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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lamborghini Countach replica?

Handmade Lamborghini Countach

Ken Imhoff fell in love with the euro-spec 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S that played a staring role in the classic film Cannonball Run, so he did what any extremely talented automotive fanatic would do: He build one in his basement.

Ok, so there are probably not more than a handful of people that could pull off a full replica build of this quality in their basement, but Ken is definitely one of them, and has proven it with what you see here; the end result of more than 17 years of hard work and creative construction.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Exterior

The car started out as a wooden buck that Ken built off of dimensions taken from the real car, over which he hand shaped aluminum using an English Wheel. Ken also designed his own space frame that he also based off of the dimensions of the real thing, and then designed an interior to match.

The end result is a dead on knockoff of a real Lamborghini Countach, and even features real Lambo taillights, parking lights, windshield and badges for a little extra authenticity.

Handmade Lamborghini Countach Detail

The engine is a Ford Cleveland Boss 351 making 514 horsepower, and a ZF 5-speed transaxle out of a Pantera handles the shifting and axle duties. Wilwood Suprelite brakes take care of the stopping, and they hide behind custom rims with handmade center sections that are wider than they are tall. The exhaust was also handmade by Ken, and modeled after the GT-40’s ‘bundle of snakes’.

It definitely wasn’t an easy process, but after removing part of his basement wall to get the car out from under his house, I bet Ken is enjoying every minute that he spends in, around, and not working on his Countach.

[KIE Engineering]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles?

EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles

EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles are designed to take you to the end of the world and back in extreme comfort without the need for external power or utility hook ups.

In addition, they’re also designed to preserve the environment that they roam through, with solar energy used as the primary power source for lights and appliances, and biodiesel options for those looking to avoid fossil fuels.

EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles In Action

The EarthRoamer XV-LT is based on the Ford Super Duty F-550, and is designed for two adults and two children to camp for extended periods of time. The truck will hold 90 gallons of diesel and 85 gallons of fresh water, and includes conveniences like granite counters, a convection microwave, air-conditioning, a king-size bed, and an enclosed shower/bathroom. In addition, with a 17,950 pound gross vehicle weight and 10,000 pound towing capability, you can bring all of your toys along for the ride.

The EarthRoamer XV-JP is based on the Jeep Rubicon Unlimited, and is designed for two adults who want to use the most technical of four-wheel drive trails to reach remote camping destinations. Once in camp, the Loftop gives you nearly 9 feet of interior height, as well as a full queen-size bed in the loft. A drop down rear tent provides bug free living space, and 25 gallons of fresh water will keep you going for as long as you’re willing. Conveniences include an inside cassette toilet, inside shower, sink and cooking facilities, an electric fan, and a forced air furnace for when the nights get a little bit colder and you want to keep things a little bit cozier.

Whether it’s a trail in the middle of the Baja or a pristine secluded beach or a four-month expedition through Alaska, EarthRoamer vehicles are designed to get you through the country in comfort and convenience that few other vehicles can provide.

[EarthRoamer]

[Via: Uncrate]

…Ford Racing is funny?

FR500S Window Sticker

Apparently Ford Racing has a sense of humor, as their “Hero Card” for the Mustang FR500S includes such gems as:

  • Green Flag: Gulps Fuel, Yellow Flag: Sips Fuel, and Red Flag: Uses No Fuel At All
  • Stuff It Doesn’t Have: A Lot Of Unnecessary Production-Mustang Wiring
  • Estimated Annual Champagne Cost: Big Bucks
  • Warranty: What, You Expected 5-Years/50,000 Miles?

Click the link for more Ford Racing funnies.

[Ford Racing – FR500S]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lost Innocence?

Lost Innocence

How does a Ford Festiva become a part of Tuner Tuesday?

It gets a V8 transplant and exhaust that sticks through the roof; that’s how.

This Festiva, nicknamed “Lost Innocence”, features a 355-cubic-inch Chevy V8 (mounted in the rear), front wheel drive via a BMW 325i/Audi 90 limited-slip front axle, and future plans for a pair of FLAMETHROWERS.

Need I say more?

Didn’t think so.

[Edit: Jalopnik now has a video too!]

[Car Domain – Lost Innocence]

[Via: Jalopnik]

…Your Focus wants to join the orchestra?

In the spirit of Honda’s Cog commercial comes this new Ford spot for the UK Focus that turned and tuned various parts from the car into musical instruments.

There’s the “Transmission Case Cello-Dulcimer”, a “Clutch Guitar”, a “Rear Suspension Spike Fiddle”, and a “Fender Bass” among other things, and each one manages to sound good when mashed with the rest.

Though there’s no way of telling if these parts actually played music, or if they just played the part, it sure does look convincing.

I guess it’s time that I re-up my Fender Bass lessons!

[Via: Crave]