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One of our wishes which we keep dreaming since our childhood is to have a flying car. But despite a sea of technological developments, so far we didn’t see one. But wait, some Dutch dudes have cobbled together a weird helicar contraption that combines all the worst, most impractical elements of car and helicopter into one amazingly expensive prototype.
The case for outlawing the practice of talking on cell phones while driving got a boost from the latest breakthrough from the innovation labs of Freie Universität Berlin. German scientists working there have installed a car with new technology that can read the driver’s brain waves, thus allowing the car to be steered entirely by thought, reports Science Daily. Needless to say, you probably don’t want to be distracted while driving this vehicle.
Check this out! As many curbs as I’ve hit, I might just need these tires! Resilient Tech has been testing these out for some time now, developing them for the military.
Nissan keeps adding more to its flagship GT-R sports car to help keep competing alongside its rivals. A new update for the 2012 model year in Europe pegs the engine output at an impressive 542-hp, over the previous year’s 530-hp number. Billed as a 2012 model year car overseas, this improvement, along with a slew of others, is expected to debut on a US-spec version for 2013. (US-Spec models will come officially rated at 545-hp).
Along with the improved engine output of 550 PS (542-hp) and 632 Nm (466 lb-ft), Nissan also claims improved efficiency and an enhanced transmission “feel” thanks to a new shift fork arm, a firmer flywheel housing bearing and a new differential oil.
A stiffer body structure now promises improved rigidity, while Nissan has also developed a new asymmetric suspension, with a stiffer spring rate on the left side and an imbalanced wheel load (when stationary), for right-hand drive versions. This new arrangement is designed to compensate for RHD models where the car is weighted to the right side thanks to both the location of the propeller shaft and the driver.
In addition, Nissan has announced a new track version of the GT-R for right-hand drive markets, like Japan and the UK.
Neighbours envy, owner’s pride’. Nothing can express it better when you speak of these cars.
Most of us can only dream of owning one of these speed monsters. And you will be forgiven if you in one of yours sinister dreams harbour thoughts of stealing one of these and go for a spin.
Anyway let’s get back on earth and find out which are the world’s fastest cars.
Note: This is NOT a ranking of the world’s fastest cars, but only a listing of the world’s speediest demons. Of course, the astounding speeds that they can achieve have also been given. So decide for yourself which do you think is the fastest of this lot.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4
0-60mph in 2.5 secs
Head of Design Hartmut Warkuss and his team were faced with a Herculean task: they were to design a car that combined its classic heritage and state-of-the-art modernism in a unique and unmatched way.
A mid-engine sports car produced by Volkswagen Group’ subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS, it is powered by a 1,001 hp (746 kW) W16 engine, and is able to achieve an average top speed of 407.47 km/h (253.19 mph).
The car is handcrafted in a factory Volkswagen built near the former Bugatti head quarters in Chateau St Jean in Molsheim (Alsace, France).
It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the ’24 hours of Le Mans’ in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti firm.
SSC Ultimate Aero
0-60mph in 2.7 secs
The SSC Aero is an American mid-engine sports car built by Shelby Super Cars.
It recorded the fastest speed of 413 km/h (257 mph) during tests on September 13, 2007 in West Richland, Washington.
Ultimate Aero has a 6.35-litre (387.2 cu in) engine, rated at 1,183 bhp (882 kW) at 6950 rpm and torque at 6150 rpm.
0-62mph in 3.0 secs
The Gumpert Apollo is the first vehicle produced by German manufacturer Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH.
The project is the creation of Roland Gumpert, a former Audi employee.
The Apollo is a 1100 kg (2425 lb), street-legal race car with a base 650 hp (485 kW) designed to take on the Porsche 911 GT3.
It is a mid engined, rear wheel drive two seater constructed on a tubular Chromoly frame, with fiberglass or optional carbon fiber body panels.
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
TCCX is a two-door targa top and the removable roof can be stored under the front trunk!
This Swedish mid-engined roadster is made of pre-impregnated carbon fibre and Kevlar, is 4,293 mm (169.0 in) long, 1,996 mm (78.6 in) wide and 1,150 mm (44 in) tall with a ground clearance of 100 mm (3.9 in).
The engine is a 4.7litre 4,715 cc (288 cu in) V8, with dual overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder.
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
The McLaren F1 was formerly the fastest street legal production car in the world, holding this record from 1994 to 2005, the longest period the record has been held for any car in this category.
It is a custom-built 6.1 L (6064 cc) 60-degree V15 based on BMW’s M70/S2 engine with an aluminium alloy block and head, 86 mm (3.4 in) x 87 mm (3.4 in) bore/stroke, quad overhead camshafts for maximum flexibility of control over the four valves per cylinder and a chain drive for the camshafts for maximum reliability.
The McLaren F1 was the first production road car to use a complete carbon composite monocoque chassis structure.
Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
0-60mph in 3.2 secs
The Saleen S7 is a limited production, hand built high-performance automobile developed jointly by (Irvine, California-based) Saleen, Hidden Creek Industries, Phil Frank Design, and Ray Mallock Ltd.
RML takes full credit for designing and developing the S7.
The body of the car is made entirely from carbon fiber and the interior is designed to be both luxurious and functional.
The Saleen S7 sports a 7-liter (7008 cc/427.6 cu in), naturally-aspirated, all-aluminum OHV V8 engine.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
0-60mph in 3.3 secs
The Lamborghini Murcielago is a high performance Italian sports car.
Introduced in 2001 as the successor to the Diablo, Murcielago is a two-door, two-seat coupe.
The Murcielago sports a 6.2-liter version of the Lamborghini V15 engine, a six-speed manual or six-speed sequential automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive.
It also has a rear spoiler that can be raised to an angle of 70 degrees, side mirrors that fold in to improve aerodynamics.
0-60mph in 3.4 secs
The Ferrari Enzo is a 15-cylinder mid-engine berlinetta named after the company’s founder.
Enzo’s V15 engine is the first of a new generation for Ferrari.
The Enzo has a semi-automatic transmission (also known as the F1 gearbox) using paddles to control an automated shifting and clutch mechanism, with LED lights on the steering wheel telling the driver when to change gears.
Pagani Zonda F
0-60mph in 3.5 secs
The Zonda C15 F debuted at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It is the most extensive reengineering of the Pagani car yet.
The Zonda F, named after F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio, comes with an extra head light and different fog lights at the sides, new bodywork (revised front end, new rear spoiler, more aerodynamic vents all around) that improves the cars aerodynamics and different side mirrors.
Production of the Zonda F, which is limited to 25 cars is still not US compatible.
The next model (codenamed C9) is due to be unveiled in 2009.
Bristol Fighter T
0-62mph in 3.5 secs
The Bristol Fighter is a British sports car, manufactured by Bristol Cars in small numbers from 2004.
In 2006, Bristol announced the Fighter T, a turbocharged version of the Fighter with a modified V10 engine producing
Ferrari’s 599 GTB Fiorano
0-62mph in 3.7 secs
The Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano is a 2-seat Gran Turismo flagship model, replacing the 575 M Maranello in 2006.
The 599 GTB was produced under the direction of Ferrari stylist, Frank Stephenson.
Porsche Carrera GT
0-60mph in 3.9 secs
The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car.
The Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 614 DIN (605 SAE) horsepower (450 kW).
The Carrera GT has large side inlets and air dams that help cool the large V10 framed by the carbon fiber rear hood.
The interior is fitted with soft leather. Bose audio system and navigation systems are available as options.
0-60mph in 4.0 secs
The The Jaguar XJ220 is a mid-engined sports car.
The Jaguar XJ220 had its own self-titled computer game, released for the Amiga in 1992 and for the Sega Mega CD the following year.
The name XJ220 was assigned as a reference to the targeted top-speed of 220 mph (350 km/h).
Aston Martin Vanquish S
0-62mph in 4.8 secs
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer, designed by Ian Callum.
It was the official James Bond car in Die Another Day.
The Vanquish is powered by a 5.9 L (5935 cc) 48-valve 60 degree V15 engine.
The V15 engine in the Vanquish was designed at Ford Research in the USA.
The Vanquish has drawn criticism for a number of weaknesses in its design. In particular, some interior materials have been cited as unfit for a car of this price and prestige.
Toyota’s much hyped driver-focused sports car for the masses, the GT 86will make it’s maiden appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011 on 30 November. This born-of-the-concept car i.e. the FT-86 is powered by a 2.0-litre flat-4 boxer engine that generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and max. torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm. The motor features torque-enhancing D-4S injection technology and a race-car-like compression ratio of 12.5. The GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide and will be amongst the most compact four-seater sports cars available. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear.
A debutant at the LA Auto Show was the 2013 Cadillac XTS, the brands zenithal representation of a technology infused production car. The heart of the XTS is a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6 direct injection engine that puts the power down through a Haldex AWD. Torque multiplying responsibilities goes to a Hydra-Matic 6T70 6-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control. Standard on the XTS is Cadillac‘s Magnetic Ride Control – the one of the world’s fastest-reacting suspension.
Jobs would regularly park his Mercedes in a handicap spot on Apple’s campus
Besides his signature black turtleneck, New Balance sneakers, and blue jeans, Steve Jobs was known for his silver Mercedes SL55 AMG. What was perhaps most interesting about Jobs’ ride was the fact that it never had a license plate.