Saturday, January 15, 2011

P4/5 Competizione is art in motion: a study in carbon fiber

Finally after much anticipation, the ProTo built Glickenhaus P4/5 Competizione got a chance to stretch its legs on a go-kart track in Torino yesterday. Personally I think the car is more of a study in art with its "form before function" design but I'm not complaining. Watching the build pics of this thing was like looking at porn. Never have I seen carbon fiber in such a beautiful setting.

The modified F430 is built by Jim Glickenhaus, a man with his own history of building his personal recreations of historical cars; obviously this car pulls its inspiration from the great Ferrari 330 P4.

It's set to run in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans under an American Flag, but as I said earlier, I feel a little skeptical because if you look at the roll-cage design, that's not exactly going to allow for speedy driver changes. 

More pics after the break.

Oh Hai!

Behold, the wonderful backside of the Toyota 7. This turbo'd behemoth was designed to compete under the FIA Group 7, more specifically the 1968 Japanese Grand Prix. With a 3.0 liter V8 and two turbo's the size of the forest moon of Endor, the Toyota 578A, as it was more properly known, was a mind-numbing 800HP beast.