I need to get a few things straight before I actually delve into this post:
If you are a Porsche Carrera GT owner, you MUST take me for a spin in it!
If you are a Porsche Carrera GT owner, you a probably familiar with the words “OH NO!,” followed by some expletives, as your priceless supercar goes into a spin.
If you are a Porsche Carrera GT owner, you probably cannot wait to buy the new 918 Spyder coming on sale on September 18.
Now, I will give you some history on the Porsche Carrera GT. Way, way back in 1998, the FIA rules changed, outlawing certain designs that the factory-backed racing teams were designing. Porsche’s new design was originally intended to race at Le Mans in 1999, but the rules were changed. Porsche, understandably, was livid. The car was packed with technology – they had a twin-turbocharged flat-six borrowed from the 911, but decided it wasn’t powerful enough. So, they took the 5.5L V10 from a scrapped 1992 project, and pushed the planned competition season back to 2000. The V10 needed more power. So, they bored and stroked it out to 5.7 liters. After just two days of testing, Porsche cancelled the project. Mainly due to interest in the Cayenne SUV that was to be co-developed with Volkswagen, Porsche cancelled the program, due to the need of engineering expertise in the motorsports program.
Porsche did keep the project alive, but barely. They took the 5.5L V10 and shoved it into a concept car that was shown at the 2000 Paris Motor Show, but it was intended to be used as a display to attract people to their stand. Interest and a surprising influx of revenue allowed Porsche to make the decision to build the car. Development was started on a road-legal version that would be produced in small numbers at the new Leipzig, Germany plant.
Production was started in January, 2004. The cost: $448,000 USD. When production ended in May, 2006, 1,270 cars had been produced.
What I want to talk about is the new tires that Porsche has developed for the car. Porsche and Michelin developed a tire with NO on it. The tire will be used on the new 918 hypercar, as well as being a replacement for the Pirellis currently on many Carrera GT’s. The NO refers to the new tread compound, which promises higher stability at top speed, better lateral grip, and a longer life. Even while being thrashed at the track, tire life will be extended by up to 20%, and on the road, up to 10%. I’m assuming that also refers to your life, as well! Justin Bell, a revered race car driver, said that driving a Carrera GT at top speed will turn a 40-year-old into a 75-year-old. It’s that scary at speed!
Are you ready for a picture heavy post? I do take pity on my readers, you know. Too much reading, and you might get goofy.
On a bright and sunny summer weekend, under blue skies, a local media company hosted a relatively small car show. Small, but mighty. Many of the cars were classic Chevys and Mopars. There were some Fords, but not nearly as many as the Mopars in attendance. There was a spectacular Massey-Fergusson tractor from 1947, as well. I wanted to share my photos of these beautiful cars with you. Enjoy my wonderful pictures.
I want you to know the definition of an automotive term. Pro-touring: Pro-touring is where a classic car is given the performance of a modern-day supercar. While the term, “sleeper” comes to mind, it really doesn’t apply to pro-touring. Pro-touring cars typically have stylish rims, flashy paint jobs, and LOTS of chrome. A lot of pro-touring cars were in attendance at this car show. I wish that you could have been there to see them with me. That’s what next year is for!
Onto the next Chevrolet, which happens to be a banana-yellow 1967 Chevrolet El Camino SS396. Enjoy the stunning pictures of this El Camino.
For those of you who aren’t fans of 1960’s Detroit muscle, maybe you’ll appreciate this 1938 Ford Model A from Dearborn. It even has a flathead V8! You can’t beat that, can you? You don’t see many old stock Ford’s in this condition…
All I know about this truck is that it is a retired fire truck from a local magazine called Make. I have no idea as to who made it or converted it to a big shop truck. If you know, PLEASE let me know in the comments section! In any case, it’s cool.
If you need a tractor for something, you should definitely try and find a 1946 McCormick Farmall Cub like this. We have a Cub Lo-Boy, but not nearly in as good condition. However, in a few years, we will take the blue ribbon. Just watch.
This sticker deserves to be on here. All of them do. They belong to the beautiful 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that will be shown after this picture of the stickers.
