Archive | December, 2008

More Ruf Sex (MILF Status)

25 Dec

A previous example of a RUF 911.  This one is a 1989 model, twin turbo 3.36 liter flat 6, 469 hp/407 ft lbs of torque.  A Milf I’d love to take for a spin!

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RUF Sex

25 Dec

The latest creation from RUF Autocentre Germany.  Amazing machine!  This is not “just” some modded 911/Cayman/Boxster project.  This is it’s own machine, with unique carbon-kevlar chassis and aero that is inspired by Porsche’s current styling trends.  Even has some CGT lines in it too.   Weighing in the low 3000 lbs range, it has a twin turbo, fully OBD2 compliant engine, that makes 700 hp and 656 ft/lbs of torque.  Wee!!!!!  Full sequential 6 speed gearbox and rear wheel drive means this is not for the faint of heart.  Neither is the price, but that’s what you come to expect from Ruf – yours for around $530,000.

I’m a total magazine whore – ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you.  I’ve got thousands of car magazines between home and the shop…it’s a bit insane!  I picked up the latest issue of 911&Porsche World yesterday for some long weekend reading (also got a few other Porsche mag’s too!), and they did a roadtest of a very tasty matte grey example.   Now, I’m not into the whole matte paint thing (too much of a fad), but I wouldn’t kick this lady out of bed for eating crackers!

This is the stuff dreams are made of,  and represents the pinnacle of our hobby.  This is true design and  engineering.  All the aggressiveness of a project car, with the civil nature, fit, finish and awesome fabrication of an OEM supplier.  These are the types of cars that inspire me and my own projects.

Take a look – it’s in German, but it’s still worth watching!

Clean R35 GTR

24 Dec

I saw these pictures of this R35 GTR taken by AutoMotion Photography and I thought they came out really nice. Enjoy…

Rare Stuff Part 3

21 Dec

Holy sh*t factor in full effect for this one!  A genuine Ferrari F40 LM Edition.  Ferrari built exactly 19 of these…ever!  Of those 19, only 2 were made to the specs of this particular one.  These were made as a joint venture between the Maranello factory and Charles Pozzi SA, a Ferrari importer in France at the famous Michelotto Center, that had previously been responsible for several well known, competition level Ferrari’s.  This particular model was raced in the US in 1990 by several well known drivers of the day, and had a few podium finishes as well. 

Features include:  titanium connecting rods and 9:1 compression ratio pistons giving its twin turbocharged, intercooled engine a breathtaking 850 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. That translates into a top speed of 367 km per hour (228 mph).   Yours for only P.O.R.  P.O.R. is an achronym for the famous saying, “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it”!

This is the stuff I absolutely love – the truly rare vehicles.    My office at home (hell, my home in general!) is filled with posters, pictures, and memorabilia of cars and races that get me excited.  Stuff like the above F40 LM is what made me fall in love with cars when I was a toddler, and why I love the hobby today, and will love it till the day I die.   What’s more, I find it interesting,  how ahead of it’s time a car like this was.  If you posted a car today on any popular message board with titanium connecting rods, full carbon body, and 850 hp at 7500 rpm  , you would find guys oohing and ahhing for weeks.  Here we have a car that did it 19 years ago.  Not only that, but it still looks fresh, unique, and special today.  Sure, I understand that the cars we’re playing around with today didn’t start life as quarter million dollar dream machines, nor do we have hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars available to mod them, but so what.  The forsight, dedication, and intelligence that it took to produce this machine then, is the same that drives us today.   I can’t help but think that the minds who conceived, built, and raced a car like the ones I posted today, are exactly like you and I.  They have a true passion for cars, that runs deep.  These are guys who built it because they could, and because deep down inside, they wanted the challenge.  They didn’t build it to brag to their friends about it – they built it because that is what they were put on the earth to do.  From the ownership perspective, I suspect alot of those who can afford to consider a car like these also has alot in common with those who read this blog.  They want to own something that transcends just being a car.  To them, and me, and hopefully to you,  something like this F40 LM is truly a work of art.  The man hours that went into R&D, production and assembly of the parts that make these even more special than a “standard” F40 is mind blowing to me.  That’s what attracted me to the car hobby all those years ago, and what continues to inspire me today.  I look at a car like this, and however briefly sad I might be that I can’t afford even one of the carbon body panels,  the anticipation and and inspiration to spend the winter months with my own projects, making them as good as my talent and wallet will allow is undeniable.

