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Friday, June 4, 2021

The legendary Callaway 'Aerobody' Sledgehammer

As the world's fast car fans, we will be very enthusiastic when discussing about the fastest car in the world. Well until now, there're many fast cars ever had been recorded as 'The fastest car in the world.' And we all know that the title is now carried by an American-made hypercar named the SSC Tuatarra which was able to record a top speed of 533 kph at the 7-miles length road in Nevada back in October 2020.
The Callaway Sledgehammer was built by Reeves Callaway in his Connecticut-based workshop in 1988 as a testbed for reliable and dependable power with a turbocharged V8 engine. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although the SSC Tuatarra currently holds that title, but it is not the first American hypercar to surpass the fantastic 250 mph benchmark, there're several other American cars such as the Hennessey Venom F5 and Venom GT. And then back to the end of 1980s, have you heard of another American car called the Callaway Sledgehammer which once held the title as the fastest in 1988 with a top speed notch that surpassed those 250 mph benchmark?
The Callaway Sledgehammer is fitted with a low-drag C4 shell known simply as the AeroBody of Paul Deutschman. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
The car was built by Reeves Callaway in his Connecticut-based workshop in 1988 as a testbed for reliable and dependable power with a turbocharged V8. In addition, he also wanted to set new performance benchmarks, then commissioned by a Canadian named Paul Deutschman to build with a low-drag C4 shell known simply as the AeroBody.
The Callaway Sledgehammer still maintains the luxury in its cabin including power windows and locks, audio system, electronic air conditioning, and power sports seats. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
The car based of the new 1988 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 powered by an upgraded V8 turbocharging engine using a NASCAR specification block with Mahle pistons and forged connecting rods. Besides embedding racing devices on the drivetrain, it turns out that the Sledgehammer is also installed with a roll cage like a racing car that functions as a cabin protector.

Then at the top end is installed Brodix aluminum heads fed by twin Turbonetics T04B turbochargers, so that with all the racing equipment it is able to make the Callaway Sledgehammer run with an optimal power boost of 898 hp and 772 lb-ft of torque.
The Callaway Sledgehammer is powered by an upgraded V8 turbocharging engine using a NASCAR specification block with Mahle pistons and coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox to ensure a high top speed. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although it has the ability to run like a racing car, the Callaway's sportscar still maintains the luxury in its cabin including power windows and locks, audio system, electronic air conditioning, and power sports seats as supporting factors for driving comfort.
The Callaway Sledgehammer had set the fastest speed of 254.76 mph (409.99 kph) while tested in October 1988 at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving ground in Ohio with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel. (Picture from: BringaTrailer)
When it tested in October 1988 at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) proving ground in Ohio with John Lingenfelter behind the wheel, this car was able to record a record of 254.76 mph (409.99 kph) and had made it the fastest street-legal car for some time before the record was surpassed by the Bugatti Veyron. After that, Deutschman continued to work for Callaway for years to come, so the Sledgehammer AeroBody was produced in limited numbers (though it is not known how many were ever made).
But some time ago as quoted of the Road and Track, this is the only Sledgehammer in existence and is currently listed for sale at Bring a Trailer which has currently recorded the highest bid of $500,000 (23 May 2021). We wouldn't be surprised to see that, as devoted Corvette collectors would be willing to pay big bucks to own it. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS | TWITTER | ROADANDTRACK | TOPGEAR | BRINGATRAILER ]
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

One of the greatest Ferraris of all time

As we all knew, if the world's automotive manufacturers would be produced a car model, the process is almost always preceded by the presence of a prototype model. No exception such the following Ferrari 275 GTB model is produced by the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy to replace the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, in which its production started after the Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo had been built first.
Born into a life of excitement, this Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo spent the last 25 years in a private collection. (Picture from: Enzari)
Amazingly, Motor Trend Classic puts the Ferrari 275 into third place on the list of the 10 greatest Ferraris of all time, behind the Ferrari 250 GTO and Ferrari 365 GTB. Not only that, the legendary Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo once enlivened the racing track in its heyday. In its history this car is well documented, even though the last 25 years have been hidden by a collector.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo intended to mark the start of the 275 model series in 1964, and is built with the chassis number of #06003, assembly serial number #1 at the Ferrari's Foglio Allestimenti factory. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
The mentioned car known as the only Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo built in 1964. The car built at the Ferrari Foglio Allestimenti factory on the chassis number of #06003, and assembly serial number #1. The Ferrari's sports car has appearence of a short-nose styled bodywork and is powered by an 3.3 liter V12 engine.  

