There are not that many opportunities anymore to get your hands on a functional (we think) and literal piece of drag racing history. This is one of those times as the original Untouchable jet dragster has come up for sale. Built by Romeo Palamides in the early 1960s, this thing is a half century old and from the visual appearance of it in photos is actually half way cool looking. Power comes from a J-47 engine that makes 6,000lbs of thrust, the driver’s cockpit is literally on the tip of the spear, and we promise no one in your town has one. The big question of course is what to do with something like this. You cannot run it at full speed on a track because, well, death. Romeo’s stuff was not ever known to be exceptionally nice even when brand new so the toll of time over a half-century is likely to have made stuff even scarier. You totally could get the turbine back into working order and do smoke and fire shows at vintage/historic racing events. Burner pops and a fire … [Read more...] about The Untouchable Jet Dragster Is For Sale J-47 turbine
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When the 1960s rolled around, all of a sudden every single assumption anyone ever had was open to debate: Who says those guys can’t vote? Who says that particular half of the population has to stay home and raise babies? Who says race cars have to be powered by piston engines mounted in the front? Racing at Indianapolis was one of the many apple carts overturned by the tumult of that decade. First, the engines shifted to the back, behind the driver. Then, the whole idea of internal combustion got a rethinking. Why, for instance, did power have to come from pistons thwack-thwack-thwacking up and down in a line? Why not try something completely different? Only a few short years after the rear-engine revolution at Indy, along came Andy Granatelli, STP and Pratt & Whitney to upset the whole apple cart again with the gas turbine, a massive side pod of a goiter slung onto the car next to the driver like a gargantuan, 171-mph sausage delivery wagon. Granatelli Turbine IndyCar … [Read more...] about We drive the Granatelli STP Turbine Indy car!
Cars of little important importance are usually listed up for sale with the basics: mileage, a couple of pictures and some other details that buyers may want to know. A nice car will usually have service records included in the listing, as well as detailed images. Collectible works of art, like the Pagani Huayra Lampo, are sold with a story. Much like a commissioned work of art, the Huayra Lampo is 1 of 1, and it is for sale by Pagani Newport Beach. To create such an automobile, the owner approached Mr. Pagani with inspiration from the 1954 Fiat Turbina Concept car: It was Italy’s answer to the Jet-Age prototypes that appeared after WWII. Fiat needed a home for its new line of jet turbines, so this coupe was capable of melting anything behind it. In order to build a Huayra as a tribute to the famous Fiat, Pagani teamed up with Garage Italia Customs. It was factory built with the Tempesta Package which made for a solid starting point. The cost and time involved to build this … [Read more...] about 2017 Pagani Huayra Lampo For Sale
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Review The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS specs have finally been revealed and does not disappoint. In fact, it is the most powerful 911 that Porsche has ever created. Allow us to review this mean machine so you can make an informed purchase. The source of this power is the same twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six engine founds in the 911 Turbo S. However, Porsche has turned up the power exponentially. When compared to the 2011 911 GT2 RS, the 2018 model has 80 more horsepower and 37 more lb-ft of torque. It stands as the flagship for their motorsports (RennSport) division, sending all of its power to the rear wheels. The GT2 class doesn’t allow 4WD or AWD, so this is the modern Widowmaker. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Engine The latest in turbo technology results is an astonishing 700 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The VarioCam system constantly alters the timing of all 4 cams to make the optimal use of 22 lbs of boost. Mated to the proven engine is a … [Read more...] about 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Specs, Price, Photos, & Review
It's 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late.Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, standing in one of the world's most high-tech cities and I have to walk. I don't even get to do it in self-lacing shoes.I'm in Tokyo for Uber Elevate, Uber's third conference outlining its plans to get flying cars off the silver screen and into our skies in as little as two years. It's a lofty ambition, but Uber has partnered with some big names in aviation and picked up its share of NASA alumni to help it get there.The goal? UberAir. A future transport network in which air travel is as easy and on-demand as Uber rides are now. As simple as "push a button, get a flight." Sounds like science fiction? Uber is adamant it can happen. "It might be something that exists in sci-fi fantasies, but we want to make it real here," says Uber's head of aviation, Eric Allison. "These vehicles are past the research phase and we're now at the … [Read more...] about How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground