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Aside from Hennessy being a supreme @sshat, it also goes back to our discussion of what exactly defines a supercar, and whether cars made by specialty builders like Hennessy really qualify as "production cars". What if there was an option to buy the Veyron Sport without a speed restrictor? Does that then make it OK? In theory, a custom car builder can make a car anyway the customer wants, or he can make every car unique and then sell them. He can then choose his fastest version and make 50 of them and they qualify as a "production car". I suppose Bugatti could do the same - but that isn't normally what we consider the production car process. We imagine the engineers making design decisions, then finally getting the green-light, and production starts on a the run of cars. That just doesn't seem like the same thing at all.

One of my favorite pejorative terms! biggrin.gif

 

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I actually agree with the butthead (John H), in this instance. The Veyron SS is not the car that ran the record, and they only made a couple that could (they were called World Record Editions). At the time it bugged me that it wasn't the same car and I suppose it still does. If I want, I could make a run for 270 MPH with the Aventador, it has the grunt for it (200 more hp than the SS), but the issues are tires and location. Few tires can handle that speed and there are few places in the world where you can do it. Right now the Venom GT can't lay claim because there are only a dozen or so of them, and because of that it likely never will. Same goes for Bugatti, they aren't going to tool up just to take the record back (or recall all 85 cars and make them top speed capable). The Ultimate Aero will be the record holder for the foreseeable future, and somehow that suits me just fine. I'm just glad I don't own a Veyron SS, those are going to plummet in value with this news. wink.gif
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Where else would you have the room for that besides the salt flats? I don't know if even the Volkswagen track (with the hyphenated name that escapes me atm) is big enough.....unless that is where they set the record before.

 

And who would want to subject a street car of this ilk to salt? lol

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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Where else would you have the room for that besides the salt flats? I don't know if even the Volkswagen track (with the hyphenated name that escapes me atm) is big enough.....unless that is where they set the record before.

And who would want to subject a street car of this ilk to salt? lol

That's where they set it before. Shelby's driver (not the same Shelby as Carol Shelby) broke the record on a 10 mile stretch of straight highway in Washington St.. To me, that actually seems more impressive, TBH.

I've driven on the salt flats for a brief time, just to see what it's like, and traction is really bad. It's fine for rocket cars, but not so great for vehicles that use more conventional propulsion.
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What size are the brakes on that naked Ferrari?

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New carbon ceramic; 15" rear, 14" front, 6 piston Brembos.
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Is there (or will there be) an anti-lock system onboard, or is it old-school?

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No ABS, no TC, no nanny controls of any kind on this one. wink.gif

BTW, technically it's done, we just need to tune and test.
Edited by Magick Man - 4/9/13 at 8:50pm
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Okay, Miura color choices:




My wife is leaning to magenta and I like the cyan. I definitely want a 60s-70s psychedelic vibe to it.
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Okay, Miura color choices:




My wife is leaning to magenta and I like the cyan. I definitely want a 60s-70s psychedelic vibe to it.

 

 

Well, the magenta makes me think of

 

 

And the blue and green seem kind of boring and dull....but I've never seen a cyan Lambo....so that's where I would go.

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I thought the Cyan was more dull than the Green - so I would pick the green. The Magenta? No thank you. This is an iconic & historic piece of automobile history - not a mac-daddy pimpmobile... (no offense intended to your lovely and charming wife!) wink.gif
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No ABS, no TC, no nanny controls of any kind on this one. wink.gif

BTW, technically it's done, we just need to tune and test.

IIRC, it's under 3 liters displacement, so what kind of numbers are you aiming for? And will it be a track-only piece, or will you keep it drivable enough for the street?

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At LM spec it was at roughly 760bhp, we're de-tuning it to ~650. With the loss of the larger wing and huge front splitter (which I'm storing away), it doesn't have as much downforce as it did before. Anyway, that's more than enough to make this car scream, given its weight (a stock F40 "only" makes 470hp), and it will improve reliability. One thing that's shocking, there are tons of parts available for these at reasonable prices, even OEM, which is surprising given how many were made. We replaced one cracked CF panel and it didn't cost as much as a new Honda. wink.gif

My friend Richard made a good observation, the cyan makes it look more like a C3 Corvette. So now I'm inching back to green. Yeah, magenta is too much.
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BTW, Newegg is having a big sale on Dell IPS panel monitors for $130 w/ FS. I bought 3 of these for the shop, for the same price (but they are refurbished), and they have amazing color and picture quality. I can't recommend them enough. Get `em before they're gone.


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