Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

The 2017 Porsche 911 features a base twin-turbo engine which produces 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque; different compressor wheels, a special exhaust setup, and a specific ECU tune nets the Carrera S 420 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.

Porsche claims that the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds while achieving 191 mph on the top end.
The standard seven-speed manual transmission uses a new, twin-disc clutch, while Porsche DoppelKupplungsgetriebe -- the PDK dual-clutch automatic -- gets several efficiency enhancements. The first is a dual-mass flywheel with a centrifugal pendulum, intended to reduce vibration and allow the engine to run at even lower rpm in higher gears. Ratios in the two transmissions are identical.
Every Carrera now has Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) standard. Active dampers lower the ride height by 0.4 inch and are keyed into a new steering-wheel-mounted drive-mode selector on models equipped with the Sport Chrono package. The selector includes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual settings that manipulate the settings for the transmission, exhaust, PASM, and the engine stop-start feature.
Porsche’s rear-steer system is optional on the Carrera S. It replaces conventional toe-control links with electric actuators varying rear-wheel angle up to 2 degrees.

The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the fronts at speeds up to 30 mph to decrease turning radius. They turn in the same direction over 50 mph to enhance stability during high-speed directional changes. Brakes are upgraded to account for more mass and speed, with larger rotors and 17 percent more swept area.
The 2017 Carrera S Cabriolet will start at $116,695.

Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

More Lambos Barbequed

A few weeks ago a Lamborghini Aventador went up in flames in Dubai. It probably had something to do with the V12 overheating. The guy filming was directly behind the Aventador in traffic, whose owner/driver/dickhead was too busy being the spoiled too rich dolt he is to even notice he was burning up ... others had to alert him.
Today we have a horror flick from Japan that also features an Aventador, although it’s shorter and the owner is nowhere in sight. It’s also sadder as the doomed supercar seems to be screaming for help via its illuminated headlights.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Lambo bites dust in British Columbia

A burning orange Lamborghini stopped traffic on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, just north of Squamish, B.C. on Saturday night. An Instagram user took photos and video of the car burning next to the “Big Orange Bridge” on Highway 99. In a video, the sports car is seen engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.

Multiple Instagram posts are attributing the car to Scenic Rush, a company that lets (dumb) customers pay to drive an exotic car along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Ferrari F12 TDF

The Ferrari F12 TDF – short for Tour de France, sports a naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 that throbs 769bhp with maximum power arriving at 8,500rpm before an 8,900rpm redline. The monster will do 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, reaching 124mph just five seconds later on the way to a top speed, for the truly brave, of 211mph.

The car debuts what Ferrari calls its Virtual Short Wheelbase, a four-wheel steering system the company says compensates for oversteer while allowing faster cornering. Ferrari says rear-axle steering automatically adjusts the rear wheels for the best steering angle based on steering-wheel angle, steering inputs and speed.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission delivers upshifts 30 percent faster, downshifts 40 percent faster, and with ratios six percent shorter. The track is wider, the wheels larger, and the one-piece brakes are lifted out of the LaFerrari.
They’re only building 799 examples. Price, if you're needing to ask, is something north of $490,000.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale

Bonhams Aston Martin Works Sale was May 21, 2016 and featured more than 50 collectors’ motor cars along with an array of related automobilia.

Among the sale was a plethora of magnificent models of the 1960s, including the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 'Series 5' Vantage Convertible. It made £1,009,500.

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante Sold for £617,500

1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre 'Works Special' £141,500

1972 Aston Martin DBS V8 Sports Saloon £113,500

1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'Oscar India' Sports Saloon £197,500

1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I Drophead Coupé £326,300

2000 Aston Martin Vantage V600 Le Mans Coupé £449,500

1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Sports Saloon £203,100

1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III Sports Saloon £191,900

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Sports Saloon £807,900

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible £807,900

1971 Aston Martin DBS Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon £96,700

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupé £70,940

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 'Mark I' Sports Saloon £158,300

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mecum Auto Auction - Indianapolis

1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda $425,000
Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, vintage and antique motorcycle sales throughout the US. With a national audience and live auction action broadcast on NBC Sports Network, Mecum's auctions are well recognized.

One of the company's most well-established auctions is held annually in Indianapolis, May 17th through 21st.

1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster. $1,100,000

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. $260,000

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster. $1,000,000

1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Convertible. EST $185,000 - $225,000

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback. $500,000

1972 Ferrari Dino GT $310,000

1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback $285,000

1940 Ford Deluxe Street Rod

1962 Chevrolet Corvette Styling Car. EST $150,000 - $200,000