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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rhombus Concept, a chubby diamond shaped EV

Back again to the Japanese automotive giant, Toyota. To participate at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, the company brought several it's hybrid and fully electric vehicles. One of which is the Toyota Rhombus concept car.
Toyota Rhombus electric-powered vehicle concept unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show in April 2019. (Picture from: https://cnb.cx/33JQ2ss)
According to the company's release, Rhombus is a concept car for battery-powered electric vehicles targeted at consumers born after 1990 and developed by TMEC, the company's research and development base in China.
Toyota Rhombus electric-powered vehicle concept has a futuristic look with hard-line strokes and chubby front. (Picture from: https://cnb.cx/33JQ2ss)
From its external appearance, the Toyota Rhombus has a futuristic look with hard-line strokes and chubby front. And inside, you can see a single swivel seat in front replacing the typical two-seat in driver's row such in common cars, while the two seats in the back form a lounge-like area.
Toyota Rhombus is a concept car for battery-powered electric vehicles targeted at consumers born after 1990. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2X50uYN)
Because in the front, there is only room for the driver to take a position in the middle of the vehicle. Then, there is room for up to three other passengers in the back, where they sit in the style of a rickshaw or diamond shape - hence the name.
Toyota Rhombus concept car's interior layout with the driver seat in the middle of the car and three passenger seats in the behind. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2X50uYN)
At first glance, this electric car will look like a good taxi. However, the lack of a back door makes the entrance a little uncomfortable.

Right when the futuristic electric car was launched, of course, Toyota hasn't announced it yet. This is a concept for now but will come to Europe as early as 2021. Electric manufacturing cars, which nearly 13 million were sold in the last two decades, will then reach our continent.
Toyota is planning to add 10 electric vehicles globally in the next 5-6 years which is good news for the environment. The mega car manufacturer is set towards the goal of 5.5 million EV sales by 2030. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOYOTA | ANDROIDPIT | CNBC]
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Gloobyscoot, a French dream scooter lost in time

Not many people know about the existence of this scooter, some of you might think it never existed. Yes, indeed this scooter has actually been lost somewhere. And the Gloobyscoot scooters (thus the name of this scooter) that exists today are just the replicas.✂️
A replica of 1953 Gloobyscoot deLuxe version scooter presented by Tonton Scooters. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2qGbcIZ)
The Gloobyscoot scooters, at a glance similar to the American classic scooters such as Salisbury and Cushman. Those classic American scooters are also known as a source of inspiration for the birth of scooter culture in Europe shortly after the 2nd World War ended. 

This unique-shaped scooter is made by two Frenchmen named Roland Legroote and Maurice Renard. It all started, when Roland Legroote who was initially a foreman and worked in an agricultural machinery assembly workshop which was then mobilized when the 2nd World War began.
The 'original' Gloobyscoot scooter' frame and bodywork built by Roland Legroote and Maurice Renard and its engine were taken from the Bernadet Y52 scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
During the war, He was once a prisoner of war and imprisoned in Germany. At the same time, he was employed at the Heinkel automotive factory. After that, he came back to France and participating in resistance activities against the German occupation forces in 1943.

After the war, he returned to work in an agricultural machinery factory in Labatut. Shortly afterward he was reunited with his friend named Maurice Renard who has to work as a marketing agent for Bernadet scooters in Asnières (Seine). At the time, they both were amazed by the appearance of the Italian scooters in the country, then decided to develop the two-wheeled vehicles on their own.
The Gloobyscoot scooter powered by a single-cylinder 125cc engine combined with 4-speeds manual transmission system, so its top speed is 75 km/h. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
They designed the dream scooter' frames, and bodyworks then decided to use an engine that was taken from the Bernadet Y52 scooter. To smooth out the plan then Roland Legroote partnered with Maurice Renard founded a company named Gloobyscoot by using his personal funds, and later they rented a small workshop to complete the assembling process of their dreamed two-wheeled vehicle. 

At that time the workshop employed only two mechanics, of course, it was inadequate. Then they decided that the making of the main pieces of the scooter's frame and bodywork was subcontracted to the factory where Roland Legroote is worked.
The Gloobyscoot scooter equipped with several mandatory accessories such as a GrandTourime handlebar, spare wheel, watch counter, genuine leather single seat, a typical front bumper, and rear fin. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
As quoted from Scootitude magazine, the prototype of the Gloobyscoot scooter was first introduced in 1953 in front of their small workshop on Chemin Vert Road, Asnières (Seine), a northwestern suburb area about 7.9 km from the center of Paris. 

