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Superstars and supercars are a perfect match, especially if said superstars are athletes. Not only are they some of the biggest earners on the planet, but they are also more likely to reward themselves with the finer things in life and a supercar definitely falls under that category. With that in mind, let’s look at the supercars that superstar athletes own.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Fittingly, this list will begin with Cristiano Ronaldo, who happens to be the sporting world’s most famous athlete based on ESPN’s most recent World Fame 100 rankings. The Juventus forward boasts of an expansive and impressive car collection that includes, of course, several supercars. Most notable in Ronaldo’s collection are a Bugatti Veyron, a Rolls Royce Phantom and three Ferraris: an F430, a 599 GTB Fiorano, and 599 GTO. Financial Express pegs Ronaldo’s collection as being worth over $4.9 million, and judging by the supercars in his garage, that $4.9 million was definitely well spent.

Floyd Mayweather

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If there’s an athlete alive who can rival or even top Ronaldo’s car collection, then it’s probably Floyd Mayweather. “Money” made $282 million in his August 2017 spectacle against UFC superstar Conor McGregor, adding to an already fat bank account. In fact, Mayweather made more than enough money on that MayMac fight alone to buy all the supercars we saw at the 2018 Geneva Car Show. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder, Bugatti Chiron Sport, the McLaren Senna and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, for instance, will surely be worthy additions to Mayweather’s present collection, 25 of which were featured by Hot Cars. On top of the list is a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, three Bugattis (a Veyron, a Grand Sport Vitesse and a Chiron), a Pagani Huayra, an Aston Martin One-77, several Ferraris (notably a LaFerrari Aperta), two Lamborghinis (an Aventador and a Murcielago) and three Rolls-Royce (Ghost, Wraith and Phantom).

Conor McGregor

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McGregor has turned himself into the UFC’s proverbial cash cow and has been paid handsomely for his efforts. Now, the flamboyant Irishman has a garage full of expensive cars, including some super ones, notably a white Lamborghini Aventador. Mystic Mac also owns a BMW I8, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Chevrolet Corvette and a McLaren 12C.

LeBron James

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Like Ronaldo and Mayweather, the best basketball player on the planet also has an enviable collection of cars. The newly minted member of the Purple and Gold earned in 2017 $29 million in salaries alone, plus $31 million in endorsements. data compiled by Ladbrokes reveals that The King also has a lifetime deal with Nike that’s worth over $900 million, which means that he can buy a supercar anytime he pleases. Currently, James has in his garage a Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche 911 Turbo S, a Ferrari F430 Spider, a Ferrari 458 Spider and a Chevrolet Camaro SS. He also owns a couple of Maybachs (57S and S600), some old school muscle cars, a Hummer, and — quite ironically — a Kia. With his new home now in Hollywood, there’s a good chance this many-time MVP will add a few more supercars to his already impressive collection.

Yoenis Cespedes

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Cespedes has a palpable passion for cars, and for one memorable week during spring training in 2016, he went to the Mets ballpark driving a different vehicle every day. Two of his notable rides are the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and a fire-breathing Lamborghini Aventador. Yes, Cespedes’s Aventador breathes fire! Perhaps not satisfied with having a supercar at his disposal, the carefree Cuban asked famed car customization expert Alex Vega to customize his Lambo so that it can shoot flames out its tailpipe.

Supercars and Timing Components

Supercars are built to go fast. Every aspect of a supercar is designed and conceived to tend towards the ultimate goal of going faster. Every detail, and every bolt. But, what about the timing components? Supercar manufacturers have access to a high number of experts, studies, researches and an almost unlimited supply of money. This can lead to all sorts of creative thinking and this article will try to describe most of them and explain what they do, how they do it and why it’s a good idea.

What is a timing system?

But first, let’s take a minute to understand what a timing system is, what does it eat in the winter and why the design actually matters. To put it simply, the timing system is used to synchronize the rotation of the camshaft and the crankshaft so the intake and exhaust valves open and close in sync with the pistons. In order to do that, most mass-market car manufacturers use a belt or a chain.

The timing of the cam and the crank is absolutely crucial to keep your engine running. Without a proper synchronization, the intake and exhaust valves won’t open at the right time and a proper internal combustion won’t be obtained, ultimately bringing the engine to a halt. In interference engines, a correct timing also ensures that the pistons don’t hit the open valves at top dead center. Such a situation would most certainly bend the valve and eventually ruining the engine head.

The way a timing system is designed and built has a direct impact on how an engine accelerates, reacts, and even sounds. Small changes affect not only the overall feel of the car on the road but also the fuel consumption and the full-throttle acceleration.

Why supercars don’t always have a regular timing belt or chain?

When mass-market vehicle manufacturers need to design a new timing system for their upcoming new engine, they need to think about their target customers and what they want in a car. When Toyota creates a new entry-level model, they know their customers want a cheap, fuel efficient, reliable and discrete car with modest engine performances, mostly used to drive their family around and bring the kids to the soccer game.

To achieve that, they will select either a belt or chain system with the least amount of pulley possible to keep the noise level to a minimum while also providing the least amount of resistance possible to achieve the best fuel efficiency possible.

