WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD

Thanks to Carlisle Auctions, a pair of spectacular WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD – Superlite SL-C and Ultima GTR – will cross the block for the first time!

WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROADJerry Jackson, a perfectionist car builder best known in the automotive industry for designing and engineering machinery for producing carbon fiber for carmakers like Lotus, built and owned the Race Car Replicas’ Superlite SL-C and owned the Ultima GTR. Equipped with air conditioning, he drove both WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD until passing away in December 2020, a victim of COVID. His estate has arranged with Carlisle Auctions to feature them in its Fall auction at Lakeland Linder Airport in Lakeland, FL on November 10-11.

Before becoming an avid road racing fan, he spent his youth in England drag racing a Jaguar-powered compact Ford Popular that he built with his teammate, Dave Cottingham. Known as the Purple Passion, the second time out it won Super Eliminator and by the third outing, it was running mid-13s at 107 mph. With a one-piece fiberglass flip front end, trunk lid, and doors fabricated by Jackson, right, and Cottingham, it was described as “faultless in every detail” by Brian Sparrow in Drag Racing & Hot Rod Magazine in the UK. It’s also featured in British Drag Racing, The Early Years, below, by Nicholas Petitt, published by VELOCE in 2011

WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROADDecades later, in 2013 while residing in Sarasota, Florida, he decided to once again build a car in his home garage. This time it was a Superlite SL-C coupe, top, with a modern chassis, road racing heritage, and infused with state-of-the-art technology. The kit was purchased from Race Car Replicas (RCR) a company with a background in IndyCar racing with a General Motors engine program and supplying parts for Le Mans cars. Jerry Jackson started the Superlite SL-C project in December 2013 and completed it in May, 2015.WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD With a typical weight distribution of 46% front and 54% rear and a weight of 2,400 pounds, the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive SL-C, delivers racecar performance on the road. The SL-C featured here that Jerry Jackson built tips the scales at 2,511 pounds. Powered by a fuel-injected 505-horsepower dry-sump 7-liter Corvette (LS7) 427 engine mated to a Graziano six-speed transaxle with limited-slip differential and Audi multi-plate competition clutch as used in a Lamborghini Aventador and Audi R8, performance is breathtaking!

The SL-C is just 43 inches off the ground, and with a wheelbase of 105 inches and an overall length of 174 inches, the 74-inch-wide winged coupe has approximately 4-5 inches of ground clearance. Chassis construction is of a hybrid all-aluminum tubular monocoque design with billet machined suspension mounts, uprights, and control arms. It’s fully TIG-welded. Stopping power comes from Brembo four-piston calipers with 355-mm front and 365-mm rear discs. Also featured are CAN-bus electrics with onboard diagnostics.

In addition to the costs of the complete RCR Kit, new GM engine, new Graziano transaxle, and assorted parts and hardware, Jackson invested 2,500 hours labor building the SL-C. And, that doesn’t include costs involved in having outside talent paint the fiberglass/carbon fiber body. Although fitted with a chassis, suspension, and powertrain suitable for racing, he regularly drove it to shows and Sarasota Café Racers lunches on. He was a longtime member of SCR.

WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROADPrior to building the SL-C coupe, Jackson had purchased a professionally built 2010 Ultima GTR, manufactured by Ultima Sports LTD in Hinkley Leicester in the UK. Also built on a tubular space frame chassis and bodied with a winged, lightweight fiberglass body, it is powered by a 390-horsepower small-block Chevy racing engine displacing 377 cubic inches. It weighs in at just 2,100 pounds and, like the Race car Replicas’ Superlite SL-C, delivers breathtaking road performance.

Displacing 6.2 liters, the small-block Chevy engine features an Eagle steel crank, rods and forged aluminum pistons, Competition Cams roller camshaft, and valvetrain, and is topped off with fuel injection with special mass-flow engine management. It’s mated to a five-speed Porsche G50 transaxle with a Porsche competition clutch. Stopping power comes from four-wheel 320-mm drilled and ventilated discs with AP Racing four-piston calipers. The original Ultima GTR was designed by Lee Noble and its performance – 0 to 100 mph to 0 in 9.4 seconds – is documented in the Guinness Book of Records!

Both WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD are air-conditioned and ready for the road!

For information about Carlisle Auctions @ Sun & Fun Expo Campus, Lakeland, FL on November 10-11, 2023, and additional photos of WINGED WARRIORS FOR THE ROAD, please visit  https://www.carlisleauctions.com/register-to-bid

https://www.carlisleauctions.com/vehicles/512/2015-superlite-slc

https://www.carlisleauctions.com/vehicles/511/2010-ultima-gtr

For more information about Race Car Replicas/Superlite Cars, http://www.superlitecars.com/slc

And Ultima Sports GTR, https://www.ultimasports.co.uk/

DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX

Tesla-tuner Unplugged Performance reveals the DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX, a carbon-widebody Model S.

DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX

Unplugged Performance, renowned for pioneering high-performance Tesla upgrades, reveals the DARK KNIGHT from its “Complete Vehicle” program that offers bespoke Tesla vehicles tailored to individual preferences and style. With options ranging from exterior colors, interior materials, suspension setups and special features, each car is transformed into a unique super-high-performance, high-luxury Supercar.

As a true testament to innovation and relentless pursuit of excellence, the S-APEX is a culmination of cutting-edge technology and performance enhancements, setting new standards for the high-performance electric vehicle industry. A DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX build starts life as a Tesla Model S Plaid and features extensive aerodynamic, braking, suspension and luxury modifications to enhance its 1,020 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque plug-in electric powertrain.  DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEXBen Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance, expressed his excitement about the latest S-APEX, stating, “With the DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX, we’ve set out to create the ultimate daily driven Supercar. It showcases our commitment to pushing the boundaries of Tesla’s capabilities and resonates with enthusiasts who value both raw speed and environmental consciousness. With its Supercar-level presence and power, combined with the versatility of a family sedan, it’s the best all-in-one car I’ve ever experienced.”As with all S-APEX cars, the highlight of Dark Knight’s exterior lies in the extensive carbon fiber features that bring an aggressive stance and allow for wider tires to maximize on-road and on-track performance. Unplugged Performance has redefined the limits of design and engineering by seamlessly integrating a 19-piece prepreg carbon fiber widebody kit that increases the width of the vehicle by 60 mm and house 21-inch lightweight UP-03 forged monoblock wheels.

The carbon fiber rocker panels include an integrated aerodynamic bargeboard aft the front wheels to improve aerodynamic airflow. Unplugged Performance partnered with Koenigsegg Advanced Manufacturing to manage rear end downforce with a Carbon Fiber Rear Longtail Spoiler made on the same production line as the carbon fiber parts on Koenigsegg’s Hypercars. Balancing downforce and effectively reducing lift at the front end of DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX is an Unplugged Performance Autobahn Front Carbon Fiber Diffuser, a first for an S-APEX build.

Enhancing the Model S-APEX driving experience comes in the form of improved suspension and braking components. Increasing grip and cornering speeds comes from the inclusion of a variety of suspension parts including a Sports Dynamic Lowering Kit, Adjustable Rear Sway Bar and Adjustable Control Arms. Stopping the DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX are Unplugged Performance’s four-wheel Carbon Ceramic Brakes enhanced by a Carbon Fiber Brake Cooling Duct System with block-off plates for non-spirited driving.DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEXInside Dark Knight, luxury meets sustainability with a custom interior designed through an exclusive collaboration with Tesla’s chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen. Utilizing Banbū vegan leather in striking Serrano Red across the seats, door panels, console and dashboard, it epitomizes Unplugged Performance’s commitment to eco-conscious luxury.

For more information about the DARK KNIGHT: TESLA PLAID S-APEX and Unplugged Performance’s Complete Vehicle Program, please visit https://unpluggedperformance.com/

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/@UnpluggedPerformanceTesla

ULTRA-LIGHT SUPERCARS DEBUT IN MONTEREY

Gordon Murray Design ULTRA-LIGHT SUPERCARS DEBUT IN MONTEREY, breaking cover at The Quail Motorsports Gathering!

ULTRA-LIGHT SUPERCARS DEBUT IN MONTEREYToday, Gordon Murray Automotive customers enjoyed an exclusive reveal of the very first production T.50, the T.33 Spider and the T.50’s dynamic prototype XP1. This incredible line-up will make its public debut at The Quail on Friday 18 August, 9:20 am.

Gordon Murray Technologies Ultralight iStream® technology is an entirely new carbon/aluminum vehicle chassis architecture, first conceived for the Gordon Murray Automotive T.33 Supercar. Ultralight iStream® technology delivers on Gordon Murray Technologies core principles enabling greater performance and efficiency through light-weighting.

