Ford GT V6 Supercar – What You Need to Know

2017 Ford GT Supercar

The new Ford GT Supercar is a technological marvel, but anytime you start messing with tradition, you’re going to alienate a few long standing fans. Okay, so we’re hip and we have no problem with the fact that the new Ford GT comes with an EcoBoost V6, but we might have preferred a more macho engine name like the ‘Alienator V6’ or something along those lines.

We understand the government restrictions weighing down on automotive manufacturers, and can certainly respect any car with over 600 horsepower, no matter how those numbers are achieved. But it takes more than horsepower to make a great supercar. It actually begins with a competent chassis and lightweight body and frame.


Ford plans to take care of the weight problem by using hand-laid carbon fiber body panels throughout. And these panels are not only lightweight, but also painstakingly designed to move with the drivers needs to produce just enough cool air and down force to keep its over 600 horsepower in check. And speaking of power to weight, Fords design team claims the new GT will have the best power to weight ratio of any production car available today.  Yes, ‘the best’.

That is a gutsy claim to make for a supercar that the Ford team has only been working on for around one year. And if you believe these boasts and put two and two together – we can deduce that the new Ford GT must be awfully light (carbon fiber wheel rim possibility included). But what about the chassis and suspension? Clearly there must be something special about it.

2017 Ford GT Supercar rear

Well, Ford will be running plenty of electronics to its four wheels, enabling the GT to adjust its own ride height depending on how it is being called to use. And yes that means making it over large parking lot speed bumps without damage to those sleek carbon ground effects. And while its show is all carbon and its go is a twin-turbo Ford 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, its stop will be all ceramic carbon,  thanks to a collaboration with Brembo.

Some fans might suspect that a rear-powered V6 would pair rather nicely with a front wheel electric engine, but Ford has no intention of making the GT a hybrid just yet. In fact, Ford would have a bit of a difficult time branding their ‘EcoBoost’ flagship with the addition of a electric motor, so rather than gum up the production release with excuses, Ford is going all petrol power for now. But what’s the hurry, you might be asking?


Well, Ford does plan on entering the  Le Mans in 2016 and needs a good ‘homologation’ excuse to take on Ferrari – again – just like old times. And while these prototype images are fairly fresh, Ford has no intention of making us wait unnecessarily until a production version is caught by the spy photographers. In fact, by our calculations, those spy photos should start to emerge this Spring.

Ford, we sure do love it when a plan comes together!


Alfa Romeo 4C Headed to America, But Why Should You Care?


The Alfa Romeo 4C is being packaged up for shipment to the United States. However, some of us are still not completely convinced of why we should care. The 4C will feature a stout 1.7-liter turbo engine with 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft or torque. This power will be controlled via a snappy 6-speed dual clutch transmission which will also be enhanced via a very light and nimble chassis.

So in other words, its performance should actually be quite brilliant. However, there are a few other problems we can see with it. Continue reading Alfa Romeo 4C Headed to America, But Why Should You Care?

Bugatti Veyron Replicas and Clones

Bugatti Veyron Replicas and Clones Ford Cougar

A $1 million supercar is a bit expensive for the average Joe or Jolene. However, the cost of a Suzuki Esteem, Ford Cougar, Toyota MR2, Honda Civic, Nissan 350Z, or Porsche Boxster plus a little paint and body work is another option.

Just don’t hold your expectations too high, as not all Bugatti Veyron replicas… actually look all that much like a Bugatti Veyron. See if you can decipher the make and model of each car hiding underneath the faux $1 million sheepskin.

Bugatti Veyron Replicas and Clones Ford Cougar 2


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Brabus E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo Boasts 850 Horsepower


When it comes to the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, we understand that there is only so much power you can squeeze out of a 2.0-liter turbo. This is why Brabus has switched it up to a 5.9-liter V8 for their current project car. 5.9-liters may be a bit smaller than the 6.3-liter V12 that Brabus introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. However, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed by the 850 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of torque.



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Saleen Gets Their Hands on a Tesla Model S P85


Saleen may be best known for their upgraded muscle cars, like the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger. However, there is a new kind of electric muscle emerging, and Saleen appears to be embracing it with both hands.

“I have admired their craftsmanship,” commented Steve Saleen on the Tesla brand. “We share a desire to also produce vehicles that are not dependent on fossil fuels and which accomplish this fuel independence with a tremendous assemblage of grace and technology.”

The Saleen Model S  is on the way, and Saleen already has several drawings that hint towards the direction they would like to go. There is no word on the power increase we’ll be looking at, but they do suggest they will need carbon ceramic brakes in order to handle the additional torque boost.

Beyond performance, Saleen also plans to update the exterior with dual air dams, carbon fiber lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, trunk mounted spoiler, and some slick alloy low profile wheels. The interior won’t be left out either, gaining some nice Alcantara upholstery with red-contrast stitching.

To wrap up this report in just one sentence, this will be one of the most compelling Tesla’s ever to hit the tarmac, or Steve’s last name isn’t Saleen!

Fisker is Back!


Fisker is back, and the Atlantic Concept has been confirmed for 2015. If you have not been paying attention to the saga at Fisker, they have been in trouble since the day the company was formed. They started in 2007, spend too much money on parts, ended up losing $35,000 per $100,000 Karmathey sold, and spent a total of  $1.4 billion on one single car.

To make matters worse, they put less than 2,000 Karma’s in driveways across North America over five years of production, even though their plan was to have 15,000 sold per year. This week we discovered that the Wangiang Group had purchased Fisker for the sum of $149.2 million, and has plans to resume production of the Karma within one year.

The Chinese auto parts company also has aspirations to finish the Atlantic Concept in 2015, which was slated to be Fisker’s more affordable hybrid:

Wanxiang, according to Ni, also wants Fisker to complete the half finished development of a second model called the Atlantic, a mid-size gasoline-electric hybrid sedan that was to be positioned as a more affordable “volume model” under Fisker’s previous management and was slated to go into production in 2015.

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Kia K900 is $60,000: How Can a Kia Be So Expensive?


What you are looking at above is the most expensive Kia that has ever launched in North America—period. While it may look like a decent car, we wanted to know what makes it so much more valuable than all the other models that have come before it.

Well, for one, none of them have ever offered a 420 horsepower V8 with power to the rear wheels. Neither has there been a Kia with an eight speed automatic featuring the performance and quality this one has. However, according to reports of what buyers are really looking for in a luxury vehicle, some of the Kia’s best features can be found in its gadgets and luxury upgrades.

Starting with the luxury aspect of the Kia K900, it will come with real wood trim, a panoramic sunroof, and heated seats. On the technology side it will come with a big 9.2-inch high-definition center screen, rear cameras, blind-spot detection, lane departure alert, and an incredibly impressive 900-watt sound system that comes with no less than 17-speakers.

For just $6,000 more ($66,000) buyers can opt for the VIP treatment, which includes soft close doors, surround parking monitor, a TFT instrument cluster, reclining (16-way) front seats, and a complimentary maintenance program.

However, we did not believe any of this either, until we heard it during the Super Bowl from the Matrix man (Morpheus) himself: