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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The almost forgotten Ferrari P6 Pininfarina

~Almost Forgotten~ Among the many sports car models made by Ferrari, it turns out that there is one name of its sportscar model that has a beautiful wedge style typical of the 1970s, but is now almost forgotten. 
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
The mentioned car named the Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale designed by Pininfarina and first unveiled at the 1968 Turin Auto Show. This Pininfarina designed car was inspired by the Berlinetta Boxer and the 308/328 series and was originally made as a model without an engine.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina posed along with its designer Leonardo Fioravanti and the inspiration sources Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer. (Picture from: WheelsAge.org)
The car design with tapered lines were drawn by Leonardo Fioravanti to explore the idea of ​​a road car that would carry Maranello’s legendary V12 behind the cockpit rather than the front, as some successful contemporary models such as the Lamborghini Miura and the De Tomaso Mangusta, as well as their heiresses Countach and Pantera, the Maserati Bora, etc.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is the first Maranello's model carries a mid-mounted V12 engine. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
Only the rear section looks less harmonious than the rest of the car, due to the stubby tail, recessed headlights in the lower section, and the massive upper section, which luckily has been significantly redesigned in the transition to future cars from series.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina is powered by a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of spewing out around 400 hp. (Picture from: Supercars.net)
As a consequence, the sparkling white colored car with a conservative design and exudes an elegant image of a future sports vehicle then given a 2,989 cc V12 engine capable of spewing out around 400 hp.
1968 Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale by Pininfarina used as the basis for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was launched in 1971. (Picture from: Auta5p.eu)
Unlike other models and prototypes marked with the letter P, the P6 Berlinetta Speciale (that was its full name) was for all intents and purposes a production car. Unfortunately, it is not having obtained the green light for the next stage, the Berlinetta Speciale P6 was temporarily put aside.😔
Later the design of the P6 Berlinetta Speciale was used as the basis for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was first launched in 1971. The car was also powered by a mid-mounted 60° V12 engine, and its prototype was built on the chassis of the rolling Ferrari P6 Berlinetta Speciale Pininfarina concept. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTA5P.EU | SUPERCARS.NET | CARROZZIERI-ITALIANI ]
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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Stola's Monotipo Concept derived of Fiat Barchetta

~Tiny & Unique~ Indeed, Gruppo Stola as an Italian coachbuilder company does not have a name as famous as its compatriots such as Pininfarina, Zagato and others. However, when viewed from the works, it is not inferior to those famous coachbuilders.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is built as one-off sportscar concept by Gruppo Stola, and was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone. (Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Well, in the 1990s, Stola had launched several interesting concept vehicle designs. One of them have also been discussed before here, such as the Fiat Dedica, a custom-made Fiat Barchetta of 1996 dedicated for a former those Italian giant automaker boss, Giovanni Agnelli.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept's retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
And two years after those custom made Fiat Barchetta launched, the Turin-based coachbuilder company is launched one-off sportscar concept named the Abarth Monotipo Concept and was intended to showcase Stola's craftsmanship rather than to be a fashion statement. 
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch(Picture from: UltimateCarPages)
Like the 1996 Dedica, the Abarth Monotipo was designed by retired Pininfarina designer Aldo Brovarone, a close friend of Stola managing-director Alfredo Stola.

The car has unique upwards swinged doors at the touch of a hidden switch, while the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel. Fiat's close relationship with Stola allowed them to licence the "Abarth" tag, and also pinned its traditional 'scorpion' badges at the front and rear.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept also has unique the roof comprises of a long, sweeping aerospace-developed Plexiglass roof panel(Picture from: ItaliaSpeed)
The interestingly retro-styled body is made completely of composite materials, clearly displaying Stola's capability of handling this exotic material. Even more impressive is the perfect finish of the bodypanels. All transparent parts are not made of glass but of Isoclima Polycarbonate, which is also used in the aerospace industry, so no wonder if the Abarth Monotipo weighted just 880 kilos.
The Stola Abarth Monotipo Concept is powered by slightly tuned four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine of Lancia Delta Integrale(Picture from: TopCarRating)
While the drivetrain mounted on the slightly stretched Barchetta chassis is a four-cylinder turbo 2,0-liter engine, the same one that used by the Lancia Delta Integrale. Slightly tuned, it is good for a decent 330 hp at 6,500 rpm coupled with 5-speed manual transmission system.
Those engine power then transferred to the front axle. It was able to do acceleration from zero to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 290 kph, and to tame those high speeds, so the Monotipo is fitted with the same vented Brembo discs as found on the Ferrari F50.

