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The Legend Returns - Shelby GT350 Mustang
by Robert Nimocks - 11/18/2014
Ford is returning with one of their most prolific cars ever, the Shelby GT350. Ford wanted to return to the roots of the performance Mustangs with a track ready version of their new independent rear suspension thoroughbred. The late 60’s model Shelby Mustangs were offered in a GT350 and GT500 version with the later receiving a big block power plant. Shelby always stated the big block cars were heavy street cars where as the small block cars could be tuned to run the local tracks. Ford returned to the roots of the early 1965 and 1966 Shelby Mustangs with naturally aspirated small block V8 power and lighter weight. The new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is an all new flat plane V-8, naturally aspirated producing at least 500HP and 400ft-lbs torque.
The flat plane crankshaft engine is typically found on racecars and exotic sports cars offering lighter weight and high revving power and offering a distinctive sound. While the full specs have not been released, there are rumors of 8000 – 8200 rpm redline, that puts the Shelby in Ferrari’s range. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.
Crossplane V8 (for a simple example is basically)
two pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons halfway moving up (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons halfway moving down (opposite sides for balance)
two pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)
Four pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)
Four pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)
Weld Racing's New Wheels
WELD Street & Strip wheels, is now offering its classic RT-S S71 wheel in a new black shell finish. The black shell is a high gloss powder coat finish, complemented with machined edges. The WELD Street & Strip RT-S line is available in 15”, 17”, 18” and 20” inch diameters and in widths from 4.5” to 18”, as well as three different pad heights offering custom versatility for precise fit. The WELD RT-S wheel line is engineered to minimal weight for maximum performance.
WELD wheels has added new products to its line of REKON Off Road and announced a restructuring of WELD’s entire truck offering. The expanded line was introduced at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. In the restructuring, all of WELD’s truck lines will now fall under the REKON Off Road by WELD brand, and will include a complete offering of rugged forged performance truck wheels, all made at WELD’s Kansas City, Mo. facility.
The REKON Off Road by WELD product line features products for on-and off-road vehicles, including eight lug applications. This line includes the REKON XT products, launched as the REKON product line at SEMA in 2013. Traditional truck wheels will fall under the REKON LT product line, and the company’s direct mount dually wheels will become the REKON HD line. The REKON XT family will be significantly expanded based on customer demand.
The all new Area 51 design was on display at the WELD booth at SEMA, which will also be available in a 20x10” for eight lug applications. The popular REKON XT B57 Bead-Loc wheel will be joined by an all new B58 design Bead-Loc wheel, also in 17x9” sizes for five and six lug applications. See more at WELD Racing
Coverage of SEMA 2014
by Robert Nimocks
The SEMA show has continued to grow every year filling every nook and cranny at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We obsessively covered the show with over 1100 car pictures and truck pictures available to view in our 2014 SEMA show gallery. The show is bursting at the seems with show cars, trucks and every imaginable products available for them. The trade only show is not open to the public, but does allow public viewing of the vehicles outside the convention center buildings. This year saw increased presence by pickups and Jeeps showing the growing trend by consumers.
SEMA allows vehicle manufactures to showcase news models and customizing options available as soon as a vehicle is released for sale. This year Ford came out strong with the 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 at the Ford read more
Fiat Chrysler Hits SEMA With Several Concepts
by Robert Nimocks
The Fiat Chrysler automotive group is hitting SEMA with a host of custom Mopars. They are showcasing in their 15,000-square-foot Mopar Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show display and will feature Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brand vehicles personalized with Mopar products. along with a few conceptual designs. Our favorite is the Challenger T/A with Sublime Green paint and underscored by full-length matte black T/A graphics, flanking each side of the body, in keeping with the spirit of the original T/A. The matte black look carries over from the aggressive front fascia all the way to the rear deck-lid spoiler to provide an iconic, sinister appearance. The functional “Viper”-inspired center scoop hood with Mopar gloss black hood pins has been adapted to accommodate a Mopar induction system. Cooling air streams into the air box, chilling the incoming air to the 6.4-liter legendary 392 HEMI® engine via a hood scoop.
So what do you think is better, the classic 1970 Challenger TA in Sublime or the modern 2014 Challenger TA concept in Sublime? We will have plenty of photos to share from SEMA, so stay tuned.
