Thursday, 30 April 2009

G-Power M6 Hurricane

There's a lot that can go wrong with tuning modern German cars. Recently, they all seem to come out a bit like this pig's ear. Kudos to G-Power, then, who've crafted something quite splendid from BMW's M6.
The 5.0-litre V10 has two (yes, two) superchargers, peaking at 750bhp and 590lb.ft. You can read the full absurd spec here.
Pretty, isn't it? If you squint, the back end kind of looks like a big Cayman. Ish.

'Red Gold Dream' - Swiss cretin ruins SLR

I can only begin to imagine the sort of dark and corrupting thoughts that swirl about the brain of a man who buys this...

...and decides to make it look like this. Seriously, the guy's a fucking idiot. It makes me sad.

You can see the full horror here.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

800hp Citroen DS at Bonneville

This Citroen DS streamliner packs an 8.2-litre Chevy big block with 800hp... and has reportedly hit 173mph at Bonneville. Looks like a lot of fun - there'll be a full feature in next month's PPC.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Jean-Yves Attard's wonderful workshop

Jean-Yves Attard is an interesting chap. A former moto Tour de France champion, professional sidecar designer and mechanic for Yamaha, builder of a rocket-powered car for a land-speed record attempt and, latterly, developer of a Lomax-style three-wheeled special, he runs a garage in the Tarn valley servicing and rebuilding a stream of Rolls Royces and Citroen DSs for customers to fund his never-ending series of outlandish projects. To walk past his yard, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the cars therein were abandoned and the premises closed, but he's there six days a week and all the cars are documented and available for sale. Except, that is, for his handbuilt red rocket car and the eight-wheeled CX he uses as a recovery vehicle.
If you find yourself in the area of Lescure-d'Albigeois, why not pop in for a chat? He speaks excellent English and is always happy to chew over old glories.

French cars in North America

The French are fiercely patriotic in their car-buying habits, particularly in rural areas. The same is true of Americans. Interesting, then, to come across the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, sixteen miles from the coast of Newfoundland - the only place north of the Rio Grande where you can walk into a dealership and buy a Renault or Peugeot. Indeed, Pannier Frères Renault sell around fifty news cars a year.

Despite being just 800 miles from Boston, the islanders pay for their Clios and 207s in Euros, vote in French elections and celebrate Bastille day, and the state & government offices will only buy French cars. They even have French number plates...

Via Wired

Oregon cop rounds up supercars

It's quite an impressive collar - one Oregon trooper, as you can see in the picture, managed to capture an F430, an NSX, a Gallardo, a 599GTB and an F40 at the same time. The question is, what did he do to get them all to stop at once...?
(Click the picture for the full article.)

Life imitates art at Talladega

On the final turn approaching the finish line at the Talladega Superspeedway, Carl Thomas's car flipped end-over-end into the safety fence and came to rest in a jagged fiery mess. Not only did he survive the incident intact, but he leapt out of the car and ran for the finish line, Ricky Bobby style! Remember, kids... if you ain't first, you're last.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Probagoz Lada Niva

This isn't your average Lada - it's got a 5.0 V8 with water-cooled turbo, airbag suspension, 18" wheels at the front and 22" at the rear, and pretty much everything is custom. Impressive stuff. Love the laidback and relaxed commentary on the video too...

Quite a surreal sight, isn't it?

Friday, 24 April 2009

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Panamericana

As a tasty break from the excitable chatter around the forthcoming SLS AMG, Gullwing-AG have released these gorgeous renderings of a modern interpretation of the classic 300SL Gullwing. The Panamericana features a 365bhp 5.5-litre V8, 17"x8" AMG alloys, six-speed transmission and side-exit exhausts.

The shell is constructed from aluminium-reinforced fibreglass, the chassis is powder-coated steel. Handling is taken care of by independent suspension with adjustable coilovers, while the brakes - discs all round, natch - will be rather less frightening than those of the original. The interior is a mix of form and function, with full leather trim complemented by four-point race harnesses, and there's even matching luggage. In many ways, then, the consummate all-rounder. And damned attractive to boot. No word on prices yet though...

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Dukes of Hazzard vs Starsky & Hutch

A nice visual representation from Fifth Gear of why muscle cars are really best at accelerating in straight lines rather than going round corners or slowing down.
Pretty, though, aren't they?

DIY McLaren F1

We'd all love a McLaren F1 but, y'know, they're a bit pricey. And there's a recession on. Still, you could always follow this guy's lead and build your own... all you need is an old BMW V12 and a whole load of fibreglass. Lacking expertise? Don't worry, no-one will see the automatic transmission or the extended half-shafts that you bodged in there.
You can see the full horror here.

Honda Odyssey - 'Respect The Van'

This Honda ad is just lovely.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Aston Martin Rapide

The four-door GT car is a hard one to pull off. You either end up with something as glorious and sublime as the Maserati Quattroporte or as despicable and irksome as the Porsche Panamera.

Aston Martin's forthcoming Rapide seems to have got it right though - it just looks like a four-door DB9. Why mess with a good formula, eh? Somebody should tell Porsche that it is possible to maintain consistent design language across the range, and there are other ways of chasing new customers than deliberately pissing off the existing ones...

With the first customer Rapides being delivered a year from now, AM have released some tantalising images of what the lucky few who've put their deposits down can expect. In addition to the achingly beautiful silhouette, there's a 470bhp 6.0-litre V12 to play with and a handling package honed (where else?) at the Nurburgring. Lovely.

Dung Beetle

This is worrying for several reasons.
  1. It exists.
  2. There's a Beetle under there somewhere.
  3. Someone's put a lot of effort into it.
  4. It exists.
  5. ...and so on.

What's really baffling is the claim that it's been 'converted into Beetle 2001 and 2002 model'. Um... how, exactly?
Click me to see the full advert.

Ugandan 'Poor Man's Car'

A Ugandan student named Moses Sebulime and his classmates at Makarere University believe that their homebrew prototype, called the 'Poor Man's Car', could do for Africa what the Tata Nano is designed to do for India - provide affordable motoring with minimal maintenance costs to poor rural communities and bring mobility to the masses. It's made of sheet metal, has wooden seats and the diesel engine from a corn mill, but it's the principle concept that's key - with government support, the design would be refined and the notion put into practice. Read more here.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Triumph Herald dragster

Spotted at the Easter Thunderball at Santa Pod. I don't know any details... looks pretty serious though, doesn't it?
(Click to enlarge)

Renault F1 car on snow

Apparently it took Bridgestone engineers 16 hours to manually insert all 2016 studs into the tyres. Worth it?

Love The Beast

Eagerly awaiting a UK release for this one...
Eric Bana, of Munich, Troy, The Hulk etc, stars in Love The Beast - a story of his love for his Ford GT Falcon Coupe. It stars Jay Leno and Jeremy Clarkson, and looks like it's actually quite good. Visit the official site here.

American vanity plates

The American license plate system is far less restrictive and linear than ours in the UK, so you can do pretty much what you like. Apparently nobody's really regulating what gets approved either...
Click here for more.

'Rebirth' Corsa

Just because you can do something doesn't always mean that you should. There's clearly a huge amount of work in this Corsa but... why?
(Click image to see more.)

Cunning parking device

This man is some kind of genius.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

900bhp Dahlback Racing Golf mkIV

A mkIV Golf with 900bhp? Bloody hell.
There's a lot of smoke in the first video, and a lot of flames in the second...

It has a turbocharged 2.1 litre Audi engine with two massive intercoolers, running between 600-900bhp depending on setup. There's extensive use of magnesium, titanium and carbon-fibre, the water- and oil-coolers are in the boot, it has 375mm brakes behind 20" rims... the spec list is immense. You can read all about it here. (Click on 'projects' for info, and 'media' for lots of downloadable footage.)

Bugatti & Ferrari configurators

You can't afford a Veyron Grand Sport. Face it, they're just too damned expensive.

...that shouldn't stop you from using their configurator to make one as hideous-looking as possible though. Click here and have a go.

When you get bored of that, have a go on Ferrari's new site. Much more fun.

Outrunning the Rebel Alliance

I love the idea of Darth Vader blasting around in an Atom while an army of Stormtroopers swarm after him in Exiges.
Unfortunately I have no idea what the context of these photos is... but maybe they don't really need explaining. This is just what Star Wars characters do when they're not making movies.
(Click images to enlarge.)

Shorty Splittie

This is... kind of unusual. It's a split-window microbus, only much shorter. And it does wheelies.

Renault 5 rally crashes

We've looked at Touring Car crashes recently, but let's not leave the rally boys out. Here's a montage of Reanult 5s (plus a few other pocket rockets) getting out of shape on the tarmac...

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Pininfarina Hyperion - yours for £4m

The Pininfarina Hyperion throws the entire dynamic of the credit crunch into sharp relief. It echoes halcyon days of classic coachbuilding, of design houses flexing their creative muscle on noble bases, scaling increasingly giddier heights of opulence and uniquely decadent craftsmanship.

The collector who currently has the Hyperion in his canon has decided to put it up for sale for the tasty sum of four million quid. It's got a built-in gun-rack, if that sways your decision at all...

Jason Plato - What a save!

Following up yesterday's BTCC post, the series isn't all about the wipeouts - it's also about the unbelievable skill of a field of drivers lapping at 10/10ths in what is, let's face it, a full-contact sport. Have a look at this amazing save from Jason Plato in his Chevrolet Lacetti last weekend at Brands Hatch:

Monday, 6 April 2009

Nurburgring photography & webcam

There's a webcam trained on the entrance to the Nordschleife - click here to see what's currently lining up to get onto the 'Ring.

As if that weren't excitement enough, clicking the 'photo log' tab on the left will take you to a vast database of on-track photography stretching back to 2004. There's all kinds to drool over in there... I even found a picture of myself driving a Volvo 240 (bottom pic) - see how the 911 can't keep up? That's skill, that is.

mkV Golf on wires

No story with this one - it's just a cool photo.
(click to enlarge)

BTCC crashes

The British Touring Car Championship is an exciting, innovative, engaging and thrilling series with a consistently glorious heritage stretching back decades.
Of course, the guilty pleasure of the series is that the crashes are brilliant. Behold...

Friday, 3 April 2009

Concept Racing VW single-cab splittie

A hell of a lot of work has gone into this VeeDub, and the results are superb. More info here.

Citroen BX single-seater

I'm not sure whether I like this or not, but it certainly demonstrates some impressive fabrication skills...
Spotted here by rmad

UPS racing truck

What to do with a retired UPS package truck... crush it? Hell no - it's far more fun to stuff in a 425bhp V8 and take it to the track.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Goodwood press day - Minis in a Mini

How many Minis can you get in a Mini? Er... this many.

mkII Granada with 1700bhp Koenigsegg power

The mkII Granny is a shape that lends itself well to modifying - a nice substantial slab-sided silhouette. A set of huge rims and a substantial thwack with the lowering stick and you're done.

...or you could go the route of one Norwegian spanner-genius, who decided that his 600bhp Cosworth YB wasn't spicy enough for him, wrenched it out and installed a modified Koenigsegg CCX engine. He's now staring down the thick end of 1700bhp.

Click here to read the astonishing build thread. The levels of skill and attention to detail are beyond belief.