I roam the interweb far and wide searching for automotive beauty, and occasionally I strike pure gold. Is this van the scariest thing that you have ever seen? Probably. Does it look like it has a questionable past? Yes. Does it do wheelies? Please… Do I want one just like it? Maybe. This Chevy Van doesn’t even look safe enough to lean on, never mind the horror show that must happen when you rip on the throttle. One thing that seems to be missing is the inspection sticker on the windshield? He must have forgotten to get one.
…. And a wheelie video.
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This car needs to be talked about more, because it is something very special. It is the 2011 Ford Focus Rs 500. It comes with 345 horsepower and 339 ft lbs of torque that will likely fry the tires off on command. The engine is a 5 cylinder turbocharged 2.5L. Thats 2.25 horsepower per cubic inch folks, otherwise known as absolutely un….real from a factory engine. For reference, the new Corvette ZR1 makes 638 horsepower from 378 cubic inches, which is just shy of 1.7 horsepower per cubic inch. So yes, this Focus is special. It is a limited production car, with only 500 being produced. Unfortunately for the American enthusiasts, we won’t be receiving any of these. None, zip, zilch, zero, nadda. They are all being sold in European markets, and many of them are already spoken for. So you will never get to wash those 19 inch wheels, or feel the smooth vinyl coating. All you are able to do is watch Focus RS Youtube videos in your pajamas and dream of the ungodly fwd burnouts that you would be doing in your neighbors driveway if you owned one of these. Dream on.
If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may have noticed that the GM LS series engines make me as happy as a new pair of socks (VERY happy!). So naturally when I saw some pictures and video of this Boss Hoss “Berzerker” motorcycle, I knew that I had to bring it to the forefront of the 1A Auto blog.
In my strange world, I imagine the birth of this bike began like this:
Guy 1: “Hey man, I wanna go fast, like super-space-ship fast. I think I want to ride an actual laser beam, or maybe like a missile or something. ”
Guy 2: “Maaaan, you know you can’t put a seat on a laser beam, and handlebars would look ridiculous on a missile! You’re talkin’ crazy bro!”
Guy 1: “Ok, what if we take an LS2 engine, bore it to 430 cubic inches, strap it to a 2 speed transmission, crank out 700+ horsepower, and put a seat on it?”
Guy 2: “Wheels?”
Guy 1: “Oh yeah, we’ll use those too, but no more than 2! If I am traveling super-space-ship fast, I don’t want rotational weight crowding my peoples.”
Guy 2: “That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! What we need is more “Berrrrzerker“.”
Now the conversation probably didn’t go like that, I really have no idea. One thing we do know is that the bike exists now, and it apparently makes ludicrous power. Judging by the violent symphony blaring out of my over-treble’d computer speakers and the NHRA decals all over it, I would bet the 706 hp numbers are legit. Does it go super-space-ship fast? Probably…
I will be the first on here to say “I would like a second helping of Berzerker Please….”
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Ok, there is a lot of amazing news going on in the automotive world today, and the 1A Auto blog is on it like a bonnet. Assuming this video is real, and not riddled with lies, this 2011 V6 mustang is capable of an unbelievable 48 MPG. It is supposed to get about 30-31 mpg, but during this 1000 lap challenge, they are claiming 48 miles per gallon. Is it a miracle? Is it a lie? Is the 2011 Mustang really that impressive? Who knows.
Call me strange, but I would absolutely love to read the O2 sensor readouts on a wideband to see what the AFR is. It’s got to be running crazy lean (magical?) air fuel ratios if this story is true.
Check out https://www.mustang1000lapchallenge.com/ for more info.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last 10 years, you have likely heard of Rhys Millen. He does rally and off-road truck racing, drifting, and a variety of other car related endeavors. Recently he set his eyes on smashing the current “Unlimited Class” Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record, and intends to break the 10 minute barrier all together, which has never been done. His team built a goal-oriented race car called the PM580 that is running a production Hyundai V6 with about 750 horsepower shoehorned into it. From the looks of this video, and the history that Rhys and his father Rod have on this hill climb, I’d say he has a good chance of reaching his goals. To put it tenderly, this new car looks like a tire-ripping, time-bending, ungodly fast, 1-way ticket to victory.
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Miss Belvedere, What Happened?
Miss Belvedere was the talk of the town in June of 2007 after being unearthed from the deepest darkest depths of downtown Tulsa. She was a brand new 1957 Plymouth with just 4 miles on her when they dunked her in the pit of no return. Fifty years later when the light of day finally shined on her again in 2007, she had not aged well. She looked like an automotive version of the Cryptkeeper (Remember that show – Tales from the crypt!??). Anyway, as it turns out, automobiles cannot be preserved by dunking them under water for 50 years. Wait….WHAT!? Yes it is true, dirty gutter water from the Tulsa streets does not preserve sheetmetal, fabric, or plastic.
Shortly after she was raised from the sarcophagus, she was put on display for all the interwebzz and journalists to get their piece. » Continue reading more of this post…
The Lexus LFA has been somewhat elusive since it popped up on the scene as a concept in 2005. However, Lexus has been abusing it on the track and improving upon it for the last few years while you weren’t paying attention. It is now rumored that 500 of them will be built for the 2010 model year. This rumor is becoming so real that Lexus even made a commercial to prove the car really works. It isn’t another boooring brand new super car doing burnouts though, they brought science to the game this time. I imagine people were all like (tiny voice) “I want to see the new LFA fo-real!”, and they were all (in a deep voice) “Fine we’ll break some stuff with the sound of our amazing exhaust”.
From my perspective, it has all the necessary features of a car that I will never be able to afford. Let’s check em’ out!
– Built by Lexus? = Check!
– V10 engine? = Oh Yea!
– 9000 rpm redline? = Uh Huh!
– Factory launch control? = Weeee!
– Carbon Fiber Body? = wut.
– Really economical price? = Sorry, that will not be available for you at this time or ever.
– Steering wheel mounted start button? = Vrrrroooomba!
– Engine sounds tuned & directed into the interior? = Brrraaattt dat dat dat dat dat Vrooom! Bratttt dat dat dat dat….