When supercar manufacturers need to design a new timing system, they also think about what their customers want but, this time, their customers are looking for a fast, fuel-guzzling powerful machine with little to no consideration for fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs. They don’t need to consider the final cost of a part when they design it or how hard it will be to actually replace any of those components in the future. This allows them to create wildly-designed timing systems including numerous complicated components, with nothing but performance in mind.

And let’s just say that some manufacturers aren’t afraid to go overboard with it.

Types of supercars timing systems

Timing belts

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Even though timing belts are mostly found on mass-market vehicles, some supercars manufacturers, like Ferrari for example, chose belts over chains. The F355, the legendary Testarossa and many other models are all ensuring the cam and the crank work together using a belt. Some people argue that Ferrari chose to use belts in their engines because of their racing experience. Ferrari mainly used belts in their race engines because they are lighter and require less power to move. It sure makes sense and would explain why they apparently never thought that people would drive the car for more than 50 000km and, throughout the years, eventually figure out a way to replace the timing belt without having to drop the whole engine every time.

The Nissan GT-R and older Porsches are also belt-driven. That may or may not be a sign of good design though since Porsche also used to manufacture air-cooled engines. And these weren’t really well-designed engines. But anyway, the main thing here is to understand that belts are usually lighter, quieter and provide a generally softer feel when driving. It’s then easy to understand that some more elegant, or refined supercars chose to use a belt over all the other options available.

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On the bad side, timing belts require to be replaced at fixed intervals. A timing belt replacement job is not a big deal for most cars, but for supercars and exotics, it’s really something else. Labor can be counted in days, may involve the whole removal of the engine and delays are to be expected due to hard to find replacement parts and back orders.

Not good.

Everybody has its own opinion on the subject, but generally speaking, timing belts should only be used on supercars for racing and track purpose. Potential owners should stay away from belt-driven supercars if they are looking for something to drive on a daily basis. Or expect high maintenance costs. And that’s allright too… Hey, if you have the money, why not?

Timing chains

I don’t know if it would be correct to say that the large majority of supercars have a timing chain but definitely those we all have in mind when we hear the word “supercar”. You know, Lamborghini, Audi R8, Bugatti Veyron. Even Ferrari can admit they can be wrong sometimes and come back with chain-driven valve gears as they did on the F136 V8 engine they put in the Ferrari F430.

From the costs point-of-view, chains are definitely more efficient. Timing chains don’t need to be replaced as timing belts do. They often need to be inspected though, and guides need to be replaced so that may not be any easier depending on the supercar model. Chains tend to be a little more reliable on the long run and you won’t encounter the same faulty timing belt symptoms as often as you would with belt-driven systems.

From the performance point-of-view, chains are a little heavier on the crank. Metal simply weighs more than rubber and the added weight can sometimes slightly reduce the power output. Timing chains also need to be constantly lubricated and the oil adds some resistance too. The total resistance is somewhat insignificant but, in a race setting, when every tenth of a second count, nothing is to be overlooked.

Metal can also endure more stress than rubber and don’t stretch as much as belts do. Skipped notch problems is something you see a lot on highly modified JDM cars who mostly use belts. Upgrading to a chain-driven system can be a good idea to prevent that.

Geartrains

For the next level in performance and durability, gear-driven timing system is the way to go. Unlike belts and chains, gears don’t stretch at all. Skipping a notch on a cam pulley is pretty much impossible. The biggest drawback to geartrains is definitely the higher noise level and the absence of any kind of vibration dampening. You can literally feel the gears turning in the steering wheel and the whole body of the car. Let’s just say that gear-driven systems are for die-hard racing fans who don’t really care about comfort and smooth driving.

A timing system constituted of nothing but gears has the advantage of requiring almost no maintenance at all. Yes, inspections are still recommended at fixed intervals and the oil seal behind some of the pulleys may still leak at some point but unless a gear breaks, the owner will probably never have to have the front cover removed to do any kind of timing work ever.

The Ferrari Enzo is the best-known example of a supercar using a geartrain to keep all the valves in-sync with the pistons. All those gears of different sizes and shapes kind of look like those high-end luxury watches. And they probably require the same skill set to work onto.

Camless

The latest innovation in the valvetrains department is the camless engine, first manufactured and sold by Koenigsegg. Camless engines don’t need any kind of belt or chain to keep the cam rolling and ensure the valves open at the right time relying on electromagnetic or pneumatic actuators controlled by the ECM instead. Such engines are able to output 50% more torque and power while greatly reducing emissions.

And no more timing belt or timing chain guide replacement needed!

Forget about the oil resistance and gear noise. And, thanks to the actuators, the ECM has total control over all of the cylinder’s internal combustion independently. When used with a wideband O2 sensor on each cylinder, a setup like that allows the various parameters to be adjusted in real-time, based on highly detailed data on how each cylinder is performing. You can’t really beat that in any way.

But the cost of such a system is tremendous and, even without the maintenance cost associated with belt-driven systems, it still the most expensive of them all. Qoros, a Chinese company is actually trying to implement a camless system on a mass-market vehicle but the challenge is great. But, I digress.

