Not much about this video I will ever get to experience: Dubai, sand dunes, a Rolls-Royce SUV? Most likely trip “no,” but that’s why kickass videos like this exist, for that escape, and watching this Cullinan carve the desert is pure escapism.
It has been half a century since the first Mustang Cobra Jet queued up at the drag strip and to commemorate that Ford Performance has debuted the new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet.
As tradition would dictate the new Cobra Jet is built for straight-line speed and this new one does that quicker than any before it with a quarter-mile time in the mid-eights and a top speed of 150mph. The power is derived from the supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 and with options like, “NHRA-certified roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, and a drag race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels” you’ll be ready to compete straight from the Ford factory. However, only 68 of them are being sold so you better act quicker than the Cobra Jet itself if you’re looking to scoop one up.
Last year’s 101st running of the Indy 500 saw an average speed of 155.4mph so it seem fitting to have the fastest production Corvette in history lead the field to green.
In fact, with a top speed of 212mph the 2019 Corvette ZR1 is not too far off the pole speed of last year which was 232.2mph. Sure, that’s lightyears in racing, but one of the smaller gaps you’ll ever see between pace cars and the race cars they pace…Say that 10 times fast.
The 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place on on Sunday, May 27.
Ahh, how we all long for 2015 and the simpler times, when you could take your car out and cruise down easy street. In fact, this past week, the national-average for gas prices hit $2.68 a gallon which is the highest since July of 2015.
According to GasBuddy, the sudden spike is related to, you guessed it, political uncertainty. Uncertainty over military action in Syria and a possible trade conflict with China has driven the price of oil up to $67 a barrel, the highest since 2014…Oh how we wish it were 2014 again.
Head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, Patrick DeHaan, noted, “recent rhetoric from the Trump Administration inflaming the situation in Syria and pushing a trade war with China is like pouring gasoline on a fire — they certainly put more upward pressure on prices.”
Additionally, U.S. inventories of oil are 20% lower than that of just one year ago in 2017. Here’s hoping that as we edge closer into the summer months, when prices often peak, we aren’t hit with any more bad news.
Looking to restore the Aventador’s honor at the Nurburgring, Lamborghini was caught testing their newest variant, the SV Jota, or possibly the SVJ. While the latter name may sound like something kids these days may do under the bleachers, the expected performance is nothing to joke about.
The current Aventador S packs a 6.5-liter V12 with 730hp as is and one can certainly bet that Lamborghini engineers will be turbocharging or adding an electric motor with expectations topping 800hp for the supercar. The SV Jota is expected to be released in 2019.
The 2019 Daytona 500 stands to look more like the Kentucky Derby with all those ponies running and we’re not talking about horsepower, but rather the Ford Mustang.
Set to join its on road nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the Ford Mustang will replace the Ford Fusion as Ford’s go to model in NASCAR’s top series. It will be the first time the Mustang has competed in NASCAR and hopefully helps elevate the manufacturer’s championship competition to the caliber of other series, such as Formula 1. If so, as it sits we’d have to give the edge to Ford as the Mustang is the top-selling sports coupe for the third year in a row.
One thousand four hundred and eighty five horsepower will cross the block together at Barrett-Jackson in June. The pair will represent the last 2017 Dodge Viper built and the final of the limited-production 2018 Dodge Demon run. Further sweetening the deal is the fact that one-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to benefit United Way.
The Demon brings with it 840hp and the title of the first, and only, purpose built production drag car while the Viper carries more production car track records in its 25 year run than any other production car in history. Thanks largely in part to the “8.4L V-10 engine, aerospace-grade, lightweight carbon fiber body, iconic side exhaust and massive 14-inch wide rear tires.”
The lot will be sold at the company’s Connecticut auction where they stand to bring big money. Back in 2014 Hellcat 001 was sold for charity for $1.65 million, a number which this duo stands to certainly pass.
This isn’t the first time you’ll have seen the 1970 Plymouth Superbird on Gas Monkey Garage, nor will it be the last, and for one reason, they’re super cool. Sure, the spoiler maybe a bit divisive, but this car was never really built for those people, or any average Joe, they were built to race.
Per NASCAR rules that the cars being raced also be made available to the public, Plymouth was forced to make enough Superbirds to meet the two per dealer requirement. Final numbers for the car vary, but this one headed to auction is said to be just one of 308 produced as optioned and one of just under 2000 ever produced. The reason this 1970 is one of just 308 is simple yet surprising, the engine.
Essentially being produced to the public to appease NASCAR Plymouth still offered the limited-run car with three engine options and two transmission. This Superbird headed to auction in Houston rests squarely in the middle with the 440 Super Commando Six Barrel producing 390hp. On the high side was the 426 Hemi V8 with 425hp and on the low the 375hp Super Commando, granted the Hemi option remained the less popular of the time due to the higher cost.
Headed to auction in early April this Plymouth is said to have 66,000 actual miles and features its original A833 4-speed transmission, 3.54 Dana rear end and fender tag. And speaking of tags, the price tag for this car has only increased through the years with Hagerty valuing a fair condition at $183,000 and a Concours at $389,000.
UPDATE: Nearly spot on with fair condition estimates this 1970 Plymouth Superbird sold in Houston last weekend for $181,500 which is $1,500 below its Hagerty estimate. Scrape those coins together because it could be a buyer’s market for this iconic car…
[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]
One can’t help, but hear about this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV and think of Theseus’s paradox…Right? Anyone? Bueller? Well I’m willing to bet you’re familiar, but just not by its name. In short, the paradox suggests that if an object has had all its original components replaced overtime is it still the same object?
In the case of this ’69 Judge it has been so immaculately restored it makes you wonder… However, it hasn’t gone so far as to have its components replaced, but rather an extensive frame-off nut and bold restoration which took the car down to its bare metal before being reassembled to like new quality. The restoration included having the “400/370hp Ram Air IV engine has been carefully restored to like-new condition and retains its correct components, including heads, carburetor, intake manifold, alternator and distributor, and Harrison radiator.” It also includes a rebuilt drivetrain, laser straightened body and a chassis restored with original factory components.
Furthermore, the smaller details on this one of just 549 produced with the Ram Air IV engine option were not overlooked. Including, “correct T3 headlamps, original JA-code Rally wheels with red stripe tires, correct labeled GM hoses with correct tower clamps, factory assembly-line decals and stamps topped off with a correct-style Gardner show exhaust.” All said in done this is one of the most as near to factory Judge’s as you can get, if truthfully not better than factory, and it sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Saturday for a hefty $178,200!
[Photography courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.]
Already packing a best in class towing capacity thanks to its 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 295hp and 260lb.-ft. of torque the GT’s Rallye Appearance Package is strictly cosmetic.
The package is available in seven color options and include a “performance hood, performance front fascia and LED fog lamps.” The GT Rallye is also available in the Black Top Package and Brass Monkey Wheels which, frankly, we really like the sound of. The Rallye Appearance Package is available with a $1,495 MSRP.