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ETC Corvette Top Tuner 5

ETC – Elite Tuners of Canada have made their first appearance at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show, organized in Toronto, Canada. With this occasion they’ve brought two new projects, a Corvette-based Top Tuner 5 and a Cruze-based Top Tuner 5.5, along with three other cars.

ETC Corvette Top Tuner 5

Based on a Corvette C6, ETC transformed the car into a very fast machine in only four months .Under that big hood there is a new LSX 376 Crate Motor from GM Performance and Pro Charger F1R that outputs a whopping 920 hp (585 kW / 933 PS) and 949 Nm (700 lb.-ft) of torque. Design-wise, the Corvette has a custom wide body kit and APR Performance carbon fiber accents and spoiler. It has exclusive Gold Rush paintwork, a specialized multi-coat body color, a real eye-grabber.

ETC Corvette Top Tuner 5

The Vette also has a custom race suspension, courtesy of Standard Suspension and rolls on custom iForged Legacy V2 rims that measure 20×10 in the front and 21×13 out in the back, covered by ultra-wide Pirelli 285/25/20 and 375/20/21 rubber. To stop this monster, the engineers over at ETC fitted the Corvette with a Baer Performance Big Brake System and the exhaust is also custom, borrowed from MBRP. Inside the cabin, the car has a custom roll cage, a Pioneer sound system and a STACK system installment.

ETC Cruze Top Tuner 5.5

I for one like the Cruze more as ETC really managed to turn the model into a very aggressive and sporty sedan. The engine offers 250 hp (186 kW / 254 PS) and 200 Nm (150 lb.-ft) of torque, thanks to the installation of a GTK 350 Custom Turbo System taken from Turbonetics. The sedan was fitted with a custom body kit that features a carbon fiber bonnet and trunk by Viniati. It has a very attractive Candy Flip Orange paint with a two-tone matte grey stripe, made by Serge Leger of Xtreme Motorsports.

ETC Cruze Top Tuner 5.5

This custom Chevrolet Cruze has a lowered suspension and rides on custom rims that measure F14 20×8 made by Forgestar, wrapped around in Pirelli 245/30Z-90 (90Y) XL Nero rubber. Like the Corvette, the Chevy Cruze has a custom exhaust system. Inside the cabin, the sedan has Autometer Gauges, orange upholstery and a powerful Pioneer 3000W sound system.

ETC Cruze Top Tuner 5.5

Source: etc-enterprises.ca via WCF

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Welcome back to the third part of our article where we will present another 10 cars that will go down as some of the worst vehicles ever made. For those of you that visit the website for the first time, have a look at the first and second part of the article.

Ford Pinto

Let’s begin the article with the Ford Pinto. It wasn’t particularly a very bad car but it is worthy of a place in our top because of its volatile nature. By volatile nature we mean that it had the tendency to erupt in flames if it was involved in a rear-end collision. The Blue Oval spent $121 million in order to reinforce the rear end of the Pinto, in comparison to only $50 million for the potential payout to victims.

Jaguar XK-E V12 Series III

The Jaguar E-Type will remain one of the most beautiful cars in the world, a 150-mph capable supercar with one of the sexiest bodywork ever created. In 1974 the E-Type transformed into this thing, the XK-E V12 Series III. In the United States, there were new power-sapping emission requirements so Jaguar had to switch the impressive 6-cylinder 4.2-liter engine with the massive 5.3-liter V12 monster. Another decision made by the British was to stop making the coupe version and they made only the LWB (long wheelbase) 2+2 and the convertible. If this wasn’t enough for massacring the looks of the car, people over at Jaguar plumped up the fenders, ruining the smooth looks of the car. In an embarrassing attempt to meet the 5-mph bumper standards, the car was equipped with awful rubber bumpers which ruined forever the looks of a once beautiful car.

Bricklin SV 1

Here is a car that had a let’s call it modern design for its time, the Bricklin SV 1 (Safety Vehicle 1). One of the special things about it was the 100-lb gullwing doors, inspired from the Mercedes Gullwing. The body of the car was made out of dent-resistant, brightly-colored plastic. Probably the most important safety feature of the car was the fact that it was a very slow car, “thanks” to its extra weight gained by the materials used for the bumpers and panels. However, there were almost 3,000 people that ordered it, they probably liked the doors, we don’t.

Morgan Plus 8 Propane

Here is another beautiful car in our opinion that died because of the U.S. emissions and safety requirements imposed in the early 70s. We all know that Morgan is one of those manufacturers that make cars the old-fashioned way, with sliding-pillar front suspensions and wooden-frame bodies. These cars are not bad but this one pictured above ran its impressive Rover V8 engine on propane, thanks to Bill Fink, who is a Moggie-phile and dealer. For a couple of years, a few of these bombs on wheels were sold and they had tanks of liquid propane that hung perilously right behind the rear bumper. And they said that the Pinto was dangerous…

Triumph TR7

Here is another Triumph unfortunately, this time the TR7 which had in my opinion a rather interesting design. The TR7 and TR8 were the last cars that were sold in the United States and also among the last models that were ever made by the company until it closed its doors in 1984. The car wasn’t a flop because of the rather strange design or because of the engineering, but because these were very bad made. The carburetors worked very rarely, the sunroof leaked instantly, and those concealed headlights you see in the picture rarely wanted to come out and play. One unfortunate owner of the TR7 said that the rear axle fell out.

