Monthly Archives: July 2008

Veyron Killer? Meet the Porsche 9ff GT9.


9ff has bred this car for pure speed. It’s only got a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, but it somehow manages to output an impressive 973 horsepower and 710 lb-ft of torque. That’s 247 HP/liter! The new Corvette ZR1 only produces 100 HP/liter and the Veyron is at 125 HP/liter. This is HUGE power output. Weighing in at 3047 pounds also makes it a light weight contender, a full 1/2 ton lighter than the Veyron. While it looks like a flattened out 911 with the rear bumper missing, it’s aerodynamics are tuned for just enough down force to keep in on the road at 250+ MPH. The 9ff probably won’t be a track monster due to it lacking a big spoiler, but put it on a long stretch of road where you can unwind it properly and you’ll be in for a treat. While it’s 0-60 time is nearly a full second slower than the Bugatti, it’s 0-186 MPH (300KM/H) is a full 0.6 seconds faster! That means this beast is geared for the top end, which is why it’ll eventually beat out the Veyron traveling at a claimed 254.77 MPH, a hair faster than the Veyron. It’s more exclusive than the Veyron as only 20 will be made, and it’s cheaper speed still, costing a mere £350,000 ($693,000).

The buzz on the net is that this is, in fact, a Veyron Killer. I respectfully disagree…while the 9ff is a fast car, the Veyron cannot be bested. It is the divine example a super car you can actually use in everyday life: the ride is comfortable, the interior is lavish and elegant, and the way the Veyron operates is unlike any other. You can take the Veyron to the track, to it’s top speed on the autobahn, or to the grocery store to pick up supper and it’ll do all of those tasks equally well. The Porsche has a bare bones interior, an unfinished exterior, a wooded floor, and no safety features other than a roll cage and a 5-point harness… hell, it doesn’t even have a crumple zone for an impact. Air bag, you don’t need no stinking airbag. Sure, it’s 1 MPH faster at top speed, but does that really matter when you’re butt hurts because the ride quality is terrible and the road noise is deafening? It wouldn’t matter to me.

Source: TimesOnline.co.uk

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AutoAnything Weekly Product Review: Curt Hitches


We here at AutoAnything love cars and trucks. That’s why we are in the business of selling performance car and truck parts. This blog is something we do on the side to help you (and us) stay on top of the car industry and all it’s wonders. To further that pursuit, we are going to start having weekly reviews of a new product or product line that we just picked up. Bare with me, it’ll be short and sweet: for our first-ever weekly product review, I’ll be covering the Curt trailer hitch.

Curt Manufacturing has been making hitches for over ten years, so they know how to make a strong hitch that withstands the tests of time. Every Curt hitch is robotically welded for perfect fitment and incredible strength. You can even get custom colors to better match the look and feel of your vehicle. And to help control anything you might want to tow, the Curt weight distribution hitch will spread the load more evenly across your tires, enhancing your steering and braking abilities. Strength is an important aspect of every trailer hitch; the last thing you want to do is drop your load unintentionally. Curt 5th wheel hitch and gooseneck hitches are no different in terms of tough construction, but they also include extra features like spherical axle bearings and quiet locking mechanisms to kill any squeaks and noises you might be getting from hauling a 20,000 lb. load.

No matter what you need to tow, Curt hitches are as solid as they come and should provide you with many years of reliable towing, which makes them the editors-pick from the Trailer Hitches & Towing department. Thats all I’ve got for you today, feel free to leave any questions in the comments box.

Offical Spec’s: Nissan GT-R Spec V


Road & Track got the inside scoop on the Spec V’s offical numbers, so I figured I’d post them up for you all. Here’s what we’re looking at:

– Power increased to an advertised 520 bhp (at 6500 rpm) and 440 lb.-ft. of torque peaking from 3200–5200 rpm, but as we know, when a Spec V gets put on the dyno, it’ll probably turn out to be much more than that.

– Extensive use of carbon fiber will drop about 200 lbs, putting the curb weight at 3,615 lbs.

– It’s only going to have two seats, not four.

– Subtle exterior changes like different wheels and tweaked aero bits.

– Official acceleration stats haven’t been released, but it’ll get to 60mph faster that 3.5 seconds and should run a quarter mile around 11.0 seconds flat.