Supercar manufacturers, on the other hand, can afford these costs and many of them have already expressed their interest in this technology, still only in its early stage of development.

Conclusion

All timing systems are good systems. And most of them have their pros and cons. Supercar manufacturers use all of them in different car models, depending on the target user and the performances expected. Maintenance costs are out of this world with every supercar anyway. But to sum it up, belts are good at higher rpm, chains are a good compromise, geartrains are the hardcore stuff and camless engines are literally the world of tomorrow.

One can only expect what the future will bring but
be sure that timing systems will continue to be upgraded and perfected as long as internal combustion engines are powering the supercars we love so much.

2018 Geneva Car Show

If you are looking for the most impressive future and concept vehicles from the most prominent car makers in the business, Geneva is the place to be; specifically, the Geneva Motor Show.

This year’s show featured a focus on electric and hybrid vehicles, as that is where most of the advancements in the automotive industry are taking place. Of course, even though this is the focus, you will still come across some very impressive supercars that were revealed at the show, so bear with us.

Rimac Concept Two

Since the theme of this year’s show is electric vehicles, it is only fitting that we start off with one of the most impressive electric cars in the world.

Rimac Concept Two

The Rimac Concept Two is the successor to Rimac’s Concept One, the first Croatian supercar in the world as well as what is commonly seen as the first electric supercar. The Rimac Concept two is supposed to have an acceleration of 0 – 60 mph in around 1.9 seconds, which is due to the electric drive.

Bugatti Chiron Sport

Bugatti Chiron Sport

While the Bugatti Chiron has been released for some time, but now the much-anticipated Sport model has arrived. Whenever Bugatti releases a Sport version of their newest vehicle, the world takes notice.

The Chiron Sport has been made around 40 pounds lighter than the base Chiron through the judicious application of carbon fiber in its construction. Until the inevitable release of the Super Sport version of this car in the 2020s, it is likely that the Chiron Sport will be the most impressive version.

Toyota GR Racing Supra Concept

If you’ve missed the famous Toyota Supra, then you’re in luck, though it may not be the kind of car that you are anticipating. While this racing version of the vehicle is certainly not road legal, it gives us a glimpse of what we can expect from the next generation of this car.

While there are not too many details about this concept vehicle, it is satisfying to get a glimpse of what you can expect from the new Supra model, and it’s looking like it will be impressive.

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder

If you are a fan of Lamborghini’s convertible vehicles, the Performante Spyder version of the Huracan is something to look forward to. While there have been convertible Huracans released up until this point, this will be one of the best-performing models thanks to several improvements.

For example, this vehicle is heavily lightened when you compare it to the standard version of the Huracan thanks to the use of many carbon fiber panels that greatly reduce the weight.

McLaren Senna

For those of you McLaren lovers out there, the Senna is the newest top-range vehicle from the famed manufacturer of high-end performance cars. The Senna will be considered equal to both the P1 and the F1, as both of those vehicles make up the manufacturers top-end “Ultimate Series.”

Alongside the regular version of the Senna, the Senna GTR was also recently unveiled, and it sold out shortly after going on sale. As you can see, the market for a new McLaren supercar is open and willing.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

There are those who will say that the 911 GT3 doesn’t deserve the title of supercar, but we strongly disagree with that point of view. When you pack 520 horsepower into a small, rear-engined vehicle like a 911 and combine it with Porsche’s famed handling, you get something incredible.

The GT3 RS has long been the most popular performance model of the vehicle, as it is slightly more manageable than its GT2 counterpart. Here’s hoping that this year’s model will be as impressive as ever.

Ferrari 488 Pista

Just when you thought that Ferrari has already done everything possible with the 458 chassis, there comes a new version of the 488. When Ferrari released the 488, many derided it as a 458 with a different exterior, but over time, those critics discovered just how wrong they were about the car.

The new Pista variant of the 488 is designed for use on the track, and it features several updates that make it better-suited to performance use. As a bonus, this car is also road-legal.

Corbellati Missile

While it is possible that you have heard of all the manufacturers on this list up until this point, Corbellati is a little more obscure. This Italian car maker is new to the world of supercars, but if the Missile is anything to judge them by, they are a refreshing blast from the past.

The first thing you will notice when you take a look at the Missile is its stunning resemblance to 60s racers like the Ford GT40. In addition to that, the car is expected to top out at 300 mph, though that remains to be seen.

Lagonda Vision Concept

Aston Martin’ Lagonda Vision Concept gives us the renowned English car maker’s take on the all-electric car. While this car may not be a traditional supercar, it is certainly one of the more impressive all-electric vehicles that we have ever laid eyes on.

Few cars can have the same shape as the Lagonda Vision due to its total lack of the mechanical parts that you will expect to find in cars run by internal combustion engines.

Koenigsegg Regera Ghost Package

Even though the Koenigsegg Regera has been out for quite some time, this new version of the car unveiled in Geneva seems like the best-performing version of the unmodified Regera.

All that has been added to the vehicle with the Ghost Package is a range of aerodynamic improvements that help make the car exert far more downforce; an invaluable aid in track situations.

