Previous Projects

THE PROJECT NAGARI TEAM together have more than 100 years
 
experience in conceiving, designing, building and publicising
 
more than 30 major Project Vehicles and scores of smaller projects.
 
These Projects include Concept cars, ShowCars, Manufacturer Market Research vehicles, Limited
Production specials, Promotion, Advertising and Marketing Projects, Prize and Competition cars,
Race and Rally cars, teams and complete racing projects.
 
Many vehicles have been developed for competitions, prizes, promotions and give-aways.
 
The Project Team has supplied major Automotive Manufacturers with prepared or restored 'halo
vehicles' for Anniversaries and other Celebrations.
 
Promotion of Projects has involved all forms of media including Print (scores of magazine articles
and covers), TV (all general coverage plus dedicated programs, expert commentary etc), Video
(production of programs for TV, Video/CD/DVD, Collections, Archives, and Theatre Features).
 
 
 
  PROJECT LAMBORGHINI - TARGA
 
  ADVANCED Tarmac Racing Project to contest the Targa Tasmania - the world's leading road race - in
  the Production class. This project involved...
 
  •   Securing Local Distributor and Sponsor support
  •   Negotiating construction of purpose-built Rally car with factory in Sant 'Agata, Italy
  •   Supervising sourcing components and construction at Italian plant.
  •   Testing the race-car
  •   Selecting and securing the driver (Former WorldChamp Sandro Munari), and support sponsorship.
  •   Arranging Air-freight of car, components, team to Australia (fully-sponsored).
  •   Local modifications and testing, plus event pre-run
  •   Organising competing in the event.
  •   Vehicle event support with service and media.
  •   Organising extended post-event Australian and Global show-circuit.
  •   Extensive Media coverage including print and TV, specials.
 
  To secure this Project, Rob Luck flew to Italy and negotiated the major deal with the Soeharto Family
  (then owners of Lamborghini), plus additional deals with Sandro Munari, Sponsors and Equipment
  Suppliers. The car was fully road resgistered.
 
  The vehicle easily won its class (Production) and came in a close third bethind two outright factory
  racers.
 
 
   PROJECT MUSCLE MACHINE
 
                
 
   PROJECT MUSCLE MACHINE was a radical Showcar concept, conceived and developed by Rob Luck
   for the Ford Motor Company and Australian Playboy Magazine.
 
   The centrepiece of the modifications was a Targa-roof concept - the first ever attempted for this
   type of vehicle - which was executed by Paul Halstead's Toyshop group (which later produced the
   famous Giacattolo sportscar).
 
   Other features included...
  •    Targa metal and canvas roof inserts
  •    Fully-customised rear section including fabricated and moulded trayback
  •    Customised body with aircraft-styled drilled-and bolted solid headlight covers and Plexiglass sidetrims.
  •    Full Recaro Electric-seat interior
  •    Custom Off-road suspension, wheels and tyres
  •    Integrated and concealed heavy duty winch and nerfbar.
  •    Laser-cut logos and emblems
  The car was a key drawcard at the 1983 Sydney International Motor Show and featured heavily in print and
  electronic media advertising. It was promoted country-wide by Ford.
 
  This vehicle won Car of the Show at numerous expos and toured the country for almost 2 years
  generating massive media coverage in print and electronic areas.
 
 
 
   PROJECT MR2-F40
 
              
 
   PROJECT MR2-F40 was the ultimate in a Series of Project Cars based on various Toyota Sports models to
   showcase Toyota Products and provide a promotional platform for Australian Road & Track Magazine which
   gave the vehicles away in Reader Competitions.
 
   The vehicle featured a custom designed and built body modification kit designed to make the mid-engined
   sportscar look like a 'baby Ferrari' - hence the F40 tag.
 
   The engine, suspension, brakes  wheels and tyres were completely re-worked and the interior fitted with luxury
   Recaro seating and track-day seatbelt package. An unusal feature was a 'perimeter' alarm that sounded  alarms
   and broadcast vocal warnings while de-mobilising the vehicle.  There was a state-of-the-art entertainment
   system.
 
