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Jaguar XJ220 Super Car

The history of the British Jaguar XJ220

The timeline

The 1980's brought a new car enthusiast, made rich from the .com era and entrepeneurial skills, rich people looking for extreme driving excitement, supercars were this need and desire, however the car needed had to be everything. There was such a motor, the unveiling of the Jaguar XJ220 chnaged everything. The fastest and most practical of all rear engined Supercars on the market, with the exception of the Mclaren F1.

Jaguar XJ150 Supercar

The new Jag fitted perfectly into the Super car market it was extremely powerful, very fast, beautiful, and of course very expensive. It is a very high geared model and more the looks of a Lemans car and quite frankly the XJ220 is a very big car not really a daily drive for even the bravest of millionaires. As you would expect a 2 seater, taking real skill to drive.
 
 
However this didn't bother anyone, the car was an instant hit, the prototype XJ150 in 1988 was meant to be the only one, and amazingly the first version was way more popular than the production model running a V12 engine, and four-wheel-drive to aid the driver. The 150 was added to the XJ to demonstrate its proposed top speed in mph.
 
The car received such a positive response that Jaguar decided to hand over the project to Tom Walkinshaw’s Jaguar Sport organisation , to turn the dream of a British Jaguar Supercar into a reality. The ‘Walkinshaw’ XJ220 was unveiled a year later, this version of the car was much smaller than the Prototype before, it ran a twin-turbo V6 engine similar to the ones installed to their racing cars, and it only came with rear drive. The cars customer weren't phased by this, although Jaguar said they would only build 350 cars at Banbury Jaguar, over 1,200 customers issued priority orders for the British Supercar. 
 
The car is built from a relatively conventional light-alloy hull, it was basically a civilised version of a racing car, however with the luxuries of air-con and trimmed interior. A fatal blow could have been due to Jaguar not being able develop ABS anti-lock braking in time for sales 1992.
 
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Chrysler history

The history of Chrysler

1845 - 1870
 
England born Thomas Jeffery moves to the U.S. and starts producing Rambler bicycles, however decides to sell his bike company and start Kenosha, WI based Rambler automobiles in 1902. Charles W. Nash is born 1864, Buick President hires W. P. Chrysler. Nash buys Jeffery Co. and produces Nash. John Francis Dodge is born in Niles Minnesota forms Dodge Brothers in 1914 with brother Horace. Jonathan Dixon Maxwell is born, co-founder of Maxwell-Briscoe 1903.
 
1870 - 1900
 
John N. Willys born in 1873, rescuer of Overland who forms Willys-Overland in 1909. Hugh Chalmers born 1873 acquires control of Thomas-Detroit I and form Chalmers-Detroit, AKA Chalmers 1908. Walter Percy Chrysler born April 2nd 1875 in Wamego, Kansas becoming only major railroad industrialist to succeed in the auto industry, ultimately introducing advanced Chrysler automobile and corporation becoming the second largest car producer behind GM while under his leadership.
 
Carl Breer born California, LA in 1883, ultimately one of the three engineers who drove Chrysler's early success.
 
Three Musketeers Fred M. Zeder, Owen M. Skelton and Carl Breer 1886 - ZSB -- Walter Chrysler names trio of genius engineers, brought from Willys-Overland from Studebaker Motors.
 
1895 Morris & Salom produce four battery operated production model cars. Pope Manufacturing Co., Hartford, CT build an electric car. Riker Electric Motor Co. Brooklyn, New York formed in 1896.
 
1897Columbia Electric production begins by Pope Manufacturing Co 1897. These vehicles are available throughout the US, England and France. Dodge brothers go to work for Canada based company in Windsor, Ontario in 1898, and go onto create Evans & Dodge bicycle.
 
1899 The Pope Maunfacturing auto division becomes the Columbia Automobile Co. Riker Electric Motor Co. is moved to Electric Vehicle Co for production.
 
1900 - 1930
 
First steam powered engine produced, built by Carl Breer in 1900. 
Dodge brother's and E. C. Stearns join National Cycle & Automobile Company in 1900
 
The industry first front mounted engine the Columbia gasoline goes into production, a left hand drive auto. New Dodge parts factory opens on Beaubien Street 1901, 1903 brings the Dodge brothers cancelling their Olds Motor Works contracts and adding plant machinery to manufacture engines for 10% interest in the Ford Motor company from Henry.
 
Recession hits in 1907 subsequently Pope empire crumbled, and the Overland Motor Company, lead by John North Willys, chooses to buy the Toledo plant, this now forms the centre of todays Jeep factory.
 
The XLVI is introduced by Columbia, it utilised a four cylinder petrol to drive a separate electric generator, it featured no gearbox or clutch, however this design did not make it as a car design. Sometime after certain trains started to use the concept mainly General Motors.
 
Thomas-Detroit is renamed Chalmers-Detroit in 1908. The same year Walter P Chryslers visits Chicago Motor show and buys a Locomobile.
 
1910 The United States Motor Company is now fully formed, amalgamating 130 firms including Maxwell-Briscoe, Brush, Dayton, Courier, and Columbia. Of these firms, only Brush and Maxwell-Briscoe were profitable. A new plant is opened by the Dodge brothers in Hamtramck. In 1913, the Standard Motor Company joins Maxwell, with a number of plants being sold off.
 
Dodge Brothers Inc. is formed and the company begins development of new cars. The First Dodge rolls off the production line in 1914. Just in time for the onset of World War I, where the brothers' cars are used in combat as the first ever petrol powered automobile.
 
1916 Walter P. Chrysler takes over presidency of Buick. Charles W. Nash leaves to purchase and form Nash Motors. Chrysler is invited to join with Nash but decides to stay with Buick.
 
1917 Dodge Brothers adopts Budd-built all-steel body for touring cars. With Chalmers sales flagging and Maxwell production on the up, a move is made for Maxwell cars to be built in the Chalmers plant, with Chalmers cars being sold through Maxwell dealers. The first Dodge Brothers commercial vehicle built in October and is released as the 1918 model.
 
1919 Walter P. Chrysler resigns as president of the Buick Motor. Henry Ford buys up the shares of smaller stockholders at this time, including those of John and Horace Dodge in return for $ 9,000,000.
 
1920 Both John and Horace Elgin Dodge die. To cover the debts, the New Jersey plant is put up for auction. It, and the prototype Chrysler (considered by the Chrysler group later as the model A), are auctioned off to William C. Durant. He uses the plant for production of his Star car whilst using the Chrysler prototype as a basis for his Flint line.
 
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Italian cars

Italian cars

 
The 500 or other types of supermini are the perfect car for tootling around the narrow streets of Rome. This type of car is all well and good for going to work and picking up shopping, but hardly an eye catcher, something with a bit more oomph is needed for touring, racing or just feeling good, enter the Italian Stallions.
 
For saving face there are the Italian sports car range including such pioneers as Enzo Ferrari, Feruccio Lamborghini and Ettorre Bugatti,
 
These designers and producers created some of the World's most desirable motor cars.

Lamborghini

 
Cars designed to make you gasp and shudder when you see them, let alone travel in them. Lambo started life in 1962 with the production of the V12 350GT this was followed by the 400, however after these two flagship cars, things started to hot up.
 
Ferruccio released the Miura, inspired by the Ford GT40 at the Turin motor show, well actually only the Miura's chassis was shown however everybody stood in awe, the look and design of the chassis had people placing multiple orders and we know the rest. The Countach pronounced 'Koontash' was released an instant hit, followed by numerous not so well known models, till the Diablo, Murcielago, Gallardo and most recently the Reventon released in 2008 with a limited no. of models built.
 

Lamborghini LP500 Prototype

Ferrari

Ferrari founded back in 1929, by Enzo Ferrari.

