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2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R by melkorius
2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
In 2013, Chevrolet was the most successful name in professional motorsports in the United States, capturing 12 manufacturer, driver and team championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, ALMS, GRAND-AM and the Pirelli World Challenge series.

Chevrolet will kick off the 2014 season with the debut of the all-new Corvette C7.R at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Corvette race car, wearing an updated "Jake" mascot, will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 25-26.

"We had an amazing year in 2013, winning more championships in professional motorsport than any other manufacturer," said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Our success was the direct result of considerable preparation, strategy, teamwork and great drive from our teams, drivers, and partners in open wheel, stock car, and sports car racing. We are looking forward to continuing that momentum for 2014."

For an unprecedented 11th consecutive year, Chevrolet won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers Championship – for a record 37th time overall. Jimmie Johnson's ninth-place finish in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway earned him the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Championship. It was the sixth time in a record-setting eight-year span that Johnson, the driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS fielded by Hendrick Motorsports, claimed the coveted crown and the 29th Drivers Championship for Chevrolet. In addition, Austin Dillon secured the Driverss Championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

After returning to the series in 2012, Chevrolet won the IndyCar Manufacturers Championship for the second year in a row. Chevrolet led the series with 10 victories out of 19 races, including the prestigious Indianapolis 500.

For the second consecutive year, Chevrolet secured the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype (DP) Engine Manufacturers Championship, and drivers Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor shared the Drivers Championship.

Competing with the Camaro, Chevrolet secured the GTS Manufacturers Championship in World Challenge racing. Lawson Aschenbach won the GTS Drivers Championship, while Blackdog Racing secured the GTS Team Championship.

In the American Le Mans Series, Chevrolet claimed its 10th Manufacturers Championship with a third-place class finish by the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway. Chevrolet also clinched the ALMS GT Team championship for Corvette Racing – its 10th in the ALMS and most in the series' history. Chevrolet won the ALMS' Green Challenge GT Championship, which goes to the manufacturer that records the fastest races while being the most efficient in terms of petroleum use and emissions. The No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R won the Michelin Green X Challenge – an award that goes to the leading GT and prototype teams using the same criteria.

Chevrolet Racing will kick off the 2014 season in January with the all-new Corvette C7.R.

The C7.R will make its public debut alongside the new 2015 Corvette Z06 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The two cars were co-developed, representing the closest connection between the racing and road-going Corvettes in modern times.

The C7.R will make its competition debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, in Daytona Beach, Fla., on January 25, 2014. When the C7.R takes to the track, it will sport an all-new Jake logo, which has become the unofficial mascot of Corvette Racing.

Jake first appeared in the early 2000s, when the Corvette Racing team was gaining momentum, winning multiple ALMS championships, the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. The team began uniting behind a rally cry of "take no prisoners" and a flaming skull logo that represented their unrelenting drive for victories.

It wasn't until after the C5.R completed the final 24 Hours of Le Mans that the unofficial logo was born. Originally just a sketch on a napkin, the logo was drawn as a skull with crossed flags for the eyes and was named after Jake, the infamous character from The Blues Brothers.

The new Jake, with the seventh-generation Crossed Flag logo for eyes, is more modern and more aggressive – just like the C7.R.

"The best thing about Jake is that the logo transcends age and gender, uniting the Corvette Racing team and enthusiasts alike," said Tom Peters, Director of Design, Performance Vehicles. "The new Jake logo reinforces the brand's success on the track and signals the transition from the C6.R to the C7.R."

Source: Chevrolet Press

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Mercedes Benz SSK 710 Trossi Roadster by melkorius
Mercedes Benz SSK 710 Trossi Roadster
The Mercedes-Benz SSK is a roadster built by German automobile manufacturer Mercedes-Benz between 1928 and 1932. Its name is an acronym of Super Sport Kurz, German for "Super Sport Short", as it was a short wheelbase development of the earlier Mercedes-Benz S. The SSK's extreme performance and numerous competitive successes made it one of the most highly regarded sports cars of its era.
The SSK was the last car designed for Mercedes-Benz by the engineer Ferdinand Porsche before he left to found his own company. The SSK was based on the earlier Mercedes-Benz S, but with the chassis shortened by 19 inches (480 mm) to make the car lighter and more agile for racing, especially short races and hillclimbs.

Fitted with a supercharged single overhead camshaft 7-litre straight-6 engine producing 200300 metric horsepower (150220 kW) and over 500 lbft (680 Nm) of torque (depending on the state of tune),, the SSK had a top speed of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h), making it the fastest car of its day The supercharger on the SSK's engine was operated by a cluch that was engaged by fully depressing the throttle pedal and then giving the pedal an extra push. Backing off the throttle pedal disengaged the supercharger clutch.

The SSK was driven to victory in numerous races, including in 1929 the 500 Miles of Argentina, the 1929 and 1930 Cordoba Grands Prix, the 1931 Argentine Grand Prix, and, in the hands of legendary Grand Prix racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, the 1929 British Tourist Trophy race, the 1930 Irish Grand Prix, the 1931 German Grand Prix, and the 1931 Mille Miglia.

The S/SS/SSK line was one of the nominees in the penultimate round of voting for the Car of the Century award in 1999, as chosen by a panel of 132 motoring journalists and a public internet vote
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1939 Delahaye T165 by melkorius
1939 Delahaye T165
As one of the world's most voluptuous supercars, this cabriolet design was first released at the 1938 Paris Motor Show. Basically built on a production-version of the V12 145 race car chassis, it received accolades for both radical performance and world class elegance. Furthermore, it is one of only a handful of cars to receive Delahaye's rare V12 engine.

Of all the cabriolet bodies that Figoni et Falaschi made, this sweeping design is their most harmonious. Dashes help split up the profile and conceal the engine bay vents as well as the door handles. Chrome brightwork runs along the sills and neatly wraps around the rear end brake lights.

At some point the Paris show car was shipped to America where it was probably the only V12 Delahaye running. In 1973, it received a perfect 100 point score while being judged in a Classic Car Club of America event. It was shown at Pebble Beach in 1976, 1978 and 1990 and is currently in the extraordinary collection of Robert Lee.

A second car based on the Paris show car was made for the 1938 New York World's Fair where it was displayed at the French Pavilion. It used a patented roll-down windscreen and fully enclosed fenders like the first car, but at the show, it sat without a working engine. As Europe launched into war the roadster's ownership was in question and it was then held at the US customs office for six years. Finally it was released and made available at a California showroom, but fitted with a Cadillac V8 engine and automatic transmission.

In the mid eighties, the original engine was sourced out of Germany and the car was reunited with it and restored to debut at the 1992 Pebble Beach Concours. It returned to the event in 2006 to compliment the many Delahayes that filled the feature marque.


Read more at www.supercars.net/cars/3608.ht…

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2012 Peugeot Onyx by melkorius
2012 Peugeot Onyx

The mid-engined, rear-drive car is mainly constructed from unprocessed raw materials and is underpinned by technology from the firm’s Le Mans prototype.

The Onyx’s wings and doors are made from copper sheet, fashioned by hand. Other panels are carbonfibre and the windows and roof are made of a lightweight acrylic alternative to glass.

Sandeep Bhambra, principle designer of the Onyx, says the car is "a one-off" but "will influence all future Peugeot design." He adds: "It shows a passion for individualisation and hand crafting - an attention to detail all Peugeots should have. It has the Le Mans car powertrain. Although it is a one-off concept it is a runner - the first test we did 180kph, so it is not a normal concept, it is very capable."

The car, which weighs 1100kg, is built around a central carbon structure on to which the 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDI FAP engine and suspension are bolted. The engine produces 600bhp and is driven through a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The Onyx also has a kinetic energy recovery system, which channels braking energy into lithium ion batteries and then automatically discharges the power on acceleration, boosting the output by an additional 80bhp.

The concept is 4650mm long, 2200mm wide and 1130mm high and has a drag coefficient of 0.30.

The passenger compartment is made of compressed felt and is formed as a one-piece pod, with no stitching or joins. The dashboard is made of wood produced from recycled newspapers.

It seems unlikely that Onyx will reach production.

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1970 Ford  Mustang Boss 429 by melkorius
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429

The Boss 429 (also known as the "Boss 9" by enthusiasts) is arguably one of the rarest and most valued muscle cars to date. In total there were 859 original Boss 429s made. The origin of the Boss 429 comes about as a result of NASCAR. Ford was seeking to develop a Hemi engine that could compete with the famed 426 Hemi from Chrysler in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series (then known as "Grand National Division"). NASCAR's homologation rules required that at least 500 cars be fitted with this motor and sold to the general public. After much consideration, it was decided by Ford that the Mustang would be the car that would house this new engine.

The Boss 429 engine was derived from the Ford 385 engine. It used four bolt mains, a forged steel crank and forged steel connecting rods. The engine featured aluminum cylinder heads, which had a modified Hemi type combustion chamber which Ford called "crescent". These heads used the "dry-deck" method, meaning no head gaskets were used. Each cylinder, oil passage and water passage had an individual "O" ring style seal to seal it tight. The Boss 429 engine used a single Holley four barrel carburetor rated at 735 CFM mounted on an aluminum intake manifold that flowed well for its time. 1969 cars featured a hydraulic lifter camshaft while 1970 models got a mechanical lifter camshaft along with an improved dual exhaust system though rated power output stayed the same.

The Mustang's body however was not wide enough to encompass the massive Boss 429 engine and as a result, Ford hired Kar Kraft out of Brighton, MI to modify existing 428 Cobra Jet and Super Cobra Jet Mach 1 Mustangs to properly fit the new Boss 429 engine. Kar Kraft was contracted by Ford to create the Boss 429, because Ford was stretching itself thin across a number of projects, such as the Boss 302 and its Trans Am version that competed in the SCCA Trans Am Series of races in the same years the Boss 429 was being produced for NASCAR. Kar Kraft at the time was also in the process of creating the Trans-Am Boss 302 as well. Production on the Boss 429 began in 1968 in Brighton, Michigan at Kar-Kraft's factory; the cars were transported to this plant directly from the auto maker's plant, and the work began. Kar Kraft made extensive modifications to the Mustang, including widening the shock towers and extended out the inner fenders to allow this massive engine to fit. The mounts for the front suspension were chopped and displaced to create room for the block and exhaust manifolds. Next the battery was repositioned to the trunk and a stiff 3/4" sway bar was added to rear end to improve handling since the car was now nose heavy. This was the first Mustang ever fitted with a rear sway bar, and it notably handled much better than other big-block Mustangs of the time, making it a very capable track car. It came fitted with an 8,000rpm tachometer, and AM only radio. In addition, a hole was cut in the hood, and a manually controlled hood scoop was added to these cars. Other features included a front spoiler that was shallower than the Boss 302 spoiler, color keyed dual racing mirrors, and an engine oil cooler. It was also equipped with a 3.91 ratio rear axle with a "Traction-Lock" limited slip differential.

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