Plenty of manufacturers design cars using CAD (computer-aided drafting) software prior to putting it into production. That’s all pretty normal these days. But what if you want to take an old car that already exists and make it a wild, modern interpretation of what you’ve always dreamt of? It turns out you can do that on a computer too, just like Ken Block did when he commissioned designer Ash Thorp to design a new, racier version of his beloved 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth rally car. Taking feedback from Ken, Ash was able to blend some of his favorite features of modern rally cars onto the iconic Escort Cosworth body. The rough model looks great as-is, but Ash went one step further, grafting Ken’s newest livery onto the 25 yr old rally car. Once everything is signed off, the dimensions for the new body panels are all right there in the software and get sent over to the team that actually builds the car. It’s amazing what modern technology can do for old cars!
There’s a lot more than what meets the eye with this 1953 Morris transit van. Sure, it looks absolutely gorgeous with the swoopy bodywork and bright blue paint, but there’s a surprise lurking under the clamshell hood. Flip that forward and you’ll be greeted by a big intercooler covering up most of the 13B rotary engine. The 13B in this Morris puts out about 350 hp at the wheels which is more than enough to make this van get up and go with little provocation. Substantial suspension and drivetrain mods were installed to keep the van properly fueled and stick it to the road. Inside, the flat-profile bench seat has been replaced with a pair of leather buckets out of an RX-8 to help keep the driver and passenger in place. It very much reminds me of an older, panel van version of the 1977 Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup in the MHCC fleet (if we turbocharged it and put a topper on the back). To learn more about this awesome, tricked out Morris, head over to Speedhunters.com.
Although St Moritz is infinitely more picturesque than Lake Minnetonka, I’d love to see an event like this organized in Minnesota. The I.C.E. (International Concours of Elegance) in St Moritz takes place – you guessed it – on ice during the first weekend in March. Haven’t heard of this event before? That’s because 2019 was the first running and I’d say it’s off to a good start. Although it shares the same basic premise as any other Concours event by having a bunch of excruciatingly beautiful and historically significant cars placed together in the same place, for I.C.E., they set up an ice racing course and suggested participants fit studded tires to their priceless cars and take them for a spin. I can honestly say that I’d never seen a Countach sliding around on ice with a sled tied to the roof until I watched this video. So please watch and enjoy the video. Maybe you’ll find inspiration to get out and enjoy this miserable Minnesota weather.
LEGOs are making a huge comeback for both children and adults and I’m loving all of the cool automotive creations that have been popping up lately. While the Porsche GT3RS and Bugatti Chiron were incredible, complex, and expensive, some of the smaller kits for historic cars like the Mini Cooper, Lotus 7, and Ferrari F40 are a little more accessible. Thanks to LEGO’s Creator program, there are new kits coming out all the time, including this really cool 1,471-piece Ford Mustang fastback that comes with a bunch of “engine” modifications like a nitrous tank, headers, and a supercharger. Now if only they made it in red to match our MHCC ‘Stang…
I’m not used to seeing Ducatis that look like this, but I’m digging this Mercedes F1-inspired Ducati pit bike built by the wild minds at Wreckless Motorcycles in the UK. They matched the F1 car’s livery perfectly and even include a carbon fiber cover for the rear wheel that perfectly mimics the real deal. Information about the bike and its build are scarce but head over to Uncrate to read more.