This Supercar company has always been famed for their exquisite supercars including the Testarossa, F40, F50 and the more recent Enzo as well as building and designing auto's Ferrari operated and owned one of the most successful racing teams ever ' Scuderia', still a big name car racing today.
FIAT now owns the Supercar division of the company, due to Enzo running into financial problems in 1969, however he still kept control of the racing team.
 

Bugatti

Yes we know that Bugatti was actually founded in Molsheim in France, but our argument is, only an Italian could come up with the iconic design and flair of the Bugatti range of cars which include the 1932 Royal.
 
More recently the revived Bugatti name was released in the form of the EB110 released in 1996. This car was the work of Entrepreneur Romano Artioli who acquired the name and hired the Lamborghini designers who worked on the Miura and Countach.
 
Volkswagen Ag now own the name and have recenlty just relsed the fastest road car in the world the Veyron a car with 1008 BHP and four turbo's, it is also rumoured that VW are working on a 4 door supercar version, project Lydia, possibly to compete with the rumoured 4 door Porsche Panamera Turbo.
 
Other Italian car manufacturers include:-
 
Fiat
Alfa Romeo
Lancia
Maserati
De Tomaso
Pagani
 
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Pagani Zonda history

Zonda Timeline

1988 - This Italian Super Car company was the brainchild of formerLamborghini cars composite department manager, Horacio Pagani. The company was named Pagani Composite Research and worked very closely with Lambo on many projects, this included restyling the Countach Anniversary, P140 and the Diablo.
 
While working on this project, Horacio started planning his own concept supercar, this was known as the "C8 Project," he showed the illustrations to Juan Manuel Fangio & even planned to name the project the Fangio F1.
 
1991 - Modena Design and Pagani collaborated, this particular company was setup to cope with ever increasing levels of engineering, design, model construction, prototypes and moulds.
 
1992 - Brought the Fangio F1 prototype construction.
 
1993 - The Fangio F1 was tested at the Dallara wind tunnel, and achieved positive results, the same year Juan Manuel introduced Pagani to Mercedes-Benz.
 
1994 - German car manufacturer Mercedes agreed to supply a V12 engine for the project.
 
1999 - After much planning, design and engineering, the final car, now renamed the Zonda C12 (Changed as a mark of respect for Juan Manuel Fangio who had passed away) was presented to the world at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
 
2005 - The Italian supercar manufactuer announced that they planned to triple their production output within the next three years and at the same time tackle and conquer the US market by 2007.
Daimler-Chrysler
 
Pagani still remains an independent company, however now has close working relationships with the likes of Daimler-Chrysler and AMG. Mercedes AMG develops and supplies all the companies V12 engines. Over the last years the company has yearned for more and more power, therefore Zonda has used tuned and re-engineered versions of the Merc M120 V12.
 
The first supercar was developed using a 6.0 litre engine and has now progressed to a 7.3 version, the same used in the SL65 AMG. The company, however hasn't limited itself, they were also part of the development of the new Chrysler ME Four-Twelve.
 
 
 

Supercar

 
Pagani's sole car is powered by an AMG tuned V12 DOHC and is mid-mounted. This particular Mercedes engine is exclusively used on this car. The Supercar's aerodynamic design was due to inspiration of two things - The fighters planes of the Airforce and the famed Sauber-Mercedes Silver Arrow Group C cars. The Zonda is deemed one of the worlds best supercars ever, epitomized by its stylized exhaust pipe.
 
Zonda models and engine sizes
C12 6.0 L (5987 cc)
C12 S 7.0 L (7010 cc)
C12 S 7.3 L (7291 cc)
C12 S Roadster
C12 S Monza
GR (racing car)
Zonda F
Roadster F
Future classics
 
The Italian super car manufacturer have already announced that a new model dubbed the C9, this will be powered by AMG's next gen V12. The engineers on the project are aiming 627 lb ft. of torque are will be using a new Bosch TCS system ( Traction Control System). In addition the the C9 will feature full active aerodynamics.
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Chevrolet history

Chevrolet history

 
Real American muscle cars, around in force for many decades, memory memorable models, all sporting pure power.
 
General Motors owned Chevrolet a constitutional US car manufacturer. The company was initially started by W.C. Durant in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The first automobiles manufactured were released by a racing driver, Louis Chevrolet. He came up with a design for $2150, it featured a 4.9 litre six cylinder engine. The first car to make a real impact was the Baby Grand, it sold for $875.
 
All Electrics on Chevrolets were optional until 1917, sales boosted with production techniques and innovations adding certain style this increased sales from 13,600 to 70,701.
 
1917 brought the acquisition of Chevrolet by GM. Up until 1920 Dodge & Ford were the only marque considered to be above Chevy.
 
There was the odd motor being designed, however the real auto came in 1925 The Superior, it featued disc wheels and a "Duco cellulose paint finish and sold for a paltry $650. This gave the company the edge and allowed the US manufacturer to outsell Ford for the first time, even with the Model T switching to the to A had no effect.
 
1929 brought "Cast Iron Wonder" priced at $595 and selling over a million cars in its initial year. This was the performance and success Chevy wanted.
 
1931 Ford were outsold for 3 years, the 1930's the company became aware the need to improvise, this time brought many new styles and designs V-grilles, hydraulic brake systems, big engines, column shifts, with the intro of convertibles, even a station wagon was introduced in 1939 the Lakewood. With the release of a soft top in 1940 an optional power hood was released with a low price. During this time famed Racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio was victorious in Argentinian driving one of the new coupes.
 
All designs changed extensively between the 1940's and 50's they restyled a sedan model and sold it for $1460, however the main impact came 1950 when they started to offer a 2 speed auto transmission.
 
The real change for Chevrolet in 1953 with the releases of the Corvette sports model it came with a V-6 engine and fibreglass body, the car was an inspiration, however it needed more. An 8-cylinder engine was added with the option of air suspension.
 
1960 brought the releases of the Corvair, this auto featured a turbo charged engine, then in 1965 the introduction of the Stingray changed sports cars for ever. Modern styling really big engines and mad colours including yellow and orange.
 
Over the years the Chevrolet Company has been behind many great cars from SUV's, pickups, coupes, sedans and of course Sports cars. The intro of new models, brought new styles and toys including ABS, headlamps, engine changes meaning new technologies making them faster, more reliable and economical. Newer autos have included the Corvette Z, Camaro and luxury models such as the Chevelle, Impala and Caprice.
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AC Cobra history

 

AC Cobra history

 
AC & Carroll Shelby
 
Not many cars have had the same track record & inspiration as the AC Cobra in the mid 60's, mind you Dodge the people behind the Viper have recreated this many times through various replica models. AC worked by placing the biggest engine possible in the lightest frame, and dressing the car as a two seater sports car with definition and character, no roof and fun on country roads.
 
The AC Cobra company emerged back in 1901, the first car didn't actually materialise till 1953 with the intro of the second generation model. Renown motoring engineer John Tojeiro started to create his own two seater sports car, the model was based on the Ferrari 166 Barchetta (aka The Little Boat). The car was flying, but it wasn't how it should have been, the racing model needed more power.
 
The firstly choice was a 2.7 V8, then a 4.2 was chosen. These engines were the work of Carroll Shelby who was greatly impressed by all of AC Cobra's cars racing in the US, powered by there either Bristol or MG engines.
 
However AC soon realised a 4.2 or even a 4.7 wasn't enough, they needed more power, over 350 BHP. A V8 with a seven litre capacity was needed pushing the 427 upto 485 BHP. Modifications were fitted to allow the car to cope including widening it and upgrading the shocks and springs.
 
This range of cars in the 1950's were the epitomy of racecars, by the 1960's and 70's the AC Cobra 427 and others started to show there age compared to modern autos such as the Lotus Elan. There cars lacked modern refinements however there performance was amazing 0 - 100 in under 13.7 secs. The competition version the 427 had 580 BHP and could accelerate to 100 mph in under 10 seconds. One of the most defining features was its side exit exhausts. Tojeiro's soon became part of AC's evolution, usually driven by MG or Bristol engines, when he sold one of his engine designs to the company.
These automobiles are now a very rare marque, only a few exist. The car was made famous yet again through its appearance in the film Twin Town filmed in Swansea starring Rhys Iffans. This British racing car truly made its mark.

 

 

 

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Noble history

UK supercars

Noble cars a very specialist car company based in the UK, producing outstanding and very quick cars with the hand finished touch, by select craftsmen and specialists. A range of sportscar with a realistic price tags usually powered by such engines as the Ford Mondeo 2 Litre with the addition of two Turbos.
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German cars

German Cars Das Auto

When you think of a German car, the majority of people think of cutting edge automotive technology recently symbolised by the concept of a 500 BHP Audi R8 V12 Diesel and a Veyron with quad turbo-chargers and around 1000 BHP, and yes we do know Bugatti is originally Italian.
 
However it's not all mental super cars.
 
Germany has always been a pioneer as far as car design and production has been concerned. The first examples being Mercedes's Karl Benz, BMW's Karl Friedrich Rapp and later in 1948 Porsche's Ferdinand Porsche who with the help of Adolf Hitler came up with the VW Beetle design, Porsche now owns 51% of Volkswagen, part of the VAG group.
 
German motor cars have always been associated with certain key principles:-
 
Well built, strong & reliable
Cutting edge technology e.g. 100BHP per litre & quattro
Inspired design flair
Luxury, drive & performance
Forward thinking design & production
Quality at a cost
 
Deutsche car models incorporate technology with iconic design, combining performance, luxury and looks makes for a classy auto, that everyone wants to drive and be seen in.
e.g. Mk1 Golf and Mk2 Golf and VW Camper still don't look out of place 30 - 40 years on.

Porsche

Deutsche performance motor cars such as the likes of the Porsche 911 Carrrera demonstrate iconic design agressive styling unsurpassed power and enhanced drivability.
 
 
Racing 911 Turbo on M42
 
Porsche itself is a status symbol and reflects success, generally driven by people who can afford it and like the feel of driving a real sports car.
 
 
Green Porsche on M42
 

Mercedes

The Mercedes has always been seen a luxury car from the S-Class through to the AMG CL. However at the beginning the Deutsche luxury car makers pioneered some of the most groud breaking cars ever for example in 1938 the W125 a 12 cylinder capable of reaching 268.9 mph was designed, yet this 1930's Super car is hardly what you would class as famous.
 
 
A new Mercedes S Class in Chiswick, London

Audi & Volkswagen

These manufacturers have tried their hands at all types of vehicles from Jeeps to Rally Cars even campers as well R4 racing cars. They pioneered a commercial version of Jensen's all wheel drive system, namely quattro and fitted it to both VW's and Audi models. This technology sent Audi to the World Rally Championship podium in first position.
 
 
 
Audi TT at Leeds Harewood Festival
 
Mk1 Golf at Leeds Harewood Festival

BMW

Karl Friedrich Rapp car company has demonstated many fine autos including the BMW M1 a racing car that never made it, due to unforseen circumstances, but the car still symbolise's everything Beemer stand for and has recently redesigned the supercar as an M1 homage, however the M1 concept car will never go in to production. We think it would be cool to see the car on the road the perfect rival to the Audi R8.
 
The company responsible for racing these motors have also produced and designed many great road cars including the M3 and Z1.
 

 

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Porsche history

Porsche cars

1948 to present day

During the war Ferdinand Porsche AKA Ferry and a select few of his proven employees had started development on the 356 in their workshops and he decided to move to Gmünd in Kärnten.
 
