McLaren Style Doors – MP4-12C – Cars In Depth 3D Video

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Lamborghini Style Doors. You’ve probably seen that around the custom or tuner communities, but the truth is that only the V12 Lamborghinis have scisscor style doors. Gallardos use normal hinges. After Lamborghini did it, all the big buck exoticar makers have had to come up with their own unique methods of creating portals for ingress and egress. McLaren Style Doors (MSD just doesn’t have the same ring as LSD, does it?) also open upwards, like many of the new door styles, but they do so using a single hinge near the top of the door, just below the A pillar

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Lexus RC-F – The Brand’s Most Powerful V8 Yet – 3D Video

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With  over 450 hp and over 383 lb-ft of torque, the Lexus RC-F is the brand’s most powerful V8 powered car ever (the LF-A supercar has a V-10). The RC-F also has a much more attractive version of the brand’s grille than on the LF-NX.

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Lexus LF-NX Concept – 3D Video

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Another luxury compact crossover soon to come is the Lexus LF-NX. Just about everyone was taken aback by its aggressive styling. “Aggressive” is a nice way of saying everyone thinks it’s ugly as sin, one of the worst iterations of Lexus’ spindle shaped grille, worthy of how others are describing the brand’s new front end styling, Predatory. It will be interesting to see how it sells, compared to the production version of the Jaguar CX-17.

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Jaguar CX-17 Concept, Another Luxury Compact Crossover – 3D Video

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Brand purists may complain when Porsche makes a vehicle like the Macan but the compact crossover segment is very hot right now, particularly in the luxury sub-segment and the car business is indeed a business and is about making profits. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Jaguar will be introducing their own compact CUV, based on their new modular aluminum architecture. It will be interesting to see how Jaguar Land Rover sell luxury compact crossovers from both Range Rover (the Evoque) and Jaguar.

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The 2015 Mustang in the Wind Tunnel – 3D Video

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Leading up to all-new 2015 Mustang going on sale later this year, Ford will be having events for local automotive media to highlight particular features. They started with a visit to the Ford Driveability Testing Facility and a look at the aerodynamic features of the new Mustang. I don’t know where else you will find 3D video of using a smoke wand in a wind tunnel. Cool stuff.

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2014 Autorama: – 3D Video of the Allison Car

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Here’s a followup to our previous post on Tom Carrigan’s great project, installing a WWII era Allison V12 engine from a P-40 warplane into a 1939 Chevrolet. Tom graciously opened up the hood so you can watch it in 3D video. For more details on the “Allison Car” you can read my post on the project at TTAC.

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Lola T70 Mk II – Perhaps the Most Beautiful Race Car of the 1960s, Sponsored by Ronald Reagan

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Imagine going to a sports car or endurance race in the 1960s. A Can Am race might include exquisitely beautiful competition cars like the Ferrari 330, Ford GT40, and Jim Hall’s innovative Chaparrals. Those are all nice looking cars but I think Eric Broadley’s Lola T70 spyder, with its low, fluid lines, was the best of an outstanding bunch. This 1966 Mark II version of the T70 was on display at the 2014 Concours of America. So far I haven’t been able to determine what this car’s exact racing history was, but the Mk II T70 won an astounding 35 races out of the 89 that it started. You might notice the “REAGAN” sticker on the side of the car. Norm Smith, who raced Lolas with sponsorship from Joehnk Chevy, also was a supporter of Ronald Reagan when he was running for governor in California.

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Roy Lunn Gallery: AMC Eagle 4X4

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Roy Lunn helped create what we today call the SUV as the chief engineer for Jeep when they were developing the original XJ Cherokee. He also more or less invented what we call a crossover, a car based utility vehicle with a slightly raised suspension and all wheel drive. The Eagle was the first American passenger car offered with all wheel drive. Lunn had taken a first generation Jeep QuadraTrac 4WD system and mounted it under a Concord station wagon. AMC CEO Gerry Meyers saw it and didn’t know what to make of it, but when he considered price gaps between Subarus and Jeep’s more truck-like utility vehicles, and the capability gap in bad road conditions between 2WD passenger cars and those with AWD or 4WD and he realized that Lunn was on to something. If you drive a Subaru Forester, and Audi Allroad or a Volvo XC90, you can thank Lunn. There were two almost identical white and brown Eagle wagons at the American Motors Owners club meet last summer. I say almost because one of them (above) is in nearly pristine shape, while the other (below) is showing some typical AMC rust.

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Roy Lunn Gallery: Mustang I Concept

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In the early 1960s, an idea that had been percolating around Detroit since Chevy ad man Barney Clarke first proposed that GM build a small four seater with classic long hood short deck sporting proportions finally got the attention of some higher-ups at Ford. Lee Iacocca gave the green light to the development of a small sports car to appeal to the youth market. Because of Lunn’s experience in racing and as a chief designer, his team was tasked with designing a chassis and mechanical components to underpin a design based on sketches by a young Ford designer named Phil Clark (who quite likely also originated the Mustang name and galloping pony badge). Ford senior designer John Najjar, in an oral history given to the University of Michigan, Dearborn, described Lunn’s role in the first Mustang concept car:

Roy Lunn designed all the tubular structure, the suspen­sion, the engines. He got all that equipment built and shipped out to [a fabricator on] the West Coast. It was all put together, we finished our clay model in something like eight weeks’ time, and, I guess, Roy had something like sixty days to build an operable vehicle. To see that thing go from an idea to finished product was an exciting time.

You can read Lunn’s own account of the development of what is now known as the Mustang I. In January of 1963, he published a technical paper with the Society of Automotive Engineers titled, The Mustang – Ford’s Experimental Sports Car. This is not the first time we’ve featured the Mustang I, which normally is on display at the Henry Ford Museum (see below), but Ford brought it out to the NAIAS to help promote the all-new 2015 Mustang where I shot the gallery at the top of this post.

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Roy Lunn Gallery: 1985 Jeep Comanche

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Roy Lunn was in charge of the engineering for the XJ Jeep Cherokee, Jeep’s first unibody vehicle. Essentially they engineered a unibody top hat and welded it to longitudinal frame rails that ran the length of the SUV, sort of body-welded-to-frame. The structure was so strong that when it was decided to turn the Cherokee into the Comanche pickup truck, they just had to weld in an X-brace between the frame rails in back to maintain structural integrity after cutting away the back half of the body.

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