- Maserati Khamsin

Maserati Khamsin Manufacturer Maserati Production 1974-1982 Predecessor Maserati Ghibli Class Sports car Body style 2-seat GT Coupe Layout FR layout Engine 4.9 litre V8 engine Transmission 5-speed manual 3-speed automatic Wheelbase 2550 mm (100.4 in.) Length 4400 mm (173.2 in.) Width 1800 mm (70.9 in.) Height 1245 mm (49 in.) Curb weight 1680 kg (3704 lb) Designer Bertone The Maserati Khamsin (named after the Khamsin, a hot, violent wind in the Egyptian desert) was a sports car introduced as a Bertone prototype in 1972 at the Turin Auto Show. In 1973 it was put on display at the Paris Motor Show, where it was badged as a Maserati. Production of the vehicle started in 1974. The car had a front mounted 4.9 litre V-8 delivering 320 hp.The engine however was pushed back as far as possible so it an fit a spare tire for more room in the trunk. The Khamsin now had housed in bodywork that resembled a lower, flatter Ghibli, designed by Bertone. Production of [read more...]

- Ferrari 288 GTO

Ferrari 288 GTO Manufacturer Ferrari Production 1984–1985 272 produced Predecessor Ferrari 250 GTO Successor Ferrari F40 Class Sports car Body style Berlinetta (coupe) Layout RMR layout Engine 2.9 L turbocharged V8 Related Ferrari 308 GTB The Ferrari GTO (often referred to as Ferrari 288 GTO) is an exotic homologation of the Ferrari 308 GTB produced from 1984 through 1986, designated GT for Gran Turismo and O for Omologato (homologation in Italian). Background The Ferrari GTO was built to compete in the new Group B Race series and a minimum of 200 cars were required for homologation. However as only Ferrari and Porsche, with their 959, entered, the series was soon abandoned leaving just Group B Rally championship. The Porsche 959 (as the Porsche 961) only raced three times in Group B, but the 288 GTO never raced and all 272 cars built remained purely road cars. Some of the 288 GTO's styling features were first displayed on a 308 GTB design exercise by [read more...]

- Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale Manufacturer Alfa Romeo Production 1967–1971 Assembly Milan, Italy (Carrozzeria Marazzi) Class Sports car Body style 2-door coupe Layout Rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive Engine 2.0 L V8 Transmission Colotti 6-speed manual Wheelbase 2,350 mm (92.5 in) Length 3,970 mm (156.3 in) Width 1,710 mm (67.3 in) Height 991 mm (39.0 in) Curb weight 700 kg (1,543 lb) Related Racing car: Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Concept cars: Alfa Romeo Carabo Alfa Romeo 33.2 Alfa Romeo Iguana Alfa Romeo Navajo Designer Franco Scaglione The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is an extremely rare road car built by Alfa Romeo of Italy. Only 18 are reported to have been made, plus three design studies based on the 33 Stradale the 33.2, Iguana and Carabo. "Stradale" is Italian for Road or Traffic. In Top Gear's 100 Sexiest Cars list, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale was featured as number 15. Derivation The Stradale, first built in 1967, was based on the Autodelta [read more...]

- Manta Mirage

Manta Mirage Manta Mirage Manufacturer Manta Cars Production 1974-1986 Class Sports car Layout RMR layout Engine Chevrolet Small-Block V8 Transmission Chevrolet Corvair Transaxle Length 160 in (4,064 mm) Width 75 in (1,905 mm) Height 39 in (990.6 mm) Curb weight From 1,900 lb (862 kg) with engine Designer Brad LoVette The Manta Mirage was a mid-engined vehicle produced by Manta Cars, owned by brothers Brad and Tim LoVette, in Costa Mesa, California* from 1974 to 1986. The Mirage, originally referred to as just the 'Manta', or the 'Manta Can-Am', was a light-weight road-legal car, based loosely on the McLaren M8 Can-Am racing car. The Mirage's steel space frame chassis was fitted with a high-output V8 engine and 4-speed transaxle. Most Mirages were equipped with 327 in³ (5.4 L) or 350 in³ (5.7 L) Chevrolet small block V8 engines, though some used 454 in³ (7.4 L) or 460 in³ (7.5 L) V8 engines. The original Mirage design mated the Chevy V8 [read more...]

- TVR Griffith 200

The TVR Griffith 200 (or Griffith Series 200) was a lightweight fibreglass-body sports car. In the United States, the make was Griffith and the model was Griffith Series 200, whilst the United Kingdom the make was TVR and the model was Griffith 200. Origin Jack Griffith came up with the idea for the car in 1964, and secured rights to market the cars in the US. Griffith ran a car repair workshop in the US for patrons such as Gerry Sagerman and Mark Donohue who had both driven a TVR Grantura at Sebring International Raceway in 1962. The concept for the Griffith Series 200 originated during a dinner with Carroll Shelby, where Griffith declared he could build a car that could outperform an AC Cobra. Griffith first attempt was to put the Ford V8 engine from Mark Donohue's AC Cobra into a TVR Grantua. While this did not work, the idea prompted further conversations. Griffith wanted TVR to supply him with modified TVR Grantura chassis, without an engine or transmission, and TVR complied [read more...]

- Ferrari F50 GT

Ferrari F50 GT Manufacturer Ferrari Production 1996 3 produced Class Racing car/sports car Layout RMR layout Engine 4.7 L V12 Curb weight 909.4 kg (2,005 lb) Related Ferrari F50 Designer Pininfarina The Ferrari F50 GT (also known as the Ferrari F50 GT1) was a derivative of Ferrari F50, intended for use in the BPR Global GT Series. However, Ferrari decided not to put the F50 GT into production, and only three cars were sold to the public; the prototype and two assembled specially for prominent customers. The entrance of homologation-specials such as the Porsche 911 GT1 in the BPR series led to Ferrari not going forward with the project.The car was co-developed with Dallara. Performance Power: 750 bhp (559 kW) @ 10500 rpm Torque: 383 lb·ft (519 N·m) @ 8000 rpm Power-to-weight ratio: 0.825 hp/kg 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h): 2.9 s 0 to 100 mph (160 km/h): 6.7 s ¼ Mile: 10.2 s @ 129 mph (208 km/h) Top speed: 235 mph (378 km/h) [read more...]

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