Fantastic amateur film, narrated by Stephen Mitchell and filmed by Peter Helm, featuring three Ferrari 250 GTO’s at Willow Springs and carving the infamous Mulholland Drive.
MSN Autos did a pretty good job of picking 10 hot tuner cars.
TechArt Panamera Concept One
Novitec Rosso California
ABT Sportline R8 5.2 V10
Lingenfelter Camaro SS L28
Roush 427R Mustang
Hennessey Challenger HPE600 Turbo
Brabus E V12
Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS
Dinan S3-R M3
Heffner Performance Ford GT 1000GT
Formula One is coming to Austin, Texas!
Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021.
Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group stated: “For the first time in the history of Formula One in the United States, a world-class facility will be purpose-built to host the event. It was thirty years ago that the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ was last held on a purpose-built permanent road course circuit in Watkins Glen, NY (1961-1980), which enjoyed great success.
In addition to the State of Texas being the 11th strongest economy in the world, it has more Fortune 500 company headquarters than any other state. Key features of Austin include:
– State capital nicknamed ‘Silicon Hills’ for being one of the most important regions in the US for the Technology Industry;
– USA’s 15th largest city and is located 145 miles from Houston (4th largest US city), 70 miles from San Antonio (7th largest US city), and 180 miles from Dallas (8th largest US city), population in this triangle is over 22 million;
– perfectly located geographically for North, South and Central American visitors;
– over 130 daily departing international flights within 180 miles;
– over 250,000 hotel rooms within 180 miles;
– desirable year-round climate, with an average annual temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius);
– geographically located in the Texas Hill Country, easily the most beautiful city in the State, and considered one of the most in the US;
– hotels/downtown/Formula 1 circuit/airport located within close proximity of each other, which is nearly impossible for any other large city in the US;
– world class night life entertainment along renowned ‘Sixth Street’; and
– large film industry presence – many movies filmed in the area.
Porsche has released specs on the new 911 GT2 RS, and wow!
620 horse power, 3,021 pounds, 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
Some perspective: the RS has 90 more horse power and is 152 pounds lighter than the current GT2. And for kicks, the RS is 5% more fuel efficient than the last GT2.
The 620 hp greatness comes from a modified version of Porsche’s twin turbo 3.6L flat six. Unlike the normal turbo, the GT2 RS (as with all 911 GT2’s) puts the power only to the rear wheels – no boring AWD for this 911.
Even without the safety and sanity of the AWD, Porsche says the GT2 RS will go around the Nürburgring Ring in 7:18!
The word is Porsche only plans to make 500 of the RS’s.
How to know you have spotted one: The RS has wider wheel arches, carbon fiber, carbon fiber, carbon fiber, center locking wheels and a few GT2 RS badges all over the car.
To top it off, tires had to be specifically developed for the GT2 RS – 245/35 ZR 19 fronts and 325/30 ZR 19 rears, making the burnouts and donuts awesome, but costly.
The $253,000 list price 911 GT2 RS is the fastest and most powerful road going Porsche in history.
The title of best selling Porsche was held by the Cayenne. Now after selling 678 Panameras in April, this new 4 door, front engine with a hatch holds the single month 2010 sales record for the P-car brand.
Porsche Cars North America announced that it sold a total of 1,747 Porsches in April 2010.
Porsche’s new four-door Panamera recorded its best-ever one-month sales of 678.
To date, Porsche has sold 3,410 Panamera models in the U.S. since it went on sale in October 2009.
SHOCKER: The Panamera is Porsche’s best-selling model, in the U.S., in 2010.
When did Porsche buyers become so practical?
At least the Panamera can be had in turbo trim with 500 hp (although that is about 50 hp shy of where it should be to keep up with some of the other family sedans out there).
Panamera v8 trim levels:
Panamera S ($89,800) 400-hp V8, 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds & top speed of 175 mph.
Panamera 4S ($93,800) same 400-hp V8.
Porsche Panamera Turbo ($132,600) turbocharged V8, 500 hp, 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, top speed of 188 mph.
There are a couple of v6 models with 300 hp with a starting price around $75,000.
If you don’t like the looks of the Panamera, do yourself a favor and go sit in the driver’s seat of one. You’ll quickly notice you can not see the exterior of the car from this point of view and you’ll no doubt be pleasantly suprised by the great looking interior.