As social beings humans need other humans to survive. Likewise with an auto manufacturer’s automotive business, the development and research carried out by car manufacturers takes years, and requires a lot of money. To get around this, some car manufacturers decided to collaborate with other car manufacturers.
In this article, we will provide information about collaborations between automotive manufacturers that produce extraordinary automotive works and often become iconic cars. Later, these cars eat into exorbitant collections. However, please note that the cars on the list this time are only limited to sports cars and supercars . Check this out!
Lamborghini – BMW: BMW M1
Already about 40 years ago, BMW shocked the world with a project car that would be predicted as Street Legal Racing. Introduced to the world in 1978 this car became BMW’s breakthrough in motorsport outside of the touring car championships .
The BMW M1 project, led by Jochen Neerpasch, started when one of the Italian supercar companies , Lamborghini, was working on a new car project . However, due to financial problems, Lamborghini was only able to produce 7 units of its project cars . This news was heard by BMW, who as soon as possible contacted Lamborghini to offer cooperation for the Lamborghini project car .
So it is not surprising that the BMW M1 has a shape and design that is very different from most BMW cars in circulation. Because this car has a thick Italian DNA. The car is armed with a 6-cylinder inline engine with a maximum power of 277 hp which can devour a top speed of up to 265 km / hour. There are less than 500 units of M1 cars worldwide, making the BMW M1 one of the hotly contested collector items .
Mercedes Benz – McLaren: Mercedes Benz SLR
The name SLR itself is definitely heard very often, SLR is an acronym for Sport, Light, Racing . This name originated in the 1950s, when Mercedes Benz was experiencing its golden age together with one of the genius racers, Stirling Moss, who used a Mercedes Benz 300SL in various motorsport events in the world, from Le Mans to the Touring Championship.
4 decades ago, the head of the Mercedes Benz 300 SL project wanted a car that would be a successor to the 300 SLR but could be used as a road relief car . Mercedes Benz, which at that time (1990s) was collaborating with one of the best Formula 1 teams at that time, brought cooperation between the two, to become a road legal car project that had skills like a racing car.
So that in 1999, the collaboration between Mercedes Benz & McLaren was introduced to the world with a 2-door sports car based on the Mercedes Benz SL-Class R129 and the engineering and performance results of McLaren, which was named the Mercedes Benz Vision SLR. In 2003 this car was finally sold on the market on a limited basis.
SLR McLaren is equipped with a 5.4 liter V8 engine equipped with a supercharger which generates a boost of 0.9 bar. This handcrafted AMG engine produces 626 hp at 6,500 rpm. With a maximum torque of 780 Nm it is available from 3,250 rpm and remains at this level up to 5,000 rpm. The mid engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission which transfers power to the rear wheels.
The Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds. In addition, this car can also reach speeds of 200 km / h in 10.6 seconds and 300 km / h in 28.8 seconds. A quarter of a mile is devoured in 11.2 seconds and has a top speed of 334 km / hr.
McLaren-BMW: McLaren F1
The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by British automaker McLaren Cars, in collaboration with BMW to provide the basic needs of the S70 / 2 V12 engine. This car was initiated by Gordon Murray and Ron Dennis. This car has various designs and the latest technology in its era. In fact, this car is still lighter and has a sleeker structure than many modern sports cars available today.
Having a unique seating position by only pinning 1 seat in the middle gives the driver superior visibility to the conventional seating layout. This car has a very good reputation in the road legal version or motorsport version , in motorsport itself the McLaren F1 won various championships including the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1995, where it took on a custom-made prototype race car. Production started in 1992 and ended in 1998.
In 1994, British auto magazine Autocar stated in a road test of F1, “The McLaren F1 is the best propulsion engine ever built for public roads.” They further stated, “F1 will be remembered as one of the great events in the history of automobiles, and perhaps the fastest production road car ever in the world.”
Mercedes Benz – Porsche: Mercedes Benz 500E
In 1990, Mercedes Benz collaborated with its rival, Porsche, in the development of one of the popular successors of the Mercedes Benz car, the Mercedes Benz W124. Mercedes Benz appointed Porsche to develop a high-performance model W124 by changing and modifying the existing chassis to accommodate a larger engine, the 5000cc V8 engine which is commonly used in the Mercedes Benz SL. In addition, it also has a power of 321 hp and to devour 0-100 km / h only takes 6.1 seconds.
Toyota – BMW: Toyota Supra MK5
Maybe for most people who have a love for JDM cars, they feel that this collaboration is an unwise collaboration, considering that in this collaboration, Toyota carries the name of one of the most iconic cars ever to come out of Japan, the Toyota Supra.
Because the car that became an idol for JDM enthusiasts in the previous version, had to undergo an update in collaboration with one of the famous German manufacturers. The pros and cons of this car are also widely circulating on social media which makes it an interesting discussion on existing automotive forums.
However, from all the pros and cons, sees that the Toyota Supra MK5 has a very positive change, in terms of an aggressive and sporty design, this car confirms that this car is not a car that is careless. On the kitchen side of the runway, this car uses the latest BMW engine which has a good reputation in its class.
The Toyota Supra MK5 shares a platform with the BMW Z4 which uses BMW’s latest engine when the Toyota Supra was introduced to the world. Supra gets 2 engine options, including 1998 cc BMW B48 turbo 4 cylinder inline and 2998 cc BMW B58 turbo 6 cylinder inline, each of which has a power output of 145–190 kW (194–255 hp; 197–258 PS) for configuration The B48 and 250–285 kW (335–382 hp; 340–387 PS) in the B58 configuration which between the B48 and B58 both use the ZF 8HP 8-speed automatic transmission.
With the latest engines and technology among the entire list of cars that have been mentioned, feels that the Toyota Supra MK5 is one of the collaborations of 2 of the coolest automotive manufacturers over the past decade.