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Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT

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On: Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:47AM | By: Chris Weiss

Vaporware or VeyronCrusher: New Renderings of the 2000-HP TranStar Dagger GT

Call me a cynic, but I'm not quite sold on the idea of a 2,000-hp supercar from a small company that I've never heard of. Especially seeing as how it exists only in renderings at the moment. But the TranStar Dagger GT is an American-developed supercar that could one day capture the world speed record. We'll believe that when [if] we see it, but at the moment, the company has offered up some new renderings of what a 2,000-hp American roadster will look like. And so far, the company's claiming that it will be available next year.

Announced this summer, the Dagger GT is being developed by a who's who of automotive geniuses that includes Tom Nelson of Nelson Engines, Phil Frank, designer behind the Saleen S7, and a deep team of former NASA engineers, world speed record consultants, and PhDs. If anyone can build what TranStar is claiming, this seems like the team to do it.

Problem is, we're not that sure that anyone can build it. Not in 2010/11 anyway. The car aims to capture pretty much every testosterone-fueled record in the books, starting with its monstrous engine. While cars like the Bugatti Veyron SS and SSC Aero TT II are limited to 1,200 hp/1350 hp, the Dagger GT will blow those power figures out of the water with 9.4-liter V8 worth 2,000 horses. It will also offer plenty of twist, boasting around 2,000 lb-ft. If that's not enough, TranStar has even mentioned a 2,500-hp model. That's right: more than double the output of a $2-million Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

We get even more skeptical when it comes to the performance claims. TranStar doesn't aim to take the world speed record; it aims to completely obliterate the competition. It's pushing for the 300 mark—some 32 mph faster than the current world record set just this past July. TranStar has fudged the numbers calculated top speed out to 314 mph.

Of course, the Dagger GT's speed won't be limited to just all-out top-end; Transtar claims a 0-to-60 mph capabilities of a face-melting 1.5 seconds. And the car won't just be fast in a straight line, either; it will also be gunning for the world record at Nurburgring.

See why we're a little skeptical. One step at a time, there, TranStar.

The new renderings show a little evolution from the first set that we saw in the summer, so it's clear that TranStar is working to make this car a reality. What isn't clear is if it ever will be. Or, more importantly, if it will ever come through on all—or any—of its performance promise.

So far, the company is claiming it plans to get 5 models out next year at a price of $450,000 a piece. And to that we say: even the price seems unbelievable; show us the production car.

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