Our colleagues from Road & Track are offering us a powerful confrontation featuring three of the best performance cars with a V8 engines on the planet: the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C . Which one will be crowned king? Watch the video below to find out:
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I am a huge nerd for factory tour videos and this one created by motor trend magazine of the Ferrari Factory is no different. I have watched a similar national geographic video back in the day that was looking at the production of the 599 and 430. So it was a nice treat to see that this one was focusing on the two newest Ferrari’s the F12Berlinetta and the 456 Italia.
Motor Trend writes, “A tour of Ferrari’s Maranello factory is a rare treat, usually one extended only to Ferrari owners. A tour without limits on photographs and video is almost unheard of, and we were just granted unfettered access for both. Come along for an inside look at the sprawling Ferrari factory following the launch of the new F12berlinetta.”
Today we have part two of Motor Trends three part adventure to find 2011 Best Drivers Car for both on and off of the track. The competition is an 11 cars shootout to determine which car is the ultimate driving machine.
See the first video and to read the shows set up article here: http://wp.me/p1sgG3-Xv
Sorry for the slow posting this morning as I had some unexpected flaming jet fuel on my drive way and it delayed my commute into work. This in combination with and having to stay up way later then I should have to watch some guys turn left all night long has lead to a slow start to this morning.
Thankfully Motor Trend is not taking any days off when it comes to their new YouTube channels. To help prove this point we have attached their first of a three part adventure to find 2011 Best Drivers Car Competition. The competition is an 11 cars shootout to determine which car is the ultimate driving machine. As we watched this show we continue to ask ourselves the question, “Why is this show not on US TV some were? This has incredibly high production value and flows better than most of the cars shows that are currently out there on the American airwaves.
You’re going to have to click the link below to find out how Motor Trend’s Downshift show will determine which car is best as they attempt to do the impossible and find the ultimate drivers car.
If there is one great thing about a cold Canadian winter it is that the Big 3 Detroit automakers don’t have travel to far to complete their winter testing. We have come across some new images of the 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette during a snowy winter testing day in what the photographer called Northern Canada. Judging from the amount of snow on the ground it could be Barrie ON or Whitehorse YK so who really knows where?
The big news is really that the car world is expecting big things out of this new C7 Corvette and the rumor mill has been going crazy churning out stories on how all of the engine option s will be force feed to moving the engine entirely from the front of the car to the middle.
We have previously learned from GM’s global head of design, Ed Welburn; that the car will be attempting to shift its appeal to a younger demographic. Gm is hoping that people who are younger than 50 will become interested in buying a corvette however much like Buick it will be difficult to shake its grey hair appeal.
Ed didn’t release any details on how this will be done however he did rule out the possibilities that the car will have a mid mounted engine. He also let the world know that they will not be moving to a forced induction V6 engine. These two confirmations however now seem to be in jeopardy as there are some odd shaped air intake vents flanking the rear window. These air vents suggest to us a similar venting design to that found on the Ferrari 458 Italia which would then mean that the car’s engine is mid mounted. Sure it could just be more cleaver camouflage but we hope not as a mid engine design would allow for perfect weight balance and would equal one hell of a ride.
The glass half empty personality in me, may win out in the end as a total redesign this close to GM’s government bailout may not be possible due to cash flow issues. Road and Track is stating that a total car redesign would be too costly to manufacture forcing the cars price to rise putting it out of the financial reach of it new younger target demographic. Just think of it as the same reason the Ford Mustang continues to have an out dated solid rear axle. Let’s hope the GM car enthusiast will win out over the bean counters because we’re not sure if we can wait for a 2020 C8 mid engine Corvette.
What he did confirm was that the C7 will likely have a 5.5-liter V8 version of Chevy’s tired and antiquated pushrod, small-block V-8 engine looks to be making its way under the hood of the C7. This rumor also saddens us it means that other fuel saving technologies like cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing will not be available on what could be a very thirsty car. The new engine will include direct injection and a higher compression ratio should guarantee this new small-block has the same power output and possible more than that of the outgoing 6.2-liter V8. The Z06 models and ZR1 models are on track to receive a forced induction version of the engine with GM favoring supercharging over a twin turbo setup. We will have to see how the Corvette Race teams like the idea of replacing their 7.0-liter V8 for a forced feed small displacement.
One rumor that GM is trying to distance themselves from is that the car will received a supercharged or turbocharged V6 engine option. We have to think that this has more to with satisfying their traditional chest thumping V8 client as we think that this would be a fantastic idea.
No matter which engines will be found under the hood or mounted behind the seats sand that will be connected to a new 7-speed manual transmission, similar in design to the one that Porsche just announced in the new 911. On the Automatic side of the equation we are expecting a 7 or 8 speed dual-clutch transmission to be included in the new C7 Corvette.
The all-new Corvette is still a ways off, as it will likely be late 2013 before we see the car in one form or another. We would estimate that the official C7 car launch will be at the 2013 North America International Auto Show in Detroit.
You truly can’t appreciate just how powerful the Koenigsegg Agera R is until you see it matched up against another super car that is putting down 562hp. In this short flick we are on-board a Ferrari 458 Italia as it attempts to keep up with the Agera R as it puts the hammer down from a rolling start.
We have to warn you though that this video may cause a jaw injury as I know mine hit the keyboard when I saw how large the margin of victory was. Consider us now the newest members of the Koenigsegg Agera R fan club and we can’t wait to see who’s doors it will blow off next.
Wow have you had a chance to check out the shopped images of what Jalopinik.com thinks the new 2014 C7 Corvette will look like. All I can say is let’s hope this is the stylistic direction that Design team head down. It will then not be a shocker when we say that “We really like this sketch of the Vette” especially from the rear quarter panel back.
We have had countless debates on how the corvette sting ray concept car that was featured in the Transformers movies, offends us. It personally reminded me of Mark Wahlberg driving his broken down 77 sting ray in the movie Boogie Nights. Putting a car that had similar styling to that into production would in our option would be a colossal mistake.
Sure the retro look is working for the current crop of Detroit Muscle Cars, but the Corvette is so much more than that. It is a car that has always been able to compete with any of the European exotics however those cars are so rarely seen on North American roads, making them tough to race against.
This Resulted in the Corvette receiving more of a Muscle Car image because every video you see of one its racing another piece of Detroit steel. We would hate to see the C7 adopt that same retro muscle car image instead it should head down to the Cadillac show room to draw some inspiration from the CTS-V. Then and only then will the Next Generation Corvette be ready to take on the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia, or the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and what every Lamborghini puts out in 2014.
No word on how or when the new Vette with be revealed could Detroit of 2013 be too soon? We don’t think so the only question is how many hits a day we will be up to when we report on that Car Launch.
There is no denying the fact that the McLaren MP4-12C is a fast car. The only real knock against the car that I can think of is that it just isn’t as pretty as the Ferrari 458 Italia or sounds as lovely as the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Which you can get away with if you are fast and after watching this video we now know how it stacks up against everyone else.
Check it out:
Hey everyone we are back from vacation and have found a beauty of a video for you all today. AutoExpress have conducted their own head-to-head test in which they lapped both the 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia and the 2012 McLaren MP4 12C around UK’s Anglesey circuit.
There is denying that either one of these cars would be able to get you home from work every day however this video highlights just how similar these cars are.
For those of you who enjoyed the official launch video for the Ferrari 458 Spider that we posted yesterday we have another gem for you. This time we have found the making of video that shows exactly what was involved in the creation of that 2:30 short. For us it is just another excuse to show off the latest folding hardtop convertible from Maranello.