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Apr 21, 2024
Watch This Twin-Turbo Corvette E-Ray Lay Down a Nine-Second Quarter-Mile

The Chevy Corvette E-Ray is an extremely quick car. With a total 655 horsepower from a 6.2-liter pushrod V-8 and a front-mounted electric motor, the car can sprint to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, making it one of the quickest supercars around. But that wasn’t nearly enough for one tuner shop.

The folks from Boost District decided to slap a couple of turbos to the 6.2-liter V-8 found behind the cabin of the E-Ray and go to the drag strip to see how it would perform. And it performed exceptionally. The car, driven by Boost District’s founder, Roshan, was able to lay down an incredibly quick 9.741-second quarter-mile time at 152.99 mph. 

Boost District says this E-Ray is making an impressive 1,000 hp thanks to an ETS twin-turbo kit, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering pistons, and a beefier fuel injection system. The heads and cams are totally stock, as are the Michelin PS4S tires. The only other upgrade to the car is a heavy-duty clutch, there to handle the extra torque. 

According to Boost District, those Michelins weren’t grippy enough to manage all that extra power. The shop says the car was spinning all four tires during its quarter-mile run. They say the car can possibly break into the high eight-second range with only some minor adjustments, like stickier tires.

If you’re not satisfied with your E-Ray’s speed, Boost District will sell you this entire set of upgrades, with packages starting at $21,250 fully installed. If you want to wipe the smile off your local Z06 owner’s face, this is a pretty solid option.

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Apr 19, 2024
This 700-HP Raptor-Fighting Chevy Silverado Can Be Yours for $210,000

The folks at Fox Factory aren’t waiting for Chevrolet to build a proper competitor for the F-150 Raptor R or Ram TRX. They’ve built one of their own: The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado Fox Factory Edition. It’s packing 700 horsepower and enough suspension travel to safely land on an aircraft carrier. It’s not a one-off thing, either. Fox Factory will build 500 of these burly Silverados, but there is a catch: It costs $209,999.

Fox Factory says that’s an estimated starting MSRP, but it’s still $100,000 more than an F-150 Raptor R. For the price you get a supercharger bolted atop the Silverado’s 6.2-liter V-8, upping output to the aforementioned 700 hp and 640 pound-feet of torque. A Borla exhaust adds noise, and it all goes through Chevy’s 10-speed automatic transmission. But the pièce de résistance here isn’t the powertrain.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado Fox Factory Edition
2024 Chevrolet Silverado Fox Factory Edition
2024 Chevrolet Silverado Fox Factory Edition

Fox is known for off-roading magic, and this upgraded Silverado ditches the rear leaf spring suspension for a long-travel multilink setup. Fox 3.2 coilovers and aluminum trailing arms give 15.5 inches of usable travel in the back. Up front, there’s 14.5 inches of travel with Fox 3.2 shocks in a long-travel A-arm setup. It’s a semi-active, electronically controlled system that can be managed inside the truck, with Fox Factory emphasizing “control and stability at high speeds off-road in real-time.”

Baja Kits worked with Fox Factory on the setup, which includes a Dana 60 Axle and an ARB air locker at the back. The factory front limited-slip axle gets 3.73 gears, and the changes add six inches to the Silverado’s track. It all rides on 17-inch Method wheels shod with 37-inch BFG K02 tires.

To accommodate the mechanical changes, Fox Factory adds numerous body upgrades. The hood and wide front fenders are carbon fiber, as are the bedsides at the rear. It wears new high-clearance bumpers front and rear, has lights galore, and the interior is upgraded with Alcantara and even more carbon fiber.

Fox Factory doesn’t specify when its high-flying Silverado will be available, but the company is taking reservations now with an initial $5,000 payment.

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Apr 19, 2024
Rezvani Will Build You a Neo-Retro Porsche 911 with Up to 750 HP

Rezvani is dipping a toe into the world of retro-themed Porsches. No, you can’t buy a 911-shaped supercar with weird options like smokescreens or pepper spray dispensers. But you can have a 992-generation 911 reskinned with retro-themed body panels and punched up with performance upgrades. Say hello to the Rezvani Retro RR1, available in three versions with power ranging from 550 to 750 horsepower.