Hopefully you’re like me, and seeing cars like this one, or the Porsche’s and Ferrari’s I posted yesterday and today, is an inspiration to jump in the water with both feet.  Don’t spend the dreary winter wishing you could make your dream car happen – make it happen!

Rare Stuff Part 2

21 Dec

Next up is another Porsche, this one a bit more attainable (and one of my personal favorites of all time).  This clean 996 GT3 RS was never officially sold in the US.  Featured a naturally aspirated version of the famous 962 and GT1 cars.  While this is a street car, designed for track days and such, the racing versions dominated at LeMans, and throughout the FIA GT3 class during the years it raced.  Quite a pedigree!  Yours for a cool $100,000US.

I have a bunch of cool videos saved on my computer with 996 GT3 RS’s racing at various tracks.  If you guys are interested, let me know and I’ll post them!

Rare Stuff Part 1

21 Dec

Just searching around the net on a lazy Sunday and came across some amazingly rare cars for sale.  Some might view it as a sign of the times, when stuff this cool is up for sale.  Others look at it as opportunity.  Just another few examples of cool cars we can’t afford!

First is the 911 (993) GT2 Clubsport.  Talk about rare!  1 of 7 cars that Porsche produced only for Porsche’s best customers.  This particular one has been upgraded to full Race spec (600 hp).   Asking price?  $316,000US.

What Recession?

20 Dec

Every year, there is a big auction in Gstaad, Switerland that always features some amazing cars.  Just a few examples being auctioned off today:

Auction items range from simple memorabilia, to insanely rare (and expensive) automobiles.  I’ll try to find out what some of these cars changed hands for over the next couple of days.  Some in particular, such as the silver 212 Syder and the Ex Works red 121LM (driven by Phil Hill, Eugenio Castellotti, Umberto Maglioli, Carroll Shelby) are expected to sell several million a piece!

Knowing your Relatives

20 Dec

 I love the historic aspect of the car hobby, and lately, I’ve been digging hard on the 60’s era sports cars.  Like the Alfa we featured here a few weeks back, this time just had so much style to it.  And the lines are evoked in many of today’s sports and racing cars.

Enter the R380.  This car was developed by the Prince Motor Company for racing back in the early 60’s, after the Skyline models had failed to beat Porsche at certain key events.   Development continued on this new mid engine design chassis,  and debuted in 1965, winning several top speed endurance records.   Nissan Merged with the Prince Motor Company in 1966, and development work continued on the R380 to ready it for competition.  Later that year,  the cars made their motorsports debut at the Grand Prix of Japan, and took first and second place.  Eventually the cars were fitted with a variety of engines, including US based V8’s (Chevy 5.5 liter), all the way up to a racing version of Price/Nissan’s own 6 liter V12.nissan3801

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I just love the classic lines this car has.  It was obviously made, in many ways, to mimic Porsche’s 904, and it has that classic GT based shape.  Nissan restored the 380RS in the mid 90’s.  I can’t help but think that when Nissan set out the make the last “special” Z33, that the choice to go with a 3.8 liter engine, and designate the car the 380RS, was more than a coincidence.  Looks a bit like Speed Racer’s Mach V too, don’t you think?

If anyone has any additional pictures/videos of this car in action, send ’em my way!

Found this video as well of the car – too short, but very cool.  Sounds amazing!

Some Clean Cars…

15 Dec

I thought I would share some pictures of some clean cars that attended the ClubLexus Christmas Meet recently. These are some of my favorites:

ClubLexus Chistmas Meet Pictures

Magnesium Blue Kouki Headlights

14 Dec

So I finally made the switch. Got myself a new set of Bi- Xenons and had my boy Caesar over at www.lightwerkz.net do his magic on these.

