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Zenvo TSR-S, the Danish Bugatti, heads to the Riyadh Car Show

Zenvo Automotive was founded in 2007 in Præstø, Denmark with the intention of building limited-edition hypercars, the first prototype was the TS1 that was developed into the TS1 GT, a TSR track-only car and the ultimate flagship, the TSR-S with a lightweight carbon fiber body built in-house and powered by a flat-plane, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that develops a massive 1,177 hp … but the most intricate detail about the Zenvo TSR-S is still that Centripetal rear wing, a Zenvo patent, that pivots depending on steering input to increase downforce to the axle that requires it.

Only 5 units of these Zenvo models are built each year, so these are very exclusive indeed, and that is exactly why it makes sense for Zenvo to bring their masterpieces to the Riyadh Car Show, held in the capital of  Saudi Arabia between November 18 and 28, naturally the new Ishvid Perlemor (white) with the carbon fiber wheels will be shown, but their bright Baltisk Blå (blue) will join the stand in the middle of the show.

Renowned YouTube channel CarWow has recently published a video where Mat Watson drives the blue Zenvo TSR-S on narrow UK roads and talks about how this 5.8-Liter V8 twin-turbo engine with almost 1,200 hp makes you think twice about buying a Bugatti Chiron, the Zenvo reaches 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, goes to 200 km/h in less than 6.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 325 km/h … all for €1,45,000 apiece, while a Bugatti Chiron costs about double that, while the latter takes 2.4 seconds to 100 km/h, 6.5 seconds to 200 km/h and goes out of breath at 420 km/h … so it’s extremely fast in top speed, but otherwise the Zenvo TSR-S is just as fast for half the money, take a look at the CarWow video below:

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Now we have to be honest about this, you can’t really compare a Bugatti with over a century of history and a massive legacy behind her, to a make that’s been around for less than 15 years now, and hasn’t seen too many customer cars out on the road yet … truth to be told, I wouldn’t be surprised if you show up at a car event in your €1.5 million Zenvo TSR-S some of the visitors might confuse it with a kit car … that would never happen if you exit from your Bugatti … just saying.

But back to Zenvo at the Riyhadh Car Show, Angela Hartman, CEO of Zenvo Automotive said: “It is an exceptional opportunity for the company to be able to showcase our work at one of the most talked-about events this year. The Riyadh Car Show is already a highly anticipated automotive show that everyone has on their calendars, and thank the House of Saud for extending their invitation to Zenvo to participate. We are looking forward to welcoming both our customers and visitors of the show to our stand to see the TRS-S, as well as discuss future plans for the brand as we head into a new year.”

I have personally seen the blue Zenvo STR-S at a supercar show in the Netherlands a few years ago, and let’s not forget Zenvo also came to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, bringing both the white and the blue cars, so now it’s time to bring these hypercars back to the Middle East after touring Europe with them, Zenvo will bring people from their commercial, sales, and management team to the Riyadh Car Show, the prestigious event.

And we’ve just learned none other than YouTube star Tim, better known as Shmee150 has just signed an order form for a Zenvo TSR-S hypercar, no info yet on specs, but if his new Lamborghini Huracan STO is anything to go by, with her Viola Bast exterior combined with gloss black and bright yellow parts, we might be seeing a rather wild Zenvo STR-S in the near future, check out his announcement video below:

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I for one cant’ wait to see a Zenvo TSR-S at one of the car events we are able to visit next year, I’m looking forward to seeing some impressive combination with clear carbon fiber on this aggressive looking hypercar.

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance 2021 Will Have Ford Performance Cars Display

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance has, for 65 years, been the premier place to see exotic, rare, and beautiful cars in absolutely pristine condition. Over the years, the event has grown from a few cars to over 200 treasured and collectible cars, dressed to the nines for the Concours.

For 2021, with the event taking place from July 16 to 18, the Concours will host a chronological evolution display of Ford performance cars, from the very first sports version of a Ford car to the latest and greatest Ford supercar. The special display brings together many rare cars, some of them one of only a few ever made or remaining, with the owners of the cars collaborating with Hillsborough to make the centerpiece display happen.

195 Ford Model T Speedster

195 Ford Model T Speedster

The oldest car in the display will be the very first Ford sports car, the 1915 Ford Model T Speedster. It is, in fact, the first Ford performance production car to carry the Ford badge, but not actually be fully manufactured by Ford, much like how companies like Saleen, Roush, and RTR work with Mustangs today.

Powered by the legendary inline-four, 2.9L Model T engine, the Speedster on display was built racing in mind, and features one of the first racing applications of a water jacket thermosyphon. This cooling system used natural convection with a large amount of water around the engine to push heat out the top of the bonnet, hence the flaps on it to allow that head to be carried away by the air passing over them.

1967 Ford GT40 MkIV chassis G7A J-9

1967 Ford GT40 MkIV chassis G7A J-9

The centerpiece of the display, however, is a 1967 Ford GT40 MkIV, which is famously known as the G7A J-9 chassis. This specific car was made as a test chassis, fully built up to race spec, but using the newly designed 7L, 3 valves per cylinder V8 for Can-Am racing. This engine was one of the first full cast aluminum V8’s and produced over 500 HP, moving a fully aluminum honeycomb body on a lightweight aluminum chassis. In other words, it was fast, but it never actually raced, having only completed test runs around several tracks in the hands of an Italian-American known as Mario Andretti.

1964 Shelby USRRC 289 Cobra

1964 Shelby USRRC 289 Cobra

The display also celebrates the involvement of Carroll Shelby in guiding the Ford performance program through the 1960s, with no less than 7 Shelby cars on display. The ultra-rare 1964 Shelby USRRC 289 Cobra is one of the display cars, but its much better known big brother, the 1965 Shebly 427 Competition Cobra, was the result of that partnership with Ford.

