Immerse Yourself In the Amazing Soundtrack That Is a 1JZ V-12
It’s been over nine years since Don Groff began the unlikely task of building from scratch an open-wheel car that would be powered by a mid-mounted, 12-cylinder version of the famous Toyota 1JZ engine. Now, finally, the project is approaching the final stretch, and Groff has managed to dyno his baby with impressive results that put his single-seater in the vicinity of actual F1 cars in terms of torque and power output.
McLaren Might Start Giving Its Cars Normal Names More Often
A few years ago, McLaren announced that all of its cars will soon feature some sort of electrification. Come 2020, and it seems the British firm is set to unleash its first fully hybrid vehicle series. It will debut in the first quarter of 2021 with the first all-new McLaren platform since 2011, it will replace the Sports Series, and will switch to a new naming scheme that’s no longer based on the engine’s output in PS.
What Is This Weirdly Aggressive Toyota Yaris Doing on the Nurburging?
Toyota joined the subcompact hot-hatchback segment in 2017 with the Yaris GRMN. Powered by a Lotus-sourced engine and developed by the company’s Gazoo Racing division, the Yaris GRMN enabled Toyota to compete with popular hot-hatches like the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta ST. Come 2020 and Toyota unveiled a new performance model, this time around based on the brand-new, fourth-generation Yaris. It’s called the GR Yaris and comes with 257 horsepower on tap. That’s mighty impressive, but a new video suggests that Toyota is testing an even more hardcore version of the hatchback.
Can A Tuned, 490-HP BMW M240i Take On the Porsche 911CS and BMW M3?
Sometimes, the best drag races are those that have some form of handicap. Take this race hosted by YouTube channel Track Day, for example. It’s a three-car throw down involving an F80-generation BMW M3 Competition, a 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S, and a BMW M240i. The latter is the obvious underdog in this race, but this isn’t your stock M240i that comes into the race with significant modifications, none more important than an engine upgrade that helps the turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine produce more output than both the M3 Competition and the 911 Carrera S. The scales tip differently now, do they? Does the modified M240i have what it takes to beat the M3 Competition and the 911 Carrera S? Let’s find out.
2022 BMW i4 M
It’s been just about a month since BMW launched the new M3 and the M4. While the bucktooth grille became the talk of the town, there was one other piece of news around that time that didn’t receive as much attention as it should have. BMW Performance Division’s CEO, Markus Flasch, said that M’s first fully electric car will arrive next year and it will be based on the i4. When you have a confirmation from the automaker, it doesn’t take long for the car to be spotted doing test runs, and the same has happened here, too.
New spy shots have appeared that show the i4 M draped in black and white sheets to avoid people from guessing what it is, but hey, who are we kidding here?
The SSC Tuatara Will Have A Baby Brother
Having set a new world speed record for production cars at 316.1 mph in October 2020, the SSC Tuatara is the supercar of the moment. It took SSC almost nine years to turn the concept car into a production model, but we can finally see why. Not only the fastest car on the planet, but the Tuatara is also among the most powerful thanks to a race-spec V-8 engine that cranks out 1,750 horsepower on E85 fuel. The issue with the Tuatara is that it’s extremely exclusive and expensive, but SSC wants to fix that with a "baby Tuatara."
Hyundai May Have Just Priced the Veloster N Out of Relevance
The Hyundai Veloster N is one of the most capable hot hatchbacks on the market, and it’s about to be even more capable. The 2021 Veloster N features a higher output, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a plethora of new standard equipment - a lot of which were classified as options in earlier models. Does this shift in standard equipment and improved output justify a significantly higher price tag, though?
These Spy Shots Could Hint At A New Porsche 911 Safari - Or Is It Something Even Better?
The latest 992-generation Porsche 911 is in production since 2019, and it’s already available in Carrera and Turbo trim, as well as coupe, cabriolet, and targa body styles. Porsche is also developing new GT3 and GT2 models, but it seems that the German firm may also introduce a high-riding model inspired by the rally-spec 911 SC Safari from the late 1970s. At least that’s what these new spy shots suggest.
2021 Chevrolet Corvette - How We’d Spec It
2019 was a big year for the Chevrolet Corvette. After almost 70 years on the market with a front-engined layout, the iconic nameplate became a mid-engined vehicle, just like Zora-Arkus Duntov wanted back in the 1960s. The C8-gen Corvette went into production for the 2020 model year, but the coronavirus pandemic forced Chevy to reduce factory output for a few months. Now, the Corvette C8 is available in the 2021 model year with small visual updates. You can now configure the 2021 Corvette Stingray online, and here’s how our ideal C8 would look like.
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series Might Have Set a New Nuburgring Lap Record
The Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series, the most extreme variant of the German sports car, might have set a new lap record on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. The benchmark is not yet official though, but just an estimate by youtuber Misha Charoudin. The man who "lives at the world-famous Nurburgring" spotted the AMG GT Black Series lapping the German track and claims, based on calculations which he explains in a video, that the coupe needed only 6:43 minutes to complete the Nordschleife loop. If this is true, the AMG GT Black Series is the quickest production and street-legal car on the ’Ring.
Can You Believe That This Porsche 996 911 GT3 Has Been Driven Almost 300,000 KM?
Too often car fans ’mourn’ the day when a member of the richest 1% purchases an ultra-rare or ultra-expensive car with the thinking being that the car in question will never see the light of day again being tucked away in a garage where the temperature is strictly controlled. Such cars are meant to be driven, is the argument that’s being made again and again, so here we have a story that’s ought to bring a smile to the faces of many car fans. Behold a 911 with over 180,000 miles on the odometer.
2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S by Techart
TechArt has had the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S in its sights for a while now and it’s finally time for the Porsche-savvy tuner to unload the goodies.
