Breathtaking. That was our purest response upon seeing this high-tech machine at Ford’s new Palo Alto location. We’d seen it in person at Detroit of course, but this meeting would prove to be a much more intimate experience.
Budget performance cars are a critical part of the mod life. They’re an affordable option for young enthusiasts just entering the market—and many times, drivers develop lifetime allegiances to the makes or models that they start with. Luckily for you, many automakers are focusing on affordable performance in 2015. So Revvolution decided to put together a list of this model year’s fastest entry-level performance cars. The criteria were simple: under $35,000, over 200 horsepower, zero to 60 times under 6 seconds and quarter-mile times under 14 seconds.
Final details about the 2016 Focus RS have just been revealed: this smokin’ hot hatch will be powered by an EcoBoost four-banger, should make at least 320 horses and will utilize a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive!
Several drool-worthy performance cars make their world debuts tomorrow, January 12, at the 2015 NAIAS in Detroit. And team Revvolution is already on-site and ready to bring you each reveal as they happen.
This automotive Frankenstein may be the most important American sports car ever—a bona fide, in-the-sheetmetal mid-engined Corvette. But until GM gets some proper Corvette bodywork on it, you can call it the StingHoldIllac.
Pansies who complain about driving in snow, amirite? Oh no, your underpowered, all seasons-wearing sedan is sliding a bit after a light dusting? You know they built that understeer in from the factory so you wouldn’t kill yourself, right?
Seeing a cop’s flashing lights behind you is a bad start to a day. But seeing Jay Leno say, "This is not gonna end well," while getting pulled over in a new Z06 is a great way to start a video.
Now that 2015 is here, some of those machines are more than 10 years old. Which means that we no longer have to buy new to score one helluva performance bargain! So we dug through the archives and came up with the 9 best used performance cars that can be bought for under 30 grand.
Celebrities have the widest wealth-to-taste ratio known to man. It’s science. So when gaudy mansions or Bichon Frisé-holding designer handbags don’t get enough attention, they buy expensive cars, and then promptly destroy them in the name of “style.”
In 2016, Ford will build upon its modern Ford GT supercar and its 1960s racing heritage: Ford is revealing a GT successor in Detroit next month, and also plans to build and campaign a two-car Tudor Series racing team.
Matt wasn’t just looking for the fastest way to blow through a ton of cash—even though his fire-farting, gravel-throwing antics pretty much ensure rapid, right-before-your-eyes depreciation. Instead, this was an emphatic statement that this bull’s prissy car-show days are over. Yes, the “Brakimghini” will live its next life as a stage rally racer.
Since its 2004 birth, the Cadillac CTS-V has gone from a frustratingly incomplete car to one of the best performance vehicles in the world. And with the all-new 2016 model sporting the Corvette Z06’s stellar LT4 engine, Cadillac’s message to the world’s super sedans is clear: we’re coming for you.
The new NSX can be traced back to 2007. Honda/Acura debuted the “Advanced Sports Car Concept” at that year’s North American International Auto Show. It was a bit odd-looking, but it packed a V-10, a carbon-fiber underbody and wild tech-like carbon-ceramic discs with 8-piston calipers.
Earlier this week, a Camaro6.com member named chazcron drew up some amazing renderings. They represent his idea of the perfect sixth-gen Camaro: body styling similar to the fifth-gen, but with a more aggressive nose, a more pronounced hood bulge and wicked, LED-based lighting. While the 2010 Camaro’s tail was straight-up bulbous, GM made great strides in the last few years smoothing it out. So we’re not crazy about chazcron’s rounded, almost Supra-looking rear—but other than that, these renderings are the sex.
If someone told you that their 911’s wing and splitter were made from 80 bucks of beer cooler foam and aluminum roofing, you’d probably say you don’t know Jack, then crack a Walmart joke.
If you live the mod life, you know there are two schools of thought when it comes to engine size: bigger is better (‘Murica!), and big boost. But Reddit, ever-logical hub of wisdom and celebrity nudes, just birthed the craziest-ever combination of those two principles: someone’s building a 4-turbo, V-12 1GZ clone with 2 1JZ Supra engines.
LS specialist Vengeance Racing not only led the pack in Z06 testing and tuning, Ron Mowen’s shop gave their new Z06 a memorable introduction. First, their 1-mile Z06 burned off thousands of miles of tread life in the dealership’s parking lot. Nice. Then, they strapped it down to their DynoJet and recorded an impressive 585 rwhp and 611 lb-ft of twist at the rear wheels. Internet breakage commenced.
For those of you who somehow don’t already have a big ’ol man crush on inaudible F1 hotshoe Kimi Raikkonen, then consider school in session. Kimi is what the phrase “no fucks given” would look like, if phrases could drink heavily, fall off yachts and pass out outside bars holding an inflatable dolphin.
Ever since rumblings of a new, supercharged Z06 hit the Interweb, there’s been two different but equally forceful narrative-explosions: the first, natch, was “How much power will it make?” And the second was, “DURRR YOUSE GONNA PUT A BLOWER ON A ROAD COURSE CAR DURRR IS YOU STUPED?” And that second quote was mine.
In the case of this 650-horsepower Ferrari 430, there’s a bicycle that’s faster.
Aston Martin is working with director Sam Mendes to build 10 all-new sports cars for Spectre, the next James Bond film.
Ever have one of those days? You know, when work sucks, people are pissy and nothing seems to go right? Mr. Hillclimber here doesn’t want to hear it, because this vid shows you what a truly crappy day really looks like.
In this vid from the 2012 Neste Oil Rally Finland, WRC racer Craig Breen definitely takes a beating. But unlike our dumbasses, Mr. Breen isn’t actually trying to smash his expensive car into tiny little pieces.
RAUH-Welt BeGriff, or RWB for short, is a Japanese tuner that builds some of the world’s most unique Porsches. Powered by tireless owner Akira Nakai, RWB’s striking body mods meticulously meld JDM with strong Euro accents.
It all went down a couple weeks after SS3, at Maryland International Raceway. Seems that the half-mile-spec GT-R wanted a piece of Jeff Bush’s 1G Talon drag car. Both are LLR machines, and both are 7-second capable—so it came down to how good Austin Oakes and Jeff Bush were behind the wheel.
This GoPro vid not only gives a great look at these gonzo Unlimited boats, it also showcases the unlimited angles and mediums available with these now-ubiquitous cameras. But once the drivers are sealed into their cabins/coffins and the jets are powered up, this piece turns into a stomach-churning adrenaline ride.
Part of our budding bromance with grinning maniac Chris Harris stems from a shared hatred of the bullshit you go through when driving press cars. A few years back, Harris railed against King Bullshitter Ferrari and its insane attempts to control every aspect of Ferrari press car coverage.
There may have been more GT-Rs than hookers in Vegas during the week of SEMA. For those of you who have never been propositioned on the Strip, that’s a lot. Now, R35 Godzillas have been making SEMA their stomping grounds since around 2010—but the sheer number of these Japanese supercars at the 2014 show has 'em all beat.
In the lead-up to Gymkhana Seven, Block fanned the flaming tire smoke by taking oddly accented Chris Harris for a spin. Not a metaphorical spin, a literal spin. And while Harris was in Hoonicorn’s passenger seat, I think he got a pretty good idea about how great Block’s product is.
I’m yelling at the top of my lungs for Ken Block and his astounding new video, Gymkhana Seven. While Mix-A-Lot’s wet dream is dropping trou and derping out brainless quotes like “They say I didn't have a talent...try balancing a champagne glass on your ass”, Ken Block is deftly whipping an 845-horse, all-wheel-drive, 1965 Mustang called Hoonicorn around Los Angeles’ many landmarks/obstacles.
