Saturday, May 30, 2009

Re-post - Ferrari FXX

Re-post - Zonda R

Gumpert Apollo


”It has always been my dream to have a car with so much downforce, such aero-dynamic efficiency that you could drive on the roof of a tunnel at high speed. This car can do it.”

Our engineers strive constantly to push the boundaries of what is feasible. The results are technical masterpieces that bring us a little
closer to the thrill of speed and the dream of flying and driving.

We strive to fulfil our customers‘ dreams of a powerful, exclusive and unique sports car. A car that provides its driver with a breathtaking driving experience while possessing the potential to win on race tracks across the world. The apollo makes this dream come true.


The apollo is the perfect synthesis of road vehicle and track car. It evokes passion and driving pleasure beyond all expectations: 650 HP, 360 km/h (224 mph) top speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3 seconds, you would have to go a long way to find an alternative to the apollo. The complete package is available in a cost-benefit ratio that cannot be matched in this exclusive vehicle class. As a pure high-performance sports car with racing qualities which is also approved for use on the road, the apollo sets new standards.

The apollo is not the only sports car on the market; however its concept is so unique and realised so consistently that it aspires to redefine the standard for this vehicle class. The apollo has more to offer:

– Approved both for use on the road and on the track
– Maximum safety in accordance with the 74 international motor racing standards
– Perfect road-holding and ultra-precise handling
– Maximum driving pleasure and unbeatable driving performance
– Excellent aerodynamic efficiency and driving dynamics
– Synthesis of reliable racing and series technology
– Unique, futuristic, and striking design
– Best cost-benefit ratio

Despite the series production process, every apollo is unique. It is Customized to the owner‘s wishes and needs and proudly bears his touch. We can also offer you:

– Luxury package with air conditioning, navigation radio with DVD/CDPlayer and rear-facing camera with rear-view mirror function
– Car body made of fibreglass(GFK) or carbon-fibre (CFK)
– Carbon fibre for various components and car body parts
– Design variants created by use of different air intakes for the engine
– Carbon rear wing (optional available)
– Engine variants with 650 / 700 / 800 HP output

In addition to these different options and equipment packages, we can of course also accommodate any other special requests made by our customers. Just talk to us.


The challenge was to develop an exceptional design that combined the extreme aerodynamic requirements of a performanceoriented, purist super sports car with the aesthetic design of an exclusive vehicle. We wanted to achieve the perfect synthesis of design and function. Without compromising. And we have succeeded with apollo: Its silhouette, optimised in numerous wind tunnel tests, reflects its by far superior capabilities.

In its profile, the apollo dynamic appearance is further enhanced by its dimensions (4.46 m length, almost 2 m width and 1.24 m height) and its streamlined, long and wide shoulder lines. The mid-engine layout is emphasised by the cockpit, which is clearly located toward the front of the vehicle, and the long wheel base; both factors ensure optimum driving qualities. Massive air inlets and outlets in the front and on the side in front of and behind the doors leave no doubt about its potency. Above all, though, they supply the two turbo-chargers and the high-performance braking system with enough fresh air to ensure optimum operation for the duration of a race. The high-set air intake for the engine is reminiscent of Formula 1 vehicles and emphasises apollo racing character. The dominant rear provides a view of the diffuser and the underbody, encased completely in carbon, – which, combined with the front diffuser and flow channels, achieves an exceptionally high negative lift for a road vehicle.

apollo leaves a lasting impression on anyone who sees it: It symbolises unusual power, dynamism and sportiness. It reflects above-average performance capability paired with timeless elegance, and even when it is not moving, shows that the design can only adhere to function: driving dynamics.


A sports car‘s supremacy is not defined by pure engine power alone: only a car that can put this power on the asphalt and create a balance between all occurring internal and external forces will leave the contestants behind, on the road and the race track. The chassis is the key to this supremacy – and apollo has already proven itself spectacularly under the toughest testing conditions on various test tracks, public roads and real racing tracks such as Hockenheim, Imola and the historical “Nordschleife”. The apollo made a great third place with the Belgian racing driver, Ruben Maes, in the cockpit at its racing debut at the Divinol Cup in Hockenheim in April 2005.

Three years later, the apollo is in the spotlight on the track again. Initiated by Ex-Formula1 pilot Heinz-Harald Frentzen GSM built a hybrid racing version of the apollo in spring 2008. The highlight of this exceeding project had been the legendary 24h race at Nurburgring-Nordschleife, where the apollo competed with well-known sports cars. Thus the hybrid-apollo can be seen as the precursor of a new environmentally friendly technology on the circuit.

Upon customer request the apollo is available as a racing car according to different regulations of DMSB, ACO and FIA GT.

Here's the Top Gear Video:

Coming soon...

What's next? a car that capable to overcome the koenigsegg CCX time set on Top Gear Track...
also could potentially beat this on race track...

Theme for June 2009: Toyota race car...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gemballa Mirage GT

I can't resist myself from picking up this gem as you can see my previous posting... I'm so into road car collection.... The Mirage GT is a conversion Conversion based on Porsche 980 Carrera GT ~ turned by Porsche specialty company, Gemballa.

About Gemballa...

Over 27 years of experience... contained in every single detail. That means 27 years during which we have learned more and more about the particular character of Porsche. We know where and how the potential of a Porsche can be boosted. We know that to achieve this you cannot look just at individual parts, you have to consider the effect on the whole package.

