Monday, 31 January 2011

1988 Sapphire Cosworth

The Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth was rather a brutal and thuggish car (in a good way, obviously); a simple family saloon with a whacking great turbo wedged under the bonnet. So it's interesting to see how this period promo video attempts to paint it as an elegant and enigmatic thing...

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Pagani Huayra

Officially released images (well, after they were leaked) show the astonishing new replacement for the Pagani Zonda: the Huayra. As you'd expect, there are lashings of carbon-fibre and lightweight aluminium, and the signature quad-exhaust is carried over from its predecessor. Power comes from a 6.0-litre twin-turbo AMG V12, giving 700bhp and 740lb.ft - apparently good for 230mph. And it's got gullwing doors too - take that Mercedes-Benz; they've got your engine and your doors, and they're quicker than you.

Lancia Florida

The 1955 Lancia Florida was a show car aimed squarely at the American market. Using the Lancia Aurelia as a platform, the sumptuous bodywork was crafted by Pininfarina, housing a lazy V8 tuned for boulevard cruising and an oh-so fifties interior in lipstick red.

Beautiful, unique design features included the de rigeur suicide doors, flying buttresses and the superbly odd front-end combo of teeny-tiny headlights and massive spotlights. Only four were built (fully functional models all, with advanced independent suspension and transaxles for improved weight distribution and handling), but the three-box design language carried over into the Flaminia Berlina.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Anatomy of the Carrera GT

This kindly Carrera GT owner has seized the opportunity to photograph his car's innards while it's being put through its engine-out four-year service. It's an excuse to give it a thorough detailing and, of course, just to ogle all of the precision-engineered bits that make up Porsche's devastating supercar. Click here to see.

Simply Clean II

Lots of stanced cars with nice wheels, hanging out in a car park. Simple as that really.
(There's a bonus bit of S2000-based weirdness at the end of the video too, also in a car park.)
The event happened back in November '10 - you can see loads of photos here, and more here.

Simply Clean 2 from Bluemotion on Vimeo.

Monday, 24 January 2011

2100bhp AMC Rambler

The AMC Rambler didn't really make it into the seventies. The brand was seen as staid and un-dynamic, as well as being largely associated with the compact sector - which the '65 Rambler, for example, was very much not.
Still, as these photos demonstrate, it is possible to blow away the cobwebs and turn a Rambler into a monster. What we have here is 2100bhp courtesy of a twin-turbo 509ci Chevy big-block, 10-inch rear tyres, a rollcage that looks like a climbing frame and bespoke, er, everything. Click here for the full astonishing spec.

GTA4 - Zero friction

The Grand Theft Auto series, brilliant though it is, can never be said to be totally realistic. (Unless your life actually does involve constantly stealing cars and punching hookers.) So why not ramp up the surreality a little? A minor tweak to the game's code dials down the friction modelling, creating some kind of unspeakable automotive hell. Genuinely hilarious.

Lancia: rally legends

The Stratos, the 037, the Delta S4, the Fulvia, the Delta Integrale... this film shows, in a little under two minutes, why Lancia should always be remembered not as manufacturers of frilly rustboxes, but as rally kingpins. Forza Lancia!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Ferrari FF

If Ferrari had made the BMW Z3M, this is what it would have looked like.
The FF is Ferrari's first ever production 4WD model, a groundbreaking development underpinning a front-engined, V12-powered, four-seater GT to replace the 612 Scaglietti in the model line-up. And this is no concept; it'll be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and be on sale to the public shortly afterwards.

The four-wheel drive system is very light and keeps a strong rearward bias, but aims to appeal to SUV weekend/winter drivers with too much diginity to drive a Q7 and who can't be bothered to wait for the Maserati SUV. But don't go thinking it's soft - it weighs a handy 50kg less than the 612 (in spite of its bulkier drive system), while the 6.25-litre V12 offers up 650bhp and 504lb.ft. The perfect all-rounder for the holidaying oligarchical family man.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Ralph Lauren's garage

Vanity Fair recently visited Ralph Lauren's lock-up to take a few snaps. I don't know about you, but I'd prefer to see a bit more oil and grime about the place... you can't deny that it's a staggering collection, but it doesn't look like he really uses the cars that much. And that is what they're for, after all.
Click here for more info.

Araldite Cortina

One of my all-time favourite billboards, this:

Was it actually held up there by Araldite? No, of course not. Imagine if it fell off and squished someone, they'd never hear the end of it. Look again, you'll see the massive bits of metal holding it in place.
Nevertheless, a very cool ad - and there was a later one that had a second car 'glued' to the roof of the first...

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

R8 Snownuts

Snow + RWD = circles. Not sure I'd want to risk it if it were my R8 though...

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Retro Golf Turbo

At first glance this would appear to be a nicely modifed mkII Golf - clean, straight bodywork, an interesting wheel choice and a purposeful stance. But this is so much more than that. This is the work of a fully-restored mkII Golf fitted with the engine, running gear and interior from a mkV GTI. So you're getting modern refinement and reliability, 197 unstressed horsepower and all mod cons within, all wrapped up in a cheeky retro shell.
This car represents one man's labour of love to fuse old and new in a functional, unique and enticing manner - click here for the full details. I think it's safe to say he's succeeded.

Keep Drifting Fun - Missile Teaser

Another teaser for the forthcoming Keep Drifting Fun DVD - further impressive camerasmithery by Will Roegge. (View on fullscreen for maximum awesomeness.)

Keep Drifting Fun - Missile Teaser from Will Roegge on Vimeo.

Dakar 2011

The Dakar Rally is two things: gruelling and lonely. Man and machine work together to conquer near-impossible terrain, occasionally being strafed by helicopters or narrowly avoiding spectators, if these photos are anything to go by.
Click here to see the full set of amazing pictures, courtesy of the Boston Globe.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Nürburgring: GT5 vs. reality

There's not a lot in it, resolution-wise. And firing up the PS3 is certainly a lot easier than driving all the way to the Eifel mountains...

Friday, 14 January 2011

DKW GT Malzoni

What do you get if you combine Italian coachbuilding, German engineering and a splash of Brazilian flair? In 1965, you got a DKW-VEMAG GT Malzoni.
Powered by a diminutive three-cylinder two-stroke, its 981cc displacement was bolstered (possibly to the degree of overkill) by twin 45DCOE Webers, hauling peak power up to 59bhp. And that's all you needed in the sixties, right? Particularly when it was wrapped in sumptuous hand-hammered curves with race-flavoured plexiglass light covers and a Kamm tail.
See Octane for the full story.

Marussia B1

Your eyes do not deceive you: this is a Russian supercar. And it looks pretty good too.

Now officially on sale, the Marussia B1 is powered by a turbocharged 2.8-litre Cosworth V6 (no, not the one from the Granada Scorpio, a new one), offering either 355 or 414bhp. 0-62mph? 3.8 seconds. The run is strictly limited to 2,999 cars, so if you've got £86k burning a hole in your pocket you'd better hightail it to Moscow before they sell out.

Investment in the Virgin Formula One team has pushed Marussia onto the world stage. This is actually happening. A credible Soviet supercar. It's been a long time coming...