As quoted of Italiaspeed, the Italian company made just one Abarth Monotipo and launched for the first time at the at the 1998 Turin Motor Show. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ULTIMATECARPAGE | SUPERCARS.NET | GTPLANET.NET | ITALIASPEED ]
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Monday, November 22, 2021

The SEVEN Concept is revealed as the future full-electric SUV of Hyundai

~Wheeled Lounge~ The electric vehicles are growing to be much glimmer, it could be seen by many EVs developed by the world's automotive companies today. And recently the South Korean automaker Hyundai has revealed a teaser of the Hyundai SEVEN concept electric car technology that will be introduced in the near future.
The Hyundai SEVEN electric powered MPV concept is debuted at the 2021 Los Angeles  Auto Show event. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
As reported by Auto Express, the SEVEN concept car as a full-size electric SUV hinting at future EV offerings is introduced on November 17, 2021 by the South Korean automaker at the Los Angeles Auto Show held on November 17 to 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, United States.
A part of the Hyundai SEVEN concept's front fascia have pixel-shaped headlights and DRLs. (Picture from: AutoExpress)
As for the exterior, Hyundai revealed the SEVEN concept car will have pixel-shaped headlights and DRLs. As for the look of the fascia, it appears that this car takes a few elements from the recent launched Hyundai Staria design language. While, The rear features a glass partition with a illuminated Hyundai logo and a full-width LED taillight bar, which matches the similar treatment on the front.
The Hyundai SEVEN electric powered MPV concept is equiped with the pillarless sliding doors, which will show a very spacious cabin like a lounge. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
This concept car also has a fairly large wheelbase, which is around 126.0 inches and allows for a completely flat floor inside the cabin. Hyundai even pushed the car's wheels out as far as it could in an attempt to expand the platform.
A part of interior of the Hyundai SEVEN concept have materials and designs that are identical to home furniture. (Picture from: AutoExpress)
Furthermore the automaker said that the electric car is unique, where it will be equiped with the pillarless sliding doors, which will show a very spacious cabin like a lounge. Besides, this car's interior will have materials and designs that are identical to home furniture. For example, the captain's seat is similar to a chair from the future, a cloth sofa complete with pillows, and the use of wood material on several sides.
A part of interior of the Hyundai SEVEN concept's captain's seat is similar to a chair from the future, a cloth sofa complete with pillows, and the use of wood material on several sides. (Picture from: AutoExpress)
The SEVEN Concept is said to use an 800-volt drivetrain architecture that is supported by 350 kilowatt fast charging capabilities. It's mean that the Hyundai's concept car can be recharged from 10 to 80 percent in just 10 minutes, with a targeted electric range of over 300 miles (483 kilometers). Regarding the technical data is still kept secret, but the SEVEN electric car would be certainly use the E-GMP platform owned by the South Korean automaker.
The Hyundai SEVEN electric powered MPV concept's rear features a glass partition with a illuminated Hyundai logo and a full-width LED taillight bar, which matches the similar treatment on the front. (Picture from: Id.Motor1)
As quoted of the AutoExpress, the SEVEN also features a built-in mini fridge and 'shoe-car compartments' to freshen up passenger’s footwear on the move. The panoramic glass roof is actually an OLED screen that can display content or act as an atmospheric display to maximise relaxation.
Reportedly this Hyunday SEVEN concept car will be produced into the latest mass production car, named the Hyundai Ioniq 7 and is planned to be joined its siblings, the Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6, in early 2024. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ID.MOTOR1 | AUTOEXPRESS ]
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Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Ferrari Daytona SP3 is the 3rd Maranello's Icona Series model

