If your car has a few bad panel gaps and you're feeling a little self conscious at the next car meet, show your buddies these cars and they'll never notice anything wrong with yours.
25 years ago Nissan re-introduced the GTR badge in a bid to win in Group A Racing. The 1989 Skyline was the first year of the 8th generation which hadn't seen the GTR name since 1973(4th). This new twin turbo Skyline would be the first true "Godzilla". Previous Skylines were exclusively RWD, and even available in diesel station wagons. The new RB26DETT engine could really flex it's muscle in the hands of almost any tuner. Virtually limitless AWD power potential meant this car was destined to be labeled a monster.
For the ultimate Porsche experience, one need look no further than the 911, but there are many 911 variants. The 911 GT3 RS is perhaps the most engaging and driver oriented Porsche. A proper 6 speed manual transmission with only one clutch puts the power to just the rear wheels. Standard GT3s use a 3.8L boxer 6, but the RS is fitted with a 4.0 variant. Horsepower is upped to 500hp (from 450) and torque is improved to 339ft.lbs (from 317). A more open exhaust and free flowing intake help the engine breathe, with the desirable side effect of enhanced noise. The driving experience is of that brand of excellence expected from Porsche but by putting the 911 on a diet it's even crisper. Curb weight is down to under 3000lbs. Ceramic composite brakes and Porsche's sublime active suspension system add to the experience flawlessly. Porsche has claimed that 85% of RS owners take their cars out on a track regularly and we can see why. The car possesses all the Porsche qualities with none of the heavy extras. Heavy dual clutch transmissions may make shifts faster, but will they be as enjoyable? How much will the cornering be effected by the heavy transmission over the rear of the car? Still manages 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds without the techno-superior transmission or AWD shows that good driver can keep things fast. The added power means a top speed of 193mph, which should be sufficient for most race tracks. Not many companies can quickly sell out 600 cars for $185,000+ USD but Porsche has done just that with this amazing car.
The Ferrari F40 is a legend amongst gearheads. The standard car was known for a complete carbon fiber body with paint so thin that you could see the weave through it. Ferrari took weight reduction to an all new level. The F40 was the last truly light weight Ferrari at only 2400lbs. The twin turbo 3.0 V8 produces 478hp through a 5 speed manual with no electronic aids. Ferrari commisioned special competition road cars that are even more exclusive than the standard F40. A larger adjustable rear wing, larger front air dam give the F40 "LM" a more aggressive look. Uprgraded brakes, gearbox and stiffer/lower suspension make the already hardcore F40 even more extreme. The weight of the car was reduced by another 85lbs. What really makes the LM a monster is the engine. Making between 650hp and 780hp, the LMs were significantly quicker than anything from that era. 0-60 was a then unheard of 3.1 seconds! Top speed was estimated at 225-229mph! This car was undoubtedly set the bar higher. Gordon Murray's McLaren F1 and F1 "LM" were perhaps the only cars up to the challenge for the next 25 years.
If you love sports cars, then you already know all about the McLaren F1. It's Gordon Murray's ultimate idea of what a supercar can and should be. It was a game changer when it was released in 1992, and it remained the benchmark for the following 20 years. Because the cars were hand built at a peak pace of roughly 3 cars per month, McLaren only managed to sell 65 of them before ending production in 1996. The carbon fiber body would blast to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds with the driver commanding the car from a unique central driving position. When most supercars would struggle to hit 200mph, the 627hp McLaren blasted by on route to a long standing record 243mph. McLaren competed with race spec F1s in several Touring Car championships. The GTR race chassis most famously won the 1995 24hrs of Le Mans with 5 cars. A big underdog manufacturer win against specialized race prototypes was cause for celebration. A 'Le Mans' special edition was planned. The McLaren F1 LM was designed to be sharper, harder & faster than all previous F1s to commemorate the victory. Sadly, only 5 were produced, so the "F1 LM" shall remain somewhat of fairy tale for most of us mere mortals.
When you've owned a few Lexus GS300s (Toyota Aristo) and you want to build an insane drift car, there are several ways to approach things. Being a Toyota the obvious choice for a motor would be the immensely capable 2J-GZE. Carl Thompson of New Zealand wanted something a big different. He decided on a custom turbocharged 4-rotor 26B fed with E85 and a 200hp shot of nitrous! This car puts down 900hp with ease. Most of us would be content with such a drivetrain, but Carl already has plans for a larger turbo (current limiting factor at high rpm).
Ridetech is well known for their quality air suspension systems. They are particularly good at making muscle cars handle remarkably well. It was only a matter of time before they got their hands on a hot rod. Pride themselves on superior performance, Ridetech wouldn't settle for anything but the best. So how do you make a mid-30s hot rod handle like a supercar? You start by giving Factory Five Racing a call. They sell the highest quality 33' Ford kits with some of the most capable chassis' in the world. With such a solid starting foundation and such a competent builder this turned out to be an extreme hot rod. We love the cars that set the bar higher. This is one of those cars!
The Porsche 911 in any form, from any era, is a respectable track day toy. Modern 911 Turbo S Porsches are some of the more competent entries in today's supercar market. An AWD Turbo S converted to more closely represent Porsche's Racing "RSR" is something not to be taunted. Naveen Maraj is President of Champion Motorsport, and certainly knows exactly what he wants in a car. The Maraj family has ties to Porsche dealerships so naturally, Champion Motorsport has no trouble selecting vehicles to race. To simplify the project, Naveen took a 2011 Turbo S, fiddled with every mechanical component and wanted the bodywork to match the latest Porsche RSR factory race cars. With no intention of settling for anything less than perfection, it was no easy task.
I'm sure most of you haven't heard much of Ferrari's latest and most prestigious vehicle. Designed and manufactured in Pakistan, this concept has yet to be named but is already setting a new standard for super cars around the world. These leaked photo's show the carefully crafted masterpiece in full trim, ready to embarrass any who dare challenge it around Monza. Here are the details......
Petrolicious followed a couple friends through the vineyards of Napa Valley. Both friends tell their stories about their passion for Datsun Roadsters. It's nice to see people become friends over a common interest in cars. The little Datsun convertible is certainly a great companion for such a beautiful place. The 510 is cool, and the 240Z is downright legendary, but the roadster is something special too. Datsun was doing things right when they first came to North America. Everything they sold had sporting potential, which is more than can be said for modern day Nissan. Mazda's legendary MX5, Honda's S2000 and even Toyota's MR2 have all been in the 4 cylinder roadster game since the Datsun has vanished. Perhaps a revival of the little Roadster is in order Nissan.