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  There are things in this world that are faster than the best supercars out there, so to show respect to the world of speed as a whole, we've decided to touch on these subjects as well. From human to animal and even some other man made machines, we welcome you to the world of speed.

800 HP, carbon fiber composites, an amazing look, and much, much more. Sounds like the description of an amazing supercar, but it’s actually the description of the smallest coupe in Porsche ’s line-up: the Cayman . Of course, this extraordinary vehicle only began as a Cayman . Then, Alpha-N Performance got their hands on it and transformed it into the new and improved Alpha One.

For starters, the tuner replaced the car’s original body panels with new ones made of carbon fiber composites. The front panels actually resemble the ones from the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder , but other than that and the Cayman’s body line flowing through the doors and roof, everything else is new.

The tuner hasn’t revealed any other details on the upcoming Alpha One, but it is clear that the tuning package will make the Porsche Cayman longer, lower, and wider. Then, of course, there’s that 800 HP just waiting to be thrashed around in a sports car that only weighs 2820 lbs. The suspension on this thing better be killer because standard issue just isn’t going to cut it.

Let’s just say, we can’t wait to see what other details are in store for all of us when the Alpha One makes its debut in the upcoming weeks.

Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype

Even though the Nürburgring is hanging on by a loosely tied thread at this time, it is still the setting where cars are made or broken, which is partly why we are all so confused as to why it is in financial ruins. Despite now owning its own track, Porsche is still looking to the `Ring to help build more excitement around its upcoming 918 hybrid model.

Porsche has just officially debuted its 918 Martini Racing wrap and has also announced that it expects big performance from its 918 model. This performance comes in the form of an expected lap time around the Nürburgring of less than 7:22.

That seems like an extremely fast time, we know, but that is also very conservative, considering the less powerful Porsche GT2 RS completed a lap around the famed raceway in 7:18. We anticipate a time nearer to the 7:15 mark than the 7:22 mark and we expect it to turn this lap time with some consistency.

Regardless of how far under the 7:22 mark the 918 comes, there is only one thing to say and that’s “Dayum, that’s fast.” Sub-7:22 times are only achieved by a small handful of cars, like the Viper ACR , Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition and Gumpert Apollo Sport . That’s some pretty impressive company to keep for a newcomer onto the supercar scene, especially one that boasts an anticipated 78 mpg rating.

Hit the jump to read the official press release.

The latest addition to the Camaro line-up - the 1LE - has proven its superiority in front of its competitors by lapping the famous Virginia International Raceway (VIR) “Grand Course” in 2:58.34 – a time previously accomplished only by the upper echelon of performance cars.

This is a very important accomplishment for the 1LE considering that, just like the Nurburgring, the VIR track tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip, and chassis balance.

"The Camaro 1LE combines the best elements of the SS and the ZL1 with a focus on handling," said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. "We optimized every part of the SS for improved track driving, including gear ratios, suspension tuning, and chassis mounts. The result really brings the Camaro SS alive at every turn – whether you’re carving through your favorite backroads or working on lap times on the track."

"Best of all, the Camaro 1LE is $10,000 less than its nearest competitor," Oppenheiser said. "For drivers looking for an affordable way to get on the track, what they save with the 1LE will the cover a lot of days at the track."

Just about every day, we see a new on-car camera shot that is exhilarating, but it’s always lacking something. This “something” that they always lack is the "real" feeling of the driver’s point of view, as the camera is usually connected to the car or on the top of the driver’s helmet.

Well, F1 Driver, Lucas di Grassi decided that it was time to give us a real-life driver’s-eye view of him racing his open-wheel car. He accomplished this by placing a small camera directly in front of one of his eyes, so he was literally driving with just one eye.

Granted, there were no other drivers on the course, but to see him navigate the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the rain was a thing of beauty. In addition, he gave us a taste of some of the speeds they drive by getting his car up to 280 km/h (174 mph) at the 2:45 mark, which is impressive enough in the rain, but with just one eye is simply nuts.

Take a look at the above video to get a true driver’s-eye view of the craziness that F1 drivers have to deal with every race day. It’s pretty intense to say the least.

American tuner, Hellion, has just announced a tuning package for the 2011+ Ford Mustang GT models that will absolutely blow your mind. With the use of multiple components, these guys were able to get the Mustang’s engine to pump out a staggering 1,249 rear wheel horsepower when they strapped it to the dyno.

The total package will set owners back about $7,500, but in return, they will get dual Precision billet 62mm turbos, twin Turbosmart 4mm wastegates, twin Turbosmart Vee port bypass valves, a large vertical flow dual inlet intercooler, stainless 4-to-1 headers, and dual 3-inch downpipes. The result is 600 rwhp on just 5.8 psi of boost, but it’s actually capable of 1,249 rear wheel horsepower at just 23.9 psi of boost! To handle the extra power, Hellion utilized a fully-built Ford Racing Aluminator engine, triple fuel pumps, and 105 lb/hr fuel injector.

On top of all of that, Hellion has also promised that this system is designed for daily use and is completely street legal.

Check out the video to see the Ford Mustang GT by Hellion as it performs on the dyno.

Mini ’s recently revealed John Cooper Works GP has been described as the fastest production Mini has ever built. At the official launch, Mini announced that the new sports coupe lapped the Nurburgring in 8 min. 23 seconds and today, they have unveiled the video of their speedy lap. This lap time puts the 2013 Cooper JCW GP at about 19 seconds faster than the 2007 JCW GP .

The new GP version is distinguished by large front and rear aprons, striking side skirts, a bespoke roof spoiler, and a newly developed rear diffuser. On the interior, the rear seats were removed in order to add more of a racing appearance. Other adjustments include an adjustable suspension developed specifically for the car, racing brakes, chassis improvements, and special paint and graphics.

There will only be 2,000 units of the Mini Cooper JCW GP produced, so if you want to buy one, you better hurry up.

Racing is all about speed. The faster you go, the better the chances of winning the race. It can be a matter of milliseconds separating you from a win or a loss, or a matter of milliseconds in your response time to avoid a tragedy. This quick driving and quick response times can easily be lost on the spectator because some of the most amazing parts of a race - you know, those moments that make history - can be missed in the blink of an eye.

That all changes for the next 16 minutes of your life. Another Racing In Slow Motion video - part four - has been released and will help you see those moments that may have been lost during a real race.

Sit back and enjoy 16 minutes of pure racing footage. Don’t forget to turn up the volume to enjoy that amazing racing sound!

If you’ve ever been to a tire shop for four brand-spankin’-new tires, you can typically expect to sit around for at least an hour. If you show up on a Saturday, you had better just drop off your car and come back in three or four hours. That is, of course, unless you are F1 driver Jenson Button .

At the German Grand Prix on Sunday, Button was in 3rd place and pulled into the pits for a new set of tires, which you can typically expect to lose at least one position when doing. Button, on the other hand, pulled in and didn’t even lose a single position. It’s not because the car trailing him was so far behind, but rather because his pit crew was ridiculously fast. They lifted the car, removed four tires and rims, and installed four new tires and rims in 2.31 seconds.

That’s not only insanely fast, but it is also a new world record. One YouTube user managed to get a shot of the record-breaking pit stop and posted it for all of us to see. Literally, if you blink, you’ll miss almost everything.

Check out the above video to see just how fast this crew gets this job done. The lightning-fast work of Button’s crew also enabled him to overtake the No. 2 slot, as Sebastian Vettel pitted shortly after Button.

We often rave about the brass cojones that racecar drivers have, particularly rally drivers. Formula drivers, on the other hand, get very little recognition, as they drive on paved surfaces and most people think they just drive fast. In reality, these guys and gals behind these open-wheel machines have some guts themselves.

Enter in Jeroen Slaghekke, a driver of a Renault 2.0, and you have a guy that not only has the set required to race, but also to make split second decisions that could result in tragedy to avoid having to pit and lose position. The back story is that he had an electrical issue with his steering wheel that required repair, but pitting would have forced him to give up precious places in the race. So, instead of pitting, this guy removes the wheel himself at full speed, repairs the obviously simple issue, and slaps the wheel back on in time for a left turn.

We understand that these wheels are quick release and it’s just a matter of pulling a two tabs to release them, but to do this at speeds in excess of 100 mph and continue accelerating as he does it is simply incredible. We all know people that can barely drive in a straight line at 20 mph with both hands on the wheel. We bet that Mr. Slaghekke has no issue with keeping his daily driver straight.

To see this gutsy gamble, check out the above video and pay close attention to the 11-second mark.

Back in May, we were teased by a relative unknown in the automotive world - Spanish automaker, Aspid - as it was set to unveil a new and secretive sports car. Up until that point, the only car that Aspid manufactured was the SS, which is a semi-open-wheel two seater more known for its agility than anything else.

Well, now Aspid is prepared to expose this all-new sports car to the world, and it has sent us a few PR images and a ton of info via email. Doing what we do best, we will critique this car and find out if it is really up to the task of competing with the Porsches and other sports cars of the world.

While this car looks very awkward and a little bit like something out of a Sci-Fi flick, it is actually rather conventional when sat next to its sibling, the Super Sport. In terms of performance, this new Aspid certainly talks a really big talk, but does it really have the bite to match up with its bark?

Click past the jump to find out if this Aspid GT-21 is up to the task of taking on the big boys in the industry.


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