Factory Tour

VIDEO: “Porsche 911 Secrets-Aerodynamic Concept”

April 24, 2017 in Concept Car / Factory Tour / German / prototype / Video

Porsche is back once again with yet another interesting short video about another test mule/prototype/concept car that they have nestled away in their factory warehouse. This time they take a look at a slippery 911 with a drag coefficient of 0.27 (down from 0.40) that their engineers and designers created in 1984 as a study on aerodynamics that could be used in future designs:

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Video Recommendation: The Secret Storage Facility of Audi Sport

February 27, 2017 in Factory Tour / German / Race Car / Video

Since our feature of Porsche Museum’s secret storage facility exactly 2 months ago today (http://www.carbuildindex.com/20165/porsches-secret-museum/), we thought that it would only be appropriate to follow that up with /DRIVE’S inside look at Audi Tradition in south eastern Germany. There, they store all of their historic race cars from every era they have raced in, including the iconic original Silver Arrows. We particularly enjoyed their in-car footage while ripping in a rally Quattro Coupe, and their look at the Trans Am series 200’s and 90 GTO cars, a few examples of the original competition cars that first bonded our interest in the marque that remains piqued to this day…

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Koenigsegg Factory Visit

February 23, 2017 in Build In Progress / Factory Tour / Swedish

As a follow up to our other day’s feature of a Koenigsegg One:1’s final build steps for the Geneva Auto Show, we thought it would only be appropriate to take a further look inside their Angelhom, Sweden based factory. Jalopnik.com’s GFWilliams took the following additional photos, which we are sure you will agree just never seems to get old looking at. It’s always interesting to see how a modern super car is made in between the majority of vintage car builds that we feature here, regardless of where your loyalty ultimately lies. Find the talented photographer’s collection of pictures on the next page, then be sure to check out his work in his Facebook link after.


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Factory Tour at Morgan

February 7, 2017 in English / Factory Tour / Video

We always enjoy watching the process of a car being built from the ground up, whether it be the restoration of a vintage car or a new car getting built from scratch. Morgan Motor Company happens to occupy a bit of both of those two descriptions, as they are a present day car manufacturer who still employs the same old school craftsmanship techniques, and even tools that they have been using on basically the same car design since their Morgan +4 began production in 1950. Last week, Automobiliac.com made a visit to the Malvern, England factory and have shared the pictures of the tour on their site. Be sure to visit it linked on the following page, where they give an educational and interesting description to go along with the photos. Barring a few anachronisms, such as the use of modern tires, they look like they could have been taken at any time during the last 60+ years. After, be sure not to miss the (unassociated to Automobiliac.com) factory tour video attached, as well. Tally hoe, our good ‘ol chaps! puts goggles on, tosses scarf around shoulder and drives off (Our weak attempt at English humor)…

VIDEO: BMW Factory Tour on National Geographic

February 2, 2017 in American / Build In Progress / Factory Tour / German / Video

Although we will by no means ever endorse the over-exaggeraged, comedic Will Arnett Arrested Development-like style of this narrator, we will never hold back a good factory tour documentary when we come across one. Just don’t blame us for this one’s overemphasized commentary…
Follow the build of a Z4 in BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory on National Geographic here:


VIDEO SERIES: BMW i3 Production

October 27, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Tour / German / Video

The following 4 part video series by http://www.testdriven.co.uk/ shows a 2014 BMW i3 being produced on film just the way we like ’em, with no narration or background music playing at all. As a little bit of background before viewing, the rear wheel drive electric cars are able to be driven between 80 to 100 miles. A “range extender” version is available which has the addition of a 650cc two cylinder gas engine, increasing their range an additional 180 miles per tank. There is reportedly a good amount of torque to be felt right off the line from it’s 250 Nm, 170 hp engine, enabling it to achieve a swift 7.2 second 0-62 mph. While these appear to be fun little runabouts to drive while that restoration project is still in pieces in the garge, we’d like to see a convertible version made available too.
To find out more about the car, find a link to testdriven.com’s i3 article after the videos on the following page.
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A Closer Look at Automotive Museums

October 14, 2016 in American / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Japanese / Race Car / Survivor

Last week, Automotive News took a look at the exorbitant costs that manufacturers pay to keep their museums operating. According to the article, General Motors apparently spends approximately $1.8 million per year to keep their Heritage Center operating, while housing 600 production, race and concept cars. At the time of the federal bailout, they had almost double that amount of cars on hand before deciding to cut it down during the desperate times as an appropriate and necessary act of good faith.
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Porsche’s Private Museum Storage Warehouse

September 12, 2016 in Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Race Car / Survivor

Autoblog.com’s Michael Harley was recently asked by Porsche if he would like to take a tour of their private warehouse while he was visiting Stuttgart, to which he graciously obliged. The storage facility had 336 total cars at the time of his tour, the historic vehicles kept there as most make their rotation for display at the publicly open museum down the street, or sent out to events around the world. Filling the building were old race cars, show concepts, development mules, prototypes and engineering displays. In his own words, “…there was an overpowering smell of used motor oil, rubber and fuel…”. Fantastic.


