The debut of Auto Mania World Roundup. Exhaustive search of all things in the world of cars that catches our particular fancy. Rounded up and analyzed by our crack team of automotive scientists and lollygaggers.
Porsche revived the Carrera name for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. Designated ‘Carrera RS’ (RennSport), the newcomer was intended as a limited edition product for Group 4 GT racing, a class that required a minimum of 500 built
The Lingotto building, Turin, Italy, once housed a Fiat factory. Built between 1916 and 1923, the design had five floors, raw materials going in at the ground floor, and cars built on a line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged at rooftop level, where there was a rooftop test track. It was the largest car factory in the world at the time. Le Corbusier called it “one of the most impressive sights in industry”, and “a guideline for town planning.
Ferruccio Lamborghini’s bold challenge to Ferrari had begun in 1964 with the 350GT but it was the arrival of the Miura – arguably the founder of the supercar class – that established Lamborghini as a major manufacturer of luxury sporting cars.
Kent Fuller is one of the pioneers of the early days of drag racing. He is now building his last and most ambitious car, a streamliner designed to reach speeds over 300 mph, and set a new land speed record on the world famous Bonneville Salt Flats.
For racing purposes, and for those who could afford it, during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Porsche also offered a 356 GT version bodyshell, which was built to a lightweight specification.
– bodie stroud
Auto-Mania World Roundup :: Vol. 1. With editorial help from Chet Parsons.
Chet Parsons is a textbook car geek of the highest degree, perpetually torn between air-cooled Porsches and early BMW M-cars, Chet joins Megadeluxe to share stories of cars and the people who love them. Expect a serious bias toward 80s and 90s European sports cars, and serious encouragement to get out and drive (or ride) whatever motorized conveyance gets the petrol pumping in your veins.