Giving humanity an electric semi truck sure is exciting, but not nearly as exciting as announcing the world’s quickest road car. Elon Musk knows this well, so while launching Tesla’s long-awaited Semi, he also decided to show off the brand new Roadster. And while there may be a few question marks hanging above Tesla’s production lines at the moment, the sports car’s numbers are truly staggering. No wonder, since Musk wants the Roadster to serve as the final nail in the coffin for internal combustion vehicles.
Make no mistake, this will be a $200,000+ vehicle. For that, customers are promised to get a 2+2 with extremely small rear seats, as well as a 200 kWh battery pack granting it a whopping 620 mile range.
Of course that range will drop significantly once you put Musk’s claimed performance figures to the test, which include a 0-60 mph sprint in 1.9 seconds, a 100 mph photo opportunity after 4.2 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 8.9 seconds. Tesla’s sports car is also supposed to hit a top speed of “over 250 miles per hour,” propelled by almost 7400 lb-ft of torque.
To keep it under control at those speeds, the Roadster will have an active rear wing, as well as an aggressive diffuser made of carbon fiber. The show car also features LED lights, a transparent removable roof panel, and a futuristic steering wheel straight out of Knight Rider 2021.
If you strongly believe that Tesla can sort out its production issues by then, get ready for a base price starting at $200,000, with a $50,000 reservation required. Of course you can go even further, as Tesla will offer a “Roadster Founders Series,” which will be a $250,000 affair.
If you’ve never heard the name Malorie Woods, you don’t know what you’ve been missing! This young lady is a badass in every sense of the word, and also happens to be damn good looking. Who else can make mounting tires look this easy, while simultaneously making it look this good? The California native currently resides in Cordova, Tennessee, where she proves daily that she’s much more than a pretty face, spending hours in the shop working on her car, a turbocharged, wheelstanding Mustang as well as customers’ cars and trucks. A quick glance at her Facebook page will show you that Woods is not afraid to dive under a vehicle and get her hands dirty to get the job done. Malorie doesn’t seem to be drawing attention to her looks, although those leggings are certainly more attractive than dickies or coveralls, but it seems she draws more than her share of haters, but that doesn’t stop her from doing what she loves and getting paid to do it. The stunning blonde has videos on her page of herself doing all kinds of jobs that require more than tightening a bolt here and there. In just the past month or so, she’s installed a Magnaflow exhaust on a new Raptor, dropped a new set of valve springs in her own Mustang’s engine, and of course, handle this tire mounting process like a champ, and that’s just the stuff that made her profile. If you manage to find a gorgeous woman who can not only drive an 8-second capable street car – which she built herself for the most part – but can also hold her own with any mechanic, you might want to do everything you can to get her attention and sweep her off her feet. And I’m going to say it now, the first one of you that makes a sandwich remark, be warned, Malorie has a penchant for making fools of people who try to hate on her publicly, so don’t say I didn’t give you a heads up.
Last week we brought you the reveal of Hennessey Performance’s Velociraptor 6×6 pickup built on Ford’s F150 Raptor platform. Well this week, Hennessey themselves have dropped video about the truck with a little better look at it, plus John Hennessey giving us a little ride along in an actual ready-for-delivery Velociraptor. This truck is already set for delivery to it’s new owner in Florida, so John wisely elects not to take the truck off roading and risk damaging the $350,000 ride. However, he does take it for a ride around the road course, which is tied into a drag strip used for straightline acceleration testing, although again, John elects to not push the truck anywhere near it’s limits since it’s already paid for and awaiting delivery to the client. The added third axle and associated hardware has to add some heft to the truck, but it also serves to provide stability, as Hennessey points out that the truck feels like it would be right at home pulling a large trailer. The truck is undeniably striking as you watch it lap around the track, with the 37” tall tires fitting comfortably underneath the flared fenders while providing enough lift to make the truck seem larger than life. Thankfully Hennessey is versed in adding power, because I does seem obvious that a stock 3.5 Ecoboost would struggle to get the hulking truck out of its own way, but with the power bumped to 600 ponies, there is more than enough on tap to make the truck perfectly capable in any environment or task thrown its way. While I still personally can’t see where the price is justified, I can’t knock the fact that the truck oozes badassness from every angle and any distance. I’d be more than happy to drive one every single day, provided John tossed me the keys without attaching a payment book. I may be a little bit jealous of those who can afford to drop that kind of change on any ride, but if I happen to hit the lotto, I’m going to try my best to get one of the 50 Velociraptors intended for the US.
