Friday, May 20, 2011

Sofiero Classic 2011 - Part 3 - Race time


High speed, great maneuverability and very advanced technology, these are the characteristic of a sport car. Sofiero Classic 2011 was generous in sport car models, bringing together a great selection of classic and modern representatives of this kind.

Arnolt Bristol is a joined venture between SH Arnolt Inc. of Chicago and Warsaw Indiana, responsible for manufacturing, Gruppo Bertone, specialized in car styling, who provided the body and Bristol Cars Ltd who produced the six-cylinder 130 hp engines. There were similar colaborations named Arnolt-MG, Arnolt Aston or Arnolt Bentley. The highly aerodynamic bodies were designed by Franco Scaglione (later the designer of concept cars for Alfa Romeo). The chassis and bodies were fitted by Bertone in Italy, Arnolt doing only the final assembling and decoration of the car. The bolide participated in Sebring 12-hour race in 1955 and their cars finished first, second and fourth in the Sports 2000 class. Two years later, Bob Goldich died in the same race, crashing in the first lap.

Like the model we mentioned before, AC Cobra is also a colaboration. AC Cars, a small Bitish manufacturer saved from bankruptcy by the American ex-racing driver Carroll Shelby, used a Ford V8 engine (260 in³ HiPo (4.2 L)) after Chevrolet refused them initially, due to the competition with their Corvette model. So Corvette become their natural rival; Shelby's Cobra managed to beat Corvette (and also Jaguar, Porsche and Maserati) in 1963 at Riverside International Raceway, getting their first victory ever. The bolide had an impressive speed record, 299 km/h on the London - Leeds motorway in 1964, contributing to the implementation of a national speed limit in UK.

With its famous Monza series, Ferrari shifted form a V12 engine to a new four cylinder engine designed by Aurelio Lampredi. The 750 model introduced in 1954 got his name Monza , after winning the homonymous race. The car became famous for its drop-nose look and for its headrest, designed by Sergio Scaglietti (a good friend and colaborator of Enzo Ferrari and owner of Carrozzeria Scaglietti).

Renault Sport Spider was produced by Renault at the end of last century (1995-1997) and was planned to be the icon of the Renault sporting division. The model was presented at Geneva Motor Show and impressed by its butterfly doors and the absence of a windscreen. The car is very rare and expensive to buy used, due to the fact that its production was stopped only after one year and a half.

Jaguar E-type, considered by Enzo Ferrari "the most beautiful car ever made" is combination of beauty and performance. The series was produced between 1961 and 1975, more than 70,000 E-Types being sold during this period. In the top of "100 most beautiful cars" of all time, hosted by Daily Telegraph, E-Type ranked first.

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