– Nurburgring times will be sub-7:29 seconds. Early estimates put it at the 7:25 mark.

– Purchase price approaching $130,000: Nearly twice what a standard GT-R costs.

GT-R V Spec Rendering

GT-R V Spec Rendering

Source: RoadandTrack.com

Audi Claims V-10 Powered R8 Will Set the Record on the ‘Ring – AutoAnything


The R8 was a big surprise for the Auto industry. It’s fast, handles supremely well, and has great looks to boot. But with all the recent challenges on the Nurburgring, Audi decided that the R8 wasn’t fast enough. Auto reporters have spotted the V10 R8 on the ‘Ring, noting the subtle changes in the air intake design, front grill, and larger side scoops. Although no official details have been released about the engine, chassis, and suspension changes, rumors on the net point to Audi using the 5.2 liter V10 that they put in the Lamborghini Gallardo to give the R8 the extra boost it needs to compete on the ‘Ring. Additional chassis reinforcement and bigger brakes are also expected to be included on the V10 model to help handle the extra grunt.

Audi is boasting that the V10-powered R8 will beat out Chevy’s current record-holding production car run on the ‘Ring of 7:26.4. This is a bold claim on Audi’s part considering that the V8-powered R8 ran the ‘Ring in 8:04. Hopefully Audi can pull this off as it’ll put even more pressure on other auto manufacturers to develop faster cars with more advanced chassis’s and more highly tuned engines.  To help wet your appetite, here’s a short video of the R8 doing test laps round the ‘Ring.

Source: MotorAuthority.com

Nick Bollea Turns 18, Gets to Open Presents in a Real Prison


Nick Bollea, Hulk Hogan’s son, had a little incident with wreckless driving last year. If you haven’t heard, the story goes that he was traveling at a high rate of speed on Court Street in Florida in his fathers tricked out Toyota Supra. As you can see from the gallery below, the impact was a little rough, but the damage will probably buff right out. Although Nick and his friend both survived the wreck, his friend will need medical care for the rest of his life.

Sentenced to 8 months in jail, the minor was staying with other juveniles in the Pinellas County Jail until he turns 18 this Sunday, when he will be transfered into the general population. Nick’s expected release date is in October 2008, but he will be on probation for another 4 years & 4 months, along with a 2 year suspension of his license. What do you think, does the punishment fit the crime? Look at the pictures before you decide…

Pictures from: NextConceptCars.com

A Tribute to the Pikes Peak Hill Climb – AutoAnything


The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was last weekend. This epic race is held at Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs and has been called a “Race to the Clouds” for good reason; 12.4 miles long, climbing 4,720 vertical feet to the summit while navigating 156 twisty turns up a half tarmac, half gravel road. The hill climb is exciting to say the least, as you’ll see anything from imports, european, and domestic cars as well as bikes, ATV’s, and semi-truck freight liners pushing their hardest to get up the mountain. I was there in ’05 and ’06, both times perched 75 feet above the hairpin turn at the end a long traverse across the mountain side. This area is known as “Devil’s Playground” and it features some of the best views of the hill climb, although there are trade-offs to choosing the Playground as a vantage point; in ’05, it snowed on us halfway through the race, and yes, it was July. But even so, it was worth every moment.

The current record time up the mountain was set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007, with a time of 10:01. But instead of bringing you his record breaking run, I want to show you an expertly shot (and edited) video of Robby Unser’s record breaking run in his 1000 horsepower Puegot 405 from 1990. It’s a little long, but it is an amazing video that should give you an idea of how ballsy these guys really are!

Monsterous 625HP BMW M5 Tuned by ASR – Presented by AutoAnything


Here’s a YouTube video of an absolutely crazy 06′ M5.  I must tip my hat off to the guys over at ASR Engineering.  The video gets real good around the 1:30 mark…

WRC: Rally Finland Starts in 6 Days, 10 Hours… but who’s counting?


This has been an amazing year for the World Rally Championship. Mikko Hirvonen has the lead on Sebastien Loeb, but only by three points. These two have dominated the 2008 WRC, with 59 and 56 points respectively. Third place is currently held by Jari-Matti Latvala with only 34 points. Petter Solberg holds 6th place with 20 points, but he is the real wild card here. Over the last few years, he’s been riddled with car problems, time penalties, and general bad luck…. but his luck could change quickly with the arrival of his new car. The first time Solberg drove his new whip, he finished 2nd place at Rally Acropolis.

