Sunday, February 18, 2018

Porsche Carrera GT

The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car that was manufactured by Porsche between 2004–2007 in Leipzig, Germany. Sports Car International named the Carrera GT number one on its list of Top Sports Cars of the 2000s, and number eight on Top Sports Cars of All Time list.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 612hp. Porsche claimed the car would accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). By the end of production on May 6, 2006, 1,270 GTs had been sold, 644 units sold in the US and 31 units sold in Canada. In the UK, 49 units were sold.

Technology includes a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe, dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. At speeds above seventy mph, the Carrera GT raises its rear wing into the airstream to reduce lift. Both its front and rear suspensions comprise pushrod actuated shock absorbers and dampers with anti-roll bars.

Original base MSRP was around $442,900 in 2005. Today that could be at least double.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ford GT Competition Series

Ford is set to offer its supercar in a Competition Series. The Ford GT trim is supposed to make it more suitable for folks who identify themselves as “hardcore track enthusiasts.” The changes to the GT even include titanium lugnuts. And forget the air conditioning - that and the cupholders are gone.
The Ford GT Competition Series is available for all the production years that Ford plans to build the GT, so if you’re one of the folks fortunate enough to have a GT coming your way – you should let Ford know that you’re cool enough to want a track based $400k+ supercar. Numbers should be slightly better than the boring old 647 hp at 6,250 rpm and 550 lb-ft of torque at 5,900 rpm and top speed of 216 mph.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1969 Datsun 240Z

The Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z were the first generation of Z GT two-seat coupes, produced by Nissan Motors of Japan from 1969 to 1978. One of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, the cars competed head-to-head with established European sports car makers. The Datsun 240Z was introduced in 1969, and with its striking good looks and powerful engine it became an instant hit in the sports car market.
Positive response was immediate, and dealers soon had long waiting lists. As a "halo" car, the 240Z broadened the acceptance of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox image.

 All variants of the S30 have a four-wheel independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard. The 240Z used twin SU one-barrel side-draft Carburetors.
The 240Z's engine was a 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) cast-iron block, alloy head, single overhead cam.
The engine made 151hp at 5,600 rpm through a four-speed manual, five-speed manual, or three-speed automatic (after September 1970)
The car was cheap ... $3,526 and the demand for the 240Z was so strong that in 1970, less than a year after the car’s debut, Kelley Blue Book valued used 240Zs at $4,000.
Today a top quality 240Z might go for $ 30,000 or more.

Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

There's an eighth generation Phantom. Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom VIII in July 2017. Rolls-Royce is expected to commence customer deliveries in early 2018. The standard Phantom starts at around $450,000. However, Phantom VIII customers are adding around $150,000 in options to their cars for an average order price of $600,000.
Unlike most cars, Rolls-Royce customers are more likely to spend their time in the back of the car. As a result, Rolls has created an environment designed to deliver unparalleled luxury and isolation from the outside world. In others words, it's what the company calls the "magic carpet ride."
Although the new body shell is both lighter and stiffer than the previous car’s, the official curb weight of 5862 pounds is higher. That is due to more standard equipment and also a huge amount of sound-deadening material to help deliver on the company’s ambition to make the Phantom the undisputed quietest car in the world, at least as measured in the cabin. The curb weight includes no less than 287 pounds of acoustic insulation and triple-layer 0.2-inch-thick glass in all windows.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

McLaren reveals extreme performance figures for Senna supercar

Performance figures have been revealed ahead of the car's official public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show, with McLaren claiming 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, 200km/h in 6.8 seconds, and a quarter-mile (402m) sprint in 9.9 seconds. Top speed is 340 km/h.

The Senna is capable of generating a staggering 800kg of downforce. McLaren will build 500 examples of the Senna priced at £750,000. All were pre-sold.
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pristine 1997 McLaren F1 sold - Price Unknown

McLaren’s F1 supercar is an automotive icon. As such, an F1 with plenty of miles on it will still cost plenty; an F1 with 9,000 miles on its odometer recently sold for $15.5m.