~New BredFerrari officially launched their latest limited production model, the Ferrari Daytona SP3, at a special event called the 2021 Ferrari Finali Mondiali held at the Mugello Circuit some time ago. This new car is the third member of the Icona series after the Monza SP1 and SP2 back in the 2018.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 introduced as the 3rd member of Maranello's Icona series pays homage to the legendary 1-2-3 brilliant winning finish of the 3 prancing horse racing cars at the 24 Hours of Daytona 1967. (Picture from: NetCarShow)
The Daytona name of the new Icona directly evokes us to the legendary 1-2-3 brilliant winning finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona 1967 and pays homage to the Ferrari sports prototypes that helped earn the marque its unparalleled motor sport status.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 is inspired by the famous victory, specifically the trio of sports prototypes that took the podium places: Ferrari 330 P3/4, 330 P4, and 412 P. (Picture from: 24HTech)
At first glance, the new Daytona SP3 looks similar to the La Ferrari Aperta, with a completely redesigned body by Flavio Manzoni and his team. Although Ferrari's designers were inspired by the rounded shapes of the Ferrari 330 P3/4, 330 P4 and 412 P race cars that brilliantly dominated the Daytona in the '60s, but infact this modern supercar have a more aggressive look with sharper edges.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 looks similar to the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, with a completely redesigned body by Flavio Manzoni and his team. (Picture from: 24HTech)
As you can see, the Ferrari Daytona SP3's design has a harmonious interplay of contrasts, sublimely sculptural, voluptuous surfaces alternating with the kind of sharper lines that revealed the burgeoning importance of aerodynamics in the design of racers such as the Ferrari 330 P4, 350 Can-Am and 512 S
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 profile is heavily sculpted with butterfly doors that integrate an air box and feature surfacing inspired by the 512 S and a dramatic opened headlights. (Picture from: Carscoops)
The new Ferrari Daytona SP3’s interior skews modern, by using the same digital dashboard and UI as the SF90 Stradale. Seats are integrated into the body, and driving position adjustment is by a movable pedal box. The way the fabric for both sides links over the center tunnel is another nod to the way the '60s sports cars were designed. 
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3’s interior skews modern, by using the same digital dashboard and UI as the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. (Picture from: 24HTech)
Although these official images only show it without a roof, the SP3 features a clip-in targa panel and so should be more usable than its predecessors in Ferrari’s Icona series, the roofless and screenless Monza SP1 and SP2. The bold choice of a 'Targa' body with a removable hard top was also inspired by the sports prototype world and consequently, the Daytona SP3 not only delivers exhilarating driving pleasure but also usable performance.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3’s seats are integrated into the body, and driving position adjustment is by a movable pedal box. (Picture from: 24HTech)
Meanwhile from a technical perspective, the Daytona SP3 takes its inspiration from the sophisticated engineering solutions already adopted in racing the 1960s, in which maximum performance was achieved by working on the three fundamental areas such engine, chassis and aerodynamics.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V12, mid-rear-mounted engine coupled with a 7-speed gearbox which capable spew out 840 cv along with 697 Nm of torque and maximum revs of 9,500 rpm. (Picture from: Carscoops)
Well, the Ferrari Daytona SP3 is powered by a naturally-aspirated V12, mid-rear-mounted engine coupled with a 7-speed gearbox which capable spew out 829 hp along with 697 Nm of torque and maximum revs of 9,500 rpm, and making it as the most powerful internal combustion engine ever to come out from Maranello auto breder, hiding under an aerodynamic low-slung body with a targa top.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 is dubbed as the most powerful internal combustion engine ever to come out from Maranello auto breder, hiding under an aerodynamic low-slung body with a targa top. (Picture from: 24HTech)
The chassis is built entirely from composite materials using Formula 1 technologies that have not been seen in a road car since the Ferrari LaFerrari, Maranello's last supercar. The seat is an integral part of the chassis to reduce weight and guarantee the driver a driving position similar to that of a competition car.
2022 Ferrari Daytona SP3 will be made in limited numbers of 599 units only, and each costing €2 million (about $2.3 million at today’s exchange rates). (Picture from: Carscoops)
Lastly, just like the cars that inspired it, the aerodynamic research and design focused on achieving maximum efficiency purely using passive aero solutions. Thanks to unprecedented features, such as chimneys that extract low-pressure air from the underbody, the Daytona SP3 is the most aerodynamically efficient car ever built by Ferrari without resorting to active aero devices.
Due to the clever integration of the technical innovations, making the car capable to accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 2.85 seconds and from zero to 200 kph in just 7.4 seconds. No wonder if the automaker said that's such exhilarating performance, an extreme set-up, and the intoxicating V12 soundtrack deliver completely unparalleled driving pleasure.

As quoted of Carscoops, the Maranello's auto breder will be made the Ferrari Daytona SP3 in limited numbers of 599 units only, each costing €2 million (about $2.3 million at today’s exchange rates). WOW!😮  *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARBUZZ | MOTORAUTHORITY | CARSCOOPS | NETCARSHOW | 24HTECH  ]
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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Did You know if Segway also developed a hydrogen-powered motorcycle?