In its heyday, the Ferrrari 275 GTB was the highly anticipated continuation of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. So at the time, it showcases many technical innovations including a five-speed rear-mounted transaxle and the first independent rear suspension for a Ferrari car.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo is equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary driving lights, reinforced glass, a 75-percent locking differential, a radiator blind, a modified hood and a third windshield wiper. (Picture from: Tempo)
The Maranello-based premium car manufacturer used this prototype until the spring of 1965, which served for photographic and promotional purposes. Furthermore, the prototype also served as a revised mean for the cars that will later enter production.  

Interestingly, in the Ferrari 275 GTB Protitipo biography said that it used as one of the manufacturer supported rally cars. According to the Automobile Club d'Italia records, the car's first private owner was Pasquale Ramera of Coccaglio, Italy, who acquired it in April 1965.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo has appearence of a short-nose styled bodywork and is powered by an 3.3 liter V12 engine. (Picture from: ClubAlfa.it)
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo is equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary driving lights, reinforced glass, a 75-percent locking differential, a radiator blind, a modified hood and a third windshield wiper. Reportedly, the car also had used as a test vehicle for two tire brands, namely Dunlop and the Finnish tires of Rengas Alas.  

This sportscar was quite a surprise to many, as it appeared on the starting line of the 35th annual Monte Carlo Rally of the 1966 using the rally livery no. #43 and is registered as an official participant under the Milan-based racing team Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus.
Eventually, the car ended up in America in the hands of the famous Ferrari collector Charles "Chuck" Wegner. He then sold it to an anonymous collector who maintained it as the most impressive Ferrari private collection ever collected for over 25 years.

At the end, the1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo on January 18-19, 2019, was one of the car collections to be sold at an auction held by the Gooding & Company, in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Interestingly, the auction catalog notes that cars will get mechanical attention before use. Regardless, this was a great opportunity to own one of the most historical Ferrari 275 GTBs is an extremely rare one. Who is the car owner now? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ENZARI | CARANDDRIVER | ITALIAONROAD ]
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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The legendary Abarth's race car of the 1960s

The tiny car figure has always accompanied with the Italian car brand Abarth since back then, just look at the following figure of the 1966 tiny race car made of Abarth. That's "Barchetta Chuvolale," a small and lightweight Fiat-engined 1000SP (Sports Prototipo) race car built by Abarth with a nickname that carries a style of 'barchetta,' the Italian means "small boat,” and 'tubulare,' means "steel pipe frame".
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta race car is built and designed by Mario Colucci according to the FA ​​(International Automobile Federation) "Group 4 (Gr.4)" racing vehicle regulations.  (Picture from: Supercars)
At the time, the Abarth 1000SP Barchetta race car was planned and manufactured according to the FA ​​(International Automobile Federation) "Group 4 (Gr.4)" racing vehicle regulations. It made a debut in actual battle in April 1966 as an evolution system of the 750 Sport Spider Tobulare, a pure racing machine with a steel pipe space frame manufactured with a focus on "Sport prototype class."
1966 Abarth 1000SP is powered by a twin cam water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine called "Tipo229A" with a displacement of 1,000 cc. (Picture from: BHAuction)
As we all knew, at the time Carlo Abarth's race cars had won many racing events such in the "GT class" under the 750GT Zagato, 750 record Monza Zagato, 1000 Vialbero, and "850/1000TC" in the "Touring car class,” is the category that has pursued more performance.

The 1000SP is Abarth's first mass-produced sports spider and also the first mid-ship production model. As the steel tube space frame was designed by Mario Colucci, a well-known engineer who once worked on the Julia TZ at Alfa Romeo's plants. 
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta Barchetta is the first Abarth's mass-produced sports spider and also the first mid-ship production model. (Picture from: BHAuction)
It featuring with a curvy FRP Barchetta body, and is powered by a twin cam water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine called "Tipo229A" with a displacement of 1,000 cc and a compression ratio of 11.5, so it capable producing a maximum output power of 105 ps and maximum torque of 11.5 kgm.

After the racing cars out the plant and they succeed took the bulk of Abarth victories from 1966 until 1971. As the peaks, the Abarth 1000SP Barchetta often took class victories in the 1000cc prototype category, including class wins at the world's famous circuits like the Nürburgring, Mugello, Vallelunga, Monza and Targa Florio. These were not including by the countless local hillclimbs racing events it often won.
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta often took class victories in the 1000cc prototype category, including class wins at the world's famous circuits like the Nürburgring, Mugello, Vallelunga, Monza and Targa Florio. (Picture from: BHAuction)
In fact, recently the famous tiny race car succeed inspire the parent company of Alfa Romeo and Abarth, Stellantis NV. (Stellantis) to make and launched the one-off sports car which is a modern interpretation of the Abarth 1000SP race car by using an engine taken from the Alfa Romeo 4C.
As qouted of BH Auction, one of the 1000SP race car was on the list to be auctioned in Tokyo back then 2019. The mentioned race car using a 5-speed gearbox made by Hewland, not by Abarth, and has been kept by a collector in Japan for a long time in 'ready to roll' condition and had been registered domestically (in Japan).

It also stated, beside you able to modify each part of the race car and the most attractive part is you can enjoy speeding behind its wheel on the public roads by participating in classic car rallies regularally, even though it is a pure race car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BHAUCTION | SUPERCARS ]
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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

The figure of a dashing and futuristic designed cruiser motorbike of China

Benda, a Chinese motorcycle brand is reported to be launching a new cruiser motorcycle figure in the near future. Actually, the motorcycle made its debut as the Benda LF-01 Concept motorcycle at the 18th Motor Expo held at Chongqing, on September last year, which was later realized into a production version called the Benda LFC700 and reportedly the all-new cruiser motorcycle will be launched at the brand debut event on July 2021, held in Xi'an, China.
Benda LF-01 Concept motorcycle is debuted at the 18th Motor Expo held at Chongqing, on September 2020. (Picture from: BendaMotors)
How would it look? Okay, so far we might be familiar with imitation motorbikes made in China pretending to be the real ones. You might be seen all, ranging from a plagiarized version of BMW S 1000 RR, to a “copycatz” of the Ducati Panigale. However, Benda LFC700 is not one of them. Despite the cruiser motorbike's polarizing style, some credits may be worthy to be given to Benda for creating a truly original motorcycle design.
Benda LF-01 Concept motorcycle is a futuristic cruiser motorcycle and powered by a 680cc inline four-cylinder engine which is said to be capable of pumping around 97 horsepower. (Picture from: BendaMotors)
From the looks, the Benda LFC700 is definitely a futuristic cruiser motorcycle with several key elements that make it stand out in the midst of a modern urban crowd. We can be seen straight to the main part, its very large 310 cross-section rear tire that became a major feature that said succesfully to be caught the world's motorbike fans attention when it was still as the LF-01 concept motorcycle last year, then there is a unique headlights design are made to resemble a (small sized) fighter jet exhaust.
Reportedly, the LF-01's production version called Benda LFC700 will be launched in July 2021. (Picture from: BendaMotors)
There's another interesting ones, ie the uncommon and unconventional engine is chosen by Benda as its drivetrain, especially if seen the styling of this bike, which makes us expected a large V-twin engine to be chosen as its drivetrain. But, the Benda LFC700 cruiser is powered by a 680cc inline four-cylinder engine which is said to be capable of pumping around 97 horsepower so you can be sure it will make a fierce roaring sound when it passing through in the dense urban traffic.
Look its very large 310 cross-section rear tire that became a major feature that said succesfully to be caught the world's motorbike fans attention. (Picture from: BendaMotors)
For a moment, we saw when the Benda LF-01 Concept bike was launched last year, the Chinese manufacturer featured many premium features, such as the color TFT screen, ride by wire, slipper assist clutch, cruise control, ABS, and even the Hill start assist. But unfortunately, like most pre-production motorbikes, some of these features didn't make it to the production model. But don't worry because the Benda LFC700 is reportedly still loaded with advanced features, only the ride-by-wire and cruise control features are not included in the production version model. Not bad than nothing.
However, this edgy and futuristic looking cruiser motorcycle can certainly be a breath of fresh air in the cruiser segment which is currently dominated by the retro-style motorbikes. And reportedly, the Benda LFC700 will sell for around 40,000 to 50,000 yuan, or around US. $7,000 (or around Rp.101 million) and is hoped that the futuristic cruiser-styled motorbike will be able to attract the younger generation. But, now on You should be patient, if wanna see it.

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 | BENDA MOTORS | ID.MOTOR1 | GRIDOTO ]
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Monday, May 31, 2021

Estrema Fulminea, an Italian monstrous-powered elegant hypercar will be launched in the 2023

Currently, many know that electric-powered cars are capable of spewing out higher power than conventional petrol-engined cars. The electric cars are known for their constant power since the lower rate. However, until now, not many electric-powered cars have appeared as hypercars. And what happens if there is a hyper electric car that is claimed to produce more than two thousand horsepower? Here's the answer.
Estrema Fulminea is an electric-powered hypercar featutued with a low-profiled hypercar-style design. (Picture from: Automobili Estrema)
Well, recently an Italian automotive company named Automobili Estrema reported that they will soon launch an electric-powered hypercar called the Estrema Fulminea, which comes in azzuro blue colored and with a low-profiled hypercar-style design. The car was built to have aerodynamics and with a tapered design line resembled to the Ferrari's car breeds, while the taillights are made thinner than the headlights to emphasize the sporty impression of the Fulminea.
Estrema Fulminea is powered by the Avesta Battery Energy Engineering (ABEE) "hybrid" Lithium-ion batteries that combines an ultracapacitor cell battery and a solid-state battery. (Picture from: Tempo)
It's not only the design that makes this car intriguing, but also from its innards. The Fulminea uses the Avesta Battery Energy Engineering (ABEE) "hybrid" Lithium-ion batteries that combines an ultracapacitor cell battery and a solid-state battery. The two kind of batteries work together and are claimed to have a total capacity of 100 kWh with an energy density of 500 Wh/kg.
Estrema Fulminea's 'hybrid' batteries diagram (combined an ultracapacitor cell battery and a solid-state battery) which channelled the power to drive the electric motor mounted on all four wheels. (Picture from: MSN)
Then the battery is claimed to be able to carry the Estrema Fulminea hypercar to run as far as 520 kilometers according to the standards of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). Then its charging capability, the company claimed that the ABBE hybrid batteries can be quickly charged with the DC currents from 10% to 80% in just 15 minutes.
Estrema Fulminea has aerodynamics and with a tapered design line resembled to the Ferrari's car breeds, while the taillights are made thinner than the headlights to emphasize the sporty impression of the car. (Picture from: Ridertua)
From the sophistication of its 4 electric motors, so the Fulminea hypercar is claimed to have a maximum power of up to 1.5 MW or equivalent of 2,040 horsepower. The Italian company is claimed, by such power can make the Fulminea accelerates up to 320 kilometers per hour in less than 10 seconds. Wow! Of course this is a figure for achieving a very fast acceleration for a hypercar.
The Estrema Fulminea will be ready to run on the streets in the next two years and also priced at €1.961 million or around Rp.34.1 billion. "The first delivery (Fulminea) to selected consumers is scheduled for the second half of 2023," as quoted of Top Gear. So, let's just wait if You want to see it for real!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOMOBILI ESTREMA | TOPGEAR | MSN ]
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Sunday, May 30, 2021

AeroVette as a future-style Corvette figure who failed into production line

So far, the world's car fans knew the Corvette is an American exotic-performing iconic sports car ever made by the GM's subsdiary Chevrolet from early of '50s until today. As quoted from Carbuzz, the sports car figure was first proposed to be developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov (later known as the 'Father of the Corvette'), an engineering genius who had a lifelong passion for cars and motor sports, and it was this enthusiasm that helped him land an engineering job at Chevrolet since 1953.
1976 Chevrolet AeroVette' is formerly mid-engined four-rotor Wankel prototype that replaced with a 400-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) Chevy V8 engine. (Picture from: ChevroletGallery)
As much as Arkus-Duntov liked the Corvette C1 design, he was not satisfied with the technical specifications, due to he tought besides requiring more power and also should be having the ability to run faster.
1976 Chevrolet 'AeroVette' is featured with gull-wing door-type looks so futuristic. (Picture from: ChevroletGallery)
So since the 1950s, so many concept car models have been made to accommodate Arkus-Duntov's desire to make his beloved Corvette the best sports car ever made. It is understandable that the Corvette was meant by the GM to compete with the greatness of its rivals Ford GT40 sports car which was successful in the worlds of racing.
And into the 1970s, when the Wankel rotary engine looked like the promising wave of the future. With its reduced parts count and almost vibration-free operation, it was a model of engineering elegance, and General Motors is betting big on it. By using a license from the aircraft engine maker Curtiss-Wright, then the company worked on a two-rotor engine and readied it for the new production at Monza in 1975.