If you’re a fan of opulence from the 1930’s, then you’re in luck with this 1934 Lincoln Continental. It originates from Chicago, where it was bought new by a little old lady. It ended up here in California in the late 1990s, where the current owner restored it with his friends. It’s simply spectacular. It commands a presence that no other car on the road today has.
This 1958 Ford Thunderbird is a beauty. There’s no other way to explain it.
Another piece of delightful Dearborn muscle is the 1959 Ford Ranchero that is in great condition.
For hot rod fans, this is apt to satisfy. It did for me.
These 1966 Ford Mustangs were made on the same day and bought by the same person. What a coincidence. The red one was owned by the father of the owner, who is recently deceased, and the cream-colored one belongs to the owner’s mother, who still drives the car weekly. Her daily driver is a 2006 Mustang GT Convertible. I envy her.
This pristine 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is in mint condition. It should be. It was restored in 1991 by the current owner’s uncle, who owns a local restoration shop. He’s put less than 1,000 miles on the car since then.
This kooky custom hot rod is driven all summer long. For everything bad about it, I can think of three good rebuttals.
Talk about a sleeper. Who’d think that this mild-looking old Chevrolet business coupe from the 1930’s would take a shot of Nitrous Oxide. Our local Chevrolet dealer uses this as a ploy to bring customers in. It must work.
Our local Chevrolet dealer also uses this 1969 Chevrolet Nova to bring people in. It’s a demo car that uses all of GM’s Goodwrench parts. It’s got a 502 cubic-inch V8 (8.1 Liters), and it’s certain to blow the pants off of any challenger.
This double-black 1969 Plymouth ‘Cuda is one of very few convertible ‘Cuda’s from 1969. It’s rare, fast, and a helluva lot of fun. I love it.
I’m sorry for the delay. Editors can be finicky. The editor apologizes for her tardiness in getting you this article. But, this article is worthy of being late.
Many of us know that Honda makes some pretty nice motorized gardening equipment. But, for Honda UK, a riding mower with a top speed of 8 mph simply wasn’t fast enough. This mean mower makes 109 horsepower at the wheels, which gives it an estimated top speed of 133 mph. That will certainly allow you a lot more time to do other chores. The mower reportedly gets to 60 mph in 4 seconds.
Of course, Honda UK needed help to build this monster machine. Honda UK’s British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, the stock 2013 Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor was re-engineered and redone in every mechanical way possible. The chassis was custom-built to take the stresses of zooming around at speeds over 100 mph and mowing at 15 mph. The engine is a 109-horsepower, 1000 CC engine that was pulled from a 2013 Honda VTR Firestorm motorcycle. The suspension and tires were pulled from a Honda ATV. The seats are custom-built Cobra Racing seats, a Scorpion exhaust system, and a steering rack was pulled from a wrecked Morris Minor (a 1960’s British economy car). Tipping the scales at a relatively light 308 pounds, the surge of power is sent to the rear wheels via a custom-made six-speed automatic that features paddle shifters.
Even though it has a lot of cool modifications, the mower can still mow – kind of. Thanks to two electric motors on the cutter deck, the steel cutting cable will spin around at 4000 rpm. Earplugs are advised. So is a helmet. I’m not sure of where the grass will go – the fuel tank is inside of the grass bag. While it can reach an estimated top speed of 133 mph, mowing can only happen at speeds up to 15 mph (twice the speed of the stock unit!).
All in all, the mower is an interesting mix of Honda, British economy car, and custom racing components. It’s simply diabolical. I want it. Make that, need it!
Lamborghini recently hit a milestone with their Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 – they have produced 2000 Aventadors’ in the short time span of two years. That comes out to five cars a day. The 2000th example is Nero Nemisis (black), bound for the U.S. AT&T’s Chief Information Officer, Thaddeus Arroyo. He also happens to own a Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, according to Lamborghini.
In case you’ve forgotten, the Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine good for 700 hp and 509 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through a seven-speed single-clutch transmission to all four wheels via a Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The Italian supercar is good for a top speed of 217 mph.
Here’s a picture of the proud Lamborghini crew posing in front of #2000. Congratulations, Lamborghini. I can’t wait to post on #10000!
For those of you who remember seeing the little Dodge Omni’s tuned by Shelby in the 1980s will remember that their name, the Omni GLH fitted them. Very well. Before his death, Carroll Shelby bought a Ford Focus ST. Why? It reminded him of the old Dodge/Shelby Omni GLH-S’ from the disco days. He brought it to the factory, where they immediately started tuning it. This magical 2014 Ford Shelby Focus ST will cost $14,995 (on top of buying a $25,000 Ford Focus ST), but those dollars might be well-spent. The car gets: GT500-spec brakes, a Ford Racing suspension, Borla cat-back exhaust, an upgraded interior, new wheels and tires, and your choice between three graphics packages. Power is still the stock ratings, but Shelby is working on a 30-60 horsepower/torque upgrade that will still allow the car to use pump gas. All the while still being emissions-legal in all 50 states. Many enthusiasts will ask why it’s not called the GLH, but the reason is that there is still too much of a connection to Mopar for that. Sources at Shelby tell us that we can expect to see a new Shelby debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and it won’t be based off of a Mustang! Secretly, I am hoping for a Transit Connect panel van tuned to produce a lot of power and looks. Drool over the picture of the Shelby Focus ST. It’s definitely NOT a sleeper! That is, unless you live in a town with a LOT of hot rods…
A stable of 11 of the world’s fastest super cars recently sold at auction for 3.1 Million Euros in France (about $4 Million USD). Originally, the cars belonged to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. What a mouthful. The cars were seized in 2011 by French authorities under the alleged suspicion that Teodoro stole public funds to buy the cars and other items. While that’s bad, I’m more interested in the cars (sorry). Law’s not my calling.
When French authorities raided Mangue’s 101-room mansion near the Champs Elysees in Paris, France. The cars seized had little to no mileage on them, and they are: Two Bugatti Veyrons, a Ferrari Enzo, a Maserati MC12, a Porsche Carrera GT, a Ferrari 599 GTO, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Maybach 62S Landulet, an Aston Martin One-77, and a pair of Bentley’s (a Mulsanne and a Continental SuperSports).
International Business Times reported that international auction house Drouot sold the cars. Considering the fact that a Bugatti Veyron, even a used one will set you back at least $1 Million, the winning bidders made themselves the deal of a century.
Other items seized and sold at the auction were vintage wines, rare jewels, and paintings by artists such as Degas and Renoir.
Court documents revealed to the press that the cars were part of a fleet of 26 rare and expensive cars shipped to France from the U.S. in 2009 at a total cost of $12 Million. The remaining 15 cars were shipped to Equitorial Guinea in 2010. These same documents reveal that an arrest warrant has been issued to countries such as the U.S., France, England, New Guinea, Australia, and Germany. The grounds? Misused public funds. International Business Times also reports that Equitorial Guinea is appealing the case to the U.N. and have the investigation blocked because of diplomatic immunity. They claim that the Paris mansion is part of the country’s embassy. Only time and a U.N. court will give the verdict.
Pagani is preparing to wind down production of their wild Zonda supercar. They recently unveiled a final Zonda edition: The 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion is the most powerful Pagani ever built. It puts down 800 horsepower to the wheels, so speed is of no matter in a car that weighs 2400 pounds. The Zonda Revolucion is an evolved Zonda R, and it is powered by a 6.0-liter Mercedes-Benz V12. Fuel economy obviously isn’t on the top of Pagani’s radar.
To slow down the car, Pagani upgraded the brakes on the Zonda Revolucion to the latest version of their CCMR carbon-ceramic brakes. It is said that the brake system is 15% lighter, yet better than ever at dissipating heat during track use. Another quite new piece of technology is the F1-inspired Drag Reduction System rear wing that can automatically adjust downforce produced depending on the car’s speed. Plus, the driver can manually override the wing setting by pushing a small button on the steering wheel (the only button on the steering wheel other than the horn!).
As for visual enhancements, the Pagani Zonda Revolucion looks like it came directly out of a Batman movie. It’s matte black, with a red stripe down the center with white and yellow borders. It also has yellow wheel lips and white, red, and yellow stripes on the sides of the car.
The 2013 Pagani Zonda Revolucion will NOT be offered in the U.S., but it costs the equivalent of $2.8 million before taxes set in. Will it be the last of the Zondas? Pagani says that the Zonda’s production will stop so Pagani can focus on the Huayra hypercar. Yet, here we are talking about a new Zonda model!