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The Volkswagen Nardo (officially known as the Volkswagen W12 Coupe) was a concept car created by Volkswagen in 1997.
At the request of then VW CEO Ferdinand Piech, Giorgetto Giugiaro and his Italdesign team was to design a Volkswagen supercar, with instructions that it had to accommodate a 12 cylinder engine in a W configuration, be mid-engined, and also be able to be configured with VW's Syncro AWD system.
Another reason for its conception was to prove to the world that Volkswagen could build a large and reliable engine for its luxury car, the Phaeton, and its SUV, the Touareg.

In 1997, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Volkswagen stunned the crowds with their 1st supercar, a bright yellow W12 Coupe with a 5.8L W12 engine producing 309 kW (420 bhp), with Syncro AWD, and also, to the surprise of the public a red W12 Roadster with the same engine in a rear-wheel drive configuration.
In 2001 at the Tokyo Motor Show VW released their most powerful W12 supercar version yet, in Bright Orange(Which the model is based on).

The engine was rated at producing 441kW (512hp) and 458 ft·lbf of torque; it could go from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in about 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of 214 mph (350 km/h), weighing just 1200 kg. It was one of the fastest supercar concepts in the world.

A special unpainted carbon fiber version of the W12 Coupe set 7 world 24-hour speed records at the Nardo Circuit near Lecce, Italy. The car's nickname was derived from the circuit.


Discussion Starter · #2 ·
This is the Jaguar XK180 concept car, which debuted at the 1998 Paris Motor Show, and is a product of Jaguar's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), hand-built in the SVO shops at Browns Lane in Coventry, England.

Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the XK series sports cars, the XK180 design draws inspiration from some of the most successful production and competition cars of Jaguar's history. The performance standards set at the XK's introduction will be celebrated by the XK180, too.
Just as the XK120 proved itself worthy of the numerical designation a half century ago with a 126.448 mph run at Jabbeke, Belgium. The engine is a supercharged and intercooled variant of the AJ-V8, modified to achieve an output of 450 horsepower.

The five-speed automatic transmission incorporates a Jaguar-engineered selector system which enables gear changes using pushbuttons located on the steering wheel. A Brembo braking system featuring aluminum four-piston calipers and cross-drilled, ventilated rotors provides commensurate stopping power.

The 20-inch diameter wheels are fitted with ultra low profile Pirelli Pzero tires. To create the XK180, the SVO group disassembled a production XKR (an XK8 with the 370-horsepower supercharged AJ-V8) and shortened the chassis by five inches. The aluminum exterior body panels were formed at Abbey Panels in Coventry, working to drawings by Keith Helfet, a senior designer in the Jaguar Styling Department.
This car was also the basis on the F-Type concept which was due for production, but the budget was all spent on Jaguar's diesel engine's.


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The Ford GT began as a concept car designed in anticipation of Ford's centennial year and as part of its drive to showcase and revive its "heritage" names such as Mustang and Thunderbird. Camillo Pardo the head of Ford's "Living Legends" studio is credited as the chief designer of the GT and worked under the guidance of Jay Mays. The designers drew inspiration from Ford's classic GT40 race cars of the 1960s and the GT is sometimes mistaken for its 1960s counterpart.

Positive response on the auto show circuit in 2002 helped persuade the company to produce the car in limited quantities, and the first production versions appeared in 2003. It is a very high-performance, two-seater vehicle with a strong styling resemblance to its racing ancestor and performance to match.

The powerplant is a mid-mounted supercharged 5.4 liter V8, producing 550 horsepower (410 kW) and 500 foot-pounds (678 Nm) of torque. Top speed is over 200 mph (322 km/h).

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