While the new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has just entered the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 267 mph, a new 2,000 horsepower supercar is about to become the fastest supercar in the world.
If you’re not yet familiar with the name TransStar Racing, then you might to start to get acquainted with these guys.
TransStar Racing’s new pride and joy is called the Dagger GT, a car that’s capable of hitting a top speed of 300 mph. It’s based on the Corvette Cheetah, a mid-engine concept car that was penned by no less than industrial designer extraordinaire, Ivan Luccion.
To give prospective customers plenty of options to choose from, the Dagger GT will be offered in three versions: the first will be a hard-core racing model, the second being a street-legal comfortable-riding sport model, and the third model to be offered will be a soft-riding, luxurious GT-X model that looks and feels like a million-dollar car, but runs like a bat-out-of-hell.
But what exactly makes this supercar capable of giving the vaunted Veyron Super Sport nightmares? For starters, it features an over-the-top big block, 2,000-horsepower aluminum, twin turbo 572 multifuel racing engine, routinely built by Nelson Racing Engines. And if that isn’t enough to strike fear into the heart of the Veyron SS, consider the performance numbers that come with that monster engine: a 0-60 mph time of 1.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of just 6.7 seconds.
Yes, Bugatti. We’d be scared too.
UPDATE: 12/06/10: The company has yet to reveal live action shots of the Dagger GT, but they have released this rendering video of the soon-to-be American hyperbeast. When the time comes that the company releases the car – according to them, they’re rolling out one of the two Dagger GT prototypes in the early part of 2011 – we’re gearing up for an ultimate speed-shaker of a ride, a car that could potentially shatter just about every land-speed record ever set for production cars.
Press release after the jump.
It’s time to smile and have fun again! "Extreme" is back! The 2000 hp, 300 mph Dagger GT’s design objectives are to be the best-looking, fastest Supercar in the world. This Supercar is being specially designed, very deliberately and explicitly, to break all world records and to bring back the most popular class of race car: the unlimited class which has been regulated, restricted and compromised into extinction. Join the rebellion as we break every rule there is, and break every world record for production Supercars. We will not quit until we achieve these goals:
Top horsepower/torque: 2000 hp/2000 ft lbs (given)
Top Speed: 300 mph, plus
Quarter mile: 200 mph and < 6.7 seconds
0 to 60 mph: < 1.5 seconds
Lap records at: Nurburgring and Virginia International Raceway.
Each Dagger GT will be carefully hand-made by exceptional, enthusiastic craftsmen. Each car will be custom-made to the owner’s preferences and desires. You can order: one of three (3) hard-core racing models; a street-legal comfortable-riding sport model, or a soft-riding, luxurious GT-X model that looks and feels like a million-dollar car, but runs like a bat-out-of-hell. We plan to deliver 5 production Daggers in 2011. Each Dagger will be 49-state street-legal if desired by the buyer.
The base MSRP of the Dagger GT-S or "Sport" model is $450,000 plus custom work, if requested. Deliveries are scheduled beginning in the first half of 2011. Production is very limited to maintain exceptional, over-the-top quality and fine craftsmanship. We have 2 more sales to go before we close out our 2011 production allotment of five (5) units. After the first five units are under contract, we will begin negotiating purchase orders for 10 units to be delivered in 2012.
The Dagger GT is based on an exceptional mid-engine concept car, the Corvette Cheetah, created by the brilliant industrial designer, Ivan Luccion. Our consulting lead designer is Phil Frank, designer of the world record-setting Saleen S7 Supercar which recently won the 24 hours of LeMans. Each Dagger GT is custom-made from 100% proven, guaranteed, off-the-shelf racing components and hand-built to the highest standards by experienced, exceptional supercar craftsmen. The car features an over-the-top big block, 2000 hp aluminum, twin turbo 572 multifuel racing engine, routinely built by Nelson Racing Engines. The engine is also "streetable." A custom TranStar/Mendeola 6-speed transaxle geared to 308 mph is also featured. The transaxle is designed to withstand the 2000 foot-pounds of torque delivered by the engine. The Dagger GT also features a high-strength 4130 Chromoly Steel chassis. A space-age carbon fiber body will be fabricated by the aerospace industry.