1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra

1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra

Also on display are an original 1965 Shelby GT350 and GT350R, a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR (the first of the “King of the Road” Shelby models), and one of the first Shelby GT500’s to roll off the production line in 2014.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429

Other cars present are a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, a 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R, the 2005 Ford GT VIN #2, and one of the first 50 2016+ Ford GT supercars.

2018 Ford GT

2018 Ford GT

If you would like to attend the event, information on how to get to Hillsborough, as well as tickets and information, are available at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance website.

2014 Shelby GT500

2014 Shelby GT500

Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI On-Scene Review

The Rennsport Reunion VI just concluded on September 30 in Monterey, California as Porsche celebrates its 70th birthday. Happy birthday, Porsche!! If anyone is wondering, Rennsport (renn-sport) translates into “race-sport”.

Before the event began, it seemed that four days of event duration might be excessive. But that really is insufficient time to explore all offerings thoroughly while watching only part of the races too.

The Rennsport only occurs once each three years or so, and only in one location. At Rennsport, Porsche is revealed on the grandest of scales. Raceway officials hinted that attendance over these four days may have reached 80,000 Porsche-Nation fans!

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The chief displays included seventy noteworthy race cars revealed in the massive Porsche Heritage Tent. Champions Garage was located in Auto Alley displaying 11 more triumphant Porsche race cars. In the large parking area beyond Barbecue Island near Turns 2 and 5 lied the bulk of the Porsche Club of America corrals, reputed to have over 1,300 cars.

Adjacent was the Michelin and Mothers exhibits of still more exotic Porsches. The paddocks included a veritable menagerie of Porsches that also raced in the wheel to wheel competition on the track.

Beginning of a Legacy

Porsche-356 “No. 1”-Roadster replicaPorsche-356 “No. 1”-Roadster replicaOn Sunday morning, a replica of the car that began the celebrated Porsche legacy, Porsche’s 356 “No. 1” Roadster, was positioned in front of Champions Garage in a bright metallic silver paint.

“No. 1” was the very first Porsche that Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche created. It received its “street certification” on June 8, 1948.

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On a Mission for the Future

Porsche’s 70th birthday was a fitting time to review their progress on Mission E.

This project helps elucidate how far Porsche has come from the 356 “No. 1”, to the 911, to Porsche’s first fully electric car on display at Rennsport VI in the Exclusive Manufaktur area showing really stunning styling and wheels.

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Porsche stated, “Mission E represents the future. A possible future. A fascinating future.” Porsche held that this is the form their first completely electric sports car could take. Importantly, the concept-car would meet all Porsche standards for fuel efficiency, daily-drive practicality, and performance entirely based on groundbreaking technology.

They called it “the 911 of e-cars.” Porsche proclaimed their mission statement: “Our core area of expertise lies in complex, efficient, and high-performance powertrains.” The car’s driving range is 300 miles, and a 15-minute charge gives another 250 miles. “Turbo-charging” Porsche says!

Klaus Zellmer, Porsche President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. said the vision of Mission E recently received the name Taycan. He added, “Next year the vision becomes reality.”

There She Blows

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Also at Rennsport VI, Porsche unveiled a new 700 hp race car with the body based upon its renowned 935/78, “Moby Dick”.

Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser said, “This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world.” The car will have a limited produced run of 77 units.

Porsche-Nation fans came and revered the iconic make during the four days appropriately themed, “Marque of Champions”. Why does Porsche have such a large and faithful clan of devotees? There are several reasons.

First, it is because Porsche stands for excellence and innovation in automotive engineering. Another reason is due to the uniqueness in the way Porsche does things. Porsche’s following also derives from its many achievements, which represent milestones of greatness.

Finally, the performance of Porsche automobiles and race cars are unequaled in many cases, which is the ultimate recognition.

Roundup at Porsche Corrals

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Porsche excellence and innovation in automotive engineering is universally renowned. Brilliance in design and production is a given. Quality and performance are taken for granted in Porsche road and track cars.

Reliability is a byword for Porsche production, as exemplified in their victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an endurance race. A first-drive in a Porsche indicates quality. Importantly, owning a Porsche delivers reliability.

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Porsche seems to have unique views in their approach to automotive design. Their engineers practice the mantra “form follow function”, and performance derives from function.

Examples of uniqueness at Porsche, or at the very least adhering to “the path less followed” are their opposed-cylinder engines, long-time use of air-cooling for engines, rear, and mid-engine positioning, and retaining the same basic style for the 911 model for 55 years.

Porsche’s achievements are too numerous to be mentioned. But some of the cars that I will describe will elucidate a few of Porsche’s accomplishments.

To experience Porsche performance, all one must do is to drive the 911 model. The overall feeling is of lightness, agility, and well tied together. The much-used phrase, “You are one with” the car actually applies here.

The brakes are unequivocally superb, and grand touring on roads with long curves is a dream. The engine revs high, sounds silky-smooth, and performs professionally and faithfully.

The Eternal 911

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As I entered the large square with the interview stage complete with giant screen, autograph tables, the Porsche store, picnic tables, and much, much more, I first stopped to admire two 911’s strategically placed at the main entrance in “golden yellow metallic” paint.

Yes, the “eternal 911” and its many variants, the car that best exemplifies Porsche and its philosophy. These were two cars restored from 993 chassis to be auctioned off with proceeds to charity and representing Porsche’s new 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, limited to 500 units with prices starting in the $250,000 range.

While I wandered about exploring the astoundingly massive extravaganza called the Rennsport VI, I mused if there were an all-Porsche Hall of Fame, which street cars or race cars might be in it? In this writing, I will mention several Porsche street cars and Porsche race cars, past and present at the event that, I think, deserve special recognition. No secrets here, I believe we all know them.