Regardless of the version you choose, all RR1s get a new carbon fiber body that draws on the 935 Kremer race cars from the late 1970s, evident with the new front fascia. But Rezvani offers an interesting take on the slant nose hood with narrow rectangular headlights replacing the iconic ovals, looking similar to those on the Taycan. Further back, the flared rear haunches blend into a fixed wing that tugs on our 1970s heartstrings. Turbofan-style wheels wrap up a package that, to our eyes, looks pretty damn good.

As for the bones, Rezvani buyers can choose between the 911 Carrera S, the GT3, or the Turbo S. The RR1 550 is the entry point, so named because the Carrera’s boosted 3.0-liter engine gets 550 hp for track use, or 520 hp on the street. The RR 565 is built from the GT3 and gets unspecified tweaks to its 4.0-liter flat-six for 535 hp on the street, or 565 at the track. And then there’s the RR1 750 making—you guessed it—750 hp in track tune. Street versions only have 715 hp to work with, putting power down through the Turbo’s standard all-wheel-drive system.

Optional upgrades for all versions include suspension, brakes, roll cages, racing harnesses, and lightweight polycarbonate windows. You can also opt for a custom retro livery for the exterior, but the options add up quickly. Check every box and you’ll add $25,450 to the final price.

Speaking of which, Rezvani lists the starting price for the RR1 at $149,000. That’s not including the donor chassis, of course. Each example is made to order, and the buyer has to supply the car. Moreover, the company says that’s an introductory price that will go up after the first five orders are placed. Total production will be capped at 50 units and Rezvani already has conversions underway with deliveries planned later this year.

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Apr 19, 2024
Rebecca Clancy Named Editor-in-Chief of Autosport

London, April 17, 2024 – Rebecca Clancy has been named Editor-in-Chief, Autosport, it was announced today by Mike Spinelli, Head of Content, Motorsport Network.  

Her appointment is effective April 29. Autosport is the world’s most influential source for racing news and analysis.  

A lifelong sports fan, Clancy joins Autosport from The Times where she was the Motor Racing Correspondent for the past seven years. Additionally, Clancy covered other sports including rugby, athletics, and tennis.

Before joining the sports team, she worked on the news and business desk. Prior to joining The Times, Clancy was at The Telegraph and The Financial Times’ investment magazine. 

“I’m excited to welcome Rebecca to Autosport,” says Spinelli. “Her from-the-paddock storytelling expertise, deep knowledge of F1, and passion for motorsports informs an energizing vision for this celebrated brand. I can’t wait to see how she leads Autosport into its 75th anniversary next year and beyond.”    

In addition, leading F1 journalist Ben Hunt will be joining Autosport, effective June 4. Hunt has worked in motorsport for over 12 years, most recently at The Sun where he was an F1 correspondent and motorsport columnist.

He is the author of Growing Wings: The Inside Story of Red Bull Racing (2024) and Lando Norris: A biography (2023). In a 23-year career in sports journalism, he has previously reported on Premier League football, Ashes cricket tests, snooker championships and Ryder Cups.

Rebecca and Ben co-host the F1 podcast Inside the Piranha Club and will continue this in their new roles at Autosport.

“I’m honored to lead this esteemed motorsport brand into this new era,” Clancy said. “Together, with our team of dedicated journalists and content creators, we’ll push boundaries, and ignite the passion of fans worldwide.”

With nearly 75 years of authority, Autosport has unparalleled access to the growing global racing world. The brand reaches over two million superfans and covers the inner narratives, technicalities, and business of the global racing world.

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Apr 19, 2024
Tesla Accidentally Leaked Details of the New Model 3 Performance

Tesla introduced the updated Model 3 last September without the anticipated Performance variant. But it must be right around the corner considering preliminary details were hiding within the source code of the company’s UK configurator. A reader of our sister site InsideEVs found the details hiding in plain sight. We’ve checked the source code and can confirm it’s all there.

The updated Model 3 Performance is getting “all-new, high-performance drive units” that will deliver a combined output of over 500 horsepower. An exact figure produced by the dual motors is not mentioned, but Tesla claims it’s “the most powerful Model 3 ever.” As a refresher, the old one was rated at 505 hp.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla mentions it has also tweaked the chassis and suspension for “intuitive, razor-sharp response to driver inputs.” Elsewhere, pedal feel has been improved, and so has heat management for more consistent braking regardless of speed. The new Model 3 Performance is also getting lightweight, staggered wheels with unspecified tires for “increased traction out of corners.”

As for cosmetic changes, the same source code mentions “redesigned front and rear fascias, rear diffuser, and carbon fiber spoiler.” Inside, it’s getting an “all-new seat design with enhanced side and cushion bolsters” and ventilation. To set it apart from the lesser Model 3 versions, Tesla is giving the Performance a “lightweight carbon fiber décor and refined weave pattern.”

There are also a bunch of images we couldn’t scrape from the website. In addition, the 0 to 60 mph time is a placeholder since the source code only says {ACCELERATION}. The old Model 3 Performance needed 3.1 seconds. The range doesn’t seem to be listed, but we’ll remind you the outgoing model was rated by EPA at 315 miles.

2024 Tesla Model 3 (Highland)

Weight isn’t mentioned, although a previous leak indicated it would remain unchanged, at 4,089 pounds. It is also believed the 82.0-kilowatt-hour battery capacity will be identical, but nothing is official yet.

As for the name, it appears to be carried over. Despite rumors indicating it would be rebranded as a Model 3 Ludicrous, it looks as though Performance is staying.

Since Tesla is updating its regional websites to include the new Model 3 Performance, expect an official reveal in the coming days or weeks.

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Apr 19, 2024
Here's the Kia EV5 GT Before You're Supposed to See It


There are some specs to go along with the revealing images.

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Apr 15, 2024
Italian Government Forces Alfa Romeo To Change Name of Milano SUV to ‘Junior’

Alfa Romeo announced today it will change the name of its newly unveiled Milano SUV to “Junior” following pressure from the Italian government.

The decision comes just a few days after Adolfo Urso, Italy’s industry minister, criticized Alfa Romeo for marketing a car produced outside of Italy with an Italian name. The Milano is built at Alfa’s Tychy assembly plant, located in Poland.

“A car called Milano cannot be produced in Poland,” This is forbidden by Italian law,” Urso said on Thursday. 

He’s referring to a piece of legislation from 2003 that calls out “Italian-sounding” products that falsely claim to be produced in Italy, according to Reuters

“This law stipulates that you cannot give indications that mislead consumers,” Urso added. “So a car called Milano must be produced in Italy. Otherwise, it gives a misleading indication which is not allowed under Italian law.”

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Apr 15, 2024
Lewis Hamilton Gets It

Normally, we don’t pay much attention to promo videos from Formula 1 teams. But Lewis Hamilton playing turn-of-the-millennium racing games is different. These are games we all have a lot of nostalgia for, as does Hamilton, who managed to find the time to play the likes of F1 2000, and Gran Turismo. It’s that last one we’re most excited to see the seven-time champ play.

On putting the disc into a PlayStation 1, Hamilton immediately picks a Midnight Purple R33-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R and gets into a race at Trial Mountain. Both connoisseur’s choices if we do say so ourselves. While GT1 had a nice selection of 37 cars in its arcade mode, the GT-R was one of the best. Really, those early games were defined in large part by the Skyline GT-R. Buying one in the game’s career mode was always a good investment, as any hardcore player is aware. It seems Hamilton really knows the game.

You might be thinking why not a Mercedes? The German automaker only joined the franchise in Gran Turismo 2. (Hamilton’s future employer, Ferrari, only showed up in Gran Turismo 5.) 

Hamilton also seems to be fond of the color purple, and a social media video from 2022 shows he’s into Skyline GT-Rs, too. In that video, he drives a rented R34-generation GT-R, but that car came out after Gran Turismo’s 1997 launch. 