Name the Emerald 2015 Special Edition Camaro SS
by Robert Nimocks
GM has an opportunity for the public to name a special edition Camaro before its debut at the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. This is a rarely offered chance for you to have your ideal name presented to the public on a future collector edition vehicle. Chevy is taking suggestions for the name now through the Camaro's Facebook page and on Twitter at the @Chevrolet account by using the hashtag #NameThatCamaro.
The special edition SS Camaro will be offered in a unique Emerald Green metallic with Cyber Gray rally stripes. The car will be offered in coupe and convertible form with the SS trim and a choice of either a six-speed automatic with 400 hp and 410 ft-lbs or a six-speed manual with a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 426 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs. In addition to the SS package the Camaro comes with a ground effects package and the ZL1 rear spoiler, it will also have the RS Appearance Package with high-intensity discharge headlights. The Emerald Green paint and gray rally stripes will be set off with a special set of 21-inch Chrome Dusk wheels to add to the unique package. The interior will feature a black interior with Graphite Silver door panel and instrument panel inserts. A black top will be included with convertible models.
Optional content will include a sunroof, dual-mode exhaust (except export models), navigation radio and Chevrolet Performance short-throw shifter.
2015 Henessey Mustang Delivers 717HP
by Robert Nimocks
We just learned how great the new 2015 Corvette Z06 is with an impressive 0-60 time of 2.95 seconds. Over at the Mopar camp the Dodge Charger (and Challenger) Hellcat with its 707hp hemi beat the much lighter Corvette with a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds. We certainly know once you leave the drag strip and head to a road course or nearest canyon road, the 2015 Corvette Z06 will vaporize the Hellcat with its skidpad rating of 1.2g. One of the big three players is still missing in the group, but what can Ford lovers do while waiting for the rumored GT350 Shelby Mustang? Stepping up to the plate once again is Hennessey who has made a point to supercharge and tune more varieties of new cars than any other shop. continued...
New Photos in the Gallery
We have just added over 3,000 new car photos and truck photos to the Raw Horsepower photo gallery. New galleries have been added to the manufacturers categories. We have added a Chevrolet Corvette photos, Ford Bronco photos as well as other classic Ford, Buick and Oldsmobile pictures. Most of the photos are taken by Raw Horsepower but we also have some car photo submissions in use. Check out the Raw Horsepower photo gallery page.
2014 SEMA Ignited Cruise Delivers To The Public
For 2014 SEMA is offering a unique attraction to the general public. At the close of the annual SEMA show, hundreds of custom cars and trucks cruise towards the Las Vegas Strip to the LinQ High Roller Event Lot. The newly created event, SEMA ignited, will include food, music, celebrities, iconic builders and displays from vendors. If you don’t already know, the LinQ is the new enormously built Ferris wheel attraction. There is no cost to enter and the event will take place Friday, November 7, 4-10pm and will offer the general public a chance to see iconic vehicles rarely seen in places other than magazines and TV shows. SEMA ignited will be the largest gathering of vehicles, food and music, don't miss out.
2015 Corvette Z06 Pricing and Value
by Robert Nimocks
For 2015 the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most powerful production car ever produced from General Motors. The 2015 Z06 has a base price of $78,995, the convertible's base price is $83,995. While that may not be affordable for many, it is definetly a deal over its competitors.
The Corvette has often been compared to the pride of Germany, the Porsche 911. The most powerful 911 is the Turbo S rated at 560 hp and 516 lb-ft and costs $182,000, while the Z06 costs less than half and is rated at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft. Now that sounds like a value there.
Here is a chart for comparison, when we get complete road tests results, we'll add skidpad rating to the chart. While the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the best HP/Dollar value, it can't compete on a road course and we wanted to add for those looking for Raw Horsepower.
|Chevrolet Corvette Z06||78,995||650|
|Audi R8 V10||173,500||550|
|Dodge Challenger Hellcat (not a track car)||59,995||707|
|Ferrari 458 Italia||233,509||507|
|Ford GT (2005)||150,000||550|
|Porsche 911 Turbo S||182,700||560|
|Porsche Cayman GTS||75,200||340|
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