~Next Mean~ Environmentally friendly vehicle developments are not only dominated to be done by automotive manufacturers. The manufacturer such Segway, which we previously knew as a self-balancing two-wheeled electric vehicles manufacturer is now also starting to venture into the development of low-emission motorcycles. 
The Segway Apex H2 concept is designing to represent the future motorcycle featured with an electric-hydrogen hybrid drivetrain. (Picture from: TrendHunter)
Now under the new parent company from China Ninebot, Segway is reportedly starting to expand its production range, following the production of electric bicycles and go-karts, now Segway is designing as an electric-hydrogen hybrid motorcycle called the Segway Apex H2 which has a design visualization representing future motorcycles.
The Segway Apex H2 is still loyal to adopting the superbike style. Overall has an aggressive and assertive design. (Picture from: InsideHook)
The futuristic style two-wheeled vehicle is powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which is said to be debuting in 2023 and is expected to be a unique product in the future. It is also mentioned as a further development of the Segway Apex which had previously introduced in 2019 and appeared at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The Segway Apex H2 is built as further development of this Segway Apex had previously introduced in 2019. (Picture from: ThePack)
To achieve these expectations, it can be seen from a number of features that the company offers for the Segway Apex H2. First, the frame looks redesigned by adding hydrogen power. To be precise, the bike is packed with hydrogen cylinders that are likely to be refillable. The details are not yet available, considering that this motorcycle is still in the early stages of development.

Ninebot revealed that, this first hydrogen-electric motorcycle will have excellent performance, and very low fuel consumption. It is estimated that the maximum power can reach 60 Kw (80 hp) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 4 seconds. But the maximum speed that can be achieved is reportedly limited only 150 kph (93 mph).
The Segway Apex H2 will have excellent performance, and very low fuel consumption. (Picture from: ZonaBikers)
It is also mentioned that the Apex H2 is still loyal to adopting the superbike style. Overall has an aggressive and assertive design. It looks sporty with a stretched full fairing. It also equipped with horizontal headlights that are integrated with the windshield and front body. The rear is more minimalist to give the impression of a future vehicle. And of course both lighting is already applied an advance LED technology.
Segway Apex H2's frame looks redesigned by adding hydrogen power, as You can see the bike is packed with hydrogen cylinders that are likely to be refillable. (Picture from: CintaMobil)
The middle body bulges densely encasing a large-dimensional battery as well as a special hydrogen tube. In some parts painted a fluorescent yellow color that reflects as the future vehicles and also found on each side of the fairing, end of the subframe and wheel lip. While the rim is neatly covered by a black cover. It's not clear how the braking system works because the images published are still prototypes.

Furthermore, the Apex H2 is supported by the use of an abnormal suspension that relies on one side swing arm to support both wheels. The system is similar to the Rotationally Advanced Design Development (RADD) that was used on the prototype of the Yamaha GTS 1000 and Morpho concept.
The Segway Apex H2 is supported by the use of an abnormal suspension that relies on one side swing arm to support both wheels. (Picture from: ZonaBikers)
Its hybrid technology has generated so much interest since it was first released that people are struggling to get their hands on a single unit of this vehicle when the company was officially opened orders for the Segway Apex H2 from April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021. The company planned for mass production soon which is not only to explore new clean energy applications, but also to help the country achieve its “autonomy from coal” goal.
If the Apex H2 could be realized soon, it will be the world's first hybrid two-wheeled vehicle that uses a hydrogen fuel cell combination with electric battery. This is a true revolution of the company under the Xiaomi umbrella. This Chinese private electronics company acquired Segway in 2015 with a total investment of no less than $80 million at the time. 
While Ninebot is a team of robotic technicians from China that focuses on the development of artificial intelligence and environmental protection. Some of Ninebot's assets belonged to Xiaomi after they started a crowdfunding project in 2013.

