Porsche 718 Boxster Annihilates Mercedes-AMG GT & BMW M2

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There’s no doubt that Porsche’s new superstar is a feisty little monster. With aggressive looks, a powerful engine, and enough technology to power a spaceship, the Boxster 718 S is a proper sports car through-and-through.

This video by Motorsport Magazine is proof of that. The magazine’s staff headed out for a few hot laps at none other than France’s Magny-Cours world-class race track, which was home to the now defunct French Grand-Prix for decades. In case you’re wondering, Magny-Cours means “royal track.”

Among the fleet of cars being tested was a 718 Boxster S, as well as a Mercedes AMG GT, a new BMW M2, and a 911 (997) GT3. While you’d think that the baby Boxster is out of its league in this roster, you may rethink that once you see the lap times it put down.

Both the Mercedes, BMW, and obviously the GT3 are much more capable and powerful cars, which would lead one to believe they’re much faster. But as we know, all of those advantages may mean nothing on a twisty race track.

Nissan GT-R Hood FAIL at 180MPH!!!

nissan-gt-r-hood-fail-at-180mphThis 1600+HP GT-R was traveling at 180+mph when the hood decides it is OUT! As you can see in the video, the owner tries using tape to keep the air out from under the hood, but it clearly wasn’t enough. The sheer force of the air at those speeds just RIPPED this hood right off the car!

2017 Corvette Grand Sport Runs 2:47.1 at Car and Driver’s 2016 Lightning Lap!

Car and Driver just held their 10th annual Lightning Lap competition at VIR with 18 cars grouped into similar classes based on price. Think of this as the North American answer to the Nurburgring. Over the last 10 years, 201 cars have had the pants driven off of them on the 4.1 mile Grand West Course at VIR and this year, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport was included in the LL3 class which also consisted of the 2016 Dodge Hellcat SRT, a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 and the 2016 Lexis GS F.

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The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport was tested with the seven-speed manual transmission along with the Z07 Performance Package and level 2 aerodynamics. Car and Driver called the 2017 Grand Sport “weaponized fiberglass” like the Z06 but “with a little less fissile material”.

Just a quick “Corvette” recap, both the C7 Stingray and Z06 have participated in previous Lightning Laps. The 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 ran a 2:53.8 while the 2015 Corvette Z06’s time was 2:44.6.

So how well did the Grand Sport do on the Grand West Course? When it was all said and done, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport ran a 2:47.1 at the Lightning Lap. That time totally obliterates the competition both in the LL3 class ($65,000–$124,999) and most of the LL4 class ($125,000–$244,999) too.

Yes, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport outperformed several higher-priced competitors like the 2016 McLaren 570 S, the 2017 Acura NSX, the 2016 BMW M4 GTS and the 2016 Audi R8 V-10 Plus. The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3RS was only 0.1 seconds faster while the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR clocked an impressive 2:44.2!

Here is the video of the Lightning Lap and make sure you stick around to the end as we love the driver’s reaction when he crosses the finish line!

Here are how each of the cars finished in the 2016 Car and Driver Lightning Lap Competition. In addition to the regular classes, Car and Driver also includes a few oddballs which this year included an electric car from Tesla.

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2016 Ferrari 488GTB – 2:45.1
LL4 ($125,000–$244,999)

2016 Dodge Viper ACR – 2:44.2
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – 2:47.0
2016 McLaren 570S – 2:47.4
2017 Acura NSX – 2:50.2
2016 BMW M4 GTS – 2:52.9
2017 Audi R8 V-10 Plus – 2:56.1
206 Jaguar F-type Project 7 – 3:02.2
LL3 ($65,000–$124,999)

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport – 2:47.1
2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 – 2:54.0
2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 3:03.5
2016 Lexus GS F – 3:05.9
LL2 ($35,000–$64,999)

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R – 2:51.8
2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – 2:54.8
2016 BMW M2 – 3:01.9
2016 Ford Focus RS – 3:03.9
2016 Audi TTS – 3:07.7
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2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept – 2:43.2
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Copeland Motorsports Mazda MX-5 Miata Cup Car – 3:06.4
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2015 Tesla Model S P85D – 3:17.4

A couple of last observations on the Lightning Lap competition. Car and Driver provides a page of historical results as well as some other interesting data about the cars it has tested over the years. One thing we found was that the Corvette Z06 and the Grand Sport were 1-2 out of all the cars ever tested as having the highest grip in Turn 1 (The Horse Shoe). The Z06 was 1.20g while the Grand Sport recorded 1.19g in the Horse Shoe. Z07 for the win!

The Corvette’s little brother, the 2016 Camaro 1LE was also tested and it ran a very quick 2:54.8. It was second in its class to the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R at 2:51.8. That Mustang time does beat the 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 time at 2:53.8 so look out Stingray owners next time you see a GT350R on the track.

The Charger Hellcat SRT placed last in the LL3 class but it was also the heaviest car at 4564 lbs to ever run the lightning Lap. A diet and some better rubber would probably shave some time from the big boy.