Trabant

If you live in Europe, you definitely heard about the Trabant, East Germany’s response to the VW Beetle. Powered by an 18 hp engine, the car was made out of fiberglass-like Duroplast and recycled fibers like cotton and wood. Although the car smoked like there was no tomorrow, it was a hit as many East Germans bought it, mainly because it was very cheap.

Aston Martin Lagonda

Here is a manufacturer that we wouldn’t have thought it will make it into our top – Aston Martin. Just like any other car from this British manufacturer, the Lagonda was without any doubt a really beautiful vehicle. However, the mechanical part was a disaster. The car featured computer-driven electronics (remember, it was built in the 70s) and cathode-ray displays which definitely would have been quite cool back then but there was one minor flaw: they didn’t work!

Chevrolet Chevette

The Chevrolet Chevette is one of those cars that although was very bad, it had a few fans, just like the Yugo and the Pacer. This three-door hatchback had a 51 hp engine linked to a 4-speed manual gearbox, that’s it. The car was very loud and quite uncomfortable inside due to the limited space available. Plus, it looked awful in this diaper-brown color.

AMC Pacer

Speaking of the Pacer, it is a definitely a car worthy of a place in our top 50 of the worst cars in all history. Hagerty Insurance asked automotive enthusiasts about the worst car design ever made – the AMC Pacer was the proud winner. The guy responsible for the Gremlin is also the creator of this awful-looking vehicle. Driving the car during the hot summer days would have been a real adventure due to the non-existing air conditioning and if you were very attentive, you could have spotted the fumes of volatile petrochemicals out-gassing from the cheap-looking plastic dashboard.

Corvette 305 California

The last car in our article is another victim of the 70s United States emissions requirements that killed many muscle cars. The Corvette 305 California was fitted with a V8 engine that managed to produce only 180 hp. If it wasn’t enough to kill this car, the engine was linked to a 3-speed automatic transmission. Too bad as the car still looks great after 40 years.

Join us tomorrow for the fourth part of our article where we will continue to present another 10 automotive flops that will remain in history.

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The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most iconic American models, having a long history in both motorsport and on the open road. That is why Chevrolet announced that a limited edition Z06 Carbon will be made, in order to celebrate 50 years since the first ‘Vette raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by John Fitch and Briggs Cunningham.

Only 500 such models will be made, later this year, but you will be getting in your Z06 the chassis of the ZR1 as well as a drastic decrease in weight, thanks to the liberal use of … you guessed it, carbon fiber. The front splitter, side extensions and rear diffuser will all be made out of this material, as well as quite a few body panels.



What’s really interesting is that the Z06 Carbon will boast a completely custom lightweight hood, made out of carbon fiber. The title of lightest hood ever to grace a ‘Vette is largely due to the elimination of the transparent window. Previous Corvette owners will be sad to hear that they can’t retro-fit this hood to their cars, due to smaller size.

The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon will be available in either Inferno Orange or Supersonic Blue, and will also receive upgraded brakes and suspension, allowing for improved handling on the track and off it. Look forward to the summer when you’ll find out more details and the price of this special edition.

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The Cadillac CTS-V is properly fast, but there’s always room for improvement, at least according to the tuning crew at Fastlane, which looked at the Corvette ZR1 and the CTS-V and saw quite a lot of possibilities in between the two GM cousins.

As such, they took out the blower out of the ZR1′s LS9 engine block and fitted it to the Cadillac’s LSA unit. The result? A boost from the stock 556 HP to around 630 HP, although the actual result might be a bit higher (670 according to the dyno).

Either way, this is a great add-on for anyone who wants more power out of the Cadillac CTS-V. Hit the jump to see the car on the dyno and on the road for a few tests.
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For its exhibition at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, the German tuning company Loma Performance decided to customize and upgrade the Corvette C6 model. Taking a heavy dose from a symbol of the Corvette’s native USA, the Air Force One plane, the company entitled it the C6.BlackforceOne, as it is available in shades like the Stealth matte black, Eurofighter matte gray and White Storm matte white.

The company got to work by upgrading the engine to a bi-turbo layout, which can produce around 794 PS at the crank shaft, and around 675 PS at the wheel, translating, thanks to other performance components like a carbon fiber sports clutch and drive shafts, to a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 3.4 seconds, and with the Loma Cup Sport Superlight exhaust system, the car can go to a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph).

While the styling of the C6.BlackforceOne wasn’t changed all that much, connoisseurs will notice the wider stance, which was increased by 10 cm in each side with the help of the carbon fiber wheel arch extensions and the side skirts made from the same material. The lightweight fiber was also used in the front lip spoiler and rear diffuser, which can boast integrate LED reverse lights. As an option, you can also add a carbon fiber-finished spoiler to the rear.

Other enhancements made to the standard C6 include a set of coilover suspensions, adjustable stabilizer bars and a set of 20-inch OZ Racing Ultraleggera HLT wheels wrapped in Michelin Sport Cup tires. Braking will be done with the help of a set of Mov’it carbon fiber/ceramic brakes.

Only 25 vehicles will be made, each with a starting price of €190,000. You’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of this model at the upcoming Essen Motor Show, starting on November 28.

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