The Aventador screams, leaves hard and pulls out a huge lead as the Evo sits spooling up. But that all changes once the Evo launches—its boost spikes, its turbo howls and the 8 puts JDM foot to Italian ass. When it’s all said and done, the 165-mph Lambo’s loss is measured in bus lengths, and the Evo’s trap speed hits 202 mph!
Remember sex ed in high school? That tediously awkward, disturbingly interesting class where mortified boys and girls learned the inner workings of dude junk and lady parts? Sure you do. It’s been over 20 years, but I can still remember a few things: like when I thought the see-through, T-shaped female anatomy diagram looked like a Dodge Ram logo. In hindsight, sex ed was the most embarrassing high school event that didn’t end with me saying “I swear that never happens!”
You may remember our preview of the Ring Brothers "Recoil" 1966 Chevelle from late October. Well, we spotted it on the SEMA floor this week, and to say that Ring Brothers brought the heat is an understatement.
We stumbled upon this sweet 2015 Challenger SEMA project in the Amsoil booth and had to know more. Its story started when Chrysler put the word out that it was going to donate this car to a talented build team. So Vintage Race Rentals (VRR) and Pfaff Designs created the winning design, won the job and took delivery of the second 2015 Challenger off the assembly line in September. And that left VRR and Pfaff less than two months to finish it before the 2014 SEMA show.
Let's say that you were rolling around Shift-S3ctor's Airstrip Attack 7 in a twin-turbo, V-8-powered BMW M5. And let's say that for your half-mile run, you staged next to a plain-looking, white RS7. If you hadn't been paying attention in the pits, would you have felt pretty confident about pulling out the win? I mean, with an M5's stock 0-60 times in the mid-3-second range, and stock 0-100 times in just over 8 seconds, that's a pretty fast ride. Add in a few mods and you've got yourself a giant killer.
Airstrip attack racing has exploded in popularity in recent years, helping it become one of the most popular modern motorsports. Combining a stationary start with the crazy speeds of a half-mile drag race, airstrip attack racing pushes both man and machine to the very edge.
Writing a "fastest Supra" blog is kinda like asking which of Mike Tyson's punches is the strongest, which of Kim Kardashian's butt cheeks is the roundest or which of Revvolution's team members are trying to look the coolest in shades (besides me). The answers? All of the above, of course. Yep, "fast Supra" is basically an oxymoron these days, so you really have to have something special to claim the "fastest import" title. And EKanoo Racing has something special—their Outlaw 10.5 Supra just ran an eye-popping 6.05 ET at 387 km/h (240 mph)!
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is working feverishly on three SEMA projects including this on- and off-road Ford F-150, to be revealed at the upcoming 2014 show.
OB Prestige Auto's 2,000+ horsepower Gallardo Superleggera just dominated Shift-S3ctor's Airstrip Attack 7 (be sure to check out our official coverage) by blasting a scorching 229.1 mph half-mile run (read: soon after this video was published, they set two consecutive passes, each besting this trap speed; more on that later).
Specs: 784 horsepower. 737 pound-feet of torque. Twin-turbo V-6. Dual-clutch, 8-speed transmission. These are just a few of the tantalizing tidbits circulating about the next-generation GT-R. And while they're just educated guesses gleaned from industry sources at this point, all signs point to a major Godzilla upgrade. And get this: the R36 might even have a completely revolutionary hybrid powertrain.
Ringbrothers-also known as Wisconsin-area brothers Mike and Jim Ring-are preparing a mean 1966 Chevelle for the 2014 SEMA show.
The F80 is a mind-blowing concept that was penned by Adriano Raeli. Raeli is a young Italian who moved to California to study transportation design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His portfolio contains several interesting designs: the Alva Roadboard is a lightweight, electric take on an adult skateboard, and the Alfa Romeo Azzurra is a futuristic cross between a Maserati and a Jaguar.
Liberty Walk has gotten a lot of love on this site lately, and its insanely wide and low project cars are a big reason why. But while it's always great to see Wataru Kato and crew's latest big-fender creations, most of the time, we only catch 'em sitting pretty next to stick-like trade show models.
