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Three Corvettes To Get Restored From Museum Sinkhole

By   September 2, 2014

Corvette ZR1 Prototype Getting Pulled from Sinkhole

Corvette ZR1 Prototype Getting Pulled from Sinkhole

You probably remember all those Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. Well, all of the cars have been removed and three of the eight cars will be restored.

The three cars are a 2009 Corvette ZR1 Prototype, also known as Blue Devil, the 1-millionth Corvette ever made and a 1962 ‘Vette. The restoration of all three cars will be paid for by General Motors.

The 2009 ZR1 and 1-millionth car (a 1992 white convertible) will be restored by Chevrolet. The 1962 car will have the restoration overseen by the museum.

But, you may ask, what will happen to the five remaining cars? They will be kept unrestored and put on display as historical reminders of the sinkhole.

Below is a list of the cars that won’t be restored.

1993 ZR-1 Spyder
1984 PPG Pace Car
1993 40th Anniversary Corvette
2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06
2009 1.5-millionth Corvette.

What do you think about not restoring all of the cars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Video: Porsche Once Considered A V8 Powered 911

By   May 13, 2014

Porsche 911 with Audi V8

Porsche 911 with Audi V8

The Porsche 911 and a flat-six engine go together like peanut butter and jelly. It may surprise some then that at one time Porsche toyed with the idea of a V8 powered 911.

The car was a test mule that housed a few different engines, one of which was an Audi sourced V8. However, using an Audi engine in the rear-engined sports car was not the plan, should the car ever have been put in production.

No, they planned to make their own V8 (or possible flat-eight) like they did for the 928. Ultimately the car never found traction, but it would have been interesting to see how purists would have reacted to such a machine.

This video shows the special car that is kept at the Porsche Museum. The footage shows the 911 and talks about the V8 engine that it housed.

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Video: Porsche 550 Spyder

By   February 11, 2014

Porsche 550 Spyder

Porsche 550 Spyder

The Porsche 550 Spyder is one of the greatest cars that was ever made.
The small air-cooled sports car was very fast in its day. While it didn’t have the most powerful engine, it was so light that it could fly on the track.

This video is of a 550 Spyder that was on display at the Porsche Museum. The footage features a walk-around of the vintage automobile so that you can see all the wonderful details. It also shows some of the very spartan interior.

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Video: Porsche 959 S

By   February 6, 2014

Porsche 959 S

Porsche 959 S

One of the best cars made in the ’80s was the Porsche 959. The supercar was so fast in its day that even today it offers a very high level of performance even when compared to today’s fast cars. But for some the standard 959, just wasn’t enough.

For these people the 959 S was produced. For a premium above the already high priced car you could have a 515 horsepower monster that could rocket from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds.

This video captures one of the 29 Porsche 959 S cars that was produced on display at the Porsche Museum.

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Solar Powered Car Visits The Ferrari Museum

By   August 7, 2013

The Solar Powered Emilia III Car Visits the Ferrari Museum

The Solar Powered Emilia III Car Visits the Ferrari Museum

The solar powered Emilia III car recently visited the Ferrari Museum. The car is from Onda Solare and will be participating in the 2013 Australian World Solar Challenge. The car was built with the help of students and teaches from the University of Bologna and the IPSIA Ferrari technical school. The later institution is a large reason why the solar car visited the museum.

The car weighs only 396 pounds and will need to drive 1864 miles using only solar power in the event. To power the cars electric motors the lightweight car uses 391 photovoltaic cells that can clearly be seen on the top of the car.

Development of new automotive technology is the reason that Enzo Ferrari started the technical school in Maranello. The goal was to train up future workers for the Italian sports car maker and it looks like there may be a few promising students that worked on this car.

Press Release

This morning the solar car from Onda Solare was presented at the Ferrari museum in Maranello. The car will participate in the Australian WORLD SOLAR CHALLENGE 2013 under the name of Emilia III. After two previous participations the new car has been developed thanks to intense work by teachers, students and young researchers from the University of Bologna – who were responsible for the electric-electronic soul of the car – as well as IPSIA Ferrari, the technical school in Maranello. Here students and teachers of the prototype course are working on the development of means of transport with zero emission. The ambitious project was supported by numerous companies from the region with innovative and avant-garde components.

The car, made of carbon fibre and composite material, only weighs 180 kg and has to cover a distance of 3,000 km powered by solar energy. Therefore the car relies on 391 photovoltaic cells.

Emilia III will participate in the race with three drivers and 20 members of the team Onda Solare in October in Australia from Darwin to Adelaide through the Australian bush.

The Onda Solare team gained good results in the first two edition of the race and the new technology introduced with Emilia III might lead to an even better performance this year.

As for the previous two editions Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Vice Chairman Piero Ferrari wished the team all the best. One has to remember that IPSIA, the technical school in Maranello, has been created by Enzo Ferrari to educate technicians for the company of the Prancing Horse.