Ariel Atom 3.5R Unleashed(May 08, 2014)Have fun blowing the motor up if you slam it down 5 gears in a second. Even though the atom has close ratios from 3-5 you'll still over rev the engine like crazy if you don't let it slow down running through all the gears.
Porsche 911 GT2's Future is in Doubt(Jan 19, 2014)Not exactly, Gary. The rear engine placement means that the handling can go out the door when you lose traction. The active engine mounts help, but they have their limits.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Leaks Online(Jan 10, 2014)This isn't a performance car. It's designed to be silky smooth while producing that power. I'm sure that this car has a near-flat torque curve as a result of having unnecessary displacement. It's all about refinement and luxury.
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Makes Mince Meat of Moose Test(Jan 03, 2014)The test they did in 2012 wasn't exactly fair though, they we're using the air ride suspension option set for snow/ice, which raises the car 3.5" inches. It's really only designed to be in that mode for slow off-roading, not fast driving.
Unlim 500+ Brings Supercar Madness to Greece(Dec 28, 2013)It can have some pretty serious effects. The reduction in drag isn't very significant, but it keeps the airflow smoother at high speeds to reduce buffeting and hopping that can lead to crashes.
Lamborghini Huracan Plays in the Snow(Dec 18, 2013)Why does the Volkswagen group keep using this engine? It's more than 10 years old. It's been pushed far, I don't think it has much more potential. It already make 120hp/liter in this base form, what about the special editions?
SR Auto Unleashes Aventador Wintermobile(Dec 17, 2013)The case needs to be leveled with the roof. It's going to create huge drag and turbulence at high speeds, not to mention the fact that it will kill the downforce the wing used to make.
Farah: Subaru R-STi with JDM or USDM Swap?(Oct 15, 2013)It's all about that 6g72. They're bullet proof, capable of being built both NA, turboed, or supercharged, and they can make ridiculous numbers. 300hp is easy to reach NA, and the rest of the drivetrain can handle up to 450hp without serious changes.
5 Cars We're Looking Forward to Most in 2014(Oct 14, 2013)I swear, they could drop the gtr another inch from the factory and it would make it so much better. The stock car has ridiculous ground clearance for such a high performance car.
5 Cars We're Looking Forward to Most in 2014(Oct 14, 2013)@dylan, the 3.8 is nowhere near maxed out from the factory. Look at any one of the gtr tuners, take ams. They make 1500hp on race gas and around 1100 on 91 octane, and they have more than enough cooling power to run consistently.
BMW Reveals 4-Series Coupe-Convertible(Oct 14, 2013)So the engine makes over 310hp? Sounds very unlikely, but that's the only way it could put down 280 on a dyno, unless you're telling me that you have access to the unreleased engine and an engine dyno. Nice try.
Is This the Next Corvette ZR1's Supercharged V8?(Oct 09, 2013)I'm hoping the supercharged motor slots into the z06/07 (rip 427) and the ZR1 get a twin turbo setup. I know it's not traditional for corvette, but damn does it have the power potential.
Infiniti's Supercar Delayed Until At Least 2017(Aug 12, 2013)Aka Infiniti hasn't actually started the planning this car. You don't know where to put the engine yet? I'm pretty sure that decision comes before designing the entire frame...
G-Power Unleashes 720HP BMW M3 GT2 R(Jul 25, 2013)Wow, g-power really did a great job in the styling. It really does look like a GT car. The only issues I see are the wheels and the fitment. An inch lower and a lower offset? perfect. I assume the customer cars won't have the gaudy graphics.
G-Power Unleashes 720HP BMW M3 GT2 R(Jul 25, 2013)I'd be surprised if they didn't increase the bore at least slightly. They must have put new pistons in, the stock m3 pistons don't handle boost well. Although it's possible they used the same diameter pistons as stock, for the price and power output
McLaren P1 XP2R is Nothing Special(Jul 22, 2013)The aventador was obviously feeling out his grip circle, look at the line he took. He completely grabbed the inside line of the track, he wasn't going for spee.
Riding Shotgun In An Airborne Lamborghini(Jul 18, 2013)Avoid this by a number of methods. the most common methods include increasing the rake of the vehicle and promoting front end dive during braking. This loads the front tires with weight in corners and allows for greater traction.
Riding Shotgun In An Airborne Lamborghini(Jul 18, 2013)Corners. Track prepped Lamborghinis are almost exclusively rear wheel drive. But if you were to take a rear wheel drive road Lamborghini to the track, you'd notice the front end doesn't inspire confidence and feels very light. Most track Lamborghinis
Riding Shotgun In An Airborne Lamborghini(Jul 18, 2013)The road cars. Most Lamborghini road cars are all wheel drive, which helps pull the front end around in a corner by putting addition weight at the front (axles, differential, driveshaft etc.) and by allowing the driven wheels to pull themselves around
Riding Shotgun In An Airborne Lamborghini(Jul 18, 2013)The reason it flipped is because of the weight distribution, because of the mid engine layout, there's nothing to settle the car once the front of the chassis goes light, that's why most track prepped Lamborghinis are already radically different than
Riding Shotgun In An Airborne Lamborghini(Jul 18, 2013)Aero isn't responsible for that, if the front splitter was making enough downforce to keep the nose planted over that crest it would be way too much most of the time, it would cause poor acceleration and handling characteristics.
