For the last few years, automotive culture has seen an uprising of the new trend. Relatively new or long-lived established companies gained a momentum reimagining classic cars.
These companies use modern engineering solutions to update different types of old or relatively modern classic cars. Although this type of work is not new, these days, when electric cars become a new standard, petrolheads around the world are rushing to reinvent their childhood heroes.
When it comes to classic car modernization, many people dream about Porsche 911 or Jaguar E-Type, but this time I want to show five great cars, which should be reimagined today.
Delightfully elegant and technologically advanced. Even today, Citroën’s flagship shows what French marque is all about. Sadly, today Citroëns are meant to be stylish but affordable cars for the masses without any possibility to do something unusual or groundbreaking.
It should be noted that Citroëns engineers have not lost the ability to create something spectacular or innovative.
In the past 20 years, Citroën produced several concept cars, which in theory could be great road cars or even fully-fledged successors to the legendary Citroën DS.
For all it’s worth, Citroëns engineers have all the right ingredients in their hands; it’s just a matter of willingness to invest in something that is not mainstream.
One of the greatest supercars ever invented. Of course, it’s a matter of opinion, but it was a very different beast, even in those days, when safety and environmental regulations lived only in a paper sheet.
If a Porsche 959 back then was groundbreaking for its technological advancements, Ferrari F40 was unbeatable for its raw simpleness.
Ferrari’s panels comprised kevlar, carbon fiber, and aluminum for strength and low weight. The adoption of a polycarbonate plastic windshield and windows significantly reduced weight.
The Ferrari F40 did not have air conditioning, it lacked a sound system, door handles, a glove box, leather trim, carpets, and door panels. And then it was equipped with the ultimate firecracker of the engine.
Modern Ferrari’s are very different. They do not have simple engineering solutions. It’s the other way around, which makes Ferrari go forward, but Italian manufacturer should reinvent the Ferrari F40 and go mad with it. They should offer a car that could mix sheer terror and raw excitement.
Lotus Carlton / Opel Omega Evolution 500
The wild and unregulated 1990s was one of the most exciting eras in the automotive world. It seems that most volume car makers decided to fiddle with the beasts from the supercar legion.
An excellent example of that is Lotus Carlton (or Opel Omega Evolution 500). They took a boring middle-class saloon and put a high-revving and powerful engine in it, and then, sort out all the problems along the way.
The 3,6-liter petrol-powered engine developed 382 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque. This powerplant allowed an undistinguished saloon to accelerate to 100 km/h (or 60 mph) in just 5,2 seconds and reach more than 280 km/h top speed that it is – borderline of the supercar territory.
German manufacturers are very well known for their ultimate Q-cars, but today only the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG looks like the ultimate lethal weapon, and that should change.
Opel should take a brave bill, capture Lotus Carlton’s spirit and reinvent a bit dim-witted Opel Insignia. It’s time to take on Porsche’s and McLarens.
Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION
Rally inspired road-legal rally car. A dream that became true in the early 1990s and then gained momentum in the new millennia.
From the very first to the latest evolution, Mitsubishi’s offering was downright incredible. It was an ordinary person’s saloon equipped with a Saturn V rocket. It was sensible and practical when needed, but it became an excellent tool for breaking track records on a sunny afternoon.
The best thing of all, Mitsubishi Hum drum saloons, was faster than most thoroughbred sports cars or made sports car drivers look like absolute sheepshead, and that’s what makes these cars great. Always underrated but exceptional on so many different levels.
Peugeot 106 GTI
Hot hatchbacks are an essential part of the European automotive landscape. They offer everything every driver would want in size, which will fit in small and narrow streets and will be happy to be trashed around the racetrack.
Peugeot showed numerous times that it could make a great hot hatchback. Just think about the legendary Peugeot 205 GTI, which even today outshines modern equivalents, but for no reason at all, most drivers forget its smaller and cheaper sibling – a Peugeot 106 GTI.
It was very light, tiny, and had an engine, which today could power washing machines, but it doesn’t matter. Outright speed was never a priority with the Peugeot 106 GTI. Because of its low weight, it was a riot to drive, especially in environments where hatchbacks size would play a key role.
Best of all, Peugeot created the 106 Rallye version, which focused on removing weight, cutting almost 100 kg from the weight of the GTI, at only 865 kg. Just – incredible.
Tiny and enormous, simple or very complicated. Numerous formulas could help make a great car.
Just once again, look at these great cars and think about what engineers thought about making them. It was about pure excitement and not about world records, and for that reason, these cars should be reimagined today.