The last ten years has brought us some amazing developments in automotive technology. Bugatti brought us the Veyron, one of the fastest and most advanced cars of it’s kind. Subaru and Mitsubishi brought cheap speed to the masses. And Tata made the Nano, the most affordable car in the world.
Looking forward to the next decade, we are going to have affordable cars that have standard features like lane-assist, wireless internet and voice recognition. The possibilities are endless, but before we look to the future, lets take a quick look at the past.
Here are the Top 10 Fastest Police Car’s of the decade.
Posted in Concept Cars, Cool Vehicles, Lamborghini, New Cars, Photos, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged 2000, 2010, Best, Best of, Cars, Cop Cars, Corvette, Decade, Dodge, EVO, Fastest, Lamborghini, Police, Police Cars, Porsche, Spkyer, Spyker, STi, Subaru, Top 10, Z06
VH1 may try and fill the airwaves with “Best of <insert topic on which has-beens can make sarcastic observations>” lists. But, we’re purists. We believe lists should be reserved for the week prior to the new year, which is this week.
That’s why we were excited to see Jalopnik compile a list of the 30 most expensive car crashes of 2009. This list elicits odd emotions, though. There’s the initial sense of schadenfreude seeing the upper-crusts’ toys crash and burn, especially in the aftermath of the economic downturn in which we’ve learned that much of the recovery has been top heavy, favoring the Richy Riches over working families. However, there’s also a secondary sense of pain seeing those exotic racers mangled, torn asunder, never to be hot-dogged down a Florida highway or a Moscow city street ever again.
The fiberglass carnage is pretty intense, so check it out only if you have a strong stomach.
Remember the 9ff GT9? It’s the fastest car ever built by a tuner. Sure… SSC built the Aero, a car that is 1-2 MPH faster, but they built that car from the ground up. 9ff’s are loosely based off the 911 chassis. And while there’ s not much Stuttgart left in their mad creations, at least they had a starting point.
For those of you with fuzzy memories, here’s what all the fuss was about:
- 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine
- 973 horsepower, 710 lb-ft of torque
- Curb Weight: 3047 pounds
- 243 HP/liter
- 3.13 Pounds/Horsepower
- 0-100 km/h: 3.4 seconds
- 0-200 km/h: 8.2 seconds
- 0-300 km/h: 16.4 seconds
- Top Speed: 409 km/h, or 254.77 MPH
- Cost: €498,000, which is about $730,000
It’s now been over a year since 9ff released the details of the GT9. Upon review of the project, 9ff saw a few things they could improve upon. 1st, they wanted to make it faster. 2nd, they wanted to make it uglier. They have succeeded in both, here are the official details of the 9ff GT9-R.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, Sports Cars, Supercars, Tuners
Tagged 9ff, 9ff GT9, 9ff GT9-R, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Cars, GT9-R, Porsche, Porsche 9ff, Super Car
Last week was the LA Auto Show. While we didn’t get to go and check out the latest vehicle models and upcoming releases, AutoBlog was there to provide complete coverage of the event. There are many highlights from this event, but of particular interest is the Audi R8 Spyder (the hotness), the Cadillac CTS Coupe (very pointy), the Special Edition Dodge Vipers (very electric) and the Toyota Prius Plugin (very Green). Check it out when you get a chance, you won’t be sorry. We also were able to find out about a layaway vacation plans site while researching the new vehicle models.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged Audi, Cadillac, Cars, Dodge, Green, LA, LA Auto Show, Los Angeles, New Cars, Prius, R8, Suv, Toyota, Trucks
In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh. From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was. As they were admiring the ulimate super car, the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink! The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?
But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames. You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican. However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying. Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation. There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.
The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”. So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain. Sounds pretty bad, huh?
Here’s the crash video. WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.
Posted in Bugatti Veyron, News Worthy, Sports Cars, Stupid Stunts, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Autos, Birds, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Cars, Fast Cars, Pelican, Sports Cars, Stupid, Stupidity, Super Cars, Tragedy, Veyron, Volkswagen
Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday. I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it. What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.
Posted in Economy Cars, New Cars, News Worthy, Racing, Rally, Safe Driving, Sports Cars, Stupid Stunts, Supercars, Top Gear, TV Shows, Videos
Tagged Autos, British, British TV, Cars, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Top Gear, TV
Although no details have been released concerning the official lap time of the LF-A, several automotive journalists are offering up some serious praise for Lexus’ first venture into the world of super cars. Here’s a short interview with Thomas Bangma at the Ring. Tune back in on October 21st for the next round of LF-A news!
