In 2011, a Subaru Impreza STi became the fastest road-legal sedan around the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 55 seconds. Not too fast, relatively speaking, but still, good enough to push it to the top of the model’s list of fastest times. This year a road-legal Subaru Impreza that was prepared by UK tuners, Revolution Motorstore, became the fastest Impreza around the `Ring with a lap time of 7.53.08.
This specially prepared Impreza is powered by a 2.2-liter Cosworth engine that delivers a total of 508 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. However, the record was set on medium boost, meaning the engine delivered only about 400 horsepower.
Other changes to the Revolution Impreza include the removal of the rear doors, wider arches, a carbon-fiber hood, aluminum boot and thinner glass. The car sits on 19-inch OZ Superturismo LM alloy wheels combined and comes to a stop by way of Tarox 10-pot brake calipers.
Check out the above video to see the Impreza Project STi in action.
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Here is the U.S., we sometimes take for granted the safety on our roads. Well, the above video may just remind you…
When this video begins it appears to be an ordinary day for the driver, with everyone driving quietly through a tunnel. But, what starts nice ends up as a big mess really quickly, as a driver of a DS4 decides to test the limits of his compact hatchback.
The cars involved in this incident are a BMW X5 M and a Citroen DS4, both driven at high speeds. And when both speeding cars zip past the poor guy taking the video and attempt to merge into the same lane, the destruction begins.
The problem is that not only those two irresponsible drivers were involved in the crash, but also a bunch of other cars which had no other fault that just being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Please remember this is not the way you are supposed to drive a car, so please do not try this at in your car!
Valentino Rossi is best known for being a seven-time MotoGP world champion, so his racing credentials on anything involving two wheels is pretty much unmatched.
But what happens when you put Rossi behind the wheel of a vehicle with four wheels? Well, we found out when the Italian speedster participated in a PR stunt with Kyle Bush that was organized by Monster Energy at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Rossi driving Busch’s Toyota Camry NASCAR racer seems like an odd team up, but anybody who knows Rossi understands the talent of this man and how he can handle anything you put in front of him, including a 650-horsepower V-8 stock car.
After a few practice laps, Rossi gunned the car and even posted an impressive top speed of 185 mph, good enough to put him in the middle of the field. Now, that’s pretty impressive.
Click past the jump to watch a video of Rossi’s run around the Charlotte Motor Speedway and read the quotes from Rossi and Busch after the event Full story
The Drive channel has become one of the most popular auto-themed channels on YouTube. Last season, it ran a web series that went inside the heart of Koenigsegg.
Now, Drive and host Chris Harris are back and it’s teasing a new short film featuring another one of our favorite exotic manufacturers: Pagani.
In anticipation of the Zonda tribute film being released next week, Harris has unveiled a little teaser video featuring the two crown jewels of Pagani’ line-up, the Zonda S and the Huayra.
Just thinking about the film is already getting our hearts pumping. The Zonda and the Huayra are two of the finest supercars to have run the streets of the world in recent years. Any chance we have of getting to know more about these two exotics, as well as the people behind the creation of it, is something worth paying close attention to.
And if Drive’s Inside Koenigsegg web series is any indication, we’re going to get a real treat with this film.
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Last week, the Subaru Rally Team released episode 1 of its two-part "Launch Control" web series chronicling the exploits of the Rally America and the Global RallyCross seasons this year.
Subaru promised that episode 2 of the series would be released shortly thereafter and to its credit, the automaker lived up to it with the release of the the second episode of Launch Control today.
This time, the Subaru Rally Team USA find themselves in Michigan for the 2013 Sno*Drift Rally. The one-off ice and snow has been described as beyond treacherous, where the smallest of mistakes can prove costly for the driver and the team.
But despite all of that, the team is still competing with the best of ’em and drivers David Higgins and Craig Drew are competing against the rest of the field in a course that proves to be far more difficult than anybody previously anticipated.
Like episode 1, the series’ second episode is a must-watch for fans of Subaru, rally racing, and specially fans of both.
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Car addict or not, you have likely heard at least a little bit about Ayrton Senna. He made history in Formula One while driving for Toleman, Lotus, McLaren and Williams. Unfortunately his career ended tragically when he was involved in a tragic accident on May 1st, 1994 during the San Marino Grand Prix.
Even though 19 years have passed since his fatal accident, people are still remember him. As a testament to his legacy, Hungarian magazine totalcarmagazine.com put together a very nice tribute video.
It presents the best moments from Senna’s racing history, but also the moment of the crash. To make the tribute even better, professional touring car driver Norbert Michelisz got behind the wheel of an Acura NSX and pushed it to the limit. The model was chosen because it was the model driven by Senna while donning the Honda helmet.
Check the video and let us know what you think about Ayrton Senna.
Rockstar Games has dropped a new trailer for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, revealing more cars and action from the upcoming video game. The game’s main characters are Michael, Franklin and Trevor, and it looks like next to the cars, the new GTA V will bring into focus lots of motorcycles, airplanes and helicopters.
In the new GTA V, players will enjoy replicas of cars like Audi R8 Spyder, Aston Martin DB5, Dodge Charger, Jaguar XF-R, lots of SUVs, pickup trucks and more. The action takes place in fictional Los Santos in the state of San Andreas and its surrounding areas, a city based on modern-day Los Angeles and Southern California.
Grand Theft Auto V is coming September 17, 2013. The game is now available for pre-order.
Be aware, the video contains violence, bad language and scantily clad women, so it is not appropriate for children!
The new-generation Porsche 911 GT3 made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but there is still plenty of time before the new sports car hits showrooms, leaving plenty of time for some extreme testing.
These past few days, Porsche has taken advantage of this time by bringing a new GT3 prototype to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for some hard testing sessions. All we can say is that the 3.8-liter boxer engine found under the hood sounds like music to our ears! Watch the video (above) if you don’t believe us!
The new 911 GT3 delivers a total of 475 horsepower, which is enough to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 195 mph. The problem is that Porsche decided to only offer a PDK gearbox, with no manual alternative being offered for those with a true driving spirit.
According to reports, the new 911 GT3 ran the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 minutes.
Any time you have two supercars that pack outputs of well over 1,000 horsepower, the idea is to get these two exotics in one location to see who could outpace the other in an extreme high-powered race.
Recently, such a thing happened when a 1,600-horsepower, Underground Racing-tuned Lamborghini Gallardo matched wits with a 1,500-horsepower Nissan GT-R.
It was, as the video calls it, an "epic battle".
We’re not going to spoil the fun because this drag race deserves your full attention. The Gallardo and the GT-R have not only become tuning favorites in their own right, but the two models have been pitted against each other in a lot of similar races.
Of course, we can’t remember the last time both cars carried in excess of 1,500 horsepower when they duked it out for racing supremacy, so consider this a lucky treat for all of us.
It’s the Gallardo versus the GT-R all over again. Only this time, both come with enough power to put other exotics to shame.
Fast and Furious 6 is set to arrive on theaters on May 24th and we’ve already seen lots of trailers for it, but of course none of them were as impressive as the actual movie will be --- at least we hope so. Today it’s time for a new trailer - the final one - that will make the wait even more unbearable.
The sixth installment of the movie series brings back three of the greatest names: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. Fan favorites — Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez — are also going to make their return. The movie’s plot starts on the idea that Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) aren’t able to return home due to a series of previous problems. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary and he needs the team to help out.
Please remember that the Fast and Furious 7 has already been confirmed for July 11, 2014, so we have even more to look forward to.