   
 
  The car cost more than $70K to produce at the time (approx $130k in today's money) and was spectacular enough
   to be featured on the Beyond 2000 TV program, and extensive print and electronic media. It was voted 'People's
   Choice' at a number of major shows and expos and toured for 12 months.
 
  MR2-F40 clone bodykits, suspension/wheel-tyre packages, and interior kits were produced and marketed
  through Toyota Dealers and modification houses.
 
  The entire concept was developed and executed  by Rob Luck and the AR&T magazine team.
 
 
    PROJECT MYSTERE
 
                        
    Studio shot                                           Clip from newspaper article
 
   RECARO was introduced to Australia and as Bob Roman took over management of the business it
   became a household name through the efforts of Rob Luck's imaginative and broad-ranging
   marketing plans.
 
   A lynchpin of the Recaro marketing program was the production of clever, innovative or stunning
   showcars, designed to showcase the advanced Recaro seating product.
 
   At this time, the concept of an after-market modified special was considered as an extension to
   Recaro's growing seating and accessory business.
 
   Leading Australian Car Stylist Peter Arcadipane had developed a reputation crafting the Falcon GT
   and customising it for the Mad Max Movie (as well as the Mad Max PanelVan). Rob Luck
   commissioned Peter to produce a 'special' that could be constructed out of an existing popular
   donor car - in this case the Torana Hatchback.
 
  Project Mystere is the result.
 
  Model 1 was an immensely  popular car on the showcircuit but changing Australian Design Rules
  made it impractical to produce as a turnkey model. So while the vehicle attracted massive media
  and a chunky order book of potential sales, the Project was turned-over to Peter Arcadipane to
  produce after-market componentry - particularly body kits - and market these direct to consumers.
 
  The vehicle cost the equivalent of $250,000 of today's money to produce, including moulds and
  specially-built componentry. A turnkey car was envisaged for 20% more than the cost of the
  original Torana. Scores of body kits were produced but as far as we know only one 'Bobtail' version
  was produced by Peter Arcadipane.
 
 
      PROJECT NIGHTRIDER
             
         
         The original Nightrider (above)  was a drawcard for International Motor Shows 
                   
     ONE of Australia's most successful early showcars, this concept by Rob Luck involved the development
     of a Showcar that could be utilised to spin-off Limited Edition models and accessories for Alfa Romeo
     which was looking to boost its youth and perfomance image at the time.
 
     The Initial showcar was billed as one of the stars of the 1984 Sydney International Motor Show, featuring
     in the offical Show Advertising program and securing its own dedicated press launch.
 
    Based on the high-performance GTV-6 (then one of the fastest prodsports in the world) the car earned
    enormous interest at the International shows and persuaded Alfa to produce a Limited Edition production
    run.
 
    Australian Playboy Magazine also picked-up the Project and acquired a special version (seen above)
    as the prize for its Playmate of the Year at the time.
 
    The car was dubbed Nightrider after its special all-blacked paint (not a production colour) and the
    fully-enclosed grille (ventilated on production models).
 
    Production models (below) were available in any colour you liked as long as it was red and featured
    the first production laser-cut badgework which included GTV-6 lettering and the Alfa Romeo
    Quadrifoglio' or four-leafed clover.  Interior was all-Recaro including the then exotic netting head
    restraints and the car was fully modified in engine, suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres in line with
    its image and consumer expectations.
 
    Alfa Romeo aslo produced a Group A racecar utilising the 'bodykit'. It was driven by Colin Bond.
 
    Production version of the Alfa GTV-6 'Nightrider' ...  with a 'Playmate'                          
   
        
 
 
    PROJECT SCOPRION TARGA TURBO
 
 
                 
 
    ARGUABLY the car that started the global Targa sportscar movement, The Scorpion Targa Turbo
    was a radical concept developed by Rob Luck to showcase Recaro seating product in 1979.
 
