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Friday, January 14, 2022

A custom-built car inspired by the vintage futuristic car of the '50 and '60s

~Jet&Rocket Inspired~ If we look at this one car, we could be seen the thick unique impression since beginning. How not, this car very clearly looks like a glinting alien craft floating above the ground featured with the sharp nose, the sweptback lines and clear double-bubble canopies. No wonder there are still people who ask, was it a spaceship, a plane, a jet-powered car?
This is the Thunderflite custom car built by Dean 'Dino' Arnold based of 1961 Ford Thunderbird. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
Uniquely the custom car named the Thunderflite was not made by the car manufacturer, otherwise the brainchild of noted custom builder Dean 'Dino' Arnold, who has done more than a thousand modifications to the Ford Thunderbird of 1961 up to produce one of the most successful custom cars ever and shown up for the first time at the SEMA event back in 2008.
The Thunderflite custom car has unique appearence inspired of the the GM's futuristic prototypes of the '50s and '60s. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Don't be fooled! To most of the people seeing it for the first time, they probably thought it was a real vintage dream car rather than a modern custom. Besides due to it looks like has just been dusted off and shined up after being left for more than 40 years, also thanks to every detail pinned seem coming from the correct periods.
The Thunderflite custom car has debuted at the 2008 SEMA Show and crowned as 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, voted in Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008. (Picture from: PopularMechanics)
This unique concept car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins, it's clearly could be seen that the Thunderflite draws its inspiration from the American automaker futuristic prototypes of the '50s and '60s.
The Thunderflite custom car has a very contrasting color combination of chrome color and accents with red-leather are covered the seats, dashboards and others. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
As quoted of the Street Machine, the automaker said that he tried to capture what it was like in the '50s and '60s when the American automaker such GM and others built their dream cars and with the help of his late wife Suzie, then he sketched it on a napkin, while to finalize the design, then he collaborated with Don Johnson.
The Thunderflite custom car has unique hallmark of double-bubble canopies such the Batmobile-esque. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Well, as the future car design in general made in the 1950s and 1960s were strongly inspired by the rampant of jet technology and space travel. So naturally, the car's design followed concepts such as the Pontiac Club de Mer, Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and Buick Centurion of 1956.
The Thunderflite custom car is powered by a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine connected to a modified automatic transmission system. (Picture from: Barrett-Jackson)
The unique custom car is painted with a stunning Chrome Effects by House of Kolors, and powered by a chromed-out 4,948 cc engine connected to a modified automatic transmission, plus a fully independent suspension with the Air Ride technologies computerized system.
The Thunderflite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: Design-Dautore)
Meanwhile on the interior carried out by Deluxe Auto Interiors, which has a very contrasting color combination, where chrome color and accent are seen adorning the instrument panel, gear rod, door trims and handles, also some parts of the steering wheel, while the rest were dominated by red-leather are covered the seats, dashboards and others.
The Thunderflite custom car could be instantly recognizable thanks to its double-bubble canopy, 'chrome effects' paint and sweeping tailfins. (Picture from: UltimateHotWheels)
As qouted of TheBidWatcher, while at an auction event hosted by Barrett-Jackson of Orange County back in 2010, the Thunderflite custom car sold for around $85,800 (approx Rp.900 millions), and today maybe the price will be even higher. 

That's no wonder, because in addition to having a very attractive appearance, this custom car has won many awards such 2008 Best of SEMA show by Popular Mechanics Magazine, voted in Top 12 Coolest Cars at SEMA 2008, and took 2nd Place at the 2009 Grand National Show in Pomona, Ca. Voted 1st in Class at Albuquerque, New Mexico Super Nationals and one of the top 9 in show by Rod & Custom at Darryl Starbirds 45th Annual car show in Tulsa, OK. Voted first in class at Autorama World of Wheels in Kansas City, Mo.
Meanwhile builder of the ThunderFlite Dean "Dino" Arnold was inducted into Darryl Starbirds Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame in Grand Lake, OK. He was also named Builder of the Year. Car has also been in Rod & Kulture magazine, Street Rodder magazine, Drive magazine, Rod & Custom magazine, Car Kulture Deluxe magazine, ol'Skool Rodz magazine and SEMA magazine. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WHICHCAR.COM.AU | BARRETT-JACKSON | DRIVETRIBE | AUTOBLOG | DESIGN-DAUTORE | POPULARMECHANICS.COM ]
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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Sony presented its 2nd EV prototype named Sony Vision S-02

