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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2014 Chevrolet Corvette to debut at Detroit Auto Show, start production in Q3 2013

The next-generation Chevrolet C7 Corvette is indeed one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the upcoming auto show season, and we’ve now learned that General Motors’ famed sports car will officially bow on Sunday, January 13 during a preview event for the Detroit Auto Show press days. (We can already picture the mob scene.) To get buzz going on the new car, GM has released this image of the redesigned crossed flags emblem – the iconic symbol that Corvettes have worn since the model’s introduction in 1953. “The flags are much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before – underscoring the comprehensive redesign of the entire car,” Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of Global Design, said in a statement today. If you’re still hot on plunking down cash for one of the C6 Corvette models, you don’t have much time left.Automotive News reports that dealers still have until December to submit orders for the current Corvette, and that buyers with very specific orders should get them in by the end of October in order to have their exact specifications guaranteed. The 2013 C6 Corvette will officially go out of production in February. Following that, GM’s Bowling Green, Kentucky facility will shut down for six months in order to retool and prepare for production of the 2014 C7 model. GM has already cancelled tours at the plant in preparation for the shutdown. We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the C7 Corvette running around, but details are still slim on what exactly lies under all that camouflage. GM will show its new small-block V8 to the world on Wednesday, October 24, and we’ll be at the live unveiling to pass along all the details. In addition to the C7, this new small-block will power the next generation of GM pickups, which will also debut at the Detroit show. Scroll down for GM’s official release regarding the Corvette’s new emblem, as well as a video showing the history of the crossed flags. Source: Autoblog 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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