Honda Accord Sports wheels

Thieves will do pretty much anything to make a quick buck. Over the years, they’ve took aim at many components of the automobile. For instance, they’ve stolen catalytic converters and more. Recently, thieves all around the country have decided to aim their sights a little higher. They’ve started stealing the sporty wheels from Honda Accord automobiles. Honda Accord sport wheels are in high demand and thieves have decided to take advantage of it. So, why are thieves targeting these wheels and what can consumers do to protect themselves?

Why Honda Accord Sport Wheels?

A recent HLDI analysis shows that thieves are causing insurance losses for Accord rims to climb higher and higher. Recently, criminals struck in Monroe, North Carolina. While they stole the wheels, they left the automobile behind. Thieves primarily target vehicle parts, which lack any identifying marks. In return, this makes them much more difficult for authorities to trace and easier for the thieves to peddle. And of course, wheels for Honda Accords tend to be pretty expensive.

This is definitely the case when dealing with supped up rims. You’ve paid good money for your rims and wheels. You can take steps to protect them!

The Costs Involved

Unless the consumer has comprehensive insurance coverage, vehicle theft and non-crash losses are not going to be covered. These losses are paid with comprehensive coverage, which tends to be far more expensive. Getting into a vehicle crash undoubtedly seems more frightening and expensive. However, having your wheels stolen can be just as bad.

The costs involved can rack up very quickly. After all, deductibles will need to be paid! A tow truck will have to transport the vehicle to a mechanic and you’ll also have to pay for the repair. Suffice to say, having your vehicle’s wheels stolen can be a major financial burden. The good news is that you can protect yourself. You’ll learn how to do just that below.

Tip To Keep Your Wheels Safe

By making a few minor adjustments, you’ll actually be able to reduce the likelihood that your Honda Accord wheels are going to be stolen in the future. While these tips won’t completely eliminate the risk, they will reduce it. Therefore, you should always take precaution when parking your vehicle.

  • Park your car in a closed garage whenever possible. This will force the criminal to break into the garage before they can steal the wheels. In return, your home’s security system may catch them ahead of time.
  • Invest in an alarm system and wheel sensors. This innovative type of alarm will be able to determine when the car has been tilted. It can also send out a warning when your vehicle has been tempered with.
  • Park in a busy area. Thieves prefer secluded areas so they won’t get busted. By parking in an area with lots of traffic, they’ll be far more cautious.
  • Turn the wheels. When parking your automobile, you should turn the wheels. Leaving them straight makes it much easier to steal. However, when the wheels are turned, the criminal is going to have a much tougher time remove them. After all, they’ll get lodged in the wheel well. Plus, the steering column lock will make it nearly impossible for the criminal to turn the wheels without having access to the keys.

The Solution – Wheel Locks

wheel locks

One of the best ways to protect your Honda Accord sport’s wheels is with advanced wheel locks. The devices are designed specifically to prevent thieves from stealing vehicle tires and wheels. The great benefit of the wheel lock is it functions just like a standard lug nut. So, you do not need to do any type of special mechanical work to your vehicle to utilize them. In fact, you just replace them with existing lug nuts. However, the installation does require a special key, which is typically included with the wheel locks.

This key is also utilized to remove the wheel locks. No one but you will have access to the key, so you will not have to worry about thieves stealing your wheels ever again. Of course, this will not prevent someone from trying to remove the locks with some type of removal tool. To add extra security, the locks are embedded with a narrow groove that will resist the intrusion of such tools into the pattern.

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Overall

At the end of the day, anyone who owns a Honda Accord should be cautious of wheel thieves. After all, you’re a primary target. You’ve paid a great deal for your wheels and rims. You should take steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Thankfully, there are plenty of things that you can do to protect yourself. Above, you have found a tip to keep your wheels safe and more. Be sure to utilize these tips to ensure that your wheels do not go missing in the near future.

Top 10 Awesome Supercar Headlights

When it comes to cars, the first thing that we tend to notice is the frontal fascia, and it makes sense, as that is often the most aggressive part of the car. If you see a car passing by, you’re much more likely to recognize the headlights instead of the taillights, as they contribute significantly to the looks of the vehicle.

With supercar manufacturers getting more and more opulent when it comes to the design of headlights, we figured that it would be a good idea to publish a top ten list. In this article, you’ll find some of the most impressive headlights that have ever been put on a supercar, so bear with us.

Audi R8

An honorable mention for our list is the Audi R8, which many see as having started the trend of impressive headlights on supercars, and it still has a recognizable fascia to this day.

The Audi R8’s headlight style is now visible in every one of Audi’s mainline models, and many other car makers have also taken cues.

Rimac Concept One

Rimac is a Croatian car manufacturer that claims to have created the world’s first fully electric supercar with the Rimac Concept One and its performance counterpart, the Rimac Concept S. Both of these cars feature the same base, but the latter is equipped with track modifications.

The headlights on the Concept One are not revolutionary, but they are an example of the best LED headlight kit that has been tastefully designed. The lights are composed of an LED strip running over two powerful emitters like an eyebrow with a similar design for the turn signal beneath those emitters.