~Next EV~ As is well known, one of Japanese electronics giants, Sony has launched its sedan genre prototype electric-powered vehicle called the Sony Vision-S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 event which took place in Las Vegas, United States.
The Sony's 2nd EV prototype called Vision-S 02 is debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022 which took place in Las Vegas, United States. (Picture from: LatestCarNews)
It turns out that it doesn't just stop there, in the early year of (2022) the Japanese company continued its experiments and again presented the figure of the latest electric-powered vehicle named the Sony Vision-S 02 which carried the style of 7-seats SUV. Like the predecessor, the newest Sony SUV prototype was also debuted at same event on this year which started on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.
The Sony Vision-S 02 is able to drive autonomously, and the Japanese company claimed the car's autonomous capability is reach the Level-2. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
As quoted of Paultan, the electric car is called the Sony Vision-S 02 due to it has a similar design to its predecessor, the Sony Vision-S and the only difference is its size, which is now much larger to accommodate a larger capacity (ie 7-seats).

Furthermore, the big difference does not only occur on the exterior, the Sony's SUV prototype is now equipped with a more sophisticated dashboard design that has three touch screens in the middle and two additional screens that function as rearview mirrors to display road conditions on the right or left, and also the rear of the car.
Inside the Sony Vision-S 02 cabin is now equipped with a more sophisticated dashboard design that has three touch screens. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
Then there is also a panoramic glass-roof that stretches from the front to the back of the car. As a result, the interior of this car looks more spacious because it seems as if it's naturely openned. Sony is also trying to bring advanced technology into the electric-powered car. For example, Sony providing an advanced audio system namely Sony 360 Reality Audio, so by the feature the passengers of the car can access music and movie streaming on the Bravia Core services.

Like its sedan predecessor, the Sony Vision-S 02's passengers can also play the PlayStation remotely. Even if the PlayStation console is left at home, car owners can play it from inside the car. The most recent feature is the installation of a special camera that detects faces in the car. The camera allows the driver and passenger to perform voice commands and special gestures to access various features in the car.
Then there is also a panoramic glass-roof that stretches from the front to the back and made the car's cabin looks more spacious because it seems as if it's naturely openned. (Picture from: PaulTan.org)
Thanks to the camera, the car can also activate the memory of driving settings that are usually done by the driver. Starting from the height of the steering wheel, your favorite driving mode to the most frequently selected entertainment options. Sony also claims this car can run autonomously, the car's autonomous capability is claimed to reach Level 2. This is obtained thanks to the installation of 40 sensor points throughout the car body. Including the camera and LIDAR on the front of the car.

Although Sony could be said success in making these 2 electric-powered vehicle prototypes (a sedan and suv), but still makes many people wonder why those cars were just displayed? Meanwhile at the CES 2022, Sony only gave a quite simple answer.
This time the Japanese electronic giant answered the company would create a special division namely Sony Mobility Inc., in preparation for entering the electric-powered car business which has been growing in recent times. So might be in the future those two or another Sony-made cars can be bought and owned by the public. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | PAULTAN | LATESTCARNEWS ]
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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

One of the rarest Ferrari models specially made for the Sultan of Brunei back in 1990s

~The Rarest~ Back to the 1990s when the automotive world known to spill a lot of exotic four-wheeled vehicle models. And among the many exclusive car models produced at that time, there was a special commissioning vehicles for the Sultan of Brunei. Today, despites many years have passed by, the Sultan of Brunei's car collection still remains an interesting legend to talk about.
This is one-of-a-kind Ferrari FX outside Brunei (in pictured the car no. 4) was purchased by Dick Marconi, and now sat on display at his automotive museum in Southern California. (Picture from: Supercars)
And reportedly the Sultan of Brunei has more than 5,000 (some says 7,000) custom-made cars under various well-known brands like Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Aston Martin, etc. And it could be said that no luxury brand was absence in the garages of the Royal Family of Brunei garages, all hidden in the luxuriant South-East Asian forest.
The Ferrari FX is a limited car model specially built by Pininfarina based of Ferrari Testarossa as many as 7 units for the Sultan of Brunei in the 1995. (Picture from: WikiCars)
Especially for exclusive vehicles that wore the Prancing Horse badge that was built commissioned for the Sultan of Brunei, we're noticed, there are several models that not widely known by the public to date, such as the Ferrari F50 Bolide, Ferrari Mythos, and Ferrari F90 Speciale.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) has the new body made of aluminum and, where possible, carbon fibre was used for panels such as the hood, doors and wheel wells. (Picture from: Supercars)
Another Ferrari car model which is also not widely known by world automotive enthusiasts specially made for the Sultan of Brunei back in the 1995. At the time, the Sultan of Brunei commissioned the well-known legendary Italian coachbuilder company Pininfarina to design seven one-of-a-kind Ferrari models called the Ferrari FX.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) is lushly appointed with a sweeping two-tone interior and focuses on the red and green paddles that sit behind the Momo steering wheel. (Picture from: Supercars)
Like most Ferrari car models that were built commissioned for the Royal Family of Brunei at that time, the exclusive car built by Pininfarina in the 1995 also based on the foundations of the production cars of the date to support newer and sometimes better bodies, interiors and drive trains.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) had a tuned engine coupled with seven speed, electro-hydraulic gearbox complete with manual clutch adjustments located on the center console developed by the Williams F1 team. (Picture from: Supercars)
As quoted of Supercars, the Ferrari FX is a limited series of cars based on the Ferrari Testarossa. The project (and the cars as well) once had shown by Sergio Pininfarina to Gianni Agnelli (CEO of Fiat) who commented; lucky to have such clients.
The Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) has specifically converging unusual lines at the back, but look more flowing and balanced compared to the chunky F512. (Picture from: Supercars)
The car had a tuned engine coupled with seven speed, electro-hydraulic gearbox complete with manual clutch adjustments located on the center console developed by the Williams F1 team, it's said able to make the car run up to top speed of 300 kph. Wow!

Each car started life at the Pininfarina's assembling lines has the new body was fitted to the Ferrari Testarossa 512 superstructure. It was fabricated out of aluminum and, where possible, carbon fibre was used for panels such as the hood, doors and wheel wells. To accommodate the revised rear end, a new exhaust was manufactured which now leads us to believe the engine itself may have been upgraded. Even if the engine is stock, the lighter body and transmission have to offer much better performance.
To accommodate the revised rear end of the Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4), a new exhaust was manufactured which now leads us to believe the engine itself may have been upgraded. (Picture from: Supercars)
Although at the time, the Pininfarina's styling isn't the most photogenic from the front, but good proportions and a particularly pleasing rear end save the design. Specifically, converging lines at the back are unusual ones, but look more flowing and balanced compared to the chunky F512. A distinct rear hood with Plexiglass rear window is unlike any Pininfarina-made car ever, having small port holes that reveal its flat-12 drive train below. Curiously, there is a unique engine crown that has the only the FX script ever found on this car.
A distinct rear hood of the Ferrari FX (in pictured the car no. 4) with Plexiglass rear window is unlike any Pininfarina-made car ever, having small port holes that reveal its flat-12 drive train below. (Picture from: Supercars)
Inside, the FX is lushly appointed with a sweeping two-tone interior and focuses on the red and green paddles that sit behind the Momo steering wheel. Other interesting details include an emergency shut-off button, aluminum door handles, a transmission control panel between the two seats and a plaque which calls out the 'unique pininfarina design for the Royal Family of Brunei'. The FX's feature is left untouched, and still includes its classic Sony tape player, one fit for a billionaire.
For the reason we did not know, the Sultan stopped his influx of cars and anything else expensive when the fourth car from the seven cars built was still being in the finishing process at the Williams. The dark blue colored car with the chassis no. 103396, was then purchased by an American supercar enthusiasts Dick Marconi to be one of his car colections on display at his automotive museum in Southern California.

