This man built himself a flashy supercar from £100 Ford Granada

This man built himself a flashy supercar for just £100 (ish)

It looks every inch the flashy supercar… but this is actually a 1990 Ford Granada.

Nick Truman bought the ageing motor for £100 and used it as the base for his copy of the 200mph Pagani Zonda.

The 53-year-old father-of-three spent £15,000 and thousands of hours fitting the banger with an Audi engine and luxury features – but can’t drive it as it is not road legal.

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The IT specialist from Iver, Buckinghamshire, said: ‘A lot of blood and sweat went into it. One day I lost the tip of my index finger in the turbo and it came out of the exhaust.’

‘All I wanted to do was make a coffee table, but I ended up building a car.

‘It was a fun project to do with my children although my wife wasn’t overly impressed.

‘In the first year the project became obsessive. I would do audio calls with the angle grinder in one and the phone in the other.

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‘My wife likes the colour and I think she is proud of what has been achieved.

‘People who drive past and always slam their brakes on and look at it. If you have never seen a Zonda before, you might not know it wasn’t one at first look.

‘The body isn’t perfect but it makes people smile and my children love it.’

While it is not road legal in the UK, the car sits on Nick’s driveway next to his classic Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino.

He eventually hopes to take it to a drag strip or the Top Gear airfield to see how quick it is.

This man built himself a flashy supercar for just £100 (ish) This man built himself a flashy supercar for just £100 (ish) This man built himself a flashy supercar for just £100 (ish)

Source: Metro

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Making of an Indian speedster: Dilip Chhabria

Making of an Indian speedster: Dilip Chhabria

Dilip Chhabria says that nowadays he is often pre occupied with worry and frustration, but when ETPanache met him in his office in Andheri, MIDC, there was excitement in the air. After four years of planning, three years of execution and a delay of one-and-a-half year, his company -DC Designs -is all set to roll out the first made-in-India super car, Avanti. Priced at Rs 40 lakh approximately, the company will start delivering cars to customers from March 2015.

“There is a saying that although you want to buy a sports car when you are young, you can only afford it when you are old. This is a sports car which will be the third or fourth car in the family and probably, a father’s gift to his son when he comes of age,” says Chhabria. Designed for the Indian road, Avanti comes with a ground clearance of 170 mm. Chhabria says, “There is no way a speed breaker can stop this car”.

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From the looks of it, the car could easily be mistaken for a Lamborghini or Ferrari. “Except,” says Chhabria, “The price of this car would barely amount to the tax component of any other international sports car. It also doesn’t have that kind of raw horse power (500 bhp). Primarily because, you don’t need that in India.”

Chhabria is producing about 500 cars this year from the company’s facility in Pune and expects to take this number to 2,000 in the next four years. The company has received bookings for 450 cars, of which 300 are export orders.

Source: Economic Times

Japanese Builder Puts TRD Nascar Engine Into Lexus LFA Supercar

Japanese Builder Puts TRD Nascar Engine Into Lexus LFA Supercar

This Lexus LFA is believed to be the most expensive exotic to ever be transformed into a professional drifter.

Created by Yoichi Imamura for the upcoming D1 Grand Prix season, the LFA has been gutted, with its gorgeous, wailing V10 replaced with a TRD Nascar motor and mated to a dog box.

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On the outside, the supercar was upgraded with a widebody kit and oversized rear wing.

Considering the expense and effort that must have gone into the build, let’s hope the LFA drifter loves going sideways.

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Source: Carbuzz.com

McLaren lands £120 million loan before ‘Batman’ supercar launch

McLaren lands £120 million loan before 'Batman' supercar launch

British manufacturer McLaren Automotive has landed a £120 million loan to fuel its expansion as it is poised to push the button on its Batman-esque P1 GTR supercar.

The manufacturer revealed a syndicate of banks, led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, has agreed the loan which will allow the group to expand the top and bottom of its range.

The carmaker, which counts Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim as an investor, was spun out of the McLaren Group famed for its Formula One team in 2010 and last year it reported record results.