You can only achieve a tangible increase in the vehicle’s performance if you include the running gear, aerodynamics and cockpit in the equation, and tune them carefully to one another. That is why Gemballa offers balanced performance packages of various levels.

650 HP / 630 NM
0–100 km/h in 3,7 sec. (Stock 3,9)
0-200 km/h in 9,7 sec. (Stock 9,9)
Vmax: >335 km/h

Friday, May 22, 2009


The Lamborghini Reventón (Spanish pronunciation: [ɾeβenˈton]) is a mid-engined sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show. It ranks as the most powerful and expensive Lamborghini road car to date, costing one million euros. The official press release stated
that only 20 vehicles would be released to the public, with one additional car (marked as 0/20) produced for the Lamborghini Museum. Although early rumours indicated the total number would actually be 100, each Reventón is clearly stamped with its number in the sequence
of 20 between the drivers and passengers seats.

Although the exterior is all new, almost all the mechanical elements (including the engine) are taken directly from the Murciélago LP640. According to the official press release, the exterior styling was inspired by "the fastest airplanes". To emphasize this, Lamborghini staged a race between a Reventón and a Panavia Tornado fighter plane.

Initial reports suggest that the 6.5 L (400 cu in) V12 received a power boost of approximately 20 hp (15 kW), but the output is officially stated to be 640 hp (480 kW). According to the official release, the Reventón accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in the same time as the Murciélago LP640 (3.4 seconds), and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of over 340 km/h (210 mph). Using the internal speedometer, the recorded top speed can reach up to 356 km/h (221 mph).

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Koenigsegg CCX

The Koenigsegg CCX is a mid-engined roadster from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The CCX has been engineered to comply with the U.S. regulation and market demands and is an evolutionary design that replaced the Koenigsegg CCR.

CCX is an abbreviation for Competition Coupe X; the X commemorating the 10th anniversary, (being the Roman numeral for ten), of the completion and test drive of the first CC vehicle in 1996.

The CCX was first unveiled on February 28, 2006 at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show although its existence was announced earlier. A derivative known as the CCXR is available, the difference being that CCXR's engine is tuned to run on biofuel. The different fuel and tune allows the CCXR to produce 25% more power than the CCX.

Koenigsegg began the CCX project with the aim of entering the world market, though particularly the United States car market. Development engineer Magnus Jaasund said "We wanted to go into the world market, but we couldn’t do it with the old car." To sell cars to the North American market many alterations were made to the design of the CCR; the previously used Ford Modular engine was replaced by a Koenigsegg engine designed to run on 91 octane fuel, readily available in the United States, and to meet the Californian emission standards. The front bumper of the CCX is designed to be safer in low speed collisions than previous Koenigseggs and the whole body is 3.46 in (88 millimeters) longer to comply with the United States' rear impact regulations. Additionally the CCX can display United States or European number plates.

The CCX is 1.6 in (40.6 mm) taller than the CCR and, combined with the carbon fiber reinforced plastic sports seats by Sparco, the CCX allows for 2 in (50.8 mm) of extra headroom that Autoweek reviewer Mark Vaughn hypothesizes is "to accommodate U.S. NBA stars." The electronic control unit has also received an upgrade over the CCR meaning that the CCX is without physical fuses and it is lighter than the previous system.


The CCX can accelerate from 0–62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and from 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.8 seconds. According to Koenigsegg it has a top speed of 259 mph (417 km/h), although this has not been officially verified. On 15 June 2008, a standard fully equipped CCX was independently timed by sport auto in achieving a record 0-186-0 mph (0-300-0 km/h) in 29.2 seconds, beating SLR McLaren 722, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Porsche 997 GT2, Alpina B6 S, Corvette Z06.


While previous Koenigsegg models were powered by an engined based on the Ford Modular V8 engine sourced from the U.S., and modified by Koenigsegg, the engine of the CCX was designed by Koenigsegg themselves and is built ground up in the Koenigsegg factory. The Engine block is cast for them by Grainger & Worrall, a British company that produces drivetrain components for Formula One cars. The engine is a 4.7 liter 288 cu in (4,719 cc) V8, with dual overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder. The engine block is made of 356 Aluminium that has undergone a T7 heat treatment, a form of accelerated precipitation strengthening. The aluminium alloy is stronger than the previous engine and allows a thinner, thus lighter, engine block that will withstand higher cylinder pressures. The engine is boosted by two centrifugal superchargers that provide 17.5 psi (121 kPa)of boost with an 8.2:1 compression ratio. The engine produces 806 bhp (601 kW; 817 PS) at 6900rpm and 678 lb·ft (919 N·m) of torque at 5700 rpm on 91 octane (U.S. rating) gasoline. The engine is lubricated with a dry sump system with a separate oil pump, the pistons are cooled by oil sprayed onto them and the oil itself has an external cooler. The CCX engine burns 14 mpg-US (17 L/100 km; 17 mpg-imp).

Mercedes CL63 AMG

This is one of the must have models for every serious road car collector. It's by Auto Art Mercedes CL63... see to believe...

Model: Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG
Engine type: 6208cc, eight cylinders
Power/Torque: 518bhp @ 6800rpm /464 lb ft @ 5200rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Fuel/CO2: 19mpg (combined) / 355g/km
Performance: 0-62mph: 4.6sec / Top speed: 155mph (limited)
Price: £103,540