7 Crazy and Crazy Fast Cars
Published April 5, 2015
These cars fly way past crazy and hurdle into crazy fast. They’re very much the creations of the mad scientists of speed and their only purpose in life is to shock and awe. Here are seven one of a kind creations hand selected for your pleasure. Please enjoy responsibly.
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
In 2013 rally superstar Sebastian Loeb used this one-off Peugeot 208 T16 at the Pikes Peak Hillclimb to thoroughly demoralize the competition, setting a new record of 8:18.848, ripping an entire 1 minute , 33 seconds off the old record.
No small wonder, the mid-engined tube frame and carbon fiber car, which weighs in at 1900 pounds, is powered by a 3.2L, twin-turbo V-6 engine that develops 875 horsepower. By comparison, an Indy Car weighs 1575 pounds and produces 700 horsepower. This is one bad-ass subcompact.
Acceleration is reported as 0-62mph (100 km/h) in 1.8 seconds and from zero to a top speed of 150mph in just seven seconds.
Toyota Camry Sleeper Dragster
The Toyota build team extracted the outer shell of the all-new 2015 Camry and mated it to a full tube-frame chassis for display at the 2104 SEMA Show. Underneath the stock Camry skin, is 5.7L Tundra V8 engine, transmission, rear axle and electronics. A TRD supercharger supplemented with a wet nitrous system bump power to a reported 850 horsepower. Toyota estimates the Sleeper Camry to be able to run a 9.80-second quarter-mile time.
Volkswagen Golf W12
If the VW Golf R is a little too tame for you, then try this: a 641 horsepower, rear-wheel drive Golf W12. A 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine from a Bentley is mounted where the rear seat once was. This one-off concept was built for an Austrian GTI Festival and a top speed, according to Volkwagen, of 202 miles per hour.
454 Horsepower Smart ForTwo
Built for drag racing in Germany for Uni-Fit, a replacement catalytic converter distributor, this Smart ForTwo has been completely gutted, drivetrain removed, and a tube frame chassis installed. A turbocharged 1500cc Suzuki Hayabusa engine sits alongside the driver, and with the judicious application of nitrous oxide, can produce 454 horsepower, enough to run a 10 second quarter-mile.
World’s Fastest Import Race Car
A highly-modified, but still retaining much of the stock shell, Toyota Supra built by Titan Motorsports in Florida and campaigned by EKanoo Racing in Bahrain has managed to blast through the quarter in 5.97 seconds, at 240mph.
The inline six-cylinder Supra 2JZ powerplant, which still utilizes the OEM Block and Head castings, produces 2000 horsepower and put the power down through a Liberty sequential gearbox with Motec air shifting.
Paul Newman’s Godzilla Volkswagen
As movie studios like to keep their stars intact throughout the filming of a feature, messing with high performance cars was verboten for Paul Newman. So in 1970 he created his own loophole by installing underneath a stock VW Type I shell on a tube frame chassis powered by a mid-engined 351 cubic inch Holman-Moody Cleveland V8. Bolted to the engine was a ZF transaxle from a Ford GT40. At the front double-wishbone front suspension replaced the VW’s torsion bars, while rack and pinion setup substituted VW’s steering box. The rear suspension was Corvair derived, and Koni coilovers were installed in all four corners. The only giveaways that there is soemthing different about this Bug are the radiator inlet in the hood, what looks like an engine coer from an inboard motor boat sitting where the back seat used to be, and of course, the wonderful burble of a near race 351 Ford.
BMW M3 pick-up
You may have seen this already, but it’s just too good not to share again. In 2011 BMW released photos announcing its all-new M3 pick-up, which combined a 414 horsepower V8 engine with a half-ton load capacity. However, only the sharp eyed caught the date of the press release: April 1, 2011.