Do you remember the drag racing video we brought you a few weeks ago that featured a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering tuned Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 walking all over an 800 HP all wheel drive Nissan GT-R modified by Switzer Performance , well here is the “revanche,” an old French world which means the act of retaliation or revenge and was brought to us by our Russian friends at Dragtimes.info. While last time the Nissan had a hard time puling away without jumping the gun, this time it is Godzilla who lays claim to victory on the icy highways of Moscow. Either way, both the Switzer P800 and LPE ZR1 are amazing cars capable of doing 202 MPH in traffic. What would be interesting to see is how both cars would fare from a launch. Sending 800 HP though the GT-R’s transaxle might be enough to make the affordable super car take a bow.
The women in Chernovetsky’s life are no strangers to controlling incredible amounts of power. It is said that his wife drives the Mercedes McLaren SLR super car with its 5.4 liter supercharged V8 that pumps out 626 HP and will accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 207 MPH. The daughter enjoys her time behind the wheel of this Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder daughter with its 5.0 Liter V10 that makes a screaming 520 HP and will go to 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.3 seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 195 MPH.
Chernovetsky’s male offspring are no strangers to the finer things in life. Like this Porsche 911 Turbo TechArt GT Street covered in a stunning matte gold finish. The 3.6 Liter flat 6 engine has been tuned to produce 630 HP, go from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 215 MPH. Of the three Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe’s the youngest son is most often found in the white version with a 6.75 Liter V12 that makes 453 HP and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds.
The news service Reuters is reporting that Alexander Anatov, owner of the Dutch super car manufacturer Spyker , was critically injured along with his bodyguard after an apparent assassination attempt outside his Moscow home. Anatov was shot five times in the stomach, once in his chest and another bullet removed one of his fingers. The Spyker owner has survived the attack and is currently recovering in intensive care. The Russian billionaire also serves as chairman of the board of a large banking organization, the Konvers Group. Although the Russian authorities have not found any leads they believe that the shooting is connected in some way to Anatov’s business dealings.
Nikolai Fomenko, is a Russian celebrity. He’s a movie star, game show host, former pop star, and a winning FIA-GT race car driver. In America, that makes him a little like a combination of Mark Wahlberg (without all the Marky Mark jokes) and Jeff Gordon with a little Pat Sajak thrown into the mix.
But it seems that Fomenko still has enough time on his hands to develop his own sports car. It’s called the Marussia , and the car has more ambition than most start-up car companies. The Marussia was developed as a hybrid with a Renault-sourced 3.5-liter V6 making 240 hp and an electrical engine (with no other details provided). There are also plans to wireless networking capabilities, Bluetooth, GPS and multiple video screens.
E-Go’s Revolt is a future sports car that is fully designed in Russia. The Revolt is based on a Mitsubishi platform and will be built in limited edition. Although the name almost suggests a technically advanced car (possibly electric), the car has just a good ’ol standard sports car set-up. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that delivers 550 hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The concept also features 19-inch alloys, adjustable pneumatic suspension and carbon fiber.
Russia is working a new symbol so that other drivers can tell when a novice driver is behind the wheel. The sign will be required to be put in windows with drivers who have had less than two yeas driving experience. In the U.S. we have a less uniform, but still effective code to identify novice drivers. Just look for the three-foot high rear spoiler attached to a stock Honda Civic .
Lada is making a comeback, but you probably didn’t miss it (or know who it is.) Lada is a Russian auto brand that was exported to most of the world in the 80s and 90s, but not the U.S. for obvious reasons.
Its most successful car, the sedan/wagon usually known as the Riva (pictured right), was successful for being tough and simple, like any good communist should be. A combination of emissions regulations, political disorder and the car’s age (it changed very little from when it was introduced in the late 60s) finally killed the Riva in the 90s. Lada was no longer exporting to Eastern Europe by the late 90s and export numbers dwindled to other major countries.
Since then, the Russian auto market has exploded. It has now replaced Germany as Europe’s largest car market. In March, Renault -Nissan bought a 25 percent stake in Lada’s parent company Avtovaz. Lada is now up to five production models, and the Renault-Nissan-Lada alliance is the world’s third largest automotive company behind Toyota and General Motors.
With this production boom and new corporate backing, Lada is ready to take on the world again (scary?) This week, Lada has announced it will now be exporting to Eastern Europe and beyond. In September Lada plans to send hatchback model of its new Priora hatchback (pictured right) to multiple European countries including Germany. Lada also announced a deal that will have it send 850 more vehicles (600 Prioras and 250 4x4s) to North Korea. These will join the 500 Prioras already in the communist country. Old habits die hard, eh?
Mitsubishi is debuting its third SUV in Russia at the Moscow Motor Show. The Pajero Sport is a similar type of vehicle to the Montero Sport sold in the U.S. But this is not the replacement for the Montero Sport, nor will it be coming to our shores. Instead the Pajero Sport will be sold under various names only to Russia, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Australia.
The new SUV will be available in five and seven passenger forms and offer a four-wheel drive version. Power will come from a choice of three engines: 2.5-liter and 3.2-liter common rail direct injection diesel units and a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline unit. But in a very communist-like decision, Mitsubishi is not giving the Russians a decision at all. The country will only be receiving a model with the 3.2-liter diesel engine and two-row, five-passenger capacity seating arrangement.
The Pajero Sport’s debut in Moscow is proof of Russia becoming an increasingly important market for Mitsubishi. They sold 100,000 cars in Russia last year, and Mitsubishi is hoping that the Pajero Sport can help boost sales past 140,000 this year.