And this is one-of-a-kind Ferrari FX outside Brunei, as well as become an evidence of its existence in the world (since the beginning of the FX model is the secret project and not included in the recognized model ever made by Ferrari and even Pininfarina). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MARCONI MUSEUM | SUPERCARS.NET ]
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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A tale of a supercar named Orca of Liechtenstein

~Killer Orca~ Have you ever heard of a supercar that carries the unique name of Orca? The car name unique isn't? Although it actually has nothing to do in terms of shape or anything with the toothed whale from the dolphin family that lives in the ocean or known as  the Killer Whale with the Latin name of Orcinus Orca.
The Orca C113 is the first variant of the Orca 113 platform and made by the Liechtenstein-based automaker called Orca Engineering. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Its intentions are clearly apparent wanna be a merciless monster in term of performance. Those unique-named supercar produced by the Liechtenstein-based automaker called Orca Engineering. The company founded in the 2003 by René Beck and his son Ralph in Zurich of Switzerland, then the company moved to Ebenholz, Liechtenstein.
The Orca C113's body consists of ten large pieces screwed into the structure. (Picture from: TopSpeed)
It seems the company wanna shared the aspirations or even taken inspirations of those gigantic ocean creatures namesake, ie uncompromising performance in its own environment when it building the first supercar platform which has the full name of the Orca 113 that's consisted of three variants. As the first variant, the Orca C113 also features with Lamborghini-like scissor doors was launched for the first time at one of the world's leading automotive exhibitions, Geneva Motor Show 2003.
The Orca C113 also features with Lamborghini-like scissor doors was launched for the first time at one of the world's leading automotive exhibitions, Geneva Motor Show 2003. (Picture from: Mad4Wheels)
As qouted of Classicdriver, the car's nomenclature is derived from "C" for coupé, "1" designating that it’s the first model, and "13" for good luck, it being Beck’s personal lucky number. The next variant is the Orca R113 or a roadster-styled car, the last one being the highest variant is the Orca SC7, as we could be guessed from the car's nomenclature is derived from "SC" for supercar, and "7" designating of it made only 7 units.
The Orca C113 is powered by a MTM-optimised twin turbo 4.2 V8 Audi engine capable spew out power of 650 horsepower, and 664 lb-ft of torque. (Picture from: SeriousWheels)
The Orca's supercar platform is constructed from lightweight materials including aluminium, magnesium and titanium, and has carbon-kevlar body panels with total weight is around 850 kg. And for its suspention is handled by double wishbones at front and the rear with coil springs and alloy uprights.
The Orca SC7 variant while sat on display at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
All suspension parts are made of aluminum by CNC machining and are covered with a layer of carbon fiber. Ventilated and cross-drilled carbon composite brakes on all four corners are grabbed by eight-piston brake calipers.
The Orca SC7 known as the highest variant of the Orca 113 platform and is made only 2 units of the initially company's plan 7 units. (Picture from: UltimateCarPage)
As for the drivetrain, the Orca C113 is powered by a MTM-optimised twin turbo 4.2 V8 Audi engine capable spew out power of 650 horsepower, and 664 lb-ft of torque, and claimed to be made the car run to top speed of 224 mph (360.5 kph).
Initially, the company intends to produce around 10-15 hand-build cars a year with a total production of 198 units in all three variants. Unfortunately, the car project shut down in 2007, due to lack of investors and buyer, with only 7 units were ever produced, 3 units of the C113, 2 R113s, and 2 SC7s.
The Beck LM800 is designed to be extremely light with a weight of 1,984 lbs and incredibly aerodynamic. (Picture from: Supercars)
After all the projects on the Orca 113 car platform stopped, it turned out that the company owner still had not given up on continuing to build supercars, it then continued by launching another model named Beck LM 800 in 2007. The car is designed to be extremely light with a weight of 1,984 lbs and incredibly aerodynamic. 
The Beck LM800 is powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 650 horsepower and estimated has an acceleration from zero to 60 mph in only 3-seconds. (Picture from: VistaPointe)
This Beck LM800 is powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 650 horsepower and estimated has an acceleration from zero to 60 mph in only 3-seconds. At that time the Ebenholz-based company had also launched a luxury version, which was named Beck LM 820. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOMOTO.IT | DISENO-ART | GTPLANET.NET | TRINITITUNER.COM | AUTO.VERCITY.RU | WIKIPEDIA | MINHCHAU24H | TOPSPEED | CLASSICDRVER | RUUKIEHIMSELF | SERIOUSWHEELS | MAD4WHEELS ]
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Monday, January 10, 2022

