Friday, September 29, 2017

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS On-Board Nurburgring Record Lap

The big news is the fact that the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS has beaten out the Lamborghini Huracan Performante as the fastest production car around Nurburgring Nordschleife.

Onboard footage of the record-breaking lap reveals all. A blistering 6:47 and the champ is back.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The latest edition from the raging bull boasts a V10 that makes 640 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque.

 Power is sent to all four corners, wheels for which are forged and available in two different designs. They are shod in the buyers choice of Pirelli P Zero Corsas, or barely street-legal Trofeo Rs. Combined with a lighter weight, these changes allow the Performante to reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds onto a top speed of about 202 mph.
The Huracán Performante is appropriately wild looking. Giant wing, massive exhaust tips, and sleek Italian design make this Lamborghini visually outlandish in the best possible way.
The Huracán Performante uses an aluminum-and-carbon-fiber spaceframe, while the body panels are formed from aluminum and Lamborghini’s carbon-fiber technology. Shifting to this composite for various parts pared about 88 pounds. Lamborghini claims the dry weight (without fluids) is 3047 pounds.

The interior receives exposed molded carbon fiber throughout to make sure its occupants never forget this is hardcore Lambo. It should also help justify the Performante's rock bottom base sticker of $274,390.

The first cars arrived this summer.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lexus LFA: Buy it now

The Lexus LFA is rare and fast -- and just starting to find traction in the collector car marketplace. Flash back to the year 2000 and Toyota had started work on a world-beating supercar. At the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it unveiled the Lexus LFA. The LFA is powered by a 4.8-liter V10 with 553 horsepower, making the car capable of a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
When new, the sticker price of the LFA was an astronomical $375,000, or $55,000 more than the Ferrari 599. People thought this was an insane amount, but Lexus soon sold all of the 500 cars and then ceased production. A collector star was born.
The LFA has emerged as seriously collectible, perhaps the successor to the most cherished of Japanese collector cars, the Toyota 2000GT. LFAs are starting to cross the auction block. RM Sotheby’s recently sold one at its London auction for more than $404,000 and earlier this year, another sold at Mecum’s Monterey auction for $357,500.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gumout Toyota GT4586

Videomaker Ryan Tuerck got his Ferrari-powered Toyota "GT4586" out on public roads for a test drive, about a year after he and his crew finished building the Gumout-sponsored vehicle. The drive did not go well. Why shoehorn a Ferrari 458’s V-8 engine into the nose of a Toyota 86? Well, why not?
The completed car looks as mean as hell.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Porsche Smashes Lamborghini's Nurburgring Lap Record?

After having the production car Nurburgring record stolen by Lamborghini back in March, Porsche has been on the hunt to reclaim the title. There are rumors the 911 GT2 RS lapped the Nurburgring circuit in under seven minutes... on the first attempt no less.

A claimed 6m54s lap ‘or less’ could beat the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s much-disputed, much despised 6m52s effort. The GT2 RS makes do with rear-wheel drive and 700hp. The fastest time for a rear-wheel-drive car is the 7:01.3 set by a Dodge Viper ACR.
Test driver and former F1 star Mark Webber leaked near the GT2's reveal that it hit 208 miles per hour on the Nurburgring, which is a higher top speed than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante ever reached during its 6:52 lap. Until an official lap time is released, however, everyone will continue to speculate whether or not Porsche can beat Lamborghini.
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Red-Faced Ferrari Owner sunk by a foot of water

A Ferrari driver's face matched his paint when his expensive Ferrari got stuck fast in just one foot of flood water, as cheaper chitbox cars rode straight through.

The supercharged machine was left marooned in about 0.3 metres of water in the city of Palma in the Spanish holiday island of Majorca. Modest cars passed by the hapless icon on the city's Passeig des Born, where it seemed the conditions were just too much for the sophisticated Ferrari.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lost "Bullitt" Ford Mustang found in Mexico

One of the most legendary cars in Hollywood history has been found after nearly 50 years. The 1968 classic “Bullitt” had two stars in it: Steve McQueen and his Highland Green 1968 Mustang GT. There were two Mustangs used during filming: one neat and tidy and another that did the heavy lifting, including the movie’s iconic chase scene.

The pampered star car was preserved and sold three times over the years and is very privately owned today, while the stunt car was beaten up and sent to the wrecking yard. Or so everybody thought.
The car was discovered last year in Baja California Sur, its then-white body rotting away and its original drivetrain long gone. The vehicle features telltale features, including reinforced shock towers, a custom 9-inch rear axle, and holes in the trunk that are there to accommodate a generator used to run the in-car camera lights.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt” and a recent Ford video suggests the automaker is working on a special edition of the current Mustang to mark the occasion.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Green works for MSO's McLaren 570GT

Since British racing cars abandoned green liveries in the early 1970s, green has been an underused color on fast cars.

Ferrari’s signature is red, Aston Martin’s is 007-spec grey, and even McLaren identifies with eye-searing orange. Green has been left out of fashion. The latest work from McLaren Special Operations aims to change that.
A run of six MSO McLaren 570GTs costs an extra £21,000 over the too boring standard 570GT, which comes in at £154,000. For that money one also gets a nifty new interior too.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Icona Vulcano

Made of titanium, the Icona Vulcano is said to be inspired by the Blackbird SR-71 plane. Go power comes from a supercharged V8 from General Motors, namely the 6.2-litre from the Corvette ZR1.

It produces 661bhp and 605lb ft, good for 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and 0-124mph in 8.6 seconds. Top speed “exceeds 355km/h” which means 220mph.
The interior features a 12.3-inch configurable display, a carbon fiber racing seat, and yet another screen replaces the traditional gauge cluster. It even has air conditioning.
Smitten by the Vulcano? It’s a one-off, but you can buy one. If you have 2.5million euros that is, which is about £2.1 million or $ 2.7m USD.
More than a Bugatti Chiron, more than a Lamborghini Centenario and more than a McLaren P1 GTR.

But unlike those, one can pretty much guarantee you’ll never have to park alongside another Vulcano.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Porsche's top 5 rare factory models

Porsche has released a new video featuring its top five unique and rare factory models of all time. Topping the list is the 356 America Roadster, which is a lightweight version of the car that started it all, produced in just 16 examples that were offered exclusively to the U.S. market.

At number two spot is the 911 SC RS Group B homologation special. Only 20 units were built. At number three is the 911 GT1. The 911 GT1 was the road-legal variant of the actual race car Porsche made for endurance racing. Porsche built just 21 units of this car. The 924 Carrera GTS is the most hardcore version of the 924 to date.

356 America Roadster
Road-legal 1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution Racer $3.1m

Porsche 964 Turbo S flatnose – 76 built

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2018 Bentley Continental GT

Bentley revealed the new Continental GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Continental GT is now one of the oldest models in production, with the original coupe having first appeared as far back as the 2003 Geneva auto show. It was the pioneer "luxury grand tourer" — a big car with a nominal back seat and a big motor up front, designed to transport well-heeled couples from an urban enclave to a vacation escape.
A revised version of the company’s 6.0-litre W12 produces 626bhp and 900Nm of torque between 1,750rpm and 4,000rpm – enough to take the car from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds onto a 207mph top speed. The W12 now has cylinder-deactivation technology.
A dual-clutch transmission, plus a part-time four-wheel-drive system helps smooth the ride. 48V electrics powers the active anti-roll bars. This technology, called Bentley Dynamic Ride, gives the car handling agility and long-distance cruising prowess.
The new Continental is available to order, with the first examples arriving in the first quarter of 2018. Price hasn't been revealed but is expected to be something north of $‎195,000

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2018 Pagani Huayra Roadster

Pagani debuted the Huayra in 2012. The Huayra name may sound odd, but it is based on the God of the Wind, Wayra Tata, from the era of the Inca empire. In 2017, Pagani introduced the Huayra Roadster, a drop-top with bespoke chassis and features. The Italian firm made the roadster's global debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
An AMG-sourced, turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 powers the unit, delivering 753 horsepower (764 PS) and 738 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox incorporates a hydraulic and electronic activation system and is combined with new carbon synchronizers, resulting in seamless precision when shifting.

0-60 is estimated at 2.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 230 mph.
Pagani refined the carbon-titanium frame, combining it with a new form of composite material specifically developed for the Roadster. Through this, Pagani achieved a 52-percent increase in stiffness, as well as a significant increase in torsional flexional rigidity. Brakes are Brembo. A new carbon ceramic (CCM) implant with 380x34 mm and a 6-piston caliper in the front and 380x34 mm, 4-piston caliper at the rear.
Wheels are wrapped in Pirelly PZero Corsa tires developed for the Roadster. Designed to help the supercar achieve 1.8 g of lateral force, the new rubber also provides a lower rolling resistance. The tires measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches to the rear.
They aren't giving them away and only 100 will be produced. That means a rock bottom $ 2.4m, assuming one can even get one as they are all spoken for.