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2005 Geneva Motor Show, Part VII


2005 Geneva Motor Show Index by TCC Team (2/28/2005)

 

Laraki Borac

2005 Laraki Borac

2005 Laraki Borac

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For several years Moroccan coachbuilder Laraki has come to Geneva with a spectacular sports car. But we have not driven one yet, and the fear is that the company will not outgrow the prototype stage. This year Laraki is in Switzerland with the Borac. It’s the second time a car with this name pops up, as the company also unveiled a Borac in 2003. Then it was equipped with a 5.5-liter Mercedes AMG V-8. Last year we saw the Fulgura with a 5.4-liter Mercedes V-8 with 570 hp or with a 6.2-liter V-12 with 660 hp. Now Laraki has equipped the Fulgura with a 6.0-liter Mercedes V-12 with 540 hp. The car weighs 3306 lbs and sprints in 4.4 seconds from 0-60 mph and on to 192 mph. Of course, the rubber has to be fat and Laraki has put the Borac on 265/35 20-inch front tires and 290/35 20-inchers in the rear. The Moroccans hope to have the car ready to drive by mid-2006 and then to build it in a limited edition.

 

ItalDesign Nessie

Giugiaro this year is showing a less than subtle design study. The really big Nessie has been developed at the request of Mitsubishi and has been styled after the “monster” that has lured people for many decades to the Scottish Loch Ness. The SUV is huge though not quite the size of the mythical Nessie. Opponents of big gas-guzzling SUVs can be silent, though, as Nessie’s 2.5-liter V-8 runs on hydrogen. The engine works together with an automatic transmission. Most deisgn studies are never seen on the road, but this Nessie could really give a hint to the styling of a new Mitsubishi SUV.

Bertone Villa

2005 Bertone Villa

2005 Bertone Villa

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The Cadillac SRX inspired Italian design house Bertone to build the Villa, a study of a future SUV with a lot of interior space and easy entry and exit. Bertone even used the Cadillac logo on the Villa. Inside, passengers not only have a roomy interior, but can also enter the Villa through majestic door openings, as Bertone uses doors that flip up to the front and the rear. For the interior, Bose developed a 23-inch monitor centrally located in the front for use in navigation and in screening videos. Passengers also can use a laptop to communicate with the world around them from inside the car. No further details were released on mechanicals, but large 22-inch wheels up front and enormous 24-inch ones in the rear were fitted to the concept.

 

Fenomenon Mythos

Fenomenon Mythos

Fenomenon Mythos

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The small London-based design house Fenomenon showed a modern interpretation of the legendary Lancia Stratos, the Mythos. For the design of the small two-seater Fenomenon’s Chris Hrabalek, a student of the Royal College of Art, was inspired by the success of the Lancia Stratos during the Seventies when the Stratos won three world rally championships. The Mythos is based on the Stratos and is at 2094 lb very light. Fenomenon uses carbon fiber and aluminium for the chassis. The wheel base is 208 inches, while its length is 155 inches. The car is equipped with a Ferrari V-8 with 425 hp and a sequential six-speed gearbox. It has rear-wheel drive, a limited-slip differential, traction control, ABS, brake force distribution and brake assist. Note the gullwing doors of the car that open to the front. Fenomenon hopes to build the Mythos from 2007 in small numbers.

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