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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB by melkorius
2016 Ferrari 488 GTB
Turbos! Two of them—two big snails of swoosh—have invaded the holy sanctum of a Ferrari engine compartment, and life will never be the same. Next thing you know, the future CEO of a publicly traded Ferrari, one Juan Wang Lipschitz or somebody, will pull the sheet off an SUV with matching carbon-fiber Apple Watch and then, what the hell, we’re in Mad Max and the whole world is fried.

All right, let’s cut the crap. Ferrari’s bestselling model line, the mid-engine V-8, needed more power. It’s not Ferrari pushing this so much as the customers, those Ferragamo-shod masters of the universe who see progress only in numbers that go up. More power equals more speed equals more grip equals more, well, more. With Lamborghini and especially McLaren breathing down its neck, Ferrari felt it had to make a power and performance statement, but without turning the model into a big-bore gas hog. So it went shopping for turbos.

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2016 BMW M6 GT3 by melkorius
2016 BMW M6 GT3
BMW Motorsport will add a new chapter to its success story in GT racing in 2016. The BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3, which has been in action since 2010. Customers will be able to purchase the BMW M6 GT3 from the end of 2015, allowing them to compete in the 2016 BMW Sports Trophy with the new car.

In 2016, the BMW M6 GT3 will replace the BMW Z4 GT3, which has been in action since 2010. The new car is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, which has been modified for use in motor racing. The power train has dry sump lubrication and generates up to 585 hp – with the whole car weighing less than 1,300 kilograms.

Further technical characteristics of the BMW M6 GT3 are the drive concept, six-speed sequential racing transmission, and high-performance motorsport electronics. The aerodynamic properties of the chassis have been optimised in the BMW wind tunnel. The engineers worked meticulously to fine-tune the BMW M6 Coupé, which formed the basis for the new car and was already perfectly suited to outings on the racetrack.

Priority was given to ensuring maximum driver safety. To offer the drivers of the BMW M6 GT3 as much protection as possible against the effects of an accident, BMW Motorsport itself developed and produced the FIA-approved safety cell in accordance with the very latest safety standards. The engineers also placed great importance on efficiency and ease of maintenance, as well as reliability, which is particularly crucial at the 24-hour classics. The development of the BMW M6 GT3 incorporated all the experience that BMW Motorsport gained with the car’s successful predecessor, the BMW Z4 GT3. For example, the new GT3 racing car boasts many improvements, particularly when it comes to driveability and economy. The positioning of the driver’s seat towards the centre of the car and the long wheelbase make driving the BMW M6 GT3 a unique experience in the world of motor racing. The net price for the car is 379,000 Euros.

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2009 Renault Megane Trophy V6 Serie 3 by melkorius
2009 Renault Megane Trophy V6 Serie 3
The Renault Eurocup Mégane Trophy was a one-make racing series created and managed by Renault Sport. The series has raced with the Renault Mégane Renault Sport since 2005 as part of the World Series by Renault. The Renault Eurocup has run with various models under differing names since 1976.

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2014 Equus Bass 770 by melkorius
2014 Equus Bass 770
Vintage styling with modern day technology. Now where’ve we heard of that before? Oh, yes! The amazing Porsche 911 by Singer: a nineties 911 that’s had its genetic code spliced with important DNA from newer Porsche models. Well, that logic has now been given a shot of Americana thanks to the Equus Bass 770.

Under the full aluminium silhouette of a 1960s fastback Mustang, there’s the supercharged 6.2-litre LS9 V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. For people who don’t remember Jeremy’s review, that block develops 640bhp and 605lb ft of torque. This is a lot more than Steve McQueen ever experienced in Bullitt.

According to its makers, this big engine allows the Bass 770 to get from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds - that’s Ferrari 458 Spider fast - and max out at the double ton. It’s not just big power either. It’s fitted with carbon ceramic brakes, a magnetic suspension system with adjustable shock absorbers and a double clutch gearbox. New school indeed.

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1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight by melkorius
1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight
Twelve cars plus two spare bodies were made by Jaguar.

In some ways, this was an evolution of the Low Drag Coupé. It made extensive use of aluminium alloy in the body panels and other components. However, with at least one exception, it remained an open-top car in the spirit of the D-Type to which this car is a more direct successor than the production E-Type which is more of a GT than a sports car. The cars used an aluminium block tuned version of the production 3.8-litre Jaguar engine with 300 bhp (224 kW) output rather than the 265 bhp (198 kW) produced by the "ordinary" version. Factory-built lightweights were homologated by Jaguar with three 45DCO3 Weber carburettors in addition to a Lucas mechanical fuel injection system. Early cars were fitted with a close-ratio version of the four-speed E-type gearbox, with some later cars being fitted with a ZF 5-speed gearbox.

The cars were entered in various races but, unlike the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, they did not win at Le Mans or Sebring but were reasonably successful in private hands and in smaller races.

One Lightweight was modified into a Low-Drag Coupé (the Lindner/Nocker car), by Malcolm Sayer.


The Klat designed 1963 Jaguar E-type Lightweight Low Drag Coupe
Another Lightweight was modified into a unique Low-Drag design (the Lumsden/Sargent car), by Dr Samir Klat of Imperial College. Along with the factory LDC, this lightweight is now believed to reside in the private collection of the current Viscount Cowdray.

Many were fitted with more powerful engines as developments occurred.

On 14 May 2014, Jaguar's Heritage Business announced it will be building the six 'remaining' Lightweights. The original run of Lightweights was meant to be 18 vehicles; however only 12 were built. The new cars, using the un-used chassis codes, will be hand-built to exactly the same specification as the originals. Availability will be prioritised for established collectors of Jaguars, with a focus on those who have an interest in historic race cars.


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PaulV3Design Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Digital Artist
Hey buddy hows everything going? Since I started my new job I've not had much time for any personal projects and my pc is dying on me. I intend to upgrade asap but for now I'm just doing a little bit of artwork.

I wanted to ask what set up do you have now, you scene renders are becoming more and more awesome in detail with a lot of meshes, anything special in your pc? :)
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melkorius Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
Hi mate! Good that everything is well with you. I still have the same pc, the only upgrade I've did was Ram. 
I have a i7 2630QM CPU @2.00GHz with 16G Ram, it works fine with the things I do. It really depends how you make the meshes. If you push a lot of the turbo smooth you are doom. I don't have more that 2 levels on turboSmooth. What are the characteristics of your pc?
Cheers
Hugo 
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PaulV3Design Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Digital Artist
I think my ram and hard drive are starting to go, loading times are getting much slower so until I get a new pc then I'm getting some new ram to keep my pc alive. I have 16gb hof ram now and will probably get the same size but new version.

my graphics card and power supply are decent with an Intel i5. I think I'll get the new i7 and another graphics card but that's not until I have the money.

Keep up the great work buddy.

Paul.
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OmegaEGG-RS Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday, buddy. :)
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Estherella Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Happy birthday! :D
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