INSANE Camaro crash at 200MPH!!! – Driver walks away

Don’t try this in just any Camaro… This is the type of video that nobody wants to see in the racing world. This sport is incredibly fun, but it also comes with a risk when traveling at high speeds. It’s important to take the proper precautions and equip your vehicle with the right safety tech in case “shit happens.” Nacho Bernal has made dozens of high speed passes in his QMP Racing Engines LSX436 Twin Turbo Camaro SS tuned by Cunningham Motorsports, pushing nearly 1800HP to the wheels! He’s an experienced driver who understands that no matter how good of a wheelman you are, you’re never too good to skip out on making your racecar SAFE. The Camaro had a custom 6 point roll bar by Deeds Performance, both driver and passenger wore Snell rated helmets and strapped in with G Force 5 point harness.

This is why both men were able to walk away from a devastating roll that crumpled the car almost beyond recognition. Airfield racing events covered by NARA and have safety tech forms each registered car must complete, there are fire and EMS crew on site, and the runways used are smooth and clean to provide the best environment possible to test the limits of these cars.

For those who like to go fast this is the place to do it in a controlled environment that is much safe than the street! Coincidentally Nacho was able to set the Camaro half-mile world record at 195mph before the car spun around. His car may be gone but he walked away in perfect health and a 1st place 6th speed class trophy!

The New Corvette ZR1 May Have A Mid-Engine 750 HP LT5!

We’re hearing from multiple sources, who claim to have close ties to GM, that not only is a mid-engined ZR1 Corvette in the works, it will come with a brand-new supercharged small-block LT5 producing in the neighborhood of 750 horsepower. This would officially dethrone Mopar’s Hellcat as the highest horsepower car sold in America. With rumors of the 2018 Shelby GT500 packing 740 horsepower and a brand-new Ford GT to contend with, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a new halo Corvette as soon as 2017 (as a 2018 model).

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Which Porsche would you choose?

Decisions Decisions… Which supercar would you choose from Porsche?  Its the 959 for our money. A classic that set the stage for the next 20 years of Porsche technology all while being 911 based!

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Check out this 1987 review from Car & Driver:

We hesitate to call any car perfect. The absence of flaws in any product of human endeavor is extraordinarily rare. But we have just returned from West Germany, where we finally got a chance to drive a Porsche 959 on the street, and the word “perfect” is difficult to avoid. What single word more accurately describes a car that combines race-car performance with luxury-sedan comfort, that is equally adept at commuting through rush-hour traffic, profiling in jet-set locales, negotiating blizzard-swept mountain passes, and outrunning light airplanes? The Porsche 959 can accomplish almost any automotive mission so well that to call it perfect is the mildest of overstatements.

Power and speed are the core of the 959’s excellence. With rocket-sled acceleration and the highest top end we’ve ever measured, the 959 stands alone at the pinnacle of production-car performance. If that sounds like hyperbole, how does a 0-to-60-mph time of 3.6 seconds strike you? Or 100 mph from rest in a mere 8.8 seconds, 120 mph in 12.4 seconds, and 140 mph in a tick less than 20 seconds? The 959 devours the standing quarter-mile in twelve seconds flat, with a terminal speed of 116 mph.

We recorded these figures at the Hockenheim-Ring, the site of this year’s German Grand Prix, employing a starting procedure recommended by Manfred Bantle, the project director of the 959 program. The drill was to switch the 959’s programmable four-wheel-drive system into its locked setting, engage low gear, wind the engine to 7000 rpm, and drop the clutch. The result was a cloud of rubber dust from four spinning Bridgestone RE71 gumballs, and a car that disappeared as if shot from a cannon.

As remarkable as these acceleration runs were, the 959 was just as impressive when accelerated in a more normal fashion. In tests with no wheelspin and minimal clutch slip, it sprinted from rest to 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds.

Unlike most ultraperformance cars, the 959 is astonishingly easy to drive. This is especially true if one starts in the lowest of the transmission’s six ratios—though Porsche, inexplicably, discourages this practice in on-road driving by labeling the bottom gear with a “G,” for Gellinde (terrain). When starting off in “G,” minimal clutch slip is needed to help the engine onto its power band. The clutch action is on the heavy side but very progressive, and stirring the shifter is a delight. The lever has been moved about three inches rearward from the usual 911 location, and the linkage has none of the rubbery feel we’ve come to expect in rear-engined cars. Instead, the 959 shifts with a wonderfully slick and fluid action. And with six ratios to choose from, the driver can run the engine either mild or wild.

These two personalities are clearly defined by the transition from single- to twin-turbo operation. The 959’s engine—all 24 valves, four overhead camshafts, twin turbochargers and intercoolers, two water-cooled heads, and six titanium connecting rods of it—is essentially a domesticated version of the 962’s racing powerhouse. Such engines thrive at high rpm but generally are weak at low engine speeds. The solution in the 959 is a staged turbocharger system. At low rpm, all of the exhaust flow is directed through just one turbocharger, bringing it quickly up to speed. Boost starts to build at 1500 rpm; by about 3000 rpm, the peak pressure of 14.5 psi is available. The second turbocharger cuts in at about 4300 rpm, uncorking the engine’s high-speed breathing abilities. The 959, in turn, surges forward as if a second set of cylinders were activated.

