Exclusive Motoring: The 1983 Volvo 240 Turbo Commercial.

Volvo 240 Turbo

In the early 1980’s quite a few manufacturers wanted to get into the rally racing game, and Volvo was one of them.  Naturally they needed to produce a car that had some kind of chance of fitting into that scene.  So, they came out with a turbocharged 240 that made just a tick over 150 horsepower and about 175 ft lbs of torque.  This was sort of the “base” for the special edition racing versions that would come out shortly after with double the horsepower and torque. Continue reading Exclusive Motoring: The 1983 Volvo 240 Turbo Commercial.

In the 1950’s Five Wheels Were Better Than Four.

"Park Car"

One of the reasons that I love cars from the 1940’s & 50’s so much is because they were still full of crazy ideas.  People weren’t afraid to think outside the box to try to make life easier.  If somebody decided that driving on 3 wheels was better than 4, poof, a new 3 wheeled vehicle arrived on the scene.  You want your high beam headlights to dim when another car is driving at you, poof, done!  You want an extra wheel to pop out of your trunk and help you parallel park, poof……wait, huh? Continue reading In the 1950’s Five Wheels Were Better Than Four.

Mustang Club Video From Poland: Caution – Burnout Content.

Mustangs

Here in the United States, we are known for our undying love of big American cars with big V8’s.  There is something special about burying your foot into the floor board of a V8 powered car and feeling the tires rip away at the pavement as the white cloud of smoke billows out from the rear quarter panels.  It’s passion.  What you may not realize though, is that some other countries have just as much passion for these big American V8’s as we do.  This video was apparently filmed in Poland by a Mustang car club member.  It is really quite a fantastic video.  I have watched it a few times, and it definitely makes me wonder if I need more Mustang in my life.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yj1kBHcAbzw

Video: The Lancia Delta S4 Goes 0-62 in 2.3 Seconds….on Dirt.

lancia-delta-s4

The Lancia Delta S4 has been invading my brain for a few days now, and I just can’t seem to shake it off. If you aren’t familiar with it, I’m not that surprised because it was part of Group B Rally Racing back in 1985 and 1986. Then it sort of fell off the planet. Between 1982 and 1986, Group B rally racing was “open minded” when it came to the race cars, so some of them were horrifyingly, stupid, silly fast.  In fact, they were so dangerous that Group B was ended by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) at the end of 1986.  Many people blame the rally spectators for this FIA decision because sometimes they stood in front of oncoming race cars, and got hit…..duh…  I’m not here to place blame though, I just want to share the greatness that is the S4.

The Lancia Delta S4 was loosely based on the Lancia Delta.   In reality, they shared almost nothing, except for the general shape of the body. The Delta S4’s body was built from carbon fiber, it had long arm race suspension, all wheel drive, and of course a twin charged mid mounted engine.  Officially it made 480 horsepower, but off the record, it was rumored to be closer to 600.  That is ludicrous power from a little 1759cc engine (That translates to about a 1.8 Liter or 107 cubic inch), not too shabby. Continue reading Video: The Lancia Delta S4 Goes 0-62 in 2.3 Seconds….on Dirt.