The first of these designs was completed on 17 July 1947, however on June 8th 1948 the Kärnten state government issued a special permit homologating the motor car. After returning from prison, Professor Dr.-Ing.h.c., Ferry's father, stated "every single bolt was just right".
 
No 1 was then followed by 52 additional cars built in Gmünd, production in Stuttgart took over from 1950 - 1965 subsequently amounting to 78,000 units of the 356 model Porsche No 1 - This was a mid-engined roadster, completed and homologated in Gmünd. The engine was 1131 cc & produced 35 bhp. The first few of the new 356 coupes were made of light alloy.
 
1948: The first Porsche 356 cabriolets were manufactured
 
1950: Production of all cars in took place Stuttgart, Germany.
 
1951: Introduction of the 1300 & 1500, the 1500 became the car of choice.
 
1952: The introduction of the much acclaimed 1500 S.
 
1953: The introduction of the 1300 S.
 
1954: This year marked the production of the first 200 Porsche Speedsters.
 
1955: Production of the 356 A series starts the proven 1300 and 1300 S power units soon joined by the 1600, 1600 S and 1500 GS - the first Carrera a 1.5 with 4 overhead cams, a symbol of the new porsche sports engine range - 1100cc engines dropped from the range.
 
1958: The 356 model was given an extra 10 horses 110 bhp, A 1500 GS Carrera GT. The Speedster was replaced by the Convertible D. 1300cc engines dropped from range.
 
1957: 1500GS de Luxe model launched.
 
1959: Porsche Carrera 1600 GS-GT, uprated to 1.6 115 bhp. The 356 B series is introduced, the Convertible D renamed the Roadster.
1970 - The search for ultimate Power
 
1971: September, 6 cylinder engine developed for the Porsche 911, 2341 cc and introducing a new power and performance range the T, 911 E & S. 916 sports cars running a powerful six cylinder 2.3 Litre capable of producing 190 bhp. Race models released the 914/8 models with an 8-cylinder racing engine already built 2 yrs previously (2997 cc, 260 bhp & 300 bhp/221 kW).
 
 
A 914 is given to Professor Ferry Porsche 260-bhp version for his 60th birthday.
 
1972: The Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and the 2.8 Carrera RSR released. 914 receives extra power 1971 cc, 100 bhp.
 
1973: Following the plant shut-down in summer the new range reveals significant modifications in body design, Release of Porsche Carrera RS 3.0 Sport, a 2994 cc, 230 bhp engine. The RSR 3.0 2994 cc, 330 bhp with a larger rear wing & widened wheel arches with air intakes. Within the 914 series uprate dfrom 1.7 to 1.8 litre version.
 
1974: In autumn the first Porsche Turbo code-named the 930 then came, the code-named 935 in the years to follow, with maximum output up to 850 bhp.
 
 
The Porsche 935 - 850 BHP
 
1975: The Carrera 3.0 dropped after plant shut-down summer. Last 914 range receive a two-liter power unit, with lower compression 95 bhp. Autumn the 912 E (USA only) featuring a VW engine jins lineup.
 
1976: Porsche's new entry-level 924, the 1st water-cooled engine fitted up front - running an Audi engine 1984 cc, 125bhp. The introduction of bodyshell hot-galvanizing on both sides extending the life of all models.
 
1977: The 928 launched late autumn a top model seen as the successor to the 911 utilising V8 power using American dimensions 4474 cc, 240 bhp. The 911 now known as "Porsche 911 SC".
 
1978: The 928 1st and only sports car in world history to be voted Car of the year.
 
1979: The 924 remains Porsche's best seller.
1980 - Onwards and upwards
 
1980: The 924 Carrera GT 210 bhp given greater power than the 911 (204 bhp)
 
1981: The 924 Turbo now features a 177 bhp engine. Frankfurt Motor Show the concept Turbo Cabriolet four-wheel drive.
 
