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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu May 21, 2020 7:29 pm

Looks a little like the Panache kit car based on a VW floorpan


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Post by scimjim » Thu May 21, 2020 8:08 pm

Coupe Racing wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 7:29 pm
Looks a little like the Panache kit car based on a VW floorpan
Another one for the list :D

The original Panache was apparently modelled on the Nissan Dome P1 with a flip up roof but morphed into a rather tacky Countach replica as the LP400 (spot the Capri/SS1 rear lights :D )
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Post by scimjim » Fri May 22, 2020 11:50 pm

The 1984 Lotus Etna concept by Giugiaro at ItalDesign.
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Post by Coupe Racing » Sat May 23, 2020 6:21 am

I recall seeing it on a factory tour and a rather special V8 engine if I recall correctly.
Apparently had the power of a large engine but the fuel economy of a small capacity engine


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Post by scimjim » Sat May 23, 2020 7:52 am

Mid mounted 4.0L Lotus V8 (the 909) apparently. Chassis was a lengthened Esprit (also by Giugiaro). It didn’t run but has since been developed into a driving car.

Interestingly it was first exhibited at the 1984 NEC Motor Show, the same show as the SS1.
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From the Bonhams site:

It was to feature computer-controlled active ride, embracing anti-dive, anti-roll and anti-squat. Adjustable height setting and self-levelling promised to make for consistent handling and performance in all conditions. Given that Lotus was in the early stages of developing such a computer-controlled Active system for Formula 1, and had recently shown the world its JPS-liveried Grand Prix car using the same system – to be driven by Nigel Mansell–all was entirely feasible. But there was even more, because the Etna electronics package would add traction control, anti-lock brakes (still a supercar rarity in 1984), engine management, even active noise cancelling.

And the Etna's engine was very special too, and actually far closer to production reality than the rest of the project. In 1978, Colin Chapman had detailed Tony Rudd – the famous World Championship-winning ex-Chief Engineer of BRM - with creating a Lotus quad-camV8 engine. The brief was to achieve 320bhp and 300lb ft torque. It was to include as many parts as possible in common with the existing 16-valve slant-four engine of the Esprit, Elite and Eclat. Above all it was to be a lean-burn design capable of exceeding US emissions requirements.

In effect Tony Rudd combined two slant-four Type 907 top ends upon a new V8 block was designed, but while the double-overhead-camshaft heads were conceptually similar to the original four's, they were not identical. Maximum Lotus DV8 – or Type 909 – engine power was eventually quoted as 335bhp at a modest 6500rpm.
But Colin Chapman had just died, and with Group Lotus battling the deep economic recession of that difficult period the Etna had been built, as a beacon of hope for the future. In 1986 General Motors then bought Lotus and had no place for the Etna in their plans. The one-time headline grabbing V8 concept car sat silent in storage within a Hethel hangar until 2001 when it was offered with some of its sister projects for sale in an auction sale at Silverstone.

Lotus specialist Paul Matty was the successful bidder and he eventually sold it to Olav Glasius. While the car was being trailered down the M1 Motorway its Perspex 'greenhouse' blew off and was destroyed, rendering already demanding restoration even more arduous. Mr Gasius called in Ken and Neil Myers, the father-and-son Lotus restoration specialists in Northampton, England, to work their magic on a one-off Etna minus its Perspex glasshouse and wheel trims, in generally poor condition, with tatty interior. Neil Myers recalled: "I started hacking around to see what was underneath, and soon realised there was more to the car than the shell. I cut through the decking, only to find the engine – and the gearbox!"


They had discovered that Lotus had sent the Etna's underpinning lengthened Esprit chassis to Italdesign with the Type 909 V8 engine included to help Giugiaro package his sleek design – the engine's presence having apparently been forgotten! The project became a real labour of love – as the Etna was now to be completed to running order.
Quite apart from building up the 4-litre V8 engine to useable form, working transmission and suspension had to be incorporated while just rebuilding the all-encompassing perspex canopy was a major undertaking. Rebuilding the Etna took Neil Myers about a year and is by any standard a remarkable achievement. Olav Glasius has twice displayed the finished car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and it survives today as a stunning testimony to what might have been. As Mr. Glasius says, 'It's not really representative of how the Etna would have been. It's really powered for demonstration purposes...' but merely the sound of the 4-litre Type 909 V8 engine will send a shiver down any Lotus enthusiast's spine.


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Post by scimjim » Wed May 27, 2020 11:51 pm

Another Brazilian Miura, the 1986 Saga.

“Powered by VW 1.8 from ‘Santana’ sedan (like Jetta), in etanol fuel or gasoline.
This car ‘talks’ with driver, by a robotic voice: ‘put your safe bel t’; ‘turn lights off’; or ‘turn key’, ‘need fuel’ and many others.
Doors could be opened by remote control.
Steering wheel with eletronic regulation.
Black and White tv 5’ made from Japan in the dash, it seens same screen size like a cel phone.
Mini freezer.“
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