Supercars

Jay Leno Previews The Zenvo ST-1

Posted in Cool Stuff, Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Supercars, Top of the Heap, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 24th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Zenvo ST-1. Image: Gaurang Patkar

If I had to name one of the most expensive and powerful supercars you’ve probably never heard of, I’d likely choose the Zenvo ST-1. Designed to be a supercar you can still drive every day, the ST-1 boasts an 1100 horsepower V-8 and a price tag of $1.8 million. If you want one, you’d better act quickly, since only three Zenvo ST-1 50S models will be brought into the United States.

Since you’re probably tired of football by now, and about to slip into a tryptophan induced-coma from eating too much Thanksgiving turkey, enjoy the video from Jay Leno’s Garage below. It’s as close as most of us will ever come to seeing a Zenvo ST-1. Read More…

Mosler Raptor GTR: 838 Horsepower, Leopard Skin, And Cleavage

Posted in Bizarre, Rants & Raves, Supercars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | November 18th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

The Mosler Raptor GTR packs 838-horsepower into its 2,580 pound frame, which gives it a horsepower-to-weight ratio some 36-percent better than a Bugatti Veyron. That’s enough to launch the Raptor from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, and we’re guessing the car will easily break the 200 mph barrier. If that’s not fast enough for you, Mosler will also build a 1,212 horsepower Raptor GTR, but only in a special “Abby Cubey Edition.” Read More…

The McLaren MP4-12C Versus The Nürburgring

Posted in McLaren, Supercars, Track Events, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 25th, 2011 | 1 Response |

If you have a car with any kind of sporting intentions, it’s essential that you test it on Germany’s “Green Hell,” the Nürburgring Nordschleife, to establish its credibility. In the past few months, Lexus, Dodge and Chevrolet have all thrown down impressive lap times around the ‘Ring, which gives a manufacturer much needed bragging rights, even if the time isn’t record-setting. Read More…

The History Of The Lexus LFA, In Six And A Half Minutes

Posted in Educational, Exotic Cars, Lexus, Supercars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | October 22nd, 2011 | 1 Response |

For the vast majority of us, the Lexus LFA is, was and always will be pure unobtanium. Love it or hate it, the $375,000 supercar is an example of what an automaker can do with a blank sheet of paper, an unlimited budget and an engineering staff that’s unwilling to compromise about any aspect of the program. Maybe because of it’s price or it’s rarity, it’s hard to get worked up about news relating to the LFA. It’s unlikely that Lexus will build a follow-up model, and most of us will never get a turn behind the wheel of one, so what’s the point? Read More…

Horatio Pagani Visits Jay Leno’s Garage, Brings A Huayra

Posted in Exotic Cars, Expensive Cars, Pagani, Supercars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 17th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The Pagani Huayra. Image: Pagani Automobiles

Just in case you’re not up to speed on Italian supercars, let me sum it up like this: there’s Pagani, and then there’s everything else. Their Zonda R (which isn’t road legal) set a Nürburgring lap time of 6:47.50, besting the Ferrari 599XX in the process. Even their Zonda F Clubsport street car can lap the ‘Ring in 7:24.44, making it faster than a Ferrari Enzo. Unlike other supercars, which are mostly built by large companies owned by larger corporations, Paganis are built by hand, with a disturbing amount of time spent sweating the details. Read More…

Audi R8: The Perfect Supercar?

Posted in Audi, European Rides, Rides, Supercars by MrAngry | June 22nd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Audi R8

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of participating in a host of different automotive events. From cross country races and rallies, to running side by side in open wheel cars, to climbing behind the wheel of vintage muscle cars for the simple reason of showing off. Cars are my life and next to my family and friends, they probably garner the majority of my attention. One of the perks of being in this business is the exposure we get to all sorts of high-dollar iron. From exotics to classics, we get to run the gamut when it comes to cars. Recently a few of my friends and I were having a conversation about what would make up the perfect super car. We spoke about power to weight ratio, horsepower and skid pad numbers and of course, 0-60 times and top speed. We talked about Porsche’s, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s but in the end settled on a car that takes its own road; the Audi R8.
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Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

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McLaren Stacks The First MP4-12C

Posted in Fast Cars, McLaren, Supercars by Kurt Ernst | May 26th, 2011 | 1 Response |

The McLaren MP4-12C. Image: McLaren Automotive

As the saying goes, it ain’t a party until something gets broken, and Mc Laren just kicked off the festivities. During a durability test run on Germany’s Nürburgring circuit, an MP4-12C prototype lost control and impacted a roadside barrier. According to reports, the car was damaged but repairable, and the unnamed test driver walked away without injury. It isn’t know if the crash was caused by track conditions, driver error or mechanical failure. Read More…

Gearing Up For Gumball 3000

Posted in Best of, Celebrity Cars, Cool Stuff, General, Other Rides, Pro Athlete Cars, Racing, Rides, Sports Cars, Supercars, Top of the Heap by Jennifer Nicole | March 22nd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

The Gumball 3000 is fast approaching and this years rally is going to be nothing short of epic. Starting in London with stops in Paris, Barcelona, Monaco, Venice, Belgrade, Sofia, and with the final stop in Istanbul, participants can expect full VIP treatment, a seat at the Monaco Grand Prix and the adventure of a lifetime. I had one of the most memorable experiences in 2009 when I joined the rally while it was taking place here in the United States from Santa Monica, CA to Miami, FL. This eight day, eight country, 3000 mile adventure is a mixture of pure adrenaline and one hundred percent exhaustion. It’s also something I would recommend to any car enthusiast to add to their bucket list.
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Pagani Huayra: Unpronounceable Goodness

Posted in Geneva Motor Show, Pagani, Supercars by Kurt Ernst | March 4th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Stunning car, unpronounceable name. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the name of Pagani’s latest supercar out of my mouth. Is it pronounced “Hoo-A-rah”, or is it more along the lines of “Hoy-ra”? I’m not even going to venture a guess, but I’ll say this: toss me the key and let me spend a day driving it, and I don’t care what you want me to call it. Pagani seems to understand that supercars should be designed and built with passion, and that sometimes subtle technology is better than in-your-face technology. From what I’ve seen, the Huayra’s interior is a work of art, befitting a car that costs as much as six McLaren MP4-12Cs. Enjoy videos of the car in action, and in the studio, below. Read More…