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10: Wide Body Stingray
Somehow, this baby blue C7 Stingray with a wide body kit managed to win the Gran Turismo People’s Choice Award. While this isn’t the absolute worst car at this year’s SEMA Show, it’s certainly among the top 10. Chevrolet poured untold effort into restyling its ever-popular sports car to maintain the Corvette image without keeping it from evolving further. Ballooning the fenders and saddling it with such large wheels doesn’t it any justice. Chevrolet did a bang-up job designing the C7 and this design does away with many of the proportions that make it so good.
The first aftermarket tuner BRZ has been rendered by Sydney, Australia-based performance company Tunehouse, known for its work on Holdens, Fords, and a variety of German and Japanese imports.
Teaming up with Cosworth, Tunehouse is looking to replace Subaru’s 200-hp boxer engine with a more robust Cosworth 2.6-liter crate motor, equipped with an HKS turbocharger, intercooler, billet crank and flywheel, and finally an EcuTek engine control unit. Tunehouse expects all this work to amount to an output of at least 330-hp . Other pieces of hardware reserved for the BRZ include KW Variant coil-overs, Whiteline stabilizer bars, uprated bushings, and a limited-slip differential. The BRZ will also receive 18-inch Advan wheels wearing Federal RSR tires (245/35R18 front, and 285/30R18 rear).
While the modifications planned for this particular BRZ are quite extensive, Tunehouse’s project is just the beginning of what’s in store for the future, as more and more tuners begin to get their hands on a Subaru and reveal daring projects of their own.
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Who ever came up with this idea is a genius. Get a whole slew of classic hot rods and cool rides, gather them all together in one place, then get Metallica to play for all the gathered car enthusiasts. It sounds like every metal and motor head’s dream.
This combination will come to fruition in real life at the first annual Orion music and more festival taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.
For many people, the term Euro and hot rod blend together like oil and water (insert BP joke here). But this great symbol of automotive Americana does have a sizable following across the pond and in perhaps the most unlikely of places. When we think of Sweden, images of snow, pine trees, good looking people and Saabs or Volvos often come to mind. But the land that brought us ABBA and Ace of Base is home to a thriving American hot rod car culture.
Sweden hosts one of the largest American car shows in the world – The Power Big Meet in Vasteras – and some of the nicest ’50s cruisers and hot rods you’ll find are based there. Vizualtech, a design company that specializes in creating technical illustrations, concepts and packaging design on everything from boats, to cars to forestry machines, for organizations as diverse as car companies and advertising/PR firms, has recently revealed this: a custom hot rod concept with some very ‘classic’ touches. Note the 34 style Ford grille, traditional Indy car wheel spinners and ’50s type greenhouse with wraparound front windshield.
But while it may look old school, this rod is conceived to be thoroughly modern in execution with a long wheelbase for greater stability and state-of-the-art suspension and steering. Power on this concept rod will come from a 6.2-liter 556-hp supercharged small block GM V8 as found in the Caddy CTS-V, allowing it to likely blow the doors off most things with wheels. You have to hand it to those Swedes for coming up with something like this – we’ll never look at a Volvo the same way again. For more information on this and other Vizualtech products, click on the link below.
GALLERY: Vizualtech Cadillac CTS-V Powered Hot Rod
Roughly five months after it was announced at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas; Yukon, Oklahoma based Classic Recreations has now revealed its built to order G.T.500CR. Endorsed by Shelby American, each of these potent ’67 original fastbacks will be powered by modified 427 cubic-inch (7.0-liter) small-block Windsor V8s and feature Tremec transmissions and modern coil-over suspension.
Every G.T.500CR comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be listed on the Shelby World Registry. Three different versions of the car will be offered: Performance, Intro and Venom. The Performance version features a 545-hp engine, Tremec five-speed manual gearbox, coil-over suspension and custom crafted interior, including seats tailored to the buyer’s specific requirements with Carroll Shelby’s signature. The Performance G.T.500CR, first revealed in February at Las Vegas Speedway, is now available for ordering. Intro and Venom models will follow shortly, the latter featuring a supercharged 780-hp Windsor V8 and unique four-link rear suspension among other things.
Classic Recreations has been modifying, fabricating and building custom and classic vehicles for a decade. Each G.T.500CR takes approximately four months to build with around 2500 man hours in each car from start to finish. For more information visit: