When it comes to the Mazda RX-7, the final generation is the one I seem to gravitate to. I can’t explain why. Perhaps its the “forbidden fruit” aspect of it, since they are not often seen out in the wild. Or, perhaps its the fact that it seems to be right no matter if it still packs its original twin-turbo Wankel powerplant, or some sort of Chevrolet LS engine. Both engines fit this car’s styling almost too well. This one seems to pack an LS1 out of a Corvette and the swap is as clean as they come. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Mazda FD RX-7 with a dirty little secret at the CF Charities Supercar Show
This is the new Spyker C8 Preliator Spyder, and I think it is a breath of fresh air in the supercar world. At a time when Ferraris and Lamborghinis seem more and more mass market, here is a genuinely unique supercar that takes a different, more classic, and ultra “special” approach.
Today the mainstream carmakers are obsessed with the orgy of technology, which has many upsides for performance, but nobody is stopping to ask if it really serves the purpose of a super sports car well. Too many cars are being built for lap times and bragging rights, and wind up compromising on a truly engaging driving experience. Speed is great and all, but on my weekends, I don’t have any interest in hopping in a car that does most of the driving for me.
The C8 Preliator brings the formula back to what I consider the epitome of the modern supercar. I see it as carrying on the torch of the Pagani Zonda, the Porsche Carrera GT, and the Ford GT, a truly analog supercar experience, with a beautifully exposed gear lever and a proper 3 pedals.
Though not fitted in the prototype you see here, power will come from a very special Koenigsegg 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 making 600hp. That pushing a car weighing right around the 3,000lb mark (around 200lbs less than a 488), should be quite exciting.
Furthermore, the C8 Preliator Spyder oozes handcrafted fine details. It has a substantial sense of occasion when you’re near it that I don’t think an Aventador or even a LaFerrari can match. The Spyker is a genuine work of art, on a level that can be mentioned with the likes of Pagani and Koenigsegg. As an object you’ll be paying at least $450,000 for, I think this is surely one of the most “special” supercars out there.
This is really my kind of car. Sure, there are way faster cars out there, but this has an incredible balance of power and lightness. You don’t need 1,000hp when the car doesn’t weigh well over 2 tons (cough, Bugatti, cough), and the performance 600hp can provide remain more than insane on the street. Mix that with the pure analogue driving experience, top down thrills, incredible detail work, and a limited production of just 100 units, and you have the ideal recipe for a super sports car as far as I’m concerned.
Enjoy the photos, and be sure to drink in all those fine details!
We attended the CF Charities Supercar Show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia this weekend. This was the first year for the event in Philly, and we liked the new venue a lot. There were some truly incredible cars, and there’s a lot more to come, but here are some highlights for starters.
I’ve been saying 996 hate is largely unfounded for years. My dad bought a 1999 Carrera back in 2007, and here we are 10 years later, over 100,000 miles on it, and it’s still great. He did the IMS bearing when he did the clutch within a year of buying the car, and he hasn’t had to do anything but basic maintenance since.
It’s a phenomenal car to drive as well, a real pure 911 experience. 300hp, 2,900lbs, a crisp six speed manual, sharp steering, and rear wheel drive with a limited slip differential, what’s not to love about that? If you’re a hater you either haven’t driven a 996, or you’re a car snob with far more access to fine cars than the average person could ever hope for. Sure, if you’re accustomed to driving a 997 GT3 RS all the time, then a 996 Carrera is a few steps backward. But for most drivers the basic 996s are a phenomenal sports car experience, and I think they should be recognized as such.
Call me biased, but I think the Miata is a way better car than the Toyota 86.
Let’s see if Motor Trend agrees…
I’m a big fan of the new Lexus LC 500, but we all need to remember that it’s not a high performance F model, at least not yet. This is the best review I’ve seen yet.
Also, it weighs a hell of a lot more than I expected, almost 4,400 lbs. I hope they find a way to take some weight out when they do make the F version.
Singer 911s are truly works of art on 4 wheels. Based on the the classic recipe of the greatest sports car on Earth, Singer Vehicle Design brings an incredible level of bespoke craftsmanship to the classic 911 package. Driving wise, their cars are built to be the greatest hits album of the air-cooled 911, with modern bits where it really counts, like in the suspension or the carbon fiber bodywork.
These 911s are as special as cars come, with Pagani levels of detail, but the classic 911 experience. They are the ultimate version of a classic driver’s car, made brand new for those with a few hundred grand to burn for the pleasure.
Enjoy the gallery!
When you’re a performance driving enthusiast, you may find yourself at odds with law enforcement from time to time. As long as there have been speed limits, and cars that are capable of exceeding them, this cat and mouse game has been played between the cops and joyriders. You could say it is an integral part of our way of life.
The way I see it, getting a speeding ticket every so often is just a cost of doing business if you want to drive fast on the road. It is totally impossible to enjoy a sports car within the posted speed limit, so you either have to bend the rules a bit, keep your fast driving 100% to the occasional track day, or give up and find a new hobby. I’m far to passionate about cars to just give up the lifestyle, and unfortunately my ass isn’t tightly wound enough to keep things only to the race track, so yes, I speed on the road, and I accept the risks of doing so.
I think the key to having fast fun out on the road and staying both safe and ticket-free is picking the time and place you speed wisely. Don’t be hooning around in towns, don’t fly past an obvious police hiding spot, and most importantly, don’t put other people at risk. There are plenty of opportunities to go as fast as you want, when the conditions are right and the road is open, so there’s no need to force the issue when it isn’t.
That approach alone will save you from most tickets, but there are those random, out of nowhere, cases where you are surprised by the police at a very inopportune moment. To help guard, you need equipment to detect the police on the prowl where you cannot see.
Enter K40 Electronics, and their world class line of police detection equipment. They sent me their portable RLS2 Radar Detector, and I’ve been using it every day for the last few months, sometimes on spirited drives, but mostly going to and from work. So far it has had me covered in both.