In the mid-1960s, Porsche manufactured a model initially called the 904. Unfortunately, the number 904 wasn’t usable for the official name, hence the change to Carrera GTS. The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS was produced in Germany during those 2 years. The design of the mid-60s GTS is by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who’s most known for the 911. The layout includes a rear mid-engine and RWD. The predecessor for the 904 is the 718. On the other hand, the 906 is the successor.
2.0-Liter Flat Four Engine
The 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS, also known as the 904, has a 2.0-liter flat four engine. This motor produces 198 horsepower. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 5-speed manual transmission. From 0 to 60 mph, the 904 takes less than 6 seconds. If top speed is a concern, this Porsche can reach 160 mph. On the other hand, the drag coefficient is a pretty decent 0.34 Cd. This isn’t too shabby considering most modern cars are between 0.25 and 0.30. For instance, the modern GT3 RS is only slightly higher at 0.36 Cd.
Debut at Sebring 1964
$1,6 Million Porsche 904 Carrera GTS – Great Engine Noise! – Gumbal – YouTube
Overall, the 1964-1965 Porsche Carrera GTS is quite a cool car. It may not sport the modern Porsche six-cylinder engine, but it does have the spirit of one. Being designed by Ferdinand Porsche makes this car quite unique. Even furthermore due to its limited production time. The car made its initial debut at Sebring 1964 where it ran into some issues. But it came in 1st place overall at Targa Florio. Today, replicas can be built by Martin & Walker in the U.K. or Chuck Beck in the U.S. For an original model, it’ll run anyone between $1 and $2 million USD.
Note: The featured image is by Terabass on Wikimedia.
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Front Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Audi revealed the E-Tron GT Concept. The Audi E-Tron GT Concept is a new EV for the streets of late 2020. This vehicle is an all-electric AWD EV with a range of around 248 miles. Audi states that a charge to 80% takes only 20 minutes for around 200 miles of driving. With four seats plus front and rear storage space, this car is perfect for a luxurious daily driver. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, so may as well hop on the bandwagon.
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
For power, the Audi E-Tron GT Concept uses 590 horsepower of electric motors. These are found on the front and rear axles. To support the system, there is a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery system. This electrical setup allows the car to reach 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 149 mph. Furthermore, the battery can be charged wireless or via an 800-volt charging kit. In combo with a super low center of gravity and rear-axle steering, this car shall handle quite nicely as well.
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Welcome to the Future of Audi
Audi E-Tron GT Concept – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
With the Audi E-Tron GT Concept, Audi shows the future of the company. Electric vehicles are the way of the future, and most manufacturers will follow the trend. On top of being environmentally friendly on a power level, the car has recycled fibers for the interior. This takes it even further in being a “green” car. Although 248 miles isn’t the best in the industry, the car is quite stunning. It kind of looks like an Audi A7, to be honest. Overall, the E-Tron GT Concept is a display of what is to come in the years to come.
On October 25, 2018, a modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR defeated the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time. With tweaking by Manthey-Racing, the car finished the lap in only 6 minutes and 40.33 seconds. This defeats the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ time of 6:44.97. This makes this car the fastest street car lap at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife.
”In this test drive, we simply wanted to assess the potential of the vehicle once more. The result is quite impressive. It really is a fabulous time. This shows again very clearly the exciting possibilities of this sports car.” – Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport
The possibilities of the 911 GT2 RS MR almost seem endless. This car is a beastly machine, and with mods, is even better. Now, let’s take a deeper look into the car!
Under the hood, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is untouched by Manthey-Racing. But, on the exterior, changes are made to improve handling. Starting with a new aero package, this car has a larger wing and dive planes. Next, there is new suspension hardware and magnesium wheels. Furthermore, there are better brake pads, fluids, and stainless-steel lines. But, the engine’s 700 horsepower is plenty to accomplish this feat.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – Front Corner in Action – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Manthey-Racing’s modifications allowed this car to set the record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This racing team currently runs Porsche’s 911 RSR World Endurance Championship program. On top of this, they offer mods for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport and 911 GT. This company is largely owned by Porsche, making a greater connection. In combination with the expert track driver, Lars Kern, this GT2 RS MR project set the record. This is an amazing feat that will sure be challenged by future models.
The 911 GT2 RS is King of the Ring
New record: 911 GT2 RS MR laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 6:40.3 minutes. – Porsche – YouTube
In the end, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now king of the ring. With such a low time, 6:40.33, this car beat out the Aventador SVJ’s time of 6:44.97. Even crazier, this car did better than the McLaren P1 LM, which had a time of 6:43.2. Furthermore, the P1 GTR is also behind on this number. Now, the new race will aim for a time below 6 minutes and 40 seconds. This should be an interesting battle of the supercar.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR – Record Setting Team – Nürburgring Nordschleife – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Have you ever dreamed of getting into racing? Consider the McLaren 720S GT3, built for ease of service and reliability. At $565,000, McLaren hopes to make the GT3 a first-class, affordable race car.
McLaren 720S GT3 – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
Earlier this year, McLaren began track testing their first GT race car. It should be ready for the race track in time for the 2019 season.
“It was an incredibly exciting moment for us to see our new 720S GT3 begin the intensive track-based phase of a development program that we are confident will provide our customers with a first-class GT race car,” said Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive CEO.
Like the 720S, the GT3 gets its aerodynamic design from the carbon-fiber MonoCage II monocoque. The integrated chassis works like an eggshell in that it spreads the load throughout the outer skin of the vehicle.
“Developing a race car is about optimizing every component and the lightweight MonoCage II carbon-fiber chassis is the perfect base for this,” said Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren pairs the GT3’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and a six-speed sequential gearbox. Handling on the track is smooth due to the racing-spec traction control and ABS systems.
Here’s Why the McLaren 720S Is Worth $300,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube
Safety for the driver was of primary importance. Each GT3 comes with a six-point harness and FIA approved roll cage. The cars also sport carbon-Kevlar racing seats.
Despite the fact that the GT3 and the 720S have very few common components, the inspiration is evident in the overall look and design of the car.
“The McLaren 720S is such a multi-talented road car that we always knew honing its pure racing talents and making a GT3 car out of it would be an entirely natural process – and so it has been. While largely a bespoke machine, the GT3 car is still a McLaren 720S at its core.” – Dan Walmsley, motorsport director, McLaren Automotive.
McLaren, previously known for the F1 GTR and P1 GTR, is currently working on a concept dubbed the Senna GTR. The McLaren Senna GTR Concept will be the third ultimate series model, completing a trio. Obviously, the first vehicle of the series is the McLaren F1 GTR. Secondly, there is the McLaren P1 GTR. Now, there will be the McLaren Senna GTR. The Senna GTR will provide the “purest connection between car and driver” according to the McLaren website. Supposedly, it will also be the “most track focused McLaren yet.”
Now, it is only right to discuss the McLaren Senna GTR Concept predecessors. Firstly, there is the McLaren F1 GTR. This vehicle is famous for its victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans event. It beat the competition with less power, and no expectation to come out on top. With a BMW 6.1-liter V12 engine, this car took the lead. This motor boasts 592 horsepower, which was plenty to win. Overall, the McLaren F1 itself is a legendary car, let alone the more sophisticated GTR version. The McLaren F1 GTR was the first in the ultimate series lineup.
The next predecessor to the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is the McLaren P1 GTR. This vehicle is very recent, being only a few years past production. Yet, it still is one heck of a supercar. The P1 GTR was built to celebrate the F1 GTR victory from 1995. Except, this time, the car boasts 986 horsepower, almost double of the F1 GTR. The power arrives from the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8. Those specs alone show the difference in the power of cars in the last 20 years. This power allows the P1 GTR to reach 60 mph in only 2.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 217 mph.
Lastly, it is time to go over the focus of this article, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept. Under the hood, the Senna GTR sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor produces a whopping 814 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. This may be less than the P1 GTR, but it will be faster around the track, which is more important. Also, noteworthy, the Senna GTR is slightly more powerful than the street-legal Senna. And yes, the Senna GTR is a track-only car. The Senna GTR made its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Finally, the Senna GTR is said to be the quickest McLaren lap time outside of Formula 1.
