Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pontiac Fiero

The Pontiac Fiero is a mid-engined sports car built by Pontiac from 1983 to 1988. The Fiero was designed by George Milidrag and Hulki Aldikacti as a sports car. The Fiero was the first two-seater Pontiac since the 1926 to 1938 coupes, and also the first and only mass-produced mid-engine sports car by a U.S. manufacturer.

Many technologies incorporated in the Fiero design such as plastic body panels were radical for their time.
A total of 370,168 Fieros were produced over the relatively short production run of five years. At the time, its reputation suffered from criticisms over performance, reliability and safety issues.

The word fiero means "very proud" in Italian, and "wild", "fierce", or "ferocious" in Spanish.

The public had high expectations for the Fiero with its mid-engine layout and aggressive styling. While initially garnering good reviews for its handling, the Fiero soon received negative reviews from critics who expected higher performance. Despite the critical press, the Fiero sold well.

By 1985, the oil crisis was over and demand developed for a Fiero having more engine power and better sports car performance. Pontiac responded by introducing the GT model which included upgraded suspension tuning, wider tires, and a V6 engine having 43 hp more than the base four-cylinder. GM ended production after the 1988 model year due to declining sales. Consumer sentiment was swayed by heavy media coverage of Fiero engine fires, as well as the poor reliability and performance of the 1984-1987 models.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

2019 Chevrolet Corvette C8

The mid-engined version of the Chevrolet Corvette is coming. Or at least virtually everybody in the auto industry thinks it's coming.

Development on the C7's replacement has begun, and rumor has it a mid-engine variant is in the works. The C8 will be "revolutionary." To many Corvette watchers that can only mean one thing: a mid-engine Chevy supercar. If true the C8 will be the most important fundamental change to the Chevrolet Corvette since GM dropped in an eight-cylinder engine in 1955.
The driving reason the Corvette would switch to a mid-engined layout is for performance.

There is a limit to how much power a front-engine supercar can put down, and how much cornering grip it can achieve. Although the current Corvette Z06 is a fantastic sports car, it's inherently held back by its front-mid-engine design.
After intense speculation, Autoblog and Car and Driver got their hands on spy photos of what's claimed to be the mid-engine Corvette prototype testing in Michigan. The photos show a heavily-camouflaged car but clearly rolling on some sort of a mid-engine chassis.
The mid-engine Corvette will use a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sourced from Tremec. Of its seven speeds, the top three are overdrives, and Tremec says it can handle 9000 rpm input speed and 664 lb-ft of torque.

With a starting MSRP of just $55,400, the current C7 represents a great deal. Obviously, the mid-engined variant will cost more ... probably a lot more. $150,000 seems to be the most popular number.

Monday, September 12, 2016

2017 Ferrari GTC4 Lusso

The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso is a four-wheel drive, four-seater with a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V12 that produces 680bhp and 514lb ft of torque. 0-62mph is 3.4 seconds on to a top speed of 208mph.

Ferrari calls the combination of the all-wheel drive and the four-wheel steering ‘4RM-S’, with the Lusso also getting the fourth-generation of their Slide Slip Control, and electronic differential and magnetic dampers.
The new V12 has leading-edge technical solutions, including newly-designed piston heads, the latest evolution of Ferrari's anti-knock control software, multispark injection, and a new electronic by-pass valve.
There's no word on price but one can expect something in the region of $300,000. Deliveries start in the fall.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mazzanti Evantra

The latest version of the Mazzanti Evantra boasts a new “Biplano” rear wing designed to boost downforce at speed. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V-8 rated at 751 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a paddle-shifted, 6-speed sequential gearbox that spins the rear wheels. 0-60 mph time is 3.0 seconds or less on to a top speed of over 224 mph.

The debut of the updated Evantra marks the 10th anniversary of Mazzanti’s appearance on the world stage.
It was 2006 when the company showed off its first model, the Antas. It was followed by the Vulca in 2009 and the Evantra in 2013.

Production of Mazzanti’s cars is extremely limited. The Evantra, for example, is churned out a rate of just five cars per year.
The drivetrain sits in a monocoque chassis constructed from steel and molybdenum chrome alloy. The body can be ordered in aluminum or carbon fiber.
The suspension is fully-adjustable with MacPherson at both ends. The wheels measure 20 inches across and come from OZ Racing. They’re wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tires (255/30 front, 325/25 rear)
Price starts, if you're asking, around £670,000

Saturday, September 10, 2016

McLaren P14 spotted

A swack of McLaren P14 spy photos appeared on the web yesterday, as the vehicle was spotted in the South of Spain. The 2018 successor of the McLaren 650S will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in February.
The real gem of the McLaren P14 is still its powerplant. The new model will feature an evolution of the V8 twin-turbo 3.8-liter 650S, which delivers 650hp and 678 Nm of torque. The power of the upcoming vehicle is also rumored to reach 700 hp.

The new model will continue to have the MonoCell carbon fiber chassis and many of the key components of the 650S. The current model goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3 seconds onto a top speed of 333 km/h. These numbers are likely to be improved upon.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The "Italian Job" Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura is a sports car that was produced by the Italian automaker between 1966 and 1973. The car is widely considered to have instigated the trend of high performance, two-seater, mid-engined sports cars. When released it was the fastest production road car in the world.

The Miura was presented at the 1965 Turin auto show, and the prototype P400 debuted at the 1966 Geneva show, to stellar receptions. Marcello Gandini's sleek styling and the car's revolutionary mid-engine design was revolutionary.
The Miura which was featured in the opening sequence of the "Italian Job" was found by Cheshire Classic Cars. Although apparently written off in an Alpine tunnel, the car in fact was undamaged and sold to a customer after filming … the actual wreck that was pushed down the mountainside in the movie by the mafia-controlled bulldozer was another Miura that had already been badly damaged in a crash.

The iconic car, perhaps the most famous Lamborghini in the world, is expected to fetch £3 million.

See ----->http://superautoworld.blogspot.ca/2016/03/lamborghini-miura-sv-chassis-4846.html

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Barrett Jackson - Las Vegas 2016

1968 Shelby GT500 convertible
The Barrett Jackson Las Vegas Auction runs October 13 through 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Barrett Jackson auctions have evolved over the years into world-class automotive lifestyle events where thousands of the world’s most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience.

1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30

1953 Buick Skylark Convertible

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

2014 BMW I8

1971 Dodge Challenger R/T

2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary #1

1967 Pontiac Firebird #001 and #002 are the first two Firebirds ever built by Pontiac and will be sold as a pair.

Monday, September 5, 2016

1986 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione

One of the rarest and most overlooked Ferraris ever was the 288 GTO Evoluzione of 1986, a car that could be seen as the prototype for the first true Ferrari supercar, the F40. Ferrari only built six of the Evoluziones.

Ferrari built a special version of its 308 GTBi, of Magnum P.I. fame, the 288 GTO, as the required street-legal version of the planned race car.
While the production 288 GTO was gorgeous, the Evoluzione is brutal with slats, vents and wings.
While the production 288 GTO's twin-turbcharged 2.9-liter V8 engine cranked out 400 horsepower, the Evoluzione's larger turbos boosted its engine to 650. Use of lightweight materials kept the Evoluzione's mass down to less than 2,100 lbs. These orphaned racers are exceedingly rare and expensive. The going price if you simply MUST have one is something around $ 2m.