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Ferrari 612 GTO

Sasha Selipanov from Berlin, Germany, aka the Angry Car Designer, has unveiled some renderings of what could be the Ferrari 612 GTO Concept.

The car boasts an aggressive appearance that borrows styling elements from the 458 Italia, 250 GTO, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, and Aston Martin One-77.


Hennessey Venom GT: The 725bhp V8 Lotus Elise

John Hennessey is obviously the modern-day Carroll Shelby. And while Shelby may have one foot in the grave (not two), it’s obvious that the Texas-based tuner is stepping up to take over where ol’ Shel left off.  For one thing, HPE is perhaps the most reputable tuner when it comes to extracting huge, reliable horsepower out of domestic cars (along with a few foreigners, like HPE’s Nissan GT-R “Godzilla“.)  They’ll sell you a Camaro with a 725bhp tweaked LS9 supercharged V8 out of the ZR-1, and it’s such a clean conversion that an OBD scanner will have no problem pulling codes.  Oh, and it’s got a warranty.  How about a Cadillac CTS-V that will do 186mph in the standing mile?  Or maybe a 1000+bhp twin-turbocharged Dodge Viper?  A Grand Cherokee SRT-8 that runs high ten’s in the quarter mile with a twin-turbo 426cid Hemi?  No problem!

Now, as far as the Hennessey – Shelby comparison goes, it makes a lot of sense.  Shelby spent a lot of time in the 80’s making Turbo Mopars go really fast, and these days Hennessey spends a lot of time making boring domestics like the Lincoln MKS go really fast.  (How fast?  Hennessey’s MKS MaxB00st runs 13.08s in the 1/4 mile with minimal bolt-ons and ECU tweaking.)  But going back even further, to the start of Shelby: the Cobra was, at it’s core, a lightweight British chassis stuffed full of a gigantic American V8 (Ford 260’s, 289’s, and later 427’s.)  The Venom GT is the exact same thing, only brought up to modern times: a tiny British chassis mated to an epic American V8.

While it’s certainly unusual (and certainly the world’s meanest-looking Lotus), the prospect of a 1,000+bhp V8 in a Lotus Elise is hard to ignore.  I have no doubt the man will sell every one his company wants to assemble, even at a half-million plus pricetag.  Look for the official debut of the Venom GT later this year, possibly at Pebble Beach.

2010 BTR-II 650 Evo Porche-977

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Past-Future Cars

We are wondering why it is that car manufacturers are tripping over each other inventing boring and redundant “super modern” and “high design” cars, when the end result is a sea of lookalikes. One can no longer recognize a “premium” make from a lower-end car, certainly not by distinctive and recognizable design features.  They are unimaginative, uninspiring and suffer from a serious case of follow-itis. As opposed to being leaders and, in particular, design leaders. We see design tweaks and add-on features advertised as if they were a revolution when in fact, there’s nothing really significantly new or exciting. No wonder so many are giving up cars altogether. Why not bring it back to the golden age?

Rob Dyrdek cameo in spectacular “drift” video.

As a car fanatic, I am always looking for the next impressive automotive whatever that may come along.  But when I peeped a rediculous drift video out of L.A., there seemed like nothing could make it nicer than the insane driving, and percision stunts… Until Rob Dyrdek showed up and shot the car up with a paintball gun.   Click the pic to watch the 4 minute movie.

Watch the drift video