London Concours 2020

Do you remember these six lost marques?

The Unipower GT is just one of the "Lost Marques" that will be shown off at the annual London Concours in August.

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Car brands come and go. It was more common in the mid-20th Century when mergers and acquisitions swapped properties across the Detroit, England, and Italy carscape on the regular.

This year's London Concours will celebrate the lost marques of car culture, with 12 unique models going on display. The event is previewing six of them ahead of the event. Scroll down and see if you remember them.

Facel Vega HK500

Facel started building cars when its owner, Jean Daninos wanted to create a car that embodied French elegance and craftmanship with American flair in the body of a grand tourer during the 1950s and 60s. The HK500 is one of 500 ever produced from 1959 to 1961 and powered by a 361 cubic inch Chrysler Hemi V8, allowing drivers to easily surpass 100mph. Owners, many of whom were celebrities, were offered two gearbox options: the Chrysler automatic transmission or a French four-speed manual.

Bizzarrini P538

Bizzarrini P538

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Giotto Bizzarrini started off as a test driver for Alfa Romeo, before moving to Ferrari where he helped develop the 250 GTO. Later on, he started his own company, Bizzarrini, and crafted a number of stunning Italian designs, with American power. Among them was the P538 racer, fitted with a Chevy V8, a central driving position and the speed to compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Alvis Speed 25

The Alvis Speed 25 was considered to be one of the finest cars produced in the 1930s. Its smooth and powerful 3571cc engine allowed for 0-50mph in 11 seconds, and a top speed of 95mph. This specific example was gifted to the original lady owner for her 21st birthday, and the original documents show that it was delivered incomplete, with unfitted panels supplied by coachbuilders, Charlesworth.

Jensen C-V8

Jensen C-V8

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The C-V8 was considered one of the fastest production four-seater cars of its time, able to beat the Lamborghini Miura to 60mph. Built from 1962 to 1966, Jensen used a Chrysler big-block V8 in the fiberglass bodied C-V8. The company was founded in 1922 as W J Smith & Sons Limited before being changed to Jensen Motors in 1934.

Marcos TSO GT2 Prototype

Marcos is another name lost to the history books, founded in 1959, in North Wales. Its history is peppered with sportscars with chassis crafted from marine plywood. It first went bankrupt in 1971, and again in 2000. But, it is the second renaissance where the TSO GT2 Prototype comes in; launched in 2004 with an LS1 Chevrolet V8 for the Australian market before coming to the UK a year later. Even though with its brutish American engine, the suspension was developed by ProDrive, making it an easy car to enjoy at speed. This prototype was tested and enjoyed by the British automotive media, one of whom said: "I'm just enjoying a friendly car – laughing as I hang the tail out again and again on just about every corner on this track."

Unipower GT

Unipower GT

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The very first production Unipower GT will be on display at London Concours this August. Inspired by the work of Carlo Abarth, the diminutive mid-engined car was designed by Ernie Unger and shares the same height of the Ford GT40. Only 72 examples were made and weighing in at only 590kg, these 1960s British production specials are constructed on tubular space frames bonded to an aerodynamic body. Only 40 have survived, with many of them residing in Japan.

The London Concours is set for August 19-20 at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ. Over 100 automotive icons will gather in classes, ranging from "Convertibles: The Golden Era" to "The Pursuit of Speed". Tickets are available to buy now from www.londonconcours.co.uk/tickets

Editor's Note: Vehicle description provided by the London Concours.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept shows of the possible future of a V8 under the hood of a Jeep.

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The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept model shows that the production model of a V8-powered Wrangler (and possibly Gladiator) is likely on the way - and that's straight from the people in the know at FCA.

Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts have been asking us for a Wrangler -8 and our new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept proves that we have the ability to make that happen," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "From the recently introduced 29-mpg Wrangler EcoDiesel to our award-winning Jeep Gladiator, and the upcoming Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, Jeep is clearly listening to its customers. We are anxious to gauge their reaction to this new Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, a vehicle that delivers an incredible and unmatched level of fun-to-drive performance and capability, on- and off-road."

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept The model is pretty standard for a modern Wrangler Rubicon - on the outside.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It's been a hot minute since there was a V8 under the hood of a Jeep. The last model to wear its power proudly was the 1981 Jeep CJ, which had a 5.0-liter V8 that delivered 125 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque.

The Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept is powered by a 6.4-liter (392-cubic-inch) HEMI V8 that delivers 450 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That power gives the concept a zero to 60 mph time of less than five seconds.

Its engine is paired with a more robust version of the traditional eight-speed automatic, something that the HEMI in the Charger Scat Pack gets as well.

The parts roster includes Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, and a steel belly pan. It also comes with Dana 44 axles, Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case (3.73 gear ratio), and Tru-Lok electric front- and rear-axle locking differentials. The SUV rides on custom 17-inch deadlock wheels that are wrapped in 37-inch mud-terrain tires.

The suspension of the typical Wrangler JL has been upgraded to include new aluminum, monotube Fox shocks, and two-mode exhaust, which is adjustable at the touch of a button.

The company has installed a factory Jeep Performance Parts two-inch lift kit from Mopar.

All that equipment gives the model some impressive numbers. It has a water fording capability of 34 inches, 13.25 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 51.6 degrees, a breaker angle of 29.5 degrees, and a departure angle of 40.1 degrees. It's Trail Rated.

Jeep has given the concept a Granite Crystal paint job, bronze-colored tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks, and wheels. There's a heavy-duty raised hood, custom half doors, and Wrangler's Sky One-touch powertop.

The concepts interior features a Red Rock-colored leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.

When will you see the production version of the V8? These things take time, but remember, the auto show circuit looks to pick up in earnest early next year, and we have the Wrangler 4xe to see first.

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The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is already sold out.

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Lamborghini is taking the top off the Sián Roadster. The 2021 Lamborghini Sián Roadster is a drop-top version of the hybrid super sports car that captivated audiences last year. The cabriolet's run is limited to just 19 models - all of which are already sold out.

The model is outfitted with the same V12 engine and delivers equal hybrid performance. The engine is paired with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology delivering more rapid availability of torque off the line and fuel savings. The 48-volt e-motor, delivering 34 horsepower, sits in the gearbox. The mild-hybrid technology is more powerful than a battery of the same weight and three times lighter than a battery while producing the same power.

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The new Lambo has a top speed of 250 km/h. It can get from zero to 62 mpg in 2.9 seconds. To get back to zero, the car uses its regenerative braking system.

"The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini," says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián's innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions."

Lamborghini showed off the car with a Blu Uranus paint job. The company says that the color encapsulates, "the blue of the sky and the green of the fields, evoking the freedom and driving elation delivered by the open top Sián." The car rides on Oro Electrum wheels. Their color was chosen to signify the Sián's electrified powertrain. Its interior features Blu Glauco detailing and aluminum elements in Oro Electrum.

Three-dimensional printer technology allow customers to have their initials designed into the car's air vents.

The car features design that envokes the iconic periscopio line inspired by the first Countach. It runs diagonally from the cockpit to the rear. It has a low front and integrated carbon fiber splitter with Y-shaped headlights sitting above.

It has been optimized for aerodynamic efficiency with airflow "directed through the front splitters and through the front bonnet, through the side air intakes and outlets and over the rear spoiler, with no loss of aerodynamic efficiency from the roadster's roofless design". The car has active cooling vanes on its rear that use unique materials-science technology patented by Lamborghini.

At the rear is a strong design featuring six hexagonal taillights inspired by the Countach. The car's rear wing extends out only during the driving to enhance the performance.

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