Expectations High for the Senna GTR
The Fastest Selling McLaren Ever! NEW McLaren Senna GTR – Mr JWW – YouTube
Overall, the McLaren Senna GTR Concept is quite a beastly vehicle. Built for the track, this car will be the best McLaren performing vehicle to date. And, truth be told, it is just the beginning. McLaren will be continually working to battle competitors in the supercar realm. First, there was the F1 GTR, then the P1 GTR. Now, it will be the Senna GTR. From there, who knows what is next… well, maybe the CEO and design team at McLaren. Otherwise, nobody knows. In conclusion, the Senna GTR is an amazing car that will stun people for years to come.
In Monterey, California, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million USD at the RM Sotheby’s auction in 2018. This price sets the record for the most expensive car sold publicly. Although it is not proven, tips have led some to believe another GTO was sold for $70 million in private. Regardless, $48.4 million is quite a ton of cash. This specific 250 GTO is one out of 36 total built by Ferrari. Even better, this car was never wrecked or repaired, making it even more unique. Furthermore, this car’s great racing history most likely helped drive the price well above the previous record.
Background & Racing History
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – Sold for $48.4 Million USD at Auction – Rear Corner – RM Sotheby’s – EuroDrift
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is a very limited production model that has made headlines repeatedly, due to its collective value. The most recent 250 GT, that sold for $48.4 million USD, has quite a spectacular racing history. With one national championship and several major wins in the 1960s, this car holds historic value. In 2014, another GTO sold for $38 million USD, setting the record back then until now. This specific 250 GTO was owned since 2000 by former Microsoft executive Greg Whitten. The sale price at auction was $44 million USD, which translates to $48.4 million after fees.
Buckets of Cash & Gold
Meet the Man Who Sold His Ferrari 250 GTO for a Record $48.4 Million | Forbes – YouTube
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is an amazing collector’s car. A rare spectacle to many, this car fetches quite the price on the market. With a racing history, no wreck record, and a unique ownership history, this car is quite the rare combo. A good prediction is that this car will most likely fetch more in the future, if its taken are of properly. In conclusion, the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT set the world record for auction price at $48.4 million.
Cash – Necessary for Purchase of 250 GTO – Pixabay – EuroDrift
To upgrade? Or, not to upgrade? With the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS, that is the question. Many enthusiasts are left wondering, is the GTS worth the price in comparison to the S model? The real answer lies ahead with a short analysis of the Cayman GTS model. First off, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S is already an amazing sports car. But, for a bit more buck, do you get the bang? Well, that answer is truthfully up to you… but we say yes!
2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS – Side View of Interior – Porsche – EuroDrift
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four motor. This engine produces 365 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison to the S, this is 15 more horsepower and 8 more lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, this engine works in combo with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch auto transmission. Expectedly, this car should hit 60 mph roughly 0.1 seconds faster than the S model. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. But, Car & Driver was able to reach 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds in the S. This means, the GTS should be in the range of 3.5 seconds.
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS includes a handful of packages over the S model. Firstly, there is the Sport Chrono Package. This provides the driver with a steering wheel-mounted driving model dial. Secondly, there is a sports exhaust system. Thirdly, and even furthermore, the car has the PASM adaptive suspension. Fourthly, no one can go wrong with the Porsche Torque Vectoring system. Finally, there are Alcantara-Upholstered Sport Seats Plus Buckets. Phew… that is quite the expansion of mods!
Well… The Upgrade is Definitely Worth It!
Porsche Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS review – are they worth it? – Auto Express – YouTube
In conclusion, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is worth the price. For a bit more money, a buyer gets more bang for the buck. Starting with a slightly faster 0-60 time and more power, this car takes the Cayman a bit more forward. Furthermore, the multitude of additional packages easily makes up for the price difference. Who doesn’t want all of the features discussed above? Well…maybe somebody… but not most! Overall, the GTS models are well worth the money if financials allow for the upgrade.
