Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Mercedes-AMG’s Project One

The Project One could rewrite the rules of supercars. While some automakers talk about cars inspired by Formula One, Mercedes plans to yank the engine from one of its all-conquering F1 cars and put it in the Project One’s engine bay. As in F1, this 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 will be backed by a hybrid system, which will use four electric motors in the Project One.

Mercedes will make 275 copies of the Project One. The ultimate Mercedes-AMG supercar is priced at $2.54 million, but the entire production run is already spoken for. The Project One is expected to debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Millionaire rogue landlord's £200,000 Ferrari crushed

Zahid Khan's white Ferrari 458 Spider hit the headlines earlier this year when Khan illegally parked it on the pavement outside a court. He was appearing there to appeal against his rogue landlord conviction. Khan, 30, a trainee pilot, insisted he had bought the car at an auction before he pimped it up with parts he ordered from Ferrari.

West Midlands Police said the vehicle was crushed for invalid insurance and because it was unroadworthy.
Khan was convicted of forcing tenants out of his luxury Birmingham home. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service. He returned to Birmingham Crown Court to appeal his conviction – parking his car on the pavement outside in an act of defiance. The court ordered Khan to pay £2,000.

The businessman provided a £1million supercar fleet for Floyd Mayweather during his UK tour - and now plans to become his personal pilot in America.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Gearhead retires - 300 'classic' cars go to highest bidders

1976 Chevy Vega Station Wagon - Bid $ 36
Kerry Droog, owner of K&K Auto in Mobridge, South Dakota, has been working on his collection for over 40 years and has finally made the difficult decision to sell. As the son of an auctioneer and owner of a salvage yard, Kerry has been buying from auctions his entire life. Auctions and junkyards are to classic car collectors what stay cats are to your neighborhood cat hoarder.
1941- 1947 Dodge Truck Flat Bed - $ 260 bid

1941- 1948 Studebaker Front Clip/cab - $ 50 bid
Sure, some of these babies might need a tiny amount of work, but that's almost nothing.
1974 Dodge D 200 - $ 6 bid

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Aston Martin and Red Bull's - 2018 AM-RB 001

Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing aim to claim the title of fastest street-legal car in the world. When it arrives, probably late next year, it could create a whole new category of car in need of a fresh prefix, over and beyond super-, mega-, and even hyper.
The AM-RB 001’s engine will be a naturally aspirated V-12 mounted behind the teardrop passenger compartment and will drive the rear wheels only.
Something around 100 examples will be built, each with a price tag of $ 3m.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ford Mustang turns 53

1963 Mustang II concept
The Ford Mustang was formally introduced on April 17th, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair.

The Mustang’s first day sales were 22,000 units. Over the next 12 months, Ford sold 417,000 examples of the 1964.5 and 1965 Mustang, leading to a monthly average of 34,750 new cars sold each month. The Mustang’s 52 straight years of production makes it the longest running sports car. (There were no 1983 Corvettes)
The best year for the Ford Mustang came in 1966, when 607,568 units sold. Overall Ford Motor Company has sold 9,660,193 Mustangs.

Though it was based on the economy-minded Ford Falcon, Ford wasted no time in building performance models.

1965 GTX-350
The muscle car of Mustang was the 1968 Cobra Jet with the 428-cubic inch Cobra Jet engine.

The 1969 Mustang Boss 429 is rarer than the Boss 302.

1984 Mustang SVO
The 1970s weren’t kind to the Ford Mustang. Federal safety and emissions regulations put a stranglehold on performance and the once mighty Mustang migrated to the same platform as the lowly Ford Pinto economy car.

It wasn't until the mid-80s that it could once again be considered a performance machine.

2000 Mustang Cobra R
The 2012 Boss 302 featured a 5.0-liter V-8 of 444-horsepower. All had performance brakes, adjustable shocks, stiffer suspension settings, and quicker, adjustable steering.

The 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 featured a new dual-overhead cam 5.8-liter V-8, increasing output to 662-horses.
At the L.A. auto show in November, Ford unveiled the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. The GT350R is powered by a naturally aspirated flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 and packs Ford’s first adaptive magnetorheological suspension.

Transmission is a six-speed manual, and the car is fitted with dedicated coolers for the engine oil, the gearbox, and the 3.73:1 Torsen limited-slip differential. The GT350R rolls on carbon-fiber wheels, a first for any major automaker and a rarity even among exotic supercars.
The Shelby GT350R is about as stripped-down as a street-legal car can get. The GT350R buyer gets no air conditioning, no stereo, no rear seats, and no trunk upholstery or cargo floor. Base MSRP is $48,695.

If that doesn't work for you, you must need the supercharged "Shelby Super Snake" with a host of Ford Performance components, including a Roush-sourced 2.3-liter supercharger, which boosts the GT's 5.0-liter V-8 from 435 hp to 627 hp.

There's also an exhaust, a handling kit, 3.73:1 rear-axle gears, half-shafts, and a short-throw shifter. Shelby fits cooling upgrades, 20-inch Weld Racing wheels, and six-piston Wilwood front brakes too.
The "Shelby Super Snake" claims a 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph. Base MSRP is $ 87,000.
How about the Shelby Terlingua V8, with 750-horsepower, upgraded brakes and suspension tweaks?

No? Well then Saleen has the 730-horsepower S302 Black Label.
Need an eight-second quarter-mile run? No problem, try the new Cobra Jet.

Only 50 will be made, with each starting at $99,990. The Cobra Jet is a factory-fresh way to run in National Hot Rod Association Stock and Super Stock races, as well as the International Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association, and National Muscle Car Association. Under the hood is a 5.0-liter V8 with a Whipple supercharger. New coilover shocks and springs, lighter brakes, a roll cage, new fuel system, new seats with racing harnesses, and a race-prepped automatic transmission are included, naturally.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Electric Nio EP9 supercar smashes Nurburgring lap record

A Nio EP9 has laid claims to being the fastest road-legal car around the Nurburgring circuit. The latest run was a blistering 6:45.9.
The EP9's 1-MegaWatt of power is equivalent to 1360PS (1342 bhp) and the vehicle has a top speed of 313kmh . The EP9 accelerates from 0-200kmh in 7.1 seconds.
When fully-charged, the EP9 reportedly has a range of around 450 kilometres.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

No Takers for Car Posted For $700 Online - Worth Millions

A broken-down car posted on Craigslist for $700 has turned out to be a super-rare Corvette worth millions. When the car was initially posted on Craigslist in Tampa Bay in 2012 nobody was interested.

"SERIAL # X53L on documented 1953 pre-production Corvette Frame," the ad said. "We believe this to be a 1953 Pontiac prototype that was to assume the name Longoria? Info received to date indicates that ZAGATO designed and PINNAFARINA constructed the body for GM in late 52."

The ad asked if anyone with car experience could help to identify the automobile, which was covered in "gaudy purple paint, poorly applied." As it turned out, the car was an incredibly rare 1960 Corvette known as Cunningham Corvette No. 1, one of three Corvettes that were converted into race cars by famed racer Briggs Cunningham, who raced the cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1960.
After the race, instead of putting the cars in a museum, Cunningham converted the three Corvettes to be street-legal and sold them through a Chevrolet dealer. The cars were not seen again for years.

No. 3 was the first of the set to be found, restored by Chip and Lance Miller.

No. 2 was spotted in a junkyard in Irwindale, California a few years ago and was later restored by collector Bruce Meyer
After the No. 1 was discovered on Craigslist, a long battle over ownership began, ending with the rare car in the hands of Gino Burelli, a car dealer and collector from Indiana. Burelli commissioned Corvette restorer Kevin Mackay to restore No. 1, after he gained notoriety for restoring the car's sibling, the No. 3. The restoration will cost around $500,000.
A vintage car lawyer says No. 1 could fetch something between $3 and $7 million.