SpeedTV has prepared a very big surprise for its annual coverage of the Barrett-Jackson automobile auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will give-away a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition and all you have to do to enter is to take part in Speed’s Hagerty Fantasy Bid process and you’re automatically eligible. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 20.
This one-off Shelby GT500 Mustang HFB Special Edition will be loaded with performance upgrades, including a Ford Racing lowering kit, hydraulic hood struts, full-length stainless-steel headers with high-flow catalytic converters, a Borla exhaust system, high-flow air filter and an Ice Nine modified air intake. The final output hasn’t been revealed just yet, but Speed announced this one-off HFB edition will deliver more than 800 horsepower.
The car will feature an all-black exterior combined with W2 Graphics’ flat black stripe kit and a set of aftermarket wheels wrapped in Nitto 20-by-9.5-inch front and 20-by-11-inch Drag Radial rear tires. For the interior, the model adds custom-made front and rear seats featuring black suede inserts, black carbon-fiber stripes and blue stitching.
In the latest episode of its "Ignition,” Motor Trend reviewed Chevrolet’s response to Ford Mustang Boss 302 – the Camaro SS 1LE. The car was tested by pro driver Randy Pobst at Willow Springs International Raceway to see how it tackles the track.
The result was pretty impressive as he names the car "the best handling Camaro ever." Not a surprising result, considering that over the SS version, the 1LE package adds an updated suspension, a set of 20-inch alloy wheels with stickier tires and performance brakes.
The Camaro 1LE is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to an exclusive Tremec TR6060-MM6 six-speed manual transmission.
The model is on sale at a starting price of $37,035.
Watch the video and let us know what you think. Do you agree that the new 1LE indeed the best handling Camaro ever?
The latest episode of the famous Jay Leno Garage show brings another cool model to the front page, a 570 horsepower supercharged Dodge Challenger SRT8 specially developed by Hurst Performance Vehicles. Along with Jay Leno, you will see Ron Flint, president of Hurt Performance Vehicles, who is offering a few more details on this amazing car.
Hurst equipped a standard Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a Vortec supercharger that increases the car’s power up to 570 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque, a huge increase from the standard 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
Along with the engine upgrade, the Challenger has also received a set of Hurst gold and chrome alloy wheels and an Eibach coilover suspension setup. Hurst is only offering two exterior color combinations: white and gold — the one reviewed by Jay Leno — or black and gold.
Watch the video and let us know what you think about this amazing Hurst Challenger.
A standard Ford Mustang Boss 302 comes from factory with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 440 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Those are very impressive numbers for a muscle car, but not good for a car enthusiast like Ricky Wilson who wishes his car to deliver much more than that.
As a result he took his standard Boss 302 and took it to Millersville, Maryland-based tuner Justin Performance Center (JPC). The tuner updated the car to an amazing 1,200 rear-wheel horsepower. For this JPC installed a forged short block, 105-pound injectors, JPC fuel system using E85 fuel and a custom 76 mm Precision turbo kit.
Despite these impressive changes made under the hood, this Mustang Boss 302 keeps the standard close-ratio six-speed manual transmission, helping to keep the cost of the build minimal. This also goes to show just how awesome that transmission really is.
Hit the jump to watch the Ford Mustang Boss 302 by JPC on the dyno. Full story
Galpin Auto Sports is taking its designation as an authorized Shelby Mod Shop seriously with a pair of programs for the exclusive Shelby GT500. One of these programs was actually displayed as the Shelby show car at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
It turns out that the program comes with plenty of modifications, highlighted by a wide-body kit and a power upgrade that turned the already powerful American muscle into a menacing ride. The first noticeable change made to the car was the installation of a wide-body kit that extends the muscle car’s body by 9 inches and the use of an "Aston Martin Morning Frost Pearl White" finish on the GT500’s body.
The color is then complemented by an interior that now sports a customized Crimson Red raised-grain leather interior that extends all the way to the trunk. If that isn’t enough, Galpin also installed a 7-Channel audio system that delivers an ear-popping output of 1,000 watts and was specifically built for this vehicle by McIntosh.
As far as performance goes, Galpin took care of that too, putting in a Ford Racing/Shelby supercharger that bumps the output from the muscle car’s 5.8-liter V8 engine to 750 horsepower from 650 ponies. Completing the extensive upgrade for the Shelby GT500 are Shelby 6-piston front and rear brake calipers, a Magnaflow Quad Exhaust, and last but not least, a Ford Racing Performance Suspension system.
Galpin Auto Sports holds the distinction of being a Shelby Mod Shop, which means that it’s been authorized to give a car like the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake some aftermarket modifications.
And wouldn’t you know it; Galpin Auto Sports already has a program for the mighty American muscle car, one that carries exterior, interior, and performance modifications.
For starters, the distinctive exterior enhancements performed on the Shelby Super Snake include a fancy Candy Red paint to go along with Gloss White stripes. Adding some color to the muscle car certainly gives it a fresh vibe, especially when you take into account the rest of the upgrades it comes with.
