend's 35th anniversary in 2002. (Picture from: JapaneseNostalgicCar)
As we all know, the original Mazda Cosmo was a roadster powered by Mazda's famous rotary engine and was produced between 1967 and 1972. The first generation model was the Mazda's flagship in Japan which had two versions, namely L10A (Series I) and L10B (Series II).
The Mazda Cosmo sports was a roadster powered by Mazda's famous rotary engine and was produced between 1967 and 1972. (Picture from: Mazda Motor Corporation)
The two versions above use a 982 cc rotary engine capable of producing around 110 horsepower in the Series I and 128 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque in the Series II. The previous car model was mated to a four-speed manual transmission system, while the later got a five-speed unit. In addition, the Series II car gets powerful brakes and 15-inch alloy wheels. Then the record for the highest speed of each series is 185 kph (Series I) and 193 kph (Series II).
The spiritual successor in modern interpretation of the Mazda Cosmo 21 is debuted at the 2002 Tokyo Motor Show. (Picture from: Roadster)
Nearly two decades after the birth of the legendary Eunos Cosmo model, Mazda has decided to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the legend by embodying the idea of ​​a spiritual successor in modern interpretation. And at one of the biggest annual automotive exhibitions in the world, the 2002 Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer launched the Mazda Cosmo 21 for the first time.
2002 Mazda Cosmo 21's interior looks luxurious in a Cosmo's original two-tone black and white finish, featuring upholstered seats, as well as lots of leather and suede. (Picture from: AllCarIndex)
If you look closely, the concept car clearly inspired by the 1967 legendary roadster because of its retro-futuristic appearance is almost identical to the source of its inspiration. Then the Japanese manufacturer mentioned that the concept car is built based on the second generation of Mazda Miata model, and is powered by an engine taken from the Mazda RX8, namely a Renesis rotary engine capable of producing around 231 hp and 216 Nm of torque.
2002 Mazda Cosmo 21 is powered by a Renesis rotary engine capable of producing power around 231 hp and 216 Nm of torque. (Picture from: JapaneseNostalgicCar)
Then on the exterior appearance, the concept car also still faithfully emphasizes the classic side, but by displaying fewer chrome accents when compared to the source of its inspiration. We can see this on the door handle which is still displayed in chrome accents. For other design elements that are considered iconic design elements, such as the separate taillight design combined with the Miata NB's hardtop which is the only part of the donor car that has not changed.
2002 Mazda Cosmo 21 still faithfully emphasizes the classic and originality side with the separate taillight design such its inspiration source. (Picture from: Roadster)
Meanwhile for the interior, it still uses the donor car's property, but has been refurbished by using top-class materials. Appearance-wise, the interior of this concept car looks luxurious in a Cosmo's original two-tone black and white finish, featuring upholstered seats, as well as lots of leather and suede. Then there's the classically designed instrument cluster with the gauges that have been rearranged to look similar to those in the original Cosmo.
Although in the end the concept car was never get into the production line and left it as the vehicle for the company's study design, it could be that Mazda does not want to interfere the Miata model sales, which has now proven to be a popular compact roadster. However, with the widespread news that Mazda is working on its flagship sports car, it is possible that the Cosmo name can be resurrected for real this time. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MAZDA | TOPSPEED | JAPANESE NOLTALGIC CAR | ROADSTER ]
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Friday, October 1, 2021

Mysterious Covini's diesel-powered supercars

~Looking Back~ Covini Engineering is an Italian company should be worthy looking  into as one of the world's wonderful car manufacturers. Most of you may know them for the Covini C6W, a six-wheeled, twin front axle supercar released back in the 2008.
1981 Covini B24 Turbocooler is the first Covini's prototype to test a new air-liquid intercooler as well as other technologies. (Picture from: CarThrottle)
But turn out their history is even cooler than that. Since 1978, the Ferrucio Covini founded company has been building crazy, unique even weird cars by highlighting their expertise in the diesel technology to be applied on the high performance cars. If you need several examples of just how cool Covini is, You could be seen the list below:

1. Covini B24 Turbocooler
The Piacenza-based company's very first prototype is named the Covini B24 Turbocooler aka 'Sirio' and introduced in 1981. It is a 4x4 mid-engined, turbo-diesel car with interchangeable body panels and as the name implies, that the car was built to test a new air-liquid intercooler as well as other technologies.
1981 Covini B24 Turbocooler is powered by a mid mounted turbo-diesel I4 that made around 127 hp of power and capable brought it had run to a top speed of 205 kph. (Picture from: PetrolStop)
The car was powered by a mid mounted turbo-diesel I4 that made around 127 hp of power and capable brought it had run to a top speed of 205 kph, which reportedly made it touted as the first diesel vehicle to exceed 200 kph. Furthermore the B24 had ever go into the production line, albeit in limited numbers.
1981 Covini B24 Turbocooler is touted as the first diesel vehicle to exceed 200 kph. (Picture from: PetrolStop)
Of the numbers only 9 units delevered for the U.S. market. Many sources said that either some or all of the models sold in the United States were fitted by the 2.5 liter petrol engine taken from the Lancia Gamma and rebadged as the Covini B424.
 
2. Covini T40 Overboost
The next car coming from the Italian manufacturer known as the Covini T40 Overboost aka 'Summit'. It was another Covini's diesel supercar introduced back in the 1985 and carrying the style as a four seater coupe.
1985 Covini T40 Overboost is powered by a turbo diesel 5 cylinder engine that made 165 kw (221 hp), and it had a top speed of 235 kph. (Picture from: WebCarStory)
The T40 was powered by a turbo diesel 5 cylinder engine that made 165 kw (221 hp), and it had a top speed of 235 kph. The T40 never saw production though, and remained a one off. Some sources say it was based on an earlier model called the T46.

3. Covini C36 Turbotronic
Like most of Covini’s cars, there is not much online information available about the Covini C36 Turbotronic but from what We have gathered, the car could be said the culmination of Covini’s diesel engined supercars.
1998 Covini C36 Turbotronic is powered by a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine that made 227 hp and about 320 nm of torque. (Picture from: CarThrottle)
The C36 Turbotronic debuted at the 1998 Turin International Auto Show and wore a composite body made of fiberglass and carbon fiber. It was powered by a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine that made 227 hp and about 320 nm of torque.
Many sources say the prototype reached a top speed of over 300 kph and was known as the first diesel car to break the 300 kph barrier, but it’s unclear whether that’s accurate. Like most of Covini’s cars, the C36 never made it into production and only one was ever made.
Until now, the Italian firm Covini still exists in the automotive world, by faithfully serving its customers who commissioned the famous Covini C6W with a price tag ranging of around $640 thousand or around Rp. 8.9 billion, and not includes bespoke ones. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COVINI.IT | CARTHROTTLE | PETROLSTOP ]
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