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.
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Tagged 9ff, 9ff GT9, 9ff GT9-R, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Cars, GT9-R, Porsche, Porsche 9ff, Super Car
Officially unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show, Specter Werkes has shown the public what their 2010 C6 GTR is made of. Based on the mighty 500 horsepower Z06 platform, this Vette is far from stock. Powered by Lingenfelter’s twin-turbo system for the LS7, this C6 now boasts 800 horsepower to the wheels and enough torque to spin the world backwards.
A custom body kit, vented hood, front lip and matte-black rear fascia clean up the exterior. Overall, I think it looks good, but those rear exhaust tips are a little over the top. Carbon fiber wheels adorn each corner, wrapped in Pilot Sport PS2 rubber, surrounding a StopTech 6-piston BBK. The wheels are made by HRE and weigh in at only 22 pounds each, not bad for 20’s! Press release and 5 more pics after the break!
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Tagged 2010 SEMA, Carbon Fiber, Chevy, Chevy Corvette, Corvette, GTR, SEMA, SEMA Show, Specter Werkes, Twin Turbo, Vette
It’s not very often that a car is so blindingly fast that it’s on board computer management systems thinks there’s a problem. Well if it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to John Hennessy and his crew. Watch as their 700 pony-pushing CTS-V runs an 11 second quarter-mile, and then procedes to alert On-Star because .99 G’s of acceleration registers as a “vehicle event”.
PS: This CTS-V SCREAMS!
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Tagged Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevy, Corvette, CTS-V, Family Cars, Hennessey, John Hennessey, On Star, Video, youtube, ZR1
Well Hennessey did it; they were able to squeeze the LS9 into a Camaro and they have officially finished tuning that beast. Here’s the video of the first dyno… can you say torque-tastic?
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Tagged Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey, Horsepower, LS9, ZR1
Ken Block’s Gymkhanna 1 and 2 practice sessions have set the bar for drift stunts, video production and outright lunacy. In his second practice session, Ken used an even more powerful STi on Subaru’s updated 2008 platform. It looked fast, didn’t it? Well, somehow the guys over at Edmund’s “Inside Line” talked Ken into letting them borrow it and they were able to put down some concrete numbers on his STi’s performance. Get this:
- Curb Weight: 2,775 lbs (Stock STi = 3,352lbs, or 577lbs more!)
- Engine Displacement: 2.65-liter (up .15-liter thanks to a Crawford Stroker Kit)
- Turbo: GT35R @ 30 PSI
- Fuel: E85
- Transmission: Six-Speed Dog-Ring KAPS Gearbox
- Power: 565 HP
- Torque: 590 ft-lbs
- 0-60 MPH: 3.0 seconds
- 60-0 MPH: 115 feet
- Quarter-Mile: 10.8 seconds
- Skidpad Pass: 72 MPH
- Lateral Grip: .90g
- Audio: 115.9 decibels inside the cabin
Special Note: the transmission’s 5th gear was borked, so that quarter-mile time above skipped 5th and went straight to 6th, which means it’s capable of putting down an even faster time. :)
There’s a laundry list of performance mods, if you’re interested, check out their post to get the low-down.
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Tagged gymkhana, gymkhana 2, ken block, Ken Block STi, STi, Subaru, Subaru STi, WRX
It’s alive and it sounds awesome!
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Tagged Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey, Horsepower, LS9, Performance, ZR1
Hennessey announced today that it was able to squeeze in the 640 horsepower LS9 into the engine bay of the new Camaro. By the looks of the photos, the engine fits quite nicely. This is a considerable upgrade from the Camaro’s optional V8, but Hennessey wasn’t happy with just 640 ponies. Oh no, they’ll be working on pushing out over 700 to the wheels.
Only 24 LS9 Camaro’s will be made by Hennessy and 11 of them have already been pre-ordered. If you got a couple hundred grand laying around and fancy the new 2010 Camaro, get on the horn and talk to Mr. Hennessey. Pics after the jump!
UPDATE: HENNESSEY PRESS RELEASE AFTER THE JUMP – Performance Specs Included!
