Category Archives: performance

Job One for Shelby GT350R at Flat Rock

In 1965, Ford and Carroll Shelby developed a road-racing version of the popular Ford Mustang – the Shelby GT350 Competition model. Continue reading

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Woodward Dream Cruiser started out as a Nightmare

Jerry Haskell is typical of the owners of classic cars that show up every year for the Woodward Dream cruise as an estimated one million of those similarly inclined watch the parade. Continue reading

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Driving the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat

A 707 horsepower car that can be driven around like any other car. Consider that any ’60s or ’70s-era muscle car that could run a sub-12-second quarter-mile was not street-drivable. Continue reading

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Dodge Challenger Drag Pak – Too Much Might be Enough

Just bring money, lots – and lots of driving expertise, as the cars are eight-second quarter mile wild beasts, giving another meaning to Challenger. Continue reading

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Chevrolet Corvette Wins GTE Pro at Le Mans

A Chevrolet Corvette C7.R takes first at Circuit de la Sarthe winning the GTE Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, the eighth Corvette victory Continue reading

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Ford GT to Run in GTE Pro Next Year at Le Mans

Both the production car and racecar will appear in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Ford GT racecars placing 1-2-3 at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. That year Ford beat Ferrari in the far faster and more expensive unlimited class. Ford went on to repeat its victory at Le Mans in 1967, 1968 and 1969 when the Europeans changed the rules to effectively ban the cars. Continue reading

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Ford V8 in Shelby GT350 Exceeds 100 Horsepower per Liter

Unknown at this time is whether the notorious weaknesses of a flat plane engine – vibration and an odd exhaust sound – are acceptable to drivers in a street rod as opposed to a racing engine where they are common. Continue reading

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Shelby to Charge $2500 for Track Test Drives

Shelby American announced today a Try Before You Buy program that allows Shelby enthusiasts – for $2,500 – to have track time behind the wheel of the current lineup of Shelby vehicles. Continue reading

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider – Best Buy in Supercars

The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe was an impressive performer on the road and on the sales charts with 3000 units sold thus far globally and an 18-month waiting list. The new 4C Spider will prove an even more formidable entry into the supercar class in performance, but not price. It is without question the best buy in the hot two-seaters. Continue reading

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Lexus Premieres GS F Sedan at Detroit

Lexus today unveiled the 2016 GS F performance sedan, the latest model in line as it continues to stalk Mercedes-Benz and BMW sport sedans that own and define the expensive segment. Continue reading

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Cadillac CTS-V Debuts. V is for Very Fast and Expensive

With more horsepower and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5-liter biturbo V8 and the BMW M-series 4.4-liter TwinPower (twin-turbo) V8, the new CTS-V is capable of 0-60 acceleration in 3.7 seconds. Continue reading

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Ford GT Returns. Le Mans Bound?

Ford would not confirm an endurance-racing program is underway, but it is virtually certain. Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 raced to three wins in its first season of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, including a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with seven podiums and more than 15,000 endurance-racing miles. Continue reading

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2015 Corvette Data Recorder Lets You Spy

Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes can buy an optional Performance Data Recorder that lets you to spy on people. Continue reading

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Holy Toledo! 2015 Corvette Gets Eight-Speed Automatic

Chevy claims excellent shift times that rival the best dual-clutch designs of which ZF is the leading supplier. Porsche, of course, offers dual-clutch automatics and the new Corvette already outperforms Porsche models costing tens – or much more – thousands of dollars greater. Continue reading

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New Camaro Z/28 Priced at $75,000

The new 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 going on sale this spring has a suggested retail price of $75,000, including a $995 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees. Only a single option, a $1,150 package that adds air conditioning and six audio speakers. The standard Z/28 includes one speaker. Continue reading

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