Posts tagged Prototype
Boxed In - 1985 Daihatsu Charade DeTomaso 926R Group B Prototype

In order to meet the limit, the engine was taken down to 926 cc, giving rise to the name 926R. After extensive fettling, the mini monster produced some 118 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 147 Nm at 3500 rpm. The IHI RHB32 turbocharger used was so small, the car had no need for an intercooler. This freed up space and saved weight.

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Paradise Lost - 1968 BRE Toyota JP6 Prototype

Help arrived in the form of American luminary engineer, designer and race driver Pete Brock, the man responsible for the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and the Ferrari-bashing Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Brock had recently given up his position at Shelby after Ford pushed its GT40 program forward, leaving him with little creative input.

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Dated Delicacy - Ferrari 308 GT/M Group B Prototype

With the much looser Group B rules in place, Michelotto was basically given carte blanche on the car. The new machine no longer had to resemble a road going Ferrari, which allowed for extensive modifications. First on the list was the position of the engine. In the standard 308 GTB, the 3.0L Tipo F105 quattrovalvole V8 was mounted transversely beside the gearbox. This made the car very compact and well balanced, but significantly impeded accessibility to vital parts.

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