The video you are about to see was recorded at a stop light in The Woodlands where the driver of a Corvette C5 decided to do a drag race with an owner of the current-gen Corvette C6. Just like they do in the movies, both drivers decided to rev their V8 engines and pushed the acceleration pedal down to the floor when the green light came on. The race lasted for only 9 seconds because the owner of the C5 lost control of his car and hit the C6.
One owner of a Bugatti Veyron and another lucky individual that bought a very exclusive Koenigsegg CCXR decided that the best way to spend an afternoon would be to drag race. As you probably now, these are two of the most powerful supercars ever made as the regular Veyron has 987 hp (1,001 PS / 736 kW) while the CCXR is even more powerful, packing a whopping 1,018 hp (1,032 PS / 759 kW).
Is it all about power? Check out the video to find out who wins.
Ford organized a party a couple of days ago for celebrating the arrival of the automaker’s supercharged Mustang coupes that are built especially for drag racing. This party was held at the Auto Alliance Mustang factory in Flat Rock, Michigan where the company said that this Mustang model is the fastest accelerating production car in the world. (more…)
It seems that Motor Trend is searching for the best budget supercar and Ford, Chevrolet and Nissan stepped up to this challenge with their 2011 Shelby GT 500, 2011 Corvette Z06 and my favorite, the 2012 GT-R. The latter cranks out 530 hp from its V6 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged engine. The GT500 offers 20 hp more from the 5.4-liter V8 supercharged power unit while the Z06 produces 505 hp from its 7.0-liter engine.
Although the best bang-for-the-buck would have to be the Shelby GT500 due to its $55,330 price tag, I’d still pick the GT-R as it looks way cooler. The price for the Nissan is $90,950 while the Corvette is $98,010 – the models tested.
To find out which is better, Motor Trend took these three cars to the Streets of Willow road curse and organized a drag race. As you might have expected, the Nissan GT-R won the challenge, but the video is still worth seeing.
Here is an interesting drag race between three beautiful cars: the new McLaren MP4-12C, the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Most likely, this clip was recorded a couple of days ago at the MP4-12C media event which was organized in Portimao, Portugal. The result it isn’t very concluding, but it still is quite interesting to see the duel.
Speaking of McLaren, they finally revealed all the specifications of their new MP4-12C model which will have a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that outputs 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 443 lb.-ft (600 Nm) of torque. With such power under the hood, the car can sprint to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds (3.1 with the Corsa tires), onto a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). To reach 200 km/h (124 mph), the McLaren MP4-12C needs 9.1 seconds with regular tires and 8.9 with the Corsa racing rubber.
The car’s MonoCell carbon-fiber chassis weights only 165 lbs (75 kg) which helps maintain the vehicle’s curb weight at only 2868 lbs (1301 kg). The engine is mated to a 7-speed SSG gearbox that offers three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
The car will be available through a network of 35 retailers located in 19 countries and it will have a base price of about $229,000. The MP4-12C will hit the dealerships sometime this year.
If we look back to 2009, you’ll remember that owners of the Nissan GT-R had a serious issue to think about. Their cars came with a launch control system, but by using it, they had to say goodbye to the warranty. The Japanese carmaker decided to avoid the “warranty nightmare” for the 2010 model and they ditched the system.
For the 2012 model, the Nissan GT-R can be fitted with the launch control system as it is listed as optional equipment. The Japanese engineers tweaked the system which now allows the drivers to use it four times in a row, before shutting it off so that the transmission of the car will not have to suffer.
Just like the first generation of the system, the new one, dubbed LC4 launches from 4,000 rpm but it does a better job at minimizing the wheel spin, making the new generation of the car (which is 45 hp more powerful than the outgoing model) a lot faster in a straight line race, comparing to the 2010MY GT-R.
The 530 hp / 448 pound-feet of torque coming from the engine allow the car to reach 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds, with the aid of the sophisticated electronic all-wheel-drive system and the dual-clutch transmission.
One such example is a 1997 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk 3), which now has a VR6 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, capable of a dizzying 800 HP.
In order to see what the new engine can do in the tiny hatchback, Dubsquared and T1 Race Development handed it over to driver Jeremy Freedman, which took it to the Texas Mile event. The result was a staggering top speed of 208.1 mph or 333 km/h.
Hit the jump to see the speed run, plus a pretty interesting way of getting yourself ready before such an event. (more…)
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz around electic vehicles, with companies like Tesla or Fisker working on some really beautiful and fast electric coupes and sedans. So who would’ve expected this? One of the world’s fastest street legal electric vehicles is a modified 1972 Datsun 1200 coupe. Using special lightweight lithium ion batteries originally developed for electric hand tools, John Wayland’s White Zombie (that’s the Datsun’s name) can run the 1/4 mile in under 11.5 seconds, with a trap speed of more than 114 miles per hour. Not to mention that the electric motors produce full torque basically at 0 rpm, so John has a lot of fun taking out all sorts of cars with hundreds of ponies under the bonnnet.
Check out a video of the little Datsun in action, after the jump. (more…)