We’re getting into the final rounds now, so it’s getting a bit more difficult to find vehicles made in smaller countries. I’ll keep hunting down the obscure but fast (relatively speaking), so keep checking back for updates on the days matches.
Netherlands vs. Slovakia
Not wanting to fix something not broken, the Netherlands again rolls out a Spyker C12 Zagato. Putting out some 500 horsepower from an Audi built W12 motor, the funky-but-fast Spyker hits sixty from a stand still in 3.7 seconds and tops out at just under 200 miles per hour. It’s big for a supercar and focused more on passenger comfort than hot lapping a racetrack, but let’s be clear: the Spyker C12 Zagato is still wicked fast.
Slovakia rolls out their “A” game for today’s match, choosing to field a Bratislava, Slovakia assembled Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The Cayenne Turbo S sports a 550 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 motor, all wheel drive and carbon ceramic brakes. Although the motor has enough grunt to get the Turbo S to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, hot lapping a racetrack isn’t the Cayenne’s specialty.
Slovakia gets recognition for stepping up their game, but the Cayenne Turbo S is no match for the Spyker C12 Zagato. It’s victory for the Netherlands.
Brazil vs. Chile
After throwing a beat down on Portugal with the Lobini H1, Brazil decides to stick with its star player. The Lobini H1 looks like a cross between a Ferrari Enzo and a Suzuki X90, but with about 10% less ugly. It’s short wheelbase and relatively narrow stance adds to on-track driving excitement, but the mid engine, rear drive layout helps to improve balance. Using a turbocharged 1.8 liter inline four sourced from Audi, the H1 puts out 180 horsepower and can hit 60 in a tick under six seconds.
Although Chile no longer manufactures cars in country, they did produce a Chevrolet badged Isuzu pickup until 2008, which is what Chile will field against Brazil. Called the D-Max by both Isuzu and Chevrolet, the truck was really a de-contented Chevrolet Colorado. Equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 motor good for 211 horsepower, acceleration will be adequate but not exactly brisk.
The match goes to Brazil, as Chile never had a chance fielding an aging pickup truck against a hand built sports car.
Tomorrow’s matches are Paraguay vs. Japan and Spain vs. Portugal. Check back as I dig deep to bring you some of the more obscure vehicle offerings you’re likely to find on the internet.