Porsche race cars are a little greater challenge. There are so many of them, and with 20,000 to 30,000 racing victories over the years, a little time is required to consider the candidates. If Porsche blesses us with a Rennsport VII, that may be a good opportunity.

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In any case, the premier member of a Porsche Hall of Fame would be the “eternal 911”. At 55 years of age and still going strong, it would blow completely off the charts in terms of kudos, accomplishments, and enthusiasts! Nothing more need be said.

Porsche 917’s Blaze the Track

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Another lock for special recognition would be the 12-cylinder 917 juggernaut, along with the variants it parented. There were several 917s at Rennsport VI with most located in the Porsche Heritage tent, or in the Paddocks where I spotted American Patrick Long, a factory Porsche driver, mounting one.

The 917K, meaning Kurzheck (short-tail), won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and again in 1971. In 1972 the 917/10 won the Can-Am Challenge. In 1973 the 917/30, the most powerful racing sports car ever built at 1,580 bhp, also won the Can-Am Challenge. Known as the Can-Am killer because it won so often, Mark Donohue said the 917 was the only car he ever drove that could generate wheelspin at 200 mph!

Notably, Donohue turned in a blistering lap at Atlanta’s Talladega race track in 1975 piloting a 917/30 to a new world record of over 221 mph average speed, yes average! A 16-cylinder 917 version was made but never actually raced due to handling issues of the longer chassis. Perhaps thankfully, because what could have challenged it?

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I think it’s safe to say that the Porsche 919 hybrid race car deserves special recognition. This car has already won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times, in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Also, in 2018 the Evo version of the 919 became the fastest race car in history to circulate the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, smashing the previous record, set 35 years ago by a Porsche 956, by over 51 seconds.

Earl Bamber and the 919 Evo

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At the Rennsport VI, I watched Earl Bamber pilot the 2018 Porsche 919 Evo as it clocked 186 mph through the speed traps. What impressed me most was how effortlessly it negotiated the Andretti Hairpin and Turn 5. The EVO was as smooth as silk – no smoking, flat-spotted tires, no broadsided curves.

Exiting the curves, it was almost shot out of a gun and back to speed in no time. I say “almost” because the car was absolutely glued to the track without any jerkiness. It appeared to be locked onto a rail, gobbling up the track with robot precision with ever-increasing speed until the next curve arrived.

This car is a real piece of work! Back in Champions Garage, see my photo below where a hoard of mechanics swarmed the car attending to every potential need.

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I was always curious about how massive downforce felt to the driver of a race car. So, I made a point of catching Porsche factory drivers Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor just as they sat down at the autograph tables before lines formed. Bamber has overall victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and 2017 in Porsche’s 919 hybrid, and Vanthoor races a Porsche 911 RSR.

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I requested of Vanthoor “What does the aerodynamic downforce feel like when you are racing”? He replied, “You have to actually experience it to understand it”.

Not much chance in my driving his factory RSR soon, so I asked: “How much G-force do you experience in cornering and braking?” Vanthoor responded, “Three to four Gs in the 911 RSR.” That would definitely result in a sore neck.

Sufficient downforce is generated on some race cars such that if they could be placed on the roof of a tunnel at speed, they would remain stuck there. That intrigued me greatly, so I asked Bamber the same questions. He replied, “Downforce makes you feel like the car is really glued to the track. Due to large downforce, in cornering and braking, you experience about four to five Gs in the 919.”

We talked about driving at a race car’s limits, and both explained that is where driver experience enters. My only hope is for someone to give me a seat in historic races someday. I thanked my hosts and moved on.

Hype for the 918

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Next, I found Porsche’s latest hypercar, the Porsche 918 hybrid, in a dozen-sized-group on Barbecue Island near Turns 2, 3, 4, and 5. I believe this car also deserves special recognition on an all-time list. Its merits are too great not to be left in awe.

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To start, this astonishingly complex car possesses absolutely stunning, creative styling, remembering that at Porsche form follows function. The 918’s engineering is also state of the art, and frankly, beyond.

Innovative features abound, like the exhaust pipes exiting high on the car and not below the engine, allowing extension of the rear diffuser resulting in improved aerodynamics. The high exhaust pipe design also assists the lithium batteries to remain within their operating temperature range.

One might say, “The car should offer something at $998,000.” But the aftermarket voted quickly and the 918 appreciated to $1,700,000, nearly doubling!

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The 918 was first introduced as a concept car in 2010 at the 80th Geneva Motor Show along with the 911 GT3 R hybrid race car, while the racing version, the 918 RSR, followed the next year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The street production model was finally introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013 and produced through 2015.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a mid-engine, naturally aspirated, 4.6-liter V8 through a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox driving the rear wheels. The V8 yields 600 bhp at 8,500 RPM, but that’s not all. Two electric motors provide an added 286 bhp to the front wheels. The combined total of gasoline and electric yields 875 bhp and 944 ft-lb of torque! Weight lies between 3,600 and 3,800 lbs.

A flexible and very practical feature is that the battery can be refreshed either by a plug-in or regeneratively while driving and braking similar to the KERS system used in Formula One racing. KERS stands for “kinetic energy recovery system”. A flywheel accumulator rotating near 40,000 RPM located in the passenger compartment stores the energy. The car’s 6.8 kwh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery alone gives a 12 mi (19 km) driving range.

Internally at Porsche called “race lab, the 918’s performance numbers deliver a knockout:

  • 0-100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.5 seconds
  • 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 7.2 seconds
  • 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 19.9 seconds
  • Maximum speed is 350 km/h (217 mph)!

In September 2013 a 918 fitted with the optional ‘Weissach Package’ which reduces weight nearly 100 lb recorded a record lap time of 6:57 min on the 20.7 km (12.8 mi) Nürburgring uncombined course. The 918 truly exemplifies engineering brilliance!

All-Time Greatest in the Carrera GT

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The Carrera GT (2003-2007) should definitely receive special recognition for Porsche’s all-time greatest. This mid-engined sports car preceded the 918 and is high on, or at the top, of many lists for best petrol-powered sports cars, some for all time.

The GT project was a sporadic one, occurring in starts and stops over a long period of time. In the beginning, a Porsche engine was built for a Formula One effort in 1992. That task was canceled, then revived for a Le Mans project. However, concern about conflicting with Audi’s Le Mans plans caused termination of this project too. Eventually in 2000, a decision was taken to build 1,500 cars.

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The Carrera GT two-door roadster is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V10 engine employing 4 valves per cylinder which produces 603 bhp, 435 lb⋅ft of torque at 5,750 rpm, with red-line at 8,400. The lack of turbochargers might appeal more to those with purist tendencies, but the car performs quite well without them. Adhering to the simpler path generally offers reliability and weight savings.

The car will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.8 seconds, and achieves a maximum speed of 205 mph. The curb weight of this rear-mid-engine V10, rear-wheel-drive car is 3,040 lb. Its predecessor is the Porsche 959, and the successor the Porsche 918 Spyder.

The Carrera GT’s rear wing is electronically operated, deploying at speeds over 70 mph. The sizeable side inlets and air dams add cooling to the engine. Weight is reduced by a carbon fiber monocoque and chassis. Porsche brakes are usually superior and the GT’s are no exception sporting a carbon fiber-reinforced silicon-carbide ceramic-composite braking system.

Face to face, the GT appears very low and wide, and somehow you just know it will perform. The V10 engine does not sound large but presents a rather beguiling note. Yes, the Carrera GT is one for the ages!

The 959, a Rare Sighting

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The Porsche 959 sports car (1986-1993) should also receive special recognition among Porsche’s best. However, the car’s intended use as a race machine was brief and had issues finishing races.

The 959 was initially envisioned as a Group B rally car. Later it was produced for road use but did not comply with US street requirements until billionaire Bill Gates assisted in getting the “Show or Display” law passed.

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The 959 is rarely seen as only 345 were ever produced. When one does appear, it is almost certainly alone. As I perused the paddocks I was astonished to come upon nearly a dozen under one of the large tents. A little later this rare grouping formed a line and entered on track in the exhibition.

The technological achievement in creating the 959 in the 1980s was noteworthy. The twin-turbo vehicle was then considered the most technically advanced sports car ever made. It was the world’s fastest street car clocking 197 mph.

The 3,200 lb 959 was powered by a 2.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6 generating 444 bhp and 369 ft-lb of torque applied through a 6-speed manual gearbox. One of the earliest high-performance cars offering all-wheel drive, the car also automatically adjusted its ride-height.

Porsche Heritage Tent

The 936

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Text – 1979 Porsche 936

There were 70 Porsche race cars under the Porsche Heritage tent, and the 936 was the first to catch my attention. It looked racy with stylistic, gracefully flowing lines, remembering that at Porsche “form follows function” when it comes to styling.

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The Porsche 936 (1976-1981) was developed to compete in the World Sportscar Championship Group 6 category in 1976 by Porsche as a successor to the 917 and 908.

The power in this 1,587 lb race car was provided by a 2.1-liter opposed-six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine generating 540 hp at 8,000 RPM, transmitted through a five-speed gearbox.

The Porsche factory entered the 936 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Jacky Ickx piloting to wins in 1976, 1977, and 1981.

The 935

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Nearby I spotted a Porsche 935 (1976–1981), a 911-based race car introduced in 1976 as the factory entry for the FIA’s new Group 5 rules. It derived from the Carrera RSR 2.1 turbo prototype. Group 5 rules allowed liberal alterations to production-based cars.

Power was supplied to the 2,138 lb 935 by a twin-turbo flat-six of 2.9 to 3.3-liter employing mechanical fuel injection producing from 540 to 845 hp through a 4-speed manual gearbox.

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Few were able to challenge the 935 in major endurance races, and the car eventually won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979, overall. The 935’s domination ended in 1982 with FIA rule changes.

Derek Bell Pilots the 962

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A 1984 Porsche 962 (1984-1991) was also under Porsche Heritage Tent. This sports-prototype racing car was made (91 units) to replace the 956 in order to meet IMSA’s GTP regulations. The 1,874 lb car was powered by a 3.0 to 3.2 liter bi-turbo flat-6 engine through a 5-speed transmission generating 760 hp at 8,200 RPM, pushing the car to 220 mph.

Famed Hurley Haywood (Porsche “ambassador) and Derek Bell (24 Hours of Le Mans winner four times in Porsches) were among the pilots. The 962 achieved an overall win at the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans. In its initial years, the 962 was one of the most successful cars in racing. The car was succeeded by the WSC-95.

In Closing Tribute

Sincere compliments should always be given. This was an enriching Rennsport VI, and honestly, I am already anticipating the next. Surely most Porsche fans are too. Porsche, please bless us with another Rennsport soon!

Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI Image Gallery

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 23-26, 2018

Someone once said, “Good race car drivers never lose, they just run out of time.” It’s true. When that checkered flag falls it’s over! But at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion the race cars return over the ensuing decades, time after time, seeking and sometimes obtaining the checkers for first place.

A First Look at Nissan

Nissan was the first ever Japanese auto manufacturer to be recognized as the featured marque at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 23-26, 2018 at WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca. Nissan’s large display was located on the main artery through the paddocks lying perpendicular to the other main artery leading to Automotive Alley.

Nissan GT-R50 Slate

Nissan GT-R50 Slate

Nissan GT-R50 Slate

One of Nissan’s most impressive pieces was their new GT-R50, an evolution of the GT-R initially produced in 2007. Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design called this a rare window in time that the opportunity is open to creating a car without limits, and additionally get to build it, as is the case for the GT-R50 when Nissan and Italdesign created the car.

