Wheels - it's the rush.
If any of the pix are yours - thanks! Don't
intend to rip anyone off, so please accept my sincere thanks as they're the
best pix I can find out there.
I just want to honour these wicked wheels.
Wheels are cool - just ask any bloke...
You can be 7 or 9, or like the guy driving this E-Type, more like 79...
Whatever - wheels are still way cool.
Now there's a classic.
My personal favourite. (closely followed by the '67 Pontiac GTO)
Interestingly, this was built for Group-B rally, just over 200
Put out about 500hp.
Funny thing is Toyota put together a 600+hp AW11 MR2 variant for Group-B rally about the same time.
I have two AW11 MR2s and they're probably as close as I'll ever get to owning a 288-GTO. They go well enough and heck can they get around corners! Toyota built 3 prototypes for Group-B but before a homologation run could be churned out the class was scrapped after a horrific crash-and-burn (a Ford I think?). Bummer. I love driving my Toymota...
Anyway - back to the beautiful 1984 Ferrari 288-GTO
Not too sexy
perhaps - more kinda brutal, like a hatchet or something...
And not that
much faster than a bog-standard AW11SC MR2 actually (of 3 years later).
In my opinion
only a Lambo Miura comes close.
here (below) is the 600+ hp 4wd Group-B AW11 from Toyota.
Faster than either, but not as classy.
they only built 3 protoypes before Group B got killed off.
pix of Toyota's Group-S AW11 MR2 (400hp) version, now
on display in a museum in Tokyo.
Below: the Radical SR3.
with a 1500cc Suzuki motorcycle engine and insane performance.
love to try doing a similar thing one day with AW11SC running gear.
reckon you could get at least Lotus Elise performance for less than $20k
I seem to
recall Top Gear track-tested a Radical SR3 with absurdly quick results
- blitzed everything.
All a Radical needs is a removable plexiglass cowling from dash to rollbar and you'd be sweet for the daily whizz to work. Well, if their maintenance cycle was a little less frequent perhaps...
only ever seen one similar car on the road - but with a fully enclosed
cockpit and the driver in the centre.
Above - Radical SR3 1500cc.
Below - Radical SR9 entered at Le
Mans 2007 in the LMP2 class by Team Bruichladdich Radical.
And then there's the Ariel Atom.
nothing less (and nothing more).
v-tec powered model is the one to get.
Bonus on the
Radical is this thing has better ground clearance and a much less demanding
maintenance cycle (as far as I can glean from the manufacturers' specs)
making it more eligible for road use.
Holdens - I mean hey, I'm a Westie, right?
so if you don't know what a Westie is, it's a West Aucklander - a.k.a.
petrol head, bogan etc...
Above - a Westie wearing obligatory black.
typically have either a mullet or a shaved head and may sport a beard,
sometimes looking a bit like a member of ZZ-Top.
Anyway - Holdens.
are courtesy of General Motors Holdens.
Efijy is a concept car built by General Motors Holdens (Australia)
and shown off around the planet at shows.
If this car
were produced, even with a price tag of maybe quarter of a mil, I figure
if the performance really is as per V8 supercar (about the same as a Spa-spec
Ferrari Maranello) then surely they'd sell like hotcakes?
be one of those all-time classics, especially for us Westie bogans...
if Holden never actually produce and sell it, it'll never be a classic.
And then there's my old Holden.
1966 HR. Original
186, but worked to pretty-much XU1 specs.
No power steering,
no traction control, no anti-lock braking.
The old beast isn't entirely bog-standard anymore, but then it does do 0-100kmh in 6 seconds instead of the original 19, so who cares? Bit of an improvement...
The thing with tricking up an old tank like this, is you need to remember it might go well enough, but it won't stop or handle as well as the accelleration might suggest. At the end of the day it's still an old car, half-century old technology, so you have to allow for a bit of a margin. Like I said, anyone used to a modern car would probably kill himself if he took it for a joy-ride. Gave me a couple of good frights when I first tricked it up.
Drinks a hell of a lot of gas too, and the gas guage is buggered...
So is the diff... and a tyre is delaminating.
And the rust has come back.
Hey, we had some fun.
It might not
be an Efijy but it sure was a blast...
A few motor vids for your amusement.
These are NOT streaming video so I've zipped them up.
You will need to download them, unzip and then watch them.
And please do NOT link to them on this site - put them on yours instead please!
Else I'll end up having to take them down.
A cruise in an AW11 MR2 - (no it's not me) - 35MB
A ride through Paris in an older Ferrari - (it's called "Rendezvous") just love the sound of that engine! - 35MB
Mercedes CLK flips at Le Mans in 1999 - 3/4 MB
Nurburgring in a Radical SR3 (was a new production car track record) - 27MB
The Ford Sport Ka ad with the pigeon (the Ka's evil twin) - 1/2 MB
Le Mans Tour de Circuit - 32MB