Lotus Sunbeam S2 – Brands Hatch Lotus Festival

Lotus Sunbeam S2 - Brands Hatch Lotus Festival

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In order to boost Sunbeam’s image, a "hot hatch" version of the Sunbeam was launched at the 1978 British International Motor Show and Paris Motor Show, called Sunbeam Ti.[7] It was based on the former Avenger Tiger (itself hailing back to the Sunbeam Tiger), a sporty version of the Avenger. The 1.6-litre (1598cc) engine fitted to the Sunbeam with twin Weber carburetors delivered 100 bhp (75 kW; 101 PS). It featured sporty two-tone paint and body kit, and was very sport-oriented, being stripped of equipment that would compromise its performance (and image). It proved quite popular with reviewers and enthusiasts, and helped to emphasize the advantages of Sunbeam’s rear-wheel drive against more trendy (and spacious) front-wheel drive rivals.

Tony Pond driving his Talbot Sunbeam Lotus at the 1979 Manx International Rally.
Chrysler had also commissioned the sports car manufacturer and engineering company Lotus to develop a strict rally version of the Sunbeam. The resulting Sunbeam Lotus was based on the Sunbeam 1.6 GLS, but fitted with stiffer suspension, larger anti-roll bar and a larger transmission tunnel. The drivetrain comprised an enlarged 2172 cc version of the Lotus 1973 cc 907 engine, a 16V slant four engine (the Sunbeam version being type 911, similar to Lotus 912), along with a ZF gearbox, both mounted in the car at Ludham airfield close to the Lotus facility in Hethel, Norfolk, where the almost-complete cars were shipped from Linwood. Final inspection, in turn, took place in Stoke, Coventry. In road trim the Lotus type 911 engine produced 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS) at 5,750rpm and 150 lb·ft (203 N·m) of torque at 4,500rpm. In rallying trim this was increased to 250 bhp (186 kW; 253 PS).
The Sunbeam Lotus was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in April 1979, but the road-going version of the rally car was not actually ready for deliveries to the public until after the rebranding, and thus became the Talbot Sunbeam Lotus. At first these were produced mostly in black and silver, although later models came in a moonstone blue and silver (or black) scheme. The car saw not only enthusiastic press reviews, but also much success in the World Rally Championship – in 1980, Henri Toivonen won the 29th Lombard RAC Rally in one, and in 1981 the Sunbeam Lotus brought the entire Manufacturer Championship to Talbot.

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2011 BMW X6 xDrive30d – NRMA New Cars

2011 BMW X6 xDrive30d - NRMA New Cars

BMW Australia has responded customer demand for its diesel engines with the introduction of a new entry model to the BMW X6 range: the BMW X6 xDrive30d.
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Talbot-Lago T26 GRAND SPORT COUPÉ SAOUTCHIK | 1948

Talbot-Lago T26 GRAND SPORT COUPÉ SAOUTCHIK | 1948

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This type of car cannot be judged against general standards. This Talbot Lago is an automotive sculpture, a work of art. Function follows form and not the other way round.

The flamboyant styling is by Jacques Saoutchik, a cabinet maker who fled from the Ukraine and set up his own coachbuilding company in Paris in 1906. His only aim was to make it to the top in the motorcar industry, and this he finally achieved in the 1920s.

The exaggerated, voluptuous contours and the excessive use of chrome were typical of Saoutchik’s designs. Note the bulging wheel casings, the subtle fins on the mudguards and the numerous chrome trims. Technically, it was also one of the fastest cars of its time: the 190 hp Talbot Lago could reach a top speed of 200 km/h.

It was reminiscent of the flamboyance of the 1930s, but after the war this was however no longer appropriate. The world was focusing on reconstruction and such extravagant cars looked out of place. Only 36 Grand Sports were built.

Antonio Lago, the Italian major and trained engineer who bought out the declining French marque Talbot in 1935, misjudged the post-war opportunities. The marque did enjoy some racing success, but things soon went downhill. Talbot Lago was taken over by Simca in 1959. Saoutchik had already ceased to operate a few years earlier.

Dit soort auto’s kan niet meer afgezet worden tegen algemeen geldende maatstaven. Deze Talbot Lago is een automobiele sculptuur. Pure kunst. Functie volgt hier vorm en niet andersom.

De extravagante vormgeving is afkomstig van Jacques Saoutchik, een gevluchte Oekraïense meubelmaker die in 1906 bij Parijs zijn eigen carrosseriebedrijf opricht. Zijn doel is door te dringen tot de top van de automobielindustrie, wat hem in de jaren twintig uiteindelijk lukt.

De overdreven, bijna wulpse vormen en het overmatig gebruik van chroom zijn kenmerkend voor Saoutchiks ontwerpen. Kijk naar de extreme bolling van de wielkasten, de subtiele vinnetjes op de spatborden en de vele chromen accenten.

Overvloedige vormgeving past niet meer in de direct naoorlogse periode. De Italiaanse ingenieur en majoor b.d. Antonio Lago, die in 1935 het noodlijdende Franse merk Talbot opkocht, heeft de kansen verkeerd ingeschat. Talbot Lago wordt in 1959 overgenomen door Simca. Enige jaren daarvoor heeft Saoutchik de activiteiten al beëindigd.

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