Rallying in the WRC since 1998, Petter has 13 wins under his belt and is the 2003 FIA WRC Drivers World Champion. He also came runner-up in ’04 and ’05, which should tell you that he truly is a world-class driver. You’ll be hard pressed to find rally on TV in the US, so check back next week for the results of Rally Finland.

Source: WRC.com

Getaway In Stockholm 8 Trailer – AutoAnything


It’s been a while since I’ve followed GiS, but I thought I’d check in to see if they were still making videos. Low and behold, Getaway in Stockholm 8 was out. Although I don’t really condone street racing, these videos were always shot at 4:00am in August to minimize the amount of people on the street, maximize the amount of daylight, and in hopes that the local cops were on a shift change. Well, it looks like their recipe has changed a little. Check out the trailer, if you’re into that sort of thing…

Porsche Buying Up More of VW – AutoAnything


Porsche has been picking up a lot of Volkswagen shares since 2005. As of April 2007, Porsche had more than a 30% stake in The Volkswagen Group. Although it tried to purchase a controlling stake in 2007, few were willing to sell their beloved shares for the price Porsche offered (read: low-ball offer). This year, however, Porsche made an offer that the VW exec’s couldn’t refuse. Although all the paperwork and legal drama has yet to unfold, it looks as though The VW Group will soon be under new ownership for a dazzling $15.73 billion dollars.

Source: Reuters

Top Gear Tests the Nissan GTR!


Being a HUGE fan of the new GTR, and an even bigger fan of Top Gear, I just had to bring this video to you all.  At the end of this video, the Stig puts the GTR through it’s paces on the Top Gear Test Track.  I’m not going to spoil it for you, but its fast!  Now you can really see why the Nissan GTR is making tidal waves in the car industry…

Mazda Develops the First Nano-Driven Catalytic Converter – AutoAnything


Over the last four years, Mazda has been working in secret on a nano-particle, ceramic based catalytic converter.  This is a technology that will eventually replace the catalytic converter that has been used since the dawn of the smog laws.  The new nano-driven catalytic converter offers a 70-90% reduction in the amount of the precious metals used to create a typical catalytic converter.  Auto manufacturers consume a large amount of the worlds platinum, rhodium and palladium, so this could have a large impact on the market price of those metals.

The core idea of the technology is that ceramic nano-particles are place on the catalytic converter honeycomb.  These particles have platinum, rhodium and palladium embedded into them.  Due to the particles being spherical in shape, this increases the total surface area available for the catalyst to function.  Not much else is known about the technology that Mazda has developed to create these nano-based catalytic converters, but they assure everyone that they can produce them so that the catalysts are still effective at reducing toxic emissions while saving money on build costs.  Look for them on their upcoming vehicles in 2009 and 2010.

Source: NanoScienceWorks.com

Side by Side on the Ring: ZR1 vs. GTR


There has been some buzz on the car forums that the two car manufacturers, Chevy and Nissan, started the lap timer at different points on the track, thus giving room for error between the two run times. So Garage419 put the videos together and chose the pit lane exit sign as a marker to start the timer. Check out the video for the complete run down on who really is faster round the ring!

Here’s another look with a bigger view of what the camera’s captured….

Must’ve been an important message….


The Most Powerful Rocket …errrr… Bike in the World – AutoAnything


Some mates from down under decided that motorcycles just weren’t fast enough. Maybe the power-to-weight ratio of their Yamaha FJ 1200 just wasn’t good enough for them. Maybe they’d never ridden the Viper-Engine-Powered Dodge Tomahawk. No matter what the reason, they knew that had to do something crazy. So in true Speed-Freak fashion, they (somehow) managed to source a Rolls Royce turbo jet engine that cranks out a massive 3,800 horsepower and strapped it to the back of the bike. This bike now holds the world record for being the most powerful bike ever built… speed tests are yet to be performed, probably because the bike would end up leaving the ground behind and take flight. If a bike can fly, is it still considered a bike? Probably want to talk to the world records keepers about that before attempting anything…

Rolls Royce Powered Rocket Bike

Rolls Royce Powered Rocket Bike

Pic courtesy of http://autoclassnews.com

AutoAnything presents a Gold Plated Porsche, literally!


