Tony Pond IOM TT Challenge Rover Vitesse 100mph lap record
In 1990 Tony Pond one of the greatest British drivers laps the Isle of Man
TT course in a Rover 827 Vitesse averaging 102 mph.
For me this is an incredible lap in a car that is far better than it was
given credit for.
Can you imagine someone trying that in a Ford Granada or BMW 520 or
Citroen, Renault, Vauxhall or any other similar priced cars in the Rover
As said below by liverush24 this was to show how good the Rover is and at
the same time Tony Pond showed how brilliant a driver he is.
He did that lap with an average of over 100mph through those narrow lanes
and country roads, find other 100mph average laps and get a true
perspective of the achievement.
Higgins lap to is impressive and a great achievement but done in a modern
lightweight state of the art, turbo
charged rally car with computer controlled 4 wheel drive to save you in big
moments, ABS etc etc, Ponds lap is in an 80's front wheel drive production
car with a about 180hp, that is truly brilliant.
2013 Audi S6 Luxury Sports Sedan Review
The 2013 Audi S6 is considered a luxury sports sedan since it packs a
twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, standard
Quattro AWD, and a number of other performance upgrades. The base price on
this car is $71,900 but the price can swell closer to $90k once you tack on
optional packages and accessories. Even though the S6 is a performance
tuned version of the A6, it doesn't really scream speed on the outside
unless you know to look for the S-Badging.
Under the hood lives some serious hardware designed to create serious
speed; the kind that can get you into trouble very easily. The engine is a
twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V-8 that
makes 420 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of
torque. 0-60 MPH happens in 4.6 seconds thanks in part to the Quattro AWD
system and the 7-speed S-Tronic transmission. Out back there is a sports
rear differential that makes sure power if put to the pavement.
On the inside the diamond-stitched premium sports seats are the first
indicator that the 2013 Audi S6 is a real performance machine. As you would
expect from a $70k car this machine is loaded with features and content. A
BOSE audio system is standard but for just $5900 more you can upgrade to a
Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System that includes 15 speakers and 1300
watts of pure joy. The Audi MMI controls all the navigation and
The 2013 Audi S6 is an incredible performance machine and you can find out
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Design with Style -- The Rover SD1
Rover and British Leyland were beset by problems in the mid 1970s. Out of
this cauldron of mismanagement came the Rover SD1 in 1976. It was called
SD for the Specialist Division and 1 for the first car to come from the
in-house styling department. Despite a dramatic, innovative design both
inside and out, the option of classic V8 grunt, and more or less
universally praised dynamics, the SD1's reputation -and its longevity
suffered at the hands of a company in meltdown.
And it could all have been so different. The car, which was styled by
Rover's design genius David Bache, had some grand ambitions. It had been
designed to look like a family version of contemporary Italian supercars
(they even got a load of Italian supercars in for comparison purposes early
in the design process), while the attractive interior was intelligently
designed from both a user's and an engineering perspective. Such was BL's
confidence in it that they ploughed £31 million into a new factory (which
in the end would be mothballed after just five years
it even received rave reviews from the motoring press. "It is hard to be
over-enthusiastic about the new 3500" said Autocar. "On every score, its
qualities justify any kind of enthusiasm. It would have been hard to
predict, especially looking at the bald paper specification, just how well
the car would perform, handle and ride.
"Add to that the spaciousness and aerodynamic efficiency of the body, and
the attention paid to ensuring that the car will last, and it is easy to
see why all competitors are casting worried glances, not only at the car
but also at its price. If the 3500 will be built in sufficient numbers, if
the quality can be maintained along with the price, and if the ground is
not cut from under its wheels by ill-advised legislation, the new 3500
should be one of the successes of the decade."
But production numbers, of course, could not be maintained and nor could
the quality. And all we are left with in the 21st century is a whole bag of
'what ifs' and a dwindling handful of what was once one of the most
promising cars ever to be created in Britain.
2013 Audi S4: The Sleeper Sport Sedan! - Ignition Episode 69
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago heads back to Fontana and the
mountainous roads of Angeles Crest Highway to tackle the newest update to
the Audi S4, the considerably faster and more aggressive version of the
popular A4 sedan. The 2013 Audi S4 is just as precise but with much more
attitude and when equipped with the Sport Differential, the all-wheel-drive
sedan rotates almost like one of its rear-wheel drive counterparts.
Will the new Audi S4's V6T engine reign supreme over the previous
generation's V8? Will people even be able to tell the difference between
the S4 and that A4? Stay tuned to find out.
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