Bright yellow has always looked good on RUF Porsches. This 996 R Turbo is no exception, and no one was expecting it when it pulled up at the Bergen Cars and Coffee last month. Enjoy the photos of this magnetic little number. Continue reading RUF R Turbo at Bergen Cars and Coffee
The Ford Focus RS is the hottest $40,000 car around right now. A new addition to the rally car segment in the US, it takes on the STI, the Golf R, and the echoes of Evos past. All things stock, the Focus RS seems to have them all beat, outgunning them by around 40 or 50hp, but what happens when aftermarket mods and tuning come into play?
The simple fact is the Focus RS’s stock turbo is out of breath around 380-400 crank horsepower on pump gas. Ford doesn’t use way oversized turbos in their cars, and as a result its basic tuning potential may seem a little lacking compared to, say, the Golf R or the Evo.
Having said that, fear not, because peak horsepower numbers are only a small portion of the story, especially for a street-driven car. So let’s have a look…
My girlfriend, Gab, and I celebrated our second anniversary as a couple on New Years Eve, and, of course we got each other special anniversary presents. I got her a fancy new French wallet, and she got me a cold air intake for my Miata, Ace. New Years day was nice and warm here in the Northeastern USA, so I decided to install the intake so I could enjoy it in the unusually nice winter weather.
This was a very cleanly modded Lamborghini Huracan at the Festivals of Speed at Amelia Island. I’m not usually one for silver on a Lamborghini because it’s a rather dull color choice, but the blue accents on its wheels added a nice pop to its look.
This is the second insane RUF I’ve seen for the first time this year. I caught a CTR3 at Greenwich, and then I found this RT12 S at Radnor Hunt.
The RUF RT12 S is based on the Porsche 997, but has been modified enough to be considered a new, non-Porsche car. It was available with a variety of options including various engine configurations, gearing, and a choice of RWD or AWD. Maximum power available was 685hp, and with the right gearing it’s capable of a staggering 225 mph.
We saw this thing accelerate hard as it left the show, and it was definitely tuned a bit rich because black smoke came out the tailpipes under full throttle. It’s a monster.
Enjoy the photos!
Matt Farah shows us this crazy custom Porsche.
It’s small, it’s light, and that makes the Mazda2 a good platform to build on. Can it be genuinely good, though? Matt Farah, of The Smoking Tire finds out.
Rauh-Welt Begriff, it sounds like something German, but it’s actually the passionate work of a Japanese man named Akira Nakai. He’s built hundreds of these jaw-dropping Porsches, each of them by eye and by hand. They’re all unique.
This green RWB 993 was built by Akira Nakai here, in the Philadelphia area. His client, a young man who worked hard to save up to make his dream a reality, actually had him fly over from Japan and spend a few weeks building the car right in his family’s garage. The whole incredible build was documented in the short film below.
This is only the second RWB Porsche I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person, and it absolutely stole the show for me at First Class Fitment this year. It is an incredible work of automotive art. It’s Thanksgiving day here, in the USA, and today I’m thankful for people like Akira Nakai, who use their deep passion to create such magnificent things.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Eat, drink, and be merry, but first check out the rest of this gallery, and be sure to watch the video.
This very red Lamborghini Huracan was one of the stars of the show at First Class Fitment this year. It was a bit slammed, and a little stanced, but just the right amount of each. The Huracan, in general, looks like a spaceship, but the mods on this one made it look even more out of this world.
I caught it on the road as it was leaving the show, as well. If it was cool in the show, surrounded by other amazing cars, out in traffic, surrounded by normal cars, it looked absolutely unreal.
Today we begin with this impeccably modified Acura NSX with tons of horsepower and over 230,000 miles.
How’s this for an insane Mk4? It’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill R32 with bolt-on mods.
This is Flyin Miata’s full LS3 V8 package for the ND Mazda Miata. It costs around $75,000 total, but you get 520hp in a happy car the size of a thimble. Matt Farah, of The Smoking Tire, got to take it for a spin.
Seems like a total riot!