Where internal combustion becomes external combustion

As far as we’re concerned, any holiday that involves copious pyrotechnics is a surefire winner. That’s why we’re pretty stoked about New Years – you know, because explosion. Unfortunately, our love for big booms is usually paired with a juvenile lack of patience. Luckily, we won’t have to wait until midnight to see some fireworks around here. All we really need is one of these cars, a little gasoline, and a flame retardant buddy to sit back and capture it all on film.

Of course, we’re not recommending you try any of this stuff at home. Clearly, this sort of activity is best left to the very best stunt teams that YouTube can muster. So keep your eyebrows intact and leave it to the professionals, okay?

With that, hit the jump and watch the following collection of automotive fireworks. We’ve got exotics, muscle cars, tuner specials, and a whole lot more, so turn up the volume and enjoy. And oh yeah…

Happy New Years!

Continue reading to see a few cars that can make their own fireworks.

A Few Cars That Can Make Their Own Fireworks

McLaren MP4-12C

The McLaren 12C made its initial appearance in 2011 as the first model to be built and designed totally my McLaren since the legendary McLaren F1. Built from a carbon fiber chassis and loaded with Formula 1-derived technology, the 12C might be named after a serial number, but it’s pure speed through and through.

The party piece is a mid-/rear-mounted twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 engine, which sends 592 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque to the rear axle by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. And apparently, the particular example featured in the above video sends a good deal of fire out the dual oval exhaust pipes as well.

Read the full review here

Lamborghini Aventador

First breaking cover at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Lamborghini Aventador was introduced as a replacement for the much-loved (but decidedly outdated) Lamborghini Murcielago. Eventually offered as both a coupe and open-top roadster, the Aventador is classic Raging Bull, with razor-sharp styling that simply radiates aggression wherever it goes. Mounted mid-ship is a 6.5-liter V-12 engine, which sends nearly 700 horsepower to the ground by way of a high-performance AWD system. Subsequent models like the Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce saw peak output rise to a stratospheric 750 ponies.

That’s a lot of muscle, and paired with four-wheel grip, the Aventador makes for one very intimidating road car – something that fits right in at the Gumball 3000. No wonder then that this be-stickered silver-grey example showed up to impress the crowd with its Italian-bred soundtrack before launching towards the next city in the tour.

Read the full review here.

Subaru Impreza WRX

Plucked straight from the stages of the WRC, the Subaru WRX has some very impressive performance credentials. It’s a machine built to traverse any number of surfaces at terrifying speeds, from dirt and gravel, to snow and ice. Motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and planted by the tenacious grip of a symmetrical AWD system, this thing makes real world speed no matter what.

Apparently, it also makes some pretty excellent fireworks too, complete with the grumble of a force-fed flat-four engine. And if you get hungry, you can lay out some burgers on top of that enormous rear wing and have yourself a little BBQ.

Read the full review here.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

You gotta love a car as focused as the Nissan GT-R. Every inch is perfectly in tune with the song of speed. Boasting a long, illustrious motorsport history filled with domination, the Japanese craftsmen responsible for the creation of the GT-R have built on the successes of the past to create a performance car capable of besting the fastest machines on the planet. There’s a reason people call this thing Godzilla.

While those of us residing stateside only recently go a taste of this beast in 2008 with the R35, the GT-R was first put into production way back in 1969. Six generations have rolled out since then, including the fourth-gen R33, as featured here. Rocking a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder and advanced ATTESA AWD system, this thing is an absolute rocket ship. Throw a few mods at it, and well… hit play and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Hoonicorn V2

When Ken Block and the Hoonigan team dropped Gymkhana Seven, I just about lost my mind. Sure, the stunts were cool, and it was awesome seeing Block smoke out L.A., but the thing that really got me was the Hoonicorn. I mean come on – a ’65 all-carbon Mustang with an 850-horsepower naturally aspirated V-8 and AWD? Please pardon the drool.

Well, wouldn’t you know it, but Block has outdone himself yet again. Say hello to the Hoonicorn V2. Output is now up to an astonishing 1,400 ponies thanks to two ginormous turbos and methanol injection, with spent gasses dumping directly to the atmosphere right in front of the windshield. Perfect for s’mores, don’t ya think?

Read our full review here.

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