Before the Wankel engined model born, actually the GM's Styling studio had launched the mid-engined Corvette 'XP-895' in the 1972. The show car is built based of the Corvette 'XP-882' featured the distinctive wedge-shaped of the '70s. Although has more futuristic and handsome look, the lightweight aluminum bodied model made by the Reynolds Metals Company is apparently too costly in the production rather than the previous fiberglass bodied C3 model, so it's met a dead-end while going to be produced and left.
1972 Chevrolet Reynolds XP-895 prototype built based of the 1970 XP-882 and had a lightweight aluminum body done by Reynolds Metal Company. (Picture from: Corvettes.nl)
In the same time, the company found out and saw that the Mercedes-Benz C111 prototypes and the Mazda 110S Cosmo production cars already running around with Wankels, it made GM feel the need to rush to display its earnestness about the engine. So in 1973, GM is launched two Corvette models at once, ie the two-rotor and mid-mounted four-rotor Wankel engined car prototypes.
1972 Chevrolet Reynolds XP-895 prototype is powered by a 454-cid V8 Chevrolet mid-mounted engine. (Picture from: Corvettes.nl)
At that time they first built the two-rotor engined model (known as the XP-897 GT) looked ready for production. It drawn tightly with a low nose that promised excellent visibility, and uniquely, the one-off two-rotor Wankel engined car prototype was built by the Italian famous coachbuilder, Pininfarina and based on the Porsche 914 chassis. The unique-shaped car turn out does not have enough power to run fast on the roads, because the engine is only capable of spewing out only 180 hp.

This made Arkus-Duntov dissatisfied and made him took out the Chevrolet Reynolds XP-895 of the plant's storages, then made an overhaul ranging from revised the car looks to swap its 454-cid V8 engine with a double 2-rotor Wankel engine. Then the four-rotor prototype named the Corvette Four-Rotor and is launched at the 1973 New York Auto Show.
1973 Chevrolet XP-897 GT two-rotor Wankel Prototype built based of the Porsche 914 chassis. (Picture from: Automobile)
The four rotor engined model's appearance had an almost-symmetrical shape with a pointed prow up front and a sliver of a tail. Its gullwing doors had mid-door hinges, and the four-rotor engine (actually
2 + 2-rotor) sat sideways behind the cockpit. As time goes by that proven the Wankel engine was not the right choice for an exotic sports car like the Corvette.
1973 Chevrolet XP-897 GT two-rotor Wankel Prototype had GM' styling but was built by the famous Italian coachbuilder, Pininfarina. (Picture from: Automobile)
In the 1976, a year before retiring, the GM styling boss Bill Mitchell decided that perhaps a mid-engined Corvette was the way forward. Although he had helped halt several previous Arkus-Duntov mid-engine projects, Mitchell pulled the three-year-old XP-895 mid-engine prototype from storage. Originally designed for GM's licensed 420-hp, four-rotor experimental engine, Mitchell ordered the rotary engine removed and replaced with a 400-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) Chevy V8 engine, named Chevrolet Aerovette.
This is the 1970 Chevrolet XP-882 prototype is powered by an 400-cid small-block engine coupled with a silent chain-drive to an Olds Toronado Turbo 400 transmission and also known as the forerunner of the Chevrolet Aerovette. (Picture from: SuperChevy)
Actually, the car got the green light for production in 1980 (which would make it the Corvette C4), but apparently a number of obstacles arose. First, other mid-engined cars such as the Nissan 280Z are selling well in the market, while the C3 was stumbling in sales. Second, the senior support team consisting of Zora-Arkus-Duntov, Head of Design Bill Mitchell, and General Manager of Chevrolet Ed Cole all-have retired, so that the production plan came to a halt.
This is the 1970 Chevrolet XP-882 powered by an 400-cid small-block engine coupled with a silent chain-drive to an Olds Toronado Turbo 400 transmission and also known as the forerunner of the Chevrolet Aerovette. (Picture from: SuperChevy)
Not to mention the new Corvette chief at the time Dave McLellan faced tightening funding issues to continue development of the Corvette C4 of 1984 and back as the traditional front-engined sports car. Meanwhile the Aerovette remained as a concept without ever sliding into the production line and currently just sitting on display at the GM Heritage Centre in Sterling Heights, Michigan. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARBUZZ | JOURNALCLASSICCARS | AUTOMOBILEMAG | CARANDDRIVER | CARSTYLING.RU | SUPERCHEVY ]
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