Peugeot’s Pikes Peak machine is a beast. Weighing only 875kg, they could fully utilize the 875-horsepower from the mid-mounted V6 and possibly reach the peak before the 10-minute barrier. But while all heads are towards this stealthy hill climber, Nobuhiro Tajima is not going to sit back and do nothing about it.
So the Veyron Super Sport might have its “World Fastest Production Car” title stripped off after the guys from Guinness World Records found out that the unit making the record-breaking run had its speed restrictor deactivated. But does that mean Bugatti will stop trying to break any more records in the near future? Not at all.
Down at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore earlier on, we were very impressed of a cute little car that was being put on display. But it was not only the simple looks and flared wheel arches of the Fiat 500 that caught our interest, but the powerplant that propels this Cinquecento. Seated nicely in the back is a V4 superbike engine lifted from the Aprilia RSV4 with 200-horsepower for the Fiat to buzz around instead of the stock engine’s 17-horsepower.
When we heard the bit that Peugeot is putting Sebastien Loeb to spearhead their assault in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, we were thrilled to see how their “Unlimited” class race machine will look like. With the cars in such class will carry an output of at least 1,000-horsepower, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer will not be like any other rally machine that Loeb has piloted before.
It is generally known and accepted by the automotive world that the Bugatti Veyron is one of the fastest production car in the world, with the Super Sport variant tops the chart. Leaving cars like the Koenigsegg Agera R and the SSC Ulitmate Aero behind with its colossal top speed of 429 km/h, the massive W16 engine produces 1,200-horsepower and coupled with complex aerodynamic truly gives the Super Sport the edge and rights to claim such title; or is it?
The new design queues adopted by Subaru for their hunky WRX Concept had generated a wave of responses. And like usual, there will be two sides of either love or hate towards the new direction this iconic Subaru machine is heading to. But the aggressive looks the WRX Concept sports now does represents the aggressiveness that one would find in a WRX, and designing it to fit the image is not an easy feat.
The world of Formula 1 is all about speed and precision, and that is not limited to only the circuit. Also one of the most favorite parts for the viewers are the lightning quick pit stops that could either put one into the winning position, or losing their lead and dropping down low. And at the recent 2013 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix, the guys from Infiniti Red Bull Racing demonstrated what ‘fast’ really means.
If you have read the story of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel being demoted to the Toro Rosso team for the next Grand Prix in China and realizing soon after that it is just an April Fool’s joke, you should not worry about this one as it is no longer April 1st. But this bit of news is still a shocking one as reports are coming in, stating that teammate Mark Webber is considering in leaving the high-pitched world of Formula 1.
Renault has been working hard for years, trying to prove that the FF layout is not a laughing matter. And as testament of their relentless effort, the Megane RS is one of the most impressive FF car not only for the looks, but also for its intimidating performance that allows the Trophy version to lap the Nurburgring in just 8:07.97, leaving cars like the Audi RS4 and the BMW M6 E63 behind. So with the new Clio RS 200 EDC now out in the open, is it any good like the Megane?
McLaren and Top Gear have a special connection between them, like how the British supercar maker utilizes their Dunsfold Test Track in perfecting their MP4-12C Italia-eater. And with their new P1 hypercar being recently revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, it seems that we do not have to wait long to see the 903-horsepower hybrid being trashed around the famous test track.