In addition to Gordon Murray’s ULTRA-LIGHT SUPERCARS DEBUT IN MONTEREY, its Heritage Division will race the iconic Brabham BT44B Formula One car at the Laguna Seca WeatherTech Raceway. It will be driven by Dario Franchitti MBE, four-time IndyCar Series champion and three-time Indy 500 winner. Designed by Gordon during his 17-year tenure as Technical Director at the Brabham F1 team, the BT44B gave Murray his first Grand Prix win in the hands of Carlos Reutemann at Kyalami, South Africa, in 1974.

In addition to the competition action in the Brabham on both Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August, Dario will also be turning demonstration laps at Laguna in the first production T.50 on the Saturday.

For more information about Gordon Murray Design & Technologies, please visit https://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/

LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

 A record 382 Lamborghinis on track at Silverstone Circuit, celebrating LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY and creating Supercar history.

LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

More than 380 Lamborghinis arrived at Silverstone Circuit for ‘Lamborghini Day’, the UK’s official celebration of the Italian super sports car manufacturer Automobili LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY. Alongside the official UK presentation of the new Lamborghini Revuelto, the first hybrid Lamborghini, guests took to Silverstone Circuit for a unique parade lap: the never-before-seen spectacle of 382 Lamborghinis together on the F1 circuit created an historic new record for Lamborghini, for the most cars on track at one time.

The Lamborghinis departed the UK’s 11 dealerships in Bull Run convoys, to arrive at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, where they were greeted by Lamborghini’s board directors. Chairman and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, together with Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr; Head of Design Mitja Borkert; and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Federico Foschini presented the new Lamborghini Revuelto to guests: the first super sports V12 hybrid car. Delivering 1015 CV from a naturally-aspirated V12 engine combined with three electric motors, it is the first High Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV).“The UK continues as one of our top markets worldwide with a loyal and growing Lamborghini client and fan base,” said Stephan Winkelmann. “Our celebrations for our 60th anniversary event at Silverstone, the UK’s most iconic race circuit, are a fitting tribute to both our brand, our owners and the millions of people around the world who are passionately interested in Lamborghini and follow us through events and social media. It is also the perfect occasion for the new Lamborghini Revuelto to make its official UK debut: the first High Performance Electrified Vehicle (HPEV) that, with its combination of a V12 aspirated engine and three electric motors, not only marks Lamborghini’s first electrified vehicle but also continues our super sports car DNA in terms of Lamborghini design, technology, performance and dynamic emotions.”

LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

After signing a special artwork created in celebration of LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY, Stephan Winkelmann and directors joined owners lined up to drive Silverstone’s iconic Grand Prix circuit. The 382 cars led by Lamborghini’s pro drivers from its Squadra Corse motorsport team lapped the circuit, creating a spectacle of colour and creating Lamborghini history for the most cars together on a track.

Returning to Silverstone’s iconic Wing building, guests spent the rest of the day exploring various facets of the Italian super sports car manufacturer. Lamborghini’s Centro Stile design team headed by Mitja Borkert provided live demonstrations of the design process, and a pop-up Ad Personam lounge allowed clients to explore the vast options for personalizing a new Lamborghini with virtually limitless possibilities in terms of color and trim.

A display of classic Lamborghini cars including the 400 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo and LM 002 was curated by Lamborghini Polo Storico: the specialist department managing the restoration, certification, archives and spare parts for historic models, with a team on hand to answer owners’ queries. A display on sustainability led customers through the diverse initiatives by Lamborghini that uphold and build on the company’s carbon neutrality certification achieved in 2015.

LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY

In the mezzanine area, Lamborghini’s timing partner Roger Dubuis displayed its exclusive watches. The UK’s Barwell Motorsport presented the multi-winning Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO racecar it campaigns in the British GT series and the GT World Challenge Europe as an official partner of Lamborghini’s Squadra Corse motorsport division.

Lamborghini Day UK is just one of LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY celebrations, which began in January with the inauguration of the newly renovated Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese and the exhibition “The Future Began In 1963”. This was followed by Lamborghini Day Japan. On 24 May the 60th Anniversary Giro tour will be held in Italy, ending on May 28 in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna with a Concours d’Elegance open to the public, where more than 150 Lamborghinis are expected to participate.

Unveiled at the end of March 2023, the Lamborghini Revuelto is the first super sports V12 hybrid plug-in HPEV (High Performance Electrified Vehicle). Revuelto defines a new paradigm in terms of performance, sportiness and driving pleasure from its unprecedented new architecture; innovative design; maximum-efficiency aerodynamics; and a new carbon frame concept. An output of 1015 CV is delivered from the combined power of an entirely new combustion engine together with three electric motors, alongside a double-clutch gearbox that makes its debut on a 12-cylinder Lamborghini for the first time.