The one and only Audi Rosemeyer Concept

~The One~ When you talk about the cars that use W16 construction engines, maybe you will think of the name Bugatti Veyron or Chiron. But before the Bugatti duo came to the fore, it turned out that there was one car that previously used a W16 engine as well and is known as one of the first supercars made by Audi.
The Audi Rosemeyer concept car was created to pay tribute to the Auto Union Silver Arrows (German: Silberpfeil), driven by the legendary German racer, Bernd Rosemeyer. (Picture from: Audi)
So, let's not be curious, let's get acquainted with the Audi-made concept car named the Audi Rosemeyer. As quoted of Motor1, the Audi Rosemeyer concept was first exhibited to the public at the Autostadt Building, Wolfsburg, Germany on June 1, 2000 ago.

"The Audi Rosemeyer introduced at Autostadt, Wolfsburg is not a ready-to-drive prototype. Also this concept car was not made to enter the production line," explained Audi at the time.
2000 Audi Rosemeyer concept posed along with its ancestor racing car, the Auto Union Silver Arrows. (Picture from: GridOto)
The Audi Rosemeyer concept car was created as a tribute to the Auto Union (the forerunner of Audi) race car called the Auto Union Silver Arrows (German: Silberpfeil), driven by the legendary German racer, Bernd Rosemeyer. This can be seen from the Audi Rosemeyer's grille which is intentionally made to resemble that one attached on the Silver Arrows.
2000 Audi Rosemeyer is powered by a large displacement, mid-mounted W16 engine, which develops 700 hp and featuring Audi's quattro permanent four-wheel drive system. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Likewise, the car naming is taken from the last name of those German legendary racer, Bernd Rosemeyer as a form of respect. Furthermore if you look in more detail, you might think that the Rosemeyer concept at first glance looks a bit like the Bugatti Veyron. The reason is, the Audi Rosemeyer concept car looks to have a grille design that is somewhat similar to the typical Bugatti grille.
The Audi Rosemeyer Concept doesn't have any other color on the body, and only presented in typical aluminum color. (Picture from: Wikipedia)
Then the design line of the Audi's concept car also when aligned with the Veyron also at first glance looks similar. Perhaps what makes the Rosemeyer different from the Bugatti Veyron is seen in its rims and five rounded headlights.
The interior of the Audi Rosemeyer features retro and modern design in total harmony made of materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum as one of the hallmarks of the racing car style of the 30s. (Picture from: Supercars)
As quoted of Motor1, if you look closely, the front view of the Audi Rosemeyer concept car looks like a face with an anxious and sad expression, even though it actually has great power. This concept car is powered by an 8 liter naturally aspirated W16 engine that produces power of 710 horsepower and a maximum torque of 760 Nm.
There is something strange about the Audi Rosemeyer, it has no rear view mirrors instead two cameras located on the roof which are able to see around through the monitor screen inside the cabin. (Picture from: Carthrottle)
For your info, this is the same engine unit that is now used in the Bugatti Chiron after having many modifications. You can imagine the performance of this machine, the beasty power came out from the engine is then channeled to all-wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Design similarities between the Audi Rosemeyer concept (above) and the Bugatti Veyron (below). (Picture from: GridOto)
For those of you who are curious about the Audi Rosemeyer overall appearance, you can immediately watch the following video:
If asked about its performance, the Audi Rosemeyer concept is claimed to be able to be driven up to a maximum speed of 350 kph. Unfortunately, this Audi-made concept car wasn't be mass-produced due to the Audi Rosemeyer concept car was not created for the sake of a super car. The Audi Rosemeyer was built to commemorate the legendary Silver Arrows. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUDI | IDMOTOR1 ]
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Sunday, January 9, 2022