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a car truly built for the track. First, and foremost, this car is not street legal. This is due to the heavy emphasis on race track specs. Sticking to tradition, this car runs a RWD system with a flat six engine. From there, the list only extends down to the floor with amazing race tech. To not surprise, this car wears components of the Cayman GT4 as well as the 911 GT3 Cup. Lastly, and recently, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was used by Porsche for a one-make challenge at Pikes Peak. Basically, it was a competition with one car between 8 drivers, amateur and pro.
3.8-Liter Mid-Mounted Flat 6 Engine
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Front in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport sports a 3.8-liter aluminum DOHC mid-mounted flat six engine. This motor produces 385 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 6-speed PDK transmission that has an optimized shift application. And, even furthermore, the motor and PDK have a water-cooling system with thermal management. These components work together to hit 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds! Lastly, the GT4 Clubsport can reach a top speed of 183 mph!
Inside out, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a basically a thoroughbred. With this emphasis on racing, this car wears the crème of the crop. Firstly, the GT4 Clubsport has a race series retaining frame with no differential lock and no sound insulation. This leads to a mean engine with a roar. Secondly, this car sports fade resistant brakes in front and rear. On the front, there are 6-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers. At the rear, there are 4-piston aluminum fixed brake calipers.
Thirdly, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport has a 911 GT3 Cup front axle. Fourthly, the suspension contains a Pure Motor Racing lightweight spring strut. Furthermore, there is a modified wishbone from the 911 GT3 Cup. Fifthly, this car has an amazing safety level meeting FIA certification. Between the welded roll-over bar, fire extinguisher, racing bucket seats, and 6-point harnesses, this car is ready for a track experience. Sixthly, there is an electromechanical power steering system. And, seventhly, and finally, there is a 90 I series tank with 70 and 100 FT3 safety tanks optional.
MSRP of Only $165,000 USD
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – (Track) One Take – TheSmokingTire – YouTube
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport starts with a MSRP of only $165,000. Not being street legal, this price is reasonable for a track car. Just remember, it is not wise to attract the police in a car like this. Not only will the GT4 visit the impound, but the fines will surmount to an unsatisfying level. Either way, this car is an amazing track toy ready to hit the Nürburgring Nordschleife. First, getting there is the tough part… driving about the track is equivalent to taking joy in We Happy Few. In conclusion, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a phenomenal track-only race car.
From 1975 to 1985, the Ferrari 308 GTB was assembled in Maranello, Italy. This beautiful car’s initial design is by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina. The name “GTB” basically stands for “Gran Touring Berlinetta”. On the other hand, the 308 GTS is a Targa top, but that will be left for another future article. The Ferrari 308 GTB is a transverse mid-engine RWD sports car. The predecessor of the 308 GTB is the Dino 246 GT/GTS. Furthermore, the successor is the 328 GTB/GTS.
Initially, the 308 GTB made its intro at the Paris Motor Show in 1975. As per the GTS, this debut occurs 2 years later at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show. The major difference of these two models is the top design. The GTB has a hard-top whereas the GTS has the Targa top. Performance wise, both cars perform very similar. The only performance difference is mostly due to weight.
2.9-Liter Tipo F106 AB V8 Engine
Ferrari 308 GTB – Driver’s Side Front Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB sports a 2.9-liter Tipo F106 AB V8 engine. First off, the European version contains 252 horsepower due to a dry sump setup. Unfortunately, the U.S. version tapers back to 237 horsepower. This is due to a wet sump because of emission control requirements. Furthermore, the motor is a 90 degrees V8 with a belt-driven twin overhead camshaft per cylinder bank. Even furthermore, the car has four twin-choke Weber 40DCNF carbs with a single coil ignition. On top of this, the engine works in combo with a fully synchromesh 5-speed “dog-leg” manual transmission. Lastly, this system receives support from a limited slip differential.
Racing Components of the 308 GTB
The 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is a classic racing car at heart. Firstly, the car starts with the beastly 2.9-liter V8. Secondly, the car is built from a tube frame and glass-enforced separate plastic body. But, in June 1977, the body changed to steel. Before the steel, the car weight was 2315 lbs. Afterwards, the steel added an increase of around 331 lbs. Thirdly, the driver takes full control with unassisted rack and pinion steering.