Lykan Hypersport

Of course, the most notable car headlights in the world belong to the Lykan Hypersport, the first supercar to come out of the Arab world and one of the most expensive cars of all time. Coming in at nearly 3.5 million dollars, this car is famous for being featured in the Fast and Furious series.

This car has the most opulent headlights you will come across for the foreseeable future as they are quite literally encrusted with diamonds. The headlights feature over 400 15-carat diamonds set in the LEDs, which may seem like overkill until you realize that the car comes with a complimentary 100 000 dollar watch.

Porsche Mission E

While Tesla may dominate the high-end electric car market with its Model S, it seems like Porsche is trying to beat them with this new four-door. Of course, this car is only a concept, but you will find that it still features some impressive design features including suicide doors and distinctive headlights.

The Mission E features headlights that are split into LED quadrants with a single oval light in the middle. There is a blinker that is nestled between the two outer LED quadrants, and that’s about it for the headlight design. While this may sound simple, the headlights give the car a definitive character.

Bugatti Chiron

When Bugatti announced their successor to the famed Veyron, there was some mixed reception. Some lauded the vehicle as the next step forward for one of the world’s most recognizable luxury manufacturers, but others called the design of the car lazy and what amounts to a Veyron facelift.

If the Chiron is a facelift, then it is a beautiful one, and much of that is due to the headlights. While the frontal lights on this car may appear intimidating, they are a masterpiece. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the lights on the Chiron is how they gradually light up from side to side when illuminated.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The Vulcan is notable in that it was never meant to be a street-legal vehicle, though high demand led to the car eventually being developed further into one. Due to this, the Vulcan is available in two variations with some very distinct differences: the track version, and the road-legal variety.

The track car features a simple LED bar with a single emitter near the edge of the light, positioned underneath a recess in the car’s front. As this is inadequate for road use, the other version of this car features supplementary headlights on the hood of the vehicle that are slightly more reminiscent of an Aston Martin.

Koenigsegg Agera

One of the more impressive vehicles from the high-end Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg is the Agera. The successor to their well-received CCX and the predecessor to their new Regera, the Agera is still seen by many as an icon in supercar design, and it has to do with more than just the looks.

However, the appearance of the car is what we are here to discuss today, and the headlights on this vehicle are quite impressive. Unlike other vehicles, we weren’t as impressed with the composition of the headlights as much as we were by the shape, which is both leaf-like and blade-like.

McLaren P1

When looking for the most recognizable headlights on the road, you’ll come across few cars that can hope to match the McLaren P1.

The latest supercar from the world-renowned manufacturer of the famed F1 features headlights that are made up of arcs that result in a light that is shaped like the McLaren logo.

Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 is the second entry from Porsche on this list, and many see it as the inspiration for the lights that are found on the Mission E due to the shaped quad design.

Unlike the Mission E, the 918 features four LED projector lamps that are arranged around a central unit, providing powerful lighting that is still distinctive.

Ferrari LaFerrari

Though the LaFerrari’s headlights may not be the most revolutionary ones in the supercar market, this car still features the delicate LED blades that you can expect to find on Ferraris.

The single powerful projector coupled with the ribbed LED strips that run backward will always be recognizable as a Ferrari staple.

Read also: The Newest Supercar Of Ferrari Is Not Allowed On The Road

At the time, Ferrari said about its ultra-rare hybrid monster with 1.000 horsepower that it is guaranteed to provide users the unprecedented experiences of driving by incorporating technological innovations.

After 2 years, FXX-K Evo has been launched. Like the previous XX models, FXX-K is adopted track-specific content and derived from the world of racing without using for the road as well as the outside competitions excepting the dedicated programs.

Although this car reflects its predecessor’s vocation, there is just a small and highly-select group of clients is its objects. The enthusiasts of supercar want to share with the technicians of Prancing Horse the technologically-innovative concept by using the closed-wheel laboratory model.

In general, Ferrari will help you keep the car. That means users can drive in an environment which is strictly controlled by Ferrari, not on the actual ways. Ferrari doesn’t mention price, but its source – FXX-K of La Ferrari is around $3 million.

When it comes to FXX-K Evo, that means aerodynamics. Though the physics are complicated and intricate, the carmaker said that compared to the previous cars, they have improved downforce coefficient of this model by 23%, increasing 75% on the road.

9.400rpm redline is ridiculous, meaning the FXX-K Evo is on the tarmac with 1.800lbs of downforce. That means when driving this model on the racetrack, you can turn blistering laps. The advantage is that tires won’t budge.

Above is just my information. Do you know anything else to add my post and share other readers? Please put your comment in the section below as a useful opinion.

best cheap drift cars featured

If you like cars, it’s safe to say that few things can make you happier than drifting around a track or doing donuts and burning rubber in an old parking lot. However, many people try to avoid overdoing it because let’s face it; drifting can be hard on a car.

When making high speed turns, slides, and maneuvers you’re pushing your car’s suspension to the max, and most drifters must keep their car under constant repair. This can turn a lot of people away from the sport.

best cheap drift cars for beginners

The good news is that drifting doesn’t have to be expensive! There are a lot of great older model cars that you can scoop up without breaking the bank, and in the long run will cost far less to maintain than a brand new model. Below we’ve put together a list of some timeless drifting favorites that are guaranteed to give you a good time.

