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By Miao
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Toyota 85C '85
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Toyota's first steps into sports car racing were tentative at best. The Japanese manufacturer started with supplying an engine, originally developed for rallying, to teams that ran in the Japanese sports car championship during the early 1980s. While different teams ran Toyota-powered cars, Dome was the chassis builder of choice. Considering Dome's previous outings in the 24 Hours, it was no an entry for Le Mans was eventually considered. The works debut came in 1985 when a pair of Dome-built Toyota 85Cs were fielded.

In addition to a major chunk of the funding, Toyota's main contribution to the project came in the form of the turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Derived from the Celica road car unit, the 2.1-litre 'four' produced around 500 hp courtesy of a Toyota CT26R turbocharger. Mated to a Hewland five-speed gearbox and housed in a separate subframe, the engine was bolted to a Dome-built aluminium monocoque. This was tightly wrapped in a full ground-effect body with massive tunnels running on either side of the drivetrain.

Although Toyota very much was the driving force behind the two entries, the cars were fielded by TOM's and Dome respectively. Each of the two Japanese teams worked independently and the two cars were not quite identical. The #36 TOM's entry, for example, used BP lubricants and Bridgestone tyres, while the #38 Dome 85C relied on Castrol oil and Dunlup rubber. The former boasted an all-Japanese line-up of Satoru Nakajima, Masanori Sekiya and Kaoru Hoshino. The #38 had the more international pairing of Eje Elgh, Geoff Lees and Toshio Suzuki.

Before travelling to Le Mans, the cars were first raced at Fuji where they finished sixth and seventh in the 1000 km race. At Le Mans, the Dome car was forced to retire with clutch issues but the TOM's Team machine finished a commendable 12th. After Le Mans, the two cars were returned to Japan and raced in the All Japanese Endurance Championship. The best results were a couple of second place finishes but no victory was scored by the Toyota-engined cars.

For the 1986 season, the design evolved into the 86C, which was again raced at Le Mans. Over the following seasons the evolution continued and Toyota has become the most loyal Le Mans entrant of all Japanese manufacturers. On several occasions, Toyota cars have come achingly close but a win is still allusive (eff you Porsche).

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By Miao
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Lola F1R '09
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1997 was a terrible Formula 1 season for Lola. Actually, it wasn’t much of a season at all taking into account MasterCard Lola F1 Team only raced in the inaugural 1997 Australian Grand Prix. "Raced" is probably not the most suitable word to use since they didn't even make it pass the qualifying session, with both Vincenzo Sospiri and Ricardo Rosset behind qualifying winner Jacques Villeneuve by more than ten seconds. The sponsor decided to pull the plug after the team’s very poor performance in Melbourne. Without the necessary funds, the team went bust before the Brazilian Grand Prix three weeks later.

But something good did came out of the Lola T97/30, and it was this. Meet the one and only F1 car with road-legal status. To be fair, it’s not exactly the same as the F1-spec car since some changes had to be made in order to register the vehicle in U.K. For starters, the ground clearance was increased and it’s now adjustable between 50 to 75 mm (1.9 to 2.9 inches).

While the Lola F1 car had a naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V8 Ford Zetec-R engine hooked up to a semi-automatic transmission, the F1R is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter Cosworth engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. In its current configuration, the unit develops 370 horsepower , but the seller mentions modifying the turbocharger could bump that output easily.

In order to pass the safety inspection, the F1R received headlights, taillights, turn signals, and a handbrake. Designed and assembled by Lola, the car is in perfect condition as it should be since it has covered a mere 25 miles (40 kilometers) and has been stored in a climate-controlled environment. Other than the changes we’ve mentioned, this is basically a 1997-spec F1 car with the FIA-spec nosecone, carbon fiber brakes, pushrod suspension, and the very same body panels. ... 100&page=3

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By 死の (Shino)
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Speed & Sports Kodiak F1 '83
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In the early 80's, the German company specializing in the mechanisms and roofs for convertibles, Speed & Sports, headed by Mladen Mitrovic of Serbian origin, decided to diversify things by producing a supercar taking the concept of the gullwing doors overview on the Mercedes-Benz C111 and offering outstanding performance standards for that time.

With the help of the University of Munich, and the first CAD software, Mitrovic carried out in record time a very modern car for its time. The Kodiak F1 made its debut at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show. The composite body covers a tubular frame in the same fashion as airplanes are built, apparently, the tubular chassis widely made use of composite materials (Kevlar, carbon fiber and epoxy) guaranteeing both rigidity and light weight.

Mitrovic went for an American engine, a V8 5.7 liter from the Chevrolet Corvette that develops 320 hp (which gave the car a power/weight ratio relatively advantageous). For the rest, Brembo brakes, ZF 5-speed gearbox, Pirelli tires and Koni shock absorbers complement the range of a supercar that looks pretty efficient.

Despite its qualities, the Kodiak F1 was going through what many other such attempts have been also through: stagnation. Mitrovic was put into effect in mind to replace the US origin V8 engine by a German one, to play on the patriotism probably. He chose a 5.0 liter Mercedes V8s tuned by the then-independent AMG to the tune of 380hp.

It would seem that a second prototype was then realized. But time passed, and the potential price of the car climbed from $48,000 to $117,000 causing the Kodiak F1 to fight against monsters out in the meantime: the Porsche 959 (1985) or the Ferrari F40 (1987). Short of money, Mitrovic ultimately gave up in 1989, after 1 or 2 prototypes and lost hopes. The company Speed ​​& Sports still exists. The prototype featured here sports the Corvette V8, it resurfaced in 2009 on eBay being offered for sale for $50,000. The seller did mention the existence of a second prototype with Mercedes power.

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By Miao
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General Motors Pegasus '71
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This Pontiac Pegasus was one of the dreams of General Motors' design chief, Bill Mitchell. His efforts produced a parade of memorable concept cars and custom cars. This concept car is powered with Ferrari V12 drivetrain, hardware and gauges. The engine, a 365 GTB/4 Daytona V12, was offered by Enzo Ferrari and sealed the deal for this concept car.

The candy-apple red Pegasus Concept has gold-tone pinstriping and chrome, Randy Wittine-designed pinstriping, Ferrari V12 drivetrain, and many modified styling elements. The design was courtesy of stylist Jerry Palmer, who created the initial sketches in the early 1970s. Further development was handled by the Pontiac studio. A GM Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed was mated to the Ferrari V12, but it was later replaced with a Ferrari five-speed. Four-piston Corvette rear brakes were added and many other modifications carried throughout the vehicle.

To make room for the engine, the firewall was moved back nine inches, and left no room for the air conditioning system. Under the forward-hinged hood lay the red-headed four-cam engine. The air cleaner was mounted to the hood, which guaranteed nothing would block the view to the engine while the hood was open. It was also suggested Luigi Chinetti's race team had a hand in setting up the 4.4-liter competition motor with high-overlap cams and big-bore Weber carbs.

Inside, little of the original Firebird trim was kept. There are Ferrari-spec Veglia Borletti gauges, new wood-trimmed center console, and even a Ferrari shifter. Custom leather bucket seats were fitted, resembling those found in similar Italian cars of the time. There is a Ferrari fuel filler mounted to the rear deck and the car rides on Borrani wire wheels. This was truly a concept - or at least a radical custom. It was a marriage of American and Italian design ideas and mechanical components.

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By Miao
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MadManCK wrote:
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:16 pm
I see that you already covered the Trident Iceni, but they have another car, called the Magna

I appreciate your interest, but the Magna is just the fastback version of the Iceni. I personally prefer the Iceni because it's named after a Brittonic tribe of the Iron era. ^^

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