With the high content of carbon fiber found in its cars, Lamborghini has established its own repair service that has the right equipment and technical staff to properly deal with the advanced composite material. In some cases, staff will even fly out to fix the cars, avoiding the hassle of shipping them back to Lamborghini’s factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy.
Work has commenced on the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette, the C8, and word on the street is that the car will ride on a new mid-engine platform under development at General Motors Company [NYSE:GM]. While the C8 isn’t due until the end of the decade, a car riding on its platform may appear much sooner than that.
No, we’re not talking about the new sports car recently hinted at by Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen, although it is a distinct possibility Cadillac may eventually launch a car based on the new mid-engine platform. No, we’re talking about a new generation of the Corvette ZR1, which Car and Driver reports may be launched as early as the 2017 model year and sport a price tag of around $150,000. Continue reading Mid-Engine Corvette ZR1 To Bow In 2017, Cost $150k: Report→
Development of the new Dodge 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat Hemi engine focused on two parallel objectives: make more than 700 horsepower, and make it live.
To achieve the former, a 2.4-liter twin-screw supercharger provides nearly 12 pounds of boost to produce 707 horsepower with 650 lb-ft peak torque. To ensure the latter, Chrysler powertrain engineers strengthened nearly every component in the engine. To validate those changes, the team built an entirely new dyno cell for testing, because none of the existing lab facilities were capable of handling that much power. Continue reading SRT Engineer Explains How Hellcat Hemi Pulls 707 Horsepower→
Many of those who doubt the capabilities of the Camaro Z/28 claim the car is not well engineered, but rather owes its performance gains to its sticky Pirelli Trofeo R tires. There is no doubt those near-slicks contribute to the car’s performance, but is that really what makes the Z/28 so fast? Motor Trend was curious too and rather than arguing on the internet about it, they put the theory to the test.
It just so happened that MT had both a 2014 Camaro 1LE and a Camaro Z/28 on hand for two separate tests. Figuring out how much of a difference the Pirelli Trofeo R tires make on the 5th generation Camaro was simple: swap the wheels and tires from the 1LE to the Z/28 and vice versa. Then run the cars down the drag strip, on the skid pad and on the figure eight and record the results. Continue reading What Happens When You Put The Tires From A Camaro Z/28 On A 1LE?→