Confederate Motorcycles X132 Hellcat Speedster

Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

Confederate Motorcycles are some of the most exquisite, hand-built, two-wheeled machines on the planet. And the latest version of the Hellcat is no different. Based on last year’s X132 Hellcat model, the X132 Hellcat Speedster is a revised and enhanced model which benefits from the input of Pierre Terblanche, one of the world’s most prolific and famous motorcycle designers, having previously worked for the likes of Cagiva, Ducati, Piaggio, Moto Guzzi and Norton.

The Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster, like all Confederate Motorcycles, is hand-built in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s powered by a massive 2,163 cc (132 cu in) fuel injected V-Twin engine which produces a healthy 121 horsepower and an even more impressive 140 ft-lbs of torque. It features a 5-speed drag racing transmission, and if it’s anything like the modified Hellcat which set a record at the 2013 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials by hitting 172 mph, it should be pretty quick.
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McLaren P1 GTR

McLaren P1 GTR

After a couple of months of teasing and speculation, McLaren have finally unveiled the McLaren P1 GTR in the flesh. The car was originally announced back in June, with more information following in July, and at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is was debuted.

The P1 GTR arrives 20 years after the legendary F1 GTR appeared ahead of its 1995 GT season debut. Like the F1 GTR, McLaren are hoping to dominate the track with the new P1 racer. And with no need to make the car road legal, the P1 GTR is a track-focused, high-performance rocket which is the most powerful model produced by McLaren Special Operations ever.

While the McLaren P1 GTR is based on the P1 road car, there are numerous modifications and upgrades to the vehicle. Aerodynamic improvements include a new front clip with a splitter and redesigned radiator ducts, revised lateral air intakes, repositioned exterior mirrors, underfloor air management, a large rear diffuser and a huge rear spoiler mounted on carbon fiber pylons.
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What would BMWs look like without the ‘kidney grille’?

BMW models without kidney grilles

BMW’s trademark ‘kidney grille’ has been around since 1933 when it was introduced on the BMW 303, which was coincidentally also the first BMW automobile to use a straight-six engine. Since then it has become a hallmark of the company, featuring on almost every single model since, ranging from their SUVs to their sports cars and everything inbetween.

But what if BMW decided to ditch the kidneys in favor of a single frame grille? For starters it would certainly get BMW fanboys all of a flutter. The recent update to the numerical naming system was enough of a shock for some. But would they look better or worse for the change?
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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 707 hp and a 204 mph top speed

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Dodge and SRT designers and engineers have gone all-out and created a four-door sedan with supercar humbling straight-line performance. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world.  It’s powered by a  massive 6.2 litre supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 engine churning out an enormous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of tarmac rippling torque. Connected to a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission, the engine is capable of catapulting the car from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds, it posts a quarter-mile time of 11-seconds dead, and it has a jaw-dropping 204 mph top speed.

The drivetrain used in the Charger SRT Hellcat is identical to that found in its two-door stablemate, the Challenger Hellcat, yet interestingly the Charger has a 5 mph higher top end, but a 0.2 second slower 0-60 mph time.
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Ferrari F80 Supercar Concept

Ferrari F80 concept

The Ferrari LaFerrari is still more-or-less brand new, but Italian designer Adriano Raeli – who studied transport design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California – still thinks it’s time for a replacement.

The Ferrari F80 is in the same vein as the LaFerrari, in that it incorporates similar dramatic bodywork and clever aerodynamic tricks. It’s also extremely curvy and drop-dead gorgeous.
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McLaren 650S Sprint – track toy for the well-heeled

McLaren 650S Sprint

McLaren’s new 650S model now comes in three flavors, the standard road going 650S, the competition-spec 650S GT3 for serious racers, and now there’s the 650S Sprint which is aimed at track enthusiasts who still want a little bit of comfort. The 650S Sprint also replaces the MP4-12C-based 12C Sprint as McLaren’s track toy for the super-rich.

Compared to the road model, the 650S Sprint features increased downforce and better cooling airflow to the 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged V8. It also features a competition-spec fuel tank and quick-fill cap, a larger radiator borrowed from the GT3 car, a new hood with additional cooling ducts for the radiator, front wing louvres for improved airflow, reduced ride height and recalibrated damping and spring rates, 19-inch center-locking race wheels with either Pirelli slicks or wet tires, onboard air jack system, and an upgraded braking system.
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Jaguar and Bremont create E-Type inspired watch

Jaguar Bremont Lightweight E-Type Watch

To celebrate the launch of the six new lightweight Jaguar E-types to be built by Jaguar Heritage, the company have teamed up with the British watchmaker Bremont to create limited edition watch which will be offered to buyers of the new E-types. Just six watches will be built.

The Jaguar/Bremont chronometer watches are inspired by the black dial from the Lightweight E-types tachometer. The chamfered hour and minute hands are designed to emulate the needle on the tach, while each watch also features the unique engine number of the car it is paired with.
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Range Rover Sport SVR – the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever

Range Rover Sport SVR

Land Rover have just unveiled the Range Rover Sport SVR, the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever produced. It is also the first model to wear the SVR badge, which is being brought in for future high-performance models from both Land Rover and Jaguar.

Based on the new Range Rover Sport platform, the SVR model has a revised chassis, upgraded engine, new wheel and tire combinations, and more aerodynamic bodywork. It all adds up to produce a luxury SUV which can hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 4.5 seconds, continue on to an electronically limited 162 mph top speed, and which is the fastest ever production SUV around the Nurburgring circuit with a time of 8 minutes and 14 seconds.

Powering the Range Rover Sport SVR is a reworked version of the 5.0 litre V8 used in the standard Range Rover Sport. This engine now produces 550 horsepower and 501 lb ft (680 Nm) of torque, and amazingly fuel economy remains the same. The engine is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive.
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MarineKart – a go-kart for the water


On the shores of lake Worthersee in Austria  (the same place the annual Wothersee festival for VW/Audi fans takes place) is a small company called Marinekart. They build compact little boats which are versatile, adaptable, supposedly unsinkable, and lots of fun.

The MarineKart is basically a go-kart for the water. It can carry up to four people, weighs just 127 lbs (58 kgs) without a motor, and is powered by an electric outboard motor, of which there are two to choose from, a 2.7 hp unit and a 5.4 hp model. It can also be powered by conventional four-stroke outboard motors.

While the power output of the electric motors might not sound like much – mainly because it isn’t very much – the featherweight construction and the compact size of the boat means it’s quicker than you might think. The base model – powered by a Torqeedo 2R 24V motor has a top speed of 9 knots, while the more powerful Torqeedo 4R 48V model has a top speed of 15 knots. Apparently the boat can handle up to a 10 horsepower motor, allowing for a top speed of around 30 mph.
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Nissan’s NISMO Mashup competition winners

Nissan NISMO mashup

Earlier this year, Nissan’s performance division NISMO announced a lighthearted design competition which asked fans to help conceive of some Mashups using some of their high-performance models, and cross-breeding them with some of Nissan’s more entry-level vehicles. The results are now in.

At the start of the contest we came up with a cross between the IDx NISMO concept and the 370Z (see the gallery). Unfortunately it wasn’t eligible for the competition because the IDX NISMO is a concept, not a production model. So the cars that NISMO ended up going with were a blend of the Nissan GT-R and the Maxima, and a shotgun marriage between a 370Z and a Sentra.
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