With increased development of electric and hybrid cars going on these days, our goal is to deliver more information on green technologies and educate buyers on the options available to them.
Today, we have a chance to showcase a somewhat unusual photoshoot depicting two cars that are generations apart, but similar in its shape and form.
First one is a Soviet era luxury vehicle (if there ever was such a thing) powered by a Tatra 603G V8 air-cooled engine with a displacement of 2474 cc, which develops 77,5kW that power the rear wheels.
If you think that rudimentary suspension, lack of any modern technology involved, or simply put, lacking anything and everything, is and will be the main thing about this vehicle, you are terribly wrong. The V8 overhead valve engine weighed only 160 kg (350 lb), allowing the car to have 47/53 front/rear interaxle weight distribution when fully loaded. The engine was already used in the late Tatra 87 and its extreme reliability was confirmed by previous use in Tatra race cars or military light truck T805. The air-cooling system was designed to cool the most heated parts of the engine more effectively.
Now you may ask yourselves what does this car actually have in common with the modern and techie filled BMW i3? I believe these two cars are showing us how the technology and the world have developed. Furthermore, it emphasizes the development of car culture, civilization in general all, combined with technology breakthrougs that was impacted by sociological and economical changes throught that time. From a car that was specific in a way where only a select few were able to drive it, to a car which anyone can purchase, own and use. Whatever you may say, progress is sometimes best described by showcasing two similar things from completely different times. In my opinion, both are serving a purpose in showing us what time affords us in both design, manufacturing and development of the car industry overall.
Well, that and stunning work by Tomirri Photography showcasing these worlds apart vehicles in the same location, perfectly portraying several different eras, schools of thought and design headings all together. From internal combustion, air conditioning as a luxurious option just for world class dictators, all the way to a car that gets charged by plugging a cable in a househould source of electricity, this is a true showcase of where the future will go.
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