Formula 1000 is an open wheel SCCA class that utilizes a 1000cc motorcycle engine in a single seat race car with full racing aero, chassis tuning, suspension and brakes. 200 horsepower may not sound like an excessive amount of grunt for a car, but consider this: A race-ready F1000 weights 800 pounds (or less), which means these F1000 cars actually have a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron. To put it another way – F1000 racing is serious business.
Bugatti has unveiled the second of six cars in its “Legend” series, this one honoring one-time head of Bugatti, and son of Ettore Bugatti, Gianoberto Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Bugatti, better known as Jean.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse is the world’s fastest production convertible, with a speed record of 254.04 mile per hour set by entrepreneur and race driver Anthony Liu. It will be available as a World Record Car, limited to only eight examples worldwide.
Day one of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is pretty much over. There was quite a bit of new and exciting sheemetal crossing the stages today, and we made sure to cover as much as we could. This is your spot if you happened to miss any of today’s Swiss stories. We’ll be updating this list as more cars are debuted on day two. Also, look for a finalized version of this list soon.
This is a car for the one percent of the one percent of the one percent. Essentially a topless Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, the Vitesse boasts the same 8.0-liter, 1200-horsepower, 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged engine as the Super Sport. That car can hit 267 miles per hour (over a very long section of road). We expect the top-speed to fall somewhat with the removal of the roof (we can’t imagine traveling almost one-third the speed of sound without a roof is safe), though.
When the 2013 Shelby GT500 goes on sale next year it will pack 650 horsepower, making it the most powerful V-8 production car in the world. It handily slams the door on the General’s new 580-horsepower Camaro ZL1 in terms of power, and even manages to nip Chevrolet’s other horsepower hero, the supercharged ZR1. The Dodge boys have nothing remotely close to the Shelby’s new power in V-8 trim, and even the forthcoming 2013 Viper (of which details are still shrouded in mystery) may not pack an equally powerful punch. The 2013 GT500 will have more than double the power of not one, but two Mustang GTs made just two years ago, and it would take five and a half of Ford’s popular Fiesta subcompact to equal the guts of just one 2013 Shelby. And don’t forget, it’ll still be a street-friendly car with a full factory warranty. If we’re on the brink of a major energy crisis spurred by diminishing oil reserves, at least we’re going out with a bang.
Here, we offer the top ten new cars with the best power-to-weight ratio available for less than $40,000.