The powertrain combines high specific power elements: the new 128 CV/liter combustion engine works synergically with two front axial flux motors that deliver an outstanding weight-to-power ratio, with a radial flux electric motor positioned above the first eight-speed double-clutch gearbox debuting on a 12-cylinder Lamborghini. The three electric motors are powered by a lithium-ion high specific power (4500 W/kg) battery pack that also supports a fully-electric drive mode.

Carbon fiber, produced via artisan craftmanship in the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory, is the principal structural element within the new car, used not only in the monofuselage and frame but also in all elements of the bodywork apart from the doors and bumpers. The extensive use of carbon fiber and lightweight materials, combined with the potent engine power, contributes to achieving the best weight-to-power ratio in the history of Lamborghini: 1,75 kg/CV.

The new Revuelto combines these attributes together with outstanding new aerodynamic design to deliver performance figures at the peak of its segment: acceleration from 0-100 km/h in only 2,5 seconds; 0-200 km/h in less than 7 seconds; and a top speed of more than 350 km/h. These numbers combine with its exceptional dynamism thanks to the introduction of electric torque vectoring, and four-wheel drive available also in fully-electric drive mode, ensuring the Revuelto super sports car expresses its amplified qualities both on the race track and in daily driving.

For more information about the latest vehicles and LAMBORGHINI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY, please visit https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en

’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTION

1964 was all about the birth of  big-engined, muscular midsize models, and the ’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTION!

’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTION

Pontiac called it “A Device For Shrinking Time & Distance.” Magazine editors called it a “Supercar”. And enthusiasts flocked to Pontiac dealers from coast to coast to see the new GTO, an option that breathed life into a Tempest. Pontiac, not Ford, Chevy or Plymouth, essentially created an option that ignited the Supercar Revolution and an almost cult-like movement. The GTO’s extensive performance and comfort and convenience “menu” was the envy of the industry. It was the Supercar for all seasons and reasons. Red FLAMME GTO Concept, top, toured the Auto Show Circuit in 1964.

Because the GTO became an overnight sensation, fiction often gets in the way of reality when discussing responsibility for its concept and creation. Pontiac’s primary players were Pete Estes, General Manager and John DeLorean, Chief Engineer. DeLorean’s staff included a number of racing enthusiasts. The concept of putting a 389-inch engine from a full-size Pontiac into a Tempest evolved from meetings DeLorean had with two performance-savvy guys – Bill Collins and Russ Gee. Gee headed up the Experimental Engineering Department. One of the key meetings was not however about creating a high-performance street car. It dealt with building a slightly longer wheelbase Tempest to replace the NASCAR Super-Duty 421 stockers that had become history!’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTIONDuring the discussion of a unique 389-engined Tempest, Jim Wangers, top, right, a successful Pontiac drag racer and account executive at Pontiac’s McManus, John & Adams, got involved. He also had a relationship with Ace Wilson, owner of Royal Pontiac. He presented youth-market-targeted GTO concepts to Pete Estes. He passed them along to DeLorean and the 389 Tempest GTO program was greenlighted. Ferrari originally used the model designation GTO – Grand Turismo Omologato – for its 250 GTO. Essentially, it means a vehicle meets the standard specifications for racing in the Grand Touring category. Within the enthusiast community in the U.S., the ’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTION and a whole new youth market was created.

For some Baby Boomers, Pontiac’s GTO is the automotive equivalent of Jimi Hendrix’s Star-Spangled Banner guitar shred at Woodstock: powerful, iconic and emblematic of an extraordinary era in American history. Pontiac offered a GTO until 1974, then dusted off the badge again for its last hoorah 30 years later on the 2004- ’06 edition. A few versions of the model were significant, at least one was legendary (we’re looking at you, The Judge), but it was the pure-and-simple ’64 that lit the fire. The GTO’s origin story is almost as legendary as the car’s performance reputation.

Continue reading ’64 PONTIAC GTO IGNITES THE SUPERCAR REVOLUTION and Hemmings’ 1964 GTO Buyer’s Guide @ https://www.hemmings.com/stories/1964-pontiac-gto-buyer-s-guide/

Pontiac GTO enthusiasts should check out, https://www.gtoaa.org/