As the over-hyped extravaganza of wealth, bad taste, bad driving and unbridled machismo that is the Gumball 3000 got underway yesterday in Denmark, there was one car on”grid” which looked like nothing else. It’s the number 73 car, run by Team Galag from Saudi Arabia (who also brought along a replica of Batman’s Tumbler). It’s called the Galag TG1, and basically it’s a heavily modified Nissan GT-R. However it’s undergone such a transformation, that from the outside the only giveaway is the GT-R’s distinctive roofline.
Now I’m not going to say the TG1 is the ugliest car I’ve ever seen. I remember seeing a Robin Reliant with go-faster stripes and three-spoke alloy wheels back in the ’90s that was probably worse. But that’s about it. The TG1 really is a prime example of the old adage, “money can’t buy taste”.
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For the 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO there have been a few cosmetic alterations designed to help it stand out from last year’s model, and more importantly, differentiate it from the standard “Z”.
As before the 370Z NISMO will come fitted with a 3.7 litre V6 producing 350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm, and 276 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The 370Z NISMO’s improved performance comes from a H-configuration performance exhaust and retuned ECU. A number of bolt-on chassis enhancements designed to improve handling and road holding are also included as standard.
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At this year’s Wothersee festival, an annual event which celebrates everything VW/Audi, Audi will be presenting a one-off high-performance version of the TT.
However the Audi TT ultra quattro concept’s most impressive feature is not something it’s gained, but something it’s lost. 300 kgs (661 lbs) to be precise. Audi’s engineers have managed this through extensive use of carbon fiber, fiberglass and magnesium.
It’s been a pretty strict diet too. With few areas escaping the engineers scrutiny. Yet surprisingly the car looks remarkably standard from the outside, and comfortable and well equipped on the inside. There’s air conditioning, electric windows, and even a digital display to show what’s going on behind thanks to the two small cameras which replace the standard side mirrors.
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OSS Designs has just unveiled their latest project car. It’s the company’s first go at tuning an Audi, and judging by what they’ve done, lets hope they do some more. The OSS Designs Audi RS5 has a kinda retro-ish ’80s Audi Quattro feel to it. I don’t think that was intentional, but either way. It works.
Up front is a blacked out grille and headlight surround, giving the car a particularly infuriated look. The headlights themselves feature OSS Designs’ multicolor LED surround which can be adjusted from inside the car. The new look of the car continues down the side with modified sideskirts and large lateral intakes just ahead of the rear wheels. At the rear is a new bumper and a massive duck tail spoiler.
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Callaway Cars have just announced plans for their shooting brake conversion kit for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Called the Callaway AeroWagon, the kit features carbon fiber body panels and redesigned windows. The increase in load space and practicality is nice. But the real draw to the AeroWagon conversion is the fact it looks downright amazing!
The carbon fiber components have been manufactured using the company’s KRTM (Krämer Resin Transfer Molding) process, which produces load carrying carbon fiber parts in one quick step. Callaway are expecting that the Corvette Aerowagon will be able to achieve 200+ mph thanks to some unspecified performance enhancements they have in store for the C7 Corvette.
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Mansory, that infamous German tuning company with a reputation for assaulting various supercars with their unique taste in colors and over-the-top body kits, is rolling into this year’s Geneva Motor Show with what, for them, is a rather restrained creation.
Based on the Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Mansory Stallone features numerous carbon fiber components and body panels. There’s a redesigned hood, front bumper, rear bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, mirror covers, door handle covers and headlights. To top it off there’s also a set of humongous wheels, which measure 21-inches up front and 22-inches at the back.
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Bertone will be making an appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month, and they’ll be bringing along a one-off shooting brake version of the Aston Martin Rapide as part of the celebrations surrounding the British manufacturer’s 100 year anniversay. The car was commissioned by a private collector, who no doubt had to fork over an eye-watering sum of money for Bertone’s bespoke services.
Bertone has some history when it comes to shooting brake Aston Martins. In fact they’ve been at it since the ’60s and the DB4 GT Bertone Jet. However the Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 is more akin to a 2004 Bertone creation, the Aston Martin Jet 2 concept – which was based on a V12 Vanquish.
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While the 2013 Geneva Motor Show’s main attractions will most certainly be the selection of futuristic concept cars and all-new production cars, there will also be some delicious-looking modified cars on display. On of them will be this, the Gemballa GT Spider, which is quite obviously based on a McLaren 12C Spider.
Gemballa’s real bread and butter comes from modifying Porsche models. In fact, throughout their 32 history Gemballa have only tinkered with a handful of models from other manufacturers. McLaren have now joined that exclusive club.
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German tuning firm Wheelsandmore have just announced their range of performance products for the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Their available upgrades include, unsurprisingly, a range of 20″ and 21″ wheels in a selection of different colors and materials. Including three-piece forged alloy wheels and lightweight carbon fiber rims. A sports suspension kit helps the car sit snugly over its new wheels.
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Gullwing America have been manufacturing the retro-modern 300 SL Panamerica for around four years now. Their recipe involves making a custom chassis, fitting a brand new Mercedes-Benz drivetrain into it, and then placing a lightly customised 300 SL reproduction body on top. However for one Eastern European client that simply wasn’t good enough. So he’s managed to get the company to build him his very own, one-off creation called the 300 SLC.
The Gullwing America 300 SLC is based on a 2012 SLS AMG Roadster, and its running gear and interior required only minor changes. However what did require major changes is the bodywork. Gullwing America have fabricated a handmade aluminium body for the vehicle based on the design of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC (W-188) – of which only 92 were made.
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