The TechArt treatment for the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S is a comprehensive one and touches on almost every aspect, from exterior tweaks to a power bump and mechanical upgrades.
2021 BMW 4 Series Track Review: Sharper Than Ever
The first-generation 4 Series still looks good to this day. It’s even better to drive, thanks in particular to the 50:50 weight distribution between the two axles and BMW’s affinity for a driver-centric experience - and by that, I don’t mean just the fact that the cockpit points every button, knob, or screen at whoever is sitting behind the wheel.
That genuine appetite for spirited driving is still present in the new 2021 BMW 4 Series, albeit wrapped up in a polarizing package. What I’m really trying to say is that this book should under no circumstances be judged by its cover. That would be a mistake.
Car for Sale: Paul Newman’s 1979 Datsun 280ZX Championship Racecar
Paul Newman wasn’t just a brilliant actor, but also a race car driver. And, no, not the enthusiast type, but a proper race car driver with victories on the track under his belt. The 1979 season was one of the most interesting ones, especially because of the number of races he won.
He raced and won at Summit Point, Watkins Glen, Brainerd Minn, Lime Rock, and Road Atlanta. The car used by Newman for these races was a 1979 Datsun 280ZX. Over a decade after his demise, this car has come up for sale at motorcarclassics.com.
Ferrari Dino Designer Aldo Brovarone Has Died
For over three decades, Ferrari maintained a really special relationship with one particular coachbuilding and design house, Pininfarina. Many famous models bearing the Prancing Horse on their trunk lids and engine covers were born as a result of this partnership and Aldo Brovarone, from his position as Head of Styling at Pininfarina, has been credited with many of these designs including the Ferrari Dino 206 GT and the Ferrari 365 2+2. While a career spanning five decades can hardly be put into words well enough, we thought it’s worthwhile to look back on Brovarone’s legacy as a designer since the Italian passed away at age 94.
Is This Lifted, LS-Swapped Mazda MX-5 Miata Cool or a Travesty?
This Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t just any Miata. Hillcimb racing fans amongst you may recognize this as one of Flying Miata’s most insane projects, a lifted NB Miata built for dirt racing that hides a 455 horsepower LS3 V-8. As you can see here, the car, nicknamed ’Zombie Elvis’, is alive and well and continues to bring many smiles per gallon.
This 1977 930-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo Is The Only Real Car In Cyberpunk 2077
Earlier this month, Rockstar Energy’s Rockstar Performance Garage unveiled a real-life version of the Quadra, the same 1970 Ford Mustang-based, post-apocalyptic sports car that you can drive in the highly anticipated video game Cyberpunk 2077.
Not content with just one car from the upcoming game, the team behind Cyberpunk 2077 is doubling up on the fun by bringing to life another one of the game’s vehicles. This time, the 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo takes center stage, and it is glorious.
2021 Audi TT RS 40 Years of Quattro
Audi is famous for a lot of innovations in the history of the auto industry, but none have been as impactful to the automaker as the quattro all-wheel-drive system. Introduced at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the quattro all-wheel-drive system has become a foundational piece of all of Audi’s road-going performance cars.
It’s only right that with the quattro system celebrating its 40th anniversary, Audi is launching a special edition TT RS to commemorate the occasion. The special edition model is called the 40 Years of quattro, as fitting a name as any SE model Audi has released in recent memory.
Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster Is the Roofless and Windowless Embodiment of Excess
Speedsters have become the rage these days among premium automakers. We’ve seen McLaren unveil the Elva and Bentley launch the Bacalar in recent years. Heck, Ferrari even went double-double on us with the SP1 and SP2 Monza. As fanciful as these speedsters are, Aston Martin was the one who reintroduced the “speedster” into our lexicon with the unveiling of the CC100 Speedster back in 2013. It took seven years, but Aston’s speedster project is now in full swing with the unveiling of the machine’s prototype version. Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin V12 Speedster “Prototype Vehicle.” It’s not the sexiest name in the world but everything else about the V12 Speedster Prototype Vehicle is properly intoxicating. Aston Martin plans to build only 88 units of the V12 Speedster and each one is priced at a mind-bending $950,000. This is Aston Martin exclusivity at its finest, folks.
Car For Sale: BRAND-NEW R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II Nur
If you’re a fan of the Nissan GT-R, you can still purchase the current-generation model. It’s 13 years old as of 2020, but it can still hold its own against more modern sports cars and it’s a blast to drive at the track. But if you’re a Skyline GT-R enthusiast, you need to look back on cars built until 2002, when Nissan dropped this badge for the GT-R. Luckily, you can still find a few mint-condition examples out there. Like this R34-generation Skyline GT-R with only 225 miles on the odometer.
Screw The New Batmobile, We’re More Interested in Bruce Wayne’s 1963 Corvette Stingray Daily Driver
Batman may be driving a jet-powered Batmobile while fighting crime in Gotham City, but Bruce Wayne’s daily driver is actually a vintage Chevrolet Corvette. Robert Pattinson, the actor that will play Batman in the next iteration of the movie (The Batman), was spotted driving a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Liverpool, England, where filming for the upcoming Batman movie is currently taking place.
Car for Sale: Unbelievable, Must-See 1986 Toyota MR2
The Mazda Miata MX-5 may be the world’s finest example when it comes to lightweight and affordable sports cars, but it wasn’t the first nameplate to introduce this idea. When Mazda was rolling out the first-gen MX-5 in 1989, Toyota was already selling the MR2 for five years. The nameplate was discontinued back in 2007, but it’s still a cool car to have, especially since it features a mid-mounted engine. If you’re a fan of the MR2, this mint-condition model from 1986 might tickle your fancy.