The program also has a new fiberglass Shelby Super Snake hood, a new carbon-fiber front splitter, plenty of Super Snake badging, and a set of 20-inch matte-black forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in P285/35R20 performance tires. Inside, the notable changes include Recaro Sport leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a Shelby short-throw shifter.
Under the muscle car’s hood rests a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger to go along with a new Borla exhaust and a Shelby Performance Cooling Package. The power reaches the rear wheels via a 3.31-to-1 gear ratio rear end with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.
Improved handling was another key point, as Galpin did its part by installing an Eibach coil-over suspension and sway bar kit, Wilwood brake kit, Bilstein adjustable dampers and Shelby aluminum Watts Link rear suspension.
Our ears are still ringing from all the firecrackers signaling the New Year, but we couldn’t help but notice a new project from Ultimate Auto involving a Dodge Challenger. Admittedly, we didn’t need our ears to appreciate this beauty of a project, especially when you look at the menacing stance the program gives to an already imposing muscle car.
Ultimate Auto’s custom wide-body kit comes with plenty of new components, which includes composite body panels, a new front and rear bumper, and a clear plexiglass window on the hood to show off the Challenger’s shiny and new supercharger system.
The custom two-tone finish also adds a touch of panache while wider, vented fenders with matching side skirts, a boot lid spoiler, new headlamps and front grille, and a set of enormous 24-inch Savini forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires round out the exterior modifications.
As for the aforementioned supercharger, Ultimate Auto installed a Magnavox blower on the Challenger’s V-8 engine. Also added in is a new Magnaflow exhaust system, completing what we can only imagine to be a doozy of a program for the American classic. Unfortunately, Ultimate Auto didn’t hint us in on what kind of output this updated Challenger has, but it’s safe to assume it’s a significant boost over its stock 470 horsepower.
End of the World Cruise from Christopher Mayer on Vimeo.
Well, the “end of the world” came and went without a hitch and we are all still here.
A group of Dodge Challenger owners, however, went about by their possible final days organizing a special joyride over the last weekend before the end of the Mayan calendar. They even went so far as to call it the "End of the World" Cruise, which pretty much hits the point of why they’re doing it.
The joyride happened in California and was organized by the West Coast Challengers Car Club. To pay homage to the magnitude of the impending apocalypse, the group decided to find a destination that carried a rich Indian history.
Their choice was the Agua Caliente Casino and Resort that’s owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Maybe they were trying to get some special favors so they would be spared from the possible Armageddon. Or maybe they were just making the most of their time left to give their American muscles one last flexing.
Either way, it’s a pretty entertaining video to watch.
The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro won’t be revealed until late in 2016, but until then the company has a few more surprises prepared for us. A leaked GM service document has revealed that the 2014 Camaro will receive two additional engines: a 3.6-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo and a LS7 V8 engine.
The V6 version will be offered with an aluminum-block, direct injection and variable valve-timing. It has been rumored that this new engine will deliver about 355 HP. The second one, the LS7 V8, has been included in the engine list for the VIN key and listed as a possible engine for the Camaro, but Chevrolet did not revealed a name for this future LS7-powered Camaro. Could it be the previously rumored Z28 or just the 2013 version of the COPO Camaro? However, this latest version is not being sold with a VIN number, so, unless Chevrolet has other plans for it, we can not tell for sure what specific model will get this LS7 engine.
Full details will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
It’s perfectly understandable to drool over the Chevrolet COPO Camaro. After all, Chevy will only build 138 models - 69 for the initial batch and another 69 due to huge public demand - so it’s safe to say that only a handful of lucky owners will get the chance to own one.
But if you’re really adamant to have one, you can get the chance to bid for this one-off Inferno Orange Metallic COPO Camaro Convertible that will be auctioned off at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January to benefit the American Heart Association. However, before that, the car will be in attendance at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.
There are a number of things to love about this particular COPO Camaro Convertible. For starters, it’s car number 69 and will be the one of only two convertible models built. More importantly, this one will be the only one to be handed to an actual owner because the other model - car number 68 - isn’t planned for public sale.
It’s also the only 2012 COPO Camaro model to be painted in Inferno Orange Metallic with matching custom graphics and a special interior trim. Likewise, only 20 COPO Camaros will carry the unmistakable 327 engine and 4.0-liter supercharger that produces 550 horsepower. This bad boy is one of them.
Jim Campbell, GM U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, understands better than anybody else the exclusivity of this one-off model. “The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the production run,” he said.
“Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history.
Charitable cause notwithstanding, you don’t need any more convincing that this 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible is worthy of your bids.
Updated 12/20/2012: Chevrolet will be auctioning its last 2012 COPO Camaro early next year to benefit the American Heart Association. Until then, Chevrolet has unveiled a cool video featuring some great shots of the heart of this inferno orange metallic convertible race car’s assembly by Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports.