Who would have thought anyone would use a 105/115 chassis as their inspiration for an electric car?
Not fond of the the lowering of the inside fog lamps either. But the tail lamps are not bad.Yes, I saw that too. While there are some things I like about it, there are others that I just hate. My two, primary criticisms:
- Why do they need to destroy a scarce vintage car when so little of it ends up in the final product? The write-up says "10% of the chassis". If Alfaholics can build a completely new GT unibody, why can't Totem? My guess is that it's some legal gimmick, allowing it to be registered as a 196X car, and allowing Totem to not be classified as a new vehicle manufacturer.
- I just hate the lights. Bertone got the original shape of the taillights exactly right for this application. Round lights just look stupid. Like something off-the-shelf at the local AutoZone. Similarly, the mis-aligned front lights make the car look cross-eyed. And preclude mounting a front bumper. Giugiaro these guys ain't.
They didn't they just liked the looks. In regards to the chassis they have massively changed the suspension so there is NO 105/115 chassis as a basis, just the VIN number.I think what we Alfisti are missing as a whole is what a unexpected compliment this is to ALFA Romeo to choose a 105/115 chassis as basis for such a build.
Your comment suggests that Totem only plans to build one car. My sense is that this is the first of what they hope becomes series. Many Alfa GT's will get destroyed to allow to Totem to avoid crash testing, etc. Yes, they can do extensive patching and rebuilding, but by the time they do all that, why not just build a new, fresh chassis?I wonder how intact the original chassis was? If it is like most of the older ones seen here, it was rotted tin and Swiss cheese anyway. I am sure there was extensive patching and rebuilding.
The CF body, yes. Some of the chassis welds have an ""agricultural" look. But maybe this is just the prototype and they'll replace their Harbor Freight welder once they get more funding.The CF body and interior roll cage seem quite well executed.
I have to agree with you on this one. In general, I dislike add-on flares for an Alfa GT (unless it's a competition car). But I have to say that Totem handled this detail very tastefully. Clearly someone studied how Porsche evolved the shape of the 911 as tires became wider.I must say I love this angle: maybe they should just patent those front and rear fenders and forget about the rest of the project
I don't know enough about cars, and "road compliance" but I suspect it has more to do with claiming rights to use the body design.Yes, if these guys are so talented, build a new car from scratch & don't destroy what's left of the classics.
But as you say Alfajay, they're most likely stepping around regulations by using an older base (then discarding it anyway!).....there was a series of open sportscars built over here in 80s/90s using only just about the firewall & chassis number & cross-member components to be able to call it a 1960s model Alfa Romeo for road compliance.