Morgan Aero Coupe is Retro Goodness(Jun 27, 2013)I'd love to take one of these, rip out the BMW engine and put in a motor with better power to weight, like and ls7. Then put huge mufflers on it so it was even quieter than stock, you could ride around with tremendous power while still looking classy
VW Vans Receive Subura Heart Transplants(Jun 27, 2013)We just finished overhauling the motor (one cylinder was down to only 40psi of compression) and now it's in a one week break in. Next week we're taking it down to Santee Lakes in San Diego for a camping trip. I can't wait to use it again!
VW Vans Receive Subura Heart Transplants(Jun 27, 2013)My friend has had an 1980 Westphalia in his family since new. We've spent the last year restoring it to better than new condition. From upholstery, to the interior appliances, the weatherstripping, the pop top, and the paint.
3 Ferraris by the Age of 12(Jun 27, 2013)He just bought an known depreciating asset, and is holding them just like a bond. Sounds about right for a 12 year old, even a gifted one.
3 Ferraris by the Age of 12(Jun 27, 2013)I really don't understand why he would buy the cars now. If he doesn't drive them and let's them sit for the minimum of 4 years before he can use them they'll be ruined. Plus it's just a bad investment. Those cars will be much cheaper in 4 years.
Next BMW 7 Series to go on a Diet(Jun 17, 2013)I seriously doubt any 7 series owner has ever replaced their own spark plugs. Plus BMW would probably throw a fit if they did. The technicians always bug me about working on my dad's 1-series.
Sinister Lorinser CLS by SR Auto(Jun 13, 2013)This thing is likely on air. Most tuners don't drop new Mercedes on coils, their target market doesn't want to drive like a low car; dodging potholes, clearing driveways and bumps with a stiff ride.
Pagani Reveals Zonda Revolucion(Jun 04, 2013)Because they have an obscenely low tread life. They're able to grip amazingly, but they give a lot of good characteristics to do so. Especially road noise, pilot sport cups drone like crazy.
Pagani Reveals Zonda Revolucion(Jun 04, 2013)The toyo r888's are some of the best tires for putting down power in a straight line, but they can't stand up to the Pirellis' cornering capabilities. The P zero corsas are pretty much unmatched. The pilot sports cups (Michelins) only come close
Expensive Failures: Cizeta V16T(Apr 15, 2013)What a weird engine. Two 3.0 v8's with pretty good volumetric efficiency. But the combustion chambers on that would be tiny, less than half a liter a piece.
Top 5 Mercedes Supercars(Apr 11, 2013)There are two at the Mercedes benz dealerships in mission viejo, California. I don't know if they are for sale, but I was told by a salesperson that a man had walked in with 1,000,000 dollars in cash (sometime around 2008) and they refused to sell.
Top 5 Mercedes Supercars(Apr 11, 2013)The Mercedes dealership near my house had 2 of these. They were some of the first cars that piqued my interest in high performance vehicles, I'll never forget rounding the corner to see both of them on display. Pure automotive awe.
Corvette C6 Convertible by Carlex Design(Feb 23, 2013)Wow, I didn't think it was possible to downgrade the corvette's interior. I'm glad this is just a one-off. Luckily the c7's interior is miles ahead of the c6.
800hp Audi R8 by MTM(Feb 23, 2013)I'm usually a fan of mtm's work, but this is just hideous. That chrome wrap, the clashing wheels, the fact it looks like it's rally stanced; it's just horrible.
VW Golf GTD Revealed(Feb 21, 2013)If they bring it to the US it will be amazing as a car to slam. Good mpg = money for other mods, and tons of torque means you can pull yourself off of speed bumps.
What's Pagani Planned for Geneva?(Feb 21, 2013)That's my guess. There's so many iterations if the zonda, why would pagani not do the same for this car? I'm guessing it will probably have some aerodynamic refinement, a little bump in power, and maybe some new audio/interior.
AMG Unleashes A45 Edition 1(Feb 20, 2013)Ugh, I can't stand Mercedes brakes. Super hard pads on soft drilled and slotted rotors. It's a great way to make money though, hard driving runs through those rotors like they were made of aluminum.
Mercedes C63 AMG by Mcchip-DKR(Feb 18, 2013)The supercharger doesn't need to run very much boost to make power. Running twin turbos as low boost on this motor would be just be unnecessary unless you we're looking for a lot more peak power.
Mercedes C63 AMG by Mcchip-DKR(Feb 18, 2013)Dual stage turbos present so many drawbacks in this setup: the engine bay of the 63 doesn't have much space for two turbos and the exhaust manifolds, a supercharger is more space efficient. Also, with such a large displacement motor,
Alfa Romeo 4C Power Output Revealed(Feb 05, 2013)The 4c's motor makes 6 hp/ liter less, and it costs 15 grand more. Despite the car's low weight I'd still expect at least the same power, if not more.
Alfa Romeo 4C Power Output Revealed(Feb 05, 2013)I'd disagree that 237 is a good output for a turbo 1.7. It's not uncommon to see turbocharged engines with better specific output, even well below 50k. Look at the Mitsubishi Evo, it's 2.0 turbo makes 291 hp, an efficiency of 145 hp/liter.