Nissan 350z

nissan 350z

Hated by few and loved by most, the 350z is a great example of Japanese quality and engineering. Hitting the market in 2003, it harks back to the original 300zx in its design, which was a cult classic among car enthusiasts. It gained widespread popularity after it was featured in the Fast and Furious franchise’s Tokyo Drift.

Sporting a large 3.5 Liter V6 engine, powerful rear-wheel-drive, tight suspension, and an aggressive facade, the 350z was the dream car of every kid on the block back in the day. Now it has been since replaced with newer models, and you can pick a used model up for less than ten grand.

Taking this beast onto the track, you’ll find yourself eating corners, being thrown back into your seat, and pushing up the revs. It is a blast to drive.

The engine is loud and angry, spitting like some strange beast, and the wide rear-end loves nothing more than being thrown in a circle and it effortlessly slides through bends and curves.

The 350z is also incredibly reliable. Japanese engineers have a history of making cars that can last over 300,000 miles, and this car is no exception. With regular oil changes and a yearly tune-up, this engine will keep on going, meaning you’ll spend less time in the garage, and more time on the track.

Mazda MX-5

mazda mx5

More often known by its nickname, the Miata is one of the most successful sports cars of all time. It was originally modeled after Britain’s Lotus Elan to provide drivers with a cheaper alternative. It eventually completely trumped the Elan because not only was it cheaper, but it was built far better.

The MX-5 is a small convertible with a 1.8 Liter inline four-cylinder style engine (although they came out with an optional 2.0 Liter model after 2005) and weighs in at just over 2,000 pounds. It seats two people and has a very small trunk, so make sure you pack light.

For under five grand, the Miata truly is the perfect summer sportscar. Driving down a winding road with the top down and warm wind in your face is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, and on the track, it’s light curb weight, and low profile allow the Miata to absolutely rip around corners.

The best thing about the Miata is its durability. These little cars can last you well over 200,000 miles and still run as strong as day one. Parts are dirt cheap, and there is a huge aftermarket community, which means you can modify your car very easily.

BMW E46 M3

Many people have argued that the BMW E46 was one of the greatest cars of its generation, and it’s M3 track model is an absolute beast. This car was created to showcase the German engineers’ ability to utterly dominate the track and has gone head to head with some of the greatest.

bmw e46 m3
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The E46 model was engineered from 1999-2005 and provides a luxurious leather interior, and a monstrous 3.2 Liter inline six-cylinder engine. It sits low, has a wide wheel base, and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Today, you can get a used M3 for under 10 grand, and it is worth every penny you spend. Around the track, the engine screams and there are few cars that so effortlessly glide around a track like this one. These engines have also been reported to last well over 300,000 miles with proper maintenance, which makes it a great choice for the sake of longevity.

Nissan Skyline R33

nissan skyline r33 gtr

The Nissan Skyline has unfortunately had a troubled history with the US Department of Transportation, but the R33 was one of the few models that was allowed into the country. It is a legend among drifters and street racers, and if you can find one for sale you’re guaranteed to have ride of your life.

Produced 1993-1998, the Skyline R33 comes stock with a 2.5 Liter inline six-cylinder engine, and is traditionally a rear-wheel-drive format (although some models were all-wheel-drive). It’s light curb, weight and powerful engine allows it to drift around even the tightest corners with speed and precision.

Because of their scarcity, their value still remains relatively high, but you can get stock models for as cheap as 12 grand. Oftentimes these engines have been completely rebuilt by their owners, so you might even get a brand new engine.

Read more: Our Nissan Skyline R33 GTR Review

As you can see, drifting doesn’t have to be an expensive sport. These were some of the best cheap drift cars of their age and are still widely respected. You can get any of these cars for less than half the cost of newer models, and they are guaranteed to give you just as much fun. Happy Drifting!

If you are in the market for an affordable drift car, or something that can easily be customized to your liking, you have no shortage of choices when looking at 90s imports from Japan. While many of these cars are cult classics, there are a select few that are elevated above that status.

One of the more legendary cars that you will come across that was produced during this time period was the Nissan Skyline GTR, and it came in three variations over the course of the 1990s.

The R32 Skyline GTR from 1989 to 1994

nissan skyline r32 gtr

The R33 Skyline GTR from 1995 to 1998

nissan skyline r33 gtr

The R34 Skyline GTR from 1999 to 2002

nissan skyline r34 gtr

Of these three generations of this vehicle, there is none that is more often overlooked than the R33, and it is quite a shame because it is worthy of the Skyline name. Bear with us over the course of this article as we go through our Nissan Skyline R33 GTR review.

Nissan Skyline R33 GTR review

Specifications:

  • Uses the RB26DETT engine, a 2.6L twin-turbo I6
  • Features a five-speed manual gearbox
  • Official numbers give a bhp of 280, but dyno tests give results up to 325 hp
  • Features a torque rating of 266 ft-lbs
  • Has the typical AWD drivetrain of most Skylines

Overview

The R33 is seen by most as one of the uglier cars in the skyline lineup thanks to its somewhat blocky aesthetic. While this vehicle resembles its predecessor (the R32) quite a bit in the front end, you will find that the back has been changed somewhat more noticeably, and many drivers were not fond of it.

