GENEVA – “Just like a kangaroo, it rises up, springs into action, jumps from one terrain to another and is fast, very fast indeed!”
This is how Fabrizio Giugiaro likes to introduce the latest concept car from GFG Style, the automotive design studio he founded in 2015 with his father, Giorgetto.
After a shakedown on the Alps at St. Moritz with social-streaming coverage on March 2, the Kangaroo, a one-off, all-electric hyper-SUV, has been unveiled at the Geneva auto show.the Kangaroo, a one-off, all-electric hyper-SUV, has been unveiled at the Geneva auto show.
It comes with the architecture of a 2-seater sport coupé and doors consisting of two mobile parts, the lower opening scissor-like and upper part (windows and roof) lifting up in gull-wing fashion.
It is powered by two electric motors providing all-wheel-drive traction via 22-in. wheels with tires custom made by Pirelli.
The electrified powerplant, developed in association with CH Auto, is hosted by a carbon-fiber cell integrated into a purpose-engineered spaceframe that houses the 180-kW motors front and rear. The body panels also are carbon fiber whereas the wings and windshield are in lightweight polycarbonate.
At 181.1 ins. (4,600 mm) long and 78.7 ins. (2,000 mm) wide, the Kangaroo can be fast and stable on the track with its ground clearance reduced to 4.7 ins. (120 mm) or can cross dunes and rocky terrain with the height increased to 10.2 ins. (260 mm), via the intermediate 7.5-in. (190-mm) adjustment for ride comfort on regular roads.
In its second year at the Geneva show, GFG Style has gained a larger area near top automakers including Toyota, Renault and Nissan and will present both the running prototype and full-scale model developed for design research and tuning.
According to inside sources in Modena, a famous Italian company has recently agreed with a mysterious Chinese start-up for the development and application of a revolutionary system to grant unlimited range to the EV Supercar of the future.
Reportedly the principle is based on nuclear fusion produced in a micro and ultracompact reactor.
The highly secretive development is based on the 1920 suggestion by Mr. Arthur Eddington that the fusion of hydrogen and helium could be the primary source of stellar energy. Quantum tunneling was discovered by Friedrich Hund in 1929, and shortly afterwards Robert Atkinson and Fritz Houtermans used the measured masses of light elements to show that large amounts of energy could be released by fusing small nuclei. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fusion)
The benefits in automotive transport of a small battery the size of two Coffe Mugs and the weight benefit of such a battery have long been recognized by research institutes around the world. What has been missing so far is the technology to start and control the reactor in any of environments and every operating conditions.
The Chinese start-up have reportedly succeeded in solving the problem using know-how available within the Chinese military industry but no patent has been applied for to secure toppo secret on the revolutionary concept and details.
The chairman of the Chinese start-up has approached the executives, in Modena in a most surprising twist says our sources. He asked to talk to the company top executive to complain after having destroying his one-million dollar supercar in a all-by-myself experience from which he came out without the slightest injury.
The collection that Stratos collectors cannot afford to miss.
Only a couple of passionates fan of the Lancia Stratos can imagine and dare to create the largest collection of anything Lancia Stratos by Bertone and eventually produce what can comfortably be described as the "bible of the Stratos". Enrico Borgogno and world famous Thomas Popper did it.And here come the outcome of many years of word. It consists of 5 tomes plus a set videos on CDs (for a total of 8 hours of entertainment) and it is being presented at the Museo dell'Automobile in Torino on Aprl 4th at 5:30 p.m.
If you are in the area or a fan of the Lancia Stratos by Bertone make a reservation to attend. You should stay in Torino overnight so that you can meet Leonardo Fiordavanti and thous his exhibiton.
The whole package (produced in a limited series of 750 of which 500 reserved for Lancia Stratos owner) can be purchased on line at www.repartocorselancia.com at € 985. The single Volume 1 comes at € 165.
Everything Alfa Romeo wants you to know.
From the company press-release.
Alfa Romeo's first SUV in more than a century of history
The first Alfa Romeo SUV is born, delivering a thrilling driving experience, outstanding performance and sporty style. For the first time in more than a century of history, these distinctive features of the genuine “Alfa spirit” have now come together in a sport utility vehicle. Its name is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and it aims to rewrite the rules in the medium-sized premium SUV segment.
Today, the Brand has decided to stun the public with three new versions - Stelvio, Stelvio Super and Stelvio Business - all ready to enjoy an enthusiastic welcome from the many fans who have already ensured the success of the exclusive “First Edition”, launched a few weeks ago at EMEA, and before that of the Quadrifoglio version, which received its world premiere in Los Angeles last November.
FERRARI SPECIAL PROJET DIVISION
NEW FUORISERIE J50 AT NATIONAL MUSUEM OF ART IN TOKYO.
Ferrari celebrated its 50 Years of success in Japan with the world premiere of the Special Project “Ferrari J50” at a very exclusive event at the New National Art Museum in Tokyo which hosted «over 300 passionate VIP guests» according to Ferrari.
The 2017 Ferrari J50 is a pure roadster designed and type-approved for Japan only.
FERRARI’s MODERN CLASSIC SP 275 RW COMPETIZIONE.
Ferrari has recently delivered another of its “Special Project” masterpiece to the United States. Called “Ferrari 275 rw Competizione”, the latest one-off commissioned by a wealthy American collector is a unique and custom-tailored development of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. It has been designed by Pininfarina in co-operation with Ferrari Senior Vice-President for Design, Flavio Manzoni.