The term 'hybrid' did not always mean some Japanese contraption with too many batteries..
It used to be applied to a breed of large Grand Touring car from the 1950's-70's that used an American engine in a European body. The British were the most successful at this, with the Jensen Interceptor and various Bristols all sporting sophisticated European engineering and a powerful American V8. The Italian Iso Grifo and French Facel Vega were other examples of this genre.
The best, however, in terms of it's completeness was the British Gordon Keeble GK1. Starting in 1963 and using a Corvette engine, GK built an all-independent suspension, disc braked, Guigiaro styled, glassfibre bodied beauty. It was ambitious, accomplished, overpriced and, sadly, doomed to failure. It was all over in 1967 with just 100 made.
My model of it is 12 studs wide and packs in as many features as I could manage.
Some interior detail..
* Here's the tricky bit. The definition of a Technic Supercar is a model that features a working engine, driven by the wheels through some sort of controllable transmission, working steering and suspension on all wheels.
This one features working steering, front suspension by simple pivoting axle, HOG steering controllable from the left exhaust, a working 2 cylinder engine (yes I know..), a two position transmission (drive/neutral) controlled by the gearlever in the cabin and a live axle rear suspension. It's all under here..
It's like a swan.. you can't see it paddling furiously underneath.
With thanks to Glenn Streeter for the subject idea and apologies to Tom Simon for failing to include my rather elegant (but WAY too big) bonnet latching mechanism.
I got so many ideas from looking at the underside. The steering is just brilliant - the belt drive, the upside down rack and pinion, even the way the axle is attached is unusual! I love the way that everything JUST fits - it's very well-designed. Oh, and the interior is nicely done, too!
i love retro,i love coupes,i love slim body lines,i love convertibles,and i love this color scheme,...but i m blown away by all the functions you inserted in this marvel!...incredible,transmission?...oufff!,man,you re so brilliant!,haveyou seen the new 10 wide windsheild?,the cars you could do with this...it s in a toy story 3 kit,a garbage truck,i have one,and i might do a10-12 wide cars to use it,i don t know when,amazing work nick,amazing work!
Sometimes I just don't get it... it seems like my comments are gone or were never posted as I swear I already commented on this! OK then, once more: WOW! Although I prefer studlessness on my own models, the studded classic look is very refreshing. This paired with all the functional TECHNIC stuff makes your car a perfect example for LEGO at it's best! Greetings & keep them coming, Jens
This is superb! You now how much I like the old-skool proper studded building so I won't comment on that, but I will on the proper Technic functions; which are fantastic : ) Personally I'd swap the engine for a miniature working V8 though - it is possible (check out Marvin G or Tyler R).
Wow! My initial reaction was 'this is a cool looking car' but I had no idea it had the engine transmission steering and suspension; everything works, this is incredible! Your cars always impress me, keep it up!
Very nice! I didn't know how this car looked like so I googled it up and now I know how it looks like. I personally don't like the real one but I like this LEGO one. Great job! You've replicated it very well!
Ah, the wizardry is all on parade here. I notice you are driving home your point through contrast: from the grandness of the V8 based designs, to miniaturizing. Well played back to back. No problem on the latching work, that just means you're still on the hook, and we can expect it in the future. ;^}