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Its sales accelerated 21% as 1648 vehicles were delivered, including 248 of its £1 million P1 model.

The P1 GTR, described as “like something from a Batman movie” by Top Gear magazine, will enter production this year while in spring it will introduce a new Sports Series, priced around £150,000.

It is understood that McLaren aims to produce 4000 cars annually by 2016 and the new funding will help it hit that goal.

The loan is secured on all of McLaren’s intellectual property, equipment and real estate including its factory in Surrey.

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The factory was designed by Sir Norman Foster and was opened in November 2011 by Prime minister David Cameron.

The loan will increase McLaren’s gearing, which had been sharply reduced in 2013 when £172 million of debt was swapped for equity, according to its latest accounts.

McLaren made a £4.5 million pre-tax profit on revenues of £285.4 million, which were up by £18.8 million in 2013.

Asia-Pacific was the company’s largest growth region last year as sales increased 80%, fuelled by the opening of 11 dealerships while North America is its biggest market, making up 30% of its revenues.

Source: London Evening Standard

 

Modified Supercar Drag Race: Lamborghini Huracan Vs. McLaren 12C

Modified Supercar Drag Race: Lamborghini Huracan Vs. McLaren 12C

Place your bets. The extent of the modifications made to this Lamborghini Huracan aren’t known, yet Road Test TV ponders whether it could be the quickest Huracan in the world.

In stock form, the baby Lambo produces 610 hp from its 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10. But this has received a Speedriven Tune, which supposedly makes it a lot faster.

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On the quarter-mile strip, it is facing a McLaren 12C, which ordinarily churns out 616 hp from its 3.8-liter twin turbo V8.

However, this particular model benefits from an AMS tune, and is riding on Toyo R888 rubber.

So, who’s your money on?

Source: Carbuzz.com

Jeremy Clarkson: Footage of Top Gear team under attack is real, insists presenter

Jeremy Clarkson: Footage of Top Gear team under attack is real, insists presenter

Jeremy Clarkson has insisted that footage showing the Top Gear team under attack by a mob in Argentina was real and was not exaggerated to boost ratings.

Clarkson compared the scene to that in the John Carpenter film, Assault on Precinct 13, where a police station is besieged by armed gang members.

“You get the sense that there’s a never-ending supply of — let’s call them ‘youths’ — coming out of the darkness, hurling anything they can lay their hands on,” he wrote of the assault.

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It occurred in Tolhuin in the Tierra del Fuego region, as the Top Gear convoy attempted to travel through the town.

The Argentinian ambassador to the UK, Alicia Castro, has claimed that Clarkson’s account is “fabricated” and cars were set on fire by the show’s team to obtain better ratings.

But Clarkson maintained that, for once, the events unfolded without provocation and the choice of the inflammatory registration plate, H982 FKL, a reference to the Falklands War, was not intentional.

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The footage of the violence was shown on 27 December as part of the two-part Top Gear Patagonia special on BBC2.

Andy Wilman, Top Gear’s executive producer, told the Sunday Times: “We’ve been very careful to present it as it happened rather than put an agenda or spin on it.

“Viewers will make up their own mind.”

Source: Independent

Video: New Ford GT Supercar Revealed At 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Video: New Ford GT Supercar Revealed At 2015 Detroit Auto Show

The Ford Motor Company has shocked the automotive world with the unveiling of an all-new GT supercar at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

As stunning as it looks, the GT on show in Detroit isn’t a concept to be watered down by the time production rolls around but a preview of the car that will be hitting showrooms sometime in 2016.

It’s got all the typical supercar cues such as a mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, and a sleek, aerodynamic coupe body.

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But instead of the typical V-8 engine found in most performance Fords, including the previous GT, the new generation will come packing an EcoBoost V-6 engine whose twin-turbochargers will help liberate more than 600 horsepower.

Some of the new aspects of the design include updated direct-injection and valvetrain features, aimed at boosting performance and efficiency. The transmission, meanwhile, is a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle.

There’s still a lot of development work to be done, which is why we haven’t heard any official performance numbers just yet. Expect further announcements to be made in the coming months.

Source: Motor Authority