Based on the Autodelta Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 racing car, the Tipo 33 Stradale (which means street in Italian) has a body designed by Franco Scaglione that routinely makes “most beautiful cars” and “sexiest cars” lists, and some folks even consider it the most beautiful car ever made. There were only 18 made and just 10 are known to still exist, so, when Fiat Chrysler decided to use the Stradale to showcase their new Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder, which was getting it’s worldwide debut at the 2015 NAIAS in Detroit, it was a rare opportunity to capture one of the great automotive shapes in stereo.
By the mid 1890s, Henry Ford, a self-taught man if there ever was one, had worked his way up to being the chief operating engineer for the Edison Illuminating Co. of Detroit. He was also part of a small coterie of engineers and tinkerers like Charles Brady King, David Buick and Oliver Berthel who were obsessed with the idea of building a working motor car. They would share their interest, concepts and sometimes parts. Though he worked professionally with electricity, Ford pursued the development of his own gasoline powered engine. Continue reading
For the first time in its history, the Henry Ford Museum’s Driving America exhibit will let museum visitors look under the hoods of about 40 historically significant automobiles, with associated displays and events on the history and development of automotive powerplants. The exhibition is called “Engines Exposed”, and museum transportation curator Matt Anderson was responsible for selecting which cars’ engines (and motors, in the case of a couple of hybrids) would be part of the event. He made some great choices, from the magnificent (Bugatti Royale) to the mundane (Volkswagen Beetle). Our gallery of stereo photos of the exhibition includes both the engines and the cars that they power, along with shots of the first flathead Ford V8 and Henry Ford’s experimental X8 engine, which are both on permanent display at the HFM.
You can read my review of the Fiat Abarth over at The Truth About Cars and when you’re finished with it, you can return here and enjoy the full gallery of 3D photos and video of the hot little red car. Thanks for visiting and all y’all come back now soon, ciao.
Start the YouTube 3D video player. Click on the settings icon in the menu bar to select 2D or your choice of stereo 3D formats
While it falls short of the Dodge Charger Hellcat’s 707 horsepower and 204 mph top speed, the newly introduced 2016 version of the Cadillac CTS-V is probably the fastest luxury four door sedan in the world, with a stated top speed of 200 mph. To get the CTS-V into the 200 mph club, there’s a supercharged 640 hp version of GM’s LT4 V8, last seen in the ’15 Corvette Z06. Whether or not it’s a myth that GM will not sell a more powerful car than the Corvette, the same engine does have a few more horsepower in the ‘Vette. Torque is in the stump-pulling category, 630 lb-ft, something just a few years ago you might have expected in a diesel powered heavy duty pickup truck set up for towing heavy loads, not in America’s sports car. We live in an amazing age.
If you’d like to see Cadillac marketing chief Jim Vurpillat’s take on where the CTS-V and motorsports fit in with Cadillac’s stated aspirations to make it a more general luxury brand than just a car company, you can read my interview with him over at The Truth About Cars.
When Honda decided to update the original Acura NSX, they took what had been a rather tidy design with hidden headlights and turned it into something that to my eyes looks a bit like an insect. Still, from a performance and technology standpoint, the NSXs from the first decade of the 21st century are rather impressive.
This red Acura NSX was spotted at the same car show as the Ferrari 360 and Acura NSX featured in the last post. Those cars were driven by folks coming to see the weekly cruise-in car show at Baker’s of Milford, MI. This NSX, though was actually in the show. People often think that car enthusiasts around Detroit are only into muscle cars or other vintage American iron, but the truth is that Detroiters love cars of all sorts.
I came across these two cars last Fourth of July weekend at the cruise-in car show held every Sunday during the summer at Baker’s in Milford, Michigan, just a hop, skip and jump from General Motors’ proving grounds. Over at The Truth About Cars I ask the question, if you could only drive one, would it be the Ferrari 360, not considered one of Ferrari’s great cars, or the original Acura NSX, which has less prestige but is likely to be held in higher regard by people who know cars.
It’s been a few years now since Acura first introduced the revived NSX in concept form. The 2015 North American International Auto Show was the production version’s coming out party. Despite the fact that the hybrid NSX will have many of the technological features of hypercars like the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and the La Ferrari, like torque vectoring, at a fraction of their prices, the reaction of the gathered auto journalists was “meh”. Maybe it’s the 2nd gen NSX’s long gestation period, but I think much of that reaction was due to the presence, just across the aisle, of the new Ford GT. While the GT might not be the tech tour de force that the NSX is, the Ford supercar is stunning from just about every angle.
The original NSX embarrassed Ferrari. Some say that Ferrari benchmarked the 360 against the NSX, tacitly acknowledging that Honda built a better supercar than the 348/355.