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Drag Racing Ferrari 458 Starts Race In Reverse 11
Posted by overdrivetv in Dodge, drag, Ferrari, mile, Off Topic, quarter, race, reverse, Videos, Viper on 08 11th, 2011

It is incredibly ironic, I feel, that you can buy a new Audi R8 with a good old fashioned, solid steel, open H-gate gearshift, but you cannot buy a new Ferrari with the gearshift they helped make the object of boyhood dreams. Well at least my boyhood dreams. Ferrari don’t even make a manual transmission for this car.

This driver might have been wishing they had, as he’s in reverse for the start of this race against a Dodge Viper. The Viper does start off with a massive burnout, which might have made the Ferrari driver a bit nervous, overlooking the large R on the display. Well that was embarrassing.

If both cars are stock, its likely the Ferrari would have edged the Viper over the quarter mile as it reaches 100km/h from standstill in 3.4 compared to the Viper’s 4.6. But then again, if you’re going to race an old Viper against a new 458, chances are you’ve done a little work under the bonnet. Tuning company Hennessy has been known to extract 1000hp from the old buck.

Let us know if you’ve seen the Ferrari 458 matched up against anything special lately. Post videos below!

Ciro De Siena – OverdriveTV

Audi Quattro Concept Fascinates Paris, Promises Rally Performance in Huge Quantity 1
Posted by Alex Ion in audi, Audi Quattro, Automotive News, concept, Concept car news, Event Coverage, race, rally on 10 1st, 2010

The Audi Quattro Concept, made for the toughest of races, is on show at the Paris platform.  Sporting an astonishing garb painted red, white and black, the Audi rally car comes with a slew of high performance features hitherto unheard of. Or, that’s what Audi seems to proclaim with this concept.

A ventilated hood, a  fairly big front lip spoiler, aerodynamic changes around the wheels and polycarbonate racing windows may be seen as some alluring aspects of the car. Besides, Audi has also thrown in a huge rear wing to add to the charm.

The rally-inspired concept  that we see at Paris comes with a  402-horsepower (300-kW, 408-PS) 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine, and that promises to return close to 480 Nm of torque. By those standards, the Quattro concept will have all in it to race from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. Sounds good, right?

(Via WCF)