1982: The Porsche 944 based on the 924 with wider wheel arches and 4 cylinder engine introduced, a clear effect on sales of the car, which start to go down for the first time.
 
1983: After 20 years another status car, the Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet becomes a best seller right from the start.
 
1984 & 1985: The 928 S becomes even more powerful, all 911 Carrera models are now also available in a Turbo look. The status of Porsche success points up, the 924 and 944 remain best-selling models.
 
1986: A four valve 928 S4 enters the market. The Porsche 911 Turbo now available as Targa Top and Cabriolet models.
 
1987: No significant changes or releases.
 
1988: The new generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4 four-wheel drive. The 964 series is available first as a coupé, running a six-cylinder Boxster engine. The 944 S2 is available as both a coupé and cabriolet, the Turbo version receives an all-new five-speed gearbox.
 
1989: The Porsche 911 Turbo is dropped from the range, production ceasing in autumn 1989. Tip tronic released over parts of the range.
1990 - A new breed of performance
 
1990: The new Porsche 911 Turbo released September sporting a 3299 cc, 320 bhp.
 
1991: The 968 based on the 928 replaces the classic 944. The 8-cylinder power unit of the Porsche 928 featured in the GTS 5397cc, 350 bhp, 911 Carrera RS competition boosted in power to 260 bhp.
 
1992: The 911 Turbo comes with a 3600 cc, 360 bhp. The 968 released as a two seater with Clubsport trim with less features and a lower price.
 
1993: Porsche presents modified 911 code-named the 993. The car featured a more streamlined body, new multi-link rear axle and either a 6 speed manual gearbox or 4 speed Tiptronic and a 3600 cc, 272 bhp water cooled engine. The new 993 built as a Carrera coupé featuring rear-wheel drive.
 
1994: The new Carrera 4 enters production A 911 featuring an extra-light chassis, a larger rear spoiler and engine increase 3746 cc, 300 bhp production starts on a 993 Cabriolet.
 
1995: The new 911 T with its 3.6 litre engine running at 408 bhp released. GT2 Turbo given rear wheel drive and 430 bhp. 911 Carrera receives 285 bhp, New Targa with a sliding glass roof enters the market.
 
1996: Boxster released 1996 Paris Motor Show
 
1997: New Porsche 911 model released running a 3387 cc, 300 bhp. Carrera 4S, Targa and 911 Turbo remain unchanged until March 1998.
 
1998: The new 911 Cabriolet released March.
(End of an era Ferdinand Porsche, passes away)
 
2000: New versions of the most famous version released.

 

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Lotus Exige GT3

Exige GT3

On the 2nd of December 2005 at the annual FIA GT Championship presentation ceremony in Monte Carlo in Monaco, a new Exige prototype was unveiled. This car was designed for one main reason, to enter in the FIA series. A series of races for race cars that have power to weight ratio equally, and also a direct lineage to their road car versions.
 
The Exige GT3 was developed by Lotus Sport, the auto itself is a single seater prototype and with the aid of the performance division engineered to a high spec from the original model.

A new car

It weighs only 750 kg, and strictly sticks to Colin Chapman's philosophy of "performance through light weight". It utilises a race prepared 1.8 2ZZ-GE VVTL-i engine and a Roots supercharger with an air to air intercooler which uses the Lotus T4e ECU to produce 285 bhp @ 7,800 rpm. This creates a power to weight ratio of 380 bhp / tonne or 2.6 kg / PS.
 
Like the standard Lotus Exige, the GT3 is kitted out with the award-winning light weight aluminium bonded chassis, as well as light weight 5-spoke forged alloys, carbon panels, revised high downforce aerodynamics with added race front splitter and adjustable rear wing made from Carbon fibre. The car even has FIA approved 6-point roll cage, ignition kill switches, uprated suspension & brakes and with 3-way adjustable Öhlins dampers. and the whole thing is complimented by Lotus sequential 6 speed gearbox, and data logging system.
 
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