Posted in News Worthy, Nurburgring, Racing, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged Autos, Cars, Fast, Lexus, Lexus LF-A, LF-A, Super Car, Super Cars, Toyota
In NG’s latest documentary, they head to the Lamborghini factory to find out how much work goes into building a raging bull. In this video, they show the attention to detail that the technicians use when painting the body panels.
It’s always been known that both Porsche and Ferrari make a majority of their profits from the custom work they put into their cars. The typical purchaser gets to choose the color of the paint, brake calipers, leather interior, stitching, tach color, etc. Sounds like a lot, but maybe not overwhelming… guess again.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, News Worthy, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged 458 Italia, Autos, Cars, Ferrari, Ferrari 458, Ferrari 458 Italia, Hot, Italia, Super Cars
It looks like MT might have contracted out to one of Top Gear’s visual effects masters for this piece. Either way, this vid is well put together and each car is qualitatively and subjectively compared to determine with is the ultimate drivers car. It’s a top-tier shootout between the Porsche Caymen PDK, the Audi R8, the BMW 135i, the Cadillac CTS-V, the Camaro SS, the Corvette ZR1, the Ford Shelby GT500, the Jaguar XFR, the Mazda Miata and Nissan Nismo 370Z. If you want to know what MT thinks is the best sports car out there, check out this 14+ minute video.
They’ve been teasing us for months now; it all started with dark images of the tail lights and other vehicle accents. Then an image was leaked out after a private unveiling of the new 4-door saloon. Now Bugatti has released an official video with narration so good, it rivals the Lord of the Rings…
Here’s what we know so far:
- 8-liter W-16 engine (same as the Bugatti Veyron)
- The engine is now front-mounted and can be run on Ethanol
- Insane hood with twin-fin mechanisms to display the engine
- Estimated top speed of 217 MPH
- Carbon fiber body work that shines blue when under direct light
We’ll keep our ear the ground, check back later for more details!
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Audi, Bugatti, Bugatti Galibier, Family Cars, Fast Cars, Luxury Cars, Porsche, Super Cars, Volkswagen
₩ is the symbol for the Korean Won, their form of the Dollar. 161,000,000 Won sounds like a lot, and it is, roughly equating to $130,000 bucks. For that, you could by a Corvette ZR1 and a few extra sets of tires. Or you could buy a tricked out GT-R and mob the streets with all wheel drive prowess. But now there’s a new option, and it’s price just so happens to be $131K. They call it the Spirra, and it’s a quick little devil. Using a 2.7-liter V6 Hyundai engine, lifted from a Tiburon, the creator was able to squeeze out 400 horsepower by throwing on a sizable supercharger. That’s the Spirra S, and for a car that weighs just 2,200 pounds with a full tank of gas, that’s a real nice power-to-weight ratio. But if it want’s to compete with the aformentioned ZR1 and GT-R, or even Ferrari’s and Lambo’s, it would probably need 25% more to hold it’s own. So they creators went back to the drawing board and threw on a turbo. Crank the boost and you net 500 ponies from a car that weights a Keg more than an Elise.
The Spirra Turbo has a top speed in the 200+ MPH range, so you can bet that it will keep up with just about anything. Here’s a video of it dusting an F430. The racing starts around the 3:35 mark.
Posted in New Cars, News Worthy, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Auto, Autos, Car, Cars, Ferrari, GTR, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Spirra, Spirra Turbo, Sports Car, Super Car, Video, ZR1
Hot on the release of the 2010 Porsche 911 is the GT3 RS. This super-tuned version of the GT3 gets the same upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that the 911 inherited from the Carrera, but this version is sans-turbos. Either way, power output is pegged at 450HP, more than enough to make the RS leave blurred streaks of neon through the air. A wider track, custom suspension and light weight body work improve grip, handling and general sex appeal. Full gallery below, but there’s two track videos after the jump!
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, Car Review, New Cars, News Worthy, Photos, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Fast Cars, GT3, Porsche, Porsche 911, Porsche 911 GT3, Sexy, Sports Cars, Super Cars
The blokes over at AutoCar were lucky enough to pit two of the worlds fastest and most highly regarded super cars in the world. The Lambo SV has 670 Italian-bred ponies in the boot and all wheel drive, making it go from 0-60 in negative three seconds… well, maybe it can’t defy space and time, but it’s still ridiculously fast. The ZR1, on the other hand, has 30 less horsepower and 60 more pounds, meaning the Lambo should have a solid edge over the bowtie. Watch and learn why American muscle is king.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, Car Review, News Worthy, Racing, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Chevy, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Lambo, Lamborghini, Vette, ZR1
I’m a car fanatic. And I appreciate hybrid technology and recognize for a number of reasons that it’s something should adopt on a large scale. That said, my true passion lies in performance. There is nothing like hearing a high-revving V12 at wide open throttle, or an American V8 grunt it’s torque levels from 2,000 RPM. This is why many get in the journalism game, to have the shot at personally reviewing cars they could probably never afford, or at least justify owning.
Johnny over at AutoBlog just got his hands on a 2010 GTR for review and he ran into a pack of animals that only Godzilla could properly challenge; the Ferrari F355 Spyder, Ferrari F430 Spyder, BMW M6 and the Dodge Viper SRT10. Just another day for the autobloggers, must be nice…
Posted in Racing, Safe Driving, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Auto, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, M6, Nissan, Video, Viper, You Tube, youtube
A car that has been largely shrouded in secrecy has just been put to the test on the Nurburgring. The SLS AMG is the next generation of the SLR, featuring aggressive styling cues, gull wing doors, and a brute of an engine. Listen to it roar as it roams the ‘Ring for the full 13 miles. Keep in mind this isn’t the “official” time, this was a preview day. The final production car with a more experienced ‘Ring driver and no co-pilot should yield much faster results.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, Nurburgring, Racing, Sports Cars, Supercars
Tagged AMG, Auto, Autos, Car, Cars, Fast, Fast Cars, Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, News, Racing, Super Car, Super Cars, Track, Track Racing
Lets face it, sometimes the postal service leaves a little to be desired. They may push through rain, sleet and snow, but I know I’ve waited a couple of weeks for a letter that should have taken 3-4 days. Sometimes it seems like I could have driven my my aunt’s house and delivered the letter by hand. Well that’s what Top Gear set out to do in their latest race; they took a Porsche Panamera and pitted it against a postage stamp, watch the videos to find out who wins.
Posted in Car Review, New Cars, Sports Cars, Supercars, Top Gear, TV Shows, Videos
Tagged Autos, Car, Cars, James May, Panamera, Porsche, Porsche Panamera, Postal Service, Race, Racing, Richard Hammond
We’ve seen some incredible machines as of late; a twin turbo M5 M3, an LS9-powered Camaro, even a 2700 horsepower F150! But this one probably takes the cake as the meanest, fastest street machine around; its a 94 Mustang Cobra powered by a Viper’s 8-liter V10, which is force fed by a couple of T-76 turbos. Some modification was needed to make everything fit, including moving the firewall back 10 inches and custom fabricating engine mounts and suspension linkages.
This has all taken months of work, but the day has finally come to turn the key. Listen and enjoy this deep hiss of this Cobra.
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Sports Cars, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Autos, Cars, Dodge, Dodge Viper, Ford, Ford Mustang, Mustang, Mustang Cobra, Racing, Turbo, Twin Turbo
The production crew over at Top Gear has outdone themselves once again. This could be called the ultimate drag race. A showdown of Goliath and Goliath. In the right lane, we have a McLaren F1, the former champion of all things speed. In the 1990’s, the F1 broke the world record for the fastest production car by hitting 242 MPH. 15 years later, the Bugatti Veyron became the new heavy-weight champion, breaking the 250 MPH barrier and setting the record at 252 MPH. Although SSC’s Ultimate Aero and the Porsche 9ff GT9 claim faster speeds than the Veyron, neither of them are as refined or polished as the Veyron. If I were to choose one of these, the Veyron would most certainly be my choice.
Posted in Bugatti Veyron, Racing, Supercars, Top Gear, TV Shows, Videos
Tagged Bugatti, Drag, Drag Race, McLaren, McLaren F1, Super Car, Super Cars, Supercar
It’s alive and it sounds awesome!
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Sports Cars, Supercars, Tuners, Videos
Tagged Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey, Horsepower, LS9, Performance, ZR1