ARMYTRIX recently shared a video that's about as far away from those digital baby steps as possible. (As an aside, their website is insanely good: the intro vid is of a stanced-out Aventador spitting fire through its valvetronic exhaust, then screaming off toward SEMA. I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me.)
So if I just told you that someone screwed a wing and other body mods onto a Mercedes hatchback-the fugly steeds of Connecticut Stepford wives-you'd probably groan. But two things: one, this isn’t some bloated, American-market Mercedes wagon-it's an A 45 AMG. And two, it's not some slapdash body kit-it's one of Japan-based Varis' own project cars.
Honda Day at E-Town is what happens when you combine thousands of NYC-metro JDM lovers, tons of ultra-fast rides and Englishtown's world-class drag strip. And the 2014 event was a monster.
Back in the day, Scotty was a die-hard street racer who always had an affinity for the older, two-door GC body style. He'd shared co-driving duties in a friend's GC rally car, and that experience made him realize how strong the Subaru chassis was. However, he liked the RS's factory look so much that his own car remained stock for a year after he bought it.
Blown Away By The 2015 Z06? Our Press Car Z06 Ran 11s In 2004!
AMS Performance's street-legal Alpha Omega GT-R just pulled off one of the most impressive feats in automotive history: running the quarter-mile in a world-record 7.70 ET, and winning a half-mile event with a stunning 201-mph trap speed.
Classic Porsches are some of cardom’s most sought-after vehicles, but like all old cars, there’s a lot that needs to be fixed, and a lot that can be improved upon. So when you do a 911 restomod right, the world will literally beat a path to your door. Just ask Rob Dickinson of Singer Vehicle Design.
Adrenalin’s nearly three-minute preview is a proper homage to DTM’s history, but the transition to interviews with modern drivers and race footage is just as cool. Seeing today’s winged, big-fender Beemers take the fight to modern Audis is a great bookend for what promises to be an exciting movie.
The luxury coach business is booming. Discerning millionaires might chopper to work and take NetJets through flyover states, but nothing beats a tall, long-wheelbase coach for those short trips. Klassen, a luxury coachbuilder from Germany, knows this, and they’re very good at turning everyday transportation into ridiculously luxurious rolling VIP lounges.
The legend of AMS Performance's wicked Alpha Omega GT-R keeps growing. Fresh off of its 190-mph track day, Alpha Omega mixed it up in the automotive bloodsport that is the Texas Invitational—and emerged as King of the Streets!
This film starts in a dark garage where we’re introduced to an object of Craft’s affection: a red 1987 325is in all its glory. In addition to nice touches like the dramatic camera angles, Craft introduces his baby through interesting audio as well: the sharp pop of the hood, the scratching of a grimy oil fill cap being turned and the E30’s sewing machine-like idle add a really interesting dimension to this scene.
Ever since the Liberty Walk/LB Performance Ferrari 458 hit SEMA in 2013, car lovers have wanted to know more about the man behind this innovative Japanese shop. And thanks to this great vid from GTChannel, we got an insightful look into Liberty Walk and its interesting owner. His name is Wataru Kato, and he’s a pioneer in building custom body kits for Japanese, American and European vehicles. However, you have to go back to 1980s Japan to understand his eclectic style.
What’s the best part of a P1 at Spa video? Is it the 10 or so McLaren P1s, the ultra high-tech hypercars that command a cool $1.15 million each? Nah. Is it the daunting, undulating monster of a road course in Belgium called Spa Francorchamps? Nope. Is it that none of these ham-fisted rich dudes wrecked their P1s through Eau Rouge? Pretty much.
So there I was, all sensitive and dealing with my stunted man emotions, when the Revvolution death star fired off an assignment about a stunt man. It is a review of an Adrian “Wildman” Cenni video, and was dubbed the “Worst Stunt Driver Ever” by my overlords. C’mon, man, I’ve done things with an International Scout, some ice and a toboggan (and beer) that rank at the top (bottom?) of any “Worst” stunt driving list. Unfortunately, I can’t prove it, as the video camera hadn’t been invented yet.
