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"LUDICROUS SPEED!!!!!"

I'd be happier with the 245hp car over the 300, but this is just nuts!

Lastly, is Brammo going to continue with the US or is that pretty much toast?
 

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ZOIKS!

The Top Gear television review will be very entertaining. I'm sure Jeremy will bring up the topic of "liquefying tyres" or something with this car.

Brammo ain't makin Atoms anymore. There's a thread somewhere here about that. Back to motorcycles and bicycles for them :(
 

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Does it NEED to be supercharged? I'd be fine with the 2.4l V8 NA product.
Ditto. I'd love to just hear that 40-valve V8 humming away at speed. Something like that tucked in our Elise with around 250hp and 200-220lb-ft of torque... :bow:
 

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DP has been putting a Hartley V8 in his Atom and mentioned something about possibly offering an Elise kit. I don't remember if that was on his site or here. It wouldn't be cheap, but not near the $226,000 for the RST engine.
 

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So for the price of the engine I could be looking for a used F430? Hmm... Well, there is more than one way to get a sweet sounding V8! :)
 

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I'm not a track guy, so excuse me if these are stupid questions:

Could one use that much power? Can one even control that much power? It would seem to me that on a track, you would have to be so light on the throttle that the power would never be realized, except in the rarest of circumstances. It would seem more likely that the power would leave you on the edge, even when going straight.
 

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Sure would be nice to have more protection for those inadvertent high speed barrel rolls. Looks like the wings and tires are half the size that they need to be.
 

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that rocket car into a mountain urban legend will soon be coming true.
WTF is the world coming to 500 hp in a car that weighs as much as a piece of paper :eek:


... Lots of people are going to end up in trees :popcorn:
Yup. Maybe in Vegas this weekend, I'll put on a pair of Rollerblades and we'll strap an engine to my a$$. Any ideas on steering will be appreciated...oh wait, apparently that doesn't matter anymore. :panic:

EDIT: WAIT! This just in!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/27/nspeed127.xml

British-built Acabion is fastest road vehicle

By Tom Chivers
Last Updated: 3:18am GMT 29/02/2008

A new 340mph "car", built with jet fighter technology and partly designed and built in Britain, is the fastest-ever road vehicle.
# Telegraph Motoring homepage

The Acabion GTBO reaches 300mph in just thirty seconds, say its designers.



The Acabion GTBO "road streamliner" is capable of 340mph and can do 0 - 300mph in just thirty seconds

Based on the cockpit of a jet fighter and using aerodynamic techniques used in aerospace design, the GTBO is a full 90mph quicker than its nearest rival, the Bugatti Veyron, which takes 55 seconds to reach its 250mph top speed.

Two-wheeled, but with twin stabilising wheels at the back for low-speed manoeuvring - not unlike those used on children’s bicycles - the GTBO packs an astonishing 800 brake horsepower in its 1,300cc turbo-charged engine.

However, it weighs just 700lb, half the weight of the original Mini.

The engine and power train are designed in Britain by engineers from the race and dragster community.
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An electric version, itself capable of 300mph, is also planned. Its designer, Dr Peter Maskus - a former engineer for Porsche - denies that it is a car or a motorbike at all, preferring to describe it as a "road streamliner".

"The Acabion GTBO minimises weight and maximises power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of this world", he said.

"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two categories, both hyper efficient.

"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300 miles.

"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.

"They both boost the jet-like GTBO to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."

Dr Maskus claims that designs such as these are the future for high-efficiency, low-emission transport.

"Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century," he said, adding that the GTBO was capable of such high speeds due to its "slippery shape".

"The GTBO is built with Formula 1 and jet fighter materials and according to Formula 1 and jet fighter production standards.

"We certify each craft according to German standards and then generate country specific legalisation based on that - it will be sold in the UK and the US," he said, promising that the GTBO would be in production within three years.

"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars have been," he added.

However, those grandchildren may not get to spend much time in it. A one-seater that will cost approximately £1.5 million for its first production models, it is unlikely to see much service as a family car.
 
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