Jul 10

Shelby American to auction #1 Shelby GT at Reno

In a world where cars are given special editions and special serial numbers just to be special no one leads the world in hype like Barrett Jackson. Over the years they’ve auctioned off number 1 Vettes, Camaros, Mustangs, and even some crap from Brett Michaels. All in the name of special. I get it, in America from the time we are born to the time we die we are told we are special. You know just like everyone else. We are told to be an individual, to be ourselves, to be unique. Just like everyone else. The car world is not exempt from “special.” Especially the Ford Mustang.
Barrett Jackson Edition GT
Barrett-Jackson and Shelby American have teamed up to have their own “special” Mustang. The Barrett Jackson edition. Which Barrett-Jackson will of course auction the first one off at their Reno, Nevada auction. I’m not knocking Barrett-Jackson here, their auctions are car guy paradise and I’m really not knocking Shelby either. Although I’m not sure having a Shelby in the post Carroll Shelby era is all that big of a deal. I guess what I’m knocking is this need to have a special edition every thing. They are going to make 100 of these special edition Barrett-Jackson Shelby American Ford Mustangs. That’s going to have to be one hell of a big badge to fit all that on the trunk. So they will sell 100 of them before they even make them. Then there will be 100 very capable Mustangs that never get driven. That drives me nuts. They will get stored away in some guys garage never to see the light of day again because they are “collectible.”

I’ll get off my soapbox now. More info from Shelby American about the Barrett-Jackson edition after the jump.
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Jul 08

Callaway Corvette Stingray to have 627hp. The folks at SRT are unimpressed

When you hear Callaway you think power. Like Sledgehammer power. Of course we all knew it would be a matter of time before the Callaway gang hopped up the new Corvette Stingray. At 450hp from the factory the Stingray is no slouch. Callaway have managed to squeeze out almost 200 more hp. Almost. That brings the Callaway Corvette Stingray to 627hp. Two weeks ago we would have been impressed, but the guys over at SRT are pumping out 707 from the factory. I just thought I should point that out.
calaway stingray
Callaway has always been the expensive way to get more power from your Vette. Still for those of you that just want to have the legendary name plate on your car here’s your chance.

More pics, a fancy dynomometer print out and the details after the jump.
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Jul 04

The five most American cars

I read an interesting article the other day about which cars are the most American. Turns out it’s a Toyota. Go figure. However I’d like to think of the question a bit differently. What makes an American car, American? It’s not the amount of parts made here, where it’s assembled, or any of that unimportant stuff. An American car should have three things. A big engine, big horsepower, and it should be big. So setting any logic aside here is the five most American cars.

ford truck
The Ford truck. Pick one anyone. Now ok it’s not a car, but really is there anything more American than a pick up truck? Yes there is and we’ll get to that later. In the mean time we could actually name America “pick up truck land” and it would be more fitting then the land of the free. The older the better. Why not a Chevy you ask? While super cool Ford is the number one selling truck here in ‘Murica.
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Jul 03

Music to your ears: Ferrari 312PB

The fellows over at Petrolicious are kind of my automotive journalistic heroes. They get to do amazing things. Like record one of the coolest racers ever. The Ferrari 312PB. In the days when Ferrari still went prototype racing Ferrari was producing some amazing noise makers. The 312PB maybe the most amazing of them all.
For long time readers of IG it’s no secret that sound is as much important to me as speed. Speed can be used on rare occasions, sound on the other hand, well with the right car you can give the neighbors an internal combustion symphony any time of day.

The 312PB was of course made for racing and it’s V12 sings a sweet song. Hit the jump for the full video.
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Jul 01

Hellcat Dodge Challenger cranks it all the way up to 11 with 707hp

Ralph Giles and the crew have gone off the rails over at SRT with today’s announcement that the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will produce 707hp. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a lot. I read the headline of the press release followed by a few swear words I won’t repeat here. I thought the mid 600hp range is where the Hellcat would ultimately end up but I was off. By a VW Beetle. 707hp is amazing. Of course no one needs 707hp but that’s not the point. Not to mention you know you want it.
hellcat challenger
Did I mention the car will also have 650lb-ft of torque to go with that heaping helping of horsepower. Not long ago I heard two industry insider types talking about the horsepower wars being over. Well they may just be because 707hp is going to be tough to top.

video, info, and more pics after the jump.

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