After seen the work results, they felt very satisfied. Then they planned a public presentation at the Salon de l'Auto 1953 in Paris in October 1953. Soon they registered to be a participant of the exhibition to the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (French Cycling Federation). All presentation materials, advertisement posters, flyers, brochures and so on have been prepared, as well as the booth where they will display prototype scooters that have been successfully made beforehand. 
Several photos derived from Valentine Dubuc about the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter. From left to right, in Photo 1: The atmosphere of the workshop on Chemin Vert Road where the prototype of the Gloobyscoot scooter was made. Photo 2: Seen Maurice Renard (on the left) and Roland Legroote (in the middle) wearing light color suits. Photo 3: Seen the bodywork of the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
But it seems that good fortune has not yet been on their side. Before they could fill the booth at the exhibition, then came bad news that told Maurice Renard suddenly died while he was driving the car. Due to his deep sorrow, Roland Legroote finally gave up and left all the plans that had been prepared fell apart along with the death of Maurice. It could be said, the Gloobyscoot has been finished, before actually starting its adventure. 

In the end, Roland Legroote never left the Labatut-based agriculture machinery factory, until he pensioned in 1960 with his last position as the Technical Director and then he and his family (daughter: Jacqueline, and granddaughter: Valentine Dubuc) moved to Malaucène and also brought the Gloobyscoot prototype scooter along with them. And later, Monsieur Legroote passed away in 1976.
A rare Gloobyscoot flyer to be distributed at 'Salon de l'Auto 1953' in Paris. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
Time passed, for almost twenty years, the prototype of the scooter slept under the dust of a large Malaucène house' garage. Until finally in 1990 there was an order to vacate the house and garage ... somehow then the sleeping scooter disappeared at the hands of unscrupulous thrift dealers, and its fate not known since. 

Today, what happened to the scooter imagined by Roland Legroote/Maurice Renard? Apart from family-related memories here and some documents such as advertisements, and some workshop documents were miraculously rediscovered. 
A replica of 1953 Gloobyscoot deLuxe version scooter hits on the streets. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rtmHnL)
As a closing, if You have any info or clues about the Gloobyscoot scooter, don't hesitate to contact Roland Legroote's granddaughter named Valentine Dubuc. She will be happy to learn more about this scooter and is ready to realize her grandfather's dream. Here's another mysterious France-made scooter known as Boudier Super B58.

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 | SCOOTITUDE MAGAZIN|E BERNADET | LES-TONTONS-SCOOTEURS.COM | INSTAZU | LESRENDEZVOUSDELAREINE | LESREPAIREDESMOTARDS]
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Neuron EV unveiled its electric-powered MPV and Big Rig concept

A California-based startup company named Neuron EV at the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai had shown off its two electric car concepts: an MPV called the Neuron T/ONE and a big rig called the Neuron TORQ.
Neuron EV presented the two electric-powered vehicle concept at the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai, ie Neuron T/ONE MPV Concept and a big rig called Neuron TORQ. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/34QzhMk)
As reported by Formacar, both vehicles share a futuristic look and come based on the same modular EV platform. Both of them put the driver's seat position in the middle, as an effort to cut on production diversification costs for countries with right-hand and left-hand traffic systems.
Neuron T/ONE electric powered vehicle concept in the pickup format. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32Bu8py)
It has also been reported, the company has not been willing to disclose the date to start production to realize this electric pickup concept. And it seems that there are already many who are interested in the electric pickup made by the company if it has been produced and is available on the world's automotive market.
Neuron T/ONE electric powered vehicle concept in the van format. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32Bu8py)
The Neuron T/ONE electric-powered MPV can easily transform into a van and can accommodate between three and eight passengers, depending on the configuration.
Neuron T/ONE electric powered vehicle concept in stand-alone format. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32Bu8py)
Here's the interior view of Neuron T/ONE Concept:
Driver seat modul of Neuron T/ONE
Driver seat modul of Neuron T/ONE
Passenger seat modul of Neuron T/ONE (Optional)
Bed cabin modul of Neuron T/ONE (Optional)

Power specs are being kept secret at this time, but it's official that the T/ONE has 520 Newton-meters (384 pound-feet) of maximum torque, can haul up to three metric tons of cargo (6,600 lbs) and runs approximately 480 kilometers (300 miles) on a single charge.

The T/ONE electric-powered MPV concept has a length of around 5.5 meters. In addition to standard traction batteries, this car receives removable power sources and solar panels mounted on the roof of the cargo deck lid.
While the Neuron TORQ is an electric semi-truck developed to be the next generation solution for commercial transportation. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NEURON EV | FORMACAR | OBOZREVATEL | NEWSBEEZER]
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The first Aston Martin motorcycle had shown off in Milan

Aston Martin is known as one of the leading automotive manufacturers who had launched many variants of premium cars with qualified power and supported by the latest specifications. But recently, Aston Martin had shown off its first motorcycle concept to the public at the EICMA 2019 event in Milan along with the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept.
The first Aston Martin motorcycle named AMB-001 shown off at the EICMA 2019 in Milan along with the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept supercar. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Q93wtQ)
It seems that the British premium car manufacturer wants to try their luck in the two-wheeled vehicle manufacturing industry. But Aston Martin is not the first car manufacturer to try to make a motorcycle.

Previously, in the world's automotive there's the Italian supercar manufacturer such as Lamborghini has also made motorbikes in the past named Lamborghini Design 90 in 1986 and a year before, Ferrari also ever gave a license to David Kay Engineering to make a motorcycle named Ferrari 900. And an almost decade before, Porsche, the German manufacturer has also ever made a motorcycle concept called the Porsche AMK Concept in 1978, etc.
Aston Martin AMB-001, the first motorcycle of Aston Martin was made under collaboration with Brough Superior. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32ABny6)
As quoted by the Visordown, the motorcycle concept named Aston Martin Brough AMB-001. The superbike was developed by Aston Martin with its compatriot motorcycle manufacturer Brough Superior.

Like the character of the Aston Martin automotive products, this superbike is produced in very limited quantities. And the naming of AMB on the motorcycle concept is predicted is "Aston Martin Brough" where the name was derived from the abbreviation name of those two companies.

This motorcycle concept has a unique and futuristic design. Not only that, this motorcycle also emphasizes the aerodynamic design seen from the front-end of the motor that is made curved, so that it will be easier for the rider when racing fast on the tracks.
The AMB-001 has an attractive fuel tank design, with panels extending from the front to the back end. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32ABny6)
The AMB-001 has an attractive fuel tank design, with panels extending from the front to the back end. And it was mentioned, inspired by Aston Martin Valkyrie. Then the saddle wrapping of the Oxford Tan leather, which shows a combination of traditional and modern impression.
The AMB-001 carries a 999 cc turbo V2 engine that produces power up to 180 hp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/32ABny6)
The body is made of carbon fiber weighing only 180 kilograms. While other components are made of the combination of carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum, with black alloy for its wheels. Then the motorcycle's body color is dual-tone, namely stirling green, and lime essence, like the Aston Martin supercar colors. Then with the addition of a light brown color on the seat and gas pedal will add an elegant impression, but still, look modern and charming on the motorcycle concept.

This motorcycle carries a 999 cc turbo V2 engine that produces power up to 180 hp. The engine had used variable valve timing and intercooler technology, which can reduce air resistance and limit the engine overheating. While the brake pad is designed specifically for the AMB-001.
Reportedly, the AMB-001 motorbike will be produced by hand at the Brough Superior factory, in Toulouse, France in very limited quantities of 100 units and is sold starting at US $120,000 or approx Rp.1.6 billion.

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 | VISORDOWN]
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Is this the real form of the latest McLaren BC-03 hypercar?

For almost 1 year, we have known that McLaren is developing a street version of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept which was inaugurated in 2017. The possible hypercar has a codename BC-03 (Bespoke Commission 03) and reportedly will be made only 5 units worldwide.
A spy shot of possible the latest McLaren BC-03 hypercar on the road test. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33yFY5q)

These images are shared online on many Instagram accounts, including Supercarpress. One of them shows a prototype that is being tested at night, while the rest is considered an official rendering. Not yet determined whether the image is valid, but if so, it looks like McLaren is preparing to launch a hypercar that is even superior to Senna.

The following are rendering images of the latest McLaren BC-03 hypercar.
Front three-quarter of McLaren BC-03
Left side view of McLaren BC-03
Rear three-quarter of McLaren BC-03
Top view of McLaren BC-03

On the front, the BC-03 features a protruding and low nose with a small headlight inspired by the 720S, while on the side there is a large air intake. Everything gets very interesting in the rear, with the towering wings which also become the seat for the LED taillights and fins that stretch along the center of the decklid share clear similarities with the Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

The McLaren Vision Gran Turismo features a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine combined with a pair of electric motors to drive the front wheels and total output reaches 1,150 horsepower and 1,275 Nm of torque. It remains to be seen whether the production car will later display the same or more similar powertrain to the hybrid unit used by McLaren Speedtail. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TOPSPEED | CARSCOOPS | THE DRIVE]
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