   There was little doubt it achieved some world firsts, but notably, the first four-seat twin-Targa
   roof sportscar.
 
    The focal point of the Project was a custom-engineered Twin-Targa roof, featuring individually
    removable panels that could also be tilted up at the rear when in place.
 
    The donor car was a Mitsubishi Scorpion sports fully modified with advanced competition
    turbo-charger, suspension, braking and wheel/tyre package.The entire monocoque had to be
    strengthened with built-in chassis-rails before the roof could be cut, and front and rear-screen
    rigidity was enhanced by lateral roll-bars connected to a central bar through the T-Top. There was
    no scuttle-shake and the car circulated Amaroo Park Raceway in the same laptimes after the
    conversion as before.
 
    The roof 'conversoion' was performed by Trakka Conversions - an up-market vehicle Camper
    Conversion company still producing quality conversions today.
 
    Developed initially for Recaro the car was 'adopted' by Mitsubishi and given major prominence
    at motor shows across the country. The interior was fitted with four individual Recaro luxury
    electrically-adjustable seats.
 
    Motor Vehicle Design Legislation introduced at the time made it virtually impossible to put the
    popular concept into production, although several after-market modifiers produced imitations.
 
     Scorpion Targa Turbon on a Recaro stand at a feature motor show.
    
 
    PROJECT PRO-AM
  
           
 
    PLAYBOY MAGAZINE was looking for a low-cost entry into motorsports to promote its rapidly
    expanding men's magazine in 1981. Leyland was trying to promote sales of its ailing sportscar
    line and founded the Pro-Am series - a competition pitching works professional racing drivers
    against amateurs. Rob Luck joined the two up with this Promotional and RaceCar program.
 
    It was tough odds for the amateurs with a Who's Who works driver list including Dick Johnson,
    Jim Richards, Pete Geoghegan, Leo Geoghegan, Bob Morris, and Colin Bond. Additionally, the
    'factory' cars, appeared to have some extra performance....err...help....
 
    Nevertheless, Rob Luck set the third fastest time overall in the Series and the second-fastest
    time in the wet - not a bad effort when you consider Luck's racecar doubled as a roadcar and
    was driven to every race meeting (the works cars had their own team of mechanics and were
    ferried to the circuit on transporters) The amateur car also finished first in the 'pure amateur'
    class, 3rd in the overall amateur (or semi-works) class and 5th outright - for the whole series.
 
    The Playboy car generated by far the most media coverage and was able to beat most of the
    works drivers at various times - as shown here in the shot of Luck going inside Pete
    Geoghegan over the crest at Amaroo.
            
   
 
 
    PROJECT 300ZX
 
                   
 
      PROJECT 300ZX was designed from the outset as a spectacular and coveted prizecar for Australian
      Road and Track magazine.
 
      With body livery  and wing designed by Wayne Draper  (also the designer on Project Nagari) Project 300ZX 
     also had special body panels, advanced track-day suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres and absolutely 
     every on-board luxury possible.  This includes a full all-seat Recaro interior, advanced Pioneer surround sound, 
     and a built-in mobile phone installation - with full on-board power source and hands-free operation,
     quite a breakthrough in 1994. 
 
     Aimed to attract significant media coverage and public exposure, the project far exceeded expectations
     - it was exposed to more than 3 million showgoers and relentlessly displayed over 250 days through motor
    shows, expos,  (including Royal Easter Show) , shopping centres and driveway promotions.
 
         
     PROJECT LAMBORGHINI RACER
 
 
                                                                              
 
     PROJECT LAMBORGHINI  was a unique Promotional and Racecar Program designed to generate national media
     coverage by creating an association between Playboy magazine and one of the world's then most desirable
     Supercars - the Lamborghini Countach.
 
    This particular Lamborghini was the only one of its type in the world - a custom-built Targa version , specially
    modified by computer entrepeneur Paul Halstead. Further modifications included Formula-One style
    suspension and brakes developed by Henry Nehrybecki - ex-F1 engineer (Lola) who also developed Frank
    Matich's SR-series sportscars. There was also a LeMans-spec wing and custom bodywork, wheels and tyres.
 
   Rob Luck developed a special race program for the car based around the Waneroo 3-hour which appeared to suit
   the car's specifications.  In a major coup, he organised for the car to be airlifted from Sydney to Perth as part of
   the race promotion - it was the first time a car of any type had been airlifted in the then new Airbus just added
   to TAA's fleet (now QANTAS).  Luck ended up doing most of the driving and the car acquitted itself well against
   outright racecars (sports sedans), generating enormous media interest for all the parties involved.
 
  
   PROJECT CR-X
 
   
 
    A STUNNING example of a commercially-successful program, this Project was undertaken in concert with Honda
    and Australian Road and Track magazine to promote both entities and leverage the emerging CR-X brand.
   
    A custom bodykit was developed, later emulated by major after-market body builders and a complete
    upgrade of suspension, brakes, wheels and tyres complemented the package. A mild engine rework
    utilising factory-race parts and advanced exhaust system signficantly boosted performance.  Inside, the
    cockpit was provided with a track-day temperament courtesy of Recaro semi-pro race seats and harnesses.
 
    A number of versions were produced and the program extended over several years due to the success of
    the media and promotion programs. The subject of an intensive site-exposure program the machines were
    exposed to more than 6 million viewers during 275 days of intensive publiuc venue promotions.
 
    TV and print media coverage was exemplary aided by appearances from factory-retained racer Allan Moffat.
 
    Honda Dealers marketed a range of versions from mild to wild and Performance Modification Specialists
    throughout Australia backed-up with specialised equipment.
 
   
 
   PROJECT SEARAY
       
              
 
    PROVING the versatility of the Project Team is this fully rebuilt SeaRay sports cruiser.
    The from-the-keel-up conversion involved gutting the original boat completely and starting with a clean
    sheet of paper. High-end equipment in-line with  21st Century standards was installed throughout, from 
    full electronics, advanced lighting, refrigeration and galley equipment to electric-powered on-board waste 
    storage and disposal.   
 
    Power supply from a worked 454 Big Block was delivered through freshwater cooling system to an advanced
    high-capacity TRS leg. 
 
    Cruise speed in excess of 70km/h despite the 3.5tonne overall weight (all that equipment ! ) was achieved
    with terrific economy of 24-litres per hour at 2/3 max.  
 
    This craft was set-up for its discerning family with full overnight and touring facilities, yet capable of 
    pulling several skiers and wakeboarders out of the deep and turning on a dime.
 
 
 
    PROJECT HONDA AERO
     
    
 
    AGAIN demonstrating the versatility of the Project Team, this unique cycle was developed for Honda on a CB500/4
    as far back as 1971, when aero-cowlings were unheard of.
 
    Fully-sponsored by Honda which supplied a number of bikes, spare componetry, technical assistance regarding the
    base bike, the Project evolved a fairing which not only greatly enhanced performance but provided unheard-of levels
    of rider protection from the elements, via a full-height but streamlined aero screen and wrap-around side-fairings.
    A supplementary fairing was developed for the rear (seat extension and plate-carrier) and special livery mathed on
    components across the bike.  An artist, Bob Dickson, drew the initial sketches and formed outline moulds.
 
    Featured in TV programs, car and motorcycle magazines and a range of shows and expos, the Aero also tested
    impressively in the hands of 'works' riders...
     
  •     Top speed increased from 160km/h to 205km/h
  •     Acceleration, Standing 1/4 improved 1.5 seconds
 
    Works riders also reported significant improvements in point-to-point riding times due to sustained higher cruising
   speeds and faster acceleration from braking and cornering.
 
    Within two years, Honda started producing mini-fairings and half-fairings and the after-market full-fairing industry was in
   full swing within 4 years. Arguably, it all started right here.
 
 
   
 
 
   
                               
                      
                  
                    
 
  
 
    
 
             
                
 
 
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