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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby Travisimo » March 30th, 2011, 9:50 am

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Karlo wrote:I like the angular lines as mentioned and seen with the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento below.
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You're making a good case for curved forms ;-)

Hey Yo, I have a question:

Why does the outline of the frame have such an abrupt change in direction when looking at it in plan view, before and after the rear wheels? Is that a typical feature in a car like this?

Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby yo » March 31st, 2011, 1:39 am

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I'm not quite sure as Danny designed the chassis, maybe he can answer.

You guys are making me want to get back to this project...

Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby yo » April 17th, 2011, 1:50 pm

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I had some time to think of the next version of this open wheel track car. It is still evolving, but overall it still has that crisp, folded paper Bertone feel which I think works for it. In this version, I've grown the "door sill" area quite a bit to add some sculpture to the cross sections, and make the wheels feel more a part of the overall composition. I've used this space to add some venting to the engine, while trying to keep it relatively clean, and not to be-finned. Between headrest binnacles is an additional series of vents allowing heat to flow off the engine.The front end still has the exposed frame, but it is much cleaner and tidier, and shows as just a thin bar now peaking between panels.
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby M3rik » April 19th, 2011, 9:26 am


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Cool stuff!

This is just my personal taste, but I really think the car could use some slight asymmetry.

I am a huge fan of the classic Can-Am and Le Mans cars of the 70's and 80's. These cars were just incredible in terms of styling and raw power. I mean 1500bph flat-12 twin turbo and a pressurized tube chassis, just incredible machinery in an incredible day.

But anyway, I love how the cars of this era, and even modern day ALMS and prototype cars are asymmetric in layout, but from afar still evoke a symmetric silhouette.

Also I think a flip down or removable windscreen like a MG-TD would be a really nice touch. Those spec miatas with the chopped front A-pillars have always looked so bad ass (see pic).

Oh and I just had to add a picture of my favorite car of that era, Porshe 908. Great graphics, great profile, and a pretty successful racecar too.
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby PooK » April 19th, 2011, 6:06 pm


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Michael, That is looking fantastic! Sorry I haven't been on the boards in a bit, I'm finishing the WRX STI version of the Mako chassis now....gonna be soooooo fast. (maybe to fast if there is such a thing)

M3rik, I could not agree more, The 908's, 917's ....nothing like them!
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby NURB » April 19th, 2011, 7:27 pm

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I haven't seen a Gulf Oil 908 before (of course I don't think I've ever looked at one)

Very cool indeed. I suppose if this is indeed a Track Car, you could pull it off if you didn't want to have a second seat.
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby yo » April 19th, 2011, 7:55 pm

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Second seat is so that it can be (semi) street legalized... because I'm going to want one to drive to work in. ;-)

Thanks Danny, lets chat next steps via email.

i'm liking the direction much better, still needs some refinement, but the form factor feels pretty good.

Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby Kershaw » April 20th, 2011, 6:32 am

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Really digging the revisions, especially the front end and cockpit. Cant wait to see the details hammered out.

Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby mariahdevans » May 27th, 2011, 1:30 pm


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Have you finished building the actual model. I admire your talent. It would be a dream to design something and then actually build it! I guess your dream is becoming a reality. Just wondering, how do you plan on powering the vehicle? Are you planning on using gas-powered, electric, solar, or other means?

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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby yo » August 8th, 2011, 9:37 am

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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby PooK » August 8th, 2011, 9:55 am


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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby DC-Design » September 3rd, 2011, 6:34 pm

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It's looking nice and Bertone-y! I love the clean crisp form! It'd be beautiful to see in raw aluminum or glassed
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby rsuzuki » October 17th, 2011, 7:22 pm

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Reminds me a lot of Ken Okuyama's car design:
http://www.kenokuyamadesign.com/en/

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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby Mr-914 » October 18th, 2011, 8:42 am

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Cool sketch. It looks like an Italdesign concept Formula Ford car from the late 1970's.
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Re: Open Wheel Track Car

Postby yo » November 29th, 2016, 1:19 pm

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