We feel like the looks of this car can be somewhat polarizing, as roughly half of our staff is in love with the R33, and the other half believe that it shouldn’t be called a Skyline. I am personally a huge fan of the looks of this car, and I always have been, though I am admittedly more partial to the R32.

If you don’t like the looks of this car, you won’t have to worry about them remaining unchanged for too long. This car may typically get less respect than other Skyline GTRs, but it is also more affordable and somewhat more common, meaning that there will be plenty of aftermarket options.

The R33 is an ideal car for the import driver that likes to get down and dirty. If you don’t mind having to bolt things on, then this is the car for you.

What we like about the R33 is that it has a wide selection of visual aftermarket parts that can either give it a clean or crowded aesthetic, depending on your preferences.

Driving the R33

nissan skyline r33 gtr drivetrain

As with any other GT-R made in the 90s, you will find that the drivetrain is of particular note. The ATTESA E-TS AWD system ensures that you will get all of the grip that you need, while still being able to throw the R33 around if you want to have a little bit of fun.

While the R33 may seem a little more serious and business-like than its older and younger brothers, you will find that this car can still get going, especially if you are willing to make some upgrades. Improved ducts are usually one of the more popular options for R33s, but the choice is all yours.

The drivetrain is impressive for more than its intelligently AWD setup, but also because it comes equipped with an active limited-slip differential. This type of differential ensures that opposed sets of wheels keep receiving power when one loses traction, a much-needed benefit when you are zipping around corners.

You will find that the turbos usually kick in around the last 500 RPMs of your gears, so you will not get much use out of them in typical scenarios. Regardless, when you decide to kick this car into gear, you will feel the acceleration push you into your seat as the turbochargers start to whine underneath the hood.

Of course, it is not all good news, as the R33 has a nasty tendency to understeer when you are headed into corners, especially when you are coming in at speed or going downhill. It takes a little while to get used to this car when you first get started, so you will want to take some time to get to know it.

Conclusion

So let’s take a look at what you get when you decide to purchase one of these cars:

  • You get an affordable Skyline GTR
  • You get a car that is relatively practical
  • And you get a car that combines AWD stability with RWD fun

You will find few cars that can match the value for money that you get out of this model. Since this car is the underdog amongst the Skyline GTR models, you will find that it is much more affordable, yet no less powerful. After all, the R32 and the R33 use nearly the exact same engine.

We hope that our Nissan Skyline R33 GTR review has given you the info that you need about this beautiful import.

BAC Mono review

The BAC Mono is one of the most exquisite and fastest cars that was created by the Briggs Automotive Company. It’s their first attempt to create a one seater vehicle that’s applicable to the public road.

This is one of the most entertaining cars to drive. For car aficionados to professional drivers, this review will help you decide if this is the right car for you.

BAC Mono Review

Performance Specs:

  • Max Speed: 170 MPH
  • 0-60 MPH – 2.8 seconds
  • Max Power: 305 bhp
  • Max Torque: 308 Nm
  • Weight: 1278 lbs

Under the Wheel

The Mono is a lightweight machine that’s known for its quick acceleration: It weighs 1278 lbs and has a 2.3-liter engine that has 280bhp. When sprinting, this vehicle goes from 0-60 MPH in under 3 seconds.

Besides its acceleration, the BAC Mono’s transmission and performance are what stands it apart. When sitting in the car with the engine behind you, you’ll notice its six-speed transmission speeding through the gear changes.

While the vehicle has a bit of an understeer, the BAC Mono is a neutral car, which allows you to explore and test its limits without fear of crashing. Despite its incredible performance, it can drive around town easily at normal speeds.

The Interior

The BAC Mono doesn’t have a plush, luxurious interior, but what is there has been immaculately designed. It stands out from the traditional British roadsters because of its suede-style lining.

And, it has more room for you to relax your feet and have extra space in the front boot for accessories such as a raincoat and a helmet. This is useful in the event of a rainstorm where you’ll have only two choices: Out drive the clouds or become wet.

Performance

Based on its open-wheel suspension, the BAC Mono can ride sublimely. This means that its 100 mm vertical wheel travel helps you travel through road bumps with ease.

bac mono driving positionThe BAC’s driving position is smooth and is easy to drive in. For instance, its clutch is forgiving and modulates to the user’s driving preference. What’s more interesting is the vehicle’s increased suspension. BAC reported that the Mono has twice the suspension of the Lotus-2, which is already known for being a fast roadster on the track.

To fully appreciate the BAC Mono, you’ll have to drive it on an open road. When driving at low speeds, the car vibrates wildly, which leads to users feeling their ankles tingling and their chest buzzing. The engine sounds great when driving at high speeds, but sounds horrible when driving under 4500rpm.

When you’re out on the road, the BAC Mono performs almost perfectly. The car can switch directions, have precise steering, and moves smoothly with feedback. Once you start to drive at around 80-100 mph, certain issues such as oversteer and understeer start to become less relevant.