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Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Engine Build Pictures

August 31, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / German

We recently ran across this feature on http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php which shows a 583 horsepower 6.2 liter V8 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG engine being produced. Since there are no female engine builders at the Affalterbach, Germany AMG factory, Sport Auto decided that they would put a temporary change to that by sending one of their own female editors to complete the task and show them how it’s done. A legitimate rhetorical question in the short article asks if Mercedes Benz plans on ever creating a program resembling what Corvette owners have the opportunity to do, which is be a part of their own engine’s build during their car’s production. What a great bonding experience that would be, not to mention marketing opportunity for AMG. We hope to see it happen sometime in the near future.

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Aston Martin One-77 Factory Production Pictures

August 1, 2016 in English / Factory Tour

We came across these build photos of the ultra exclusive Aston Martin One-77 models being made during their short production run. It’s always interesting to see new cars being constructed by hand in this day and age, especially when their costs run in the neighborhood of $1,750,000 each. So, what does forking over that stupendous mountain of cash get you? Exclusivity, for starters. As their model name suggests, each “one” is of  only “77” total built. And also, they will throw in a 7.3 liter V12 with 750 horsepower to power it, but don’t go writing one down on your Christmas list quite so fast because they have all been sold out already as of April of last year.
Enjoy the pictures on the following page, and be sure not to miss the 45 minute National Geographic Mega Factories video in “Related Posts” at the bottom. Those are, of course, the two next best things to actually getting one as a gift under the tree with a big red bow for the holidays, right? Right??…

WEEKEND QUICK OUT TAKE: Mercedes Benz SLR Production Line

June 16, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / German

Here are a few pictures we found of the Mercedes Benz SLR production line at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, Surrey, England.  These were sold from 2003 to 2010, with several different versions throughout the years. Although we cannot find any information on the subject now, we recall reading about a conflict between Ron Dennis and McLaren, as he was not being let the freedom to design a mid engine car as he had envisioned it. Mercedes had in mind a modern interpretation of the front engine 1955 300 SLR racing car, which lead them to a compromise in his eyes. Could this have perhaps been the project to have possibly provoked him to spearhead his own production sports car with 100% complete control over his ultimate vision, the MP4-12C? If so, we have Mercedes Benz to thank for the P1, too…


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Factory Photos

May 23, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / English / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage and current factory photos. We always enjoy seeing cars in their manufacturing phases or during their restorations and modifications. That is ultimately the reason for this site’s existence, so what could be more fitting than having them all together and categorized here in their own section? Until then,please enjoy the few photos we actually have gathered up so far on the following page and if you have something interesting to include, please put a link to them in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us at [email protected] for us to include and update here. Help us make this into a new category booming with an assortment of factory and shop pictures of all types of vehicles from all different time periods, OEM or aftermarket.

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Building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Engine

May 12, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Factory Tour / Race Car

Since we are on the subject of COPO Chevrolet’s in our last feature, we couldn’t imagine a better time than now to throw some high octane fuel onto the Chevy/Ford fire with an inside look at the building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet engine. The article is far too technically advanced for us, but we were able to decipher that only 50 editions are produced per year and for 2013, 47 supercharged engines were built alongside 3 naturally aspirated versions. Enjoy the article linked on the next page, then back to our regular planned programming with car builds, modifications and restorations.

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Build Your Own COPO Camaro On-Line

May 11, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / Factory Tour / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

Here’s a great link to Chevrolet’s on-line Performance catalog, where every part and component imaginable is available to build or modify your very own bitchin ‘Maro, including a bare Body-In-White COPO shell. We could spend hours on that site sorting out which parts to gather for the ultimate street or track builds and in fact, we just did exactly that. Enjoy looking through all of the different possibilities of Chevrolet performance parts with everything from suspension kits for your street car to full crate engines for your quarter mile drag racer. All models and years included. Then be sure to watch the 2012 Motor Trend video tour of GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. Expect lots of smokey burnouts and please make our COPO a black 427 with massive Hoosier drag slicks, just like the one above…

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