Mazda MX-5 Miata Spyder and Speedster Concepts
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has always been a pretty light weight car. While it is very heavy compared to Lotus standards, coming in at just 2,332 pounds, it is about 500 pounds lighter than vehicles like the Subaru BRZ.
But what if it was even lighter? The folks at Mazda decided to find out what the result would be, so they built the MX-5 Miata Spyder and Speedster concepts. Both vehicles will be on display at SEMA starting on November 3rd.
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Chevrolet Camaro Red Line
Ahead of SEMA Chevrolet has had a preview of their 2016 Chevy Camaro Red Line concept as well as their Spark RS concept. The Camaro Red Line is part of a series of modified cars from the American automaker’s lineup. The entire series will also be available for public viewing at SEMA on November 3rd.
“The Chevrolet Red Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Each vehicle wears production and concept accessories thematically linked under the Red Line Series banner. We look forward to gauging public reaction at the SEMA Show and other venues.”
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Corvette ZR1 – Blue Devil
Things are looking a little brighter in the Corvette world. Back in February, a sinkhole devoured 8 Corvettes from the National Corvette Museum. Motion detectors notified museum personnel where they found a hole measuring 45ft wide, 60ft long, and about 30ft deep.
The first car out of the hole was a ZR1, nicknamed “Blue Devil” that was on loan to the museum. It was one of two show cars to introduce the new 2008 Corvette. It took 6 weeks for the restoration, which included a cracked windshield, passenger front panel, bent rear control arms on the driver side, and cracked oil lines to the supercharged LS9 engine’s dry-sump oiling system, and was on display at the SEMA show before heading back to the museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Starting next year, two other cars will be restored (a 1962 and the one-millionth) but the rest will be left as is to preserve historical significance and will be on future display at the museum.
2015 Ford Mustang King Cobra
The 2015 Ford Mustang is hitting showrooms now. The new pony car offers more power and much better handling (largely thanks to the addition of independent rear suspension). The GT pumps out a healthy 420 horsepower which can land just about anyone in hot water.
But what if a poultry 420 horsepower just isn’t enough for you. Well, Ford Racing has the answer and they showed it off at SEMA. It is the 2015 Mustang King Cobra. The supercharged snake puts out over 600 horsepower of earth moving power.
The best part is that any 2015 Mustang GT owner can build one of these bad boys from Ford’s parts catalog. The builder uses Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack”, but if you want a crazy snake paint job, like the one pictured, you have to handle that with a local body shop.
The King Cobra should provide plenty of bite for the competition. An early prototype of the car managed a 10.97 quarter mile time (more than likely on drag radials).
That time is almost exactly the same as the time the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (and Charger SRT Hellcat for that matter) managed in the quarter mile. So, that begs the question of if Ford will release a production version where customers aren’t required to build it themselves? Either way we would love a ride in a 2015 Mustang King Cobra to see just how powerful it really is.
Tanner Foust and RAUH-Welt Begriff Volkswagen Beetle R
The above Volkswagen Beetle is a collaboration between VW Rallycross driver (and Top Gear USA co-host) Tanner Foust and Porsche tuners RAUH-Welt Begriff. They started with a VW Beetle R and added a RAUH-Welt Begriff body kit that made it more aggressive and a full eight inches wider.
The use of a new Beetle may seem odd to some as RAUH-Welt Begriff is known for their air-cooled Porsche 911’s. However, the tuner’s founder, Akira Nakai, and Mr. Foust have been talking about doing a project together for some time. So, when Tanner started driving for Volkswagen and since many Porsche enthusiasts also love classic VW’s it seemed like a good time to make a unique Beetle with its retro styling.
“I love the engineering that Volkswagen puts into its cars — they’re packed with features and very capable — and I love the stylistic cues that you see from tuners in Japan,” said Foust. “I thought it would be interesting to mix the two and see what you would get.”
The tuned VW Beetle made its debut at SEMA. Now, how many people do you think will want one of these (if they are ever sold, of course)?