Tag Archives: Sports Cars

Hennessey straps the 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 to the dyno

It's fairly common knowledge that the horsepower figures automakers parade around don't reflect power at the wheels. Rather, it's how much hp the engine makes at the crankshaft. Therefore, we need a dynamometer to measure just how much power is getting to the ground. Thankfully, Hennessey Performance Engineering has one, and it strapped the 2019 Chevrolet...

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Geely could invest almost $2B to turn Lotus into a Porsche rival

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is prepared to invest the necessary funds to make Lotus into a world-beating luxury and sports car brand. If Geely has its way, Lotus will be England's Porsche. And the Chinese automaker could dump as much as $2 billion into the brand to begin the process. According to a Bloomberg report published Thursday, Geely is...

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Ferrari makes $80K profit per car; reportedly beats entire industry

Ferrari hears the sweet ring of the cash register with every new car sold. The Italian company banks a profit of $80,000 per car sold and tops the industry, per a study from German economics professor Ferdinand Dudenhoffer. Motor1 translated the study's findings to show Ferrari's well-off margins, which are current for the first six months of the year...

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New Wiesmann sports car coming in 2019

After ceasing operations in 2014 due to insolvency, Germany's Wiessman and its collection of retro sports cars was brought back to life a year later by a couple of Indian investors based in the United Kingdom. They brought on Mercedes-Benz veteran Mario Spitzner to run the revived company, which is based in Wiesmann's traditional home of Dulmen, Germany and...

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Mazda Autozam AZ-1 stops into Jay Leno’s Garage

Something completely different dropped by for the latest episode of "Jay Leno's Garage." It was a 1992 Mazda Autozam AZ-1. Never heard of it? Most Americans haven't. The AZ-1 was one of many Japanese cars built for the kei car space. For an incredibly quick debrief on kei cars, the pint-sized vehicles are built to a particular specification: 11-feet long...

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F1 champ Jenson Button sets 2017 Honda Civic Type R’s final lap record

Honda has been out to prove the performance of its Civic Type R since the feisty hatch debuted for the 2017 model year, and its yardstick has been to set the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars at famous race tracks around the globe, including the Nürburgring. The final attempt took place recently at the Hungaroring, the home of the Formula 1...

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Meet the woman who the Lotus Elise is named after

Despite no longer being on sale in the United States, the Lotus Elise has been pivotal in keeping the British sports car marque alive during decades of financial hardship. Development started shortly after Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli bought Lotus from General Motors in 1993, with the car's launch taking place three years later. Artioli, who was...

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Porsche building its own 911 restomod to celebrate 70th anniversary

Porsche isn't done with its celebrations for its 70th anniversary this year. Having already built a highly authentic replica of its very first sports car, as well as unveiling a spiritual successor in the form of the 911 Speedster concept, Porsche is now working on a restomod based on a classic 911. Called Project Gold, Porsche is documenting the build via...

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First comes thunder, then LFT-666: Lister redesignates its tuned F-Type

Lister revealed its first car since the 1993 Storm supercar earlier this year with an appropriate follow-up name: the Thunder. But, now Thunder is out, and the name LFT-666 is in. The revived British sports car marque announced Wednesday it has redesignated the car as the LFT-666, with the triple six in the name signifying the car's ungodly 666-horsepower...

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Vanderhall Venice now available as single-seat Speedster

You don't always need high-dollar, high-horsepower cars to have fun out on the road or track. Motorcycles have traditionally been the weapon of choice for performance fans on a budget but more recently the new segment of reverse trikes has been gaining popularity. Familiar names like Morgan, Can-Am, Polaris and Slingshot all offer interesting options, and...

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