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The Alpine OSI CRV

During the 1950s, Marbon-Chemical in the United States pioneered the development of ABS plastic (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). This particular plastic, known by the trade name Cycolac, found its primary applications in housing parts and boat building. Seeking to expand its market reach and boost sales in the early 1960s, Marbon-Chemical took a strategic step by venturing into the automotive industry. The decision was made to create prototype automobiles, aiming to attract customers within the automotive sector.

To realize this ambitious plan, Marbon-Chemical initiated a collaboration with Centaur Engineering, a company renowned for its expertise in racing car construction during that era. Under the guidance of their skilled designer, Dann Deaver, a series of five prototypes were developed. These prototypes were given the designation CRV-I to CRV-V, with CRV standing for Cycolac Research Vehicle. This innovative approach not only showcased the versatility of ABS plastic but also positioned Marbon-Chemical as a player in the automotive industry.

The successful partnership with Centaur Engineering not only resulted in the development of these prototypes but also laid the groundwork for Cycolac’s integration into the automotive realm. This venture marked a pivotal moment in the plastics industry, demonstrating the adaptability of ABS plastic beyond traditional applications and opening new possibilities in the dynamic world of automobile manufacturing.

In 1966, Marbon-Chemical dispatched the freshly completed CRV-V prototype to Europe. Tasked with the responsibility, Guus Biermann, an employee of the Dutch branch of Marbon-Chemical, embarked on a journey across the continent. His mission was to introduce the car to major car manufacturers and Italian carrozzieri. The initial connection occurred during the fall of 1966 when Biermann, then residing in Switzerland, entrusted the CRV-V to the “Centro Stile” of OSI in Borgaro, a suburb of Turin, for the weekend. This marked the beginning of the car’s European tour and its introduction to the automotive landscape.

A chance encounter led to an unauthorized joyride of the CRV by an OSI employee, resulting in a near-complete destruction of the car in a rollover accident. Despite the unfortunate incident, the driver survived with injuries. The damaged remnants of the CRV were subsequently shipped back to the USA.

The damaged remains of the CRV were subsequently shipped back to the USA. To address the aftermath, Marbon-Chemical and OSI collaborated to construct a new CRV. Marbon-Chemical produced the body shells, delivering them directly to Alpine in France, with whom OSI had a cooperation agreement since 1965. Alpine incorporated Renault Gordini technology into the vehicle, passing it on to OSI for the final assembly of the CRV.

The newly minted CRV made appearances at fairs in London and Paris, as well as the IAA in Frankfurt. Guus Biermann, who had initially commenced the tour with the CRV-V, continued the journey with the OSI CRV. However, after a few months, as the car lost its novelty, Biermann concluded the tour. The OSI CRV found its temporary home in a warehouse at the Dutch Marbon-Chemical branch north of Amsterdam. Despite the setback, the collaborative efforts of Marbon-Chemical and OSI brought about a resilient and refined version of the CRV, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of both companies in the face of challenges.

The promotional tour’s most significant achievement possibly occurred with the sale of the manufacturing process to Citroen, culminating in the production of a vehicle on a larger scale – the Citroen Mehari, featuring an ABS body. The production method facilitated the creation of large half-shells, resembling a process more akin to boatbuilding. In the automotive sector, ABS plastic finds extensive application in crafting trim parts like lamp rings or radiator grilles. Notably, Cycolac, a type of plastic, exhibits excellent chrome plating capabilities in the automotive industry.


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Bertone has once again outdone itself with the new eco-friendly hypercar, the GB110. What’s special about it? The fuel is obtained by transforming plastic waste.

Every year, Top Marques Monaco manages to attract luxurious brands and models. The renowned event also showcased a new Italian hypercar, the Bertone GB110. Besides its stunning beauty, the hypercar has another remarkable feature that makes it highly intriguing: its ecological spirit. Yes, nowadays, hybrid and electric vehicles are a reality in the industry, but the approach to environmental respect takes a different form here.

From “bi” to Three-Dimensional

For almost two years, the project was the talk of the town following some detailed renderings. But transitioning from “bi” to three-dimensional is a vast leap. This is why enthusiasts were keen to see if the initially proclaimed qualities would hold up in reality. The company’s reputation, earned over years of distinguished service, suggested they would. After sadly going bankrupt in 2014, before rising from its ashes, the designers aimed to astonish visitors. Judging by the initial reactions, they succeeded.

On the occasion of the company’s 110th anniversary, the “stylists on four wheels” unveiled the GB110, and it must be said: it knows how to make an impression. The bodywork of the beast deviates from typical market clichés, and given the many expensive hypercars on sale, this already speaks volumes about its distinctive personality. The front exudes natural charisma with its narrow headlights and the thin extended section between the slightly raised lights above the hood, while the rear displays imposing strength.

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Previously, company spokespersons admitted to drawing inspiration from a pre-existing car, without specifying which one. We may have to live with this mystery, although the prevailing theory suggests it derives from the Lamborghini Huracan. This is implied by the “beating heart,” a ten-cylinder 5.2-liter engine augmented by a pair of turbochargers, capable of unleashing 1,100 HP and 1,100 Nm of peak torque.

The design team claims it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.79 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.79 seconds, and reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 14 seconds. The top speed exceeds 380 km/h. The exuberance is delivered through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels.

Impressive numbers, but almost overshadowed by the unique fuel system. Instead of relying on traditional gasoline and diesel, the engineers opted for something truly original: plastic waste. In collaboration with Select Fuel, the company developed a patented technology to convert polycarbonate materials into fossil fuel. Speaking about what motivated Bertone to take on this challenge, CEO Jean-Frank stated, “We believe that tackling pollution requires diverse solutions employing various technologies. Plastic waste must be treated as a valuable resource. Through our partnership with Select Fuel, we transform waste into its original form.”