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Tagged Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey, Horsepower, LS9, Performance, ZR1
We don’t make announcements like this very often, but the long awaited, long antisipated DiabloSport Trinity programmer is now in stock at AutoAnything and ready to ship to your door. This power programmer is one bad dude; not only does it manage boost, increase horsepower and produce gobs of torque, but it gives you a way to monitor the key performance indexes of your engine in real time, ensuring a safe path to horsepower heaven. A few key points to know about the DiabloSport Trinity:
- Get 20-185 more ponys under the hood
- Customized tuning and user interface functions
- Virtual drag strip lets you record your 0-60, 1-100, 1/8- and 1/4-mile times
- Record and log data that is critical to your engines health, review later to make adjustments and fine tune your engine
- Comes with 5 Gauge Types: Radial, Wiper, Horizontal, Digital and a Playback Timer
- Check and clear diagnostic and check-engine codes
- Comes with an SD card slot for memory expansion and a USB 2.0 hookup for tuner updates, data logging downloads and custom tunes
The DiabloSport Trinity is the all-in-one programmer solution you’ve been looking for, check’em out today, even more vehicle applications will be released in the near future.
Posted in Auto Accessories, Engine Performance, Performance Chips, Product Review, Racing, Tuners
Tagged Auto Anything, AutoAnything, Diablo Sport, DiabloSport, DiabloSport Trinity, performance chips, power programmers, tuner
The Hennessey tuning shop is known for making Big power come out of monstrous engines. From their 1,000+ horsepower twin-turbo Dodge Vipers to their track-demolishing Corvettes, John knows his muscle cars. But that’s why his work on the GT-R is special; it’s not the traditional naturally-aspirated V8 muscle that’s capable of producing gobs of torque and astronomical amounts of horsepower. Rather, the GT-R is a highly tuned and balanced V6 that makes lots of horsepower per liter, making it super quick around the track. But like what many tuners in this world have asked; what would happen if we gave Godzilla even more power?
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Tagged Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, GTR700, Hennessey, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Sports Cars, Super Cars, Video
AutoAnything is committed to quality, which is why we carry big name brands that devote a lot of their time to Research and Development. It’s not often that our partners get nationally recognized for all their hard work, but when it does happen, you gotta give credit where credit is due.
The Travel channels television show, Worlds Greatest, did a feature on DiabloSport. After looking at their operations, the ingenuity of their products & their upcoming DiabloSport Trinity programmer, the show’s host dubbed them the Worlds Greatest Automotive Performance Company. Here the clip from the broadcast:
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Tagged Autos, Cars, Chevy, Diablo Sport, DiabloSport, DiabloSport Trinity, Dodge, Ford, performance chips, Performance Parts, Power Programmer, Trucks
Hennessey is known for creating muscle cars that have so much power, they could make the earth spin underneath them. They have not deviated from their path to madness in their latest creation, the ZR700. Here’s the basic formula; take a limited edition 640HP ZR1 Corvette, add more boost, a bigger intercooler, a K&N intake, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters and an electronic tune to boost up horsepower to 705 at the crank.
Get more details, dyno sheets and videos after the jump!
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Tagged Cars, Chevy, Chevy Corvette, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Super Car, Super Cars, Tuning, ZR1 Hennessey
Not bad Mercedes… not bad at all. This is a long pull, from 35mph in 4th gear all the way up to 190. It’s pretty incredible to see the kind of torque this engine makes; even at 1,250 rpm’s, it doesn’t take much time for the Black edition to get into it’s power band and when that needle hits 80mph, this thing really starts screaming. Make sure to turn up your speakers, the sound coming from this engine is pure bliss.
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Tagged AMG, Dyno, Fast Cars, Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, Racing Video, SL65, SL65 AMG Black Series, Super Cars, Video
Yet another edition of the extremely exclusive Bugatti Veyron has been released, and this is perhaps the most exclusive of all. The first reason is that this edition isn’t made by Bugatti. In fact, it’s a German coach builder and tuner by the name of Mansory is responsible for this one. Mansory is known for their passion for British sports and luxury cars, but I guess they are giving some of their love to their German brethren. But not too much of their love, as only three Veyron’s will be touched by Mansory’s craftsmen.