So how much for a brand-new 1997 McLaren F1, still in its factory-packaging with 148 miles of production testing on the clock? The seller, classic supercar dealer Tom Hartley Jnr, didn't spill the beans and this mint-condition F1, unregistered, has a new owner.
Who could possibly look at this Yellow McLaren F1 and resist the urge to get behind the wheel and open it up? Nobody — except for one iron-willed Japanese businessman who resisted that urge for 20 years.
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos HF (Tipo 829) is a sports and rally car made by Italian car manufacturer Lancia. The HF stands for High Fidelity. It was a highly successful rally car, winning the World Rally Championship in 1974, 1975 and 1976. The Stratos power output was around 275 hp for the original 12 valve version and 320 hp for the 24 valve version. Beginning with the 1978 season the 24 valve heads were banned from competition by a change to FIA rules.

Production ended in 1975 with 492 examples made.
Production of the 500 cars required for homologation in Group 4 commenced in 1973 and the Stratos was homologated for the 1974 World Rally Championship season.
Hagerty suggests a concours quality Lancia Stratos trends around $725,000.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera slightly scratched

A 31-year-old man walked away from a crash that left his $ 240,000 supercar wedged underneath a trailer. The incident happened in Costa Mesa, California in the early hours of 3 February.
The driver, Cesar Castro Rodriguez, suffered no major injuries. They found him looking for his passenger. Fire and rescue then had to negotiate downed power lines and an unstable trailer to get into the vehicle to look for the passenger, but he wasn’t there. The 25-year-old male was later found at home with minor injuries, having wandered off after the accident. Rodriguez was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

FAI names most beautiful supercar etc

The 33rd Festival Automobile International was held in Paris this week. The Most Beautiful Supercar of the Year was awarded by a jury of 17, and was open to new models over €60,000. The McLaren 720S was voted the winner ahead of three other finalists: Aston Martin's V8 Vantage, Ferrari's Portofino and the Porsche Panamera.

Winner: Mazda Concept Vision Coupe
The Most Beautiful Concept Car was also awarded by jury, with 10 models nominated: the Audi Aicon, BMW i Vision Dynamics, Kia Proceed Concept, Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, Mazda Concept Vision Coupe, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept, Mercedes-AMG Project One, Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 Cabriolet, Nissan Vmotion and Peugeot Instinct. The jury finally narrowed it down to four finalists: Kia Concept Proceed, Lamborghini Terzo Mellennio Concept, Mazda Concept Vision Coupe and Mercedes AMG Project One.
Most Beautiful Advertising film went to Kia Niro Hero's Journey with Melissa McCarthy. Agency: David & Goliath
Our favorite and finalist is Mercedes AMG GT Roadster Born to be Wild | Agency: Joel & Ethan Coen

Sunday, February 4, 2018

AMC ‘Javelin AMX’

Building incredible machines that blur the boundaries between art and car is not new.
Ringbrothers has unveiled the 1,080 hp AMC ‘Javelin AMX’. Power to the one-off is provided from a hellcat-sourced, supercharged 6.2 liter V8, that produces a monstrous 1,030 hp to the rear wheels, through a bowler automatic transmission.

Friday, February 2, 2018

1963 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder

The Maserati 3500 GT (Tipo 101) and the Maserati 3500 GT Convertibile (Tipo 101/C) are 2-door coupé and convertible grand tourers made by Italian car manufacturer Maserati between 1957 and 1964. At its heart was a 3.5-liter twin-cam, twin-plug inline-6 that produced nearly 250hp on a trio of Weber carbs.
The engine was derived from the 350S sports racing car. Despite an eye-watering $13,000 price tag in 1960, the 3500 GT proved to be popular, with production reaching 2,400 units between 1957 and 1964, more than any previous Maserati model.
Just 250 Spyders were built over a five-year period.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Porsche Brakes might squeal - Porsche

How dare you imagine for even a moment the precision engineering of a Porsche product was imperfect. Your complaints about brake squeal are invalid. You should know brake squeal is actually good, very good.

Since you do not, Porsche has prepared a video to educate you so that you stop saying bad things.
The video elaborates on the effect that is essentially tiny vibrations caused by the friction of the brake rotor and brake pad making contact. Variations in temperature, speed, humidity and corrosion could all cause some unintended noise, but are not usually serious issues. That horrible noise just means your Porsche is doing work, like keeping you alive. The vehicle has been engineered to perfection; it is the endlessly variable conditions of life that are imperfect. Now we know.