Archives for V8


Ford GT40

GT40_V2Ford’s answer to beat Ferrari back in the late 60’s for long distance racing and one of my cars of choice in Gran Turismo 5, the GT40 certainly done that, winning 4 times in a row at Le Mans from 1966, ’67, ’68 and ’69. The car was named the GT (for Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its overall height of 40 inches (1.02 m, measured at the windshield) as required by the rules. Large displacement Ford V8 engines (4.2 litre, 4.7 litre and 7 litre) were used, compared with the Ferrari V12 which displaced 3.0 litres or 4.0 litres. read more

Aston Martin Vantage

Aston-martin-v8-vantage-2008The Aston Martin Vantage is by far my favourite Aston in their range. A muscular but sleek looking machine. The sound of the racing engines at Silverstone this year were awesome.

The V8 Vantage was initially powered by a 4.3 L (4300 cc) quad-cam 32 valve V8 which produced 380 hp at 7,300 rpm and 302 lb·ft at 5,000 rpm. However models produced after 2008 had a 4.7 litre 420 hp V8. Though based loosely on Jaguar’s AJ-V8 engine architecture, this engine was unique to Aston Martin and featured race-style dry-sump lubrication, which enabled it to be mounted low in the chassis for an improved center of gravity. The cylinder block and heads, crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, lubrication system, and engine management were all Aston Martin designs and the V8 engine was assembled by hand at the AM facility in Cologne, Germany, which also built the V12 engine for the DB9 and Vanquish. read more

De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso PanteraI remember buying a magazine back in the ’90’s just because this car was on the cover. I put it above the Ferraris and Lambos at that time and became a firm favourite with me. I love the flared arches and the bulky aggressive look. read more

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Mustang Shelby GT500The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is one of my favourite classic cars. A front engined, rear wheel drive 7 litre V8 (428 cu) water cooled, 1967 stunner.

The 1967 Shelby Cobra is featured in the 2000 film Gone in 60 seconds as ‘Eleanor’, the holy grail of Memphis Raines’ car-jacking mission, and the Kenichi Sonoda Manga Gunsmith Cats as the ride of main character Rally Vincent. In the sequel Gunsmith Cats Burst the car is blown up by a bomb, whereupon Rally replaces it with a Mustang II King Cobra rather than a Shelby. read more

Hennessey Venom GT

hennessey-venom-gt-2011An American supercar, based around the Lotus Elise, stripped re-worked and with a new power implant in the form of a 7 litre twin turbo charged V8. The top model delivering over 1200bhp.

“The Story” as quoted from the Hennessey website
In 2007, Road & Track Magazine invited Hennessey Performance to participate in a shootout between some of the world’s fastest supercars. The contest? Find out which car could accelerate from 0 to 200 mph in the shortest amount of time. Some of the heavyweights competing where the Mercedes McLaren SLR, Lamborghini Murciellago, Ruf Porsche 911 Twin Turbo and the 1001 bhp all-wheel drive Bugatti Veyron 16.4.For our entry, the Hennessey team brought the company’s latest Venom 1000 Twin Turbo Viper. Several runs were made by each car on the 2.9 mile long runway at Lemoore Naval Air Station in central California. At the end of the day, the Hennessey Venom 1000 Viper was crowned king of the ROAD & TRACK “Speed Kings” shootout by posting the quickest time of the day by running 0 to 200 mph in an astonishing 20.3 seconds. By comparison, the 2nd place Bugatti Veyron 16.4 was nearly 4 seconds behind the Venom with a time of 24.2 seconds. read more