Dodge recently released some details on the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with Supercharged 6.2L V8 making over 600HP. Check out this video of the new Hellcat making some noise at a recent gathering. We glad Dodge finally stepped up it’s game to compete with the Shelby Mustang GT500 and Camaro ZL1!
McLaren San Francisco setup a track day demonstrating the new McLaren 650S to some potential customers and ended up running it up against a MP4-12C down the straights with a GoPro on the back of the 650S. With an extra 25HP a little less weight along with a host of other upgrades, take a look at how much faster the 650S than it’s predecessor from a 40 – 140 MPH roll race.
They also put the 650S up against a Porsche 911 Turbo S and Ferrari F12, take a look at the videos below:
We’ve got some GoPro video of a 2005 Ford GT taking on a McLaren MP4-12C. The old school all manual Ford GT is powered by a 5.4L Supercharged V8 and is modified with a pulley swap, tune and exhaust from Heffner Performance putting down 651 HP to the wheels on a DynoJet Dyno. The McLaren MP4-12C is all stock with it’s 3.8L Twin Turbocharged V8 with 616 HP and a 7 speed dual clutch transmission.
The results are in for the first real world 1/4 mile testing of the all new Porsche 918 Spyder. Powered by a 4.6L V8 engine augmented with twin electric motors for a combined output of 887 horsepower, the 918 Spyder ended up running a 10.00 @ 143 MPH by Road & Track at a drag strip north of Austin, TX.
Even with the 125 HP electric motor powering the front wheels you can still hear quite a bit of wheel spin during the launch, with some better track prep or better tires the 918 should dip into the 9′s as the McLaren P1 did a few weeks ago when it ran 9.8 @ 149 MPH. Of course the big differentiator here between the 918 Spyder and the McLaren P1 is the 6 MPH trap speed difference at the end of the 1/4 mile which would puts the McLaren P1 with a significant advantage. This really isn’t surpassing given that the McLaren P1 is a good 600 pounds lighter than the 918 Spyder and has a little more power on tap at 903 HP with it’s 3.8L V8 Twin Turbo and Electric motor.
The last hybrid super car to be tested is the Ferrari La Ferrari, hopefully we’ll see some performance numbers soon, or maybe a heads up test between the P1, 918 and La Ferrari.
Powered by two Netgain Warp9 2000 AMP, 210 volt electric motors producing around 500HP each, along with instant power and torque, this monster Miata is going 0-60 MPH in just 1.5 seconds while lifting the front wheels off the ground.
Even more interesting is the spark show theses motors produce as recorded by a camera that was pointed at one of the motors during the Miata’s burnout and full drag racing pass. If anything looks like the flux capacitor in action, this is it.
Take a look at this video of a McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Aventador having it out with a flame throwing contest. The McLaren equipped with an Akrapovič cat back exhaust takes the win with some monster flames. While the Aventador only managed some smaller flames it certainly sounded a lot better with it’s 6.5L V12 naturally aspirated 700 HP motor.
While we’re testing the performance capabilities of the Tesla Model S by running it down the 1/4 mile in heads up races such as Tesla vs Corvette Stingray and Tesla vs Viper, others are digging deep into how the Tesla Model S functions internally.
Being the technical marvel that the Model S is with it’s 17″ multi-touch display, all digital dashboard, all electric drivetrain, remote control Apps and more, along with the fact that the car was designed from the ground up with no predecessor, it’s no surprise that internally it’s using the latest technologies to run these systems.
Some tech savvy Model S owners have located a 4 pin connector (HSD 4 pole M12) on the left side of the Tesla Model S dashboard that turns out to be a disguised ethernet networking port. After taking apart one end of an ethernet patch cable and trying different pin combinations to connect with the Tesla’s port, a networking connection was established between the Model S and a laptop computer. This connection allowed for port scanning and data sniffing to explore how the Tesla Model S systems communicate with each other and what services are running and used.
The car’s internal 100 Mbps, full duplex ethernet network consists of 3 devices with assiged IP addresses in the 192.168.90.0 subnet, the center console, dashboard/nav screen and one more unknown device. Some ports and services that were open on the devices were:
53 (open domain)
Port 80 one one device was serving up a web page with the image or media of the current song being played. The operating system is modified version of Ubuntu using an ext3 filesystem.
Using X11 it also appears that an owner was able to somewhat run Firefox on both screens as per the pictures.
All of this technology certain brings up the question as to when and if Telsa’s internal systems will be hacked and jailbroken to allow 3rd party applications to run on the large 17″ touchscreen. Hacking your iPhone is one thing, hacking your car is quite another.
We should also note that apparently Tesla engineers detected this hacking or exploring and sent a nastygram to the cars owner, “Tesla USA engineers have seen a tentative of hacking on my car.”, “can be related to industrial espionage and advised me to stop investigation, to not void the warranty”.
Does Tesla have an network intrusion detection system installed on the cars? Do they have the right to not allow you to tinker with your own car?
This is certainly going to be interesting as more Tesla’s hit the road and more people attempt to get into it’s systems. So far just about every consumer device that’s been desired to be hacked into, has.
Weather was great with temps in the mid 60′s with a DA of almost even. We arrived a little late and with some of the track prep gone, the R888′s we spinning just a bit with the 5,200 RPM launch control setting. After the track was re-prepped, we lined up to make the first pass out to see if we could get a pass with no wheel spin. While the car dead hooked with no spinning, the LP570′s naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 rated at 570HP and 397 ft-lbs of torque just didn’t have enough torque down low to pull through first gear resulting in a slight bog and drop in RPM at launch. We ended up making 3 passes all in the 11.2x range with the best being 11.205 @ 126.52 MPH.
Some other stats from the VBOX were 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds and 0-100 MPH in 6.9 seconds. Weight came in at 3,348 pounds with 1/4 tank of fuel. Lamborghini states the car weighs in at 2,950 pounds dry, after subtracting 35 pounds or so for the 1/4 tank of fuel, we’re not sure where the extra 360 pounds comes from.
We used our new GoPro setup with external microphone to record the dash along with the awesome exhaust sound from the Super Trofeo Stradale’s launch control, take a look at the video below: