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It’s a sad day for fans of fast Audis and envelope-pushing builds everywhere. The Eventuri Project RS3 has gone up in flames while filming, bringing a close to a project that started back in 2019.

If you’re unfamiliar, Eventuri is an aftermarket air intake manufacturer based out of the UK. Their RS3 was reported to have 800-850 hp, depending on the map. The Eventuri team had gone all-out with the build. The forged engine by Race Developments featured an Iroz Motorsport IMS850 Turbo, and the car ran an AEM methanol injection system in conjunction with E85 fuel.

In December 2020, the Eventuri RS3 took the Carwow drag-race crown, becoming the fastest car featured in a drag race. It was also the first to record a quarter-mile time under ten seconds in a Carwow video. Earlier that year, the tuned Audi was proclaimed the fastest RS3 in the UK, having achieved a top speed of 211 mph at last year’s VMAX200 event

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Unfortunately, as reported on Eveturi’s official social media pages, the car met its demise, going up in flames at the roadside. While, thankfully, no one was injured, there was nothing that could be done to save the car before the fire took hold. The precise cause of the fire, which originated in the engine bay, is as yet unknown.

Had a fire suppression system been installed under the hood, the RS3 might have been saved — a painful point acknowledged in Eventuri’s post. And while they vow to come back stronger, there’s no getting away that losing a project car, especially one that has had close to two years’ worth of effort put into it, is sad.

 


The forthcoming all-electric Kia CV has been spied yet again wearing heavy amounts of camouflage cladding while on test in Germany.

Kia’s engineers seem to have gone to particular lengths to disguise the rear half of the prototype, which appears to feature styling cures from 2019’s Imagine concept. The roofline and A-pillars are not covered, giving us a decent idea of what the production car will look like. Other details that are visible are the aerodynamically-optimized wheels and shark fin antenna, while the rising waistline towards the rear hints that the final product will aim to, at least externally, inject some pizzazz into the upcoming EV line-up.

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The CV (which will be renamed come launch) is set to be part of a large shift for the Korean automaker. Having undergone a sizeable rebranding effort earlier in the year, Kia’s focus will be on popularizing battery-electric vehicles. The CV will be the first in a salvo of seven new BEVs launched between now and 2027, entering the market as an MY21 or MY22 shortly after Hyundai’s Ioniq 5.

The CV will be based on a new platform developed by parent company Hyundai Motor Group. The new architecture, known as the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), will be used for battery-electric sedans, crossovers, and SUVs. The Hyundai Motor Group claims that this platform offers a range of up to 311 miles (500 km) and a 800V charging capability.

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Kia recently saw a boom in its stock price, as speculation ran rife that Apple is about to partner with the Korean company in order to build its electric car. If such a deal were to transpire, the Apple car would use the E-GMP architecture, although both companies are, as yet, staying tight-lipped.

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There’s something magical about cars steeped in racing history, and it doesn’t get more enchanting than this rare 1960 Lotus.

With only 17 of these fiberglass-bodied Lotus 19 Monte Carlos ever made, this mid-engine sports racer would be a rare and desirable beast regardless of its pedigree. But with names such as Graham Hill, Jim Clarke, and Sir Stirling Moss all having taken the wheel of Chassis #953, this time capsule of a car has been cemented as an integral part of motor racing history.

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This particular Lotus has seen success across the globe, including a dominant maiden season in 1961 under British Racing Partnership (BRP), the team owned by Sir Stirling Moss’ father and his former manager. In 1962, #953 won six of the seven races it entered in the UK, with Graham Hill lapping the Snetterton circuit at an average speed of 100 mph — a first for anyone in a sports racing car.

In 1963, it once again took to the track, but crucially it became the last racing car Sir Stirling Moss drove as a professional racing driver. After a test in #953 to determine whether he was comfortable racing after a heavy accident, he decided to hang up his pro racing gloves.

This Lotus 19 continued to compete in various categories until it was retired in 1965. It has since been returned to racing spec following a meticulous restoration and even features a new 240 hp Coventry-Climax engine. Purists need not fret, as every effort has been made to keep it as period-correct as possible. The car features FIA HTP papers, issued after a metallurgical analysis — basically a way to confirm that parts of the original chassis remain today.

This could be just the most significant Lotus you’ve never heard of It ticks all boxes in terms of provenance, as it’s a true “Chapman” Lotus and a bona fide race winner. And now, it awaits a new owner to give it a final post-rebuild shakedown, as it enters the first sale of the year for Silverstone Auctions on the 27th of March.

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