Caterham SP/300.R Shatters Cholmondeley Lap Record

Caterham SP 300R record setting run

The British love their pomp & circumstance. Crowns, fancy titles, big drafty castles. The whole lot is as English as the Union Jack. And while they might seem a bit pompous, the Brits do know a thing or two about pageantry. So it’s no surprise that their car shows are more dramatic than a teen drama on the CW. Such is the case with the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power.

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1,000 Ferrari’s to lap Silverstone

Ferrari to set world Record at Silverstone

What’s better than one Ferrari?

How about a thousand of them?

That’s right, one thousand Ferraris, in one place, at the same time. Sounds pretty freakin’ cool huh? Well, if the UK branch of Maranello’s famous stallion breeder has its way, you’ll get to see a mind boggling 1,000 prancing horses, gallop around Silverstone on September 15th.

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Porsche unveils 2013 911 Powerkit

Porsche introduces the 911 Powerkit

It’s only been a few months since Porsche dropped their latest 911 on the world. It’s longer, wider, and the engine’s mounted further toward the middle of the car. The new 911 also ditches hydraulic steering, for an electric motor, and some sensors. There’s even a 7-speed manual option. Yes, 7 manually-shifted gears,.complete with its own funky shift gate.

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Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

One of the single most influential car enthusiast, Carroll Shelby has passed away at the ripe age of 89 on May 10, 2012. Shelby has made a tremendous impact on the car world since he began as a driver throughout the 1950s. During his time as a driver he drove for teams Cad-Allard, Aston Martin, and Maserati. Shelby then went on to design some of the most breathtaking cars ever. Carroll Shelby’s last car the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500, was recently unveiled this spring and announced as the most powerful Mustang ever. The GT500 will produce 662hp from the most powerful production V8 ever. With the untimely death of Mr. Shelby and the release of the last car he took part in, the 2013 Shelby GT500 is sure to be a collectors item. In honor of Carroll Shelby please enjoy the picture gallery displaying some of the cars he had a part in creating.

 

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2012 Nissan GT-R VVIP Edition – for those who need 24k Gold with their Supercar

The Nissan GT-R is supposed to be the rather affordable supercar for the masses. However, the Nissan GT-R VVIP edition will only be affordable for those with extremely deep pockets and a lust for some car bling. The GT-R VVIP is available exclusively for Middle Eastern markets only and comes in at a hefty price tag of $266,000.

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Chris Harris Review on the McLaren MP4-12C Everyday Drivability and Practicality

How well does the McLaren MP4-12C rate in terms of everyday usability? Chris Harris has our answer in his video review of the MP4-12C, which examines the McLaren’s practicality. Typically owning a super-car can be more chore than pleasure, not that I have the privilege of knowing this firsthand. However, the downside to owning such cars has always been well known that they’re simply not the best for motoring around town every day. They lack basic amenities, visibility is often poor, the ride is extremely harsh, and probably worse of all they don’t have enough ground clearance to make it over ramps and the likes, meaning that they’re often relegated to Sunday cruises.

The McLaren MP4-12C is not your average supercar though. In fact some would argue that it’s even the best. When you consider that the car features heated-seats, dual climate control, and as Chris puts it – the MP4-12C even rides better than a Rolls Royce. All of that in a package that can carve corners like it’s no one’s business and hit 0-60 mph in three seconds. There are not many cars capable of reaching those numbers, while also maintaining easy drivability at low speeds.

As good as that all sounds, it does create a bit of a dilemma, and that’s whether or not a supercar can be too civilized? Does McLaren’s latest creation lose some of its excitement by being too tame? Follow through for the full scoop and Chris Harris’ review of the McLaren MP4-12C.

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Subaru Engineers Discuss the Subaru BRZ Development Process

Let’s not forget that the FT-86 concept was a joint venture and with the entire buzz surrounding Toyota/Scion it’s time we dish out some love for the Subaru BRZ. After all, the core development of what makes this such a special car was all handled by Subaru. Their engineers were responsible for the chassis and powertrain development while Toyota was in charge of the design. Even the heart of both sports cars is the 2.0-liter flat-four, also developed by Subaru, although Toyota did contribute their D-4S combination port- and direct-fuel-injection system.

While both cars are seemingly identical, there are some small inherent differences between the two. Mainly, as Car and Driver points out, that the Subaru BRZ is less prone to oversteer and has a slight tendency to understeer. Driver preference as to whether or not that should be considered a positive or negative. Nonetheless, it’s time we get Subaru’s take on this entire project. Thankfully, they recently released a video in which they detail the development and thought process behind the Subaru BRZ.

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The 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

Press Release:

The Corvette 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history.

Its heart is the 427-cubic-inch (7.0L) LS7 engine from the Corvette Z06. Rated at 505 horsepower (377 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. of torque (637 Nm), it is the most powerful engine ever installed in a production Corvette convertible – and, like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The LS7 was co-developed with the Corvette Le Mans-winning GT1 engine and features lightweight titanium connecting rods and intake valves, as well as racing-inspired high-flow cylinder heads and a dry-sump oiling system. It is assembled by hand at GM’s Performance Build Center, where customers who purchase the 427 Convertible Collector Edition can purchase the Corvette Build Experience option and assemble the engine that will power their new car.

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2013 Audi RS4 Avant Full Details

Audi has released the full scoop on their upcoming 2013 RS4 Avant, prior to its official unveiling at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The RS4 Avant is a sporty wagon with Audi’s direct-injected 4.2-liter V-8, which makes 450 hp at 8250 rpm. The power meets the wheels by way of Audi’s signature Quattro all-wheel drive and seven-speed dual clutch transmission. With launch control engaged the RS4 Avant is said to be capable of completing the 0 to 62 mph sprint in less than five seconds. Mighty impressive for a four-door sports wagon.

To complement the cars performance capabilities, the styling of the RS4 Avant is now more athletic than before. When viewing the car from the front you’re greeted by a large mesh grille and massive lower air intakes which sits directly above a distinctive splitter edge. The rear of the vehicle features an oval-shaped dual exhaust system which is integrated into an upturned diffusor.

The 2013 Audi RS4 Avant is scheduled to go on sale in Germany this fall, and is expected to be a hit within that market.

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