The lights gotta match the rimzzzz.

Greentec Kumho IS350

14 Dec

That’s One Badass Snowplow

11 Dec

One of our customers sent us this pic today.  Based on the weather, would you believe this was New Orleans!!  Tony, keep the shiny side up !

350Z Snowplow

350Z Snowplow

Hotchkis Swaybar Set Evo X!!!

11 Dec
Hotchkis Swaybar Set Evo X 22440

Hotchkis Swaybar Set Evo X 22440

Arriving here first week of January  – Click the picture to place your preorder and reserve a set!

Features:
• Lightweight, Durable 1 1/4” (32mm) Tubular Front Bar 2 Way Adjustable, +50%, 70%
• Lightweight, Durable 1 1/4” (32mm) Tubular Rear Bar 3 Way Adjustable +155%, 195%, 245%
• Premium mounting hardware including, greasable polyurethane bushings and heavy duty brackets.
• Finished in durable anthracite powder coat.
Benefits:
• Brings handling excitement to your Evo X
• Dramatically improves steering and chassis response
• Increases stability, improves traction, reduces body roll by increasing front/rear roll stiffness
• Easy bolt-on installation.
Description:
Enhance the cornering performance of your EVO X with a set of Hotchkis Sport Suspension sport sway bars. Our sport sway bar package increases front/rear roll stiffness giving the car crisp, quick turn-in response and balanced handling. As delivered the EVO X has slight under steer and limited roll control. Sport sway bars give the driver the ability to rotate the car on corner entry and steer with the throttle when necessary. The dreaded under steer is eliminated and the handling becomes comfortably neutral with added traction during cornering. Hotchkis Sport Suspension sway bars feature a durable powder coat finish, greasable bushings, and brackets.

 

 

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Hotchkis Swaybar Set for Infiniti G37 – Preorder Sale!! With Video!

11 Dec

Just got word last night that we are receiving our first batch of Hotchkis swaybars for the G37 the first week of January

Click the picture to place your order, we have a limited # arriving!

Hotchkis Swaybar Set for Infiniti G37 22441

Hotchkis Swaybar Set for Infiniti G37 22441

So to kick it off, since I know alot of people have been waiting for these, we’re doing an introductory buy!!

Specs:

Front: Lightweight, Durable 1 3/8 inch (35mm) Tubular Front Bar, +230% Stiffer than stock.

Rear: Lightweight, Durable 1inch (25.4mm) Tubular Rear Bar 3 Way Adjustable +60%, 100%, 160%

Premium mounting hardware including, greasable polyurethane bushings and heavy duty brackets.

Finished in durable anthracite powder coat.

Brings handling excitement to your G37

Dramatically improves steering and chassis response

Increases stability, improves traction, reduces body roll by increasing front/rear roll stiffness

Easy bolt-on installation.

Description:

Enhance the cornering performance of your G37 with a set of Hotchkis Sport Suspension sport sway bars. Our sport sway bar package increases front/rear roll stiffness giving the car crisp, quick turn-in response and balanced handling. As delivered the G37 has slight under steer and limited roll control. Sport sway bars give the driver the ability to rotate the car on corner entry and steer with the throttle when necessary. The dreaded under steer is eliminated and the handling becomes comfortably neutral with added traction during cornering. Hotchkis Sport Suspension sway bars feature a durable powder coat finish, greasable bushings, and brackets.

Click here for a video demonstrating stock vs Hotchkis!

http://videos.streetfire.net/video/Infiniti-G37-Sway-Bars-Vs_204490.htm?ref=RECENTVIDEOS

Tomei/UNT Racing Z33 Super Taikyu

9 Dec

One of the several Z33’s that ran in the 2008 Super Taikyu season, ST3 class.  This car sports a full INGS Aero kit (love it!) and built and maintained by Tomei Sports.