Check out this sexy trailer for the full-length 2014 goldRush Rally documentary. GRR’s promotional video showcases amazing cars doing cool things on open roads, well-heeled beautiful people wearing gold-encrusted accessories and hot girls partying at clubs. Credit production company Format67.Net and director Daniel Michaelis for a slick, engrossing video that seamlessly melds hot cars with the essence of a cool nightlife.
Recently I posted an article about how amazing the Maserati MC12 GT1 race car looked and sounded on track. That brief clip was under a minute and a half, but it did a great job of distilling the essence of the all-conquering MC12 GT1 racers. Naturally, the Revvolution team was mid-chubby for this machine even before the vid ended, so we fired up the Google to find moar. Now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s three MC12 GT1s doing battle on a racetrack.
Assume you’re the kind of car guy with a few million lying around. Would you enter a rally that promises very little sleep, less food and a 3,000-mile trip with 10 to 20 hours of driving a day, and a stiff 70 grand entry fee?
This video and a blog from September 18 is AMS's first Alpha Omega update in awhile. Apparently, a 2,000-plus horsepower, street-driven GT-R likes to chew up hard parts and spit them back out (who knew?), so AMS has been working hard to find the drivetrain's weak points and fix them. With the Texas Speed Syndicate Texas Invitational just around the corner, and a new Alpha 20 turbo system and suspension installed, AMS set Alpha Omega loose on Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin.
The word gratuitous means different things in different places. In Italy, flipping around on daytime TV results in lots of gratuitous nudity, which is something their old, boob-loving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is probably proud of. And ze Germans are proud of their gratuitous, confusing words: why just say "car" when you can trot out "Motorwagen" at every opportunity?
When you're watching a race, you never want to see a classic ride's total destruction via barrel roll. And when you're racing, you never want to hear, "Aw dude, he's out the windshield!"
Last April, Monster Energy harnessed B.J. Baldwin and his 850-hp Trophy Truck for nearly seven minutes of off-road insanity called RECOIL. There was fast music, dramatic, slo-mo video, burnouts, powerslides, spins, jumps and other off-road skullduggery. And there was a hot chick in a little black dress and heels pushing a GT-R to the limit, after which B.J.’s machine goes airborne over her and the Nissan clearing them by a good 5 feet. That was definitely the high point.
Ever since gymkhana master Ken Block wowed us—with his crazy driving skills, yes, but also by somehow making a Ford Fiesta cool—car enthusiasts have been all over gymkhana, drifting, hillclimbing and other crazy exhibitions of speed. Now the Web is jam packed with these vids. This one is an oldie but a goodie: Here, Kenneth "Fastkenny" Moen (super creative name props, by the way) attacks Lillehammer, Norway’s feared Kraken Lysgardsbakken ski jumping mountain.
If you’re living the modified lifestyle, you most likely picked your ride cause it can make big power. But to Denver denizen Justin Mangnall, traction is where it’s at.
At Revvolution, we’re big fans of the underdog. Whether it’s an STI passing a legacy sports car on the curves, or a Conquest TSI ripping past today’s modern muscle on the straights, watching the little guy take it to automotive royalty is just the best. So when this badass Smart video surfaced we were giddy as schoolgirls.
Shot at Burnout Mania 2 in Sydney, this clip highlights several insane aspects of this rolling sanitarium; an interesting and no-doubt effective "touch" is the huge "Touch It Slut" windshield banner. But sticking a turbocharged rotary engine into a Suzuki van and then mounting the massive front mount intercooler on the nose clearly takes the win. Nothing says, "My priorities are to annihilate the rear tires for minutes on end while whipping this whip Scrambler-style and gesturing out the window," like using an intercooler core as a bumper.