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 | TRENDHUNTER | INSIDEHOOK ]
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Friday, November 19, 2021

The XP-300 being one of the 1950s Buick dream cars

~Ur Dream Car~ Before leaving Buick in 1951 to move up the General Motors ladder, Charles A. Chayne had approved the Buick XP-300 project and made it as the GM LeSabre's companion dream car, while its name reflects the fact that it was an experimental vehicle with its drivetrain can be spewed power over 300 horsepower.
1951 Buick XP-300 Concept car features a wraparound windshield, three tailfins, and a grille that resembles an electric razor and also includes push-button power windows and seats. (Picture from: OldCarsWeekly)
Besides Charles A. Chayne, in the process of creating the Buick XP-300 concept car (previously labeled as XP-9) also involved other famous figure in the automotive world such as Ned F. Nickles and Harley J. Earl. As we all knew, Charles Chayne have worked together with Harley Earl since the creation of the first future concept car called the Buick Y-Job more than a decade earlier.
1951 Buick XP-300 Concept car (on right-side) shared many common mechanical components with the GM LeSabre Concept (on left-side), including its three tailfins and a 335 horsepower V8 engine, which can run on gasoline or methanol. (Picture from: MacMotorCityGarage)
Off course, if seen from the car appearance, it was really inspired by the heyday of the jet era of the 1950s. In addition, it's known the concept shared many common mechanical components with the LeSabre, including its 335 horsepower V8 engine, which can run on gasoline or methanol.
1951 Buick XP 300 Concept sat on display in the Buick collection at the Sloan Museum, Flint, Michigan. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Despite its somewhat similar appearance to the LeSabre, the XP-300's styling feels cleaner than the more futuristic and rocket-inspired lines of its counterpart. Furthermore, although the LeSabre generally reflects Earl's design philosophy, the XP-300 fits more closely with Chayne's conception of the future of Buick production cars, and its front end design ultimately reflects the 1954 Buick line.

Overall, both of concepts (Y-Job and XP-300) are pretty much the same; and XP-300 was a 1950s dream car that is an interpretation of modern vehicles based on design sketches by Ned F. Nickles, an extraordinary talent self-taught designer.
The interior of the Buick XP-300 Concept features pleated blue-leather bucket seats with adjustable inflatable air bladders and a center console. (Picture from: WikiWand)
Meanwhile the XP-300 has aluminum body panels that reduced the overall weight of the car to 3,100 lbs. This was important, because the body and frame structure were welded as a solid unit and the many push-button power accessories (including the rear convertible window) were heavy and added extra pounds.
The Buick XP-300 Concept features with a striking side trim that would look like a home on the fictional Buck Rogers' interplanetary cruiser. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
And according to OldCarsWeekly, its beauty and innovation went beneath its aluminum skin. Four hydraulic jacks were hidden under the body work and elevated either the driver or passenger side of the car. Upon shutting the doors, steel bars hydraulically slid out so that the car was more rigid, as these bars completed the rollcage-like framework within the body.
The Buick XP-300 Concept's beauty and innovation went beneath its aluminum skin, features also with four hydraulic jacks were hidden under the body work and elevated either the driver or passenger side of the car. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
The XP-300 convertible concept car has the appearance looks like partially of sports car and spaceship sized 16-ft  that glides just 6-1/2 inches above the ground. This car features an "electric shaver" grille, a wraparound windshield, a three-fin tail with an electric radio antenna protruding from the center fin and striking side trim that would look like a home on the fictional Buck Rogers' interplanetary cruiser. It even has push-button seats and windows!
The Buick XP-300 Concept also features with a three-fin tail with an electric radio antenna protruding from the center fin. (Picture from: AmazingClassicCars)
The interior of the XP-300 features pleated blue-leather bucket seats with adjustable inflatable air bladders and a center console. The car also has a telescoping steering wheel and an instrument panel displaying a prominently mounted combined speedometer/tachometer as well as a fuel gauge. It also boasted numerous technologies considered safety features in 1951, including its dual brakes, adjustable seats, and adjustable steering wheel in addition to seat belts.
The XP-300 was displayed at auto shows across the United States, where it became a popular fixture with attendees as well as the press. The XP-300 accumulated nearly 10,400 miles (16,700 km) of driving, although it did not drive as far as the more publicized LeSabre. In 1966, the XP-300 was refurbished and donated to the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan.
In 1985, it was sit on display at the Sloan Museum alongside the Buick Centurion, Buick Wildcat II, Buick Y-Job, Cadillac Cyclone, and General Motors Le Sabre. In 1991, it was exhibited at the Museum of Transportation in Brookline, Massachusetts, along with four other GM cars. As of 2018, it is still at the Sloan Museum, where it is one of five Buick concept cars on display and was also insured for $1 million. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | WIKIWAND | OLDCARSWEEKLY | AMAZINGCLASSICCARS | MACMOTORCITY GARAGE ]
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