Monday, September 25, 2017

1967 Ferrari 350 Can-Am

In the early 1960's, Ferrari was the most potent player in endurance racing. Competing in GT and prototype classes, Ferrari was building some of the fastest cars of the period. The company hovered out of reach above the rest of the racing world. None could touch Ferrari.
Maranello's miracle workers were so successful that Ford showed great interest in buying the company. The notoriously headstrong Enzo Ferrari was unwilling to see through any agreements with Ford, though, and after the talks went sour Ford decided to devote a portion of its vast resources to developing a strong racing team. Out of a personal grudge against the cavallino rampante, Ford's legendary GT40 was created.
The first time Ford met Ferrari on the track was in 1964 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Reliability problems meant no Fords finished, while Ferrari placed a 4-liter 330 P in first, second, and third. For 1966, both manufacturers geared up for an all-out battle. Ferrari revised the 330 further. It featured innovations such as a 5-speed ZF gearbox, lightweight fiberglass doors, and a new Lucas fuel injection system. The cars were marvels on paper, but not enough development time meant reliability problems. It spelled war.
Ford came through with a podium-filling finish while no Ferraris completed the race. The reversal of fortunes was an embarrassing moment for the Italian sports car maker. Ferrari spared nothing in its development of the 330 P4. At the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 1967, Ferrari earned back its pride. They destroyed the Ford home team, with P4's crossing the finish line in first and second, followed closely by a remaining P3.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2 ‘Daytona’

Alfa Romeo had great success throughout the early 1960s in various touring and GT races. The decision was made to return to international sports car racing. The heart of Alfa’s return would be the two-litre V-8 engine. This effort would encompass 11 racing seasons and result in Alfa winning the World Championship in 1977.

The Daytona featured a high revving 270 bhp, 1,995 cc DOHC V-8 engine with dual-ignition and indirect fuel injection, six-speed gearbox, independent front and rear suspension, rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel disc brakes.

Sold for €1,260,000 in 2014

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Mercedes Benz’s high performance division, AMG, unveiled the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE at the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
It is powered by the 1.6-litre V6 hybrid engine — the very same unit that powers Mercedes Benz’s Formula 1 cars. 1000 horsepower, a top speed in excess of 217 miles per hour, and a 0-124 miles per hour time of just six seconds says it all. These sorts of numbers are made possible by additional electric motors on top of the central hybrid. In total there are four: one in the turbocharger, a second on the combustion engine with a link to the crankcase, and two more on the front wheels.
Just 275 of the cars will be made, the price $2.7 million.

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