March 22, 2012
Excellent up-close and detailed (pre) view vid of the bare-shelled 918 Spyder prototype in all of its complex, tech-fest laden glory while undergoing tests at Nardo…
As always, a fantastically sincere and informative presentation from Evo Magazine founder, Harry Metcalfe – his genuine passion for cars is always admired and appreciated.
What do you folks make of this project though…? Does it excite you in the ways that Supercars usually (and should) do…?
Myself, I’m definitely curious about it… But it just presents itself as more of an intriguing engineering exercise rather than something to provoke any deeply felt, yearning passions for hopes of hearing it sing and dreams of one day driving it… Also, I’m completely turned off when engineers concentrate on ‘engineering emotion into’ a Supercar, rather than allowing the emotion to evolve naturally during the build and engineering process. The tech outweighs the fluidity of the passion…
The 918 Spyder Concept Car
On the complete flipside of this engineering coin, the recently departed Carrera GT Supercar – with it’s race-derived, normally aspirated V10, race-developed inboard suspension, manual gearbox and sheer dedication to lightweight components and bare bones agenda – seems almost NASCAR-like in comparison… If I had to choose between the 918 and Carrera GT over which one to drive on a Highland road in Scotland for a day, I know which one would get the instant nod…
The tech-fest 959 Supercar from the '80s
I can’t help thinking that the 918 is the true spiritual successor to the (again, overly complex) technological tour-de-force 959 Supercar from the ’80s… Thoughts…?
January 31, 2012
New teaser-shot here of the 2013 Dodge (sorry, ‘SRT’) Viper set to debut at the upcoming NY Motor Show in April. The 8.7 litre (!) V10 is expected to churn out numbers in the 600 bhp arena and (thanks to safety-obsessed US legislation) will receive traction-control as standard to assist over-zealous throttle mashers from the dubious worlds of oversteer…
Nice to see the double-bubble roof retained that reminds of the GTS Coupe from the mid-’90s. Details are a bit thin at this point in time but expect the new Viper to be just as mad and lairy and loud as before – thank heavens for that.