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What Lurks Beneath, Corolla Destroys Strip [Video]

On: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 2:11PM | By: Chris Salamone

Corolla Sleeper test 2

Pop quiz, what is the single most unlikely car to make an athletic showing on your local drag strip? Aside from a Smart, the third generation Toyota Corolla is probably the next worst option. But not in Australia, the land of recent Frankenstein-like mechanical recreations, this particular Corolla laid waste to the expectations of challengers and onlookers.

Such is the Tao of a true sleeper.

From the outside, the vehicle looks like an off white, straight from the dealership, people hauler which offers no indication of the devious threat lurking within. Upon further inspection, however, viewers might pick up subtle cues of hidden glory – small slicks appear menacingly cute on the vehicle’s rear wheels and few could miss the open hostility of a whining turbo.

To see the Corolla’s full aspect, one must venture further, beneath the confines of the vehicle’s outer shell.

Video: This Is What It's Like To Ski In A Ferrari

On: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 3:32PM | By: Chris Weiss

Video: This Is What It's Like To Ski In A Ferrari test 2

Ferrari has been nothing short of emphatic in showing off the all-wheel-drive capabilities of the new FF grand tourer. It's filmed it in every type of slick terrain possible, shown it off in the snowy mountains of Europe and used it as the vessel for a winter driving course here in the U.S. Ferrari's latest FF showcase includes two of its racing drivers, ski slopes in Italy, and red and blue gates.

Last week at Madonna di Campiglio, Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa each got into a Ferrari FF and competed head to head on a slalom course. They used red and blue FFs that contrasted with their respective gate colors.

What followed wasn't exactly a hair-raising feat of automotive cliffhangery, but more of a slow, purposeful course completion that ended in a tie. Watching two pristine Ferraris drive down a slalom course in the shadows of the jagged Italian Dolomites is an experience in itself, however, so the lack of heart-pounding competitive excitement can be forgiven.

Family Fued: Tuned Lamborghini Gallardo Takes on Aventador

On: Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 11:42AM | By: Chris Weiss

Family Fued: Tuned Lamborghini Gallardo Takes on Aventador test 2

Few things in life sting the same way that getting beat up on by your little brother does. Problem for big brothers everywhere is that little brothers tend to have that extra competitive chip on their shoulder. And sometimes little brothers spend hours hitting the bench while big brothers spend those same hours eating Cheetos and playing Call of Duty.

Consider the below video the automotive version of that scenario. A 1,200-hp Lamborghini Gallardo tuned by Underground Racing takes on a stock Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Is it a devastating day for the Aventador? You'll have to read and watch to find out.

Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record test 2

There's no shortage of supercar marques with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in their sights. Bugatti's record had barely been made last summer before other potential contenders like SSC and Koenigsegg started waving their gauntlets around and hinting at an upcoming challenge. In a conversation with Jay Leno, John Hennessey, the mad man behind the 1,200-hp Lotus Exige known as the Venom GT, became the latest to publicly set a goal of beating the Veyron SS's 267.8 mph world record.


Bugatti vs. GT-R, When Worlds Collide [Video]

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 9:52AM | By: Chris Salamone

Bugatti Races GT-R test 2

Well, it’s not every day we see two industry titans battle head-to-head in a quarter mile, full throttle sprint to the finish. Just a few days ago, these seemingly unlikely competitors – considering their respective costs-to-purchase – met to do just that in the appropriately sophisticated city of Palm Beach, Florida at the Palm Beach International Raceway.

Supercar fans may not like the results, however. While the Bugatti Veyron put up an impressive post time, beating the GT-R, the gap between the two vehicles was hardly enough to justify their price disparity. For 2011, the Bugatti Veyron started with an MSRP over $2,000,000 and yet the Nissan GT-R hovers around a meager $90,000.

Did the Bugatti perform 20 times better than Nissan’s Godzilla? Ha! We might as well be asking if Godzilla flinched when Mothra went all ‘protective mother’ on the world to save her eggs.

Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss

Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH test 2

When Lamborghini launched the Aventador LP700-4, it listed the top speed of its new flagship at 217 mph. That's a solid top speed on its own, but some media testing reveals that the car is actually significantly faster. A German magazine recently pushed it to 230 mph.

Sport Auto tested the Arancia Argos-colored Aventador that we've become quite familiar with on the Hockenheimring track. As you can see clearly from the shot of the car's speedometer in the video below, the testers got the Aventador up well beyond 217 mph, all the way up to around 230 (370 km/h). The testers hit the mark very briefly but surely.

To be fair, they also said that a GPS-based speed check revealed top speed to be 354 km/h (just under 220 mph). That's still above the list speed, though.

Koenigsegg's Labor Day Record Gets Official (Video)

On: Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 12:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Koenigsegg's Labor Day Record Gets Official test 2

It may be difficult to remember in this time of burgeoning winter, but back when the warm, bright days of summer were just giving way to the crisp days of autumn, Swedish hypercar-maker Koenigsegg rattled the world record scene with six different world records. None of the records were quite as prominent as top speed or 0-to-60/62 mph, but they were all equally impressive to the supercar connoissuer.

It took a few months, but Guinness has officially certified one of the biggest records set by the new Agera R. More importantly, we now have some video footage of this hypercar making its dent in the books.

360-Degree Panorama of 462 Miles Per Hour

On: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

360-Degree Panorama of 462 Miles Per Hour test 1-1

The world's fastest combustion engine-powered vehicle recently took to the hard salt in Bonneville, Utah. It brought a few cameras along to show viewers what it's like to screech along at nearly 500 mph.

Many drivers know what it feels like to drive a car to around 100 mph. A considerably smaller pool has had the opportunity to step inside a supercar or race car on a track, maybe even push 200 mph.

New Holistic Racer Training Site SAFE Is Fast Is Serious, Star-Packed And FREE!

On: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:11AM | By: Andrew W Davis

SAFE Is Fast test 2

Now I was a high-performance-driving natural, earning seven straight Big Wheel Racing Championships in my neighborhood (and/or mind) before I turned pro at 11. Since then I’ve moved up the ranks to professional “production car test driver that sometimes does so on race tracks,” which—though short on trophies—is big on, well… seat-time, I suppose.

It took a long time—and many expensive driver training courses I mostly didn’t have to pay for—to get to my level of awesomeness. But let’s say you don’t have the “connections” it takes to bill someone else for your driver training, let alone the scratch it takes to pay your way into them the way you’re supposed to.

If only someone could package the combined knowledge of nearly every professional in auto racing—including drivers, team owners, car builders, receptionists, and anyone else nearby—regarding nearly every aspect of racing, into video clips that could be found at one slick website….

Countrymen, Lend Me Your Gears! (Video)

On: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 11:37AM | By: Chris Salamone

Mini Countryman X-raid test 2

Much has been said about Prodrive-enhanced Minis as the latest and greatest Mini modification. Step aside, Prodrive, X-raid has entered the arena. Sponsored by Monster, the German-based Baja racing team X-raid plans to enter five excruciatingly excellent Minis in a high-stakes South American desert rally race starting January 1, 2012 and concluding two weeks later across the continent.

In addition to five brightly-colored Minis, X-raid also intends to throw in three BMW X3s in the 2012 Dakar rally which spans from Mar del Plata, Argentina to Lima, Peru.

Ford Big-Block Hemi Engines

On: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 11:35AM | By: Peter C Sessler

Ford Big-Block Hemi Engines test 2

By the mid-1990s, Ford completely changed its engine lineup by finally introducing modern engines based on the Modular design. Whereas in the past, Ford would have one engine based on the 5.0 engine, by just boring and stroking, a larger engine would be available—this would be the 351 engine. Relatively cheap, it made for gas guzzling engines that weren’t too powerful either.

The name Modular was derived from being able to switch plant tooling so that different versions of the engine could be easily assembled. Modular engines are used in Ford and Lincoln cars. In trucks they are known as “Triton” while the InTech name was used in cars using the DOHC versions of the engine.