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WHM x AutomotiveMap Virtual Car Show: April 11, 2020

This Corvette Stingray is just one of the vehicles featured in this week's Virtual Car Show.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Zurschmeide

In celebration of our first full month of Virtual Car Shows, we're switching it up a bit. This week, we have four fantastic vehicles for you to feast your eyes on.

As you scroll down the page, you'll notice that at the end of this week's show, you have the opportunity to vote on the "Best in Show" from all the Virtual Car Shows so far. The winners will be announced on April 13 on AutomotiveMap's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

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1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95

Photo courtesy of Greg Wrobleske

This ramp side truck was purchased by Greg Wrobleske of Magnolia, Texas in 2001. He'd been looking for a unique truck to use around his home and since he was already into Corvairs, this model was the logical choice.

Since he purchased the model, he's given it new paint, wheels, and tires. The engine has been rebuilt and all the mechanicals have been overhauled. The restoration was complete in 2016.

1966 Ford Mustang

Photo courtesy of Juan Garcia

Like many, it was Juan Garcia's childhood dream to own a 1966 Ford Mustang. His dad, a Chevy guy, got him into classic cars when Garcia was still a boy. The elder Garcia has owned a 1966 Chevrolet Impala and a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette.

In 2016, Juan paid $8,000 for the '66 Mustang, purchasing it from the Mustangs Only restoration shop. He told AutomotiveMap the story:

"Jim Hangley, former owner of Mustangs Only, acquired the 1966 Ford Mustang I now own, from a man in Culver City, California. Jim dedicated more than 30 years of his life restoring classic Mustangs. In May 2016, Jim died from pancreatic cancer. Tracy Fietz, his wife, sold me the 1966 Ford Mustang in August 2016 ... and she recited to me the work that needed to be done to the Mustang from a handwritten note Jim left in the glove compartment. Had it not been for Jim and Tracy's passion for Mustangs, I wouldn't have my 1966 Ford mustang today."

Since he has owned the car, he's given it new brakes; refurbished the transmission; added fresh exhaust manifolds, dual tail exhaust pipes, mufflers, and GT fog lights. There's also a new radiator, shocks, four-barrel carburetor, radial tires, wires and hoses, interior carpet, and new welded panels under the driver and passenger seats.

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Photo courtesy of John Dermody

John Dermody purchased this 1978 Trans Am online in 2015 for $40,000. He wanted to replace the 1977 Trans Am he'd sold in 1980. That one had been the first new vehicle he'd ever purchased and, like they say, there's nothing like your first time.

He tells the story, "The day I picked it up I had an engagement ring in the center console and proposed to my wife in that car. I have always enjoyed the ride, style and handling of the second-gen Trans Am."

Since he purchased this '78, he's updated the paint, done some interior work, and replaced the wheels. He says, "This car originated in Phoenix ,Arizona and was an Arizona car until 2001. The motor, transmission, body panels, and frame are original. The car is absolutely rust free. I wanted to keep the car as true to original as possible. The car rides and drives as if it just came off the showroom in 1978. After the restoration I've never had to do any mechanical work except for replacing an alternator, and oil changes. If the weather cooperates I drive the car once a week to keep it reliable."

1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Photo courtesy of Jeff Zurschmeide

Jeff Zurschmeide of Lake Oswego, Oregon has wanted a third-generation Corvette since he was 10 years old. He purchased this model in 2011 for $12,000. How could he not? "I have a weakness for yellow cars, and for the C3 Corvette," he told AutomotiveMap. "The big swoopy fenders, the roar of the engine - this Corvette has serious panache."

Since purchase, Zurschmeide has given the car a new paint job, transmission, and brakes. It now strikes a loud exhaust note thanks to a new system. Inside, it sports leather seats from a 1976 Corvette.