If you’re driving through slower turns, the BAC Mono keeps its composure; making it a good car to drive if you like cutting through tight corners. Press hard on the middle pedal to reach the car’s maximum potential. Overall, the BAC Mono is perfect for you if you want a high-speed car that’s also safe enough to drive on the most complicated race tracks.

Pros and Cons

Need a quick overview of the BAC Mono? This table shows both the pros & cons of the car so that you can get a realistic expectation of how it performs.

Pros

  • Top Engineering
  • Sublime Performance
  • Formula 1 inspired Cockpit
  • Fast acceleration
  • Quick Gear Shifting

Cons

  • Impractical for family transportation
  • Feels shaky at lower speeds
  • 35 Liter Fuel system might not be enough for most drivers
  • Parking brake issues
  • No Downforce

Based on this table, you can see that the BAC Mono is a powerful car whose main purpose is to drive fast without any interruption. While you can drive it in the city, it’s going to feel like a go-kart due to the constant shaking. Make sure that you give the car a test run before buying to see if it fits with your driving style.

How do I Obtain It?

The BAC Mono is an interesting vehicle in its own right. If you want this vehicle in your garage, it will cost about $171,583. Despite being priced like most high-end super cars, the BAC Mono will give you a full sports car driving experience.

See more: Top Best Sports Cars Under $100K for 2018

Once bought, you’ll be rewarded with one of the best performing roadsters in the UK. The BAC Mono stands out from the competition because of its power, precise turning, and its great handling. Buy this car if you want to drive easily when you’re on the highway.

Conclusion

It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a professional, the BAC Mono is a great car that performs well as soon as you hit the gas pedal. Get this car today if you want to drive like a Formula 1 racer and navigate through any terrain at high speeds.

Fast and Furious 7 cars featured

If you have recently seen Fast and Furious 7, or you are about to see it and you would like to get acquainted with the cars in the movie, you have come to the right place. Over the course of this article, we are going to be looking at some of the most impressive Fast and Furious 7 cars.

Lykan Hypersport

Lykan Hypersport

We figured that we would start off this list with the most expensive car that is shown in the movie. The Lykan Hypersport is produced by a Lebanese company with the help of French and Italian engineers, making it the first supercar that has been produced in the middle east.

Coming in at a whopping 3.4 million dollars, the Lykan Hypersport is one of the most expensive (and one of the rarest) cars in the world.

The manufacturer of this car (W motors) has decided to only produce seven examples of this exceptional vehicle, and only time will show what else they have in store.

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

1970 Dodge Charger R/T

Right up there with the Camaro, the GTO, and the Challenger, the Dodge Charger is one of the most famous examples of classic American muscle. This car has most famously appeared in the first movie, but it has also been present in two other films in the series, driven by Dom (Vin Diesel) every time.

Out of the Fast and Furious 7 cars on this list, either this model or the next entry on this list will be the most recognizable. These cars are recognizable for being impressive automotive achievements in their own right, but they are also forever linked with their characters.

1995 or 1998 Toyota Supra Mark IV

1995 or 1998 Toyota Supra Mark IV

The sight of this car at the end of the movie was enough to make any longtime Fast and Furious fan tear up, especially after Paul Walker’s tragic death. In fact, the white Supra that is featured in the movie was one of Walker’s automobiles, bringing a whole new layer of meaning to Michael’s drive with Dom.

There is some debate among the automotive community that this particular Supra may have been a 1998 model, as Paul Walker owned two of them, one from 1995 and the other from 1998. Regardless, the Supra is still one of the most impressive Japanese imports around.

2014 Maserati Ghibli

2014 Maserati Ghibli

While Maserati has long been known as a manufacturer of performance vehicles, the Ghibli was a bit of a surprising turn for the company.

The previous models of this vehicle have both been grand tourer coupes, so when Maserati announced this model as a four-door executive sedan, there was some confusion.

Thankfully, both on the silver screen, and off of it, the Maserati Ghibli has proved itself worthy of displaying that distinguished trident badge. In the film, the Ghibli is driven Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Armored)

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (Armored)

This is a rather unique vehicle driven by Tej Parker (Ludacris) in the film. Unlike many of the other vehicles, that may feature minor alterations, you will find that this Jeep Wrangler is equipped with bullet-resistant glass and armor plating.

While these options are not available to the civilian market, you can still purchase one of the base models of these Jeeps. This vehicle is ideal for some of the off-road segments in the movie, where it would be hard to believe that a supercar that is barely a couple inches off the ground could even move.

2012 Nissan GT-R R35

2012 Nissan GT-R R35

Michael has long been acquainted with the Nissan GT-R, so it was only right to find him behind the wheel of one of the more recent models. Though the Skyline name has been dropped with the newest generation of this Japanese sports car, the GT-R is still a wildly capable vehicle.

Of all of the Fast and Furious 7 cars used in production, the blue GT-R is one of the most recognizable models due to its aftermarket carbon hood and a few other accessories. In fact, should you wish to see it, the vehicle is on display in a museum in Gatlinburg.