Zora Mid-Engine Corvette To Show Face By 2017

2014-Chevrolet-Corvette-C7-Stingray-logo Yes, you read that right. In 2017, the Corvette will finally introduce a mid-engine layout it was always meant for, with the C8 Corvette Zora, or perhaps the C7 Corvette ZR1. Of course, those in-the-know have long heard murmurings of a mid-engine ‘Vette, and Chevy has even built several prototypes in the past – such as the 1976 Aerovette and the 1990 CERV III. But General Motors has always entertained the idea with caution, knowing that it’s an expensive change, and one that could potentially alienate a lot of the brand’s die hard loyalists. Apparently, Chevrolet has decided that America is finally ready. The new Zora-ZR1 supercar will sit at the top of the Corvette range, above the 650 hp Z06, and (for a time) stand alone in offering the MR layout, likely sold alongside the current C7. It’s expected to still maintain Chevrolet’s beloved Small Block in some form, although specific powertrain details are a mystery. And while reports believe that the Zora will keep the aluminum space frame currently seen in the C7 in some way, we have reasons to believe the Corvette C8 will introduce a new platform entirely. As for the body, we could see carbon fiber doors over the current fiberglass ones. and while Car and Driver believes the chassis will still make use of reworked magnetorheological dampers, control arms and composite leaf springs, we also believe a new suspension system will be introduced. Though, at this moment, the shroud of mystery is still very much covering the 2017 Corvette Zora-ZR1, and only serves to pique our interest even more. After all, the news of a mid-engine American sportscar is something we’ve not had since the Pontiac Fiero. We just want to buy the C8 a drink and ask all about its powertrain options, new architecture, when it thinks it’ll be ready to become America’s only Corvette, etc. But as they say, good things come to those who wait. Credit: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2014/09/zora-mid-engine-corvette-to-show-face-by-2017/#ixzz3D8tbQZRd
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Toyota readies “DragQuoia” Sequoia Family Dragster for SEMA

Oh, SEMA. There’s no other show on the face of the planet that would be so bold as to serve up a creation like the one seen above. This is the questionably named DragQuoia, and it’s a slammed Toyota Sequoia with a 650-horsepower TRD supercharged V8 engine shoved under the hood, complete with nitrous. Toyota says the machine can bolt down the quarter mile in somewhere between nine and 10 seconds, thanks in part to the fact it has been stripped of 1,600 pounds of “non-essential” weight – presumably dirty diapers and sippy cups. The DragQuoia was built by NHRA Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown as part of the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. A set of 21.5-inch wide rear tires help shuttle the power to the pavement, and indoors, the DragQuoia features four race seats with harnesses for fun with the family as well as a full roll cage and an appropriately sized parachute. The DragQuoia faces off against a Kyle Busch-designed Camry, a Prius whipped up by Clint Bowyer and a Tundra penned by Alexis DeJoria. Fans can vote for their favorite, with the winner taking home a $50,000 check from Toyota from their charity of choice. Read more
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2012 Mosler RaptorGTR, #1 of 1, on sale for $700k

You hear the term “one of one” a lot in the classic car realm. It is meant to indicate the utmost rarity in a vehicle with an extremely limited production run. In contemporary cars, other notable examples include a one-off Bugatti Veyron, or the Ferrari P4/5 commissioned by James Glickenhaus. Here is another supercar that can count itself among the club: the 2012 Mosler RaptorGTR. The RaptorGTR was actually not intended to have a single-unit production run, but according to the press release, “Unfortunately Mosler was pulled into the vortex of the financial downturn and only produced one of its latest products.” Unfortunate indeed, because the world needs more 838-horsepower 7.0-liter V8 supercars. With a curb weight of 2580 pounds, the RaptorGTR has a 649 horsepower-per-ton ratio. Mosler is quick to point out that, while Bugatti boasts 1200hp in the Veyron SuperSport, the car also carries a 4545-lb curb weight, resulting in a 528 horsepower-per-ton ratio. The press release also points out that the RaptorGTR builds on the legacy started by previous Mosler products, such as the MT900R, which has “the highest percentage of podiums/start of any manufacturer in FIA sports car racing.” So what will this one-off performance exotic cost? Supercar Engineering, which developed the RaptorGTR, and owns the distribution rights, says $700,000. The interior can be customized to suit the buyer’s whim, but it remains unclear if said customization is included for that price. We doubt it. The vehicle is also being marketed in Russia, UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as the United States. Given its near-pefect rarity, there is a good chance that the Mosler RaptorGTR will sell for more than the listed $700k. Source: Autoblog
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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider

So far, so good for McLaren Automotive. Since the MP4-12C coupestarted deliveries roughly 16 months ago, there are now 1,500-plus more great supercars traveling the roads of our planet. There have been potholes, particularly the hotly awaited initial UK comparison tests in 2011 that (frankly) both we and McLaren felt the MP4-12C would ace versus the Ferrari 458 Italia & Co. In almost every test, the 570-horsepower Ferrari eclipsed the 592-horsepower MP4-12C and, beyond lap time tenths and hundredths, the victory was based almost purely on emotional issues: disappointing exhaust sounds from the 3.8-liter twin turbocharged V8, clinically efficient chassis responses tempered by little excitement through the steering wheel or seat of the pants, or an exterior that didn’t look quite special enough. Read more
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