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MotorWeek Retro Marathon | Seasons 1-28 on shuffle (1981-2009)

The Twelfth Concept Car from the Top 17: Bertone Genesis

Welcome to a thrilling exploration of automotive innovation as we uncover the fascinating tale of the Bertone Genesis—a concept car that defied convention and left an indelible mark on automotive history. Prepare to be captivated by the dynamic journey of the Genesis, a testament to craftsmanship, ingenuity, and boundless passion. Unveiling the Icon In 1988, amidst the bustling ambiance of the Turin Auto Show, automotive enthusiasts were treated to a sight unlike any other—the Bertone Genesis. A fusion of Lamborghini power and Bertone design, this groundbreaking concept car defied expectations and redefined the boundaries of automotive design. Featuring a striking five-door minivan silhouette adorned with gull-wing doors at the front and sliding doors at the rear, the Genesis exuded an aura of futuristic elegance and innovation. Lamborghini Power At the heart of the Bertone Genesis roared the formidable 5.2-liter V12 engine sourced from the legendary Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalvole

The Sixth Concept Car from the Top 17: Bertone Stratos Zero

Embarking on the Odyssey: A Triumph of Design and Innovation In the vibrant tapestry of automotive history, there are moments when a car transcends its metal and machinery, becoming a work of art, a symbol of innovation—the Bertone Stratos Zero is one such masterpiece. A thrilling journey through the genesis, craftsmanship, and enduring influence of a concept car that dared to challenge the limits of imagination. Unveiling the Revolution: The Significance of Concept Cars Concept cars are the visionaries, the dreamers that propel the automotive world into the future. The Bertone Stratos Zero, showcased at the 1970 Turin Auto Show, wasn't just a car; it was a manifesto of innovation. As we delve into its story, we unravel not just the evolution of a vehicle but a revolution in design and engineering. Crafting the Future: Genesis of the Bertone Stratos Zero Imagine the mind of Marcello Gandini, the chief designer at Bertone, as he envisioned a car that would redefine the very essence

The Fifth Concept Car from the Top 17: Cadillac Cien

Igniting Passion: A Symphony of Design and Innovation In the pulsating realm of automotive dreams, one car dared to defy convention and push the boundaries of possibility—the Cadillac Cien. Join us on a captivating journey through the genesis, craftsmanship, and enduring legacy of this concept car that transcended mere machines, becoming a symbol of Cadillac's pursuit of excellence. Unveiling the Enigma: Concept Cars and Their Impact Concept cars are the poets of the automotive world, weaving tales of innovation and design. In the spotlight stands the Cadillac Cien, unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Motor Show, a beacon of hope for a brand seeking a rebirth. The Cien wasn't just a car; it was a promise of rejuvenation, a proclamation that Cadillac was ready to redefine its identity. Crafting Dreams: The Genesis of Cadillac Cien Born from the visionary mind of British designer Simon Cox, and brought to life by English company Prodrive, the Cadillac Cien emerged as a masterpiece in th

The Fourth Concept Car in the Top 17: Corvette Manta Ray

Unleashing the Timeless Beauty In the dazzling realm of automotive dreams, certain cars emerge not just as machines but as works of art that transcend time. Join us as we dive into the passionate saga of the Corvette Manta Ray, a concept car that defies eras, blending the classic and the futuristic in a symphony of design and innovation. An Overture to Concept Cars Concept cars, the virtuosos of automotive creation, take center stage, pushing the boundaries of design and technology. In this grand orchestration, the Corvette Manta Ray emerges as a beacon, drawing inspiration from the sleek, graceful manta ray and weaving it into the very fabric of automotive culture. Crafting Legends: The Genesis of Manta Ray The birth of the Corvette Manta Ray is a tale of inspiration and craftsmanship. Influenced by the deep-sea elegance of the manta ray, the Mako Shark II concept paved the way, providing a glimpse into the third-generation Corvette design. A front end that unfolds like a story, revea

The Third Concept Car in the Top 17: Pininfarina Birdcage

Unveiling a Masterpiece In the enthralling world of automotive wonders, certain cars emerge not just as vehicles but as masterpieces that redefine the limits of design and technology. Enter the Pininfarina Birdcage, a mesmerizing concept car born from the storied collaboration between Pininfarina and Maserati. Genesis of Elegance: From Tipo 60 to Birdcage Embark on a journey through the rich history of Maserati's Tipo 60, a legendary racing car from the late fifties. The Tipo 60 known as the "birdcage," it laid the foundation for the Birdcage's name, symbolizing the golden age of Maserati. Pininfarina, with its daring spirit, paid homage to this legacy by crafting the Birdcage, a celebration of the bygone era with a futuristic twist. Exclusivity Redefined: MC12's Legacy in the Birdcage The Pininfarina Birdcage, born from the essence of the MC12, Maserati's supercar, is a testament to exclusivity. With a limited production of only 25 road cars, this one-off mod

The Second Concept Car in the Top 17: Zagato Raptor

Unveiling the Untamed Beast: Zagato Raptor's Pioneering Legacy In the ever-evolving tapestry of automotive history, certain cars become legends not because they graced the production line but because they dared to push the boundaries of design and performance. Enter the Zagato Raptor, a mesmerizing concept born from the collaboration between Lamborghini and the renowned Italian studio Zagato. The Art of the Unseen: Concept Cars and Their Allure Concept cars, the dream-weavers of the automotive world, possess a unique allure. They tantalize us with visions of what could be, pushing the limits of imagination and engineering. The Zagato Raptor, with its sleek lines and unbridled power, epitomizes the untamed spirit of concept cars. Genesis of a Masterpiece: Crafting the Zagato Raptor Unveiled at the 1996 Geneva Motor Show, the Zagato Raptor was destined to be more than just a concept; it was envisioned as the successor to the Lamborghini Diablo. A marriage of Lamborghini's raw pow

The First Concept Car in the Top 17: Corvette Indy Unveiled

Unleashing the Future: Corvette Indy's Pioneering Journey In the illustrious tapestry of automotive history, certain cars stand out as beacons of innovation, pushing the boundaries of design and technology. One such luminary is the Corvette Indy, a concept car unveiled by Chevrolet in 1986 that not only promised a glimpse into the future but also became a testbed for cutting-edge automotive features. A Glimpse Beyond: The Significance of Concept Cars Concept cars, those tantalizing glimpses into the automotive future, hold a unique allure. They are the avant-garde visions that dare to imagine what lies beyond the horizon of contemporary design and engineering. In this symphony of innovation, the Corvette Indy takes its place as a herald of possibilities. Genesis of a Vision: Crafting the Corvette Indy As Chevrolet's chief engineer, Don Runkle, unveiled the Corvette Indy in 1986, it was more than just an early look at a project in development—it was a bold statement. The Corvett

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The Veyron Story

In 1997, on the “Shinkansen” express train between Tokyo and Nagoya, a sketch was created that would change the automotive world. Following a discussion with the then Head of Powertrain Development at VW, Karl-Heinz Neumann, he drew on an envelope – he had had the idea for a long time – an engine with 18 cylinders. Powerful, strong and better than anything else. The man was Ferdinand Karl Piëch, a gifted engineer and long-time CEO and Chairman of the Volkswagen Group – and the driving force behind the development of the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. The first hyper sports car of modern times was a true pioneering achievement and wrote automotive history at its launch in 2005. The coupé was the first series production car to produce more than 1,000 PS and to drive faster than 400 km/h. The Veyron was an engineering masterpiece. Its development however was as much a historic achievement as the Veyron itself. The idea – an extraordinary engine There was just the outline of an idea at

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