The sad story of Ferrari's Group B race cars, too fast to race

~Brutal Performance~ There is no doubt that Ferrari, an Italian premium car marque, is well known for its automotive premium quality products, most of which have fierce performance both on the circuit and on the road as well. Even though it's considered to be fast and brutal, sometimes everything is not a guarantee to be able to join the race, as we can see this to the following racing car;
There is no doubt that the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione were outrageous wheeled monsters, with sublimely ridiculous quantities of power in ultra-light bodies. (Picture from: Supercars)
As we also know that the appearance of the Ferrari 288 GTO back in  the 1980s was intended to fulfill the racing desire of the Maranello-based premium car manufacturer in the Group-B of the World Rally Championship series, where one of the homologation requirements is that the participants have produced at least 200 units road-legal version cars.
The Prancing Horse manufacturer prepared 6 units of the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione racing car to race in the Group-B of the World Rally Championship series. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Well, that's why the car has the name GTO which consists of the abbreviation 'GT' for 'Gran Turismo', while the letter 'O' is 'Omologata' (Italian for homologation). Ferrari 288 GTO (Type F114) is one of the homologation car model ranging built from 1984 to 1987 and only 272 units ever made during its production periods.
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione built based on the tubular steel frame construction, aluminum floor and carbon fiber body panels keep the dry weight down to around 940 kg. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
So what does the racing car look like? At that time the Prancing Horse manufacturer prepared 6 units of the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione racing car. When viewed from the front, the appearance of the race car looks simple, aerodynamic, not inspiring enough, but after walking to the rear suddenly everything changes drastically. 
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione built based on the tubular steel frame construction, aluminum floor and carbon fiber body panels keep the dry weight down to around 940 kg. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
When the entire rear of the body hinged so far along the roof is lifted up, and it's clear to see nestling beneath is the 2,855 cc V8 engine, force-fed by twin IHI turbochargers said to put out over 659 HP at 7,800 rpm. That's a lot of horsepower (and lots of rev), and considering the tubular steel frame construction, aluminum floor and carbon fiber body panels keep the dry weight down to around 940 kg.
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione is powered by the 2,855 cc V8 engine, force-fed by twin IHI turbochargers said to put out over 659 HP at 7,800 rpm. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
You can imagine with that much power kicking and pounding on such a light weight car, it would make everything you see move very fast and indeed insane fast. There is no doubt that the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione were outrageous wheeled monsters, with sublimely ridiculous quantities of power in ultra-light bodies.
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione was one of the most aerodynamic cars of its time, featuring a shovel nose, air vents, front canards and a massive rear wing. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
Overall, aside of all its brutality, Evoluzione is quite beautiful. It was one of the most aerodynamic cars of its time, featuring a shovel nose, air vents, front canards and a massive rear wing. But when everything was ready, a tragedy dashed all hopes of the Prancing Horse manufacturer brought the 288 Evoluzione to race in the Group-B.
Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione was one of the most aerodynamic cars of its time, featuring a shovel nose, air vents, front canards and a massive rear wing. (Picture from: ClassicDriver)
At that time the racing world was in deep mourning as it witnessed the tragic deaths of 600 bhp-plus 4WD Group B rally monsters. It culminated when in May 1986, the heroic Henri Toivonen and his co-driver joined the list of fatalities while competing in the 1986 Tour de Corsica, the industry decided that is enough, and it sounded the death knell for Group B racing as well.😲
It left the six examples of the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione that had never turned its wheels in competition and just parked on the Maranello's test track. So what happens to them next, when their racing goals evaporated? While these have all survived, they are scattered in collections around the world, one of these six Ferrari 288 Evoluzione is displayed at Ferrari’s Museum in Maranello and one made it as prototype of the Ferrari F40 in 1987.
Thanks to the Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione, we got to see the legendary Ferrari F40. (Picture from: DriveTribe)
Well, even though it never raced, the 288 Evoluzione development project was not completely in vain and nonetheless left the legacy of the F40 wheeled monsters. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CLASSICDRIVER | DRIVETRIBE ]
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