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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

DoniRosset, the first Brazilian jewel on four wheels

MotorTips has been inactive for a while, but there would be no better way than this to make it work again. These are the first official pictures, made by the talented photographer Leo Sposito, of a supercar that will surely make Brazilian car fans proud. Meet the DoniRosset, a car that has been initially developed to be a gift from a son to his father, but have gradually become much more than this.

William Denis Rosset is an enterpreneur that wanted to pay a hommage to his father, Donino Rosset, also called Doni among friends. William decided to create a car and name it after his father, but it had to be something unique, extraordinary and very strong. Most people thought William was not serious until he met the designer Fernando Morita, owner of Amoritz GT. They decide to develop this car and started working on it in early 2008. They chose to use a 8.4 V10 from the Dodge Viper to power the car, only with some very Brazilian differences: it is powered by ethanol and has received the help of two turbocharger in order to reach 1.007 cv/ps. A six-speed sequential transmition from Mendeola will guide all power to the rear wheels in a car that is 4.7 meters long an 2 meters wide. The driver will have a central driving position, sided by two passengers, an arrangement that is similar to the one used by Gordon Murray on the McLaren F1.

LED lights will be used in the final car, which will have five exhaust pipes, as you can seen in the picture below.

All people involved in the project signed this prototype: Fernando Morita, Clóvis Augusto Souza, Alexandre Hirata, Lucas Rodrigues and Guilherme Venturi.

Since this car was meant to be a gift, the logo is Doni's signature, but it will be made of 24K gold and will be sided by two emerald stones, a composition on the two main Brazilian national flag colours (yellow and green). William Rosset has shown the car, while it was still in project phase, to some of his friends and some have asked him to sell them units of the car. They were given the news that each unit would cost at least US$ 1 million. It may have been an attempt to discourage sales, but the fact is that five of this people signed the checks just to have the chance to have a similar car. What was supposed to be just a gift became a business. Now, it just needs to have investors and suppliers to reach 50 units in total. Interested? Get in touch with these guys at their official website,

Source: DoniRosset

Saturday, 24 July 2010

See you some other time

Dear friends of MotorTips,

I have maintained this blog for the past two years with a lot of joy and pride of the work it helped me to develop. MotorTips has since been a huge source of satisfaction, but now I have taken new professional responsibilities that will prevent me from keep on writing here. That said, I would like to thank everyone that has visited MotorTips during this time. MotorTips will eventually get back to business, but now it will stay dormant for a while.

All the best,


Sunday, 27 June 2010

Gordon Murray Design releases first official pictures and specs of T.25

Gordon Murray Design has just released the first official images of the T.25. The car will be presented for the public for the firt time at the Smith School’s World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, in Oxford, this Monday, June 28th. But you can check it out right now.

The new car, represented here by its prototype, the XP1, also called Lizzie (an hommage to the United Kingdom queen), is 2.40 m long, 1.60 m tall and only 1.30 m wide. It will allow two of these cars to share the same lane in roads and streets. And this is one of the objectives of the company: to protect personal mobility. Not appealing to easy ideas, but giving small cars some of the same solutions McLaren F1 has adopted back in 1992: bonded steel structure and central driving position.

Have a look at the steering wheel. Behind it you can see the pads used for changing gears. T.25 has a five speed semi-automatic sequential transmission that controls the three-cylinder 660 cm³ engine. It is able to deliver 52 bhp at 7,000 rpm and 57 Nm at 4,000 rpm. For a car that weighs only 575 kg, that is enough. This would allow the car to reach 156 km/h if it was not limited to 145 km/h. It also makes T.25 reach 100 km/h from 0 in 16.2 s. This may not be a very appealing performance, but, since the goal is fuel efficiency, something that the central gauge proves by indicating the fuel consumption, we may have to change priorities.

The last interesting characteristic of T.25 is its door, or else, its canopy, similar to the ones used in airplanes. Besides letting all three occupants enter and leave the car, it also works fine in tight parking places. The passengers travel just behind the driver and the car also carries 160 l of luggage. If no passenger is in the car, luggage capacity can reach up to 720 l.

Dinamically speaking, T.25 counts on full independent suspension, rear wheel drive, ABS, ESP and traction control as standard equipment. This is the first product of the iStream manufacturing technology, but it surely won't be its last. T.27, the electric version of T.25, is also on the works, but many more vehicles are sure to arise. Gordon Murray speaks of developing cars for specific countries, such as Brazil. We count on that.

Source: Car and Driver Brasil

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Fifth generation of VW Polo Sedan appears in India disguised as a Ford

The world presentation of the new VW Polo Sedan, based on the fifth generation of the hatchback, was expected to happen at the 2010 edition of Auto Delhi, in India, but it didn't. Anyway, India seems to have a love affair with this car and it has appeared there for the first time almost undisguised, as our friends from Source: Motoroids have managed to register. See the images below:

The images indicate the new car may as well be presented in Gandhi's homeland. Its production is already confirmed to take place at the VW Talegaon plant, but India will not be the only country that will produce the new vehicle. China, Russia and Brazil may also see the car produced in their VW plants.

Getting back to the pictures Motoroids has managed to snap, one can initially think this car is a new Mondeo, or a Ford Focus Sedan, if the rear lights and the blue oval badge on the back were to be taken into consideration. But the fact is these are only fake accessories added to hide the car's true identity. With a very small success rate, let's say.

Pay attention to the tail lights. The upper part is made of red tape, only to make them seem like Focus Sedan rear lights. The real thing is much smaller, and the internal lines of these pieces show the same angles the tail lights of the Polo V bear. In the picture below, Motoroids has managed to spot the round space reserved for the VW logo, just under the fake blue oval badge.

Motoroids guys have also made this comparative image below, which confirm the real identity of the new car. It can be stated through the rear mirrors, the radio antenna and the sidelines of the car. In other words, Motoroids managed to get a world exclusive. Hats off for them!

Source: Motoroids

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Citroën reveals first pictures of the new AirCross, the adventure version of C3 Picasso

Citroën has announced last year it intends to present a lot of new vehicles. Most of them will be versions of existing cars, such as the new AirCross, an "adventure" version of the C3 Picasso. The company will first present it in Brazil, possibly in the second semester of 2010, but its first official images have been presented today, through its Twitter. Check them below.

The AirCross, codenamed A58, is only different from the C3 Picasso due to a higher suspension and to some external aspects, such as the front grille, entirely new, the spare tire, fixed on the back door of the car, side skirts and inscriptions with the name of the car all around.

Due to the spare tire, its total lenght must be a little bigger than 4.08 m. The higher suspension must have also contributed to make it taller than the regular 1.62 m tall C3 Picasso, but it must still be 1.73 m wide. Its luggage compartment, able to hold 500 l, must be a little bigger, considering the space reserved for the spare tire must have been seized to carry small stuff.

Engines must be limited to one choice, the 1.6-litre 16V flex unit already in use in Brazil, if it is not a little bigger, or else, the 2-litre unit already in use by the C4 family, also capable of running on ethanol or gasoline in any proportion. We'll be sure about all data when the car gets its official presentation, in some months from now.

Source: Twitter