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 |  Nov 09 2012, 1:02 PM

Caterham, the company that makes crazy open-wheel sports cars, just announced a new car that will be even more powerful: the Supersport R. 

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 |  Mar 03 2012, 2:21 PM

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Retiring from Formula 1 after the end of the 1962 season, Porsche returned to road-racing a year later with the debut of the Porsche 904. This marked the beginning of a series of phenomenal Porsche racing cars that eventually led to the iconic 917. Only 106 street-legal units were built to meet homologation regulations, making the Porsche 904 one of the rarest vehicles to come from Stuttgart.

Since then, multiple independent companies have recreated replicas and kit cars to pay homage to the original. Now, Gullwing-America has revealed its own efforts, showing off images of its very own retro P/904 Carrera.

According to Gullwing-America, the prototype will be built upon the 2005 – 2011 Porsche Boxster platform, complete with modern hardware. The P/904 Carrera will be powered by the same 3.4-liter boxer engine producing 295-hp mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Power steering and ABS from the Boxster will also remain.

Interior wise, the P/904 Carrera will be offered complete with all the necessary modern conveniences including air conditioning, as well as an instrument panel and center console with GPS navigation and iPod dock. Rather than carrying over the Boxster’s dashboard to fit into the new P/904 package, Gullwing-America put the effort to recreate a more period-correct interior to match the retro exterior. Unique seats and steering wheel are also installed.

Finally, the exterior sports LED lights, a lowered ride height, classic 18-inch Fuch design 5-spoke wheels that fill each wheel well, as well as a retractable active rear spoiler.

The conversion is estimated to cost 70,000 euros, not including the donor Porsche Boxster.

GALLERY: Gullwing America P904 Carrera

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 |  Jul 18 2011, 10:30 AM

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A Bugatti Veyron costs over $2 million, not exactly in the price range for the majority of people on this planet. So what happens when you really want to rock a Bugatti Veyron but can’t afford it? Convert your existing car to look like one, that’s how. This enthusiast in Palm Bay, Florida did exactly that, taking his ultra-dull Mercury Cougar and fabricating a whole new body onto it to resemble a Bugatti Veyron.

Based on the photos, we’re pretty darn impressed by the craftsmanship that went into the project, even if the idea is ridiculous. The builder states that a one-inch tubular steel-frame was glassed onto the Cougar along with plenty of composite and fiberglass to construct the Bugatti body. Along with the Veyron body conversion, the owner had it repainted in Ferrari red and black, with a two-tone scheme found on genuine Veyrons.

Other than the 20-inch staggered wheels, the rest of the car is stock. That means you’ll get to look the part of sporting a Bugatti, but miss out on the performance that the Veyron is notorious for. The stock Cougar 2.5L V6 is packing 120,000 miles too, so we hope whoever ends up buying it off eBay gets themselves a motor swap… maybe one from a Veyron? Nah, that would just be silly; who would want to do such a thing?

GALLERY: Mercury Cougar Converted Bugatti Veyron

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[Source: eBay]

 |  Feb 18 2011, 12:14 PM

Factory Five is a company mainly known for their inexpensive, popular Cobra kit cars, but the company has dabbled in original designs more than a few times. Their GTM supercar is a looker with Corvette power, and a rare beast at that. Now the company is expanding their own designs with a mid-engined convertible under 2,000 lbs, and packing the running gear from a Subaru Impreza WRX.

The car packs an impressive amount of specs. The target weight is 1,800 lbs, on a space-frame chassis with a Lotus-sized 95″ wheelbase. The two-seat roadster will have a removable hard top, and instead of heavy paint it will use gel coat panels. But what’s more impressive is the target price: the kit will be $9,900, and a completed car will be $15,000. Supply your own WRX engine (comparatively a dime a dozen, though other engine options will be available) and running gear and you’ll have a fun, lightweight performer for half the cost of a used Elise.

[Source: Factory Five]

 |  Sep 14 2010, 8:34 PM

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Sure it’s crossed our mind before. Take the best of Ferrari and Lamborghini and shove it all into one car. The result would be pure awesome, wouldn’t it? Apparently not, especially if you don’t quite hit the nail on the head. We spotted this one-off custom car that clearly blends inspired styling from a Ferrari Enzo and a Lamborghini Reventon. But the overall product is just a disaster.

At first you’ll see Lamborghini design cues when you spot the headlights and the overall front end, but clearly there’s a ton of Enzo inspiration also going on. Then pop into the interior (via the awesome convertible) and notice the center-drive and McLaren F1-style seating. When you get to the rear, you’ll be blown away by the Infiniti G35 taillights.

We do give lots of credit for thinking (way) out-of-the-box and being bold enough to execute something like this. Even though the interior looks a little shoddy, the overall project is well put together. We’re just disappointed that when someone finally took the time to blend Italy’s two most iconic car manufacturers the product looks more like a redheaded stepchild.

Oh, and it pretty much goes without saying that this kit car started off life as a Pontiac Fiero.

GALLERY: Custom Ferrari Reventon Car

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[Source: Indiana's Auto Blog]