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.

Worst Cars ever Produced

1958 Edsel Corsair. Many attribute it's horrid looks to it's abject failure, but the car was also ridiculously poorly made.

Prices for the Corsair in 1958 ranged from US$3,311 to $3,390.
Production Figures for 1958 Edsel Corsair
Body StyleUnits
2-Door Hardtop3,632
4-Door Hardtop6,355

AMC Gremlin (1970-1978)
Launched on April Fool's Day in 1970, the Gremlin marked the beginning of the end for American Motors. Although AMC built a number of terrible cars the Gremlin is generally agreed upon as the worst of them all.

It was a small, rust-prone car that guzzled fuel. It's handling was atrocious, its engine was crippled by emissions control equipment, and the flip-up back window was prone to breaking off in a driver's hands.

AMC Pacer 1975-1981
The Pacer is an enduring symbol of bad taste. The Pacer featured tall, wraparound windows that gave it the look of a rolling fishbowl. AMC spent millions promoting the car, but it was a sales flop.

Although it was a gas guzzler and a total rust bucket, the Pacer's hideous looks were its main calling card.
The 1980s was not a great time for American auto manufacturers and the 1982 Cimarron is a prime example of this ineptitude. The Cimarron was nothing more than a dressed up Chevrolet Cavalier called a Cadillac.

It sold poorly.
1974 Mustang II. Mustang fans despise this car. It’s been giving Mustang a bad name since it was released in the mid-1970s. The Mustang II was a redesigned Pinto. It was poorly made, low on power, and could explode.

Bricklin SV1 ( 1974-1976)
New Brunswick premier Richard Hatfield should have passed on Malcolm Bricklin's SV1 project. Hatfield funded the project anyway. Only a handful of the fiberglass-bodied SV1's were ever built, and the project was plagued with problems that ranged from inadequate brakes to a leaking rear hatch.

The SV1 suffered from crippling design flaws and construction quality that resembled a Soviet-era Lada.
1971 Chevrolet Vega. The Vega's problems were many. The engine wouldn’t hold oil. The front end had a tendency to fall off, and most of the fenders rusted out after only a year in the winter (and in places that never got snow.)

The engine got so hot it routinely warped the heads and destroyed head gaskets.

Chevrolet Chevette 1975-1987
Rushed into production as a slap-dash response to an OPEC oil embargo that created a market for small cars, the sub-compact Chevette earned a reputation as a car that drove even worse than it looked.

The engine was rough, the suspension was crude, and the interior was lined with cheap plastic. Construction quality of the early Chevettes epitomized mid-1970's Detroit for shoddy workmanship. The Chevette superseded the Vega as Chevrolet's entry-level subcompact and sold 2.8 million units over twelve model years. The Chevette was the best-selling small car in the U.S. for model years 1979 and 1980.

2003 Saturn Ion.
One would think that by the 2000s folks would have figured out how to build cars. Engineers at Saturn apparently missed every college class and the result was Ion. The interior was poorly designed, uncomfortable and filled with cheap plastic, which also applies to the exterior.
Driving the Ion was also an experience – and not a good one.
1987 Yugo GV. The Yugo GV (GV stood for good value) was a disaster in every sense of the word. The Yugo very often didn’t work at all. The electrical system was something out of Siberia and construction was shoddy, at very best.

The only good thing about a Yugo was that they were light – which made pushing them when they broke down easy.

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.