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Insane In The Membrane – The boys at Caparo have absolutly lost it, and I want to be first in line.

Who knew the engineers at Caparo had so much in common with Cypress Hill. Obviously someone there was partaking in a little of the Herbals (What…I hear tea time is very popular with the British) because its obvious that more than one person decided it would be a great idea to produce a race version of the Caparo T1. I can see the press release film starting a little something like this.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”, its a period of financial war, rebel F1 teams striking from the hidden FOTA headquarters, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to Caparos ultimate weapon, the T1 Race Extreme. An outrageously fast vehicle with enough power to destroy your internal organs – at first sight.

If your like me, your a Top Gear fan and are well aware that Jeremy Clarkson once reviewed Caparo’s existing T1. The only thing I regret about that is that he had to wear a helmet which means we couldn’t see the T1 make his jowls flap in the hurricane force wind it’s more than capable to generate across his face. Just think back to their test of the Ariel Adam. Trust me its worth another look for that reason alone.

What else could you possibly expect from a vehicle that weighs in at just over 1200 Lbs. The original car was powered by an all aluminum, fuel injected V8 developed by Caparo themselves that produces 575 bhb per which Clarkson tells is is twice as much horse power per tonne than a Bughatti Veyron. In Caparo’s world it was perfectly acceptable to add the option of an upgrade designed to deliver 620 bhp at over 10,000 rpm? Civility…scoff. While some of the best engineered vehicles struggle to generate over 1G in cornering loads the T1 Race Extreme has no such concerns. It completely eclipses such figures as it can produce up to 3.5G in cornering load alone. Up to 4G in braking. Enjoy doing over 200 MPH, well here you go, knock yourself out, as the Race Extreme will do 208 mph. Have fun giving yourself whiplash as you go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds. If your spinal cord manages to survive you may even be able to experience the climb to the 100mph mark in 5.8 seconds total.

If you think that’s insane, take a look at the list of parts and features that allow the Race Extreme to create those figures. Fully adjustable suspension and aerodynamic packs, ultra light 6 pot front and 4 pot rear mono-block billet machined aluminum calipers with titanium pistons, and 355mm x 35mm ceramic discs and pads set up. It also comes complete with an upgraded electronic package that contains a fully tunable ECU so you can try your hand at tuning your own Indy Car engine and the six speed sequential gear box. The above features together with the fully adjustable traction control of the Caparo T1 Race Extreme provide an absolutely ludicrous track experience.

 Caparo T1 Race Extreme                    Caparo T1 Race Extreme                    Caparo T1 Race Extreme

Like what you see? Tell us! And check out more of the ultimate in engineering on the Caparo T1 please visit www.caparo-t1.com.

Ford and Fiat – The Automotive Saviors?

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am typically not a fan of American automobiles. And I haven’t been for quite some time. However it looks like I might be forced to change my opinion.

As I mentioned in one of my past articles (Auto Americana), some of the greatest sellers from American auto makers like Pontiac are actually European inspired, some even borrowed like the Opel GT. Normally this would be the point at which I climb atop my soap box and start to wail, and I will, however I can no longer be angry at Ford. In that same article I mentioned that “in recent years this has been more a stroke of genius than an affliction of sub-par decision making” and the decision makers at Ford seem to think so as well.

Back when gasoline was selling as high as $5 a gallon in some places, small car sales were booming in America. In Europe however Ford has been selling smaller, smarter vehicles like the Focus (If you question this choice just look at the new Focus RS, or even the old model, you will be impressed), the Ka and now, the new Ford Fiesta. For Europe this might not be such a big shocker or even seen as the light at the end of the tunnel. For US customers though, this means a whole new ball game. Its not hard to see the changes being made and much like the time of the $5 Gallon we are forced to factor in far more than before. That having been said, choices like the new Fiesta and possibly the new Fiat 500 and Grande Punto might just make all the difference in the world.

The news of Fiats decision to step in and help Chrysler reorganize is all the buzz. This type of assistance however isn’t news. A similar “helping hand” was lent when Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault, took the reigns as CEO for Nissan and brought the company from a $6.1 billion loss in ’01 to a $2.7 billion net profit the very next year. Ghosn is also credited with turning Renault around before doing the same for Nissan. If Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is anything like Ghosn we stand to see amazing things happen with the Chrysler brand. In fact Marchionne already has the credit of bringing the company he hails from, Fiat, back to profitability. Like Ghosn, if successful, this will be Marchionne’s second victory. In the very year Ghosn took over at Nissan we saw a landfall of change in the models offered by Nissan. Similarly Fiat also plans on lending Chrysler several new engine and model designs.

Could you be driving a new Ford Fiesta or Fiat 500 in the next year or so? Absolutely! Learn more about them here…

Ford Fiesta: http://www.fiestamovement.com/

Fiat 500: www.fiat500.com/eng/