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Developing 444 hp at 6500 rpm, the 959’s 2.8-liter flat six-cylinder produces more than 156 hp per liter. To put that into perspective, the Callaway Corvette’s twin-turbo V-8 has twice the displacement of the 959 engine but produces about 100 hp less, for a specific output of only 60 hp per liter.

In spite of its heroic output, the 959’s all-aluminum powerplant is always smooth and refined. It idles evenly at 800 rpm, it can be driven away at 1000 rpm in top gear without a shudder or a lurch, and it’s quieter than a production 911 powerplant. When it climbs into the boost mode, its power surge feels like a strong push rather than a hard punch. This softness around the edges of the awesome power curve lets the driver use the 959’s tremendous thrust with confidence.

Project director Bantle believes strongly that speed without security and stability is senseless, and we were eager to see whether his car would deliver both elements of the equation. The 959 was in our hands for only 24 hours, so we had no time to find a track where we could measure its top speed. We had to do it the German way—on the autobahn. We chose to run at night, when traffic was minimal, but the conditions were less than ideal: our test stretch was only two lanes wide, and it wasn’t perfectly straight. Nevertheless, we clocked a two-way average of 190 mph, without ever feeling as though we were driving on the hairy edge. According to the factory, the 959 will do 195 if given enough room.

 

Worlds Fastest Convertible 265.6 MPH Venom GT Spyder

Texas-based tuner Hennessey is back at it again, pushing the performance envelope with its twin-turbocharged Venom GT Spyder.

It took the 1451bhp convertible brute to Naval Air Station Lemoore in California where, with its roof off, it stormed to a whopping 265.6mph – a speed verified by data-logging company Racelogic.

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‘2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Hennessey Performance’, said company founder, John Hennessey. ‘I thought that this would be a special way to celebrate 25 years of making fast cars faster.

‘I’ve wanted to test the top speed of our Venom GT Spyder, without the roof, ever since our coupe ran 270.4 mph on the Space Shuttle landing runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 2014. This was a great way to validate the technical excellence of our car which includes high-speed stability with an open roof.’

The speed achieved by the Spyder, the company claims, makes it the fastest convertible in the world – exceeding the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Vitesse’s record by 11mph. The Hennessey may well be the fastest street-legal convertible in the world, but it won’t be the fastest production one any time soon – not enough are made, for one thing, to qualify for production status.

If you’re thinking that the Venom looks a little familiar, that’s because it’s based on the Lotus Exige and Elise, albeit ones that have been lengthened and comprehensively upgraded. This also exempts the Venom from holding any production car-related records.

Power comes from a twin-turbo 7.0-litre V8 that thunders out 1451bhp at 7200rpm and 1287lb ft at 4200rpm, and all of that is sent to the rear by a six-speed manual gearbox. Hennessey claims a 0-60mph time of less than 2.4 seconds and a 0-200mph time of less than 13 seconds.

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You’ll have to be similarly quick if you want one, though; only three ‘World Record Edition’ GT Spyders will be built and each will cost $1.3 million (£909,000) plus taxes.

Perhaps the Venom’s not fast enough for you, though. Not to worry, Hennessey’s already working on a solution to that – its 290mph Venom F5.

Ford Mustang Burns Up The Track – Literally

A fuel line bursts and causes this Ford Mustang to BURST into flames in an unfortunate turn of events.

Drag racing can be very dangerous, and this is a perfect example of how your race car can be destroyed in seconds. Unfortunately this fire wasn’t able to be put out quickly and the front hood, fenders, and bumper got burnt to a crisp.

One of the rarest and boldest concept cars ever built

This metallic wedge is pure 1980s futurism, but it was actually built in 1970—that’s the year after this season’s Mad Men takes place, for those keeping count. The Zero was designed by Marcello Gandini. If you think the Zero looks a bit like a Lamborghini, that’s not so crazy. He also designed the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, the latter of which shares the Zero’s aggressive, spear-like posture. But Gandini was no one-trick pony. He also design the remarkably groomed original BMW 5 series, the cooler-in-retrospect Citroën BX, and a tiny, cubby bear of a car, the Innocenti Mini. Additionally, he invented those absurd and eye-catching scissor doors we associate with supercars to this day. And check out the screen not he inside looks like the precursor to the Tesla’s large screen. This is surely one of the rarest and boldest concept cars ever built!

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Tesla P90D “Ludicrous Mode” vrs Corvette Z06… which is faster?

Can a Tesla Model S P90D with “Ludicrous Mode” really take out a C7 Corvette Z06 at the strip?

Watch the Tesla P90D vrs Corvette Z06! The Z06’s 650 horsepower is a fair fight against the Model S’s 532 horses, but its 650 lb-ft of torque is going to be a tough race against the instantaneous amount of horsepower that the Model S musters up from a standstill, all 713 lb-ft worth. Despite its unassuming looks the Model S P90D packs dual electric motors front and rear, along with AWD for that perfect launch.

This is one race that’s too good to be spoiled. Obviously both sides are going to have their die-hards, but if you still think electric cars are bean-shaped wimps, a Tesla Model S P90D might prove you wrong at the next stoplight.