In 1983 Nelson Piquet became the first driver in the history of Formula One to win the world championship title in a racing car powered by a turbo engine: the Brabham BMW BT52. The engine that imbued the Brabham BMW BT52 with its legendary status was developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH under the guidance of its then Technical Director, Paul Rosche.
Citroen DS made its debut at the 1955 Paris Motor Show on Thursday 6 October. The model’s avant-garde body design set a new benchmark immediately. Some 12,000 DS 19 models were sold that day, but by the end of the Paris Motor Show ten days later, some 80,000 firm orders had been taken.
Third-generation Audi 80 was launched in 1986. Design boss Hartmut Warkuß and his team had draped the Audi 80 B3 in a smooth and rounded body with a discreet wedge shape. This body distinguished itself with harmonious design solutions and a drag coefficient of just 0.29 – a colossal advance compared to 0.41 for the B2.
The 1993 Chevrolet Camaro lineup included two models: base sport coupe powered by a 160-horsepower 3.4-liter version of GM’s V6 and the Z28 with the Corvette’s 5.7-liter LT1 small-block V8 underrated at 275 horsepower.
In May 1986, Nissan launched the coupe version, known as the GTS. In August 1987, after a minor change, the GTS-R appeared. Nissan Skyline 2000GTS-R was sold as a limited edition with just 800 cars built. These cars were needed for the homologation for Group A Touring Car racing.
The second generation BMW 3 Series was presented in 1982 presenting new design, optimised aerodynamics, more space and comfort, extra power and additional body and engine variants. The new car’s lines were significantly tauter and smoother than those of its predecessor, and its drag coefficient had been reduced by almost 15 per cent.
The new Competition Package has been developed with a keen eye on enhancing driving dynamics. It includes a power boost for the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine of 29 kW/40 hp over the standard unit, to 441 kW/600 hp. Peak torque also rises, from 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) in standard tune to 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), and is available across an extremely wide rev band – between 1,500 and 6,000 rpm.
The first ever Transit came down the line at the company’s Langley commercial vehicle plant in Berkshire, England on August 9. in 1965. It was already packed with innovations like a printed circuit in the instrument panel, an optional steering lock, a side loading door and seatbelt attachment points.
The Mimram brothers took over the Lamborghini company in July 1980, and established the Nuova Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini. The new owners started production of the Lamborghini LM002 off-road vehicle and also replaced the Lamborghini Silhouette with the Lamborghini Jalpa.
amborghini Silhouette was presented at the 1976 Geneva Auto Show as an evolution of the Urraco. Lamborghini Silhouette was a two-door, two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car. With the Targa roof, the Silhouette proposed an alternative open version with the intention of winning over the difficult United States market.