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THIS YEAR’S KINGS OF THE ROAD ARE BUILT FOR SPEED
WORLD RECORD VENOM Despite being Texas born and based, Hennessey Performance got major props and inspiration for their Hennessey Venom GT from the very British Lotus Elise roadster and Exige coupe. For $1.2 million dollars, 29 drivers will have the privilege of not only owning a true American supercar, but also a World Record holder. That’s right; the Venom GT raced its way into the Guinness World Book of Records for reaching 300 km/h in just under 14 seconds, 13.63 to be precise. Take that to the Yank bank. They do say everything is bigger in Texas, and the Venom is packed with enough horsepower to stretch across the big-ass state itself, producing an atomic 1,500 horsepower from a vicious 7.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine. 0-100? That’s taken care of at a mind-melting two seconds flat. We think this thing is better suited to NASA for deep space travel. After all, the Venom did break 400+km/h on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Centre.
MAZDA’S MIATA IS ALL GROWN UP The original Miata was cute, fun…even the design of the grille developed an unfortunate grin. The new MX-5 Miata Club — which will cost around $30,000 — is no joke. On back roads, this two-seated rocket will embarrass your fancier friends. On race tracks, it’s a 2,600-pound assassin, equipped with a 2.0-liter engine, 17-inch gunmetal aluminum-alloy wheels, and a front chin and rear spoilers that balance the car perfectly.
NISSAN’S DARK HORSE The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo does everything wrong. It’s square and snouty. It’s a front-wheel-drive race car purpose-built to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which has only ever been won by rear wheels. Still, Nissan is banking a big sum (racing legend Dan Gurney’s All American Racers skunkworks was enlisted to build the model) that the Nismo can go up against the most competitive racing programs (Audi, Porsche). Will it fail in Le Mans? Perhaps. But will it change racing forever? It will.
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