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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lotec C1000?

Lotec C1000

Never heard of the Lotec C1000?

That’s because you’re not an oil baron from the UAE.

This one of a kind supercar was commissioned by one back in 1995, and originally sold for about $3.4M (with an M). At the time, and even today, it was one of the fastest cars in the world, with a reported top speed of 268 MPH.

The rest of the specs are no less impressive, as this custom cruiser would get you to 60 in just 3.2 seconds, and 125 in just 8.1 if the mood was right.

Ho did it pull off such amazing feats of physics?

A 5.6-liter Mercedes V8 was force fed by twin turbochargers through a five speed manual, with the end result being 1000 HP and 723 lb-ft of torque in a car that weighed just 2380 lbs. thanks to the liberal use of carbon fiber.

[Via: Jalopnik, Via: S2000 Forums]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Nelson Racing F-Bomb?

Nelson Racing F-Bomb

When you’re the Chief Editor of Hotrod Magazine, it’s not like you can just drive around in a Dodge Stratus.

However, the Nelson Racing “F-Bomb” 1973 Chevy Camaro that David Freiburger drives around might just take the opposite to the extreme.

Featuring a twin turbo, 406 cubic inch V8, it’s got 1540 HP and 1527 lb.ft. of torque on tap so that any time speed is an option, the go pedal is sure to provide plenty of it.

Besides the monster engine though, the car has also been caged and minitubbed for safety, and was stripped down to the bare metal before being powder coated with a fighter plane motif that I can’t get enough of.

F-Bomb indeed.

HotRodTV “F-Bomb” Part 1:

HotRodTV “F-Bomb” Part 2:

[Nelson Racing – F-Bomb]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Heffner’s Performance Twin Turbo Ford GT-1000?

Heffner Ford GT

If you can afford it, then Heffner can twin turbo it.

Bored with your Ford GT?

Then give it to Heffner, and they’ll pop the ponies up to an even 1,000.

That’s right; 1,000.

How do they do it?

Twin Water Cooled Dual Ball Bearing 61mm Turbos
Two Tial 38mm Wastegates
Two Billet Aluminum Compressor Bypass Valves
Custom Made Aluminum Upper Intake Manifold
Custom Made Stainless Steel Turbo Headers
Stainless Steel Turbo Downpipes
High Flow Turbo Air Inlet Plumbing
High Flow Turbo Air Discharge Plumbing
Stainless Steel Turbo Oil Feed Lines
Stainless Steel Turbo Oil Drain Lines
All Necessary Fittings, Gaskets, and Fluids
Before and After Dyno Testing
Professional Installation and Tuning

When they’re done, the monster that you’ll have on your hands is probably going to be more than you can handle, but on the off chance you can get the tires to stick, you’re sure to be in for a wild ride:

Be sure to read Gary Javo’s site for a first hand account of running this beast through the Texas Mile.

[Heffner’s Performance]

[Gary Javo]

…Hennessey’s Venom GT looks good?

Hennessey Venom GT

If these concept sketches are any indication, Hennessey is working on a Venom GT that is a pile of speed rolled around in bits of sexy. (Though if you squint a little, it looks like a Lotus Elise on steroids, which also wouldn’t be a bad thing.)

The Viper tuner turned supercar builder is supposedly working on this beast, with a twin-turbo, mid-mounted Viper V10 giving an estimated 0-60 mph time of just 2.4 seconds, and an estimated 0-200 mph time of just 15.7 seconds, with a top speed of 260 mph. (It’s helped by it’s 2,700 lbs. curb weight and 2.7 lbs. per horsepower ratio.)

Will this ever see the light of day?

We can only hope.

[Hennessey Performance Engineering – Venom GT]

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Lamborghini Jalpa?

Lamborghini Jalpa

With only 255 horses on tap, the Lamborghini Jalpa was not known to be the fastest of bulls. However, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t room for improvement.

The Jalpa that you see here, owned by a Lamborghini enthusiast with a big dream and a bigger wallet, was the beneficiary of a twin turbo implant from a Mitsubishi 3000GT, and has apparently shown a few Murcielago owners a thing or two on the track.

Sleeper and Lamborghini in the same sentence?

Apparently so.

[Laust’s Jalpa Project]

[Via: Jalopnik]