Awesome racing Alpha. The owner had just finished rebuilding the engine, and when he started it up, it sounded like god’s own racecar. The torque wrench was just in case the devil had snuck in in the process.
The Least-Depreciated Modern Car is a Ferrari (No Surprise)
Jalopnik released a list of the ten least depreciated (or, in the case of few, most appreciated) automobiles from the past ten years.
No. 1 on the list was no surprise–the Ferrari Enzo.
Rehash: The Enzo, named after the company founder, was Ferrari’s fourth supercar. It was in production from model years 2003 through 2005. According to AOL Autos, the official retail price for ‘03 was $643,000. Approximately 400 units were produced.
Since production ended, the Enzo’s appreciated by 115% to an average price of $750,000.
The only other car on the list to appreciate was the Ford GT, which was manufactured around the same time. Two other entries, the BMW 1M (roughly $50K) and Audi R8 (roughly $100K) neither appreciated nor depreciated.
Roxanne covered Jalopnik’s “Most Depreciated” list on our YouTube show. In case you were wondering or needed reminding (since I know you all watch the show), the most-depreciated car was the '03 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG.
Say hello to the new hypercar from Mercedes Benz. The engine is based on the Formula 1 1.6 litres V6 and the limiter is set to an impressive 11k. It has as 1000 BHP with the help of an electric powertrain. Mercedes claims a 0 to 200 Km/h
in under six seconds and the speed is limited at 350 Km/h
Group B was the most epic and powerful era in rally and as part of a design challenge with gtkiller we each have created “What if” cars that weren’t part of the series. I elected to make a BMW E21 re-imagined as a hatch back, rear engined, 4WD rally car as was “en vogue” at the time.
1983 E21 323 Gruppe B Evolution
Manufacturer: BMW Assembly: Munich, West Germany Body style: 2-door coupé Layout: Rear-engine, four-wheel-drive Engine: 1.5 L I4 ( turbocharged petrol) Power: 480 horsepower (350 kW) Transmission: 5-speed manual Length: 3,890 mm (153.1 in) Kerb weight: 890 kg (1,962 lb)
Marlboro Motor Raceway, Upper Marlboro, Maryland:It’s an interesting experience to
walk up on an abandoned racecourse. I’d seen an article about this track on
Jalopnik back in January or December, as it’s now for sale on Craigslist, and it
got my attention, seeing as how it combines sportscar racing and urbexing. As
it turns out, the track was only about 20 minutes out of our way on our trip up
to Detroit, so I convinced our crew to check it out. I used to work at a local
sportscar/racecar shop here in Richmond for a number of years, and found out a
couple days before we went on this trip that this was the first place that my
former boss ever drove a racecar (circa late 50s early 60s).
We pulled up to the gates of the
track complex, and could see the remains of the grandstands, but the gates were
locked and the area around them looked pretty flooded. It was also pretty
visible from the main road that runs nearby, so we thought about just coming
back another time, but I really wanted to see it, so I had them pull up next to
an abandoned house on the property, and I got out. I walked through the woods for
a bit and then found myself standing on what was clearly a hairpin turn; I was
there, this was turn 3. I walked up the track for a bit, following my phone
satellite view (It was barely visible on there), until I got to the main oval
portion of the track. This part was really cool and in quite good condition,
with the announcer’s building as well as the grandstands still in place. I left
after only a short time because it was so cold, but this really made me interested
in preserving the history and memories that lived at places like this, and also
interested in the possibility of bringing them back to life. Just think, this
track closed right around the time that VIR did, and look at how great it’s
been having VIR back open for the past 16 years!