GLHS? You mean Carroll's souped-up Omni?
I've driven one, and even though they had really good straight-line speed, they handled very poorly. Like Humpty-Dumpty with a large turbo. The worst understeer and torque steer I've ever encountered, kinda scary stuff. The GNX was much loved because it was the fastest US production car that year, even beating out all the vettes. Despite my feelings about the car I was swayed by one of my mechanics who made a plea to save its life. I'm sure it's going to be a money pit, but I know if I don't let him fix it he'll whine and sulk for weeks, and I'd rather not listen to that.
In other news, the Diablo SV was given the green light for road use and we have the numbers, after the engine rebuild: 568bhp and 455ft/lbs of torque. That's ~10%, from stroking it out to 6L and a remap. In a word, it's brutal. The clutch is heavy, but not the worst I've seen, by far. The steering is direct and precise for such a large car, with loads of feedback, and the shifter is fantastic with short throws and a very tactile feel. Overall it's pretty easy to drive, really, except for the visibility which isn't that great, but that's not a surprise (better than the Countach, though). We did pull out the stereo, speakers, and subs, because that's 70lbs of weight that's entirely unnecessary. There's TC but you can adjust it manually or turn it off entirely, no ESC but that's fine with me. What's amazing about it is how it changes when you really give it some stick. Up to ~half pedal you're thinking, "what's all the fuss about?", but beyond that it turns into, "Jesus, this must be how bull riders feel".
With a little work off the line, you can get a 0-60 time of near 3.5secs, and a 1/4 mi. in a shade over 12. It's no slouch, at all.(Note the rework of the SV graphic, and the cheesy 90s magazine style border I added to the pic.)
Reviewers talk about cars that are trying to kill them, and I think this one really would, if you aren't paying extra attention and are taking liberties with it. Go into a sharp turn, downshift, give it the beans, then some opposite lock, and hold on for dear life. It's just stupid fun. And the sound! FFFUUUUUU...
It's the noise that I imagine would be made by an angry, psychotic T-Rex that's had a burning tree shoved up its arse. Lamborghini should have never stopped making big RWD cars, they're way too awesome. WTF were they thinking? It's so disappointing that relatively few people, even current Lambo buyers, will never know what it's like to drive these insane cars.
Of course the party came to an abrupt halt after about an hour because I broke something in the differential. Oops. Oh well, better now than later and at least I was close to the shop.
The Carrera GT... that's an entirely different kettle of sauerbraten. I'm still hashing out my thoughts in it, I need more time in the saddle, but so far it's near the top of the heap (if not the
top). That's a very, very special car.Edited by Magick Man - 6/20/13 at 11:13pm