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5 Best Production Sports Cars Of All Time

By   July 31, 2013

Porsche 911 RS

Our List of the 5 Best Production Sports Cars of all Time

There have been some great sports cars made over the years. From modern supercars like the Bugatti Veyron to classics like the Lamborghini Miura there are a lot of great cars to choose from. Some are just incredible straight line performers, while others are more about handling and some can do both well.

We’ve put together what we think are the top 5 sports cars of all time. Checkout the list and see if you agree with us or not.

  • Ferrari 250 GTO
    Ferrari 250 GTO
    The beautiful design and great performance of the 250 GTO make it one of the all time greats. Only 39 examples were sold in order for homologation of the car for racing in the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car class. These cars are extremely valuable with one going for $35 million dollars in 2012 and they are owned by the likes of Ralph Lauren. When you think of great Ferraris the 250 GTO is pretty much in a class by itself.
  • McLaren F1
    McLaren F1
    The F1 was the first production road car by McLaren and it was a doozy. For a while it was the fastest car in the world with it being able to hit a top speed of 243 mph. Unlike the modern Bugatti Veyron that accomplishes its high speed using many technological tricks and a huge engine, the F1 was all about high horsepower, lightweight materials and great suspension. Oh and it seats three with the driver in the middle, which is about as cool as it gets.
  • Porsche 911
    Porsche 911 RS
    Is there a more iconic sports car than the Porsche 911? The rear-engined car is designed backwards and yet is able to do things that other sports cars only dream of. The car is the pinnacle of engineering taking a platform that performed well, but with finicky the handling, and evolving it into a complete package. Beyond all this there aren’t many sports car models that can say they have been in existence for 50 years.
  • Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    Mercedes 300SL Gullwing
    The 300SL Gullwing is one of the most recognizable cars in the world. In many ways it can be thought of as the father of supercars. When it was introduced it was the fastest car in the world and could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. When you think of the fact that a car from the ’50s was capable of hitting 160 mph (depending on gearing) that puts it in supercar status right there. Of course the brakes would make that a very scary speed to be driving. Of course it is the “Gullwing” doors that really make it the iconic car that it is.
  • Chevrolet Corvette
    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
    The Corvette is the American sports car. There have been other sports cars from the United States, but none has been as successful as the Corvette. The model has been with us from 60 years. It started with a lightweight stylish sports car with an inline-6 engine, but it was when a V8 was put into the car that it started to become a legend. While some of the models have had their quirks the car has really grown up and the 2014 Stingray looks like it will be an incredible sports car.

So those are our top 5 sports cars, did your favorite make the list? No matter if you agree with us or not, we want to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Also, if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog for the latest news, videos and lists like this (scroll down to see the subscribe box).

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Video: First Drives Of The 2014 Corvette Stingray

By   July 25, 2013

First Drives Of The 2014 Corvette Stingray

2014 Corvette Stingray Gets Driven

The first reviews of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray (C7) have been released and Motor Trend and Car and Driver are the first two publications to get to drive the car. Both magazines have released videos reviewing the V8 monster that is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car puts out an earth moving 455 horsepower straight from the factory.

Both reviews are of cars that come with the Z51 package. The optional package is designed for those that would like to autocross or track their cars occasionally. The package adds additional cooling for the car to keep it running well when pushed hard.

The C7 Corvette is arguably the best Corvette ever made. You get incredible performance and good handling from a package that is much more upscale than previous models. Not bad for a sports car that has a base price of just over $50,000.

Both of these videos are informative and show what the car is capable of, but the Motor Trend review is a bit more entertaining.

Watch the videos and then let us know what you think of the new Corvette Stingray in the comments below.

Below is the Motor Trend review.

Below is the Car and Driver review.

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Callaway Will Build Corvette C7 GT3 Race Cars

By   July 24, 2013

Callaway Corvette C7 GT3 Race Car

Callaway Corvette C7 GT3 Race Car

Callaway has received permission from GM to build Corvette C7 GT3 Race Cars. The racing variant of the new American sports car will be submitted for homologation from the FIA. The cars will be sold to customer race teams that want to race the new Corvette in GT races.

Callaway will not be building the factory run race cars, but will only be selling cars to other customer race teams. No price has yet been released for the cars, but it probably will cost a bit more than the street car. Performance estimates are also pending, but given the performance of the street car it should be very fast.

Let us know what you think of the Callaway C7 Corvette GT3 Race Car in the comments below.

Press Release

Callaway Competition GmbH, Leingarten Germany, will embark on a development program for making the new Corvette C7 into a GT3-class race car and submit for homologation from the FIA.

Specialists, like Callaway, require authorization from original equipment manufacturers, like Chevrolet, to submit the homologation forms necessary to allow their version of the car to be the version allowed in FIA competition. As Callaway has just received the required letter of authorization from Chevrolet, Callaway has become the appointed specialist representative for building and holding the homologation of the Corvette C7 FIA GT3 race cars.

Callaway has also been the homologation holder for the Corvette C6 version of the GT3 car with the FIA. The Callaway team is currently the most successful in GT3, based on numerous Drivers and Team Championships from 2007 to present.

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Video: See The Corvette Stingray Go From ’60s Model To 2014 Model

By   July 22, 2013

Corvette Stingray

From Corvette Stingray to Corvette Stingray

The new 2014 Corvette Stingray offers incredible performance and great gas mileage for a big V8. The new car puts out 455 horsepower and can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can do all of this while being able to get 29 mpg on the highway.

The Stingray name is one of the most coveted names for a Corvette model. The nameplate first appeared in the ’60s and now this newest incarnation of the American sports car has been deemed worthy to wear the name. This video takes you from the early Stingray cars and takes it all the way to the new Corvette. It also features some great footage of each model in between the early car and the newest car.

Checkout the video and then let us know which of the generations is your favorite in the comments below.

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Corvette Wins GT And Alex Job Porsche Wins GT Challenge In Close Race

By   July 22, 2013

Corvette Wins in Canada

Corvette Wins in Canada

This past weekend was the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Motorsport Park in Canada. The in a couple of classes the race was close for the entire two hours and 45 minutes that it was run.

In a very tight race it all came down to a battle of American race cars in the GT class. The Number 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 driven by the defending GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin were able to hold on for a win. It wasn’t easy as they had to fight off the Number 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R driven by Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens. The race was so close that the Corvette managed to win by just 0.267 seconds.

The GT class wasn’t the only class with a close finish. The GT Challenge class also saw a close race with the Number 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Alex Job Racing managed to hold off a last lap challenge to come out with the win. This was a great finish for the team, not only because of winning the class, but because they had to make extensive repairs to the car after a crash at the Lime Rock race.

In the P1 category the race was much less competitive with the Number 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c winning the overall race in comfortable fashion. They dominated the race leading on ever lap and cruised to their fourth victory of the season. This was also their fifth victory at the Motorsport Park track.

Let us know what you thought of the race in the comments below.

Press Release

The track name and surrounding facilities may have changed dramatically, but the excitement that has long been a hallmark of American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park remained in Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian road circuit played host to an epic battle of American muscle in the GT class, while the battle for supremacy in the P2 category remained close throughout two hours and 45 minutes on a gorgeous midsummer afternoon.

In the end, reigning ALMS GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin claimed a narrow GT class victory in the No. 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 ahead of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R.

Milner had his mirrors full of Farnbacher’s silver Viper throughout the closing minutes, but held on to win by a scant 0.267 seconds. It was the 10th victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Corvette Racing.

“I had to do whatever I could do to hold him off without getting a penalty,” said Milner. “Our car wasn’t quite as good as theirs. He could really close the gap in Turn 8.

“I told myself going into Turn 8 on that last lap that I was either going to spin myself out or it was going to stick and I was going to keep the lead. I threw it in there and I here I am.”

In the P2 category, No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b co-drivers Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker edged Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b.

Franchitti passed Tucker – who drove Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 552 entry to the checkered flag after starting the race in the No. 551 – with 26 minutes remaining to earn the P2 class victory and second overall.

Extreme Speed Motorsports driver Scott Sharp also drove the No. 01 machine past Tucker in the final laps of the race and finished second, right on the gearbox of Franchitti’s winning car. It was the fourth victory this season for Tucker and the third for Franchitti.

“We fought back with a car that wasn’t perfect and we were able to capitalize from strategy there at the end,” said Tucker. “The Extreme Speed guys have really been coming on strong so we feel good about today.”

The P1 and overall victory went comfortably to Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c. It was their fifth consecutive win at the track for Luhr and Graf, who led every lap Sunday en route to their fourth victory of the season.

Colin Braun and Jon Bennett combined to win the Prototype Challenge presented by Continental Tire (PC) class in the No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 for CORE autosport. It was the second win this season for the duo. The No. 9 RSR Racing team of Duncan Ende and Bruno Junqueira led much of the early part of the race, but finished fifth after the car would not fire after a mid-race pit stop.

The GT Challenge class also had a barnburner finish. Saturday’s pole winner, Jeroen Bleekemolen, held off a last lap charge from Spencer Pumpelly to earn the victory alongside Cooper MacNeil in the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT3 Cup for Alex Job Racing. It was a triumphant return to for the team, which had to make extensive repairs to the car following a last-lap crash two weeks ago at Lime Rock Park.

“Fastest race lap, pole position and fastest in every practice but one is a good way to repay the crew for their hard work over the past two weeks,” said Bleekemolen. “In the end we had more fuel in the car and our tires were a little older, but we were able to maintain the lead.”

Next up for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America on Aug. 11. The race is part of a highly anticipated doubleheader weekend alongside the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

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