Thursday, April 28, 2016

Lotus 3-Eleven

The Lotus 3-Eleven was first revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last summer. Go power is provided by transverse, midmounted version of Lotus’s 3.5-litre Toyota-sourced V6, with the supercharger, integrated charge cooler and engine management electronics designed at Hethel. Power is 453bhp at 7000rpm, and maximum torque is 332lb ft at 3500rpm.

That gives 0-60mph in 2.9sec on the way to 180 mph.
The road-going 3-Eleven gets a conventional six-speed H-pattern gearbox with the Race version getting an Xtrac sequential six-speed paddleshift.

Both have Torsentype limited-slip differentials.

The car has a bonded and riveted aluminium monocoque tub chassis. The Road model’s rollcage incorporates extra side impact bars, and the Race cage has additional bars to meet FIA international race regulations.

The Road version starts at £82,500 and Race version £116,500.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Victoria’s Secret founder settles suit over rare 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus

A dispute over the ownership of a 1954 Ferrari that Victoria’s Secret founder Les Wexner bought for 10.7 million pounds (close to $20 million) was settled before a U.K. trial was scheduled to start.

Wexner, who bought the Ferrari at a Bonhams auction in 2014 through Copley Motorcars, joined up with the car dealer to sue the auction house for putting the vehicle up for sale while there were several lawsuits in the U.K. and U.S. over its ownership.
The claims over ownership laid bare the car’s peculiar history; the battered, burnt-out chassis was stolen from the Ohio backyard of an eccentric ex-U.S. army engineer, eventually finding its way into the hands of one of the world’s most renowned Ferrari dealers in Belgium.
Only 5 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus were made. It boasted a 4.9-liter V-12 which produced 330hp. The Ferrari was capable of doing 0-60mph in just four seconds and 60 years ago could hit a top speed of 186mph.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mystery Ferrari 488 Spotted Testing

Ferrari fans are purists with an amazing fixation on whatever the prancing pony is up to. Whatever the latest is, it isn’t a 488 GTB although it does retain many similarities to the current mainstream supercar. While some have quickly labeled this car as a test mule, others have speculated that it could be the next special edition of the 488 GTB, like a 488 Speciale.

The odds of Ferrari debuting a whole new model by accidentally driving it out the front gate uncamouflaged aren't good. Special Projects is the division of Ferrari that handles extremely limited-edition vehicles for extremely well-off clients.
The division's services are traditionally reserved exclusively for Ferrari's best customers.
The Ferrari 488 is a mid-engined sports car produced by the Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari, introduced in 2015 to replace the previous 458.

It is powered by a 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 of 3,902 cc (238 cu in) all-aluminium dry sump unit of the Ferrari F154 engine family.

Zero to 60 mph is 3.0 sec onto a top speed of at least 205 mph.
Turbocharged with two parallel ball-bearing twin-scroll turbochargers supplied by IHI and two air-to-air intercoolers, the compressor wheels are made of low-density TiAl alloy often used in jet engines to reduce inertia and resist high temperatures within the turbocharger. The engine produces 661 hp at 8,000 rpm and 561 lb·ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. This results in a specific power output of 169.4 hp per litre and specific torque output of 144 lb·ft per litre, both records for a Ferrari.
The transmission for the 488 is an automated manual dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox manufactured for Ferrari by GETRAG, based on the gearbox used in the 458.
Carbon-ceramic brakes supply stopping power, constructed with materials that reduce the time needed to achieve optimum operating temperature. A new 5-spoke 20 inch alloy wheel are front and rear.

Base Price for the Ferrari 488 is $242,737

Friday, April 22, 2016

McLaren P1 bites the dust in China

One of the 375 McLaren P1s roaming the planet does so no more after a crash in China’s Zhejiang province.
The 904-horsepower P1 is said to cost about 12.6 million Yuan in China, which means that the owner of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo has effectively totaled their $ 2m investment.

The number of supercar crashes that take place in China continues to rise. Now the 'Holy Trinity' of supercars has been accomplished. The P1 joins a Ferrari LaFerrari, and a Porsche 918.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Destruction of the 1963 Chrysler Turbine Cars

Called “one of the greatest publicity stunts in automotive history,” the Chrysler Turbine car program ranks as one of the most unique automotive experiments ever, and its story continues to captivate 53 years later.

By the spring of 1963, Chrysler’s experiments with turbine-powered cars were well known. Chrysler was the only automaker to take the next step and start to develop a turbine-powered car available to the public. In May of 1963, Chrysler not only introduced the Turbine car, it also announced that it would make 50 of the cars available for three-month-long test drives.
Turbine cars featured two-door four-passenger sedan bodies built by Ghia that shared nothing with any other Chrysler product.

Under the hood, they featured Chrysler’s fourth-generation A-381 regenerator turbine engine, good for 425-pound-feet of torque, hooked up to modified TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmissions.

Aside from the five prototypes built by Ghia, all 50 came in the same configuration: bronze paint, black vinyl top, and bronze leather interior.

Acceleration proved to be no problem to the turbine driven cars (0 - 100 km/h in approx 10 seconds), but problems were experienced by drivers. These included fuel consumption (at best around 12 mpg) and cabin heat that was being generated by the turbine motor.
When Chrysler decided that it was never going to be a commercial proposition, they destroyed 40 of the prototypes, with the remaining 10 being given to museums.
"The decision to destroy the Turbine cars was pragmatic. Anything done outside of the control of the corporation could potentially create all sorts of PR headaches and diminish the good image effects from the program in the eyes of the public. Nobody wanted a bunch of those bodies running around with piston engines in them, etc., and they sure would not let them out of hand with the gas turbines still installed. Best and most logical decision – destroy them."
Jay Leno owns a Chrysler Turbine Car--one of only two running examples in private hands. Because he bought it directly from Chrysler, he is the first owner of the machine seen here: Number 34, according to a polished piece of trim located on the inner windshield.

Leno calls the Turbine Car "the most collectible post-war car ever."