A custom Ford GT has managed to hit 283.232 mph (455.82 km/h) in a standing mile at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility runway. Created by Performance Power Racing, this heavily modified street-legal Ford GT features two turbos and various components made from “pandalloy”. This is an aerospace aluminum alloy developed in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney which is perfect for racing applications thanks to characteristics like reduced weight, high strength and temperature resistance. Pumping out 1,700 hp (1267 kW), this Ford GT has set the Guinness World Record for top speed in a street-legal car by reaching a Tag Heuer-measured 283.232 mph in 5,280 feet (1,609 meters).
Friday, November 2, 2012
ABT Sportsline is now offering an upgrade kit for the facelifted 2013 Audi Q5, including power boost for two diesel engines. In its standard configuration, the 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine produces 177 HP (130 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), while after ABT’s intervention it develops 205 HP (151 kW) and 309 lb-ft (420 Nm) of torque. They also worked on the 3.0-liter TDI which can pump out 282 HP (207 kW) and 464 lb-ft (630 Nm), up from the standard 245 HP (176 kW) and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm). Aside from the power hike, ABT is also offering a new exhaust system with two double pipes, as well as various wheel designs ranging from 20 to 22 inches. The tuner has updated the SUV’s front grille and installed fender extensions. Other modifications were performed on the door strip attachments, rear skirt set and rear wing. As a final touch, the Audi Q5 has been lowered by approximately 30mm after installing ABT’s suspension springs.
Hamann's McLaren MP4-12C based memoR has been given the art car treatment to make "grass-green Porsches, neon yellow Lamborghinis and even luminous red Ferraris" fade into the background. Described as "magnificent haute couture," the multi-colored model has an aerodynamic body kit that draws inspiration from the McLaren F1. It features a new front bumper with LED daytime running lights, a front splitter and a roof-mounted air intake. There's also revised side skirts, an extended diffuser, a prominent rear wing and 21-inch aluminum wheels. The styling kit is priced from €95,000 ($123,225) which sounds pretty expensive since it doesn't appear to include any performance upgrades. However, customers can order a bespoke interior with everything from Alcantara upholstery to wood trim.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Erftstadt-based tuner MR Car Design has developed a tuning program for the Mazda3 MPS. The standard version comes with a 2.3-liter turbo engine developing 260 hp (191 kW) and 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) of torque at 3,000 rpm, but after the tuner worked its software magic it now outputs 310 hp (231 kW). The 50 hp (37 kW) power increase is available for 699 euros. MR Car Design is also offering a downpipe with or without catalytic convertor, along with a cat-back exhaust system. A KW coilover suspension and Qxigin 14-inch alloys are part of the package, plus a Forge Intercooler including all turbo hoses.
Italian tuner Novitec has prepared an upgrade program for the latest Fiat Panda. A front spoiler attached to the production fascia is available for 184 euros, while the rear spoiler costs 150 euros. Stock wheels can be replaced by custom 7.5Jx17 N10 alloys available in matt-black or silver polished finish with 215/35 R17 tires. The entire set with tires costs 1,106 euros or you can get just the wheels for 159 euros each. The tuner provides a coilover suspension that lowers the Panda’s ride height between 30 and 80 millimeters. Also available are sport springs that lower the vehicle by 35 mm. A Novitec PowerJet 2 auxiliary control unit for the 2-cylinder TwinAir gasoline engine lifts output to 99 hp (73 kW), enabling the car to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 10.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 117 mph (188 km/h). This upgrade kit will set you back 419 euros. The tuner also offers a Powerrail 5 module for the 1.3 16V MultiJet turbodiesel engine, increasing power to 91 hp (67 kW), up from 75 hp (55 kW). As a result, 0-62 mph is done in 11.9 seconds (12.8s standard) and top speed of 110 mph (178 km/h). It’s available for 335 euros. For an additional 251 euros Novitec can fit the Panda with a sport rear muffler that has a one-round 90mm tailpipe on both sides.
JMS has released the first details about their upcoming styling program for the Volkswagen Golf VII. Starting with the exterior, the Walddorfhäslach-based tuner offers a front lip spoiler (€259) which gives the model an aggressive appearance. It mounts onto the standard front bumper and is held in place by screws and glue. For an even sportier appearance, the tuner offers a KW V1 inox coil over kit (€1,099) which reduces the ride height by 55mm at the front and 45mm at the rear. Last but not least, customers can order 19-inch Schmidt FS Racing wheels that are equipped with 225/35-19 tires (€4999). All the components are TÜV approved and will become available in January.
ATT-TEC has unveiled their new tuning program for the BMW 1-Series M Coupe. Looking tastefully restrained, the model is equipped with 20-inch ADV1 5.0 TF wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The car also has a KW Dynamic Damping Control coilover kit which reduces the ride height and offers three different damper settings (Comfort, Sport & Sport+). In the future, the company plans to offer a variety of carbon fiber components including a front spoiler, rear diffuser and boot lid. For added performance, the tuner can optimize the ECU to enable the engine to produce 395 bhp (295 kW). For even more power, the addition of a larger intercooler allows the mill to develop 454 bhp (339 kW). Customers can also order an Akrapovic exhaust system and a V-Max removal.
Wimmer RS has introduced a modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS called the Muscle Play. Designed to be the ultimate 911, the car features a 3.6-liter engine that has been equipped with optimized turbochargers, a new induction system and a high-flow fuel pump. There's also a new crankshaft, sports camshafts and upgraded timing chains. The engine also has new manifolds, machined cylinder heads and improved pistons and connecting rods. Thanks to these modifications, the engine develops 1,020 HP (750 kW) and 1,108 Nm (817 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 8.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph). The car also has a blue foil wrap, an adjustable KW suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Kicherer has unveiled their new Supercharged GT. Based on the Mercedes SLS AMG, the model has a supercharged 6.3-liter V8 engine that develops approximately 700 bhp (522 kW) and 840 Nm (619 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed in excess of 300 km/h (186 mph). The car's styling mimics the Supersport GT and includes a carbon fiber front lip spoiler, a rear diffuser and a grille inspired by 1952 300 SL Carrera Panamericana. The model also has an adjustable coilover suspension, a stainless steel sports exhaust system and 20- / 21-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
B&B has introduced a new tuning program for the Range Rover Evoque. Starting with the exterior, the crossover can be equipped with a stainless steel sports exhaust system, high-performance brakes and 19-, 20- or 22-inch alloy wheels. The company also offers a raised or lowered suspension which increases or decreases the ride height by 30mm. Under the hood, the 2.2 eD4 and 2.2 TD4 can be equipped with a revised ECU that enables the engine to produce 180 HP (132 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. There's also a stage two package that increases the output to 200 HP (147 kW) and 475 Nm (350 lb-ft) of torque. Owners of the Evoque 2.2 SD4 can have their crossover tuned to develop 230 HP (169 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque or 245 HP (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque. Lastly, the 2.2 Si4 engine can be massaged to produce 272 HP (200 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. The stage two package increases the output to 286 HP (210 kW) and 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) of torque, while the stage three package adds a sports exhaust system for an impressive output of 300 HP (220 kW) and 425 Nm (313 lb-ft) of torque.