Photo credits: Douglas Breuninger of Galpin Auto Sports
Known for their widebody Mustang conversions, the folks over at Galpin Auto Sports wasted no time to release their modified take of the freshly-unveiled 2015 Mustang. Judging from the image, created by Douglas Breuninger, added bolt-on fender flares ala Bee-R Rocket Bunny style and tacked on a menacing front splitter and an aggressive time attack style wing. A lowered stance and larger wheels pull it all together.
The 2015 is a new canvas and we can’t wait to see what else the aftermarket comes up with. The Mustang has been one of the most modified cars of all time so there’s no doubt in our minds that there will be some downright wicked 6th generation Mustangs roaming the streets come fall of next year.
Posted December 4th, 2013
In this video you’ll see a V8 powered Willys Jeep with a shot of nitrous take on a Corvette ZR1, a Porsche Cayman and a Honda CBR 600 sports bike. Can’t say I’m surprised by the results. On a side note, that Jeep could use some chassis bracing.
It’s been a couple years since Nissan introduced the R35 Skyline, I mean GT-R, to the United States. The 2007 GT-R was an instant hit with owners and enthusiasts. Ignore the whole transmission warranty and limited launch thing. The GT-R came spec’d with a 485 horsepower 3.8L twin-turbo V6, dubbed the VR38DETT, mated to a super sophisticated all-wheel-drive system to catapult (or is it slingshot) the roughly 3,800 pound sports coupe from a standstill to 60MPH in something like 3.2 seconds. Whatever.
Nissan is kind of a sheep in the auto industry. Like all of the other auto manufacturers who claim to produce sports cars, Nissan travels to a track on a German mountainside called the Nurburgring. Its really, really, really long with loads of hills and turns and shit like that. In 2008, Nissan made claim that the GT-R managed to lap the entire track — as in the whole damn thing — in 7 minutes and 26 seconds. This lap time defied physics. Shortly afterward, Porsche called bullshit on Nissan’s self proclaimed lap time. Porsche claimed to have tested Nissan’s GT-R with their own race drivers and were unable to come remotely close. This caused a stir in the auto industry. Outlets galore were in a buzz questioning both Nissan’s integrity and Porsche’s race drivers. Some say that the rain drops over the ‘Ring now taste of tears from Porsche’s development program. I’ve never been to Germany so I can’t confirm. Read more…
As with most Cars and Coffee events, they tend to bring the same cars each week. Guess I got lucky as this time somebody brought out a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale at the Fair Lakes Cars and Coffee. This unique Lamborghini is essentially the road-going version of the Gallardo LP570-4 that competes in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo — a European single-marque race series.
This bull has such amazing presence, even parked. It received so much attention that getting a clear view for snapping off a few shots was difficult. I often had to wait minutes for the crowds to clear out to compose and fire off a few snaps. I hope you all enjoy. Read more…
This Ferrari Enzo was filmed during a photoshoot with GF Williams and eGarage.
Remember Ice Cube three wheeling around Compton in a green ’64 Impala convertible? No? That’s okay. However iconic the scene, it had little to do with performance. Bagged (air suspension) cars are often thought of as right lane cruisers too low to haul ass because the driver has to pay constant attention to changes in the road surface or risk major damage from potential contact with a raised sewer lid. The appeal of air suspension technology is that owners who want that stanced look from their daily driver could have their cake and eat it too. The problem with air ride suspension for a track car was a combination of the additional weight, questionable spring rates from air bags and the constant change of alignment from raising and lowering the vehicle.
There’s now a company who’s trying to change our view on air suspension. Meet Air Lift Performance. To prove their technology is capable of winning on their track they have competed in the Ultimate Track Car Challenge, finishing rather well.
In the video below, Air Lift Performance attempts to demonstrate the performance of their suspension by measuring track performance on a Volkswagen GTI, Mustang GT and a GT86. There are many questions about their testing, such as what brand coilovers, alignment settings, etc. It would be of no surprise that factory suspension may be better than a cheap ass coilover kit. So take their video with a grain of salt.
I’m not yet sold on the technology however the thought of using air bags to create reliable dynamic rate virtual springs is something that could change the game if proven reliable. I’d like to see a collaboration with JRZ or Ohlins. Then we can take this seriously.
Air vs. Coilovers from Air Lift Performance on Vimeo.
In today’s high paced world, we all tend to want things now. All of it. Without delay. This seems to be the mentality and driving force behind the Gran Turismo series faithful. GT6 now offers over one thousand cars to choose from. Isn’t that more than enough? 300 tracks isn’t enough? Sure, buddy.
Personally I don’t think the Polyphony Digital team spent nearly enough time in the details of GT6. And I’m not talking graphics.
Don’t get me wrong. I grew up playing the Gran Turismo series but there’s always been something missing. And it was a biggie until the Forza series came along. It’s the one thing that will always catch my attention when walking down the street. It’s the same thing that makes so many cars thrilling to experience first hand. It’s not the stance. It’s not the sleek design.
The one thing that’s always lacked in the Gran Turismo series is the emotion. The feelings brought upon by a rumbling V8 or the intense pitch of a screaming inline six. No Gran Turismo gaming experience has ever made me want to go out and buy another car for my real fucking life driveway. The Forza series does. And I’m still making payments on my M3.
Photography from SpeedHunters coverage of SEMA 2013
If custom open top hot rods are your thing then you should check out the Double Down ’32 Ford built by Fuller Racing. It’s currently in the build process but if progress thus far is any indication, this build is going to be jaw dropping when finished.
The Double Down’32 Ford is powered by a 750 horsepower John Kaase Boss Nine crate motor, which is based on Ford’s legendary Boss 429 big block. But that’s just the beginning. The bare interior reveals all that v8 power is being transferred to all four wheels via a custom AWD transmission.
Another look at the front end of the Double Down ’32 Ford shows the differential cover protruding through like a mini bumper. We hear that once the build is completed the car will see track time including the likes of Bonneville and autocrosses. Glad to see those AP Racing brakes and slick rubber are installed to haul the car down from foreseen ludicrous speeds. Look for more on this car in 2014.
Jaguar has confirmed the F-Type in hardtop form is a go. No word on the engines but we suspect the F-Type coupe will be offered with the same V6 and V8 as found in the convertible. We can only hope that Jaguar makes the most of its recent technology advancements and sheds a few hundred pounds for the coupe model. F-Type R, anybody?
Oh, and the glass roof, if an official option, is a must have. And while we’re checking that box we’ll also be selecting British Racing Green, thank you.
Image renderings above by Theophilus Chin
Fantastic audio quality of some big body modern day sport sedans turning laps. My personal favorite is the XFR but man does that CTS-V look serious.