Friday, July 10, 2009

Palm Springs Air Museum Got Cars Too.

1925 Rickenbacker Super Sport

An inline, 8 cylinder, "L" head, valves in the block, 4.4 liter engine dual carburetor and dual ignition, producing 104 hp @ 3000 rpm, powering the rear wheels trough a 3 speed gear box. The 4 wheel drum brakes and a unique engine oil/water separator device were far ahead the competition. Custon designed wire wheels, and all external bright works are copper plated. The bumpers and interior trim items are made of teak wood.

Note the Miniature Monoplane Radiator Cap: A tribute to Capitain Eddie Rickenbacker's Fame as an Aviator and National Hero.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blue Devil x Blue Angel

The Corvette that eats Ferraris for breakfast, Lamborghinis for lunch and roasted Porsches for dinner.

We race a Corvette ZR1 against a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet, because... we'd already made all the Ferraris turn red. ( Arthur St. Antoine - Motor Trend Magazine/August 2009)

Fizemos competir um Corvette ZR1 contra um F/A-18 Hornet da Marinha Americana, porque...já haviamos feito todas as Ferraris tornarem-se vermelhas. ( Arthur St. Antoine - Motor Trend Magazine/Agosto 2009)

* All-new LS9 supercharged 6.2L V-8 targeted at producing at least 100 horsepower per liter, or 620 horsepower (462 kW), and approximately 595 lb.-ft. of torque (823 Nm)
* 4/25/2008: The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the forthcoming Chevy Corvette ZR1 cranks out 638 horsepower, 604 ft-lb torque. Top speed 205 mph.
* Six-speed, close-ratio, race-hardened manual transmission
* New, high-capacity dual-disc clutch
* Higher-capacity and specific-diameter axle half-shafts; enhanced torque tube
* Specific suspension tuning provides more than 1g cornering grip
* Twenty-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels
* Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires – P285/30ZR19 in front and P335/25ZR20 in the rear – developed specifically for the ZR1
* Standard carbon-ceramic, drilled disc brake rotors – 15.5-inch-diameter (394-mm) in the front and 15-inch-diameter (380-mm) in the rear
* Larger brake calipers with substantially increased pad area
* Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control with track-level suspension
* Wider, carbon-fiber front fenders with ZR1-specific dual vents
* Carbon-fiber hood with a raised, polycarbonate window – offering a view of the intercooler below it
* Carbon-fiber roof panel, roof bow, front fascia splitter and rocker moldings with clear-coated, exposed carbon-fiber weave
* ZR1-specific full-width rear spoiler with raised outboard sections
* Specific gauge cluster with boost gauge (also displayed on the head-up display) and 220-mph (370 km/h) speedometer readout
* Only two options: chrome wheels and a “luxury” package
* Curb weight of approximately 3,350 pounds (1,519 kg)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

1950/51Talbot - Lago T26C Grand Prix

The Formula 1 Car that won Le Mans

Despite being largely pieced together by pre-war components, the Talbot-Lago T26 raced for six years and took many victories. Most of these were taken with the striking T26C in Grand Prix, but the most remarkable achievement was an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a thinly disguised T26C in 1950.

Apesar da maioria das peças usadas em sua montagem ser da época pre-guerra, o Talbot-Lago T26 competiu por seis anos e foi vitorioso em diversas oportunidades. A maioria dessas conquistas foi conseguida com o modelo T 26C. No entanto, sua mais impressionante conquista foi na 24 Horas de Le Mans de 1950, com um modelo ligeiramente "disfarçado".