The Techno Classica 2013 is ongoing in Essen and we brought you the first set of photos from the show courtesy of Brabus. We also did a preview of what Bugatti is showing in the show and the latest from the show comes from Philipp Lohmann who did a photoshoot of several cars. They include the Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, Alfa Romeos, Porsche classic cars, Ferrari barrage of classics and its Italian counterpart Lamborghini with classics such as the Lamborghini Miura.
One particular car in this set attracts more attention, it’s the Porsche 911 GT1, a car built out of requirements for Porsche to join the GT1 racing class as part of homologation. As a result, 25 cars were built. The car featured parts from the 993 and 962 series of the 911 including the water cooled engine of the 962 series. The detuned flat six had a total of 537hp from the 592hp of the race version; it could do a 0-100 in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 308 km/h.
Techno Classica Essen is one of the most successful car shows in the world, for example, in 2011, it received a total of 1,200 exhibitors from 41 different nations and as a result, it had a total of 181,400 visitors.
Straight out of the factory, the 2013 Shelby GT500 is one of the fastest accelerating and most powerful American muscle cars currently on the market. After all, it’s massive V8 engine pumps out a Lamborghini Murcielago SV equally 662hp.
For some reason however, the team over at Lethal Performance were not completely content with the GT500’s stock performance capabilities and went about turning a base 2013 Shelby GT500 into the world’s fastest GT500.
This feat was achieved through the fitment of new camshafts and connecting rods, a tuned ECU, a new valvetrain, new oil coolers and most importantly, a 4-liter Whipple supercharger kit costing a cool $ 5,047.
The car was then fitted with a brand new performance exhaust system and fitted with a set of drag racing wheels. All of these upgrades combined to send the following 2013 Shelby GT500 through the quarter mile in just 9.3 seconds at 147mph.
Although Lethal Performance has yet to reveal power specifications for the car, we’d be surprised if this beast wasn’t pumping out at least 800hp!
Porsche says fuel consumption and emissions are central to its future engines but has ruled out fitting a four-cylinder engine to either its 911 supercar or Cayman and Boxster sports cars.
The company is still considering downsized turbocharged engines, though a senior member of Porsche’s engine development team says both the Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayman/Boxster twins will continue to be powered by a six-cylinder engine.
“We are just developing the future planning and it is not yet clear what we will do, but of course we have to reduce fuel consumption,” team leader of engine development Dr Martin Constien told CarAdvice at the international launch of the new Porsche Cayman.
“The requirements from the different governments in the US, also in Europe, and also have to fulfil emissions regulations.
“This is the main influence that gives us future strategies.
“[But a] Turbo four-cylinder is not for Cayman. Cayman will always be six-cylinder. And the turbo is on the six-cylinder only for the 911, the Turbo.”
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The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster launched this week at Miami’s Homestead Speedway this week with some sobering news – the supercar will be priced from US$ 795,000, plus taxes.
That’s a US$ 33,500 hike on the US$ 761,500-priced Lamborghini Aventador Coupe, which had its global launch in 2011.
Lamborghini is calling the flagship Aventador Roadster the most exclusive and exciting production model ever.
The daunting price tag confirms the Aventador’s exclusivity – as does the fact that, theoretically, only 2.5 Aventador Roadsters can be built each day.
That means Lamborghini’s total Aventador output (Coupe as well as Roadster) is just 4.5 cars per day.
Lamborghini has taken the wraps off its new Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 racer following a fresh commitment from the iconic Italian marque to a GT3 motorsport program for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
The new Gallardo GT3 FL2 was developed by Lamborghini’s R&D motorsport program. It will partner with German-based Reiter Engineering, with whom it has signed a minimum five-year agreement.
Based on the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo, the main focus of the GT3 FL2’s development is on endurance performance and includes features such as ’24-hour brakes’, improved engine cooling and reduced fuel consumption.
Other improvements include a more efficient aero kit, a new front splitter and a rear carbon diffuser based on that used on the Gallardo Super Trofeo. The power-to-weight ratio has also been enhanced with the GT3 FL2’s weight down by 25kg over the previous Gallardo GT3.
Low running cost was another focus of the car’s development, with the Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 FL2 claiming a benchmark €9 ($ 11.50)/km to €12 ($ 15.50)/km for parts rebuild costs. The GT3 FL2 is priced at €320,000 ($ 413,000) plus taxes.
Although Reiter Engineering has been developing its own Lamborghini GT cars since 2000 – securing countless victories and podiums in GT championships – this is the first time a GT3 contender has been developed with direct factory collaboration.
So, we all know that cars pretty much rule our world, but honestly, have your ever thought about who’s behind the powerful auto industry? Well, we did, and came up with a TOP 20 list of the most influential people in the auto industry. We decided not set a particular order, just a random one between the 20 names, so you can contribute and let us know what your order would be and who else you think could be on that list. A little heads up… we couldn’t add a girl to it, but names like Danica Patrick and Sabine Schmitz could well be in there… maybe in a Top 30 list!
To illustrate this list we’ve also created an HD Infographics with a resume of each of the TOP 20 guys out there. Check it out and find a more complete text version at the end.
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Top Gear — By Steven Roe on October 29, 2012 at 1:07 am — No Comments
The Top gear Live show was held this weekend 25-28th October 2012. This year the organisers have opted to not have the usual two shows, one which was held at London and has only chosen to only hold the one event in the United kingdom’s second city Birmingham.
The formula for the event is the same as in previous years. The three presenters Clarkson, Hammond and May taking to the stage to perform live in the arena. The track which hosts A-List stars driving the reasonably priced car and the general Exhibition.
For me the greatest part of the weekend was seeing the array of stunning models on display in the exhibition hall. This part hosts the legendary “cool wall” where people can move the cars across to board to state what they believe is cool and uncool. A replica studio and the chance for people to view a selection of BTCC cars. Including Rob Austin’s stunning Wix Racing Audi A4 and BTCC 2012 champion winner Gordon Shedden. His winning Honda Yuasa Racing team Honda Civic.
There was a selection of super cars on display including Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, Audi R8 GT Spyder, Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin Beechdale No.7 Blancpain race car, Porsche 911 GT3, Ford GT30, Ferrari Enzo and Mclaren 12C. There were a selection of new and old style Lamborghini cars and even a tractor.
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