"The funniest thing is that people make assumptions about you when you show up in a car like this - but they'd make entirely different assumptions if I showed up in my 1961 Mini Cooper," said Zurschmeide. "You can't judge someone by his or her taste in cars - we're too eclectic for that."

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CSR Racing 2 is a mobile game that allows gamers to drive a selection of Bugatti concept cars and production vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Bugatt

Bugatti and Zynga, the company behind FarmVille, have teamed up again to deliver a virtual drive experience in the Bugatti Bolide concept car to gamers. Bugatti has not yet decided if the Bolide, a hypercar that the President of Bugatti described as “riding a cannonball”, is bound for production.

Zynga’s CSR Racing 2 (CSR2) mobile game to allow players to compete against each other in drag race with different vehicles in various categories. As players win races they win points. These points can be used to upgrade their vehicle of purchase a more powerful model, like the Bolide.

The Bugatti Bolide is able to be raced at various tracks throughout the game.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

In the concept, Bugatti has used its 8.0-liter W16 engine, which delivers 1,850 PS (1,824 horsepower) and 1,805 nM (1,364 pound-feet) of torque to move the Bolide1's 1,240-kilogram (2,733-pound) body. Bugatti clocks the model's top speed as being almost on-par with that of Formula One cars, well above 500 kilometers per hour (310 mph) and confirms that the weight and speed do not impact the car's agility.

The game gives gamers relatively accurate use of the car’s power.

"We are thrilled to have our fans experience the raw track-ready power of the Bugatti Bolide virtually through CSR2," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "Interactive entertainment allows racers across all generations to get behind the wheel of our latest hyper sport cars and feel their performance."

This is not the first collaboration between Zynga and Bugatti. Since last year, gamers have been able to add vehicles including the exclusive Chiron Pur Sport, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, La Voiture Noire, and the Centodieci to their garage, configure them and use them to race along the drag strip.

CSR2 is available to download for free on the App Store as well as the Google Play Store.

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The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is an all-electric hypercar

Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza brand has been around for more than a century. Now primarily known as an aerospace company, the automotive side of the business is attempting a revival, first with the Carmen's introduction and now with the Carmen Boulogne, a sportier take on the Carmen.

The Carmen Boulogne is a fully electric and exclusive hypercar that was designed, developed, and manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. The company will create just five examples for sale.

Its name origin stretches back to 1921 when Hispano Suiza made a racing version of its high-performance H6 Coupé and entered it in the George Boillot Cup, an endurance race lasting more than 3.5 hours around the French city of Boulogne. Hispano Suiza took the win at the race in 1921, 1922, and 1923.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne delivers 1,098 horsepower and has an electronically limited maximum speed of 180 mph. The car can get form zero to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and weighs 3,593 pounds. Its weight is 60 pounds less than the traditional Carmen, a number that was achieved by changing out traditional structural elements for a carbon fiber subframe, among other parts. Additionally, the entire body of the car is carbon fiber.

The car's 80 kilowatt hour battery gives it a driving range of up to 248 miles. That's similar to the range of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. Its battery is designed and produced in-house, and has fast-charging capability of more than 80 kilowatts, taking just 30 minutes to charge from 30 to 80 percent via a CCS2 fast charger. It also has CHAdeMO and GB/T charging options.

Each rear wheel of the car has two permanent-magnet synchronous motors. The torque deliver of each motor is controlled through a vectoring system honed by experience in Formula E racing. Off the line through 6,500 rpm, the car is capable of reaching 1,180 pound-feet of torque.

The face of the car has the same semi-circular headlights and scowl as the Carmen, with the difference of a copper-colored grille. Buyers can customize their model to include either suede or black Alcantara on the dashboard and door panels.

Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne

Photo courtesy of Hispano Suiza

The price of the Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne starts at $2 million USD, and its manufacturing process requires approximately twelve month of lead time.

The five units of the Carmen Boulogne hypercar join the 14 units of the Carmen to reach a total of 19 units in production, with the first unit ready to be delivered in 2022.

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