Everyone has bad days. A long commute and terrible traffic sucks, being late for a crappy job sucks, getting sick sucks. And it’s easy to throw our hands up, pout, swear and feel sorry for our whiny selves.
Unlike the V-, straight- and flat-type engine configurations we’re used to seeing in cardom, a radial is a unique internal combustion engine. The cylinders of a radial engine point outward from a central crankshaft like spokes on a wagon wheel, and the pistons are attached to the crank by way of a master and articulating rod assembly. That sounds pretty complex, but the truth is that it’s an ingenious design that produces impressive power.
Have you heard? An all-new type of turbocharger technology has just been released, and this thing puts even the revolutionary, self-contained Aerocharger turbos to shame. So throw your POS name-brand turbos in the trash right frickin’ now, and prepare to be enlightened.
This Leaselocatorsracing.com Evo 8 dyno clip is a quick preview of the in depth feature that Revvolution.com will bring to you early this week. It’s also a not so subtle reminder that no matter how bad you think your ride is, there are unassuming, thousand-horsepower sleepers out there that will happily half-throttle your simple behind into the rear view.
Recently, Jalopnik, an obscure automotive site that believes in shooting brakes but not copy editors, posited that there is no such thing as a “chick car.” Now, this kind of PC lovefest is expected of a big-city media site run by shadowy Jezebel writers. However, this NYC-centric viewpoint falls flat in our world.
If you’re not familiar with Magnus Walker, StanceWorks has a great piece on one of the world’s most interesting Porsche fanatics. In addition to having one hell of a backstory, Magnus is one of the world’s most dedicated yet unorthodox Porsche collectors and builders.
If you were one of the many enthusiasts who drooled over the outgoing SLS AMG supercar, then sulked after eyeballing its stratospheric, $200,000-plus price tag, then 2016 is your lucky year, plebe. That’s because Mercedes-Benz—the humorless, anal grandparent of the motoring world, has once again let its testosterone-fueled AMG stepchild off the leash, and the result is the powerful 2016 AMG GT and GT S sports cars.
So there’s a really cool stanced VW Golf on Speedhunters.com right now. "Holy crap, stop the digital presses," you say. "There’s only like 10 million of those scraping their way down the world’s highways like a dog with an itchy ass, and you found one? Congrats!" Point taken and sarcasm noted.
Turbo cars are kind of like superheroes. They’re mild mannered, quiet and basically invisible to the public. But with a little prodding, they spin up fast and then the competition gets their shit wrecked. Growing up in Colorado, Matt Frost wasn’t a superhero. But thanks to his dad introducing him to fast cars at an early age, Matt started down the road to owning his current ride, a street-driven, 6-second-capable twin-turbo ’67 Nova.
Quick question: Let’s say you could take a time machine back to the late 1980s and put down a sizable deposit on Jaguar’s V-12-powered, all-wheel-drive XJ220 supercar concept. Would it piss you off if, a few years later, Jaguar delivered a turbo V-6-powered, rear-wheel-drive production car?
Jaguar used to be a British automaker that built thrilling, perfectly styled sports cars and sedans for thrilled, imperfectly smiled Brits. Then Ford bought Jaguar and promptly pimped it to pump out forgettable X-Types. The “poor man’s Jag” was a numb, unreliable mess, and it left Jaguar lovers wondering how far the storied marque could fall. But then something amazing happened.
For the enthusiasts in Owen Craft’s "Respect Your Elders," trailer, the answer always starts with an M—but it sure as hell ain’t a Miata. This documentary gives a unique look into the fascinating love-fest with the BMW E30, the run of 1982-1991 3 Series and M3 cars that one owner explains as, “Literally as pure as you can get.”
The 2004-2005 Maserati MC12 is legendary in supercar circles. It was more race car than road car, and more visually appealing than the Ferrari Enzo it was based on. This 600-plus hp, V-12-powered beast went 0-60 in under 4 seconds and topped out at over 200 mph, and only 50 very lucky customers got the privilege to plop down 400,000 British pounds for one of these striking cars.