Not much is know about the Vincerò yet, except that it isn’t any more powerful than the standard Veyron. Most of the modifications appear to be visual; carbon fiber paneling adorns most of the body while polished doors, fenders and mirros provide an elegant two-tone finish. You’ll probably also notice a V emblem at the bottom of the horseshoe grill, the branded symbol of the Vincerò.
New 10-spoke alloy wheels finish off the exterior nicely while leather mesh combo dresses up the interior. All in all, this Veyron should be a little lighter and dare I say, a touch more aerodynamic, which might amount to something on the performance meter. So if 0-60 MPH in 2.5 seconds isn’t fast enough for you, maybe the Mansory will give you the edge until Bugatti releases the Super Veyron in 2010. Hit the jump to view the gallery!
This build has been going on for over a year, but it’s no easy task to make a monster like this. The mad scientist behind this Frankenstein has dropped an S62 engine from the E39 M5 and then slapped a twin-turbo kit on it. To provide some insight as to what exactly this all means, here’s a little background information on the two cars.
In stock form, the S62 M5 engine produces nearly 400 horsepower and 369 ft-lbs of torque. This is a lot of horses, even when placed in a 4-door saloon car that tipped the scales at 3,800 pounds. 0-60 could be achieved in just 4.9 seconds. If you took off the speed limiter, you could reach a top speed of 187mph.
Now the E30 M3 only weighed 2,844 lbs. With its 192hp Inline-4, you could run it up to 60mph in around 6.5 seconds. Back when the E30 was produced, that was very fast for a car. Backed by big names like Prodrive and AC Schnitzer, the E30 M3 was a very successful race car, competing in anything from road races to rally competitions.
With that background, you can understand that putting an M5 engine into the lighter weight M3 should deliver ridiculous levels of acceleration. But putting a twin-turbo kit onto the 4.9-liter V8 behemoth will surely reach levels of insanity that are only known by those in an asylum. The car isn’t finished yet, but you can follow the build here.
Source: S14.net via Kultivate
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Tagged Add new tag, BMW, BMW M3, BMW M5, Euro, German Cars, M3, M5, Turbo, Twin Turbo
Amuse is a Japanese tuning company that has a long relationship with Nissan’s R-Series. They eeked every horsepower they could from the old RB26DETT engine, harnessing over 1,000 horsepower on the brawniest of Skylines. But with the recent release of the GT-R, most aftermarket tuners are turning their eyes away from the old R32/33/34 to focus on the fresh meat.
Amuse is one of the first tuners in the world to be able to successfully play with the GT-R’s ECU and win… and win they did. So what exactly did they do to get 602hp at 6,500rpm and 571lb-ft of torque at 5,300rpm from the already highly-tuned GT-R?
Well for starters, they up’d the boost. A lot. They also added a full titanium exhaust, electronic boost controller, and they removed that pesky 112mph speed limiter. But the real trick was making the ECU work correctly with all these changes… GT-R ECU’s haven’t liked it when tuners did so much as change the wheels and tires, so you can understand that this alone was a monsterous feat.
To make it lighter on it’s feet, the titanium exhaust and all new Recaro carbon-Kevlar racing seats dropped 100 pounds off the curb weight. Add in a removable MOMO steering wheel and you’ve got the meanest GT-R in the world (so far).
Dubbed the Power House Amuse Phantom GT-R, you’ll be able to buy these auto parts from Amuse sometime in 2009. Until then, your stock 480+ horsepower GT-R will have to suffice.
Here’s a quick video explaining some of the benefits to running water/methanol injection on a turbo charged car. Check it out and get schooled on how to get more power from your whip!
There are only a handful of tuners working on the GTR, but now there is another. HKS is a BIG name in import-car tuning and they’ve stepped up to the plate with the GTR. Later this year, Japanese GT-R owners will be able to upgrade their ride with new wastegate actuators, an electronic boost controller, race pipes that get rid of those stock catalytic converters, and an intercooler rework that includes all-aluminum piping and silicon hose couplers. All these tweaks should bump up the engine output to 562 horsepower and 540 ft-lbs of torque. These measurements are taken at the wheels, so this is quite an increase in power! Keep in mind this is utilizing the stock turbos, so there is a lot more to be extracted from Godzilla. Bigger turbos with a front mounted intercooler, an air intake system, and some weight reduction kits could make this already fast car move like greased lightning!