Fourthly, the 308 GTB has an all independent suspension. This system contains double wishbones, coaxial coil springs, hydraulic dampers, and anti-roll bars. Fifthly, and finally, is the 4-wheel vented disc brakes. From the engine to suspension, this car could compete with the crème of the crop at the time. Unfortunately, nowadays, parts for this car are rare, and sometimes even manufactured new due to lack of replacement parts.
Who Doesn’t Want to Drive a 308 GTB?
This Ferrari 308 GTB Traces The Streets Of Bangkok Daily – Petrolicious – YouTube
Overall, the 1975-1985 Ferrari 308 GTB is an amazing machine. From the beautiful styling to the V8, this car was sure to please the auto enthusiast at the time. Furthermore, this car still pleases many fans today. Today, the 1975-1985 308 GTB ranges in price from as low at $50,000 up to over $200,000. This may not equate to the value of some other Ferraris, which cost millions, but this car is well worth this price. Down the road, this car may increase in value as it is truly a stunning machine. In conclusion, although the 308 GTB didn’t reach one million USD in value, this car offers the pleasure as if it did so.
Ferrari 308 GTB – Front Corner in Museum – Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile in Torino, Italy – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Corner with View – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
During the 1960 London Motor Show, Aston Martin introduced the DB4 GT Zagato. The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a grand tourer (GT) coupe. Basically, the car begins as a DB4 GT. But, it receives alterations by the Zagato Factory in Italy, making it ever so greater. Thanks to Ercole Spada, this car became slightly smaller and more lightweight. From 1960 to 1963, Aston worked with Zagato to produce 20 total cars. Also, noteworthy, this car is to not be confused with its successor, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Side – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
3.7-Liter DOHC Straight-6 Engine
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Engine Bay – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
The 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sports a 3.7-liter aluminum twin-spark DOHC straight-6 motor. This engine produces 314 horsepower and 278 lb.-ft. of torque. Supporting the motor is a David Brown all-synchromesh 4-speed manual transmission. With a compression ratio of 9.7:1, this car can reach 60 mph in only 6.1 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, the Zagato takes only 14.1 seconds. On the high end, this car can reach around 154 mph. For the time, this car was able to compete in Grand Prix and Le Mans racing events. Thankfully, due to the Zagato Factory, this car shed over 100 pounds from the base DB4 GT.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Interior – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
A Review of Parts & Specifications
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Front Fender – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
As an older car, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato has some top-notch specs from back in the day. Firstly, there is a rack and pinion steering layout, which can be seen in modern race cars as well. Next, there are wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar in the front. As per the rear, there is a live axle on coil springs. Furthermore, the brakes are Girling discs all around with no servo and separate master cylinders. On the carburetor side, there are three Weber 45 DCOE4 carbs. Finally, the car finishes off with Borrani 16×5” wire spoked alloy rims with Avon Turbospeed Mark II tires.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Overhead – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
A Brief DB4 GT Zagato Racing History
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 1 VEV – Front Bumper – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
At Goodwood in 1961 during Eastertime, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato raced in its first outing. Surprisingly, the car was able to accomplish 3rd place while being driven by Stirling Moss. Next, the car made its own history by winning first place in the July 1961 British Grand Prix Support race. The model sporting “2 VEV” obtained the DB4 GT Zagato’s first victory under John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable. Unfortunately, this car was crashed at Spa in 1962, requiring it to be rebuilt. This led to alterations which were later removed after another road accident. Finally, the DB4 GT Zagato Chassis 0200 participated in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, again, this car blew a piston after 9.5 hours of race time.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – 2 VEV – Rear – Silverstone 2009 – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift
A Tip of the Hat to the DB4 GT Zagato
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Lightweight Is Much Stronger Than English Breakfast Tea – Petrolicious – YouTube
Overall, the 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is quite a spectacular vehicle. Initially, the MSRP of this car was $7,080 USD. At the time, this was enough money to buy a livable home. Not surprisingly, this car recently sold by RM Sotheby’s New York for $14,300,000. That is quite an increase in value for the car. Regardless, this car is worthy of its highly collectible status, especially due to 19 remaining. In conclusion, it is only right to tip a hat to the DB4 GT Zagato due to its unique history.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – Rear Corner – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift