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Chris Harris Reviews the road legal Formula Ford 1-liter EcoBoost Car

The British journalist Chris Harris has driven the street legal Formula Ford racing car 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. The unit was tweaked to develop 170 horsepower.

This amount of power was obtained via a new ECU and thanks to a turbocharger from the larger 1.6 liter Turbo EcoBoost engine. The Formula Ford 1.0 EcoBoost is very light, sharp and responsive and thanks to that amount of power it can be driven at high speeds with no problem.
After the jump you can see how the street legal Formula Ford car can deal with Chris Harris.

Watch a street legal Porsche 962C being used as a daily driver in Japan

In the mid-Eighties, Porsche released the 962, a long-wheelbase variant of the 956, to compete in IMSA’s GTP class and later in Group C as the 962C. The 962C was introduced at the end of 1985 and debuted in the World Sports car Challenge, from which it quickly became successful through private owners while having a remarkably long-lived career, with some examples still proving competitive into the mid-1990s. Towards the end of the car’s competition life, a number of privateer teams and tuners began converting 962s for road use. The concept was that the 962, which had performed so well on the track, would be ideally suited as a supercar for the road.

Some Aftermarket/Tuning Companies have even produced bolt on body kits that give the car a true Saleen S7 look some popular models were called the C62, DP62 and Schuppan 962CR. There were very subtle differences between these car and the track only models, and modifications usually included moving the headlights higher to meet European street legal requirements, plus the addition of a 3.3 L twin-turbo Flat-6.

Schuppan 962CR from Australia,

In today’s video installment we watch one such street legal Porsche 962C drive around a rural Japanese town as the drive goes through his normal day-to-day activities, like driving in the rain, purchasing gas, and even guzzling down a Red Bull tall boy.

As is the case with most auto enthusiasts, the owner of this 962C fell in love with the car while watching it race. The video, beautifully produced, delves into some of that history as well as the back story for this particular car. It’s a fun watch, so check it out below.

As fate would have it one of our favorite Automotive Journalist was fortunate  enough to also have the opportunity to take out one of the Porsche Museum’s 962 as well as interview the cars chief designer Norbert Singer. It is a real joy to hear the car sing on the track and should also be viewed before you change the channel.

Take an in depth look at the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder

Hot on the heels of the first official McLaren P1 and Ferrari F70 images, leaked details have now emerged of its Stuttgart rival, the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche pulled the silk sheets off the freshly minted mid-engine concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The all-new 918 Spyder promised unheard of hybrid performance and drop-dead gorgeous looks. A little more than two years later we can have the pleasure of watching some select journalists including one of our favorites Chris Harris, take a working prototype test car out for a few hot laps the famed Nürburgring

Porsche 918 Spyder – Front 3/4

The all-new supercar should be making its official debut next year and as you can tell from the interview in the video link below the car is the most complex vehicle Porsche has ever designed. The hybrid gasoline-electric exotic features a race-bred 4.6-liter V8 supplemented by two electric motors drawing power from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. It boots up like a computer, glides combustion-free like something out of a science-fiction movie and then ignites its fuel-fed engine to blast in excess of 200 mph.

Porsche 918 Spyder – Drive train diagram

Sourced from a customer brochure, the information makes for fascinating reading. The hybrid powertrain makes a total of 800hp, with the 4.6-litre V8 combustion engine providing 580hp at 9,000rpm. The combined torque output is 627lb ft, produced at 2,500rpm, with 516lb ft available up to 7,000rpm.

Porsche 918 Spyder – Rear 3/4

As you would expect, this power produces some phenomenal acceleration figures. The claimed 0-62mph time is three seconds, and Porsche is stating a 0-200km/h (0-124mph) of eight seconds. For reference, the Carrera GT, predecessor to the 918 Spyder, takes 10.7 seconds for the same test.

Porsche 918 Spyder – Optional Race Paint

Porsche 918 Spyder – Race Paint, Wing Up

Looks are subjective, but both the inside and outside of the 918 Spyder look fantastic to these eyes. The front headlights look a little glum but from the rear ¾ it seems a great design. The current Porsche interior layout, with a prominent centre stack, is carried over to the 918 but with what appears to be a touchscreen.

Porsche 918 Spyder – Interior

Porsche will reportedly build just 918 examples of the hybrid sports car, but those customers will have quite the range of options.  The leaked brochure reveals the 918 will be available in at least 12 different colors as well as two special graphics packages.  No official word on pricing, but expect the 918 to carry an MSRP around $850,000.

We also have come across this video that was filmed during the cars shakedown testing.

A Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 Tribute to Pure Driving Awesomeness

Words cannot convey how jealous I am of Patrick Long in this Porsche video.  Forget the factious fact that this is his morning commute to work every day. I am incensed that the awesome Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 exists and I may never have the opportunity to drive one or even see one on the road.

I will give you the fact that the GT3 RS 4.0 is not the most beautify car that I have ever seen and sure the engine is in the wrong place and the interior has still little pull straps instead of proper door handles in a ridiculous effort to shave an additional 700 grams off of the total curb weight. However the thing that this car and all GT3’s are designed to do The GT3 RS 4.0 does better than any other Porsche GT3 that has come before it.

So just what task does the GT3 RS 4.0 set the new standard for?  Simple put it is the very best road legal track car in the world! This is a car that you can drive to the track in the morning race in all day long and then enjoy the slow drive back home again in. or in the case of the first video it is the perfect car to load up on a coffee run to ensure that Hurley Haywood a Porsche racing team legend get his morning cup-of-Joe on time and piping hot.

I have also included an awesome video the one of our favorite car hosts Chris Harris produced for the Drive network’s YouTube channel last week. It pits the Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 against the BMW M3 GTS and the Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series. These are very worthy opponents and in the video Chris allows the Porsche to pick them both apart on the road and track. It is also note worthy that the Porsche featured in the video is Chris Harris’ very own which should also speak volumes to the cars awesomeness as he is someone who has driven everything and knows his stuff.

Chris Harris Reviews the Toyota Version of the Tokyo Triplets

Very rarely does Chris Harris miss the mark on a car which is why our excitement level has just increased 10 fold after watching his review of the Toyota GT-86.  For those of us in North America the car will be known as the Scion FR-S or the Subaru BRZ however in Chris’ native Europe it will be branded as a Toyota.  Even though we personally feel that the car is under powered Chris still manages to get the rear a little sideways as he runs around a track in Spain.

The video is clearly the best one yet on the newly created drive channel and is the first true review of the newest front engine rear wheel drive car coming out of Japan.  Chris seems like a kid in a candy store to be able to drive the car and truly has made us think that this car is truly something to get excited about.   If you have a few minutes to kill this Friday afternoon or of you come across this posting during the weekend you will have to trust us when we say it is well worth watching.

Chris Harris Reviews the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera

It seems that our Porsche themed day continues and we have no one other then Chris Harris of Evo Magazine to thank for that.  Chris is one of a hand full of automotive journalist whose option you should take note of.  So the fact that he likes the new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera tells us just how good the new car is.

Take it away Chris…..

Chris Harris of Evo Magazine Reviews the 2012 BMW M5

I for one am not going to try to steal any of Chirs Harris thunder as he reviews the new 2012 MBW M5.  For those of you who are not familiar with Chris’ credential he is currently employed by Britain’s Evo Magazine and before that he used to work for Autocar Magazine also out of the UK.

While trashing the new M5 on the test track Chris poses 4 questions that he will address in the short 3 an half minute video.

Question 1)        Is the new M5 better then that last generation?

Question 2)        Unlike the last generation M5 has this one got any torque?

Question 3)        Does the new gear box want to snap your neck like the old one?

Question 4)        Can a true M car be turbocharged?

Personally I love the look of the new 5-series and thus the new M5.  You will have to watch the below link to see what Chris Harris thinks of the new car.