Mar 2010 29

Beamer, Benz, or Bentley

bmw m3a.       BMW E46 M3 GTR – $218,000+ (Performance)

i.      4L 8 cylinder V-formation engine producing 450 hp

ii.      Racing version does 0-60 in just 3.3 seconds.

iii.      Cool fact – Electronics superstore including the M-Differential which can adjust how the car performs on the fly; there’s even a mode that locks the rear wheels together in order to perform a kick-ass powerslide.

iv.      The BMW M3 GTR owned the Prototype class in the 1999-2000 seasons.  BMW entered the GT class in 2001, when regulations stated a car must be on sale on two continents within twelve months of the rules being issued.  When BMW replaced the 6 cylinder engine in the M3 with a flat-crank V8 racing engine that could kick a Porsche’s rear bumper, ten GTR’s went on sale for $218k apiece.  Porsche threw a hissy fit and the rules were changed in 2002 to 100 cars and 1000 engines must be built.  Instead of just running with weight and power penalties, BMW dropped out of the ALMS series.  They re-entered the ALMS series in 2009 with an updated version of the M3 GTR. [..]

Mar 2010 28

From the “that country made a sports car?” files…


zenvoa.       Zenvo ST1 – Price TBA but look for seven figures

                i.      Denmark designed and built; we are all familiar with Danish design- Lego, Bang & Olufsen, Louis Vuitton, but Zenvo? 

               ii.      Two door powered by a 7.0-litre twin-turbocharged and supercharged V8 that produces 1,105 horsepower but with three power settings- 650hp for grocery store jaunts, 850hp to impress the ladies, and 1105hp to pee your pants.

               iii.      0-60 in just 3.0 seconds and has a top speed that is electronically limited to 233mph.  At that speed, technically it could drive through Denmark in an hour. [..]

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) [..]

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 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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