Mar 2010 23

apolloGumpert Apollo – $400,000+ (though you’ll have to throw down a few hundred more G’s to get the most performance)

a.       Audi 4.2L V8 twin turbocharged engine, but three versions of tune.  The base version makes 641hp, the sport version is at 691hp, and the race version makes 789hp.

 

 

apollo engine

b.       Mated to a six-speed sequential dual-clutch gearbox operated by clutch pedal and a big vertical lever- no steering wheel paddles.   

c.       0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 224mph

d.       Tubular chromoly frame with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels; entire car (engine included) weighs just 2400-2600 pounds!

 

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Mar 2010 24

lambo bullLamborghini um… yes please!

a.       Ferruccio Lamborghini was obsessed with bulls (hence the raging bull emblem) and his cars were often named for this obsession.  The Murcielago (Hot! Hot! Hot! LP640 – 6.5L V12 making 640hp and launch control capable of lighting up all four wheels) is named for the bull who survived 28 sword strokes in an 1879 bullfight in Cordoba before Matador El Lagartijo spared his life.  Reventon was named after the famous bull that took the life of Mexican torero Felix Guzman.  The Urraco and the Jalpa are both a breed of bull.  The Espada is Spanish for sword.  The Jarama refers to the historic bullfighting region in Spain.  The Islero was named for the bull that killed Matador Manolete in 1947.  The 2008 concept car, Estoque, is named after the estoc (sword) used to kill the bull in contest.  [..]

Mar 2010 25

lotuseliseLotus Elise and Exige

 

a.       They’re not huge engines but they’re lightweight and corner well and make an awesome road racing car; bonus- this is one car on my list you may be able to afford!

b.       Which one?  Depends on if you want to take your top off!

 

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Mar 2010 26

audi r8bAudi R8 V10 – $150,000

a.       Same 5.2L V10 as in the Gallardo LP560 but detuned to 525 horsepower

b.       0-60 in 3.7 seconds to top speed of 196mph

c.       Drive the track doggie style- Quattro all-wheel drive system

d.       Maximum cornering forces of 1.2 g (yeah for dry sump oiling system!)

e.       Cool fact – 3 words: “magnetorheostatic damper system”.  Huh you ask?  Suspended in the oil of the shock absorbers are tiny magnetic particles which, when a voltage is applied, rearrange themselves so as to slow down the flow of oil through the valves.  The viscosity of the magnetically charged fluid continuously adapts to driving dynamics and can be controlled electromagnetically; the driver can select from ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes to customize the R8 ride and handling.  [..]

Mar 2010 27

noble m15Noble M15 – $130,000

a.       “Noble who?”  I suppose you are either a car geek or British to recognize the name of a company producing  sports cars that want to take on the likes of a Porsche 911 GT3 and Ferrari F340; pure fiddle-faddle right?  Or is it balderdash?  Piffle?  What do those Brits say again…

b.       3.0L twin turbo V6 Ford Duratec engine making 455 horsepower

c.       0-62 mph 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 185 mph (gearing limited; 200mph aerodynamic limit) [..]

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