We’ve seen some people do wild stuff to the exterior of their cars, but this is just insane! 40 lbs. of gold was used to literally plate the Porsche Turbo! With gold being at a record high, currently at $963 per ounce, that puts this project cost at $616,320, plus another $130,000 for the Porsche. And thats before paying the laborers who must have spent countless hours detailing the heck out of this thing. A picture is worth a thousand words, so check’em out!

Pictures courtesy of http://englishrussia.com/

Chromed BMW M3 – Presented by AutoAnything


This isn’t exactly new news, but it’s definitely worth blogging about.  A Canadian BMW owner has gone to the extreme modifying his M3.  Not only has he tricked out the engine, supercharging it to the tune of 600 horsepower, but he’s striped the paint off and chromed the whole vehicle!  It might be chrome paint, it might actually be chomed, either way it is drop dead gorgeous!  Scope the pix below, courtesy of http://www.bmwquebec.com….

The Artega GT – Presented by AutoAnything


You may not know the name Henrik Fisker, but he is the man that has been giving design cues to Aston Martin since 2001. He’s also responsible for the BMW Z8’s exterior, so it should be no surprise to you that when he was contracted to pen a flagship sports car for a new startup, that he would create something as unique as it is beautiful. Enter the Artega GT. It’s got a VolksWagen-sourced 3.6 liter V-6 engine in the rear, and although the official stats haven’t been released yet, its been rumored that it’ll produce around 300 horsepower, do 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds, and should cost somewhere around 75,000 euros. What has been released are the official images of this gorgeous car. The interior is as graceful as the exterior, and I personally LOVE the way the speedometer was designed….I’ll stop writing now so you can start drooling too.

Nissan GT-R vs. Corvette ZR1: The Battle Continues


Chevy finally got around to putting their all-mighty ZR1 to the ultimate test: Germany’s own Nurburgring.  If you haven’t been following the dual, Nissan’s GT-R surprised everyone with a lap time of 7 minutes, 29.03 seconds… a VERY fast time.  Chevy said that their ZR1 would beat it, and the new $103K Corvette followed through with a blazing time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds.  Not bad, not bad at all Chevy!  They say there was also a strong headwind on the longest straight, which might have slowed it down a bit.

They only thing Chevy is sweating over now, other than the dismal car market, is Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, the even more highly tuned and taught version of the already fast GT-R.  Unofficial times of the V-Spec put it somewhere near the 7:25 mark, and since the GT-R is already $30k less that the ZR1, Nissan has a lot of head room to play with to beat out the Vette.  Rest assured, when the official times are posted, you’ll find them here at the AutoAnything blog… this is one dog fight we’re not going to miss!

Embrace the Parrot and go Hands Free – by AutoAnything


Today is July 1st and the new hands-free cell phone law is in full effect in California. Drivers are no longer legally allowed to drive with a handset being held to their ear. This law does allow for drivers to dial and text people, although some websites are reporting that legislation is under way to ban texting as well. The problems with outlawing texting, and not dialing while driving, are mind boggling… how can legislators reasonably expect law enforcement to determine whether someone was dialing or texting without unnecessary traffic stops and a huge invasion of privacy. Imagine an officer pulling you over and saying, “I’m going to have to inspect your cell phone to make sure you weren’t breaking the law.” Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that people should ever be texting while driving; I actually consider it far more dangerous than talking on a cell phone when behind the wheel since you have to take your eyes off the road, but getting people to stop texting while driving shouldn’t be enforced through legal channels, but instead through drivers education and parental guidance. Hopefully this anti-texting bill doesn’t get passed by the governator.

On the lighter side, Parrot Bluetooth has capitalized on the new hands-free law and started a petition to make the Parrot the official bird of California, removing the quail from its office. ParrotNotQuail.com mocks the quail, saying “77 years and no results…meet the Valley Quail”. Make sure to check out the hilarious letter to Arnold. At the time of writing this, the petition on the website states that over 500,000 signatures have been collected to remove the quail from office. I for one hope this petition is real. I think California would be a greater state if the Parrot were in charge of the Quail’s (near) former duties.