Today’s matches once again pit some some automotive giants against automotive underdogs. That’s really what the World Cup is about, though, because victory doesn’t always go to the country with the strongest economy. Enjoy today’s matches and tune in tomorrow for the next round.
Paraguay vs. New Zealand
Paraguay fields a sense of optimism about their role in South America’s economy, but sadly does not field an automobile for the RideLust World Cup
New Zealand fields an Almac Clubsprint XL, which is essentially a fiberglass-bodied Lotus Seven copy, built using second generation Mazda MX-5 mechanicals. With a curb weight of around 1,500 pounds, the Clubsprint is as fast as your budget allows. The car fielded uses a Flyin’ Miata II Hydra turbo system on its 1.8 liter inline four, so it’s producing around 265 horsepower. The Almac Clubsprint may not win any beauty contests, but it’s wicked fast and handles like a go-kart.
By forfeit, the match is awarded to New Zealand.
Slovakia vs. Italy
Slovakia fields a tattered TAZ 1500 van, built sometime in the early 1990s. With a top speed of 61 miles per hour, it won’t be much of a challenger to the best Italy has to offer. The TAZ 1500’s best offense is its defense: thick clouds of oil smoke and a driver with nothing to lose may make it difficult to pass on the track.
Italy, as expected, fields a Ferrari. Not content with “good enough”, Maranello sends a Ferrari 599 GTO. With a 661 horsepower V12 under the hood, the 599 GTO is the fastest Ferrari road car ever built. It shamed the Ferrari Enzo when it lapped the Fiorano test track a full second faster than the Enzo. It will hit sixty miles per hour from a standstill in just over 3 seconds, and has a top speed around 210 miles per hour.
Though nearly disqualified for fielding an illegal car (the 599 GTO has not yet begun shipping to customers), victory was awarded to Italy by the referee, last seen stuffing large amounts of Euros into his pockets.
Cameroon vs. Netherlands
Cameroon fields nothing, since the have no automobile manufacturing in country. Cameroon Motors Industries was kind enough to provide jerseys, but jerseys don’t stand a chance of beating the entry from the Netherlands.
The Netherlands fields a Spyker C12 Zagato, powered by an Audi 6.0 liter W12 engine cranking out 500 horsepower. The 3,256 pound car can hit 60 miles per hour in around 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 195 miles per hour. More of a GT car than a true sports car or track animal, the Spyker is a great choice for investment fund managers who don’t want to blend in at their country club.
By forfeit, the match goes to the Netherlands. The squad from Cameroon, however, doesn’t go away empty-handed, receiving an impromptu award for “best dressed”.
Denmark vs. Japan
Denmark fields the extremely low volume, high dollar Zenvo ST1. Hand built in Denmark, using primarily American and German components, the Zenvo ST1 carries a $1 million price tag. For your coin, however, you get a 7 liter V8, force fed through both a supercharger and a turbocharger, that produces 1,104 horsepower. Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber, the ST1 has a low weight of just over 3,000 pounds. As you’d expect, zero to sixty times are remarkable, occurring in just under 3.0 seconds. Top speed, while not specified, should be in the area of 200 mph.
As expected, Japan fields Godzilla, a Nissan GT-R Spec V. Powered by the same twin-turbo 3.8 liter V6 as the base GT-R, the Spec V puts out the same horsepower (485) but slightly more torque thanks to increased boost pressure. The Spec V sheds some 132 pounds compared to a standard GT-R, which gives it a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and a skidpad rating of 1.12 g (better than a Corvette ZR1).
In the first real dogfight we’ve seen today, victory goes to Japan. The Zenvo proved to be blisteringly fast in the straights, but nearly uncontrollable in the corners. The GT-R Spec V on the other hand, traded straight line speed for superior cornering ability. Despite a power deficit of over 600 horsepower, Godzilla racked up yet another victory.
Tomorrow’s match ups include North Korea vs. Cote d’Ivoire, Portugal vs. Brazil, Chile vs. Spain and Switzerland vs. Honduras. Check back for your daily RideLust World Cup coverage.