If there were any lingering doubts about Hamilton’s car-enthusiast bonafides, there shouldn’t be. His choice of Gran Turismo car shows he’s one of us. 

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Apr 9, 2024
Watch This 1,300-HP M4 Explode on the Dyno Thanks to Nitrous

BMW’s lineup of straight-six powered M cars have gained serious popularity thanks to the engine’s ability to make big power reliably. One tuner seems to have pushed the envelope a bit too far, though, and the results are catastrophic.

The folks at New Jersey-based Maximum PSI recently attempted to squeeze more power out of their M4 drag car when things went horribly wrong. The car was already making 1,100 horsepower to the wheels, but with competition heating up in the world of Roundel-badged drag cars, that wasn’t good enough. So the team added a new intercooler, an upgraded transmission, and Nitrous to the mix.

The M4 didn’t grenade itself immediately. The new intercooler setup meant the first run, tested without Nitrous, resulted in a healthy 1,300 hp to the wheels. The Maximum PSI team then added some Nitrous into the mix, where they made another 76 hp. They then decided to “turn things up,” and that’s when the engine gave out. The video above shows the high-strung S58 come apart in spectacular fashion, with lots of smoke and a seriously scary glow coming from the bottom of the car.

With just 48 hours to go before the car’s next planned outing, the Maximum PSI crew wastes no time getting the M4 back to good, running condition. Amazingly they get it done, thanks mostly to a healthy stock of spare parts and same-day shipping for parts they didn’t have on hand. 

Maximum PSI is able to make it to the event, but because the team didn’t have any time to test the car, they had to run it for the first time in qualifying. With the boost turned down Maximum PSI again turned to Nitrous, which caused the engine to misfire. The next run they decided to use boost alone, but transmission problems stopped them from getting a representative time. 

While the car wasn’t very fast, we’re still supremely impressed with the team’s ability to turn a catastrophic failure back into a running car in such a short time. 

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Apr 1, 2024
A Porsche 718 Cayman Makes a Surprisingly Excellent Drift Car

What do you do when you’ve just won a Formula Drift championship? Buy a Porsche, apparently. Reigning FD champ Chelsea DeNofa just bought a 718 Cayman S to turn it into a drift car, and it is one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a minute. A mid-engine Porsche may seem like an unlikely drift car, but with some modification and DeNofa’s quick hands, it works extremely well.

 

DeNofa is detailing the build on his YouTube channel, and it’s fascinating. The Cayman is surprisingly well suited for a conversion into a drift car. DeNofa was able to maintain the stock rear suspension geometry, and simply installed new arms that allow for more adjustment of roll center and anti-squat and ditch the stock rubber bushings for heim joints. 

After dropping the gearbox, DeNofa installed a stronger clutch, beefed-up 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears, and welded the differential, all of which was surprisingly simple. He chose to go with a Cayman with a turbocharged flat-four rather than a naturally aspirated flat-six for the huge power potential for the boosted engine. Right now, they’re running about 400 hp over the stock 350, but the goal is to get closer to 600. That should require a new exhaust, which is already fitted to the car, and a new turbocharger.

This won’t be a Formula Drift car, so DeNofa is trying to keep as many Porsche parts as possible. Aside from a cage, seats, harnesses, and naturally, a hydraulic handbrake, the interior is being kept stock. He’ll likely get rid of the small radiators ahead of the front wheels for a larger unit to be mounted at an angle in the front trunk a la the new 911 GT3 RS. That’s to keep the radiator less exposed to impacts. DeNofa assumes it’ll need cooling upgrades too.

There was also the matter of electronics. With any modern car, all the systems talk to one another, and when you start messing with one, the rest go haywire. DeNofa doesn’t go into details, but it took a lot of work to essentially “unlock” the car for it to be used for this purpose.

We’re excited to see this build unfold. DeNofa dives deep on all the aspects of the car here, and there’s so much beyond cool sideways shots of the car. Though, we are happy watching drift shots over and over.

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