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Porsche 9ff GT9-R: Now with More Speed


Porsche 9ff GT9-R - Side View

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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Lexus LF-A Hits the Ring, Initial Impressions are Impressive!


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!

What Does ₩161,000,000 Buy You?


Spirra Turbo

₩ 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.

Mercedes SLS AMG Runs the ‘Ring


2010 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

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.

Super Car Showdown: Bugatti Veyron vs. McLaren F1


Bugatti Veyron vs Mclaren F1
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.
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Wallpaper of the Week: Aston Martin One-77 Cutaway


Aston Martin One-77 - Geneva Auto Show - Front

Aston Martin has vowed to make a super car that makes all others tremble. For months they’ve been providing teasers of how the car will look, showing little pieces of it to the press. Well this week was the Geneva Motor show and the One-77 is now known to the world. It is, in the tradition of all Aston Martin’s, beautiful, elegant and powerful. AutoBlog has done a great write up on the beast and they took lots of pictures. To quickly sum up the One-77, it’s got:

  • A 7.3-liter V8 producing around 750 Horsepower
  • Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Chassis
  • Carbon fiber body panels and ducts
  • Expected curb weight of 3,300 pounds
  • Low 3.0 second 0-60, 200+ MPH

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Wallpaper of the Week: Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce


Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670-4 SuperVeloce - Front View

I know, I know… last weeks WOTW didn’t make it up on Friday, but that’s because we we wanted to bring you something really special on Monday to brighten up your day… consider this mission accomplished.

It’s hard to find a better example of a Lamborghini than their brand-spanking new Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.  When compared to the already lightweight LP-640, a 220 lb. weight loss and 487 ft-lbs. of torque helps the SuperVeloce run 0-62MPH in just 3.2 seconds, but it’s the 670 bulls under the hood that make it scream all the way up to 212 MPH (if you have the small spoiler on the trunk, that is).  ‘

The refined, poly-angle design makes it more subtle than the Reventon, but still much more aggressive than the standard Murcielago. The engine cover alone helps transform this beast into an icon as three hexagonal-shaped polymer plates serve as a window into the engine bay, supported by a series of carbon fiber shelves formed specifically to maximize air flow onto the rear spoiler.

I doubt this Murc will be featured at the Lamborghini Academy, so these press photos will have to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy the pics, they should look great on your desktop for the next week or so.  :)

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Pagani Zonda R Runs the Monza Track, Sounds Even Better than it Looks!


Pagani Zonda R at the Monza Race Track

The Zonda R is Pagani’s new hot racer. It’s really a track car, so it should be expected that this thing has functional styling and a mean motor, but I never would have thought that it sounded as goooood as this.  The track that the Zonda is running on, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, is located near Monza, Italy, just north of Milan. Make sure you’re in a place where you can listen to this video at some decent volume, you won’t be disappointed.  :)

Wallpaper of the Week – Pagani Zonda R


This is the latest from Pagani. It’s been in development for two years. It is both longer and wider than its predecessor, yet thanks to its carbon-monocoque body, it weighs almost 300 pounds less. It’s also more powerful than the F; using a Mercedes-Benz sourced 6-liter V12 engine, Pagani says the R has 750 horses at its disposal, which is more that 150 more horsepower than the F.

This is a recipe for pure insanity! The Zonda F can run the ‘Ring in 7:27, one of the fastest times ever recorded by a road car. Although that may be the catch; in the Zonda F, you could take it out on the street and pick up some groceries if you had to. The R, on the other hand, is anything but street legal. It is a race-bred machine. So if you ever see 1 of the 10 that Pagani is making, it’s likely to be in a garage, museum, on the track, or according to the press release, in someone’s living room.

Enjoy the pics, the press release is after the jump.

Edit: Updated with bigger, better pics!

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Hennessey Works on the ZR1, Run’s 11 Second Quarter


Hennessey ZR700 Corvette

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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Unpacking a Lamborghini Reventon


The Lamborghini Reventon - #1 of 20

The Reventon is the most exclusive Lambo of the decade. Only twenty are going to be made. How would you safely package a car for transport that is this rare? Hit the jump to see how Lamborghini approached the problem.

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The Car Industry May be Suffering, but Ferrari California Sold Out Until 2010 – AutoAnything


Car makers around the world are feeling the heat as the US economy slows down to a crawl.  Hit hardest are the manufacturers who’s bread-and-butter were gas guzzling SUV’s and trucks.  Company’s like Honda and Toyota staying afloat well, but Ford, GM, Dodge, and a handful of other companies are scrounging to develop a fuel efficient car so they don’t drown in debt.

Ferrari, on the other hand, has decided to keep doing what they do best: build fast cars with impeccable style.  The Ferrari California has been criticized by a lot of Automotive journalists, but I’ve always liked it.  It kind of reminds me of the Artega GT.  I guess I’m not alone because Ferrari announced today that all 2008 and 2009 models have been pre-sold. 

Costing $240,000, the California is not cheap, but Ferrari does throw a 460hp, 4.3-liter V8 into the deal.  Since Ferrari is making 2,000 units per production year, they’ll have a good inflow of cash for the next 2 years.  When it rains it pours, that’s why Ferrari brought their umbrella.

Source: AutoBlog

Concept: MCE MC1 Super Car


It’s been a while since I’ve seen a concept super car that really wow’d me, but I recently stumbled across this little gem that was created in a joint venture between MotorCity and C2P Automotive.  It’s powered by a 600HP V10 sitting in an all-carbon fiber monocoque chassis.  With 20″ wheels up front and 21″ wheels in the back, this ride has got the rubber to put all that power down in style.  Physically, it’s a little shorter and narrower than a Murcielago LP640, but 15 mm higher.

While this car is still only a concept, both companies are seeking more funding to put it into production.  I sure hope they find it, because this car is gorgeous!

Source: NewLaunches.com

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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