We are all excited with the Honda HSV-010 GT racer, and more than that, curious about a street version of the car. Due to the harsh financial situation, Honda does not plan to produce such a car in 2010, but we can hope for one later on, as the HSV was intended from the beginning as a street-racing duo and is a suitable concept for production. We can imagine an eventual street version as being of course less wide, with minimum ground clearance, more discrete spoilers and smooth flowing lines. The street-version engine could be based on the racing V8, but with a slight displacement increment (from 3.4 to 5 litres) and a little revved down.
If you are looking for a way to show off your mad skills driving at high speeds make sure you try and get an invitation! Spectre Performance is bringing back road racing in the 1st annual Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge. The race will bring together muscle, import, and exotic cars in a race against the clock at the Nevada Highway 341. This exclusive invitation-only event will test the skills of all of its participants by liberating them on of the most challenging mountain roads in America. Winner of this challenge will be crowned King of the Hill. The race is a two part event with qualifying on June 25, 2010 and racing on June 26, 2010.
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Just like in boxing, a car race boils down to a number of things: speed, power, wits, and a desire to knock someone out...or in this case, leave them eating your dust.
Over time, we’ve seen some pretty good races involving exotic cars but in this video that was shot in a highway in Abu Dhabi, we found two supercars that have yet to come across each other. On one corner...err...lane we have the venerable Bugatti Veyron, a car that is a veteran of these types of racing and for the most part, has won a lot of them.
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If you thought that Hyundai was the only automaker from Korea capable of stealing sales from the competition with models like the Genesis Sedan and upcoming Equus then think again, because the small coachbuilder from South Korea, Proto Motors has been building the Spirra S sports car since last year and from the looks of things the little super car that could is doing just fine. Originaly intended to offer outstanding performance on a budget, the original $100,000 Spirra was powered by a 4.6 Liter DOHC 32 valve V8 engine from a mid 1990s Ford Mustang Cobra with a maximum output of 320 HP and 312 lb-ft of torque. This allowed the Korean super car to go from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of over 200 MPH.
In 2008 the Spirra S was introduced with 400 HP in the form of a 2.7 Liter supercharged V6. Despite the newfound power, the Proto Spirra was only able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 MPH. So later on that year the automaker released the Spirra Turbo, priced at a slightly higher $129,000 the blower was swapped out for a hairdryer and the same 2.7 Liter V6 now makes 500 HP. In true super car fashion the Spirra is outfitted with luxuries like a full premium leather interior, Brembo brakes, Recaro bucket seats a MOMO steering wheel and even wireless broadband. The Spirra Turbo can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds and allow the 2,205 lb super car to go as fast as 217 MPH depending on trim level.
Do you remember the drag racing video we brought you a few weeks ago that featured a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering tuned Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 walking all over an 800 HP all wheel drive Nissan GT-R modified by Switzer Performance, well here is the “revanche,” an old French world which means the act of retaliation or revenge and was brought to us by our Russian friends at Dragtimes.info. While last time the Nissan had a hard time puling away without jumping the gun, this time it is Godzilla who lays claim to victory on the icy highways of Moscow. Either way, both the Switzer P800 and LPE ZR1 are amazing cars capable of doing 202 MPH in traffic. What would be interesting to see is how both cars would fare from a launch. Sending 800 HP though the GT-R’s transaxle might be enough to make the affordable super car take a bow.
Although money can’t buy you a brain it can be traded for some very powerful exotic vehicles, as we can see from this on highway test of acceleration between a modified BMW M6 that can spit flames out the back, a twin turbocharged Audi RS6 and a Ferrari 575 acting as a camera car. In stock form, the BMW M6’s 5.0 Liter V10 produces a maximum of 500 HP, this particular M6 happens to have a 5.8 Liter Noelle Stroker kit inside that ups the output to 630 HP.
Representing the other German automaker running in the race is the monstrous RS6 that is powered by a 5.2 Liter V10 that makes 580 HP from the factory, but this one is packing a horsepower, stock version. And if that wasn’t enough, this RS6 was tuned by make 720 HP by the German tuner Evotech.
Despite being amongst some highly modified company, the fabulous Ferrari 575 is quite all right as is came from Maranello with the V12 up front cranking out 515 HP. What always seems to amaze us about these races is how the third beep of the horn comes much quicker than the competitor expects.
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You have to hand it to the Russians, aside from their love of Vodka and the freezing cold winters they Ruskies definitely know how to use their high performance machines. Take this series of on highway acceleration competitions for example, using the trusty three beeps of the horn and away we go method the owner of this Lingenfelter Performance Engineering tuned Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 hands it to the 800 HP all wheel drive modified Nissan GT-R complete with Switzer P800 package. The GT-R does manage to out accelerate the ZR-1 in one of the races, but it is partly due to a healthy lead before the start of the race. In the end it is the American steel, the Detroit iron that shows who is king of the Russian highways.
In an attempt at a bit of viral video marketing, Ford showed this video to a group of journalists at the recent launch of the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO. The drag pits Ford’s factory tuned flagship model against an upscale Audi A6 with Quattro all wheel drive and a Hemi powered Chrysler 300. Which do you think won?
What’s interesting is that Ford is playing up the four wheel drive and V8-like capabilities of the new for 2010 SHO, but what would have happened if Ford put their best four door sedan up against an Audi S6 or an SRT-8. Either way, the blue oval group proved that a boosted V6 can outrun a V8, and use less gas while doing it.
This year’s Gumball 3000 starts in San Francisco and ends in Beijing in time to watch some the Summer Olympic Games. For those of you who don’t know the Gumball is a rally/tour where participants take their performance cars on 3000 mile run on public road, while the drivers “party” along the way. Although it looks like an excuse for the ultra-rich to flaunt their supercars (and it mostly is,) it also gives the rest of us a chance to see some great cars actually clock some real miles. Enjoy this latest clip from the San Diego part of the run that includes some great supercars and two of the three Dahm triplets from Playboy.
The Gumball 3000 is the in its tenth year. It was started in the spirit of the “Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash”, better know as the “Cannonball Run”. The four actual Cannonball Runs in the 70s inspired the two movies of the same name in the 80s. Brock Yates, the founder of the Cannonball Run races and writer of the original movie, lists the movie “The Gumball Rally” as one of the bastard children of his race. It’s likely that this is where the Gumball 3000’s name comes from.
Do yourself a favor and track down a copy of “The Gumball Rally”. It features some great classics including an original Shelby Cobra and Ferrari Daytona. The movie is a must-see for any car nut, plus it features a pre-crazy Gary Busey.
Is there anything the iPhone can’t do? Watch the video above as Dynolicious, a $13 accelerometer application for the iPhone, can give accurate track and dyno results. It was even put against the G-Tech Pro performance meter, which starts at around $150.
Technology is a wonderful thing. It wasn’t too long ago that it was impressive if your phone had a camera on it!