So I’m going to confess something here that may or may not show my age. The only reason I’m familiar with the name Roman Atwood is because my daughter – she’s nine years old – watches his videos on YouTube and asked me to order her one of his Smile More shirts. Since then, I’ve heard and seen a little more about the YouTube sensation, but really don’t know too much about him. Today I learned a little more. He has a GTR, so that’s a big plus, and he has a sense of humor about getting his butt handed to him on the drag strip by a sleeper S10, another plus in my book. In fact, in this video I really only saw one thing that I would consider a negative and that’s the fact that he pronounces “NOS” the way the do in The Fast and The Furious. NOS is an acronym for Nitrous Oxide Systems, so even though there are no periods, it’s supposed to be pronounced “Enn. Ohh. Ess.” not as the word “Nahhhs”. Details, I know, but still… Regardless, Atwood took to the drag strip and lined up along side an S10 that likely cost 1/4 of the price of his GTR and got absolutely wrecked through the 1/8th mile. This S10 sounds like a fairly typical nitrous small block with a powerglide and plenty of traction, which is a tried-and-true setup for laying down some killer times on the track on a budget. The S10 chassis works well with a lot of power and traction, as long as you swap out the 10 bolt rear end for a 12 bolt or Ford 9 inch unit. You may also want to add some bars to stiffen the chassis a bit, something like a simple roll cage will help a lot with the flex while also providing some added safety for the driver. Atwood takes his spanking like a pro, laughing all along as he knew what was coming. It’s great to see these YouTubers out having a good time and showing their losses and not just their wins. Hopefully the guy with the S10 gets a little love for his big win and maybe taking this L will prompt Mr. Atwood to step up his game a bit.
Four years ago, a prototype of the insane Devel Sixteen hypercar debuted in Dubai, but we couldn’t help but be dubious about the company’s bold claims. The build quality looked crude compared to its competitors, and Devel claimed the car packed a head-turning 5,000-horsepower thanks to a quad-turbo V16 engine and a top speed exceeding 300 mph. We’ve only recently started to see production hypercars break the 1,000-hp barrier with the likes of the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Regera, so the Devel Sixteen seemed ahead of its time.
Imagine our surprise, then, when we learned that a production-ready version of the Devel Sixteen was slated to debut at this week’s Dubai Auto Show. YouTuber Shmee150 was at the show and has shared some footage of the striking Devel Sixteen on display. While the car at the show isn’t the final production model, the new prototype looks considerably more production-ready than the prototype we saw four years ago, featuring a long wheelbase and low profile. At the back, the car looks more like a fighter jet with its massive twin exhausts. According to the video, three versions of the Sixteen are being developed with different levels of power.
2,000-hp and 3,000-hp variants of the Devel Sixteen with a V8 engine are being designed for road use, while the 5,000-hp model is being developed exclusively for the track. Devel claims the range-topper is powered by a 12.3-liter V16 engine and has a top speed of 350 mph, but it isn’t clear if the car at the show is a working prototype.
If you’re still sceptical about its legitimacy, Devel has enlisted Manifattura Automobili Torino to help develop the Sixteen and bring the car to production. This is the same company working with Apollo on the Intensa Emozione and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on the American SCG003 hypercar. Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is also contributing to the Sixteen’s design. The hypercar’s interior is still being developed, but the prototype features a minimalist and futuristic cabin that looks surprisingly spacious. Whether the final car meets its target power output remains to be seen, but its development appears to have made significant progress.
Hopefully a production version is now one step closer to reality. Devel also showcased an outlandish six-wheel off-roader dubbed the Devel 60 packing a 6.7-liter turbo diesel V8 producing 720-HP and over 737 lb-ft of torque.
When it comes to drag racing in any shape or form, the idea is to leave as smoothly as possible, eliminating all tire shake and spinning, however, that’s not always possible in practice. While it is the end goal that people chase down, it definitely takes a lot of work to get there and even the most well set up cars could have issues from time to time. With the phenomenon of tire shake, tires will chatter up-and-down, providing quite a turbulent experience and not quite the fastest pass that drivers can ask for. While it looks pretty insane from behind the car, just imagine what it looks like underneath the car. This time, we get just that perspective as we check out a GoPro action camera that rides along underneath a Top Alcohol Funny Car to witness the tire shake from a very close perspective. It’s pretty wild that you can mount these things anywhere and watch the action first hand and this time, it just so happens that we are checking out the tires from behind as it looks like a wheelie bar mounted camera is able to capture exactly what the tires are doing from maybe two or three feet behind them as captured by wide-angle lens. Follow along down in the video below that shows off the tire shake from quite the perspective. After watching this, you just get a new appreciation for exactly what’s going on underneath the car while it’s trying to gather together traction to make its way down the racing surface. It looks like, for this team, they’re going to have to make a little bit more of an adjustment to make this thing work perfectly. For now, I guess that we’re left with this awesome video to be able to witness it all up close and personal.
When you spend big money on the car, whether it be $50,000, $500,000, or $5 million, depending on your financial standing, you’re probably going to take pretty good care of it. It just so happens that people who spend their hard earned money on their vehicles can get a little bit picky about the machines, especially when they happen to be leisure vehicles like sports cars. However, every once in a while, you come across the owner of such machines who just really doesn’t care all that much about how they keep their cars in shape. This time, however, we found somebody who took the concept to a whole new level. Instead of simply not taking care of their cars, it looks like this individual took it to a new level to beat the heck out of their machines. We see everything from the Bugatti Veyron to a Lamborghini Countach and plenty of others in between as millions upon millions of dollars of cars are paraded off road, slinging their way through the mud as they put knots in the stomach of just about anybody who might’ve found themselves hanging a poster of one of these things, or something similar, on their wall during their childhood. As someone who is a fan of cars, this might be a little bit tough to stomach but you just have to keep telling yourself that it’s not your money being thrown away here.
This kind of video reminds us a little bit of that YouTube channel by the name of Taxtherich100 whose responsibility it was to take these kinds of cars out of beat the crap out of them but, this isn’t a video that appeared on the channel, even though it does appear to be in the same location of some of their shoots. After watching a video like this, be sure to chime in with what you think of this kind of treatment for the cars like these. Are these machines pieces of art that are to be held in high regard or does it not really matter because it’s not your money that’s being spent at the end of the day?
When the officials say not to run down the track, it’s smart to listen. This looks like an experienced race team so they should know better, this isn’t just a few people at a test and tune this is one of the most intense races of the year. The track has a crew that knows what they are doing, so it’s always best too just let them do what they do. As far as crashes go that wasn’t that hard just looking at it, you can tell he would be ok. The people that fell trying to get to him probably got it the worst.
After months of spy shots and a premature debut on the cover of Car & Driver last week, the 2019 Corvette ZR1 has arrived. The 755hp car is the most powerful Vette in its history and fastest with a top speed of over 210mph. Additionally, the car continues the Corvette’s supercharger legacy to the ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine.
Most powerful ever
The ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine advances Corvette’s supercharging legacy, which began with the 2009 sixth-generation ZR1 and continued with the 2015 seventh-generation Z06. The LT5 delivers the highest output ever for a Chevrolet production vehicle, thanks in part to a new, more-efficient intercooled supercharger system that offers 52 percent more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helps the LT5 achieve its record output.
Seven-speed manual and eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmissions are available with the LT5. It’s the first time an automatic transmission has been offered in a ZR1.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1’s aggressive appearance is driven by function, contributing to its distinction as the fastest production Corvette to date.
An all-new front fascia is designed to channel air for propulsion-system and drivetrain cooling, with four new radiators bringing the heat-exchanger total to 13. A special carbon-fiber “halo” hood is open in the middle to clear the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly. Additional features, including aero packages with stanchion-mounted wings, help push the ZR1 harder onto the track for more confident handling and faster lap times. Top speed of the ZR1 is over 210 mph.
“As the highest-performing Corvette ever, the ZR1’s design supports its capability in every way,” said Kirk Bennion, Exterior Design manager. “The new wings, for example, help generate more downforce without adding drag, enhancing road holding and top speed.”
The ZR1 will offer two aero packages: a standard rear Low Wing, which delivers the highest top speed and helps generate up to 70 percent more downforce than the Z06’s base aero package, and an available two-way-adjustable High Wing that offers maximum downforce on the track for the quickest lap times — about 60 percent more downforce than the Z06 with the available Z07 Performance Package. All models also feature a Chevrolet-first, downforce-enhancing front underwing.
The adjustable High Wing is part of the new ZTK Performance Package, which also includes a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning for greater cornering grip.
Both of the ZR1’s wings are tied into the chassis, like the Corvette Racing C7.R racecar, for strength and stability.
Sebring Orange Design Package
The Corvette ZR1 introduced today also debuted a dynamic, available Sebring Orange Design Package. Centered on its Sebring Orange Tintcoat exterior color, the package also includes orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching and unique, bronze aluminum interior trim.
The new design package complements the Corvette ZR1’s tradition of offering maximum performance with refinement and design distinction. The driver-focused, well-appointed cockpit includes standard leather-trimmed seats, with sueded microfiber inserts offered. Heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating is also available, as well as a carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, competition sport seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and more.
The 2019 Corvette ZR1 goes on sale next spring, poised to take on the world’s best.
With the way the technology is evolving in all areas, including the automotive realm, we are looking at a future that is a lot brighter. When you take one look at where we were 10 years ago as compared to today, you can really see how quickly trends are moving and what we are looking toward with that future. Just to kind of help put things in focus, I’m not sure that there are too many of us out there who could’ve explained today to ourselves of 10 years ago and been able to believe everything that we said. Some of things that we see in the world are just very amazing and hard to grasp as they come out. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at a compilation of some of that amazing technology as we get a peek inside of a collection of videos of Tesla’s autopilot crash avoidance system that helps these drivers to avoid getting tangled up in situations that would otherwise be a bad time. The idea here is that the system will step in and help out a human being when the road in front of them is either coming too quickly to the point where a quick distraction might take their eyes off of the prize and make something bad happened or even a situation where a human can’t even really detect what’s happening but the car is able to pick it out of the darkness. Follow along in the compilation video down below to put you on the scene with some of these amazing vehicles to give you an idea of exactly how technology is helping to preserve our health and keep us alive. Being able to see this thing in action, taking it beyond just a promise and putting it in real life scenarios is pretty amazing to see. When you observe just how far we have come, as humans, and see how much further that we have to go, the future becomes a really exciting place to dabble. Only time will tell but as of now, it looks like the future is getting more and more exciting with every day.
If you’ve never seen the show, “Bait Car,” we would highly recommend checking it out sometime if you should ever catch it on television. The premise is pretty simple. Basically, police set up the situation where they send an easy-to-steal car into an area that is very well known for its problem with car thieves. From there, the unsuspecting, or this time, suspecting thief wanders their way into the grasp of the law as the criminal will attempt to steal the car that us being monitored by the police and ready to be shut off at a moment’s notice when they see the car making its way away. Simultaneously, the doors will lock and trap the thief inside. In this one, as we briefly referred to, the criminal here isn’t all that unsuspecting but instead, knows exactly what’s happening. As he gets in the car, he keeps mentioning the fact that he knows that it’s a bait car and even keeps the door open for the moment that it’s locked down. I’m not really sure why somebody would put themselves in a situation like this where they’re doing something incredibly illegal right in front of police but, I guess that at the end of the day, not everybody ends up thinking the same way. In fact, we would go as far as saying that this guy doesn’t really think like most average people would. Follow along in the video below that has this man stealing the bait car that he says that he knew all about. I’m not sure if he was being honest or just kind of had a hunch and attempted to go for it anyway. However, when he was asked why he decided to steal the car if he knew about it, he refers to the idea that maybe he just felt like being famous. I guess that’s a heck of a way to make your claim to fame but, maybe in his group of peers, doing something like this would help him climb his way up the ranks. After following along with this video, be sure to tell us why you think he went out there and stole a car that he says he knew was being watched.
So if this was made today, you could chalk it up as a YouTube prank of some sort. But this really looks like it happened in the 1960s. For some reason, the salesman, identified as Chick Lambert, went on a rampage while pitching cars for Bay Shore Chrysler Plymouth. ,By all accounts, Lambert gained some fame in the 1960s as a pitchman, but man, this was way over the top. Some accounts say he was fired earlier in the day but made to do one last, live spot before he went. No one really knows of this aired for sure, or was some sort of outtake. Either way it’s hysterical.