The great previous Lancia Aurelia has simply been reborn as the final word high-end hotrod.
Impressed by California’s outlaw tradition, Thornley Kelham has set about restoring 9 examples of the enduring Nineteen Fifties racer for collectors. To recap, the Aurelia B20GT was the primary automotive to ever be geared up with a V-6 and radial tires, which made it massively forward of its time. The British outfit’s tackle the low-slung trip, fittingly dubbed the “Outlaw”, has that very same aggressive angle, however packs much more energy and panache.
The store has really already delivered a handful of revamped Outlaws, every that includes a tuned V-6 bored out to 2.8 liters. This lot is able to churning out round 177 hp, whereas the unique Aurelias had been good for about 119 hp. That increase in energy wasn’t sufficient Thornley Kelham, although.
The final three restomods, referred to as the “European CSL”, have been given much more grunt. That’s as a result of every automotive will probably be fitted with 3.2-litre “Busso” V-6—the identical engine that seems in some really legendary Alfa Romeos. The staff says the brand new mill can produce in extra of 304 horses, which is shipped to the rear wheels by way of a five-speed transaxle gearbox. The four-wheelers will even be handled to trendy brakes and an upgraded suspension for improved dealing with.
The formidable trio will probably be quite a bit lighter than their predecessors, too. (That explains the CSL, which generally stands for “coupe, sports activities and light-weight”.) The outside will probably be hand-forged from aluminum panels relatively than metal for a complete preventing weight of roughly 2,425 kilos. In whole, some 5,000 hours will probably be spent on every automotive, with 2,200 hours devoted to strengthening and modifying the chassis and physique.
The inside, in the meantime, will probably be completed in full leather-based and fitted with a wooden steering wheel and built-in roll cage. You’ll be able to, after all, anticipate all of the mod cons, akin to A/C and energy steering.
Whereas the Outlaw is kind of an achievement, Thornley Kelham isn’t resting on its laurels. In actual fact, the staff says it has extra reinventions within the works.
“The European CSL is the primary of a brand new line-up of initiatives we’ve got developed to launch within the coming years that will probably be badged as ‘The Europeans’ by Thornley Kelham,” co-founder Simon Thornley mentioned in a press release. “As with the Aurelia commissions, these will probably be constructed round iconic efficiency vehicles, developed with contemporary designs, upgraded efficiency and a meticulous eye for element.”
Prepare for a complete military of outlaws.
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