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How fast can you really go?

Posted: February 16, 2012 by Adir Hassid in Car Inisghts, Special Review

A Bugatti Veyron 16.4 SuperSport can take you up to 267 mph, and an Ariel Atom V8 can launch you to 60 mph in the sub 2.5 second range. But to answer the question “how fast can you really go?” all of the latter information is non-applicable. The speed limit is 60 mph on the freeway and you can probably get away with going 80 mph, and accelerating to highway speed in less than the time it takes for a Prius to get moving, would just be considered reckless driving by local law enforcement. So how fast can you really go? What is the most practical car that you can drive, that might not be the fastest , but looks and and drives comfortably. If you take the word’s practicality, good looks, and comfort, you with get two letters in return: GT.  Gran turismo (italian) which translates to Grand Touring. A grand tourour is a car that you can take on a long cross-country road trip and be in complete comfort throughout the road trip. But don’t forget, aside from the touring part a GT is a sport’s car that will have you grinning every time you throw the car into a corner and will throw you into the back seat every time you step on the pedal. Some cars that deserve the name  Gran turismo are cars like the the 392 Challenger, the the Maserati MC Stradale GT, and the Bentley Continental GT. All of these cars are well endowed with at least 450+ units of horsepower and torque. And the best part is that everyone that drives a Civic can drive these cars with ease and comfort. So to answer the question “of how fast can you really go?” the answer is really infinite, you just need the tools to get you there. But if you want a car that is comfortable, practical, and will let the you un-tap every drivable horsepower, than a GT is the right car for you.

– Written by: Adir Hassid (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Writer)
– Edited by: Jordan Banafsheha (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Web-Designer)


American SUPERcars!

Posted: November 27, 2011 by Adir Hassid in Car Reviews, Special Review

Every country has its own supercar. Italy has the Ferrari FXX, Germany has the Gumpert Apollo , Britain has The Mclaren F1, Sweden has the Konigsegg CCX-R, and yes even the Russians(though not really) have a super car, the TVR line. But wait! What about America? The land of the free and the home of the brave. Well America Has 3 supercars to choose from. Some say that the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger are the mere offspring’s of these vehicular behemoths.These cars are the Ford GT, The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and The Dodge Viper ACR. But a problem arises when you try to compare these cars. The only car that that is still in production (for now) is the Corvette ZR1. The reason why it is hard to compare these cars is because in these modern time’s, three or four years in the automotive/technological industry can mean alot. Back in the day the fastest muscle car had no more that 300 horsepower, now in modern times an entry level V6 Mustang has 302 horsepower. So now back to our discussion about the Corvette, Viper, And Gt (abbreviation C.V.G.). The latest model of the Ford GT is from 2006, and the latest model of the Viper is from 2010 and the Vette is the the only make with a 2012 production model. So by now you see how the Corvette is at an advantage and the Viper(not as much) and GT are at a disadvantage.

Well lets first start of with the Ford GT. “The worlds fastest pickup truck”. This GT is a remake of the famous GT40 from the late 60’s. The Gt40 was world renown for being the only car ever to win the le-mans more than once (a total of four times). The modern Ford Gt derived its engine from a 2001 Ford SVT F-150, a lightning pickup truck (hence the title “the world’s fastest truck”). All they did was rework the engine so it would rev higher and produce more power. When they mounted the engine into the Ford GT, Ford did something revolutionary they didn’t mount the engine in the front, nor did they mount the engine in the back, but they mounted it in the middle. This made the weight (only 3400 pounds) distribution almost perfect. The 5.4 liter supercharged V-8 engine that was revised produces 550 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 500 Lb-Ft of torque at a very low (which is good) 3,750 RPM. At the end it boils down to hp (horsepower) per Pound which is a 6.3 for the ford. As for its suspension it has the usual supercar independent suspension in all four corners supported by anti-roll bars and adjacent dampers in the rear. As for stopping power the Ford is equipped with 14 inch vented disks in the front, and 13.2 inch rotors in the rear.

Now let me share a story with you. A father once showed a son a burnout on his brand new car. The son said “wow, daddy that was amazing” the father said “why, thank you son” the son then begged, ” but daddy, daddy, please teach me how to do that. Is it hard?” The father replied “Son this is a Corvette, you tap the pedal.” The Corvette ZR1 is powered by a 6.2 liter LS9 supercharged V-8. Unlike the Ford this engine is mounted up front. As you may know, since the Vette has the advantage of modernity, it has the highest output. A mind-blowing 638 horsepower is being produced at 6,500 RPM and this car has enough torque to spin the world in the other direction. It produces 606 lb-ft of torque at 3,800 RPM. All this power is being sent to the rear wheels via a 6 speed transmission. The ZR1 weighs in at a feathery 3366 pounds. The carbon-ceramic brakes equiped on this car will rip your face off as it grinds to a halt from 60 MPH in 97 feet.

The Dodge viper is the most menacing of the three. It has the biggest displacement of the three. The 2010 Dodge Viper ACR has one of the biggest engines that America has ever produced. It houses a 8.4 litre V-10. Yes I said V-10!!!  This power-plant produces a mad 600 horsepower at  6100 RPM and an intense 560 Lb-Ft of torque at 5000 RPM . That is enough power to launch this feathery 3,408 pound all aluminum track tuned chassis from 0-60 in under four seconds and it blazes through the quarter mile in about 11 seconds. All this power is sent to a 6 speed short throw transmission, and then off it goes to the rear wheels. The stopping power for this ACR comes from both front and rear, 14 inch vented brake disc’s and calipers made by Brembo. The 2010 Viper ACR also hold the world record for having the fastest lap time around the Nurburg’ring. A blazing fast 7 minutes and 11 seconds flat. That is faster than any European sports car out there (until 2011).

You car buffs may have realized that when the Corvette and the Viper were brought up in this article their base models were not mentioned. That’s because this article is about the best of the best, these are the cars that represent America. These vehicles have to fight & defend against cars that are 5 times their prices. These are the cars that will make Enzo Ferrari, Herechio Pagani, and Feruccio Lamborghini quvier in their sleep, thinking some Americans are better and faster than them. Even without all that passion bull-shit European car makers claim to have.

– Written by: Adir Hassid (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Writer)
– Edited by: Jordan Banafsheha (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Web-Designer)

A New 1965 Mustang for sale?

Posted: November 15, 2011 by jbwebsitebuilder in Car Inisghts, Special Review, Updates in the Car World

Do you want a brand new 1965 Mustang? Well before last month it would be really hard to find a good condition mustang from the 60’s for an affordable price. But everything has changed since Ford’s new announcement. Ford Motors will soon sell brand-new 1965 Ford Mustangs body’s for just $15,000 each. But there is one catch. You must assemble the car yourself.

Ford will be coming out with new stampings of the steel bodies for first-generation Mustang. Buyers can then assemble the mustang using whatever engine, axles, interior and other parts they can find on their own.

This is the ultimate customization experience for muscle car lovers. You get the body of the classic mustang that we all love and you get to put in your own finishing touches that you have always dreamed of adding.

Ford says the new shell body built has been improved only slightly with modern welding techniques and rustproofing. They also state the body out of the crate is ready for paint and assembly.

This is the ultimate muscle car experience for someone who is dedicated to working hard for what he wants and is ready for a adventure to find the exact parts he wants!

– Written by: Jordan Banafsheha (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Web-Designer)

This battle has been in the making for over 50 years. It all started when car companies wanted to build fast, inexpensive cars. Once these cars started to gather fame they dubbed the nickname “Muscle Car’s” These Muscle cars where notorious for not having much grip (hence the burnouts) and they might as well have not installed a functioning steering wheel, because if you where to go into a corner at speed, the outcome would be in the guardrails. After all an American road has no curves.

Ever since muscle cars got rolling, There has been a fierce Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger rivalry. One always bragged about having more horsepower and torque, than the other. Since this is a showdown between the Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger, i will give you guys all you need to know about the three and I will let you have the final decision.

Well lets first start off with the iconic pony. The 2011 Ford Mustang Gt. For starters this Muscle car’s powerhouse is a 5.0 liter 4v Ti-VCT naturally aspirated V-8 engine. This V-8 produces 412 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 390 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 RPM. Out of the three muscle cars this engine has the weakest output(but not by much)but on the other hand this car weighs 3603 pounds(which is a few hundred pounds lighter that its competitors) which translates to 8.8 pounds per horse(which is the best ratio out of all) and as for handling the Mustang is at a disadvantage, that is because like every other mustang it houses a live rear axle, which in a straight line is helpfull it is pretty uneven on unpaved roads. But this Mustang has the most refined live rear axle you will drive. As for braking, this pony can be equipped with optional Brembo 4-piston front(14 inch) and 2-piston(10 inch) rear calipers.

The Next competitor is the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS. This iconic muscle car traces its roots all the way back to the corvette. After all  the Camaro will always be known as the Corvettes younger brother. The Camaro borrows its engine from a previous generation Corvette. The LS3 V-8. This 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V-8, produces 426 horsepower at 5,900 RPM and 420 Lb-Ft of torque at 4,600 RPM. This is a nice bump over the mustang but don’t forget to take into account that this vehicle ways 3860 that’s about 250 pounds heavier than its mustang counterpart(9.1 pounds per horse). It may seem insignificant but every pound counts when you discuss muscle cars. As for its suspension it is equipped with an independent suspension, which is quite modern in a muscle car. Brembo brakes are standard on the SS. The SS sport’s four piston fixed Brembo aluminum front and rear calipers both measuring about 14 inches in diameter.

Now the final contender: The SRT8 392 Dodge Challenger. It does not get more American than this. If you wan to sink in your seat and be shrouded by the orgasmic exhaust when you press down on the throttle than this is the car for you. But if you want to make a left hand turn at speed then you should not be reading this paragraph. The Challenger houses its iconic 392 Hemi engine. This engine is by far the most powerful out of the bunch. It produces a wild 470 horsepower and an identical 470 lb-ft of torque. Now one would say, “how is this even a competitor among the others?” Well the answer to that question is pretty unfortunate. like all Americans this American car needs to loose some weight. This car weighs a massive 4260 pounds, which does slow it down quite a bit. But like said earlier it does compensate for that weight with power. But the question is, does it compensate enough. As for braking it has the usual 4 piston front and 2 piston rear fixed Brembo brakes.

So, now the big question: which one is the winner? Which one should I get? A lot of people pick sides and bash on the other cars. That is not a muscle car enthusiast’s attitude. A true enthusiast would take a step back, have a look at these pieces of american art, and just simply admire them all. Yes, one may be faster than the other by about a second, but does that really matter? I guarantee you that if you sit behind the wheel of any of these cars you will be blown away by every one of them. So it all boils down to personal preference and your own opinion. But if you truly cant decide which one you should buy/abide by, then I say whats wrong with buying them all.
– Written by: Adir Hassid (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Writer)
– Edited by: Jordan Banafsheha (MuscleCarLegacy Senior-Web-Designer)