Nissan GT-R50 Slate

Nissan GT-R50 Slate

This is a bold style, which I liken to a “brute”, after the architectural style which I admire of the same name. The bold planar panels appeared in fitting colors for my taste, graphite with copper-gold trim.

The powerplant is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 boasting 710 hp and 585 ft-lb of torque administered through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car rides on 21-inch wheels with a rear wing providing down-force.

Nissan R390 GT1 Blue

Nissan R390 GT1 Blue

Nissan R390 GT1 Blue

Among Nissan’s race cars on display, was a dark-blue R390 GT1 designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997-98, employing a 3.5 liter, longitudinally-mounted rear-mid-engine with twin-turbochargers. Also on display was a 1988 blue and red Nissan GTP-ZX powered by a turbocharged V6 turning 8,000 RPM, generating 850-900 hp, and scaling in at 2,095 lbs.

Nissan GTP-ZX Blue

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As I have said before, walks around the entirety of the area enclosed by the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion are always fruitful. This year was no exception.

I headed for the Park by way of the bridge leading to the Marketplace. After the bridge, there is a choice of left to the Marketplace, or right to one of two owner’s car corrals, the one strung out along the race track. I selected right because that way I could inspect the owner’s Nissan Z-cars cars before arriving at the Park.

Datsun’s Shine

There were plenty of Datsun Z sports cars presented in a myriad of attractive paint styles along my walk to the Park of the 240, 260, 280, and 300 varieties. The cars really need to be seen to appreciate them and their colorful paint, but just a few of the coats of well-polished paint that especially caught my attention were orange, black, white, graphite, yellow, and blue.

The Z-series was produced over 1969–1978. The reason? To compete in an economical format with recognized European sports cars. People around then, especially in California, could not miss them on the roads during that period. The styling, good engineering, reasonable price, and responsive performance was a hit. Waiting lists at dealers ensued.

Datsun 240Z Orange

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The 240Z offered a 2.4 liter inline-6-cylinder engine yielded 151 bhp and maxed at 7,000 RPM. Soon came the 260Z equipped with a 2.6-liter engine generating 162 bhp.

Datsun 260Z Blue

The 280Z, an evolution, increased engine size to 2.8 liters giving 170 bhp and offered a four-speed or five-speed manual transmission, or automatic.

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Quite a successful reign. Eventually, the Datsun Z was succeeded by the Nissan 300ZX (Z31, 1983–1989, Z32, 1989–2000).

Mercedes Benz AMG GTS

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The area I was in exits into a much larger parking area that also houses more owner’s car corrals when needed. Here, I soon came across a 2018 Mercedes Benz AMG GTS (2014-present) in yellow paint. I like yellow on some makes, but less so on others. This GTS was stunning in yellow! The color just seems to fit.

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The GTS is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 515 hp and 495 ft-lb of torque applied through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. An electronically controlled limited-slip differential, several race mode settings, and an adaptive drivetrain including suspension controls enhance performance and drivability. The long, sleek automobile weighs in at about 3,600 lbs.

The Michelin Display at BBQ Island

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At this point, I had arrived at the Park area which I enjoy for several reasons. As said, situated adjacent to the owner’s car corrals it also provides a thick grassy surface to walk on. Not least, the Park always has some significant, high-performers on exhibition.

Upon arriving near BBQ Island at the Michelin display complete with Michelin’s tour guide (featured in the picture above) I was immediately torn in several directions simultaneously. Michelin seems to have outdone themselves in 2018 because these were all must-see cars that I wanted to inspect concurrently.

Brabham BT62

Brabham BT62Brabham BT62

I picked a direction and headed for a make in emerald with gold trim whose styling was both racy and exotic. Then I recognized the make and knew it should be the real deal. It was the new Brabham BT62!

You can bet all your marbles that the mantra of “form follows function” is employed here, because of Team Brabham’s background, and because that race car needs to slice through the air quickly and efficiently. Although exotic, the styling is very well-balanced, and it screams racing functionality.

Sir Jack Brabham was an Australian Formula One Drivers World Champion three times, in 1959, 1960, and 1966. “Black” Jack, as he was known for his beard’s dark “shadow”, founded the Brabham racing team and race car constructor enterprise.

Brabham BT62Brabham BT62

Andy Edwards of Brabham Automotive explained the car’s details to me. He said, “We are planning to produce 70 units of this track-only two-seater priced roughly in the $1.5 million range.”

Andy elucidated further, “The BT62 is composed of carbon fiber wrap, which contributes considerably to its ultra-light weight of only 2,100 lbs.” With the lightweight and generous power, the large and complex-appearing rear wing is welcome. Andy added, “The wing gives over 2,600 lbs of downforce at speed to keep the car well-planted on track.”

The longitudinal-mid-mounted naturally aspirated 5.4-liter V8 yields high output of 700 hp at 7,400 RPM, and 492 ft-lb of torque at 6,200 RPM delivered through a six-speed Holinger sequential gearbox, employing steering wheel paddles.

Equipped for track use, the BT62 offers a six-point racing harness and removable carbon fiber steering wheel. The wet-weight distribution with driver is 41% / 59% handled by six-piston front and rear brakes of carbon on carbon. Adjustable features include the traction control, the anti-lock braking system with brake bias, and engine response modes.

The simplicity of fewer systems like the lack of turbochargers and hybrid MGs means fewer things that can go wrong or break, which translates into on-track reliability. Simplicity is also a double-whammy in the BT62 because that often means less weight, which was one of the design goals achieved. One of the targets of the car is endurance racing, and lower weight means less stress on the engine, gearbox, brakes, suspension, and tires, as well as decreased fuel consumption.


For the next car at Michelin, a black one looking very much like a Porsche, a question arises. What do you get when you cross a legendary German car with a tuner shop having a big reputation? Easy answer, you get “heiß räder”! I don’t speak German so I hope I got it right. In English, “hot wheels” of course!


The black car bore the letters “Ruf”, which indicate the German tuning shop, RUF Automobile GmbH. A placard was not on the car. Nevertheless, the car is clearly a Ruf, probably similar in performance to the legendary Porsche 959.

The Porsche 959 (1986-1993) was the world’s fastest street-legal production car upon introduction, achieving a top speed of 197 mph. It was not street-legal in the USA initially due to emissions laws. An American billionaire, Bill Gates, imported the first Porsche 959 into the USA, but it was impounded for over a decade by the US Customs service. Eventually, Gates helped get the “Show or Display” rule passed making the 959 street-legal.

In its production years, the Porsche 959 was regarded as the most high-tech street-legal sports car ever made. It was powered by a 2.8 liter opposed-6-cylinder engine employing sequential twin-turbochargers, DOHC with 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injection, air-cooled cylinders with water-cooled heads delivering 444 hp at 6,500 rpm, and 369 ft-lb of torque at 5,000 rpm.

In time aftermarket designs became available for the 959 and the 911, most notably from Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California, and Alios Ruf of Germany. In 1987 Ruf’s “Yellow Bird” turned an astounding 211 mph.

The latest car by Ruf is their 2017 CTR introduced in Geneva, Switzerland, March 7, 2017. The 2017 CTR’s power derives from an opposed 3.6 liter 6-cylinder engine developing 700 hp and 649 ft-lb of torque which it transmits to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

It is the first Ruf sports car to employ a chassis designed by the firm and in fact the first rear-engine carbon fiber monocoque chassis. The 2017 CTR has a top speed exceeding 223 mph and accelerates 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds.



The new ATS supercar was also on display at Michelin and the ATS German segment-manager, Sascha Herbert, went over the car’s details for me. He explained that the beginnings were in the mid-1960s when some employees of Ferrari left to form Automobili Turismo e Sport introducing the ATS 2500 GT at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. The car, employing a 2.5-liter V8, was fast and is known as the first mid-engined road car to be made. However, the company failed before a successor could be launched.

Fast-forward to 2012 when a rebirth took place. Rights were attained by ATS Automobili and in 2014 a design study began. Sascha said, “Our initial planning is to produce 12 units at a price in the $1.2 million range”.


I inquired about performance. Sascha replied, “Our ATS GT is driven by a 3.8-liter V8 boosted by twin turbochargers yielding about 700 hp. We have used carbon fiber extensively for the body and chassis.” When I pointed out the apparently lightweight Sascha maintained that the ATS holds the road well. He maintained that this model performs exceptionally.

Bugatti EB110

Bugatti EB110Bugatti EB110

Nearby a sky-blue 1994 Bugatti EB110 (1991-95) was also situated at Michelin. Only 139 of this mid-engined, 2-door coupé, four-wheel drive model were ever produced. The SS-version of the 3.5-liter V12 engine is notable for producing 590 hp, accelerating the car 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and achieving a top speed of 216 mph.

The superlatives don’t stop there, however. The powerplant boasts four turbochargers, which is a rarity. Notable also, seven-time Formula One Driver’s World Champion Michael Schumacher purchased an EB 110 SS, keeping it for quite some time, and Derek Hill (F1 Champion Phil’s son) raced the SS version at the 1996 24 Hours of Daytona, all creating publicity for Bugatti. The EB110 is the precursor to the acclaimed 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged Bugatti Veyron.

A Pit Stop at the Marketplacee

Lamborghini Huracán

Lamborghini HuracánLamborghini Huracán

Leaving the Park, I took the route through the Marketplace and came upon a car with radiating purple paint reminding me of a bunch of ripe Zinfandel grapes ripening in the August sun. The car was the exotically styled 2014 Lamborghini Huracán. Adjacent was a Backdraft Roadster well prepped in slate color.

Under the Mazda Tent

Prepping the Mazda 767B & 787 for the Track

Mazda 767BMazda 767B

The Mazda tent located near the start of Automotive Alley displayed several Mazda race cars. Their rotary engine, a different path from the conventional piston-driven (reciprocating) engine, was powerful and had a sharp mean sound to go with, but eventually failed to stay abreast with increasing needs for fuel economy and emission controls.

Mazda 767BMazda 767B

The orange, green, and yellow paint were catchy on a 1989 Mazda 767B. This is a prototype racing car that was built to run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the IMSA-spec GTP class. Power was supplied by a4-rotor 13J Wankel rotary-engine which yielding nearly 600 hp.

1990 Mazda 7871990 Mazda 787

A white and blue 1990 Mazda 787 was sitting nearby. This racer was constructed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the World Sportscar Championship, and the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship from 1990 to 1991. The 1990 entry incurred an electrical failure and did not finish. Lacking pace, the car did have reliability which assisted in winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991. This was the first Japanese victory, excepting 2018, and the only one for a non-reciprocating engine.

Heading for the Track

Multiple Mazda's headed for the trackMultiple Mazda's headed for the track

Power is supplied by a Mazda R26B 2.6 liter, 4-rotor, naturally aspirated, mid-and-longitudinally mounted engine generating 700 hp at 9,000 rpm, and 448 ft⋅lb of torque at 6,500 rpm. Gearbox is a Mazda/Porsche 5-speed manual with overall weight at 1,830 lbs.

Mazda RT24-P

Mazda RT24-PMazda RT24-P

The racy and uncommonly-styled Mazda RT24-P introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016 was nearby in the burgundy-colored paint. The car made its racing debut at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2017 competing under Daytona Prototype international rules of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

A two-liter, 8,500 rpm engine with DOHC and four valves per cylinder applies 600 hp through a 6-speed sequential gearbox to push the 2,050 lb (dry) RT24-P to near 200 mph. Team Joest who helped Audi dominate the 24 Hours of Le Mans will assist Mazda’s IMSA team race the RT24-P.

Porsche organizations are almost always displaying several models at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Their people are welcoming, well-informed, and always enthusiastically promoting motorsports in such a friendly way.

Turbocharged with Porsche

Porsche GT1

Porsche had several historic race cars on display. One was a 1998 Porsche GT1, a 3-liter, 550 hp turbocharged racer which won the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans race.

Porsche GT1Porsche GT1

The Porsche AG team drivers were Laurent Aïello, Allan McNish, and Stéphane Ortelli Another was the Can-Am juggernaut Porsche 917-10 Spyder driven by Porsche “ambassador” Hurley Haywood. Driver Mark Donahue said of this model that it was the only car he ever drove that would generate wheel spin at over 200 mph.

Porsche 917-10 Spyder

Porsche 917-10 SpyderPorsche 917-10 Spyder

1933 Was the Year for These Two

Cars very early in automotive history are always in attendance at this event, and they participate on track too. I noticed two especially nice ones both in cream and green paint. One was a 1933 Singer Nine Sports, and the other a one-off 1933 Plymouth Speedster.

1933 Singer Nine Sports

1933 Singer Nine Sports1933 Singer Nine Sports

1933 Plymouth Speedster

1933 Plymouth Speedster1933 Plymouth Speedster

Closing Out with Corvette

Walking the paddocks intriguing cars are where you find them, and I found many. I saw two Corvettes looking great, a Z20 in red, and a convertible in copper.

Corvette Z20

Corvette Z20Corvette Z20

Corvette Convertible Copper

Corvette Convertible CopperCorvette Convertible Copper

Don’t Forget the Ferrari

Most are familiar with the television program of the 1970s, “The Six Million Dollar Man”. See my photo of the fourteen million dollar Ferrari. That was near the auction prices a couple years ago for the 1961 250 GT Berlinetta SWB.

1961 250 GT Berlinetta SWB1961 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

Of the 551 total participants selected from over 1,000 applicants, about 10 percent were from the Nissan and Datsun brands. During the course of this four-day event, 15 race groups competed on the 2.2-mile road course, the oldest a 1911 National Speedway Roadster in Group 1A, up through very modern race cars.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Image Gallery

McLaren Senna GTR Concept

A big reveal during Geneva Motor Show was the track-focused update to the McLaren hypercar, the Senna. Revealed online last year, the Senna is anticipated to be McLaren’s most compelling model produced since the original McLaren F1.

Senna GTR Back

Senna GTR Back

The technical specifications speak for themselves and are able to justify the million-dollar price tag. Firstly, the Senna is powered by a 4.0-liter V-8 engine, producing 789 brake horsepower, enclosed in a carbon fiber tub with an overall curb weight of slightly over 2,400 lbs. The twin-turbo engine can launch the Senna from 0–62 mph (0–100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds. Now imagine all of that, but exponentially faster, with a retuned transmission, suspension tweaks, fancy decals, big wing, and slick tyres.

The track-ready Senna GTR still needs a power boost (ha). I mean, it will still have the same four-liter engine with two blowers for boost. The folks in Woking, however, have not decided how much more power the GTR will need but it’ll definitely be no slouch.

Pirelli Tyres

Pirelli Tyres

The main focus of the Senna is a high power-to-weight ratio. If you can’t add more power, lose more weight and the latter is what McLaren did. Focusing on technological advances, McLaren heavily invested in carbon fiber technology, and how to save every gram of excess weight. The aerodynamics are improved with the wing generating downforce of 1,000kg. That’s the equivalent of an American bison sitting on top of the car, keeping the Senna GTR planted.

No official data has been released yet but will be an exciting addition to an already beastly hypercar.

Concept: BMW M8 Gran Coupe

With the rise in popularity of sleek, streamlined four-door coupes, BMW responds by revealing a concept to compete in the 4-door sports luxury segment.

Sporting the ‘Gran Coupe’ moniker, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe debuted in Geneva Motor Show with a slight glimpse of what the future holds for BMW.

With a more aggressive design language, the silhouette that the M8 has revealed a lot of where the company wants to go: masculine, very upfront almost bull-like nose, and a sleeker backside. It pulls off a sexier look than the more contemporary rivals like the Audi 7-series, or the S-Class Coupe… But with more doors.

Don’t ask us how these segments work because we’re just as confused as you are. While these are concept cars, we hope that the car goes into production with the same dichromatic paintwork called ‘Salève Vert’. I think that means a shade of green.

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe Iced

BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe IcedWhat’s funny are the stock photos look to be a nighttime rendezvous on top of a frozen lake, so that means that the M8 concept is cooler than what you have? Or a nod to James Bond and Die Another Day?

What’s probably going to happen is it will definitely have a Gran-Turismo vibe so it’ll have an old-school automatic transmission rather than the jolting DSG dual-clutch, maybe XDrive, and cross fingers, working quad exhausts(!)

Here’s to hoping our prayers get answered. Are you listening, Bavaria?!

Reveal: RUF SCR 2018

It’s been 40 years since RUF revealed a modified Porsche 911 called the ‘SCR’, with a 3.2L six-cylinder engine pushing out 217 horses. The tell-tale sign of a RUF Porsche was the whale-tail spoiler that crowned that iconic backside for aerodynamics.

RUF SCR 2018 Side

RUF SCR 2018 Side

It took four years of development for RUF to produce the SCR 2018 to their exact liking and specifications, updated from the first prototype appearing in the 86th Geneva Motor Show. Well, they’re back with a complete overhaul, inside and out.

Debuting this week in Geneva, the RUF SCR 2018 came into fruition, featuring a full monocoque body, active push-rod suspension, and carbon fiber everything.

RUF SCR 2018 Chas

RUF SCR 2018 Chas

With just 1250kg in weight, the RUF is out to fight with the big dogs. The figures are no laughing matter, with a top speed of 320 kph, and a very balanced, composed body layout.

The neat part is that RUF built everything in-house. RUF’s approach differs from other manufacturers, requiring a donor car to be gutted, indirectly inflating air-cooled vintage Porsche market prices. We’re looking at you, Singer! It’s the price to pay for perfection!

Finally, the RUF SCR 2018 features an integrated roll-cage within the carbon fiber chassis, so it’s race-ready, and the push-rod suspension is complex technology only seen in Formula One cars.

Inside lies a 4.0L naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine producing 510 horses. All of these details compound into something magical and the pictures speak for themselves. Unfortunately, these come with a hefty price and the RUF SCR 2018 will be quite a pricey piece of memorabilia.

With all of this technical specs laid out, we must see it being put to paces around a track.

Official: 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

AMG GT 53 Front

AMG GT 53 FrontMore exciting reveals came about in Geneva this week with Mercedes revealing their 4-door coupe to the world. Initially thought to be rumors, the sexy AMG GT 2-door coupe now will come with extra doors, which is good. Customers usually stuck with a Maserati Quattroporte, a Porsche Panamera, or the Aston Martin Rapide can now rejoice! There are more options for the oligarch in trouble of deciding.

It will still feature the usual Mercedes Benz accoutrements, with nice leather seats, fully-integrated instrument cluster and center console, and a V6 or a V8 engine choice. The 53 has a supercharged inline-6 while the 63 has the delectable bi-turbo V8 engine with outputs of 429 hp and 577hp, respectively. Step your game up to the GT 63S and you’ll get 639hp. AMG GT 53 Interior

AMG GT 53 Interior

We here at are big fans of the AMG GT and while the SLS AMG was a pioneer in creating a Mercedes halo car, it was a bit outlandish with the gullwing doors. As we mentioned earlier, there were rumours that the original SLS AMG was going to become a four-door. There were even hilarious patent designs that perhaps, to troll the automotive community. Just look at it,

SLS AMG Four-Door Concept

SLS AMG Four-Door Concept

What could have been, right? Thankfully, they went with their senses and the AMG GT 63 and 63S will be a heavily awaited release for the MY2019.

Rimac Concept Two Reveal

Concept Two Interior

Concept Two Interior

Another reveal in Geneva Motor Show is the updated iteration of Rimac’s ‘Tesla-Slayer’, called the Concept Two. Still powered by four electric motors per wheel, it will make 1,888 horsepower and 1,696 lb/ft of torque. It almost has a 1:1 ratio of torque to horsepower, which is a tall feat to achieve. Just ask the Koenigsegg team with their 1:one concept.

With a full-electric setup, the Concept Two can provide 404 miles of driving range, through their 120-kWh battery pack. This sports coupe can reach 0-60mph in 1.85 seconds. That’s right; less than 2(!) seconds. That’s absurd and very promising for what the future holds for automobiles!

The neat part is that there are multiple gearboxes controlling the four electric motors to keep all four wheels producing power at the helm. That’s next-level technology, for you. On top of that, it has an active rear wing, which is also the air brake. Gullwing Door of the Rimac Concept Two

Gullwing Door of the Rimac Concept TwoThis is a new car, with no parts shared from the Concept One and they’re out to be the best electric car company around.

The Rimac still looks dashing, both inside and out and has active aerodynamics to keep most of us planted. Rimac is slated to produce limited examples of the Concept Two, so if something caught your eye, better put your deposit down: it’s expected to cost over $1 million.

Chiron Sport: Carbon Fiber Windshield Wipers

Quad exhaust ports, unique to the Chiron Sport.

Quad exhaust ports, unique to the Chiron Sport. Expensive wipersExpensive wipers

With a price tag over $3 million, a special edition of Bugatti Chiron debuted during the Geneva Motor Show. Meant to keep your motor juices flowing, the iconic W16 quad-turbo engine is still running the show. It’s also sports ’16’ on the front grille just in case you forgot.

Chiron W16 quad-turbo engine

Chiron W16 quad-turbo engine

It’s the track-focused version of the Chiron (as if that wasn’t nutters already), with stiffer suspension, torque vectoring, and carbon fiber windshield wipers.

This is probably something we can’t buy at your local NAPA Auto Parts but we digress. It also went into a 40 lb. diet and quad exhaust to differentiate yourself from the no-other-person that owns the Chiron in your neighborhood. The track upgrade does not compromise the GT characteristics it’s known for, as it’s still great to cruise cross-country or through an apex.

You can’t go wrong nor hate the Chiron. It’s an automotive feat to produce over 1,000 horsepower and have it available to the public. The Sport just cranks up the exclusivity just a little bit more, and the red-black motif is delicious.

Official: 2019 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

Bologna is coming out with something crazier for 2019!

Revealed during the Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has created a brutal, hard-core version of the Huracán, just with the ability to feel the air slice through your hair. Well, you might as well be, since this is a roof-less version called the Huracán Performante Spyder.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

While we gaze upon the beauty that is a convertible Lamborghini, let’s look at some cool tech involved with this:

  • Active aerodynamics called ‘Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva’, which shapes the air in favor of the car for drag reduction and increased downforce
  • Still has a naturally aspirated V10 engine from the Performante hardtop, producing 640 horsepower and a dual-clutch transmission
  • Has carbon fiber goodies everywhere, to reduce weight in comparison to the regular Spyder version (77 lbs. lighter)
  • Still expensive at $308,859 plus taxes

While the crew here at Supercars.Net are looking forward to this new release, we’ll just live vicariously through others. For now, let’s enjoy what Lamborghini is offering to their clientele.