Friday, 30 January 2009

Love for the unloved - Yugo 55

This Yugo looks superb. (There's four words you don't often see together.)

2009 911 GT3

Porsche have unveiled the latest GT3 and, predictably, it's even more of a weapon than ever before. Total downforce is doubled, displacement has swollen to 3.8 litres, peak power is up to 435bhp, o-60 is down to 4.1s, 0-100 takes 8.2s and the top speed is 194mph. Can't wait for the RS version...

Three-way burnout

Those crazy Kiwis.

Puddifoot's Cortina

MkII Cortinas generally go one of two ways - either chrome-and-roofracks 1600E style or white-and-green Lotus style. This example, a darling of the retro Ford scene for some time, is rather different.
Mark Puddifoot's Cortina boasts a Cosworth YB, a complex cage, a bonkers internal exhaust and plenty more besides. I just love it.

It makes me nostalgic for my old mkII 1600GT. It wasn't quite as cool as that one, but it was a hell of a lot of fun. And ever so pretty too...

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

'Loud pipes save lives'

Australia-based designer Chris Hunter has created this site to offer a daily dose of hot bike action. It's pure motorcycle porn for the enthusiast, as well as providing constantly intriguing content for those (like me) who really don't know anything about bikes. What's more, the quality of the photography is always superb.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Banks twin-turbo Corvette

This Corvette has popped up on various forums - it's a '78 model in fabulous 4-tone brown (and check out the sumptuous matching interior!), and it has a 350 V8 with twin-turbos and five on the floor. It also has a cage, harnesses and proper suspension so that it can go round corners - is there anything about this car that isn't awesome...?

Tighten your nuts

This is just really unfortunate.

Monday, 26 January 2009

RS Cosworth ad

Continuing the theme of classic RS ads, how about this Brazilian commercial for the Escort RS Cosworth... now, is it just me or is there something slightly Borat-esque about this?

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Porsche museum

The all-new Porsche museum in Stuttgart is set to open at the end of January '09. Designed by Delugan Meissl, it's cost 100 million euros and looks frankly spectacular.
Read all about it here.

EDAG Light Car

Engineering & Design AG will be debuting this new concept in March. The 'Light Car' is pretty much covered in LEDs so that the driver can communicate messages to other motorists beyond the standard 'I'm slowing down'/'I'm turning', as well as configuring the lights to alter the perception of what shape the car actually is using clever mind games and trickery. In addition to this it has an all-electric drivetrain that'll do 150km per charge, and it's made from basalt fibre, which is as strong as carbon fibre but is also 100% recyclable.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Faded glories

Just stumbled across this site - it's an enormous gallery of abandoned and forlorn American cars that have been left to while away their years unused, slowly oxidising in the sun. Many of them have an interesting story attached, most of them have that 'if only I could save it' factor. Beware... it might make you feel a little sad.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

RS2000 ad

This is one of my favourite ads from my youth - in retrospect it's astonishingly cheesy.

A beautiful exhaust

I took this photo at last year's Goodwood Festival of Speed - I love the way it evokes past glories, from the car's jutting nose and serpentine exhausts to the driver's get-up - he's from a bygone age, isn't he?

...the guy on the left doesn't seem to be helping though.

Monday, 19 January 2009

The Bucket

There's a lovely history to this Golf - click here to read it.

Tango Twingo

SuckSqueezeBangBlow has a real soft spot for the original Twingo - it proved that cheap utilitarian motoring could have a fun, cheeky side. Imagine my glee at stumbling across this beautifully modified example...
It's also quite amusing to trawl through the plethora of ignorant and unpleasant comments from the Fast Car site's retarded users - click here for inexplicable abuse. Charming.

Retro carnage

This clip from the Jacques Tati film 'Trafic' makes me very happy and very sad at the same time. The nosediving DS is particularly weird.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

What Porsche did...

Confused by the financial jargon surrounding the whole Porsche/VW shares thing? Click here to see what happened in layman's terms.

225mph Jaguar sneaks under the radar

There was no media fanfare at all surrounding Jaguar's XFR speed-testing at the Bonneville salt flats... but the XFR peaked at 225mph on road tyres.

Co-ordinating the run was race team Rocketsports - multiple Daytona and Trans-Am winners, no less - who did nothing but remove the cats, give the ECU a tweak and fit a huge rear wing for stability before launching the big cat across the salt. The results, as you can see below, look pretty damn impressive.

Monday, 12 January 2009


Take one 2010-model Chevrolet Camaro SS. Insert LS9 V8 from Corvette ZR1. Cower in presence of greatness.

It's a new Camaro, but with 705bhp and 717lb.ft. It'll get to sixty in under three seconds, and it's worth every cent of the $109,500 asking price... it even comes with a free trackday courtesy of creators Hennessey - presumably so they can teach the septics how to use that huge lake of power on the bits of road that aren't straight.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Sledgehammer 911

Switzer Performance will take your standard 997 Turbo and your US$50,000 and turn it into a monster that does 0-60 in 2.5s and demolishes the quarter-mile in comfortably under 10s.

Crank your speakers up and check it out...

Bay-windows for ecohippies

The whole hippie/Volkswagen association has always been an odd one - leaving aside the Nazi connections, it's increasingly difficult for turnip-chewing eco-warriors to justify smoking about in a big heavy microbus. Canadian deisgner Alexandre Verdier has brought the camper into the 21st century with his digital renderings: hybrid biodiesel power, solar panels, home theatre with 5.1 surround sound, oh... and it looks awesome. Check out the slammed stance and the bonkers canopy that makes it look like a Wacky Races jet fighter.

Rip out that weirdy-beardy engine and give it a 997 turbo unit, dial in some massive negative camber and take it to Santa Pod. Epic.

Via Wired.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Shares in Falken

This is... weird. (Not the driving, but the mask.)

You get a little clue at the end that it might not all be in the drifting though - the persistent flames and smoke from the exhausts suggest that it's not all about vaporising the rubber...

Mmm... moist.

Fair play to the guy - I wouldn't fancy trying this.

Volga Cayenne

At first glance, this is just a Volga GAZ-21 with some crazy eastern bloc airbrushing...
...but no. Underneath it's a Porsche Cayenne Turbo with 450bhp. That's got to drop some jaws in the traffic light grand prix.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Abarth Coupe

Cross your fingers and pray that this goes into production - the Abarth Coupe is based on the Fiat 500 and, well, just look at it... it's stunning. It bridges the gap between saucy mini-sports car and frugal & sensible cheapness - the perfect car to launch into the austerity economy. Much like Ford's transition from Ka to StreetKa, the Abarth Coupe would retain the 500's front-engine front-drive format and carry over much of the componentry and switchgear. (Although unlike the StreetKa, it's not hideous or embarrassing.)

The 'esseesse' version would have 158bhp and a clever traction control system that mimics the effect of an LSD, and would still return around 45mpg. Best of all, the starting price would be just £12,000. It's a hell of an attractive proposition...